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11  Re: Mixed Media Valentine Swap Gallery (Sendouts by Feb. 6) in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: February 12, 2017 02:51:28 PM
Canada Post worked overtime to rush AlteredMommy's package to me in only four days!

And look what it contained - this gorgeous and absolutely classic heart shadow box.

Even the back is spectacular:

There are interesting little wires running down both sides, too. And you can see the fascinating collage of Russian book pages and mysterious numbers.

And Cheryl sent a homemade card in a spectacular gelli-printed envelope that is a work of art in itself. (The colours are more vivid in real life, but the scan reveals the layers of detail that are hard to see with the eye.)

And though this frame isn't very big, it's surprisingly heavy. I think I may take it to work to use it as a paperweight on my desk.

I also had a hard time taking a photo of the tiny hummingbird trapped inside the copper heart I sent AlteredMommy, but this shows him a bit:

The interior of the heart is coated with a wonderful coarse German glass glitter that I found. I know "glitter" is a dirty word in places, but I thought I could sneak some in there. Cheesy

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12  Re: Altered Tea Tin Swap (SIGNUP 1/1/17-1/15/17 ; MAIL BY 2/20/17). in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Wulf on: January 18, 2017 05:34:26 PM
I think I mentioned that my partner collects tins. This is some of his treasures:

Of course they aren't just tea tins - there are cigarette tins, biscuit tins, etc.

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13  Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along in Craftalongs by Wulf on: January 14, 2017 12:34:10 PM

I finally got a chance to post about the Tiny Art Journal I made for myself just before New Years. I'd been mulling over what size to make this year, as my previous ones haven't quite worked, and so it was New Year's Eve before I actually got it finished. Details in the Papercraft Board post.

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14  New (Tiny) Art Journal in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Wulf on: January 14, 2017 12:25:10 PM
I've been trying to do a collage or art journal page every day, and practically this only works for me if they're quite small. Last year I tried a larger book with a week's spaces divided over each double-page spread, but it was time-consuming to lay out each week, and the book was just a bit too bulky to carry around. (Especially with the over-stuffed pouch of journalling supplies I find I need to carry.) So this year I decided to try something new - a very small journal that provides one page per day.

The pages are 5 in. tall by 3⅜ in. wide, and it's a bit over an inch thick with the covers. This gives me enough pages for 6 months.

I covered the boards with fine navy blue ticking, and stitched on a bird skeleton patch that I'd picked up at some Goth craft fair, to mark the front.

The pages are Canson's Mix Media paper, sewn in signatures. This time I remembered to include a bookmark ribbon, too. I'm afraid I've probably bound the signatures too snugly together, even though I was trying to be a bit sloppy - by the time I've filled it up with collage, it will be bursting apart at the binding. Sad

For the front and back endsheets I was able to use some marble paper rescued from an old book (an advantage of such a small size) and I included an envelope at the back for collecting scraps, as I always like to do. This one is made out of a page from an old atlas.

It's only a couple of weeks into the year, but so far I find the page size good to work on. Last year's journal was sized so that each day's space was ATC-sized, and I actually found that too small. A lot of material I wanted to collage was just a bit too big to fit into that space. These slightly larger pages work better. The only problem I've found with the small book is that I keep losing it in the bottom of my bag. But once the weather improves and I'm not carrying mittens and a toque, I'll be able to keep it in my jacket pocket.

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15  Re: Paper De-Stash and Junk Journal Goodies 2016 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: January 14, 2017 11:52:57 AM
Is there any easier gratification than opening up a packed envelope of STUFF? It really doesn't matter what it is, and it doesn't matter that what I received from SonjaBoo is, in some cases, almost identical to what I sent her. In fact, that makes me even more excited to see it! Sorting through it again this afternoon to take photos was just as exciting as seeing it for the first time last night. Was this what Christmas was like when we were very small? I don't remember, but I'll bet a neurologist would look at the brain scans and say they were exactly the same. Cheesy

Anyhow, here's the amazing pile of stuff I got:

First off, several vintage magazines and booklets, including this 1950's Boy Scout manual on fingerprinting. (Introduced by J. Edgar Hoover himself!) This is especially funny, because one of the things I think I sent was a fingerprint card. I also sent some pages from a bird book, but fortunately not the same one she sent me. The brochure from the UFO Museum in Roswell is a particular favourite. And there are several paper sample books and some book pages.

SonjaBoo warned me that she had lots of scrapbook papers to get rid of, and I said "Bring it on!" And did she ever - along with pages from paper sample books and other great papers. Some of it is flocked, and none of it is glittery. (Thank you for that!)

On the right-hand side here is sample of tarot-themed wallpaper that I love so much I'm going to have to see if the pattern is still available. (It says "Printed in Canada", so you never know.) Needless to say, I also sent a wallpaper sample, though a couple of generations older and not half so cool. There were various book pages (including one from a Golden Book guide to wildflowers that I'm pretty sure I own), ephemera, more printed papers, and a large folded sheet of green glassine paper. Shocked

A few hand-painted papers. I think I sent about the same amount.

Some vintage fruit labels and Victorian photographs (both original and repro), postcards, a spelling notebook, bingo card, valentine, coffee sleeve (I wish I'd thought of sending one of those!) and a couple of Lunar New Year's money envelopes. I had intended to include a few in my package too, but I never had a chance to get down to Chinatown to a stall I know that always has the best selection. Sad And tickets - we all love tickets, don't we?

And finally some miscellaneous stuff, including die-cuts, tags (both chalkboard and translucent), a couple of slide mounts and a bee-impressed Paperclay medallion that I absolutely love. The pharmaceutical label rub-ons are pretty spectacular, too.

Thank you for all this fabulousness, Erika! Like you, I could have sent 10 times as much, and it would probably have made it even more obvious that you and I have exactly the same stash! Cheesy

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16  Re: Slow cloth/boro embroidery patches - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: November 06, 2016 01:57:53 PM
Ooooh! What amazing stuff has been happening in this Gallery while I wasn't looking. Cheesy
I love these swaps where each person's interpretation of the basic idea is totally unlike anyone else's.

I finally finished my patches for JoyfulClover Embarrassed and packaged them up to send tomorrow, so I allowed myself to open the envelope that arrived from her earlier this week.

Wow! Here's two more completely different ways of working:

I love the purple and green colour combination of the first one. I wouldn't have put those two shades together myself, and it's a real revelation! Jaime said she hoped I could see the dragon head in the rust-dyed scrap, and I certainly can. He's a fierce one! And look at the way she's stitched over the batik leaf fabric - it changes it into something completely different.

And my favourite part of the other is that while most of the stitching is white, a few lines in each direction are lime green. It's quite discreet, and not noticeable at first, but absolutely brilliant. And again, lime green and indigo blue - who knew?

Thanks so much for these - they're wonderful. I have to figure out a way to use the dragon patch without losing the irregularity of the edges. (Now I'm sorry I tidied up the edges of the ones I sent - oh well!)

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17  Re: Slow Cloth/Boro Style Patches - Signups 9/18 - 10/1, Sendouts 10/31/16 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Wulf on: October 16, 2016 05:25:14 AM

The fall colours have been unusually spectacular this year, so we drove out to the country yesterday for a bit of leaf-peeping on a gloriously bright day. It seemed like a good opportunity for a bit of relaxing stitching as well, and while I was working, this cheeky dragonfly decided to use my piece of cloth as a picnic blanket on which he could eat the fly he'd just caught. I sternly warned him not to make a mess, but nonetheless when he'd done there were crumbs everywhere. Cheesy

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18  Re: Stitched mandala swap gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: August 17, 2016 05:42:46 PM
Technically the actual mandala is only 5", it's just surrounded by lot of other stuff, lol!

I leave it to you to judge the honesty of that statement:

I suggested that I'd like something I could apply to a cushion cover, and I gave a dimension of about 16 inches. So what did I get? A sixteen inch diameter piece of embroidery! Shocked

This is the "actual mandala", which is about 5" in diameter.

But a few photos can't begin to show the splendor of the rest surrounding spiral part of the mandala. Just look at this:

The richly varied background fabrics are all covered with a huge variety of embroidery stitches, some of which blend with the colours and some contrast beautifully with them. And the whole thing is set off by one arm of the spiral being in white-on-white, which was one of the ideas on my questionnaire list. But knowing that craftylittlemonkey loves colour so much, I told her to ignore that one. I'm so glad she didn't!

Thank you so much for this, and I can hardly wait to sew it up into a cushion. It's something I'll never get tired of.

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19  Re: Felt Badge Swap R3 Gallery (Send Out June 27!) in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: August 15, 2016 05:44:30 PM
I do have a photo of the pie badge. It shows the filling a bit better, although it doesn't show how glittery the sequin cherries are in real life. Cheesy

So glad it arrived safely, Bec. And I love the owl badge - what a great shape!

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20  Re: Felt Badge Swap R3 Gallery (Send Out June 27!) in The Swap Gallery by Wulf on: August 10, 2016 01:43:16 PM
I finally received from bec99 in Australia! (My package to her must now be the last one outstanding.)

I received this tiny goose badge because of a board on my Pinterest account where I collect images of gnomes riding geese. It's research for a future project, and this determined little goose will be perfect to keep reminding me that I need to start working on it!

Bec also sent a lovely Australia magnet, and a packet of strong Aussie tea.

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