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41  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / "Cute as a Button" Kitty Photo Holders on: February 05, 2015 08:30:37 AM
This month, Alpha Stamps kits are "Cute as a Button". Here's what I made with my kit and some wooden blocks and spools: little photo holders!

To start the project, I painted each block and a wooden wheel a different color, chosen to coordinate with the Sew Lovely 6" paper pad. I sanded all the edges, inked them a bit, and then covered each side with a different paper, cut a little smaller than the side of the block. One side of the blocks got kittens and a couple of buttons, while the reverse side got some adorable children. After I adhered the images, I lightly sanded each one to distress the surface.
I made some good use of my Silhouette Cameo cutter for this project, cutting out the word cat and the numbers 1, 2, and 3 to put on the sides of the blocks.

I also decorated a couple of spools with some of the kitty and heart buttons. That cat on the right cracks me up. He's so excited to be on that spool!

The photos displayed on the blocks are from friends and family, but the photos displayed on the spools are from AS collage sheets. Instant relatives!

There are more photos and a complete supply list on my blog.  Smiley
42  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / The Dog's Dinner on: February 01, 2015 12:46:48 PM

We had a huge problem at our house with our girl Stella's bowl sliding all over the floor when she eats. She's so enthusiastic about her meals! I tried a non-slip placemat (shown), and lined the bottom of her bowls with even more non-stick material. Even then, she constantly pushed her food bowl up against the wall and left a nasty trail of stuck-on crumbs right at the lick line. Eww. I had to hit that spot at least once a week with a Mr. Clean Magic sponge, but at some point, I was afraid I'd start taking off the paint. Plus, no one wants to constantly clean up a nasty lick line of dog food remnants, right? Here's a photo of the grossness. I made the "Bone Appetit" sign a few years ago, but doesn't that wall sort of kill your appetite?

Mr. 'Coo and I did a little brainstorming, and thought that the best way to keep her from the wall was to build her a little table. We purposely put the bowls near the front of the table so no matter how much she tries to lick out that bowl, she shouldn't be able to get near the wall. We first painted the tabletop white, but it was a little stark, so in the end, I bought some cheap but adorable oil cloth and we wrapped the top and stapled it underneath. I just could not help adding old salt and pepper shakers to her fancy-schmancy table. She's such a classy beast.

Here are a few in progress photos. Mr. 'Coo did all the woodwork. Best part, this was constructed from some plywood he had, plus the doors of the old kitchen cabinets we kept when we did a renovation a few year's back. The only cost we had was purchasing the new bowls (we needed them to have a lip to keep them securely in the holes) and $3.50 worth of oil cloth.
The legs, made from nice cherry wood, so we just gave them a little spray lacquer:

Covering the plywood top. We stapled the oil cloth up underneath, and then cut little pie shapes out of the holes where the bowls will sit. Each pie shape was wrapped through the hole and attached to the bottom with a staple gun.

Once we had the oil cloth stapled on the top, Mr. 'Coo screwed the top to the bottom, we added the salt and pepper shakers (a dog needs some seasoning every now and then!), and cleaned the wall for the last time.

Stella approves!
43  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / FOC Second Chance Wishlist Swap 2015 GALLERY! on: January 21, 2015 08:40:41 AM

Here are the goodies received in the FOC Second Chance Wishlist Swap!
44  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Tin of the Month Club, now with March! on: January 17, 2015 12:13:45 PM
Here's the set of tins so far. Scroll down for larger photos and a bit about how each one was made.

Early last fall, I found a set of 12 small tins (about 1 1/2 inch in diameter), designed for jewelry parts storage. They were on sale at Tuesday Morning, and although I didn't have a plan for them, I couldn't resist them at the low, low price of $1.99. Why I didn't purchase every set they have, I don't know.

Fast forward to this week. I don't currently have any pending projects, so I pulled out the tins and started fiddling around. I ended up making a Halloween tin that I was pretty happy with. I thought about making a few more with a Halloween theme, but since there were 11 tins left, I thought it would be fun to make one tin representing each month of the year and post it on my blog. It's now my 2015 craft challenge. Each month, barring disease, disaster, or just plain slackness, I'll be posting up one of these little tins. At the end of the year, the whole year will be represented.

Here's January. I photographed it on a black background so the trim would show. I love the little bottlebrush tree and the tiny vintage snowman in this one. I picked up that plastic trim around the edge at Ikea a few years ago.

Happy February! This month's tin has a Valentine theme. I used red glitter around some cute scrapbook paper with hearts. The words "kiss me" were cut out of an old dictionary, and the happy couple came from a collage sheet. I trimmed the outside with tiny red pom poms, and a heart and cupid charm, all found at Alpha Stamps. So romantic!

Ready for March? Here's a little early Easter themed tin. Spring is on its way (or at least I like to think so!)
45  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Dottie at the Circus: Altered Mini Altoids Tin on: January 11, 2015 08:32:29 AM
It's been forever since I did any circus art, and I missed it. Here's a little quickie project: a Mini Altoids tin circus, featuring Dottie, a fine circus elephant performer. I removed the lid of the tin, and used it as a floor, where Dottie can perform.

Dottie is a tiny plastic elephant, but I made her a little hat and blanket to dress her up for her circus debut. The hat is made from Apoxie Sculpt, painted red with white dots. The little pom pom on top is a clear seed bead. The blanket is a little snippet of ribbon, with painted on white "fringe".

The flags are made with matchsticks and the same striped paper I used on the sides of the tin.

A tiny circus poster on the back, advertising the elephant show:

And there you have it, a tiny circus that can fit in the palm of your hand.  Smiley
46  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / FOC Second Chance Swap Wishlist Swap 2015 (SU thru 2/6; SO 2/21) CLOSED on: January 07, 2015 03:36:48 PM

Swap name: FOC Second Chance Wishlist Round 4
Craftster members who are organizing this swap: rackycoo & alteredmommy
Sign-up date range: January 7 through February 6
Date to send item by: All packages must be sent on or before February 21

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
Age requirement? 16+

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: FOCs - YES, Users with Negs - Not necessarily.
- Is a Friend of Craftster OR has negative feedback: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: NO this swap is specifically set up to help those members with negative feedback. Smiley
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES

Details of swap:

If you would like to participate, please read ALL of the information in this post thoroughly.

Though there are quite a few Craftster members who have negative feedback, angel opportunities can be hard to come by.  We've run three previous versions of this swap in order to provide opportunities for those members who needed to clear their negative feedback.  However, since there are so many members who still need opportunities to set their accounts in good standing, we have decided to run this swap again.  

As with the previous versions of this swap, Friends of Craftster in good swap standing and users with negative feedback (who have NOT been banned from swapping) may participate. Here's how it works:

Friends of Craftster:

As long as you are a FOC (with no negatives of your own) when you post your list, you are eligible.  Since you will not be sending in this swap, you may join even if you are at your 5 swap limit. You may only post once and once you have been chosen, your list will be moved to a locked thread for reference. Unlike most swaps, for this swap you will need to post your wishlist FIRST and THEN PM your sign-up questionnaire to BOTH rackycoo AND alteredmommy. (Yes. BOTH. on the same pm so we can each see the other has it) Due to our method of tracking, this will be easiest for us. If you are found to be ineligible, your post will be removed without notice.

Remember, the more realistic your list, and the more items you include, the better your chances of getting chosen! If you are chosen, your list will be moved to a locked thread and your swapper will send you a few items from your list. The swapper will choose one large or two mediums, and then two of your small items. When you receive, you will pm rackycoo and alteredmommy so we can fix your sender's feedback, and then you will post in the gallery and include a nice thank you message to your sender. Feedback will not be entered for this swap, as FOCs will not actually be swapping and senders will be getting a negative removed from their profile.

Because this is not a regular swap, there is a chance that either you will not get chosen, or you might get flaked on after you are picked. Please note that there will be no angels for this swap. If you don't receive, though, there is no loss as you will not be sending out items to your swapper.

Users with Negative Feedback:

You do not need to send a PM to sign-up. Just PM your completed questionnaire to rackycoo and alteredmommy once you've chosen a list. Give us the name of the FOC you chose, and we'll send you the address.

Please send to one FOC per negative you've received. You do not need to clear all of your negatives during this swap, but you are allowed to clear multiple negatives by choosing up to two lists at a time. Please choose one large or two mediums, and then two of small items from each list. If you have more than two negatives and you are able to send out two nice packages before the end of signups, you may choose two more lists at that time.

Once you have selected a Friend of Craftster to send to, PM your questionnaire to rackycoo AND alteredmommy (Yes. BOTH of us) the relevant questionnaire below.  You MUST PM rackycoo and alteredmommy each time you choose a list and each time you send. When you send your package you must purchase Delivery Confirmation if you are sending within the US. If you are sending within or between any other countries you will need to provide a scan or picture of your receipt when you send. This is not required in regular Craftster swaps, but will be required in this swap.

Who's sending to whom:

Once your package has been received, one negative will be changed to positive.  The previous organizer comments will remain, but we will add that you successfully completed the FOC Second Chance Wishlist swap to redeem your feedback.

If you claim someone in this swap, you will need to complete your obligations. If you do not send a package to someone that you claim you will be permanently banned from swapping. This is in line with current swap rules.

All participants:

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:
(Please put FOC Wishlist in the subject line of any PMs regarding this swap!)


Name of swap: FOC Wishlist
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:

I am a FOC, and I understand that this swap was specifically formed to help people redeem feedback. Upon receiving, I will post pictures to the gallery and thank my sender. I also understand that in the event I do not receive from this swap, no angels will be provided. YES/NO

I am sending this pm to both rackycoo AND alteredmommy! YES/NO

Name of swap: FOC wishlist
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:

Does your profile say you are banned from swapping?: YES/NO

Have you ever received a PM from jungrrl regarding a previous username?:

If you have ever had another username please list it here:

Who are you choosing to send to:

I currently have negative feedback but have not been banned from swapping, and I understand that this swap was specifically formed to help people redeem feedback. I will PM rackycoo & alteredmommy with Delivery Confirmation numbers or pictures of my receipt when I send. I also understand that in the event I do not complete the obligations I sign up for in this swap, I will be permanently banned from swapping. YES/NO

I am sending this pm to both rackycoo AND alteredmommy! YES/NO


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

Mountains and Clouds
La Chapa

Who is sending to whom: (click on receiver's name to find their list in this thread)
If your name is struck through, your feedback has been changed to Positive.  Smiley
scaramouche sent 2/21> Ratfinkz  Smiley
dewshinesdopp did not send >  goldfishpollywog  Sad
TAOJ sent 2/20> quaggy Smiley
WeeFreeRhie sent 02/23 >  phoenixfiredesigns  Smiley
WeeFreeRhie sent 02/23. >  Watsonc7  Smiley
IdlersDesign sent 1/22 > MareMare  Smiley
IdlersDesign sent 2/6 > Phizzychick  Smiley
Bobbysgirl did not send >  MissingWillow  Sad
rubylynns sent 2/20 > DaphadillyArt  Smiley
Lo{ve} sent 1/20> underthemountain  Smiley
vixen72 sent 2/21> LadyBugsAndBumblebees Smiley
Mlsocci74 sent 2/18> jellybean89  Smiley
TroubleT did not send > Homerof2  Sad
StainedMushroom sent 2/21> Acadian Driftwood  Smiley
Tuesday did not send> Whistley  Sad
mousee23 sent late > calluna Smiley
bronzfrog sent 2/21 > Smeddley  Smiley
IdlersDesign sent 2.24>  mistress_batty Smiley
47  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Wonderbox, Twinchie Display on: January 06, 2015 12:25:23 PM
My last project of 2014, and first to be posted in '15! Alpha Stamps sent me a twinchie shadowbox to decorate. It's a little over 11" by 11". I decided on an "Almost Valentine" theme and a red and turquoise scheme, which matches my craft room. I have so many great collage sheets that I've collected, so I pulled them out and found some great images. Most of them are love related, but some, I chose for their color alone, like the elephant on the bicycle, Red Riding Hood, who's now reaching for some pie, and the curious rabbit with the little mushrooms.

Cupids hold a banner made from washi tape and baker's twine.

Here you can see that some of the squares are elevated, in order to give the surface more depth. All I did was cut some small squares of corrugated and place them under a few of the twinchies. Some of the blocks are as deep as the cubbies, but others have one, two, or even three layers of corrugated supporting them. You can also see the stripey sides of the box in this shot. I love that paper; it's so fun.

Here are a few close ups of some of the squares. The figures are elevated with foam tape. Some ladies, one with a gentleman caller:

Some queens, a fancy lady, and a loner:

This was a really fun project with only one real downside: my craft room is a huge mess now! My New Year's resolution is to straighten out my work space.

If you'd like to see a list of all the wonderful Alpha Stamps goodies that went into the making of this box, click here
48  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / DESIGN TEAM CALL! Alpha Stamps looking for new design team members on: January 04, 2015 08:08:21 AM

Want to get free supplies and a crafty challenge delivered to your home each month? Are you skilled and creative and able to consistently meet deadlines? Alpha Stamps is currently taking applications for the 2015 design team and guest designers. For more information, click here!

Submissions Deadline: February 4, 2015

C'mon, Craftsters, go for it!
49  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / 2015 Second Chance Swap to redeem negative feedback on: December 19, 2014 09:10:42 AM
We've had a lot of people requesting another Second Chance Swap to help redeem feedback, so we're going to hold one after the holidays. New year, new chance to swap!

If you have negative feedback but are not banned from swapping for flaking on being an angel or flaking on a previous second chance swap, here is your opportunity to change that negative to a positive and rejoin the swapping world by sending crafted items to a Friend of Craftster.

If you are a FOC (Friend of Craftster) and would like to sign up, someone may pick you and send you some awesome swag! Not an FOC? Sign up here! It's your chance to help someone fix their feedback, to gain access to the special, top secret FOC boards, and to keep Craftster awesome. Win/win/win!

Questions? Post here and I'll let you know when we schedule the swap. Smiley
50  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Altered Ornament Box for Christmas on: December 14, 2014 11:13:10 AM
Quite some time ago, cackle and I got all excited about decorating vintage Christmas ornament boxes. I found a great deal on Ebay: two adorable identical boxes for $10. Each box measured just 4" by 5 1/2". I kept one and sent one to her, with the promise that we would each decorate them and give them to each other as gifts.

The boxes themselves were adorable! Each one measures just 4" by 5 1/2". Even though we got the boxes months ago, neither of us really did anything with them until we signed up for the IYP and got ourselves a good deadline. Cheesy

EDIT: better photo, now that cackle removed the cellophane.

Here's the one I made and sent to her. The little deer is a vintage deer I found on Etsy. The package next to him has a little tag with her name on it. Wonder what's inside?

I left the cellophane window on mine; she removed hers. She wins. It's really better without. I told her she may want to take that off of the one I sent her. The glare is pretty bad, especially in photos.

Aren't these the cutest boxes ever? Neither of us could bear to mess with the outsides; they were just too perfect!

I am so tickled with how these boxes turned out. I have a larger ornament box that I've been meaning to alter as well. Maybe this will be the kick in the pants I need to get started with it!

Wanna see the gorgeous box I received from cackle in return? Click here!
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