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1  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2016 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by calluna on: February 12, 2016 05:19:15 PM
I apologize for the delay in posting -- I finally got home to find this killer ATC from spikefan, on my "relatively obscure Doctor Who" theme!

Yay!! I immediately thought, "Ooooo, it's Queen Liz!" But then I realized there were also women in red capes in at least one other episode. My money is on Liz, though. Smiley Thanks so much, I love it!
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2  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2016 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by calluna on: January 30, 2016 11:15:38 PM
And I have a card to share from artsycandice!
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This was from my theme of altered playing cards with female nudity created by women...She nailed it, and this woman is beautiful! Thank you so much!

ETA: I failed to mention that she also included a print of the great painting she completed in the past, shown in others' previous posts. I was really hoping I'd get one too, so I'm very excited to have it!  Kiss
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3  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2016 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by calluna on: January 25, 2016 08:03:38 AM
Hooray, I can finally show you Oath Keeper's card! The theme she took on was one of the four elements depicted as a living entity, and this is water:

So sweet! I don't think this scan picks up all the shading sufficiently; it's all soft and subtle and feels very appropriate for Water. Thank you!
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4  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by calluna on: January 24, 2016 08:41:20 PM
Here is some of what I've been doing this month:

I ended up with a 5-lb bag of sawdust, so I used some of that with old candle wax, dryer lint, empty toilet paper rolls, and egg cartons to made a variety of firestarters for some friends who have a mountain cabin.

Initially I was heating the candle wax in a glass jar in the oven, which was tedious and messy. Then the crock pot became unusable for food due to cracks, so I tossed a bunch of sawdust in with three candles and melted everything together nicely. I used molds for most of the firestarters, but in the end I was just treating it like cookie dough, rolling it into balls and letting it harden. Wear some kind of gloves if you work with lots of sawdust; doing so got me through this project without a single splinter!  Smiley

On more of the design/tech-y side, a colleague and I presented a poster at a conference this past week, designing the poster (and some infographics that didn't make it into the final poster) on Canva.com.

Here are some completed ATCs, using old scrap photos as starting points. I have a half dozen massive scrapbooks that take up a lot of space and are full of a lot of things I simply don't care about anymore. From these I yanked a large amount of photos, patterned paper, and cardstock, and am on a mission to repurpose as much of it as I can.

One watercolor:

And I respun a bulky yarn I'd first spun last year, to thin it out and get more yardage out of it. No photo of that; I'll post one when I finish spinning all the roving I have left over.
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5  Re: 2016 Ongoing ATC Swap Discussion Thread in New Swap Theme Ideas by calluna on: January 13, 2016 09:03:20 PM
I've done that too! And in fact, I was looking at the photo before reading your text, and I didn't notice that it was backward, I was just thinking, "Oops, that nice card was posted to the discussion thread instead of the gallery..."  Cheesy

I received a rubber stamp (the foam variety) of the "ohm" symbol, and it wasn't until I used it on an ATC--and finished the ATC--that I realized it was backwards:
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6  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by calluna on: January 01, 2016 01:23:11 PM
So cute!

I'll join in today's crafting! I (think I) finally finished a mixed-media ATC that's been vexing me since 2008! It started as an unsatisfying zentangle, then I turned it into a tiny weaving loom, then attached some beaded crochet as a frame, then wove up some scraps of thread and handspun yarn. All that I did today was finish the weaving, for the record.  Smiley

Quick photo of poor quality:

Also, regarding Doctor Who ATC-along, I am working on a spreadsheet of episodes with notes to jog memory and ideas of how to turn them into ATCs. Then there's another column for non-ATC craft ideas that come from an episode. When the spreadsheet is more complete I'm happy to share it.
I've found this collection of episode transcripts on an unofficial website helpful; click on "episodes" links in the left-side column: http://www.chakoteya.net/doctorwho/

Now back to art-and-craft...
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7  Re: July, August, September 2015 Birthday Swap! Gallery and Discussion in The Swap Gallery by calluna on: October 10, 2015 05:00:46 PM
And it has arrived!!  Grin

dessadoll made me a prayer flag and a gaggle of ATCs, as well as sending me a pack of ATC sleeves to store in my binder!

Prayer flag...with a bunch of french knots on the sides, just to be awesome:

And my ATC bounty:

Thanks so much!!
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8  Re: Ongoing Yet Another TM Patch Swap Round 1 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by calluna on: September 22, 2015 04:46:29 PM
RovingAnarchist blew me away with the patches she sent...First, gorgeous and elegant Tree of Life embroidery:

And second, she took me up on the gay pinup theme, and she PAINTED it!!!

It's impressively done and also cracks me up. Cheesy Thank you!

I greatly enjoyed the swap!

Sidenote: Within the 2 minutes it took to post the pictures and return to the My Photos page, RovingAnarchist's sailor-boy already had 37 views!
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9  Re: July, August, September 2015 Birthday Swap! Gallery and Discussion in The Swap Gallery by calluna on: September 04, 2015 08:13:24 AM
I received cloth pads, with extra flannel inserts, from plaidpineapple! While I have greatly appreciated (and extensively used) all the pads I've gathered from various Craftsterers, I can say hands down that these are the prettiest...

I've never seen this pattern before; it's super easy to change out the inserts/liners inside, or double up on them if needed! Other sides (with the inserts):

Thank you so much! I'm honestly vacillating about putting them to use because they're so nice to look at.  Cheesy I will, most certainly, use them, but I think I want to save these from my monthly rotation for a while so I can just admire them in their pristine state.   Grin
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10  Re: Ongoing Yet Another TM Patch Swap Round 1 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by calluna on: August 26, 2015 10:46:27 AM
Hooray, problem fixed for now! The wait is over, and much shorter than anticipated.  Grin

GoldenSunshine sent me these beautiful patches: a henna design-inspired bird (the back side is practically as nice as the front; the backs of the stitched patches I make are usually hideous!), and a beaded tree! I love these kinds of iridescent green-blue beads. Thank you!!

ETA: I just reworded something I said above -- I was referring to my stitching as being hideous, not other people's!  Kiss
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