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1  instead of going to jail I go to joy. REMINDER CARD in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by blupaisan on: May 16, 2018 01:50:51 PM

just got back from counseling. I was describing how awful I feel lately, which is part physical malady and part general exhaustion from moving.
Was reminded that I have never lost that flame of joy deep within me, the one I have had all my life through it all.

I got home and received bad news about an issue and instead of wallowing in anxiety I made this reminder card.  The phrase "go directly to joy" came to me and I realized how much it resembled the monopoly jail card so I based this on that card.  From watercolor board and the one remaining pen I have not packed. I plucked the board from the trash. I am living out of boxes til the new place is more ready for me to live in. Not much fun, very tiring, somewhat discouraging.
so I made this card to keep in my  pocket to remind me to steer myself correctly. I can go to what gives me joy. Like, right away, even if it is only in my head or imagination. Just now it was crafting. Next time it might be puttering in the dirt to find a charming earthworm. Or looking at clouds for shapes. Or singing my favorite goofy song.

EVen all my brushes are packed so I just dabbed on some paint with the end of my finger.

Keep and USE your own joy, my friends!!
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2  Re: More Art- Less Craft 6X6 Art Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: May 14, 2018 05:04:44 PM
Received my awesome creation from JoyfulClover!!!!!

made with papier mache.  And the rusted bit of wire used to make the bug is something she found while walking her dog which is so funny because I put in my note to her, that part of my creation was also found this way.

color is spot on for my absolute favorite!!
The piece is called "Something is Bugging Me!"

I am thrilled with the pop out quality of this. In the same way I love love love getting ATCs that go way beyond the normal boundaries.

lucious strokes creating the fur affect.
My kitty (ironically his name is Bugs!!) checks out the new arrival.

thank you so much, JofulClover!  He arrived perfectly intact, you did a wonderful packing job. I loved my cat's reaction to seeing him.
I look forward to your comments about just how you developed this idea and how the process went. it rocks!!

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3  Re: Return of the TM Patch Swap - Rd1 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: May 08, 2018 03:22:12 PM

LBBB asked me to post these pics she sent to me since her computer is still having issues.
I hope I put them in the right place, Barbara!

Such wonderful patches on this bag she created.
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4  Re: More Art- Less Craft 6X6 Art Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by blupaisan on: May 03, 2018 03:09:58 AM
So glad you like the mantis piece, Joyful.  I was a bit nervous that the baby would pop off the vine during transit. It is only her wee leg bottoms that are glued on. i am so glad she remained!
The floss was heavily doctored with Modpodge (one string of 3, one string of 2) and that enabled me to shape legs and such easily. It was a fun task except for the fact that it was so tiny and my left thumb does not grasp things and now my right thumb is going also. but the fact that I was able to pull it off some how gave me hope that I will not have to give up crafting.  Here is a pic of one stage of drying...

the clips served really well to pinch and  hold the tightly bent legs.
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5  In love with words. collage from 1950 Scrabble guide book in Completed Projects by blupaisan on: May 01, 2018 07:21:42 AM

While packing up my  home to move, I am going through my stash and being quite harsh with what to keep or not.
I have had my Great Grandmother's Scrabble guide book, all nice and fragile and yellowing, since childhood. I dip into it once in awhile for crafting and was about to chuck it instead of pack it. I am so tired of packing so decided to take a much needed break and spend two hours crafting with the remains of the book before recycling it forevuh.

As a writer, I am totally in love with words. They bring me such joy and laughter.  This piece says WORDS DANCE THROUGH OUR INFINITE UNIVERSE

I chose my favorite color as highlights. Everything is glued. Watered down glue. The color is glue mixed with acrylic paint. Had to be careful not to put too much paint in, so the words would not get blotted out by color.
For the dancer himself, I outlined him  with a metal pointer instead of scissors. Then I ripped carefully along that scoring to give the edges a  nice soft look.

Sides got covered, too. I sure discovered a buncha words I never knew existed!  I did random pages and was more that a bit paranoid that FLATULENCE or some such horror would land front and center of the piece. I have decided not to look to closely, lest I begin to regret throwing caution to the wind.

thanks for looking!!
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6  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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7  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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8  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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9  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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10  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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