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1  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 123 ENTRIES / Winter White Pants Banished by adding Spring Color 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.
2  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / angel FOUND OneTinyBlackAndWhiteMovie Thing on: March 13, 2018 03:11:36 AM

needed for immediate crafting please, it has now been two weeks past sendout date and we need an angel, even better than Clarence in It's a Wonderful Life,   lol.

thanks!  PM me please and I will go by who responds first.

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Memory Game, Hogwarts version on: March 09, 2018 10:52:39 AM

I found a second-hand memory game featuring harvest machinery of all things, and turned it into something classier.

What I bought...

I cut out covers from good quality paperstock and glued them over the old graphics.
Some tips on this....

Dip your dipper (I used a piece from the same cardstock) into your modpodge jar and begin spreading.

Use a backwards motion as if you were using a metal spreader on cement or the like. Doing a backwards motion gives it all a super nice even spread so your paper will not be rippled as it dries. Or ever.

After glue is spread, work quickly before that thin layer begins to set up.
Line up your cover paper on the old card, press just to get it started. Do a bit of jiggling to get the sides lined up as accurately as possible.
You are about to put it under heavy books to get it to really grip nicely. But, as this rather lame photo shows, flip the card so that the paper is on the BOTTOM and the old card is staring up at you.  One last touch or two at the sides to be sure you cannot see any paper peeking out, and go ahead and add the heavy book or two.
As you play the game, it is good to have each piece look like the other. This is why you dry the pieces with paper side down, so as you look straight down on the card, it is easier to see if any tiny bit of paper is sticking out. If you had it the other way around, there might be paper sticking out (thus giving a hint after playing the game a few times that 'the card with the paper a bit out on the left always has the snitch on it') but you might have that stickyouty paper mistake unseen.
I think I have muddled things somewhat in this explanation so I will just sigh and go on to show you  how I decorated the  cards once they dried....

Just sharpies for outline

and I added a tiny splash of color somewhere on each card

I added a couple of humorous bits to one full card and one bit of a card

The original game was manufactured on really nice heavy duty cardboard, built to last years so i hope the family who now owns this will get many happy years of playing

4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Portrait of Winken, the baby grey squirrel on: March 01, 2018 03:20:30 AM

Last spring, three baby squirrels were in the middle of Main Street. I just knew they were gonna get squashed. I pulled my car over and went to the sidewalk, where they jumped into my lap!
I brought them home to my house which is on a dead end dirt road with plenty of fields and woods.
I raised them for a few weeks then set them free in the rehab manner, after lots of research.
I saw them often at my birdfeeders this winter.
Here is a portrait of Winken (as in Winken, Blinken, and Nod) which I did in charcoal from a photo I took  of him climbing the lilac one day when I let him out of his cage.
It is about the size of an average greeting card.

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / It's been ages since I have posted some cards on: February 19, 2018 08:11:19 AM
These were created in the past month for the ongoing ATC swap...
Tree of life, sharpie marker on canvas (from an old tote bag) with floss embellishments

pencil rendition of a month old baby, I erased the intimate bit so I could post freely

I simply cannot stay away from humor so chose this scene for a camping theme

Dogs in hats was this theme... my first time painting in watercolor without the penandink outline. I was pretty nervous but it came out ok

theme for this last one was altered famous painting. I grew up knowing many Norman Rockwell models, including the girl in this pic. Rockwell had a home in my home town and that was pretty cool. I have been yearning to do a paintbynumber for several years for some reason so chose to alter things this way.

thanks for looking!!

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / old fabrics, new hearts on: February 14, 2018 03:21:12 PM
made this for the Valentine mixed media swap.

Pictured here are Mom and I in 1976.

 Mom was the one who taught me how to sew (and never heard me swear under my breath whilst doing it, thank goodness) and here are the colonial costumes she made for us for the Bicentennial Celebration. All these years later, I inherit the leftover muslin from the caps and aprons.
I used it to create this hanging heart.

Also used was a hankie that was also mom's


the old muslin showed its age three quarters of the way thru the  project, when there was no turning back!
the button in the middle was supposed to really pinch both sides together to create an affect. But the other side began to crumble. So I had to put a patch there then cover with something else. I stalked my partner, discovered that she had been in a bird swap so I removed a hummingbird from my windchime and lo and behold, it fit perfectly.

thanks for looking!

P. S.  I still have both complete costumes hanging in my closet.

7  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / This Rocks feature not working? on: February 11, 2018 05:38:02 AM

Tried twice this morn, I get the regular pop up box but nothing is in it.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / OTBlackandWhite Movie Thing GALLERY on: February 06, 2018 03:34:22 PM
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Past Valentines, old boyfriends, funny gravestone ATCs on: February 03, 2018 02:46:44 PM

Valentine's Day is no longer about romantic encounters for me, I would rather snuggle with my kitties and mail heartsappy cards to my best friends.
But it is a time for me to reflect on all the bad choices I have made over the years in men and I decided to artwork it up.

I have this game where when I get to know someone and they keep saying the same things over and over again, I remark that the phrase should end up on their gravestone.

So, here are six cards representing six guys from the past 30 years.

The names have been changed to protect the innocent.

I am too pooped to improve upon the washed out pics. You get the idea!!

Charcoal pencil mostly with a touch of watercolor because of course I had to add the obligatory Valentine hearts.
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / One Tiny Black and White Movie Thing SU 01/23/18 - 02/03/18 (S.O. 02/26/18) on: January 23, 2018 03:37:47 AM

Welcome , all Black and White movie buffs and crafting friends!

If you love tiny things, creating them, receiving them, and the good 'ol movies that were devoid of color,

We will be making something amazing for our partner that is no larger than four inches by six inches. For many of you, making it even smaller will be a true delight. Miniatures rock!

For inspiration, here is a list of Black and White movies both well known and practically unknown.  If you need to or just wish to browse through titles to refresh your memory of those you forgot you loved.
There are genres on the right side of the screen that list more that somehow did not make it into the grand list on page 1...

Swap name: One Tiny Black and White  Movie Thing
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: blupaisan
Sign-up date range: 01/23/18 - 02/03/18
Date to send item by: 02/26/18

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES/NO  no
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? no

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES/NO yes
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES/NO yes
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES/NO yes
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES/NO yes
- Is at least 18 years old: YES/NO yes

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO yes
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO yes
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO yes
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO yes
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO yes
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO yes
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO yes
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO yes

Details of swap...

Swap Rules:
~ You must post at least once  in the thread BEFORE being accepted into the swap Posting a minimum of once a week is a requirement of this swap.I reserve the right to deny participation to swappers with a history of poor communication and  frequent late sending.

~  You are to send Only ONE TINY BLACK AND WHITE MOVIE THING to your partner. NO EXTRAS.


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer, blupaisan:

Name of swap  One Tiny Black and White Movie Thing
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have allergens  in your home?

Please list your top five favorite Black and White movies

Please list specific characters or scenes if you hope to receive a more specific item related to that movie (no guarantees....)

What are some materials or mediums you would like to receive (crochet, sculpy, painting, etc.)?

What are the skills and/or mediums you will likely be using to craft for your partner?

Is there anything you really do not wish to receive in terms of mediums, functional vs. decorative only, other themes such as gore, violence, etc?

Do you have a Pinterest page to share?


Welcome!  If you are here to participate, I hope you have a wonderful time and clean up the popcorn off of the floor.

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