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1  Pet Portrait: Bindi in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by rackycoo on: July 01, 2014 01:46:49 PM
Here's a little portrait I did for MissingWillow in the IYP not that long ago. It's Bindi, her beloved hairless cat. Done on a 4" by 4" wood block.

Here's a picture of Bindi with her portrait. Jury's out on whether or not she approves. Cheesy
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2  Re: Mini Altered Tin Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rackycoo on: June 30, 2014 10:58:22 AM
So cute!

I got a lovely Halloween themed tin from vincentvanbuck.

It's sitting on wooden spool feet and is chock full of skulls and jewels.

There's even a skull on the back!

Thanks, vvb! This will be a fun piece to add to my Halloween collection.  Smiley
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3  Tropical spoolie! in The Swap Gallery by rackycoo on: June 20, 2014 12:40:50 PM
Another beautiful spool! alwaysinmyroom went with a beach theme (so funny that we sent each other ocean themes!)

Look at this: almost paradise!

I love the palm tree with the treasure map tacked onto the side. And the treasure! But why "almost" paradise? Oops, some dastardly pirate has met with untimely death on this island.
RIP, greedy pirate!

Even the back is decorated beautifully:

Thanks so much, alwaysinmyroom! I love my tropical spoolie!

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4  Re: Mini Altered Tin Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rackycoo on: June 19, 2014 06:24:30 AM
So glad you like it. I really loved that theme. Here's a photo I took before I sent:

(I made a post about the tin hereSmiley)

I can't wait to see what everyone else comes up with!
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5  Mini Altered Tin: Virgin Mary Shrine in Completed Projects by rackycoo on: June 19, 2014 06:23:04 AM
Here's a little shrine I made for vincentvanbuck, my partner in the Altered Mini Altoid Tins swap. One of his preferred themes was a shrine to the Virgin Mary. I love that! I asked him if he was ok with unconventional materials, and he was, so here's what I sent.

I was really happy with this turned out. Speaking of unconventional materials, I used matchsticks, a rusty bottlecap, some brads, and on the inside of the shrine, some slinky-like wires in two tones of metal. They give it some nice shine and add dimension. Oh, and that red eyeball. I'm pretty sure you don't see that every day on a Mary shrine.  Cheesy

The sides were built up and the elements attached with Apoxie Sculpt clay. I absolutely love that stuff, both for sculpting and adhering difficult parts, like the eyeball. It takes paint so well, so adding decorative touches to the sides was simple.

Here's the back. I added a little hanger. Whenever I add a hanger to a tin, I make sure to cut out the paper covering the back so that the hanger is adhered directly to the tin. I wouldn't want the weight of the hanging tin to rip the paper! Had to add one more little decorative clay swirl on the back. It helps support that bottlecap.

I had to send in that swap extra early, due to other commitments, so I was the first to send. I can't wait to see what everyone else does with their mini tins!
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6  Mermaid Spoolie in Completed Projects by rackycoo on: June 10, 2014 07:34:16 AM
I am participating in the Altered Spool Swap. It's so much fun. You should check out the gallery; we're just getting started but there are so many creative spools posted already.

In any case, my wonderful partner alwaysinmyroom received yesterday, so I can share photos now of the ocean themed spool I sent her.

All of the materials for this spool were in my (massive) stash, including the shells, the green sequins (they were my grandmother's!) and the hideous earrings/charms that became the coral. I knew I'd use those some day!

Here's a closeup of the mermaid's sweet face. Isn't she a cutie? I hope she likes her new fins and seashell bra. She's carrying around a little pearl. Does she not see the giant pearl behind her?
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7  Paper Theater. Now showing: Animal Farm, the musical in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by rackycoo on: June 02, 2014 06:31:50 AM
What's up this month at Alpha Stamps? Paper theaters! I used the Small Paper Theater Box and some of the scrumptious theater backgrounds from collage sheets to make a theater base, and then had a marvelous time making it luxurious. I used all kinds of embellishments: flatback rhinestone studs, metal hands and stars, gold Sweeper Fringe, matchsticks, and a scallop shell charm, to name a few. There are even a few rhinestone stars floating down from the ceiling; they're attached with threads.

Who are the players in this fancy-schmancy venue? After some deliberation, I chose some great animal images from the Circus Animals collage sheets. The animals are in rehearsal for opening night of "Animal Farm, the musical". I just had to give them all googly eyes, as they looked like they were having such fun. Well, most of them, anyway. Ronnie Rooster is a little ticked off that he's not listed as one of the stars. He's folded up his music and is just about ready to stomp off the stage in defeat.

The characters are all stacked up with dimensional foam, and I folded some of the edges of the music scores in their little hands to give them even more dimension. The Animal Farm banner is made using a rubber stamp (Large Center Banner). The title of the play is hand lettered. I cheated on the sign on the side; I printed the animals' names out and then drew and cut out that banner. It's hanging from a pole made from a couple of matchsticks. Baker's twine was used for the cord.

Want to know how I made the folded paper medallion that's behind the star on top? I posted a tutorial here. Smiley
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8  Folded Paper Medallion Tutorial in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by rackycoo on: June 02, 2014 06:30:59 AM

Paper medallions can add a lot of pizazz to your papercrafts. Here's how to make them! It's easier than it looks, especially if you have a scoring board. I use a Martha Stewart scoring board. It's small, lightweight, and very affordable. I've made these medallions without the board, and trust me, if you want to make some medallions, a scoring board is the way to go!
1. Cut a strip of paper 12" long, and a little less than half the diameter you wish your medallion to be. The strip I'm using in this tutorial is 1 1/4" wide, and the finished medallion is a little over 2 1/2" in diameter.  

2. Place the strip along the top and side guidelines of the scoring board, and using the scoring utensil, score every 1/2" (on the Martha Stewart board, shown here, you would score on each dot.) Your paper is longer than the board, so when you get to the edge of the board in your scoring, simply slide your paper over to the left to continue scoring your strip.

3. Once you have scored every 1/2", flip the paper over and score between each scored area. Now you will have a score line every 1/4". Flipping the paper makes it easier to fold.

4. Finish scoring all the way to the end, and then fold the strip accordion-fashioned.

5. In order to join your medallion correctly, you'll need to cut off one of the ends at the first fold.  

6. Put a strip of double stick tape on one end, and bring the other end around (your strip should be in a circle now). Attach firmly.

7. Here's the tricky part: stand the strip up on one edge, and using both your hands, gently press the top edge down to the middle. Take a circle, coat it up well with glue, and place it on the center, holding firmly. I use white glue, and then set the medallion under a stack of books to set.

8. Once it's set, you have a festive medallion.  

I used a medallion on a paper theater I just posted, and here's one on a fall banner I made last year. Aren't they fun?
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9  Re: Furniture Re-make Craftalong 2013 in Craftalongs by rackycoo on: May 27, 2014 10:12:55 AM
Has anybody been working on any furniture projects?

This isn't big, but I recently recovered this chair that belonged to my great-grandmother. I have two of them. I recovered them both years ago with a taupe fabric, but we're getting ready to repaint my bedroom, so I changed out the fabric on the seat of the chair that lives in the master.

New light blue on the left, old taupe on the right.

I love this trim; it was in the remnant bin for $1 a yard! It covers all the staples so beautifully.

I believe that's the last time that chair can be recovered, at least without a lot of repair. The wood edge where you have to staple in the fabric is practically shredded. No telling how many times it's been redone in the past!

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10  Clarence Photobombs in France (Wood Blocks) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by rackycoo on: May 12, 2014 10:23:43 AM
Alpha Stamps' theme for May is Springtime in Paris. Ah, so romantic.

I'm not all that sappy, though, so I took a bit of a different tact. One of the collage sheets we were given is "Paris Postcards", which have reduced images of actual vintage postcards of France. I collect vintage postcards, so I really love this collage sheet. The colors and images are really wonderful. I decided to mount them on some artist trading blocks and other wooden blocks that I painted and then sanded. My original plan was to add other elements on top of the images for a Paris collage, but I loved the way the blocks looked with just the postcards on them, and I just couldn't bear to cover them up.

Enter Clarence. He just couldn't help photobombing every single shot.

I don't know...it just cracks me up.

I did at least collage the backs of the blocks. (More photos on my blog.)

But I prefer Clarence.
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