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21  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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22  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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23  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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24  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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25  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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26  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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27  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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28  Aye-Ayes defying extinction in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: February 13, 2016 05:53:10 PM
The odd looking aye-aye comes from Madagascar and is endangered, due mainly to the belief that they are evil or bringers of bad luck. They are a bit odd looking, coming from the lemur family with long middle fingers and ever-growing teeth to help them dig grubs and insects out of trees.

I made these for a Junker Jane style doll swap. To me, these little guys look like they've grown up on the streets and are a little worse for the wear. The first one took off to a new home....the ungrateful little imp. The second one was a proto-type that I ended up finishing for me. They do kinda grow on you.

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29  Re: Junker Jane-style Dolls 3 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: February 11, 2016 02:58:40 PM
I want all the little JJ dolls. I'm getting so many ideas and I love all the interpretations. My job is slamming me right now. Our department was cut by 2 people right as all the print materials need to be re-branded...now! Oh, and can you get the new ones ready, and wait, I just sold 12 in the new version...can you convert those? You get the idea.

So this little beauty from suereal cheered me up so much. She's simply beautiful in a quirky, lovely way. The story is..."This doll was made by a cephalopod fellow for his favo niece. He used his memory of creatures he had seen above the waters, which is why it is such a mish-mash. She loved it very much and covered it with bioluminescence."

I'm still not done finding little bits and pieces and other wonderful discoveries. And bits and pieces of her glow in the dark! She is ALL hand stitched. Wow! (and yes that is peeling wallpaper in my dining room/office...soon to be an elegant dining experience!)

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30  Raven, raven, raven, free. Raven won't you see for me. in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: February 03, 2016 12:49:44 PM
In the one tiny bird swap, my tiny bird became a rather large bird. I think I am forgiven.

I started with a purchased doll body from Dharma Trading. They are very cheap, wired, but the heads are creepy and formless. I added a raven head, chopped off the feet and wired in new ones. I wrapped the legs wit floss and painted the whole thing with a layer of gesso, sanded her, then two coats of black with a sanding between coats. The gesso and the sanding make a really nice finish.

Her hood, wings and tail are two layers of a cobweb printed netting and black silk scraps, machine stitched and trimmed close to the stitching. Then I tacked it onto her. Her dress is just cut out and embellished. Jewel eyes, a bit of fluff and she is ready to go.

She's too big for the swap...so here she is trying to fit into a less than 5" space.

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