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261  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Sewing Tools Box on: July 17, 2012 11:06:00 AM
My niece is trying to learn to quilt.  So I thought she could use a sewing box.  I had seen boxes of tools so I gave it a try.  I had a stack of leftover book board so it was made to use the smallest board, 5 x 6 inches.  It took almost a fat quarter of fabric outside.  The inner fabric was bigger to accommodate the pattern.  It won Honorable Mention at the county fair.  I think it's cute.

Outside of box.

Inside of box.  I love how it opens up to display the tools.
262  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Paste Paper experiment on: July 14, 2012 06:33:49 PM
That is such a great idea!  If my niece doesn't want the paper I will give it to you.  Just waiting to hear back from her.

263  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dragons Blood Stone Necklace on: July 14, 2012 06:31:24 PM
Thank you!  I saw the wrap in a bead and button magazine.  Someone gave me several decades of the magazine and I just got through them all.  I even have one of the first published and there are no ads!  Now they are mostly ads!  They really have come a long way and there are a lot of great ideas!

Thanks again for the compliment

264  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: Peacock Cards on: July 14, 2012 09:06:40 AM
I love the style used on the ATCs. Very lovely!
265  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Stumpwork Dragonfly Pincushion finished on: July 14, 2012 09:01:02 AM
Thank you I appreciate your compliment.  I've been thinking of doodling another pincushion but with a stumpwork butterfly.  It is fun to just doodle flowers on a piece of cloth.  I've been looking at several books with lovely butterflies the past couple of days.  It would be even more fun having others doing a pincushion and see all the different ideas.  But I don't have many friends that are into embroidery right now.

Thank you again

266  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Paste Paper experiment on: July 14, 2012 08:36:29 AM
Thank you!  I can't stop looking at the sheet.  The design is so random and the colors so subtle, it just draws me into it.   I can see a Japanese fishing boat on waves drawn in a stark black ink.  But I'm not an artist and can't do justice to the paper.  In fact I've offered it to a niece who is an artist.

I would love to know what you would do with the paper!

Thank you for looking and your comments.

267  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dragons Blood Stone Necklace on: July 13, 2012 07:30:04 PM
Thank you!  It always amazes me how the necklaces seem to make themselves.  I just hold the stones in my hands and I know what they should be.
268  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: ATC - Wings on: July 13, 2012 05:15:08 PM
I love your cards!  Very lovely technique!  Hope the three I sent show up soon.
269  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Paste Paper experiment on: July 13, 2012 02:02:29 PM
After playing outside making paper I decided to make some paste paper too.  Really enjoying being outside.

The paste paper I made yesterday is finally dry.  I overworked the piece and cause the colors to blend.  The steps on the page started with wetting the water color paper 120#.  Then I poured the paste onto the paper because it was so thin.  I couldn't use a brush properly so I just used my hands to spread and lightly mix colors, blue, red and yellow.  I tried a comb and it didn't keep the marks.  I left it to sit 10 minutes and that didn't make a difference.  Next I tried a lot of kosher salt sprinkled on the paper but that didn't make a great difference.  So I waited an hour and the paste was a little thicker but not much.  Then I tried rubber stamping and it made a light indentation on the paper.  After another two hours the paste was starting to thicken.  Taking a comb I made wave like patterns through the paste.  That caused the colors to blend.  Then I combed waves along the length of the paper.  That caused the paper to blend colors even more and made it mostly green.

Over worked paste paper but still lovely.  The picture has been darkened in a photo editing program to the correct darkness of the original.

The camera kept washing out the image so I enhanced the darkness.  Even though the over all color is green you can clearly see pockets of color and the complexity of the color blending.  It reminds me of the ocean.  This is also only a small closeup of the whole paper.

Thanks for looking and  appreciate comments.

270  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - June 2012 - GALLERY! on: July 13, 2012 06:16:24 AM
Thank you again, I love the card and all the extras.  It is amazing how cutting a 12 x 12 page into 2.5 x 3.5 inch page makes it look different.  I will have to do something special with them.  Your package should be showing up in the next couple of days.  I was sharing out some of my stuff too.  It will be fun to see what you can do with the extras.

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