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1  Bird Shrine in Completed Projects by cackle on: August 14, 2014 05:56:22 AM
I made this shrine for PerfectlyBohemian in the Whimsical Shrine swap.
I found this little cupboard thingy at Goodwill. Here is what it looked like after I took the doors off and gave it a bit of primer.

Here it is finished:

The twigs are dead fall from my dogwood trees. The flowers are raw brass stampings enameled with nail polish, the little eggs are felted, papers are G45.

I also made little bird cards that I tucked into the drawer, but because 'out of sight is out of mind' I forgot to take pictures of them. Ah, well!
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2  Re: Whimsical Shrine Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cackle on: August 12, 2014 11:45:50 AM
PerfecltyBohemian and I exchanged our shrines in person late this morning/early afternoon and boy oh boy, did she outdo herself!
I am so delighted and happy to have PB as my partner!
Here is the wonderful Shrine she made for me:
 It's a solar powered lantern!

I adore it. She hand made everything in there, from the polymer clay sprite, the beautifully done shrine behind her head and the stunning moth at her feet!
The background forest scene is all hand painted as well.

Every detail is so well thought out and crafted. The tiny mushrooms, the eggs, her wee hat. (Sorry about the reflection of my fingers in the glass)

Her hair is made of mohair and her nest sits on a spool! Lovely!

PerfectlyBohemian even painted some beautiful birds she sees in her back garden on the back of the lantern.

A charming, lovely thing to have in my home! PB, thank you so much for all your care and thoughtfulness! I love what you made me and it has been a privilege to be your partner.  Kiss

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3  Snarky 50's Housewives in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by cackle on: August 08, 2014 11:21:56 AM
Yep, it's true, Snarky Housewives  really do have a patron saint and here she is. Let me introduce you to Mildred, the Patron Saint of Snarky Housewives! She's formidable, she's edgey, if she needs to, she'll take you out!
Come play with the rackle in our Snarky Housewives Swap Here

Here's the unapproachable Vanessa:

Alpha Stamps has tons of great scrapbook papers, snarky housewife collage sheets, and miniature supplies for housewives, just search under "retro kitchen".
AND.....check out racky's snarky bitches Here
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4  Re: Mini Altered Tin Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cackle on: July 02, 2014 09:19:44 AM
I just received this spectacular tin from felicitybaby.

I was thoroughly stalked by fb! She discovered my fondness for the Fiji Mermaid and ran with it.

This piece is so well done, with all the wonderful little details. fb, am I right in saying you made the ringmasters coat and hat? They are awesome!
All the details are wonderful and the finishing is great.
And I must say, a very cool way to re-purpose a Barbie Doll!

I'm thrilled to own this! Thank you for swapping with me, felicitybaby, you are awesome.  Kiss

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5  Re: Altered Spool Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cackle on: July 02, 2014 09:02:42 AM
I received the most charming spool from Knickertwist.....

Knickers knows how much I love hares and she really hit a home run with this winsome fellow!

The spool is dripping with gorgeous lace and the hare is hand sculpted from paper clay. Wonderful!
I really like the soft color palate she chose, I adore everything about this lovely, lovely piece.
Thank you Knickers!  Kiss

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6  A Little Silver Spool in Completed Projects by cackle on: June 26, 2014 09:22:18 AM
I made this spool for Knickertwist who is my partner in the Altered Spool Swap.
If I am remembering correctly, it's about 2 1/2 inches from the top of the bead to the bottom of the crystals.

It's meant to be a sort of all year 'round ornament, but it could be a pendant as well, so not sure what category the little thing belongs in!
It's made from PMC3 (precious metal clay) and it's my first hollow form bead. A 'tube' of paper clay was made to build the bead on, mainly for support
while the pmc is drying and to keep the bead from collapsing whilst firing.

The paper clay burns away along with the binders and water in the pmc and if you have success, what you are left with is a hollow bead.
It was so much fun to figure out how to do this technique and then actually make one. I loved it and am planning to make many more!

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7  Mailbox Makeover in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by cackle on: May 28, 2014 02:44:44 PM
We live in a fairly rural area and have one of those huge galvanized metal mailboxes that sits down at the bottom of our road. It was in good shape but looked terrible.
Discolored and covered with gunky tree stuff and bird poo. I've been saying I want to give it a makeover for literally years and I finally did.
We scrubbed it down and put a couple of coats of black enamel spray paint on it.
I didn't plan a design except I knew I wanted a little checkerboard border around the front edge. A row of squares cut from a piece of graph paper made a good template for that and I just free handed
the rest.
I used One Stop Sign Paint so hopefully it will last for a while!
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8  Re: IYP (invite your partner) 25 - Silver Jubilee Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cackle on: May 10, 2014 08:30:32 AM
My partner alteredmommy and I decided to do a jewelry/altered box swap and here are her amazing creations!

I love this leafy, organic pendant. She made all the leaves herself. The contrast between the rusty colors and that
pop of blue is perfect!

Flashbulb Pendant! I love light bulbs and flash bulbs and never thought to incorporate them into a piece of jewelry...

It's the eye!!! Aaah!
I love this thing! I don't know where the heck this eye ball came from, but I love it and I can't stop looking at it.

Detail shot of the beautiful box am crafted for me. Love the textures and colors.

The big picture....

Thank you, alteredmommy, I love everything you made for me. You are fabulous!  Kiss

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9  Little Birds Trio in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by cackle on: March 11, 2014 09:36:04 AM
I made these little guys yesterday because it's so springy outside. I hear it won't last, but warm weather is just around the corner!
And if it gets all snowy again, I can look at these and know the cold won't be here long.


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10  Odd Bird, Strange Bird in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by cackle on: February 20, 2014 08:40:01 AM
I made these two little guys with a bunch of stuff from Alpha Stamps.
Their wings aren't big enough for them to fly yet, but they have their bird pals to help them get around.
And get into mischief!

I used 4x4 artist board as the base and ric rac around the outside edges to cover the rawness of the board.
Working from the back, configured the bigger gears and glued them onto the back of the bird, then working from the front, I added smaller gears and watch parts to
fill any gaps and add detail.
I cut out the images, added a little color, crowns and wings and glued them on the birds.
I used double sided foam tape in two layers on the backs of the birds to stick the birds onto the board. I positioned them being mindful that I wanted to add title plaques to the bottom.
The last details were some crystals and a little bit of white acrylic paint dots in places that I thought looked nice!

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