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1  Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Smmarrt on: April 19, 2014 08:33:14 PM
I received 2 fabulous quotes pieces from vincentvanbuck:

The one on the left says "To have another language is to possess another soul." Charlemagne

And the piece on the right says "If you can't love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?"

Too funny and very true.

Thanks so much John.

I'll put what I have so far together and post a pic tomorrow.
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2  Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Smmarrt on: April 16, 2014 07:21:58 PM
I received from rscowtown also, two quotes by everyone's favorite teacher, Albus Dumbledore.

"Time is making fools of us again."

"The best of us must sometimes eat our words."

Love the mixed typography of the pieces - totally my style. Thanks so much, Laurel.
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3  Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Smmarrt on: April 07, 2014 12:19:36 PM
I received two fabulous pieces for my quotes puzzle from Golden Sunshine:

Be happy - it drives people crazy! I need to remember this when I want to rant!

And from Dr. Seuss' "Many Colored Days":

On the back it says, "On different days, I'm different, too."

These are great additions to my puzzle - thanks so much!
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4  Re: Art journaling and altered journaling along - ongoing - 2014 until ??? in Craftalongs by Smmarrt on: April 07, 2014 12:11:08 PM
Oh my - love the whales!

Here are two finished pages - I am trying to use front and back so it's easier to finish two at once. I do have some back pages that are unfinished so my journal pages, which  are dated, will be out of order. But oh, well, they're finished.

This is a watercolor paper page - using acrylic paints - my new favorite. Lots of credit card scraping and some stamping. Then I added the faux Scrabble letters, then I went a little crazy with collage images.

"When the going gets tough, the tough make art" There's not really anything vexing in my life right now, but this phrase was repeating in my head so this was one way to get rid of it. I think it can use something else - but I'm not sure what it is.

Anyway, you can see that I am taking the first piece of advice and I am having fun with color, for sure.
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5  Re: Art journaling and altered journaling along - ongoing - 2014 until ??? in Craftalongs by Smmarrt on: March 25, 2014 09:56:04 PM
I finally finished two pages - just using scraps and cleaning off my desk.

As you can see, I used security envelopes - my office mate saves them for me.
And the sentiment applies to all of us, I'm sure.

The second page is a scrappy background using us bits of gelli prints and other stamped images that I've collecting to make mail art and the altered puzzle pieces and other random birthday cards.....

A positive quote to keep me on the sunny side of the street.

Happy journaling all!
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6  ART DOLLS 3 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Smmarrt on: March 25, 2014 06:30:57 PM

Smmarrt >><< fancybutch
fancybutch >><< Smmarrt
angielou1 >><< lovesclutter
lovesclutter >><< angielou1
MissCrafty29 >><< P_E_S_T
P_E_S_T >><< MissCrafty29
La Chapa >><< Ludi
Ludi 04/07/14 >><< La Chapa
artsycandice 03/25/14 >><< The Raging Sloth
The Raging Sloth >><< artsycandice
cmarion3 04/15/14 >><< thisbirdsabsurd
thisbirdsabsurd 03/27/14 >><< cmarion3
meowari >><< LovelyMiss
LovelyMiss 03/26/14 >><< meowari
Linakins >><< waggonswest
waggonsswest >><< Linakins
WiccadWitch >><< suereal
suereal >><< WiccadWitch
Sharalee 04/14/14 >><< felicitybaby
felicitybaby 04/19/14 >><< Shralee

RED - Sent
LIME GREEN - Received
BLUE - Sending late with communication
PURPLE - Feedback received

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7  Art Dolls 3 - Send out Thursday April 24, 2014 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by Smmarrt on: March 09, 2014 03:07:13 PM

GALLERY - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432401.0#axzz2x1oOeG5f

Swap name: Art Dolls 3
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Smmarrt
Sign-up date range: 03/09/14 - 03/19/14
Date to send item by: Thursday April 24, 2014

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? Craftster rules

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: NO
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

We will swap 1 doll with one partner.These are mixed media art dolls so you can use fabric, paper, metal, natural materials, buttons, charms, etc. You will list several themes for your partner to work around but you also understand that not everyone will be knowledgeable about your particular favorites. So you can say "Nature" as one of your themes but "Babylon 5" might be too scary/difficult for someone who doesn't share your love of those characters.

We are calling this an "art doll" swap - what does that mean exactly? Well, it means different things to different folks. I don't want to put my particular definition here but let's agree that the dolls will be 6" to 12" tall, made with fabric, paper and whatever else you use in your art work and will represent one or more of the themes your partner lists. Here is Wikipedia's definition:

"Art dolls are dolls created by artists and intended as expressive and unique art objects rather than children's toys. Art dolls made by professional artists may be considered fine art. Made using a wide variety of styles and media, some are abstract or tribal, while others are incredibly realistic. They range from dolls with pre-manufactured parts to being wholly fabricated by the artist or sculptor. The term "art dolls" usually refers to human-like dolls, but not always. Art dolls can depict animals, mythical creatures, or abstract beings."

The best way to express your desires for making and receiving is through communication. Please chat with your partner so she knows what you want. Again, no guarantee that each of us has the same skills or sewing proficiency to make exactly what you think you want. I'll include lots of questions to help partners get to know what each other wants.

The other component for a great swap , in my opinion, is to have fun, try something new and don't overextend yourself. Choose a project that you want to make - not something that is too hard for you to achieve.

Here are the galleries from previous swaps - art dolls and JunkerJane-style dolls:


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer: Smmarrt

Name of swap: Art Dolls 3
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

List 5 - 10 themes that you like:

List your favorite colors:

Any least favorite colors?

Anything special you want your partner to include/exclude? (fur, feathers?)

Any allergies that pertain to this swap?

Any allergens in your house? (pets/smoke/other):

Human, animal or other creature?

Include your wists or Pinterest for more edification:

Do you like extras in your swap packages or no?
Do you plan to include extras in your package?

Please add anything else you want your partner or me to know.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

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8  Mixed Media Mini Me Doll - Fabric Edition in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Smmarrt on: March 04, 2014 05:44:06 PM
Still playing with the template I purchased:

See my post here - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431793.0#axzz2v35ICY2I
The template is from Ten Seconds Studios - http://store.tensecondsstudio.com/mimemimedo.html

One of the parents donated canvas that he uses at his frame shop to print photos. So one side is rough, natural canvas and the other was coated with a plastic-y gesso-like substance.

I painted the rough, natural side with layers of acrylics, some metallic paints. I stenciled and printed with bubble wrap and bottle caps....

Some detail shots:

It was difficult to sew through - with machine and by hand. I think I will travel to the discount fabric store and buy some untreated, softer canvas.

This was the look i was hoping for - mine is too "pretty". We put this on the tables when the preschoolers paint so it is a gorgeous collection of paint and glue and glitter and who knows what else.

I will replace this one with a nice, new piece and take this one home to make more dolls!

Thanks for looking..
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9  Re: Paper and Ephemera Swap Round 11 GALLERY - Send out March 7, 2014 in The Swap Gallery by Smmarrt on: February 26, 2014 05:59:51 PM
I received from Lori/Artmomto5 today - so much crafty goodness packed into an envelope!

Sewing pattern paper, cards, ledger paper, old advertisements and instructions, and alcohol ink decorated papers.

Paint chips, greeting cards, old Nat Geo pages, vellum embellishments, stamps and some stamp pages from a book. Love old stamps!

Lots of fibers and a bag of seed beads, some washi tape samples, textured paper samples, Chinese newspaper, ribbons, tickets and so much more.

Okay the funny part is I sent you some of the exact same items - I won't list them here but you will laugh when you open your package. And I must apologize - I cannot pack a box (or a suitcase, for that matter.) Your box is way too big, I sent way too much and I might need lessons in the future for packing an envelope for future rounds of this swap. 

Thanks again, truly. When I was looking at everything, I got some great ideas for my art journal (the textured papers and paint chips) and for my fabric bird book (the ribbons, fibers and beads). I will try to use all of it in future projects.
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10  Fun with Paper Dolls (Pic heavy) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Smmarrt on: February 25, 2014 05:24:19 PM
I saw this online somewhere and bought myself a Mixed Media Mini Me doll template from Ten Seconds Studio,

It's wood but I've been using it as a template.

I was cutting up boxes at work to make canvases for the preschoolers and I saved some clean bits for me.

Here is the first one I finished - it was covered in book pages - a French book about the Second World War - I printed over it, with the Gelli plate, but it didn't take so well. I then added to words and flowers to make her pretty.

I added a peace symbol, and yes, Alanis Morrisette songs were floating through my head as I made it.....

Here is the second one I made with last year's Kandinsky calendar:

This one is on card stock, not corrugated cardboard, so I used brads instead of buttons and wire for the limbs.
And another arty sentiment:

Two more that need finishing and embellishing:

These are both on corrugated. The purple one is covered in Nancy Drew book pages and the green/blue one is covered with some Gelli print papers.

And one more, she is made on card stock, covered with various Gelli prints and I glued her arms above her head.

Thanks for looking!

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