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1  Re: You can now upload images directly into your post! in Latest News by rackycoo on: July 18, 2018 08:34:09 AM
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2  Re: Halloween in June Swap 2018 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rackycoo on: July 11, 2018 10:46:05 AM
What a fun banner! It's perfect for the season. That haunted mansion plaque: wowza! Great work, patty_o!

I got my long awaited package from craftylittlemonkey, and boy, it did not disappoint. First, look at it, all expertly packaged up:

This box was like a veritable clown car of goodies! clm sent me all sorts of fun bits and bobs to play with. Check them out. It's like a page out of an I Spy book (can you spot the tiny Tabasco bottle? The frozen Charlie? The vintage needle book?)

"But what was in that coffin?", you ask. It was this little Halloween cutie - look at her sassy self perched up on that spool in such a jaunty manner!

That mask she's holding is awfully frightening. clm said she was worried that this gal was more circus than Halloween. But if you know me, you know I love a circus. It's the perfect combination of both!!

Funny how we made each other such similar tutu-ed figures in party hats and pointy shoes. We had a bit of a mind meld going on there. Thanks so much for swapping with me, clm. It was a blast.

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3  Scary Fairy for Halloween in Halloween Decor and Parties by rackycoo on: June 29, 2018 07:31:35 AM

When craftylittlemonkey, my swap partner for the Halloween in June Swap, posted a pic of some odd little fairies on her wishlist, I could not help but try to make her a Halloween version. I fell in love with those little weirdos! The little scary fairy I ended up with has pipecleaner body and limbs, with a face, hands and feet of paper clay. Her wings are cut from butterfly wrapping paper covered with packing tape to make them sturdy.

I would have liked her to be able to stand on her own, but those little legs were just too spindly. Luckily, I had the perfect sized wooden chair for her, and she demanded I include it in the swap package.

She REALLY loves that chair...

Scary fairy is about *this tall*. She's a little feisty and all ready to go out haunting!
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4  Haunted Row Houses in Halloween Decor and Parties by rackycoo on: June 25, 2018 08:22:36 AM
I know Halloween is quite a ways off, but it's one of my favorite themes to craft for, so when I got the current Alpha Stamps kit and it contained a row of funny little houses and a matchbox large enough to house them, I knew what had to be done: a decorated matchbox with a set of haunted row houses!

Look how nicely they fit.

Wanna see some closeups? Here they are all folded up:

And the houses, once unfolded. I used lots of collage sheets in this project, plus lace and dresden trim, and maybe a bat or two...

I wish I had a bee costume.

One of my favorite parts is that tiny black cat peering in the window in the house on the left.

Ooo, spooky!

And it all fits in the palm of my hand. Happy early Halloween!

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5  PAPER GOES 3D: 3 fun projects bringing paper from flat to fab! in PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) by rackycoo on: May 22, 2018 07:48:02 AM
Sometimes it's fun to take a flat piece of paper and make a 3D object. Use these great tutorials to bring your paper to life, in a three dimensional way!

This paper lantern by HSG makes for a fun tassel topper!

85%confusion made adorable ornaments out of scrapbook paper.

Whoa, these stars each took 30 pieces of paper to make, but they're gorgeous! Thanks to aml for writing up a tutorial.

Anytime you have paper and need inspiration, be sure to access the list of Craftster papercraft tutorials here. Get inspired!

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6  Tiny Paper Theater in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by rackycoo on: March 26, 2018 11:13:48 AM
I am in love with the new chipboard paper theater Alpha Stamps is carrying. Here's what I made with mine:

It may appear large in that photo, but look how tiny! Without that spire on top, it's only 4" tall.

I gave the facade extra dimension using wooden spindles and duplicate images raised up with glue dots.

There were a lot of "performers" included on the AS collage sheet I used. Here are three of them making their big debut:

A very old theater near me has a night sky painted on their ceiling, which is just magical. I used a Night Sky scrapbook paper to mimic faux sky in my tiny theater.

The back of the theater has a poster that not only was tacked up crookedly, but is starting to come down. Maybe it's time to put up a new poster?

I hope you enjoyed my little theater. There are a ton more photos, including some in progress pictures plus a complete supply list on my blog, should you feel the need for more info or you want to make your own. Meanwhile, here's one last picture, with the entire cast in attendance.

Thanks for checking it out!
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7  Tiny Bunny Shrine in Easter by rackycoo on: March 12, 2018 11:36:55 AM
Alpha Stamps just came out with a set of four different Easter shadowboxes. Of course my favorite was the smallest one, just 2" by 3" in size, with an egg shaped opening. Bunnies! I lined the egg on the lid with teeny tiny flat backed pearls to invoke the feeling of a sugar egg.

Here's a detail. There is no way I could place these tiny stones without the help of a wax pencil. I use mine all the time to help place tiny stones or even tiny paper cutouts.

The larger bunny in the background is glued to the back of the box, while the smaller bunny is attached with foam glue dots to give some dimension. The "Bunnies" banner on top is also adhered with foam dots.

I love the tiny basket, but it was a bit too wide to tuck back into the corner of the box, so I took some heavy duty scissors and cut the back part out. It was also a little bit too tall, so I cut the bottom part off as well (after this photo was taken). Once the basket was cut to size, I glued it to the back and bottom of the box with some white glue. When it's filled with a little Easter grass and some eggs, you can't tell it's been cut.

Once the box was assembled, I painted wooden feet to add to the bottom, and added bright plaid ribbon around the sides, some fun carrots at the bottom, and a bow at the top. Yay, bunnies!
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8  Orphanage Rd. Shadowbox in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by rackycoo on: February 09, 2018 08:06:31 AM
Here's a few kids that could use a little love: although they are dressed out in circus-y gear, there's no lying that they are stuck in an orphanage in the cold and snow of winter. Poor little waifs.

Just look at their poor wittle faces:

I used two collage sheets so I could cut out the girls in front and stack them for more dimension. The upper trim is a Fleur Border, painted black and then coated with glaze. The snow was made using dimensional white paint with the addition of Diamond Dust.

One more picture. I hope someone comes to help a kid out...
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9  Re: Be My Snarky Valentine Swap Gallery (Sendouts Friday, Feb. 2) in The Swap Gallery by rackycoo on: February 06, 2018 08:16:01 AM
Here's some fine Valentine's snark, courtesy of Sonjaboo!

A sweet shrine stating: "Bob had never been more attractive than he was in this moment". The funny thing is, Mr. 'coo usually does the dishes at my house, and I actually have a magnet that reads, "No man was ever shot while doing the dishes", so this is perfect for me!

Here it is with the card, which features a couple of true romantics. The inside reads "you'll do". So loving!

Thanks so much, Sonjaboo! This was a fun swap.  Smiley
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10  Be My Snarky Valentine in Valentine's Day by rackycoo on: February 02, 2018 08:36:19 AM
I just participated in the "Be My Snarky Valentine" swap, and was partnered with the organizer and swapper extraordinaire, Sonjaboo. We share a love of snarky housewives, so of course I had to go there with this altered tin.

The original image had this cheery woman toting food on her tray, but she looked too happy to be serving up a meal, so I gave her some tiny beer bottles instead. I swear she started smiling just a little bit wider. Sonjaboo mentioned that she liked red and white polka dots, and black and white stripes, so I incorporated both in this tin. And who doesn't love ball fringe?

We were to include a card with our swap package, so continuing with the theme, and using one of Sonjaboo's mentioned quotes, I made her this card to go with. "What's a nice girl like me doing without a drink in her hand?" indeed.

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