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241  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Bragas! on: October 07, 2007 06:06:12 AM
Otherwise known as knickers, pants, panties, undies, underpants...

I am not in a sensible mood today so I thought I'd paint some pants! Cheesy





Acrylic on cotton canvas.

I'm not telling which ones I went for! Wink
242  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Pumpkin Earings on: September 07, 2007 07:36:05 AM
I came across some orange felt balls which I'd made a few months ago with the intention of making some Halloween related jewellery, but I must have run out of inspiration. Last night I was inspired again, dug them out and voila! Pumpkin earings!

I'd make a tute but I think they're so easy you can probably work it out Cheesy

I love that they have the brown 'stubby' embroidery thread bit at the bottom.





Bring on Halloween! Grin
243  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Crafty at heart on: August 31, 2007 06:41:43 AM
This is a piece that I have created for Alteredmommy since she is being fantastic and sending me some fabric for a project. She asked for a bright piece of art for her workroom...I hope this fits the bill.

I was stenciling this voodoo heart image from Stencilry onto the back of one of my shirts to cover an ink splotch when it occurred to me that it looked like a paint splotch itself. So the main heart image was from the centre stencil, painted with watercolours. Recycling as well as inspiration! I loved the circles on the ends of the tendrils so I used patterned papers and watercolours, felt circles, thread and buttons to make more circles. Since this is destined for a workroom I tried to make it crafty! Grin

Sorry the photo isn't as sharp I would have wanted it.


Edited to add slightly clearer picture but with a little flash... Undecided

I hope you like it Alteredmommy! (and you said you weren't going to look! Wink)
244  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Yeah, I made it myself. on: August 22, 2007 05:05:37 AM
I had another burst of inspiration when I found this copy of an old photo someone (possibly Racky since almost all the paper I use is from her!) sent me in a swap.

You can't see the detail so much since I resized but the picture just cracked me up, even before he put the dress on. His face just looks so nonchalant and yet defiant at the same time, and she looks like she wants to be somewhere else!

I present...(put on a fighting "yeah, wanna make something of it?" voice for this) "Yeah, I made it myself".

Both together:


The dress in action:


And in the making:


I like to think he would have made it himself rather than the boring trousers and top he was wearing Cheesy
245  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / The residue of life... on: August 18, 2007 04:16:50 AM
The residue of life is short. Live as on a mountain.

I love this saying. I recently came across an old clock face that I'd used for something else, and then changed my mind. I used the rest of the face for another project (to be seen soon) and kept the 1,2,3,4 part for this. The saying is out of an old quote book, I've been wanting to use it for ages. I kept going back to it and it's joyous sentiment of enjoying every bit of life while we can! Finally it all clicked into place when I remembered my wide eyed Teesha Moore rubber stamp. And this crazy combo was born...



Face: The clock hand is moveable


Clock: (the numbers glow in the dark)


Both can be hung from the brass circles. I'd like to imagine them hung below an old clock like the weights below a cuckoo clock. Cheesy

Hope you like! Smiley
246  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Altered Label (Tag) Swap Gallery on: August 17, 2007 08:32:49 AM
Post your fabulous Tag pics here when you get 'em! Grin

Link to signup post

Don't forget to PM me when you send and receive!

Sent = red
Received = green
Sending late with communication = purple
Feedback given =  Grin

Group 1
gingerquilts -->Rackycoo, gossamer_gull, babbetto, qazicat Grin
Rackycoo --> gossamer_gull, babbetto, qazicat, gingerquilts Grin
gossamer_gull --> Rackycoo, babbetto, qazicat, gingerquilts Grin
babbetto --> gossamer_gull,Rackycoo, qazicat, gingerquilts Grin
qazicat --> gingerquilts, Rackycoo, gossamer_gull, babbetto Grin

Group 2
Phizzychick -->alteredmommy, Shooting Star, Banga, Colorfuldayz Grin
Shooting Star --> Phizzychick,alteredmommy, Banga, Colorfuldayz Grin
alteredmommy --> Shooting Star,Phizzychick, Banga, Colorfuldayz Grin
Banga --> alteredmommy, Shooting Star, Phizzychick, Colorfuldayz Grin
Colorfuldayz --> Banga, Shooting Star, alteredmommy, Phizzychick Grin

Group 3
ViolinRomance -->foufigirl,TheBon, goatgoddess, Penlowe Grin
foufigirl --> ViolinRomance, TheBon, goatgoddess, Penlowe Grin
TheBon --> foufigirl, ViolinRomance, goatgoddess, Penlowe Grin
goatgoddess --> TheBon, foufigirl,ViolinRomance, Penlowe Grin
Penlowe --> goatgoddess, TheBon, foufigirl,ViolinRomance Grin

Group 4
wax51 --> amaryllisroze, Phizzychick, little green dragonfly, WYOKrista Grin
amaryllisrose --> wax51, Phizzychick, little green dragonfly, WYOKrista Grin
WYOKrista --> amaryllisrose, wax51, Phizzychick, little green dragonfly Grin
little green dragonfly --> WYOKrista, amaryllisrose, Phizzychick, wax51 Grin
Phizzychick --> little green dragonfly, WYOKrista, amaryllisrose, wax51 Grin
247  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Father's Day / Cowboy Cassette Calendar for Dad's B'day on: August 15, 2007 07:48:16 AM
I decided that I'd make my Dad a gift this year based on something that I love making, ATC's, but make them in a far more practical form for my Dad's birthday in October. There's nothing more practical than a calendar, especially one which runs from birthday to birthday rather than Jan - December! Cheesy

He likes westerns so I decided to go with that theme. The backgrounds are watercolour paint in brown to look old and parchmenty, with added 'gunshot blood'. I collaged over with printed calendars and cut up an old copy of a Lone Star Annual. I tried to use images and speech bubbles as appropriate (or funny) as I could, and also follow vague bits of story. With a random kangaroo thrown in for good measure! Cheesy

All boxed up and cassette looking...


The whole group of cards...


1st group...

October: And so...That's too bad, because I aim to stay here for a week at least (Dad visits me for a week in October)
November: Okay Mike. Give him a drink. (my bloke's name is Mike)
December: Later: ha, ha! Ha, ha!
January: And much later still... ...and Bob falls to the floor...
February: Meanwhile...as a stranger rides into town:

2nd group...

March: One...Two...Three!
April: (Poster) Wanted dead or alive Ned Kelly 5,000
May: Cripes!...That kanga's in a tearing hurry...better investigate!
June: Seems as if Ned's given me the slip again...
July: make it a double. Sorry, mister, I can't serve you.
August: You'd better have your drink and move on. We don't like strangers in this town.

Last group...

September: ...and so... Drop those guns Hobey! ...you're under arrest! ... YIIEEE!!
October: Later: It's way past your bedtime, smallfry! ...Finish your lemonade and hop it! ...
November: Drop that stuff and come out with yours hands up.
December: Look, stranger, I'm offering you a quicker way out of town. Drink up and move on. Ho! Ho! Ho! The End

Think he'll like it?
248  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Thailand Silk ~ my first dress! on: August 13, 2007 06:16:55 AM
My Mum brought back this amazing fabric from a trip to Thailand years ago and I've been hoarding it even since dreaming about what to turn it into. I made a small part of it into a tote bag, but it really wanted to be made into something to wear. At first I thought I'd make a skirt as I'm new to machine sewing, but stupidity and blind ignorance ganged up on me and made me try a dress. It's based on one of my favourite 'A' line dresses. After a few tweaks, I think it turned out okay...considering it's the first time I've ever made a dress and tried putting darts in! I was going to make it without the darts, but my ample bust decided it wanted some! Cheesy

Anyway, see what you think, and if you have any recommendations or advice I'd be glad to hear it!

The dress, hot off the machine...and hot onto me! Cheesy

(I hate photo's of me, especially ones taken by timer! Cheesy)

Hanging up...


Close up of my first ever darts!

249  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Altered Label (Tag) Swap (SIGNUPS CLOSED); MAIL BY 9/7/07) on: August 08, 2007 01:51:03 AM
Swap name: Altered Label (Tag) Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Phizzychick
Sign-up date range: 08/08/07-08/15/07
Date to send item by: 09/07/07

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 25
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
All ages allowed? Yes
Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES

Details of swap:

Labels/tags want to be beautiful, they want to be altered into something stunning just for you. They want to be painted, sewn, collaged, stapled, hole punched, glued, threaded with ribbons and woolsyou name it, they want to do it. Theyre adventurous little things.

There's lots of things you can do with them, like Rackycoo's idea to make a book, inspired by ~ Beautiful Bindings for Handmade Books ~ which shows how to make a book to display tags. If the tags are left blank they can be used for gift tags. Or they can be pegged up on string washing line, pinned onto cork boards, tied onto furniture knobs...the list is endless!

This swap is all about altering a number of labels/tags and swapping with a group so that you receive the same number back. There will be 5 to a group (signups permitting). Though the limits are up to you if you want to arrange to swap more than one label with your partners.

There's lots that can be done to change a label into a beautiful piece of art and the results can be hung up or even made into a book. Since it's a quick and inexpensive swap I hope there's lots of interest!

These would be the bigger labels rather than the teeny ones, approx 4/6cm x 10/12cm. Though if you wanted to attach smaller ones/send as well then that would be fine if it's agreed beforehand with your partners.

If a label/tag is not received by your partner by 21st September, you will be asked to resend a new card.

Please remember to post in this thread so I know you're getting any updates!

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
(And for a guide only, partners do not have to make in specific styles)
What are your favourite themes/styles?
What are your favourite colours?
How do plan to display your labels?
Do you want the backs to be left plain?


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Example hanging idea:


WHO IS SENDING TO WHOM:

Don't forget to PM me when you send and receive!

Sent = red
Received = green
Sending late with communication = purple
Feedback given =  Grin

Group 1
gingerquilts -->Rackycoo, gossamer_gull, babbetto, qazicat Grin
Rackycoo --> gossamer_gull, babbetto, qazicat, gingerquilts Grin
gossamer_gull --> Rackycoo, babbetto, qazicat, gingerquilts Grin
babbetto --> gossamer_gull,Rackycoo, qazicat, gingerquilts Grin
qazicat --> gingerquilts, Rackycoo, gossamer_gull, babbetto Grin

Group 2
Phizzychick -->alteredmommy, Shooting Star, Banga, Colorfuldayz Grin
Shooting Star --> Phizzychick,alteredmommy, Banga, Colorfuldayz Grin
alteredmommy --> Shooting Star,Phizzychick, Banga, Colorfuldayz Grin
Banga --> alteredmommy, Shooting Star, Phizzychick, Colorfuldayz Grin
Colorfuldayz --> Banga, Shooting Star, alteredmommy, Phizzychick Grin

Group 3
ViolinRomance -->foufigirl,TheBon, goatgoddess, Penlowe Grin
foufigirl --> ViolinRomance, TheBon, goatgoddess, Penlowe Grin
TheBon --> foufigirl, ViolinRomance, goatgoddess, Penlowe Grin
goatgoddess --> TheBon, foufigirl,ViolinRomance, Penlowe Grin
Penlowe --> goatgoddess, TheBon, foufigirl,ViolinRomance Grin

Group 4
wax51 --> amaryllisroze, Phizzychick, little green dragonfly, WYOKrista Grin
amaryllisrose --> wax51, Phizzychick, little green dragonfly, WYOKrista Grin
WYOKrista --> amaryllisrose, wax51, Phizzychick, little green dragonfly Grin
little green dragonfly --> WYOKrista, amaryllisrose, Phizzychick, wax51 Grin
Phizzychick --> little green dragonfly, WYOKrista, amaryllisrose, wax51 Grin

Link to gallery
250  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Altered Label (Tag) Swap on: August 07, 2007 03:35:50 AM
Rackycoo and I have been discussing the idea of a label swap. Well, discussing may be too grand, but we have exchanged a couple of thoughts! Cheesy  Since some labels are similar in size to ATC's (and come with their own built in hangers!) does anybody fancy a Label swap? There's lots that can be done to change a label into a beautiful piece of art and the results can be hung up or even made into a book. Since it's a quick and inexpensive swap I hope there's lots of interest! Smiley

These would be the bigger labels rather than the teeny ones, between 4/6cm x 10/12cm. Though if you wanted to attach smaller ones/send as well then that would be fine if it's agreed beforehand with your partners.

Group sizes will depend on the interest, but each person will send to the number of people in their group so that you end up with several labels.

I'd like to start signups for this asap and maybe have a send date in a month, so Friday 7th September, if that fits in with everyone.

So anyone up for labels?

Eg. so you can see the size, this one is 4x10cm

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