CLOSED: Nerd Games - Summer 2021

August has been my month to make lots and lots and lots of mini envies! Because they are mostly the same idea, I posted a lot in the same general post, but since they are different in style, I am going to count them as different prompts. Okay, here goes:

Prompt: August: Battle: Wide Ruled
Team: Running With Scissors
Project Name: Lettuce Craft Branded Mini Envelopes
Brief Description: I am choosing wide ruled because the lettering is large on the tiny envelopes.
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Prompt: August: Glue Stick
Team: Running With Scissors
Project Name: Masterboard Mini Envelopes
Brief Description: I used glue to attach the masterboards to the envelopes.
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Prompt: August: Scissors
Team: Running With Scissors
Project Name: Embrace Your Inner Witch Card and Envelope Set
Brief Description: I used my guillotine cutter to cut out small pieces for this.
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Prompt: August: Pencil Box
Team: Running With Scissors
Project Name: My "Mini" Manila-style Envelope Obsession (tutorial)
Brief Description: These envelopes can hold atcs and even gift cards! Watch for some on the next STS!
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Prompt: August: Binder
Team: Running With Scissors
Project Name: Summer Chili
Brief Description: Chili, by description, is made by mixing several things together!
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Prompt: August: Ruler
Team: Running With Scissors
Project Name: Lettuce Craft Stencil Set and Matching Mini Envies
Brief Description: This is long and thin and I made it on my Cricut with old transparency paper. I needed precise cutting to make them work as stencils the way I wanted
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(This was very hard to capture in a photograph.)

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Prompt: Zap
Team: :yarn:
Project Name: bbq chicken French bread pizza
Project Link:
Brief Description: We cooked some chicken in the crockpot yesterday. We had Italian chicken sandwiches then, but we made too much chicken. We separated out some before making the sandwiches, and tonight we used the leftover chicken to make a bbq chicken French bread pizza.

We heated up the chicken in bbq sauce, put on some pineapple, olives, cheese, and cashews. It baked up quickly and tastes so yummy. :drooling_face: I love quick dinners.
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Edited 8/29 to add a project link
Adding photos when I switch to my phone.
Prompt: Glue Stick (August)
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Floral masterboard
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Made for photojenn the Masterboard Swap. There are collage elements stuck with glue (matte medium).
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Prompt: Scissors (August)
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Locket ATC
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Made for bluebird in the July ATC Swap. Lockets are traditionally made of metal.
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Prompt: Pencil Box (August)
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Abstract masterboard
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Made for photojenn the Masterboard Swap. It’s rectangular.
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Prompt: Ruler (August)
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Altered Ad 4x6
Project Link: Currently N/A (but may do one later) Added 8/29: Altered Photo Ad 4x6
Brief Description: Made for the 4x6 Round 4 Swap, which means the measurements had to be precise.
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Prompt: Narrow Ruled (August Battle)
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Book page masterboard
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Made for photojenn the Masterboard Swap. It’s on a page from the Chicago Manual of Style, which has fairly narrow (usage) rules. :woman_shrugging:t2:
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Prompt: August Battle - Wide Ruled
Team: Knotty by Nature
Project Name: Bulbous Bouffant ATC
Project Link: Some Summer ATCs
Brief Description: It feels very wrong to me to choose wide ruled because I don’t think I EVER used it; I was very much a narrow ruled notebook person, but the letters in here definitely would require some wide margins, and the lines in the background are spaced pretty far apart!
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Prompt: August - Glue Stick
Team: Knotty by Nature
Project Name: Postage Stamps ATC
Project Link: same as above
Brief Description: I use a lot of glue for my ATCs!
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Prompt: August - Pencil Box
Team: Knotty by Nature
Project Name: Horror Movie ATC
Project Link: same as above
Brief Description: ATCs are rectangular! (And I use pencils for them too!)
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Prompt: August - Binder
Team: Knotty by Nature
Project Name: Bulbasaur ATC
Project Link: same as above
Brief Description: This is made with paper, and I keep it in my ATC binder!
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Prompt: August - Ruler
Team: Knotty by Nature
Project Name: Espeon ATC
Project Link: same as above
Brief Description: ATCs must be exactly 2.5"x3.5".
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Prompt: August - Scissors
Team: Knotty by Nature
Project Name: Pica Pau Owl
Project Link: Pica Pau Owl!
Brief Description: Amigurumi require scissors to make.
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So many awesome ATCs! And the owl is adorable!

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Prompt: July- ski vacation
Team: Running With Scissors
Project Name: northern lights painting
Project Link: Northern Lights painting
Brief Description: The northern lights are best seen where it’s cold outside.
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Prompt: August battle- Narrow Ruled
Team: Running With Scissors
Project Name: Tiny notes
Project Link: Mini notecards
Brief Description: The cute stripes on these notes and matching envelopes are reminiscent of narrow ruled paper. Oh- and they are made of paper, too!
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Prompt: August - Glue Stick
Team: :yarn:
Project Name: Ocean themed blanket in blues
Project Link: Ocean blankets and cozy fox
Brief Description: I made this blanket for @LovelyMiss in a personal swap. I tried to use blues that went with the color palette she sent me for her bedroom decor
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Prompt: August - Binder
Team: :yarn:
Project Name: Cozy fox
Project Link: Ocean blankets and cozy fox
Brief Description: Also for LovelyMiss in our personal swap. Amigurumis are made with multiple pieces that need to be joined.
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Prompt: August - Pencil Box
Team: :yarn:
Project Name: Trivet
Project Link: Trivet/hotpad
Brief Description: Also made for LovelyMiss. This trivet is made in a square shape, and a square is a rectangle.
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Prompt: August - Battle - Wide Ruled
Team: :yarn:
Project Name: Ocean themed blanket in teals
Project Link: Ocean blankets and cozy fox
Brief Description: I made this blanket before I made the blue themed blanket. I decided the teals weren’t the right color palette based on what Lovelymiss shared. I am not sure what I’ll do with this one. Maybe someone wants to swap? Or I’ll donate it to a shelter.
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Oh my gosh, @storerboughtcreation, I can’t believe you remade it! They are both beautiful! Thanks for everything! I’ll be posting my projects once your package arrives.

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@bunny1kenobi, those watercolor flowers are gorgeous, as is the northern lights painting! The little envelopes are so cute, too!

@storerboughtcreation, that intertwined crochet trivet is so cool. And you are a crocheting MACHINE. I know I say it all the time, buy you blow me away!

@QueenHobo, oooh, what a cute star doll snuggie!

@Lynx2Lancer, loving the envelopes, I have been trying to get into junk journalling and I need to make something like those…

@megwell, such great art boards!

@roler, those ATCs are GENIUS. I love the vegetable horror.

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Prompt: August battle- Narrow Ruled
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Gnome Book
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Coptic Stitch book with a gnome theme from Gnome-a-geddon, now postponed so expect tons more gnomey goodness! The cover has both wide and narrow stripes, but I’m a narrow ruled fan!
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Prompt: Big Time #1
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Horse Cross Stitch
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: For the Hoopla swap!
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Prompt: Zap #1
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Owl Buttons
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Made some owl buttons and magnets for the ongoing owling of my friend’s house!
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Prompt: Zap #2
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Gnome Buttons
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: For… you guessed it… gnomageddon!
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I have some more to upload but the website is doing this really weird picture flashing thing and I’m worried it’s going to fail, so I’m going to stop there and do the others later. I have next week off work so hopefully I’ll get some more crafts done!

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Ooh! I love all of the gnomes you’ve been sharing. I’m looking forward to more!

Also, yay for a whole week off! I hope we can play more Animal Crossing together then :blush:

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Prompt: August- Narrow Ruled
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: I-Cord Test Subject
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: This isn’t what I had intended to post as a project, but the craft mojo has been in deep hiding. So, when I was working on clearing off my craft table, I found this partially finished I-Cord (made with a knitting Jenny that has a crank). I added a little more length to it the other night. It was originally destined to be a bowl that I had planned to felt. But, I think I may have bought a non-felting yarn. In any case, this was going to become a trivet, but it started to form a cup shape as I was stitching it together (by hand). It’s only about 3" tall, and isn’t really big enough to be anything, or flat enough on the bottom to be useful. So, I will be using it as my experimental piece to throw into the wash to see if it actually felts. I still have enough I-Cord to make a trivet. I might try to machine stitch it together (zig-zag stitch), even if the felting doesn’t work.

Question for those with I-Cord experience… it really wanted to twist on me. Is there a way to keep that from happening? Or, is it a natural result of the mechanism of the mechanical knitting Jenny?

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I’ve never used that tool before, but when knitting icord on dpns, I have to occasionally tug the icord down from needles to help keep it straight. Can you do that with the knitting Jenny?

Another thing that can help is going up a needle size or two.

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I think anything done in the round tends to twist. Can you make a plant mat out of what you have? I use scraps of leftover yarn and then periodically make a scrappy mat…someone here used a fabric backing and did a cool design using i-cord…it is a lovely shade of blue and a project that is good when the crafting mojo wanes…

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@storerboughtcreation, Thanks for the tip! I’ve never done i-cord with actual knitting needles, but keeping it tugged (it comes with a weight, but I may not have used it consistently) is a good idea.

@AIMR, I have another i-cord made with a non-mechanical knitting jenny, and it doesn’t seem to have the twist, but it isn’t very long. This cord seemed straight at the start, but developed the twist partway through. However, since a plant mat could be a good use of the remainder, I will probably just not fight the twist when I stitch it together.

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Sorry for the delay, the new prompts for the last moth of the Summer Nerd Games are up! I’m in denial it’s still “summer”, as you might guess from the prompts… :rofl:

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Prompt: Research Project #2
Team: :yarn:
Project Name: HP biscornu
Project Link: Harry Potter biscornu/ornament
Brief Description: I made this for jillybeans in the OTT secret pal swap. It took me several hours to design the charts for this. I used four different patterns to create the pattern for this project. Then I had to stitch both pieces and attach. I felt like the oatmeal colored aida looked enough like parchment that I decided to do a marauders map theme for the back. I love one. It’s so colorful, and was a lot of fun to stitch up.
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Prompt: Big Time
Team: :yarn:
Project Name: Mosaic blanket
Project Link: Mosaic geometric design blanket
Brief Description: I finished this blanket last night. I wish we had more slots for research projects :crazy_face: I’ve already used up both of mine.
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Holy moly! That blanket is EPIC!!

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Prompt: July - Ski Vacation
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Stash Scarf
Project Link:
Brief Description: @storerboughtcreation and I did a personal swap last month. I made a few things, including this “stash scarf.” I came up with these for one of my bulk holiday gifts in 2019 and they were a huge hit. They are so nice to hold your stuff, have it accessible, and not have to carry around another bag (or you know, stash whatever you need to stash). Storer isn’t somewhere very cold, so I tried to use the lightest weight plaid shirting I could find…that had pink in it! I encourage re-gifting or donating things I make that aren’t thrilling or useful for folks, so even if it’s too warm for storer, she can pass it along to chilly willies somewhere else. It has a zipper in the seam, and the cuff is both decorative and useful if people want to cover the zipper with it for extra security.

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Prompt: August - Pencil Box
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Hot/Cold Rice Pack
Project Link:
Brief Description: Another swap item, this time rectangular. Ya’ll have seen these from me 100 times. They are just so practical. I have 8 in my freezer at any given time.

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hot cold pack


Prompt: July - Hiking Vacation
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Cutting Board
Project Link:
Brief Description: I got sloth-y with the swap-y. I wood burned a cute sloth onto a bamboo cutting board. Looking back, I might have chosen a different tip, but I needed the fine details for the face, so I used a precision tip for the whole thing. I had never burned bamboo either…the wood was harder than I thought it would be. But I like how it turned out either way!

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cutting board


Prompt: August - Ruler
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Mask
Project Link:
Brief Description: We’re still in this pandemic, you know? Storer and I had a little conversation about the state of things, and I decided to send along a mask. Back in early 2020, when things were just starting to ramp up, I made 175 of these babies and donated a bunch to local front line workers. Throughout all of this masking time, this is still the best pattern I have found, and people continue requesting them because they fit so well. I had some sitting pre-cut and ready, so I stitched this one up for the swap. Sorry, I didn’t get a photo of it out of the bag!

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Prompt: Big Time
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Wallet
Project Link:
Brief Description: This was the big item I made for the swap. It uses the Necessary Clutch Wallet pattern. I made a couple using black sparkle vinyl for my friend and me a few years ago, and knew I had some in pink, so this plan was born. Of course, I had forgotten all the lessons I learned working with the pattern and the vinyl in particular, so…let’s just say I spent some time weeping, recutting, resewing, swearing, changing needles, and reinforcing the vinyl however I could. But I filled it with sloths. And I think it turned out pretty well in the end. (And I’ve been using the one I made for myself everyday since 2017, so hopefully it will hold up well for storer, too!)

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wallet 1

And, just for fun, here is the swap package all together.

Thanks, again, storer! It was a blast to be back in the game!

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