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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Mixed Media Season Themed Series on: April 05, 2018 08:56:11 PM
I recently was inspired to do a series of the four seasons in mixed media as an art journal type format. I used watercolors as the base and stenciled over with acrylic and accented with ink and paint pen. They are each on 12" x 9" Canson Mixed Media Paper. I had a lot of fun with these and like the whimsical look! My personal favorite is "Autumn"! I just love how that one turned out!

Thanks for looking!!!

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Crocheted Wire Celestial Necklace on: August 28, 2017 07:30:03 PM
I made this necklace for my partner gala_apples in the latest Necklace Swap!

I had several different types of star charms in my stash so i went with a celestial theme. I made the beaded crescent moon pendant to contrast all the stars. The stars are silver and antique gold colored to contrast the copper colored wire I used for the chain and pendant. I used various glass beads in blues and white/clear throughout the chain. I used a nylon coated wire for the chain and it was a little harder to crochet with as it kept curling.

Overall, it turned out to be quite a statement piece! Its a bit longer and the pendant is about 3" long! Its pretty sparkly and makes kind of a nice tinkley noise lol! I hope my partner can get the necklace to fully relax so its not so curly, but I think with a bit of stretching it should (hopefully). And though it looks heavy, its actually quite light!

Thanks for looking!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / 2017 ATC Creations on: August 23, 2017 02:21:04 AM
I've created many ATCs in 2017 swaps so far, and I usually forget to take photos before I send! Here are some of the ones I must've liked enough to take photos of before sending LOL!

Most of these are made using dylusions inks and various pens and acrylic paints.

Thanks for looking!!!

(Update through September)

Here are a few more that I sent out in ATC swaps recently!

This is the front of a Twilight themed ATC. This is a photo I took in Forks, WA.

And this was the back with a quote from the movie/book.

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Crocheted Wire Choker with Tree of Life Pendant on: August 23, 2017 01:54:10 AM
I made this necklace for my partner bunny1kenobi in the latest Necklace Swap! She likes chokers and steampunk style. I'm not very good at creating steampunk style, but there were a few other things she listed that inspired this creation!

I crocheted a thin, sturdy black wire to the designated length. I like how it looks like lace! I then went with some colors that I knew she likes and created the tree of life pendent using more black wire, blue and black glass pearls, and a soft satiny red acrylic flat round bead for the sun. The wire looks wonky in this picture, but I hadn't quite finished shaping it Wink

This was a little challenging for me with crocheting the wire, but I feel it turned out pretty well in the end! And I'm not one for chokers, but this has me tempted to make one for myself Wink

Thanks for looking!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Tribal Wooden and Stone Beaded Necklace on: August 23, 2017 01:41:59 AM
I made this necklace for  my partner La Chapa in the latest Necklace Swap! She likes natural materials and I was inspired by some similar style necklaces seen on Pinterest!

I happened to find the wooden circle bead at a store and had to drill another hole so I could thread though the circle. I had some of these enhanced jasper stones in my collection as well as all the other findings. I used wooden beads, hematite spacers, and the the blue beads are glass. Its a longer necklace (about 28")! I originally planned to make it shorter but found it actually looked better hanging lower (in my opinion).

I really like how this turned out and since I have a couple more of these wooden circles,  may have to make one for myself Wink

Thanks for looking!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Crystal Point Double strand Necklace on: August 23, 2017 01:33:02 AM
I made this necklace for the latest Necklace swap for my partner whatthepuck. She likes crystals and I actually have a few in my too large jewelry making stash.

Its more a faux double strand as its mostly one chain with a half beaded strand. I used some different glass bi-cones and hematite spacer beads. I had a titanium coated quartz point that had the purple-ish hue that went more with her favorite color.

I actually used fishing lure swivels for the connectors of the two strands! I bought them awhile ago when I was perusing the fishing section with my husband. I have used them for various projects, they are sturdy and very inexpensive!

Thanks for looking!! I had fun making this necklace!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Woodland Fairy House on: April 28, 2017 06:12:23 PM
I made this for The Woodland Creature and Enchanted Forest Swap.

I started with a cardboard organizer and just went to town with the glue gun lol! I painted the background and added some different papers to the top "rooms". I used some ephemera from Alpha stamps for the fairies and critters. I had some natural elements such as the moss, rocks, shells,and cinnamon bark. I made the mushrooms from poly clay and painted with glow-in-the-dark paint.I also had some little do-dad bits that I thought would look at home here as well. I constructed the ladder from a twig and hot glue Wink

This was alot of fun to make! Thanks for looking!
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Some Bleached Tees on: March 01, 2017 02:19:30 PM
I made a few bleach spray tees with some kid's t-shirts I had for a project I never got around to lol. I got some new vinyl sticker/stencils to play with and decided to try them out on the tees! Nothing fancy, I just like how they came out!

First is the LOTR fellowship silhouette!

Then The Hobbit group silhouette!

Some dragons!

And Pegasus!

I had made the bleach solution a bit too strong, but I still like the effects (mostly). Thanks for looking!
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Altered BINGO card: Friday the 13th! on: January 27, 2017 11:56:05 PM
I am following the Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along and the January theme was Friday the 13th. I had gotten some BINGO cards from audio in the paper goodies de-stash swap recently and had an idea to use one for the theme.

For the base, I layered on some spray inks and a bit of tissue paper in the corners for a little texture. I had masked the numbers 13 and 66. I then stamped some circles with found objects in white paint. I used various stickers and papers that I felt went with the theme. The "13 skull" was made out of poly clay using a mold from a charm I had. I then brushed a bit of paint to give it a copper patina. I used some craft feathers and a bit of yarn and straw and that's about it!

I was meaning to go darker and more ominous, but I like the more colorful vibe it turned out with!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Ouija Cheese Box on: December 19, 2016 03:29:57 PM

I got my hands on some wooden cheese boxes from a somewhat local cheese shop for like $3 a piece!

I immediately had this project in mind when I saw it! My sister-in-law likes scrap-booking and taking photos and you can never have enough good storage for your supplies, so I created this ouija board/box! It was sort of a pain to burn all the lettering, but totally worth it! I ended up liking it so much, I may have a hard time giving it to her lol!

So, after stenciling and burning the letters, numbers, etc., I took a torch and burned around the edges of the top. I then applied some polyurethane clear coat finish. For the bottom part, I blended some brown and bright blue acrylic paints to give sort of an antique patina to it. I then clear-coated that as well.

For the inside, I just left bare with a bit of upholstery material to the bottom. With the humidity we get here in Michigan, I didn't want anything that could be sticky inside since she will most likely have photos and papers stored in there.

I'm sure if I had some hardware or other bits to add to it, it would look even better, but I was on a budget and using what I had.

In the end, I think she will like it!

Thanks for looking!!!
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