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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2015 on: May 22, 2015 11:10:11 PM
Here are my journal pages for my 'partners'. I had to go old school with scans. Still no computer cord for my camera  Embarrassed

My partner plans to paint a fiery background paper and journal memories about campfires, bonfires, and the time she almost burnt down her woodland fort by cooking bologna on a coffee can  Grin Oh, and her Dad was a Detroit Firefighter and taught her lots of pyromaniac things growing up. More sketches included to illustrate her thoughts.

My partner plans to use a sheet of frosted vellum to journal her favorite ice memories. First time in snow, learning to ice skate, visits for Slurpee treats with Dad (7-11 logo image included), snow skiing. She has pictures that she can add for these and maybe do a few sketches, too.

So, taaa-daa. Only one hour late for deadline. I napped after dinner. Sorry.

12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Scrappy Happy Swap -GALLERY on: May 21, 2015 10:21:01 PM
Yup. How totally cool! I didn't know if Robin was her name, but guessed that it could be. I'm going to borrow the button book idea sometime. I have not seen one of those. It could be neat to just spell out a message one word at a time. Or repeat the word for love in many languages. I don't know anyone else named Robin to copy it  Grin

That button necklace is really cute, too. I think it looks nice with the ribbons, but it would be neat without them, too.

What a fun package. They all have been very nice so far. It is interesting to see what everyone's stash holds.

13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Scrappy Happy Swap -GALLERY on: May 21, 2015 06:20:27 PM
I won't spoil your mystery surprise fun, but a google of two of the words on your button notebook led me to your probable answer. I am curious as to what sarasmile says, and if I am right. That is a really neat idea for a cute notebook/cameo. Cheers for your spoils, quaggy.  Grin

14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Strange Crayola Markers(?) Help on: May 18, 2015 09:43:29 AM
Patraw, you are obviously exploring more of your inner child. It looks like FUN! and great score on the books! I have saved some of my kids books over the years for the very reasons that you mentioned.

Your lady portrait has a fun kid like feel, too. But shows skills beyond the kindergarten phase, as well. Freddy from Rocky Horror would look good up next to your lady. So might the KISS guys.  Wink It seems they could lend themselves to this colorful open style you are creating. Nice Job!

Certain types of felt tips can be trimmed and sculpted with an exacto blade to make chisel points (calligraphy style) or a finer tip to them. The dense "meaty" ones, as opposed to the spongy ones, seem to work best. And cuticle scissors help to trim away any leftover fuzzies from the process. (yes, these are all technical terms  Grin)

If you are later concerned with fading and acid, there are sprays available (often used for newsprint added to scrapbooking) that can help seal the image. I think you are well on your way to some fun adventures.

15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Stitcher's Alphabet on: May 17, 2015 08:56:23 AM

That is fantastic! I believe the fabric you chose might be Hucktoweling. It is hard to tell exactly from the pictures, but here:



My Mom and I used to embroider hucktowel in the stitches like are shown in an image Google of things. It is top weave stitching. They make wonderful kitchen towels. Lint free, absorbent, etc. My dad wore the fabric (undecorated) around his neck like a scarf and used it to wipe sweat off his face while we were fixing cars.  Cheesy It was the cloth from the old time hand drying machines in public restrooms. Remember?...you pulled the towel to get a fresh start? TMI, sorry.

I ROCKED YOU! This is wonderful stitching, creative ideas, neat modifications in your design. I love your research sources, and the fact that you included your grandmother's collected work in planning things. If you don't win for this one, the judges are blind  Grin


Oh, and studying your thumbnails...Your "Y" cracks me up with the kitty tangled  Grin

16  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Shrimp, Corn and Avocado Salad on: May 16, 2015 12:37:57 PM
I don't often save recipes from here. Not that I don't think they are good ones, just that I doubt that I would try them. But this one I definitely will. It is similar to ones that I have made before, except I think your dressing is probably better. Thanks!

17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2015 on: May 15, 2015 10:22:01 PM
Yea...new swappersI I joined the fake one because postage is not in my budget at the moment. I wish it were, because I like to send things to my friends here. But keeping something for my 'partner' will be a different experience.

My ice journal page is at a bit of a stall. With our sweltering heat I feel like making a melting Snowman  Cheesy but I have some glitzy fabric to experiment with.

And I think I can hear bushbaby and her needles clicking away. Wow. A sweater done in 2 weeks? I would be so totally overwhelmed.

18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 17 Gallery (SO 2/23/2015) on: May 14, 2015 12:45:41 PM
I'm still here to admire. NICE SCORE! I never did get my yarn ball.  Tongue

I love the skull decanter, too. Those were mighty expensive at my local liqueur store. A thought might be to water down some glow in the dark paint and put in it. Or let a red taper candle burn and drip down on it? Or both! Congratulations on your long wait for a very wonderful surprise.

19  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet Roller Skates on: May 13, 2015 03:58:57 PM
They are very cute! And congrats on your new soon-to-be addition. Let's hope the ultrasound is correct  Grin Just kidding. You could thread some elastic cording through the top to tighten them up, if that seems to be a problem later. Wonderful job. My favorite part of laundry has always been folding up and matching those teeny tiny socks. Baby shoes and booties are so adorable.

20  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 108 ENTRIES / Re: Monkees Concert Shrine on: May 10, 2015 05:36:39 PM
Wow. A lot of time and thought went into this. The fan on top and drawers on the bottom makes it look like an old jukebox record case/player. Or at least that is what comes to my mind. Very interesting, indeed.

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