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1  Re: Calvin and Hobbes Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by shinydemon on: August 16, 2010 06:07:27 PM
Received from tasty_graffiti today!!!!  I almost cried, I kid you not.  This package is so incredible...

Here's a pic of the entire package...

And now some close ups!

First off, a gorgeous Hobbes doll - it looks just like the few glimpses you get in the comics of inanimate Hobbes...

Here's a book-mark with a lovely example of Calvin's table-manners...

My partner paid close attention to my answers to the swap questionnaire - my favourite things about the comic are Calvin's hilarious facial expressions and the philosophical conversations C&H have in the wagon.  And some of my favourite things, period, are fridge magnets!   Here are some magnets of a Calvin photo-session as well as two magnets with beautiful artwork (one featuring the fantastic wagon).

And last, but certainly not least, a beautiful painting of Calvin and Hobbes.  It really couldn't be any more perfect...

Thank you so much, tasty_graffiti !!!

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2  Re: Calvin and Hobbes Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by shinydemon on: August 06, 2010 03:03:39 PM
Oh, thank goodness you like it!!!!  Once I mailed everything off I started to get really paranoid that my package was too small (no pun intended?) and that it was lame and horrible...

The page that I left on my scanner (which is on its way to you now) is a page about El Presidente Hobbes.  It's one of my faves. 

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3  Hemp and Buttons ATCs in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by shinydemon on: July 31, 2010 01:11:06 AM
I was using a hole punch for some other cards (here's a link to their thread, if you're interested https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=355353.0 ), and I had some hemp string handy, so I got the idea of putting the hemp and punch to good use for some ATCs.

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4  Foil and Glitter Artist Trading Cards in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by shinydemon on: July 31, 2010 01:04:14 AM
At Easter time I ate a LOT of tiny chocolate eggs, which were wrapped in foil with a colourful pattern.  I knew almost immediately that I wanted to turn the wrappers into a craft, so I squirrelled them all away and have finally started to use them for this batch of ATCs. Enjoy!

(note: the last card doesn't actually use the foil -  it was a random bit of madness between foil cards when I had some glitter glue in my hand...)

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5  Paper Chain Artist Trading Cards in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by shinydemon on: July 31, 2010 01:01:17 AM
These cards take forever to make, but I love the end result.  I cut up flyers / junk mail and weave the paper into little chains which I then piece together. Enjoy!

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6  Spin-Art Trading Cards in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by shinydemon on: July 31, 2010 12:58:10 AM
My fianc's dad rigged up an old fan to mount ATCs on, spin them, and then dump paint on them.  His creations are fantastic, and my creations are ... well, they're here!

Spring 2010 Spin-Art Trading Cards:

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7  First-Ever ATCs! in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by shinydemon on: June 17, 2010 08:30:52 AM
Hello, All -

A friend has been encouraging me for the last 2 years to start making ATCs, and I've finally taken her advice. 

These are my first attempts at ATCs.  I'm really passionate about recycling and "being green" (which is to say, I do the best I can) and I enjoy creating art from found objects and creating multi-media or paper sculpture.  I was getting really frustrated at the amount of junk mail I was receiving, so I decided to turn it into art.

I made these cards by cutting junk mail flyers into strips, folding them, and weaving them together into short chains.  I then hot-glued them together (which made for a bit of a messy product, so I'll be working on that).  All of the statements on the cards are taken directly from the flyers, not pieced together by me.

This first one was made from an AMA flyer - I'm a member, so they can address the junk mail directly to me, thus circumventing my "NO JUNK MAIL" arrangement with the mail carrier.  The statement "another reason to renew" was directly from the flyer, and I found it a little ironic.

This one is made from a clothing store flyer. 

The last one is double sided.  Here's the front...

and the back ...

Again, these are my first so I'd really appreciate any feedback.  Are these the sort of thing you'd want to trade for??

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8  Columbia Shoe Bank - RHPS in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by shinydemon on: June 17, 2010 07:03:50 AM
In August 2008, I participated in the Rocky Horror Picture Show swap and never got around to posting my projects alone.  

My swap partner's favourite character in the movie was Columbia, so I made a "piggy" bank meant to look like one of Columbia's tap shoes.  

*edit:  Found a better pic

I made this basically from objects I found around the house.  The shoe is an old character shoe of mine from my theatre days and the "ankle" is an old jar.  I had a miss-matched white sock which I tried to die with food colouring (fyi - this does not work...), then decided to paint over with layers and layers and layers of some blue glitter glue.  The fishnet "stocking" is actually a mis-matched fishnet wrist cuff.  There is a coin slot punched into the jar lid.  
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9  Science Fiction Double Feature - RHPS Fabric Art in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by shinydemon on: June 17, 2010 06:54:03 AM
Hey, everyone!  This is a fabric wall hanging made for the Rocky Horror Picture Show swap which took place in August 2008.  It has been a while since I posted, obviously. The piece is modelled after the singing lips in the opening credits of the movie.  

I made this from random stuff I found around the house.  I was originally going to try to make a mosaic, but it is harder than I thought to find a bunch of red glass and pottery to break, so this fabric piece developed.

*edit:  Found better pic

I started with a large canvas I had sitting around for ages. I got the black fabric from a dress which I had actually used for my Magenta costume when I went to Rocky Horror Picture Show. The red and pink fabrics are from old shirts. I used scrap-booking stamps and ink for the lettering, and the teeth (white poster board) and tongue are painted over with gold glitter glue.

Hope you like! It's good to be back!
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10  Re: PostSecret Swap Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by shinydemon on: November 06, 2008 11:36:12 AM

"I could care less about money rather be happy and poor"
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