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1  Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cackle on: September 22, 2014 09:46:09 AM
I just received the most amazing, enchanting piece of art from Killam Creative. It's gorgeous and I can't say how much I love it!
Pictures speak louder than words, so here they are:

A beautiful Fairy Forest shadow box. All the little details are wonderful....


It's truly an enchanting little jewel of a thing. The pictures don't convey how delicate it is and it smells really good!
So much sensory stuff going on. KC, thank you so much....I truly love it and will treasure it. ((Hugs))
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2  Miniature Christmas Tree Kit in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by cackle on: September 20, 2014 03:33:58 PM
My sister and I were partners for the IYP swap and she mentioned that she like my Christmas tree ornaments, so I decided to make her a kit in miniature-
A dozen 1 inch by 1 inch ornaments (plus two 1/2 inch ones).

I had an old cigar box that I covered with some nice red and green papers. I left some of the wood
showing as it was so pretty.

I made dividers out of book board and covered them with the same papers, glued them in and used some gold ink on the edges.

I used lots of different papers for the ornaments (which are 1"x 1" blocks) and a lot of Stickles sparkles and
metal findings and beads. I drilled holes top and bottom in each ornament (after I covered them with paper) and used E6000 to glue the beaded head pins in place.

I made a Merry Christmas banner and covered an oblong piece of book board in green paper to wrap the banner on to keep it tidy.
I found some tiny red and gold garland, tied them up with ribbon and added those as well.

A fun and very rewarding project!
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3  Re: The Snarky Housewives Swap GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by cackle on: September 17, 2014 01:23:14 PM
I just received some true snark from the lovely Mistress Jennie!

Behold! The snakiest refrigerator magnets this side of the Mason-Dixon line......

A little closer shot so you can see the wee barbed comments.

Jennie knows how much I love to alter things, so she sent along a few extras:

She used these cute labels on the back of each magnet, but I neglected to take pics of the back.
(been up since 3 am...my mind is not at it's best.  Tongue)

Thank you, Jennie! I love them and they are on my frig right this minute.  Kiss
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4  'Jennie's Favorite' Plaque in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by cackle on: September 11, 2014 04:36:06 PM
I made this plaque for the fabulous Mistress Jennie as we're partners in the Snarky Housewife Swap.
It's a 6 x 6 canvas board with a big cut out of her favorite gin. I shrunk some tarot cups cards to fit the lady's hand. I love the one on the bottom left with the ice cubes and her legs in the air!

In the original image, she was being handed a tall glass of Budweiser. Yuck! perfect switcheroo.  Grin

I tried to get a picture of the thumb as it's a bit three dimensional, but it's not showing up very well.

It was fun making this for you, Jennie dear!
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5  Bird Shrine in Completed Projects by cackle on: August 14, 2014 05:56:22 AM
I made this shrine for PerfectlyBohemian in the Whimsical Shrine swap.
I found this little cupboard thingy at Goodwill. Here is what it looked like after I took the doors off and gave it a bit of primer.

Here it is finished:

The twigs are dead fall from my dogwood trees. The flowers are raw brass stampings enameled with nail polish, the little eggs are felted, papers are G45.

I also made little bird cards that I tucked into the drawer, but because 'out of sight is out of mind' I forgot to take pictures of them. Ah, well!
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6  Re: Whimsical Shrine Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cackle on: August 12, 2014 11:45:50 AM
PerfecltyBohemian and I exchanged our shrines in person late this morning/early afternoon and boy oh boy, did she outdo herself!
I am so delighted and happy to have PB as my partner!
Here is the wonderful Shrine she made for me:
 It's a solar powered lantern!

I adore it. She hand made everything in there, from the polymer clay sprite, the beautifully done shrine behind her head and the stunning moth at her feet!
The background forest scene is all hand painted as well.

Every detail is so well thought out and crafted. The tiny mushrooms, the eggs, her wee hat. (Sorry about the reflection of my fingers in the glass)

Her hair is made of mohair and her nest sits on a spool! Lovely!

PerfectlyBohemian even painted some beautiful birds she sees in her back garden on the back of the lantern.

A charming, lovely thing to have in my home! PB, thank you so much for all your care and thoughtfulness! I love what you made me and it has been a privilege to be your partner.  Kiss

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7  Snarky 50's Housewives in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by cackle on: August 08, 2014 11:21:56 AM
Yep, it's true, Snarky Housewives  really do have a patron saint and here she is. Let me introduce you to Mildred, the Patron Saint of Snarky Housewives! She's formidable, she's edgey, if she needs to, she'll take you out!
Come play with the rackle in our Snarky Housewives Swap Here

Here's the unapproachable Vanessa:

Alpha Stamps has tons of great scrapbook papers, snarky housewife collage sheets, and miniature supplies for housewives, just search under "retro kitchen".
AND.....check out racky's snarky bitches Here
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8  Re: Mini Altered Tin Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cackle on: July 02, 2014 09:19:44 AM
I just received this spectacular tin from felicitybaby.

I was thoroughly stalked by fb! She discovered my fondness for the Fiji Mermaid and ran with it.

This piece is so well done, with all the wonderful little details. fb, am I right in saying you made the ringmasters coat and hat? They are awesome!
All the details are wonderful and the finishing is great.
And I must say, a very cool way to re-purpose a Barbie Doll!

I'm thrilled to own this! Thank you for swapping with me, felicitybaby, you are awesome.  Kiss

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9  Re: Altered Spool Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cackle on: July 02, 2014 09:02:42 AM
I received the most charming spool from Knickertwist.....

Knickers knows how much I love hares and she really hit a home run with this winsome fellow!

The spool is dripping with gorgeous lace and the hare is hand sculpted from paper clay. Wonderful!
I really like the soft color palate she chose, I adore everything about this lovely, lovely piece.
Thank you Knickers!  Kiss

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10  A Little Silver Spool in Completed Projects by cackle on: June 26, 2014 09:22:18 AM
I made this spool for Knickertwist who is my partner in the Altered Spool Swap.
If I am remembering correctly, it's about 2 1/2 inches from the top of the bead to the bottom of the crystals.

It's meant to be a sort of all year 'round ornament, but it could be a pendant as well, so not sure what category the little thing belongs in!
It's made from PMC3 (precious metal clay) and it's my first hollow form bead. A 'tube' of paper clay was made to build the bead on, mainly for support
while the pmc is drying and to keep the bead from collapsing whilst firing.

The paper clay burns away along with the binders and water in the pmc and if you have success, what you are left with is a hollow bead.
It was so much fun to figure out how to do this technique and then actually make one. I loved it and am planning to make many more!

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