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11  The stippled pirate in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by blupaisan on: August 03, 2014 07:01:57 AM
Here is my second attempt at stippling. I made this for a friend of mine who is crazy about pirates.

I made a lot more dark areas than my other piece. It was fun.  I think my fave part of this is the round border. I want to do more round borders.

I wanted this scene to be happening at night. I knew I could not just create an entirely black background.... not only would it look overwhelming, but it would butt right up against the captain's dark coat. so I started at the moon's edges with darker, then gradually eased out into the night sky. Would love input as to whether this 'worked' or not.
thanks for looking!
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12  Bucky Bauer....um, who's he? in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by blupaisan on: August 01, 2014 08:06:02 PM

This is what happens when ya do an ATC for a swap and then never get the chance to even claim that person for their awesome theme. Oh, well, I like little Bucky.
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13  Forest enchantment within an Altoid tin in Completed Projects by blupaisan on: August 01, 2014 05:19:34 AM
Made this for a swap. for a small piece, it sure took me awhile! I ordered a horse from the internet and painted her over. The unicorn horn is a toothpick. the wings are from a moth I found dried up on the attic windowsill. I looked for several hours for such a moth and thought I might find dozens. so when I got just one, I was sooo nervous that I would ruin the wings while glueing them on.

I melded together numerous blue, grey, and white embroidery flosses and created the waterfall at the left... did not get such a good pic of that, tho...

The above pic shows the simple lid of the tin. I covered it with fabric, then let one bit show thru by covering that with a piece of sycamore bark with its  typical hole in the middle. I am obsessed with creating things with sycamore bark!

I had such fun choosing mini branches as I wandered my property. I had one that would have been the most stunning tree evar but its branches were so numerous that I could not put enuf others in to create a real forest feel.
thanks for looking!!
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14  Morning music from a "dear" lady... in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by blupaisan on: August 01, 2014 05:08:16 AM
Created this piece for a recent swap. It was my first attempt at using dots only... no lines anywhere. It was mesmerizing to do and I loved working on it. I am pleased with the results. I feel I can create a whole new feel with dots, after using just lines all my life!

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15  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - JULY 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: July 22, 2014 01:40:33 PM

kosmicgirl made me a multi themed beauty! It includes retro, nautical, and turquoise! i just love this piece! of course the color alone is awesome but the image is dynamite, too. I love  how the yellow strip is cut at one end to resemble a ship's flag. and the background paper looks like ocean waves.
the back is gorgeous, too! check out the whale tailfins and the adorbs tag!

thanks so much, kosmicgirl. one of my alltime faves!
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16  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - JULY 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: July 20, 2014 05:06:38 PM
got three in the mail yesterday! woo hoo, jackpot.
from  Oath Keeper,
my hidden things theme...
she made Ariel's underwater stash

Fun to look thru and see what is there... check out the forks!  Love how drifting seaweed is closing in on both sides to hide the stuff.
For my cats theme she had this adorbs little baby dreaming of food. Love all the colors and the cutie pie.

thank you, Oath Keeper!

rockingbearranch chose my wildflowers theme and stitched up a delicate flax flower she has at her place. Love it! I grew flax once and got just a few precious blooms. I love how delicate this is, with the thin material (is it flax itself??!!) and the way the strings hang.

some extries came along for the ride...

kitschy and cute stuff that is sooooo me!!
thank you rockingbearranch!
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17  Re: Hoopla Swap R11: Words With or Without Words - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: July 12, 2014 09:13:13 AM
Lookeee what smileyyogini came up with for me!  Peace, peace, peace  was one of my themes. she created a gorgeous peace sign with luvin' turtles in the midst.

Detail of turtles

This piece amazes me! I love the detailed spots on the righthand one. and they are holding 'hands'!!
the background is my alltime fave color...turquoise.
Mel, how did you create the different inner colors for the turtles? I am a hoopla newbie so am clueless about special fx.

got gorgeous extries, too!!

Chock full of bright colors which makes me so happy. when I get beautiful goods, I find it hard to actually use them/let them go.
will be using this altoid tin soon for an altering idea I have.

Plus, smileyyogini took one of my quotes and created this wonderful canvas...

this is going on a very very prominent spot in my bedroom. It is so beautiful! And love the deer at the top. How awesome to get such a large extra treat.
thank you so much, Mel, for this  terrific package. Totally MADE MY DAY!
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18  I wanna live in the past... in New Swap Theme Ideas by blupaisan on: July 11, 2014 07:55:07 AM

I have lost track of how many people I have heard say "I don't belong in this century!"  I have always felt the same way, since early childhood.
Some want to go back to the 1800s, some to the 1960s, others to Edwardian England.
Where do you feel you 'fit in?'
I think the crafts potential here is wide open. food created from heirloom plants, old fashioned beauty remedies, sew me a sun bonnet I can wear as I walk on the Oregon Trail, make me wall art in the style of good ol' Charles Rennie Mackintosh, knit me old fashioned socks, vintage greeting cards, the list goes on and on and on. Can even go back to the cave days and make me a rock tool for my garden!!
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19  Re: You put your left arm in, you put..... in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by blupaisan on: July 09, 2014 12:06:14 PM
Here is what I did with mine and gave it to my daughter...

and an ATC I made...

I also made doll arm earrings but do not have a pic of that yet, well, maybe but who knows where!!
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20  Calling all 50-somethings to answer a toy question.... in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by blupaisan on: July 09, 2014 11:53:56 AM

I thought there used to be a chit chat off topic board, but I cannot find it, so I am posting my Q here.  I was a 60s child and my first and fave toy was a musicalish twirl round plastic game in which small plastic bears sat in tiny slots. Several colors of bears, each about an inch high. the only thing I have left of this game is one bear piece.

Have used every phrase I can think of on the web to find this vintage toy. Anyone had or have one that can enlighten me?
thanks so much!
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