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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Moon ATCs on: May 28, 2016 05:33:50 PM
I've been playing around more with acrylic paints and mediums, and recently made a series of five moon ATCs (inspired by a theme I claimed in the ongoing ATC swap).

I really like how they turned out!

2  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Spammer?!! on: May 12, 2016 12:03:20 AM
I just logged on to Craftster and found a bunch of "project" posts (FOR SALE POSTS!) by a new member on the "clothing" board..... Ugh!  It's not only annoying, but it's bumping out actual "newest projects" from the homepage...

I am, however, very pleased to see that many of them have been "viewed" many times and none have comments, so, way to go, crafters! (Also, I'm guessing/hoping you all reported the posts too.) (Sorry, mods.)
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Block Print ATCs with Watercolor Background on: January 16, 2016 10:38:03 AM
I pulled a short edition of 24 ATC-size block prints (some were for an ATC print swap, and the rest are for gifts, etc.).

I made backgrounds with watercolor before I printed; I like how it makes each card unique.

Thanks for looking!

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Grumpy Cat Magnets on: December 07, 2015 11:22:54 AM
I needed a small secret santa gift, and decided I wanted to go with snarky memes, but after searching a lot, decided to just do the same meme over and over.

These are magnets.

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Oboe Nerd Cross-stitchin' on: December 07, 2015 11:05:36 AM
So, this semester I decided to do something nerdy and go back to school to study oboe... One of the things in which I've always been inconsistent is my reed-making, and I've lately realized that a lot of my struggles have to do with letting my knives get more dull than they should... (and also, that being in a hurry NEVER helps.)

Also, I haven't cross-stitched in a good long time.
So I made myself this inspirational list of "rules" for making reeds:

I think I'll keep it by when the crazies start to invade....

6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / 'Planets' acrylic painting on: November 27, 2015 03:14:50 PM
I have, once again, fallen off the painting train.. Here's my first in a while, playing around with negative space and acrylic paint.

It's 12" x 16", so not very big.

Here's a closer shot of the little traveler:

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Scrappy Happy Bag on: July 07, 2015 09:19:00 PM
With some summer travels coming up, I wanted to make something to carry a few arts/crafts/pens/watercolors/etc. around as I go, and I wanted something fun to carry these fun things, so I made this scrappy little bag out of fabrics I have had lying around.

I'm not a sewist at all, so I'm pretty proud that it turned out, and can serve its purpose!

The strap is made out of some of my old worn out (favourite) jeans-- so they can live on!

There are patches on all outside surfaces, and under the front flap, and the inside is lined with heavy duty navy denim.

and the back:

Some details....

Leftover rhinestones from a costume I had when I was an itty bitty baton twirler:

More bling and some fabric flowers (I often spend too much money at the fake flower store):

Polymer clay fish beads and plumeria I had made at some point.

Fun tiny buttons:

Polyclay sushi roll and fun flower beads:

Thanks for looking!
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Fish ATCs on: June 15, 2015 09:41:45 AM
I was playing around with making some fish ATCs to trade on another (ATC) forum. 

I used an acrylic paint background and used micron and gel pens for the fish.  I really like how the pens make the fish pop from the background, so I thought I'd share!

(They're all fish that can be found here.)


A type of butterflyfish:

Humuhumunukunukuapua'a (state fish):

And one more kind of butterflyfish:

Thanks for looking! I've missed ATCs!
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Coloring Book for All! on: June 07, 2015 02:21:36 AM
Hi everyone, I wasn't sure what category this fell under, but since it mostly consists of paper (or, it will if you print it out), I decided to post on this board.

At the request of a dear friend, I started creating coloring pages (for grown-ups) hoping to give people an opportunity to unwind and slow down... One of my goals was to play around with ways to fill the larger space with smaller blocks, so patterns can be made with colors. (Or, colorers can fill in large blocks of one color by coloring outside the lines--- that's fine too!)

(of course, I tested most of them for colorability right away!)

Some blank pages (during the upload/cleaning up process)...

Anyway, I thought I'd share it here with you guys as well, in case you want to zone out and color!  (Feel free to share, but please keep it free!) You can download the pdf file at this link:


(Also, if you don't have a dropbox account and don't want one, you can just X out of the sign-up box and still download it.)

(I called it "Scatter," because it's totally scatterbrained.  Hopefully future installments will have more theme or focus.)

Happy coloring!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Homage to Sound Recording Evolution (via scrappy braided anklet) on: March 27, 2015 11:58:21 PM
I am a musician, and have been thinking about the evolution of sound recording. It's really amazing how far we've come, and so much information can be stored in such little space now.

I was inspired by LesliesHappyHeart's scrappy fabric bracelet tutorials (and gozer's recent revival of them in the nerd battles) , so I decided to make one as an homage to the progress of sound recording.

I made shrinky dink charms of a wax cylinder, a vinyl record, a cassette tape, a CD, and an MP3 player (I wasn't sure how to depict an mp3...), and used them in this anklet.

Also, when I wear it, the charms jingle (clack?) a little bit. Go sound!

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