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31  Re: 100 Themes Gallery in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by allyinthevalley on: August 29, 2007 01:59:03 PM
And two more!

#3- Light. This is my favorite so far. The phrase "Angel of Light" had popped into my head, so I ran with it.


#4- Dark. I'm not a huge fan of this one, but I wanted to try some different techniques. Oh, and it's one of those that looks better in person.
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32  Re: 100 Themes Gallery in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by allyinthevalley on: August 29, 2007 11:48:24 AM
Okay, so as promised, here are my first two ATCs for this challenge.

#1 Introduction- This is my daughters ultrasound (taken about a year and a half ago). It was my introduction to her, in a way. I was thinking, it's kind of like the stars. You see them, and you know them, and you love them (or at least I do), but they don't know you. They're just up there in their own quiet, dark world having no clue how much they're admired.


#2 Love- I have a collection of old books, a few of which are very old, tiny Bibles. One of them is falling apart really bad, and so I'm going to try to use the pages in projects instead of just throwing them away. For the background in this I used John chapter 3 (you know, because "God so loved the world...") and 1 Corinthians 13 (the love chapter). The man, woman, and child are my sort of weird interpretation of Joseph, Mary, and Jesus. It's not meant to be sacreligious at all. Just pure and simple, stripped down love.
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33  alkalntrin's gallery :) in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by allyinthevalley on: August 28, 2007 07:37:07 PM
*Edit: I just changed the subject of this since I'm just gonna keep adding to it. Sorry if that's confusing to anybody.  Tongue*
Okay, I've been thinking of making some ATC's for a while now (and would really like to amass a large collection of other people's work!), and today I was encouraged to do so. Sooo.... Here are my first three. I know they're not FANTASTIC, but I thought them okay for a first try. Here they are in the order I made them:

"Do you take sugar?"  Wink


"Bittersweet" (Uh... This and the next one look better in person... Not so goopy! Smiley )


"Slip"


K... Hope you like these....


ATC challenge #1: Introduction


#2: Love


#3: Light


#4: Dark

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34  Re: Postcard Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by allyinthevalley on: August 24, 2007 02:39:13 PM
I got cards from both of my partners in the mail today!

First, from boogirl1984. She sent me three cards!

She sent me this one because I like the color orange. She bought it on a trip to Scotland, which makes it even better for me since I adore Scotland (and Ireland and England).


This one has a picture of a really lovely piece of Venetian glass. Glass blowing, I might add, is one of the very few things on my list of "Things I will Never Try", due to my complete fear of anything hot. Therefore, I have even more respect and awe for the artists who are able to produce such beauty.


And the third, an Anne Taintor card. She noticed my avatar and knew I must like her!



Seampoints send me a very old card which she was told must be from between 1905 and 1910. She thinks it was from Germany and is of a famous actress or singer of the time. I LOVE this card! I collect old pictures and she compliments them so well!

And here she is mixed in with some of my other pictures.

(I need to come up with a better way to display all of my pictures, as my collection has gotten rather large.)

Thank you both so much! It was a great swap!  Wink
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35  Cartman doll- My first experiment with felt! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by allyinthevalley on: August 21, 2007 06:02:45 PM
I'm rather proud of this! Before joining Craftster, I had no idea that felt could be used for anything besides telling Sunday School stories. When I saw all of the cool things people make here with it, I had to try. So here is my first go at it. A Cartman (of South Park fame) doll. He's about a foot tall and wayyyyyyy too skinny. But hey, I can't expect myself to get it perfect on the first try. 

Here he is from the front:


Side:


And back:


I didn't have a picture of him from behind to go by, so I just went with what I figured it SHOULD look like, with his shaggy, uneven hair peeking out from under his hat. Also, his back is a bit lopsided, but that's okay.  Smiley

 I made his feet flat and filled them with about half a bag of bean so that he stands up pretty well.

Hope you like!
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36  Oh Deer! Clay project #2 in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by allyinthevalley on: August 20, 2007 01:47:29 PM
So here is a deer that I made today. She turned out rather sweet, though packed full of imperfections. But I'm okay with that, especially since this is only my second clay project and I think that I've improved. Smiley

I'm only posting the one picture because I had a very hard time getting the her to look right in the pics. Tongue Oh, and she honestly looks better in person.
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37  Victorian (?) inspired fingerless gloves in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by allyinthevalley on: August 19, 2007 12:15:21 PM
I made these fingerless gloves to be a Christmas present for my little sister. I was inspired by my collection of old portraits. I didn't have any sort of pattern, or even anything to look at, but they turned out pretty much how I wanted them to. It's going to suck parting with them, too, because I rather like them for myself. Tongue

First, me modeling them.




And here they are layed out on the table. The color's a little off. They should be black, not grey.



Obviously, they're very simplistic, but that's the idea.
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38  Edit: These are my FIRST--clay animals in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by allyinthevalley on: August 18, 2007 04:01:37 PM
This is my first real attempt to make something out of clay. I say "real attempt" because, of course, I used Play-doh and the like when I was little.
I made these to be part of a present for my daughters this coming Christmas. (I'm attempting to make every present this year!) My three year old really likes Calico Critters (those little fuzzy animal families that you can buy homes and accessories for but they cost too much for what they are), so I think she'll like these, too.

First, all three of them together.
 

Bunny was my first creation.


Then came Mouse.


And my very favorite, Cockatiel! I found him this morning on the floor all busted up. He had fallen off of the fridge, and at first I thought he was a goner. But I glued him up and painted him, and he's looking much better. Smiley


My names for these guys aren't very original (Bunny, Mouse, and Cockatiel.... Didn't need a baby name book to come up with those).... I'll have to do something about that.  Wink

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39  Anne Taintor inspired napkins- embroidered in Needlework: Completed Projects by allyinthevalley on: August 17, 2007 11:09:10 AM
This is a set of napkins that I made for my sister. I used Anne Taintor quotes (or variations of them) because my sis is a big fan of hers. So here we go...

I wasn't quite sure what to draw for a picture on this one. I went with the x on the freezer, and thought I'd go with a retro green kitchen. If you can't read it, it says, "1 frozen entree away from a nervous BREAKDOWN!"


Another day in Paradise! I liked this one, even though I wish I would have done the dishes differently.


"What can't I do with TOFU?!" Inspiring my sister to eat healthier.  Grin


I can just hear my sister yelling at her five year old son as he sticks his nose up at chicken, mashed potatoes, and peas. Those are the flames of her anger burning around the plate.  Tongue
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40  My sister's first quilt- for soldier in Iraq in Quilting: Completed Projects by allyinthevalley on: August 10, 2007 07:51:16 PM
My sister just made this quilt for her beloved Josh, a friend who's in Iraq now. It's her very first quilt, and I think it's beautiful. She agreed to have it posted here. Comments and advise are appreciated.



Showing the back or the blanket.

His name embroidered in the corner.
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