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1  Girls and their dog, altered Altoids tin in Completed Projects by rackycoo on: May 10, 2017 07:11:40 AM
What's sweeter than a couple of girls and their dog?

I got some new Tim Holtz paper doll cutouts, and thought it would be fun to decorate an Altoids tin (it's been so long!) These sisters were just perfect for the front of the tin, and I gave them a little dog, because he's just too cute. I used a red colored pencil to outline the figures, and after inking the edges, dotted the border with white paint.

A little bit of lace and a vintage button around the sides, and I have a tin to hold things I don't want to forget. A key? Some tiny treasures? A lucky penny? Who knows; I'll think of something!
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2  Papercraft Featured Projects 1st Quarter 2017 in PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) by rackycoo on: April 17, 2017 11:25:40 AM
Here are some awesome projects from the 1st Quarter of this year! Check 'em out!

These projects were voted on by you; thanks for clicking "This Rocks" for your favorite projects.  Smiley

Tiny Art Journal, by Wulf

3 - Tiered Collage Journal, by Smmarrt

Altered Bingo Card, by mandykaye

ATCs, by Patraw

Cat Tales Paper Doll Book, by Pottermouth

The Little Book of Perfect Men, by rackycoo

Compass Valentine Card, by bunny1kenobi

Fun Foam Ampersand Stamp, by rockingbearranch

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3  The Little Book of Perfect Men in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by rackycoo on: April 06, 2017 08:08:17 AM
Ever wish you had the perfect man? What would he be like? Perhaps a little like the perfect men in this perfect little book. Well, it's not actually a book; it's a secret drawer atc holder.

I was lucky enough to find the perfect scrapbook paper for the pages of the "book". It almost looks like real pages. I used stripey scrapbook paper for the front and back cover of the book, and painted the inside of the cover and the secret drawer with paint I mixed to match the color of the stripes. Ink from an almost-dried up ink pad was applied with a stiff brush for a little distressing.

Here you can see the secret drawer, opened and filled with ATCs. The red ribbon is attached to the bottom of the box, which makes it easier to remove the cards.

To access the cards, you just lift up on that ribbon and they pop right out.

Here are the ATCs that fill the box. Each with a perfect man saying just what I'd like to hear. I had so much fun going through my collage sheets finding perfect men and imagining what sort of things they might say. Here are all my perfect guys together. #1 is the ultimate perfect guy for me; that's actually my husband, saying "Here, let me bring you a drink." I added the hat to the photo so he fit in with a few of the other fellows.

I have a few other/larger photos on the blog, but I think this gives you a pretty good overview. I really love this little drawer book. After the April change of Craftster to a circus theme, I'm wanting to do a circus edition!
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4  Big Red Circus Wagon with Attached Lion Cage in Completed Projects by rackycoo on: April 01, 2017 05:18:43 AM

If you know me, you know I love the circus, and making circus art. It just so happens that the Alpha Stamps mini 3D Cinderella Coach, with a change of color and adornments, makes the perfect little circus wagon for little peg people. It's been almost two years since I made my Tiny Peg Circus, and it was time for those little performers to have a means of reliable transportation.

The wagon is just the right size to hold six members of the circus. For safety reasons, no one wanted to ride with the lions, so I constructed a little cage to tag along with the wagon, using chipboard gate for the cage bars.

Before assembling the wagon, I painted the body red, and the front and back pieces brown. The front seat was painted black, and given tiny gold "buttons", tiny circles which came from Dazzles gold stickers. Some striped paper went behind the seat, and lots more of the Dazzles stickers were applied around the window and doors and along the roof line. Metal stars, leaves, and filigree pieces add a lot of circus glitz.

The back of the wagon also has some stripes, plus a "wooden" painted platform that is just the right size to carry the strong man's barbells.

The lion cage is tiny, but large enough to comfortably carry a couple of felines. The cage was constructed with cardboard and part of a set of chipboard gates. Those gates made the perfect fancy bars for the cage.

So many photos, and even more on my blog. I hope you enjoyed seeing my circus wagon even half as much as I enjoyed making it.

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5  The Arches of Mardi Gras in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by rackycoo on: March 23, 2017 07:34:06 AM
Did you ever just get a weird idea and decide to run with it? I got a chipboard arch, plus some great G45 paper and some collage sheets from Alpha Stamps, and here's what happened. The arches seemed like the perfect place to host a costume ball, and what do you know? A slew of Mardi Gras babies decided to crash the party!

On the left is a dashing gentleman, a self-described "dreamer". He's offering a flower to the girl of his dreams, but which one is the lucky lady? It's impossible to tell. This fellow's fancy costume was a little clashy with the background, so I used some Copic markers to make the green and red colors of his outfit lean more towards orange and turquoise. After all, clashing with the decor is so uncouth! 

Copic markers helped out the masked woman's costume as well. The poster on the wall was cut from the scrapbook paper. It perfectly set the mood of the party. The "floor" of each panel is a contrasting paper, simply torn so the white edges show. Isn't she so fancy with her bronze fan? The ribbons are a couple of strands of embroidery floss.

Here's the lady on the right. Will she be the lucky one who receives that flower? Obviously she feels worthy, carrying around that "beautiful" sign. I have to admit that she does look lovely in her harlequin dress. No Copics were needed for this outfit; the colors in her frock were already perfect.

The panels are hinged on the back with strips of coordinating paper with rounded edges. Nothing fancy; I just freehanded the cuts. Let's talk about those babies, though! I guess they caught wind of the planned festivities and just had to join in. I'm kind of fond of this back view, where you can see them all scaling the wall. Cute, or something from a horror flick? Probably leaning towards more horror, especially considering that the baby on the far right of each panel had to suffer a bit of an amputation to get its legs to fit. I nipped a bit off of their left legs with a wire clipper. I can't say I feel good about that, but art requires sacrifice, yes? The climbing babies are each attached with a dab of hot glue.

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6  Holly Jolly Christmas House in Winter Holidays by rackycoo on: November 03, 2016 10:06:19 AM
Time for Christmas crafts! Inspired by vintage Putz houses, I created this little brick Christmas house. It reminds me a bit of the house I grew up in, although we didn't often have snow, and we for sure didn't have a sweet peppermint walkway to the front door.

There's a tealight in the house, so at night, it's warm and welcoming.

This little house, made from a kit, stands only about 3" tall, not counting the base. The tiny family who lives here sure did a good job of decorating the tallest tree! It's easy to attach those beads; I just dipped them in some tacky glue and stuck them into the branches.

I left the front door ajar because it seemed a bit more welcoming. That door is tiny: less than one inch tall, and the doorknob is actually the head of a straight pin. I just pushed the pin through and clipped off the excess. The wreath was punched out with a regular hole punch. I drew around the circumference with some dimensional paint, and then added red holly berries with the head of a pin. Here's a little "in progress" photo. The wreath is sitting on a removable glue dot, on top of an old drink stirrer. That's about the only way I could keep it steady while I painted it!

In the kit, the fence completely surrounds the house. I used an xacto knife to cut a little gate. I like having an open gate with the pathway leading to the front door.

My blog contains info on how to assemble the kit, and way too many "in progress" photos. Meanwhile, here's one last photo for the road:

Happy holidays!
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7  Glass Pumpkins in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by rackycoo on: November 02, 2016 08:28:16 AM
I never thought I'd be posting on the Glass board, but...my book club has been together forever, so naturally, we do more together than just talk about books. Two weeks ago, several of us got together and took a class in glass blowing. Here are the pumpkins we made. Some folks got crazy with color, but I stuck with what I know and made the orange one on the right. Cheesy

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8  Halloween Bunting in Halloween Decor and Parties by rackycoo on: October 21, 2016 08:04:25 AM
I don't know why I don't have a banner on my mantle every day of the year. I do know, though, that I will always have one for Halloween. Next to Christmas, Halloween is my favorite holiday to decorate for! Here's a new banner for this year.

Closeups of the parts:

Here it is in its natural habitat, which was, at this point, only partially decorated:

Happy Halloween!
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9  Talking Heads, or What I Made at Art Camp in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by rackycoo on: October 11, 2016 06:25:01 AM
cackle and I just got back yesterday from Stamford, CT, where we spent 4 exciting days going to "art camp" with Art Is...You. Every day there were tons of classes to choose from. Here's my favorite thing I made: this "Talking Head", from a class by Doreen Kassel. When I saw her work, I knew I had to take this class. I'm not very experienced with working with polymer clay, but I learned lots of great new techniques, and I'm really pleased with how my Talking Head turned out. Lookie!

This little gal (I named her "Precious") stands about 6" tall. But the cool thing about Talking Heads is that the body and heads are separate, so you can change them up at will.

Sometimes,  Precious is just a little piggy.

We had such a blast this year at art camp. I hope cackle posts what she did!
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10  Temperence and Auroria Play Amongst the Crypts in Completed Projects by rackycoo on: September 29, 2016 08:29:52 AM
It's that time of year, so buckle up for Halloween crafts! I just finished up a couple of crypts, along with some Victorian girls in bat costumes.

First up: Temperence. She gets bored sitting at home, so she loves to decorate the crypts in the nearby cemetery. Here she's placed several carved pumpkins around the base of the crypt, and is busy stringing up some smaller jack o'lanterns to hang as lanterns. It's dusk, and she's evidently disturbed a few bats, who fly around her head.

To help Temperence stand out, I used adhesive foam tape to attach her to the crypt. The columns and the black vines also help to give this piece a 3D look.

Here's Temperence's younger sister, Auroria. She's known as a bit of a flibbertigibbet. Somehow, she's managed to open the spiderweb gate and gain admission to the interior of this crypt. She hasn't got a care in the world, running around with her glowing jack o'lantern and her three skully balloons. I hope that rat doesn't bite her. That sucker is huge!

A little sideview of the gates. The gates are made of chipboard. I used paint and copic markers to make the columns look a little more like they're made of marble. I toyed with the idea of painting the webbed gate black, but I liked the way the brown color looked with the "bricks" of the crypt.

Happy Halloween!
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