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11  Halloween Tags in Halloween Decor and Parties by rackycoo on: November 19, 2014 08:03:36 AM
I know it's been forever since Halloween, but I just realized I never posted these simple tags I made this year. This was just a little quickie project I did because sometimes, I just can't get enough of Halloween. Cheesy

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12  Re: Holiday Tag Swap - Round 2 Gallery... in The Swap Gallery by rackycoo on: November 19, 2014 07:14:43 AM
I'd love a collection of all the tags! So many great ones.

Here's my last set; beautiful paper tags by Onyxnox.

Thanks so much, Onyxnox, for the tags and for hosting this fun swap. Smiley
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13  Re: Holiday Tag Swap - Round 2 Gallery... in The Swap Gallery by rackycoo on: November 11, 2014 10:50:11 AM
I received a lovely set of fabric tags from dharma_rebel!

I love these because I can use them year after year. Thanks so much, dharma!
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14  Re: Holiday Tag Swap - Round 2 Gallery... in The Swap Gallery by rackycoo on: November 07, 2014 01:45:31 PM
I received some lovely tags from kbrison today!
I love them all, especially the red and white candy cane tags and the tags that open out. What a great place to hide a secret stash of fun money! My daughters may get lucky this year. Cheesy

Thanks, kbrison...now I'm starting to get into the Christmas spirit.
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15  Cigar Box Mini in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by rackycoo on: November 06, 2014 09:07:19 AM
This month's kit from Alpha Stamps is all about mini cigar boxes. I LOVE that! I don't think I can get enough cigar boxes in my life. Here's what I made with the Cigar Box Mini, a masonite kit:

These little boxes are just the cutest little things, and the perfect size for gift cards. Here it is closed, without the little standup figures...

...and with some of the full sized cigar boxes in my collection:

So sweet!

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16  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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17  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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18  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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19  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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20  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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