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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Spell My Name Round 6 Gallery of Goodies on: August 08, 2011 07:32:49 AM
Hi everyone! Here are the photos of what I sent to Miss Barbara keeping her descriptions. Enjoy! Smiley

Miss Barbara:
Whoo-hoo!  I received!  Whoo-hoo!  I received!  (Unfortunately, I am unable to take and post photos, so as soon as I am done posting a description of the items my generous partner-mellermann-has sent me, I will PM her so she can post photos if she would like.)

I have swapped with mellermann before, and I was already aware of her talent and awesomeness!  Here goes:

B-bookmarks!  A set of THREE, CROSS-STITCHED (yes, you read right), papercrafted corner bookmarks!  Shocked

A-altered sketchbook!  It has a black cover and on it she put one of my fav. quotes:  'Keep calm and carry yarn'!  Grin  She also decorated the front with a ball of yarn made out of thread and knitting needles made out of toothpicks!  What a nifty idea!  Cool

R-rugs for my mugs!  (Also known as 'mug rugs'!  Cool)  A set of SIX of them!  Yesssssss!

B-beads & buttons!  Dark and light colored wood beads, and a package of 'heirloom' style buttons.  I don't have either of these items in my stash, so I am thrilled to have them now!

A-any occasion greeting cards!  Pink/brown/creme colored with cupcakes!  My fav. color combo and one of my fav. themes!

R-rainbow earrings!  I knew from experience that mellermann was a talented jewelry maker, and I figured that package was coming today, so I didn't put on my earrings, just in case!  Wink  And mellermann didn't disappoint!  Silver with rainbow colored seed beads...  GEORGOUS!

A-art work featuring the four seasons!  Too detailed for words...I hope mellermann posts photos so everyone can wist/pin these...creative and beautiful!  I can't wait to put them on my craft room walls!

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Spell My Name Round 6 Gallery of Goodies on: July 20, 2011 07:09:59 PM
I received an absolutely amazing package from Miss Barbara today. She spoiled me with so many gorgeous crocheted goodies, craft supplies and other goodies! Smiley

M is for...

mug cozy.

E is for

a crocheted Eve,

an envelope with a lovely card,

and an exciting postcard from NYC.

L is for...

lap blanket,

little box of Monet tea (see above photo)

and a leather origami wallet (super neat!!!).

I is for...

Ida, the positive ion stuffie. Smiley

S is for...

Sock purse, small notebook and set of 4 mini erasers.

S is for....

sheets of scrapbooking paper,

and stones and sea glass from the beach (see above photo).

A is for...

arm warmers,

and an altered puzzle (that I will be putting together and posting...I can't believe she altered an ENTIRE puzzle!!!)

Miss Barbara, thank you so much!!! The package left me speechless!! Smiley
3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Turn a book into a giant lego block! on: June 08, 2011 04:41:58 AM
With the way I made them, the knobs aren't strong enough to support a stack of books on top of them. I'm sure though if you put something in the knobs like foam core or cardboard, that would give it the support needed for that!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Beginners inchies (& and ATC) round 2 Gallery. Send outs 6th June on: June 07, 2011 06:05:49 AM
I received inchies and an ATC from Opalgryphon yesterday and I love them! She made a beautiful replica of a Van Goh for my modern art theme and a microscopic view of beer for my science theme for the inchies.

For the ATC, she made a gorgeous replicate of one of the photos on my wist.

Thanks so much Opalgryphon! Cheesy
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Beginners inchies (& and ATC) round 2 Gallery. Send outs 6th June on: May 29, 2011 04:07:46 PM
Oops, sorry about that coconutbells! Here are the actually inchies Smiley

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Beginners inchies (& and ATC) round 2 Gallery. Send outs 6th June on: May 28, 2011 05:40:50 PM
I received inchies and ATCs this past week from both coconutbells and calabaza. I loved everything! Smiley

Here are the inchies from coconutbells:

And the ATC from her:

Here are the inchies from Calabaza:

And the ATC from her:

Thank you both for the great artwork! Smiley
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Turn a book into a giant lego block! on: May 26, 2011 03:56:33 AM
I'm guilty of impulse buying when at bookstores. Usually it's okay because I end up loving the novel I somehow end up coming home with. But every once in awhile, the book turns out to be greatly disappointing. Those books end up in my "to be resold or donated" pile.

I've always wanted to make one of those books with a secret compartment. I decided that one of these books would be perfect for that! I also wanted to decorate the book in some way and I eventually decided to turn it into a giant lego block. Here's how that turned out:

I covered the book with blue card stock. I also painted the inside and uncovered outer sections (the areas not covered by the book cover) with blue acrylic paint. I then used the blue card stock to "legofy" the book. Here's a close up of one of the lego block...um, knobs? Not sure what it's called.

And here is the secret compartment.

It wasn't too difficult cutting up the book to create the compartment. I used a very sharp exacto knife and slowly cut out the pages. The knife was able to cut through about 20 pages at a time. There is probably a better way to do it, but that was the sharpest tool I had on hand. After cutting out the compartment, I applied modge podge to seal the pages and to glue the pages together so that the book was more like a box that opens up. I really like how it turned out!

Thanks for looking!  Cheesy
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Beginners inchie (and an ATC) swap round 2 - SU until 15th May. SO 6th June 2011 on: May 10, 2011 07:22:31 AM
I was so tempted to sign up for 2 groups, but then I was worried that I wouldn't be able to get them all done.

I am excited for partners also!

I know what you mean! I was especially worried since this is my first time making inchies and who knows how many times I'll mess up!
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Beginners inchie (and an ATC) swap round 2 - SU until 15th May. SO 6th June 2011 on: May 06, 2011 05:46:44 AM
I'm really excited about this swap...this will be my first time making inchies and ATCs. Reading through all the tips has been really helpful so far!
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Tree Swap Round 3 (Signups CLOSED; Mail by 6/16/11) on: May 05, 2011 12:53:35 PM
I'm excited about this swap! I've always wanted to make inchies and ATCs...can't wait to get started!
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