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11  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Kerallyn's ATCs - My very first one :D on: August 08, 2008 10:59:15 AM
Yay, my very first ATC!.  Also, the first time I've embroidered anything since I was a kid.  It was inspired by pen and ink drawings that I like to make.  I'll have to draw some as well as embroidering.  I actually have a couple other I'm working on in paint and polymer, but I had a long day at my mother's house and couldn't take those with me, so I decided to try this.

I had some trouble getting my information on the back.  It looked too sloppy why I tried to embroidery my email address, and I don't have a pen that is dark enough and small enough to write in such a small space, so I ended up just embroidering my signature sign onto a slightly smaller piece of felt and stitching it on the back to make a pocket that can hold a little card with my contact info.

12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Sooo Cute..... Easter Dresses on: July 31, 2008 06:49:15 PM
I love making frilly dresses for my daughter, though I seldom have the time to do now that I've gone back to college, but I made these for Easter in 2006 and 2005.

I bought the material for this one several years before she was even born, but like most awesome impulse fabric buys, it sat on my shelf unused for a very long time.  I had no idea what I'd use it for when I bought it, but the embroidery along the one edge was too beautiful to pass up.  I was sorting through my fabric one day and realized that there was just enough of it to make a dress for my then 3-year-old, but there might not be enough for the size she'd wear the next year, so I decided to use for an easter dress. I found a beaded headband that matched the shade of the dress perfectly.  The sash is just a ribbon with trellis-like cutouts.  I thought it was perfect the second I saw it. 

This one was done the year before when she was two, and is the first thing I ever made for her.  I had seen a dress in a shop with a doubled layer of tulle that had flower petals inside and I loved it, but they wanted $60 which is far too much for a toddler's easter dress.  So I bought a dress pattern and modified it to include the tulle overskirt.  I found perfect peach and yellow silk roses to break up and put into the skirt, and she was just adorable.  (and I'm not biased in my opinion at all  Wink)

As an interesting side note, the yellow dress was made before I got my serger, and the blue one was made after. There is a world of difference when you look down at the inside of the dresses Cheesy
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Painted topiary basket on: July 31, 2008 05:41:03 AM
I painted this for my cousin, who I believe uses it now to hold hair baubles and barrettes.  I love topiary and decided to show it.  I got the basket for $1 at Michaels and it had such a lovely result, I can't wait to make more Cheesy

14  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Leaf Cane Jar - Now With Pictures! on: July 29, 2008 06:42:37 AM
This is a little jar I made using my first attempt at a leaf cane.  It's about 3 inches tall and I made it to hold my rings when I take them off in the kitchen while cooking.  This is my first attempt, at making a jar, and a cane both.  Since I wasn't sure how it would turn out, I just used some leftover colors from another project, but I thought they actually worked quite well together and I'm not sure if I would have intentionally put that combination together.  The base was made with marbled turquoise and translucent clay.  I had originally intended to have all the leaves be three-dimensional, but I ended up rolling out smooth and just leaving the lid 3D.  The only thing I'm unsure of, which you can see clearly in the third picture, is the little white circles in the translucent clay.  I've never had that happen with any other projects, and I'd appreciate any suggestions for preventing it in the future....

This is the first project I've posted, so go easy on me  Cheesy

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