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231  Cupcake Game in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Mountains and Clouds on: December 13, 2012 10:04:07 PM
I made this game for Rubylynns in the HOx3 swap!  Her theme I chose was Hot Pink Cupcake Christmas, and I wanted to send her something that could be used by her family too!

Here's the gameboard:

It's based on Candyland, and has the same idea (picking colored cards to move toward the end), and the prize at the end is little crochet cupcakes.

Cupcake pawns:


And "special" space cards; the steps in baking cupcakes!

(these were made with hand-carved stamps, also included in the package)

And one more shot of the gameboard:

Thanks for looking!
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232  A few fall squirrels and pumpkins in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Mountains and Clouds on: December 13, 2012 09:30:22 PM
Hi everyone,
I know this is late, but I had made these for Likls in the Falling for Autumn swap.

Little squirrels!

They're made of Crayola Model Magic clay and colored with alcohol markers.

I also made some little pumpkins out of paper clay.

And they're painted with sparkly watercolor.

Thanks for looking!
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233  Scared Fish Interactive ATC- with tutorial! in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Mountains and Clouds on: December 13, 2012 08:46:57 PM
I had forgotten that I took step-by-step shots as I made this interactive ATC for WideEyedLife's "Scared Fish" theme in the ongoing ATC swap this fall!

Little Fish is just chillin'....

But gets scared....

And darts behind some seaweed!

Sometimes people ask how I have made these, so here it is!
(First of all, I want to credit this book: http://www.amazon.com/Elements-Of-Pop-Up-Engineers/dp/0689822243/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1355456532&sr=8-5&keywords=how+to+make+pop+up+books The Elements of Pop Up which I had gotten back in college and remember to dig out from time to time.  The mechanism in the ATC is inspired by one sample design in the book.)

It's basically a little pulley system.

I started off with two ATC-sized (2.5 x 3.5") pieces of cardstock. (You will need at least another ATC's worth of cardstock later for the backing on the card)

One of the pieces will be the background, and the other is for the 3-D/ moving bits.  I use an ATC to start, so that I don't make the pieces so big they don't fit on the final ATC.  It also gives me a sense of the layout of the card.

First, I drew my little fish (and colored him in).

and cut it out with an Xacto blade.

Then, I drew my seaweed patch and made sure it was big enough to hide Little Fish (with perhaps a little wiggle room).

(colored in):

Then I cut it out and placed both on the other blank ATC to make sure sizing and locations worked.  (and because I do everything backwards, I also cut out the pull-tab notch, even though it's probably better to cut that out after you make the pull tab.)

Then, I made a pull tab by folding a piece of cardstock in thirds (approximately-- it's okay if it's not perfect!)

And I colored in the background (it's not necessary to color in the spots that won't be seen Smiley )

(I also marked the spots where the holes for the string will be.)

I used a small hole punch for the pulley holes, but you can probably use a knife.  Just make sure the holes lie flat!

Next, I found my string (make sure it's strong enough to be yanked on a little) and little fish.  I put a glue dot on a small circle of paper...

and stuck the string on the back of the fish with it:

This way, the little guy stays secure in the same place on the string!

Next, put the two ends of string into the holes.  (Make sure the fish is right-side-up!)

Pull the fish to the hole farthest away from its hiding spot:

Turn it over.  I found the easiest way to do this is with another glue dot.  First, put the glue dot on a circle of paper or cardstock, and then lay the string ends on top of it, making sure they are not loose.

Trim the ends:

Now, remember that pull tab?  Line the "pull" end up with the notch in the card and lay it straight over the glue dot:

Cut thin strips of double sided foam tape to use as a "track" for the pull tab.

Put the tracks around the sides of the pull tab so it doesn't move all wonky-like.

At this point, go ahead and put a border of foam tape around the edges of the card as well, to create a uniform depth on the back of the card.

I like to put it on a larger piece of cardstock and cut it out; this way, I don't have to be super careful about lining it up with another card of the exact same shape and size!

Check to make sure little fish moves!

Now, find your seaweed and make a border with foam tape, but be sure to leave the side empty where the fish will swim in!  (the drawing on the back is just because I used the other side of paper where I messed up!)

Stick it on the card, and test it out!

Enjoy, and happy crafting!!
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234  Re: Little Visitor 16 Gallery - Halloween and the Winter Holidays in The Swap Gallery by Mountains and Clouds on: December 06, 2012 09:46:15 PM
Ehrmergehrd I just about had a heart attack... I went to post some LV pictures and my computer/memory card put up this error message that said something like "Cannot Find 'Little Visitor' folder- it may have recently been deleted."


Luckily, I kept my wits about me and didn't do anything rash and managed to recover my files from somewhere... I do not ask questions...

Anyway! Here's a teaser from this past weekend's Honolulu City Lights!
More in Rupert's blog!  (Below, in my sig)

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235  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - November 2012 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Mountains and Clouds on: December 06, 2012 08:11:50 PM

From Psyche for a local coffee shop, she sent this awesome card from an Edgar Allan Poe themed cafe called "Baltimore."   ("and quoth the raven, "baltimore" ' Smiley )

Also, from skrabadoo for winter solstice:

It's super 3-D-- love it!  It's okay, skrabadoo, I like Christmas too!

Thanks, these cards are both awesome!!
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236  Re: HO HO HO (Holiday Object x 3) Swap! Sendouts Dec. 3 in The Swap Gallery by Mountains and Clouds on: December 06, 2012 07:51:52 PM

 I received from the lovely Rubylynns!!

She chose my theme: "Silver Bells and Happy Lights!"

First of all, two cute small hoops loaded with lights and silver jingle bells!!

And then the large--- some super awesome delightful happy lights bunting!!

I really do love these lights-- they're adorable!  (also the fabric on the back is the same christmasy light fabric on the hoops!  Oops, forgot to get a pic of that...)

Also, she threw in some tasty cookies and some gift tags!  Wow!  (and hooray-- guess who likes shortbread cookies?  ME!  Guess who doesn't?  HUSBY!  Haha, all for me Tongue )

Thank you so much, Rubylynns!!  With the hot weather around here lately, I needed this to get in the holiday spirit!!
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237  Re: Little Visitor 16 Gallery - Halloween and the Winter Holidays in The Swap Gallery by Mountains and Clouds on: November 27, 2012 11:22:02 PM
Oooo those mushrooms look yummy!!  And I love anything stuffed with cheese!!!  MMMMMMM.....

Anyway, Anuenue has been having such fantastic adventures, and poor Rupert has been stuck doing kind of the same thing for a bit.  We've been having fun receiving postcards from Anuenue though!  (And I keep forgetting to post about them!)  We finally got a shot with Rupert and the postcards, as well as some yummy coffee from New Mexico that arrived yesterday!!  (I think we'll save it for the weekend so it can be enjoyed!)

Thank you so much, ptarmic wumpus!!  Have fun on your next trip!!  Hopefully we'll have some more adventures with Rupert in our travels to the midwest next month!! (if not before then...)
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238  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - November 2012 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Mountains and Clouds on: November 27, 2012 10:59:18 PM
Hey everyone!  I'm officially looking for someone to take over the Ongoing ATC Swap for the month of December.  I won't be getting feedback in time from my other swaps to be able to run the next round, but I will be able to do January's for sure.  If you are interested, please message me!
So sorry I can't organize... I'm currently in the middle of co-organizing my first swap, and it's not done until Feb.!

Also, wow! The gallery has exploded in the past few days!  Dreadlady, you got like a million cards!

I have one more to add,.... from GrapeIcePop, for "moon on a string:"

It's fantastic!  All the balloons are cutout, and the strings are real,,.. the moon is shimmery, and looks quite sleepy!!

Thank you, grapeicepop!!
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239  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - November 2012 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Mountains and Clouds on: November 25, 2012 04:27:47 PM
Oh my goodness, here I go forgetting to bookmark the gallery again.... so many fantastic cards!!  I love all the new ideas and themes!

I received this lovely card from La Chapa for my "I dream of jellyfish" theme!
I love it!

THanks, La Chapa!!
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240  Re: Little Visitor 16 Gallery - Halloween and the Winter Holidays in The Swap Gallery by Mountains and Clouds on: November 23, 2012 11:12:32 PM
I'm ok. Just dealing with a break up.

I hope you feel better soon, MeganCrafts!  Undecided Undecided

We had a calm Thanksgiving... went snorkeling (as per tradition) early in the morning, and then had some food with friends.  Rupert really liked the plant life around the pool where we hung out for the afternoon:

On Wednesday, as a sort of turkey trot, we hiked up the ridge next to our house.
Here's the trail head right off the road.

There were some nice views from the open part of the ridge!

There are also some good views of the valley from a park on the ridge:
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