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1  Paper doll penguin card in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by blupaisan on: March 24, 2015 04:05:52 PM

I am in hopes that Patraw will not mind if I borrow his stunning pics to show off my card. I do not have his talent.

Bird is pen and ink with watercolors. I made it so he was permanently on but could stand up. Chose dotted paper and washed blue for a cold snowy look.

Then comes the outfits....



And my fave, the guy who can never get away from the sea anyway.

So, I did the entire thing with giant unweildy kitchen scissors because all of my nice tiny blades were dead. As I tried desperately to cut the last tiny bits, my daughter texted me that she was at the craft store....did I need anything? new xacto blades arrived an hour later just in time to do the last wee bits that no scissors on earth could ever touch.
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2  Octopus sways his arms with the current in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by blupaisan on: March 24, 2015 03:56:03 PM

Made this happy guy for a recent swap. Theme was moveables but Craftster also like sea life.
I cut thin strips of a baggie and glued them to four of the arms. Pull the strips and the arms move.

I was so pleased to have the bubbly paper in my stash for the backround. The sea fronds are floss.
then I looked around for possibilities for what would lie on the sea floor. I cut up tiny bits of paper wasp house and also bone. I liked how they worked.
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3  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-Forever! in Craftalongs by blupaisan on: March 24, 2015 03:51:44 PM

Got a new family member yesterday and could not resist making a cabana for him!!
At first he went in and checked out the interior (he said it looks bigger on the outside.) I closed the door and Cortez actually opened it with his wee nose!!
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4  Re: Monthly Dotee Swap - MARCH Celestial in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: March 24, 2015 03:48:48 PM
I swear I did a little dance when I unwrapped Ludi's creation....

Ickle dude in a spacecraft!!  This is soooo up my alley.

Close-up of happy face. No texting and flying for this guy, cuz they use telepathy. I adore the gold everywhere.
the beads (lights) glow in the dark!!  I took an action pic but it did not come out.  The windshield is hard like the real thing. Wow, Ludi, you did such an awesome job on this. 
Thank you so much!!
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5  Re: Ongoing ATC swap - February 2015 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: March 24, 2015 03:44:10 PM
spikefan made two for me and they are the last in my Feb collection. first up, I Love Lucy.

Frowsy RedHead!!  And the perfect dress!!  ("oh, EVERYBODY'S  seen me in THAT  dress..." she says)

then for my Scottish theme, this one really made me drool.

The way she made floss look real is amazing. Not just the top flower but the prickly green underside. I love it!!  It is very puffy. I keep squeezing it like Charmin.
thank you, spikefan!!
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6  Re: Ongoing ATC swap - March 2015 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: March 24, 2015 03:39:37 PM

rockingbearranch made me an extrie so I am posting that first.
She claimed me for funny dementia/alzheimers and came through awesomely.

I was having a really lousy day (my Mom died) so was so incredibly eager to delve into something entirely different. I opened rbr's envie while driving and steering with my knees (busted!!) took out the contents. What i first saw was the above card. Then suddenly stuff spilled out into my lap and I nearly went off road!
Here is what the card really is...

Oh my, that is funny and I really needed the laugh. It reminded me so much of Mom who, when presented with new shoes, kept looking down at them and saying "these are my father's shoes!!"
thank you, rbr and for the pretty extra paper bits, too. I used on today in a card I made.

I am awfully behind in posting due to life's ups and downs so onward with tons more!!

stillatthetop made an unlikely greeting card for me....

um, yeah, never seen this in the stores before!

And even the back is too funny!!

she also chose backyard birds and made me this delicious oriole! Talented artist she is.

vibrant colors. I love seeing and hearing these guys in the trees by my house.
thanks so much, stillatthetop!

Oath Keeper chose two themes also....
backyard birds and she wrote that the style she did was new for her. I think it came out great.

This is very much 'me.' I have similar images on my Pinterest page. Love it!
She is of the Scottish blood, as am I, and drew her family crest for my Anything Scottish theme...

acorns, sturdy tree, ancient webbing, who could ask for more?
thank you, Oath Keeper. I have never before investigated crests, let alone my own (Campbell) so now I will go do that!

stitch and stones chose my turquoise theme and also made two!

And as a bonus, backyard birds crept in there, too! Love the silhouette styles of them and the serene stars above the trees. I am gonna start a display exclusively for all my turquoise cards.  It is this gal's first ever ATC swap!!  She done good!!
thank you, stitch and stones.

mariak also chose turquoise and I think i will put hers in the middle of my new display and have all else around it. Seems appropriate since her card has all the pertinent info on it, all of which I never knew!!

I love learning new things every day. thank you, mariak!!

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7  Re: Ongoing ATC swap - February 2015 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: March 24, 2015 03:18:41 PM
dontneedaclassroom made not one but two paisley cards for me and they are both gorgeous!

The tiny details are wonderful....so well drawn! It is on old map paper and stitched all around the edges.  ingeneious. lovely. stunning. I am happy!!
thank you, dontneedaclassroom!
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8  Something about this house smells good in Craftalongs by blupaisan on: March 22, 2015 02:27:23 PM

Here is my wee house made from a deodorant stick that I decided had no business in the landfill. I also possess the 'before' picture of the first bit i did on it, which consisted of burning the holes with my childhood woodburner because the plastic was far too tough to cut. That pic is on another device, will add at some future point.

Original stick was men's deodorant, thus the side grips were black. Ironically, they have been transformed into mini greenhouses using the rounded shoulders of a dish soap bottle. Ludi answered my question about what glue to use for plastic-on-plastic.

Tree is simply glue and embroidery floss.

An early step was to put wallpaper inside and tiny plastic windows with curtains. Unfortunately, the woodburning tool caused so much plastic to melt on the the "floor" and it hardened quickly, thus rendering it impossible to do much of anything to the first story.

"Clapboarding" consists of cut paper strips. Window trim is painted toothpicks. Oddly enough, I used whiteout because I had no acrylic paint anywhere! Tiny figures courtesy of ChameleonHound, who gave me dozens of them. Girl holding kite ~ kitestring nice and taught at first, then for some reason got heavier during placement. So I anchored it to the house using a human hair. Railings and balconies are embroidery floss, as is ladder.

Stovepipe is yogurt lid foil wrapped around q-tip with tip cotton simply fluffed to to be "smoky." First attempt at roof (aka deodorant lid) consisted of many layers of decoupaged-on sparkly tissue paper, which looked like hell! So to correct that I put it in my crockpot, which serves as my constant humidifier for my little dry room. The paper came off nicely, however I change the crockpot water weekly and did not realize that after dumping it in the toilet I had already flushed, and thus lost my lid. Sad I have not informed my landlord. I had to go out and get a whole nother lid, which was not easy because they no longer sold the product!! Second lid more successful with just house paint.

Balcony potted plants ~ seed beads on embroidery floss with paper bag pots. Green base for entire scene is glued layers of mesh laundry bag. Flowers surrounding ~ also floss with tiny bits of a goodwill shirt. Project traveled 20 miles over Vermont potholes to Acadian Driftwood's house to be photographed - miraculously, it arrived in one piece! Thank you Rosie for the wonderful pics.

Blue stone foundation ~ glued on unbaked sculpy. It was quite a challenge, but a delight to work on this
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9  Found: ancient previously unknown species skeleton! in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by blupaisan on: March 13, 2015 01:14:33 PM

I made this in a recent swap for subject Curiosity Cabinet. I live in a converted dairy barn with massive attic space. Found several bird skeletons up there and took one apart (after much washing of course) and reassembled to make this odd creature. Oy, it was a blast!

It has a little stand in the back. The actual box is a playing card holder. It was old and smelled like it so I had to put it in a box with baking soda for ten days!
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10  Re: Ongoing ATC swap - February 2015 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: March 13, 2015 01:10:25 PM

Susie Apple created this gorgeous card for illustrate your fave classical music piece. it is Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee. I just love it!! so many wonderful elements to look at and I really like how the border bleeds into the picture.
she also sent me a bonus! knowing I was looking for paranormal.

The phantom headless girl. she looks in darn good shape to me, 'cept she cannot swing on that set anymore cuz she can't see the chains. LOL! thanks so much Susie Apple. I love getting stuff from you.
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