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41  Re: Birds birds birds Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Artisan82 on: September 14, 2009 05:41:49 PM
Hey again guys-
Awesome display case craftewoman! Love it!

I have to apologize to Ramona Q, I made an oversite when I posted my package.  One of the cards included in my swap package is an ATC.  This card was so well designed and so professionally made, I assumed it was from a scrapbooking shop or something. Nope -  Ramona Q just has some awesome skills.  I don't have a pic of the card by itself, but here's my best try with a cropped image.  Really,the workmanship is just so fine.

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42  Re: Birds birds birds Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Artisan82 on: September 11, 2009 06:27:01 PM
I'm slow to post, I received this days ago.  Here's my awesome package from Ramona Q...

To start, she wrote some notes on these cute little birdy card.  Also, she sent me a little birdy clip made out of nautral materials.  It's a little hard to see in the dark pic, but I think it will look very cute peaking out between the branches of my Christmas tree this winter.

Finally, the piece de resistance.... something I've been wanting for a long, long time


There's an appliqued chicken on the front in a really cute print.  And, bonus of bonuses - the chicken is a pocket!  Such a brilliant idea!

I forgot to get pic, but there's a tiny little birdy charm on the neck tie too.  Such a cute little final touch.

Ramona Q - thank you so very much.  I love my apron.  It is so well made and the chicken pocket it awesome!

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43  Re: Rice Krispie Wedding Cake in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Artisan82 on: August 05, 2009 07:50:12 AM
Lol, I was just searching this forum to see if anyone else had had my idea. I made a rice krispie cake for my son's birthday with fruit by the foot decorations, and it turned out spectacular! (he doesn't like cake, the horrors!)
[img width=160 height=128]http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y92/JessicaTX/th_krispycake.jpg
the cell phone photography leaves a lot to be desired.

I love your roses! How did you do that? I suppose I could google ribbon roses and come up with some idea.

That's awesome! Great minds think alike!
I don't really know how to describe how I did the roses.  I just cut petal shapes out of the f-b-t-f and smoshed them together using a little water on my finger to "glue" them.  This tutorial is pretty close to what I did (except I just cut out the guitar pic shape with some clean kitchen scissors, instead of forming them froma ball of clay) http://www.jaedworks.com/clayspot/techniques/roses.html

Your gift bow is an awesome cake topper!
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44  Papier Mache Monsters in Completed Projects by Artisan82 on: July 23, 2009 06:02:26 PM
I made these guys for a swap, but my partners have received and I really wanted this guy and gal to have their own post.  I took progress pics for once too.

This is my geeky girl monster.  She has pigtails, glasses, and socks.

This is my gentelmanly monster.  He's got a top hat and is presenting a flower.

Okay if you're anything like me, you like the progress pics better than pics of the final project.  So, from the beginning...

They all started out as a random bunch of body parts. I use newspaper, masking tape, and wire to make the structure.  Then I cover everything with a few layers of paper mache.  These are all arms and bodies.

When the body parts are dry, I use wire, a glue gun, masking tape (whatever) to stick them together.  The wires inside the arms and legs let me position them.  Then I cover that in a few layers of paper mache.

When thats all dry, I cut off the top of the head.  This lets me make a jaw.  I make teeth out of sculpey and install eyes (I used plastic eyes for these ones, but I usually make eyes out of sculpey too.  At this stage my monsters start to have some personality, so I can make any accesory items I want (hats, glasses, etc).  I installed the hook in the back of the geeky girl at this point, as my swap partner requested that she hang up.  All this gets papier mached again.  On this final round of mache, I add lips and eyelids.

When the last round of paper mache is done, I mix white glue and brown paint together and slop on a few thick coats  This step adds strength and gives a base coat.  Then I layer up several colours (from dark to light) to get the final skin tone.  And there we have it!

I have a few more monsters in progress (The extra body parts from pic 1 above), I just need to get motivated to finish them.
Thanks for looking!  Grin
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45  Re: Share My Best Medium with 3 People Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Artisan82 on: July 02, 2009 04:38:40 PM
Alright folks! I have received!  I thought I'd wait and pot all three things together...

First, last week I got this knit hat from thatkid.  It's very cute and cozy! It also matches my fall jacket, so I plan on wearing it a lot!  I also love the color.

My next suprise was this great little wristlet from reuse.  It's in two of my fav colours - brown and red.  There's a little pocket on the inside of the bag.  The zippers are expertly sewn.  Very cute.

My final package came today~ from Miss Bentley. I am in awe of this woman's sewing skills.  She sent me this beautiful bag - it has so many pockets.  I can't wait to use it.

So, I definately got spoiled in this swap!  I'm very excited about my items!  Grin
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46  Re: Share My Best Medium with 3 People Swap(closed ; MAIL BY 7/13/09) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Artisan82 on: June 17, 2009 06:48:03 AM
Some random body parts.

...hopefully to get my partners excited.
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47  Rice Krispie Wedding Cake in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Artisan82 on: June 07, 2009 05:02:10 PM
A coworker of mine got married a couple months ago in Serbia.  His wife finally got her visa to join him here in Canada, so we threw them a little congratulatory barbeque.  I made them this wedding cake of rice krispie treats.  I basically used three round baking dishes (didn't have cake pans) and a mug for the moulds.  It took 3 batches of Rice Krispies made according to the standard recipe.

The ribbons are fruit-roll-up type things and so are the roses.  They don't have Rice Krispies in Serbia, though - so we had to explain that the cake was actually edible.  Not sure if it was ever eaten - the happy couple took it home with them. But, they really liked it - so yippi!

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48  Re: Wine-themed Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Artisan82 on: May 04, 2009 05:47:57 PM
I received from doo_leroux today!  I feel like she majorly out-swapped me.  My package is totally awesome and absolutely perfect for my taste.

First... my husband, James, and I love the show Lost, and we're making our own wine.  James is currently making a batch of merlot, and he keep saying he's going to label it like the Dharma Initiative merlot from the show.  NOW we have two Dharma Initiative merlot label magnets!  (the big glass jug in the foreground is our fermenting merlot).  James was so excited when he saw these.  He saw them and exclaimed,  "How did she know?!?!?"

Okay, I combined these items in one pic to save space.  Let me tell you what you're seeing here:
- Crazy awesome quilted coasters.  (I have NO coasters and these colours match the decor in my kitchen/ living room perfectly. 
- There's a little wine kimono in wine-red.
- wine charms with different minerals!  (My husband and I both work in mining and minerals research, so these are SO perfect for us).  I'm certain my brother-in-law will say something like: "Only you would have mineral wine charms".  I can't wait!  The wine charms came in a little tin for easy storage.

A funky little wine & cheese still life.
Two etched Dharma Initiative wine glasses (James squeeled like a little girl when he saw these!)
AND - my favourite (I could NEVER make this).  An embroidered piece of wine art!  It blows my mind.  This is definately going to be prominently displayed in the kitchen.

And here's a close-up of the embroidered piece - it's so cute and I love it much!

Thanks doo!  You were an awesome swap partner!  I know you were stressed about this swap, but I love everything and can't help but feeling like you totally out-did me!

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49  DIY: Old crocs into crochet boots in Crochet: Completed Projects by Artisan82 on: November 06, 2008 06:10:32 PM
This is how I turned some old crocs into these nifty crochet boots.

Here's the shoe I started with.  Pretty worn out.

First, I used a measuring tape to mark every centimeter or so around the shoe:

I cut off the top of the shoe with a pair of small scissors.  There's a line on the shoes that you can follow that divides the sole from the rest of the shoe. Then I put a pin in each of my marks around the circumfrence so that I could more clearly see where my marks were.  This allowed me to double-check that my marks were all fairly evenly spaced.

Using an awl, I poked a hole through the rubber at each pin.  You can use a nail or a screw or some similar poking device if you don't have an awl:

Using a metal crochet hook, I slip stitched my yarn into the sole.

After I had the slip stitches in place, I continued to crochet in the round, using single crochets to build the foot part of my boot.  I sort of just finessed the decreases I needed as I went along.  Once I got to my ankle, I started increasing again, and used a series of back post/ front post crochets to make the pattern on the shin part of the boot... but really you could do anything you wanted, just crocheting in the round until the boots are the height you want.

And tada!

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50  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery November 2008 in The Swap Gallery by Artisan82 on: November 06, 2008 04:21:22 PM
Cat9 and I did a personal swap and I scored this awesomely fuzzy and comfy, cozy scoodie.  (My husband has called it a Scarfy, Sordie, Scardie, Shoodie.... he has problems with words.  Wink ).  I absolutely love it.  I also got an awesome crocheted bonus scarf, but I don't have pics of it.  I wore it to work today and left it at the office.
Thank you so much Cat9!  I'd swap with you again any day!  I hope you love your item as much as I love my scoodie!!!
Hood up

Hood down
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