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21  Image Reproduction Featured Projects - 2013 Q3! in IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES by LimeRiot on: October 02, 2013 08:06:07 PM
Congratulations to the talented artists responsible for our latest round of featured Image Reproduction projects!! Thanks to everyone who contributed a project on these boards in recent months. Keep it up!!

Whedon Stencils by AllyCatAria

Mad Hatter Tee by bunny1kenobi

Monsters Inc. Boo T-Shirt by merimarie

T-Shirt No. 4 by kosmicgirl

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22  Happy Puppies Painting in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by LimeRiot on: September 23, 2013 08:10:45 PM
I created this little painting for Onyxnox inspired by some artwork she had pinned and her sweet and beautiful doggies. One of her fur babies passed away so I represented him flying happily above the earth teasing the swallows and waving hi to his puppy siblings Smiley.

I was very nervous about this since I'm not a painter (and it shows!!) but I had a lot of fun creating it. I'm a dog owner and lover so the theme was special to me too.

Most importantly, Onyxnox liked it Smiley.
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23  ATC Folio Tutorial in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by LimeRiot on: September 22, 2013 09:08:02 PM
I've long admired the mini masterpieces I've seen done on Artist's Trading Cards (ATCs). They prove that good things can come in small packages!! I haven't made any myself but since I've been having so much fun with other paper crafts and painting lately, I figure it's time to take the plunge.

If I'm going to create, collect and trade ATCs, I'll need a place to keep them! That's where this folio comes in. It was so quick and easy to make, I want to craft up a dozen more! I'm actually a little afraid that I'm going to have hundreds of ATC folios and no cards to fill them with Smiley!

Step 1: Gather up your supplies
- Brown packaging paper
- 2 postcards or pieces of card stock (these will be your covers)
- Glue
- Scissors
- Ruler
- Ribbon
- Sewing machine (optional)

Step 2: Cut
Trim both post cards (or whatever you'll be using for your covers) to 3.5" x 4.5" and set them aside.

Cut a piece of brown packing paper 5"x25". This size will give you 6 pockets in your folio. If you want more than that, add 8" to the length. For example, if you want 8 pockets, cut a piece of paper 5"x33".

Step 3: Score and Fold
Score the length of the paper in two places - the first at 1/2" in and the second at 2" in from the right side.

Fold the 1/2" side under at the scored edge and then the 2" scored edge. Make sure your folds are as crisp as possible!

Step 4: Secure the 1/2" fold
Secure the 1/2" fold down by either gluing it or using a sewing machine for an extra detail. This is just like hiding a raw edge when sewing!<br />

Remember, you're making a pocket so don't accidentally sew or glue the 1/2" seam to the other side of the paper strip.

Step 5: Score and Fold - Accordion Style
To make the pages of the folio, you'll need to score and fold your paper at regular intervals.

Score and fold each end (the short sides) 1/2" under. This will just give you a nice edge on the first and last page.

Starting from the first 1/2" fold, measure a distance of 4" and score. From that score mark, measure another 4" and score again. Repeat this a total of 5 times (more if you added length for additional pockets).

Once all marks are scored, fold the paper accordion style.

Step 6: Glue the First and Last Pages to the Covers
Before gluing, double-check that your cover pages are facing the direction you want them. I had to rip and re-glue my back page because I wasn't paying attention Smiley.

Glue the backs of the first and last pages to the inside of your cover pages. I used a quick drying craft glue but glue dots or double-sided tape would also work well.

Step 6: Fill it
You're nearly done! Now you just have to fill it with miniature art! The pages of my folio are currently filled with blank canvases but I hope to have some colorful ATCs in it soon.

Step 7: Wrap it Up
To keep your folio secure and compact, you can simply tie a ribbon or piece of twine around it like you're wrapping up a present.

You can also make a simple band to slide over it, like this one! If you do make a band, be sure to measure it a bit longer than what's needed to cover an empty folio. You'll want to leave a little extra room so the band will still fit once your folio is crammed with ATCs!

If I subtract the time I spent working out the measurements and the time I spent running around the house trying to find decent light for photography on a rainy day, this folio only took about 30 minutes to make. With different measurements, I could see these being used for business cards, photos, travel memorabilia or even inchie artwork. Oh my gosh, I totally need to make an inchie folio now! Stay tuned for that Smiley.
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24  Name Painting - I need help on next steps! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by LimeRiot on: September 22, 2013 12:33:38 PM
Craftster friends, I need your help.

Our neighbors have a sweet boy who is turning 2 in a few weeks. For his birthday present I painted 4"x4" squares with a sea creature corresponding to each letter in his name. I had originally thought that I'd bind them into a book (somehow??) but now I'm not sure.

Do you think I should try to figure out a way to mount them together? How might I go about that without paying for an expensive custom frame? What about an accordion style book that could also be used as a display?

You are all so clever! I would love to hear your thoughts or ideas for the best way to finish these mini paintings because I'm STUCK!

J for Jellyfish

O for Octopus

R for Ray

D for Dolphin

A for Anemone

N for Narwhal

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25  Second Spring - Autumn Inspired Hoop in Needlework: Completed Projects by LimeRiot on: September 20, 2013 02:24:20 PM
I was so happy to get to swap with Onyxnox recently. "Autumn" was one of the themes she had on her wish list so I did a quick search and found a lovely quote to inspire this hoop.

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. - Albert Camus

I stamped the words "second spring" onto a piece of linen. I then made the felt leaves and positioned them in a way that they'd look a bit like a flower - just like the quote suggests!

I used wool blended felt, DMC floss and some buttons and beads to embellish the fall leaves.

Three cheers for fall!!
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26  Re: FOC Secret Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LimeRiot on: September 07, 2013 05:11:25 PM
I was having a hum-drum boring day and feeling a little mopey until the post man knocked on the door and a delivered a box full of HAPPY!!!!

This wonderful package from my incredible secret partner has lifted my spirits and put a huge smile on my face!! I'll reveal her identity after I brag about her creations Smiley.

First up, a super cute wiener dog zippered pouch in fabrics and colors that are so me! I have 2 wiener dogs and love things inspired by their silly shape. Inside are a bag of dangerously good apple cider caramels! YUM.

Geometric designs was one of the themes I had listed in my q'nnaire. This gorgeous stained glass is the perfect representation of the theme! There are so many windows that I want to hang it in Smiley.

Here are my attempts at showing off how pretty it looks when light is filtering through it.

My secret partner and I both share a love of Disc World novels!! I absolutely adore this cross stitch and recognized it right away as the Great A'Tuin!! The colors are so bright - I think I'll hang it in my craft room where I also hide when I want some quiet reading time.

(darn - the photo is a little blurry Sad Sad)

I'm seriously still in disbelief at this next treat! I am now the proud owner of this gorgeous quilt!! I really and truly can't believe it's mine Smiley!!! MINE!!!

The colors and design are so happy and peaceful. It matches everything in our living room so well.

Gorgeous, huh??

And if you needed any more proof that it's perfect for me, here is a picture of my fireplace that is filled with birch logs!!

Think you've figured out who this sultan of secret swap spoiling is?? Here's one last hint...

It's sloth003!!!

Thank you so much! I love my package even more than the 100 exclamation points in this post indicate Smiley.

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27  Re: Inchie House Swap - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by LimeRiot on: August 30, 2013 04:50:51 PM
Here are the latest additions to Liberty Spring!
kartiana made me a cute pink house with a lace roof! There are a few different washi tapes in there. She must have a good collection!

goatgoddess made a little whimsey house. The doors and windows are made with, what looks like, Japanese newspaper. Such a fun detail.

Look at the cute cards they sent too!! Thank you both very much.
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28  Re: Inchie House Swap - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by LimeRiot on: August 21, 2013 07:11:32 PM
My turn to share!!

I received the most wonderful little inchie house from 85%confusion inspired by KnickerTwist's incredible Squirrel's End Goblin Pub! I'm so happy to have my own miniature version of this now Smiley. It's hard to believe it's only 1" square!

It even has a tiny chimney and tiny little roof shingles!

Thank you so much, 85%confusion. I'm thrilled with my new little house. It's a great start to my Liberty Springs hood!!
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29  Simple House Stamps in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by LimeRiot on: July 18, 2013 06:22:32 PM
Hand carved stamps are my absolute favorite craft in the world. I have so much admiration for you master carvers out there!! Unfortunately, it happens to be a craft that I'm nearly incapable of doing!! I haven't entirely given up on learning though. Despite a zillion failed carving projects, I keep trying!!

These little houses fall into the stamp carving 101 category but I like their messy rustic look. I took some in progress shots when making these and I'm sharing them for anyone else looking for a simple introduction into stamp making!

You don't need any fancy tools for these stamps - just something to carve (an eraser works fine), an xacto knife and a pencil!

Start by drawing an "X" at the top of your carving block. This will make your roof line. Then draw two lines down from the "X" to make your walls and a line across the bottom for your floor. The inside of the intersecting lines is your future house!

Next, trace the lines you just drew with your xacto knife pressing into your carving block about 1/8 of an inch.

Now you'll turn your block on it's side and insert your xacto knife about 1/8 of an inch into the block and slowly pull down.

Since you already cut around the outline, this last slice will cause the area surrounding your house to fall right off.

Do this same thing around all of the sides! When you get to the roof, turn your block on the diagonal and slice that way.

You'll now have your simple house shape cut out! You can start stamping now or you can add doors or windows.

To add small details likes doors or windows, draw an outline of where you want them and then insert your xacto on an angle following the lines.<br />

Cutting at this angle will result in a pyramid shaped piece of your block popping right out! See the little teeny pyramid cut out?

And that's all there is to it!! This little guy took me about 3 minutes of actual working time. I experimented with different shapes and sizes so that I could stamp an entire neighborhood of homes!

We recently had some new neighbors move in across the street. I made a little card with my house stamps that we'll be delivering to them with a bottle of wine and a friendly note. I stitched the card to a piece of burlap for an extra detail.

We also have our neighborhood block party coming up! I'm not sure what I'm going to make but I was thinking that fresh baked cookies would look cute in these stamped fry containers with a little parchment.

These stamps are simple and imperfect but I like them just the same!

Update! I used these stamps on fabric and made a little boxy pouch. I used Staz On permanent ink.

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30  Scrappy Socks in Knitting: Completed Projects by LimeRiot on: July 17, 2013 04:33:41 PM
I made these scrappy socks for the fun and funky, alteredmommy. They were inspired by similar projects that lapoli used to make. 

I have roughly a zillion little balls of Cascade 220 left over from other projects in my yarn hoard. This was the perfect project to use them up!

Someone mentioned that you could actually make a set of 3 of these since they are already mismatched! I wish I had thought of that. Maybe alteredmommy will receive a random scrappy sock in the mail one of these days Smiley.

I used a simple worsted weight bootie sock pattern that can be found here... http://www.kraemeryarns.com/patterns/.
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