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1  Baby loves Mama in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by blupaisan on: October 18, 2014 07:53:48 AM

For a recent swap I did this on theme of elephants. I loooove baby elephants!!  Pen and ink and watercolor.
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2  Re: Friend of Craftster Raffle Round 13 FOCR13 (Sign ups Sept13-Oct 17) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by blupaisan on: October 08, 2014 05:48:22 AM

pic is blury, but just wanted to show I had put my drawing in a mat.
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3  Yin Yang Kitties in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by blupaisan on: October 05, 2014 06:21:25 AM

Bleach painted this for my daughter.  it took a long time, going back to it again and again so as not to put too much on at a time and have it all blob out.
Here she is wearing it.

holy moly, Rosie, I just saw how long your hair was! Have not seen it down in awhile and lost track of its growing!
thanks for the awesome pics of the shirt.
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4  Kitties playing on a birthday card in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by blupaisan on: October 05, 2014 06:15:45 AM
Made this cut paper  card for my daughter for her birthday. she is as nuts about kitties as I so it was easy to decide on a theme...

I did this bit by bit at work where there are only a pair of wonky kitchen scissors. I cannot believe it was this successful!

Detail of wee spider hanging from tree

kitty with ladybug

thanks to my daughter Acadian Driftwood for taking wonderful shots and providing them to me.
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5  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 18 - GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: October 05, 2014 04:37:14 AM
Piper is thrilled to pieces to be at my place!!  She has already met Ophelia, my newest pet mantis.

complete package...

pretty card

local fun

seriously nommy nom noms!

view of some of my fave scrapbook pages (backs)

Scrapbook is loose style... my fave two pages ---

Note Piper sporting an eye patch. It came with him in the package so he can possibly wear it for Halloween.

thank you so much, Alex. This was massive amount of angeling and I appreciate it so much. Plus, Piper is adorbs and I am pleased as punch to have such a cute kitty.
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6  Re: Friend of Craftster Raffle Round 13 FOCR13 (Sign ups Sept13-Oct 17) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by blupaisan on: September 27, 2014 06:44:34 AM
I want to put finishing touches on this, plus get a mat for it. but here it is, basically. Pen stippling, pastel chalk added.
Measures 11 x 14 inches just now.

And some close-ups

Would love some opinions on the mat color. Grey? Bright blue? Greenish? Fire yellow?  Plain snow white?

Last minute edit... I was about to post this and my DH found my painting on the table where I had just taken pics of it. He said it was wonderful and added... "Nice dragon. At first I thought it was cookin' em.  Then I knew you especially would never do a picture like that."  Oy did I laugh.
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7  Re: Bookmark Swap 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: September 21, 2014 10:11:03 AM
Received a really eye-popping bookmark from elderflower.

All I can say is Wow!  I love love this one. the rainbow effect, the adorable kitty images, the needlework!
And the back...

elderflower stalked my love of cats and bright colors. Oy, did she ever deliver. thank you so very much, elderflower, for a gorgeous piece and sharing your talents!!
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8  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - AUGUST 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: September 20, 2014 03:43:20 PM
totally hit the jackpot today. Have sooo much to show off!!
 From Riechan, Crumbling buildings theme...

wow, I love this image! Of course all the remains and how they are depicted. but also the edging of the blue sky and the rise in the earth.
Riechan also chose my Puns theme and made this..

Ha Ha! so right-on for puns and check out the use of my alltime fave color!!
thank you, Riechan. Awesome cards all the way from Belgium.

From Toralune, theme is You Wore WHAT??!!

this gutsy gal is sporting a robin's nest as a hat! And she has fandango feathers at her shoulders. Obviously she does not give a hoot about what others think, as she has a smile on her face.  Thanks Toralune! Great choice for that theme.

From cmarion3, my crumbling buildings theme, she put four together depicting the remains of the Pitkin Glass Works, founded 1783.

 What a wonderful set! I love the sketchy quality to it and subtle colors. I am quite sure that this is the first 4 piece set I have ever received. Such fun.

the lovely hand made initial M card with it...

Thank you, cmarion3.

thank you all, you talented wonders!!

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9  Re: Bookmark Swap 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: September 15, 2014 03:57:36 PM
Look what Acadian Driftwood made for me, combining themes...

I put down my favorite book and series by James Herriot. She took an incident from the book where Tristan, the young prankster, fooled locals by dressing up as 'the ghost of Raines Abbey.'  And Acadian Driftwood (who happens to be my daughter) featured this as if it were a Nancy Drew book cover! It copies the typical Nancy Drew look. I loooove the image of the 'young attractive titian blond sleuth' and the glow of her flashlight.

On the back is a mixed up quote or two that combines both Herriot and Drew.

Oh my gosh, this is sooo funny. I sure needed a laugh when I received this bookmark!
A D and I would have lots of laughs as we read Nancy Drew over the years.
Thank you Rosie!!  Awesome job.
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10  Tied a feather in his hat and called it cauliflower. in Vegetarian / Vegan by blupaisan on: September 06, 2014 08:01:31 PM

Who needs macaroni when ya got cauliflower?
I had a perfect head of cauli and could not find a recipe with ingredients i had. So I winged it and came up with this little gem that turned out great.

had to put that  pic in there cuz it was so purty.

Fresh out of the oven, I guess I will call it On-a-Whim Cauliflower bake.

One head cauliflower
Two fresh tomatos
3/4 cup dried bread crumbs
5 T butter
2 C whole milk
2 t Old Bay
dash salt and pepper
3 T flour
1 C grated cheese (only thing in my fridge was meunster and a smidgen of Asagio)

cut veggie into small pieces to your liking and steam for 8 minutes
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Slice tomatos, about half inch thick.
Heat milk (I used microwave) for 2 minutes. sprinkle Old Bay on top of it.
Melt 2 T butter in saucepan over slo heat and when frothy, sprinkle in flour and use fork to mix.
Cook on lo-ish for 5 minutes.
Add 1/4 of your milk and whisk well til mixture is smooth. In a continuous stream,
add the rest of the milk while constantly whisking.
Add cheese and stir for another minute.
Using the original pot after water and steamer have made an exit, put in veggie,
and pour cheesy mixture over it. Stir a bit.
Pour all into square glass baking dish that has used a bit of butter for greasing it up.
 Melt remaining butter and mix well with bread crumbs.
 sprinkle 4 T over cheesy cauliflower then
 Place tomatos all over top.
 Using fingers, distribute remaining greasy crumbs over top.
 Bake 20 minutes.

Remove from oven and lock back door so you do not have to share it with neighbor who smells it. Or, if you are not such a Scrooge, go ahead and share. Next time you wanna borrow her lawn mower, betcha she says yes.
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