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381  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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382  My February 2012 ATCs in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by jillybeans on: April 30, 2012 11:04:09 AM
Hiya everyone!  Here are the ATCs I've made for February's Ongoing ATC swap.









Thanks for looking!
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383  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2012 in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: April 24, 2012 07:52:20 AM
I painted some shoes for cackle and in exchange she made me an altered tin.  And can I just say, it rocks!  Feast your eyes on this:


TADA!  A faery altered tin chalk full of magic and sweetness! 


The back!



Thanks so much, cackle!  I LOVE it!!!
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384  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - April 2012's Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: April 24, 2012 07:46:40 AM
I received from Rosie1981 for my Beards/Mustaches theme!  YAY YAY!


lol!!!  Its awesome!  Thanks Rosie1981!
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385  Re: Felt Badge Swap Gallery!! (Send Out April 30) in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: April 24, 2012 06:44:12 AM
The flying dog is so cute!  And I LOVE the kawaii food badges!  Awesome!!

My other partner, audio, received quite awhile ago, so I thought I would share a picture of what I sent her:

Since both my partner's love Harry Potter, I decided to go with the same design for both.  One has yellow along the border, that one was audio's.  Yay!  I used nice felt, too.  The wool blend stuff.  Ooooo!
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386  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - April 2012's Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: April 22, 2012 08:54:39 AM
lol, that floss monster is hilarious!

I received some supremely fancy animals this week!  YAY!

From white_lilyblossom:


From MimbleWimble6:


Goodness these are both so amazingly awesome and exactly what I've been looking for!  I love my new addition to my fancy animals collection (lilusa card now has friends!).  Thanks ladies!  <3
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387  Zentangle High Heels - featuring Elmer's products in Elmer's Products by jillybeans on: April 16, 2012 09:38:30 AM
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Zentangle High Heels - featuring Elmer's products

Want to snazz up some dull high heels that you have lying around your closet?  Its easy, all you need is an Elmer's Paint Pen!



You can take your high heels from this:


To this:

With just a paint pen!  

This is my very first zentangle project.  I've always loved the look of zentangles and always wanted to try it.  A swap partner showed me this website for different patterns: http://tanglepatterns.com/tag/zentangle
I went through the website and randomly added a piece here and there that I liked (and was in my skill level to achieve) until the entire shoe was filled in to my liking.  For the little gaps, I added little hearts, dots, and lines.  Each shoe is completely different, and the pair are definitely one of a kind!







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388  Button Tree Frame - featuring Elmer's products in Elmer's Products by jillybeans on: April 16, 2012 09:37:00 AM
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Button Tree Frame - featuring Elmer's products

I absolutely adore buttons and trees.  A great combination of the two?  A button tree framed wall art!  An even greater thing?  Its super simple to make, and only requires a few supplies.  All you need is a shadowbox frame, a piece of paper for a background, buttons, and Elmer's Thin Medium Glue Spots and you can make something like this:



I used a 8"x8" shadowbox for my frame.  First you will need to find a paper for the background and cut it down to the right size.


For the tree, I started at the bottom and placed the buttons where I wanted.  I did this freehand, but if you are having trouble, you can always trace on a design and then place the buttons.


Again, starting at the bottom I glued on each button using Elmer's Thin Medium Glue Spots.  They are super strong and stick really well to different mediums.  They are permanent and thin, so they are pretty perfect for this project.  Also, you aren't having to use hot glue which can be messy and difficult to control. I've used hot glue in the past, but this is waaaaay easier!  






Here they are all stuck onto the paper and ready to go into the frame.  
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389  Portrait Frame - featuring Elmer's products in Elmer's Products by jillybeans on: April 16, 2012 09:35:10 AM
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Portrait Frame - featuring Elmer's products


Here is an alternative to a normal portrait.  Its actually very easy to do, though finding the right picture is the hardest part.  Not all pictures work, and it takes some trial and error until you find the perfect picture.  

For this project I used a photo editing program called Gimp, which is a free program that you can download online.  Since that is what I am currently using, I'm going to tell you how to alter your photo using Gimp.  To prepare your picture, open it in Gimp.  Go to the menu at the top that says "Colors" and down to "Desaturate".  This will turn your picture into a gray scale version.  Next, go back into the "Colors" menu and down to "Brightness - Contrast".  Turn the contrast all the way up (to the right) and play with the brightness scale until it looks right.  As I said, not all pictures will work, so make sure you have a bunch to try.  Scale your picture to about 6 inches and print it out.


Here's how my picture turned out.  Its my lovely little sister and her boyfriend.  Using a light box or a window on a sunny day and a pencil, trace the image onto an old book page.  


It's a little hard to see, but this is what your book page will look like after you are done tracing.


Using a black Elmer's Painters paint pen, go over the pencil tracing.


Next, fill in the areas that need to be black.


Now you need to find something to trace around to make the size of circle you want for your portrait. Trace around the item using a pencil.


Grab a pair of scissors and cut out the circle.  In my case I used my Xacto 5" Precision Tip Scissors which are super sharp and great for cutting small projects.  


Using the same item before to make the circle, trace and cut out a circle on an old cardboard box (ie an old popcorn box).  This circle will be used to align the portrait onto your frame as well as to make your portrait a little sturdier.


Using the cardboard circle, trace a circle with either a pencil or a white Elmer's Painters paint pen (if your background is dark and the pencil is hard to see, like mine was).  This will be a guide to place the lace.


Grab a box of Elmer's Thin Medium Glue Spots to adhere your lace to the background paper for the frame. You would be surprised, but these glue spots work fantastic on fabric embellishments!  I love using them to add bows and ribbon to my papercrafting projects.  They are super sticky and so easy to use! Once you get one end of the lace onto the paper, it gets harder to get the glue dots on, so I would suggest cutting the glue dots still on their paper off the roll and then applying them.  My lace was being a little difficult, so I also added some glue dots on the outside edges as well.


I applied some glue using Elmer's Dot Runner to the cardboard piece.  I like using the Dot Runner for something like this because it won't wrinkle up the paper since its such a large area to glue.  Stick this to the back of the portrait to give a little more thickness.


Add some Elmer's Mounting Tape to the background paper.  This will raise up the portrait image a little bit and keep it away from the lace so the image lays flat.




Stick it in your frame and BAM! you have a cute new portrait frame!  
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390  Stenciled Heart Shirt - featuring Elmer's products in Elmer's Products by jillybeans on: April 16, 2012 09:33:22 AM
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Stenciled Heart Shirt - featuring Elmer's products



I made myself a sassy new freezer paper stenciled shirt last night!  And you can have one, too!  First off, download and print off the design that I made from the bottom of this post. (You'll need to be logged in to see it!)



For the first step, you will need your print-out of the design, freezer paper, a pencil, and either a window or a lightbox.  Pull out a piece of freezer paper that is large enough to cover the design.  The roll of freezer paper that I have is rather large, so after I pulled out some, I have to cut it down so that I don't have an overly large piece of paper to work with.  I purchased my roll of freezer paper from Wal-Mart, but most grocery stores sell it.  They will be with the wax paper and tin foil.  It was on the bottom shelf and I almost missed it when I was looking for it.



Place the image under your freezer paper with the shiny side of the freezer paper facing down.  (The shiny side is what will be ironed onto the shirt later and has the wax that will make it stick.)  Then trace the design using a pencil and your window or lightbox.  (I have an old x-ray viewing lightbox from my work that is quite big and bulky, but it works great for my purposes.)


Once your design is all traced out onto your freezer paper, grab your X-ACTO Gripster Craft Knife and Self-Healing Cutting Mat and CAREFULLY (that knife is SHARP!) cut out the hearts.  I love how sharp the tip of the craft knife is, it goes through the paper so easily.  And the mat is the perfect size for a project like this.  It protects my table, and since its not overly huge, its easy to store and travel with.


Its up to you whether or not you want to keep the hearts you cut out, but you won't be needing them for this project.  You might be able to use them for a future project where you dab the paint around them after they are ironed on.  Could be rather cute!


At the end you should have a stencil that looks like this.


Grab yourself a plain t-shirt.  I found mine in my dresser drawer.  Its just a plain ol' work out shirt. (gasp, I have a plain shirt in the house!  I know, its hard to believe.)  Iron on your stencil, using the highest non-steam setting on your iron (mine is number 3, I believe).  I aligned my stencil as close to the top right of the shirt as I could get without the hearts being on the collar.  I like my designs to be off centered.  Most times they are on the bottom and sides of my shirts.  I'm just quirky that way.  But you can place your design wherever you like it best!


Before you start adding paint, slip a piece of cardboard inside the shirt.  This will keep the paint from soaking into the back of the shirt and give you a nice surface for applying paint.  Grab a sea sponge.  You can get these as most craft stores and are reusable so long as you wash off your paint afterwards.  To make them soft to use, just rinse with water and then dry off with a towel.  Using your softened and dried sea sponge, dab on your first color of fabric paint or even acrylic paint with fabric medium mixed in.  Apply your paint to a 1/3 of the design at an angle.


Make sure to rinse off your sponge in between colors!


Next, to add a little fun to the shirt, I grabbed my light purple paint pen from my Painters Sherbet Swirl set.  I drew in a little heart on the bottom left heart.  The pen soaks into the shirt, so it took a few layers before I got the little heart to the color I wanted.  


And here's what you get!

The shirt almost has an 80's feel to it, so I believe this next picture is required:
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