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461  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - JUNE, 2011 in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: June 08, 2011 06:19:24 PM
I've been checking the mailbox everyday as oppose to my once a week, now that I have started doing ATC's.  Today did not disappoint!  I got three!  YAY YAY!,

The first two are from StickerChic87.  She did my "cheese" and "your location" theme.  I <3 them both.  The cheese one is titled "oh so cheesy".  Makes me teehee.  Cheese does make everything better.  Mmmmm cheese.  The "your location" theme has her city and state, along with some facts.  Super cute!  She did all these pictures by hand, too!  She did awesome!

The final one is from eukarya.  It is an amazing watercolor.  It just blows my mind how awesome this card is!  It is definitely a mini work of art.  I love the colors and the detail.  So friggin' awesome!  On the back it says: "Huntsville, Alabama.  Home to Rocket Scientists and Cotton Farmers!  This city has a strange and yet wonderful dichotomy between classic Southern agriculture and cutting edge space research."  She also sent a card a long with it with more info on her location.  "In the middle of the Deep South, there is a peculiar city full of Rocket Scientists and Egineers.  Werner von Braun developed rockets here.  NASA was born here.  So was one of the founders of Wikipedia.  At the same time, agriculture is still a major industry here.  Adtran's main office and HP overlooks cotton and soy fields.  The NASA base hosts a local farmer's market.  I LOVE THIS TOWN!"

Thanks StickerChick87 and eukarya!  You made my night!  I am going to go and work on more ATC's now.  ^_^

BTW, all three were in nice little plastic sleeves.  I'm gonna have to get me some of those.  I've been sending mine in sad ziplock bags.  ^_^
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462  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - May, 2011 in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: June 03, 2011 07:11:28 PM
I just received my first ever ATC today!  (not to mention my first ever swap item as well!  woot!)  And not only did I get one ATC, but TWO from jmiller614.  She chose my Final Fantasy theme, and made me a pirate one was well.

And now, PICTURES!!!

Here is the final fantasy one.  Its is beautifully hand-drawn.  I picked this theme for my husband and he took it and said "Oh, Final Fantasy 8!"  Needless to say, he likes it.

And here is my super awesome pirate theme.  She did such an amazing job on this drawn pirate ship!  It is so cool!  And she blinged it up, too!  I love me some bling!

jmiller614, I love them!  Thank you for my first ATC's!!!
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463  Tree Plushies! (Picture Heavy!) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: May 29, 2011 07:08:33 PM
For the Tree Swap Round 3, my partner, Miss Barbara, had some tree plushies listed on her wist from the Tree Swap Round 1.  So, I decided to give it a go!  I first must say thanks to crafter's Barefootlinzi who originally made these.  I just copied their's.  You can see the originals here:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=search2;params=YWR2YW5jZWR8J3wwfCJ8dG9waWN8J3wyNzM4ODh8InxzaG93X2NvbXBsZXRlfCd8MXwifGJyZHwnfDg0fCJ8c3ViamVjdF9vbmx5fCd8fCJ8c29ydF9kaXJ8J3xkZXNjfCJ8c29ydHwnfElEX01TR3wifHNlYXJjaHwnfGltZw==;start=30

And on to my version!  WARNING: PICTURE HEAVY!

I did mine (or I should say Miss Barbara's) in fleece.  The leaves are fleece, and the snow is felt, and the buds on spring are pompoms.  I basically just looked at what Barefootlinzi's and freehanded a similar pattern.  They have button eyes and I embroidered on the mouths.  I sewed the body of the tree on the sewing machine and hand sewed on the accessories. 




Thanks for looking!
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464  Shadow Box Button Tree in Completed Projects by jillybeans on: May 29, 2011 06:47:56 PM
I'm not sure if this is the place for this, but I couldn't decide where else to put it!  So misc, here we go!

Thanks to crafter's petunya who posted her Gradnma's Buttons Memorial Shadowbox.  It constantly gives me inspiration.


I made a shadowbox button wreath for my mom for Christmas last year and she love it! 

This time I took the shadowbox button idea into a new shape.  I created this for my partner Miss Barbara for the Tree Swap Round 3.

My great grandma use to collect buttons and trims off all the clothes that were no longer wearable.  She was born in 1900 and lived through the Great Depression.  She saved everything!  Luckily she did because they have brought me great joy.  Miss Barbara got some love from my great grandma.  This was made from buttons from my great grandma as well as some buttons that I've collected.  It is on a stormy background.

Thanks for looking!
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465  Bracelets w/ Shrinky Dink charms in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by jillybeans on: May 29, 2011 06:35:55 PM
So I had fun with shrinky dinks for the first time.  I've always been curious about them and decided to try them out after I couldn't find the bead/charms I wanted for a couple bracelets for a swap.  If you can't find what you want, make it!  The result, surprisingly, turned out pretty good (I think)!


I call this one the clutter bracelet because it has a bunch of random green beads from my collection.  The tree charms are shrinky dinks.  I used a stamp w/ permanent ink and stamped it onto the shrinky dink paper and it turned out famously. 


This one is made from saworski crystal beads and the little owls are shrinky dinks and has matching earrings.  They turned out so small, its crazy!  But it took jewelry that wouldn't be considered "tree" themed into something that belonged.  Shrinky dinks are so much fun and I think that I will playing with them more in the future!

Thanks for looking!
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466  Re: Tree Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: May 25, 2011 04:02:17 PM
Oh and will I post pictures.  I will try to restrain myself, I am picture CRAZY! 

I'm so soooo glad Miss Barbara's package made it to her safely and quickly!  And I'm so happy that she loves all that she got, because I loved it all as well.  ^_^

Here goes: 
-TWO containers of different colored paper owl cutouts (Straight from my wist, how thoughtful is that??)
-A package of 'metallic natural leaves' which are very cool
-A package of apple cutouts which will decorate my classroom in September
-A cute apple tree button
-Two stamps and a block to attach them to (an owl and 'thinking of you')
-L-O-N-G fleece owl themed sock/legwarmers
-Two skeins of unusual and beautiful yarn
-A delicate amber/brown/mustard hued crystal and tree themed shrinky dink(?) charm bracelet with matching earrings!
-What Jillybeans termed a 'Clutter bracelet' made up of various green stones and tree shrinky dink (?) tree charms!
-A button/wood leaf bead charm bracelet with matching earrings...again, a very thoughtful item...Jillybeans knows why.  Kiss
-STUFFED TREES that are DECORATED WITH FACES and the season that matches them (i.e.-snow on the branches of the winter one, etc...)  They are ADORABLE and made so well!  I'm a preschool teacher and the students will LOVE these!
-An EPIC button tree that is FRAMED in a shadowbox, backed with cloud fabric!

And now, PICTURES (because Miss Barbara asked me to post them, and I love pictures so of course I will!)!

I'll start with a group shot (less the extras I added at the last minutes).  This is the only picture I took of the fleecy socks for some reason.

Aaaand the extras I added before I sent.

NOW, up close shots!  Yay!  (I had fun taking these, btw).

These are from a Martha Stewart paper punch.  Yeah, my hand really hurt after "punching all those owls" (I can hear my husband giggling from when I told him that).  I tried to punch as many different colors that I could, though.  ^_^

This bracelet is inspired by Miss Barbara's wist.  Now Im not sure of the chain, but I do believe its sterling silver.  Its been sitting in my jewelry tote for a long time in a little baggie waiting for something special.  The autumn colored beads are Swarovski crystal.  The tiny owl charms are made from shrinky dink paper that I stamped on little owls from a stamp set that I have.  I made matching earring to go along

Bonus picture, because I lurve me some pictures!

This bracelet was also inspired by an item on Miss Barbara's wist.  I made the tree charms out of shrinky dink paper and the rest of the beads are just my collection of beads.  So much chaos in one bracelet!  I call it a clutter bracelet!

Another bonus picture. 

To celebrate grandmas, I made a button bracelet from vintage buttons that were my great grandmas, with a few newer ones that Ive acquired added in (like the wooden leaves to make it more tree themed ^_^).  My great grandma was born in 1900 and lived through the great depression.  She saved everything.  So here is a little past to take for Miss Barbara to take with her on crafting journeys in the future.  And, of course, matching earrings!

Bonus picture!  Gotta love lilac trees.  They are in full swing here in the Lilac city of Spokane, WA.  I love walking outside and smelling them.  So wonderful.

Stuffie Trees that represent the four seasons!  (Again, inspired by her wist.  I became good friends with her wist).  They are made from fleece (including the leaves).  The snow is felt and the buds on the spring tree are little pom poms sewn on.  I did the tree form on the sewing machine and the rest is hand sewn on.

And a sock owl that I name Hootles.  Don't worry, Hootles is made from brand new socks (that I had in my sock animal box awaiting creation).

And of course, some more bonus pics!

And finally a framed button tree.  Again a mixture of new and vintage buttons from my great grandma. 

And that's it! 

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467  Re: Tree Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: May 21, 2011 02:30:10 PM

Here is the package all boxed up and ready to be sent out.  I mailed it on Friday.  Super excited for Miss Barbara to get it!  YAY YAY!
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468  Re: Tree Swap Round 3 (Signups CLOSED; Mail by 6/16/11) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by jillybeans on: May 18, 2011 10:12:37 AM
I just finished a project this morning for my wonderful partner Miss Barbara and sent my husband pictures of the finished project.  His response is too precious to not share.  I'm surprised he liked it so much.  ^_^

"Wow Jill, I am jealous of your swap partner.  I want your art in my home only!  That looks really really amazing."

He constantly is seeing stuff I make leave the house, ie for other people's birthdays since this is my first swap.  Hardly anything I make stays with us.

Example: A painting I did for my sister for her birthday based off a painting I found on etsy.  (its tree related! and maybe it will give others some inspiration, it was easy to make)

And if anyone wants tips or the picture process I took of it as I was making it, let me know!  Its only my third painting I've done, and it was super easy to do!
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469  Re: Tree Swap Round 3 (Signups CLOSED; Mail by 6/16/11) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by jillybeans on: May 17, 2011 07:19:47 AM
TEASERS!  I finally have cropped some teasers to tantalized you all (especially Miss Barbara).  ^_^

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470  Re: I'm in love with triptychs now haha in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by jillybeans on: May 12, 2011 05:54:12 PM
Oh, and here is how mine turned out.  I'm pretty happy with it for my first attempt at painting at this scale.

Thanks again for sharing yours!  I love them soooo much!

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