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11  Re: Hands Across the Water US/Great Britain Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sazzra on: April 13, 2010 10:36:12 AM
Cybercandy.co.uk is the place to look for candy cravings - you have your Aussie Violet Crumbles and Caramellos, Kiwi Jaffas, Japanese bizarreness of all kinds, Finnish salted liquorice.... Grin

Anyhoo, I received! I apologize now for the wonky pictures, but I had a choice of fast pictures and eating or good photos of empty packages Cheesy

Firstly, we have the edibles/drinkables:

Wow, that is a cruddy pic! There's enough mint Oreos to last me at least 10 minutes (seriously - I would live on these if they were available here!), a pack formerly known as Twizzlers (yep - opened before the next picture was taken), dark chocolate Swiss Miss (I've only had the milk before so can't wait to try this), 2 sachets of a mint hot chocolate (I love the packaging) and a bag of Dove dark chocolate pieces with messages in the wrappers (the first one I got was 'Shopping makes everything better' Grin). I haven't had Dove chocolate since I was in Russia donkey's years ago, and that was the really milky one, this is wonderfully dark

Next, crafted item one

 A gorgeous necklace with a cherry blossom oval centre piece and oriental coins. It was in a hand made match box style box, with weeny sakura flowers on the outside (only one fell off, and I found it Wink) and another bigger branch inside

 close up of the cherry blossom centre and coins
Next, a knitted washcloth (more sakuras!) - the picture doesn't do the colour justice, it's a gorgeous pink, a nice soft one not Barbie bright

Lastly, a really strong tote bag which will be pressed into lunch carrying service tomorrow

Thank you so much craftypuppymom - I've been in the house about 45 minutes and am already well on the way to being Twizzlered out Roll Eyes I think I might just have to go and run a bath to use my cloth (is it bamboo? It's soooo soft!) then find a suitable top for work tomorrow to show off my necklace then have a minty overload with hot chocolate and oreos. I love everything - thanks again and I hope the second package gets there soon Smiley

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12  Re: Craft a Tarot Card Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sazzra on: March 31, 2010 09:55:02 AM
It's me! I got my cards today - all 4 of them as stellou couldn't decide which style, so sent both cards in two styles:) Behold the hand painted goodness
Hanged Man 1

Hanged Man 2

Magician 1

Magician 2

I honestly don't know which I prefer - version 1 certainly isn't twee stellou, don't worry! I am already rather fond of my little voodoo magician, but all four will be displayed proudly Grin Thank you!

PS - what paint did you use? It smells gorgeous (yeah, I'm weird  Tongue)
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13  Eric the Vampire Sock Monkey (fairly chunky picwise) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by sazzra on: December 26, 2009 09:18:25 AM
I wanted to make my friend something a little different for Christmas, she's a True Blood fan so what could be more appropriate than a vampire sock monkey?

He's a leggy Viking vampire, had I known what a complete pain in das butt over the knee socks would be, I would have gone for the shorter option Tongue

His felt fangs, cos he's a softy really, and his blood vial and 'Vampire Groupie' charm which I forgot to tell her were actually for her to wear Embarrassed

My friend and I both have lower back tattoos, so it seemed only appropriate that he should have a tramp stamp - his, however, has glow in the dark fangs. Why can't they do that with real tattoos?

I can see how people get addicted to sock monkeys - this was my first and, apart from the lunatic legs, he was great to make. I see a whole troop coming on....
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14  Skully needle roll in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by sazzra on: December 26, 2009 09:08:16 AM
My friend's started knitting recently so as an addition to her Christmas present, I decided to knock this up

Yeah, needles would have helped to show the pockets Embarrassed The fabric is a burnt orange silk kind of stuff from an upholster's, the design is done with 3D fabric paint in metallic black using one of Urban Threads fabulous skull and crossed thingy designs. Fingers crossed she can make use of it!
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15  Twilight (patooie) Team Jacob bag charm in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by sazzra on: December 26, 2009 09:01:23 AM
So my friend's a Twilight fan. She can't help it.

Anyhoo, we saw a Team Jacob bag charm at a con in October and I said I'd make her one as part of her Christmas present, mainly because the 'bought' one had long haired Jacob whilst apparently short haired Jacob is far nicer Undecided

The charms are two chess pieces, a lion, lamb and wolf, with a shrinky wolf pack tattoo thrown in for good measure. Jacob himself is double sided, just pics on a blank with a resin topping. I originally put more stuff on it, but it looked like an explosion in a bead/charm factory so pared it right back. I'm going to give her the others when I see her in January so she can add them if she likes, or even swap them in and out.
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16  Christmas card for a chiropractic clinic in Needlework: Completed Projects by sazzra on: December 26, 2009 08:25:25 AM
I stuffed my back in May and have been visiting the chiropractor and sports injury therapists at my local clinic on a fairly regular basis ever since. They are a great bunch of people, keeping me sane and doing their best to get me as mobile and as pain free as possible, so when I saw Urban Threads' spine design, I knew that it had to be used as a card for them.

It's just good old back stitch on cotton, with a Sakura glitter pen to fill in the vertebrae and make it festive Grin. Of course, had I actually engaged a brain cell before starting it, I would have realised that I had no cards large enough to mount it on, so it had to go on glitter card with a home made stand behind it.

They loved it - one of the receptionists (the owner's daughter) raved about it to the point of not opening the chocolate biscuits that came with it! I've also had a thank you card since, which is really sweet - makes you realise that there are still some people who don't think home made is just cheap Wink

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17  First waterslide decal attempt in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by sazzra on: November 18, 2009 01:18:23 PM

I did this for a Rocky Horror swap, and was surprised just how easy the decal paper was to work with! My main issue was the size of the candle (about 2 1/2" tall) and trying to make the writing legible. In case you can't read it, it is my partner's favourite quote from the film 'It's not easy having a good time...Even smiling makes my face ache'. Of course, someone with a brain probably wouldn't have attempted to do such a long quote in such a small circle Embarrassed
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18  RHPS Earrings and necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by sazzra on: November 18, 2009 01:11:14 PM
Kind of cheat jewellery really, as the earrings and oval pendants were bezel cups.

Standard stuff - images sealed (after many attempts - stupid shiny photo paper), PVA glued into the bases, tiny nail art 'jewels' stuck in then resin dripped in after a couple of days drying. The lips are just glittery red Fimo.

C&C welcome Grin
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19  Felt Matryoshkas in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by sazzra on: November 18, 2009 01:02:24 PM
Here's a set of dolls I made for the recent Matryoshka Swap.

The pattern was from the Matryoshka Love pool on Flikr, and as my partner is a Buddhist I embroidered lotus flowers on their tums in metallic purple thread.

C&C welcome! Grin
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20  Matryoshka pincushion in Completed Projects by sazzra on: November 18, 2009 12:58:24 PM
Here's the pincushion I made for the recent Matryoshka swap.

I kind of freehanded it, and tried crayon tinting for the first time (mmmm...Crayola!), she's about 2" tall with a ground pumice core and sitting on a base of buttons. She's also slightly unstable, but like creator, like pincushion Grin
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