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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Secret Santa Swap this Fall? on: July 15, 2019 10:43:45 PM
I know we have the Mini 12-Days of Christmas swap happening (I'm SO in for that one), but I was wondering if anyone might be willing to head up another Secret Santa swap (perhaps in a month or two)? I was in one a few years ago here on Craftster and it was hands-down my favorite swap ever because I just loved reading through everyone's wish-lists and being able to send little presents to a bunch of other crafters. Plus it's fun sending surprise gifts! I know it can be an intensive swap to manage and my life is insane so I'm not up for heading it but I would be a very enthusiastic participant.
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Steampunk Octopus ATC on: November 19, 2017 09:04:20 AM
I have a set of blank metal ATC cards and thus far have had no idea what to do with them. When I decided to make an ATC using polymer clay, however, I discovered the metal cards are PERFECT as a base!

I molded the octopus directly onto the metal and added little metal gears, then baked the whole thing. The octopus popped off cleanly and I was able to paint the ATC base, add paint and detail to the octopus and then glue the whole thing together.

I love the result and will definitely be sculpting some more ATCs soon! This was created for Wulf in the Happy Mail Swap.



3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Illuminated Mini Storage Bags on: November 19, 2017 08:52:53 AM
Tiny canvas storage bags painted with bizarre creatures from illuminated Medieval manuscripts. There's a snail, a bat, a dragon and ... the last one is anyone's guess! These were made for Wulf in the Happy Mail Swap.









4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Watercolor Nature Magnets on: November 19, 2017 08:46:15 AM
Created for Wulf in the Happy Mail Swap. They are tiny, about the size of a quarter!

5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Fun With Acrylic Pouring on: November 19, 2017 08:36:42 AM
I've wanted to try this technique for AGES and finally decided to jump in. I started small: three tiny 4x4" canvases.

It was a lot of fun! But it also left a lot of paint in the bleed off. I try not to be wasteful so I grabbed a pack of blank white Tasha's and started dipping! I think the tags my be my favorite part. The colors and cells are so deliciouly pretty.

In the end I also added a butterfly in white India ink to finish off the canvas.









There were 21 tags in all, each unique. The tags went to Wulf and the canvas to Cabaute for the recent Happy Mail Swap.
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Little Dog Mini Art Piece on: November 19, 2017 08:27:19 AM
This was created for Cabaute in the recent Happy Mail Swap. I added modeling paste to a small canvas and then used a toothpick to carve a random little story into the paste. When it s dry I added paint, a painted canvas square for texture, and then a teeny tiny canvas with the terrier painted on it. The entire piece is 4"x4.

7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Goddess Art Plaque on: November 19, 2017 08:19:46 AM
I created this for Wulf in the recent Happy Mail Swap. The base is artboard with a ton of art medium for texture and a bajillion layers of paint. I kept repainting because I wasn't happy with the results. Then inspiration struck and I decoupaged an old book page on, added more paint, wiped a bit away and it was perfection! Seriously, the texture on the piece is dreamy.

The goddess image and words are modgepodged on and then I added a little moon to finish it off. The words are from a goddess prayer I found online.



8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / My Little Flareon on: November 05, 2017 10:21:27 PM
My youngest is OBSESSED with Pokemon. He watches the cartoons, plays the card game with my husband and plays Pokemon Go with me any chance he can get. Naturally he wanted a Pokemon costume for Halloween but none of the store-bought ones quite appealed. He loves Evees of all types, but especially Flareons.

I used a bunny pattern and adjusted it as needed. The bright yellow ruff snaps off so the costume is easy to slip on and off and the hood velcros closed. I used boning in the ears to try to help them stand up but it didn't quite work. They tended to curl forward but at least didn't flop limply to his shoulders. My son loved the costume and spent all night proudly telling everyone all about it. Until he passed out in a pile of candy.






Here's a picture of Flareon for reference.
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Eowyn Vs. The Witch King Watercolor on: October 16, 2017 11:47:58 PM
This was created as a fundraiser item for relief efforts in Puerto Rico. I donated a custom crafty item or art piece of the winner's choosing and the auction winner really wanted some artwork of Eowyn getting her bad-ass on and facing down the Witch King. I am a visual artist (have to see it to draw it) so I found a reference pic from the 2nd LotR cartoon and went from there. I adjusted the character's face as I don't like the cartoon style the movie used and I also brightened the colors up A LOT.

It's been a while since I made a large art piece (this is 8x10), especially a watercolor, so I was pretty intimidated and hesitant going in, but I really love the way the piece turned out. Hopefully the auction winner adores it as well!

10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Writers & Caffeine Mini on: October 01, 2017 07:21:28 PM
In honor of international coffee day, and as a present for a friend, I whipped this up this morning. It's acrylic on a 6x6 wood frame. Such a fun and fast art project!

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