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371  Enchanted Tree Altered Matchbox in Completed Projects by jillybeans on: May 04, 2012 10:46:28 AM
I joined the Wicked Forest Altered Matchbox swap and got the ever fabulous Noooitaremybirthday as my partner.  Being just incredibly excited about having an awesome partner, I started on her package right away.  Its my first altered matchbox, and I had a lot of fun making it (fun with a side of achy finger tips and glue all over my hands)!  



Nooo's forest ended up being more enchanted than wicked.  I chose colors that were more suited to Nooo's sunny personality, as well as personal tastes.  The tree is made of wire and seed beads.  I found the tutorial for making these trees here:  http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/wire-tree
It was a uber helpful tutorial, since I don't have much experience in wire work.  I just love the form the tree took!


For the most part, I used a 28 gauge pewter color wire, and also mixed in some 30 gauge shiny silver strands as well for a little dimension.  My seed beads were all sorts of sizes.  The pink ones were rather large, so I only used one bead, three for the orange since they were so small, and two for the green.


Here's the backside of the tree.


I started by painting the matchbox a lime green, then hot glued on some real moss.  Its super spongy and soft!  I used my trusty Elmer's pen around the edge.  The knob is a pony bead with a crystal glued on.  I used a super strong glue to adhere the pony bead to the box.


Here's a glimpse underneath.  I used a metal glue and clamps to glue the roots down.  The glue I used was horrid and took forever to dry and also made some of the clamp glue on, as well (hence why there are little green parts on the bottom).  If I could go back and change anything, it would be the glue I used, which was a metal glue for jewelry making.  Though it took forever to dry on the metal, it would dry instantly on skin, like super glue.  I got a lot of it on me, of course.  ^_^  It has eyelets as feet and says all the swap details on the bottom.

Sadly, I didn't get any pictures of inside the box, because I got too excited to send it off.  But the drawer is painted the same lime green with pink edging.  I used a wood-looking piece of paper to line the bottom of the drawer.  The drawer held Little Red's riding hood made out felt (fits great on my finger!), Snow White's poisoned apple, a little wolf charm, an owl charm, and some little fake leaves.

Thanks for looking!

And a quote from suereal, because I love it so much:
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And OMG!  Your wire tree match box is so mesmerizing.  At first I was like "Oh so pretty!'  Then I stared at it for a bit.  And I thought of a bit of a story about it....This beautiful encrusted tree is the result of an alchemists experiments.  But he didn't realize that he was trapping the spirit of the tree when he sought to turn wood to metal.  When the tree's leaves turned to gems, it begane to see a bit of a reflection of what is happening around it, but it can not grow any more.  Hows that for wicked?
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372  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - April 2012's Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: May 04, 2012 10:12:21 AM
I got a fabulous ATC from FancyButch this week for my Vintage Fashion theme!  Yay yay!



Isn't it great?  I love the blanket stitch around the edge, very nice!

And she sent me some wonderful extras, too!!



Ooooo!!!

Thanks, FancyButch!
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373  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by jillybeans on: May 04, 2012 09:19:30 AM
Cute cute CUTE pillow, always!  I love me some owls, too!

I'm still behind on sharing pictures, but I finally got some uploaded so that I can make some separate posts.  Incoming!  Zentangled Shoes!



These ones I made in March for my SIL for her birthday. 



And these were for cackle for a personal swap.  She sent me over some shoes and I sent 'em back all zentangled up!  In exchange she made me an altered tin (its in the personal swap gallery in you are interested in seeing it).  Both shoes were made with Elmer's painter paint pens.  Oh, can you see the little "L" on the heel on the closest shoe?  That's for cackle's real name.  ^_^

And Noooitaremybirthday has received her package for the Wicked Forest Altered Matchbox swap, so here it is!



I sadly didn't get a picture of the drawer, because I've apparently lost my mind.  Inside the box has a cape for little red riding hood (which I enjoyed wearing on my finger), Snow White's poisoned apple, a wolf charm, and owl charm, and some little fake leaves.  All items that can be found in Nooo's enchanted forest!
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374  Be-flowered Vans in Shoes: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: May 02, 2012 11:02:20 AM
I painted some Kiss shoes for my dad for his birthday last year.  My little sister loved them, and knew she wanted painted shoes of some variety with the same style of shoe (I ones I bought for her were plain black Vans).  She was very unhelpful on what she wanted though, hehe, except she knew she wanted them to be black and white.  So, I went the floral direction.  I found some flower designs online and used them for my inspiration.





I used Elmer's Painters paint pen (the white fine tip one) to draw on the designs.  It took a few layers to get the lines bright enough, and the pens really didn't like the canvas that much, but it worked out in the end.  The pens are permanent, so I didn't bother trying to seal them up on anything. 

Thanks for looking!
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375  Fancy Hamster and Antlered Cat Stenciled T-Shirts in Stenciling: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: May 02, 2012 10:45:59 AM
My partner, teachart, in the IYP20 swap requested stenciled t-shirts.  If anything, I can do stenciled shirts!  hehe!  So here are the two that I made for her! (Both are done using the freezer paper stenciling method using fabric paint and dabbed on with a sponge)




A fancy hamster!  As a proper gentleman, he is equipped with a top hat, bow tie, and cane.  He also has a love of fine cigars. 




And an antlered variety of kitty.  Its a shy kitty, see him peeking his head up from the bottom?  Unlike deer antlers, kitty antlers are hollow and much lighter in weight.  ^_^

Both crazy designs were based off of themes that teachart gave me.  She had some awesome themes, can't you tell?  hehe

Thanks for looking!
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376  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by jillybeans on: May 02, 2012 10:10:02 AM
Wowie, I'm so behind!!!  Since I'm not running May's ongoing ATC swap, perhaps I will have more time to peruse this board!  Sorry for all the slacking!

suereal, lovely projects (as always!).  I can't imagine the craziness that goes on inside your head.  ^_^  I love the pile of cookies badge!  I'm pretty sure I need one.

Speaking of badges, here is what I made for my two partners in the Felt Badge Swap:


Yay yay Harry Potter!  Both of my partners love HP, so I just knew what I had to make!
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377  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - April 2012's Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: May 01, 2012 10:20:26 AM
I received from pilarfarmer last night!  She claimed me for my E & J theme as well for my objects w/ legs theme.


It doesn't show well in the scan of them, but they are all so shiny!  My husband saw the E and said, look a "Wood E"!  Get it, a woodie?  ^_^  Oh husband!  I love the romantic bananas too!  Too funny! 

Thanks Pilar, they are awesome!
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378  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - April 2012's Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: April 30, 2012 11:44:38 AM
Wow, so many great additions!

The unicycles are so great!  The felted atc is so cool!  I so want to learn how to do needle felting!  I'm so in love with gozer's mermaids.  And I love the shiny lips!  So great!

Speaking of awesome ATCs, I received this weekend!

From jmiller614 for my mustache/beard theme:

LOL!!!  Yay interactive card!  Its got a little clear sleeve to slip in a mustache of your choosing.  hehe

From isabelchun for my objects w/ legs theme:

Omg, this is so great and so what I was looking for!  I'm so into striped legs, and these are even better because they move!  They are attached with brads so that the little peanut can dance around on his new pair of legs!  The peanut is so well drawn, too!  Love it!

And from our fabulous co-organizer, gozer for my mythical creature theme:

On the note she wrote that this girl is not having a good day.  Obviously!  I love her horns!  I wonder what situation she got herself into in which she would have gotten shot!  Yikes!

Thanks for the awesome cards, ladies!
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379  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap March 2012 - GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: April 30, 2012 11:28:07 AM
I know that simplyshereena received the card I sent her quite a while ago, but she hasn't posted a picture.  So I thought I'd share with you what I sent her.  I claimed her for her potion theme.



The potion bottle was done in acrylic paint.

And ragstostitches has also received the card I sent her but hasn't posted a picture yet, either.  So here is the one I sent to her:



I made the stamp in the middle from a styrofoam takeout box.
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380  My March 2012 ATCs in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by jillybeans on: April 30, 2012 11:18:35 AM
Hi there!  Here are the ATCs I made for March's Ongoing ATC Swap!









Thanks for looking!
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