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21  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Pushing the bounds of the ATC - a Super chunky bathroom on: February 13, 2015 04:16:21 PM
I decided to play in this month's ATC swap and picked the theme of "dollhouse interior"...now I'm not so crazy as to try to tackle an entire dollhouse in a 2.5 x 3.5" format, so I wanted to focus on the one room that is in every house, nay essential one might say, to the civility of human society, the bathroom. And I decided to call it "The Room that Shall Not be Named" just because as essential as it is, generally pop culture refuses to admit that, omg we're all human and we have bodily functions!

Anyway, rant over. Now to the itty bitty pictures!

I know I'm stretching the definition of an ATC pretty wildly here..but I couldn't resist. Minus the balsa wood and clay, everything is stuff I found around my apartment.

Alas it must be said, I got a bit carried away with the sink and shower that I neglected to make room for a toilet! That may have to be the more in-depth subject for a future ATC.

For a final note, here are all the found bits that were included in this tiny masterpiece: balsa wood, Sculpey clay, resin, paint, paper, beads, end caps, foil, pencil lead container top, paper towel, wire, earring stopper, snap, doily, tissue paper, modge podge, thread, toothpick, E6000, super glue, hot glue, necklace chain, fabric paint, marker...I think that's it.  Smiley
22  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Tiny Things Are Cute Swap on: February 09, 2015 05:28:09 AM

Image found on Pinterest

I know there's been plenty of OTT swaps (One Tiny Thing), but I was thinking of a swap where we are specifically swapping miniaturized items destined for a dollhouse/super cute tiny display. People could list general themes, and we could have lots and lots of tiny crafting fun  Cheesy Maybe a total of 3 miniaturized items sent - though that's up for discussion. What do you think?
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Steampunked insects on: January 28, 2015 04:44:12 PM
I made these bugs with a mixture of poly clay bases, found metal junk, and then giving the bodies a shine with some pearl ex powders. The wings were made from tissue paper modge podged onto a wire framing made with wire. It has a fantastic translucent quality to it.

24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Strength Mixed media Prayer Flag on: January 28, 2015 05:21:46 AM
I made this prayer flag for petskin as an extra in a recent swap. I am so stinkin' happy with how it came out. I started with the image as a base which I had made a year or so ago with some inkodye. It's a vintage photograph of a tattooed lady though it is hard to see the fine details but I kind of like the blurry effect. I embellished with some ripped lace (thanks artsycandice!) some maroon buttons that I've had for a long time, dark brown transparent fabric (name is escaping me right now) and some rust stained fabrics (again thanks artsy!). I embellished with some fun abstract mark making with the embroidery and alcohol inks, and key, and then just felt like the whole thing said "strength" to me so I stitched that on too. The pearly beaded fringe was hand done....and...I think that's it. I just love how all the things I added on feel like they could have come from her world, from her clothes, her jewelry, her life. I'm happy  Cheesy

I'd love to hear any thoughts or comments  Smiley
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Tentacle critters can be shy too on: January 28, 2015 05:08:19 AM
I made *cough* I mean found this curious guy hiding out in a discarded coke can and decided he needed a better, more loving home. I housed him in this shell which he took to rather quickly and send him off to The Raging Sloth for his forever home. He is rather shy so only sticks his tentacles out to explore the world around him and to eat of course. He's sitting in a pool of rocks and moss and it is all filled in with some resin for good measure. The tentacles are actually made from poly clay which got a bit singed on the tips when cooking (whoops!) but actually I like the darkened tips as an interesting feature. I know the Raging Sloth will be the best friend he sorely needs.  Smiley

Thanks for looking! I'd love to hear any comments or thoughts  Cheesy
26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Be AWESOME Swap! Rd 3? on: January 27, 2015 10:56:47 AM
Anyone remember the AWESOME swaps that have gone on a few years back...

Here's round 1
And round 2

I'd love to participate in a Round 3  Grin Anyone else feel like being AWESOME!? I leave it up to rackycoo to organize again  Smiley

The swap is open!! Click here!
27  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Fiber/Mixed Media Jewelry Swap Gallery on: January 23, 2015 08:25:40 AM
Back to the Discussion Thread

Post when you get them!!

artsycandice - petskin
jenleahlynn - bookstorebabe

oddacity - Belladune
gala_apples - goatgoddess
sonjaboo - stellato_escuro
petskin - sheepBlue
Abbeeroad - P_E_S_T
artmomto5 - jenleahlynn
- goatgoddess
maxxev - artsycandice
LeapFeetFirst - Abbeeroad
emilywilde - artmomto5

alteredmommy - Ludi
Belladune - RovingAnarchist
stellato_escuro - gala_apples

Partner Received
Sending late with communication
contact me immediately
feedback given
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Pond in an Altoid Tin on: January 18, 2015 05:15:15 AM
I have been working lately on the curiosity cabinet swap and while having all my bits and bobs out, made a fun little faux pond in a mini altoid tin. Some rocks, moss, texture paste to simulate a dirt bottom, and some super tiny polyclay koi fish, all set in resin. It's so charmingly tiny!!

It's kinda like my version of a zen garden, except I can't make a mess and it fits in my pocket  Cheesy
29  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Fiber/Mixed Media Jewelry Swap, SU Closed SO by 2/28 on: December 26, 2014 05:02:39 PM

Swap name: Fabric/Mixed Media Jewelry Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: sheepBlue
Co-organizer: N/A
Sign-up: Dec 26th Jan 11th
Date to send: Feb 28th
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): N/A
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
Additional Age requirement? Must be 16 years or older

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant:YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

I love how jewelry can be a piece of art that you wear, and I love to find unique pieces that show that. We will be swapping 1 piece of beautiful jewelry with our partner(s) that can be made up of fiber/mixed media/sewing/felting/embroidery/etc techniques. This includes everything under the sun: beads, metal, fabric, thread, yarn, felt, buttons, clay, etc etc! You can choose between 1 partner or 2. All new swappers will be restricted to only 1 partner for their first swap. Please communicate with your partner(s) so that everyone ends up with beautiful jewelry that they can show off to all their friends and family.

Everyone needs to keep in contact both with the organizer and their partner; please try to post to the thread at least once a week to let us know how you're doing and please dont leave your partner or myself hanging if we PM you!

Please make sure you post in this thread for updates as soon as you sign-up/think about signing up.

Organizer's Note: I reserve the right to refuse anyone. If you have feedback that shows a history of very late sending, ill-communication, incomplete packages, lack of DC#'s, etc. I may refuse you. I want this to be a flake-free swap.


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer: sheepBlue

Name of swap: Fabric/Mixed Media Jewelry Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Do you want 1 or 2 partners?

Do you have any allergies, specifically in materials that may be used in jewelry and will be laying on your skin (i.e. metal, wool, etc)?

What styles do you enjoy (bohemian, ethnic, hippy, etc)?

What styles do you not enjoy?

What kind of jewelry do you like wearing (earrings, necklaces, etc)? Please include a description of your preferred lengths and other relevant details.

What kind of jewelry do you not like wearing?

Do you like flashy statement pieces, or something more subtle?

What are your favorite colors/color combinations?

What colors do you not like?

Are there any particular techniques you'd love to receive (i.e. knit, macrame, assemblage, sewn, etc)?

Are there any particular techniques you'd rather not receive?

Pinterest? Links? Stalking aids?

Want to go beyond the minimum requirement?

Do you have a camera or access to a camera? Can you post pictures?

Anything else you would like for your partner to know about you...


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

Approved Swappers:
1. sheepBlue
2. stellato_escuro
3. P_E_S_T
4. Belladune
5. Ludi
6. alteredmommy
7. bookstorebabe
8. emilywilde
9. LeapFeetFirst
10. maxxev
11. goatgoddess
12. Abbeeroad
13. Artmomto5
14. petskin
15. SonjaBoo
16. gala_apples
17. RovingAnarchist
18. oddacity
19. jenleahlynn
20. artsycandice


artsycandice - petskin
jenleahlynn - bookstorebabe
oddacity - Belladune
gala_apples - goatgoddess
sonjaboo - stellato_escuro
petskin - sheepBlue
Abbeeroad - P_E_S_T
artmomto5 - jenleahlynn
P_E_S_T - goatgoddess
maxxev - artsycandice
LeapFeetFirst - Abbeeroad
emilywilde - artmomto5
alteredmommy - Ludi
Belladune - RovingAnarchist
stellato_escuro - gala_apples
30  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Fiber/mixed media jewelry swap [sign ups posted!] on: October 19, 2014 11:56:06 AM

I love how jewelry can be a piece of art that you wear, and I love to find unique pieces that show that. Lately my obsession has been with all things fiber, and I was thinking it would be amazing to have a swap where we could push ourselves to use fiber/mixed media/sewing/felting/embroidery/etc techniques to make amazing jewelry for one another. This includes everything under the sun: beads, metal, fabric, thread, yarn, felt, buttons, clay, etc etc!

Anyone else up for a swap?  Cheesy

Here is my inspiration pinboard to get your creative juices flowing!

I'm open on a timeframe - I realize this might have to be pushed back til after the holidays but if there are people interested I'm more than happy to do so. I was thinking a month to craft....we could do either individual partners or if there's a consensus we can do groupings of 3 or 4?
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