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21  Mechanical Treasure Chest in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by pottermouth on: June 26, 2016 02:58:11 PM
Earlier I had mentioned Alpha Stamps theme for June is mermaids, sea creatures, and steampunk, and saved all of the steampunk elements for a mechanical treasure chest. The lid of the chest includes one of my favorite images from the G45 Voyage Beneath the Sea paper, this dapper snapper-riding gent that's ready for adventure. He's been glued onto a coil made from paper covered wire so he's sproingy. It reminds me of those metal animals on giant springs at the park. The lid also has a really cool 6 x 6 Gears Texture Sheet that I painted with Silks and cut to fit inside the lid's frame. There's also a metal clock with a spinning hand, a bronze octopus charm, a gorgeous  brass patina starfish, and an undersea beauty framed in a bronze gear.

Inside the chest is a miniature book. Well, maybe it is just small.

I'm sort of fascinated with moving paper of all kinds, like pop-ups, spinning dials, and paper toys, so I added some mechanical parts to the book's pages. Sir Ballyhoo will remove his monocle and in a most distinguished voice announce, "You don't say?" (Not really, but that is what I imagine he's saying.)

You can pull the gear on this page and catch a fish:

There's a surprise under the shell but it is PG-13.

And a few more pages. If you want to see the rest and a short video of the parts in action you can check 'em out on my blog. I loved this project!
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22  Mermaid's Treasure Mini Houses in Completed Projects by pottermouth on: June 23, 2016 08:34:15 AM
Alpha Stamps theme this month is "Beneath the Sea"; mermaids, treasure chests, sea creatures, and steampunk! I decorated little houses to hold a mermaid's collection of found items. I'm saving the steampunk part for later.

Oh, so tiny!

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23  Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake in Dessert by pottermouth on: June 20, 2016 02:35:25 PM
Sometimes you can't wait until Autumn to eat some pumpkin, especially when it is decadent cheesecake! It is incredibly easy to make and tastes like a dream. Don't forget the Maple Glaze!


1 1/4 cups ginger snap crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
3 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, room temp.
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups canned pumpkin (16 oz total)
3 eggs
1 cup pure maple syrup (the delicious REAL maple syrup!)
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt

Heavy whipping cream
pecans (optional)

Here's how you do it:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Chuck a bunch of the ginger snaps into a food processor and obliterate those cookies to crumbs. Or place ginger snaps into bags and have your kids pound them to bits. They'll have more on the floor than in the bag, of course, so maybe you need two boxes of cookies if you go this route. Measure out 1 1/4 cups of crumbs and add them to a bowl. Add butter and sugar and mix together. Firmly press crust mixture into a springform pan (mine is about 9"). Set aside. Beat cream cheese for about 4 minutes or until smooth and fluffy. Slowly add condensed milk and beat until smooth. Add pumpkin, eggs, 1/4 cup maple syrup (the good stuff), cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Mix until thoroughly combined. It smells yummy now, but no licking! Pour over crust. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. The edge will spring back when you touch it and the center is soft. Cool and then chill, preferably overnight if you can wait that long. Let's make the Maple Glaze. Combine remaining 3/4 cup maple syrup with 1/2 pint heavy whipping cream in a pan. Bring to a boil. Boil for 15-20 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally with a whisk. Add chopped pecans, if desired. Pour a bit o' glaze over your cheesecake, and enjoy!

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24  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- June 2016 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by pottermouth on: June 18, 2016 09:58:56 AM
I received the best Onomatopoeia card from geekgirl1000100 yesterday. I never would have thought about Rice Krispies, but Snap, Crackle, and Pop are the epitome of the theme! Excuse the photo. That's the quality you get after spilling something on cameras, apparently.  Sad

Thanks for the great card!
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25  January Thru June Featured Projects in CROCHET by pottermouth on: June 16, 2016 06:37:27 PM
Featured Crochet Projects
First Half of 2016

By hitting the "This Rocks" button, Craftster members have chosen the Featured Crochet Projects for the First Half of 2016! Thanks for your contributions and congratulations!

Simple vest by wendiek

Sunrise Shawl by meelee514

Oh Scully and Mulder, how I missed you! by anderlance

Wimmy Wam Wam Wozzle! by dooney

Dr Who Gift Set by carolmb

Nerdy Hats by FreakieGeekie

Studio Ghibli/Disney Inspired by milliemouse579
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26  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- May 2016 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by pottermouth on: June 07, 2016 04:25:23 PM
All of the new additions are fantastic! I received a pretty awesome card too. audio created the Golden Snitch, with an HP book page background! So cool! This is the second snitch card I own; both cards are uniquely different and lovely. Thanks for the beautiful snitch, audio!

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27  Miniature Greenhouse in Completed Projects by pottermouth on: June 06, 2016 12:24:09 PM
Occasionally, the younger pixies get into a bit more trouble than usual. They might forget to polish the beetles like they were told, or flit too fast through the dandelions and spoil the newly painted ladybirds. They may have even tied one too many knots in the hair of a sleeping child, and that calls for a time out! That is when they get sent off to spend a minute or two in the Pixie Pause Room, where they are supposed to think about what they did (or didn't do) but most likely it is a place to complain about being cooped up unnecessarily for a frightfully long time.

I simply adore this wee greenhouse and stand from Alpha Stamps. It is around 7.75" tall and 3" wide, which makes it a perfect fit for 1:12 scale dollhouse items like flowers and such. The kit is so easy to assemble, even a misbehaving pixie could do it. My greenhouse received a coating of gesso, then a layer of crackle medium, then a wash of antiquing fluid, and that's it! The flowers were arranged in various pots, I added a little sign, and just like magic, I had a finished project. Now to let out naughty Pete and his cohort and hope he doesn't hold a grudge.
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28  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- May 2016 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by pottermouth on: June 01, 2016 12:18:34 PM
Here is another stunningly vibrant card made by loca4crafts, this time for me! She has titled it Bee's Nest. You've made the perfect doodle ATC, loca! Thank you.

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29  Re: Everyday is Halloween Gallery SO May 20th in The Swap Gallery by pottermouth on: May 28, 2016 10:56:00 AM
Alrighty gang, hang on to your eyeballs. You are about to witness something incredible.

Yes, you saw that right. It gets better.

Are you kidding me?!

Oh my, I need to sit down...


I had to include a close-up of his shoes. artsycandice said she was inspired by my love for vintage Beistle illustrations and ran with the idea. Boy, did she ever! Her craftswomanship is impeccable from his teensy pom pom to the tips of his toes. His arms and legs bend, the owl mask is removable and can be hung from the pumpkin, and look at all those ribbons! I'm floored. Thank you, thank you, artsycandice. He is a masterpiece. Definitely a "Best Of" for 2016. Can't wait to read your post about him (and a name, if you gave him one). Thank you again!
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30  Midnight's Crow Wall Hanging in Needlework: Completed Projects by pottermouth on: May 22, 2016 12:11:32 PM
A Halloweenie wall hanging for artsycandice in the Everyday Is Halloween Swap. The embroidered panel is bordered with retro owl fabric, has a wool felt appliques, and lots of vintage Mother of Pearl buttons.

And hanging in a tree before being sent off:

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