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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / The Fish House on: July 14, 2016 03:05:57 PM


I've been doing a lot of beach related projects lately. For this one, I took a folding house shrine from Alpha Stamps and created "The Fish House". When it's all folded up, it looks like a house made of waves. I couldn't resist adding a small window on the side.


The roof is made of corrugated cardboard with the top thin layer of paper removed. A different bathing beauty is featured on the back.


When the house is opened up, it's apparent why I named it The Fish House (or at least I hope it is!) The King of Fish watches over his kingdom from the center panel, while his loyal subjects collect the perfect fish from the surrounding ocean. He has put those bathing beauties to work!


Here's my favorite panel. She's so proud of the catch of the day.


 The house is hinged together with washi tape, while the striped outline on the top and bottom of the panels is made from thin strips of the scrapbook paper used in the striped panels.

Here's the outer view of the opened house, but I have to admit that I'm still partial to the King and his helpers of The Fish House.

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Little Pink Houses on: June 24, 2016 08:06:01 AM
Well, they're not all pink, but some of them are! Here's a set of tiny houses I made recently. The largest is only 2 3/4" tall! They're designed to be shrines, but I decided I wanted the backs to be the fronts for display.


A closer look at the little angel:


#25:


A girl with a sweet wish:


And the wistful kid in 419:


I kept the open part in the back simple, because you never know what might find its way into one of these little houses. Around Easter time, it may be a family of rabbits.


At other times, it could be any sort of thing, like a Frozen Charlotte or a miniature chalkware dog.


So although I'll probably mostly display the kids' sides, it's nice to know I can arrange and rearrange the insides whenever I want to switch things up.

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Washi Tape iPad Cover on: May 30, 2016 12:27:24 PM
Here's a little quicky project I did this weekend. I recently purchased a new iPad cover because the one I had was literally falling apart. I found a $10 cover on Amazon, and it's like my whole tablet is brand new. Yesterday I was messing around in the craft room and decided to pull out my washi tape and customize the cover. It was a plain mint green, but now...


It helped that I had a couple of rolls of thinner tape, because I don't think it would work to put tape in the folds. Having the thinner tape meant that I could cover each of the three areas fully. I burnished everything really well once it was in place, so hopefully the tape will last long without pealing.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Alice at Tea, altered tin on: May 02, 2016 10:53:08 AM
It's been too danged long since I made altered an Altoids tin! Here's one I just made with an Alice in Wonderland theme. The base of the tin is made from letters from an old spelling game. The porcelain hand on top holds a tasty looking tart, and is surrounded by the White Rabbit's pocket watch and a key. I used Apoxie Sculpt to adhere these items.


The Cheshire Cat is actually a chipboard die-cut from Alpha Stamps, designed to fit right inside a tin. The details on the trees and cat were done with colored pencils, while the insert border was painted to match the color of the background paper I chose. I used a tiny brush to apply bright white paint to accent the cat's eyes and teeth. Here's a little closeup.


The figures from the collage sheet are attached to the back of the tin with foam dots to give the scene even more dimension. I used pink pom pom fringe because I liked the 50's sort of color vibe it added.


Because I know you like to see the back! The letter cubes are attached to a base of scrapbook paper-wrapped cardboard up under the tin. That's so the pom poms in the front don't hang down and obscure the letters.


Gotta go alter more tins!
5  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Altered Dolls on: April 12, 2016 07:08:40 AM
How about a challenge where you take an old doll and alter it. You could make her cute or scary or weird. Just provide before and after photos of your doll to show what you did to her. Smiley
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Pam and Sam Spam, altered tin on: April 01, 2016 06:23:24 AM
We couldn't have Spam without Pam and Sam, and many of their tasty relatives. Here are the two lovebirds, up on a pediment as testimony to their love of this delicious pork product.


I used a real Spam can for authenticity, but full disclosure: Sam and Pam are made of clay, not actual Spam.


Here's a photo of Sam and Pam off the Spam can, so you can see their wittle curly tails.


Oink oink!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Fairy garden in blue pot on: March 24, 2016 07:35:34 AM
I've been wanting to make a fairy garden forever! I took a bright blue pot that was currently only hosting dead annuals (so sad!), and replanted it with tiny plants to create a sweet little garden. You can tell it's early spring, because my grass has only just begun to green up.

I made a little bunting for the garden, because fairies love festive things. The bunting is made from scrapbook paper, cut into little flags and strung with baker's twine across two painted bamboo skewers. It's a nice little entrance to the fenced in sitting area of the garden.


Fairy gardens are pretty popular right now, and my local nursery even had a table full of tiny plants specifically for tiny gardens. There was lots to choose from, including some that can look like bushes, and several varieties of tiny trees. My "tree" is a small boxwood.  The grass is a lovely moss that will eventually bloom with tiny white flowers.


What really makes the garden fun is the adorable accessories, scaled perfectly for a tiny fairy. This garden contains a white picket fence, a stepping stone path, several clay pots, and a bench for resting (someone's been doing yard work; there are clippers and a watering sitting on that bench).


Two of the pots, the one with pink flowers and the hanging pot, contain paper flowers and a little bit of moss. The large pot on the right is filled with some cuttings from a butterfly bush. I may go back and purchase another tiny plant to actually plant in there. I'm not sure you could have a real plant in the hanging pot; it's so tiny! I made the shepherd's hook with a piece of wire: just bend it into shape.


Can you see the tiny porcupine hiding near the pink roses on the right? He is the cutest! Here's a closeup:


Because the flowers and bunting are paper, and the accessories are small and not fastened down in any way, this garden will live on my covered porch where it will be protected from rain and leaf blowers. Hopefully the fairies will be able to find it and will visit often!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Robert Burns Artist Trading Block on: January 25, 2016 02:18:52 PM
Robert Burns, the national poet of Scotland, was born January 25, 1759. Tonight is Burns Night, and people all over the world will celebrate his birthday with traditional Scottish fare. My next door neighbors invited us to share in their Burns Night feast tonight, and insisted that we bring nothing. We can't go over there empty handed, so since they are such Burns fans, I made them a little R. Burns birthday souvenir, using the best known portrait of Burns by Alexander Nasmyth. Added a little party hat and some fireworks, and there you have it.


The back, featuring a blessing he wrote.


Not sure what my friends will think of this little gift, so we're also bringing Champagne.  Cheesy
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Zebra Circus Wagon on: January 04, 2016 10:56:52 AM
One thing I really love about the Alpha Stamps' monthly kits is how versatile they are. This month, the design team's stated theme was "Valentine Paper Theatres", but when I saw the square shrine and the wonderful stripey papers, all I could think of was "circus"! So, circus it is. The cardboard shrine was the perfect size to transport a zebra to the big top.


The square shrine is designed to have a taller facade on top, but for the circus wagon, I used the shrine upside down. I added extra cardboard on the two sides and the back in order to make a good base for the wheels. Here's a picture of how the back looks with the 1" of extra cardboard on the bottom. The wheels come with the pieces shown here painted black. Once they're in place, it's easy to thread the axle through them and attach the wheels. Just make sure you have them lined up properly; I first put my wagon together without gluing it to make sure that these axle holders were on straight.


I got the zebra from my local Michaels store, and then dressed her up for her circus debut. I painted her hooves glittery red with Stickles, and then gave her a ruffle made of pom pom fringe. I also used Stickles to create little red jewels on her crown. She's so fancy! I added a little 3D trim to the Cirque facade; here you can see some black and white braid and some gold star studs.


Back of the wagon, an advertisement for the act:


The rope in front was added to make this a pull toy. I punched a hole in the cardboard and threaded the cord through it. I tied a big knot and glued it to the wall of the side to keep it firmly attached. The end of the cord is glued into a small wooden finial, which I painted black and gold and then glazed. The back step was an old wooden block I happened to have, cut to size. Matchsticks make the perfect flag poles.


Huzzah! The circus is in town! For a list of supplies, click here.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Tin of the Month Club 2015 on: December 08, 2015 01:06:53 PM
I've been holding on to a set of 12 tiny tins forever. At the beginning of this year, I decided to set a goal to alter one tin a month, to represent that month. I've been posting them here, in sets of three, but now that I'm done, I thought I'd post them all together. 2015 is almost over! Here's what the year looked like in tins:


And a larger photo of December's tin. Ho ho ho!


The last two months were posted here, and if you want, you can follow the links to see the rest of the individual tins. Hope your year was crafty and good!

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