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241  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Rainbow Patchwork Quilty Decoration on: November 09, 2008 06:07:48 AM
Sewing and embroidery aren't something I've done much of, but I had this in mind to try for a while so had to give it a go. Just don't look at the stitching too closely Wink

These are for my niece Amelie Georgina. My sister gave her daughter my first name for her middle name, which is such an honour! I'm going to make her a new decoration each year. For now I'm going to keep the Georgina ones I make and eventually she'll be given those ones too when she starts her own tree. I think she'll find it fun spotting the matching decorations on my tree when she comes to visit in years to come.

Anyway, enough waffling, here are the pictures...

Sunshine backs:

Hopefully they won't look so wobbly when they're hanging on the tree! Cheesy
242  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Amelie's Elf House on: November 02, 2008 04:14:00 PM
A birth card to send to my sister as a welcome to my new niece Smiley

Her Mum is from England and her Dad is from South Africa, so I was very pleased to find these sized stamps in my stash!

The pumpkin because she was born so close to Halloween, and because my sister bought a pumpkin to carve and never did get round to carving it! Cheesy Musical notes because my sister is already trying to get her hooked to rock music! Gotta start 'em young! Grin

The back is just a bright garden.

I painted some thick cardboard red to make the stands. I might try and make another pair that are mushrooms though.
243  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Altered Advent Calendar on: November 01, 2008 06:15:22 PM
I can't wait for my December countdown this year now that I have my calendar finished! Grin

So incredibly fiddly! I had to remove the back of the card to take out the doors. Because they were seethrough I had to paint, collage and then varnish them all. Then hunt around for teeny holiday related images to fit into the windows. Then try to get them lined up, or as near to as I could manage Wink Then reassemble it all again.

With the number doors closed

Open doors with the pictures behind

This is how it looked before it went under the knife

Help! My insides are coming out!

244  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Chunky Houses Memorial Shrine on: October 30, 2008 05:23:55 PM
I am making a series of houses to honour those family and friends who have passed. These first two are for my Gran and Grandad on my Mother's side. I plan to hinge the houses together as I make them over the next few days.

I have loved working on these and remembering the things that made them special to me. They were both beautiful, quirky and loving people who will be remembered always and loved.

Fronts - Grandad & Gran

Backs - Gran & Grandad

As you can see they were both creative, crafting people, and hoarders of everything! Jars of nails, wood, fabric, books, books full of random collages, button boxes full of buttons and other assorted oddities... Grin My Gran was also hugely superstitious and pretty good at reading tea leaves! My Grandad is the only person I've ever known who could carry off (and would want to) wearing string for a belt and look great! Wink

There are a couple more bits to add but they're back home, in another country, so I'll have to wait till Christmas to collect them and incorporate them.

House for my Auntie:
245  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I went to America and I saw... (altered book 16 pics) on: September 28, 2008 02:53:00 AM
For just over 2 weeks I have been travelling around the USA with my bloke, we arrived home on Friday. When Rackycoo sent me this wonderful bingo card journal, I knew it would be perfect for all the nick-nacks and paper things I would collect along the way. The pages contain a mix of found objects, collected items and a few things from my stash. I painted the pages before I left so things wouldn't get too messy, but pretty much all of the collaging was done whilst I was away, when I was sat having coffee, in the hotel or train Cheesy

Front of book:

The gubbins inside, some of which was hard to scan since it's about 4 inches thick now!

Title page. We live in Spain, but had to travel to London for our flight.

San Francisco

Our hotel, the pier, lunch at Hard Rock, old fortune telling machines, tour of the submarine, picked up a copy of The Onion

The Pier, Cartoon Art Museum, Book Arts exhibition at the library, strawberry melon juice drink, lunch in China Town.

Napa Valley wine tasting

Walking around Yosemite National Park

We camped in Yosemite for 2 nights. I cried so much walking around here, it was just stunning.

Death Valley

Camping! Vist to manzanar Historic Site. It says 'Resort' but it was a small motel, campground and restaurant. There was nothing around for miles but earth and mountains. It was so hot in our tent we had to have the windows and roof open, and it was beutiful to see the stars and moon from there. My favourite memory from the entire holiday was watching the moon rise up over the mountains.

Las Vegas

We were upgraded to a suite in Bills...it was awesome! Met up with fellow craftster Babbetto for a great night! I'll have a tag from her in that space on the right soon.

Atlanta: Tag made by the wonderful Rackycoo who I met up with for an awesome visit!

Art Fair I went to with Rackycoo and Reese52

Train from Atlanta to NYC (we had bunk-beds on the train in our little room, so much fun!)

Gig on my birthday!


Found objects from Central Park (sun & label) where we had a picnic, and American Museum of Natural History.

Empire State Building, Pearl River Store, St Patrick's Cathedral. Lots of walking!

Rockerfeller Centre. The target is there because there's a funny interactive light room at the top that kept us amused for ages! I much prefered this to going up the Empire.

Museum of Modern Art

It was awesome to see work by some of my favourite artists in there.

Phew, that's it, holiday over, thanks for looking!
246  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Embellished Hearts on: August 25, 2008 04:03:54 AM
I found these cool board hearts at my local supermarket with all the back-to-school things and had the idea to make them into hanging decorations. So with some hemp to hang them, paint, papers, and various embellishments they were transformed.

This reminds me of a tattoo for some reason Cheesy

Buddha: This is a cutting from an old encyclopedia.

Yule: I see a green man in this, behind the Yule. His eyes kind of make up the U and L.

i made these ones for the Shop the Swap here on Craftster, but I'm going to have to go shopping and get some more...I want to make these for my friends for the holidays! Yes, I'm planning ahead this year! Grin
247  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Altered Music Book (many pictures!) on: August 05, 2008 03:56:09 PM
I created this for an Invite Your Partner swap with Rackycoo, and she just received today! Grin

I had a week a while back where I could not connect to the internet, and therefore Craftster at all. I'm sure you can imagine how very annoying that was! However, it did provide me with an interruption free week to get this done so it's all good in the end! Cheesy

My oh so clever altered cover...from Bach to Racky! Roll Eyes

Random pages...

Postcard pages - front:


Rainbow pages: All double page spreads, but I've just chosen half... Just trying to organise these so they make more sense!

Couple more randon ones:

Pull out postcard page:

The rest of the photo's can be found here on my Flickr

Thanks for looking! Smiley
248  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Wish Tree on: July 21, 2008 10:55:03 AM
This was a birthday gift for a friend who like me, loves trees. Grin She could also use a few of her wishes to come true Smiley

"A Wish Tree is an individual tree, usually distinguished by species, position or appearance, which is used as an object of wishes and offerings. Such trees are identified as possessing a special religious or spiritual value. By tradition, believers make votive offerings in order to gain from that nature spirit, saint or goddess fulfillment of a wish."

I got the wonderful felt tree from fellow craftster cyncontemporary
249  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / The Quest for Playing Cards! on: July 08, 2008 11:15:25 AM
I don't think this will win too many awards for the prettiest paper crafting with cards, but to me it's very special. This is the latest entry into my visual journal.

To add to the list of weird things I like/do, I collect found playing cards. I've been collecting them since 1995 as you can see by my records under the picture. I'm always surprised when I find a new one. How on earth do these random single cards get missing from their packs? You'll also see that they've been found in some pretty weird places!

So, these are copies of all the cards I have found since 1995. Scanned and shrunk down to fit into the journal. So far no duplicates! Some don't count as proper playing cards, but I like to keep them anyway.

3 Hearts: Found on a road at Uni in Preston 1995
9 Diamonds: Found on a tarmac road in Manchester centre 1996
2 Clubs: Found in Altrincham 1998
4 Spades: Found on a train to Liverpool in 2001
King Diamonds: Found on a minor road in Manchester 2002
8 Clubs: Found on a raised garden wall during a long hot walk in Madeira, August 2003
2 Hearts: Found by Olivia in her house rafters, December 2003
2 Diamonds: Found by Mike in London in a bar, 20/12/03
Russian Card: Found in Altrincham city centre, Autumn 2003
Joker (K hearts) Mike found on a night out at Old Trafford metro station after the England - Wales game, 2004
6 Clubs: Found in Cheadle at a summer school I was running, 2004
6 Diamonds: Found nestled in the mud when heading for Lost Vagueness, Glastonbury Festival 2005
9 Hearts: Found by Mike pushed into the handrail of a lift, 2006
8 Diamonds (censored - is it censored enough?*): Found on Saturday 10th June 2006 at Donnington Park while at Download Festival
3 Spades: Found by Mike in a Bristol pub 10th January 2007
Velma: Found in Manchester on a night out for Helen's birthday 27th January 2007
Ace Hearts: Found on a road near Warrington Bus Station, 31st January 2007
5 Diamonds: Found whilst car shopping in Sevilla, July 2007
12 Cups: Found in Tomares, Christmas Day 2007
8 Spades: Found by Emma & Justin New Years Day by the Bulls head Pub, Hale Barns, 2008
Go Fish Elmo: Found by the river in Andorra, Feb 2008

* I really hope this doesn't offend anyone. I think her hair is more shocking than the blurred out image! Tongue

Ha ha, welcome to a small part of my world! Cheesy
250  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Altered Birdhouse (many pics!) on: June 11, 2008 09:04:16 AM
I've had this wooden birdhouse languishing in the garden doing nothing for a while. Birds don't go near it and the only visiters were the occasional lizard sheltering from the sun. Don't worry, they have a new shady place to use! Cheesy

So, fresh from my excitement at discovering I can recon furniture when I painted this stool, I decided to clean it up and get painting!

This is how it turned out

I'm going to add some collaged text to the tab in the 'porch', but I can't decide on it yet.

Back, featuring some of my inchies I made a while ago and loved, but had not known what to do with. Until now!

Also, while it could just lie around looking nice, it also works as a pen holder...practical and pretty! Cheesy

At least prettier than before...yuck

Improvement, no?

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