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11  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - January 2012 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by savagerose on: January 26, 2012 11:33:36 AM
I'm glad you liked it, jillybeans. I actually just got a whole bunch of art and mixed media books from the library and I've been trying to soak up all the new techniques! One of them is all about surface effects, and I believe that one was streaking the background with two colors of acrylics and then distressing it with a paper towel (well that's what I used, anyway).

Also, I got an awesome Favorite Word card from indigo_roses. It's the first I've gotten for this theme, and I couldn't have asked for a better start.

She picked "defenestration," such a good word. I love how the window bars partially obscure the text and the little pronunciation guide.
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12  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - January 2012 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by savagerose on: January 24, 2012 03:29:09 PM
I got two ATCs in my mailbox this week!

First, a fabric card for my lace theme. The yellow fabric is so soft! She stitched the material and lace directly onto the card, very cool.

Then a colorful futuristic card for technology: I love the mix of colors and Asian influence. It's got a cyberpunk feel!

And thanks for the extra paper pieces and card, maybe I should make a coordinating ATC and send it back. Do people ever do round-robin ATCs, or are they way too small for that?  Grin
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13  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - January 2012 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by savagerose on: January 21, 2012 11:53:17 AM
Yesterday I got two more cards, from jillybeans and Oath Keeper. This swap is so much fun, it's made me actually look forward to checking the mailbox every day!

For my Buffy theme, this card was apparently done with watercolors and masking fluid -- thanks for sharing your technique, it looks fabulous! And she also sent some extra paper, now I have absolutely no excuse not to jump back into claiming.

And for Adventure Time, Oath Keeper drew Marceline the Vampire Queen, complete with her epic axe-guitar. I love it!

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14  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - January 2012 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by savagerose on: January 18, 2012 10:44:09 AM
I got a lovely ATC from tastyclaythings yesterday! She says it's simple, but I beg to differ! I love the shape of the mirror frame and how the slashes kind of look like metre notation to me: once uPON a TIME.

Isn't it ever so antique and fairy-tale-looking? Thanks so much, I love it Smiley
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15  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - January 2012 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by savagerose on: January 14, 2012 02:32:42 PM
Wow, it's so fun to see everyone's cards! I just received my first one in the mail yesterday! Check out the cool variegated background and the doll's sort of general ominousness...

Thanks, Mountains and Clouds Smiley
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16  Re: Craft This Tote (and fill it) GALLERY! (Send out by Aug. 1st, 2011) in The Swap Gallery by savagerose on: August 04, 2011 04:57:31 PM
So my partner pioneer9 received today (apparently the mail from CA to NJ is faster than it is in the other direction??), and since she doesn't have a camera here are my pictures of what I sent:

She put "whimsical monsters" on her questionnaire which may have been a huge mistake:

I actually got my package on Monday when I had just sent off the stuffie and the tote, died of happiness at seeing all the goodies she sent me, then freaked out that I didn't fill the tote enough, so I sent her a second batch a day later, with 50% more Firefly (a hoop with a quote from the show):

Great swapping with you, pioneer9, and great swap all round. I love all the variety here!
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17  Re: Craft This Tote (and fill it) GALLERY! (Send out by Aug. 1st, 2011) in The Swap Gallery by savagerose on: August 02, 2011 11:16:21 AM
Wow, this is a great gallery! And I received an awesome package from pioneer9 that's gonna make it even greater! She completely nailed what I like and sent me a ton of it  Cool

First, the toteness. I have a toy poodle, and isn't that cutest poodle applique you've ever seen? Mine is even white like the design Cheesy There's a little charm sewn to the collar, too!

Now for what was inside... An adorable whale ATC in a lovely magnetic frame--it's on my fridge now. And yes, she ALSO sent the package of M&Ms lurking in the background. They did not make it into the other photos, you understand.  Grin

A wealth of paper goodies--tons of gorgeous envelopes, dinosaur stickers, and the cutest little Tardis notebook!

But wait! There's more!

A gorgeous Firefly quilt! I don't know how she managed this, but the blue and gold matches the decorations I already have in my living room. I had to take it off the wall to photograph it today...

Thanks so much pioneer9! I love everything!
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18  Re: Sailor Moon Stuffie Swap Round 1 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by savagerose on: July 18, 2011 06:37:03 PM
Today I received a fabulous package from JadedEva...I am just blown away!

When I opened the box the first thing my eyes were drawn to was the adorable chibi Tuxedo Mask, who is almost the same size as his amaaaaazing top hat  Cheesy

I don't even know how she managed to get such perfect-looking crisp shapes out of the felt for his hair and clothes, and you  will notice the cape is lined with a lovely red satin. She also included the beautiful red rose earrings in the photo, which deserve their own shot:

Absolutely gorgeous work, and I just love the color! Red happens to be one of my favorites.

She had mentioned she was having some trouble with her original plan and ended up making a "last minute" stuffie instead. All I can say is, her plans should always fall through Grin

Chibi school-uniform Haruka! She painted tiny stripes on her pants and the uniform jacket even has a tiny little "Mugen" on the pocket. I love her expression...she looks so cute and lost without Michiru by her side, haha. Fortunately she cheered up when she discovered Tuxedo Mask's huge hat:

Thank you so much, JadedEva. I am ecstatic!
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19  HOUSEWIFE doll (Izumi from FMA) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by savagerose on: June 22, 2011 12:47:00 PM
Any Fullmetal Alchemist fans out there? I just watched Brotherhood and IT RULES! So I made a doll of my favorite character, Izumi Curtis, aka Teacher, aka the woman who beats up Siberian winter patrols for food and fights bears one-on-one at the age of 16.

Why is she standing on a bunch of bananas in the second picture? Because she's A HOUSEWIFE!!

I used the awesome Magdalena doll pattern from here, with Sugar-and-Cream off-white and some misc acrylic for the rest. The clothing is all freehand--the vest is in two pieces, double-crocheted, sewn together at the back and the front, and the pants are 4 pieces (couldn't figure out how else to do them). The flip flops are circles of brown yarn with the purple straps chained onto the tops of the feet. Her dreads are made of tightly twisted strands of yarn (cording?).
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20  Goblin in a hoop in Needlework: Completed Projects by savagerose on: May 12, 2011 12:58:00 PM
I'm so excited, I finished my first embroidery-left-in-the-hoop! I always completely dread trying to frame or figure out what to do with a design once I'm done stitching it, so many thanks to the geniuses who came up with using a hoop for the frame. I really love how it turned out, it looks so...ill-natured.

The design is from a Dover book of Arthur Rackham illustrations done for Wagner's Ring operas. Dover books are a fantastic resource for needlework, I can't recommend them enough! They are cheap, royalty-free, and have tons of old vintage and line-art designs. I used Solvy to transfer the design, another great tip from Craftster.

For fabric I used some white cotton (I think) I had lying around, two strands out of some dark blue floss, and a combo of stem stitches, backstitch, and random straight stitches. It was fun emulating the artist's sketchy, jagged lines in thread, I think pen-and-ink really lends itself well to embroidery.

I painted the outer wood ring with acrylics and finished the back off by hand-stitching a circle of fabric to the back turning the edge under a little bit as I went (I was lazy).

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