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21  Re: Ongoing ATC swap - April 2015 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by pottermouth on: April 24, 2015 06:38:57 PM
Gah! That's an awesome ATC! Polymer clay, shrink plastic, foil...oh the possibilities. I love this swap.

And I LOVE this! elliot_anne made me a very elegant Golden Snitch for my Harry Potter theme! Just like curiousfae, I spent a great deal of time trying to capture the metallic shimmeriness (that's totally a word). It's truly magical! The pictures are less than spectacular but trust me, the card is gorgeous.

Metallic Watercolour and quill with metallic ink. That's right. A quill!

Thank you for my very first ATC, elliot_anne; it will be most treasured!
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22  Re: Ongoing ATC swap - April 2015 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by pottermouth on: April 20, 2015 05:10:36 PM
I haven't begun watching Being Human (I know, I know!) but after seeing Mitchell, I may have to bump it up on my Must Watch list. The shoebills are fantastic, and the eyes on the second one elicit a definite "I will bite you" attitude. (I've learned that look the hard way!!!  Cheesy) The Autism Awareness card is beautifully done and I love how AugustBell added the heart. Will we see the mandala card? Steampunk Lady is awesome with her plumage and beauty mark! After going back and squinting at the wondrous Mixed media fairy, I saw a big-eared Sphynx with a Schnauzer beard and a crown. It's like a Rorschach test. Cut-out kitty is stellar! I have a thing for paper cutting and this one's the cat's pajamas.

Patraw, cmarion3 answered your question already and here's a quickie on the construction, if you're interested. The mechanisms are tabs that either slide through two pieces, such as the top and bottom half of the skeleton and the tab on the left foot that slides in a slot in the grass, or are adhered to the card. Here's the mock-up pattern (I forgot to take all in-progress and completed pictures, no surprise) minus a tab I added to the left arm, which is glued to the BACK of the FRONT of the card. Whew. Also, I decided to extend the right hand portion of the front of the card (essentially doubling the width of the card) and folded it in half. Yes, it opens backward  Roll Eyes. The "grass" is a separate piece that hides the tab for the left foot. You open the card and the top half of the skeleton moves one way and the bottom moves another.

The treasure map is great!
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23  Re: Hoopla A-Long 2013-2015 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by pottermouth on: April 12, 2015 05:48:03 PM
Can I quietly slip back in here, wave sheepishly, and post my April project? It's a wonky chubby bee nestled in a teensy tin!

Ludi, again you are killing me with your creativity. Wow.
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24  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by pottermouth on: April 12, 2015 11:23:40 AM
quietly slips in from behind the One-Eyed Witch...

Class: Herbology
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Buzz Tin
Brief Description: I joined rackycoo's Tin of the Month Club and made a sunny yellow tin for April.

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25  Re: Be AWESOME (Redux) GALLERY! (Sendout March 23) in The Swap Gallery by pottermouth on: April 11, 2015 12:05:56 PM
And the Piece de Resistance of all Awesome: (drum roll please)


Oh yeah! noodle-bug hand knitted me the most awesome, most stripey, most comfy socks ever!!! She's posted oodles of her socks over in the Harry Potter CraftAlong (shameless plug) and I wanted every single pair. These are my own "extended edition" thinking socks and they.are.so.awesome. Can you believe this is the first pair of needle-knitted socks she's made?! I know, right?  Shocked

Thank you from the top o' my head to the soles of my feet, noodle-bug, I LOVE 'em!  Kiss
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26  Re: Be AWESOME (Redux) CLOSED!! Sendout March 23 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by pottermouth on: April 09, 2015 08:21:29 PM
The postman has seen many of my faces this week.




If he doesn't deliver tomorrow I'm afraid there will be a restraining order.
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27  Hexie Travel Kit in Completed Projects by pottermouth on: March 28, 2015 05:04:45 PM
For the Be AWESOME (redux) Swap, which is totally awesome BTW, I whipped up a little travel sewing kit for the super mega awesome noodle-bug. She had this pattern on her Pinterest and I thought I'd give it a go.

The inside:

And then the tins inside the pockets; one to hold all the sewing stuff and one to hold completed hexies. After making the hexies for the front of the kit I sorta kinda went a little bonkers making them and sent those along too. AugustBell's needle minder tutorial inspired me to make a strawberry to stick to the lid. Mind them needles!

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28  High Tea with Marie in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by pottermouth on: March 22, 2015 03:45:47 PM
March's theme over at Alpha Stamps is Marie in Wonderland, which has a definite tea party vibe with loads of teacups and sweets and biscuits and and...extra arms for Marie! With all of those cakes on the collage sheet, it's no wonder she needed extra arms. I chose to host a mini tea party and invite some little ladies to join me for a cuppa.

I turned Marie into poseable place settings so we could have a little fun while sipping our tea. All of the cups and delectable nomnoms were cut out and a bit of paper was added to the back so we could accessorize Marie.

On the back is a paper mache box that my party goers opened to find a little memento.

The dolls were such a success that our tea got cold. Go HERE for a quickie tute on making the Marie necklaces and a supply list. Can't get enough of Marie? Go HERE to see lots more!
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29  Cute As a Button Tin in Completed Projects by pottermouth on: February 23, 2015 01:55:04 PM
Here's a sweet little tin made from Alpha Stamps "Cute As a Button" kit and a vintage spool. The tin was titled "Cute as a Butt" until I figured out how to cram the word button on the back.

Those kitty buttons are a riot! If you find that you cannot live without them (or want to see what I've used to make the tin) you can head HERE.
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30  Be My Mediocre Valentine in Valentine's Day by pottermouth on: February 13, 2015 07:57:40 PM
I had a bit of left over paper in my "Star-Crossed Lovers" kit from Alpha Stamps and took advantage of Grandma hanging out with the kids. This little ATC book was a speed-crafted piece, because you never know how long you have at the craft table.

I cut out five 3.5" x 4.5" rectangles from paper in the kit as well as six short pieces to use as pockets to hold the ATCs. The pages are held together with a few strips of ribbon that have been sewn on. Then I painted and inked and gessoed and stitched all that stuff.

It seemed right to make really simplistic cards to match the feeling of the quotes.

Happy Valentine's Day!
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