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41  Re: Inchies - it's a new year! Sendouts Feb. 16 in The Swap Gallery by Spiffyhink on: March 03, 2010 07:04:49 PM
Alwaysinmyroom, thanks! I had to think for a while about how I was going to send them, and I got inspired by those gift cards that you get at restaurants and stores in the little envelopes.

I really like those kanji inchies! (It is kanji, right?) But they make me laugh because over at the Alphabet Inchies swap thread we were talking about how you could put the symbol for "horse's butt" on there and nobody would be the wiser.

Anyway, here are the inchies that I've recieved:

From Ckchan

I love the bright colors in all of them, and the one with the sequins is really cool!

From Knickertwist:

The eyeball is my favorite. The one in the upper right corner is really cool too, and I wish it had shown up better here, but it's very subtle and full of pastels, so it got washed out.

From Bethiej78

I love the tea one! The time one's really neat too, and I love the message on the "I'm Glad I'm Me" one.

From Thelastkodama

I'm digging the "Live Long & Prosper" one, and the hat one too, but they're all great!

And the extra lovelies that were in Thelastkodama's envelope:

I look forward to using these!

Thank you guys so much! This has been such a wonderful swap, and I'm so glad I could participate!
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42  Re: chopstick/dowel knitting needle tutorial in Knitting: Completed Projects by Spiffyhink on: February 22, 2010 05:36:14 PM
Man, I've been looking for a way to do this for a while now. Knitting needles are TOO FRICKING EXPENSIVE where I am. Here are mine:

I haven't knitted on them yet, so I don't know how they'll hold up, but I sure do love looking at them!
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43  Re: Inchies - it's a new year! Sendouts Feb. 16 in The Swap Gallery by Spiffyhink on: February 17, 2010 03:15:39 PM
Man, there are some gorgeous inchies here! We have some very talented people among us. Thelastkodama, I'm so glad you liked your inchies! I hope you have fun with the supplies I included.

And now finally, I'll go ahead and post the ones I've received. WARNING: Large photo dump ahead!

The first ones I received were from Vinnie451, and they're beautiful:

She also sent a little box to go with them, which I assembled (incorrectly; I put the tabs on the outside instead of the inside. Whoops!):

And here they are inside:

Then I received from Beckashell:

I love them all, but I think the Cock-a-doodle-doo and Oscar the Grouch ones may be my favorite.

And then yesterday I received Alorralora's inchies:

I like them all but I was especially impressed with the snowflake one. I took a closeup so that you can see how intricate it is:

Thanks so much for all the inchies, and I hope the rest of mine get out safely!
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44  Re: Star Trek Christmas swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by Spiffyhink on: January 11, 2010 11:31:52 PM
Edie22, I'm so glad you liked your package! I received yours a few days ago and didn't have a chance to post until today.

First off, was a lovely purse with SPACE fabric (  Cheesy ). Here it is full of my stuff already, because I went ahead and toted it out to the store before I managed to take pictures

And here's a shot of the inside:

Next was a tea wallet, which I LOVE because I'm always drinking tea. I used to take tea bags to work with me by throwing them in my purse, but they'd get all bent and crappy, so I'd put them in my pencil box which was better, but they'd still get a bit bent and crappy anyway. No more bent crappiness!

Then there's a pincushion that has the science, tactical, and security colors on one side and space fabric on the other:

And lastly, an APPLE COZY! To keep it from getting bruised in the purse, which I had never thought of before but is just so cute!

Thank you so much, Edie22, and to Ruby Copperhead for hosting the swap! I had fun!
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45  Organizing wall hangers and wall decorations for my son in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Spiffyhink on: November 19, 2009 10:41:27 PM
We live in a cheap apartment, so our walls are pretty boring. Thus, I've been looking for ways to make them less depressing. The first two things here are also functional, though: I needed a way to store papers (I've already got enough corkboards already), and display my rubber stamps. I took two rectangles of cardboard (actually the sides of a box that we bought diapers in), and ripped some strips of cloth from my stash. Then I wrapped the cloth around the cardboard and stapled it in the back. Pretty and functional! For the stamp-holder I covered the cardboard in one piece of fabric, stapled it in the back, and then wrapped it with a big translucent ribbon. I added tacks at the bottom of each loop to keep things from falling out. I was surprised at how much it held!

And down below is a wall hanging I did for my 5 month old son's room. I really like the way it turned out, even though I only added acrylic paint to what I had bought at the craft store. He doesn't pay it much attention yet, but I hope he likes it when he gets older!

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46  Some of my first ATCs (lots of pictures) in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Spiffyhink on: May 17, 2009 12:31:34 PM
So I've finally gotten into making ATCs myself now, and they're incredibly addictive. For each one I finish I get 5 more ideas for another one.

This was an idea I had a long time ago and wanted to make into a kind of patterned paper. I like the way it turned out here, though.

She's a little recurring character of mine.

I made this one for my little sister, since she's always obsessed with watching me do my craft projects--she inherited the crafty gene too! She really, really liked it.

These next two are my favorite. I felt like doing something surreal that didn't make a whole lot of sense, and was originally going to color them, but now I think I like the black ink lines by themselves:

Whee! Hope you like them! Comments/criticisms?
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47  Cheap stamp mounts in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions by Spiffyhink on: April 18, 2009 08:02:27 PM
I love making stamps, but I'm incredibly cheap, and buying acrylic or wooden blocks to mount my stamps on just wouldn't do. I've seen a lot of different suggestions for mounting stamps, but no one else I've run across seems to use my idea, so I thought I'd share:

LEGOS! They're relatively cheap and much, much easier to find than real mounting blocks. Plus, they work for any size because you can just snap 'em together until you get the size you want, and the really small ones are perfect for letter stamps. I usually use hot glue to put the stamps on, but I think many different adhesives would work.

Hope you guys get some use out of this!
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48  Miniature marble stamps in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by Spiffyhink on: April 16, 2009 05:54:31 AM
Made out of craft foam, then hot glued onto flat-bottomed marbles. The craft foam isn't nearly as detailed as a rubber eraser or carving block, but it makes stamps much, much quicker--it took me about 45 min. to do all these (I'm usually a very slow crafter). Since they're put together quickly, they make good gifts, and I'm thinking about giving most of these away to friends and family.

Does anybody know where I might find lots of small, cheap, inkpads? If it's too expensive I'll just skip them.

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49  Handmade Art Journal (LOTS of images) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Spiffyhink on: April 14, 2009 10:17:15 AM
This is actually a work in progress, but since I finished the binding, I couldn't wait to show it off. I've been showing it to my family and friends for a few weeks now.

I collected a bunch of different types of papers for the inside--phone book pages, newspapers, some heavyweight drawing paper, notebook paper, magazines, etc., and some envelopes, because I'm always stashing stuff in between the pages and I hate it when they fall out--and for the outside I used this, which my local Hastings had on sale because it's going out of print. Here are the images, and I do apologize for the crapiness. It appears that I cannot for the life of me take a picture that does not suck.


That's my signature on the lower left-hand corner, done with pen and ink.


Just me playing around with the newspaper pages. I traced out some "sentences" using random words in the TV-guide pages, and then turned a bunch of characters on the opposite page into aliens.

I've been getting into mandalas lately. I printed out several from the internet when I was having a bad day, and found that coloring them can be very theraputic. I've pasted them into a few different pages in this journal.

Another mandala, not finished. Done with oil pastels.

Just a little cartoon. Eventually the pattern will extend across the whole page, but I only work on it when I feel like zoning out. The captions say, "How many times do I have to tell you to leave me alone?!" "At least one more." and "Thank you."

A Biology/nature-themed collage. The background is done with acrylics, and the other pictures I collected from various sources.

This is a collage I'm working on to celebrate and memorialize my pregnancy. It is very much a work in progress. The background is also done with acrylics.

I bought one of those big 300 stamp packages to decorate various things with, and as I was looking through them, I realized that many of the papers the stamps were mounted on were just as pretty as the stamps themselves, so I soaked them off and collaged them here. I'm not sure if I'll do anything else with this page.

Just showing off the stash of collected stuff in one of the journal's envelopes.

Sorry for being so photo-heavy, but I've been having so much fun with this thing. The whole purpose of this journal was to give me a place where I could try new things and break out of the box I've been artistically stuck in for a while now. It's worked great!
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