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41  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Prayer Flags on: May 06, 2016 11:19:05 AM
They are all wonderful - I love the white on black and how great your mason jar looks, and the batik fabric for the second one is beautiful... but you took my heart with your embroidered dog!
42  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Little drawstring bags! on: May 06, 2016 09:08:13 AM
Great way to use up small bits of yarn!  They look like they would make nice sachets and soap bags/scrubbies too!
43  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Creative Collective... a crafter's fund... on: May 06, 2016 08:54:23 AM
IT WORKS.  I found that having a pre-amount taken out every pay day from my account for RRSPs made it thoughtless to save for that - so we tried it for Christmas last year - each of us put in $20 each week and took the cash to go shopping on the weekend after Black Friday, since we have that in Canada now, and we pretty much stuck to the budget - a few things we bought on-line, but paid for it out of the tin.  Anything leftover, we rolled into the next year.

So after Creativ Fest last year, I took what was leftover in my budget (and it was not much!) and popped it into a tin, and also added any Christmas money/birthday money I had, and am also popping in $20/week.  I figure that way I can pay for the workshops, and still have a tidy sum leftover for shopping!  Well, maybe not huge - there are the kit fees too.

I trimmed down getting breakfast at Tim Hortons at work and the occasional latte - make coffee/tea, and a bagel at home instead, so I figure I am just funneling those savings into the craft habit instead - a better use of money (and probably a few calories saved too).
44  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Falling Leaves - more resin collage pendents.... on: May 06, 2016 02:19:35 AM
Thank you.  I am in love with how resin amplifies the sparkle in pearl paint and the sheen of metal.
45  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Creative Collective... a crafter's fund... on: May 06, 2016 02:17:53 AM
Thanks everyone Smiley

Anyone care to contribute Wink
46  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Falling Leaves - more resin collage pendents.... on: May 05, 2016 08:13:32 AM
I had an idea to make a Fall themed pendent and made these last week.

They are very similar in vein to the previous collage pendents I have made in the past - using bamboo or other wood tile bases, painting on a background colour, adding some paper die-cut elements. 

A bit of a difference is that for the focal element, I used metal tape that was die cut into the leaf shape and coloured with alcohol inks - the resin overlay really makes the metal leaves shine.

I made many of these, and used maple leaves, with the idea of sharing these with fellow Craftsters, those who are interested anyways, who come to the Canada Meet Up this summer - hope to see you guys there...

If anyone is not aware of it, but is interested, there is a discussion in the general boards here in the Miscellaneous Board...., here in the City Guides...., and here if you are FOC....

Also, more pics and whatnot about this project on my blog if anyone is interested....
47  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Creative Collective... a crafter's fund... on: May 05, 2016 06:53:13 AM

I have a lot of tins waiting to be decorated and reused... in fact, there are people at work who save nice tins just for me to do this with.  I am a crafting hoarder with a lot of enablers.

But I finally got around to decorating one of them last week and this is what came of it.

I had been saving money weekly for my crafting vacation in the Fall - every year for the past several years I go to the Creativ Festival in the Fall, which is a floor show of different craft/hobby venders/makers and also a series of workshops - it is a great way to meet with other crafters from all over the country and the world, learn new skills, meet suppliers, etc - I love it.  But I have been getting the platinum membership for myself and it can be pricey, so saving a bit every week makes it very manageable.

I have been using an old spice tin, but wanted something prettier, so I took an old cocoa tin and made it prettier.

I wrapped the tin with a layer of music note printed craft paper, then layered some acrylic paint washes over it.  While that dried, I die cut some wildflower shapes and embossed the shapes with metallic embossing powder and glued those over the painted surface of the tin.

I then made a ribbon wrap, with some jute and a stamped copper label.  For the lid, I added a riveted leather handle.

I love it so much more - and I especially love what it is filled with - I now have enough for the platinum pass and a bit of spending money.  I plan to keep adding a set amount to it every week, plus any birthday money or whatnot I happen to get, and should have a nice little bundle for spending when it rolls around in October...

More pics and details about this project on my blog if anyone is interested.
48  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best way to restart on: May 05, 2016 05:02:41 AM
Take a look at stores like Marshalls/Winners/Homesense - I have found many paper packs, embossing folders, punches, dies, stickers, card making kits, stamps, and other paper crafting whatnots there for good prices.  Look also at on-line stores like Simon Says Stamp, FunkieJunkie, and others - they often will have sales on various things, or clearance items too - especially when it is Black Friday/Cyber Monday/Boxing Day.  I have gotten some great stamps at fantastic clearance prices, or whatnot.

I would keep an eye out for thrift stores, garage sales, church sales, and if there are local hospitals, retirement homes, and the like that do sales too - you may be able to find people who are clearing out goodies from their supplies or what not.

If your community has a freecycle network or something like, you can post looking for items or see if anyone is offering anything  - often it is for people wanting to clear out goods, they are free, you just have to pick it up.  I no longer really am part of my local one, but it is how I got a free dishwasher, fireplace goodies, wood, Christmas trees for work, and got rid of things too - beats stuff going to the landfill.

Check out craigslist and kijiji for the same.

You can also check out your local library or used bookstores to get clearance items - I go to the library to get old books for ephemera - sheet music/maps/old coffee table books/magazines/kids books/dictionaries - even some of the vintage card pockets and covers.

See if there are other paper crafters in your area who are willing to get together to do a craft and swap - it's nice to craft in a group - but then you can also pool your resources and share equipment - for example a few people have different dies, then everyone can share and have a larger resource of die cut shapes... if someone works for a local paper archive, maybe share some vintage images, whatever.

Dollar store.... many have great craft sections, and there are some good finds in the housewares or whatever sections too.

I troll the clearance sections of all the stores I go to - it's amazing what can be found sometimes.
49  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / Re: Bookmarks For Long-distance Moms on: May 01, 2016 07:31:05 AM
That is lovely and streamlined!
50  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Shattered Dreams on: April 28, 2016 02:49:39 AM
Beautiful - is this the finished piece, or in progress?
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