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1  Re: Ongoing ATC swap - April 2015 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: April 25, 2015 02:57:12 PM
got two from grapeicepop today.
first, for my seaside toys theme...

She lives in Maine and it is Maine where I did more digging with pail and sand shovel than any other state. Brings back good memories. Love the use of the islandy-background and the border is exactly the color of seawater.

Next theme is 'what was under the snowbank after it all melted away' and she made me this, explaining that the sign of spring where she lives is the 'blossoming of the shopping carts'

Hilarious! Would never have thought of this one. I love it!

thank you, grapeicepop!
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2  Re: Ongoing ATC swap - April 2015 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: April 20, 2015 04:05:03 PM
for my maps theme, curiousfae did up a treasure map that feels incredibly real when held.

 old crumpled paper with awesome graphics on it. I hope you can see the octopus, lower right, and pirate ship, upper right. Also tiny palmed island and mermaid. Inside island is smoking volcano, skull in mountains and the path that leads to the proverbial X ! I love it. thanks so much, curiousfae.  Amazing how all that fit in a 2.5 x 3.5 art.

pottermouth chose my mushroom theme and made this adorbs dude... (she called it a fun guy!!) nice.

I love the combination of color and noncolored. Plus, the fact that his cap looks like a mushroom!  I have to wonder what he will do with his harvest. Perhaps there is a serious shindig in the woods that requires a massive pot of cream of mushroom soup.
thanks so much, pottermouth!!

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3  Re: Ongoing ATC swap - March 2015 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: April 17, 2015 03:17:41 PM

spikefan mailed two wonderful cards and due to the chaos in my life I can locate only one just now.  Above is the theme backyard birds. she made me alltime fave, the black capped chickadee.  Love it!!!

the other card is abandoned houses and she did a gorgeous pencil drawing of an old place that I would love to explore. spikefan, might you have a pic you could post for that?

thank you!!
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4  Re: Ongoing ATC swap - March 2015 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: April 08, 2015 05:33:13 AM

This is the birdhouse themed card I sent to stillatthetop, who cannot do pics on her computer. I had been doing quite a bit of cut paper crafting lately, making greeting cards so was in the mood to continue. It was fun!
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5  Triple kitty portrait, requested by my daughter as an xmas gift in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by blupaisan on: April 06, 2015 09:28:59 AM

This is pen and ink and watercolor. From left to right, Beau, a kitty we fostered (Rosie and I) for nearly ten years, trying to tame him/settle him down. He was never adopted, til Rosie and her beau (no pun intended) got a place of their own and they became the permanent proud parents.
Next, is Ripper, the most recent and energetic addition to the family.
Far right is Zemon (a.k.a. The Zamboni man) who is around 17 now.

In frame.

It was so very interesting to do this portrait, as I found it easy to accurately portray the two kitties with whom I had spent so many years... i knew their subtleties and expressions. But the kitten... I had met him only a few times so it was so different trying to capture the essence a soul i did not know well!!
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6  Re: Ongoing ATC swap - March 2015 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: April 04, 2015 03:28:38 PM
Gina1gr8mom made this card for my pretty fence theme...

I wish the brilliant colors came thru more in the pic. This creation is very much my style and I really smile when I look at it!

She made me a bonus turquoise card featuring a nice rainy day -

So pretty and have no idea what the translucent raindrops are made of but they are cool.
Thank you, Gina1gr8mom!

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7  Woodland Egg, peek inside! in Easter by blupaisan on: April 03, 2015 05:36:02 PM

Done with medium chicken egg, sculpy, pebbles, twigs, floss, bark holder, other stuff, and patience! Couldn't believe I did not ruin any eggs. First cutting attempt worked!

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8  Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2015 in Craftalongs by blupaisan on: April 03, 2015 05:24:58 PM
Done! Made my partner an egg diorama with her style in mind,tee hee, which is green/turquoise and woodland chipmunk.

Holder made from birch bark

Chipmunk is Sculpy, egg is medium chicken. Twig trees, and one from peeled birch. Grass is floss.
It was my first cutting attempt and I can't believe I did not go thru the entire dozen ... first one worked! Marked oval, scored for 5 grueling minutes with tiny saw, then poked a million holes at score for final 'cut.'
Thanks to Acadian Driftwood for pro pics!
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9  Hate to throw away all these adorable plastic pop tops from half-n-half jugs... in What the heck can I do with THIS? by blupaisan on: April 03, 2015 06:12:48 AM

All I ever do with these is put them on my finger then chuck them. I could have a big collection by now and if anyone gives me a good idea, I won't throw them away anymore.
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10  Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheep! in Completed Projects by blupaisan on: April 01, 2015 03:27:27 PM

Thanks to AC/DC for the highly inappropriately inspiration
 and to my older brother Chris, who tenderly taught me the art of dark humor (at age 10)

If you're havin' trouble with the farmer's wife
She's givin' you the blues
You wanna jump the fence but it's too high
Here's what ya gotta do
Come to my coop, I'll help you regroup
 Find me any time
First hay bale on the right
I lead a life of crime

Dirty deeds done dirt cheep
Dirty deeds done dirt cheep
Dirty deeds done dirt cheep
(Dirty deeds and they're done dirt cheep)
(Dirty deeds and they're done dirt cheep)

You got problems with the hired hand
You got a broken leg
He handled you too rough at the trough
That's when the teardrops start
Come to my crate, I'll set the dude straight
 Or find me at the well
I'll tell you how I'll help you now
I'll send that guy to Hell

Dirty deeds done dirt cheep
Dirty deeds done dirt cheep
Dirty deeds done dirt cheep
(Dirty deeds and they're done dirt cheep)
(Dirty deeds and they're done dirt cheep)

If you're sick of the neighbor kid, you want her gone
But you ain't got the guts
She keeps grabbin' your tail night and day
Enough to drive you nuts
Come to my pen, I'll help you and then
Together we'll make a stand
For a fee, that kid will be
Without the use of her hand!

Barbed wire noose, pitchforks,apples with DDT
(Done dirt cheep)
Manure pit asphyxiation, combine "accidents", hayloft falls
(Done dirt cheep)

Dirty deeds done dirt cheep. Dirty deeds done dirt cheep
Dirty deeds, do anything you want me to
Dirty deeds done dirt cheep
Dirty deeds dirty deeds dirty deeds
Done dirt cheep!    Aahhhh!

Scene constructed from the following...
Barbed wire and real barn siding from old farm where I live,
Cheep dollar store wind-up Easter chick
Hay is cut from my boss's grass rug (he'll never miss it)
apples are barberries
 Pitchfork came from specialized aisle of liquor store
zombie chicken arms
Matchstick fence
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