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1  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- March 2018 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: April 17, 2018 07:21:15 AM
from craftylittlemonkey,
she claimed two themes but it was listed as tbd in the swap so I had to wait to see what she chose. Such torture, as she is an awesome artist and I knew I would get something wonderful.
She chose turquoise.....

title of this card is Turquoise and the Beauty of Imperfection
Stunning. It is hard to describe what goes on in my chemical makeup when I see turquoise. It is beyond what drugs can do. Just looking at (and feeling the fabric texture of ) this card has made my day. I just got home from work and faced an abusive client so the arrival of this card is perfect.

and flannel (which I requested have a button in it if possible like it was cut from an old shirt)

clm wrote she noticed after crafting that my 'flannel' had become 'plaid.'  same thing, I do not mind a bit!
Another awesome card, I adore fabric cards and am happy to have two.

thank you, craftylittlemonkey!!
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2  Re: Return of the TM Patch Swap - Rd1 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: April 17, 2018 07:02:53 AM
patches I made for my partner

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3  Winter White Pants Banished by adding Spring Color in CHALLENGE 123 ENTRIES by blupaisan on: April 08, 2018 01:47:37 PM

Been wanting to do this for over a year. My white trousers have waited patiently in the bottom drawer, unworn, for such an opportunity to add happiness to them.
got out my fabric pens and OF COURSE turned to cats for inspiration.

This was all freehand work.



cat ate all the pizza and as a result cannot fit in the box

yes, everybody poops.  Hopefully, inside the box.

copying the saying on my favorite bumper sticker

Last year I fostered kittens who began to find their way UNDER the closed door like this one.

I have been rescuing cats for 25 years. Yes, I have lost my marbles.

If I were not so busy rescuing cats and putting color on white pants, I might read a couple of these books

this poor soul does not look pleased with his new hoodie

I yearned for a sink-sleeping cat. I got one, then had to leave the darling behind with the divorce. I go back a lot to visit

wait a minute, that is a repeat pic!  Told ya i had lost my marbles......


being worn by the Crazy Cat Lady herself.
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4  Re: Return of the TM Patch Swap - Rd1 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: April 08, 2018 08:21:43 AM
LadybugsAndBumblebees just left my house after a lovely week's visit.
So we were able to work on our patches in the same room (one night by candlelight when the power went out) and then exchanged them in person.
She made tons and tons for me and they are my first patches ever in my possession.

These two are sooo close to being my favorites. The one at the end of this gallery tops them all, however, but these two are just stunning.!!  I am mesmerized by the variegated thread that goes round and round and the red stitches that wind all over the second patch are darling, as are the images.

this shows the back.


lol, I am often trying to achieve zen calm.
I love the bright colors she consistently chose for these patches

nature themes and that swoonable turquoise color I adore so much


Sweet and simple birdie with sky. LBBB said she left some blank so I could add on.


check out the happy happy colors and embellishments in these!!!


These two are  plain so I can decorate as i choose.
The light turquoise one is made out of a shirt she wore on the first day we ever met in real life, after becoming fast friends on Craftster. Talk about clever, sentimental, and wonderful!!! The paisley one is a material she has shared with me before and sends me to heights of ecstasy. 

This is the last one, the one I went absofreakin'lutely crazy for.

Retro, sweet, and cats. Like the ultimate joy.


Thank you soooo  much, Barbara. I will treasure these ALWAYS!!  your talent is amazing  Kiss Kiss
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5  Re: Happy Mail Round 4 Gallery! (send out 3/26) in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: April 03, 2018 02:36:08 PM
LadyBugsAndBumbleBees is staying at my house this week, so this morning, BOTH of us ooohed and aaahhhed while opening my
Happy Mail from

gorgeous !!  envelope

inside was...

card explaining the contents

cut car sticker kitty cat which is amazing but nearly impossible to capture on film

retro looking stickers with just the right touch of sweet innocence I crave

cool extra papers for me to play with

This is a real leaf!!  With mostly veins left!  Love it!!!!

cats. turquoise. impossible to go wrong....

such a funny greeting card

adorable felt badge.

thank you jillybeans for a wonderful package!!
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6  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- March 2018 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: April 03, 2018 01:59:14 PM

Drop.   Your.    Jaw.

WideEyedLife chose my tree theme.

I am speeeeeeeeeeeechless
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7  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- March 2018 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: March 29, 2018 06:55:17 AM

thanate chose my Unidentifiable Antique Whatsis theme.
here is her wonderful creation.
Victorian Marmalade Slicer (or possible torture device)   LOL!!!
she found inspiration from the book  The Wonder Engine in which such a device was oft referred to but never identified. the heroine in the story keeps coming up with odd descriptions.
What a hoot  .
I love this card!
I will be staring at it for awhile trying to come up with my own possibilities.
thank you, thanate!
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8  Re: 2018 Ongoing ATC Swap Discussion Thread in New Swap Theme Ideas by blupaisan on: March 29, 2018 06:16:28 AM

My last card to create for this month is Hand Cut Stamp. Here is a pic of my potato stamp drying on my gas heater so I can go back and do more detailed cutting.
Potato stamps are a tremendous lot of fun. But it is hard to get deep detail. Luckily, I have a large bag of highly sprouted, inedible potatos that will become more stamping opps before I plant the eyes.
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9  Re: Happy Mail Round 4 Gallery! (send out 3/26) in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: March 24, 2018 12:29:00 PM
I opened my envie from Onyxnox and here are my sweet goodies!
The envie...

And soooo much goodness inside.

A fascinating take on a bookmark, feathers (which is highly appropriate since I just adopted a couple of finches who are happily chirping as I speak)
This creation is perfect for a cookbook so I can mark two pages at once, going back and forth between a sauce and whatever I am creating for the sauce to go on.

A gorgeous piece of art using my favorite color, turquoise.

I have never heard of this quote. So fitting for my current piece of writing. This is an inspiration for me to get back to it.

the most cheerful set of markers I ever did see. I typically read several books at a time so having multiple markers is awesome. I may even put some on the many bags of food I always have open in my cupboard.

Some very acurate stalking went on here because I got these very very colorful tiny cards and envies to go with them.  I love love bright colors!!

More precious birdie markers and a rockin' journal which I will use for writing dreams.
The other side.....

thank, Onyxnox, for such a wonderful haul. Happy Mail indeed!!!!
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10  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- March 2018 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: March 21, 2018 02:59:10 AM

Made by WideEyedLife for my birds at the feeder theme.
Wow, just wow!!!
materials are as follows....
magazine pages
wire, plastic, and
BLACK PEPPER standing in as black sunflower seeds.
I am floored by this wonderful card.
I think it's a brilliant idea and so well made.
I cannot wait to hear the explanation of just how she fused the plastic edges together to create the feeder bottle.
thank you, Jess, it is incredible!!!!
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