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11  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: April 29, 2016 12:56:23 PM
All my flags have been received if not all posted yet, but mine did arrive weeks ago. I'm proud to let them join this beautiful gallery. I love all the great techniques and the colors are brilliant.

I got carried away and did two for each partner, the first set in silk scraps, which I love for the richness of the colors and all the frayed edges. The second set was done on muslin with as many bits from the first set as I could manage to incorporate...plus some paper beads.

Here's mine, my word was "Imbrication", which means overlapping items making a pattern:

And then since I had fun with the dissoluble stuff, I did "Web of Life". It wasn't on my list, but she nailed me!

And the whole set

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12  Re: Browns and blues for winter warming. in Quilting: Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: April 04, 2016 05:27:17 PM
It's finished! I had a delay waiting for a machine part, entertaining house guests and well, just being busy. But on a snowey day in April, I finished. Just in time to warm me at work today.

I decided on just a diagonal straight line stitching, about 1.5 inches apart. I used a variegated thread called "Coffee and cream" with brown, tan and gold.

And the back. I believe the back should be as beautiful as the front...but I had no piece large enough. So I had fun!

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13  Paper Mache Garden Gnomes for a Spoof! in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: April 04, 2016 02:16:04 PM
My  wife is a sexton for a church. This involves maintaining the grounds as well. This winter an area washed out and a member helped shore up and replant an area. As they were working, they decided that the area needed garden gnomes, at least long enough to spoof the building and grounds committee (who don't really go for garden gnomes on church property, I really don't know what is wrong with them!).

But the search for gnomes was in vain, they were either hibernating, on holiday, or down south for the winter. Not one of them were willing to come to the Northeast and stand in chilly mud.

So one Friday evening we raided the newspaper pile, grabbed tape, tubes, and watered down glue and made a couple of gnomes. We definitely had different visions of gnomes, but they both seemed happy. The drying time made us a bit nervous, but they got painted and were in place by Monday evening.

It was a big success. Very stony reception to the gnomes! Until the giggles started. The gnomes refused to stay out overnight and now reside amongst the plants in the office admins office. No one tells her what decorations she can have in her office.  Cheesy

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14  Re: Typography Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: March 08, 2016 09:09:47 AM
I received a delightful package from P_E_S_T this weekend. All kinds of little goodies and wonderful, wonderful words.

First, my favorite, three little wordy bracelets.

Then a box full of beautiful words. I keep discovering little bits about the cards and the words every day.

And tucked into one of the cards, a little banner.

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15  Round Blue House Winter Shrine in Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: March 05, 2016 06:13:18 AM
One tiny winter thing swaps are fun. Honoring winter and all it's beautiful glory is so much better than actually scooping snow!

Inspired by a picture my partner pinned on Pinterest, I put together this little shrine. The northern lights hang over a little round blue house, tucked in next to a hot spring. Everything came from my stash...except the dowel used for the house. I had to purchase that...just to cut a bit off the end. Anyone need some 3/4" dowel?

The snow was the tricky part, I was afraid to ruin the whole thing. I found a recipe for corn starch and white glue that worked out very well. You just mix white glue into corn starch a bit at a time until you get the consistency you want. It's easy to add more of one or the other to control it. Add a bit of sparkle if you want.

Thank you Wulf for some great pics I borrowed below:

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16  Strong Women: Typography wall art in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by cmarion3 on: March 04, 2016 09:46:53 AM
In a recent typography swap, we had to play with type/words/fonts....all fun stuff. I knew the quote I wanted to use, but struggled with the execution, untill a lucky find at the craft store of 8 x 10 canvases (on sale and cheap).

I planned it all out in Illustrator, layout, possible fonts, etc. and ended up with two canvases to handle the whole quote. I used paint, machine stitching on paper, paper, scrabble tiles, punch out letters...anything I could find in my stash. And lots of layers of gloss medium or mod podge.

The background was painted a tan color, I then glued torn pictures of women, added swipes of bright paint, added more browns over, stamped over that, etc. I designed the drumming and dancing women years ago and they keep showing up in my art! They are stitched on paper, then cut out and glued down. I hand cut some letters out of a background paper, found punch out letters, printed some, painted some, and of course, used a few scrabble tiles. One technique was to letter on tracing paper, then glue down...the paper almost disappears.

Strong Women
May we know them
May we raise them
May we be them
~ Anonymous

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17  Re: Browns and blues for winter warming. in Quilting: Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: February 24, 2016 06:51:54 AM
A step further along. I added the brown borders and the blue and brown strips at top and bottom. I need it to be a bit bigger, so thinking of adding a med. dark blue fabric around this. I am really liking this quilt. There is a bit of a glow due to light shining through from the window.....hmmm would love to keep that effect.  Roll Eyes

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18  Browns and blues for winter warming. Now t in Quilting: Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: February 22, 2016 11:43:20 AM
I now work at home and I set up my office in the coldest corner of the house. Well, it was the only possible corner and even though I have a warming panel under my desk, I love a warm lap quilt. I have a store-bought one that is getting a little thread bare, so I'm making a new one to warm me up.

I just have the top done and I am so pleased. It's about 32" right now, and there are additional strips hanging on the right that will be on the top and bottom of the center. I'll finish with more brown and blue borders. I used a charm pack called 'Sticks and Stones", stash fabric, and some additional purchased pieces.

But for now, I am just admiring my work. I'm still a novice at quilting and just cannot get my corners to match up consistently. But who cares? Once it is done and wrapped around me, you'll never notice.

It's finished! See page 2 of this topic!

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19  Re: One Tiny Winter Thing 2016 swap - send outs Feb 14 in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: February 22, 2016 11:36:23 AM
And from Wulf a very useful Snow Angel tin. I still make snow angels, though getting back up again seems to be harder every year! Now I have a permanent one. He made this out of polymer clay (and a tin of course). It is so snow like and has a bit of sparkle to it. Where did that wee child go who made this angel? Simply winterlicous.

It's holding my earrings right now....you know, the ones you take off and leave everywhere?

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20  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2016 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: February 17, 2016 03:09:04 PM
And another awesome card from artsycandice. She has such a delicate hand with pen and watercolor. I love it.

She mashed up two themes "What's at the door" and "Talking critters". Just open the door and see "who's there"!

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