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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Basque stitch on: February 20, 2017 05:49:25 PM
That is a lovely stitch I hadn't seen before; thank you for sharing! I should take a better look around that site; I have a plain skirt ready for some stich craziness but so far I lack a plan.
2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber paintings - they're just so much fun. on: February 13, 2016 09:32:56 AM
The proud mole rat is my favorite thing I've seen in a long, long time.   Grin
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2016 Gallery! 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!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2016 Gallery! 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
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2016 Gallery! on: January 25, 2016 05:34:04 PM
Holy crap that's awesome! The sparkles are a great touch.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: 2016 Ongoing ATC Swap Discussion Thread on: January 25, 2016 10:03:23 AM
Yes, the Craftster community is, hands-down, the best out there!  Kiss
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: 2016 Ongoing ATC Swap Discussion Thread on: January 25, 2016 08:27:59 AM
Another good resource is atcsforall.com -- I don't want to take business away from this swap,  Cheesy but it is worth a look at the vast gallery and many varieties of swaps and trades. It's a different format from Craftster, but they are friendly too, always welcoming of new members and every level of experience. I flutter back and forth between this swap and activities on their site, depending on what inspires me.  Smiley Members organize "art-athons", concentrated periods of art-making (3-7 days) that focus on developing certain techniques or making cards on a certain basic theme, and there is constant chit-chat, helpful guidance, and abundant one-on-one card trading. There are Q&A forums on various ATC topics too. Keep doing this swap, but also peruse what goes on over there!

This artist has a big collection of techniques and tutorials for mixed media: https://techniqueszone.wordpress.com/
But as a word of warning before diving into other sites' tutorials, you really don't need to raid the craft store for a bunch of special products. Start by using what you have!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2016 Gallery! 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!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! 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.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: 2016 Ongoing ATC Swap Discussion Thread 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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