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1  Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 2 (signups until Nov 18, Send by Dec 9) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by karin_ on: November 11, 2011 11:25:29 PM
Would personalized ornaments be allowed, like in the regular SSS when people do customized offerings? I was thinking of maybe offering a felt photo ornament like these:

I made a set of these for my family last year and they seemed to go over well. They are made of felt, with the photo printed on printable fabric (not iron on, the nice kind!) So, whoever got me would just need to email a portrait photo.
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2  Re: Paper and Ephemera Swap - Round 9 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by karin_ on: September 03, 2011 01:29:43 AM
Great packages! I don't know a thing about embossing, but it looks really cool! Smiley And those vintage images are great!

I received my thank you from indigo_roses today: Two lovely ATCs! And see that tiny card on the left? Too cute! Smiley

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3  Re: Ongoing Altered Journal-a-long in Craftalongs by karin_ on: March 25, 2011 01:09:31 AM
Lovely book, noo, can't wait to see it finished! I must confess I have been eyeing your metal punch signs and am mighty jealous! Smiley

My art journal has been pretty neglected these past weeks, lots of thesis work... But here are a couple of completed pages:

Will scan the rest and post soon!
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4  Re: Ongoing Altered Journal-a-long in Craftalongs by karin_ on: January 31, 2011 12:32:57 PM
Awesome pages Imrahil! And I think I can spot a scrap from our swap! Smiley

I just uploaded my February spread for the calendar challenge... I wanted to make a Valentines themed spread, but it turned out a little too cutesy... Might have to splatter it with some black paint later! Smiley

I also made a couple of background papers using the shaving cream marbling method I found over in the techniques thread!

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5  Re: Ongoing Altered Journal-a-long in Craftalongs by karin_ on: January 23, 2011 02:04:41 PM
Adorable owl! And congrats gavagai on the life change! Smiley

Here are some of my first journal pages for 2011. I've been playing around with different color combinations and drawing lots of different faces.

By the way, mine isn't strictly an "altered" journal since I am working in a new book... I hope it's still OK that I post pics here! Would love to get comments and tips from you talented gals.
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6  Re: Ongoing Altered Journal-a-long in Craftalongs by karin_ on: January 07, 2011 05:23:13 AM
Hey guys! I haven't participated in this craftalong before, but I just wanted to drop in and say thanks for all the inspiration I've found in this great thread! I just finished my very first art/visual journal, and I've been stalking this thread for ideas and inspiration for months. Smiley I loved journaling for these past months, so you might see more of my pages from now on. If you'd like to see some pages from my first journal, I've posted them here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=369274.0. Would love to hear your comments and ideas!

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7  First Visual Journal! (pic obese) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by karin_ on: January 07, 2011 05:18:18 AM

I finally finished my very first visual/art journal! I'm really excited to show it to all the journaling pros here. Would love to hear your comments, ideas and advice!

These are some of my favorite pages. Most of the writing is in Swedish... One of the things I want to improve for my next journal is to add more ART into my art journal! Many of the pages in this one are more journalling and writing, either plain or on painted/collaged backgrounds. For my next journal (I'm starting a new one straight away!) I want to do more pages with mostly art and less writing. Any ideas on how to get started would be welcome!

I apologize for the quality of the pictures, my scanner isn't the best... How do you guys scan/photograph your pages?

Hope you like them! C/C welcome!
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8  TRUE BLOOD Sookie and Bill costumes! (pic heavy) in Halloween Costumes by karin_ on: November 02, 2010 02:32:21 AM
You might think that I'm a year late, but I got this idea in my head and couldn't get rid of it, so it had to be... Sookie Stackhouse and Bill Compton for Halloween! The silly thing is that I have brown, chin length hair and my boyfriend's hair is reddish blonde and very short... So these fairly simple costumes became a lot more complicated than they could have been!  Roll Eyes

This is me in my brand new blonde wig! This was the most Sookie-like style I could find. I sewed the apron myself, and customized the t-shirt to fit Sookie's Merlotte's uniform. I did change one thing in the costume: Short shorts might work well in southern USA, but in Sweden at the end of October it's just not an option! Black trousers worked well with my black and white sneakers.

Some close ups of the apron and t-shirt. I sewed the apron from scratch out of green broadcloth, it has a pocket on the front and the Merlotte's logo was made using a printable fabric sheet and appliqued to the front of the apron. The t-shirt is customized with another printed Merlotte's logo.

On to Bill... One of the good things about this costume is that you can wear pretty much normal clothes. I did the make up for this one, using a regular concealer, some white and black Halloween makeup, a red lip liner and of course some fake blood (the same used on on my neck).  The most time consuming thing about this was the wig. We couldn't find a perfect Bill hairstyle, so we bought a wig with much longer hair, and I had to cut it to style. The first pic shows the original wig (called "Liam", I'm guessing after the Oasis singer) and the second one is after the haircut.

We also made a couple of Tru:Blood bottles using Bacardi Breezer Watermelon. Just stuck them in hot water to peel of the labels, printed labels we found online, and attached them using my Xyron Create-A-Sticker! This is the result:

Bill having a drink:

Bill having another drink:

And this shot shows the retractable plastic fangs in all their glory (please excuse the adorable goofy facial expression! Kiss):

If anyone's interested in making their own Sookie costume for next year, here are the images I used for her outfit. The first one is for the T-shirt, and the second is for the apron. I used printable fabric sheets, but you could easily use iron-on sheets too. They'd just be a little less long lasting.

That's it! Whew! Sorry about all the pics, but this is the first time I've had anything to show for a challenge so I'm very excited!  Tongue I would love to hear your comments!!

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9  Another Upcycled Cake Stand in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by karin_ on: October 31, 2010 02:53:11 PM
I'm sure you guys are getting tired of seeing these, but all the lovely vintage plate cake stands here on Craftster inspired me to make one for myself! I found the plates at a wonderful local thrift store, they were a steal. The betweens are an egg cup and a candle stick, both really pretty and the perfect size for this sort of thing!

And another shot which shows the proportions a little better. The top plate is 5" and the bottom one is about 8".

I'm really happy with the result and I've gotten lots of compliments on it. Now I just need an excuse to throw a tea party! Smiley

Thanks for looking! Comments welcome!  Wink
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10  Monogram stamp, mushroom, kitty, and a colorful snowman in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by karin_ on: October 31, 2010 02:36:01 PM
I made this monogram stamp for two close friends who got married this summer. I looked at some monograms online for inspiration, but I ended up combining different designs into one to fit their style. They seemed to like it, always a relief!

Also thought I'd share some other stamps I've made over the past couple of months. This little mushroom was made for the last Handmade Rubber Stamp swap.

This snowman was also made for the HRS swap. It has four different parts - the outline, the hat, the scarf and the nose. I like the idea of being able to combine different colors!

And last but not least, one of the few stamps I've made for myself, rather than for swaps or gifts! I really like this little kitty.

C/C welcome! Thanks for looking!!

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