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11  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:
12  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!
13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Altered Alice Tin Featuring the Tweedles on: April 30, 2019 09:10:15 AM
I never really know where to park altered tins, but this one is mostly done with paper, so it's here in the papercraft section today.

I removed the lid before covering the outside with polka dotted paper, and the inside with a beautiful background image from a collage sheet. The outside mushrooms are a chipboard insert. I used colored pencils and Copic markers to paint the mushrooms to match the background. I wanted the largest two mushrooms to extend outside the boundaries of the chipboard, so I painted those two tops separately and then attached the new caps. The white spots on them were added with Gesso.

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum had on outfits that were fairly muted, so I bumped up the color a bit with Copic markers. Now they look more at home in their bright surroundings. I also used a marker on Alice's hair. After all, blondes have more fun! Look at the sweet little hedgehog peaking out from behind the mushroom in front. He was so adorable that I just had to include him.

Butterflies were folded and glued down the center to make them appear as if they just landed on the edges of the tin. I love that big silver teapot; it's the perfect topper! It really made the piece come together. Silver beads made little feet for the tin, and echoed the silver of the teapot. In the picture below, you can see that the Tweedles are mounted on foam tape for extra dimension. Alice is also mounted on foam tape so it appears she is actually peaking out from that giant 'shroom.

It's pretty wild how the light varies on these. The true color is somewhere between the first and second photo.
14  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?
15  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / GAME on: April 01, 2019 11:22:52 AM

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

17  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.
18  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.
19  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
20  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
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