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1  Re: Happy Mail Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Summer6061 on: September 17, 2016 04:40:16 PM
There's so much happy mail goodness in this gallery and I'm about to add to it!  I received from Geekgirl1000100 the other day!  She put her handmade envelope in a decorated manila envelope.  I like the Zentangled doodle on the manila envelope (I love to Zentangle and am always on the lookout for new patterns and ideas).  The nice thing about the inner green envelope is that I can reuse it!

She made this art/junk journal (I'm not entirely sure what it's referred to as).  It's made up of various fun pages that are just waiting for me to add to them!  It also has two pockets and two itty bitty envelopes that had extra ephemera included in them! And what is the cover made from you ask?  It's the packaging from a bacon, chicken, raspberry soup!  Okay, maybe not that exactly, but some kind of food packaging Smiley.  I love that Geekgirl thought outside the box when she created this mini journal!!

She made and decorated these mini envelopes out of maps and book pages (I love crafts that incorporate book pages!).  The flower badges that she included will be perfect for papercrafting! She also sent a store bought envelope clip.  I'm thinking of incorporating it into a Valentine's Day card for my husband (ooh, or maybe an anniversary card as our anniversary is coming up soon...).

I love the that the cords on these tags coordinate so well!  I might end up using some of the flower badges with these tags to make some gift tags - decisions, decisions...  The doodle in the bottom left is a small art print that I'll put on my craft room desk once I finally get my craft room established.  To the right of the art print is the envelope that it came in.  Last but not least, Geekgirl sent a happy mail stamp.  It will be perfect to use in the next happy mail swap! 

Thank you so much Geekgirl1000100 for my happy mail! 
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2  Prince Charming! in CHALLENGE 110 ENTRIES by Summer6061 on: November 04, 2015 12:40:01 PM
Ladies and gentlemen of the Craftster Kingdom, I present to you, Prince Charming  Smiley.

I started out with a basic white dress shirt and red workout pants and thanks to my good friend, Joann Fabrics, I was able to transform them into a princely outfit! 

The epaulets (shoulder braids) are cardboard covered in fabric with the braided trim glued on.  They velcro onto the shirt, so it's easy to remove them and toss the shirt in the washer.  The shirt also fastens with velcro, which made life easier as I was able to slip it on and off without much difficulty.  I used a tutorial (link below) for the basic costume idea and then added my own personal touches.

I wanted to coordinate with my son without making myself an entire costume, so I made myself a shirt instead Smiley.

As for Prince Charming, he is 2 years old and an absolute sweetheart.

Tutorial link - http://desertchica.com/no-sew-prince-charming-costume-diy-tutorial/
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3  Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Rd. 10 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Summer6061 on: December 17, 2014 11:57:23 PM
At last! I have a free moment to post pics (haha, I wrote that about 8 hours ago - that free moment didn't last very long)!  Life got crazy overnight, and then to top it off, I got sick  Sad.  But I am happy to report that I too have received a nice package from Sylvan that made my day merry & bright  Cheesy.  When I made her a TARDIS stocking, I thought to myself, 'wouldn't it be funny if she made me a TARDIS too?'  Well, lo and behold...

This was the first thing I saw when I opened the box and it put a huge smile on my face!  Somebody else mentioned how you can give us craftsters the same crafting 'assignment,' yet end up with so many different variations.  We both made TARDIS stockings, but they came out so different from each others.  Sylvan did a great job with the paneling on my stocking.  She had to wait a little while after her concussion before she could cut it out, but it worked out perfectly!  

Included with the stocking were some bath dots, coasters, a slouchie beanie, and a 'floofy' scarf (her word, and the same exact one I would've used to describe it).  The hat is nice because it's lightweight and the scarf is really soft!  I like the color of the scarf, it will be perfect to dress up casual outfits.

Here's a close up of the coasters and bath dots.  I love the festive Christmas coloring of the coasters!  They can also be easily transformed into ornaments, so they're a kind of 2-for-1 crafted item.  The bath dots are really bright & colorful and there are so many of them!  They will definitely liven up my baby's bath time!  We already have some sticking to the shower wall that we used for counting while I gave him his bath tonight.

Sylvan wrapped quite a few of my gifts in these fabric bags!  They are way better than gift bags because once they get wrinkled, instead of throwing them out, they just need to be ironed and they can be reused again and again (I want to wrap gifts in them this Christmas, but I don't want to give them up, I want keep them to wrap gifts in EVERY year! Lol).  She also made me 6 pairs of earrings!  Baby boy is not quite beyond the 'grab anything dangling within his reach' stage, but I look forward to wearing these earrings once he is Smiley.

My husband is quite the handyman, so Sylvan made him some tool shaped chocolates!  I'm going to save these for his stocking, but I know he'll love them, they're perfect for him!

Sylvan also included a dozen hand made cards (complete with envelopes) for various occasions!  You may notice there are only 11 in the pic; that's because I'd already used my favorite one for my sister's birthday before I took a pic - and since I took the pic, I've used another one for a package I'm shipping out.  These are so handy to have around, I love them!

I was happy to see that she had made me two washcloths and delighted to realize they were Doctor Who washcloths!  I've never been excited over washcloths before!  I'm very impressed with her ability to knit the Cyberman and Dalek designs into the cloths!  I don't know anything about knitting, but that seems pretty hard to me.

As for the purchased items, Sylvan included some tasty maple cookies and Ghirardelli peppermint chocolate squares.  I've never had these cookies before (maybe because I've never been to Canada), they taste like a maple donut (which made me realize, I haven't tasted very much maple - maple syrup doesn't even have a very maple-y taste in comparison to these cookies).  As for the Ghirardelli squares, I'm very glad she included them.  They're one of my favorite Christmas treats, but I hadn't had any this year.  She also included some foam ornaments that I think I'll make with my 4 year old nephew, he always wants to craft with me  Smiley.  She also sent a notebook that I've already been making good use of!

Lastly, Sylvan sent this really neat gourd Santa ornament.  She bought it at a store run by a Mennonite church that sells hand made items from around the world.  It's very detailed and makes a beautiful addition to our tree!

Thank you so much for taking me on as your second partner Sylvan!  I really enjoyed crafting for you as well as receiving all the goodies you sent!  I'm just sad the swap is over!
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4  Re: Holiday Tag Swap - Round 2 Gallery... in The Swap Gallery by Summer6061 on: November 18, 2014 08:49:51 AM
Wow Onyxnox, the tags you made are so detailed and beautiful!  I have to agree with dharma_rebel, your paper crafting skills are amazing!

I received the last of my tags last night from gala_apples.

Thank you for the six tags Gala!  The sweater tag is cute and just might be my fave of the bunch (although the 'cheer' tag is a close second)!!  I'm excited to start wrapping presents!

Thank you all for a really fun swap!
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5  Re: Holiday Tag Swap - Round 2 Gallery... in The Swap Gallery by Summer6061 on: November 17, 2014 03:55:49 PM
I received some beautiful tags from Kaz814!



The hard part is choosing a favorite!  I love them all and want to put them on my own presents under the tree!   Grin
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6  Re: Holiday Tag Swap - Round 2 Gallery... in The Swap Gallery by Summer6061 on: November 09, 2014 08:55:10 PM
Ooh, I love all the tags so far!  I received my tags from Gina1gr8mom a little bit ago, but I forced myself to finish making hers before opening the envelope.  I am very happy with the six tags I received!

I love all the extra details on each tag, like the charm hanging on the bicycle tag, the embossed metallic background on the vintagy purple tag, the owl  on the 'open first' music tag, all the shiny glaze on the wish tag and the bird's nest on the bird tag!  This year will be my son's first Christmas at home (he was in the hospital last year), and I love the special tag Gina made for him!  It is one that I will definitely use over and over again each year!  Thank you so much Gina!!
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7  Re: Covert Art Abandoners Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Summer6061 on: October 23, 2012 08:03:22 PM
Bittersweet moment...I have released all the art into the wild!  I wonder if my partner will hear anything back.

I left the first piece at a craft fabric show.  I figured most of the people there were creative individuals who would enjoy a little bit of inspiration.  No one picked it up while I was looking around, but  I ended up circling back to the booth before I left and it was gone.

On my way home that night, I stopped by a new superstore.  It had just opened a few days before, so it was very busy.  During one of the brief intervals while I was the only one at the entrance, I slipped the art into one of the many shopping carts waiting for customers to take them for a spin.  It was still in the cart when I finished my shopping and I heard a mom tell her kid not to take that cart because there was something in it.  I left the art though, because I figured either a customer would actually look and see that it said "Free Art," or a worker would come across it and it would hopefully brighten their work day.

Later, I stopped by the library to pick up some audio books for my daily commute.  I left one of the canvases on the shelf with the mystery books.  It seemed to be an appropriate location.  It was near closing when I left it, so I'm thinking somebody probably found it the next day.

Later that week I went to the post office.  Again, it was close to closing time, so I left it in the lobby that's always open for PO box customers.

I left the last one at a gas station window.  The window gets a lot of traffic, so it seemed like it would be quickly discovered.

It's neat that some of us have dropped at the same locations in different cities.  It makes me wonder if I'll visit the library, post office, or gas station one day and come across a fun little craft waiting to be found!

This was a fun swap, thank you JMiller for being such a wonderful swap hostess!
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8  Re: Doctor Who Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Summer6061 on: October 15, 2012 09:08:49 PM
There are so many neat things in the gallery, I've been able to look at them, but haven't had a chance to reply (I wish there was a mobile app because I usually check out the pics on my phone, but I always have difficulty writing replies). 

I've seen a lot of people have printed on fabric.  What methods do you all use?  I iron on some heat and bond and cut the fabric to regular paper size and run it through the printer no prob.  The only thing with this method is that then I have the heat and bond papered to the back.  So far it's worked out fine and I've just ironed the printed fabric onto whatever medium I'm working with (paper, wood, other fabric...).  But I'd like to know of another way to do it in case I don't plan on 'gluing' the fabric to anything.

Moving right along, I'm happy to report that I've received a great package from Bunnie Boo!  I had to go to the post office to pick it up and I was so excited, I ripped into it before leaving the parking lot!  I was very pleased with what I found!

I love this little guy!  I sat in the car and put him on my keys right then.  He's so cute!!

Next I found an excuse to begin a Hoopla wall!  Ten is my fave, so Bunnie Boo created this cross stitch pattern just for me  (thank you so much Debbie, it made me feel special to read that  Grin)!  She was afraid that his face is too chubby, but I think it's perfect!  I love that he has little rosy cheeks!

Next I saw a Dalek on some canvas.  At first I thought it might be a bag, but upon closer inspection, I saw that it was a cushion cover!  I love the placement and curve of the word "Exterminate."  I put it on a couch cushion as soon as I got home, and guess what...it fit perfectly!!

Last but not least was the heaviest item...  The pages are all unlined, so I'm excited to use this for some zentangles, ideas, and probably a lot of "Bad Wolf" doodling!  Bunnie Boo did a great job with the panels on this.  I'm not sure what she used, but it looks amazing!  The paint is two-toned, so it gives the journal just the right amount of character!   

Thank you for everything Bunnie Boo.  I love it all!

PS - I hope you receive your package soon and like it as much as I like mine.  I sent it nearly a week ago and it hasn't even made it out of the yet Sad.  I'm hoping it goes on a plane tonight, defies time laws, and makes it to you by the end of the week!
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9  Re: Covert Art Abandoners Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Summer6061 on: October 04, 2012 06:40:43 PM
I received from LeapFeetFirst today!  She made some amazing pieces of art on 3x3" canvases.  The pics aren't the best because all the art came prepackaged in plastic bags, so there's a little glare on all the pics - LeapFeetFirst if you have better pics, please add them Smiley.

The camera didn't do the best job of capturing it, but all of the art is amazingly textured with various textures!

The packaging:

The items:

I like how the paper part that says "Free Art" has a hole.  I'm thinking of maybe leaving it on a peg at the store... The back lets people know that the free art is theirs to keep or share.  It also has LeapFeetFirst's email address, so hopefully someone will send a message!

I had a hard time choosing, but I think I'm going to keep the "color outside the lines" canvas.  Thank you Melanie, I can't wait to abandon...now if I could just decide where... Smiley
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10  Re: Doctor Who Round 7 Swap Sendouts 10/1/12 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Summer6061 on: October 03, 2012 05:01:15 PM
I'm not surprised this season has sucked.  I've only seen 3 episodes so far, but the show has been going downhill since Moffat took over. 

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