Nerd Games - Fall 2020

I love Otis so much! Thank you! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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Prompt: December - Ribbon
Team: Gingerbread Mayhem
Project Name: Christmas Elf Chris
Project Link: Christmas Elf Chris
Brief Description: He has a stripey hat!
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Prompt: December - Gift Wrap
Team: Gingerbread Mayhem
Project Name: Fluffy Beard Gnome
Project Link: Gnome Ornaments
Brief Description: The beard is faux fur yarn, a chain with a row of sc, attached to the body with hot glue.
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Prompt: Advent - Holly Wreath
Team: Gingerbread Mayhem
Project Name: Tree Hat Gnome
Project Link: Gnome Ornaments
Brief Description: Round body, red shirt, pointy hat!
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Hey all, I have made things that I haven’t added here. I’m sorry team Up to Snow Good that I don’t feel like going back and seeing what I can add, but I’ll include one last Zap!

Prompt: Zap!
Team: Up to Snow Good
Project Name: Amazon Gift Box Magnets
Brief Description: My family and I shop from Amazon a lot. I found these cool gift boxes when I ordered gift cards this year, and just knew I needed to have them as magnets! I have heavy weight magnets on the bubble wrap one and light weight magnets on the box (heavy weight is too much!) I haven’t used my gift cards yet, so they are actually in the tin one right now!

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Amazon-Gift-Card-Box-Magnets

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Prompt: November - Pink Oyster
Team: Raking and Entering
Project Name: Draw string bag #1
Project Link: Drawstring bags
Brief Description: I made this for my daughter for Christmas. It opens to reveal knitting looms and tools.
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Prompt: December -Tags
Team: Raking and Entering
Project Name: Shirt for hubby
Project Link:
Brief Description: I made this for my hubby for Christmas. It mentions the name of the Lord on the back.
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Prompt: December -Ribbon
Team: Raking and Entering
Project Name: Orange Bread
Project Link: Annual Orange Bread
Brief Description: I make this bread for Christmas every year. The loaves are long.
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Prompt: December -Tissue
Team: Raking and Entering
Project Name: MTG box
Project Link:
Brief Description: My husband and I made this together for my son for Christmas. He has recently got into Magic the Gathering and needed something to house his growing collection of cards and dice etc. It will be used more than once.
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Prompt: Advent #9
Team: Raking and Entering
Project Name: Bizzeebags
Project Link:
Brief Description: I had a different group of kids in my Sunday School class this year (until Covid shut the world down) but we’ve tried to stay in touch with them and let them know that they are thought of. For Christmas I made them each a bizzeebag, as I have done for previous classes. There are laminated tags attached that list the goodies inside the bag. They have words on them and use paper.
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Prompt: Advent #12
Team: Raking and Entering
Project Name: Peanut’s bizzeebag
Project Link:
Brief Description: This bizzeebag is for my granddaughter, who loves to find things. The tag on this one has photos of the items as well as the words. It’s a gift!
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Prompt: Advent #11
Team: Raking and Entering
Project Name: Drawstring bag #2
Project Link: Drawstring bags
Brief Description: I made this one for my DIL. It has strings!
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Prompt: Research project
Team: Raking and Entering
Project Name: Stocking for Kenz
Project Link: Snowflake stocking
Brief Description: I made this for my DIL. She picked out the patterns for stocking design and the lettering, but I did all the tricky stuff. :wink: I have no idea how many hours were spent on this, but they were many. It also features iridescent thread and beading.
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Prompt: December - Tags
Team: Gingerbread Mayhem
Project Name: Charmander #1
Project Link: Charmander ornament
Brief Description: This is a little ornament that gets attached to a tree!
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Prompt: December - Tissue Paper
Team: Gingerbread Mayhem
Project Name: Charmander #2
Project Link:
Brief Description: I used this pattern more than once, to make two baby dinos and two Charmander! :slight_smile: And I hope this gift ornament will be used more than once on many Christmas trees to come!
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Prompt: Advent - Tinsel
Team: Gingerbread Mayhem
Project Name: Psyduck Ornament
Project Link: Psyduck ornament
Brief Description: My silly Psyduck ornament is made to adorn a tree! :slight_smile:
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Prompt: December - Bows
Team: Gingerbread Mayhem
Project Name: Poinsettia Percy
Project Link: Poinsettia Percy
Brief Description: This ornament is made of many little parts! So many leaves!
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Prompt: Advent - Cinnamon Broom
Team: Gingerbread Mayhem
Project Name: Sweet Potato Pie
Project Link:
Brief Description: Sweet potato pie is spicy, brown, smells lovely, and got my hands messy!
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Prompt: Advent - Cornucopia
Team: Gingerbread Mayhem
Project Name: Pikachu Cookies
Project Link: Pikachu Cookies!
Brief Description: Many multiples of this food!
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Prompt: Advent - Greeting Cards
Team: Gingerbread Mayhem
Project Name: Koinobori TM Patch
Project Link: Koinobori TM Patch
Brief Description: TM Patches are flat!
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I have a few projects that I made over the last week (plus one I forgot about). Then, I’m planning to bust out the sewing machine today to hopefully make a couple of other items.

Prompt: October- Palindrome
Team: Gingerbread Mayhem
Project Name: Scrubbie Dishcloth #1
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: This uses the simple pattern that geekgirl shared (crochet an odd # of chains, sc in 2nd from hook, dc, then sc, dc until the end… chain one, sc, dc across), and the stitch pattern is the same as you move back and forth across the rows. It also makes the same pattern on both sides. It’s made from a yarn that has a nylon thread wrapped around a cotton (I think) core. This particular brand (Aunt Lydia’s?) is discontinued, I believe, but I think there’s another brand available. I found this on clearance some time ago.

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Prompt: October- Simile
Team: Gingerbread Mayhem
Project Name: Scrubbie Dishcloth #2
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: This one uses the same pattern as the one above, but I used a different number of starting chains (2 more) so it’s more square than the one above. I wasn’t sure I had enough yarn to make the first one, so I made it more narrow. I used the entire ball. Then, I found a second ball, and knew I had enough yarn to make the second one a bit wider (but not as long).

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Prompt: November- Fly Agaric
Team: Gingerbread Mayhem
Project Name: Luthuanian Star Ornament (#1)
Project Link: Lithuanian Star Ornaments
Brief Description: In honor of our Lithuanian heritage, we made Lithuanian star ornaments using wheat straws. My first successful one was 6 sided, and I like how the red embroidery floss looks against the straws.

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Prompt: Advent- 12/13- Tinsel
Team: Gingerbread Mayhem
Project Name: Lithuanian Star Ornament #2
Project Link: Lithuanian Star Ornaments
Brief Description: This was my second ornament (lower right in the photo). I used an 8 sided jig for this one. Ornaments adorn Christmas trees!

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Prompt: Advent- 12/20- Christmas Tree
Team: Gingerbread Mayhem
Project Name: Lithuanian Star Ornament #3
Project Link: Lithuanian Star Ornaments
Brief Description: This was my third ornament. I used the 10 sided jig for this one. It’s pretty spiky!

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Prompt: December- Ribbon
Team: Gingerbread Mayhem
Project Name: Striped Dishcloth
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: My mom really loves my crocheted dishcloths, so I made a few for her. This one is made with self-striping yarn (and uses the same pattern as the others)

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Prompt: Advent- 11/29- Greeting Cards
Team: Gingerbread mayhem
Project Name: Variegated Dishcloth
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I made this as a gift for my mom’s friend. Dishcloths are flat!

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Prompt: November- Pink Oyster
Team: Gingerbread Mayhem
Project Name: Tulle Dish Scrubbie #1
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I made this to go with the variegated dishcloth above as part of a gift set.

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Prompt: Advent- 12/6- Holly Wreath
Team: Gingerbread Mayhem
Project Name: Tulle Dish Scrubbie #2
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: After I made the tulle scrubbie for her friend, my mom wanted one for herself. She already had a smaller one, but liked the larger size of this one.

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Prompt: December- Tissue Paper
Team: Gingerbread Mayhem
Project Name: Etched Glass Mug
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I made this for kittykill in the Winter Book Swap (and somehow forgot to post it!). It says “I like Big Books and I cannot lie.” It’s made of glass (delicate), partially see through where the etching is, and it can be used over and over!

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OK, all I’ve got left to post are free ranges! (Still kicking myself for not posting the November battle - I even had something made that fit and was made on time, but forgot to post!) Let’s see how many I can find that I haven’t posted yet…

Prompt: Free Range #1
Team: Gingerbread Mayhem
Project Name: Snowman for Nou
Project Link: Mother and Daughter Snowpeople
Brief Description: I made the one on the left, and my Mom made the one on the right!
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Prompt: Free Range #2
Team: Gingerbread Mayhem
Project Name: Poliwag Magnet
Project Link: Pokémon Magnets
Brief Description: A Pokémon magnet for the secret Santa swap!
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Prompt: Free Range #3
Team: Gingerbread Mayhem
Project Name: Shiny Espeon Magnet
Project Link: Pokémon Magnets
Brief Description: Another Pokémon magnet for the secret Santa swap!
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Prompt: Free Range #4
Team: Gingerbread Mayhem
Project Name: Raspberry Custard Pie
Project Link:
Brief Description: Should have been my November battle. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: Made this (and the sweet potato pie) for Thanksgiving!
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Prompt: Zap #1
Team: Gingerbread Mayhem
Project Name: Charmander ATC
Project Link: Charmander ATC and request for private swaps! :)
Brief Description: This took longer than a zap but it’s about as close as I ever get to one. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: Please note that I’d love to do private ATC swaps with anyone willing to help me fill out my brand new Pokémon collection! :slight_smile:
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Prompt: December - Tags
Team: Gingerbread Mayhem
Project Name: My first Cricut project!
Project Link: Laurali's Unicorn
Brief Description: I got a Cricut Explore Air 2 for Christmas. I went with a simple card for my first project. I made this for my first cousin twice removed (my cousins granddaughter), to go with a crocheted unicorn I am in the process of crocheting.
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Prompt: Advent - Tinsel
Team: Gingerbread Mayhem
Project Name: Reindeer bauble
Project Link: Reindeer Bauble
Brief Description: I cross stitched this using metallic threads. I was hoping to finish it before Christmas, but alas, I didn’t.
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Prompt: Free Range
Team: Gingerbread Mayhem
Project Name: Superb Fairy Wren
Project Link:
Brief Description: I got this adorable cross stitch kit in a package from @Smeddley. She sent me my raffle prizes as well as a few things I claimed in a Facebook purge she did a while back. There are two more patterns in the kit that I haven’t made yet. This is the one Mr SBC asked me to make for him first. Thanks, Smeddley!
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Prompt: Advent - Christmas Tree
Team: Gingerbread Mayhem
Project Name: Scrabble Nerd Games board 1
Project Link:
Brief Description: QueenHobo offered a gift to be claimed this season, but didn’t follow through. I ended up designing a fun Nerd Games trinket for participants that sent me their addresses. In the end, I had 8 people to send to! I did get QueenHobo to help me burn half of them. Here are the four I burned.
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Prompt: Zap
Team: Gingerbread Mayhem
Project Name: Scrabble Nerd Games board 2
Project Link:
Brief Description: These are the boards QueenHobo burned. She used my original burning tool, I used my upgraded tool. You can really see the difference in the quality of the burn. I’m glad I splurged on the more expensive tool. She burned the most of the card… I’m claiming this as a zap because I had to burn all of the tiny numbers on each block. My original burn tool can’t handle that fine of a burn.
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Love my burned board! Thanks so much!! :slight_smile: And also, wow, look at the range of different crafts you just posted! So versatile! XD

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What burning tool did you upgrade to? I have a very basic beginning one.

So the first one I bought was this. This one gets really hot then cools down constantly, so it’s hard to get a consistent burn. The burn tips are also not the greatest. I found the shader to be subpar, the fine tip to not be so fine. My sister used the “fine tip” on the boards she burned, and that’s the best you’ll get.

The second one I bought was this. This one is soooooo much better. It still isn’t perfect, but I’d definitely recommend it over the first one I bought. The ballpoint is my favorite tip on this one. The shader is at a better angle and much easier to use, too. It has a dial to control the heat, and the heat seems to be more consistent while using (though not perfect). I used a 60% off coupon on this to drop the price to $40, so keep an eye out for good coupons!

I think the second model I got is good for the casual burner. The pen is much more ergonomic, it doesn’t burn my fingers to hold closer to the tip, and it heats up and cools down WAY FASTER than the cheap tool. It’s also much easier to change tips. If you want to just burn a few things here and there and not burn all the time, I recommend this one. If you plan on burning a lot of projects, then this may not cut it. One day I may invest in an even more expensive burn set, because I enjoy pyrography so much!

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Prompt: Advent- 11/1- Seasonal Changes
Team: Gingerbread Mayhem
Project Name: Double Zipper Pouch (w/tutorial) for Carrying My Masks
Project Link: Double Zipper Pouch w/Tutorial
Brief Description: I wanted to make a double zipper pouch for my masks, since I always seem to forget to bring one! I wanted a compartment for the clean ones, and a separate compartment for the used ones. I figured out a way to make it fully lined in both compartments. I couldn’t find an easy, free tutorial and I didn’t want to buy one because I didn’t want it to be complicated. I had this blue shopping bag from a craft store, and the pouch is also made with several layers.

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Okay, one last one!

Prompt: Advent: Holly Wreath
Team: Up to Snow Good
Project Name: School Marching Band Pride Wreath
Brief Description: It’s a Wreath!
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I have one more project to add later if I get my tail in gear and take a photo. (Sorry I’ve dropped the ball this month, Team R&E!) For now, my final zap.
Prompt: Zap 5
Team: Raking and Entering
Project Name: Chocolate Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies (f. Butterscotch)
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Another riff on the Vaguely Less Bad for You Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe, swapping some of the flour for cocoa powder and using dark/semisweet and butterscotch chips.
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My husband would love these. Msybe I best not show him the recipe - He’s become quite the Cookie Monster! Lol

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Prompt: December - Tags
Team: Raking & Entering
Project Name: Bunny1Kenobi stamp
Project Link: -0-
Brief Description: My first stamp! I got a kit last year for Christmas and realized it was time I stopped being nervous and just tried it. It was much easier than I thought it would be, and so much fun. I can see many more stamps in the future. It was a gift for @Bunny1kenobi and it is of her name, so… name is on it.
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Prompt: Advent – Autumn leaves
Team: Raking & Entering
Project Name: Toad Feltie
Project Link: Felt Toad Doll
Brief Description: This was another gift for Bunny1Kenobi. She calls her son Toad, and I made a toad! Toads are found in nature.
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Photo taken!
Prompt: Tags (December)
Team: Raking and Entering
Project Name: White Christmas ornament
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: I made a couple of ornaments (that I forgot to photograph :roll_eyes:) for my mom, including a White Christmas themed one. My original idea for that one involved another pop culture reference that I didn’t think would mean anything to her, but I was enamored of it and made it for myself. Long story long, it says “Betty & Judy & Bob & Phil” (names) and hangs on (is attached to) a tree. Here it is in front of my pseudo tree; I may fill it next year to improve readability.
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Prompt: Free Range #5
Team: Gingerbread Mayhem
Project Name: Chomp Chomp Scarf
Project Link: Chomp Chomp Scarf
Brief Description: A silly children’s scarf inspired by my eel Katsuyuki and a fun online pattern!
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Prompt: Zap #2
Team: Gingerbread Mayhem
Project Name: Psyduck ATC
Project Link: Gotta catch 'em all! Pokémon ATCs
Brief Description: My second ATC for my grand Pokémon project! XD
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