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1  Re: Happy Mail Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LimeRiot on: September 16, 2016 08:43:29 AM
I thought making and sending happy mail was fun but it doesn't compare to how fun it is to receive AMAZING HAPPY MAIL!! L2E sent me the most amazing package. I absolutely adore everything.


The outer envelope is a cool rubbery fabric that was all sewn up to protect the inner goodness. The envelope was made out of a coloring page...how clever is that?! And look how nice everything is packaged.

The envelope was overflowing with the coolest doo-dads! Beautiful embroidery thread and wire wrapped beads - I want to put them on a chain and wear them as a necklace Smiley. How cool is the hand dyed paper yarn?? And "dogs in hats" is one of my favorite ATC themes!

How pretty are these tags?? Gorgeous, right? And the fabric postage stamps are adorable! They can be glued to things or ironed on!! So many cute little fabric snips.

Last, but not least, this super fun collection of stickers!! They are stamped and colored onto book pages and they are on sticker paper so you can really peel and stick them!!

I love everything so much. I can't decide if I'm more excited to use it all or more excited to just keep it all in a bowl to play with and admire Smiley.

Thank you L2E! This mail made me truly happy Smiley.

And thanks, Sonjaboo, for organizing such a fun swap!!

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2  Happy Mail - A Mix of Art and Science in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by LimeRiot on: September 11, 2016 12:38:39 PM
When I saw L2E's themes for the Happy Mail swap, I couldn't resist doing a mix of art and science for the package I sent her!

This is the envelope and doo-dads that I came up with:

The envelope was made with watercolor paper and painted to look like plant cellulose under a microscope.

I've been working on developing my calligraphy skills and wanted to include a couple of science'ey quotes. The first is an explanation of why the sky is blue from Philip C. Plait. The second is one of my favorite quotes and something I really believe Carl Sagan was right about Smiley.

I also made a little tag and a series of petri dish circles with painted bacteria in them. They are harmless and germ free Smiley.

This is a science-themed banner and a gravity testing kit - in case my partner ever finds herself in a situation where it could come in handy.

Lastly, some periodic poetry! I made a bunch of letters inspired by the Periodic Table of Elements. They can be combined to make various different words (including a few bad ones Smiley).

I hope that this mail made by partner happy! It made me happy to create it for her.

Unintended consequence of making happy mail...wanting to go to McDonalds for a Happy Meal.
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3  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- August 2016 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by LimeRiot on: September 04, 2016 08:10:56 AM
Glad you like them, pottermouth!!  Kiss Kiss

I received a couple of fantastic cards this week!

From emilywilde, for my museum oddity theme...adorable conjoined twins! They look very happy to be sharing a heart.

From curiousfae, for my modern calligraphy theme...this lovely card combining a special quote, gorgeous watercoloring and BEAUTIFUL handwriting! Even the card had pretty modern calligraphy on it!

Thank you both! I really love my new cards.
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4  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- August 2016 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by LimeRiot on: August 31, 2016 08:46:23 PM
Not 1...not 2...BUT 3 awesome striped stalking themed ATCs from pottermouth!! I love these so much. I want to frame them all together.

Each card has a different name...Don't Mess with Dumbledore's Rights, Head in the Clouds and Wicked!!

Thank you so much, pottermouth! I adore my new stocking'ed legs!! Kiss Kiss
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5  This Post Brought to you by the Letter "b" & Drying Gum in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by LimeRiot on: August 27, 2016 04:29:39 PM
I took a modern calligraphy class this week and am starting to feel a bit more confident in the craft...a bit. There are certain letters I gravitate towards because they are loopy and fun and flow well for me. The lowercase letter "b" happens to be one of those (p and w are the others Smiley).

I've been doing a ton of practicing with ink and nib but wanted to try a new medium today, drawing gum! Drawing gum, also known as masking liquid, is a fluid that you use like ink to "mask" certain areas of your work. It goes on very wet but as it dries, it gets a rubber'ey texture and can be painted over with watercolors. Once your paint dries, you rub or peel the drawing gum away and you're left with whatever surface you started on - plain white in my case.

I used Pebeo drying gum but there are a number of other brands available if you search on Amazon or at your local paper or art supply store.

Here are a few tips I learned in my first day of playing with this new supply:

- Be patient! It's tempting to want to watercolor over the drawing gum pretty quickly but if it's not completely dry, it makes a mess. Similarly, don't try peeling off the drying gum until your watercolor is dry otherwise the paint will bleed into the places you don't want it to!

- Mess up the writing (or whatever design you're working on)? Never fear - just let it dry, peel it off and start over with a clean slate! No reason to waste your good watercolor paper!

- To remove the drawing gum (once everything is dry), very gently rub it with a pencil eraser. That will help ball it up a bit so you can grab and peel it more easily.

Remember how I said earlier that I had been doing a lot of calligraphy practice lately? This is the reason why my fingernails will be black for the next week:

Learning new things can get messy Smiley.
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6  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- August 2016 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by LimeRiot on: August 27, 2016 09:22:27 AM
I received this super cool card from Mountains and Clouds for my Tide Pool theme! It's hard to tell from the picture but it has a really cool texture and a beautiful metallic sheen.

Thank you, Mountains and Clouds! So happy to add this card to my growing ATC collection Smiley.
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7  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- August 2016 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by LimeRiot on: August 19, 2016 05:07:19 PM
Great recent additions! I love the sun and sunset cards. It will be especially nice to admire those in the winter time Smiley. The frog is really cool too!! Love the bright colors - he must be poisonous Wink.

I received not one but TWO great Marimekko inspired cards from curiousfae! I adore them both so much!

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8  Re: IYP 29: summer swing along Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LimeRiot on: August 19, 2016 04:59:01 PM
Oh fun! I get to be the first to share my wonderful IYP package from bunny1kenobi!

bunny1 does the BEST stenciling. You can tell from this great shirt Wink! This has been on my wish list for a while.

Check out this adorable mug! I plan to use it at work.

And I've always wanted one of these!! It's a clean/dirty magnet for the dishwasher.

Thanks for the awesome package, bunny1kenobi! Everything is so fun!! I love it.
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9  Toucan Mosaic in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by LimeRiot on: August 14, 2016 04:56:14 PM
I recently took a mosaic class and I must have had Florida, or the Golden Girls or Fruit Loops or maybe all of the above on my mind because this toucan is what I decided to make!

It's inspired by this cute art print that proved to be just the right amount of detail for mosaic'ing.

I plan to hang it up in my office at work. Thanks for checking it out!
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10  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- August 2016 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by LimeRiot on: August 13, 2016 05:56:48 AM
Are you ready to party?? These wiener dogs are!! Krafty_K made me this cute card for my dogs in hats theme. So fun! And it makes me want to force my doxies to wear party hats Tongue!

Thank you!!
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