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21  Re: Chunky Houses Halloween Edition 7 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: October 13, 2016 10:51:57 AM
From  irid3sc3nt a fun and partying chunky house. "Dance the House Down Boots" with jewels, green tights and oh my, orange pom poms. What could make a Halloween more fun? I love it.

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22  Little skulls all in a row...with tut in Halloween Decor and Parties by cmarion3 on: October 01, 2016 03:21:17 PM
I needed a string of skull lights for Halloween decorations, but I can't find any this year. Eyeballs and pumpkins, but no skulls. I haven't really searched anywhere, I draw the line at 3 stops. I did find little skulls, but at a rather high price. I have a rule about Halloween costumes and deco....the cheaper the better and if I can make it, so much better and fun.

So I made some skulls.

I took two styrofoam balls, one about 2 1/2 inches and one smaller, maybe 1" I cut the smaller one in half to serve as the lower face/jaw and wrapped both in plastic wrap. I made two of these. I should have made more as waiting for the paper mache to dry slowed the process. After the first set, the second set stuck to the plastic, so I coated the form with a bit of vaseline. You could make larger ones with larger balls or balloons.

I made dents for the eyes. I used a 2-1 mix of Elmer's glue and water and newspaper torn into strips. I used about 3 layers of paper.

Then I trimmed and painted with a layer of black, some cracking with a layer of glue and graypaint, a touch up layer, eyes and details, then a coat or two of gloss gel. I used a sharpie to draw the features. I did not go for realism, but character. They are not lights, but hung with white christmas lights, it should work.

I'll post the complete display when finished.
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23  Re: Inchie House Halloween Swap 3 in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: October 01, 2016 03:08:19 PM
I get to start the gallery with a little pub for all of us to meet from curiousfae. You are all invited to the Witch's Brew for a tall cool drink. The house is covered in little cat faces. So cute. Come on over. I love it and thank you.

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24  Re: Chunky Houses Halloween Edition 7 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: October 01, 2016 03:04:53 PM
I have another house to add to the gallery. From Jennleahlynn. It's a perfect addition to my collection. I love the top hatted skeleton. The back is a cute as the front. Thank you!

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25  Stash buster patchwork wrap skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by cmarion3 on: September 02, 2016 02:21:59 PM
I love wrap skirts...they grow and shrink with you. And so comfy.

I have a patchwork wrap skirt made by women in Africa out of sun washed recycled fabric in yellows and blues. It's wonderfully worn, faded and unfortunately, falling apart. The skirt was not made very well in the first place and the fabrics are now, after many washings, just too thin. I've patched and sewn and hoped. But now I need a new one.

This is 100% from stash and I wanted a partial rainbow effect, or ombre effect with the patches. It was a bear to figure out and there were a few rip-rips along the way. I miscalculated the hem patches and had to add pieces to fill in.

I also changed my mind on several fabric choices, had to scrounge more and cut way too many blues...no problem, they became the tie belt.

I just love it!

I made a chart, but it still was a lot of figuring out along the way to get the colors to fall in the right places...somewhat. Keep in mind that you want the waist to be able to wrap at least 1/3 to 1/2 the way around you. The front hangs a little flat, so I wrap to get the diagonals in front. Vary the size of the squares or add more to get the width and length you want.

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26  Re: Summer Ninni Swap 2016 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: August 30, 2016 08:29:45 AM
And craftADDchick PM'd me and said....there is another mask in the box. She packaged it all up so nicely, I missed a piece in the tissue paper...so it was a wonderful surprise!

Now when the Forest Ninni wants to hang with his bird buddies......

I love this ninni, the camouflage bark body, the two wonderful masks. Just fun and wonderful!
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27  Re: Summer Ninni Swap 2016 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: August 29, 2016 01:27:52 PM
I received from craftADDchick a very sweet forest ninni, keeper of woodlands and all woodland creatures. He blends into the woods so you have to look very close. Note the little bird's nest and teeny birdie.

And craftADDchick what did you coat those leaves with to keep them so flexible?  They are real right?

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28  I love NINNIs! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: August 26, 2016 06:48:36 AM
I love these little Ninni swaps. They are so cute and easy to make and fun. Simply fun. Here's the gallery http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=449843.0

My partner loves Nancy Drew, so what better than a Ninni Drew, Nancy's little sister. She has a few of her sister's books, and Nancy's old flashlight and magnifying glass.

The props were made out of paper clay and painted. The lens is a large flat glass marble thingy and the lens of the flashlight is a small jiggly eye. The books were simply printed out old covers.

The pleated skirt was the hardest. I had not made little pleats since my DD was just a little thing (she's in her 30's now). But I managed, it's a bit wonky, but looks good on Ninni. I made the back plain, no costume/embellishments...is that cheating? And the bag was repurposed from another doll I received in a swap. My friends niece co-opted the doll and the bag stayed behind. Sometimes you just have to let them find their own home.

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29  Re: Summer Ninni Swap 2016 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: August 25, 2016 06:42:21 PM
craftADDchick has had a busy life lately and I agreed to post the pic of the Ninni she has received.

Ninni Drew is the younger sister of Nancy and want's to follow in big sis' footsteps. She's got copies of all the books and Nancy's old flashlight and magnifying glass...a little battered....but serviceable.

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30  Re: Craftster Card Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: August 22, 2016 01:54:31 PM
I've completely lost track of who has received my cards. How do you do it? It's hard enough keeping track of received cards. I can't imagine what the moderators are going through. You lovely moderators are super heros!

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