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 on: June 21, 2016 10:34:18 AM 
Started by Isididamentri - Last post by Isididamentri
Made this Turqoise Summertime allround outfit..I was working months on it..Pants, Dress ,snood,purse and gloves...I must say I'm very proud of it and am still hooking on a tablet case in the same color and material..

 on: June 21, 2016 09:28:06 AM 
Started by jillybeans - Last post by rockingbearranch
"Not, chronological...No, autobiographical."
-John Cusack in High Fidelity

I have three binders with two inch rings just about full. I found some postcard sized slip sleeves so I'm putting any postcards, cards, envie art, or any larger pieces in there too. I go by subject and orientation. I'm at the point where I have to do a front and back card unless the back of the ATC is too pretty to cover up. They could use some real curating.

 on: June 21, 2016 09:17:03 AM 
Started by kwality570 - Last post by Ludi
And here you are, some fabulous monsters by pioneer9:

Thank you pioneer9, I love them, especially the ninni.

 on: June 21, 2016 07:28:53 AM 
Started by rockingbearranch - Last post by Patraw
@Beautifulsoul:  Lovely butterfly card!  The insect looks great, I dig the doily-like sun, and the "fly away" text reminds me of the Sugar Ray Fly song!


Pottermouth chose to swap with me and picked my "an ATC that's also some kind of art project for me to do" theme. I received a small package from her in the mail yesterday afternoon. Inside of said parcel was this colorful box. In the accompanying note pottermouth sent, she wrote that she hoped to humor me with what she had made--what on earth could be inside?

Pottermouth made me an awesome My Little Pony Headband Set! Now, for the briefest of moments, before I opened the next, even smaller ornate box, and inspected its contents, I thought that maybe she meant for me to construct a human-sized headband, and I was wondering how that was going to work, but, no, I soon saw that they were scaled for dolls, not full-sized dorks like me (I don't wear them anyway, and I keep my hair cut way too short for a hairband to be of any practical use). The smaller box and the instructional sheet are ATC-sized, so, as far as the swap's parameters are concerned, both meet the height and width criteria for an ATC.

First, let's look at said sheet. One side has a pretty MLP print pattern, featuring all of the "Mane Six" fillies: Twilight Sparkle (in her original unicorn form, prior to becoming a winged alicorn princess), Applejack, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and, of course, the best pony of all, Rainbow Dash! But, then, I'm biased, so, you may not agree with me on just how super special the equine goddess of rainbows really is!

The reverse side of the card features the hand-drawn, 5-step instructions for crafting the pony headbands. The process looked pretty easy to do, but, more on that in a bit.

Underneath the pink ribbon and the instructional sheet, the smaller box has a reflective mirror attached to one side, which pottermouth thoughtfully included so that my dollies could admire themselves while wearing their colorful pony hairbands. I somehow failed to notice (probably because I was too distracted by the contents of the box), but pottermouth kindly informed me that the mirror actually folds upwards, in an easel-like fashion, to become a 3-dimensional construct. How cool is that? It's definitely a neat and creative way to make a package into something that's also a functional piece of furniture for play/display purposes!

Inside of the box were three small plastic Ziploc baggies that contained all of the components needed to construct a trio of hair accessories: Three pairs of felt ears; three metal headbands; and an assortment of yarn in a variety of colors (conveniently already cut to the proper length--thanks!) The ear and yarn hues suggested to me that I should create Rainbow Dash, Twilight Sparkle, and Pinkie Pie headbands, so, that's exactly what I did.

I did end up making some changes to pottermouth's instructions while I worked. First, I put the yarn tresses on the headband first, not the ears, because I was afraid that the knotting/handling process would dislodge the glued ears. Second, I glued the ears directly onto the outermost yarn knots, not the headband itself, because I know, from experience, that white glue does not adhere well to metal (I imagine that other types of glues might, but, all I have in the house right now are white glue, hot glue, and super glue, and I didn't feel that the other two options would be better for this type of project, although I could be wrong). Attaching the ears to the yarn also has the advantage of allowing you to slide them up-and-down the headband as needed, much like beads on a string, which, in addition to making adjustments to their positioning possible, also makes the ears less likely to tear or come unglued when subjected to stress, as they can move with the force being applied to them. Third, I used both single and double strands of yarn to tie my knots to vary the thickness/appearance of the tresses a bit. And, finally, I added a unicorn horn to my Twilight Sparkle headband (that's required by law, and Rainbow Dash is a stickler for enforcing the rules, especially when they apply to everypony but her). I modeled said horn out of papier-mch, using a sewing needle as a form, and wrapped a piece of bendable wire around the center of the headband, leaving a projecting twist of wire that I then slipped the hollow horn over and glued into place. I also found that it was easier and more convenient to use clothespins/clamps to hold the ears and headband while the glue on them was drying, rather than my fingers (I tried it both ways), especially if you're making multiple headbands like this. All that said, there's nothing wrong with the methodology pottermouth provided me with, particularly if you do have an adhesive that sticks well to metal, but, as I didn't feel that I did, my primary concern was making sure that those ears weren't going to come off on me during the construction process or when I was putting them on, and taking them off, my doll models.

I did have one (minor) disaster. It was both really hot and windy yesterday when I made them, so, I had my window open to enjoy the relief said breezes provided while I was working. Sure enough, after a particularly big gust went through the room, I discovered that all of the horse ears, and their accompanying Ziploc baggy, had blown away on me. Fortunately, with a little hunting, I was able to track them down again and resume my labors.

Here are the three completed headbands: (left-to-right) Rainbow Dash, Twilight Sparkle, and Pinkie Pie. You may have noticed that the hair accessories are all different sizes, which is good, as there's a lot of variation in the dimensions of the noggins in my doll collection (plus the metal is also bendy, which also helps, as they can be reshaped to fit different-sized melons). I used every yarn color in the bag at least once, but I still had several pieces left over when I was finished (better too much than too little), which I'll hang onto, as they might be useful for another art project someday. (Hoarder!)

Some of my Barbie: Fashionista dolls modeling (cosplaying?) them:

These headbands are pretty quick and easy to make (only waiting for the glue to dry slows things down, and even that doesn't take too long). That said, the construction process did take me much longer than it would for most people, but that's only because I was also simultaneously shooting/manipulating photographs, scanning, and typing up and editing this text. I imagine that many MLP and doll enthusiasts would get a kick out of crafting these and the design could easily be modified into cat, dog, or some other animal, headbands too.

Pottermouth, this was a very fun and entertaining project and I truly appreciate all of the time, work, and thought that went into putting the whole thing together, including the multiple boxes--you went way above and beyond the call of duty for this swap! I shall be proudly displaying my pony-fied (that's totally a word, and if it isn't, it should be) dollies to friends and family, both online and in person!

 on: June 21, 2016 04:31:33 AM 
Started by rockingbearranch - Last post by geekgirl1000100
This is the ink line work before I colored it (part of me kind of wishes that I had left the card black and white):

And here's the other little fairy that I drew on the back, based on a pendant sculpture by DeviantArt artist, Angenia (if you love fairies, her work is definitely worth checking out!)

Patraw - I can't decide which I like better, the black and white version or the color.  They are both great.  And I had totally forgot to mention the bonus fairy on the back!  She was also well done.

I received a butterfly ATC from Beautifulsoul.
It's really pretty and a great addition to my collection.  I think you can see some of the shimmer in the pic but in real life the wings have an iridescent look to them.  Thanks!

 on: June 21, 2016 04:09:03 AM 
Started by teapotdnky - Last post by Cherie
My latest upcycling project...tiny mint tins... 

 on: June 21, 2016 04:08:12 AM 
Started by noelle - Last post by noelle
made for aisy in the Topsy Turvy Doll Swap

galinda's face looks a little squished. i needed to draw her features larger, or further down. oh well.

i wish i had taken a picture so you can see the dolls are connected, but it was late and i forgot  Wink

 on: June 21, 2016 04:04:36 AM 
Started by Wildfyre - Last post by abuckshort
wow some amazing pictures there PerfectlyBohemian, lovely light!

Clara and I were lucky enough to receive tickets from Disney to the Australian Premiere of Finding Dory last week  Grin It was released a day before the US in Australia and the premiere was the day before that so we were some of the first to see it in the world  Grin very cool.

We worked for two days beforehand to sew a special Dory skirt for me to wear. Here we are on the blue carpet (which we walked with Ty Burrell who voices Bailey in the movie!)

Clara felt right at home with all the great themed decorations. Here she is with the sea lions Fluke and Rudder, who were standing at the entrance to where the party was yelling "off! off! off! off!" as everyone walked in! (will make sense if you have seen the film, haha)

We had a blast! It's forecast to be super cold over the weekend so we will probably be staying in but we do have a few events on the horizon Smiley

 on: June 20, 2016 11:44:58 PM 
Started by Smmarrt - Last post by Smmarrt

This is not an original idea - saw it somewhere else. I found a roll of blue tickets at the thrift store. I covered the writing with matching paint.

(I suppose I could use gesso or white acrylic paint also.)

Then I cut tiny pieces of decorative napkins to fill in the rectangle space - I wanted to keep the numbers on the side so the pieces still retain their "ticket-ness." I cut words out of a book ("8,789 Words of Wisdom" - I used scraps that had already been cut up.)

I colored the words with Sharpies and Tombow markers - next time I will use watercolors for a more subtle effect.

These are fast and easy and I will add them to journal pages and happy mail. Just some silly little art.

 on: June 20, 2016 10:04:46 PM 
Started by mermaidcafe - Last post by mermaidcafe
I received a wonderful angel package from puamelia!

Even the envelope for the card had one of my quotes on it!

The package had a bunch of beautiful quotes written out - if you look around on my pinterest you'll notice that she definitely did her homework Smiley I haven't figured out what I will do with these quotes right now, but every time I see them I smile Smiley

Here is a beautiful t-shirt that puamelia made for me with Beatles quotes on it! I absolutely love it - I have been loving bleach art, and keep wanting to give it a try. I think this shirt has inspired me to finally give the craft a try myself!

Here is a close-up Smiley Puamelia, I had trouble getting a photo that does this shirt justice - if you have a better photo please post it. I absolutely love the shirt!

Here is an amazing scarf that Puamelia made for me with my favourite quote from Rum Diaries on it. It is perfect - I love white and black together, and the script is beautiful <3

Here's a frame she wrote with a fabulous Andy Warhol quote - I love how playful it is Smiley

Puamelia even sent me a great extra - these comfy wonderful pants which have now become affectionately known as my "hippie pants" - they are so comfy, and I had lots of fun doing yoga in them!

Puamelia, thank you so much for the package - I absolutely love it! Thank you also for your patience - I was traveling when the package arrived, and so there has been a delay in posting these pictures. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You totally got my style, encorporated so many of the quotes I love, and spoiled me Smiley

Thank you!

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