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141  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: postcards i have made (billions of images!) on: August 01, 2010 08:17:48 AM
I like these a lot! I think I like the "your name here' beach one the best.  I also think you're spying on me... I just uploaded a ton of pics of postcards I've made!  When I get around to posting them, we can compare! Smiley
142  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Make ur own BUTTER on: July 30, 2010 08:51:12 AM
YUM! I'm going to make a batch this weekend, I think! Garlic butter!!! Smiley
143  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Bookmark Swap Round 3 (Signups 07/15-08/05, Send-outs 09/05) on: July 30, 2010 08:06:40 AM
ooh! oooooh!  *Can* I be an unofficial swapper?! I'm SO GOOD at being unofficial!  Cheesy
144  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Blueberry Fairy Godmother on: July 30, 2010 06:47:04 AM
I love this!  The mushrooms are too cute! And I also love the expression "the bad times"... I'm going to start using in my everyday parlance, thankyouverymuch! Smiley
145  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Bookmark Swap Round 3 (Signups 07/15-08/05, Send-outs 09/05) on: July 29, 2010 10:24:47 AM
whoah, wow, and holy moly.  i've been making bookmarks a ton lately, and posted my first one yesterday... and, here I come over here, looking for my first swap! I'm so glad sign-ups didn't close early! woooooooot! Smiley sending questionaire now...
146  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: These bookmarks make me LOVE junk mail! on: July 29, 2010 08:44:58 AM
Thanks!  I think I'm going to cover the first one with clear packing tape as it's a bit flimsy.  But since the other two have masking taped edges and masking taped "supports", in addition to the layer of dot stickers, they're a bit sturdier.  The first one I made a year ago is still in use, so, I'd say they hold up pretty well! Smiley
147  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Ugly vintage train case....now purdy-fied (pic chubby) on: July 29, 2010 06:10:49 AM
this is A.W.E.S.O.M.E. and it makes me want to steal. JUST KIDDING!  Grin The color is lovely and the feather pattern is perfect with it!
148  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / New to online forums and Craftster! Hello! on: July 28, 2010 03:07:39 PM
Hi!  I've been making things and crafting since I was pretty young.  But, I'm still quite  new to communicating with larger communities on these interwebs!  This is the first forum I've ever joined!  I didn't quite 'get' how these places work, but, here I am now Smiley

If my crafting personality had to be expressed solely through one Urban Threads' skully designs, I would be Scissors Skully (http://www.urbanthreads.com/product_details?product_id=3140&category_id=67)... but, I've been all over the crafting map!

When I was younger, I loved calligraphy.  I would practice different styles of writing and used up marker after marker just writing, writing, writing.  In 4th grade, I charged my classmates 15 cents each for a sheet of paper with their first names written in bubble letters. 

My mom introduced me to cross stitch around that same time, and I was moderately addicted for several years.

In high school, I started a bead/necklace business with my friend.  We made beads out of Fimo and necklaces out of all kinds of things.  We enjoyed a very small amount of local success. Then, I learned how to macrame!  Wall hangings abound!

I made my first journal when I went to college at 17 and haven't stopped since! (I'm 33 now.) I make notebooks and softcover journals, but, I've been watching lots of bookbinding tutorials, so, I think I see a hardcover in my future.

In college, I started sewing lots of dresses, Halloween costumes (Jesus, Austin Powers, Catholic school girl), pouches and purses.  I think there was approximately a decade there when I didn't wear *any* jeans that weren't somehow customized. (Oh, how I wish I had a picture of those bell-bottomed jeans I made with the orange pom-pom fringe down the legs!!!)

Then, I moved to Japan!  My crafting options switched completely around and I rediscovered calligraphy!  And, my tendency to keep/collect/seek out interesting pieces of paper went into overdrive.  When it neared time for me to move back to the states (after 5 years), I realized that I couldn't justify paying to move boxes of receipts, fliers, envelopes and scrap paper across the ocean just because it had Japanese on it.  So, I started making postcard sized collages.  If it was art, I *could* justify moving it! 

Since being back in the states, I've rediscovered cross stitch, started embroidering, and continued making postcards, bookmarks and journals mostly out of junk mail and found materials. 

I've been lurking (I think that might be the first time I've ever used that word!) on this site for a few months, joined a month ago and just posted my first project today.  So, nice to be here! Nice to meet you!  I'm stoked, because I really think Craftster is pretty rad!
149  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / These bookmarks make me LOVE junk mail! on: July 28, 2010 12:43:58 PM
I've been making bookmarks from security envelopes for a while and this week I saw some other projects online using them, too!  Great minds!  Here are my latest... hope you like them! Smiley I decorated them with round, colored file stickers and skinny black masking tape. They remind me a bit of Frank Lloyd Wright stuff... anyone else?

The first one is made from a security envelope with letters instead of a print inside...

So, I doodled on the back...

One window...

I think I like the patterned insides better...

Another double window... (the colors are truest in this photo)

the back...

C&C welcome and appreciated! Smiley

150  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: My first embroidery, some opinions needed. on: July 28, 2010 10:28:54 AM
I think this is fabulous as is! I don't see any need to fill in anything else. Brava! Smiley
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