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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / where is your craft space? on: February 03, 2016 05:44:42 AM
we're undergoing a major remodel after a kitchen fire. i have a big desk in our computer room, and we've talked about adding shelves for storage. i never seem to work there. it's good to have a door to hide the mess, but i usually work on projects in the living room where my family, and the tv is .if it's something messy i work in the kitchen.  i'm debating if i need to improve the craftroom,or move to a corner of the living room....
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / owl post smash book on: December 14, 2015 05:45:30 PM
My partner in the hp christmas swap had this card binder on her pinterest. the blog explains the basic construction..

the covers are made from cardboard wrapped in paper, and decopaged with symbols from harry potter. they have holes punched in them and are connected with binder rings. I included some blank pages and envelopes, but you can also punch holes in christmas cards and add them as well.

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / scarf/ necklace on: December 04, 2015 05:27:22 AM
my sister-in-law made these as christmas presents last year, so i asked her to teach me how to make one and it was surprisingly easy. the necklace is single crochet ladder yarn. there are 4-6 strands. i slipped a large jump ring over it, and the charms have a lobster clasp so they can be attatched to the ring, or it can be worn without a charm. the left end is threaded through 2 pony beads, then tied in a knot. the right end is threaded through the pony beads in the reverse direction and also tied in a knot. the length can be adjusted by pulling on the knots.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Prayer flags-femininity, peace, dream, muse, acceptance on: August 16, 2015 12:02:21 PM
this was the first time I had made a prayer flag. each person created a list of words, then each of their partners was assigned one. You created 4 flags to send, then an additional one for yourself. the fabric background was 6x8, but the materials to be used were open. paint, embroidery, beads, ribbon,..... I loved the variety of technique, and interpretation that came out of this. I think it encouraged me to stretch, and be more abstract. the results are beautiful and unexpected. This was very different then the more realistic drawings I usually do.


I wanted this to be strong and graceful. I drew the figure in a yoga pose, then a mandala on the reverse side so the color would bleed through. the lace at the bottom was hand crochet, with a glass bead to add weight.

PEACE flag

as part of the swap, you also created one for yourself. I stenciled a hummingbird and flowers, and I liked the simplicity

DREAM flag

For this I wanted it bright and surreal.the flower and humming bird as on the peace flag, were stenciled onto white fabric, then the face was drawn with sharpies. this seemed a bit much at first, but once it was appliqued onto a strong background I think it balanced it out. it's embellished with beads and embroidery to make it bold and vibrant.


MUSE flag

I loved this starry night fabric when I bought it at Joann fabrics. I had this idea of the moon being in love with the stars, so I embroidered the face onto cream felt, and appliqued it onto the blue sky. I further embellished it with gold beads and yellow thread


To inspire this one, I looked up definitions of acceptance. my favorite was 'to be at rest with oneself'. I used a different section of the starry night fabric that had a cluster of buildings. I liked the idea of community. then embroidered the definitions into the sky along with gold beads.

The flags I received may have come from different partners, but there is also a connection between them. the conversations between this group of swappers was also encouraging and supportive. check out the gallery!

5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / watercolor portrait on: June 30, 2015 01:56:26 PM
i was experimenting with watercolors . usually i use colored pencils and i tend to be realistic, but i really like this softer effect.....

i used software to turn a photo into a line drawing then printed it onto watercolor paper. on this one i used liquid mask to cover the faces and the arm, but painted over the clothes along with the background. the ink bled a bit, but i like the overall effect.

i used this as a background for a matted photograph.
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / better together mixed media tray on: June 30, 2015 01:47:40 PM
I sent this to my partner in the quotes quotes quotes swap. It's based on the song "better together" by jack johnson. i included wrote out some of the lyrics, and others inspired the artwork. i ended up using several techniques, and it was harder than i expected to pull together, but i like the layers it brings to the final result.

the stars, the tree, the crossed guns, and the lighthouse started as colored pencil drawings, then i cut them apart and glued them onto patterned paper.

the landscapes are watercolors. i experimented with a liquid mask on the faces to protect them from the paint. to create a background image.

i wanted to add photos without taking over the project.
i experimented with software to edit the color of the photos, scale them down, and add a film strip border

it was hard to pull it all together. in interior design, they recommend repeating an accent color 2 or 3 times,so i followed that rule. 2 metal charms, 3 blue resin, and burlap as both a background and a photo frame. also
repeating the background papers.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / tardis tm patch on: June 13, 2015 06:10:02 PM
the right fabric makes all the diffrence. joann fabrics is carrying dr. who fabric. i had seen but didn't know what to use it for until it was one of my partners themes in the tm patch swap.

 i bought some for a tardis patch, i outlined the tardis, then added lots of stitches to bring out the flames. i used a skein of varigated yarn in shades of ornage, and one in shades of yellow so i didn't need to constantly rethread the need.e

8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / atc- adult/child team swap on: May 13, 2015 10:21:56 AM
my kids are interested in trading atc cards, and i wondered if there would be interest in a team swap? my thought is that the adult would create a card, and then be responsible for the child also creating one, then both cards would be sent to the partner in the swap. for very young children we could do a parent card, along with a adult/child collaboration card. i've never organized a swap, so i'm not ready to do this as an ongoing one.

i was thinking with school letting out signups could be in july with send outs the begining of august? i would try to match gender and ages. any thoughts on this?
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / fight the fight, finish the race page on: May 10, 2015 07:07:25 PM
Last spring, we entered a 1 mile walk/ fun run with our kids to raise money for The adneoid cystic carcinoma research foundation. (ACCRF). They ran, we walked. there was also a 5k/10 k that day.  With our race numbers, we were able to order pictures taken by a photographer during the race, and i finally got them scrapbooked. and displayed in a standing rack.

I love the look of chalkboard art, so i used a dark grey matboard, and white colored pencil to draw the logo from our family t-shirts. I had origionally designed the shirts to wear at the race.

 i also used logos from race flyers for embelishments.

The I added, the barcode element from the challenge to the picture of my kids. If you tip the page and look at it from a steep angle, you can actually see that it is letters that i streached before typing them out to add another verse to the page.

10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / atc for acc (cancer research) on: May 06, 2015 09:17:12 AM
I was trying to think of a way to raise money for the adenoid cystic carcinoma research foundation (accrf) and i decided to collect drawing cards to be framed and auctioned. my goal is to create a large piece and auction it on ebay in the fall.  it's off to a slow start, but i started a blog to try and explain it.


 I also have been using this as my theme when i swap in the ongoing atc swap. I spoke at a meeting at my church, and created a small piece for a silent auction, and it went for $100! there was also a free will donation that will go to the research foundation. i did several of the cards, but there are also ones from family, and the cancer support group, in addition to craftster swaps.

i found the tray on clearance at michaels. they used to have several diffrent ones but it doesn't seem to be popular in my area, so i'm going to look for another one online.
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