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 11 
 on: December 18, 2019 07:44:37 PM 
Started by LovelyMiss - Last post by Smeddley
One last big post here because it's easy to upload pictures...

Prompt: Big time #3
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Community
Project Name: Goal Book 2019
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=462804.0
Brief Description: My yearly goal book full of hand-made and drawn pages!
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Prompt: Big time #4
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Community
Project Name: Gratitude Doodles (a month of)
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=462805.0
Brief Description: Click on the link to see all of them, but I did 3 doodles per day for 7 days, then one a day for the remainder of a month!
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Prompt: Big time #5
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: 7 Leaf Needlebooks
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: I was so glad to finish these, there were so many steps (stamping the fabric, cutting, all the ironing and sewing... then winding the thread for the inside pouch!) and they just seemed to take forever for such a small thing!
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Prompt: Big time #6
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: 5 Crow Tea Wallets
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: I still have 4 to make, and these took quite some time, but hopefully now that I have a good idea of what I'm doing the next ones will be faster?  Fussy cutting the crow fabric is an extra step I'm not loving!
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Prompt: Random Acts 1&2
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: ATCs
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: I abandoned some ATCs in library books!
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Prompt: Zap #15
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Citronella Candles
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: I only really got a "during" photo of this because, honestly, I kinda almost set the back porch on fire because the wax in the pan ignited.  That is why I do these things outside!!!  But it was your standard melt and add smells and pour into mold operation, I actually made 9 for the Walk to Mordor group (I did think I had pictures of the other ones, but I can't find them!
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Prompt: Zap #16
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Acorn Stitch Markers
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: A quick little gift for my acorn-loving knitting friend!
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Prompt: July - Africa
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Snail!
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: The Giant African snail can reach 7-8 inches, and has become a problem invasive species in areas it was introduced.
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Prompt: July - Australia
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Shark Blood Drop
Project Link:  N/A
Brief Description: Obviously, the Great White shark = Australia, though they are found in many places around the world!  It's just that when you think of Australia, you think of sharks!
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Prompt: July - Europe
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Acorn Bag
Project Link:  N/A
Brief Description: You may think of the oak tree as a very American thing, but there is definitely a European Oak!  I made up this bag through some trial and error and was pretty happy how it turned out.  It had pockets on both sides, inside and out.
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Prompt: December Battle - Winter Wonderland vs Tropical Beach
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Timely
Project Name: Hammerhead Shark
Project Link:  N/A
Brief Description: Mmmm, warm tropical beaches, the ocean, and sharks!
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Prompt: December Free Range 1
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Timely
Project Name: Acorn Needlebook
Project Link:  N/A
Brief Description: Still on a quest to use up all of my acorn fabric!
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Prompt: December Free-Range 2
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Timely
Project Name: Acorn Zipper Pouch
Project Link:  N/A
Brief Description: Not great at these, but I keep trying... some day I will unlock the secret of a great zippered pouch!
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Prompt: July Free Range 1
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Bandaid Holders (third bunch)
Project Link:  N/A
Brief Description: More for the Walk to Mordor Group!
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Prompt: July Free Range 2
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Raven Art
Project Link:  N/A
Brief Description: Yet more artwork for the Walk to Mordor Group!
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Prompt: March - Lamassus
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Eyeglass Case
Project Link:  N/A
Brief Description: I needed something to PROTECT my reading glasses in my purse!
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Prompt: February - NES vs. Sega Genesis
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Holly Leaves Ornaments
Project Link:  N/A
Brief Description: More things for the Walk to Mordor Group, and something I was jazzed to give them because I think they turned out pretty cute so much meticulous cutting and stitching, and don't get me started on those wires breaking on the beads!
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Prompt: February - Playstation vs. Nintendo 64
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: More Holly Leaves Ornaments
Project Link:  N/A
Brief Description: More of these, and it's hard to tell in the picture but while the beads are very obviously 3D, the leaves are too, because they are two pieces of felt stitched together and the stitching actually gives dimension to the leaves!
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Prompt: February - Wii vs. Game Boy
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Trolls 8&9
Project Link:  N/A
Brief Description: There's not much more 'novelty gift' than a little crocheted troll, though by the 8th and 9th of these I've made I can tell you the novelty was LONG gone for me!
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 12 
 on: December 18, 2019 07:06:18 PM 
Started by curiousfae - Last post by emilywilde
It was posted earlier, but I just got this today, from Kartiana.



It came packaged up so nice too, with a cool tiny quote card that hit me in all the feels. It says: We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own personal light. -Evelyn Mary Dunbar (Im going to bring that to work to share with my customers).

Thank you Kartiana! Its gorgeous, I love it!

 13 
 on: December 18, 2019 06:50:27 PM 
Started by Smeddley - Last post by Smeddley
I joined one of those health and well being programs at work, and one of the tasks was, for a week, to write down three things you were grateful for.  I took this a step further and went with "make a little drawing in my bullet journal", and a did three a day for 7 days, then one a day for the remainder of the month.  I actually really enjoyed it, and want to get back to it!






















 14 
 on: December 18, 2019 06:29:09 PM 
Started by Smeddley - Last post by Smeddley
I never got around to sharing my goal book for this year, in part because I wasn't totally happy with it.  I never even painted/finished the cover, which was supposed to have a nautilus shell design on it, since my numbers this year were in the fibonacci sequence.  It was decent in idea, I thought, but in reality it was too much of a deviation from what I had been doing:

2018
2017
2016
2015
2014

My favorite page (from an art perspective!) was this one:



And then we had our usual pages of collecting things, which tend to have the best artwork...











Then I tried to do an exercise journal bit in the front, as work was doing a Garmin fitness tracker thing, but there weren't many competitions and I really preferred to use my bullet journal for that!



Other items in the book were the usual: movies, instagram posts, miles walked, blood donated, writing, reading, etc, but in the sequence which made for some... interesting units of measurement!  I had Bloits biked and Bloits walked, drops of blood donated, and pages of books read!

Next year I'll go back to the standard 50 in 50, though I do like the occasional deviation since it let me do things like "3 5Ks Walked!" and some other smaller numbers.  So maybe some day I will revisit it or something similar...

And hopefully I'll be able to share Goal Book 2020 soon someplace!  Sad Cry Kiss

 15 
 on: December 18, 2019 06:19:48 PM 
Started by IBtyen - Last post by craftylittlemonkey


215 days, more because I deleted so many broken posts when photobucket screwed us all over. Now that seems like such a small thing in comparison. sigh.

 16 
 on: December 18, 2019 06:14:07 PM 
Started by kittykill - Last post by Wulf
Sorry, that took a lot longer than I expected. First I couldn't get my phone to connect to the computer, then the computer decided it had to upgrade the antivirus software RIGHT NOW. But I think we're all on board again.

So I got this ENORMOUS package from alteredmommy at last. (Very nervous-making - it would be terrible if our last Craftster swap package got lost in the mail!) Almost everything was wrapped in these amazing mushroom and birchbark print papers. That's one of the things that took so long - I had to unwrap so carefully to preserve every inch of paper! Cheesy



Inside, SIX amazing books!



I have friends I've known for thirty years who still send me books that I would never want to read. But my dear partner knows exactly what I will like! Animal, Vegetable and Miracle, The 21 Lessons of Merlin, novels Winter's Bone and By Gaslight, and a funny little advice guide Ask Baba Yaga.

But wait - that large book looks a little different from the others...



Oh, that's because it's lined with soft rabbit fur and holds more than literary treasures! Cheesy A beeswax candle in a charming old enameled cup, a jar of local chocolate-infused honey Shocked and two treats actually from Iceland: a jar of Arctic herb salt and a bottle of "Bjork" birch liqueur. (None of the old rules apply at the end!)

But those are just the extras - the real chocolate is in yet another package:



Fruit, nut and seed dark chocolate slab from southern British Columbia and oak-smoked sea salt dark chocolate from central Alberta. And there were handmade bookmarks in four of the books, and as an extra treat (because she knows exactly what I like!) some beautifully soft elk hide, some leather thong and a piece of rawhide, all from her Uncle Charlie, a trapper.

All this and two cards, one of them of beautiful paper and one with a picture of an interesting saint.

Thank you for all this. I don't think I've ever felt so spoiled! I really am going to be able to curl up on Christmas Eve with my books and chocolate and wait for the return of the sun! This was the perfect end to my Craftster swap adventures, and I look forward to what may come. Thanks Kittykill and everyone for making this such a great Last Swap!  Kiss Cry

Wulf

 17 
 on: December 18, 2019 06:08:32 PM 
Started by sheepBlue - Last post by sheepBlue
Time for my swan song post:

I never got around to posting this, but made it recently for a supply/blog site that for some reason never got posted. Anyway, it'll live in this little corner of the internet now...

I have never grown out of my love for dressing up for Halloween. It's the one day of the year that I can get away with wearing anything without people looking at me funny. I really wanted to see what kind of wearable could be made with some laser cut shapes. I was inspired by the Dragon Shape I had on hand - the wings remind me of bat wings which scream HALLOWEEN. How does one wear bat wings though? They are the perfect size for a hat so thus my inspiration took me....



I had a Premium Stack Ghost Stories scrapbook paper pad with fun Halloween prints, and picked a cute one with tiny skulls that would be low-key on theme without being super obvious from a distance. The paper also has a beautiful shimmer effect that is really hard to capture on camera (sorry I tried!). I used an old school protractor (yes I still have one) to trace out 2 circles, and then made a bigger 1/3 circle shape that I connected with lines to the center which made the cone shape for my hat (I found a basic template online to illustrate what I'm talking about). Repurposing some cereal cardboard from my recycle bin,  I traced out the same circle shape to add some added stiffness to what will become the base of my hat, and then sandwiched it between the two smaller circles with some white glue and heavy books to weigh them down while drying.





While waiting, I took my 1/3 circle shape and rolled it to play with the cone shape until I liked how tall it stood and glued it in place with more white glue, a binder clip, and rubber bands. I opted for not using cardstock with the cone because the scrapbook paper was pretty sturdy by itself, and in a cone shape is even stronger to resisting damage as long as you're gentle with it. (Behind-the-scenes-reality: I did a first version with cardboard but couldn't get the cone to roll smoothly without ugly creases from the stiffness of the cardboard.)







Getting back to the bat wings of it all, I did a little surgery with the biggest dragon in the Dragon Shape, cutting the wings away from the body with a sharp exacto blade. I traces some veining on the wings with a pen, and then went over it with black puffy paint to give it a little dimension. Once that dried (the theme of this project is waiting for things to dry), I took some crumpled black tissue paper and modge podged it to the front and back of the laser cut shape and then (SAY IT WITH ME) let it dry.



I decided that besides the wings, I wanted my hat to have some sort of focal piece, so I got out a flourish-style oval frame and dug through my junk bins to see what fun thing I could put together. I had some plastic doll eyes and thought it'd be the perfect complement to the oval shape of the tiniest laser cut. I painted the outer frame with a wash of purple acrylic paint to give a breath of color to the hat, and then painted the inner oval piece black. Those dried quickly, and I glued the two layers and eye together with white glue.

Once all my pieces had some time to dry, I finally moved on to assembly and decoration! I cut away any excess tissue paper from the bat wings with a small sharp pair of scissors. You can easily do this with an exacto blade as well. Then I got out the hot glue gun. Very carefully I cut two slits on equal opposite sides of my cone to insert the wings. Once I positioned them where I liked them, I squeezed a liberal amount of hot glue on the inside of the cone where the wings meet the cone to secure them in place. Once the glue cools, they're rock solid and going nowhere.

I laid a line of hot glue on the inner part of the cone so that when I quickly connected it to the top side of the base, the glue seeped down to attach, without being visible to the outside. I then glued some decorative black trim on the edge of the hat brim to hide the slightly visible line of cardboard that is sandwiched between the two papers. I found some black tulle that I cut a strip of, to tie around the base of the cone to further disguise the join of the cone and circle, and then glued my focal eye to the knot.



Now that the hat assembly is done, I needed to connect it to something that would stay on my head: a plastic headband. I didn't want to rely on the miracle of glue alone to keep it all together, so I cut some circles of black felt to hide the join, as well as giving more area to glue together and make the whole thing more stable. I used my trusty hot glue gun again, gluing a little at a time, I also used this moment to sandwich in a bit more tulle for a fun fascinator hat vibe. You can wear it fluffed up in front of your face, or tucked back like a little tulle tail veil (I may have made that phrase up).





Voila! My creation is complete! A little witchy, and a little cute. Definitely a one-of-a-kind piece to stand out in a crowd.

 18 
 on: December 18, 2019 05:50:59 PM 
Started by IBtyen - Last post by Onyxnox
Oh my - does this mean I spent over a 130 days of my life on Craftster overall???  You know something?  If that's the case, it doesn't feel like that was enough - I could have sworn I spent more than that since 2006!



Damn Craftster, you were such a big part of my life... Long Live Craftster - Craft on my friends!

 19 
 on: December 18, 2019 05:30:29 PM 
Started by PerfectlyBohemian - Last post by PerfectlyBohemian
Hello dear friends. As a parting farewell tonight, I'd like to post one last felted piece of work I completed. This was for the awesome LeapFeetFirst who I had the pleasure of swapping with during the Houseplant Swap. Her wish was for something mid-century inspired. I really didn't know what I was doing, but came up with this configuration of needle-felted leaves mounted onto a burlap-ish canvas with fabric accents and mounted again onto a piece of art that I bought, ripped apart, then reused Smiley I think it said "love" in a white wire, but the "frame" was perfectly suited for what I wanted. I was really happy with how dimensional everything looked after the bazillion layups I did before attaching them.





As accents to go with the main piece, I also included teenier canvases that were less decorated, but had wet-felted "pockets" that can hold air plants. each canvas was 6"x6".










 20 
 on: December 18, 2019 05:29:38 PM 
Started by Mistress Jennie - Last post by gaudiknight
Class/Challenge: Arithmancy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Itty Bitty Doll Dress
Brief Description: It doesn't really show up in photographs, but the background for this fabric is actually gray.



Class/Challenge: CoMC
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Itty Bitty Doll Dress
Brief Description: Definitely tiny.  Definitely under 5 inches.



Class/Challenge: Hagrid's Christmas Tree - Angel
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Christmas Dress
Brief Description: This dress is a present for katiebread, who puts up with me constantly dithering at her about pointless things.



Class/Challenge: Hagrid's Christmas Tree - Bauble
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Doll Dress
Brief Description: Red, white, and blue in a non-patriotic way is pretty much my favorite combo, so this fabric made me really happy.



Class/Challenge: Hagrid's Christmas Tree - Bells
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
Brief Description: I used my usual chocolate cookie recipe (with a little less butter than it calls for) and dumped in some Andes peppermint chips in place of peanut butter.  Probably the best cookies I've made in years - they smelled and tasted delicious.



Class/Challenge: Hagrid's Christmas Tree - Star
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Blue Stars
Brief Description: I'm pretty good at turning scraps into doll dresses



Class/Challenge: Hagrid's Christmas Tree - Tinsel
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Silver Stars
Brief Description: Itty Bitty and Sparkly



Class/Challenge: House Unity
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Snowflakes
Brief Description: Combining Ravenclaw Blue and Silver/Gray for a rather fun winter dress


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