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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Fairy Garden Box on: September 23, 2014 11:11:44 AM
I made a fairy garden for my sister cackle in the IYP 26 swap. It was difficult to part with!

It's a cigar box that I sanded and covered with paper. I left some of the pretty wood bare.

This was so much fun to make!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Boo! Halloween Spool on: June 15, 2014 07:52:18 AM
I made this for pottermouth in the Altered Spool Swap. She had Halloween as a possible theme so I ran with it.

Here's one of the three spools - It was "stained" with a little bit of ink.

The raven spool was painted black and covered with papers, and the third is a tiny half-spool stuck to the back of the skellie. I used a wire hanger as the skellie stand - bent to slide into the top of the half-spool and stuck to a small stand at the base.

Come see the awesome Altered Spool Swap gallery here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=433749#axzz34XwBavCH

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / A Wee Wicked Forest on: March 03, 2014 11:46:06 AM
I made this for the Wicked Forest Altered Matchbox Swap, found here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407942.msg4811588#msg4811588

I was lucky enough to have Knickertwist as a partner, and this is what I sent her. The matchbox was painted brown and covered with bits of moss and fungus. The cottage is made from paper clay, painted and distressed to look old. I made the tiny stepping stones from paper clay, also.

See the tiny cauldron? Also paper clay. Smiley The chipboard trees are painted brown, then green on top - simples!

Inside the matchbox is the cottage potions shelf.

It's hard to believe how small this really is, so here's a ruler for scale.

Thanks for looking!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Nurture ATB on: February 08, 2014 04:23:08 PM
I participated in the ATB swap and had the most wonderful partner - Knickertwist! I wanted to make something extra extra special. Smiley

An ATB (artist trading block) is a block of wood cut to 2.5" x 1.5" x 3.5". Of course, I had to put feet and a roof on mine. The husband cut it for me and put a hole through it. As it's turning out, I'm his best excuse to add new tools to his arsenal!

Inside is a bird nest with three eggs. I made them from paper clay, sanded and painted it a bone color. Once that was dry I speckled them with two brown paints.

On this side the word "nurture" is spelled out under the roof. I colored small wood letters with an olive Copic and attached to the greenery with a matte medium.

Thanks for taking a look!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Altoid Tins on: May 08, 2012 12:16:08 PM
Cackle, MissingWillow, Rackycoo and I got together last weekend for fun, food and fighting over good stuff at junk shops. We each picked a swap theme for an Altoid tin or ATC.

Here's a link to the ATC I made for Racky: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=408330.0

MissingWillow's theme was zombie sheep:

A mermaid for cackle:

It was such a fun weekend!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Beauty Queen ATC on: May 08, 2012 12:01:41 PM
Rackycoo, cackle, MissingWillow and I got together last weekend for fun, food and fighting over good stuff at junk shops. We each picked a swap theme and Rackycoo's was "child beauty pageants". The whole "Toddlers in Tiaras" movement really creeps me out, so I went vintage. It's atc-sized on a permanent stand.

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Dia De Los Muertos Birthday on: November 02, 2011 01:41:27 PM
Since I couldn't be with my big sister, cackle on her birthday, I sent these guys along to sing to her.

I still ended up squawking out "happy birthday" on her answering machine, but she was gracious enough not to tell me how many windows broke in her house... *grin*

8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Chunky Halloween Houses on: October 27, 2011 07:21:15 PM
I wanted to share the chunky houses made for the Halloween swap. It was fun!

This is my favorite. The skeleton is a stamped image that was cut out with an X-Acto knife. I patted him on an embossing pad and used clear embossing powder to make him shiny.

The spiderweb is part of the paper design and I "painted" it with Glossy Accents so it has a wet embossed look.

The skeleton here was also "painted" with Glossy Accents. The black swirls were colored in with glitter glue.

I love this vintage image! The background is dry embossed with a brick wall embossing folder then beat up with an assortment of inks to resemble a brick wall in the garden. 

9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Halloween Greeting Cards on: September 12, 2011 06:30:11 AM
I dont' see greeting cards much 'round these parts, but I wanted to share these anyway. Hey, it's what I do so why not, right?  Wink They're both made using the same sketch from my design team. I love these vintage images!

Heh. Tea party. Perhaps my favorite card EVER.

I love the Antikamnia Calendar skeletons. I spent countless hours scouring the internets to find high quality downloads and now have a bunch of them. They are all full-color, but this guy is printed in black & white and layered for a little umph.

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Steampunk Matchbox [Image heavy] on: May 12, 2011 09:23:44 AM
This was for the Matchbox Swap, Round 5. My partner was Wulf, who appreciates Steampunk.

I used an easel style for the top, also found on many of my greeting cards. I put so much time into cards and really like how the style says "display me!". I think it lends itself rather well to an itty bitty matchbox.

Here's a closeup of the top gears and such.

The Fairy Gent lays flat for transport or storage and stands up with the help of the metal arrow.

The monocle is made from a short length of chain and a jump ring. I poured a bit of Glossy Accents in the ring to create a glassy effect. The chain is attached to his coat with a single strand of gold embroidery thread.

The black and gold paper is this oh-so-cool Japanese washi paper I found at a trade show. The gold lining inside the drawer is re-purposed envelope liner from a Christmas card. The black decorative bits on each side are there as grips to help pull the snug drawer out (and keep from squishing the back end).

I painted the drawer and inside of the matchbox with black acrylic paint and then covered the whole drawer in washi paper. After it all dried I realized the acrylic paint on the very edges of the drawer dragged against the paint on the inside of the box. I was able to smooth it out with a little wax paper rubbin', but there was definitely a lesson learned!

Thanks so much for looking!

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