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1  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap November '09 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Merrelise on: November 30, 2009 09:51:18 AM
Here are two more ATCs I received:

This one is pokemon themed.  It is from Nooo.

Sandshrew is my favorite Smiley  He is actually a separate raised level from the background.  That yellow border is made of sparkly yellow string and the background is black and white (it's not weirdly pink like in the picture).

Also, check out the envelope it came in:

This next one is a Halloween themed ATC from BattleMaidenStudio.  

This one is hand-drawn and painted.  My scanner washed out the color in the picture, but I tried to fix it so that the color is more true.  In real life, the pumpkins are so vibrant that they almost look like they're glowing.

Thank you both for the great cards!
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2  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap November '09 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Merrelise on: November 12, 2009 10:17:40 AM
i love all the cards so far!

i am kinda worried that no one has recieved from me Sad

Don't worry, I just received from you today!

Here is the Pixar themed card I got from MissDisney:

Finding Nemo!  It is one of MissDisney's favorite movies and one of mine too (I've seen it several times, in different languages).  Dory and the bubbles are raised, and the background feels really shiny.  I love it!  Thanks!
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3  Re: Elements Swap Round 2 Gallery of Elemental Glory in The Swap Gallery by Merrelise on: September 10, 2009 06:57:55 PM
Here is the package I got from cat9!

Everything is nicely packaged in different kinds of fabric that I'll probably use to embroider stuff on.

The fuzzy ball on the left is actually two balls of yarn.  They are a little shiny in real life and very soft.  If I ever figure out how to crochet or knit, I will make something out of them Smiley

Here is water.  It is a necklace made of silver shells and pearly white rocks.  Pretty cool, huh?

For air, there is a long string with tons of little bells on them.  I hung them on my door to get a good picture.  They make a nice sound when they are moved.

Here's a picture of one of the bells so you can get a good look at them:

Here's fire.  It's a small book made of fabric that you use to put your needles in.  The pages are made of felt, and it even came with needles and pins already inside Smiley  I'm glad of that because I only had one needle before, but now I have four needles and four pins.

Here is some soap, for earth.  It smells great and looks really cool because of the fir trees floating inside of it.  When I first saw it, it immediately reminded me of Pennsylvania because of the shape, but it actually isn't the same shape (I had to look it up online Smiley).  And the soap came from Vermont, anyway.

And here is the most awesome thing, also for earth.  A scarf!

I don't even understand how you can crochet such curvy shapes, but it looks great!  I tried to get a picture of the whole thing, but it didn't turn out so good because the picture is so small.

Thanks, cat9!  Your stuff is amazing and you were a really good partner during the swap process as well Cheesy
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4  A Little Piece of Embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by Merrelise on: July 21, 2009 11:52:39 AM
I decided to learn how to embroider a couple of months ago after seeing all of the great projects on this site.  This is the first (and only) thing I ever embroidered.  I just found it in one of my dresser drawers. Smiley

It turned out a little crooked and shaky because I can't sew in a straight line, but I kind of like it.  

One of the things I don't like is that lines are really thin compared to the other needleworks I see on this site.  I don't know if I'm using the wrong kind of thread or fabric or something.  Are there some special materials you need for embroidery to make it turn out right?
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5  Duct tape bag type thing in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Merrelise on: March 17, 2009 05:09:54 PM

This bag is made of duct tape, scotch tape, calendar paper, and buckles from an old life jacket.

That's what it looks like inside.

Here's a better picture of the straps.

I got the pattern here: http://eeio.blogspot.com/2004/12/recycled-banner-golden-mean-messenger.html.  I used the second pattern from that blog to make this bag.  I think I used too much paper because it's really stiff (looks more like a purse than a messenger bag) but it's pretty comfortable to wear and holds a fair amount of stuff.

Thanks for looking!

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6  Taxi Themed Table in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Merrelise on: January 25, 2009 06:15:06 AM

In art class, we had a project where we had to make a chair, floor mat, fountain, and piece of furniture of your choice all relating to one theme.  Mine was "taxi".  This one is the piece of furniture, a ugly table with a cool shape that I found at a yard sale and repainted.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of it before I started working on it.

We also had to use a recyclable item and one item that we found at a dollar store.  I used newspaper (because it was easy, of course) and those little paper umbrellas that you put in your drinks.

It's hard to tell, but the road and the sides of the table are newspaper.  That section under the road and the fireworks are made from collaging the paper from the umbrellas.

Here's the painted picture on the surface of the table.  I don't think it turned out so well.  The sky is all splotchy.  Smiley

And here's the raised section of the table with the umbrella fireworks.

What do you think?
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