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31  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted Neckwarmer (with tutorial) on: January 29, 2011 04:19:38 AM
I made this neckwarmer for Marc on his request (I made him two neckwarmers before, but he wanted one that was tighter around his neck, so that is why I added the button closure and knitted it horizontal instead of vertical this time).




Tutorial:
I used acrylic yarn on 4mm needles.
Knit 2 / pearl 2, over 60 stitches.
After 46 cm (18 inch) I switched colours.
In the 7th row of the second colour I made 4 button holes (by tying off 3 stitches, which I casted back on in the next row).
Added on 2 febr.: it is probably better to make your button holes only 2 stitches wide (I had to sew them in with sewing thread, when Marc noticed that they became too wide).
After 5,5 cm (2.16 inch) of the second colour I finished off.
Then I sewed four large buttons to the other end of the neckwarmer, appr. 1,5 cm (0.6 inch) from the edge.

I hope you like it.
BeaG
32  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / New series of ATC's (abstract art) on: January 26, 2011 01:57:42 AM
Within a short time I seem to have gotten addicted to making ATC's.
So I proudly present a new series!
I made a monotype/monoprint, by painting on a glass plate and then pressing it onto sturdy white paper (you can only make one print this way, hence the name).
I used acrylic paint (whereas monotypes are often done with ink) and after it dried, I cut up my artwork into 9 seperate ATC's.
I hope you like them.



I would love to know what you think of them!
And which one is your favorite?
Thanks!
BeaG
33  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / ATC's 10, 11 and 12 on: January 25, 2011 01:00:26 AM
These ATC's were made by scanning a vintage image of a little girl, printing it and then cutting and pasting it (in layers) on enforced craft paper.



Scanning an already scanned picture did not do justice to the pictures. They look better in real life.

I'd love to know what you think of them!
BeaG
34  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / ATC's 7, 8 and 9 on: January 22, 2011 11:18:44 AM
As you may have noticed, I like to make things in series of three.
So, here are three new ATC's I made:



The base of these ATC's is pastel drawing paper, in three different colours (enforced with sturdy paper on the back).
I drew an oakleaf on a page of a vintage French schoolbook, cut it out, and decorated it with ink. Then I pasted it to the pastel drawing paper.

Tip: I have a box full of molds/patterns I made out of recycled cardboard (piza boxes, cerial boxes, etc.). Whenever I need to repeat a certain shape, I make a cardboard pattern/mold for it and keep it, even after the project is done.
This autumn I collected and dried some oak leaves in various shapes and sizes and then drew them over on cardboard to make a nice set of molds. They come in easy for card making, ATC making, making felt figures, etc.
Every time we pack a box of old paper to be collected with our garbage, I take out any piece of cardboard that can be reused and store them in a see through box.

Okay, I'd love to get your comments on my new series of ATC's!
Thanks!
BeaG
35  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / ATC's 4, 5 and 6 on: January 18, 2011 01:01:02 AM
I made three more ATC's.
They are drawn with ink on thick smooth paper.
I really challenged my fibromyalgia with these three... (yep, I'm stubborn).



I would love to know what you think of them (and which one is your favorite).
Thanks!
BeaG
36  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jewelry Displays (recycled Ikea mirrors), with tutorial! on: January 16, 2011 02:58:51 AM
I made these two jewelry displays for my stepdaughter Romy (11), for Christmas.
She loves them.



I took two Ikea mirrors and covered their wooden frames with fancy wallpaper from a wallpaper sample book.
I got a huge pile of expensive wallpaper sample books for free from an interior decorating shop (one can always ask...).
The colours match Romy's room. I attached the wallpaper with double sided tape.

I drew dots for the placement of the hooks on a piece of paper, attached it to the display with scotch tape to keep it in place, and made small holes by hitting a nail with a hammer, through the paper, into the wallpaper covered wood. Then I removed the paper and (with a lot of help from Marc) screwed in the hooks.
I used three kinds of hooks: smaller hooks for rings, eye-hooks for earrings, and bigger hooks for necklaces, bracelets, etc.

At the back I used a few pieces of cardboard to secure the mirror in its place. Then I glued on two hooks for hanging up the mirror. And I attached felt patches (the ones you use under your furniture legs, to protect your floor), to protect the walls they will hang on.

Side views, so you can have a better look at the hooks:


Please feel free to copy this idea.
If you have any more questions, please ask.
I'd love to hear what you think of them!
BeaG
37  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My first (three) ATC's on: January 10, 2011 04:02:25 AM
I used to be a fine artist, but had to give that up years ago when I got severe chronic pains (I have fibromyalgia and some other chronic health issues).
Now, for the first time in many years, I have made some (small) works of art and that feels so good!
So, I proudly present, my first three ATC's:



I used coloured pencils and ink on cardstock.
I hope you like them!
BeaG
38  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / ATC question on: January 07, 2011 11:34:39 AM
Hi everyone,
I just made my first ATC and plan on making lots more.
Since I'm new at it, I have a few questions:
1. Where do you trade yours?
I think Flickr will be the best place for me to trade them (since I'm very active in admiring other peoples' creations on Flickr and sharing mine), but perhaps you craftsters can give me some more suggestions.
2. When someone wants to trade their ATC with mine, am I obliged to trade it with the first person asking? Or can I wait untill I see an ATC that I'd really love to have.
In other words: is it impolite to refuse a trade?
That's it for the moment.
Thanks for your help in advance!
BeaG
39  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Notebook Cover (for a paper notebook, not a digital one...); more pictures added on: January 04, 2011 03:35:59 AM
I designed and made this cover for a paper notebook and pen as a Christmas gift.
It also has pockets for keeping loose notes, tickets, etc.
Materials used: cotton fabrics, cardboard, fleece (for padding the outside), and for the teapot on the front: embroidery thread, embroidery fabric and a piece of ribbon.


I hope you like it.
Kind regards,
BeaG

Two more pictures (jan.24):


40  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Reindeer (made from wine cork and twigs) on: December 31, 2010 08:34:11 AM
This is a project that my partner Marc designed and made for last year's Christmas.
Some of you might already have seen the pictures on my Flickr or featured on other internet sites.
For those of you who haven't: enjoy!


Happy New Year!
BeaG
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