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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / First Portrait in 10 years! on: May 22, 2011 12:48:56 PM
I haven't posted anything on here in ages! I haven't been crafting too much though, besides some cards and a half finished December Daily..until this! My brother asked me to draw him & I agreed because it's one of my "26 Before 27" goals. (See my blog for details: http://pinkpugink.blogspot.com/2011/04/26-before-27.html )

I definitely want to start drawing more!
I'd love to hear what you think!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My Lil' Love Pug Mixed Media Book (20 pictures!) on: June 01, 2010 07:20:08 AM
I'm putting this project here because some of the pages were cut out from cardboard, but if the mods feel it belongs in the scrapbook layouts, feel free to move it! Smiley

To make the album, I simply cut the cardboard & overlays to the size I wanted. I added paper & sanded the edges, then added photos & embellishments. Two binder rings hold it together.

Journaling says: "Cinnamon is my lil' love pug because he was born, just for me, on February 14, 2009. He's the best gift I've ever received!"

Journaling says: "Anytime I feel sad, I just look at my lil' monster & I feel better. I wake up with a smile, cause he's licking my face. He makes me laugh when he eats things like grass or dust. I love falling asleep, with him snoring beside me. <3"

Journaling says: "I love how I can always tell what he's thinking because of the look on his wrinkly face."

Here's what I used to make it: Colorbok photo mats, paper & labels; Collage Press cardstock; Making Memories ribbon & button; Hambly overlays; My Mind's Eye paper; Martha Stewart punches; Fiskars punches; & the rest is from the dollar sections of Joann's & Target.

This was my first time making a mixed media book, & there's several things I would have done differently but I think it came out alright for a first try. Questions, comments are welcome. Smiley
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Vintage Valentine Surprise on: January 29, 2010 12:52:28 PM
I finally took pictures of my matchbox. I wanted it to have a vintage feel to it, since I've been obsessed with that lately. The only matchbox I had was way too small for the image I wanted to use so I modified this template to make it 2x3: http://www.ruthannzaroff.com/mirkwooddesigns/matchbox.htm.

The rose & tag are attached with foam dots so they stand out.

The top has an eyelet with a loop of ribbon to make it easier to slide open.


When you slide the matchbox open, you see:

Back & side of inside part:

Both parts together:

Ok, enough teasing..what's behind the curtain, you ask?

Smiley The surprise is that the outside is nice & the inside is naughty!- something you'd never suspect was hiding in such a mellow package. Kiss

I used an image from http://pin-ups.freeservers.com/index_r2.html for the inside. Her tassels are made from thread. I got the tiny play money from http://www.tinythingsarecute.com/. Here's a closeup:

Please let me know what you think!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Witch Hat on: October 30, 2009 07:23:40 PM
I made this witch hat for a recent swap. I was inspired by this post for Pink Paislee. http://www.pinkpaislee.com/BewareCoutureHat.pdf

All I did was roll a piece of thin cardboard into a cone shape & decorate it with lovely paper from Making Memories Spook Alley collection. Smiley

Happy Halloween!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Inchie House 'Accordian/Fence Thing' ? on: October 26, 2009 11:35:15 PM
Not really sure what to call this...all 5 houses are attached in the back with black card stock, making them a sort of 'accordian/ fence' type thing..it was definitely inspired by Phizzy's inchie houses but I think I've succeeded in making it a little different. Smiley

The base is cardboard. I inked the edges of the paper & then used rub ons, stickers, pen & a tiny 'rhinestone' to decorate. I also made some inchies while making this:

What do you think? & any suggestions as to what I can call this will be much appreciated. Smiley
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Halloween Banner on: October 26, 2009 11:10:30 PM
Since Halloween is coming up, I made a Halloween banner. It's made with card stock, different kinds of printed paper, cardboard stickers, rub ons, stamps, ribbon & a plastic spider. Smiley

& here's the other side:

I had to fold it like that to get a better picture; here's a better idea of how it's supposed to be hung:

& a closeup for detail:

What do you think?

Good luck everyone! Smiley

7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My First Chunky Pages! (Lots of pics!) on: June 20, 2009 04:34:57 PM
I had so much fun making these for the Chunky Pages 3 Swap!

The themes for this one were Day of the Dead & Zetti. I named it "Colorful Dead".

The theme was something cute with bright happy colors. ("Sweet Escape")

This one was Snow White. ("Rotten Apple")

Theme was Edward Gorey. ("Death at Sea")

Themes were spooky, Shakespeare, & I threw in some Poe too. ("Midnight Soiree")

Theme was Ireland. ("Bit o' Luck")

Theme was astrology. ("In the Stars")

And finally, Rapunzel. ("Silence is Golden")

I decorated the backs too but I didn't want to overload this post with too many pictures. C/C welcome!
8  UNITED STATES / New Jersey / Thrift Stores in Middlesex County? on: March 09, 2009 08:50:42 PM
Does anyone know of any thrift stores in Middlesex County that sell more than just clothes? I've read so many posts on craftster where all you guys find books & even furniture in thrift stores...those don't seem to exist by me!
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Thrift Shops in North Jersey/NY area? on: March 09, 2009 08:37:17 PM
I noticed a lot of Craftster users find awesome things in thrift stores, but the ones I know of only sell clothes. Does anyone live in the Northern Jersey/NY area and know of any thrift stores that sell books or furniture or anything besides clothes?
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Altered Cross Decoration on: March 09, 2009 07:59:01 PM
My mom collects crosses, which she hangs on a wall in her living room, so for her birthday one of the things I wanted to get her was something to add to her wall. I went to my favorite store (Dollar Tree!) & found a wooden cross which I guess they had since Easter is coming up? I couldn't get that great pictures of it, but here's how it turned out:

All I did was find some sheetmusic for a hymn online, which I then printed out & "yellowed" with tea, then I used ModPodge to stick it on the cross. & then I used black acrylic paint to paint the back & the edges. The edges are intentionally sloppy like that. I think it adds to the charm.  Wink Then I just cut out a heart & wrote a Bible verse (from which the hymn was based on) on it & glued it on.

Comments are welcome!
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