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11  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / 'Planets' acrylic painting on: November 27, 2015 03:14:50 PM
I have, once again, fallen off the painting train.. Here's my first in a while, playing around with negative space and acrylic paint.

It's 12" x 16", so not very big.

Here's a closer shot of the little traveler:

12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Scrappy Happy Bag on: July 07, 2015 09:19:00 PM
With some summer travels coming up, I wanted to make something to carry a few arts/crafts/pens/watercolors/etc. around as I go, and I wanted something fun to carry these fun things, so I made this scrappy little bag out of fabrics I have had lying around.

I'm not a sewist at all, so I'm pretty proud that it turned out, and can serve its purpose!

The strap is made out of some of my old worn out (favourite) jeans-- so they can live on!

There are patches on all outside surfaces, and under the front flap, and the inside is lined with heavy duty navy denim.

and the back:

Some details....

Leftover rhinestones from a costume I had when I was an itty bitty baton twirler:

More bling and some fabric flowers (I often spend too much money at the fake flower store):

Polymer clay fish beads and plumeria I had made at some point.

Fun tiny buttons:

Polyclay sushi roll and fun flower beads:

Thanks for looking!
13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Fish ATCs on: June 15, 2015 09:41:45 AM
I was playing around with making some fish ATCs to trade on another (ATC) forum. 

I used an acrylic paint background and used micron and gel pens for the fish.  I really like how the pens make the fish pop from the background, so I thought I'd share!

(They're all fish that can be found here.)


A type of butterflyfish:

Humuhumunukunukuapua'a (state fish):

And one more kind of butterflyfish:

Thanks for looking! I've missed ATCs!
14  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Coloring Book for All! on: June 07, 2015 02:21:36 AM
Hi everyone, I wasn't sure what category this fell under, but since it mostly consists of paper (or, it will if you print it out), I decided to post on this board.

At the request of a dear friend, I started creating coloring pages (for grown-ups) hoping to give people an opportunity to unwind and slow down... One of my goals was to play around with ways to fill the larger space with smaller blocks, so patterns can be made with colors. (Or, colorers can fill in large blocks of one color by coloring outside the lines--- that's fine too!)

(of course, I tested most of them for colorability right away!)

Some blank pages (during the upload/cleaning up process)...

Anyway, I thought I'd share it here with you guys as well, in case you want to zone out and color!  (Feel free to share, but please keep it free!) You can download the pdf file at this link:


(Also, if you don't have a dropbox account and don't want one, you can just X out of the sign-up box and still download it.)

(I called it "Scatter," because it's totally scatterbrained.  Hopefully future installments will have more theme or focus.)

Happy coloring!
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Homage to Sound Recording Evolution (via scrappy braided anklet) on: March 27, 2015 11:58:21 PM
I am a musician, and have been thinking about the evolution of sound recording. It's really amazing how far we've come, and so much information can be stored in such little space now.

I was inspired by LesliesHappyHeart's scrappy fabric bracelet tutorials (and gozer's recent revival of them in the nerd battles) , so I decided to make one as an homage to the progress of sound recording.

I made shrinky dink charms of a wax cylinder, a vinyl record, a cassette tape, a CD, and an MP3 player (I wasn't sure how to depict an mp3...), and used them in this anklet.

Also, when I wear it, the charms jingle (clack?) a little bit. Go sound!

16  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / New Spring (Prayer) Flags on: March 15, 2015 01:13:40 PM
With spring just around the corner, I've managed to find time to make some new flags to hang on our lanai (I like to hang them up on the vernal equinox).

Here they are!

I wanted to be sure to include things that are important reminders for every day.

Now, it's just hanging out inside while we wait for spring!

17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Little Visitor Swap---- Round 21!! on: March 14, 2015 09:09:28 PM
Hi everyone,

With round 20 wrapping up, round 21 will be starting up soon!  Get your LVs ready to travel!

Who's in?
18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Little Visitor Swap Round 20 - GALLERY on: October 30, 2014 08:22:53 PM
HI all!
This is the gallery for the Little Visitor swap Round 20.

Original thread : https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436346.msg5256734#msg5256734

We're looking forward to seeing all our little travelers' adventures!

And, thanks to Roler, we have a list of LV blogs, so you can follow what they're up to!
(A big Mahalo to Roler!)

Olivia & Maccha's tumblr: http://bloglittlevisitor.tumblr.com/
More Maccha pics: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/+MissMTurner/albums/6076761054131415185

Huggle's facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HuggleHippo

Ipo's blog: http://ipoinvb.blogspot.jp/

Apti's facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/littlevisitorapti

Portia's facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Portia-Penguin/328513720667232?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Alby's blog: http://albyindc.blogspot.jp/

Anana's blog: http://www.mountainsandclouds.com/aloha-anana

19  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / CLOSED Little Visitor Swap- Round 20 (SU till 10/29 or full, SO 11/4/2014 and 3/4/2014) on: October 22, 2014 05:19:42 PM
Little Visitor Swap-- ROUND 20!!

Gallery : https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436488.new#new

first of all.....
This is a LONG swap. This cannot be your first Craftster swap; no exceptions. Please understand that we don't want anyone to go MIA, and although we won't be requiring weekly check-ins, it is expected that all participants check into the thread regularly and post pictures throughout the duration of the swap. (We will help out by periodically posting questions and/or photo challenges to keep the thread moving if needed!)
We reserve the right to refuse anyone. If you have feedback that shows a history of incomplete packages, late sending, ill-communication, lack of tracking #'s, etc., we may refuse you. We want this to be a flake-free swap!
*Participants who send/have sent more than two weeks late in previous little visitor swaps may not join this round.

Swap name: Little Visitor Swap Round 20
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Mountains and Clouds
Co-Organizer: Wildfyre
Sign-up date range:   (or until full)
Date to send out Little Visitor and their contract:  November 5, 2014
Send Visitor Back Home: March 4, 2015
Limited to a certain number of people?: 24
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
Additional age requirement? 21

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each PARTICIPANT to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one months: YES
- Has posted at least 30 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understand that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES


Details of swap:


You will send a Little Visitor (LV) to your partner by November 4th.  You can send an optional biography (likes/dislikes/personality traits) if you would like to.

Here is a sample BIO from the one of the previous rounds:

You should work on finding/crafting/choosing your LV and writing his/her/its bio as soon as you are approved for the swap, since the first send-outs are less than a week after partners are matched up.

Post a photo of your LV in the thread.

Once you are accepted into the swap you must post in either this thread or the gallery regularly until the end of the swap. If you are going to be away please let the organizers AND your partner know. Spotty communication in the threads will be reflected in your swap feedback comments.

Once you receive your LV, show them around! You should visit at least 10 different areas/parts of town/activities so that they can get the real experience of your community. Of course, the more places they visit, the better! And be sure to take lots of pictures to send home with your new friend!

You will be required to send at least 15 printed pictures in a scrapbook/journal type thing. We know not everyone is a scrapper/paper crafter but please do you best to send something you are proud of. We highly recommend sending any additional pics on a CD or even a link to your Flickr/Photobucket gallery of your Little Visitor. Many people like to create a blog for their little visitor!

You are also required to send 3 souvenirs/ mementos from the LVs trip. The souvenirs can be crafted, bought, or both. Try to send souvenirs that are unique to your area! In previous rounds, craftsters have made their little visitors outfits or accessories, so you may do that too if you like. Discuss how much you'd like to send with your partner.

Send your LV home by March 4th. It is a long time for the swap to go on, but we want to give the LVs as many holiday excursions as possible! If you'd like to send the LV back earlier, again please discuss it with your partner.

IF YOU ARE MAILING WITHIN YOUR OWN COUNTRY, YOU MUST GET A TRACKING NUMBER when you send your own LV and when you send your partner's LV back home! If youre mailing internationally, you MUST KEEP YOUR RECEIPT (or other proof of mailing that is approved by me before sending)! And we require a picture or scan of the postal receipts so we can verify the date that you sent, and that you did in fact mail your LV to your partner.

Here are some links to recent galleries:

Round 19:

Round 18:

Round 17:

Round 16:

To Reiterate:
* Post a photo of your LV in the thread
* Send your LV to your partner by November 4th, 2014.
* Take your LV around town and show them the sights! Make sure they have fun, and stay safe!
* Post photos of your adventures in the gallery
* Make the scrapbook/journal and make or buy some souvenirs for the LV to remember its trip by.
* Mail the LV, the scrapbook/journal, and the souvenirs back to your partner by March 4, 2015.
* Contact organizers when you send/receive - you MUST supply Tracking# or receipt EVERY time you post something.

Once you are matched up with your partner, please stay in contact with them! If you haven't heard from your partner in a while, please let us (organizers) know right away. I hope we don't have any flakers, but if we do, it's better if we catch them quickly.

THIS IS A COMPLICATED SWAP AND ITS LONGER THAN MOST. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE read everything before you sign up, and make sure you can commit to everything.

- Small is better than large. Not only do you have to ship it, your partner has to ship it back! Also, small LVs tend to be easier to haul around town than large ones. ALL LV's must be UNDER 8 inches tall by 6 inches wide. We have had issues with LVs being too large to bring in a purse etc.
- Please make sure your LV is durable enough to survive when traveling around in someone's bag, pocket, etc.  We don't want any injuries!
- Swaps arent perfect, and neither is the mail system. Please dont send something youd be heartbroken to lose. There have also been flakers in previous rounds.
- For better photos, send a LV that is pose-able (this is just a suggestion, most will not be pose-able, and that is ok)
- Your partner might have allergies, so its best not to send something your cat loves to cuddle up with or thats been sitting on a shelf next to your incense collection!
- LV doesnt have to be a stuffed animal, feel free to send some sort of a doll/plastic toy/stuffed animal/poppet instead!

If you want to participate, PM me your info (see below) AND post here on the thread. That way Ill know that youll get notification of anything I post here.

Please put LV SWAP ROUND 20- Approval as the subject!!! Send your completed questionnaire to the organizer (Mountains and Clouds). Failure to do so may delay your entry into the swap.

*Please note* If you would like to sign up with a partner, both people must submit a questionnaire. You WILL NOT be guaranteed a spot until both questionnaires have been received.

Name of swap: Little Visitor Swap Round 20

Craftster username:

Email address:

Your real name:

Mailing address (as it would appear on a mailing label):

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of your own country?

Would you prefer to ship to an address outside of your own country?

Please confirm that you are at least 21 years of age:

Do you have any allergies that would prevent you from exchanging your LV with smokers, pet owners etc.?

Do YOU have any FOOD allergies?

Is your LV from a home where people smoke?

Is your LV from a home with pets?

Name of LV:

Does your LV have a religious affiliation?

Does your LV have a political affiliation?

Would you like for your partner to include candy/foods from your area? (please look at your countries postal codes for sending/receiving food from outside of your country. Swappers within the USA shouldn't have any problems)

Does your LV have any specific food restrictions (veggie/vegan/carnivore/cannibal)?

Does your LV have any phobias (heights, clowns, etc)?

Anywhere in particular (or any type of place) your LV would like to go? (I will try to match people up so that the LV will get to see something different from their home environment.)

Have you done this swap before? List previous partners/locations if you want your LV to go somewhere different:

Where do you live? (i.e. a rural town, a large city, etc...)?

What kinds of sights would you like your LV to see?

What kinds of sights will you take your LV to see?

Do you want your LV to come home exactly as sent, or can they experience the joy (and possible stress!) of body modifications while traveling? (ie piercing, tattoo, new hair style)

Are you of legal drinking age where you live? Is your LV?

What sort of creature/gender/species is your LV?

What size is your LV?

Any type of LV you would not like to host?

List here anything that might offend you or your LV: (ie, religion, politics, booze, food preferences, etc)

Do you have/have access to a camera?

Can you fulfill the 15 printed pictures requirement?

Can you send the 3 souvenirs/mementos? (these can be handmade or storebought.)

Can you post a picture in the sign up thread of the LV you will be sending?

Anything else you would like to let your partner know?

Do you have a pinterest?

Are you signing up with a partner?
If so, who?

Send your completed questionnaire to the organizer (Mountains and Clouds). Failure to do so may delay your entry into the swap.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find general rules about participating in a Craftster swap.


List of Participants:

1. Mountains and Clouds -HI, USA
2. Wildfyre - AK, USA
3. Smeddley - KS, USA
4. Alexampersandra - VA, USA
5. PhoenixFireDesigns - FL, USA
6. Roler - WA,USA/Japan
7. Alittlemusthave - SA, Australia
8. WhatthePuck - NC, USA
9. Ratfinkz -Suffolk, UK
10. PerfectlyBohemian - NC, USA
11. Waterbaby - CA, USA
12. Mialesca - Essen, Germany
13. ptarmic wumpus - MD, USA
14. GatorWrangler - MA, USA
15. crazyda79 - CA, USA
16. seeuudee - Hampshire, UK
17. Inselaeffchen - Edinburgh, UK
18. Hazelly - PA, USA

Wildfyre <> Smeddley
Roler <> PhoenixFireDesigns
Mialesca <> Ratfinkz
Inselaeffchen <> Seeuudee
Waterbaby <> ptarmic wumpus
Crazyda79 <> WhatthePuck
Hazelly<> Alittlemusthave
Perfectly Bohemian<>GatorWrangler
Alexampersandra <> Mountains and Clouds

sent LV
LV has been received
Sent Package/LV back
LV is back home
20  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Mini Halloween Tin (that lights up!) on: September 06, 2014 11:12:20 AM
A few months ago, I participated in the Mini Altered Tin swap, and one of my partner's themes was "Halloween," so I knew I needed to try and figure out some way to make it light up.  (This was a bit ambitious, as it was my first altered tin. Ever.  There was a lot of trial and error.)

The big thing was that I was trying to rig it up with an LED (Which I stole from a little LED tea light-- I like to take things apart.).

Here it is with the lights off...

The one problem I ran into was the size of the battery and how I needed to have everything configured for the switch and everything to work, so I ended up with a somewhat funny (rhinestone-y) base.

Overall, I like how it came out.

Thanks for looking!
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