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101  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap--March 2011--Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mezcraft on: April 01, 2011 05:49:24 PM
So I received three great ATC's in the mail today.

The first is from xtabsx for the theme dancing with myself... I really love all the blues...and the city scape..

The second is from mandykaye for "in your eyes" I was really glad that she enjoyed listening to it while doing the atc. cool! plus.. I kind of love John Cusack. Yes please.

Third is from AmandaBL for "Fortress around your heart".  She was so creative with the space given.  SO this is what it looked like when I first got it.

Then it looked like this and it says "I had to stop in my tracks for fear of walking on the mines I'd Laid" and then the really awesome part in the song comes... anyways.. here it is.

And then we get to the heart which was surrounded by the fortress! wicked!

Thank you everybody for your thoughtful and entertaining atc's! 
Have a great one.
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102  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap--March 2011--Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mezcraft on: March 29, 2011 07:14:38 PM
For a wicked week I was rewarded with the most amazing ATC's thank you soooo much these are so fabulous...

First off Stellou made this great ATC From my theme "Walk like an Egyptian" Amazing she used Hieroglyphics to spell Walk... how cheeky.

Next is this great one by CuriousFae for my theme "Bette Davis Eyes" .. This is so gorgeous..I love the colours, the composition, the jewels... and her eyes! It kind of makes me think of those God Save the Queen posters.. by that band.. and now I look like a goof for not rememembering.. however.. wicked! THanks!

Next up is so wicked.. Blupaisan made for my theme of Dancing Animals.  She made all of these animals dance in a conga line.. it was so well done - Beautifully crafted... Thank you so much. i have never seen happier dancing animals.. Simply put - this card made me happy.

To be perfectly honest all of these cards made me happy.. thank you so much all of you.. wonderful job!
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103  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap--March 2011--Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mezcraft on: March 21, 2011 04:00:04 PM
Hey Here is my first received ATC and it is from Ramona Q for Bette Davis Eyes... yay!

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104  Re: Alice in Craftster-Land Rd. 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mezcraft on: March 03, 2011 06:19:41 PM
Being a first time swapper I had no idea what to expect from this craft swapping business. But boy did MissCrafty29 do a wonderful job!  I am so pleased and happy with what I got that I opened the box, wore one of the fascinators at work, and the other one to a Home and Garden Show Gala in the evening.  Thank you so much! 

First off when I opened the lovely box there was this wonderful jewel toned shadowbox with the old school illustrations that I like so much. I really love all the detail she put into this.  She must have been cutting very carefully with a knife. I have the perfect place to put it on my wall already.

Here is a close up

Next up was this neat mushroom booklet with my favourite quotes from Wonderland. It had this really cool dark brown thin paper in it, which felt like onion paper.

The next thing made me go "Squeee!"  a little! She made two fabulous fascinators, of which I have worn already.

One makes me look like the queen of hearts. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

The other is really cool it's two cards kind of splayed open like a butterfly. I wore this one to the Home and Garden Show and I got a lot of compliments. So not only do I like it but strangers too! NEat!

And the last thing ( you totally spoiled me) Is this cool clock.  Unbeknownest to my swapping partner, my DH has a penchant for clocks. He was totally like " how did she know I liked clocks? - She is good..." I really like this. Like reallllly. It looks so beautiful on my wall and I love that she made it from an old t-shirt ( the pattern is really beautiful) and it's so whimsical.

Thank you so much MissCrafty29 for such a clever and beautiful package! It's clear that you put a lot of effort in it and every bit was appreciated!
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105  Alice is stuck in a house! She is too big! Oh gosh!! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by mezcraft on: February 10, 2011 07:18:30 PM
So I made for this for the Alice in Wonderland Swap, which I know my partner has received so I don't need to worry anymore about spoiling this for her!  I looked at her wist and on it was the cutest thing made by mypapercrane (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mypapercrane/2441451640/in/set-749058/). It was this felt house with Alice stuck inside of it because she drank a potion in the rabbit's house. My partner loved it and so did I. So I followed the original but changed the colours ( more akin to my partners colour choices) and I had no idea what her dress actually looked like so I made it up myself.

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106  Watch out the Scotties are falling! The Scotties are falling! (tutorial) in Stenciling: Completed Projects by mezcraft on: February 07, 2011 07:37:39 PM

So I thought I would do a tutorial ( my first ever!) on a technique I started using last year to revamp some tshirts which unfortunately had to suffer the consequences of very oil sauces down the front them because I am not amazing at holding chop sticks.  (Oh thai food you are soo good but so messy) I couldn't get the stain out - but thought I would embrace them and throw some stencil action on top with stuff called "Simply Spray".

I began by deciding what my design would be. I am a little obsessed with Scottie Dogs as I have a little one myself ( Peter) So I decided to cascade some Scotties down a shirt. Kind of like a bunch of them were falling off a cliff.. like lemmings? Yeech, don't I sound morbid?  Anyways! So I found a bunch of Scotty images -  then printed them in various sizes on to regular printer paper.  I then carefully cut each one out as I needed to keep both the positive and negative sides to create my design.

After they were all cut out - I prepared the t-shirt for printing.  I put some wax paper ( or whatever you would like) in between the layers of the shirt so as not to print on the other side.  ( Though some day I may want to try that.. see what happens)  I laid it out as flat as it would go and covered my table in a table cloth as to not get black overspray all over my table.

I then placed all of my positive cutouts onto the t-shirt in an order I liked. This way once I have sprayed there would be a grey space in the shape of the scottie surround by spritzes of black.

I put a wee bit of tape on the back so that they would not blow away when I spray them with the paint. I have to say to this stuff is kind of like a dye - it really absorbs into the fabric, it doesn't sit on top which is kind of nice.

Then I sprayed the whole thing pretty lightly just to kind of give an all around graffiti like feel. The spray can is kind of tricky - you need to spray on to something else just to get it started otherwise you get some big blobs of paint. I kind of don't mind the big blobs as this is kind of the look I am going for, but it doesn't always work nicely. Spray about 6-8 inches away from the area and move all around until the desired finish is achieved.

Then I began to place all the negative space cutouts which would give me a black scottie pattern when I finished.  I did these one at a time as there was a lot of paper around the edges of the stencil as to ensure I didn't overspray more black on to the design. ( If I was more patient I might wait for the positive stencil spray that I just did to dry a bit first, but I am not so I just went right ahead and did it.)

I kind of did a bit of a loose spray not totally filled in. I like it a little better that way - seems a little rough.  There is also a little paw print ( not totally visible in photos) because my cat decided to jump up on to this while it was drying and walk across it. YAY! This does take a considerable time just to dry to a point of not getting wet paint on ya, so I would say make sure you have time in the space you are using at least 2-4 hours depending on how dark and intense you put on the colour.

I let this dry for 72 hours and then wash and wear and voila - I have a Scotties cascading down a t-shirt I may not have worn because of poor chopstick handling. Here is me wearing the shirt in my (oh so need to be cleaned) living room.

I also used this same technique on a chair cutout that I made then cascaded down a shirt.  Seen here:

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107  mm mmm peacock lovin on a pillow (pic heavy) in Valentine's Day by mezcraft on: February 04, 2011 02:59:44 PM
Pillows! Peacocks! Love! Hearts! and applique!

I wanted to do something with the bajillion bits of fabric that I have and I decided because I had all this lustrous blue from costumes in the past and an amazing piece of deep teal velvet (had for about 5 years now..) I would make something with them for this Valentines day.  I started by doodling a pattern and then I picked out all the different fabrics for the feathers, branches and leaves.

 I actually used quite a bit of the bad sides of fabric because they looked more inline with my colour scheme. I also had a bunch of embroidered silks that I was able to use on this for the feathers. I had seen a couple of "rough" edge appliques that I really enjoyed so I thought I would do it like that.  

Once I had the peacocks on the fabric, I added some embroidery for details on the feathers.  

My Scotty dog decided to get into the picture while I was taking this photo, he is such a diva, I was paying more attention to the pillow than him.

as more pictures were requested..

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108  Jungle Baby Quilt in Green... in Quilting: Completed Projects by mezcraft on: January 23, 2011 07:44:20 AM

So this was my first exploration into quilting. It was a gift for my sister for her new son Carter.. I didn't quite know what I was doing but I was all by myself in a haunted old house on a horse ranch for 6 weeks and this was the result!  I found this beautiful fabric with these interesting animals on it like Camels and Elephants and jaguars and decided I would make the pieces big enough to just get a square that would allow you to see each individual animal.

You can't really see the animals that well in this photo as they are kind of subtle.. but they looked nice overall. I then looked for off shoot fabrics that might work well with the colour scheme and I ended up with this combo of fabrics.

As I didn't really know what I was doing - and didn't have anyone around who knew any better.. I decided I would just tie off in each corner of each square. I kind of liked the pattern that it made in the end like little bubble wrap but square.  

For the edging I used a really nice soft flannel and the back I found this neat fabric with bugs on it that I really liked.

After looking at some of the quilts on here though I realize I have got to step up my game! I really have a lot more respect for quilters.. it's a lot of work and difficult at that.   Appreciate any tips or hints or inspiration to do more quilts!

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109  Shrinky Dink Alphonse Mucha inspired Pendant in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by mezcraft on: January 07, 2011 05:52:18 AM

I just started to get back into ShrinkyDink stuff and One of the things I was interested in doing was doing small tiny facsimiles of famous paintings.  I redrew this Alphonse Mucha painting on to the Shrinky Dink and away I went. As Alphonse Mucha is one of my favourite artists, I decided to do a piece by him..

I think the next piece famous art work I do - I should draw an elaborate frame along with it. I also think it curled a bit more than I was expecting it to. Any tips?

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110  Sad Robot with a sad heart in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by mezcraft on: January 05, 2011 12:52:31 PM
As far as Robots are concerned this one is a little sad and/or confused about love.  He is made of Grey Velvet and all of his details are put on with needle felting.  I had uber amounts of this fabric and I have always thought that soft robots are better than metal ones. I made him from a doodle I drew in the side of my sketchbook.  I kind of made up the pattern as I went. My favourite part are his hands and the little needle felted bolts on him.

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