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1  Tiny Gravestones and Goblins with Mini Tute in Halloween Decor and Parties by rackycoo on: October 06, 2014 07:13:54 AM
How cool are the new paper mach tombstones from Alpha Stamps? I used all three to make a spooky graveyard and set it up in the backyard. This is a tiny cemetery; the tombstones are each just around 6" tall.

A little bit about how I made them: the tombstones were originally the color of craft paper. I thought about covering them with scrapbook paper, but really wanted to get the look of an actual stone tombstone, so I ended up painting them. To get the mottled effect, I used four colors of paint: white, light grey, dark grey, and black. Using one brush, I dipped it into the paints and just dabbed it all over the surface, mixing the paints as I went. This technique works great; you just have to keep adding paints and dabbing until you achieve the look you want. Once the surface was done, I went in with a detail brush and black paint and added some cracks.

To make the niches for the skulls and gargoyle, use an ellipse template to draw the desired outline of the opening.

Once you've got your opening outlined, carefully cut it out with an xacto knife. I found it worked best to lightly score around the penciled outline, and then use the tip of the xacto in a sawing motion to cut through the cardboard. The tombstones are hollow, but there are strips of cardboard inside for support. I was able to just move those strips out of the way where I wanted the hole. Once I had the opening cut, I painted the inside black so it would be nice and dark.

The skulls and gargoyle are adhered with Apoxie Sculpt clay. I absolutely love that stuff. I was able to not only attach them, but to raise them up to the proper height to fit well in the niche. I ended up making a little frame around each niche to give them a more finished look. Here's the first of the gravestones. Is that nasty goblin trying to remove a stone on the frame?

The gargoyle bead in the second tombstone is the perfect addition to a proper gentleman's final resting place. The crow perched on this grave is also a bead, so it had a hole through its chest and back. I filled the hole with Apoxie Sculpt and painted it black. A little moss growing on the gravestones adds to the aged look.

And last but not least, there's the last resting place of a drama queen. Poor girl died relatively young. Someone has left her flowers, but I'm afraid those pesky goblins are thinking of stealing them.

Here they are all together. Happy Halloween! For a list of supplies, click here.
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2  Halloween Scary Toy in Halloween Decor and Parties by rackycoo on: October 04, 2014 11:54:08 AM
It's been a while since I made any scary toys, but I just did the October One Tiny Thing swap, and my partner Ludi mentioned that she might like one. Being tiny toys, they're the perfect size for an OTT swap, so here's a Halloween version I made for her. It's got a vintage block in the front, an old rusty bottlecap with an eyeball and painted lashes, a little turn key in the back, and a fun plastic batty flying up top.

The back has an awesome bat wings label. I love that bright green with the orange!

At the last minute, I gave it a little round "license tag" with a 31 on it, but of course couldn't be bothered to take a photo of it. Smiley

Check out the OTT gallery and see the awesome little pumpkin Ludi sent me in return. Lots of other tiny things will be coming soon! Smiley
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3  Re: OTT October Holidays 6 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by rackycoo on: October 03, 2014 01:23:18 PM
Look what Ludi sent me back! It's an adorable jack o'lantern. He's perfect!

Check out that schnozz! Love it!

Thanks so much, Ludi, I love the little fella!  Grin
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4  Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rackycoo on: September 17, 2014 12:50:21 PM
I was so excited today to come home and find this gorgeous crocheted afghan from amaryllisroze. I sent her photos of my outdoor furniture, and she sent me this!

Look how perfectly it matches! I can't wait to cozy up under it once it gets cooler in the evenings.

Now I can't guarantee that I won't sleep out on that sofa every now and then...

Thanks so much, aroze! Mr. 'Coo and I love our new blankie!  Kiss
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5  Pet Portraits: A Couple of Kitties in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by rackycoo on: September 16, 2014 07:00:02 AM
My good buddy amaryllisroze and I partnered together for the IYP recently. She wanted some portraits of her kitties, and (lucky me!), she's crocheting a blanket for my screened porch. Anyway, she received the little paintings yesterday, so I thought I'd post them.

She's got two girls, Ruby and Midge. aroze tells me that Ruby is the trouble maker, but she's got the widest, most innocent looking eyes! I don't believe it for a minute. Cheesy

Midgie is the shy girl, but it looks to me like she's harboring a secret of two. Could it be that she's secretly framing Ruby for her shenanigans?

And, both the girls together. Painting furry beasts is hard! I must have painted and repainted these dozens of times. There's probably 1/4" of paint on each of them. Luckily, acrylics are very forgiving! I just kept at it until they looked "right".
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6  Re: The Snarky Housewives Swap GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by rackycoo on: September 09, 2014 03:43:19 PM
Love that arsenic quote!

I received today from cmarion3, and it's awesome! It's like a major award! A lovely hand holding miniature edition of "Even Better Homes and Bars Drink Cook Book". Oops, looks like she dropped her Cosmo. Oh, no!!

The book has obviously been well loved and used and perhaps a little mishandled. cmarion3 claims it was her favorite! It's "Made with Attitude and Booze". That's my kind of book, I tell you!

A couple of my favorite pages. This one states "I can't afford to go on vacation so I'm just going to drink until I don't know where I am anymore." Seems like cmarion spilled a little vino on this one.

And this lovely lady states that "A drink in the hand is worth two in the fridge."

Cover of book, with bonus magnet.

Thanks so much, cmarion3! I love my tribute to snarkiness!
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7  The Snarky Housewives Swap GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by rackycoo on: September 06, 2014 10:14:13 AM
C'mon and get your snark on!

Original Signup thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435029.0#axzz3CYZ0SmJW

If your name is pink, you are have notified us you will be sending late. If your name is in red, you have sent. If your name is struck through, your partner has received. If you and your partner have a  Grin, you both have feedback. We don't expect any non-communicative late senders, right?

mambosushi<>goatgoddess Grin
Wulf<>geekgirl1000100 Grin
Onyxnox<>HSG Grin
SevsOnlyGirl<>fancybutch Grin
Sonjaboo<>Smmarrt Grin
Audiana1<>Ramona Q Grin
Mistress Jennie<>cackle Grin
pottermouth<>thisbirdsabsurd  Grin
rockingbearranch<>beeker Grin
rackycoo<>cmarion3 Grin

Thanks, everyone! Great swap!!
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8  Finn, Accomplished Bird Boy in Completed Projects by rackycoo on: August 14, 2014 11:31:55 AM
A while back, MissingWillow and I swapped together in the IYP. She sent me some crocheted flowers she found, and some ceramic bird heads and leaves that she made.  She thought I might enjoy playing with them, and she was correct! The other day I was procrastinating (while supposedly working on a different project), and I started fiddling around with the things she sent. Somehow, Finn was born.

I used a vintage block I had. The color was a great match. And doesn't the crocheted flower make the perfect ruffly collar? I was going to give Finn a party hat, using the lace for a trim, but when I cut the lace to size, it struck me that the lace made a perfect crown. I've had those doll legs forever. Finally, a good use for them.

The head, wings and doll feet were affixed with Apoxie Sculpt. It makes the perfect little pantaloons.

Stand tall, Finn!
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9  Re: Snarky Housewives Swap SU now-8/15 or full; SO 9/15 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by rackycoo on: August 10, 2014 11:46:05 AM
Hey, everyone! If you reply on this Alpha Stamps blog post today or tomorrow, you could be chosen to win these great snarky housewife supplies! It would be awesome if someone from this swap won. Good luck!

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10  Snarky Housewives Swap CLOSED; SendOut 9/15 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by rackycoo on: August 08, 2014 11:23:57 AM

"Vanessa", by cackle

Those 50's housewives: so perfectly dressed, so decked in pearls, such lovely smiles. What are they hiding? The rackle knows: snarky attitudes! You know those beautiful smiles are just teeth clinched in pent up frustration. Can you relate? If so, let's share the snarky joy! In this swap, we will be exchanging one medium item, with no extras. Easy, peasy, snarky, and fun!

cackle and I cajoled Leslie, of Alpha Stamps, into creating collage sheets and providing awesome scrapbook papers and tiny adorable kitchen accessories just so we could host this snarky swap! She even made a collage sheet full of ideal snarky sayings, like the one cackle used in the art above. (Hint: search under "retro kitchen" for lots of goodies.) You don't have to use these supplies to participate in the swap, but you know you want to. Cheesy

Here are links to more of the projects we made in snarky anticipation:

Now for the swappy details:

Swap name: Snarky Housewives. NOW! With more snark!
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: rackycoo, co-organizer: cackle
Sign-up date range: August 8- August 15, or until full
Date to send item by: September 15

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 22

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? Must be at least 18

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: No
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: 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
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 18 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:
Make your partner one wonderfully crafted medium sized project featuring a snarky 50's housewife. Let your snark flag fly! The project can be in any format: tins, hooplas, art, etc. There is plenty of time to craft, so make sure you craft to your best ability and send something spectacular. We expect an awesome gallery!

It is a requirement to post in this thread if you are participating in this swap. Please check into the thread regularly and communicate with the organizers if problems occur or you will be late. Don't make us put down our drinks and come after you!

We reserve the right to refuse anyone who has a history of poor communication and/or late sending.

NOTE: We allowed for a little extra time in case you do want to order supplies. Make sure you get your order in early though, so you have plenty of time to craft!

If you want to participate, information to send to both rackycoo AND cackle:

Name of swap: Snarky Housewives. NOW! With more snark!
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?
Confirm that are at least 18 years old (YES/NO)
Confirm that this message is being sent to both rackycoo AND cackle:
This could get a little raunchy. Are you ok with bad words?

PARTICIPANTS: (* means you need to post in this thread)
1. racky
2. cackle
3. thisbirdsabsurd
4. SonjaBoo
5. fancybutch
6. mambosushi
7. Mistress Jennie
8. pottermouth
9. Wulf
10. SevsOnlyGirl
11. HSG
12. goatgoddess
13. Ramona Q
14. Onyxnox
15. beeker
16. rockingbearranch
17. cmarion3
18. Audania1
19. geekgirl1000100
20. Smmarrt

Audania1<>Ramona Q
Mistress Jennie<>cackle
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