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1  Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books! in Craftalongs by Smmarrt on: March 22, 2017 08:47:37 PM
A few more pics and details:

These are made from above mentioned cracker boxes, I used mixed media paper for pages. They are approximately 5" by 6".

These are made from coffee sleeves - the pages are made from copy paper. I make these in bunches and send them to my mom. She gives them to her book club friends.

I need to cut pages for about 10 more coffee sleeve books and pack them up to send. This is an easy thing to do while watching tv. So happy baseball season is almost here!
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2  Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books! in Craftalongs by Smmarrt on: March 22, 2017 10:22:39 AM

I make books out of cereal &/or cracker boxes and coffee sleeves. I save the food boxes at work and collect the coffee sleeves from all of my coffee-drinking coworkers. I challenge you to find something that you use or come into contact with in your daily life and make a book out of it. Might be your Cliff Bar addiction (I promise we won't judge), shopping bags, junk mail or something you see on your daily walk/run that you never considered before.

Post your completed projects here  - we all want to learn new techniques and it might spark an idea when we see what you use to make a book. This challenge runs through the month of April so get crafty!
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3  Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along in Craftalongs by Smmarrt on: March 16, 2017 10:43:23 PM
Playing with Bombay ink and 91% rubbing alcohol on yupo paper - the first 2 layers:

Next 2 or 3 colors:

And the last layer or is it?

I saw this on YouTube - Nina Ribena


I accidentally mixed Bombay inks with acrylic inks so there are some parts where the ink pools and it looks crusty.
And I don't have a plan other than to die cut the paper - I also have some photo paper and I will try it on that.
(In the video, it is advised you use the back of the photo paper, not the shiny printable side.)
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4  Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along in Craftalongs by Smmarrt on: March 12, 2017 04:19:00 PM
Who needs clean undies when you can spend the day in your pajamas and make prints!

I just wanted to show how I make the thread prints. Some tangled embroidery floss just dropped onto paint.

First print, on top of another print:

Some of the clean up prints:

I should've used some higher contrast colors. Then I decided to use a new Dina Wakeley stencil - here are both the positive and negative. My hand slipped on the wet paint - I used too much but she will still make her way into a journal - I'll just doodle or write over her.

I made about 25 prints last night - some are great, some are covered up by other prints. I think these will just be backgrounds for ATCs, inchies, and cards. Off to make more!
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5  Re: 4 x 6 Art Swap February 2017 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Smmarrt on: February 28, 2017 09:03:23 PM
I received a charming and whimsical piece from StudioANF - Nichole, thank you. It is so lovely and sweet.

Detail shot of the precious cargo - I just love it.

Wow - we're having fun with this round!
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6  4 x 6 Art Swap February 2017 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Smmarrt on: February 21, 2017 01:17:17 PM

Show us the 4 x 6 inch LOVE.

geekgirl1000100 02/27/17 - Onyxnox and audio
audio 03/15/17 - Smmarrt and
Onyxnox 02/23/17 - geekgirl1000100 and jenleahlynn
BigBangMomma 02/22/17 - pioneer9 and whatthepuck  
emilywilde 02/22/17 - kwality570
craftylittlemonkey 02/22/17 - pioneer9 and rockingbearranch
whatthepuck 03/07/17 ockingbearranch and BigBangMomma
StudioANF 02/25/17 - mandykaye and Smmarrt
rockingbearranch 02/27/17 - craftylittlemonkey and whatthepuck
jenleahlynn - mandykaye and Onyxnox
Smmarrt 02/28/17 - StudioANF and audio
mandykaye 02/22/17 - jenleahlynn and StudioANF
amnesia - gozer
pioneer9 02/24/17 - BigBangMomma and craftylittlemonkey
gozer 02/22/17 - amnesia
kwality570 02/24/17 - emilywilde

RED - Sent
LIME GREEN - Received
BLUE - Sending late with communication
PURPLE - Feedback given
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7  Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong in Craftalongs by Smmarrt on: February 12, 2017 07:43:33 PM
I have strips cut and ready to go but I have been doing my art homework for my online class. So I've been painting and collaging. I also made 3 postcards for the Global Heart Exchange. And I am addicted to the Walking Dead marathon in preparation for tonight's new episode so I doubt I will sew tonight.

Here are some pics for the Groovy Grunge class I am taking with Tammy Garcia/daisyyellow.

The striped page is called "The Wall" and collaging was the second step.

So not technically my thing a day things but they did take me several days to complete.

Thanks for looking! Grin

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8  Re: Mixed Media Valentine Swap Gallery (Sendouts by Feb. 6) in The Swap Gallery by Smmarrt on: February 08, 2017 05:59:00 PM
Received a fab little piece from loves2experiment!

It's fabric and stitching and a metal heart mounted on matte board.

I just love the little details.

Thanks Pauline for the one of a kind art work and thanks SonjaBoo for hosting!
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9  Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong in Craftalongs by Smmarrt on: February 06, 2017 06:39:44 PM
So many things! You guys are all crazy talented/industrious/BUSY!

I borrowed a USB cord from work so here are my first 4 blocks - hope to complete 2 more tonight.

Spray basting? Nope - I'm sewing to a muslin base and I'm just winging it. These are untrimmed, but I can't locate my 6" square ruler - I have the 8" and the 10" but the 6" is hiding somewhere.
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10  4 x 6 Art Swap February 2017 Send out by 2/28/17 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Smmarrt on: February 04, 2017 09:53:52 PM

GALLERY is here:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451667.0

Swap name: 4 x 6 Art Swap February 2017
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Smmarrt
Sign-up date range: 02/04/17 - 02/15/17
Date to send item by:02/28/17
Check in date: 02/16/17 thru 02/20/17

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: YES
- 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: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- 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:

The 4x6 Art swap runs like this:  You make a piece of art, in your style, in your medium, how you want.  The only parameters are that you keep it flat(ish), and 4 inches by 6 inches in size. You will have no idea who your partner is, until "Address time", which will be at the end of the crafting period.  You also have to "check in" with me, the organizer approximately a week after the sign ups close - this lets me know that you are ready to send. If you do not check in, you will be removed from the swap. You will only know their address and proper name. You will have approximately 1 week after check in period to ship your personal art off!

Here is the time line broken down:
~ Sign ups: February 4 - February 15, 2017
~ Crafting period: Starts NOW Feb. 4 to Feb. 20
~ You are required to check in with the organizer via pm between the dates of Feb. 16 - Feb 20. Anyone who has not checked in by 7PM (PST) on Feb. 20th will be dropped from the swap and will not receive an address to send to.
~ Addresses will be distributed no later than February 21, 2017.
~ You must ship February 22 - 28, 2017.

Swap Rules:  
~You must post in thread at least once before being accepted into the swap.
~ Please continue to communicate within the thread at least once per week.  
~ No extras please!  Since the only communication will be through this thread, and there will be no discussion among partners, we don't want anyone feeling upset they didn't send an extra!

(This description and swap ideas were freely borrowed from Belladune and alteredmommy, with their permission and then re-borrowed from Smmarrt.)

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

Name of swap: 4 x 6 Art Swap February 2017
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 or, if not, that you have moderator approval (YES/NO)

Do you want one partner or two?
**You may have to send one piece internationally if you choose 2 partners.
Do you have allergies/sensitivities?
Do you have allergens in your home (dog, cat, smoke, etc)
Will you be creating something that someone might find offensive (graphic, nudity, religious, gory etc.)?  
What are some themes that you would find offensive?
What materials would you be using?
What materials would you prefer not to receive?

Do you have a digital camera?
Can you post photos?

**If your art is mainly paper, then no tracking is required. If you are sending an art piece that is fabric, mixed media, felt/knit/crochet or other, then it is the Craftster rules that you use tracking in the USA.
Will you add tracking to your package if necessary?

Round One Gallery --> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=406523.0
Round Two Gallery --> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=408619.0
Round Three Gallery --> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=410191.0
Round Four Gallery --> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=411947.0
Fall 2012 --> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=413137.0
Fall 2014 --> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436593.0
Winter 2015 --> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438203.0
January 2016--> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=442790.0
June 2016 --> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448162.0
Fall 2016 --> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450564.0

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


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