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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Post Secret Swap IV Gallery!!! on: June 29, 2008 09:32:35 PM
Here's an angel card I received.  I didn't post it originally because I thought it was a duplicate....but then I couldn't find the mysterious original.  Strange...

2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: fruity softies on: June 22, 2008 06:34:03 PM
I love them!  They remind me of vintage postcard images circa 1890's (I have a valentine one of a man with a gigantic pear head)

That's insane!  If you ever get a chance to scan the postcard I'd love to see it!

Haha!! I am in love with your friends!!!  Kiss

Thanks so much.  They're a lot of fun to make.

These are awesome! Especially loving the SWC refrences. I want a Mr. Noblet fruit!

I wouldn't mind a little Noblet myself.........perh aps I shouldn't write that though.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: fruity softies on: June 20, 2008 01:19:26 PM
flippin' cute---did you use printable cotton sheets?  I LOVE that stuff!

I'm not sure what printable cotton is.  Tell me more!

I just used regular muslin.  I love it though.  One of my favourite fabrics.
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / fruity softies on: June 20, 2008 12:47:29 PM
After buying a couple books about softies I could no longer resist my urge to make some cute cute toys.  I really liked the projects in Softies books, but there were some absolutely fantastic toys in Plush You.  I was super inspired by the headless robot screenprinted on muslin from the second book.  I can't tell you the artists name at the moment because I'm away from my book.

I himmed and hawed for a long time over what I would like to make.  I began cutting out a lot of different patterns, but never got around to finishing them up.  I decided that I needed to make something all my own.

So I came up with this bunch friends.  I call them Hot Fruit because I'm a ridicuously big fan of Amy Sedaris' Strangers With Candy.  If you know the show you probably know what I'm talking about.  If you don't know the show then there's no point in explaining....my comedy skills are not near what Ms. Sedaris' are.

I created these images in Photoshop.  I tweaked and combined a bunch of public domain graphics, created some screens and printed away.  Although to true colour of the ink does not show well in these photos, I must say that it's stunning.  I had wanted to print in brown so I combined red and green inks....and this is what I came out with.  I think of it as a happy accident.  I printed on unbleached muslin and stuffed with regular ole polyfill.  I backed all of them with recycled fabrics.

Anyway, after that whole long story....please allow me to introduce you to my new friends:

Jerry








Noblet








Geoffrey






Orlando








Tammy







I also wanted to thank fellow Craftster Sewing Stars for her wonderful hidden stitch tutorial!
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: little green bear on: June 18, 2008 07:29:15 PM
How friggin' cute is he?!?!   And a perfect name for him too.  Love it!
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Well Read & Naughty Book Bag on: June 09, 2008 04:50:46 PM
Awesome!  Totally, totally awesome.  Good work! Cheesy
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Deep Sea Divers, Space Men, Dress Forms, Robots and Sunday School Walks... on: May 29, 2008 07:08:34 AM
I had spent a long time away from screen printing.  I was really struggling with the photo emulsion technique and I hadn't really enjoyed it.  However, recently I've been able to connect with a bunch of fantastically talented local printers and they've shared some of their mad skills with me.

So I've been building screens and pumping out prints like crazy.  I work with The Sally Ann so I get fantastic discounts at my local thrift shops.  I can't leave the store without a cart full of stuff.

I use public domain graphics and hand drawn images for my prints.  There's definitely no shortage of cool stuff out there.

Enjoy and let me know what you think.  Just remember that these are some of the first pieces I've done in quite some time...

















8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Post Secret Swap Round 5 Gallery on: May 26, 2008 03:59:20 PM
Yea for round 5!  Beautiful cards have arrived already!  I love the twirly friends card.  Beautiful!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: The Sock Knitters' Acorn on: May 20, 2008 03:43:58 PM
Brilliant!  And so pretty too!  I love it!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: sewing box redo... warning photo heavy.. on: May 20, 2008 03:38:47 PM
How pretty is that?!  What a wonderful gift for your friend!
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