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11  Re: Spring Nerd Battles: March 1 - May 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: May 30, 2017 07:30:17 AM
Prompt: April- Quote #3
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Community, Engineering
Project Name: Celebrating Girl Power Bookmarks
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452482.0
Brief Description: I created these Girl Power! bookmarks to celebrate some of the achievements of famous female scientists/engineers. I found some coloring book images online, resized them in Microsoft Publisher, added some additional bio info where needed, printed them onto card stock then cut them out.

Quote: A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink. - Gina Carey

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12  Celebrating Girl Power! Bookmarks in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by craftADDchick on: May 30, 2017 07:26:23 AM
I teach 6th grade science, and middle school tends to be the time where girls lose interest in science careers. So, to help promote the amazing power of females, I created some Girl Power! bookmarks, highlighting some famous female scientists/engineers.

I found some coloring book images online and resized them to fit onto a bookmark. For those that were missing any biographical information, I added a little blurb. Then, I added the Girl Power! message, printed them onto cardstock and cut them apart!

I think that, next year, I'll also post some full size copies of the images on the bulletin board during Women's History Month. I might even color them in first Smiley

I can't upload the file here because the images are not my own, but I'd be willing to share the PDF (for personal use), if anyone is interested. Just send me a PM.
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13  Re: Spring Nerd Battles: March 1 - May 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: May 28, 2017 03:11:30 PM
Prompt:  May Battle- Synonym
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Brain Power
Project Name: CindyLou Shirt
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: A while ago, I purchased a LuLaRoe Perfect T shirt, and while I loved the way it fit, at $36 a pop, I couldn't add many to my wardrobe. I had seen a couple of tutorials that showed how to trace a shirt to make your own pattern so, after a trip to the $2.99 a yard fabric store, I headed down to my mom's (she just moved back from FL for the summer), and we got to work. The hardest part was figuring out the sleeve. But, the rest of it came together pretty easily, once we had the pattern all traced. And now, I have a nice comfortable shirt to wear (in the same exact style as the more expensive LuLaRoe shirt) while I'm chaperoning the Washington DC trip in about a week! My mom kept calling the original shirt my "LaLa shirt" but we decided that, since CindyLou is my nickname, my version would be called the "CindyLou"" shirt Smiley

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The color doesn't show up well, but it's a green pattern framed by black and white.

Prompt:  May- Coruscant
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Swaptastic
Project Name: Craftster Trading Card
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: For my Craftster Trading Card in Round 2 of the swap, I am wearing a very sparkly outfit!

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Just a link until everyone receives...

Prompt:  May- Ostentiferous
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: FitNice T-shirt #2
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: This is another version of the FitNice Master T-Shirt pattern, only made with short sleeves. The fabric has a print on it that resembles the end of an arrow. Arrows are made with feathers on the end, and if a feather falls at your feet, one interpretation is that it is an omen that your calls have been heard and answered.

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Prompt:  UFO-Lubbock Lights
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Repeating Pattern, WIP It! (I bought the fabric a while ago and I have been waiting for my mom to come back to MA)
Project Name: CindyLou Shirt #2
Project Link:
Brief Description: This is another LuLaRoe Perfect T shirt knockoff, and it uses fabric that has a repeating pattern of hexagons and diamonds.

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I have 5 prompts that I haven't completed, but I need to get one project finished tomorrow, so I'll be able to check that off of the list, and I just thought of one more I might be able to get done (and possibly a third one). I have a Free Range Crafting item but it needs one more bit to be called finished. And, somewhere, I have a "throwback" item... So, if I get myself a little bit organized, I might be able to sneak in a few more (I just made a list and have 4 items that I "definitely" should be able to finish, and 3 items that I "possibly" might be able to get finished).
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14  Re: Spring Nerd Battles: March 1 - May 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: May 01, 2017 06:33:48 PM
Prompt: April- Quote #4
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Robot Tile #1
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: "With regard to robots, in the early days of robots people said, 'Oh, let's build a robot' and what's the first thought? You make a robot look like a human and do human things. That's so 1950s. We are so past that. --Neil deGrasse Tyson"
Back at the beginning of March, my sister and I took a glass fusing class (it was my Christmas present), and we were supposed to make St. Patrick's Day coasters. But, when the instructor said we could make something else if we wanted, I had to make robots! I have another one from a few years ago, but I don't know where I stashed it.

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Prompt: May- Gasconading
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Robot Tile #2
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I made a second robot tile, because we had a plenty of time, and I used some very tiny glass rods as part of the design when I made these. For the tile on the right, it was especially tricky to place them. I was worried that they would shift when the instructor put them into the kiln. When I went to pick the tiles up, I was the first one in the class to do so, and I was pretty impressed with how great my tiles looked (especially compared to some of the others). Even my very talented artist sister said that mine came out the best (I took pictures so she could see them all).

Project Photo: See photo above

Prompt: May- Fugacious
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Canning Day #2 of 2017
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Saturday, I canned with my canning buddy up in NH. We made rhubarb quick pickles (less than 15 minutes to make), rhubarb vinegar (which will be ready to strain and bottle on Thursday), pickled asparagus, asparagus relish (which used up the ends of the asparagus that we trimmed off so the stalks would fit into the jar). All of these will be consumed!

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Prompt: April- Quote #1
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: Dollhouse Fabric Bolts (in the Craft Hutch)
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: "Creativity is contagious- pass it on. -- Albert Einstein"
Anybody who knows me knows that I am a crafty gal, and I'm happy to share what I've learned and learn from others. When my mom and I decided to start decorating my childhood dollhouse (made by my uncle, but left in my mom's attic for about 35 years), I knew the attic space would be perfect for a craft room (with and adjoining library). The craft hutch is the first thing we made for the room. It's a purchased hutch that was unfinished, so we painted it white. Then, I loaded it up with little fabric bolts (I really wanted the post to be just the bolts, but I forgot to photograph them before I left FL, and my mom photographed them for me, and I didn't specify that I just wanted the fabric bolts). I cut little bits of cardboard (about 3/4" tall by about 1/2" wide) and then cut strips of fabric (about 1/2" wide and 2 1/2" long). I glued down one end of the fabric strip, wrapped the rest around the "bolt," and glued the end down with just a dab of glue.

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Prompt: April- Quote #2
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Brain Power
Project Name: FitNice T-shirt
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself. --Muhammad Ali

My aunt came across this pattern designing class about the FitNice design system, and when the class got cancelled, my mom bought the DVD and pattern. The idea is that you create a master pattern, that is fitted to you, and then you can alter it to make over 100 different tops (when you buy more DVDs). While I was in FL (visiting my mom, and my aunt came down later in the week), we decided to give it a try. Since I was leaving first, I got to be the guinea pig. We had a lot of trouble getting the sleeve area to fit properly (I think I stitched it at least 3 different ways), and I had to redo the neck band because I measured the pattern, and not the shirt, so the band was initially too big. When we were struggling with the armhole area, I wanted to throw in the towel, and even though we finally got that right, when the neck band didn't fit right, I had just about had it. But, after a good night's sleep, I redid the neck band, and quickly hemmed it.  I finished it about an hour before I was due to head to the airport. I'm already planning to make another one, now that I have a perfect fit pattern!

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Prompt: May- Enantiodromia
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Dollhouse Bedding Update
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: When we pulled out all of the furniture we had for the dollhouse, the bedding for the canopy bed looked a little yellowed from 35 years of sitting in the attic. I decided to make a little quilt for it, and wanted a simple patchwork design. But, I knew I didn't want to stitch a bunch of tiny squares. I had a pattern saved that had a clever method for creating the patchwork by sewing, cutting, unsewing in a select location, and sewing strips. It made it pretty easy! If you look closely, you can see that the seams don't match up perfectly in a few spots, but overall it came out pretty nice! And, it transformed the look of the bed!

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15  Re: Spring Nerd Battles: March 1 - May 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: April 27, 2017 04:42:34 PM
Prompt:  April Battle Royale- Observational
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  Swaptastic, Brain Power
Project Name: Michigan TM Patch
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: "Home is where the heart is" - Pliny the Elder
I made this patch for curiousfae in the Yet Another TM Patch Swap R8. She lives in Michigan, and I stitched the heart right in her area. I made the state outline/applique using my mom's embroidery machine. I appliqued it right onto the background. Neither one of us had ever tried something like it before on the embroidery machine, and it took me 3 tries to get it right!
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Prompt:  March- Fahrenheit 451
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Swaptastic!
Project Name: Beltane TM Patch
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: This is another TM patch that I made for curiousfae. It represents the Maypole dance during the Beltane festival. I believe that Beltane is considered a "fire festival."
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Prompt:  March- 1984
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Blood Orange Marmalade & Lemon Cranberry Chutney
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: This represents the first batch of canning this year. Both of these needed to be watched during the cooking to make sure that they didn't boil over or scorch.
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16  Re: Craftster Trading Card Swap - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: April 23, 2017 06:26:05 AM
I sent my cards on: May 20, 2017

I have received from you!
You have received from me!
I have received from you AND you have received from me!

1. Smmarrt
2. craftylittlemonkey
3. BigBangMomma
4. calluna
5. alwaysinmyroom
6. noooitaremybirthday
7. mandykaye
8. roler
9. jellybean89
10. bec99
11. Abbeeroad
12. emilywilde
13. Sharalee
14. underthemountain
15. curiousfae
16. fluffypants
17. LovelyMiss
18. phoenixfiredesigns
19. Onyxnox
20. seeuudee
21. alteredmommy

My card technique was less artistic than most of you, but it still reflects some of the crafts I enjoy. For the background of the card front and back, I scanned in a crocheted granny square and a piece of fabric.

Then, I found a picture of me from when I was in dancing school (I think I was about 5 or 6 in this photo). The song we danced to was "Apple on a Stick." Strange that I remember that.... I scanned it in and cropped it down to fit the front, and imported the images into Pubisher. Then I added my name using word art.

For the back, I used Publisher to import the image and then typed my text right over the image.

After getting the copies made, I cut them apart, and glued the fronts and backs onto card stock pieces (I forgot to ask for glossy photo paper, so the paper was a little flimsy). I had a bit of trouble with excess glue around the edges, so I dusted them with some body powder (it was all I had) before I sent them off.

And, just a note about my "Royal Penguin" nickname... I took a workshop with 2 colleagues and one of the activities that we had to do was run a short distance and time each other. One of the guys made the observation that I run like a penguin, and so I earned the nickname "Penguin," which recently got upgraded to "Royal Penguin" on National Penguin Day Smiley
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17  Re: 2017 QuiltAlong in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by craftADDchick on: April 08, 2017 02:50:52 PM
Challenge #1:

I only completed one quilt last year. I finished one on New Year's Eve in 2015 (finished 12/31/15), and I've made 2 this year with my mom (matching baby quilts).

So, here's my total 2016 production, with the 2 from this year:

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18  Re: Spring Nerd Battles: March 1 - May 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: March 29, 2017 06:33:23 PM
Before I forget and miss the March Battle...

Prompt: March Battle Royale- Lord of the Flies
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Decoy Wasp Nest
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: My mom has a wasp problem at her camper up north, and read that a decoy nest will prevent wasps from building an actual nest. She found a pattern on Etsy, and I stitched it up. It wasn't looking as "ridgey" as the pattern picture, so I did a little tweaking g (not enough to get Brain Power points, however). Right now, it's not stuffed, so my mom can do that before she hangs it. I hope it works!  And...flies are insects and wasps are insects! I'm sure I could go deeper with the false idols and stuff, but my brain is craving simple Smiley
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19  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: March 20, 2017 03:10:22 PM
My patches from curiousfae are here! Hooray!

First, is a patch made out of felt that depicts the water cycle. I love how the mountain stream flows into the ocean, and that she was able to represent all 3 phases of water (solid- snow on the mountain; liquid- stream, ocean, precipitation; gas- squiggly lines to represent ocean water turning into water vapor).

Next, some impeccable stitching for a Neil deGrasse Tyson quote (she stitched his name in the tiniest of stitches, yet it's still completely legible- amazing!). I was really hoping to get another cool quote patch (I think it's my 4th one, and I have one in progress) Smiley

I am very, very happy! Excellent additions to my collection! Thanks, curiousfae!

And, the images probably need rotating, so I'll do that when I get on a PC- can't do it from my iPad Tongue
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20  Yet Another TM Patch Swap R8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: March 15, 2017 06:28:26 PM

Patch made by craftADDchick

Swap Post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451632.0

Received & Posted Pics
Feedback Given
Sending Late w/Communication
Contact Organizer

Abbeeroad: craftylittlemonkey, Sharalee, also sent an Angel Package!
alwaysinmyroom: noooitaremybirthday, JoyfulClover
Audania1: gala_apples, meowari
audio: noooitaremybirthday, roler
craftADDchick: curiousfae
crafty-becky: jenleahlynn
craftylittlemonkey: Abbeeroad, RovingAnarchist
curiousfae: Inselaeffchen, craftADDchick
fatewineroses: Sharalee
gala_apples: Audania1, JoyfulClover
Inselaeffchen: curiousfae, Wulf
jenleahlynn: crafty-becky, roler
JoyfulClover: gala_apples, alwaysinmyroom
meowari: Audania1
noooitaremybirthday: audio, alwaysinmyroom
roler: jenleahlynn, audio
RovingAnarchist: craftylittlemonkey
Sharalee: Abbeeroad, fatewineroses
Wulf: Inselaeffchen

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