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1  The Arches of Mardi Gras in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by rackycoo on: March 23, 2017 07:34:06 AM
Did you ever just get a weird idea and decide to run with it? I got a chipboard arch, plus some great G45 paper and some collage sheets from Alpha Stamps, and here's what happened. The arches seemed like the perfect place to host a costume ball, and what do you know? A slew of Mardi Gras babies decided to crash the party!


On the left is a dashing gentleman, a self-described "dreamer". He's offering a flower to the girl of his dreams, but which one is the lucky lady? It's impossible to tell. This fellow's fancy costume was a little clashy with the background, so I used some Copic markers to make the green and red colors of his outfit lean more towards orange and turquoise. After all, clashing with the decor is so uncouth! 


Copic markers helped out the masked woman's costume as well. The poster on the wall was cut from the scrapbook paper. It perfectly set the mood of the party. The "floor" of each panel is a contrasting paper, simply torn so the white edges show. Isn't she so fancy with her bronze fan? The ribbons are a couple of strands of embroidery floss.


Here's the lady on the right. Will she be the lucky one who receives that flower? Obviously she feels worthy, carrying around that "beautiful" sign. I have to admit that she does look lovely in her harlequin dress. No Copics were needed for this outfit; the colors in her frock were already perfect.


The panels are hinged on the back with strips of coordinating paper with rounded edges. Nothing fancy; I just freehanded the cuts. Let's talk about those babies, though! I guess they caught wind of the planned festivities and just had to join in. I'm kind of fond of this back view, where you can see them all scaling the wall. Cute, or something from a horror flick? Probably leaning towards more horror, especially considering that the baby on the far right of each panel had to suffer a bit of an amputation to get its legs to fit. I nipped a bit off of their left legs with a wire clipper. I can't say I feel good about that, but art requires sacrifice, yes? The climbing babies are each attached with a dab of hot glue.


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2  Holly Jolly Christmas House in Winter Holidays by rackycoo on: November 03, 2016 10:06:19 AM
Time for Christmas crafts! Inspired by vintage Putz houses, I created this little brick Christmas house. It reminds me a bit of the house I grew up in, although we didn't often have snow, and we for sure didn't have a sweet peppermint walkway to the front door.


There's a tealight in the house, so at night, it's warm and welcoming.


This little house, made from a kit, stands only about 3" tall, not counting the base. The tiny family who lives here sure did a good job of decorating the tallest tree! It's easy to attach those beads; I just dipped them in some tacky glue and stuck them into the branches.


I left the front door ajar because it seemed a bit more welcoming. That door is tiny: less than one inch tall, and the doorknob is actually the head of a straight pin. I just pushed the pin through and clipped off the excess. The wreath was punched out with a regular hole punch. I drew around the circumference with some dimensional paint, and then added red holly berries with the head of a pin. Here's a little "in progress" photo. The wreath is sitting on a removable glue dot, on top of an old drink stirrer. That's about the only way I could keep it steady while I painted it!


In the kit, the fence completely surrounds the house. I used an xacto knife to cut a little gate. I like having an open gate with the pathway leading to the front door.


My blog contains info on how to assemble the kit, and way too many "in progress" photos. Meanwhile, here's one last photo for the road:


Happy holidays!
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3  Glass Pumpkins in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by rackycoo on: November 02, 2016 08:28:16 AM
I never thought I'd be posting on the Glass board, but...my book club has been together forever, so naturally, we do more together than just talk about books. Two weeks ago, several of us got together and took a class in glass blowing. Here are the pumpkins we made. Some folks got crazy with color, but I stuck with what I know and made the orange one on the right. Cheesy

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4  Halloween Bunting in Halloween Decor and Parties by rackycoo on: October 21, 2016 08:04:25 AM
I don't know why I don't have a banner on my mantle every day of the year. I do know, though, that I will always have one for Halloween. Next to Christmas, Halloween is my favorite holiday to decorate for! Here's a new banner for this year.


Closeups of the parts:










Here it is in its natural habitat, which was, at this point, only partially decorated:


Happy Halloween!
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5  Talking Heads, or What I Made at Art Camp in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by rackycoo on: October 11, 2016 06:25:01 AM
cackle and I just got back yesterday from Stamford, CT, where we spent 4 exciting days going to "art camp" with Art Is...You. Every day there were tons of classes to choose from. Here's my favorite thing I made: this "Talking Head", from a class by Doreen Kassel. When I saw her work, I knew I had to take this class. I'm not very experienced with working with polymer clay, but I learned lots of great new techniques, and I'm really pleased with how my Talking Head turned out. Lookie!


This little gal (I named her "Precious") stands about 6" tall. But the cool thing about Talking Heads is that the body and heads are separate, so you can change them up at will.


Sometimes,  Precious is just a little piggy.


We had such a blast this year at art camp. I hope cackle posts what she did!
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6  Temperence and Auroria Play Amongst the Crypts in Completed Projects by rackycoo on: September 29, 2016 08:29:52 AM
It's that time of year, so buckle up for Halloween crafts! I just finished up a couple of crypts, along with some Victorian girls in bat costumes.


First up: Temperence. She gets bored sitting at home, so she loves to decorate the crypts in the nearby cemetery. Here she's placed several carved pumpkins around the base of the crypt, and is busy stringing up some smaller jack o'lanterns to hang as lanterns. It's dusk, and she's evidently disturbed a few bats, who fly around her head.


To help Temperence stand out, I used adhesive foam tape to attach her to the crypt. The columns and the black vines also help to give this piece a 3D look.


Here's Temperence's younger sister, Auroria. She's known as a bit of a flibbertigibbet. Somehow, she's managed to open the spiderweb gate and gain admission to the interior of this crypt. She hasn't got a care in the world, running around with her glowing jack o'lantern and her three skully balloons. I hope that rat doesn't bite her. That sucker is huge!


A little sideview of the gates. The gates are made of chipboard. I used paint and copic markers to make the columns look a little more like they're made of marble. I toyed with the idea of painting the webbed gate black, but I liked the way the brown color looked with the "bricks" of the crypt.


Happy Halloween!
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7  Re: Happy Mail Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rackycoo on: September 17, 2016 01:19:18 PM
I received today from both of my partners!

From teag:

You can see the envelope (with info covered) upper left. This bad boy was chock full of adorable illustrations, fun papers that will be great for ATCs or inchies, and what's possibly the cutest banner ever. Thanks so much, teag!

And from pottermouth:

Envelope center top, with info covered. Whoa, awesome tags, crocheted stars and flowers, charms, buttons, fun ephemera, and adorable bunny clothespins with ribbon wrapped around their ears. Thank you, pottermouth!

I was lucky to have two great partners who sent me all sorts of crafty things to play with. You were both so generous. Thanks again, and thanks, Sonjaboo, for such a fun swap idea!
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8  Welcome to the Freak Show in Completed Projects by rackycoo on: September 08, 2016 07:24:31 AM
Step right up, and welcome to the Freak Show! I used a split front box from Alpha Stamps to create this sideshow.


The outside is bright and cheery, full of colorful stripes, polka dots, flags, posters, and curtains.


The inside, though, is a different story. I imagine that the world of the circus freak could be dark and depressing when they were on display. It must be horrible to have people constantly gawking at you just because you are different. To reflect this, the inside of the tent is practically devoid of color, as the freaks await their turn on the stage. The only source of light are the footlights behind the stage.


The freaks gather and wait to be displayed in the center box, while the split doors make the perfect viewing place for the individual performers to sit as the curious crowds walk by.  I did not attach the doors to the box, so they can be pulled forward as shown.


I used the box as is, then constructed the tent roof to go on top. If you want to see how that was made, or you want a list of supplies, click here to go to the extended blog article. Meanwhile, welcome to the freak show.
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9  Circus Inchie Art (Warning: Clowns!) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by rackycoo on: August 01, 2016 10:27:11 AM
New art for our keeping room! The clowns are teeny tiny, but if you don't like them at any size, you may want to just stop right here. Cheesy


I found myself at odds recently because I'm in between projects. My studio did get tidied up a bit, but that was no fun. I needed a tiny project. Inchies to the rescue! I had a colorful background made from red and pink tissue paper that I made months (years?) ago, so I cut it into inchie squares and set to work. In the interest of having this be a simple project, I dug up some circus stickers I had that were just the perfect size for tiny art. The next thing I knew, I had a set of 16 inchies. I went back to them several times, adding ink and paint. The once simple project became a bit of an obsession. Once they were done, I liked them so much I decided to mount and frame them.

Luckily for me, I had a frame I had purchased at Ikea a while back. The mat was cut to the perfect size for those 16 inchies. The frame was a nice light plain wood, but since we're talking circus, I painted it white with red stripes and then sanded it down a bit to distress it. I used several tiny star sequins in the inchies, so I glued a little silver star on each white stripe as well. Plain frame on the left; painted on the right.


I bordered the art with some gorgeous turquoise Dresden trim. Matching up the corners nicely took some doing, but I think the trim looks great. Each corner also got a little star. Done!

 
Here's the art in its new home. My parents made this plant stand for me for Christmas years ago. Now she finally has something to look at!


If you're not afraid of clowns and would like to see more photos and here more about the process, click here. Smiley
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10  The Fish House in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by rackycoo on: July 14, 2016 03:05:57 PM


I've been doing a lot of beach related projects lately. For this one, I took a folding house shrine from Alpha Stamps and created "The Fish House". When it's all folded up, it looks like a house made of waves. I couldn't resist adding a small window on the side.


The roof is made of corrugated cardboard with the top thin layer of paper removed. A different bathing beauty is featured on the back.


When the house is opened up, it's apparent why I named it The Fish House (or at least I hope it is!) The King of Fish watches over his kingdom from the center panel, while his loyal subjects collect the perfect fish from the surrounding ocean. He has put those bathing beauties to work!


Here's my favorite panel. She's so proud of the catch of the day.


 The house is hinged together with washi tape, while the striped outline on the top and bottom of the panels is made from thin strips of the scrapbook paper used in the striped panels.

Here's the outer view of the opened house, but I have to admit that I'm still partial to the King and his helpers of The Fish House.

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