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1  Merit Badges in Completed Projects by Phizzychick on: November 20, 2014 07:01:35 AM
I have a monthly altered book workshop. Some people drop in to try it every once in a while and I start them off so they can continue at home, and others come every month to do the different themes. They don't know it yet but those people will have attained their altered book merit badges next month Grin I just need to make a little certificate now to go with the rosette brooches.



I purchased the scissors badges from www.waggonswest.etsy.com as a custom order and then added the sari silk and tape measure to make them more 'me' Cheesy





I'm hoping they will be surprised and love them!
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2  Grinning Pumpkin in Occasions and Holidays: Challenge Entries by Phizzychick on: November 02, 2014 04:35:45 PM
This is my wee pumpkin. Mine seem to be getting wider grins and more teeth every year.

I like to think that he'd have some kind of evil raspy cackle.

Carved the old fashioned way...kinda...with a grapefruit spoon and a grapefruit knife! Cheesy

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3  Autumnal Altered Book in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Phizzychick on: October 27, 2014 04:42:50 PM
I created this book inspired by my lovely swap partner with autumnal and Buddhist elements.

I bought a child's board book and removed the top layer before painting the backgrounds and going wild with collage Grin













I loved using these autumn colours!
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4  Re: WWP 53 Samhain Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Phizzychick on: October 27, 2014 07:32:14 AM
So much eye candy in this gallery, everything is wonderful! I really love the DotD shrine Wulf created, and the Samhain pumpkin by spazgirl1981. Love your burlap wrapping too!

Thank you for all the lovely comments! It was a pleasure to make everything Smiley

I have received my bounty from holistic knitter and she really spoilled me! So funny that we thought alike with the boxes too.

Here is everything together

I haven't photographed the bingo card dec or tea separately, but the tea smells wonderful and the dec is already hung up!

The gorgeous wood burned box and autumnal contents Grin


Wonderful moon painting. She said this was one her first, and I think it's wonderful, so expressive!

Elemental bottles. I love these so much, they went straight onto my small altar in my living room!
Earth: Soil, twig and slate from her front garden
Water: Sand and shell from Gimlet Rock
Air: Feather from Conwy Water Gardens
Fire: Copper wire from bracelet & candle tip
Spirit: Quartz crystal from her own reiki box

Cosy burnt orange fingerless mitts for keeping warm on autumn walks, wonderful notecards, trio of red candles & wood burned keyring which I have promptly attached my keys to!


Black & orange snakeskin agate necklace, sunstone dowsing pendulum and a hanging Samhain Goddess, which had gone straight onto my curly Hazel branch with my other decorations.


Thank you so much! x
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5  Fishing Boat Watercolour in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Phizzychick on: October 20, 2014 04:00:53 PM
I created this little watercolour painting for my dad's 70th birthday. His initials and age make up the name of the boat. We were due to travel to Greece together a couple of weeks ago but my mum was ill so we went on our own. I was hoping to pick a boat that my dad had liked, so I just had to go with my choice instead Cheesy



Before framing...
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6  Journey - ATC in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Phizzychick on: September 10, 2014 10:11:33 AM
I've not made an ATC for a while, but a local gallery has started setting up a swap to coincide with their gallery themes, the most recent one being Journey, so I created this...



It wasn't till after I'd finished that I saw the connection between the card that I'd used, a 7, and that it was a Severn Valley Railway ticket Cheesy I like that the ticket number ends in a 7 too, another great coincidence, because I have two tickets and randomly chose this one.
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7  The Traveller in Completed Projects by Phizzychick on: September 04, 2014 04:21:09 PM
An altered book owned by an eccentric adventurer. He travels the world going wherever the wind blows him with his trusty book containing everything he needs on his travels. Lots of strange, curious or practical nick-knacks have accumulated on the book on one journey or another, including a wooden spoon!

I had so much fun putting this together, thinking of all the things he might have collected along the way, and searching for the perfect items for him. Smiley

The wee jar has sequins and handmade beads in...because you never know when you'll need to fancy up your clothes to party when you're travelling. You might meet royalty! Cheesy




Scissors, paintbrush, button, spare key...


Boyancy aid, wooden spoon and peg. Just in case!


It doesn't open so you just get a little glimpse of what lurks inside it. Papers, tickets, lace, maps, random playing card...
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8  Wizards Cupboard in Completed Projects by Phizzychick on: August 11, 2014 08:35:43 AM
When I found this old cupboard in a local antique/junk shop I couldn't wait to start making things to fill it's shelves!

I think this miniature magical cabinet could belong to a wizard, or to a witch, but whoever it does belong to they have a lot of spell books, interesting jars and curious scrolls filling up their shelves...and very cluttered drawers!

I decided they needed a little back story too with family portraits on the back wall. There's also a large box of soup on there...who doesn't love soup?



The drawers are crammed full of all kinds of useful knick-nacks. Thank goodness the cupboard doors don't open, I'm sure there's just more mess to behold in there!



A closer look at what (and who) is on the shelves...
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9  Altered Jeans! in CHALLENGE 101 ENTRIES by Phizzychick on: August 09, 2014 02:32:36 PM
I've been hording pairs of black jeans for years thinking I would one day combine them and create one great pair from them, so when I saw this challenge I knew it was a sign! Cheesy I didn't wear any of the 4 pairs anymore so to get a pair I'll wear all the time was an achievement!

Here's how they turned out...


The pair I used for the base fit me great but were really, really long and I got bored of the turn-ups. The 3 other pairs had great elements on them or texture, and I used a little bit off a grey top I didn't wear any more.

Jeans mash up!


I started cutting out some of the details I liked from the other jeans and sewing them on.


Then I cut off one of the legs to a better length. I used some of the waistband and closure of another pair to create a new cuff.
I also attached part of the fabric from the same pair of jeans up to the knee on the same side, and added some detail with little X's. This took forever! Cheesy


Here's how the top of the patch looks, and also some detail I started adding on the other leg. Just a crazy patchwork.


...and more stitching!


I wanted to create some more texture so I shredded a small area with a knife to patch under and stitch back on.
I also painted some household bleach details on.


I wasn't sure what to do with the other turn-up, I quite liked them different, but in the end I used the rest of the waistband to finish that one off.




And voila! One pair of black jeans that I'll actually wear Grin


I think I'll be working on these for a while. I tend to sew them while I'm wearing them and bored Cheesy

Thanks for looking!
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10  Two Altered Books in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Phizzychick on: May 17, 2014 06:38:25 AM
I've been altering book pages for years, but recently I've been thinking more about the outsides of the books and the idea of them as sculptures. These are my first two altered book 'sculptures'... Smiley

The Earth's Secrets - with it's sealed contents remaining a mystery, just like archaeology hidden in the earth. There are flowers and shoots growing out of the book, and the pocketwatch represents the passing of time Smiley


The Butterfly - I like to think that it's been fluttering over flowers in meadows before it drifts on the breeze into the library and rests on this book.


This one has more things pressed between it's pages...


Thanks for looking! Smiley
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