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11  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Atlas Stationary! (image heavy) on: January 21, 2011 10:30:46 PM
This is a set of blank cards I made for my brother for Christmas. It was REALLY difficult to give these away! I looooooooooooove them! They are made from old atlas pages, card stock and a large rubber stamp of the 48 contiguous states.

the six cards:

the envelopes... I just love 'em...

the cards...

stack of envelopes...

I cut a ribbon of paper from an atlas page and wrapped it around the stack of cards to package them...

I did the same with the envelopes...

it was a cute little package!

I wrapped them up with a half sheet of white address labels, some round wafer stickers to seal the envelopes and six stamps. C & C always welcome and much appreciated!

12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cocktails! on: January 10, 2011 07:20:28 AM
This is a tea towel I made for my friend for Christmas. Apologies for the fuzzy picture... my camera seems to be lost post-holidays! I stitched this up one lazy day using 3 strands on most... all back stitch and stem stitch. 1 strand on the black detail and 4 strands for the lettering. I used an old vintage pattern, but I don't know what it's called, because I lost the envelope. D'oh! I really like how it turned out. Comments and critiques always welcome! Smiley

13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / my first "big" embroidery! on: October 26, 2010 07:39:41 AM
I've always dabbled in cross-stitch and embroidery... patches... a word here or there on something else I've made, but this was the first time to use a pattern, the first time I made something "big" (i.e. bigger than an inch or so square) and the first thing I made for my boyfriend's mother. I met her for the first time over the summer and because she and I don't have a language in common, I wanted to give her something special. I had no idea what she would like, but she seemed to be very happy when I gave her this. I used a pattern from sublime stitching (LOVE!) and 4 strands of floss on everything except the black X's... I think I used 3 on those... I used back, split and satin stitching. I messed up the color on one section of the leaves and there are other mistakes, but I love how it turned out! Enough with the words, onto pictures!

I used some minty-green fabric that used to be a men's oxford shirt...

here you can see where I messed up on the colors... eeep... (I guess you can see that in the first pic, too...)

details... I love their little eyes and beaks!

all framed and on her mantel!

comments and critiques very WELCOME!! (^_^)
14  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / my first inchies... aquafresh! (many pics) on: August 13, 2010 03:24:09 PM
the empty toothpaste box just seemed so perfect to make inchies from!  and the color scheme... turquoise, darker blue, white and red?! i couldn't have stopped myself...

I used an aquafreshbox, a gum wrapper, a lottery ticket, part of a box of chocolates, a few round stickers, couple of stickers that aren't round, but are Japanese...

here they are all together!

This is the head inchie... I've never heard of a "head inchie" before, but, as soon as I pictured him, I had to make him. He *had* to be head inchie. Look at him.  He, more than any inchie I've ever met, is a head inchie.

(it says 'dentist' in Japanese)

Close ups (I'm really having trouble *not* making loads of toothpaste/smile puns...)
blue inchies...

I don't have a cohesive name for this group...

active ingredient: morning (the sticker says 'morning' in Japanese)

star flower inchies

I'm in love with them and I'd love to know what others think.

15  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Fire bird postcard! on: August 13, 2010 02:01:41 PM
I made this postcard for a little swap for someone who said that she wanted a post card that was "handmade and had something to do with windows"... I can't seem to escape the security envelopes! Even if I tried!  My boyfriend looked at it and named it "firebird"...

the front of the firebird...

and the backside...

c&c always welcome and appreciated Smiley
16  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!
17  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

18  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / First posted project! LOST birthday card on: July 28, 2010 09:20:03 AM
I make cards and postcards all the time, but this is the first one I'm sharing here... so exciting!  My boyfriend and I watched LOST together and I made this birthday card for him a few weeks ago.  I used junk mail (envelope, cardstock flyer), a magazine cover, a brown paper lunch bag, a glue stick and double sided tape. I really like how it turned out and I'd love to know what other people think.  Hope you like it! Smiley


the front...

inside... (this picture must've been compressed weirdly... the dimensions look off)

inside again... it wouldn't lie flat and was a bit wobbly, hence the blurry... it's Horace saying "LET'S SAVE THE WORLD TOGETHER!"

the back of the card...

the envelope after I shortened it (it's definitely more gold-y in real life)

the back of the envelope... I love that Dharma seal!

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