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21  Re: Wicked Children Altered Tin Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by microjivvy on: September 07, 2012 06:21:51 PM
Sadly, the memory card on my camera bit the dust and I lost all my in-progress shots.  Angry

However, the mockup-zilla (aka flipper-zilla) I used to get an idea of size and placement is still sitting on my bench and I just took a snapshot for fun (and to play with the new photo upload feature)...

*stares at snapshot*

I think I just discovered where all my wicked went.  Shocked

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22  Re: 09/07/12 - You can now upload images directly into your post! in Latest News by microjivvy on: September 07, 2012 02:42:12 PM
Posted from Firefox and love it!

BUT.  My browser of choice is Opera and the "choose a file" button does not display (it's completely missing) in Opera 11.64.

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23  Re: Wicked Children Altered Tin Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by microjivvy on: September 01, 2012 10:43:43 AM
I received from the lovely noooo -- I love the Alice stories (had at least two Alice characters on my list) and noooo did a fabulous rendition of the Queen of Hearts Crouquet Ground.  I love the wicked focus in the young queen's (princess?) eyes and you can tell she's just on the verge of figuring out her infamous version of croquet.

And I LOVE the bead encrusted rim of the tin!

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24  Re: Love Shack, Baby! (aka, the Whimsical House) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by microjivvy on: August 22, 2012 08:42:07 AM
Now I want to see the price tag holder, plain!

Your wish is my command, dear Racky.  Wink

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25  Re: Love Shack, Baby! (aka, the Whimsical House) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by microjivvy on: August 21, 2012 11:40:12 AM
In the world of 1/144, they call it "Micro Eye Syndrome" (MES).

It's where whenever you see a tiny thing (false eyelashes, confetti, price tag holders), you immediately wonder what 1/144 object you could turn it into.  Cheesy

The woman who found a 1/144 scale wine bottle hiding in a particular type of price tag holder is my hero. I used them in my dia de los muertos matchbox shrine:

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26  Love Shack, Baby! (aka, the Whimsical House) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by microjivvy on: August 20, 2012 06:44:23 PM

I was partnered with LesliesHappyHeart for the Tiny House Swap.  I love Leslie's work (her "Mystery Critter" is the pattern I'm using as a base to practice my embroidery skills), but it would be hard to find two people whose styles differ as much as ours do.

If we were twins, I'd be the evil one.

Leslie reports liking "blues and purples", but "bright colors all mixed together too!" and her first description of a house that appeals to her was "wonky houses in bright colors."  And she had a special request for the house to include a heart.

I like swaps that push me out of my comfort zone.  Grin

Every window is filled with flowering plants... where the "bloom" is a heart.

The back wall of the house is a sky with fluffy white clouds. Why? Because it's a fantasy house and that's what I wanted it to be. Cheesy

To create this house, I first designed it in Illustrator:

Initially, I planned to transfer the computer image to wood.  Remember how that worked for me before? Well, the attempts on this piece were equally unsuccessful (and frustrating).  But one failed image transfer process did contribute to the final house.  I discovered that when you coat card-stock with Elmer's Glue, let it dry (thoroughly) and then use a laserjet printer to print on that layer of glue, you get much brighter colors than when you print on plain paper.

WORD TO THE WISE: Don't plan on using this process if you're short on time.  While the print was mostly dry-to-the-touch fairly quickly, it took days, yes, <strong>days</strong> for the ink to fully dry. Days.

Don't believe me? Well, you should know that I ruined two or three houses by working on them before the ink was fully dry. And if you think that didn't put me in a foul mood, well you just don't know me at all.

After printing it out, the house needed additional support and both the front and back pieces of the house were glued to thin cardboard.  I'm here to tell you that the packaging from Amy's Frozen Dinners is my favorite source of thin cardboard -- it's really lovely to work with.

The final piece stood approximately 3.5" tall -- here's the proof.

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27  Re: Anything Goes Tiny House Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by microjivvy on: August 11, 2012 10:18:06 PM
In addition to the extreme cuteness here already, I received from LesliesHappyHeart.

She darkened her palette for me (<3) and made this magical wizardy house in the woods and under the full moon -- definitely going on my Wall of Stuff where I can see it every day. You might not be able to tell from the pic, but the lower left corner has mysterious magic-filled mushrooms, too.

At least, that's how I see them.  Cheesy

Thank you!
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28  Re: Put a Bird On It! Swap - Send out Friday July 27th in The Swap Gallery by microjivvy on: August 01, 2012 03:52:14 PM
I think the skelly's about 6 inches (working on memory, though... which can be faulty).

I felt like my post was getting pic heavy, so I left out the "scale shot", but here it is:

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29  Skeleton Bird Woman in Completed Projects by microjivvy on: August 01, 2012 02:50:28 AM

For the "Put A Bird On it" Swap, I was partnered with the lovely charlieandwillow and as soon as I saw that her interests included Dia de los Muertos, I knew a skeleton had to be involved. Though I was unsure how I was going to put a bird on a skeleton...

My partner mentioned liking finches, tits, and owls, but as there is a grand variety of coloring and shapes for each of these birds, I asked her to give me her favorite in each category.  She responded with: Zebra Finch, Blue Tit, and Little Owl.

And I knew what I needed to do with those birds: bird masks for the skelly.

I knew she would now be the Bird Woman -- always waiting, always ready for the birds to come to her.

The feathers you see above were freely donated by the resident cockatiel (he had already discarded them when I collected them).

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30  Re: Put a Bird On It! Swap - Send out Friday July 27th in The Swap Gallery by microjivvy on: July 28, 2012 05:29:56 PM
I received from the lovely charlieandwillow today and I'm sure you'll all agree that her reported "swap anxiety" was for naught!

First, a cute "inspirational" board that will help me to remember (and note) the good things of each day (featuring the too adorable "booted racket-tail hummingbird"):

Then there's the fabulous raven flying in front of a setting sun -- but what you can't tell from the pics is that the sunset (sky, water, clouds) are made from raven-y text (such as Poe's "The Raven"):

So many lovely new birdies to brighten my days -- thank you, charlieandwillow!

And an awesome mixed media piece feature bluebirds, a winged bathing beauty, robot!, beach, and glitter. Cheesy

Then there's the "these colors are perfect for me" bag:

And the card that made Mr. Jivvy guffaw.  Cheesy

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