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41  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Falling Leaves - more resin collage pendents.... on: May 05, 2016 08:13:32 AM
I had an idea to make a Fall themed pendent and made these last week.

They are very similar in vein to the previous collage pendents I have made in the past - using bamboo or other wood tile bases, painting on a background colour, adding some paper die-cut elements. 

A bit of a difference is that for the focal element, I used metal tape that was die cut into the leaf shape and coloured with alcohol inks - the resin overlay really makes the metal leaves shine.

I made many of these, and used maple leaves, with the idea of sharing these with fellow Craftsters, those who are interested anyways, who come to the Canada Meet Up this summer - hope to see you guys there...

If anyone is not aware of it, but is interested, there is a discussion in the general boards here in the Miscellaneous Board...., here in the City Guides...., and here if you are FOC....

Also, more pics and whatnot about this project on my blog if anyone is interested....
42  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Creative Collective... a crafter's fund... on: May 05, 2016 06:53:13 AM

I have a lot of tins waiting to be decorated and reused... in fact, there are people at work who save nice tins just for me to do this with.  I am a crafting hoarder with a lot of enablers.

But I finally got around to decorating one of them last week and this is what came of it.

I had been saving money weekly for my crafting vacation in the Fall - every year for the past several years I go to the Creativ Festival in the Fall, which is a floor show of different craft/hobby venders/makers and also a series of workshops - it is a great way to meet with other crafters from all over the country and the world, learn new skills, meet suppliers, etc - I love it.  But I have been getting the platinum membership for myself and it can be pricey, so saving a bit every week makes it very manageable.

I have been using an old spice tin, but wanted something prettier, so I took an old cocoa tin and made it prettier.

I wrapped the tin with a layer of music note printed craft paper, then layered some acrylic paint washes over it.  While that dried, I die cut some wildflower shapes and embossed the shapes with metallic embossing powder and glued those over the painted surface of the tin.

I then made a ribbon wrap, with some jute and a stamped copper label.  For the lid, I added a riveted leather handle.

I love it so much more - and I especially love what it is filled with - I now have enough for the platinum pass and a bit of spending money.  I plan to keep adding a set amount to it every week, plus any birthday money or whatnot I happen to get, and should have a nice little bundle for spending when it rolls around in October...

More pics and details about this project on my blog if anyone is interested.
43  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Not crafty per se - pine resin... on: March 18, 2016 09:37:51 AM
Anyone know how to get this out of fur, other than cutting chunks of fur out?  Now that Spring is here, Troy is in the mood to roam and dig and go after little furries in the brush, and he is coming back with smears of resin all over him.  We didn't see it under the mud, but after the bath, he still has bits of fur clumped with resin on his head, back, legs, etc.
44  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wishing everyone a wee bit o' luck.... on: March 12, 2016 06:35:35 AM

I made these little tile pendents lately... St. Patricks is coming up, and I actually picked these little clover dies up months ago with the idea of using the die cuts in a pendent piece, so what better time than just before St Patricks?

The background is gold (for that pot o' gold), but lightened with some pearl paint, and stamped with a subtle swirling flourish pattern.  Then stamped with the "luck/lucky", and with the die cut clovers added, and resin to protect it.

Anyways, more details on how I made them and more pics if you are interested in more details, on my blog...
45  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Fly chickadees, fly... on: March 12, 2016 06:25:32 AM
These are some card sets I made recently, just general note cards, for myself and kbrison.

I just posted about making these stamps over at the Image Reproduction forum - I made two sets of each bird, facing different directions, so mirror images of each other and gave one set to kbrison (the ones nicely mounted on the wood blocks) and kept the other two for myself.

It's just not right to make stamps and not make something with them, so I decided to test the images and make a project from them as well.  I used archival ink to stamp, so I could use watercolours and dye inks to add colour to the cards.

More about the two bird set here, and more
about the single chickadee on a branch here...

I am rather in love with all the birds coming to my new bird feeders, which I can see from my craft room window.  I am very tempted to make a couple of nuthatch stamps next!
46  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Oh darling Chickadees, how I love you so! on: March 12, 2016 06:14:40 AM
I have been loving the new bird feeders that Jim put in front of the house, including the wine bottle one we made together in the Fall - we gave away about 8 of them, but kept one for ourselves.  We have noticed quite the influx of birds since we put them in the front.  I had him locate them so I can see the birds from my craft room window.  We have had nuthatches, a couple of types of woodpeckers, dark eyed juncos, a few finches, mourning doves, cardinals... but my favourites are the bold little chickadees.  They love to sit on the mulberry tree in front of my front room window and fly to the feeders to get a bit to eat, and back to the tree, so I get a great view of them from both windows.

But I love them so much I was inspired to craft something with them...

I ended up making several chickadee stamps, and it ended up becoming a crafted by the both of us project...

First I made these two chickadees on a branch... it was also a good opportunity for me to try different types of lino materials to see which brand I liked too - I made a couple of goes at this, both facing different directions.  My plan was to keep one for myself and make one for my partner, kbrison, for the IYP swap.

I was going to send just the lino, but then I asked Jim if he would cut a block for me to make a stamp block with.  He came through in spades.... first, he found some remnants of some gorgeous walnut that he had leftover from a house reno.  They had a gorgeous turn of the century house, and they added a lot of walnut features when they redid some part of it.  He cut it down to size, then he compared it to some wood blocks I had, and added the routed edges for gripping.  Then he advised me on how to finish it for greater durability.  So when he was done, I sanded the block for a smoother finish and to take the sharp edges off the routed edge, and printed an image on the top surface.  Then I added about 3 coats of varnish for durability and sealing - probably more - I lost count!

Then I added a layer of foam and the carved lino, with 2 part epoxy resin.  More about this project on my blog if anyone is interested, with more pics....

I then made another chickadee... just a single one on a pine branch - again, two copies, each facing different directions...

More about this bird here on my blog if anyone is interested...

I did the finished pieces on the wood blocks for kbrison - Jim still has to find some more wood to cut the blocks for mine.  We decided since two of them were being made for someone else, she should get the nice wood and the nice finish.  Keeping my fingers crossed that somewhere he finds some more of that nice walnut though!

Finally, it is just not right to make stamps without testing them, so before I mounted them, I made a couple of projects with them...

I made a set for myself and for kbrison, using various shades of blue for the cards, just as general note cards.

More about the two bird set here
, and more about the single bird on a branch cards here...
47  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A flock of bamboo birds... on: February 20, 2016 02:32:37 AM

I made so many of these recently... but they are fun to make!  These are some bird pendents and an earring set I made recently using some of the bamboo tiles I had freed from a couple of placemats. 

I woke up with this idea in my head and turned it into a set of earrings for my partner for the one tiny winter thing swap.

Then I kind of fell in love with how the red birds popped against that bright background and thought I would make a few pendents.  More about that here on my blog if you want to see.

A few more ended up as 15 pendents...

Which is OK - as I said, they were fun to make, and each one a bit different.  I plan on bringing some to trade when we have the Craftster Canada Meet Up this summer, and a few for underthemountain, for her Difference Makers auctions.

I am going to keep a couple for myself Smiley

But if anyone wants to know how I made them, to make some for yourself, I posted a how-to on my blog as well, with some process pics also.
48  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Craftsters Canada Meetup 2016 June 24-26 2016 on: February 10, 2016 02:58:52 PM
This is a discussion that a bunch of us have been having in the Friends of Craftser forum, and we wanted to bring it out to the rest of Craftster in case members with non-Friends status also wanted to join in on the fun...  I know I am very excited about this myself!

Underthemountain started this, and I am cutting and pasting the proposed plan...


ETA: we've got a date! - June 24-26  2016 and a place Hamilton
Many of us are staying at this hotel: Hamilton Sheraton Hotel,116 King St W, Hamilton, ON, L8P4V3 Canada.  You can try tripadvisor.com to get a good rate.

Information spreadsheet (Workshops/Transportation/Hotels/Places to Visit)

Friday 6/24
- People already in town/arriving
- Afternoon meet up in hotel lobby?
- Group dinner at local pub (plan this ahead/reservations) - any crafting or just socializing? Exchange meet up gifts.

Saturday 6/25
- Morning breakfast social hour (plan this ahead/reservations)
- Visit Wulf's workshop in Toronto - shibori and other messy craft workshops? for those interested (or we can stay local in Hamilton and find someplace for workshops there?)
- Afternoon sightseeing at stores/locations in Toronto/Hamilton
- Group dinner at local pub (plan this ahead/reservations)

Sunday 6/26
- Morning breakfast social hour (plan this ahead/reservations)
- Open for whatever, last minute sight seeing, etc
- Departure from Hamilton and general area...

Definitely coming!

Come and join in the fun!
49  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / One Tiny Winter Thing 2016 swap - send outs Feb 14 on: February 05, 2016 01:40:04 PM

Post them as you get them people!

Please remember to PM myself and your partner when you send and receive!

Original discussion posts here


lindyv321 (sent 02/06/ rec. 02/08)
<-----> blupaisan (sent 02/05/rec. 02/10)
cmarion3 (sent 02/09, rec. 02/20) <-----> Wulf (sent 02/15, rec. 02/19)
aisy (rec. 02/13, sent 02/20)<-----> BigBangMomma (sent 02/10, rec. 02/23)
Onyxnox (sent 02/14, rec. 02/17) <-----> astrangeone (sent 02/14, rec. 02/19)
bec99 (sent 02/13, rec. 03/01) <-----> AnnChen (sent 02/16)

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50  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Lemon Blueberry cake - gluten free and yummy on: January 18, 2016 02:22:05 AM
We went over to visit some friends this weekend.  I know that they loved fresh baked goods, and especially blueberry and lemon anything.  They used to be our neighbours, but I had not seen them in a long time (our work schedules tend to be opposite unfortunately).  I was going to make a couple of old favourites, but with Jim being diagnosed in the last year as Celiacs I did not want to exclude him, so I modified a couple of recipes to make everyone happy. 

This is a coffee cake I made and it turned out to be quite nice!

A lemony streusel topping can be added or lemon-sugar crust, but it really wasn't necessary.

Lemon Blueberry Cake

(modified from Cybele Pascal's Blueberry Boyfriend Bait)

makes 16 servings (in an 8x8 pan, I cut them into 2x2" pieces)

2 C Gluten Free flour blend (I used Cybele Pascal's basic flour blend)
1/2 tsp xanthan gum (if the flour blend doesn't have gum already added)
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs at room temp
finely grated rind of one lemon
juice of one lemon
milk (I gave no measure for a reason - see in recipe)
1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen, tossed with 1 tbsp flour blend

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Prepare a 8x8 inch pan by greasing, and dusting with gluten free flour, tapping out excess (don't skip this step, the cake will stick more without both steps, or lining with parchment paper).

Whisk together flour blend, xanthan gum, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside. Combine juice of lemon and milk to make 3/4 cup in total, mix well, set aside.  Tip, if you roll the lemon firmly before grating, pressing hard, then after grating, microwave it for 15-30 seconds, you will get more juice out of the lemon!

In mixer bowl, combine butter and sugars, and mix on medium high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix on medium to blend well, scraping down the sides as needed. Add vanilla and finely grated lemon rind and mix well.

Add 1/3 of the flour mixture and beat on medium for about 15 seconds.

Add half of the milk mixture and mix for 20 seconds.

Add half of the remaining flour and mix, then the remaining milk mixture , mix, then the remaining flour, and mix, scraping down the sides as needed.

Pour 1/3-1/2 of batter into prepared pan.  Gently fold the blueberries into remaining batter and pour into pan.

Bake in the center of the oven for 1 hour, or until the top is golden.  Double check with a toothpick inserted in center of pan and making sure it comes out clean.  Remember, it can be harder to tell with gluten free baked goods as they are more moist.

Cool in pan for at least 30 minutes before lifting out with parchment paper.  Do not try to remove paper until fully cooled, unless you turned it out upside down.  Gluten free cakes seem to be more moist, less elastic, and more delicate than wheat flour based cakes!  Serve warm or at room temperature.

A bit more on my blog if interested - it also has the links to the original recipes and flour blend
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