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31  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Craftster Trading Card Swap - GALLERY on: April 22, 2017 08:10:50 PM
PhoenixFireDesign's Spot!
Blue = received card - as of June 9th I've received everyone! Grin
Cards mailed 5/16/17


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


So, I decided to make mine festive in honor of my 40th birthday on May 16th. Instead of just one baby pfd pic, I did a collage. I scanned a bunch of baby pics, did a little color correcting on them (because film from the 70's tends to turn a lovely shade of orange!!) and then made a multicolor background. (The pic of me holding the sign says, "today is may 16th. my birthday. I am 3 years old" aw...)



I repeated the multicolor in a different pattern for the back and kept the same color scheme for the answers.



I printed up sheets of them on glossy paper via my laser printer and cut out and glued them onto ready made atc blanks (just to save my sanity and not overwork my shoulder for which I am undergoing physical therapy for as it is. Cheesy )
32  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery on: April 20, 2017 08:15:21 PM
Aurora was amused to find "Florida's Key Lime Pie" flavor Slurpee at 7-11. Grin



No, I didn't try it. Honestly, it didn't sound like the best idea for a Slurpee flavor to me, despite being very Florida!
33  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery on: April 20, 2017 10:17:04 AM
Did you know, we're in good company? There's a tradition of bringing small, plush animals into space: http://mashable.com/2016/03/19/stuffed-animals-nasa-space-station-soyuz/#jCakLiAxxGqS

The latest is a small toy dog just this week: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/04/20/524883853/astronaut-cosmonaut-and-stuffed-dog-arrive-at-international-space-station

Talk about a great Little Visitor adventure! Grin
34  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Craftster Trading Cards #2 SEND OUT May 20 on: April 19, 2017 06:42:00 PM
I didn't sport a unibrow but I had some SERIOUS woolly caterpillar eyebrows going on in HS (and sadly, into my 20's) before I discovered strategic plucking. LOL
35  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Extra large wire wrapped tree of life SUNCATCHERS! on: April 19, 2017 07:46:34 AM
Ooh, I think they look lovely! They are like slender young saplings. I suppose it would be awkward to use thicker wire to get the more substantial looking trunks of your pendant sized pieces? I do enjoy the look of those very much as well, they remind me of gnarly old grandmothers and fathers of the forest.
Believe it or not, this IS much thicker gauge wire! It's actually 16g. I'm still working on how I can make fatter trunks without drowning in too much wire. LOL It's still a development in progress. Wink

And thank you everyone! I'm still working on it and adapting to the much larger scale so there's more to come with it as I refine the technique further.
36  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Extra large wire wrapped tree of life SUNCATCHERS! on: April 18, 2017 10:55:18 AM
I've had people asking me if I could make large versions for years, but the one time I tried, it was a mess because scaling up gets exponentially overwhelming really fast. A 1.5" pendant uses about 10 feet of wire, so you can imagine a 12" piece gets out of control really fast.

But, people have continued to inquire about it so I sat down and got thinking and I was able to invent an entirely different technique from the way I make the pendants to scale up and make giant 8", 10", and 12" versions of them! I'm thinking they would look great in a window or a backyard garden.

These were the first few I experimented with. I'll be trying some additional styles and variations moving forward.


(Rainbow cracked glass beads)



(Copper with crystal accents)


(Two tone pink/blue cracked glass beads)



(Red/gold glass beads)


(It looks awesome in a sunny window too!)

I'm working on a few more too. I'd like to develop the idea further. Thoughts & feedback appreciated!
37  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Craftster Trading Cards #2 SEND OUT May 20 on: April 18, 2017 10:45:47 AM
lol phoneix...I am putting my extension in the mail as soon as I finish browsing Craftster! I wait until October 15th, so I am probably the Queen of Procrastination....hey, now that I should put on my card! lol

Wait - I'm the Queen of Procrastination! But I will pass the crown as I did my taxes 2 weeks ago and already received my refunds!
Well, in my defense, I just didn't want to do them. Cheesy No, really it's because I run a small business. And it means I spend like 8 hours pooling over fees, receipts and other expenses, adding them to a complicated Excel spreadsheet to tally things up so I know what deductions to take. It's just a complete PITA.
38  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Craftster Trading Cards #2 SU April 2-17;SO May 20 on: April 17, 2017 06:53:13 PM
Considering I JUST spent the entire day today working on my taxes, I'm kinda bad about procrastination. Cheesy
39  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Craftster Trading Cards #2 SU April 2-17;SO May 20 on: April 16, 2017 07:11:08 PM
I just surrendered and signed up for this round too. Eek! Now I need to figure out what to do with my card. Shocked Wink
40  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery on: April 16, 2017 01:42:08 PM
Today, Aurora came with us to my husband's family's brunch for Easter.



She also joined in on the egg hunt. We found an egg up in the flowering vines:




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