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1  Re: Stuff an Easter Basket Swap 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: March 20, 2017 05:41:40 PM
And STILL MORE...

...more goodies!  Cheesy
...more and more...!
And ONE LAST THING...

A table runner...Easter themed...LOOK AT THE COLORS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I apologize for the slightly messy photos.  I got the package about 20 minutes before my DD got home from school and once I realized that there were things in there for her, I wanted to get the photos done and items put away quickly, before she could see.

Ok...we are ALL aware of Quaggy's EPIC talent and EPIC generosity.  But I feel the need to point it out again.  She sent enough for me and my family.  It's like she took my pinterest board for this swap, and created EVERYTHING for me!  Shocked  And take note of things like the cardboard bunny "boxes"...I don't know if it shows in the photos, but on all the white ones, she glued a little pom-pom bunny tail to the back!  Most of us would probably think the boxes were enough and yet quaggy ALWAYS goes the extra mile to make EVERYTHING she makes and sends SPECIAL!  I don't have words...

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, quaggy!  Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Shocked Shocked Shocked
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2  Re: Stuff an Easter Basket Swap 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: March 20, 2017 05:38:41 PM
I'm back!  Here goes:

Carrot bag with nifty hangers!  (These will come in handy when I gelli print and need to hang up my prints.)

Bunny bag and washii tape!  Love the colors!

A wood 'Easter', an Easter mugrug, and a lovely fabric surrounded by a doily item...so beautiful!  (There is a wood 'Happy' in another photo, I opened them out of order.  I LOVE how bright the colors are in the mug rug!)

A different, decorated 'Happy Easter' sign that can hang, and a HUGE bag of Easter themed gummies!  (Do you see the size of that bag??!!  Do ya?  Do ya?  Grin)

And....EVEN MORE GOODIES!  Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked  (There were several carrot or bunny cardboard, triangle shaped, boxes used in this package too...so different!)

This item IMMEDIATELY went up on my livingroom wall!   Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss  (Quaggy, we are all wondering-did YOU sew all those sequins on yourself??!!)

An Easter/carrot tree!  (I didn't open up the branches b/c I don't have the Easter decorations out yet, and I wanted to put it away for a week or two.)

This is the Easter basket-WRAPPED up like this IN THE BOX!!!!!!!!!!!! Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked

...and opened!

The wooden 'Happy' to go with the 'Easter' and even more goodies!

posting again....
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3  Re: Stuff an Easter Basket Swap 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: March 20, 2017 05:26:25 PM
I received from quaggy this afternoon.   Shocked  A box big enough to fold up my 12 yo and put her in.   Grin  THERE...ARE...NO...WORDS!   Shocked Shocked Shocked

Here goes:

Said box!

Amazing bunny and decorated egg banner!  (Did you decorate ALL those eggs TOO???!!!)  A beautiful wreath bunny for the door!

Sewn bunny bag and supplies!  (Has anyone EVER seen a sewn bunny bag?  I hadn't till now!  How cute!)

Another bunny bag and bunny spool decorations!  Another thing I've never seen till now!

A sewn carrot bag!  (A new one, again, for me-how adorable!) And LOTS of green buttons!  I love 'em!

ANOTHER bag  Grin Shocked and colored sprinkles for us to use on DD's bat mitzvah cake next month!  (DD's theme is 'rainbow' and quaggy sent all the colors of the rainbow in sprinkles!)  The saying on the cup makes me LOL!  Cheesy

ANOTHER bag  Wink and Easter candy!

MORE candy and ANOTHER bag!  Wink

I'm going to post this and start another...my computer has been acting squirrely and I don't want to lose this...
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4  Re: Warm & Cozy Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: February 27, 2017 09:18:57 AM
I RECEIVED FROM MISTRESS JENNIE TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes

From getting the package off my porch till I opened up the card at the end, it was a noisy process!  Cheesy  Keep reading, you'll see what I mean...

I was in the bathroom (I know, TMI.  Sorry. Tongue) when I heard the "thump" of the package being "put" on the bench on my porch.  This photo is of the package when I first opened it.  I smiled b/c I've seen that wrapping paper somewhere and admired it.  I also like the moment when you first open a swap package-it's like Xmas! Shocked

Opening these things were accompanied by my saying:  "Yum!"  (DH bought me a Keurig mini for Xmas, and don't tell him, but I HATE it!!!!  I'd much rather use the regular hot cocoa packets that Mistress Jennie sent me!)  The mug rug is going to replace the one I have there now from another craftster.  I LOVE the rainbow of fabrics!  And the mustache fabric made me smile!  Cheesy

After opening these items, I laughed out loud!  I guess my love of my lizard is getting around Craftster, hunh?  This is going to be fun!

(I don't know why I didn't list this first...)  ISN'T THIS AWESOME?HuhHuhHuhHuhHuh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I'm sorry for the not too good photo.  Tongue  I was taking it in the bathroom mirror.  The mirror is on the door and the door didn't want to stay open.  I have this item, and variations of it, pinned all over my pinterest.  I would have probably never had the time or the patience to ever get to making it-BUT NOW I  DON'T HAVE TOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin  I have a meeting to go to tomorrow night, and a doctor's appointment and I will be wearing this.  I can't wait to hear the compliments I get on it!

Opening this item at first made me say:  "Huh?"  At first, I only saw the heart in the box.  Although pretty, I wasn't sure what its purpose was.  Then I realized I should probably open up the rest of the tissue paper in the box and I drew my breath in:  It's a handcrafted shawl pin for the crocheted shawl she made me!!!!!!  Isn't it beautiful???!!!  And the box she used to put it in is beautiful as well.  (It doesn't show up well in the pic.)

Mistress Jennie went on the Women's March.  I support the cause but could not go, so I asked her if she could take photos or send me some sort of memento from that day.  She didn't disappoint!  What you see is a bookmark made from the sign she carried, a button from that day, and she sent me several photos as well.
Lastly, the card she sent with it all...


I LOVE EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!  THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!![/color]
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5  Re: Box of Sunshine Swap (SIGNUP 2017 Jan 27-Feb 4 ; MAIL BY Feb 17 2017). Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: February 16, 2017 09:50:42 AM
I received my box of sunshine from quaggy today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I was stalking to postman so much that I have a permanent crick in my neck from looking out the window!  Grin  Here's the sunshiney goodness (put on your sunglasses):











The supplies will come in so handy for some extra crafts I will be doing very shortly!  And the quilted items...!!!!!! Shocked Grin  I LOVE any kind of sewn/quilted items so the mug rug and the larger quilted items make my eyes so happy!   Wink  I decorate seasonally as well as holidays, so I'm thrilled to have some items that I can use now and some later!  She even put felt on the back of the coasters!!!!

THANK YOU SO MUCH QUAGGY!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT ALLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!! Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
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6  Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along in Craftalongs by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: February 07, 2017 06:28:59 PM
 ;DI find it extremely interesting that I am so involved in this thread as I've been on Craftster almost a decade  Shocked and it's taken me this long to realize how very cool papercrafting can be!  Wink

I used watsonc7's ideas to make some things today with my gelli plate and I used some of the new stencils I had posted about previously.  I made one more thing but it's for a swap, so I didn't want to post it, even though it's not in it's completed form yet.

Anyhow, my interpretation of a "masterboard" on the back of a Trader Joe's shopping bag:

I used both the bag and the smaller, thin piece of cardboard shown above it as the place I rolled the extra paint off my brayer and picked up the secondary prints from the gelli plate.  I also used the top of one of the acrylic paint pots as a stamp, using silver paint.

Here's a pic of the stencils I was talking about:

I liked using them almost more than the full size stencils!  I was able to fit two of them to a page, and I had more choice of stencils to choose from.  They are also somewhat thicker plastic than the regular gelli plate stencils, so they are easier to clean.

BTW, all the cards that are posted on here...I admire them so much!  I have tried to make several cards lately (Target's dollar spot has a box of white cards and envelopes for three dollars, so I purchased two packages, thinking I could make a ton of stationery for myself and to give as gifts.) and have come to realize that I need a LOT more practice!  I especially like the ones that have the little shapes sandwiched between the clear plastic.  They're fun!

Speaking of cards, here's some I made for my son today for next Xmas (yes, it's almost a year away, but I need to craft the item while it's still fresh in my mind or it disappears and he's really hard to buy for).  He has a pineapple tattoo on his arm and likes the symbolism behind the fruit.  Here goes:

I did a light wash of watercolor, and then painted the stamp ($1 at Michaels!) with black acrylic paint.  Not all of them stamped well, so I'll go over the ones that didn't with a fine tip sharpie and fill them in.  I was thinking of adding some words to the front of some of them, like 'Welcome' on some and perhaps a quote on others.  What do you think about that?  Or should I leave them blank and let my son do what he wants with the blank space?

Thank you for looking at this lengthy post!   Roll Eyes Grin
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7  Re: Rendering of a pet gecko, collage in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: February 07, 2017 06:14:30 PM
I am SO SORRY for not posting the photo of the gecko who inspired this fantastic piece of artwork, but better late then never!

In all her glory next to "her" art:


I don't get to spend a whole lot of time with Elizabeth, as she is nocturnal, so when I look at the art, it makes me smile.

Thanks, Meg!
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8  Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books! in Craftalongs by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: January 24, 2017 07:56:08 AM
I've worked on my junk journal some more, and am so happy with how it's coming out!  Here's some photos of the progress:

This is the first decoration I've added to the spine of the journal.  It's five of my favorite yarn colors braided together.  I plan on adding more stuff to the spine as inspiration hits me.

I used cereal box cardboard for the front and back covers.  I cut four pieces from two boxes, and glued two together each to make the front and the back.  I then used some decorative duct tape that my DD gave me awhile back (From Dollar Tree!) to cover the cardboard and make it stronger and more decorative.

These are the front and back covers-the outside of the covers.

This is the inside front cover.  I wrote the date I began the journal so if me or anyone else wants to know, it's there.  I'd also like to date each page as I create on them but I've forgot to do so so far.

This is the inside back cover.

And this is the very first page of my journal!  Cheesy  I used positive word cutouts from magazines, and I really like how it came out.  I "tetris-ed" all the words to fit on the page.

I worked on two more pages yesterday, but they are private, so I don't want to post them.   Smiley

I'm loving my junk journal!
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9  Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books! in Craftalongs by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: January 12, 2017 05:35:46 AM
Smeddley, I wanted to post what I was talking about with the preparing the pages of your goal book.  Mine will be a junk/art journal, but it's the same idea.  Plus, am super chuffed with myself with my foray into papercraft!   Roll Eyes Grin  Here goes:

This is the first page (I need to find a cover.):

This page I made using a gelli print and watercolored around the edges.
I then just took photos of examples of the different types of pages I made.  

This one is one of my favorites!  Rainbow colored marbleized paper, with crayon around the edges.

ORANGE  Cheesy marbleized paper with geometric designs around the edges.  (DH gave me new gel pens for Xmas, and I was eager to use them!)  (And orange is my favorite color!)

Gelli printed pages with watercolor around the edges.

Bubble print pages!  (In another one of my favorite colors!)  
And last but not least:

Beautifully done full page marbleized papers that my DD did and generously gave to me!

*It was important to me to "layer" on the backgrounds of the pages.  By that, meaning that 1) All the white around the edges was colored in some way, and 2)  That I used different means in which to do so.

*In my opinion, the pages are ready to "junk" or "art" up, whichever I decide to do first.  I have cut words out of some magazines that I want to glue onto the first page of the book.  But I need more magazines because the ones I have don't really have enough of the positive type words I want to use.  I'm thinking I'll use my stamps next.

Hope this helps, Smeddley!
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10  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2017 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: January 09, 2017 12:03:27 PM

This is the ATC, etc... that geekgirl sent me that I wrote about in the last post.  For some reason it wouldn't show up in the last post and that link goes to nowhere.

Sorry about that!
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