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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Miniature Christmas Tree Kit 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!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / 'Jennie's Favorite' Plaque 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!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Bird Shrine 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!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Snarky 50's Housewives 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
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / A Little Silver Spool 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!

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Mailbox Makeover on: May 28, 2014 02:44:44 PM
We live in a fairly rural area and have one of those huge galvanized metal mailboxes that sits down at the bottom of our road. It was in good shape but looked terrible.
Discolored and covered with gunky tree stuff and bird poo. I've been saying I want to give it a makeover for literally years and I finally did.
We scrubbed it down and put a couple of coats of black enamel spray paint on it.
I didn't plan a design except I knew I wanted a little checkerboard border around the front edge. A row of squares cut from a piece of graph paper made a good template for that and I just free handed
the rest.
I used One Stop Sign Paint so hopefully it will last for a while!
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Little Birds Trio on: March 11, 2014 09:36:04 AM
I made these little guys yesterday because it's so springy outside. I hear it won't last, but warm weather is just around the corner!
And if it gets all snowy again, I can look at these and know the cold won't be here long.

 

 
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Odd Bird, Strange Bird on: February 20, 2014 08:40:01 AM
I made these two little guys with a bunch of stuff from Alpha Stamps.
Their wings aren't big enough for them to fly yet, but they have their bird pals to help them get around.
And get into mischief!
 

I used 4x4 artist board as the base and ric rac around the outside edges to cover the rawness of the board.
Working from the back, configured the bigger gears and glued them onto the back of the bird, then working from the front, I added smaller gears and watch parts to
fill any gaps and add detail.
I cut out the images, added a little color, crowns and wings and glued them on the birds.
I used double sided foam tape in two layers on the backs of the birds to stick the birds onto the board. I positioned them being mindful that I wanted to add title plaques to the bottom.
The last details were some crystals and a little bit of white acrylic paint dots in places that I thought looked nice!

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / The Philosopher's Stone Reliquary on: February 01, 2014 11:59:31 AM
I made this for pottermouth in the Artist Trading block Swap.
I know she has an obsessive mild interest in Harry Potter and so I asked myself a lot of 'what if?' questions and the one that clicked
with me was, what if shards of the Philosopher's Stones survived? What would Dumbledore do with them if they weren't destroyed?
I thought perhaps he might honor the memory of his old friend Nicholas Flamel and so I decided to make a reliquary for the fragments.



The wood is butternut cut to size for an ATB. I cut a slice off of the front, cut those in half and made doors for the front.
I attached them with hinges. Oh, and I hollowed out the inside. It was a bit of a pain, since I did everything a bit out of sequence
(which is what happens when inspiration hits) and basically just wood burned the heck out of the whole thing.

I've had that tiny bottle for at least 15 years. (No, I am not a hoarder)  Cheesy   I put some Czech glass beads in a baggy, wrapped them in a paper towel and
smashed the heck out of them!



The bottle comes out to reveal two larger shards of the stone inset into the wood.


View of the back


I finished it with mineral oil and beeswax.
So maybe there are a few shards of that stone kicking around in the cellars of Hogwarts......




10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Waiting for Spring on: January 27, 2014 03:23:59 PM
It's been unseasonably cold where I live. And windy.
I need something to remind myself that as pretty as winter is, it doesn't last forever. Thank gawd.



The flowers are raw brass findings that I enamel with nail polish. Make sure you have good ventilation when you're
using it....it's pretty dang noxious, but I love the results.



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