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11  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Use What You Have Swap R2 - SU CLOSED (FULL) - Send Out 3/30/15 on: April 08, 2015 03:22:04 PM
I received from ceemonster on April 4. My computer blew a mother board, and had to be rebuilt. I am back now  Grin

So my gush for the mighty ceemonster is now moved to gallery.

12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Ongoing ATC Swap discussion thread 2015 on: April 07, 2015 07:51:41 PM
My computer died, and I was not able to post here. Actually I forgot that I had this one outstanding. I posted to all my sends, though  Roll Eyes

blupaisan sent a wonderful ATC birdhouse. I have PMed those involved. Off to catch up some more.  Tongue

13  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Use What You Have Swap R2 - SU CLOSED (FULL) - Send Out 3/30/15 on: March 23, 2015 03:38:34 AM
Mine is finished and packaged, and will definitely send today  Grin I am totally pleased and happy with the fruits of my labour. I hope my partner agrees.


ETA: Yup. it is postal. Expected delivery Thursday 3/26.
14  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: What to do with Wasp paper? on: March 22, 2015 02:01:13 AM
You will probably find interest in this:


And this will let other members know we are not crazy. I collect wasp nests, too  Grin I never thought to use them like paper. I use paperbark from the tree, though, with a similar effect.


Oh, I also found this:


Not completely on topic, but interesting all the same.

15  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Medical Gauze on: March 22, 2015 01:45:44 AM
Thanks, steiconi. I Googled the ribbon flower idea and found a tutorial for some out of burlap or fabric.

Here: http://www.craftionary.net/making-flowers-with-fabric-burlap-tutorial

The burlap one looks like it might work for this.

I also like your idea about trying to shrink it. I don't think I would need to wash it, though {100% sterile}...maybe just a good dunk in a pot of boiling water. Then it would not be agitated too much. And I could do them in whole wrapped bundles.

I cut some today into a long strip for a swap project that I am working on. I need a thin mummy style ribbon wrap. I was careful not to stretch it, and I wrapped it immediately around some cardboard so I can control it better while I wrap it onto the item. It is double folded on the edge where I cut.

fray check product comes to mind for the frizzies, but it would take a gallon of that stuff just for this small project.  Cheesy I may experiment with my Mod Podge idea for this. Or just leave the strings. It will look more mummy-like.

Another idea I had was to zap it with some industrial hair spray. I use All Set Extra for some of my crafts. Like the kind they used on their bee hive hairdos in the 60's  Tongue

As soon as I get the item ready to wrap, I will update this post for what seemed to work {or not work}.

Thanks for your input. That is sent to ALL of you.

Oh, and the party streamers idea? Well, I keep a year-round Christmas tree now. And I added some gauze to it for the Halloween part when I also added my St. Patrick's Day stuff. It looks pretty good. I am thinking of dyeing it orange ombre.

I also wondered if I could make a valance/curtain for my office here, by just looping over strips and letting them dangle at the sides. There is just a mini-blind there now, and it does look a bit unfinished.

Thoughts just keep swirling every time I trip over this giant box. Eventually I will make it all go away.  Wink

16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along on: March 20, 2015 10:46:04 PM

This is a great, simple project to help our fine feathered friends build their new nests this spring. And use up some yarn scraps in the process. Well, not a lot of scraps, but maybe if you did a project with kids at school?

Here is a tutorial complete with cute little 4 year old {?} boy helping. And an additional bird seed project.


What I learned elsewhere is to use yarn less than 6" long..not up to the 8" she mentions. The little birdies can strangle on the strings while flying. You can also add dried grasses and straw in the bags. That way they can get those without being in danger near the ground {cats}. I use mesh onion bags like from the grocery store for mine. But most any kind of course netting will do. She mentions hers were from her crocus bulbs.

Does anyone else see the face in the image I shared? and her video that zooms in on it?

17  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Use What You Have Swap R2 - SU CLOSED (FULL) - Send Out 3/30/15 on: March 20, 2015 04:11:22 PM
I have changed this swap title to "Use what you can find without making a big mess...then make a big mess anyway"  Grin

I am still struggling with the one final small. I wasn't liking my first two ideas after I got started with them. I did some more stalking, and I think I am on a roll with this one. I like it, too, so I think I will make an extra one for me  Wink

Life gobbled me up for a bit, too, ceemonster. I think it happens to us all.

18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 110, 111 & 112 Gallery & Discussion on: March 20, 2015 09:51:56 AM
Yeah! I finally find out what a "ninni" is. I have been googling the heck out of it, after a recent ongoing wish swap post mentioned them twice. Google did not give me proper answers. Very cute. I like the name Spaz for that one with the oddball eyes.

And speaking of names, it is Chubby Checker...no "s". {A lot of people make that same mistake}. I saw him in concert at a dinner theatre, and I have one of his records..It's Pony Time! Love the man.  Grin

19  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: paper dolls: shamy,wicked witch of the east, frozen and cute carrot on: March 20, 2015 06:19:25 AM
I really like Sheldon and Shammy. His hip pouch and her glasses are too cute!

I Googled and found lots of tutorials on shading for cartoons. Here is one of them:


It kind of covers the basics like I was taught in my art classes at school. A consistent light source is the key to balancing your subject. A full frontal light source is generally not used, as it "washes out" the subject and does not define the features well. There are exceptions, of course.

Here is one for shading paper dolls in pencil:


My suggestion for practice is to scan your line art and print it several times, and try different ways to shade. This can just be rough shading, not the smooth transitions that you have done {which are really nice, by the way  Grin} just to get a quick basic idea of how your subjects look in different lighting.

I also did an Image Google of paper dolls. There are TONS out there, but you might get ideas by studying them, as well.

Consider also the "scenerio" of your kids. Are they at school? On the playground? Doing homework? What time of day is it? Or are they trick-or-treating at night? These ideas might change how you wish to shadow them, or at least their outfits if you are planning on separate clothing/dress-able style dolls.

Ha, ha, ha  Grin I just got a mental image of Sheldon in boxer briefs  Cheesy Grin Cheesy What a thought to start my morning with, huh?

You are well on your way to a 'style'. It is really cute. I don't see noses, though. Perhaps that was planned, but adding them might help round out their faces a bit more, and give them a 3-dimensional quality. Just some ideas for you.

20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: One Flat Thing In An Envelope Swap? on: March 19, 2015 07:05:48 PM
I am watching with interest, too. Postage certainly can get to be an issue. Also, the extra time to craft for multiple people, and try to keep track of who wants what, and getting it in the right envelope "Now where did I put that envelope? Am I sending this to the right person?"  Grin

This one sounds fun. And I like the medium, or two smalls idea. Then I won't be tempted to go too far overboard.

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