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1  Re: IYP (invite your partner) 25 - Silver Jubilee Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rackycoo on: April 16, 2014 01:06:22 PM
I received from MissingWillow a few days ago, but unfortunately, a ceramic bowl she made for me broke in the mail. I loved all the other goodies she sent so much that I told her not to worry about the bowl, but she's so sweet that she sent me a new one anyway. It arrived today, so now I'm going to post everything she sent all together.

First, the replacement bowl. I love this so much. The colors are just perfect! I will be using this all the time. ALL the time.

Next, more ceramics: these beautiful shrines for me to fill. Or leave plain. I may just put votive candles in them. I think that would be beautiful! In the pictures you can also see some really pretty ceramic leaves and three bird heads, that will no doubt find their way into some of my art.

Gorgeous dish towels. Even the hubby was impressed with these, which is no easy feat.

Detail. These colors are perfect for my kitchen. Coincidence? I think not.

And some little goodies to play with: wooden spools with fibers on them, and some sweet little flowers.

Thanks so very much, MW! Everything you sent was so thoughtful and well made.  Kiss
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2  Re: Craftster vs. Pin Craftalong in Craftalongs by rackycoo on: April 12, 2014 06:41:33 AM
I was inspired by this pin from pottermouth's boards: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/131659989081057725/

To make her a leprechaun for the IYP swap:

(More pics here.)
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3  Egg-shaped Leprechaun in Occasions and Holidays: Challenge Entries by rackycoo on: April 09, 2014 08:09:41 AM
I am partnered with the A-mazing pottermouth in the IYP, and one thing she said she'd really like is something Irish. I am not a clay person, but I had some paper clay and really wanted to give it a shot. I know a lot of people use foil as the bases for clay things, but I used a plastic Easter egg instead. Thank goodness this contest was announced before I started, or I never would have had that idea! The egg was a nice smooth surface to work on. If I were to do it again, I'd glue it shut before working with it, because for a while there, it was popping open and that was not cool!

So here's the little fella, with his lovely egg-shaped figure:

My daughter found the rusty shamrock years ago. It's the perfect thing for him to hold, and it made it easier for me to figure out how to do his arms. Cheesy

Because he's built over an egg, I had to construct a funny little butt on him, but sorry, I didn't get a good shot of his derriere.

And a closeup of his face. I just had to freckle him up a bit. Once he was painted, I brushed him all over with some ink to age him, and then gave him a nice coat of glaze to make him shiny.

Happy Easter/St. Patrick's Day!  Cheesy
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4  Re: Craftster vs. Pin Craftalong in Craftalongs by rackycoo on: April 01, 2014 04:48:05 AM
Love this thread!

Here's my first contribution. I was inspired by this pin (love it!):

To make this!

Here's a link to more about the project: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432514.msg5179062#msg5179062
More Pin-spired art to come!

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5  Nutterflies Are Free in Completed Projects by rackycoo on: April 01, 2014 04:44:45 AM
Sneak peak:

Pinterest is so inspiring! I have always loved this Pin:

My cousin, who just joined Craftster, loves butterflies. He's also crazy about peanuts. Today is his birthday, so I just had to figure out how to combine his two loves into one. Here's what I came up with:

The plaque on the bottom is a Tim Holtz word band. It reads: "reality has limits, imagination is boundless", which I think is perfect for this piece!

I think the peanuts make the paper wings so much more real looking, being 3D and all. Here's a closeup of a couple of my favorites, where you can see just how realistic they really are. Floral stamens make perfect antennae.

And, one more for the road. Oh look, there's a little caterpillar joining the crew. He's dreaming of the day he too, can fly free.

I hope my cuz loves this. I think it will be perfect in his office!
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6  Summer Memories Mini Album in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by rackycoo on: March 30, 2014 12:02:36 PM
What's new this month at Alpha Stamps? Vintage albums with a beachy vibe! Here's a little souvenir album I created with all the fun new products. Hopefully it brings to mind someone's long ago summer fun memories. This book has so many pages that I'm just going to post a couple of my favorites here. 

The cover. Can you believe it's made from a collage sheet image, just glued to shirt cardboard? I think it looks like real leather! All the inside pages are made with 7Gypsies scrapbook paper, cut to size and sewn together in a single signature.

A great old photo of two couples on vacation, and some vintage tickets. I found a whole set of these photos of Maddie, Al, Irene and Gus on a roadtrip in 1933. I love them! They look like they had the best time.

The paperclips are decorated with little washi tape flags. So easy to do and so cute! I love using tiny glassine coin envelopes. Hole reinforcements make a great grabby spot for some baker's twine so you can pull the tags out.

Another photo of the vacationers, plus some collage sheet images and vintage stamps.

That's a little taste of it.

If you want to see all the pages or get a link to all the supplies I used, you can find them on my blog. Thanks for taking a look.  Smiley
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7  A Few More Scary Toys in Completed Projects by rackycoo on: March 28, 2014 07:38:37 AM
I'm still enjoying making Scary Toys. Here are a couple that required human doll sacrifices. Sorry, baby doll. 

This one might be waving at you:

But this one definitely wants to punch you out. Cheesy

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8  Re: list your etsy store here! in Selling Crafts on Etsy.com by rackycoo on: March 27, 2014 01:13:56 PM

After a little break, I just reopened my shop, Racky Road, and will be featuring Halloween items and my Scary Toys. Come on by, we won't bite.  Cheesy

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9  Terribly Important SOB Toy & Photo Holder in CHALLENGE 96 ENTRIES by rackycoo on: March 03, 2014 10:26:33 AM
I just participated in the Terribly Important SOB swap, where participants all pay homage to each other's importance. My partner, noooitaremybirhtday, chose to be referred to as "The Ultimate Winner". One thing I made her was this toy with a banner, to head any parade that might crop up in her honor.

noooitaremybirthday is expecting a Very Important Baby soon, so the ultimate use for this toy is a photo holder. I hope it will make a cute addition to baby's room. (Note: her baby will most likely not look like this photo...this is an example only! Cheesy)

We've had such fun in this Terribly Important Swap! Check out the gallery!
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10  SWAP & SHARE CHALLENGE! in The Swap Gallery by rackycoo on: March 03, 2014 07:12:52 AM

Have you sent something awesome to a swap partner lately? I know you have! Was it posted in the swap gallery but you still haven't given it its own thread? Enter it now into the Swap & Share Challenge! Get that project recognized, and win a great prize!

If you're a frequent swapper, I'll bet you have some projects you've been meaning to post about but just haven't yet. Enter today! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431303.0#axzz2urh9mEGh

And good luck!
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