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91  Re: Bookmark Swap - Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Brackish Potato on: February 19, 2011 09:46:17 AM
(Catching up...) Love all the gorgeous bookmarks!
Pride and Prejudice! My favorite book in the whole wide world! You are going to love reading that!
Tapestry, I'm so jealous! I want a Silhouette so bad!
Hobby Lobby is my source for cardstock, especially since they regularly put it on sale for 50% off.

Okay, now that I'm pretty much caught up, I want to show off the lovely bookmark that writer_crafter made for me. I just love the colors and the design is so unique! Thanks so much, writer_crafter!
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92  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by Brackish Potato on: February 07, 2011 09:17:50 AM
Here's my bit of destashing so far:

Some dishcloths I made for my mom.

A scrapbook layout I made for my sister this weekend. The scrapbook board is kinda lonely so I posted there too:
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93  Looking Fabulous! in Scrapbooking: Completed Projects by Brackish Potato on: February 07, 2011 09:10:39 AM

My sister and her friend were playing dress-up and taking silly pictures (they're 20) and I thought the pics would go well with some zebra-print lace paper I found on clearance some time ago.

^My gorgeous sister!^

One of the best things about this project is that it was completely from stash! Who knew I had so much bling? Grin
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94  Re: Scarf Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Brackish Potato on: January 18, 2011 04:01:41 PM
Wisting fingers ready? I got my package today from the fabulous Miss Barbara. Let me just tell you that I got thoroughly spoiled. Here's what I unpacked from the box:

And here's the entire haul:

Yeah, I was in shock, too. She gave me two different scarf sets. This one was my favorite:

It's a gorgeous crocheted scarf, headwarmer (or cowl) and fingerless gloves. I'm going to feel like Rainbow Brite wearing this (which is a good thing). Cheesy Click on the thumbnail to see a detail shot of the unique stitchwork:
The other scarf set includes a sewn scarf in my favorite color combo: brown and tourquoise, another headwrap and two pairs of gloves:

And lastly but not leastly, the awesome Miss B made scarves and bought gloves for my two kids:

Among the extras were dinosaur stuff (including some neato appliqued gloves) and scrapbooking stuff and holiday stuff and take-care-of-me-in-cold-weather-stuff and some old watches that I can take apart and use for steampunk stuff. I also think she's telling me I need to swap more because she added a roll of packing tape. Grin
Thanks, Miss Barbara, for the awesome package. You were a great swap partner!
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95  Re: Scarf Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Brackish Potato on: January 16, 2011 02:57:59 PM
I had a week off for vacation and we had a great time. I'm just feeling reeeeaaaally tired now.
Miss Barbara, I haven't received yet (hopefully Tuesday?), but I'm glad you enjoyed your scarf and stuff. And so here are the pictures:

This tourquoise color wasn't really one of Miss B's color preferences, but I absolutely fell in love with this yarn. It was a joy to work with. Here's a detail shot:

Here's the big extra:

It's a draft dodger! I'm kind of a newbie at crochet so I had no idea how hard this fuzzy, bumpy yarn would be to work with. But I think it turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself!  Grin
And here's the other extras:

And Barbara, that rose is actually a smaller version of the pattern if you can believe it! Wink
I had loads of fun with this swap! Miss Barbara is an awesome partner! Now I'm going to go sit by the mailbox now... Undecided
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96  Re: Sewists/Yarnies vs Papercraftsters Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Brackish Potato on: December 03, 2010 09:12:17 AM
I received my package from browndog last night! Cheesy
Here's a group photo:

The bag is reversible!

I love the fabrics browndog used! I can never find stuff like this (but since I'm not a seamstress, I guess I don't look very hard). My kids thought the little bird was made of awesome. They didn't want to let go of it long enough for me to get a picture!

I'm currently wearing the adorable cuff that she made for me:

How cool is that?! I love buttons!
And last but not least is a high-powered action shot of what I plan to do with my totally awesome first-one-I-ever-owned handmade bag!

Thanks, browndog! I love everything!
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97  Vintage-style Cards in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Brackish Potato on: November 30, 2010 03:11:35 PM

A blog I frequent was having a "Vintage Love" challenge week and so I thought I'd join in.

The only problem was I'm such a blog newbie I couldn't figure out how to link my blog post to theirs. I got very frustrated and finally gave up, but I wanted somebody to see my work and so here I am!

The culmination of the whole week was a "card recipe" where we had to include 10 "ingredients" on our vintage-style card. That was pretty difficult, but I managed to pull it off! The 10 elements were paper piercing, stitching, a button, a die cut, a 5x5 card, a stickpin, stamping, distressing, a dimensional sticker, and lace. Here's a detail shot of the paper piercing:

My pictures are funny colors because my camera is dying.  Cry
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98  "Nature" Altered Book (pic heavy) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Brackish Potato on: November 24, 2010 11:02:11 AM

I recently participated in the Sewists/Yarnies V. Papercrafters Swap and I was inspired to make an altered book for my partner, browndog. The basis of the whole book were a few excerpts from poems with nature imagery. The following image is the back cover of the book with a quote I like from Oscar Wilde.

The original book was a children's board book from the dollar store and I made nine layouts with pages torn from a French story book for background paper. My favorite layout was one of the easiest to create. I just punched out several butterflies from blue paper and glued them down like a flock (?) of fluttering butterflies flitting across the page.

Another of my favorites is a layout representing night time. I tried a new technique: packing tape transfer on the eyes, and I think it turned out well.

I'm pretty proud of my spooky tree. I free-handed the bare branches in pencil and then went over it in Sharpie. The owls were stamped on kraft paper and after I took the pic, I later put a little red glitter on the eyes to go with the poem.

With all of these embellishments, my book wouldn't sit flat, but that's normal for me. I just love my textures!

I learned some new techniques while crafting this and I had to wrap my head around embellishing an idea and not photos. Since I am primarily a scrapbooker, this was a new approach for me! I worked hard on this project and was pretty proud of the finished result!
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99  Writing Muse ATC in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Brackish Potato on: November 24, 2010 10:32:05 AM

This is my first ATC ever! I made it for a swap and my swap partner is participating in NaNoWriMo, an excercise in writing a novel in one month's time. I thought she might appreciate a muse to keep her inspired and that is where this little lady came from.  The original image is a suffragette from the early 20th century. I know those women totally inspire me!
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100  Teacher Cards in CHALLENGE 54 ENTRIES by Brackish Potato on: September 01, 2010 10:32:29 AM
I used #2 pencils for this project. They serve as a sort of border on the cards.

I made these cards for my daughter's preschool teacher and her aide. I just wanted to thank them in advance for teaching my little girl this school year and show my appreciation.  Teaching is not a job, it's a calling (especially with the pitiful amount they're paid in this town) and I'm so thankful for the wonderful folks who have made this their life's work. I was not able to get pictures of the teachers receiving their cards because the first day of school is so crazy!
Thanks for looking!
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