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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Taped-up Cards on: December 04, 2014 06:06:41 AM
I bought this fabulous packaging tape for wrapping my gifts this year, and since I love the characters so much I thought it would be fun to make coordinating cards too!

I bought this tape from James Ward jimbobart on etsy. His characters are the cutest!

I snipped the tape up and used an ink pen to draw the fancy edging, and here they are as postage stamps...


2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Altered Jigsaw Curio Decorations on: December 04, 2014 05:36:10 AM
I'm putting together a Victorian Parlour in a steampunk/curio style next week for a gallery exhibition. I decided that since it's December it should have some seasonal elements to it so I've been making appropriate themed decorations for a Christmas tree. Hence, puzzle pieces! Cheesy

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Merit Badges 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!
4  Category Challenges / Occasions and Holidays: Challenge Entries / Grinning Pumpkin 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

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Autumnal Altered Book 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!
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Fishing Boat Watercolour 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...
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Journey - ATC 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.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / The Traveller 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...
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Wizards Cupboard 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...
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 101 ENTRIES / Altered Jeans! 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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