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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Rainbow Brite Starghan on: June 09, 2012 12:38:48 PM


I loved Rainbow Brite as a kid so when I saw this pattern I knew exactly what I wanted to do! I had most of the colors on hand so this was a pretty cheap project. Most of the blanket was made while I was sitting in the waiting room of the hospital during my husband's heart procedure. It was a nice distraction and I was able to talk craft with others who were waiting.





I guess I've had rainbows on the brain lately!  Smiley
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Mayflower Baby Blanket on: June 09, 2012 12:30:10 PM


My sister-in-law recently had a baby boy and I thought he deserved his own hand-made blankie. Plus I needed a challenge Cheesy and this project was a lot of fun. I love the textures of this blanket and the intersting patterns. I used this pattern on Ravelry.

I used Bernat Baby Coordinates Yarn because my friend's son has a baby blanket made of the stuff and she says it's virtually indestructible. I like the way it looks but it was difficult to work with because it's a sort of boucle and the wispy bits kept getting caught on my hook (I used an H).



It's cushy soft and my sil loves it so that's a win!

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas ATC Countdown on: October 11, 2011 01:32:30 PM
I participated in the Work Your Theme ATC Swap recently and I decided that I needed a Christmas Countdown. I got a lot of lovely ATCs from many talented Craftsterers and I knew I needed a suitably lovely way to display them.



I got an 8x10 picture frame and painted it white. Then I inserted some pretty Christmas wrapping paper. I decided where I wanted the ATCs to be and I used some clear photo corners to hold them. For the bulkier cards Ill use sticky tack on the back. Then I used some glittery foam stickers for the words.

Et voila! I have a display thats pretty and glitzy enough for Christmas, but simple enough that the ATCs are the star attraction (this particular card was made by the lovely and talented jillybeans).

So..anybody wanna make me some number ATCs? Personal swap? Thanks for all the contributions! The countdown looks awesome!

ETA: These are the Christmas ATC's I have received so far!



1: ThreadOrYarn, 2: ragstostitches, 3 &4: jillybeans, 5:robinpich



6: gozer, 7: goatgoddess, 8: jillybeans, 9: robinpich, 10: c*lientje



11 & 12: mintdawn, 13: jillybeans, 14: jmiller614, 15: c*lientje



16 & 17: LolaandBean, 18: jillybeans, 23: robinpich, 24: alwaysinmyroom

Thanks, ladies!
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 65 ENTRIES / Wherever You Go... -Altered Canvas on: August 08, 2011 01:48:40 PM


My husband and I have been married for 10 years and we have lived in 5 different houses in 2 states. Every once in a while, he expresses surprise and gratitude that I'm still around, willing to support him in whatever endeavor he feels led to. I tell him he's stuck with me for life! Cheesy
This project is something I've had on my mental list of things to make for quite some time, so when I saw the theme of this challenge I was inspired to finally give it a go! I have to say that I did not come up with this idea. I've seen the "Wherever you go...I will follow you" sentiment on many blogs, including I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar. It's usually done in the style of subway art, but I wanted to give this idea my own shabby twist.
I took an old canvas that I had lying around and painted it a creamy brown and then I went to town with my scrapbook papers, a map, my sewing machine, jewelry findings, and some stickers. I didn't buy a single thing for this project; everything came from stash! I even included a picture I love from our wedding.



The list of addresses uses 10 different fonts. From top to botom they are: Engravers MT, Rockwell, Copperplate Gothic Light, Elephant, Algorian, Rockwell Extra Bold, Castellar, Wide Latin, Felix Titling, and Segoe script. All other text on this project is either scrapbook stickers or chipboard.
Thanks for looking! This was truly a labor of love!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / The TARDIS lapghan! Oo wee oo! on: March 09, 2011 09:03:43 AM


I've been crocheting for a few months and this is my first post on the crochet board. Yay me! Wink
I made this lapghan for the Swirly Swap and I'm so pleased with how it turned out. I used this pattern that I found on Ravelry. It was super easy (and a little monotonous) once I got the hang of the rounds.



I used half a one-pound skein of black and two skeins of blue ombre yarn. The TARDIS is made out of craft felt. The inspiration was the intro to the Dr. Who TV show that shows the TARDIS spinning through a swirling wormhole of time and space.
I'm so glad my partner likes it. Thanks for looking!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / White Rabbit Wall Art on: March 09, 2011 08:47:47 AM
I made this little piece for a swap and I was pretty proud of how it turned out. I was going for a classic Alice in Wonderland theme with a steampunk vibe.



I found an art print on a canvas-like frame at the Dollar Tree and that's what I used for my base. I used a tutorial I found here for the rose and I found the rabbit image here. I also used watch parts and a Tim Holtz gear for embellishments.



Thanks for looking!
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Looking Fabulous! on: February 07, 2011 09:10:39 AM

My sister and her friend were playing dress-up and taking silly pictures (they're 20) and I thought the pics would go well with some zebra-print lace paper I found on clearance some time ago.

^My gorgeous sister!^

One of the best things about this project is that it was completely from stash! Who knew I had so much bling? Grin
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Vintage-style Cards on: November 30, 2010 03:11:35 PM

A blog I frequent was having a "Vintage Love" challenge week and so I thought I'd join in.

The only problem was I'm such a blog newbie I couldn't figure out how to link my blog post to theirs. I got very frustrated and finally gave up, but I wanted somebody to see my work and so here I am!

The culmination of the whole week was a "card recipe" where we had to include 10 "ingredients" on our vintage-style card. That was pretty difficult, but I managed to pull it off! The 10 elements were paper piercing, stitching, a button, a die cut, a 5x5 card, a stickpin, stamping, distressing, a dimensional sticker, and lace. Here's a detail shot of the paper piercing:

My pictures are funny colors because my camera is dying.  Cry
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / "Nature" Altered Book (pic heavy) on: November 24, 2010 11:02:11 AM

I recently participated in the Sewists/Yarnies V. Papercrafters Swap and I was inspired to make an altered book for my partner, browndog. The basis of the whole book were a few excerpts from poems with nature imagery. The following image is the back cover of the book with a quote I like from Oscar Wilde.

The original book was a children's board book from the dollar store and I made nine layouts with pages torn from a French story book for background paper. My favorite layout was one of the easiest to create. I just punched out several butterflies from blue paper and glued them down like a flock (?) of fluttering butterflies flitting across the page.

Another of my favorites is a layout representing night time. I tried a new technique: packing tape transfer on the eyes, and I think it turned out well.

I'm pretty proud of my spooky tree. I free-handed the bare branches in pencil and then went over it in Sharpie. The owls were stamped on kraft paper and after I took the pic, I later put a little red glitter on the eyes to go with the poem.

With all of these embellishments, my book wouldn't sit flat, but that's normal for me. I just love my textures!

I learned some new techniques while crafting this and I had to wrap my head around embellishing an idea and not photos. Since I am primarily a scrapbooker, this was a new approach for me! I worked hard on this project and was pretty proud of the finished result!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Writing Muse ATC on: November 24, 2010 10:32:05 AM

This is my first ATC ever! I made it for a swap and my swap partner is participating in NaNoWriMo, an excercise in writing a novel in one month's time. I thought she might appreciate a muse to keep her inspired and that is where this little lady came from.  The original image is a suffragette from the early 20th century. I know those women totally inspire me!
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