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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Owl Collage Madness! on: December 22, 2008 11:14:09 AM
Oh these are just too cute!!  I love all their eyes and the sleepy one is definitely adorable.  Of course I instantly want to bust out all the darkest paper and put the lids on the other way and make a surly owl but that's probably just the PMS talkin'!  LOL

This inspires me to use up some of my scraps and make a little owl of my own.  I know just the person I could give it to, too...  (and maybe make a surly owl for myself, hah!)

Cat faces would be pretty cute and easy to do too, I'd think.  Especially if you did some mixed media for the whiskers...you could do all kinds of creative things there.

Hmmmmmmmmmm!  Thanks for the ideas!!  Cheesy  These are really really cute. 
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / "Lefty" sketchbook from an LP, with an attempt at a western theme on: December 22, 2008 10:22:20 AM
This one is for my bro-in-law.  I figure he doesn't read this site so he won't see it, but I know my sis-in-law does read this.  (So A, if you see this, don't let him peer over your shoulder!!  LOL  Oh and that's the celtic knot book for your mom in the background there.  At least, the case for it.  Wink)

He's an artist that's into western stuff right now, and he liked the scrapbook albums I made earlier in the year, so I searched forever for a country/western album with a neat label and just failed horribly.

I DID find a seventies disco single on white vinyl for two bucks, though, so eventually as the holiday loomed closer I gave up and scraped that label off and faked it up from there.  Shocked  Grin  I think "Fake it with glue" is my motto for this year's holiday gift giving, but ANYWAY...

Here's the cover.

The binding is on the "wrong" side on purpose - the intention is to make left-handed sketching easier.  The paper inside is "his" brand of sketching paper, cut down to size.  100 leaves, each is 8x8.

I did find albums with good westerny cover art, so one of those became the back cover:


And another became the box that holds the completed book


I put some westerny paper on the inside of the box


The inside of the back cover has the same 'bandanna' paper that the record "label" has


Binding is coptic stitch, linen thread.  In retrospect I probably didn't need to bind it "lefty" style since that type of binding flops open flat so well, but ah well. He can decide the dude on the horse is the front if he prefers it that way.  It's reversible!!  LOL
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Scrapbook for grandma on: December 22, 2008 10:07:49 AM
My husband's grandma asked for a scrapbook for christmas.  Bookbinding is my "thing" lately so of course I couldn't just buy one, I had to MAKE one.

Please excuse the clutter...I'm too busy to stage photos, lol, so you get to see the complete and utter chaos huge giant mess er, slight clutter that is my typical working environment.  I'm sure NOBODY here can relate.   Wink



She loves flowers, and it just happened that I was nearly finished with my first embroidery project since childhood - a little grouping of flowers.  Her favorite color is pink, and the rest just kinda flowed from there.




The lace on this is actually vintage lace I inherited from MY grandma, but the ribbon and pink cording are new.

I used standard scrapbooking refills and sized everything from there.  I used 2 layers of bamboo batting under the fabric on the front and one layer on the back, so it's nice and soft feeling.  The hinges are reinforced with ripstop nylon bonded between the layers of binder board - each cover is 2 layers of .6 binder board I layered together with the grains crossing, so it's pretty dang rugged.  Smiley  And I used a LOT of E6000.  :lol:

Awaiting the embroidery.  I set that in last, I was afraid I'd get it grubby somehow as I worked on the rest of it.


Inside:


Posts and pages came from the craft store.  Went pretty fast if you don't count the embroidery time.
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Scratchboard Animals and Floral on: October 13, 2008 12:22:30 PM
WOW!!

I love the hibiscus, it looks so tactile.

AMAZING work, really really nice.  I love the bees too.  And the tiger.  And..well, all of them really.  LOL
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Boys have sharks, Girls have algae eaters on: September 12, 2008 04:19:22 PM
I like it but I'm feeling very dull because I don't think I "get it".

Dang, now I'm going to be thinking of this all evening trying to figure it out.  LOL
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Halloween Prints on: September 12, 2008 04:15:24 PM
Oh how CUTE!

I totally can't pick a favorite, they're all three equally wonderful.

They'd make great Halloween cards.
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Used dryer sheets on: September 12, 2008 09:11:51 AM
They're great anti-static wipes; use them to dust your TV screen and computer monitors if they're the tube-style (CRT). Used ones are best for this because new ones sometimes leave smears from the conditioner stuff in them.

If you're a soapmaker they're great for wiping down plastic lye containers before you pour to prevent lye granules from jumping around due to static charges.

If you do anything crafty with vinyl albums they're great for wiping static off of those, too.

I've used them as stuffing for cat toys.  LOL  The cats didn't seem to notice.

I noticed the other day that they look a lot like fabric interfacing.  I haven't tried it yet but it might be useful as sew-on interfacing.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Plus Sized Apron!! on: September 11, 2008 08:47:54 AM
I have never wanted an apron more.  LOL

It looks great!
9  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Yellow Submarine Birthday Cake on: September 09, 2008 04:41:18 PM
WOW!!  Shocked

That's not a cake, that's a work of art!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Obscene Bind-It-All Project on: September 09, 2008 08:43:52 AM
I love it!  I want one!!  What a great find and a great way to use them.

And...am I the only one here that clicks on the "adult" warning projects first?  LOL
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