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51  Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Round 6!!!! in The Swap Gallery by SevsOnlyGirl on: December 11, 2010 03:03:45 PM
I received from TwistedTruth today!  Here's a breakdown!

First, she made a special stocking for my daughter:

Katelyn also got a bookmark, arrow post its and lipgloss (which she adores!):

Then she sent a SECOND stocking for me!

Lipgloss, washcloth and bookmark:

A beautiful tree in a hoop:

knitting and cross stitch goodies:

A really soft gray hat, cute button earrings and a little plush:

A record bowl and a Harry Potter recipe book:

cute little pins:

AND a whole Nightmare Before Christmas set!

Thanks so much, TwistedTruth!
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52  Re: Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Swap Gallery in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by SevsOnlyGirl on: November 02, 2010 06:27:18 AM
I'm glad that Chloe likes the basket!  The always shirt looks great on you!

I think that I got the better end of the deal with the exchange with PirateColey!  Here goes:

Look at this stinkin' cute packaging and labels!  There are packages from Magical Menagerie, Gladrags Wizardwear, Zonko's, Honeydukes, Madam Malkins and Twilfit & Tattings!

Shirts for Griffin and Katelyn to wear to the movie.  As we were eating lunch I told PC that Griffin wanted a dragon shirt, but I can't do dragons!

Shirt for me for the movie:

I just love Crookshanks and PC had crafted a cat for someone, so I asked if she could make me one.  She did and included Scabbers!  You know it's Scabbers because he's missing a finger. Cheesy

The cutest Ravenclaw purse!

Deathly Hallows necklace (detachable charm) and Ravenclaw charm:

Extras: see the cute tissue paper?  All the bags had handstamped tissue paper!  There's HP glasses, journal, notepad, snitch magnet, valentine, stickers and the pic is missing the wallet - Katelyn has it already. Smiley

The goodies all together:

Fudge Skulls and Peppermint Toads:

Candy Wands and Muggle lemondrops:

Vampire Candy:

Gummy body parts:

Nicole - thanks so much for swapping with me!  Ladies - if you get a chance to swap with PC, jump at it!  Everything is beautiful and lunch was fun!
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53  Archived Misc. Challenges in Discussion and Questions by SevsOnlyGirl on: October 01, 2010 01:17:11 PM
Welcome to the Miscellaneous Board's Winter Holiday Decor Challenge!

Ready to post your project for the Challenge?  Go here!

We will be crafting from Oct. 1st - Oct. 31, 2010.  Projects are due to be posted Nov. 1st - 8th, 2010.  Voting will be held Nov. 8th - 15th, with a winner being announced on Nov. 16, 2010.


1 - Projects must be handmade

2 - Projects created before or after this timeframe will not be removed from the entry board, but will be excluded from the voting

3 - Post your craft during the period of Nov. 1st - 8th, 2010, no sooner or later.

4 - Each participant may enter ONE project


The winner of the Winter Holiday Decor Challenge will have their choice of one prize of the following:

A)  Member Eliea is offering a choice of hair clippies from her etsy:  

CraftKnack Etsy Shop

B)  Member Jessiesmudge is offering a choice of zipper pouch or coffee cozy from her etsy:  

C)  Member grobarka59 is offering a choice of one of four pendants from her etsy:


The choices of pendants:  

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54  3rd Quarter 2010 Featured Projects! (july, august, september) in MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS by SevsOnlyGirl on: September 21, 2010 08:56:09 AM
We had some great projects this quarter!  It was hard to pick just a few, but I did just that!

First up we have, Steampunk K-9 by aethelberga

Next up is, Vampire Hunter Kit by lvl0rg4n

Last, but certainly not least, is the Handspun Fiber Log by our 3rd Quarter Featured Artist, sheepBlue!

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55  Quarterly Featured Artist: sheepBlue! (July/Aug/Sept) in MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS by SevsOnlyGirl on: September 20, 2010 09:53:53 AM
This Quarter's Featured Artist is sheepBlue!  sheepBlue posts all over Craftster and does a lovely job in everything!

How long have you been crafting?  What's the first thing you remember crafting?

Ive been crafting for as long as I can remember. Both my parents are very creative and raised me to want to find my creative outlets as well. Trying to remember back to the first thing I made, the thing that sticks out is a ceramic bird I made in preschool or kindergarten. It was glazed a beautiful deep blue and I was so proud of it; I think now it sits on my dads computer desk somewhere in pieces. Over the years appendages slowly fell off, but somehow never got lost.

What's your favorite media?

Its so hard to just pick one because I find inspiration in so many different crafts and materials. That being said, I will forever love sculpture and anything that has elements of texture in them, especially if theyre made from recycled or unconventional materials; I am such a tactile girl, I always have my hands all over anything with an interesting texture because it brings another level of connection to a piece of art that really engages your senses in an instinctual kind of way. Lately, I have been playing a lot with textural types of art built off of canvases using polymer clay layered over armatures (most of the time foil) and then painted or layered with papers and other crazy things. I love mixing materials because the textural aspect tends to grow from that.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=359393.0  Whimsy Bird Assembly

What inspires you?

 Oh god, everything, especially anything quirky and unusual. I find that a lot of my work draws inspiration from the people and art around me because I fall so in love with it I want to try and emulate it with my own personal style, and slowly as I work on a project or several in a series it evolves into its own unique thing.

Do you have a crafty/creative philosophy?

I dont intentionally have one, though I suppose if I did it would be to try and experiment with everything, and to not be discouraged if a project doesnt go the way you wanted it to. I have made plenty of things that I didnt deem worthy of posting on craftster just because they were pretty bad, but after trying again and again to create the vision in my head I can usually get closer to my goal and learn a lot in the mean time.

On what other boards can Craftster members find your work posted?
I post a lot on the Needlework and Papercrafting boards as well as sometimes on the More Art, Less Craft board.

More Art, Less Craft - I love triptychs!

Papercrafts - Awesome Altered Puzzle!

Needlecrafts - I love felt!

What's your favorite creation that you've posted to Craftster?

If I had to pick one Id say my Day of the Dead canvas is one of my favorites. I rarely remake something because I get bored after the first time wanting to move onto a different project, but I loved this so much I had to make another for myself. It was made with acrylic paint, puffy paint, glitter glue and sculpey clay for the skull piece. The texture of all the lines framing the skull are fantastic though and I love touching it a lot.


What's your favorite item on Craftster created by someone else?

You are killing me, how can I choose? Lately I have been completely lusting after FoxyBlues artwork because it so beautifully detailed and textural!!! Love it! This piece in particular is my favorite.


Thank you, sheepBlue!
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56  Re: FOC Wist Swap! Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by SevsOnlyGirl on: July 28, 2010 11:39:47 AM
The owls are adorable and the gourd is totally cool!  Great job, ladies!

I received from sarahj2001 last night.  I was absolutely blown away!  She made me a Juliet sweater (I think that's the name of it) and it fits perfectly!  It seriously hangs perfectly, I must have been doing something and not straightened it before I had the picture taken - I've been getting compliments all day!

Thanks so much, Sarah!!
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57  Re: Vampire/Vampyre Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by SevsOnlyGirl on: July 05, 2010 12:35:47 PM
Somehow I forgot to post a pic of the amazing bookmark that Krafty_Karasu stitched for me!  In fact, it is so fabulous that my sister begged to be able to keep it. Cheesy

She figured out the pattern on her own, isn't it beautiful!
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58  Re: Vampire/Vampyre Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by SevsOnlyGirl on: July 03, 2010 09:06:55 AM
I received from Krafty_Karasu today!  Get ready to be jealous!! Smiley

First up is a pin - I can use it as a sweater pin or a regular lapel pin - I love it!!

Next up are bloody earrings - so cute and I wear earrings all the time so I'll get lots of use out of these!

A victorian inspired vampy bib necklace!

Last of all, but one that will be on display in my office - a vampiress shadowbox!  Isn't it pretty?  Yes, I know, you can see my shirt reflected in the glass. Cheesy  I couldn't get a good pic without a reflection of me somewhere in it.lol

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59  Quarterly Featured Projects (april/may/june) in MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS by SevsOnlyGirl on: June 16, 2010 09:12:03 AM
We've had some great projects this quarter!  We have offerings from SheepBlue, Phizzychick, jerilynfoley and pinokeeo.

SheepBlue's Whimsy Curio Thing

Phizzychick's Steampunk Curio Cabinet

jerilynfoley's Spaghetti Monster

pinokeeo's Floppy Disk Briefcase

I hope you've enjoyed these Featured Projects and look forward to the next quarter! Smiley
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60  Quarterly Featured Artist (april/may/june) in MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS by SevsOnlyGirl on: June 16, 2010 08:33:43 AM
I wanted to revive the Misc. Board Featured Artist feature and thought what better way to begin than with jennieingram!  Jennie is all over Craftster and posts quite frequently on the Misc. Board, I'm sure you've seen her posts. Smiley  I had the chance to interview jennieingram and here's what she has to say about crafting:

How long have you been crafting?  What's the first thing you remember crafting?
I have been crafting as long as I can remember.  My mom was a very active person, who always had several projects going, whether it was renovating a Colonial house, or teaching herself to quilt, all while running a day care with lots of extra children in the house.  Growing up she would give me bits of paper, boxes of colored pencils, scraps of fabric, buttons, glue and scissors, and tell me to go make something with them.  When I was eight or nine she took up quilting, and bought a new sewing machine.  She gave me her old one and I remember making small quilts, potholders, placemats, and costumes with that machine for years.  When we would be out somewhere shopping and I would see something I liked, she would tell me You could make that.  Actually, you could make a BETTER one than that.  We would go find the supplies, and experiment until we did in fact make a better version of whatever I had seen.  It seemed that when birthdays and Christmas rolled around as a kid, I always received craft kits, or art supplies.  I liked the craft kits, but would usually end up just scavenging them for parts for some other craft I had dreamed up.   

The first thing I distinctly remember crafting were a set of Lacing Cards for my favorite aunt who was pregnant with twin girls when I was 4 years old.  Someone had given me a My Little Pony lacing card set (one of those kits where you run the yarn through the pre-punched holes in the cardboard, outlining whatever the image was) and I remember picking out my two favorite colors of yarn from the kit and working on them on the porch with my aunt while she rested her swollen ankles.  Even as a kid and a teenager, I never bought presents for people, I always made them.

You work in so many different medias, what's your favorite?

I dont have an overall favorite, I just go through crafting phases.  For a month Ill do nothing but jewelry, then the following month Ill be all about quilting.  The only constant seems to be that I dont usually do at home, the same craft Im doing at work.  I work as a costume designer and costume technician, which requires me to do a lot of sewing, but also a lot of unusual crafting, like dyeing, leather working, plaster casting, mask making.

If I had to give you my top few crafts though, it would be jewelry making, quilting, cooking, and coming up with really random items like my Harry Potter Crafting & Sewing Magical Emergency Kit.  I like really intricate things, that have lots of little parts and pieces to make match a theme.

What inspires you?

I get inspired by the beautiful things I see here on Craftster every day.  I tend to browse the boards a few times a day, and bookmark my favorite items.  I also am inspired by my friends who come over to craft with me on the weekends, and my swap partners.  When I really want to get the creative juices flowing, I stalk a swap partner, or go through a favorite crafters profile or wist.  I always love seeing anything new posted by Phizzychick, pinkleo, Knickertwist, and FoxyBlue, just to name a few.

Do you have a crafty/creative philosophy?
Surround yourself with things that make you smile, and put all your heart into a project.  It will always show when you do.

What other boards can Craftster members find your work?

You can mostly find me on the Quilting, Jewelry, and Cooking boards, as well as in the land of Craft Swaps.
Strawberry Filled Vampire Cupcakes

Charm and Cluster Bracelets

Tree of Life Wall Quilt

What's your favorite creation that you've posted to Craftster?

I have two favorites.  The first is The Potions Master Charm Bracelet that I made for SevsOnlyGirl in the Loaded Charm Bracelet Swap.  I loved getting to go to so much detail in the project, and that it allowed me to push myself outside of my normal crafting comfort zones.  I tend to make lots of very orderly bracelets, with equally sized charms.  In that one I just let my imagination carry me away.

The second one is my Once and Future Valentine Shrine for my husband, James.  Hes very supportive of my crazy crafting endeavors, and of my unusual career choice, which keeps me busy long after normal peoples quitting times.  Hes picked up and moved across the country for me twice now, and though I tell him all the time that I love him, I made me so happy to make something something so personal just for him.   

What's your favorite thing on Craftster created by someone else?

The Scrappy Squares quilt by KatherineEmma (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=197185.0) & The Guild of Fairy Godmothers Book by Knickertwist

I hope you've all enjoyed a peek into the world of jennieingram! 
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