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21  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Skeleton Bird Art Doll on: June 23, 2011 07:43:18 PM
I've been kinda bad at posting my projects over here on beloved Craftster! Well, might as well swing back into it Smiley

Here's the art doll (bird doll?) that I made for Lanikins in the Dia De Los Muertos/Mexican Folk art swap:

The body was sewn using the wren pattern from "The Artful Bird" which is an excellent book to have if you wanna make any shape of plush bird. I recommend it! Anyhoo, I used a canvas type fabric, then painted it black with craft acrylics once it was all sewn and stuffed. It made the body nice and solid and stiff to paint after sewing.


I cut the wings out AFTER painting, though, then glued them on. The paint really keeps the fabric from fraying... See his cool back skeleton? Smiley


The crest is a guinea feather dyed with alcohol inks.


The beak is sculpted from polyclay, baked, then glued on nice and snug!

Thanks for looking! Cheesy
22  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / One Tiny Book Round 2 on: June 12, 2011 08:17:11 PM


I'm wanting to organize another One Tiny Book swap with signups towards the middle of August... The first one was just too dang fun!

The requirements are just like other OTT (one tiny thing) swaps, where you send only one item under 4" in any dimension, crafted with a high level of skill. Partners give a theme list for ideas on how to craft a wee book! Here are links to the first round:

Rd 1 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=360138.0
Rd 1 Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=358239.0

Anybody interested? Smiley
23  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Ruby Slippers/Wicked Witch Bookmark on: April 22, 2011 07:41:22 AM
Hooray! My first project in the polyclay board!

I was reading "Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West" and had this idea for a funny bookmark Smiley I'm sure someone else has to have had this idea before, but I couldn't find it via google, so I had to make one.


The legs are formed of polyclay, but I had to paint em white after baking because they turned brown in the oven :/ Oh well... Then I painted the rest of the details with acrylic inks. And I made sure to cut a slit in the top of the legs before baking, so I'd have a place to attach the rest of the bookmark!


I could have made a more awesome bookmark part of the bookmark, but it was late last night, and I couldn't be bothered... If I decide to make another, I'll definitely papercraft it up and make a legit Oz-themed bookmark.


Hi ho, the witch is dead!

Thanks for looking Cheesy

24  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Coptic Stitch Mini-Journals on: March 18, 2011 11:53:04 AM
I've been wanting to learn to coptic stitch for a long time now, and finally after going googly-eyed over jolenemarie's handmade journals a few weeks ago, I decided it was finally time to learn!


Each signature is only one page, since I wanted there to be a lot of stitching!


I made this one last night (my very first!) and I embellished the front of it with an inchie that says "Home." This one is about 2'' x 2.5''


I put this one together this morning! I was pretty excited about the orange thread.


For this book, I used the same kind of painted watercolor paper that I use for my inchies, but for this, I painted both sides of the paper so there wouldn't be a white side.


I used my new metal punch set to make the "big ideas" thingie out of a piece of pop can. I've been making some fun embellishments with those alphabet punches lately! To color the letter indentations, I just colored the whole thing with sharpie, then sanded it down.


Thanks for looking!!!

Oh, and I used this youtube tutorial to learn the coptic stitch:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHAJyzzb4EE

Also, I used a dremel knockoff little rotary tool from Harbor Freight Tools with a teeny tiny drill bit (the whole set cost me $10, much cheaper than a dremel!)to punch the holes before stitching on the 2nd one I did (the colorful one). It made it WAY easier, and the holes lined up much better than when I punched the holes with a needle!

25  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Baby Sloth Plush! on: March 07, 2011 03:04:16 PM

I made this little sloth guy over the weekend, and finished up stuffing him today. I flippin love sloths, and I had that terribly funny SNL "SLOTHS!" song running through my head the whole time I was working.


The paws have velcro sewn on so he can climb all over the place...


I made him out of an old brown towel that was destined for a landfill. Sewing the thick material was a pain, and my sewing machine failed more than a few times, but hey! Cute is worth it!

Thanks for looking Smiley
26  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Inchies Dice! on: February 24, 2011 03:06:40 PM
I set out to make an inchies dice this afternoon. Since I usually do inchies in sets of six anyway, I figured the 6 sides of a cube would be perfect to make a little novelty dice thingie.



Here are the inchies before I glued them to the wooden cube.

Aaaaand close-ups of each, in case you wanna see:












Thanks for looking, folks Smiley I kinda wanna make a Harry Potter one... I'm sure I could come up with references for each number. That would be pretty cool. Or Mythbusters, since I'm kinda obsessed with them right now. Alright, enough rambling.
27  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Inchies - Tiny squares of yay! on: February 17, 2011 01:46:26 PM
It's really been FOREVER since I've posted a project on craftster, but I'm trying to really get back into it... Starting with the papercrafts board, my personal favorite Smiley

Here are some inchies I made last night and this morning. All of the backgrounds are cut from random watercolor texture I painted a while ago. I like to do a big sheet of random colors and then use the cricut to cut out a ton of inchies for future use.










You can hardly see in the photo, but the border is super shiny craft foil, a new thing to me that I'm super excited about...



Anyhoo, thanks for looking, fellow craftsters!
28  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / El Senor Pumpkin con un Sombrero... on: October 30, 2010 02:12:36 PM
I just made this year's pumpkin this afternoon, then I saw the contest, so I thought, why not share? Smiley

I painted my pumpkin this year, because my carving skills leave something to be desired. First, I prepped the whole face with matte medium, to make sure the paint would stick. I used cheapo craft acrylics and some acrylic inks where I didn't have the proper colors.


Here's his little hat. I made it out of some tagboard and hot glue, then plastered it with newspaper and elmer's glue. The obvious medium would have been mod-podge here, but with the weather as it is in Alabama, I avoid mod podge like the plague. It stays sticky FOR-EV-ER in this humidity. Well, I added some colorful feathers, ribbon, scraps and novelty yarn, and attached the hat with 2 pins.


And one more shot of his toothy smile:
29  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / One Tiny Book Swap - GALLERY on: September 21, 2010 06:12:45 PM

Post your tiny books here! Cheesy

Link to the swap thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=358239.0

Sent
Received
Sent & Received
Sending Late with Communication
Received and Sending Late w/ Communication
Feedback Given
Contact Organizer Immediately

noooitaremybirthday <--> alwaysinspired
munltstmpr <--> jazzybelle
schnerby <--> arachnea
PearlyWhirly<--> edelc
xtabsx<--> beki710
seeuudee <--> heini
loves2experiment<--> goatgoddess
Keyzmasta<--> darkladymajesta
DanniQuee<--> Jiasaykea
audio-astrophysics <--> knickertwist
annachronism<--> Ninja_Poo
-zoma- <--> Ramona Q
hgddm <--> nessie
SonjaBoo<-->chrissycrafts
happiehina<--> eskimocha
spidermom<--> Kartiana
Hippiekender<-->lady4feet
pioneer9 <--> emilyjp
calluna <--> camelama
rainbowendings<--> cassiecate57
onecrazymom <--> shadeweaver
30  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / One Tiny Book Swap (CLOSED: Mail by 10/05/10) on: August 31, 2010 01:20:55 PM


GALLERY!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=360138.0


Swap name: One Tiny Book Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Noooitaremybirthday
Sign-up date range: 8/31/10 to 9/7/10
Date to send item by: 9/30/10

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 50

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

Additional Age requirement? No

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

Details of swap:
This swap is in the same spirit of other OTT swaps. We'll be making tiny books! Each participant will have one partner and exchange one tiny book. Books must be smaller than 4" x 4" and crafted with a high level of skill. Altered tiny books, or handbound tiny books are just fine. You'll have 3 weeks of crafting time, so make sure your book displays your best effort! We want a gallery full of awesome little books Smiley

Because many of the tiny books can be sent in an envelope, a DC# won't be required for this swap, but you may choose to still get one if you wish. If your package for any reason becomes lost in the mail without a DC# and your partner does not receive, you will need to re-send in order to avoid negative feedback.

Make sure to notify your partner and organizer promptly as soon as you've sent and/or received, and respond to your PMs. Please post in the thread or PM the organizer at least once a week. Poor communication will be reflected in your feedback.

As the organizer, I'm reserving the right to turn away any swapper who has a history of chronic late sending or poor communication. I'd like this to be a flake free swap!

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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
-Name of swap: One Tiny Book 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)
-Any allergies or aversions (Pet hair, smoke, animal products, etc.)
-Do you have a plan for the approximate size of your tiny book?
-Do you want to be partnered with someone making a book of a certain level of tinyness?
-To help inspire your partner, please list at least 5 of your favorite themes (feel free to add more):
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
-What are your favorite colors/patterns/shapes/etc?
-Any certain themes/dislikes that you definitely would not want to receive?
-Do you have any plans for the tiny book you receive (i.e. making it into an ornament, jewelry, just a book, etc)?
-Do have a preference for text/quotes or pictures or both?
-Would you want blank pages to finish your own, or prefer a completed work of art?
-Anything else you would like your partner or organizer to know?


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


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

List of Participants (Limit-50):
1. noooitaremybirthday
2. camelama
3. loves2experiment
4. hgddm
5. alwaysinspired
6. eskimocha - Welcome, first time swapper! Smiley
7. spidermom
8. -zoma-
9. knickertwist
10. schnerby
11. jazzybelle
12. pearlywhirly - Welcome, first time swapper! Smiley
13. danniquee
14. beki710
15. kartiana
16. HippieKender
17. JiaSaykea
18. annachronism
19. nessie
20. emilyjp - Welcome, first time swapper Smiley
21. audio-astrophysics
22. goatgoddess
23. edelc
24. rainbowendings - Welcome, first time swapper Smiley
25. ninja_poo
26. lady4feet
27. chrissycrafts
28. pioneer9
29. heini
30. Calluna
31. onecrazymom
32. keyzmasta
33. xtabsx
34. Ramona Q
35. happiehina
36. arachnea - Welcome, first time swapper Smiley
37. seeuudee
38. sonjaboo
39. shadeweaver
40. munltstmpr
41. darkladymajesta
42. cassiecate57

PARTNERS!

noooitaremybirthday <--> alwaysinspired
munltstmpr <--> jazzybelle
schnerby <--> arachnea
PearlyWhirly <--> edelc
xtabsx <--> beki710
seeuudee <--> heini
loves2experiment <--> goatgoddess
Keyzmasta <--> darkladymajesta
DanniQuee <--> Jiasaykea
audio-astrophysics <--> knickertwist
annachronism <--> Ninja_Poo
-zoma- <--> Ramona Q
hgddm <--> nessie
SonjaBoo <-->chrissycrafts
happiehina <--> eskimocha
spidermom <--> Kartiana
Hippiekender <-->lady4feet
pioneer9 <--> emilyjp
calluna <--> camelama
rainbowendings <--> cassiecate57
onecrazymom <--> shadeweaver
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