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41  Re: STS Spring Market Discussion Thread signups Feb 1/13 to March 1/13 in New Swap Theme Ideas by LeapFeetFirst on: March 19, 2013 01:09:33 PM
I've added a new mini canvas and some iPhone crossstitch cases to my shop!

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42  Believe- Mixed Media Canvas in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by LeapFeetFirst on: March 10, 2013 10:23:57 PM
I can't seem to stop making mixed media canvases with lots of texture. I tried really hard to stay away from the modeling paste on this canvas, but apparently I just couldn't help my self.


So this canvas started out with a mixture of acrylic paints and spray inks. My next step was to bust into our tape stash and cover the canvas with random tape strips.

Next I used some white acrylic paint over the top. The idea was that the spaces would be white, leaving the painted spaces under the tape. However I didn't take two things into consideration with my brilliant plan.

1. Spray inks continue to react even after they've dried.
 I ended up with a pastel green/blue instead of the bright white that I wanted.

2. Electrical tape makes a really bad mask.
 The red tape above was some electrical tape I had handy. It didn't seal correctly, so the white paint seeped under the tape, messing up my clean lines.

A pretty pastel, but not really what I was going for.

So after I pulled the tape off the canvas, I tried to figure out how to salvage this piece of art. I decided to do what I do best- build up layers and layers of texture using modeling paste. I also used Distress re-inkers to draw on the canvas and added some bubble wrap stamping. The final touches were some painted cardboard strips and chipboard letters.

So I guess the moral of my story is that 1. Its really hard to resist the siren call of the texture paste and 2. If you've messed up on a piece of art, more layers of paint and texture will fix that right up Grin
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43  Re: IYP22 Crafting with the Glitz GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by LeapFeetFirst on: March 08, 2013 02:51:17 PM
I received from both of my partners!!!

First up- from A2k, an amazing purse and wallet set. I love the fabrics and the design is so functional for me. It's just the right size for all the stuff I carry.

A2K also included some fun extras- a tin and coasters to alter, some lip balm and and an awesome dictionary from the 1920's that I can't wait to use!

Secondly from alteredmommy- two pieces of artwork that have already found a home in my office. The first piece is a 6x6 canvas that has an awesome niche! I love the cool little heart with the nails.

This piece is my favorite! I love all the rusty bits and the matches and the buttons and the red thread.... I could go on and on.

Thank you so much A2K and alteredmommy! You are both so amazing!!
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44  Re: Shop the Swap Spring Market (signup feb 1-March1; claim to April 15) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by LeapFeetFirst on: February 16, 2013 02:53:40 PM
LeapFeetFirst's Shop


All of my items are crafted in a cat friendly, smoke free home.
If you need more information about any of my items, please let me know!


2 Point Items
Pink Panther- 140 yards. Hand dyed mernio plyed with bamboo.

Wild Thing- 72 yards. Core spun merino, bamboo, mohair and angelina. A wild and crazy yarn ready for a fun project!

1 Point Items
Inner Artist- 4X6 art piece

Monster Felt Badge

0.5 Point Items
Love- 2x2 mini canvas

Purity- 2x2 mini canvas

Melted Heart- 2x2 mini canvas

Bronze Felted Pendant

1 Point Items
iPhone 4/4s cross stitch case kits. one point each. Each kit comes with thread, a needle and four patterns.

For an additional point- I will cross stitch any saying that you you like.

Choose from: Orange, Purple, White, Blue or Pink

0.5 Point Items
Copper Sequin Waste- One Yard for 0.5 points. Lots available! Great for mixed media, stencils etc.

Claims made from me -
To A2K- Ink Pads (1)
To A2K --  Fabric Markers & copper sequin waste (1)
to cinnamon teal - Copper Sequin Waste (0.5 points)
to cinnamon teal- Adirondack Ink Pad- Meadow (0.5 points)
to A2K - iphone case (orange) - (1)

Claims I have made -  
alteredmommy to LeapFeetFirst- Collage paper cloth (1 point)
sweetyetevil to LeapFeetFirst- soap (1)
Avesthel to LeapFeetFirst -Yarn Ball Art #2 - (1)
alteredmommy to leapfeetfirst- Rusty crap! 1 point

Started with:3

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45  Re: 2013 Art Journal-along in Craftalongs by LeapFeetFirst on: February 02, 2013 01:47:55 PM
Here is my first foray into art journaling! I had so much fun making this page- I am pretty sure I am hooked now :-)

One-Word-2 by leapfeetfirst, on Flickr
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46  Re: 2013 Art Journal-along in Craftalongs by LeapFeetFirst on: January 15, 2013 08:21:36 AM
I've decided to start art journaling- mostly because I received an awesome handmade book from sheepBlue and I want to fill it with art. I am also excited to see everyone else's pages and talk art all year round!

I am going to be using the website teag mentioned-  A Year in the Life of a Journal  http://oneyearartjournal.blogspot.com/ as a basis for my journal. Since I am new to this, I thought it would be good to have a little guidance :-). The first promt comes out today!

LeapFeetFirst's - "A Year of Art" Journal

Here is a picture of the awesome book that sheepBlue made for me!
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47  4x6 Art Swap Round 6 (Sign ups 12/29/12-1/11/13; Send out: 1/22/13) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by LeapFeetFirst on: December 29, 2012 04:51:29 PM
Collage of Art Goodness from Round 4

4X6 Art Swap- Round 6


Swap name: 4x6 Art Swap
 Round 6
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: LeapFeetFirst
Sign-up date range: December 29-January 11

Date to send item by: Janurary 22nd, 2013
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:

- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES

- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES

- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES

- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:

- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES

- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES

- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES

- Does not have any negative feedback: YES

- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES

- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES

- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

The 4x6 Art swap runs like this:  You make ONE piece of art, in your style,  in any medium, how you want.  The only parameters are that you keep it relatively flat, and 4 inches by 6 inches big.   You will have no idea who your partner is, until "Address Time", which will be at the end of the crafting period.  And then you will only know their Address and proper name.  The organizers will do their best to match up partners but do remember that this is essentially a "surprise" swap and no information other than a real name and address will be sent out to you.

Round One Gallery
Round Two Gallery
Round Three Gallery
Round Four Gallery

Here is the time line broken down:
~ Sign ups: December 29th - January 11th
~ Check-in via private message (pm) to your group leader January 12-15(by 6:00pm)
~ Addresses will be distributed on January 16th
~ You must ship by Tuesday, January 22nd

Swap Rules:
~ Please post in the thread after signing up so we know you are still crafting and thinking about this swap.  Updates and reminders will only be posted in the thread so keep an eye out for the Organizer note headline.

~ You are required to check in to your group leader via pm (private message) between the dates of January 12-15 ONLY.  Anyone who has not checked by 6:00PM on January 15th will be dropped from the swap and will not receive an address to send to.
~ DC# confirmation is required for all senders in the USA.  Add some packing to a bubble envelope to meet the 3/4" thick requirement when shipping.  If you are sending art on a piece of paper, please ship with a piece of heavy cardboard so your masterpiece arrives intact!

~ No extra's please!  Since the only communication will be through this thread, and there will be no discussion among partners, we don't want anyone feeling upset they didn't send an extra. This includes sending more than one art piece. Only send ONE art piece to your partner.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer(s): LeapFeetFirst


Name of swap

Craftster username

Email address

Your real name

Mailing address including the country

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?

Confirm that are at least 16 years old (YES/NO)
I have read the Swap Rules above this post (YES/NO)

Do you have Allergies/sensitivities?
Do you have allergens in your home (dog, cat, smoke, etc)
Will you be creating something that someone might find offensive (graphic, nudity, religious, gory etc.)?  
What are some themes that you would find offensive?
What materials would you be using (please note if you might be using a common allergen like wool)?
What materials would you prefer not to receive?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

leather and lace
La Chapa
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48  Re: Shop the Swap Winter Market- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by LeapFeetFirst on: November 29, 2012 06:04:41 PM
Sold To sheepBlue
Dark Green Buttons 1

Light Green Buttons

Leaf Buttons

Sticker/Embellishment Pack- Assorted stickers and die cuts

Thank you so much!
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49  Re: Shop the Swap Winter Market-Discussion Thread! in New Swap Theme Ideas by LeapFeetFirst on: November 28, 2012 07:56:26 PM
I just added a Christmas Mixed Media canvas to my shop!

(Sorry about the slightly blurry picture- I had to take this inside at night  Smiley )
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50  Re: Shop the Swap Winter Market- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by LeapFeetFirst on: November 23, 2012 11:57:09 AM
Sold to Eiseldora

Stormy Skies- 232 yards. 2 Ply merino. Lovely shades of blue and grey.

Blue Buttons 1

Thanks for the claims!!
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