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1  Re: Paper Crafty Scavenger Hunt in The Swap Gallery by marabelle on: November 18, 2008 06:17:37 PM
I received my package from Pinokeeo on Saturday but finally had a day off from work and was able to clear off my coffee table today so I could actually take some pictures. She sent me a lot of fun things.

Overview of everything:

3 colorful posters, 2 kitty calenders and a map of her area:

4 paper boxes made by Pinokeeo (which my cat believes are hers for some reason, I have to keep them up high), some little bird images, a paper star made by Pinokeeo (my favorite item) and some polished rocks that have already joined my extensive rock collection:

Some flower stickers, wildlife stamps, postcards from her home area, a 1 million dollar bill (if only...), kitty stickers, photos of her pets, typewriter correction sheets, hole reinforcements and glitter brads:

Thank you, Pinokeeo for such a great package Smiley
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2  Viking chicken! in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by marabelle on: October 07, 2008 03:47:44 PM
So my mom is a little crazy, which works out well because so am I. She has this fake rooster in her kitchen that she loves, it even has a name (although I can't remember what it is). When I saw these little fat chicken in Micheal's craft store I just knew I needed to get one for her. But when I got it home, it looked so plain and store bought that I decided I needed to spruce it up a bit. I have called my mom Helga since I was 13 (because at that age that was the worst thing I could think to call her and I envisioned her as a large tyrant viking woman despite the fact she's not at all). Calling her Helga has become a term of endearment over the years so I bring you the Helga Chicken! I haven't even baked her helmet yet because as soon as I put on the horns I was thrown into uncontrollable giggles because it's so perfect and I couldn't wait to bake it to post it Tongue

Here she is in all her viking glory:

A close up of her helmet (I don't know what the little yellow dot is, I have to take it off before I bake it):

Before she set sail to pillage and plunder she made a short stop to the Kentucky Derby:

And here she is with no personality at all, how sad:

What do you think, I'm pretty new to the polymer clay scene so does she look like a Helga chicken?
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3  Re: Kevin Smith and Related Movies Swap Gallery-- I Assure You We Are Open! in The Swap Gallery by marabelle on: October 03, 2008 08:11:45 PM
The package I sent to my partner has been sitting at the post office for a week and she still hasn't picked it up so AlwaysInspired said it was ok to post pics of the things I made for her.

She told me she always wanted every line Silent Bob ever said made into something but couldn't figure out what. I came up with this:

(it's in an 8x10 silver frame, I didn't photograph it well)

Here is the little Jay shrinky dink peeking from the side:

She also said she loved purses and pink and green so I made this (well, not the bag itself because I can't sew...but I did sew on the green bow!). And it was my first attempt at stenciling:

I was going to make her shot glasses saying snootchie on one and bootchies on the other but couldn't find blank ones so I made her a mug (her name is on the other side):

And last but not least, she told me her favorite movie was Chasing Amy so I made this journal for her (and unlike the bag, I made the whole thing):

Close up of the bookmark:

Since I have no idea if she liked it all, I hope you all did. This was a fun swap to craft for Smiley

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4  Pumpkin party favors in Halloween Decor and Parties by marabelle on: September 24, 2008 04:35:25 PM
I am having a going away party for my friend and there will be several children there. As I live vicariously through others children (and I don't want them to be bored) I created a treasure hunt for them. Once they find all the pirate "treasure" I made, they have to return one coin of each color to me for a prize. The prize is a crepe paper pumpkin I made for them to tear open and find Halloween-y goodness inside! They didn't come out perfectly (I've never used floral tape and I've decide it is my new nemesis) but they're good enough for kids to shred. They were pretty easy and I got the tutorial from here: http://www.notmartha.org/tomake/pumpkinfavors/

Here is my pumpkin patch, in its handy I/D carrying case Tongue

Everything that I was able to fit inside, the pumpkins fit in the palm of my hand but I suppose you could make them bigger (My paper was 10"x12" and I folded it in half lengthwise to make a double layer):

(The stuff on the left behind the hershey kisses is halloween confetti and tiny plastic spiders for what I hope will create more of an exploding effect).

And the pirate "coins" the kids have to find (I have one more color to make). They are just polymer clay with a hand carved stamp pushed into them and then smoothed out lightly and baked:

If you're looking for a quick and easy Halloween party favor, I'd say these pumpkins are the way to go. You can also use an orange paper treat bag and wrap the top up the same with with pipe cleaners and tape, I'm just not sure about their "rippability".
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5  <3 your mom shirt in Stenciling: Completed Projects by marabelle on: September 20, 2008 05:09:03 AM
I made this shirt for one of my coworkers since we're often immature people at my job (animal hospitals are a stressful thing and we need to lighten the mood somehow Wink and he's the king of it all. It's a simple design but my first attempt at stenciling so I thought it came out pretty well.

PS: I stink at taking pictures of shirts, I'm pretty sure that's obvious though Tongue
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6  Re: Altoid Tin Themed Swap-Round 11 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by marabelle on: September 04, 2008 10:20:05 AM
I received my awesome tin from woobie the other day. She chose my pirate theme and it was so great!

Outside of tin: treasure!


Another view of the inside:


Inside I found: 2 chocolate coin candies (that the boyfriend promptly confiscated), key earrings, a hair clip ala Jack Sparrow (further proof I MUST be a pirate for Halloween this year, yar!), a keychain compass (which will come in handy since I always misplace my compass while letterboxing), a little pirate code book and my favorite: sparrow pins! I am obsessed with tattoo sparrows, these are already living on my letterboxing bag!

A close up of the pirate code book:

I loved everything, thanks so much woobie!
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7  Scurvy pirate kitty magnets in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by marabelle on: September 01, 2008 11:35:42 AM
I loooove all the polymer clay creations I see on here so I thought I'd give it a try. They are no where near as perfect as what I've seen (it's amazing how macro camera settings show you every little imperfection you didn't see before) but I'm happy with them for my first attempt Smiley I actually created these for a swap but they wouldn't fit in the package so they're living on my fridge for now.

I think this is just the beginning of a clay addiction, I fell asleep the last 2 nights thinking of all the things I want to make.
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8  Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Round 2 in The Swap Gallery by marabelle on: August 01, 2008 04:19:51 PM
I got my stamps from Calebsmama a few days ago but I've been a slacker about posting them. Sorry Sad I love them all though, she carved me a fairy (because I love them), a cupcake (which I also love and my signature stamp for letterboxing is a cupcake) and a cute little penguin that I adore.  Thank you, Calebsmama! Anyway, here they all are:

I really loved being a part of this swap and it was a great one to be in for my first time, thanks to you all. I can't wait for the next one when I can send to more than one person Smiley
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9  Re: Little fairy hand carved stamp in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by marabelle on: July 12, 2008 01:41:22 PM
It's Kurt Halsey, I actually carved the same image into a stamp (minus the words). He's amazing.

I knew it!  Oh, can you post a pic of the that stamp you did too?  I'm so curious to see it. 

Keep up the great work!

The paper it's stamped on is textured so it didn't come out as clear as it usually does and it was one of the first stamps I ever carved so it's not as perfect as I'd like but here it is:

I carved it for my 1 year anniversary with my boyfriend and Satellite by Guster is "our" song so that's why I put that on there Smiley It's about 1.5-2 inches square.
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10  Little fairy hand carved stamp in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by marabelle on: June 24, 2008 06:06:08 PM
I've really been growing as a stamp carver and it's finally starting to show. I think I need to invest in a magnifier soon though because my eyes are starting to feel the affects! I carved this little fairy from an image drawn by Elizabeth O. Dulemba (I really like her artwork) out of Grade A PZKut with a Staedtler #1 gouge and a Speedball #5 gouge. I need to start dabbling in needle carving though because I'm starting to outgrow my carving tools. Anyway, enough talk, onto the stamp!

Here she is next to a pen for scale:

And all by herself:

And stamped (with a little chalk for detail).

Hope you like her because I LOVE her Smiley
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