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271  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - June 2012 - GALLERY! on: July 13, 2012 06:16:24 AM
Thank you again, I love the card and all the extras.  It is amazing how cutting a 12 x 12 page into 2.5 x 3.5 inch page makes it look different.  I will have to do something special with them.  Your package should be showing up in the next couple of days.  I was sharing out some of my stuff too.  It will be fun to see what you can do with the extras.

Lois
272  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - June 2012 - GALLERY! on: July 12, 2012 05:26:27 PM
I got mail today!!  Jillybeans sent me a lovely package of papers and of course the famous carrot card.  I love the papers the red one is my favorite from the Happily Ever After stack.  But I don't recognise the blue card, could you tell me what stack it's from?



Also a beautiful card made with stamps and a penguin.  The penguin is stamped over a book page about Shakespeare.  A great choice because I used to collect stamps and who doesn't love penguins.  It is very complex and I see something new every time I look.  Did you use a sponge on the edges to create the pink?  Very cool card!

Thank you so much for the package!

273  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Stumpwork Dragonfly Pincushion finished on: July 12, 2012 04:41:52 PM
Thank you for your comment.  It is sparkly because it is stitched over organza fabric amid I used fine silver thread and a silver plated bead.  But I may try some of the iridescent fibers sometime. 

Thanks for looking.
274  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 76 ENTRIES / Re: Papermaking in the sun on: July 12, 2012 11:48:45 AM
That is wonderful!  Thanks for looking.
275  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Stumpwork Dragonfly Pincushion finished on: July 12, 2012 09:25:56 AM
Thank you so much!  I really appreciate that.  I don't think that a lot of people realise the scale I'm working at.  That dragonfly is 1 inch by 3/4 inch finished.  That makes the wings less then 1/2 inch in length and the width 1/4 inch.  Right now I'm working on a stumpwork butterfly that is much smaller.  One ply of floss is to thick for the wing size.  I'm thinking of getting some fine silk sewing thread or dying my own.  Here is what my first try looked like.



The pincushion won a first at the Fair
Thanks for looking.


276  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dragons Blood Stone Necklace on: July 11, 2012 07:37:06 PM
Thank you for the information, I still think companies make up names for jasper all the time.
The dragonblood necklace took third place.  Usually they have some pretty pieces at the fair but this year I didn't see one piece of jewelry that inspired me.  To bad because I look forward to seeing what others in the area have worked on during the year.  One nice thing was a demonstration of silk painting.  That is one hobby that I haven't tried. 
277  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 76 ENTRIES / Re: Papermaking in the sun on: July 11, 2012 03:53:28 PM
Thanks everyone.  It makes it worth showing details to know it may inspire someone else to try their own paper experiments.  And yes my boyfriend is very clever and is supportive of all the crazy things I do.  But he gets even, he made us meatballs the other day with a secret ingredient, cream cheese.  So it balances things out and the meatballs were great.

I looked at the paper casting I had left outside overnight.  It looked like an animal had poked their nose into a couple of the paper hearts.  We sometimes get possums, so if you see one with a red paper nose let me know.
278  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 76 ENTRIES / Re: Papermaking in the sun on: July 10, 2012 06:07:07 AM
Thank you!  I've made my own frames from silk screening equipment.  But everything I pulled was like tissue paper.  Which was lovely but I wanted thicker sheets.  I like to hand embroider the sheets after they are dry.  No matter how much I agitated the vat I just couldn't get enough pulp in the screen as I pulled up the frame.  This Nepalese style frame you pour pulp directly into the frame.  So you are guaranteed a thicker paper.  Of course I could have gotten thicker sheets if I had used a thickening agent.  I read where one person took frozen okra and used the slimy ooze in their vat.  That helped to slow down the rate the water went through the frame leaving more pulp in the screen.  I draw the line at putting my hands in okra slime.  My apologies to everyone who likes okra,  I hope you do try papermaking it is a fun way to cool off and be crafty at the same time.
279  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dragons Blood Stone Necklace on: July 10, 2012 05:41:34 AM
Thanks, Wednesday I find out if it won at the fair.
280  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 76 ENTRIES / Re: Papermaking in the sun on: July 09, 2012 06:49:12 PM
Thanks for looking.  Papermaking is a lot of fun and kids have a great time.  It is best to have a separate blender for crafting.  I still have some pulp so I will do some paper casting tomorrow.  Soapmaking molds work well for paper casting.  Then if you need a decorative element it is a lot lighter then clay.  I use these mostly to decorate books.

Thanks for your kind compliments

Lois
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