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3971  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 87 ENTRIES / Re: "Clay Photo" on: June 07, 2013 05:18:07 AM
that looks wonderful!
3972  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Alice in Craftster-land Easy Peasy: SU Closed- SO 6/24 on: June 07, 2013 05:12:28 AM
ooooh, I just had an ideas!  I started a couple of things yesterday, and should finish them today.  I can't see out my right eye right now, which is frustrating.  It looks like a combination of seasonal allergies and a bout of iritis are trying to stymie me.
3973  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 87 ENTRIES / Re: Die cut leather bookmarks on: June 07, 2013 05:05:55 AM
hmmmm, I never thought I had a particular look or style to my work.  that's interesting to know!
3974  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: 2013 Christmas in July Swap (S/U May 17-31, send outs July 5th) on: June 07, 2013 05:02:47 AM
Mine...

1.  Scrooged
2.  Charlie Brown Chrstmas
3.  Muppet Christmas Carol
A Christmas Story
5.  National Lampoon Christmas Vacation
3975  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 87 ENTRIES / Die cut leather bookmarks on: June 05, 2013 07:31:11 PM

I had this idea for awhile for some tatty leather scraps I had.

I had found a tag die at Marshalls for a great price which I thought would make a great size for a bookmark, and had some cute small leaf dies I liked, as well as a tree bark embossing folder, so made some tree bookmarks.  I love summer and the fall, so they were inspired for the seasons.

I wet embossed the brown leather with the bark folder, and the moisture and pressure mottled the colour of the leather too, which was perfect for the barky look.



Then I cut some leaf shapes from white leather, and used pigment dies to add the colour in layers to make them look more leafy.  After everything was dry, I added eyelets to the top of the tag, and fed some brown ribbon through (my limbs) and sewed the leaves to the end.  I decided just a few leaves so as not to make the tassel end too heavy and pull the bookmark out of the book.



I loved how the leather took the die, so cut a couple more white tags to play around with.  I added the ink colour, then stamped designs on with Staz on ink, and used an embossing pen to highlight some designs before adding embossing powder and heating it.



I coloured some ribbons for the tassels, and die cut some shrink plastic to thread onto the ends - decorating the plastic with alcohol inks and some stampings before shrinking.  I love how intense the colours get when you shrink inked plastic
 
3976  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: 2013 Christmas in July Swap (S/U May 17-31, send outs July 5th) on: June 05, 2013 06:13:38 PM
I hate this month - I am having allergies and a bout of inflammation in my eye so I can't see out of my right eye, and I feel like I have not had any time off of work to craft, because of extra education sessions, and move planning for our big move in 3 weeks - I want to craft dammit!
3977  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Air dry vs heat set fabric paint? on: June 05, 2013 05:33:06 PM
I have used Golden GAC 900 to mix in with acrylics.   Here's some info

http://www.goldenpaints.com/technicaldata/fabric.php
3978  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: 2013 Christmas in July Swap (S/U May 17-31, send outs July 5th) on: June 04, 2013 07:14:36 PM
I had a very productive thrift store haul today! babalina58 says she likes up-cycled, and I found some awesome Christmas stuff that I wouldn't have found in stores this time of year!


Ooooooh - good idea - I will take a look at my local place too to see what I can find for this and my Alice swap.  I am thinking I would like to find some old leather skirts or belts for some stuff, but if I can find Christmassy stuff that would be great.
3979  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Alice in Craftster-land Easy Peasy: SU Closed- SO 6/24 on: June 04, 2013 12:34:00 PM
I am going to try a couple of new things too.  I likely am going to make a few extras - but we'll just call that packaging Cheesy
3980  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: 2013 Christmas in July Swap (S/U May 17-31, send outs July 5th) on: June 04, 2013 12:25:16 PM
Ahhhhh - it can easily be said that people who love Christmas enough to want to do it twice a year are generous!
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