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21  Re: Pocket Letter Swap 1 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: June 20, 2016 04:26:12 PM
When I received my partner's questionnaire, I was so glad that I had asked for ATCs that told me more about her and/or her location. I've admired phoenixfiredesign's art for several years, so it's wonderful to see some of the things that inspire her. These ATCs show her love of Disney, HP, owls, steampunk, and "Back to the Future".

Back view showing the goodies and the notes on the ATCs.

Close up of the ribbon flowers, sticky tabs and notes, steampunk paper clips, beads, stamps, and brads and eyelets. I already have plans for the flowers. The stamps and brads are likely to be showcased on the next cards I make. That's going to be so much fun!

Phoenixfire not only sent the pocket letter but she also used the ATC backs to tell me more about herself and why certain images were reflective of her life and activities.

These were my favorites. What's not to love about anything Hogwarts? The bat on the Haunted Mansion is a resin piece that phoenixfiredesigns molded and painted herself. She's so talented!

My pocket letter may have had to make two trips to finally reach me, but it was well worth the wait. Thanks so much for having been my partner, phoenixfiredesigns!
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22  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by kbrison on: May 12, 2016 10:35:41 PM
Some cards I've made recently for a friend who shall remain nameless (but I'll be bringing them with me to Canada next month). Grin

Some necklaces that a certain young lady from the DC area will be receiving for her charity. They'll also be coming with me to Canada. Oops! The crazy quilt block one is mine.

Some hats for the Prevent Shaken Baby project and an extra that turned out adult size. Love what my camera does to the color purple. These were all made from the same skein of yarn. The first hat is closest to the true color.

I've been doing a ton of other crafts, but just wanted to show you a few of them. Off to finish some other projects.
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23  Re: IYP 28 - Winter Wing Ding GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: March 16, 2016 02:35:21 PM
Anyone who's ever swapped with Onyxnox knows just how very talented she is. We've been paper craft partners several times, but for the IYP we decided to show off some of our other skills. Wow! She blew me away! AGAIN!!! Since only Americans were allowed in the Old-Fashioned Paper & Ephemera Swap, we decided to send each other some papercrafting goodies, too.
First up some papercraft tools and supplies: pipettes for paint techniques, waterbrushes, a mister, forceps for pulling needles when sewing or for holding pesky little things, and an embossing folder that I didn't have.

Then four dies from a company that's new to me. Definitely need to check out their site.

Four small storage containers that are perfect for all the little embellishments that crafters love, six rolls of washi tape (I love the silver and the stars and already have plans for them!!!), three rolls of paper tape (shared two with crafty friends), tiny wooden buttons, adorable metal embellishments, and varigated ribbon in my favorite colors.

Papers and more papers: kanji, music, old BHG mag pages, handmade papers, gold and silver printed papers, and origami papers. It's a paper lovers best gift ever.

Now for the things Onyxnox crafted. A pendant perfect to wear tomorrow on St. Patrick's Day. See the tiny 4-leaf clover in the eye of the washer?

A set of 8 notecards that are so perfect that I would have been delighted to receive only them. Also the gorgeous butterfly with flourishes note she sent was amazing.

But then she also sent the chickadee stamps she carved to make the cards! Astonishingly detailed and beautiful. I absolutely LOVE these stamps!

Not one, but two pairs of fingerless mitts! Yeah!!!!! I know they don't look like they would both fit the same hands well but because of the yarn and cable pattern that Onyxnox used they each fit perfectly! My hands are going to love you, Onyxnox!

See how well the blue fit. My hands are wide so getting mitts that fit without being too snug is a real pleasure.

The black mitts are a little longer than the blue, so they'll be perfect when I need even more warmth!

A slouchy hat and chunky cowl with even more cables! Have you picked up on the fact that Onyxnox and I both like cables? The cowl is folded over rather than scrunched down in this shot because I was trying to show at least some of the cables. It's also tall enough to be used as a hood/scarf.

Thank you so much for being my dance partner and did I remember to say how much I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE those stamps and cards? Grin
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24  Re: Good, Old-Fashioned Paper & Ephemera Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: March 11, 2016 02:03:02 PM
I did a medium box swap with both Sonjaboo and Blupaisan and 'Boy!" Did I ever rake in the loot!
First up, the goodies from sonjaboo.
Buttons and embellishments. The clear scrapbook may be the most fun, since I attended a workshop last year from that company and have tons of ideas and techniques I can use on it.

The monuments will be great on Halloween cards, spooky but not scary (I don't like scary at all; Psycho was my undoing as a kid)

Awesome collection of foreign language pages

6 rolls of washi tape! I've already turned the blue bird into a plant poke and have plans for the Graphic 45 embellishments

Flash cards and game pieces

Patterns and Asian inspired envelopes (for Chinese New Year's good luck gifts?)

Scrapbook papers and pastel vellum tags

More unique and textured papers

Mixed media painted papers

And the all-time best gift of all, an original copy of the Pillsbury flour cookie booklet that my mother used frequently while I was a kid. I've even won a first place at our county fair with one of the recipes! When Mom died, my sister kept Mom's copy, so I'm absolutely delighted to have my own copy now.

Then all of these goodies came from blupaisan. I especially like the black and white graphic prints in this shot.

The magnetic photo sleeves are already on my refrigerator holding family photos (rather than that cute little boy) and I've been thinking about trying Zen coloring pages, so guess this set is the impetus I needed

Oops! Sorry this is upside down. Think I'll use the bottom pattern as it was intended and make sundresses for some of my great-great nieces.

I've already turned some of the double-sided papers into medallions for card embellishments

The stars are going to be used to make Veterans' Day cards and I have several ideas for the Scrabble tiles

Vintage letters from 1938. The neatest thing about them is that the young girl who wrote them was a member of the Aldridge family as is my mother-in-law.

Maps - including one of France that shows the village from which my great-grand parents came to the US

Birch bark, I've already promised to share some of it with a friend who's into making mixed media art works

Cards plus handmade butterfly envelopes that are gorgeous!

Sheet music, including the Tarantella, a dance from my Italian grandfather's homeland

Thank you both so much!
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25  Re: Thing-A-Day February 2016 Craftalong in Craftalongs by kbrison on: February 15, 2016 03:21:53 PM
My projects from this past week. The bingo cards were for a church party and took forever to cut the dumb little numerals, so I worked on them for several days. Yes, the word 'Bingo' was at the top of the finished cards. The scripture hearts were also for the Valentine party at church as were the 50 candy cups.

I ordered a set of quilt block dies for my papercrafting, so these are the results of my first attempts.


8-point stars
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26  Re: Thing-A-Day February 2016 Craftalong in Craftalongs by kbrison on: February 05, 2016 01:57:25 PM
Photo bomb of the things I've worked on or finished this week. Two peasant blouses for 18" dolls (for two of my 6 great-great nieces).

Coasters that were WIPS. One set goes to my sister, but most are going to UTM for the Difference Makers silent auction. The pile is the coasters that need the back of the bindings handstitched yet.

I printed some more card sketches aka card maps and organized them in a notebook so they're easier to find and use.

Two identical Valentine's cards
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27  Re: Thing-A-Day February 2016 Craftalong in Craftalongs by kbrison on: February 02, 2016 01:32:17 AM
Talked myself into joining. I was rolling head first through projects in early and mid-January, then began to lose steam. Maybe this will keep me on task.
Objective #1: Craft for Difference Makers auction
Objective #2: Finish up more WIPS, then clear them out

Feb. 1 - Finished 3 coasters from 2012 and have another 3 ready to finish off the seam binding
Feb. 2 - Death in our extended family, so only finished 2 coasters

Feb. 3 - Finished the hand stitching on 2 more coasters, but attached the binding to the front of the remaining 13, so am definitely making progress.

Feb. 4 - Finished a peasant blouse for an 18" doll, printed more card sketches/maps and organized them in a notebook

Feb. 5 - Finished another peasant blouse for doll and made 2 Valentine cards

Feb. 6 - Four more coasters completed
Feb. 7 - Three coasters finished. . .sidetracked by the Super Bowl.
Feb. 8 - Last five coasters finished. Hooray!

Feb. 9 - Patchwork quilt block paper embellishments

Feb. 10 - More quilt block paper embellishments

Feb. 11 - Bingo cards for Valentine's Day party

Feb. 12 - More Bingo cards

Feb. 13 - Scripture hearts for bulletin board and 50 candy cups

Feb. 14 - Quilt block paper embellishments

Feb. 15 - 2 pairs of denim pants for 18" dolls and cut out 4 additional pairs
Feb. 16 - 4 pairs of denim pants for 18" dolls
Feb. 17 - 5 pairs of orange flip-flops for 18" dolls
Feb. 18 - Red and white wallet for DM charity
Feb. 19 - Blue polka-dot peasant blouse for 18" doll and covers for 4 small notebooks
Feb. 20 - 5 sets of orange flip-flops for 18" dolls
Feb. 21 - Purple preemie hat for Prevent Shaken Baby project
Feb. 22 - Cut papers for notebooks & cleared out 600 sheets of scrapbook and typing paper for swaps
Feb. 23 - Finished 4 notebooks for Difference Makers auction
Feb. 24 - Cut out doll clothes
Feb. 25 - Finished tunic and pants for 18" doll
Feb. 26 - Finished two blue bandana peasant blouses for 18" dolls and die cut embellishments for swap
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28  Re: Scrappy Trip Around the World Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: January 27, 2016 09:05:40 PM
My blocks from Sloth003 and AIMR. Since my dh is 6'5" and the quilt is intended for him, I only need 37 more blocks. Something tells me, I either need to join at least 3 more rounds or I need to get busy making some more blocks myself! Thanks, Quaggy, Sloth, and AIMR!
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29  Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by kbrison on: January 12, 2016 07:50:31 PM
I took a paper crafting class last summer at the Great American Scrapbook Convention in Texas where we used our dies to cut fun foam messages to use on ATCs and journaling cards. Now I've started using the fun foam words for birthday cards and gift tags, too. You might think about doing the same of you make cards, tags, journals, etc. I also used some as labels on storage boxes.

I have some adhesive-backed fun foam that I've been using to make sandals for my six great-great nieces' dolls. Used up more than 20 sheets so far. Here are a few examples.
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30  Re: Scrappy Trip Around the World Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: January 11, 2016 05:48:16 PM
Received my blocks from Quaggy on Thursday, but didn't have good light for photos until today. I asked for an oceans and forest color palette, so the blocks are perfect!

Thanks so much, Quaggy!
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