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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Jolly Christmas Houses on: November 05, 2019 07:07:51 AM
Halloween is so last week. It's time for Christmas crafts! I have fallen in love these new chipboard houses from Alpha Stamps. With some scrapbook paper and a few embellishments, they are so cute! Add a few bottle brush trees and a tiny Santa, and ho, ho, ho- let's visit Jingle Lane!


Here's 24 Jingle Lane. Green and red striped candy canes flank the front entrance, and Christmas lights adorn the roof. The doors and windows have tissue paper behind them, so the houses look lovely with a small battery operated tea light inside.


Number 25 Jingle Lane has a beaded swag outlining their roof and a cookie cutter star for decoration. Candy pieces look like flowers under the windows.


You can even hang them! They look pretty in a window. (Would be even prettier with a snowy winter background.)


There are a few more photos on my blog, plus some tutorial stuff and a link for supplies, if you're interested. For now, though, I'll leave you with one more photo: a small 2"x2" gift box also fits beautifully inside these boxes. Two gifts in one!
2  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Haunted Duplex on: October 24, 2019 07:55:36 AM
Double your fun! I took two Alpha Stamps chipboard haunted houses and put them together to create a haunted duplex. These houses were identical, so I cut out one of the towers on the house on the left to create a different roof line. Then, I had a great time mixing and matching Halloween papers and adding spooky accessories. Chipboard gates, doors, and window frames, along with Dresden trim and flying bats, give the duplex dimension. The houses are attached at the back with a strip of washi tape.


Every year the residents of the duplex try to outdo each other in decorating. They do love Halloween! The skeletons, who live on the left, enjoy a nice banquet on the big day. Looks like their youngest has been out trick or treating.


Witches reside in the other half of this duplex. Most of them are probably out on their broomsticks, but someone has to stay home and watch for trick or treaters. I believe they'd rather be out riding.


Some of my favorite details on the skeleton house: a flag made from a small image. The flag pole is some thin wire with a seed bead at the top. The bats are attached with foam tape so they almost look like they're flying. A couple of skeletons peer out of the attic window.


Also at the skeleton house, a brad makes the perfect doorknob. The smallest skeleton inspects the candy in his trick or treat bucket. Striped paper helps create the illusion of stairs.


Over at the witches: more bats, and a friendly ghost. The ghost's head is glued behind the tower, but the hands are glued in front, giving him a nice 3D look. The pointy spire has an orange bead at the point.  To attach it, I used wire clippers to shorten a straight pin, then put a dab of glue on the tip and carefully pushed it into the cardboard.


More striped paper for the steps, and bat decor on the doorway. That poor witch looks like she's so bored. You know she'd rather be out scaring children.


The bat on the door is a charm. Usually when I use a charm like this, I clip the ring off. I was just about to clip this one off when I noticed it was in the perfect place for a peephole. I found a tiny eye on a collage sheet image, and glued it behind the charm. Someone is watching you!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Circus Town on: October 02, 2019 08:30:00 AM
MissingWillow recently introduced me to feves, and I'm not sure how I feel about that; once I saw them, I had to purchase some. If you are unfamiliar with feves, they are small trinkets hidden in a king cake or similar dessert. You know, like the plastic babies you can buy at the party store. BUT, the feves she introduced to me are no plastic babies: they are porcelain feves from France. There are all sorts of feves to be found on etsy: animals, kitchen accessories,  and cartoon characters, just to name a few. I found a set that is circus themed and it was all over. They are mine.

Of course I need a way to display them, so I looked to Alpha Stamps and found the cutest little houses, perfect to make a circus town. They also had the perfect paper needed to decorate the houses: "The Greatest Show" 6 x 6 pad. It's gorgeous! I had fun mixing and matching the papers on each of the houses. For scale, the tallest house in the center is 3 1/4" tall, minus the flag.


Some closeups. Look at those little porcelain beauties!


I fussy cut some of the elements from the papers: the ball in the clown house, the pennants, and all the circus posters.


And, the backs. Circus Town is the perfect place for all my new feves to live.
4  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween At The Cemetery (a candle holder) on: September 04, 2019 12:56:44 PM
I love Halloween, so I have a bunch of Halloween supplies around me at all times. I had a bunch of chipboard tombstones that needed to be used, so I put them together and made a candle holder. *Note, to avoid any sort of fire hazard, I'll be sure to only use a battery operated candle in this holder.

I painted all the tombstones with a mixture of paints and added papers, charms, rub on type, and collage sheet images to create five different tombstones. This little graveyard is littered with pumpkins, a witch's broom, and bones that were snapped off of a plastic skeleton. It's pretty easy to just break those bones off at the joints.


Here lies Edgar Allan Poe.  I used rub on type to indicate the year of his death, and for the RIP written on the gravestone to the right. To make the bats fly, I used a thin wire and literally just shoved it into the rubber bodies of the bats (poor things!). The wire was sandwiched between the two pieces of chipboard before gluing the gravestones together. Clothespins were used to hold the pieces tight while drying.


A black cat, a giant crow, and more bones. So spooky! I wrapped the candle with a black mesh ribbon before placing it into the holder.


I made the base for the candle holder from corrugated cardboard. I used a large can to trace around a circle, and cut two of those out using an x-acto knife. Glue these together to make a thicker piece This will elevate the candle and give the tombstones something to lean against. Glue this double thick base to another piece of cardboard.


You can make the base any shape you want; I elected to make mine a larger circle. Cut that shape out with an x-acto knife, and you are ready to go. I added a little moss to help hold my tombstones in place, then glued them to the inner circle with a glue gun. Most of the other elements, like the bones and pumpkins, were also attached with the hot glue. A nice ribbon around the lower level of the base will hide the cardboard.


Even though my desk is huge, I always end up working in the tiniest of spaces. Cheesy
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Pink Flamingos! (Altered tin) on: July 24, 2019 08:50:31 AM
We've been having lots of fun over at the Open Tin Swap (here's the gallery so far). My partner, edelC, had such fun themes on her list. I almost chose "circus", but I've done so many circus tins that I was worried it wouldn't be original enough. edel needed something made just for her. So, knowing she loves flamingos, I decided to go there.


I found the little flamingos on etsy. They were solid pink, so I used a tiny detail brush and some acrylic paint to add details. The grass came from a little square of astroturf I've had forever. I just knew that would come in handy some day! And that trim! That and the glitter just add to the kitschy goodness. The stand and the finial were painted and then glazed to make them shiny.


Here's the back. I love this fun paper. I used a marker to make the glasses into sunglasses.  Cool
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Drinking All Day on: July 15, 2019 08:53:10 AM
I used some items from this month's Alpha Stamps kit, plus tons of scraps of paper to make this little boozy recipe book.


What goes great with fruit? Booze, and vintage housewives. These gals are drinking morning, noon, and night.


Each section has a pocket containing a recipe. Is it before noon? How about a tipsy smoothie (nutritious because fruit!)


Another housewife:


Noon beverage: Champagne Lemonade, mmm!


Now evening rolls around...


...and we have a couple of Orange Crush Cocktails. Looks like my writing's starting to slip a bit. Oops, hic!


The end. G'night.  Cheesy


EDIT: Here are the recipes. I got these online, and haven't tried any of them, but they did sound good...


Tipsy smoothie:
Add the berries and ice to a blender and crush.
Add Vodka and lemon juice to the blender and blend until smooth.
Poor into glasses, garnish with mint leaf, and serve immediately.

Champagne Lemonade
Boil sugar in 1 c. water for one minute until dissolved. Turn off heat and let cool.
Combine cooled syrup with lemon juice and 2 c. water, mix well.
Fill champagne flute with 1/2 lemonade, then top with champagne and garnish with lemon slice.

Orange Crush Cocktail
Add vodka, Cointreau and orange juice to a glass filled with ice.
Top with a splash of Sprite and mix well. Garnish with orange peel.

Go to bed. You're drunk. Cheesy

7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Open Tin Swap Gallery on: July 11, 2019 04:54:37 PM
Here's our gallery! Original swap link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=458667.0



Swap status: If your name is red, you have sent. If your name is struck through, your partner has received. I like to give feedback when both partners have sent and received, but if you need feedback in order to join another swap, please pm me.
Smiley = you have feedback;  Grin = both partners have feedback

PARTNERS:
cackle 7/26<> abbeeroad 7/24  Grin
Killam Creative 7/26 <> Wulf 7/27  Grin
loves2experiment 7/24 <> faemystique 7/15  Grin
The Raging Sloth 7/27<> lindyv321 7/23  Grin
SonjaBoo 7/29 <> curiousfae 7/26  Grin
rackycoo 7/15 <> edelC 7/11  Grin
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / CLOSED: Open Tin Swap (Signups through July 5 or until full; Sendout July 26) on: June 28, 2019 07:43:04 AM
GALLERY!!



Let's make decorative tins! I'm guessing most people would like to use an Altoids tin, but if you have a similar sized tin that will work better, that's fair game too. Pop the lid off and use the open tin as a shadowbox of sorts, in one of the themes your partner requests. All you're sending is one tin, and you have plenty of time (3 weeks! So generous!), so please take your time and make something so awesome that you secretly wish you could keep for yourself. There are tons of examples of tins around Craftster. Click here for lots of examples. This swap is limited to 24 people, so sign up now if you're interested. Don't be late to the tin party!

*Make sure you post a comment in the signup thread, so you don't miss any important announcements!*

Fair warning: if you have a history of several very late sends or poor communication, I may ask you to sit this swap out. If this is the case with you, please pm me before applying to join, and we'll discuss your situation.


Swap name: Open Tin Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: rackycoo
Sign-up date range: June 28-July 5
Date to send item by: July 26

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap: Remove the lid from an Altoids or similar sized tin, and create a beautiful shadowbox display for your partner, based on one of their theme ideas.
...

If you want to participate, please make sure you post in this thread, and send this information to your organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Open Tin Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

ADD OTHER SWAP SPECIFIC QUESTIONS HERE...
My five themes are:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Are your themes listed in order of preference? YES/NO

If you have strong preferences on colors or content, or things you like or don't like, list them here for your partner:

Do you have a Pinterest account or other links that might help your partner with inspiration? If so, list the links here.

Anything else you would like the organizer or your future partner to know?

Let's have some fun!

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

AFTER PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP AND BEEN APPROVED, LIST THE PARTICIPANTS HERE AND WHO IS SENDING TO WHOM:
* = needs to post in this thread
...

1. rackycoo
2. loves2experiment
3. cackle
4. Killam Creative
5. faemystique
6. The Raging Sloth
7. curiousfae
8. Wulf
9. lindyv321
10. edelC
11. Abbeeroad
12. SonjaBoo

PARTNERS!
cackle <> abbeeroad
Killam Creative <> Wulf
loves2experiment <> faemystique
The Raging Sloth <> lindyv321
SonjaBoo <> curiousfae
rackycoo <> edelC
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Artist Trading Coins - Controlled Mayhem on: May 17, 2019 09:05:44 AM
Up until now, I haven't really messed with Artist trading coins, but I got a set from Alpha Stamps and decided I really like them.  Here's some Controlled Mayhem to brighten your day: five coins and five pockets decorated in a circus theme. I used some metallic paint to brighten up the edge of each coin in shiny gold. Grommets were added to the upper left corner of each pocket, and they were all bound with a binder ring to create a chunky book. A tassel made with fun and fuzzy fibers (and a sweet silver elephant) was added to the ring for maximum circus fun.


Here are the pockets before binding. I used a rubber stamp to make the title on the first pocket. Old tickets look fab on the fronts of the rest.


Circus fun!


Let's pop those coins in and bind it up.


I'm sure that's enough photos for you, but if you are a glutton for punishment and crave more, they can be found on my blog. Meanwhile, here's one for the road:
10  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Needle Felted Mousie on: May 01, 2019 11:40:44 AM
Last weekend at the Asheville Meetup, PerfectlyBohemian taught a group of us to needle felt. She supplied us with everything we needed to make adorable squirrels (see lots of them here!) PB was so generous with the supplies, that I had enough white roving left over to make a little mousie.


His tail is a pipe cleaner wrapped with embroidery floss, which enables him to stand.


If it's hot outside, a drink umbrella is the perfect size to shade him from the sun's hot rays.


He's a wee little thing!


Needle felting is fun!
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