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21  Dutch Treat-another painted/decoupaged end table!IMG HVY in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by balkandina on: October 28, 2007 03:25:41 PM
So this is the sister to my last painted end table http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=199438.0
Instead of Gypsy this one is Dutch. I used some old pages from a great children's book called Children of Other Lands (the bindings had fallen apart.Then I glued a little dutch shoe ship to the shelf.

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22  Re: Tip in with a Twist Gallery in The Swap Gallery by balkandina on: October 28, 2007 03:08:55 PM
So-I finished the front cover.
I'm trying to give the feeling of wallpaper peeling off of an old wall. Simple, but it works for me. I may still add something...probably not Smiley
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23  Re: shrine-a-long in Craftalongs by balkandina on: October 27, 2007 12:25:32 PM
I had no idea this thread existed-thank you KarenLouiseM for directing me here!! I think most of my art pieces tend to the shrine like Smiley And my house is filled with makeshift altars! I adore the shrine you made for DOD swap. Here's mine-my partner received, but hasn't has time to post. I call it a portable Day of Dead Shrine

This is the outside of the old lunch box

inside with room for interchangeable offerings.
The center Our Lady is painted on an aluminum Jones soda can,everything else is found stuff.
Not quite as fancy as some shrines-but hey-it's portable!! I also made some magnets for it since it's metal.
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24  Traditional scarecrow with untraditional blue pumpkins New PICS in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by balkandina on: October 24, 2007 06:07:27 PM
I know this isn't too outrageous, but every year since I was a little girl (that;s a long time Wink ) I've made a scarecrow out of old clothes for Halloween. This year he's sitting on my funkrustico log throne
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=200284.0 and my pumpkins are blue-well bluish green. They're called Australian blue pumpkins and they grew like crazy this year-none of my orange ones did Roll Eyes
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25  Kinda Frida/Pre-Raphaelite Rubber Stamps in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by balkandina on: October 24, 2007 05:42:36 PM
I wanted to see how stamps would look cut "backwards" that is-the penciled edge cut negative. They look like little linocuts.
I tried for Frida Kalho, but my DH says it looks like a balinese dancer Frida!

Then this is inspired by Rossetti's Monna Vanna

I used Dick Blick artists block and a trusty exacto.
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26  Lonely little chair # 2 gets cynical in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by balkandina on: October 23, 2007 09:15:16 AM

I posted a little chair that I found in the alley before
and this is her twin. This one is a little more cynical as you can tell from the pictures, maybe not totally appropriate for a nursery Tongue

I've added several layers of polyurethane since I took these pics. I wanted to leave it "cool" looking, so I just used a cream paint and not a lot of trim. The text and pictures are all from an old school reader. I think Mom looks a little Marilyn Monroish!
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27  Re: (Un)Favorite Things ATC Gallery in The Swap Gallery by balkandina on: October 22, 2007 12:37:31 PM
Yay! I'm first. WyoKrista made me two of the best cards I've ever received. She chose Sleeping as my favourite and cleaning house as my unfavourite.. They are embossed and collaged and have little metal attachments and they're connected with a little hinge.

The images doesn't do them justice-the colours are very retro. Thank you so much Krista-if you have a better pic, please post!!!
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28  Day of the Dead Skull Rubber Stamp-don't look "razberryjam"!! in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by balkandina on: October 18, 2007 09:31:16 AM
I made this for a Day of the Dead Swap-my partner is out of town so I'm hoping she won't see this before her package arrives Grin
It's my first stamp and I was so excited about how simple it was that I did it free hand.
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29  Day of the Dead Skull Light with Jaunty Hat-ala "Crafty Chica" in Halloween Decor and Parties by balkandina on: October 16, 2007 03:01:54 PM
This idea comes from Crafty Chica-Kathy Murillo.She has wonderful Day of the Dead ideas. I got the rubber skull lamp on sale for $3.00 at Target last year, but it just looked too plain. So I added some paint, sequins and a little hat that I got in a grab bag of craft items on half price day at the thrift store.

With the light on

Crafty Chica uses puffy paint and lots more glitter-I just used what I had on hand, but I'll probably add more-DOD skulls can never be too glitzy Grin
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30  Re: Alphabet ATC Y, Z in The Swap Gallery by balkandina on: October 16, 2007 08:03:02 AM

I think that my partner has been busy, so I will post the Z I sent.
It is a Zigzag Zero over Zinnias. I tried to use pieces I got in a recent paper/ephemera swap-the zero and zigzag were from WyoKrista.At this rate I'll get through my stash in about 300 years Cheesy I also made a Z in the gesso/wash background.
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