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1  Hallowen Countdown Calendar in Halloween Decor and Parties by KarenLouiseM on: October 21, 2016 06:25:16 AM
Made this for the 13 days of Halloween swap - since each item needed to be tagged 1 -13, I already had 13 tags - just went on from there.  Each one of the original 13 tags slid into a bigger tag so I could write on the back and then my partner could remove the tag and throw away my notes.  The box is a cigar box, so the back (which would have been the lid) slides off and the other days' cards can be stored inside.  The front is just a cut down Scrabble tile holder and the card for the day sits on it.

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2  Enchanted Paper Clay Figures in Halloween Decor and Parties by KarenLouiseM on: October 21, 2016 06:21:02 AM
Went a little Halloween crafting crazy this year - did the OTT Halloween swap, vintage Halloween swap and 13 days of Halloween swap.  It was all Halloween, all the time around here for a bit!  I made a few of these little guys, they are pretty tiny, about 1-1/2".  Started with candy corn (a personal fave) then branched out to pumpkins.

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3  Witch's Apothecary in Halloween Decor and Parties by KarenLouiseM on: October 21, 2016 06:04:39 AM
I thought she http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450534.0 needed a place to keep her goodies  Grin

This was originally a white cabinet with pastel drawers with one heart and one star shaped knob.  Prior to me, someone painted those drawers and knobs black (and did it very poorly - lumpy and streaky).  I thought the drawers cried out to be specimen drawers, and went from there.

Eventually, I added a few other things - like the candelabra - as can be seen in KittyKill's photo:
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4  Witch - paper clay, wood and wire in Halloween Decor and Parties by KarenLouiseM on: October 20, 2016 09:30:05 PM
I recently completed the Vintage Halloween swap - a personal favorite.  I was inspired to make this young lady based on something in a similar style on my partners pinterest board, although she was equally inspired by something I made this summer - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=449920.msg5403610#msg5403610
 I loved every minute of making her - except the part where I got severe swap anxiety because she didn't look all that vintage.  So, I overcrafted some extras to make sure I was covered Grin

Her head and arms are paper clay, her hat (and bats) are fabric.  Her overskirt and bodice are lace.  Her neck is a small wooden spool and her body is a large wooden spool on top of a weird wood shape I had, painted then embellished with metallic chalks.  Her skirt is wire, which loops up through holes in her body and is wound with beads and bits.  Her familiar is plastic and sits on an oversize spool (carpet thread) and fits up under her skirt.

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5  Re: Vintage Halloween Swap 2016 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by KarenLouiseM on: October 16, 2016 09:59:11 AM
Woo-hoo!  Kittykill sent the best vintage package!  Very diaphanous infinity scarf - the perfect fabric as it makes it lay really nicely - not too bunchy like thicker ones (can you tell I've already had it on?), cute little witch boot ornament - I think I'll hang this from the ceiling fan :-)

And, the most amazing counted cross stitch.  I used to do this craft, before the arthritis made it not so much fun, so I know how well done this is.  Teeny, tiny stitches and everything looks just perfect.  I completely love it.  It has a very old fashioned sampler type of look to it - which has been one of my favorite things since I was a kid.  This really couldn't be more perfect for me.  I love her!

(Been having internet issues, so having to do photos from phone - sorry for sideways!)
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6  Re: OTT October Holidays 8 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by KarenLouiseM on: October 15, 2016 12:45:09 PM
Yea!  I received the cutest little tin. 
and - MsZombieElvis really packed a lot of punch into 4 inches!    So very cute!
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7  Rocket Man in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by KarenLouiseM on: August 14, 2016 01:53:47 PM
This is the second class I took at Art Unraveled.  It was an all day class with artist Michael DeMeng.  Wow.  Cannot even put into words how much I loved this class.  It was called "Tin Man Totem" and his example was a doll that he made into the Tin Man.  He ended up selling that one before the class, so made another example, totally different - it was made from an Old Spice deodorant container and had a bobble head! 

I was a little panicked about what sort of "bits" I should take with me.  The class ran the gamut.  Some people made huge pieces that were mostly metal (like a statue made of golf clubs), some people used very tiny dolls as bases.  I finally decided I should do something rocket related when I found the bottom half of this piece (a metal cocktail shaker).

His top half was a GI Joe type doll that turned out to be very ripped under his camo  Smiley  His helmet is a glass jar with a metal rocket game piece on top.  He was assembled using clay and a few screws.  His wings and fins are little plastic things that are intended to hold up a stand.  You can't really tell from the photos; but, he has lots of accessories that are incorporated into his bottom half - tools, oxygen bottles, etc. I love how he came together.  If you ever have a chance to take a class from him I recommend it highly. 

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8  Luna, Moth Queen of the Night in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by KarenLouiseM on: August 14, 2016 01:41:14 PM
I was lucky enough to take two classes at Art Unraveled this year.  The first class was all day - 9:00 AM to 10:30 PM (with a 2 hour drive to get there and an hour and half drive home (no rush hour on the way home)).   What an amazing day, I wasn't even tired.  I learned so much from Julie Haymaker Thompson.  She was a great teacher - she even got me past my total fear of faces - first thing I ever made without making eyes with the handle of a paint brush Wink

Her head, arms & crown are paper clay.  The top of her body is wood, the bottom is wire work with wool.  The wings are printed on muslin with wire sewn over.  The little "bits" in her glass vial glow in the dark!

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9  Re: Christmas in July Gallery in The Swap Gallery by KarenLouiseM on: August 14, 2016 09:12:08 AM
*fanfare*  Here are the final pictures for this gallery!  Dinkime was kind enough to angel for me - just to be an angel!

I wonder what my mailman thought when he saw the package?

These cute little ornaments will definitely get used - just my colors.  Can't imagine where Dinkime found them this time of year.

Cute handmade card - the little circle part flips around when you open it and lovely holiday packaging:

The item with the Santa and tree is a Christmas scrapbook.  I do a lot of scrapbooking; but, it always seems to be as gifts or of trips - so I'm happy to be able to get some of my own holiday pics into a cute scrapbook!  My fave pages are the lovely vintage style papers.  Dinkime did a great job of matching my style (and finding stuff to match it in August!)

A cute little gift bag - it is fancy, with lace and a great attached tie (I don't know how she knew this - but I do almost all my gifts in reusable fabric bags - so this will definitely get used!)
The picture doesn't do this little lantern diorama justice - I tried - but I cannot photograph glass!  If you can't tell, there is a cute tree and bear inside nestled in the snow.  And there are lights hanging all around the edge.

And finally, this cute little hoop - the colors are going to look so good in my kitchen!

Thank you SO much Dinkime!  I am blown away by your generosity.
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10  Re: Christmas in July Gallery in The Swap Gallery by KarenLouiseM on: July 17, 2016 05:48:35 PM
My partner Violayne is currently among the missing.  She mentioned her boyfriend was going to be hospitalized, so assume she's been overtaken by life for a bit.  Hope all is well!

Anyway, post office says her package was delivered 29 June, so posting pics for her.

It was tricky to figure out what to make for her, we didn't have a lot in common, style-wise, so I did a bit of research on her posts and pinterest.  She posted a lot of advent calendars, so I figured that was a good bet.  The calendar is made with magnetic matchboxes, so the one for the day count can be moved up to the top area and changed each day.  Each box has a holiday activity in it.  I also sent some extra boxes and activities.  She mentioned not having a Christmas stocking, so did one of those as well.  She had pinned some crazy quilting stuff, so did that for the stocking.  I used some vintage tidbits I had, old lace, old quilt blocks and recycled embroidered shirt cuffs.  She also mentioned she liked reindeer and needing some home decor for the holiday, so threw in the reindeer as an extra (and lined the stocking with reindeer fabric.)

thumbnails of some of the boxes

and thumbnails of closeups of the stocking
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