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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Dinosaur Wedding Toppers on: September 09, 2017 09:57:35 PM
A close friend asked me to make a set of dinosaur wedding toppers for her and these are the result.

2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Hamster Ornament on: September 09, 2017 09:53:52 PM
Every year our family adds a special ornament to our Christmas tree that commemorates something related to the past year. In 2016, my husband found a hamster & her cage abandoned by a dumpster. Naturally we adopted her!

We named her Ruby Rey Oatmeal Pudge, because we couldn't agree on one name. So everyone in our family got to name her. She quickly became a cherished family pet. I tried to find a hamster ornament for last year, but didn't like any of the ones I found, so I made one.

Sadly, Ruby passed away a week ago. We had her for a little over a year. Every time we hang this ornament on the tree we'll remember how much we loved her & how lucky we were to have her in our lives!

3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Polaroid Quote Art Piece on: September 09, 2017 09:41:31 PM
I made this quote art as a giveaway for a pre-order campaign. My debut YA novel, CHEESUS WAS HERE, came out in April and the quote is from the book.

I used watercolor for the background and the camera is paper piecing, cut using my Silhouette cutting machine.

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Whimsical Hedgehog Notecards on: September 04, 2017 09:59:44 AM

I received a pack of hedgie notecards ages ago from a craftster swap, but finally ran out a few months ago. Naturally I needed some new cards! Luckily I found a cute quote stamp and I'd received a hand-made hedgie stamp along with the original notecards. Cut up a few butterfly stickers, and some water color pencils, and the result is these.
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Free Hugs! on: January 24, 2016 08:38:42 PM
Sheepblue and I had a private swap AGES ago (as in almost a year) and I'm just now getting around to posting pics of the piece I made for her.

Emma likes the movie Aliens and has as warped a sense of humor as I do, so I when this idea popped into my head, I knew it would be perfect.

I created a tiny lemonade-stand with the words "Free Hugs" painted in red at the top. Then I made a facehugger and an unhatched pod to accompany it. The stand was made with craft sticks, wood stain and glue. The facehugger and pod are both polymer clay with paint added for detail.

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Axolotl Paper Cutting on: January 24, 2016 07:55:13 PM
I was lucky enough to partner up with Ludi in the IYP 28 swap. She has a fabulous cabinet of curiosities room and thus I decided what she really needed was a small Axolotl in a tank to add to her collection. The "tank" is a clear 5x7" photo frame that's approximately 1" deep.

The finished piece is 95% paper, with a bit of paint added as well. The plants, pebbles, bubbles and the axolotl itself are all cut from paper. I painted details onto the plants and added highlights to the bubbles with white paint. The axolotl's pink spots & the white highlights in its eyes are also paint. Other than that, everything is layered paper.

I used black foam cut to varying lengths to raise up the axolotl and some of the bubbles from the background to give the piece more dimensionality. I also used clear glass beads behind a few of the bubbles to raise them up and give them a different appearance. The overall effect is a charming little creature swimming in his tank and ready for his new home.

7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / The First Brother's Tale on: January 24, 2016 07:23:33 PM
I created a small wall hanging/ornament for Pottermouth in the IYP 28 swap. We both love Harry Potter and we're both fairly obsessed with our Harry Potter Christmas trees. As it's already past Christmas, however, I wanted to make something that she could use as either an ornament or regular art depending on her fancy.

The scene is from THE TALE OF THE THREE BROTHERS by Beedle The Bard, a book featured rather heavily in the last Harry Potter novel. It depicts the first brother being given the Elder Wand by death.

I knew the moment I had the idea that I wanted to paint it on a tree limb cross-section so it'd have a lovely bark grain on the outer edges.

Clearly the section I chose was always meant to have this picture painted on it because it had a dark black splotch, similar to the one on the opposite side pictured below, in the middle of the wood and in roughly the shape of death's skull. I decided to go with it rather than finding a different cross-section.

8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Harry Potter Ornaments on: January 06, 2016 07:37:47 PM
Back in December, Chughes225 and I made a couple Harry Potter ornaments for each other. Here are the two I created. Our chosen theme was Wizarding Shops.

This first is my favorite. (I've got to make one of these for my HP tree):
A Honeydukes bag filled with tiny treats:

The bag was created using a template and a small green gift bag I gutted. Inside is a tiny Chocolate Frog box, Exploding Bon Bons, Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans & Fizzing Whizzbees. I molded teeny, tiny jelly beans out of polymer clay for the BBB box.

The second ornament is a quill holder suspended from a Scrivenshaft's sign. The holder is constructed from popsicle sticks and craft dowels which were then painted with wood stain.

I forgot to take a picture of each ornament beside a ruler but they're both under four inches.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / "When In Doubt, Go To The Library" Altered Mini Tin on: June 27, 2014 08:47:41 AM
My partner in the recent mini altered tin swap, Alexampersandra, is a librarian and fellow book-lover. I knew right away that I needed to make something library inspired for her tin. While looking for a good library quote I stumbled across the perfect one - and BONUS it's from my favorite book series. Luckily, my partner likes Harry Potter as well. I made the tin into a tiny library bookcase. The shelves are painted cardboard. The books covers are painted cardboard as well with polymer clay used to make the inside pages. I covered the interior and exterior with scrapbook paper. I designed the silhouette of Hermione in Photoshop and then cut it out with my Silhouette SD craft cutter machine. The silhouette is mounted to the top of the tin using wire.

The back of the tin has a wall hanger so it can be hung on the wall, there's also a magnet so it can go on the fridge.

The quote is from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Because that's what Hermione does, said Ron, shrugging. When in doubt, go to the library.

10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Floral Pendant on: June 05, 2014 09:37:19 AM
A pendant I made for my partner in the twinchie swap. The pendant is just under two inches wide. This was my first attempt at stumpwork. I'm rather pleased with the result Smiley It was also my first time trying to do shading with long and short stitch (not as successful). Plus I got to learn a few new stitches. The petals are on a thin wire frame covered with buttonhole stitch so they are each adjustable.  This was a lot of fun. The complete piece start to finish (including mounting in the pendant) took about 6 hours. I'm a slow stitcher.

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