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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Home Sweet Home Hoopla on: September 15, 2014 09:45:59 AM
I made this hoop as my offering for September in the Ongoing Hoopla Along.  The theme this month is Home Sweet Home.  I found the pattern on Etsy printed it on to some Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy and stitched it up.  

I made a few changes to the original such as I removed the light in the window and did a decorative border around the outside.

Here is a detail shot
2  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 102 ENTRIES / Fresh Skeleton Shirt on: September 03, 2014 01:19:34 PM
I made this shirt of a skeleton getting fresh in the 2011 round of the Mini 13 Days of Halloween swap for sweetyetevil.  It's a little hard to tell but the hands are strategically placed on the chest....
I hand cut the stencil out of freezer paper and used Simply Spray fabric paint for the design.

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Mini 13 Days of Halloween Round 6 on: September 02, 2014 12:16:15 PM

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Please claim a spot in the gallery.  Once you receive and start opening up you will update the same post each day rather than replying to the gallery with each new gift.  Feel free to reply to post comments on all the goodies though!

PLEASE DO NOT post replies or ask questions in the gallery until everyone has claimed a spot!!!!!!

1. lindyv321
2. kittykill
4. MissingWillow
5. gotgrey
6. phoenixfiredesigns
7. WeeFreeRhie
8. QueenNinjaMonkey
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10. Sparkledust
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14. fiberartsy
15. whatthepuck
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17. Sederick
18. happylittleclam
19. Glamis
20. gala_apples
21. calixita
22. Ffrogg526
23. quaggy
24. crazyda79
25. Thimbles71
26. ChameleonHound
27. sweetyetevil
28. vincentvanbuck
29. psyche

4  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Altered Halloween Tombstones on: August 21, 2014 03:34:12 PM
I am participating in a small Halloween swap that Retro Cafe Art Gallery is hosting.  We had to make a set of altered tombstones and these are what I will be sending in.  I used alcohol inks and book pages for the backgrounds.  It was my first time using the inks and I really like how they turned out.

Some blurry closeups

My favorite is the purple one
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Long Live the Queen Bee on: August 04, 2014 02:29:48 PM
I had purchased this wonderful Bee Shrine kit from Retro Cafe Art Gallery months ago and have been wanting to make it but have been busy with all kinds of swaps and real life.  Thanks to the Fake Swap Craftalong I was able to fake join the whimsical shrine swap and was inspired to pull it out. 

I started by spray painting just about everything black and did a quick spritz of gold so there would be a little sparkle. Then I used some other paints I had on the hive.  I mixed some colors up to come up with the right coppery yellow I wanted.  When they were dry I pressed the yellow bits into an ink pad.  The torso is a piece of paper with yellow paint and painted black dots.

The wings were painted black and I painted some random holey paper then attached it.  I had the bee cut outs and wasn't quite sure what to do with them at first but then it hit me that they should be buzzing around their queen!  I just sandwiched some wire between two painted bees then attached them with glue and tape.

This is probably one of my most favorite altered items that I have done!  I am glad I get to actually keep this one!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Silhouette Cameo Cut Notecards on: July 24, 2014 02:59:22 PM
I did a quick personal swap with sheepBlue for some beads and she requested more of the cards I had sent her a while back.  

I experimented a bit this time and used blank cards and attached the cut designs with with spray on Tacky Glue.  I think this batch turned out much better and I can't wait to play with more designs, colors, etc.

These I left with blank spots so she can add some customization.  Maybe a stamped Thank You or something of the sort.

These foxes were left over from the last batch of cards and I didn't want them to go to waste.  I think next time I will also cut a small rectangle of black to put them on before attaching to the card.  Give a bit more dimension.

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Down the Rabbit Hole on: July 16, 2014 04:45:19 PM

I made this hoopla for luckdragon in the Ongoing Wish Swap.  I love how colorful and fun it is!  I also really enjoyed getting to use so many different colors.  I used the back stitch, a bit of satin stitching, and a few french knots.

The pattern is from Kitschy Digitals
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Fill Stitch Options?? on: July 15, 2014 10:01:27 AM
I am working on a hoop for a swap and there are some larger sized letters in the design.  I am thinking rather than just outlining them I want to fill them in.  Any suggestions for a fill stitch other than satin that would look good for letters?
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sweet Cuppycake on: July 09, 2014 09:20:40 AM

I made this hoop for the Ongoing Hoopla Along.  The July theme was food and who doesn't love cupcakes?  I bought the cupcake pattern pack from Kimberly Ouimet on Etsy.  I love her patterns because she has all kinds of designs that you can play with to come up with your own original piece.  For this one I used the cupcake in the square then added the hearts.  I used a back stitch, lazy daisy, and some french knots in the hoop.  Now to find a space for it on my Hoopla Wall or pass it on to my daughter to hang in her room...

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Kumhimo Braided Bracelets on: July 02, 2014 12:42:58 PM
I have been wanting to try Kumihimo braiding for a very long time and bought a bunch of supplies about a year ago.  I kept putting it off though since it looks rather complicated.  I finally decided I was going to give it a try and watched some very helpful YouTube videos then gave it a go.  There are a ton of different braids to do but since I am a beginner I have only done the basic 8 strand.  This is my first 8 strand braid using beads.

The first one I made though was using satin cord.  If you are going to give this a try start with one of these.  It helps you to get the braiding down and you can really see what you are doing.
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