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1  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween Cat Bat on: September 09, 2017 09:23:44 AM

Here's a little paper clay cat bat I made for KarenLouiseM in the Vintage Halloween swap. I don't often work with clay, so each time I try, it's a real adventure.

He stands about 6" tall, and is dressed to go trick or treating. To help him stand, I bent a wire hanger into a U shape, turned it upside down, and built his body onto the wire with the two ends of the U becoming his legs.


The open polka dots on his costume were the result of a happy accident. When I first painted them, I wasn't happy with the color, so I attempted to wipe them off. They had already partially dried, so I was left with a little ring of color that I happened to like. I did the rest of the dots in that same way: putting dots in a small area, and then wiping out the centers. Once he was all painted, I used some ink to dirty him up, and then painted him with glaze to make him shiny.


KarenLouiseM said she liked a bit of humor, so oops! cat bat has lost a button and his little rear end is exposed.  Shocked


2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / The Magic of Christmas Photo Display on: September 06, 2017 08:35:06 AM
Last time we visited my brother-in-law, he gave me the cutest picture ever of my two and a half year old husband visiting Santa. I don't think I can adequately convey how much I love that photo. I needed a way to display it each year, and this is what I came up with. See how Santa is instructing him not to reveal the secrets of Christmas? It's the cutest!


The box is a wooden cigar box. I covered the back and sides with paper, and ran some red ribbon around the edge of the front. The Tim Holtz tag reads "believe in the magic of Christmas". Perfect! I planted three bottle brush trees at the bottom, added a vintage dancing Santa to the top, and strung up some miniature Christmas lights.


I toyed with the idea of covering the back, but it won't usually show, and I like the fact that it's stamped with information about the cigars, one of Mr. 'coo's infrequent guilty pleasures.


Mr. 'coo wasn't sure about the disk with "24" on it, but that's when Santa arrives: on Christmas eve! I'll enjoy using this as one of my Christmas decorations this year. Ho ho ho!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Lucky Stars on: July 27, 2017 06:58:55 AM
I made this tiny shadowbox using a Matchbox Cabinet from Alpha Stamps. Here's a little pixie, perched on a shelf, removing wishing stars and lucky stars from the sky. He'll fill that bottle and store it below with previously harvested stars.


The top was created from a wheel from an old set of blocks. I cut it in half so it would sit nicely. Those teeny stars you see around the edge were so fiddly! I used a wax pencil (designed for putting charms on fingernails) to place them.


Writing the labels was tricky; I had a very fine pen, and wrote each label many times before I got them legible. Cheesy


Here's the "cigar box", also from an Alpha Stamps kit. So teensy!


And, the back, with my hand for reference. I hung this in my craft room. Hopefully it brings me luck.
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Mermaid Garden on: June 19, 2017 06:49:43 AM
It's been a while since I posted in this section. This mermaid garden isn't strictly all paper, but it mostly is! The shrine itself is chipboard, so other than the wooden feet and pearls, this is paper all the way.


The basis of this is the mermaid paper doll. I "floated her in the shrine by attaching her to a bamboo skewer and gluing that into a bead that's glued on the ocean floor. Coral and a swimming fish help hide the skewer. To help stabilize the mermaid, I put a little bead of glue on her right elbow and attached it to the wall.


The shrine is pretty deep, so there are lots of layers of waves, coral, fish and seashells.

Hope you enjoyed touring the Mermaid Garden!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Girls and their dog, altered Altoids tin 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!
6   / PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Papercraft Featured Projects 1st Quarter 2017 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



7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / The Little Book of Perfect Men 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!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Big Red Circus Wagon with Attached Lion Cage 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.

9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / The Arches of Mardi Gras 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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10  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Angel needed for the Warm & Cozy swap! on: March 14, 2017 09:14:21 AM
ANGEL FOUND! THANKS, bluepaisan!  Kiss

Angel needed for kittykill, who did not receive from her partner in the Warm & Cozy swap.

Swap details: This swap is all about being warm and cozy during the winter time! *We will be swapping for one medium and one small. kittykill lives in the U.S.

If you can craft lovely warm and cozy items, can send within two weeks, and are interested in being an angel, please pm rackycoo. Thank you!



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