Battle/Challenge: November - Myths Team: Multimedia Project Name: "Away In a Manger" Needle-Felted ATC Ornament Brief Description: Somehow "myth" connotes "fictitious" in my mind, which is not necessarily my intent here. But based on the definition of "myth" given in the prompt, I would say that the Nativity Story is one of the most widely celebrated and represented myths still told today. Project Picture:
Battle/Challenge: November - Newbies & Noobs Team: Multimedia Project Name: "Christmas on the Farm" ATC Ornament Brief Description: Playing for Team Newbie today, I present my first attempt at using waste canvas. It was more challenging than I anticipated, and so my stitch work was not as neat as I would've liked. Project Picture:
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures House: Ravenclaw Project Name: "Away in a Manger" Needle-Felted ATC Ornament Brief Description: I chose to focus on the "something that helps one cope during difficult times" aspect of the prompt. The past month or so has been extraordinarily stressful for me at work, due to some unique circumstances, and a lot of it is related to things I have no control over. So, my faith has been instrumental in me staying sane and not letting stress paralyze me at home and work these last few weeks. Additionally, the Christmas season is always something that brings joy and comfort to my heart, which is nice since November/December tends to be a difficult time at work even in the best of years. Project Picture:
This was my first time needle-felting, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! (Something about taking a sharp tool and using it repeatedly in a stabbing motion does wonders for working out one's aggressions and anxieties. )
Battle/Challenge: October - Archetype Team: Multimedia Project Name: "The Adventure Begins" Brief Description: I made this card as part of a personal swap for ATCs based on the video game "Ni no Kuni". It features the boy protagonist Oliver, and his animated doll-sidekick Mr. Drippy. Oliver actually embodies a number of the archetypes: The Innocent (he has a special kind of Pure Heart), The Hero (he is the protagonist after all), The Explorer (he journeys through a different world that is not his own), and The Magician (he is a budding Wizard in training). But I chose to have him represent The Orphan/Regular Guy, as the death of his mother is a crucial plot point in the story, and he is sort of an "Alex in Wonderland" character, exploring a new world that is mysterious and strange to him. Project Picture:
The card was drawn with a brush tip ink marker and colored with watercolor pencils.
Oy, it seems like forever since I posted a project on here...
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense Against the Dark Arts House: Ravenclaw Project Name: Hand-drawn ATCs Brief Description: The DADA assignment was to "demonstrate your strength of character and will to resist the Imperius Curse by undertaking a personal crafting challenge." For me, resisting the urge to print out, trace and copy an online source image, and drawing "free-hand" instead, represents a personal crafting challenge in my lino-block prints and ATCs. I get so nervous when I am drawing things for other people, because I want to make them perfect. But I am also working on improving my drawing/art skills, so as my friend would put it, I am trying to "embrace my inner wabi-sabi". I made these two cards for the same person (one for a personal swap, and the other for the Holiday Ornament ATC Swap). Project Picture:
(The second card is of "Mite", a creature from the video game Ni no Kuni.)
Received from kosmicgirl today. What can I say... her talent just astounds me.
This was for my "couples kissing in the snow" theme -- I am a sucker for those romantic photo Christmas cards you start seeing on Pinterest this time of year. (My SO has assured me that we will NEVER be taking a picture like that. Oh well... we live in South Texas, which gets maybe an inch of snow once every ten years, so the odds weren't really in my favor to begin with. But, I digress.) The card is entitled "Winter's First Kiss", and the picture doesn't do the deep gorgeous colors justice. I also absolutely love the double-heart charm and pretty orbs on the hanging ribbon -- I will have to remember that little trick!
I've had the opportunity to receive multiple cards from kosmicgirl before, but I think this one is now my favorite. I am just thrilled with it -- and somehow, I had a hunch you might pick this theme! Thank you so much again.
I received from 3 of my 4 partners on Saturday... but barely being home at all that day, I didn't get a chance to snap photos. Unfortunately, I won't be home from work before dark any day this week, so rather than waiting until next weekend to get pictures outside in the sunlight, I will share these less-than-optimal pics taken in my very poorly-lit craft room. (Ladies, if you have better snaps, please feel free to share them!)
From the very talented blupaisan, for my "Red, White and Aqua" theme:
That is... lace? I'm not even sure what it is, much less how to make it! It looks so delicate and complicated... very lovely. And the other side:
Next up, from our awesome organizer kaz814:
OhmahGAWSH, it is an ENTIRE Advent calendar! 25 cards, baby!!! I took off the beginning and end cards to show you, but they all hang from the top corners on these nifty hangers kaz sent.
And then, my jaw hit the floor when I saw the talent of Onyxnox.
These two cards are based on pins from my "Vintage/Retro Christmas" board. And if that was not amazing enough already...
I got this absolutely gorgeous double-sided tag for my "Preparing for Christmas" theme to boot!
Like her earlier tag, it features a nifty transparent element in the ornaments on the trees that will let light shine through. And although you can't really see it in the pics, there's also lovely shiny gold and silver elements as well.
Talk about being spoiled! A million thanks to my amazing partners for these wonderful pieces of art.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: October Detention House: Ravenclaw Project Name: Christmas Fabric House Ornament Brief Description: My partner in the One Tiny Holiday Ornament Swap lives in Australia, so although I finished this a month ago, it took 4 weeks for it to arrive to her. Anywho, my little fabric house features the fall color of red, and a bit of brown as well. (I would be remiss if I didn't point out that where I live [South Texas], the tress are still very much green, so green is most assuredly a "fall color" where I live. ) Project Picture:
My partner in the One Tiny Holiday Ornament swap received earlier this week, so now I can finally post this (been sitting on it for a month!)
Battle/Challenge: October - Seeing From a Different Angle Team: Multimedia Project Name: Christmas House Ornament Brief Description: This small house is full of angles. The frame of the house itself is a square(-ish) shape cut out of felt, and the roof is a trapezoid made of Christmas fabric. Additionally, the bottoms of the windows are right angles -- although my little fabric house defies the laws of physics (or was built on a serious slant), because my sewing skills are still very much a work in progress. Project Picture:
My stuffie from sugarmaestro arrived today! Things have been unpleasant and stressful at work as of late, so this made for a very nice treat to come home to.
Isn't he just adorable? I asked my partner to emphasize the cute over the creepy, and this handsome little bat absolutely delivers. I wish I could get some better pics, but alas, I am no longer home during daylight hours on weekdays, so these will have to do. (sugarmaestro, if you have better pics, feel free to post.)
Besides from his adorable scarf, my favorite feature is that his wings are posable! Thank you so much sugarmaestro, I am sooooo pleased with him!
Also, while I'm here, I figured I'd post a pic of what I sent my partner, since she hasn't had a chance to post pics yet:
Battle/Challenge: October - Let's Celebrate Team: Multimedia Project Name: Virus Appreciation Day PSA Doll Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=428573.0#axzz2iplgyLeq Brief Description: BEWARE! October 3rd is Virus Appreciation Day (http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/October/virusappreciation.htm) . Now, Virus Appreciation Day is not a day to "celebrate" viruses, but rather, to increase public awareness about the importance of preventing the spread of viral infections. Look at this poor little mermaid who went swimming in contaminated ocean water -- ZOMBIE PLAGUE. Don't let this happen to you, people! Please take all proper precautions to ensure that you don't contract a terrible infectious disease like the zombie plague. Project Picture: