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21  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first star book.....(pic plump!) on: March 17, 2008 01:42:22 PM
Looks great! Awesome little details inside. Smiley
22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Re: Speckled and stamped Easter eggs on: March 10, 2008 03:13:00 PM
So cute!

I love the speckled eggs and will have to give them a go.

Thanks for the idea.
23  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Re: Bemidji, MN - First City on the Mississippi on: March 06, 2008 10:15:39 AM
This is great!  My dad grew up in Bemidji, so our family goes back every other year or so on a day trip . . . and always takes a picture of us with Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. 

I think its a requisite stop. It's so neat to hear from people who know Bemidji!

*it's a small world after all* playing in my head Wink
24  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Peacock Tail on: March 05, 2008 09:19:48 PM
Very cool! Congrats on the project and a little pat on your back - you deserve it.
25  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Re: Bemidji, MN - First City on the Mississippi on: March 04, 2008 06:54:34 PM
Btw, your uni's hockey team totally spanked my uni's hockey team this year.  Cry

Sweeeeeeeeeet! Go Beavers! Wink
26  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: fern suncatcher on: March 04, 2008 06:36:22 PM
This is really pretty. I like the "organic" shape of it - it's realistic and lovely.
27  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Re: Bemidji, MN - First City on the Mississippi on: March 04, 2008 02:23:15 PM
To make a few comments:

* First, thank you all for the lovely compliments! Big smile here!

* I do plan to mount it in a "floating" frame to accent the fact that it's a single piece of paper. I've done that with other papercuts and they look awesome.

* Yes, the "Old Schoolhouse" is still in operation selling cool crafts and it has a great frame shop. The A-frame you speak of, hollydaze, is still there too. Gift O' The Wild is as eye-catching and kitchy as ever.

* Bemidji has also opened a number of smaller galleries and coffee shops featuring local artists as well.

* cajunclover, I have seen the Mississippi in St. Louis and cannot believe that the brown, river-boat toting beast down there started as such a clear trickle up north. The river goes through quite a bit by the time it gets to you, and it's only half way down!

Thanks again, everyone! Smiley
28  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Bemidji, MN - First City on the Mississippi on: March 04, 2008 06:39:17 AM
There are so many awesome entries already - and what variety! Wow!

I hail from Bemidji, Minnesota. It is known for many things including its roots in the logging industry, home of the Concordia Language Villages, giant statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the blue ox, Bemidji State University, and its location near two large American Indian reservations, Canada, and generally lake-filled wilderness. It is called "The First City on the Mississippi" for an interesting reason. The mighty Mississippi river has very humble beginnings in a little lake in a beautiful state park (Itasca). From there, the river actually flows north as the topography of the land is actually lower towards the north and it flows through the lovely Lake Bemidji. Just east of the lake is the most northern point on the Mississippi, making Bemidji the first city (latitudinally and along the river's path) on the Mississippi.

My entry is an original papercut representing the headwaters of the Mississippi, where you can walk across the river on slippery rocks, and then the general shape of the river as it flows all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.

Here is the entire papercut, which measures about 5 x 8.5 inches:



A close-up of the top half:



And a detailed close up of the headwaters:



The image is cut from a single piece of black cardstock using only an x-acto blade. I taped it to the window to photograph it. Smiley

I based the cut from the photo from this site:

http://www.mnhs.org/places/nationalregister/stateparks/Itas83.html

And here's a link to a page of great Bemidji and Mississippi River-related information:

http://www.visitbemidji.com/location/mississippi.html

Thanks so much for looking!
29  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Bridesmaid Bouquet -- Origami/sakura/crane themed wedding on: February 25, 2008 05:32:44 PM
Can you have a folding day with bridesmaids/friends/sisters/random people walking past the house? If you teach one person before the day then there are 2 of you to help everyone else. No, every one will not be perfect but they will made by people who love you and from my perspective that is so much more wonderful.

Excellent idea -- I was thinking of putting your fiance to the task!

Absolutely gorgeous, creative, crafty, and memorable! Be sure to pamper those fingers when you're done. I think you've more than earned a manicure!
30  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: My most ambitious project yet!! on: February 15, 2008 10:45:24 AM
Wow!

What patience and skill! This looks rad.
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