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21  Re: OTT October Holidays Edition 2018 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: October 30, 2018 07:00:32 PM
Confession time. I received from rockingbearranch more than a week ago, but the lighting was bad for several days so I couldn't get decent photos. The real problem is that I was winding up another swap and starting the Sweat Shoppe Ornament Swap during that same time frame. So what does that have to do with anything? I LOST the package from RBR! Somehow while working on the other swaps, I managed to bury the OTT package under all the supplies I had pulled for the other swaps. Several days of fruitless searches, then I finally moved the right pile and relocated my OTT.
I'm so sorry RBR for the delay, but I hated to admit I had lost the package unless I had relocated it.

These photos are darker than I wanted but I wasn't going to risk misplacing the package again while waiting for better lighting. I'm planning to create a Halloween house (not a haunted one), so this photo prop will be perfect for it.


The OTT is a play-on-words. RBR's first name is Barb = Barbie = doll = Dolly Tree store. It seems my Halloween home owner needed to make a shopping trip to pick up supplies and decorations.


The shopping results: EvidentlyHalloween requires a fire, whether in a fireplace, a fire pit, or a bonfire and at least one bale of hay to sit on while watching the fire. And what would Halloween be without a pumpkin?


Of course, we needed a few other things: wings for a fairy costume, a banner proclaiming the holiday, a spider web and spider, and paving stones for a home improvement project.


Thanks so very much! My house project definitely has gotten a great start.
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22  Re: Weekend Trick or Treat 2018 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: October 22, 2018 09:20:46 PM
Hooray! The US postal system has finally let go of ChameleonHound's package to me!
It's hard to tell from this photo but the jack o'lantern bag is huge and was stuffed to the top!

I couldn't pull out just one thing because of how tightly the goodies were packed into the bag, so I pulled and dumped everything out on my bed.

Since I'm diabetic, CH limited the sweets she sent but OMG! she sent wonderful goodies that I could parcel out yet not feel deprived when I limited myself to just one piece. Truffles and darkest of dark chocolates! M-m-m-m! And two really cute pairs of holiday socks.

Then there were crafting supplies. How did you know that I wanted to make a new wreath? Then washi tape and puffy stickers for the Halloween cards I've been making.

She thought I might like some fabric to use for the tote bags I've been making. The gray herringbone tweed will make an especially sturdy bag.

These tiny candies and cat will make a great start to the Halloween house I want to create.

Some recipes! I love collecting recipes!

A scarf she knit for me from my Pinterest boards. Since I don't knit, this is really special to me . . . and it's a perfect length, CH!

I always save the best for last. I don't even know what to say about this . . . stupendous, marvelous, fantastic, and, no, I will not share it! A book container that quotes "that damn Scottish play" on its cover, feels like I imagine a dragon might feel, and is lovely dark colors with hints of gold burnishing it. I just want to keep rubbing the cover! And it's evidently touched by magic because the title quote "A Deed Without A Name" seems to have disappeared from the photo but I assure you, it definitely is there. Even the interior is special, with its talk of Lancelot, Galahad, and Guenever. I don't see how you had the time to create this as well as the scarf. Maybe you're part magician, ChameleonHound. Thank you so very much!
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23  Re: 2018 Holiday Tags and Card Swap - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: October 22, 2018 07:44:25 PM
Received my cards and tags today from holistic knitter. I love their clean lines and that she used the same template for all four cards yet had such different results. It's hard to see clearly but each card has a metallic, raised sentiment that I really like. Thanks so much!
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24  Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 9 (Signups by 10/22, send by 11/19) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by kbrison on: October 22, 2018 07:00:50 PM
This year I'm offering angels.

The Golf Tee Angels will come as a set of two. You'll have a choice of hair colors: white, blonde, light brown, or dark brown, which I'll add once you've selected your preferences. The angels may each have a different hair color if you'd like that. They're about 3 1/2" tall and are holding a wooden heart decorated with a white bow.

The paperclip angels also come as a pair. They're about 1 1/2" tall.
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25  Re: 2018 Holiday Tags and Card Swap - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: October 17, 2018 10:33:41 PM
I received from Onyxnox and  witchhippie on Monday but it was too dark and dreary to get good photos. Then I was gone most of Tuesday, so it's taken a few extra days to get these posted but they're worth the wait.

Onyxnox sent me this lovely note card so I wanted to share it with everyone.

These are the cards and tags she made for me to use.

She's been playing with her alcohol inks, water colors, and specialty glitters. I always love to see what she's mastering now. Keeps me on my toes, but I don't think I'll ever catch up with her.  Cheesy

Then, these are the cards and tags witchhippie sent.

She also included all these papers and extra embellishments for me to play with. You may be thinking, but I only count three tags. HA! That's because the fourth tag is hiding with the extra embellishments! It's the colored sign post on the left and uses sticky dots on the back rather than a string to attach it to a package. Pretty sneaky but clever.

Thank you both so much! It's going to be hard to let go of any of the cards I've received but they're too special to hoard.
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26  Re: 2018 Holiday Tags and Card Swap - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: October 10, 2018 07:04:47 PM
I've received from half my partners, so I want to share their work with the rest of you.

First up, my cards and tags from Artmomto5. I especially appreciate the Avengers and HP tags since we have one family birthday on Oct. 30, three on Halloween, and all of them are Sy-Fy, HP, and Avengers fans. At least I'll get to enjoy the tags for a few weeks before I give them away. The embossing and die cuts added a special creative element to each of the cards that I liked.


Then my cards and tags from mlsocci. I especially liked the shaker star card. I've made shaker tags using a slightly different technique, so I'm looking forward to copying this technique. Embossing the vellum tag, then adding the die cuts was a very elegant touch.


And finally, my cards and tags from BigBangMomma. The first thing I saw when I opened the package was the collection of HP tags. Just started laughing! Since I know her kids are HP fans, I'm surprised these tags made it out of her house. Then the cards feature Tim Holtz vintage photos. I love Tim's vintage designs, but the little girl inside one of the cards really touched me. (If any of you ever have the opportunity to meet Tim, go for it! He's even nicer in person than he seems in his videos.)


To each of my partners, thank you so much for sharing your talents with me. All the cards and tags are so different yet so perfect for my tastes.
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27  Shawl-Along Challenge in Crochetalongs by kbrison on: September 24, 2018 06:47:23 PM
I finished Anna's Shawl for our county fair. It wasn't as large as I wanted so I added a third skein and just continued the existing pattern. I also did some color splicing to make certain colors more prominent.

Name: Anna's Shawl
Pattern: Anna's Shawl by Jenny Galusha-Luna
Yarn: Lion's Brand Mandala yarn, Genie colorway

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28  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by kbrison on: September 24, 2018 06:26:24 PM
Since so many of my projects are cards, I usually only post them on my master list. I've actually finished two projects recently that AREN'T cards, so I thought I'd share them here.

One of my friends is Creek artist/artisan Sandy Fife Wilson. She recently taught my craft group a class on Creek double-walled basket making and this was my result.


I joined the former Virus Shawl craftalong after buying some mandala yarn, then pushed to finish the Anna's Shawl pattern by Jenny Galusha-Luna http://kountingsheep.com  I entered it in our county fair, but only took a blue ribbon because the colors didn't line up perfectly. Since that is typical of color gradient yarns, I chalked the judge's remark up to her unfamiliarity with gradient yarns. Next year I'll just use a single color of yarn.
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29  Re: One Sheet Wonder Card Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: May 22, 2018 07:31:42 PM
 I was lucky enough to get Onyxnox as one of my partners, so I knew I'd be getting something wonderful.
Since she handcrafted nearly all the envelopes, I wanted to share some of them so the rest of you could see them, too. This is the water colored card she used for a note and some of the small note card envelopes.

Onyxnox always comes up with new, unexpected tools. This time it was a new glue pen and a stamp cleaner that came from the automotive department of a store. Will be trying both of them out very soon!

She made seven note cards that are much more detailed than these photos would suggest. The scribble hearts are glittery cut outs; the butterflies are so real in appearance due in part to the Perfect Pearls that she brushed over areas of the stamped prints. [Just received a pm from Onyxnox. She used opalescent water colours rather than Perfect Pearls. She introduced me to Perfect Pearls during the Canada Meet Up so that's what I thought she had used. Darn! Now I'm going to have to buy some of those too!  Grin]


I'm going to have to try water coloring. Onyxnox makes it look so easy yet professional. Don't know why this photo shows up on its side since I rotated it into the correct orientation before I copied and pasted it. Sorry about that.

All the sewing diagram stamps were heat embossed, then water colored. So pretty! And I also always expect black-capped chickadees to show up in her crafts. Perfect! Is this a stamp you created, Onyxnox? Reminds me of the chickadee stamp you carved for me.

The card sketch I used included two triangle pieces but I never thought about turning them into slash pockets to hold a tag. Great idea that I fully intend to copy!


Thank you so much, my friend! Love all the little details you add that take your works over the top!
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30  Re: 2018 Annual DeStashAlong Thread in Craftalongs by kbrison on: April 17, 2018 03:25:09 PM
I needed small gifts for a group my crochet club was entertaining today. Out came my soap making supplies and a few hours later . . .

 . . . I had used up 7 1/2 pounds of soap base and several colorants and fragrances. Soap base totally de-stashed.

April Challenge #1
I've been clearing out tools as well as supplies, so DD#1 aka Zalphinian is now the proud owner of my AccuCut Mark IV die cutting machine. Some of the steel rule dies were donated to my local library. The rest will go to DD#1 as soon as I find some boxes strong enough to stand up to shipping them more than 600 miles away.

The things I've de-stashed have made enough of a difference that even DH has noticed! His comment yesterday about my craft room: "I can see the floor now."  Grin
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