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11  Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: November 09, 2016 08:27:16 PM
I received my first ornaments today from quaggy and Bigbangmama. Quaggy's tree will join the ornaments she made for me last year. I'm getting quite a collection from her. At this rate I may soon be able to have a quaggy tree with just her works. Love them all! Bigbangmama and I have been swap co-organizers as well as swap partners, so I always love receiving things from her. Isn't the wreath just the cutest thing? The tiny lights aren't showing up well in this photo but they really add to the festiveness of the ornament. Thanks to both of you!
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12  Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 7 (signups end 10/17, send by 11/15) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by kbrison on: October 17, 2016 05:07:05 PM
Different fabric worked. Yeah! The original cathedral window design used gold lame (picture an accent mark over the 'e'), but all I found was a stretch tricot version that didn't work the least bit well. Then I was going to use satin, but couldn't locate my stash of it. Found a burgundy polyester in my doll clothes supplies and it worked just fine, although I do feel a little bit like I'm in the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Anyway, I'll be offering Cathedral Window Ornaments. They're two-sided, lightly stuffed, and have a stretchy gold cord for hanging. They measure about 3" square. The center square will vary but will be a holiday themed fabric.
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13  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by kbrison on: September 25, 2016 06:52:05 PM
Bunny1kenobi, making the affirmation cards for the women in your church is such a wonderfully loving thing for you to have done. I hope you also made one for yourself. 1 - because you deserve it. 2 - because everyone can use encouragement. 3 - to divert suspicion in case the women in your church are mystery lovers like I am and try to identify the creator of their cards.  Grin

Tattooedcrafter received the Happy Mail I sent her, so I can post some of the things I sent her now.
I bought Stephanie Barnard's pop-up card die recently so I made a fall card and 6 kits so Tattoedcrafter could customize them or use the pre-cut supplies I sent. The kits are spring, Halloween, fall, birthday, beach, and floral.

I've wanted to try making rosettes. I used cardstock which may have been just a little too heavy to work well or maybe I just needed slightly longer strips. The creases held well but the center kept trying to pop up. I finally resorted to using E-6000, but even it was having problems holding the center to the back base piece. I gilded the edges with gold Texture Luxe by Faber Castell. It was my first time to use it (one of those clearance sale impulse buys I couldn't resist) but I was pleased with the results. Then I created Santa buttons to cover the open holes where the creases met.

She likes cats and most other animals so I used some of my Ephipany Craft punches and covers to make button pieces to embellish her journals or art pieces.

I've never stamped on cork so I unrolled my cork bulletin board material and stamped sea creatues since she likes octopi.Then I used various dies to cut them out. Never could get them to lie flat though, but I think they will when they're glued to something.

I've been working on grandbaby gifts but no photos yet.
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14  Re: Happy Mail Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: September 19, 2016 10:43:50 AM
I received from tattooedcrafter on Thursday, but was out-of-town for the weekend and couldn't get my computer to let me choose a (photo) file when I was home. Frustrating! Today everything is working the way it should . . . third time really was the charm.
First up, some crocheted embellishments that may get used on a hat or purse. I really like them both, but I think the mushroom is my favorite.

Then two sheets of alphabet stickers to use in my paper crafting.

Two small embroideries that I'll probably use as tote patches. I've been a gnome fan for decades so it tickled me when I saw him.

Two handmade stamps to add to my collection from Craftster friends. Both are so cute! Can't wait to use them!

Best of all was this crocheted pouch. Tatt used a rose as the button closure which I thought was a clever idea. But the back is the part that had me "oh my goshing"! The bird and tree are adorable but the hedgehog made the whole scene perfect! I absolutely adore it!!!!

Thank you so much, Tattooedcrafter! You were a great partner and I'd love to swap with you again!
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15  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by kbrison on: August 24, 2016 08:46:22 PM
Yofi, you did a great job of rescueing that rocker! Hope it brings you decades of pleasure!

Bunny, you always do wonderful stencilled items and that shirt is no exception.

Went to a scrapbook convention this past weekend, so I thought I'd share some of the cards I made in classes. These penguin pop up cards are from a Lickety Split class. I adore penguins!

Then these were from a Stephanie Barnard class. She designs for Sizzix (stamps, pop up dies, flip it dies, stand up dies) plus she has her own company, Stamps for Life. She's a great teacher, so take one of her classes if the opportunity ever arises. You won't regret it because you'll learn a lot of tips and techniques for using the interactive dies.

Another class I took was from ClearScraps, a company that features acrylic cards, tags, and decor items. Learning what adhesives and paints to use on acrylic cardstock and how to correct mistakes will keep you from wasting time and materials, plus everything looks so professional when you've finished.

I also took a Heartfelt Creations class but I still have to add the glitter to those cards so I'll post them another time.
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16  Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by kbrison on: August 09, 2016 01:24:11 AM
It's not enough that Wulf and I hear your voices when we read posts from the Canada Meet Up crew. Since I've been in your bedroom, CLM, and have seen your wool snippets, now I'll be seeing those images as well! My Meet Up friends are taking over my mind!!!! But I'd love to do it all over again!

For the past few years I've been helping with Camp Saddle Up, a camp for autistic kids. The director likes to have the campers make and sign thank you cards for our supporters, but sometimes the kids want to keep the cards they make. This year I suggested that we solve that challenge by letting the kids make a project that they would keep, but just sign cards that I would make. That worked much better. These are a few of the strip pieced cards I made from my stash. Sorry the photos are so dark.

I've also been trying various techniques I've seen on YouTube videos. Good way to use some of my double-sided cardstock.

Then this project has been sitting on my work table for several months but never seemed to be a priority. Finally started it last night and finished the cowl in just a few hours. Just wish it had taken the full skein of blanket yarn. Now I'm hoping there's enough left to make a cap, too. I hate leftover partial skeins!
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17  Re: Common Ground Round 4 Gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: August 08, 2016 05:57:04 PM
LadyBugsAndBumblebees sent me a fabulous package that I want to share with everyone. She sent one of my favorite candies but the commonality is that it was also her grandmother's favorite. I think I would have really liked her.

Then LBBB knows that I'm gathering things to create a miniature Santa's workshop so she crocheted two rugs and scarves plus hand-stitched two pillows for my dollhouse. It reminded her of her childhood when her mother would create a miniature outdoor scene using a mirror as a lake and cotton as snow.

LBBB and I both love to read and we both crochet (a lot!), so she made me a crocheted Kindle cover. It has a double padded lining and is done in my favorite shade of blue. Perfect!

We each love totes and use them like crazy. And again she's used my favorite colors (black, white, blue, cream) for the exterior and one of my favorite patterns (paisley) for the lining. The size is absolutely wonderful for some of my larger crochet projects. I found out last month that I'm going to be a grandmother, so a baby blanket is going to be the first project for which I'll use it. What a great way to christen the tote!

The concrete things we have in common were pretty easy to identify, but we've also looked at the less obvious commonalities. As LBBB has listed: we both value our spirituality and are involved in our religious communities, we are both generous souls who enjoy doing things for our communities, and as former teachers who no longer teach, we acknowledge that being out of a classroom doesn't take away our knowledge, experiences, or achievements. Then too, we each have two daughters, LBBB has a son, I have a SIL, and we have husbands who have been with us through good times and bad and are still hanging in there with us! I'd say we're pretty lucky women.
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18  Re: Craftster Card Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: August 04, 2016 09:31:27 PM
I think I'll turn you each bold when I receive. Have to be a little bit different than the crowd.  Grin Since 27 cards will fill 3 pocket holders, I'm going to add them to my pocket letter binder.

1. underthemountain
2. gozer
3. craftylittlemonkey
4. PromisedHeartbrk
5. edelC
6. Onyxnox
7. cmarion3
8. Sharalee
9. SonjaBoo
10. Belladune
11. Abbeeroad
12. phoenixfiredesigns
13. kbrison- all were sent 8/15
14. curiousfae
15. BigBangMomma
16. Wulf
17. craftADDchick
18. alwaysinmyroom
19. bunny1kenobi
20. emilywilde
21. alteredmommy
22. Smmarrt
23. audio
24. teag
25. seeuudee
26. LovelyMiss
27. mountains and clouds
28. Mistress Jennie

Now that everyone has my card, this is how I did them. I selected a photo from my Canada collection, then printed 3 sheets of wallet size prints. I used one of my Spellbinder's dies to cut the prints to a size that would fit under my user name yet leave room for other information on the front. I created 9 framed text boxes on a Word document, laid out my user name and other info within the first box, then copied that formatted info to the other 8 boxes, and printed to 3 sheets of cardstock. I cut them apart along the frame lines, added the photos, then attached them to an ATC which I had edged with a green ink.

For the backs I took white cardstock out to my backyard, laid the sheets on the ground, then sprayed each with two colors of Dylusions ink spray (Fresh Lime, Cut Grass, London Blue, and Lemon Zest). After they dried I sprayed each with either Fireworks (Dandelion, Tangelo, Ladybug) or Smooch Spritz to add some metallic glitz to the paper. Then it started to sprinkle. Possible disaster since the Dylusions reacts with water like a distress ink! Instead I was just left with neat spots where the raindrops hit the ink. Happy dance.

To finish the backs I reformatted the original text boxes with my personal data, then ran the inked cardstock through my printer. Worked like a charm! The only issue was that the ink made the cardstock curl, so I had to flatten each sheet before I printed it. It also helped to only place one sheet of cardstock in the paper tray at a time. Then I cut the text boxes apart, glued them to the back of the ATCs, signed the ones headed to my Canada Meet Up buddies, and tucked them into envelopes I had decorated with my newest quilt block stamp.
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19  Re: Big & Little Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: July 20, 2016 07:22:34 PM
Before I post the last of our goodies from Pottermouth and her girls I want to apologize for the poor photo quality. I was juggling Willa's 1 yr-old sister and 2 yr-old brother on my lap while I was trying to photograph their aunt Jacci opening her gifts plus trying to keep Willa and their cousin Izzy out of the shots. Just glad their other two cousins weren't at their Granny and Pop's at the same time. That really would have been impossible! Love them all dearly, but seven at one time is about six too many.  Grin

Jacci opening her AG doll's sleeping bag and matching pillowcase.

Jacci admiring her perler bead cat while Willa watches

When Jacci opened the box of rocks, she was so excited that many of them had faces and she was amazed by the large faceted beads.

Stickers! Life is good!

A journal/coloring book that Ava made for Jacci. Jacci likes to write and draw when the other kids aren't around, so I imagine she'll get a lot of use from this.

A painted lady bug t-shirt that is just as well done as Willa's flower t-shirt.

Jacci and all her goodies. We had to make the other kids stay inside while we went out to the back porch to take this shot. They didn't seem to mind that Jacci was getting all these things, but they sure weren't happy that they had to stay inside while we took this photo.

Again, thank you all so much for having been our partners, Pottermouth, Emma, and Ava!
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20  Re: Big & Little Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: July 15, 2016 01:23:27 PM
Received a fabulous package from Pottermouth and her children. Since my partners were two of my great-nieces, I haven't seen the eldest one's gifts yet but I wanted to post her eldest niece's goodies as well as the things I received. I'll post the remaining items as soon as I can catch the older child and photograph her things.

My great-great-niece Willa LOVED all the goodness. As you can see, there was almost more than she could hold.

A perler bead teddy bear

An adorable tiny teddy complete with bedding in its own tiny carrying tin bed

A painted t-shirt that was extremely well done

Then a photo of Willa holding all her gifts. The whale fabric on her knee is a sleeping bag and pillowcase for her American Girl doll. The small pink box held a flower barrette and other small trinkets.

Pottermouth's children seem to be just as crafty, talented, and generous as she is. We were very lucky to have them as our partners!
Then my gifts:
I collect kangaroos and also pincushions, so this little darling was a perfect combination of the two! Excellent stitching as well.

Then this little gal blew me away! You'd have to examine her up close and personal to see all the details and just how perfect she is. The shading of her fur is unbelievable, she's jointed so her limbs move easily, and, of course, the banner she's holding says "g'day". That had me laughing!

Pottermouth, I can't thank you enough for the fabulous gifts. You're raising wonderful children who will be a delightful addition to craftster, but more importantly who are already showing a generousity of spirit that our world dearly needs. Blessings to you all!
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