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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Our Lady of Galaxies Shrine on: April 30, 2015 04:51:15 PM
I've started a making little art dolls and some of them are going into shrines.  This is Our Lady of Galaxies.  She goes Above and Beyond.






The shrine is a painted tray from the local thrift store covered with sparkly paper and (obligatory) glitter glue.  Above and Beyond embellishment is a little lapel pin I got in a $1 bag of random junk from a local shop.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Chalkboard Potluck Food Tags on: March 05, 2015 06:14:49 AM
Long time no craft.

This is what I've been doing lately.  These are prefab chalkboard clothespin thingies.  I arted on them with chalk markers and gel pens.





I have a lot of potlucks and know a lot of people with various allergies or dietary restrictions.  So this is an easy way to say "this is safe to eat" without having to hover over the food table.

I have more sets planned but I need to study up on some different lettering styles first. 
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Heart in Hand Shrine on: July 26, 2014 04:43:41 PM
This is a jewelry box covered in wordy washi tape and mounted to a resin frame I found at Michael's.  Inside is a porcelain doll arm, mini spool, bakers twine, buttons, and dresden trim.


4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Ape Vigoda or Turning In-Jokes into Hoopla on: June 07, 2014 07:46:16 PM
I have to explain.

My wife and I host this yard games event called Big Fun ('cause we're Fats) a couple of times each month.  One of the things we bring is Trac Ball, and the last time we met up we were goofing off with the Trac Ball Rackets at the end of the evening.  My pal Shane happened to get a shot of this happening and posted it on Facebook.  No one could figure out who the person was in the photo, and my wife and I kept trying to figure out who was there that we didn't know.


From left to right: Me, AV, Wife (photo credit or blame to Shane)

We finally realized it is our friend A, just from a really weird angle and with a Trac Ball Racket over her face.  We cracked up about it and shared it with A, who had also hilariously not been able to recognize herself and had been wondering who the "weird ape lookin' guy" was in the picture.  So we made up a whole backstory for this non-existent guy who is something of a creep and who is named Ape Vigoda.

So of course I had to stitch it.  If you people are still reading this, you are awesome.

I put the photo into Paint.NET and followed some really long instructions online to turn it into a coloring book image, then traced with a Sulky iron-on pen and transferred to fabric.  Stitched it up with black and olive green, the covered the back with a deeper green to hide my messy stiching.   Grin

Ta da!  Ape Vigoda, Con Creeper and Yard Game Meetup Crasher



5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Current Events Hoop: #YesAllWomen on: June 04, 2014 07:41:08 AM
My first attempt at satin stitch lettering.  A bit messy but I like it.

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes on: February 18, 2014 06:02:36 AM
This is a 5x7 mixed media collage.  The photos are just camera phone pics but I wanted to share and have no patience.  It's a canvas board base with papers, ink, watercolor, acrylics, paper tape, joint compound...maybe more?  I forget.



When I varnished it, the blue ink smeared all over, so it looks different now to what it did when I thought it was finished.  Ha.

The two goddesses are temporary tattoos.  I like how the transfer left them a little rough around the edges.  And middle.





The heart is my favorite.  Just a printed out heart with watercolors and ink, then added Glossy Accents to make it glisten and add dimension.  The join compound stencil is called pomegranate so I added a dot or two of Glossy Accents to random "seeds" to give them a bit of pop also.



The whole thing turned out a bit darker than I wanted but if I scan it in I may be able to lighten the prints, at least.  Smiley
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Mixed Media Heart Collage on: February 09, 2014 05:06:27 PM
Hallo!

I haven't been around for a couple of months and this is the first thing I've finished since...er...October?  Anyway, this is a mixed media collage piece.  I got to try out some fun new-to-me techniques.  I used canvas board as a base and layed with paper, paints, inks, joint compound, watercolors, lace, and some little water drop looking embellishments.  The heart is wood that I papered and painted.  I made gears using the Tim Holtz gears dye for the Sizzix and used shrinky dink plastic.  I inked them then I covered them (badly) with Glossy Accents.  I also got to use clear embossing powder for the first time.  Whee!




8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Celestia Curiosity Box (or Shrine) - Pic Obese on: November 20, 2013 09:42:18 AM
It's been a while!  I got married and with all of that madness I haven't had much time to make things.  I made this curiosity box from a dollar store wood jewelry box with a magnetic closure.

On the front is a miniature tarot card mounted (wheel of fortune) on cardstock and surrounded with little stars.


Side detail; the "knob" is a repurposed earring.


And what's this?


A little scene!


The houses are wood stained with ink.  The moon is clay, painted with acrylics.


The sides are covered with more tarot cards (the moon, the sun, the fool, the lovers)


And on the left side, a palmistry chart.  I made the frame from cardstock (what a pain it was to fit!) and then embellished the hell out of it.


So there you have it!


9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Many several of my chipboard placard magnets (pic obese) on: August 18, 2013 09:06:21 PM
These have been so much fun to make.   Each one just has a magnetic strip on the back.  I'm going to make some pins, also.

For Halloween:








I think my favorite is Howl.

And for every day:


10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Small Dino Shadow Box on: August 09, 2013 07:55:10 PM
I made this little shadow box from one of those paper mache boxes from Michael's.  Lots of trial and error, putting leaves all over everything.  I thought about adding some moss too, but it seems like I may have missed the boat.  Next time!





Scrapbooking papers, glitter glue, fake leaves, and a little plastic dino doing a dance move.
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