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1  Re: IYP19 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fibreartist4life on: December 04, 2011 07:26:35 PM
I hope you will all be prepared to drool at the incredible package I recieved from tapestrymlp. She really out did herself and I'm so glad I was her partner! Thank for inviting me to the Ball!
So withour further ado . . .

this is what I saw when I opened up my box:

This is the proect she said she failed at - Huh? - what? I love it! It is an amazing dragon done with paper quilling.

Two adorable and amazing ornaments that will NOT stay up only for Christmas they will be a part of my studio every day.

I saved the best for last . . . this is Olivia. She is already fitting in with the other fairy and woodland creatures we live with. I think she looks happy to be here don't you?

Olivia is going on my profile page as a favorite project by someone else.
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2  Felt Playfood - Pumpkin Pie - *FREE* Pattern in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by fibreartist4life on: September 30, 2011 07:46:10 PM

Autumn is my favorite season of the year. I love the smells and colors, the crisp air and the comfort foods I associate with it. I decided I wanted to share a pattern I designed for felt play food. I made a bunch of these for a craft fair that my daughter and I participated in. I hope you have as much fun making them as I did! 

The free pattern is available through Google Docs, here is the link:

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3  Re: Paper and Ephemera Swap - Round 9 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fibreartist4life on: August 31, 2011 06:03:18 PM
I received a nice fat envelope filled with goodies on Saturday from JCorn. (Yes. This time I have it right. It really was from JCorn. LOL)

Today was my first chance to post and you will note in the one photo I have already started using the embossing template (the glasses). I have a lot of projects planned with this stash.

Lacy bits and bobs and the fun embossing templates and a cool architectural piece.

Some fabulous and unique papers, fun stickers, and postage stamps etc.

Lots and lots of papers - even some wallpapers.

Thanks again JCorn! I hope you like what I sent.
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4  Re: Paper and Ephemera Swap - Round 9 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fibreartist4life on: August 21, 2011 06:39:15 PM
I received from crazyalien8 last week and I appologize for the delay. I just started a new job - EEEK!

She sent some really nice paper, some pre-cut inchie bases, buttons, pop tops and other fun stuff. I put some of them in a yellow box I use for organizing so you could see them better.

Thanks crazyalien8!
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5  Aventures in Bookbinding in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by fibreartist4life on: August 20, 2011 06:07:41 PM
I recently enjoyed a personal swap with Wulf and wanted to share the Hand Bound Book I created for him. It is my first EVER attempt at this and I think it turned out pretty well.

I chose a polyester fabric for the outside cover.  I found it JoAnn Fabrics and looks like an old worn out Aviator's jacket. I then added REAL leather accents.

Wulf is a Libre and the metal for Libra is copper. I braided three strands of copper together, formed the shapes, then sewed this onto the leather with a "copper" colored thread.

The paper was torn from a roll of 100% cotton rag. The signatures after being sewn together (page groupings) were then glued together together with ribbon.

I used a crackle paper for the end papers.

I added a bookmark thong with a Wolf and an old button.

How did I do?
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6  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2011 in The Swap Gallery by fibreartist4life on: August 04, 2011 05:38:06 PM
You are so welcome.  I enjoyed creating these items for you and this was such a perfectly matched swap.
I got home from a quick trip out of town to find my package from fibreartist4life had arrived! We left our personal swap totally open-ended, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but this was more unexpected than I expected it to be! Since we didn't really exchange any ideas of what we'd like, this is a masterpiece of swap partner stalking.

The package made an ominous "click" sound when I was opening it, but it turned out to be not broken ceramic but this lovely copper wind chime.

The top is a pentagram made of grape vines, with coloured beads representing Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit.

I had to take a photo of the tab at the bottom of the chimes, because it was so lovely. She used copper because it's the metal of my astrological sign, Libra.

But wait! That's so not all of it! Fibreartist4life also made me this utterly gorgeous hand-bound sketch book! Bound in leather, with a clever magnetic clasp (an idea I have to steal for my Head Start Art Journal Swap project) and filled with creamy, thick watercolour paper. It also has the sign for Libra embroidered on the cover in copper thread. And it came with a perfect leather thong bookmark with a silver wolf charm at one end and a button at the other. (Which almost looks like it has my initials stamped on it, but I'll need a magnifying glass to find out.)

And then there's the extras! This brilliant ATC, which is much more 3-D than it appears in this photo, and...

...this great WWI photo postcard showing "Yanks Going Into Action". How did she know this is exactly the sort of thing I love?

Thanks, fibreartist4life, for a wonderful swap!

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7  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2011 in The Swap Gallery by fibreartist4life on: July 26, 2011 10:30:44 PM
I received the most amazing Creation from Wulf this week.  We decided to do a personal swap and he absolutely nailed it!  The attention to detail,composition and overall design couldn't be more perfect.
The only perameters were keep it about 6" x 6" and more art than craft.  I had no idea what I was getting nor did he.
The best part of this type of swap is the sneaky detective work one gets to do to discover what their partner would like.

These cubicles are approx 1 1/4" x 1 1/4" each and are completely covered in old newpaper/magazine articles and embellished with stamps,paint, papers and ephamera. There are 12 cubicles total and I highlighted a couple of groups of 4.

Not olnly did I recieve this amazing treasure box but Wulf designed a beautiful card, with a hand painted image on the front and gave me an incredible book of needlework dated 1972. Holy cow!

This shows a better detail of all the cubicles.

The Scarab with old nail, cloth and a man's peircing stare is one of my favorites. Note the old key, small bottle with blue crystals above that and to the upper left there is a postage stamp with the sphinx.

I love that he incorporated a tiny wasp's nest along with shells and lace.  It is hard to pick a favorite.

Thank you Wulf!

I took a lot more pictures including the secret compartment but I didn't want to make this too picture heavy. I am so pleased with this creation I added them to my blog.
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8  Curious Kiity fishing... in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by fibreartist4life on: June 05, 2011 07:41:39 PM

I recently completed matchbox 5 swap and this time I decided to try using resin.  I have been wanting to experiment with this for a while, but never seemed to have a good enough reason invest in the resin.

My idea was to create a Salt Water fish tank on top of a console so the "drawer" is the actual matchbox drawer (this way I stayed withing the swap rules).

I actually ended up using Quick Water which I found at Michaels.  As I was working on such a small scale this product seemed to fit the bill and was more cost affective as well.

It allowed me to mix up a small quantity and the drying time is fairly fast (or at least I was supposed to be.)  This may have been user error, I am not really sure, however, the end result was satisfactory.

 I made the salt water fish as shrinky dinks. The mermaid on a rock came from an old gumball machine and I mean OLD!  She is probably from the early 1980s.

The aquarium plants were a combination of plastic and real dried plants which I coated with fixative before submersion.

The final touch was to create the curious kitty.  She had to be an orange tabby as my partner in the swap has an orange tabby cat.

 The kitty was made of Sculpey and the details painted on after baking then also sprayed with fixative.

I made the kittty so he could hang almost anywhere.  My partner could take him to work or even use him as a plant pal if she wanted to. I photographed him on the side of a glass.

Hope you like it - comments are definately welcome.

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9  Re: Twilight Crafty Scavenger Hunt Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fibreartist4life on: May 20, 2011 06:20:12 PM
Sorry I am so delayed in posting these pictures.  I received my package from Edie22 and I was thrilled.

The bracelet barely made it out of the box before going straight onto my arm.  I have worn it daily it is so pretty and fits perfectly. 

I haven't decided where to hang the hoops and "forks" just yet because I want the right spot. 

The scarf couldn't be better as I work outside in the winter and we get A LOT of snow here. 

I have already used the potholders and they are so thick and soft.  I love them. 

Thanks Edie22 for creating so many wonderful items for me.
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10  Re: Matchbox Swap round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fibreartist4life on: May 17, 2011 09:23:46 PM
My partner haroldlovesmaude is in the middle of moving. I volunteered to post pics for her, if she needed, of the matchbox I sent and she asked if I would.  So here goes.

This matchbox was inspired by her WIST and her love for Kentucky. These first two images are straight from her WIST.


She wanted a 3D piece of art to display and this was what I came up with.

Each of the images I chose were hand drawn then painted on the sides of the "block house" I created from card stock.  I chose the banjo because of her love of bluegrass music and stuck with the replication of the images from the houses on her wist.  The houses looked like they were crafted from wood then stamped so I reproduced that feeling as best I could with paint.

This is the drawer filled to the brim.

The contents contained several shrinky dinks that I personalized for her based upon her wists, our messages and some sneaky detective work on my part.  They include a Cardinal (state bird of Ky), a guitar, a LP, music note and I added my squirrelbaitcrafts (from my blog) image. I also made her a mustache because everyone could use a nice mustache.  I also included a camera stamp (she loves photography), and some teensie buttons and then one that looks like a sewing machine. There are some stamps and other bits and bobs.

I lined the drawer with a map of Kentucky as she mentioned she loves maps.

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