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31  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / a couple of personal swaps & January's ATCs on: February 02, 2013 06:20:46 PM
I did these for a personal swap. 

This one is for a personal swap I'm doing with someone from a different site.  We both share a love of monstrous creatures & Nosferatu in specific!

It's all color pencil & ebony pencil.  I kinda wanted to add some black ink to it, but I'm afraid to screw it up because I don't have the steadiest hand.  What do you guys think?

This a set of two that fit together as one scene. 

They are supposed to be a vintage 20's Raccoon couple at the beach. 

I've been kind of all over the place with my technique and style.  I wonder if I'll ever "settle" into something.
Anyway, these are my ATCs for the January ongoing swap:

Well, that's it!  I had a lot of fun this month!
Thanks for looking!
32  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Gremlin on: January 31, 2013 10:26:14 AM
I made this guy for a swap in another group back in December.  My swap partner's favorite Christmas movie was Gremlins.  Lucky for me, I found this (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/stripe-the-gremlin) pattern, which helped a lot.  For some reason I couldn't quite follow the body section of the pattern, so I improvised that part trying to copy it as closely as possible, & I also added a nose.  I had a hard time giving him away because he turned out to be one of my favorite amis that I've made.

He didn't like the flash from my camera too much!!

I hope you like him!
33  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Cthulhu a Lovecraftian nightmare on: January 22, 2013 05:41:45 PM
I awoke one ill-fated night from a troubled slumber in which I had the most disturbing dream.  I refer to it now as a dream only from a lack of a better word to describe what I experienced, for unlike any dream I had ever had before, this particular one filled me with an apprehension that I could not shake upon awakening.  If I did not know better, I would venture to say that what I experienced while in this so called dream, really and truly did happen to me and has left me forever scarred.  I dare not utter the contents of this "dream" lest I frighten you to histerics, I will however say that I have been left with a terrible foreboding that life as we know it is about to change forever.  That catastrophic events will soon be upon us!  Beware!  Beware for dark forces are at work to raise the sleeping Cthulhu!  I have recreated his terrible visage in yarn for all to view.  Prepare thyselves for his time is coming!

34  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / December ATCs on: January 09, 2013 11:44:33 PM
All my December ATCs have now been received, so I thought I'd post them all together here  Smiley

a fennec fox

a  grey fox

a gecko's eye

I kinda got stuck on drawing this month, but I still hope to do more collage pieces.

and a couple of November ATCs that I didn't post last time because they hadn't been received yet Smiley

Thanks for looking!
35  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A Halloween trio on: December 16, 2012 04:33:18 PM
First of all, I know that there is an amigurumi board, but I get bored always posting to the same board, plus I love this board so much that I really want to participate here as more than just an admirer.
Secondly, I'm posting these super late since Halloween was almost two months ago, sorry.

The mummy is only about 3.5 inches tall.  He turned out to be my favorite.  He is worked in backloops only, to create that ribbed look.  The owl is my second favorite.

here are some addtional pics

THanks for looking!
36  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / a menager-ami on: December 13, 2012 12:07:48 PM
I've been trying to catch my posting up with my crafting, so here are a few amis that I've made in the last year that never got their own thread.  Nothing too spectacular, which is why I waited to have a bunch to post, but nevertheless I like them and am proud of them.

this adorable mini pocket bug is only a few inches tall!

pattern link: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lucille-the-pocket-bug

a pokeball.  My son was really into pokeman for a while.  Now my younger son uses it as an indoor ball.  He hasn't learned not to throw it at people when they aren't looking yet, so i'm glad it's soft!

pattern link: http://wolfdreamer-oth.blogspot.com/2009/04/pokeball.html

this cute little turtle which i actually made a long time ago.  Love this pattern, but his head was a little heavy, so I would suggest weighting down his body with beans, beads or something so he doesn't faceplant.

pattern link: http://kristieskids.weebly.com/patterns1.html

this is actually a rattle that I made up, also for a swap.  I used one of those little plastic bubbles that you get from those crank vending machines with little toys in it & filled it with beads to make the rattle device!

this chili pepper (also for a swap).  I really enjoyed this pattern because it replicates the asymmetry of a real chile pepper.

pattern link: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/chili-peppers

I have a bunch more, but they are all fall/Halloween themed, so I think I will make a separate post for them. (Hopefully I actually get around to it!)

Well, thanks for looking! 

37  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Bookmarks on: December 13, 2012 09:31:21 AM
I was browsing through my pictures and found some items that I never got around to posting.  I want to try to catch up before the New Year, so I'm starting with these bookmarks.  I made these bookmarks for a swap earlier this year.   I really ended-up liking them and planned to make some for myself, but never got around to doing it.  (seems like I don't get around to a lot of things!)  Anyway, I seem to have a hard time revisiting projects.  I'm a love 'em and leave 'em type I guess, because I rarely work the same project/pattern twice.  Ah well, maybe one day I'll make a set for myself.

here's the patterns I used if you'd like to make a set for yourself:
38  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / ATCs, my first! on: December 06, 2012 12:02:11 PM

(just a little photo shuffle for the topic thumbnail Wink )

So, a few months back I joined the beginner inchies swap which although didn't quite hook me, did  in fact whet my appetite for tiny works of art.  Then, I decided to join the surprise Hallween ATC swap and that was that!  I'm now officially hooked and on to my third ongoing ATC swap.  (Most of these images can be seen in the various swap galleries.)

the inchies that started it all  

for the surprise Halloween ATC swap I made these two series...

(the one @ the top) &

and these "people" (I ended up using one of these for the ongoing swap as I had an extra left over)

These are for the October ongoing swap...

(the moon flips over on this one)

there's a few missing as I forgot to take pics :/

and these are for the November ongoing swap...

the wings come up!

there are two more, but one hasn't been received yet, and the other may or may not have been received yet

As you can see, I have found a new love!  Thank you to all the ATC craftster artists for all the inspiration and for being such a supportive and accepting group!  You are all awesome!!

39  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Jack o' lantern coin purse with instructions on: October 30, 2012 08:20:15 AM

I made this coin purse basically because I love Halloween and all things Pumpkin.
It is super simple.
Here are some very basic instructions, but if you prefer a traditional pattern you can find one on my blog (link toward the bottom)

The pattern is basically a rectangle 31 sc stitches across by 22 rows down.
I chose to make mine striped.

Fold your rectangle in half so your rows run vertically, & sew up the sides leaving the top open.

Attach green along the top and work two rows of single crochet in the round around the opening.  I decreased the second round at the seams, but it isn't critical.  Sew your zipper in place.

Next you design your face out of felt!  I used black, but you can use yellow if you want it to look like a lit up jack o' lantern.  Be creative and add some cute notions or buttons.  I added buttons on the eyes to give it a little life.

I love this little guy & I hope you love yours too!
There is a written pattern and addition tips and tricks on my blog, it's all free!
40  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Cupcake and Sugar Skull Badges on: August 24, 2012 08:07:37 PM
Looking through my posts, I realized that I never posted these!  These were my very first felt badges from the first round of the felt badge swap.  I forgot to include something in the picture for size reference before sending them off to their new homes, but they are 3 inches tall.  This is the very first embroidery that I've ever done. 

The cupcake was my first one, and I learned back stitch, satin stitch , and whip stitch with that one.  The sugar skull was my second one, and I learned how to do a french knot and a daisy stitch.  I love how they turned out, and have completely fallen in love with this strange little craft.  I can't wait till round 3 of the felt badge swap!

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