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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / UPDATED: Distress Stain Inchies on: May 24, 2016 11:13:01 AM
I purchased a 3 pack of Tim Holtz distress stains a while back on clearance at Michael's. I wasn't sure what to do with it, but it was so cheap I went ahead and bought one. Today I was just wanting to create *something* so I used a piece of watercolor paper I had just sort of doodled on and pulled out the distress stains. I have a red, yellow, and blue stain. The stains are very easy to use and in a bottle with a sort of dabber like top. I just smeared a good amount of each color on the page and encouraged their blending by adding a little water in between each color transition. Once it was almost dry I used a wet paint brush and splattered water droplets onto it. Once it was dry I used some fun stamps in a black ink all over the page. Here is the finished product:

The distress stains give a really bold amount of color which I love. Let me know what you think!

I loved how the inchies turned out but felt like they need more. So I added some stuff and I think they really look great. Here is the updated photos:

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Learning watercolors - Flower inchies and twinchies PIC HEAVY on: February 26, 2016 10:35:45 AM
I just purchased watercolor pencils and paints recently. I have been just "doodling" with the materials making flowers so I could learn how the medium works. I didn't use any reference for flowers or how to paint with watercolors....I was just "messing around". I think they turned out quite good considering. They make me happy anyways.....Enjoy!

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Paper Prayer Flag on: October 08, 2015 04:38:05 PM
I was inspired by Abbeeroad's recent post where she made wood-burned prayer flags. It was such a creative take on a prayer flag. I decided to make a paper version. Here is my first attempt:

I made a gelli plate printing and glued it to a 6x6 inch piece of thick cardstock. I used sharpies, gelli glitter pens, neon gelli pens, and stamps and ink on the gelli print. I inked around the edges with blank ink. Then I chose a few inchies from my stash and glued them onto 2x2 inch black mats. Those were glued down to the main piece. I cut a small piece of white cardstock and stamped a positive affirmation to complete the piece.

I like it so much I've decided to make three more coordinating pieces. Thanks for looking!!!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Inchie Fun with new stamps - pic heavy on: September 29, 2015 05:16:20 PM
I received some fun new stamps from Rscowtown in the Ongoing Wish Swap Round 118. I really wanted to play around with the interesting textures for inchies. I also thought some of you may enjoy seeing it from start to finish.

I started with a sheet of white cardstock and used various inks and just smeared the ink around randomly. Then I stamped around on the sheet with lots of bright colors.

Then I used a black, finetip sharpie and doodled.

Then I cut the sheet into inchies. I added additional ink color for those that seemed a little bland. I also edged the inchies in black ink.

Thanks for looking. Smiley
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Kleenex Owl on: September 06, 2015 06:47:27 PM
A few years ago Kleenex came out with a series of boxes that were watercolored owl designs. I love anything with owls so I bought them all and cut out and saved the designs. Quite a while ago I started the embroidery piece but then just packed it away. Last week I dug it out and made it into a wall hanging.

Thanks for looking.
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Inchies, Rinchies, and Notecards... Oh My! on: August 28, 2015 08:40:38 AM
I have been making myself a lot of inchies, rinchies, and twinchies lately. Tons of fun has been had as I've turned those little works of art into useful projects. Wall art, notecards, etc., are now stacked up in my craft room. Here are a few pics of some of the cool notecards I have made.

Some of the designs are rather simple, but I think they are lovely in their simplicity. I like to keep the insides of my notecards blank because I feel like handwriting your sentiments is really special for the recipient.


7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Gelli-printed Goodies on: August 28, 2015 08:28:10 AM
In the O.W.S. swap round 117 I received a 6x6 gelli plate from the very generous Rscowtown. I was thrilled beyond words as I had been desperately wanting to try out what I knew would be my next craft addiction. (I can't say enough how generous Laurel was in this swap claim!)

I wanted to post a few pics to show what I did with the first few sheets that I made on my new plate. I decided to use some of the papers to make some notecards. The envelopes also have the papers used for decoration. They are pretty simple but I like them a lot. I hope you enjoy them! Thanks for looking.

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Chicago Themed Dotee Doll on: August 13, 2015 02:35:12 PM
Back in May I created this Chicago musical themed dotee doll for my wonderful swap partner, Smmarrt. The swap was the Monthly Dotee Swap - May 2015 - Music. I would like to thank Smmarrt for allowing me to use her photos. Link to the original swap thread:

Here are some photos:

9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bee Embroidery on: August 03, 2015 05:49:08 PM
Here is an embroidered wall-hanging I recently made for a swap. It is already in a new home.

I combined two large embroidered bees with a smaller image of a beehive and some honeycomb shapes.

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Video Game Wall Art - several pics on: June 09, 2015 09:40:41 AM
I have been saving some old issues of Game Informer Magazine and decided they would be perfect to make some wall art for my boys bedroom. I used a scrapbooking 1 inch circle cutting tool and cut out a lot of circles. I had two canvases, one I painted black and the other white and neon yellow. I then glued 19 rows of 9 circles on each canvas and added some design with cheap craft paint and a dylusions stencil. I think they turned out pretty cool - my kids loved them. Also, it was great to recycle the magazines. Thanks for looking!

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