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1  Re: 4X6 Art Swap - May 2017 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Smmarrt on: June 05, 2017 10:27:54 PM
I received from BigBangMomma. A collage of paper and ribbon and lots of good stuff.

Recycled paper flower and a flower embellishment, and watercolor brush flowers (in the background.)
On the left side - the paper is pleated or folded - really cool. I need to try that.

Thanks Laura!
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2  Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along in Craftalongs by Smmarrt on: May 23, 2017 09:12:06 PM
I am participating again in daisy yellow's ICAD - Index Card A Day challenge. It begins on June 1st and runs through July. You work on index cards - any size - each day. Prompts are provided for each day and week but you can do your own thing - some folks pick a theme and do that each day. One woman is drawing faces each day.

Here is some more info for the public challenge:


This year, Tammy/daisyyellow is running a private Facebook group and extra lessons and prompts along with the public challenge. There is a fee - I think $15. to join this group. I just finished an online class with her - Groovy Grunge - and I really enjoy/ed her teaching style. She gives lots of positive feedback in addition to suggestions for you and your art practice. She answers questions honestly and seems to truly enjoy our journeys in our altered books.

She has offered some warm up activities before the challenge begins. A top ten list, your favorite colors, a one-staple collage and making a title card.

I missed the one-staple collage prompt last year but I tried it last night and it is totally fun. And a little addictive.

Hope to see some of you there!
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3  Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along in Craftalongs by Smmarrt on: May 21, 2017 02:58:10 PM
A gelli-printing Sunday. I went to the teacher/artist reuse center last week to get paper for the preschool and I grabbed a few plastic report covers - which I cut into shapes.

I just got the slot punch but the slots are horizontal, not vertical - I wish they were the other direction. Hello Amazon?

Here are three prints to show the generations:

First print - I tried using a cotton swap to clean out the holes before printing. It's no biggie either way - I will use a larger punch for the next batch.

Second print - usually my favorite.

Third print - love the grunginess of these prints.

And a few more - just playing. I know they need more layers.

And a string print - this never gets old.

I will keep printing! There is a road race that goes right past my front door so I'm stuck inside for a few hours.
And laundry can wait, right?

Thanks for looking.
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4  Re: Craftster Trading Card Swap #2 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Smmarrt on: May 20, 2017 06:10:46 PM
Okay, I've been itching to post a picture - any picture - because when we receive a swap, we post a picture, right?
So I scratched my itch by taking a pic of my envelopes - ahhhhhhhh. I feel better now.

I planned to send the international letters earlier this week but I wanted the group photo so I waited.
Happy mail days ahead!
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5  Re: Felt Twinchies Swap GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Smmarrt on: May 08, 2017 08:11:36 PM
But wait - there's more cuteness ahead. Seeuudee made me some AWESOME food with faces.
So stinking cute. AAAAAARRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHHH I love them so much.

Too cute for words. Thanks so much to both of my partners for excellent creations.
Will definitely be ready for next round!
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6  Re: Felt Twinchies Swap GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Smmarrt on: April 29, 2017 10:40:27 PM
I am in agreement - these 2-inch squares are totally captivating! And to add to the fun, I received four "things with faces" - potted plants! Made by Abbeeroad - whoo hoo!

Now what will I do with them? Maybe frame them....still figuring that out.

Thanks, Abbie!
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7  Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books! in Craftalongs by Smmarrt on: April 19, 2017 12:27:49 AM
Another Junk Journal - don't know its purpose yet but will probably be a place for leftover bits and pieces.

Inside cover is spray-inked paper:

Inside pages are maps, Gelli prints and other stenciled and painted papers:

It is super chunky so I used the file bands as a temporary binding - I did measure to add holes and grommets.
I just think it is easier to work with loose pages and I can subtract pages if it gets too fat.

I usually add paper or fabric on the inside of the spine for more stability but this paper matched the colors of the cracker box and the spine just had the nutritional info.  

I have about 5 more of these started - but I will have to give them away because I cannot possibly fill all of these books!
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8  Re: Craftster Trading Card Swap - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Smmarrt on: April 17, 2017 09:42:15 PM
Smmarrt sent her cards on 05/20/17.

Cards received are marked in LIME GREEN.
You received my card - NAME*.

1. Smmarrt
2. craftylittlemonkey*
3. BigBangMomma*
4. calluna*
5. alwaysinmyroom*
6. noooitaremybirthday*
7. mandykaye*
8. roler*
9. jellybean89*
10. bec99*
11. Abbeeroad*
12. emilywilde*
13. Sharalee*
14. underthemountain*
15. curiousfae*
16. fluffypants*
17. craftADDchick*
18. LovelyMiss*
19. phoenixfiredesigns*
20. Onyxnox*
21. seeuudee*
22. alteredmommy*

Here is my process - I cut the cards at school using a variety of card stock scraps leftover from my sister (who is also a teacher) and donated bits and pieces. Each is covered with Gelli prints, stenciled and painted papers and some clean up papers.

I made 3 special cards - 2 are woven and one is collaged with strips of random papers.

I used 3 photos the were taken by children/my students with my camera at school. So not the baby photo I had hoped for (still looking for the one of me in the groovy maxi dress I made in 4-H back in the day.) And yes, I usually stick out my tongue when one of the kids snaps a pic.

Thanks all for another fun swap!

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9  Craftster Trading Card Swap #2 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Smmarrt on: April 17, 2017 09:38:35 PM

1. Smmarrt 05/20/17
2. craftylittlemonkey 05/12/17
3. BigBangMomma 05/01/17
4. calluna 05/03/17
5. alwaysinmyroom 05/23/17
6. noooitaremybirthday 05/04/17
7. mandykaye 05/16/17
8. roler 06/02/17
9. jellybean89 05/10/17
10. bec99 05/10/17
11. Abbeeroad 05/15/17
12. emilywilde - 05/14/19
13. Sharalee 05/09/17
14. underthemountain 05/17/17
15. curiousfae 04/29/17
16. fluffypants 05/19/17
17. craftADDchick 05/20/17
18. LovelyMiss 05/08/17
19. phoenixfiredesigns 05/17/17
20. Onyxnox 05/20/17
21. seeuudee 05/20/17
22. alteredmommy 05/17/17

RED - Sent
LIME GREEN - Received
NAME - Feedback received

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10  Re: Craftster Trading Cards #2 SU April 2-17;SO May 20 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by Smmarrt on: April 05, 2017 09:50:00 PM
Swap Math

Lesson One

Card stock scraps from sister who is also a teacher +

painty book pages +

corner rounder punch =

Craftster Trading Cards!
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