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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Altered Tin Swap? on: April 03, 2019 08:05:14 AM
It's been a hot minute since we had an altered tin swap. I was thinking of one where we remove the lids, so we end up with an open tin for display, something like this:

Everyone could choose a few theme ideas, and your partner would craft to your theme. Like it?
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / GAME on: April 01, 2019 11:22:52 AM

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / MUG RUG on: April 01, 2019 05:54:43 AM

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Maximus The Magnificent, Altered Tin on: March 18, 2019 07:21:28 AM

So. I had a little spell of free time where I didn't have a deadline for any art projects, and I decided to look for a tin to alter. I had in mind doing something Spring/Easter related. People are always giving me empty tins, so I looked through my tin drawer hoping to find something different. I found a square green tin (perfect for Spring; let's use that!) but I also pulled out a long skinny gold tin, thinking it would be fun to use for a future project. Well, I fought with the green tin just long enough to remember I had some new gold striped paper that might look really, really good with that second tin. The green tin got tossed aside, and Maximus the Magnificent the Strong Man was born. The image of Maximus came from a collage sheet by Knickertwist. I added some wings, a prize fighter belt, and a wee silver crown.

The three blocks I used in this piece are all vintage. I cut the red and white block Maximus stands on in half so it would fit inside the tin, and cut a wheel in half for the top. The sides and back of the tin are covered in patterned paper; the dots around the opening were done with Gesso. I used black and cream striped paper for the inside walls of the tin, some of the pennants in the background, and the belt. The belt buckle is actually a peanut butter label, intended for a dollhouse jar. Maximus' outfit needed a pop of red, and it was the perfect size and shape.

Maximus didn't start out wearing any headgear, but when I found that tiny crown and let him try it on, he refused to take it off. I think it suits him. 

Maximus has been looking for a nice place to live. Currently, he's residing in our keeping room, but he may move into the living room in the near future. You know how those circus folk like to travel.
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Matchbox Circus on: February 26, 2019 07:39:48 AM
If you know me at all, you know I'm crazy about the circus. It's been a while since I made any circus art, so I decided to have a little fun with another mini matchbox like the one I used a couple of weeks ago to make Mini Mermaids. Here's some more big fun in a little 2 1/2" package.

First, the cover. I put alphabet stickers spelling out the word "circus" on a piece of paper and then cut it out to make a sign for the elephant to hold. Sequin stars add a bit of sparkle. The letters on the spine of the "book" were cut from a collage sheet.

When you open the box, there's a tiny circus performance going on. Or perhaps it's dress rehearsal, seeing as the seats aren't yet filled.

I painted the tiniest of people to create a wee trapeze artist and a ringmaster. I used the thinnest of brushes and the strongest of magnifying glasses to paint these performers. The trapeze artist is perched on her swing, which is actually a thin piece of wire, bent to shape. She's attached to her perch with a little white glue. The baby elephant's blanket is a piece of ribbon, cut to size and glued on.

When I say these people are small, I'm not kidding. Here's the ringmaster with a quarter to show scale. He's just about 3/4" tall.

Star sequins, Dresden trim over the curtains, and gold tape all make the circus shine.

Now I have a little pocket circus to take wherever I go.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Open swaps are now stickied on: February 06, 2019 03:23:20 PM
Until we are again able to move swaps that are closed for signups, we have made all the swaps currently open for signups sticky so hat they appear at the top of the board. Hopefully that will make available swaps easier to find and sign up for.  Smiley
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Mini Mermaid Matchbox Book on: February 06, 2019 11:04:01 AM
I really love to work small, so this little faux book box from Alpha Stamps is right up my alley (only 2 1/4" tall!) I had some gorgeous sea-themed scrapbook papers, some great collage sheets, and tons of beachy charms to pick from. Here's the little cover:

Fun coordinating paper on the sides:

And when you open it up: mermaids!

I used three copies of the same image + foam tape to create depth, then place some sheet moss, tiny shells, and faux pearls in front for that beachy feel.

It's a little bit of palm-sized mermaid magic on a cold winter day.  Cheesy
8   / PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Winter Shadowbox on: January 02, 2019 08:23:14 AM
Here's a little shadowbox I made to celebrate winter. I love the vintage look of the colors and images. The snowflakes at the top are glittery, and there's glitter both in the background and surrounding the opening of the box.

I used two of the same image to give the inside dimension. The background used the full image (plus glitter!), and the foreground is the girl and her dog.

A tiny holly garland surrounds the opening.

Even though it does say "Merry Christmas", I think I can get away with keeping this out all winter.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / A Little Reminder... on: December 18, 2018 08:20:32 AM
...He sees you when you're drinking.

Here's a quick little project I made with a small vintage Christmas ornament box. After all, 'tis the season!

I love using these tiny boxes for shadowboxes. They're awesome. Notice how the little deer is enjoying a festive Christmas Cosmo. Mmmm!

Sometimes I wonder how many of these little boxes you would need to purchase in order to decorate an average sized tree. They weren't expensive, though; this one has a price tag on it. It only cost 15 cents.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Gingerbread Matchbox on: November 26, 2018 08:41:06 AM
I got a little Peaked Roof Matchbox kit from Alpha Stamps. The inside drawer slides out to make a tiny scene. The outside brown cardboard immediately reminded me of the color of gingerbread, so I decided to make a sweet candy house using dimensional paint and polymer clay canes that look like peppermint. The doorknob is a red brad. I used the paint to adhere the "candy", just as one would use icing on a real gingerbread house.

There are even some little gingerbread people (from a collage sheet) on the back.

If this roof were really made of candy, it would be a huge sugar buzz!

The drawer slides out the bottom to reveal a wintery scene. Isn't that vintage plastic Santa the cutest? His Christmas tree is decorated with seed beads.

So much Christmas goodness in a standard sized matchbox. Ho ho ho!
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