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« Reply #150 on: February 28, 2006 05:24:03 PM »

YESSSS!!  It finally came!  I was so busy worrying about it disappearing that I forgot to worry about whether she'd like it.   Tongue  I'm so delighted that she did!

Her original phrase was "Women of the Old West."  I used Modge Podge to paste on some scrapbooking paper that looked like wooden slats.  I wound some very thin cord around the edge to cover the color there.  Then the superfun part - I got online and researched real-life women outlaws.  (Etta Place was part of Butch Cassidy's gang; Belle Starr was a horse thief; and Pearl Hart was a train robber.)  I downloaded a western font and made mini Wanted posters and printed them onto cream-colored paper.  Then - the funnest of the fun - I burned the edges (I don't know - it just makes them look "old," I thought!) and I poked some "bullet holes" with a straight pin and smeared them with the burnt matchstick.

The inside is covered with pieces of a bandana from the craft store.  The magnets are made from 3-D scrapbooking stickers; the envelope is from denim-print scrapbook paper; the drawstring pouch, well, I have to make one every swap, it's the law  Wink ; and the earrings are made from buttons.

YAY!!!  *dancing with joy*  I'm so relieved that it all worked out!  And, yes...  I'm already getting antsy to sign up and do it all again!   Grin
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« Reply #151 on: February 28, 2006 05:30:57 PM »

Oh, we'll have us a round 2, all right. I just want to wait until the dust settles on this one. Almost everyone has sent, so we're coming along...
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« Reply #152 on: February 28, 2006 05:35:28 PM »

The detail is wonderful - I didn't rel. you made those posters - they are great - you did a great job on them!

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« Reply #153 on: February 28, 2006 06:11:23 PM »

thank you so much dogsarecool for the tin! it was fabulous!

i had a lot of fun with this swap...perfect for a virgin swapper!

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« Reply #154 on: February 28, 2006 06:16:51 PM »

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*Note to everyone: seeds (small ones, anyway) and modge podge don't work as well together as you would think*


meowari, if you're wanting to "embed' glass seed beads (or holeless glass beads)...

Thanks for all of the info- I think I might try it out on my next tin, but I meant real seeds. The first theme I started out with for my partner was seeds/ flowers/ gardening, but it was a disaster from the get go...
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« Reply #155 on: March 01, 2006 07:06:04 AM »

I absolutley love that cowgirl tin-- no wonder you were so anxious about it Writer78!  It's amazing!

I can't wait for a round 2 of this swap-- seeing what other people have done, I now have so many new ideas for themes...  women writers or women artists spring to mind...
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« Reply #156 on: March 01, 2006 07:09:26 AM »

I love that everyone is sharing their techniques and tips! I'm learning lots of new skillz!!

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« Reply #157 on: March 01, 2006 07:19:26 AM »

Thanks for the comments on the Old West tin!

Another tip - Weldbond glue.  I don't tend to hear it mentioned much on Craftster, but I absolutely swear by it.  I bought a bottle for a mosaics class a couple years ago, but you can use it for about anything.  It goes on like Elmer's white glue, and though it takes a while to dry (overnight, if you're gooping something up with a lot of it), it dries clear and is incredibly strong.  When I was putting the cord on the edge of the tin, I started with a layer of E6000 - which is tacky and bonds quickly - and then once the cord was on there, I dabbed Weldbond all over it to create a clear, extra-secure seal.

C'mon, craftsters - send out those Round 1 tins!!  We're aching for a Round 2, here!   Wink
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« Reply #158 on: March 01, 2006 07:24:32 AM »

I posted on the signup thread, but I'll post here as well. Please check the list at the bottom of my first post for accuracy!

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=77695.0

So far I haven't heard from anyone, so I'm assuming it's OK. We just have three more people who have to send....
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« Reply #159 on: March 01, 2006 07:25:44 AM »

I just bought some of that wellbond last nite.
 I had to reglue my OTT4, but the E6000 always comes out of the tube gloopy, so I went in search of a small mega-bond glue. I opened it and it was white and I was totally ticked. But now that you say it dries clear, I will dig it out of the trash and give it a try. THANKS!!
I did notice that it didn't have any fumes, which is a huge plus, too!
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