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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Kitties playing on a birthday card on: October 05, 2014 08:03:59 AM
Adorable!  I love a great pop-up card!
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 102 ENTRIES / Re: Marvin the Martian on: September 08, 2014 01:24:44 PM
Ha ha!  This is awesome!  I want one!  Cheesy
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 102 ENTRIES / Re: Fresh Skeleton Shirt on: September 08, 2014 08:07:25 AM
Naughty skeleton!  Naughty naughty!   Shocked

[I gotta get me one of these shirts!    Grin]
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 102 ENTRIES / Re: Craftster Challenge 102, Spirit Doll on: September 08, 2014 08:05:33 AM
Beautiful intricate details on this doll!  I especially love the yellow roses twining around the dolls arm.  What a lot of work went into this, and with great results!  Well done!  Cheesy
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 102 ENTRIES / A whole lotta hand-carved rubber-stampy stamps! on: September 08, 2014 08:00:08 AM


HAND-CARVED STAMPS FOR THE HAND-CARVED STAMP SWAP--ROUND 4

So, here it is, short and sweet:  I *love* to hand-carve stamps.  Love love LOVE.  So every now and then I'll host a hand-carved stamp swap.  Just to get my groove on.  [And, ooo, do we have *ripping* fun when that swap rolls around, just in case you haven't had a chance to participate!  (hint hint hint)]

The sets showing here were made for Hand-Carved Stamp Swap--Round 4.

In the interest of full-disclosure---these were made for *nine* separate partners, but all as part of one swap---so if this doesn't fit under the "one project with multiple components clause" of the Craftster Challenge rules, I am happy to bow out!  Smiley

And, yes, I do get obsessive and feel compelled to package all my stampies in little baggies.

So, without further ado,



Here are the stampy-stamps!


This one was a design I copied off the web:


Original design:


Original design:


All but the lighthouse were original designs:


Original designs:


Original designs:


Okay, yes, these were definitely original designs (naughty, naughty me)
 
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From a design from the internet:


And for those of you who are thrilled with the idea of hand-carving stamps, check out the link to our most recent swap Hand-Carved Stamp Swap--Round 5.  The swap information section is chockety full of hand-carving info, links, and fun times!  [Yes, tragically, this swap has been completed!  But I may be getting the urge to start up another one].

Okay, ha ha---talk about talking up a swap!  lol  [Bad WideEyedLife!  Bad bad bad!]

And on that note: May the Gods of Hand-Carved Stamping smile upon you!
Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy



6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Ongoing ATC Swap Discussion Thread for 2014! on: September 07, 2014 08:54:33 PM
Finally had time to update the thread... whew! You guys have been busy Smiley

I'm sorry the updates are so rare lately... we had to renovate our workspace rather unexpectedly since all our fancy shelves decided to fall down tearing wallpaper and large chunks of wall down with them, and right now, large parts of our apartment feel something like this:

(not my actual room - mine looks even worse!)

I will have even less time the upcoming months, and have been thinking of handing over the torch in October. I'll host September's swap, but someone will have to take over after that. We'll be traveling again almost the whole month, and I don't think I'll be able to keep up. If anyone feels like stepping up, just send me a pm!

Ha ha ha!  That is so freaking AWESOME!  LOVE LOVE LOVE YOUR MESS!  Cheesy   I can't believe you've had time to do anything atcs with such a huge project--not to mention the traveling! WOW.
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: First finished piece after some time away... on: September 04, 2014 04:47:28 PM
Holy awesome-sauce!  This is amazing.  Beautiful coloring and style, and very ethereal.  Completely draws me in.  Very well done!
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Every pirate wants a balloon on his birthday... on: September 04, 2014 04:46:29 PM
Oooo Ahhh!  This is SO awesome!  I love a good papercraft---and I love a good rigged ship---and I LOVE this!  GREAT job, blu!  Cheesy
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Frederick the Literate: A cross-stitch-topia of obsessive proportion on: September 01, 2014 08:33:37 AM


My completed project (I just can't get this photo to show up any larger!)


So, I started this project in 2005 (yes, folks, 2005), and FINALLY FINISHED!  "What took so long?" one might ask.  "Sure, it's a GIGANTIC cross-stitch project, but still---9 years?!"

Well, what took so long was my strange obsession with not following the pattern.   *ha ha*

This kit, based on Charles Wysocki's painting Frederick the Literate, had, I noticed, lost something in translation from painting to cross-stitch pattern. 

The original Wysocki painting


The original pattern (close-ups are of areas of the pattern that I ultimately altered to be less blocky, or I changed the titles of)



So, to make it more like the original, I free-drew the parts I didn't like, using thread as the medium---which meant I wasn't using the 1/2 stitches the pattern called for, but more like 1/18ths; and all the text in the original pattern?---I ignored the pattern completely, and free-embroidered to match the titles on the original painting as much as possible.



It was the text that got me.  Such a challenge to hand-write in embroidery thread that it took me *forever* to finish the book titles---I'd do a title or two then put it down until I had the patience to do the next.


My version:










So, there you have it.  All done!

Oh, and silly me, I realized in making this post that I'm NOT DONE YET!  I missed THE WHISKERS!  Ha ha!  What a dork!  So, still a little more to go---
But you get the idea!  lol

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: art pen case tutorial on: August 24, 2014 10:15:48 AM
Lovely flower design and very inventive!
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