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21  Bad day project in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by AmandaBL on: February 18, 2012 06:34:56 PM
A friend of mine posted a picture on facebook of a mixed media piece that uses the quote and very similar design elements in the 2 that I made.  I don;t know who the original artist was, but if anyone knows I'd love to link to her as it was obviously heavily inspired by her piece. 

This quote rang true for me in many ways, but being that my husband is fighting cancer & we are having a battle with his insurance company regarding PET scans right now, it really hit home. I immediately made 2 of them.  One for my friend who posted it & one for me.  Mine is already hanging as shown & hers is ready for a lunch date drop off <3

I used a 13" canvas stretcher for a frame.  The collage is card stock with layers of book pages, acrylic paint, stamps, inks, paper doilies, bleeding tissue paper, spray fabric paint, cardboard & lots of different embossing powders.  I had a lot of fun on the background.  The hanging cord is random yarns braided & attached with upholstery tacks.
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22  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - February 2012's GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by AmandaBL on: February 18, 2012 06:22:01 PM
I came home to quite a few beauties!

These 2 are from Gala_Apples.  Flowers for hope & a really awesome LEATHER card.  I don;t have one of those.  I love leather work.

 The top 2 are from Zkatom.  A beautiful orchid & a wonderful quote around a sketched feather.  I love the way the texy & the drawing flow together.  Really beautiful.

The bright bottom card is the chineese symbol for hope.  Great idea & I love the colors <3 From PilarFarmer

Thank you ladies!  I'm feeling hopeful!
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23  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - February 2012's GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by AmandaBL on: February 10, 2012 05:08:57 PM
Mountains and Clouds made me a beautiful ATC of a sunrise she recently watched.  This sight always makes her feel hopeful.  I love the card.  Thank you!
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24  Re: Amazing Kindness <3 in Completed Projects by AmandaBL on: December 03, 2011 04:42:33 PM
I got these up today.  Nothing too tricky, but these are maybe 10ft from my bed, over top of my laundry closet, so we see them a lot. I just threaded a needle with embroidery floss and threaded them all on in different directions and made a simple garland. I really love them & I am thrilled that something so fantastic has made it to the hot projects.  It is by far my very favorite & I have seen so many cool things here :-)

Thank you all <3
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25  Amazing Kindness <3 in Completed Projects by AmandaBL on: December 02, 2011 04:06:50 AM
As you can see from my signature, I've been busy.  And under a bit of emotional stress.  I made that signature so that people I was swapping with *before* the diagnosis knew I didn't just flake out or drop off the earth.  I completed all my swaps, but without the usual thread chatter. One of them was the Jar of Hearts swap.

   Last night was my second EMT practical final and it was exceptionally difficult.  I didn't get home til 10pm and knew the following day (today) was going to be a long one - 6hrs of chemo.  I was heating up a hot dog so I could eat & drug myself into a sound sleep when I saw a large, unopened envelope addressed to me.  Since I could tell it wasn't a hospital bill, I was excited.  I didn't recognize the return address... I didn't think I knew anyone from that state even....

When I opened it a bunch of brightly colored fabric hearts tumbled out.  There was also a letter from LesliesHappyHeart who explained that she saw a comment I made about a heart someone in the swap got & it prompted her to do something nice for me.  She and I had messaged briefly about my husband and she gave me some very good very personal advice, but I have never met Leslie & other than a swap or two, we haven't even really been what I think of as internet friends.  Just another nice person from a craftster swap.  She organized some other fantastic craftster friends who contributed their time & skill to sending me a whole bag full of hearts of "hope".  Before I even really looked at the hearts I was crying.  I am so deeply touched by the generosity & kindness of total strangers who went out of their way to make another stranger's day a little better.  You guys will never know what this meant to me and how much I appreciate it.  I love you guys. 

Here is Leslie's blog where she did her scheeming <3 also where I stole the following beautiful photos from.  http://www.lesliesartandsew.blogspot.com/2011/11/mailing-hope-hearts.html

Here's a group shot:

These were made from an antique quilt by Fiddlegirl8

These were made by sharalee

These were made by susanab

This one is from kimchery

These were made by LesliesHappyHeart

They are all gorgeous but the kindness is what I appreciate most.  I have a special place for them and I will post a pic once I get them there. I can't thank you guys enough.
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26  Re: Journal Cover Swap--GALLERY!--Send Out Nov. 7 in The Swap Gallery by AmandaBL on: November 13, 2011 06:14:41 AM
siakela sent me this awesome cover & some candies my little one quite enjoys eating! (He is quite the scavenger!)  I like the bright colors and the little tab says "notes" in hand embroidery.  It suits me perfectly & I love it.  Thanks

Even the inside is pretty :-)
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27  Re: Jar of Hearts - our digital jar in The Swap Gallery by AmandaBL on: November 13, 2011 05:55:46 AM
I got these beauties on Fri from smmarrt

the lyrics wrap all around the one standing & my "lucky numbers" are on the reverse of the fortune cookie heart

and a bunch of heart cut outs!

Onyxnox's package came yesterday :-)
These are little chalk board hearts (my little one was drawing on them this morning :-) )
and here are all of them attached to the card she mailed.  There are resin ones filled with little hearts in bright colors, there is a polymer one with a shimmery bird & an irridescent crystal & the show stopper wire wrapped hearts.  They are sooooo pretty I think I will wear them on a chain.

I love them all.  Thank you so much for the hard work & beautiful finished products, ladies. <3
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28  Re: 2011 r3 mini 13 days of Halloween Gallery in The Swap Gallery by AmandaBL on: September 21, 2011 04:47:45 PM
Look what I got last night :-) I was on an ambulance for 13 hours, and commuting for 2 so it was a welcome surprise at 11pm when I got home!

Day 1 <3
Day 2 - Luke is currently storing some special shells in this cute little box.  He hasn't seen nightmare before xmas yet, but I think I talked him into it now.

Day 3 - GORGEOUS! Necklace landscape & moon earrings <3  I am wearing them tonight to class.

Day 4 - super cute candy corn flower pot!

Day 5 - a mini bird house with pumpkin decor :-)

These ambulance shifts are keeping me away from my computer (& my bed!) so these are late in posting, but they sure did brighten my super hectic days!  Days 8 & 9 are a pair of foam sugar style skulls.  Super cute!

Day 9 is a really pretty metal bookmark.  I don't have any like this &  I love it!

Day 10 is a spooky pumpkin soap that (I think) is scented with lemongrass and it smells AMAZING! I will be using it before class tonight.

Day 11 is a set of straws and a pumpkin ice cube tray.  I love them!

Day 12 made me laugh because I sent her these cute cut outs too! haha  I love sweet tarts & Smarties - Thanks!

Dat 13 is this adorable bird house!!!  It's in my bedroom & I love it too much to put it outside.  Thank you!
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29  You can make this skirt in ONE hour from 2 old pillow cases in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by AmandaBL on: September 03, 2011 05:16:17 PM
(If you're skinny enough to make it from ONE pillow case, I'm jealous & you should stop sewing and go have a high fat meal ;-) )

If you can sew in a straight line, or a sort of straight line, this is for you.

In addition to the sewing machine (or needle & thread and more than one hour) you will need:
embroidery floss & an embroidery needle
2 pillow cases
one hankie (if you want a decorative pocket - the one shown is tatted on the edges)
Ribbon (twice the length of your waist/hips - wherever you want to tie the skirt)

1) Cut off the end seam and the side seam on both cases(NOT the wide seam)

2) Hold one of the pillow cases up to you, wide seam down. Fold the top edge (which you just cut) over once and adjust til you have about the length you want. Add an inch to that length for seam allowance.

3) Cut off the part you folded over, then use that as a guide to cut the other one to the same length being careful NOT to cut the wide seam off (I will be using that left over fabric for a hair tie and who knows what else)

4) Sew the cases together length wise, with right sides facing each other. Do NOT do what I did and start at the cut edge:

As you can see, my cutting was not prescice (SHOCKING!) and the wide edge doesnt match.  Insert missing step of tearing appart & resewing together STARTING at the wide edge, then trimming the cut edge to match as needed ;-) you will have done it propperly & it will look something like this when viewed from the right side

5) Wrap this fabric around you, and make it about a foot bigger than what what a fitted skirt would be & cut the excess from both sides (so your next seam is in the middle)

6) Sew the other length wise edges together.  I am not an excellent seamstress and I sew the insides of my seams down.  You can do this, skip this, or try out some other way - I'm sure there's a better one out there.  Anywho this is what mine looked like.

7) Hem the bottom.

8 At whichever seam you want to be the back of your skirt, with the wide edge being the top, sew the middle of your length of ribbon to the inside of your skirt.

at this point you have a big tube of fabric with a long length of ribbon tacked to the back.  It looks weird, but it's about to get better.

9)Now that you can see exactly where the ribbon will thread into your skirt on each side, you want to sew a seam slightly above the top of the ribbon.  This will give you the cute gathered ruffle like edge at the top & keep the ribbon from sliding all the way to the top edge of the skirt. 

10) Cut button holes to thread the ribbon INTO your skirt on the back then OUT of the skirt on the front where you will tie the bow. You only want to cut through 1 layer - the inside one on the back & the outside one on the front.  You may want to mark it first so you don't get them mixed up when you're cutting. I finished my button holes with embroidery floss & threaded the ribbon through.
You're skirt is done :-) If you want a pocket, keep going.

11) Fold your hankie into a square.  Depending on the pattern or embroidery you may want to just sew it on like that.  I had the decorative edge and wanted to see as much of it as possible, so I sewed the folded edges...

then I folded two of the front layers down and sewed across the new fold to make a pocket (don't accidentally sew it to the back like I have done many times)

12) then pin it to your skirt and sew it on!  All done <3
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30  Re: Head Start Art Journal Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by AmandaBL on: September 02, 2011 05:02:55 PM
I got a very nice package from Pioneer9 today!  My journaling supplies were a big splurge on her part - 3 nice water color pencils, an alphabet stamp set & an entire set of METALLIC water colors.  (I didn't even know metallic water colors existed so that was like WOW!)  I am so very excited to try them but I am restraining myself because I aint sharing with the 6 year olr ;-)  I'm so mature! I'm totally cutting up that cute card & putting it in the journal, by the way!

The cover is a billion tiny puzzle peices each different.  It makes me think of inchies.  I want to know how she cut them out? was it all by hand or do you have a punch?  It is really amazing... I keep seeing new things every time I look at it!

Here are some of my favorite pages....
bubble wrap? awesome!

Love this one

I really really really like it!  Thank you for being a great swap partner <3
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