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251  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?
252  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!

253  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:

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?


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:


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
254  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

255  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Recycled covered and cushioned deckchair on: August 05, 2007 02:46:21 AM
This is my first foray into making things for the home really. I have recently been given an old sewing machine which is making all sorts of things possible!

I've had these deckchairs for years and they've just sat there sadly unused and uncovered. When we moved to Spain I brought them with me as I thought they'd get much more use than back in England, plus I had the sewing machine now.

They are apparently from the ship the Mauretania, but I'm not 100% on that, they're from a ship anyway.

So, I had a thick sheet I wasn't using and decided to give the project a go, even if the sheets became templates for some thicker canvas later. But it works! After several weeks of constant use they're still holding up strong. The sheet is folded double to give it more strength and side stitched. The fabric is tacked onto the wood using steel drawing pins.

The head cushions I made from the remnants of the sheet and a pillowcase. The fronts are basic square patchwork and are balanced by a rectangular pouch at the back which contains rice to prevent the cushions moving.

Perfect for afternoon siestas!
256  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Alice in Wonderland on: April 09, 2007 04:49:12 AM
One of my all time favourite books! I loved reading this book so much when I was growing up, and I still love it just as much now. I have a collection of about 30 Alice's old and new.

The card bases are heart playing cards which have then been painted and distressed. I wanted an old fashioned but slightly edgy card with Alice reaching for the bottle and wearing a dress that says eat me, kind of in a bite me way!

Both cards together...(open)


This is the initial sketch that I did to test that the windows for the 'rabbit hole' would work okay...

See the white rabbit's ears and clock by the right of the door?
The tape measure on the right is so she can see how much she grows/shrinks when drinking and eating!

The knave of Hearts...who stole the tarts, naughty boy!

This is a playing card, painted and distressed. I glued a layer of acetate with the definition for time printed on it is layered over the central image. I cut out around his face though as I wanted this to stand out for the final image. Then added his body, limbs and of course his stolen tart!

Arty 3D shot Wink
257  EUROPE / SPAIN / Seville on: February 18, 2007 07:47:02 AM
There is a possibility that I might be moving to Seville this year, posibly in a month or two as my bloke has applied for a work transfer there. We're heading out on Wednesday for a few days to look around so hope I'll have a better idea of the town and area then, but I wondered if there was anyone on here who's moved to Seville (or Spain in general) who would be able to offer any advice?

I'm trying to learn Spanish at the moment, that's a must really, but I was thinking that if I move, are there any crafty groups you know of that I could meet up with to practice my Spanish and socialise with like-minded crafty people?

Also, what's the craft scene like out there? There seem to be a fair few Spanish folks on here, so that's encouraging! Grin

Any help/opinions at all would be most appreciated! Smiley
258  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Portrait for Ella on: February 12, 2007 11:38:04 AM
I made this framed collage for my cousins 8 year old daughter for her birthday, and I've just heard that she loves it, yay! (I also bought her a book-turns-into-star scrapbooking kit as I think she's going to grow up very crafty!) Grin

The photograph is one I took 2/3 years ago that I love. I've been wanting to use it in something for her for a while and I'm so glad this came together!
259  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Escape into a book... on: February 05, 2007 03:42:15 PM
I'm so pleased with how this turned out, I've loved working on it! Grin I've been creating my own journals in this style for years, and I finally made a finished mini-book art piece. It even has pullout bits!

Whole thing:


A couple of the pages:

And all the inserts together!
260  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / The Great UK Round-Robin Journal Swap Gallery! on: January 17, 2007 02:05:51 PM
These journals have been an ongoing project for 3 months, being passed on every 2 weeks. They have been labours of love and the artwork produced truely great!

Each member created their own journal which was passed on to the next person in turn to create a double page spread. Some have themes, some were left to our wild imaginations. We decided to show these as complete journals so that each theme would be intact.

I think I can speak for all when I say this has been a fabulous swap!
On with the pictures! Grin

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