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1  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- July 2016 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: July 21, 2016 08:20:02 AM
Both Beautifulsoul and emilywilde had teapots as a theme along with the one I had chosen. I became intrigued by doing the same image, but with different fabrics to meet two different themes. The results are fun, similar but so different.

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2  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- July 2016 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: July 20, 2016 07:08:26 AM
For my summer drinks theme, I received a refreshing and sparkling jar of LEMONADE! My favorite of non-alcoholic summer drinks. It has a 3D raised sign and sparkling jewels. And it's only 10 cents! This is from beautifulsoul. Thank you, this makes me thirsty.

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3  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- July 2016 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: July 16, 2016 08:07:46 AM
and from Sammyloui3e40 a lovely delicate rose for my "Owie" theme. Ah those hidden thorns She writes that they get her when she walks barefoot in the garden....I know that one.....ow!

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4  Re: Strange Doll Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: July 03, 2016 03:24:07 PM
WiccadWitch sent the most beautiful Strange Doll. She's tall and elegant as only a gazelle woman could be. She's also very stylish.

The details are exquisite, her eyes are lovely. She's very well dressed with a sweet lacy underskirt. I simply love her, and my wife did not freak at another doll in the house. She loves her too.

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5  Re: Baby doll or nightmare? in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by cmarion3 on: July 03, 2016 03:02:47 PM
You should see her now. They grow up and then go through tough times. See the complete thread here. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448271.msg5395877#msg5395877

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6  Oh baby, what happened to you? in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: July 01, 2016 01:25:21 PM

I picked up a porcelain baby doll at a yard sale, ill fitting dress and minimal features. To me she was creepy. So what did I do? Make her even more creepy. Luckily, she is now living with WiccadWitch, who seems to love her more than I could. It's nice when your children are loved by someone else. Here she is in her innocent glory.

She hit the terrible twos and look at her now.

I used alcohol to clean the porcelain parts then coated her with several layers of gesso, sanding between coats. Then I painted her black. I used the tried and true "Elmer's glue cracked paint" technique to get the cracked look. You paint on Elmer's glue, medium thick, let it get a bit tacky (don't wait too long), then paint a to coat of acrylic paint. I used an off white craft paint. Let it dry. You don't have to cover the area completely with glue, in fact it looks a bit more realistic if you leave some areas uncracked. I wanted a very aged look, so I was a bit heavy handed.

The wounds were drawn/painted on, with a heavier white craft glue and left to dry. It left a raised area that I then painted with dark red blood and black stitches. I used black and brown pastels to create additional ageing, a coat of gloss gel, then more ageing with brown distressing ink. The ink runs a bit when you put a coat of gloss gel over it, but that actually worked well.

Her dress was made from an old cotton table runner. I made up the pattern as I went, lots of experience with doll clothes  here. And I wasn't too concerned if it fit her well, I wanted it a bit loose. Then I aged, ripped and bloodied it up.

She needed to travel safely, so I made a coffin packing case to fit inside the shipping box. That was fun, and ended up presenting her quite nicely. A spider web veil and she left in style. I truely could not keep her myself, my wife just could not bear to look at her! Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

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7  Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2016, 2015 in Craftalongs by cmarion3 on: June 25, 2016 04:56:38 AM
I finished my Topsy Turvy doll...and it was a failure. My partner understands and she says that if I take it apart and make two little dolls, she would be satisfied. The case of wine and chocolate will be appreciated too. I learned a lot with this project.

The frog side is fine. There's the little frog prince sitting on a lily pad. I don't like how the lily pad looks on the back though.

The prince side just doesn't work. The frogs little feet and down facing arm keep the rock from being fully deployed. And then the prince's legs stick up. You can kinda force it, but I see now why they are always girl dolls. He's cute though, isn't he, even if after years of being a frog, he has no fashion sense.

So lessons learned:
  • Don't get over-enthusiastic with the design.
  • Don't have any stuffed parts project below the skirt/base.
  • Don't ever make a topsy turvy doll again.
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8  Lagertha Dotee - Viking warrior in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: June 05, 2016 05:13:30 PM
Ah, the joy of creating dolls with no arms or legs...it is so much fun. She comes equipped with her shield and sword, dressed in her mail. She just stepped out of the History channel's Vikings.

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9  Kumihimo Viking bracelet - melding of cultures in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by cmarion3 on: June 05, 2016 05:07:25 PM
In a recent swap, I wanted to make a viking style wrist cuff/bracelet but working in metal was out of the question (and budget). So I made several items using kumihimo weaving, silver satin cord, and waxed black cord. I wanted to mimic the twisted silver look of some of the cuffs.

 I finished the first bracelet and it was too short....and one of the end caps was damaged. Note to self: Inspect jewelry findings before using lots of glue. So it became a key fob. I'm not sure the Vikings had much use for keys...does anyone know?

The second round went much smoother. I made my own weaving disk out of thick foam and it was really easy and fun. I made two sizes, just for fun.

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10  Re: Vikings, Pirates, Ninjas, and "Friends" Swap GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: June 05, 2016 12:03:45 PM
I received my package from WaveLight23478. In all the swaps I've participated in, I've never received a package like this?

Crushed, squished and smashed!

Amazingly, only one item got damaged. A viking scene on a votive candle screen.

But with the magic of super glue (with a brush cap top), a bit of black paint and luck. I was able to restore this masterpiece and enjoy it completely.

And the next piece was a ring that survived the journey. It looks like spoils from a viking raid! Fits perfectly!

And then just to wrap things up, some super hero bling! Wonder Woman is a fav of mine.

I love everything, thank you!
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