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1  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - AUGUST 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by oddacity on: September 14, 2014 07:38:09 AM
Sorry for my tardiness with this last picture!

I received this AWESOME cats ATC from Mountains and Clouds! I really love your drawing and watercolor style a lot. I also like the way you drew the cat - the framing of the picture makes it look like it's all up in your face, like when kitties like to wake you up in the morning. ^_^

She also threw in a super cute extra card. Thank you!!! I love them both. Smiley
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2  Hand Stitched Cute & Nerdy "Merit Badges" in Needlework: Completed Projects by oddacity on: September 07, 2014 09:11:32 PM
I've always loved merit badges...I never actually earned any when I was in Girl Scouts (most of the requirements were way too long and involved for my 10-year-old self) but they always appealed to me because I like collecting cute little things. Why I like ATCs so much, I guess. ^_^

I've been working really hard over the past couple of weeks making these! I'm doing all sorts of cute little pictures and icons, but of course I have a large focus on nerdy things.

Picture 1 (L-R): Mushroom, 20-sided die, Sailor Moon crescent, rainbow, bi pride flag, Rarity cutie mark
Picture 2 (L-R): Mario 1-up mushroom, Mario Super Star, Sailor Venus symbol, glasses, fried egg (yum!), Sailor Mars Symbol

I have lots more ideas (but I'm always welcoming more!) so I'm going to keep churning these out as much as I can until I have to apply for my local con's Artist Alley in January. Prepping for shows is hard work! I'm not sure how people do it. But I'm gonna work hard so I can finally live my dreams! Yeahhh!! ^_^
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3  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - AUGUST 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by oddacity on: August 30, 2014 05:23:18 PM
I'm so glad you both liked your cards! I've been having a lot of fun recently getting back into all sorts of artsy things I forgot I liked to do. Rediscovering painting was one of them! I'm not particularly good at it but it sure is fun to mix up some paint and brush it onto a page. ^__^

I received from cmarion3 today! My theme was feminism.

She sent me two cards because she said she got overenthusiastic. I hear ya on that one! I love them both! I had never heard the quote by Rebeca West before but thought it was pretty great. Also I love the colors and textures of the paper! Thank you so much!!! Cheesy
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4  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - AUGUST 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by oddacity on: August 26, 2014 03:40:12 PM
StudioANF, I'm so glad you like the coffee card! That's definitely the most out of the box I've ever gone with an ATC design, and I was really happy with how it turned out. ^_^ I admit the prices for coffee are pretty cheap...I based them on the prices at Caribou Coffee where I used to work but I made them a little cheaper because I always thought the prices were ridiculous, hehe.

Loving everyone else's cards! I like the texture on that TARDIS one and the lace on the victorian one especially. Cheesy

Also I received from mariak! The theme is coffee (man I love coffee)

Did I mention I love coffee? Well, I did, but so does this card. hehe. Also, I love this card! ;p
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5  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - AUGUST 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by oddacity on: August 24, 2014 09:01:36 PM
Received from sammylouise40 yesterday!

Very cool card! I love the colors. I also swoon over pretty much anything celtic-knot related. ^_^
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6  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - AUGUST 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by oddacity on: August 22, 2014 07:44:51 PM
Received from lilusa today! I got this really awesome Sailor Moon card. ^^ (I also now have a working scanner, which has a push-button automatic scan feature that somehow is better than any TWAIN I've ever used in an image editor...weird but awesome! Super stoked!)

I loooove the glittery tiara! So shiny and perfect. Cheesy
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7  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - AUGUST 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by oddacity on: August 18, 2014 02:03:51 PM
I got a bonus card from SunnyDawn today, since she had already made it before she realized there was a claiming mix-up. Thank youuuu ^_^ Appropriately titled "Free Coffee" hehe! I really love the colors and different textures in this!

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8  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - AUGUST 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by oddacity on: August 15, 2014 06:14:15 PM
Got my card from StudioANF! The theme she chose was Nintendo video games.

Looooooove the stencil effect, and the watercolor accent colors! Very neat card. Thank you!! ^^
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9  Moon Crystal Power, MAKE UP! in Needlework: Completed Projects by oddacity on: July 27, 2014 09:32:17 PM
HEY Y'ALL. Wow, I have been gone from Craftster for such a long time! Life has changed so much for me since the last time I was active here. Back then I was a floundering college junior, now I'm a full fledged adult with a job. A CRAFTY JOB, no less (I work in a bead store) !!! The past few years I've really been missing the close-knit interactive online communities I was involved with way back when. I got sucked into Tumblr which has honestly been kind of a drag lately, but I can't let myself quit until I have somewhere else to make my home. What better place than with all you lovelies?

SO for my triumphant return to Craftster, I present you with this piece. I'm really not an embroiderer, like at all, but out of nowhere I got this sudden urge to stitch something. This isn't exactly my first time doing this, but it's probably my first completed piece in...15 years?

I'm a big Sailor Moon fan, and what with the new anime airing right now, I've seriously got it on the brain! Sailor Moon has honestly been one of the biggest creative inspirations for me over the years. No matter how old I get, every time I go back to it, it just makes me want to create things. ^^;

To make this, first I found the image of her transformation brooch (the one from the second season of the anime). I actually brought it up on my Cintiq screen and, laying my hoop over top of it, traced it directly onto my fabric with marker. Not easy. Not recommended. But I don't have a printer or lightbox or anything so it was the best I could do. xD I tried using pencil at first but that was too hard. Marker worked great, and it honestly didn't matter what it looked like since I knew I was going to cover everything up with stitches.

After that, I outlined everything with split stitch. The yellow I filled in with satin stitch, and the pink is also split stitch. I originally tried to do the pink in satin stitch, but as many of you probably know satin stitch can get a bit messy and unwieldy...plus I didn't like the movement of the lines. I wanted them to follow the curves of the design, so split stitch ended up working out best. I really love the way it turned out; great texture, great flow of the lines, but also a very neat and uniform look. Smiley The little colored circles are done in I guess some kind of circular/spiral stem stitch...IDK if there's a real name for that. xD

You also might notice that on the thin yellow border I attempted to do some shading (you'd probably notice it better if this wasn't a fancy instagram pic, my bad xD). I used 5 different colors and a kind of hatching technique to blend them together. I wanted to try shading on the rest of it but it ended up looking kind of strange when I tried, so I left it out. I'm honestly not sure if I should go back and try to add any in - I like the way it looks now and don't want to mess it up, but I think it looks kind of funny with shading only on the border and nowhere else! Oh well, perhaps I'll make up my mind when I get around to figuring out what I want to do with this!

Thanks for looking, and I'm glad to be back. Smiley
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10  Re: Back to Hogwarts Gallery in The Swap Gallery by oddacity on: October 16, 2011 05:52:42 PM
Finally posting pictures! Sorry it's taken so long, school has been kicking my butt. But here is everything!

Wizards_Pupil sent such an amazing package. Aaaaaa I love it!

She drew some great pics on the outside of the box:

The package had a great theme! Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Luna all sent me little care packages with things I'll be needing as a student at Hogwarts. :] My house was Gryffindor, my shop Flourish and Blotts, and my class Charms. We decided between ourselves that we weren't necessarily going to stick to those three things for items (even though I ended up figuring things out that way for the stuff I made, lol), so as you can see members of Gryffindor house all sent me things, and there are many book and writing themed things because I chose Flourish and Blotts.

Luna's package:

A butterbeer cork necklace, some issues of the quibbler, dirigible plum earrings (I made some for myself about 4 years ago and these are so much better, I love them and wear them a lot! Cheesy They've gotten me a bunch of compliments too :3), magnets, a bookmark, a vial of vinegar to turn into wine, some other items for charms, and The Standard Book of Spells.

Harry's Package:

Some bookmarks, a Lumos spell "charm" and a pack of Droobles gum!

Hermione's Package:

Hogwarts: A History, of course! Cheesy

Ron's Package:

Ron got Dean to paint me a Luna Lovegood shirt!

Thank you SOOOO much Wizards_Pupil! I love everything. :] Thanks for an amazing swap!
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