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21  Re: Happy Mail Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: September 19, 2016 10:43:50 AM
I received from tattooedcrafter on Thursday, but was out-of-town for the weekend and couldn't get my computer to let me choose a (photo) file when I was home. Frustrating! Today everything is working the way it should . . . third time really was the charm.
First up, some crocheted embellishments that may get used on a hat or purse. I really like them both, but I think the mushroom is my favorite.

Then two sheets of alphabet stickers to use in my paper crafting.

Two small embroideries that I'll probably use as tote patches. I've been a gnome fan for decades so it tickled me when I saw him.

Two handmade stamps to add to my collection from Craftster friends. Both are so cute! Can't wait to use them!

Best of all was this crocheted pouch. Tatt used a rose as the button closure which I thought was a clever idea. But the back is the part that had me "oh my goshing"! The bird and tree are adorable but the hedgehog made the whole scene perfect! I absolutely adore it!!!!

Thank you so much, Tattooedcrafter! You were a great partner and I'd love to swap with you again!
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22  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by kbrison on: August 24, 2016 08:46:22 PM
Yofi, you did a great job of rescueing that rocker! Hope it brings you decades of pleasure!

Bunny, you always do wonderful stencilled items and that shirt is no exception.

Went to a scrapbook convention this past weekend, so I thought I'd share some of the cards I made in classes. These penguin pop up cards are from a Lickety Split class. I adore penguins!

Then these were from a Stephanie Barnard class. She designs for Sizzix (stamps, pop up dies, flip it dies, stand up dies) plus she has her own company, Stamps for Life. She's a great teacher, so take one of her classes if the opportunity ever arises. You won't regret it because you'll learn a lot of tips and techniques for using the interactive dies.

Another class I took was from ClearScraps, a company that features acrylic cards, tags, and decor items. Learning what adhesives and paints to use on acrylic cardstock and how to correct mistakes will keep you from wasting time and materials, plus everything looks so professional when you've finished.

I also took a Heartfelt Creations class but I still have to add the glitter to those cards so I'll post them another time.
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23  Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by kbrison on: August 09, 2016 01:24:11 AM
It's not enough that Wulf and I hear your voices when we read posts from the Canada Meet Up crew. Since I've been in your bedroom, CLM, and have seen your wool snippets, now I'll be seeing those images as well! My Meet Up friends are taking over my mind!!!! But I'd love to do it all over again!

For the past few years I've been helping with Camp Saddle Up, a camp for autistic kids. The director likes to have the campers make and sign thank you cards for our supporters, but sometimes the kids want to keep the cards they make. This year I suggested that we solve that challenge by letting the kids make a project that they would keep, but just sign cards that I would make. That worked much better. These are a few of the strip pieced cards I made from my stash. Sorry the photos are so dark.

I've also been trying various techniques I've seen on YouTube videos. Good way to use some of my double-sided cardstock.

Then this project has been sitting on my work table for several months but never seemed to be a priority. Finally started it last night and finished the cowl in just a few hours. Just wish it had taken the full skein of blanket yarn. Now I'm hoping there's enough left to make a cap, too. I hate leftover partial skeins!
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24  Re: Common Ground Round 4 Gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: August 08, 2016 05:57:04 PM
LadyBugsAndBumblebees sent me a fabulous package that I want to share with everyone. She sent one of my favorite candies but the commonality is that it was also her grandmother's favorite. I think I would have really liked her.

Then LBBB knows that I'm gathering things to create a miniature Santa's workshop so she crocheted two rugs and scarves plus hand-stitched two pillows for my dollhouse. It reminded her of her childhood when her mother would create a miniature outdoor scene using a mirror as a lake and cotton as snow.

LBBB and I both love to read and we both crochet (a lot!), so she made me a crocheted Kindle cover. It has a double padded lining and is done in my favorite shade of blue. Perfect!

We each love totes and use them like crazy. And again she's used my favorite colors (black, white, blue, cream) for the exterior and one of my favorite patterns (paisley) for the lining. The size is absolutely wonderful for some of my larger crochet projects. I found out last month that I'm going to be a grandmother, so a baby blanket is going to be the first project for which I'll use it. What a great way to christen the tote!

The concrete things we have in common were pretty easy to identify, but we've also looked at the less obvious commonalities. As LBBB has listed: we both value our spirituality and are involved in our religious communities, we are both generous souls who enjoy doing things for our communities, and as former teachers who no longer teach, we acknowledge that being out of a classroom doesn't take away our knowledge, experiences, or achievements. Then too, we each have two daughters, LBBB has a son, I have a SIL, and we have husbands who have been with us through good times and bad and are still hanging in there with us! I'd say we're pretty lucky women.
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25  Re: Craftster Card Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: August 04, 2016 09:31:27 PM
I think I'll turn you each bold when I receive. Have to be a little bit different than the crowd.  Grin Since 27 cards will fill 3 pocket holders, I'm going to add them to my pocket letter binder.

1. underthemountain
2. gozer
3. craftylittlemonkey
4. PromisedHeartbrk
5. edelC
6. Onyxnox
7. cmarion3
8. Sharalee
9. SonjaBoo
10. Belladune
11. Abbeeroad
12. phoenixfiredesigns
13. kbrison- all were sent 8/15
14. curiousfae
15. BigBangMomma
16. Wulf
17. craftADDchick
18. alwaysinmyroom
19. bunny1kenobi
20. emilywilde
21. alteredmommy
22. Smmarrt
23. audio
24. teag
25. seeuudee
26. LovelyMiss
27. mountains and clouds
28. Mistress Jennie

Now that everyone has my card, this is how I did them. I selected a photo from my Canada collection, then printed 3 sheets of wallet size prints. I used one of my Spellbinder's dies to cut the prints to a size that would fit under my user name yet leave room for other information on the front. I created 9 framed text boxes on a Word document, laid out my user name and other info within the first box, then copied that formatted info to the other 8 boxes, and printed to 3 sheets of cardstock. I cut them apart along the frame lines, added the photos, then attached them to an ATC which I had edged with a green ink.

For the backs I took white cardstock out to my backyard, laid the sheets on the ground, then sprayed each with two colors of Dylusions ink spray (Fresh Lime, Cut Grass, London Blue, and Lemon Zest). After they dried I sprayed each with either Fireworks (Dandelion, Tangelo, Ladybug) or Smooch Spritz to add some metallic glitz to the paper. Then it started to sprinkle. Possible disaster since the Dylusions reacts with water like a distress ink! Instead I was just left with neat spots where the raindrops hit the ink. Happy dance.

To finish the backs I reformatted the original text boxes with my personal data, then ran the inked cardstock through my printer. Worked like a charm! The only issue was that the ink made the cardstock curl, so I had to flatten each sheet before I printed it. It also helped to only place one sheet of cardstock in the paper tray at a time. Then I cut the text boxes apart, glued them to the back of the ATCs, signed the ones headed to my Canada Meet Up buddies, and tucked them into envelopes I had decorated with my newest quilt block stamp.
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26  Re: Big & Little Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: July 20, 2016 07:22:34 PM
Before I post the last of our goodies from Pottermouth and her girls I want to apologize for the poor photo quality. I was juggling Willa's 1 yr-old sister and 2 yr-old brother on my lap while I was trying to photograph their aunt Jacci opening her gifts plus trying to keep Willa and their cousin Izzy out of the shots. Just glad their other two cousins weren't at their Granny and Pop's at the same time. That really would have been impossible! Love them all dearly, but seven at one time is about six too many.  Grin

Jacci opening her AG doll's sleeping bag and matching pillowcase.

Jacci admiring her perler bead cat while Willa watches

When Jacci opened the box of rocks, she was so excited that many of them had faces and she was amazed by the large faceted beads.

Stickers! Life is good!

A journal/coloring book that Ava made for Jacci. Jacci likes to write and draw when the other kids aren't around, so I imagine she'll get a lot of use from this.

A painted lady bug t-shirt that is just as well done as Willa's flower t-shirt.

Jacci and all her goodies. We had to make the other kids stay inside while we went out to the back porch to take this shot. They didn't seem to mind that Jacci was getting all these things, but they sure weren't happy that they had to stay inside while we took this photo.

Again, thank you all so much for having been our partners, Pottermouth, Emma, and Ava!
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27  Re: Big & Little Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: July 15, 2016 01:23:27 PM
Received a fabulous package from Pottermouth and her children. Since my partners were two of my great-nieces, I haven't seen the eldest one's gifts yet but I wanted to post her eldest niece's goodies as well as the things I received. I'll post the remaining items as soon as I can catch the older child and photograph her things.

My great-great-niece Willa LOVED all the goodness. As you can see, there was almost more than she could hold.

A perler bead teddy bear

An adorable tiny teddy complete with bedding in its own tiny carrying tin bed

A painted t-shirt that was extremely well done

Then a photo of Willa holding all her gifts. The whale fabric on her knee is a sleeping bag and pillowcase for her American Girl doll. The small pink box held a flower barrette and other small trinkets.

Pottermouth's children seem to be just as crafty, talented, and generous as she is. We were very lucky to have them as our partners!
Then my gifts:
I collect kangaroos and also pincushions, so this little darling was a perfect combination of the two! Excellent stitching as well.

Then this little gal blew me away! You'd have to examine her up close and personal to see all the details and just how perfect she is. The shading of her fur is unbelievable, she's jointed so her limbs move easily, and, of course, the banner she's holding says "g'day". That had me laughing!

Pottermouth, I can't thank you enough for the fabulous gifts. You're raising wonderful children who will be a delightful addition to craftster, but more importantly who are already showing a generousity of spirit that our world dearly needs. Blessings to you all!
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28  Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by kbrison on: July 06, 2016 03:09:40 PM
I meant to complete this cowl for the Canada Meet Up Secret Santa Swap but that just didn't happen. At least it destashed two skeins of yarn that I've had for several years. Unfortunately I still have a skein of each left in my stash.
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29  Re: Pocket Letter Swap 1 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: June 20, 2016 04:26:12 PM
When I received my partner's questionnaire, I was so glad that I had asked for ATCs that told me more about her and/or her location. I've admired phoenixfiredesign's art for several years, so it's wonderful to see some of the things that inspire her. These ATCs show her love of Disney, HP, owls, steampunk, and "Back to the Future".

Back view showing the goodies and the notes on the ATCs.

Close up of the ribbon flowers, sticky tabs and notes, steampunk paper clips, beads, stamps, and brads and eyelets. I already have plans for the flowers. The stamps and brads are likely to be showcased on the next cards I make. That's going to be so much fun!

Phoenixfire not only sent the pocket letter but she also used the ATC backs to tell me more about herself and why certain images were reflective of her life and activities.

These were my favorites. What's not to love about anything Hogwarts? The bat on the Haunted Mansion is a resin piece that phoenixfiredesigns molded and painted herself. She's so talented!

My pocket letter may have had to make two trips to finally reach me, but it was well worth the wait. Thanks so much for having been my partner, phoenixfiredesigns!
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30  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by kbrison on: May 12, 2016 10:35:41 PM
Some cards I've made recently for a friend who shall remain nameless (but I'll be bringing them with me to Canada next month). Grin

Some necklaces that a certain young lady from the DC area will be receiving for her charity. They'll also be coming with me to Canada. Oops! The crazy quilt block one is mine.

Some hats for the Prevent Shaken Baby project and an extra that turned out adult size. Love what my camera does to the color purple. These were all made from the same skein of yarn. The first hat is closest to the true color.

I've been doing a ton of other crafts, but just wanted to show you a few of them. Off to finish some other projects.
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