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1  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - JULY 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jenleahlynn on: July 26, 2014 03:45:14 PM
swish and flick! i recieved this from rockingbearranch! hermionie with a movable arm and a real feather! love that she used thread to join the pieces instead of a metal brad

she also sent this for my baby animals theme-such a cute little chick!
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2  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - JULY 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jenleahlynn on: July 25, 2014 12:15:31 PM
i recieved this adorable minion from samantha. its hard to tell from the picture but it's pieced from colored paper. thanks so much, my daughter put it on her cork board and i had to take it back to scan.
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3  collaborative atc project in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by jenleahlynn on: July 22, 2014 04:10:44 PM
iwas on the commitee for the ladies sleep over at church and came up with a collaborative art project. i set up a station for making atc cards with the theme of hope. afterwards, i planned to frame them to hang in our church.

since most people were new to this, i brought samples i had done combining scripture and watercolors


i had precut cardsm white and colors, as well as patterned paper, stickers, water color pencils, ink and stamps. i loved the variety in the cards. afterwards i put out flyers hoping for more cards but no luck. i also did some with a group of kids.

before framing i mounted them on 1/8" mat board to pop them up from the background. i alsoeful  had to becareful in the arrangement because people were using duplicate supplies.
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4  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by jenleahlynn on: June 03, 2014 07:03:14 PM
owl proposal-charms
project-travel buddy-matryoshka journal

i've seen a similar project on the swap boards. Last fall, a school teacher in Russia sent a matryoshka, a stacking doll. there are 8 dolls stacked inside of each other so i've taken some unique photos. she's been our guest, having her picture taken in the snow, in the flower beds, at church, at the library.....now it's time for her to return home, so we are making an art journal inspired by her trip.

it's a book so "alohamora" is appropriate, but the doll herself has inspired some ideas with hidden journaling, fold out pages, and it's a really fun project. i'm testing out some techniques i don't normally use in my scrapbooks.  i'm doing the cover, and several pages. my kids are doing some pages as well. i had hoped to be finished already,but i've printed pictures, and worked out themes for pages. i've started a couple, and made some special embellishments.our partners have had a stuffed dog visiting them, and will be sending his journal to us soon . We need to have our journal ready to mail by the end of june.
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5  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by jenleahlynn on: May 30, 2014 11:19:21 AM
looks like i'm not the only one waiting till the last minete!

magpirate-i love the shirt with the snitch
badwolf314-i love the tardis cutting board

class-astronomy-negative into positive
project-strong and courageous t-shirt design

On the theme of negatives into positives, i've had a rough time this spring. 9 years ago, i had cancer. on my annual chest ct they found a spot this year. we had to go through several tests and waiting until it was confirmed that it is a metastasis from the origional cancer. it's small and we are planning to treat it with radiation. there is a concern about further spread in the future.

with that hanging over my head i needed extra encouragement. we always take our kids to the relay for life to help them see cancer in a more positive way. this year i decided to design a t-shirt specifically for our family. our last name is strong so i used the scripture"be strong and courageous for the lord god is with you. joshua 9:3"
the i had to simplify my origional idea so it can be read but i'm really happy with how it turned out. i mixed size and font to get the look i wanted. i worked with a screen printer in town and had to do a couple revisions, it's more complicated than you would think but i appreciated his advice.

i think i like them more than the kids. when every i take pictures lately i either get police officers or mug 1  shots. it means something to me though. we are doing a
 family 1 mile race later this summer and i plan to make them where the shirts again.

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6  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by jenleahlynn on: May 28, 2014 06:07:28 AM
i completed my owl!

owl subject:potions/spew
project name: "hope"atc collage

in potions, you combine many diffrent elements, colors, and textures. for this project, i wanted to combine art work from many diffrent people to create one encouraging piece. we were doing a bible study on hope and watching a series of videos "ed's story" it's sort of a journal a minister is writing through his experience with als. it inspired me, to create atc cards based on some of the scriptures in the lessons. when i was helping plan activeties for our ladies overnighter, i came up with this project. i had samples that i had made, and a variety of supplies. i precut paper in diffrent colors to the correct size, and layed out stamps, stickers, patterned papers, and my personal favorite watercolor pencils.

i love the variety. i also did cards with my kids and my nieces. the lion is actually my 11 year olds. it's inspired by a song she loves. The bird is mine, a freind suggested a poem but didn't want to make a card. there are also some my son stamped, and i added the color and scripture verse. the grayish flower is actually a print of someones screen saver, and the me< is a sticker from a program our youth group is doing on putting others first.  i tried posting a flyer asking people to create cards on their own, but no responses. i'm still happy with the final product though.

i tried rotating the photos, but they just came out distorated.
 each card is mounted on 1/8" mat board so it stands out from the background. the name of the person who created the card is on the back. i used a repositional adheasive, so i'm not sure over time if they will be able to peal them off or not. i donated it to our church and it will be hung either in a classroom or the ladies restroom. there was a little miscommunication about that part.

i had to be careful with the arrangment as some people used the same stamps. after it was all in the frame, my husband glanced at it and notice one was upside down. that part took longer than expected, but everyone really liked it. i found a wooden tray at hobby lobby that hold 9 cards, so i'm planning a smaller version for at home.
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7  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by jenleahlynn on: April 15, 2014 11:59:59 AM
OWL Subject & Option(if available):potions/ spew
Project Name:hope atc collage
Brief Description:i had a previous owl started for arithimancy that i would like to postpone, as i've basicallly misplaced it, and have started another project that is turning from a class into an owl. i'm hoping that i can still get approval even though i'm a week into the project. i could submit it as several smaller projects instead.

i was on the planning commity for our churches ladies overnighter. it's lots of fun crafts and community. we came up with a theme of 'spring into action'. we wanted to use the activeties as more than just fun, but as ways to use our hobbies to serve and encourage others. i wanted to create a piece of artwork to hang in a bathroom that has recently been repainted. the idea i settled on was to collect atc cards with the theme of hope, and then frame them as a collage.

these are  a few cards i made ahead of time as samples.the overnighter was last weekend, and i had precut cards (2 1/2 by 3 1/2) in various colors. i also had patterned paper, stickers, cutouts for people who wanted to make a collage. i also demonstrated stamping with stazone ink, and watercolor pencils.  the ladies had fun, and each card is unique. now i'm planning to some of the kids create cards during sunday school to add the the collection, and then arrange them all to be framed.

i also posted flyers encourgaging people who hadn't attended the program to contribute, but i didn't recieve any. i think it was hard to understand the project without an example. so instead of having it finished by easter, i'm putting them in a binder to show people. i think having our church contribute makes it more personal, i just asking people to do something. hopefully by showing what's been started, and including the kids, we will have more cards within a few weeks, then i can create the collage.
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8  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by jenleahlynn on: April 15, 2014 11:12:01 AM
class-study of ancient runes/spew
project-lives change at your library bookmark

my local library had a contest for a bookmark design for natioal library week. the theme was "lives change at the library" . i think the idea of growth and change fits with berkano. my image was a sunflower growing out of the book, and  added various programs onto the leaves. i love that there are a wide variety of programs to encourage readers of all ages.

i was really happy with how it turned out, and i actually won the contest for the adult age group! they are taking my design and printing it as bookmarks to be distributed at the library!
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9  harry potter/hunger games image in the wrong medium in More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions by jenleahlynn on: March 09, 2014 12:30:56 PM
I came up with this image of a flaming snitch, a harry potter, hunger games cross over, and i like it but not in watercolor. that day i had ink pen, and watercolor pencils with me so i experimented with it, but i think it would be stronger in colored pencil, or paint, maybe a stencil? not sure what the end product will

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10  cat in colored pencil in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by jenleahlynn on: March 09, 2014 12:23:48 PM
i've been working on projects in other areas, so it was nice to return to my colored pencils to create this for a freind.

her cat is a light peach color, so i started with a cream colored paper, and focused on the shadows to create the image. they appear black in the photo, but it's actually layers of purples and deep green. what i love most about working in pencil is layering and blending color.
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