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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Pendent Swap 2014 - Gallery!!!! on: July 25, 2014 07:30:21 AM
OK - that just looks like a fun and awesome chandelier!
12  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: Nugget - multiple ways... my first more complex stamp... on: July 25, 2014 07:27:39 AM
Thanks everyone.  I had so much fun making copies, I had to admit that I had a strong desire to keep the stamp, but that would have been selfish, especially as Nugget is legatostroke's dog, and it would mean more to her, so yes, I sent it to her as well, which was my original intention. 

However, now I really want to make some of my three.  I just hope I have a pic of each of them that will translate well to a stencil/stamp pattern.

Oh yes, in case anyone doesn't know, I use the stencil generator link that someone else shared here years ago...


I have used that one dozens of times to make stencils.
13  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: Nugget - multiple ways... my first more complex stamp... on: July 25, 2014 04:18:03 AM
it's the concentrate you have to use.  I used a product called Orange TKO, another one is Citrasolv.  I am wondering if GooGone is a similar product too.
14  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Nugget - multiple ways... my first more complex stamp... on: July 24, 2014 07:01:54 PM

I made this recently for legatostroke for the Craft my Pet Swap that is going on right now.  After she sent me pictures of her dogs, I looked at the one of her dog Nugget and thought he had a perfect face for making into a carved stamp.  I edited it into a a stencilized image, reversed it and printed it out on a laser printer in the size I wanted. 

I was going to try to hand draw the image of Nugget onto my stamp carving material, but then I had an idea.  I had used an orange oil to transfer images onto clothe, wood, and other things before, and thought I would try it to transfer the image onto the stamp material - and it worked!! (more about it here)

It transferred a really nice image onto the material and it made carving it out so much easier - I was able to do most of it in one evening!  I was very happy with the end result (bar a couple of little mistakes).

I stamped several times with it to try to see where I could clean the image up more, and after finishing it, I decided to use it to make two finished pieces to send to legatostroke as well, as crafted extras.

This is a 9x12 canvas that I painted with a sky-like background.  I stamped Nugget in several different colours, and trimmed them out.  I used gel medium to attach each one onto the canvas, and went over them all with another layer of gel medium to smooth it out more.  I added one of my test prints to the back as part of the title and signature - I called it Nugget - Nine Ways (+1). 

Also, I took the Nugget stamp, and inked him with a nice brown ink, and printed him several times onto a tan paper, and cut those out to make some note cards - a set of a half dozen, in tan/blue.  I loved the combination of the colours.  I added some plain beige envelopes to couple with them.

What can I say - I was thrilled how he turned out!  I was half tempted to keep him, but it would just be wrong, especially as he was not my dog!
15  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Silhouette Cameo Cut Notecards on: July 24, 2014 06:38:18 PM
Oh I love the fox cards!  I have been looking at that machine, but I just spent a lot of money for my annual craft festival/workshops, so I will admire from afar - those cards though, really make me want one!
16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Spam, sausage, bacon, and spam - another Monty Python swap? on: July 24, 2014 04:31:13 PM
Oh that is cute!
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Spam, sausage, bacon, and spam - another Monty Python swap? on: July 24, 2014 02:04:20 PM
oooooh... love RD,  and Fawlty Towers too.  Anyone ever watch Keeping Appearances, or Are You Being Served too.  Or the puppetry shoe Spitting Image?
18  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Very simple dress on: July 24, 2014 07:19:51 AM
That looks so summery and comfortable - love the stitch detailing on the straps
19  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Crafted Notecards Round 3 (signups 7/14-7/24 sendouts August 15) on: July 24, 2014 07:18:02 AM
I know - they become addictive.  I took a small workshop on making them as filler for some empty space in my schedule for a crafting festival/workshop series I go to every Fall, a couple of years ago, and I've been hooked since.  I just signed up a few minutes ago for another 5 days of workshops.  So I am all jazzed up to craft something 'cause I am looking forward to this year's festival.  If we get partnered soon, I may just be motivated to finish and send fast!
20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Whimsical Shrine Gallery on: July 24, 2014 07:13:03 AM
Darn... I sent mine off yesterday and I just had another idea for it.

I can't wait to see what everyone made!
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