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271  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Large matchbox shrine on: August 24, 2009 11:06:36 AM
I've been on a little shrine making kick lately. Here's a large matchbox shrine. It measures about 3" by 4" not including the little dome.
The outside:

The curved part at the top is actually an image of an old game spinner. The color was so perfect that I just had to use it. The halo and the leaf she's holding are actually gold charms, and I used a gold paint pin for some accents.

The sides, with their Dresden trim. I just love that stuff!


Here's the inside: I love the giant 2" bottlecap. I am also in love with that spider webby black ribbon behind it. And the glitter.  Cheesy


Here's what it looks like all together:

272  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Tiny matchbox shrine on: August 16, 2009 08:30:55 AM
I love making little matchbox shrines, and I really love these new blank (plain white cardboard!) matchboxes. It's so easy to get a nice color background on these with some Mod Podge and tissue paper, and the tissue paper is so thin that the drawer still slides easily. Here's a little sacred heart shrine I made:



I couldn't help but use some Dresden trim on the sides:



Here's the inside. I glitzed it up a bit with some glitter and half pearls. There's a little hanger on the back so it can hang on a wall.



The photos are large, but it's really the size of a standard match box.  Smiley
273  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Chunky Halloween town on: August 03, 2009 11:22:10 AM
I love Halloween; I love chunky houses. What's not to like about a chunky Halloween town? I got a bunch of cool supplies this month from Alpha Stamps, including a set of chipboard houses made by 7Gypsies. Normally when I make chunky houses I just use watercolor paper as a base, but I really loved these chipboard shapes. The houses are way sturdier than what I usually end up with. The tombstones in the 3rd and 4th picture are also chipboard shapes, covered with crackle paint and ink.

Anyway: here's my little row of Halloween houses.
From left to right:



(Phizzychick sent me that really old piece of cardboard with the hole in it. I've had it for a year or so. It was perfect for this!)


(Thanks to amaryllisroze for the bereavement card: what a great background for little tombstones!)







The whole row together. It's about 3 feet wide!


If you are like me, the paper I used for this project makes you drool. It's made by Graphics45, my new all-time favorite line of paper. Seriously, I have an almost 1" thick stack of the stuff. It's almost obscene.  Cheesy








274  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 38 ENTRIES / Floral-tufted Rackybirds (with lots of pics and tutorial!) on: May 01, 2009 07:41:52 AM
Have you ever wondered where all those brightly colored plastic eggs come from? The amazing Floral-tufted Rackybird lays them, of course! These bright blue songbirds with their love for floral adornment are hard to find in the wild, but I was lucky enough to come across a flock of them in my backyard recently. Here are two that were spotted perched in our redbud tree:


And here's a small flock sunning on our back wall:


If you're not lucky enough to have these festive birds native to your area, you can make a reasonable facsimile right there at home. All you need are a few of their eggs, which are generally collected and distributed in discount stores throughout the world each spring. Here's how you can make your own:


1. Gather your supplies. You will need: plastic eggs, some sort of paper to cover them with (I used pages from an old hymnal I found at the thrift store), a little tape, some shirt cardboard for the beak and wings, a wire hanger for the feet, some thinner wire used to wire things together, matte finish Mod Podge, some jewels for eyes, and some silk flowers and little acorn caps for adornment. Tools needed are: scissors, an exacto knife, needlenose pliers, a needle punch (commonly used for book binding), a cutting board, a sponge brush, and inkpads.


2. This picture shows the completing of the bottom in 5 steps. Cut out your tail shape and tape it to the rounder, bottom part of the egg, right where a tail should be. Wrap the tail with small pieces of the paper you will be covering your bird with. Once the sides are wrapped, continue to cover the tail and rest of the egg, until all is covered. Make sure that you put several strips on that connect the tail to the body. You want to make sure that is good and secure.


3. Once you are done with the tail sections, go ahead and cover the top part of the eggs. Don't worry about getting the paper perfect near the opening of the egg. Once you get your feet and beak on, you will be assembling the egg and going back and covering that area to seal the body shut.

The legs are made with short bits of a wire hanger, bent to form little feet. To place the legs, put the egg together and decide how you wish the bird to be standing. Take your needle punch and punch a hole for each leg. Surprisingly, this is not too hard to do, and your egg should not break if you work the punch in gently. Once you have the two holes, insert your wire legs, and put the egg back together to see where the legs need to be positioned so the bird will stand. You may have to bend or splay the feet a bit to get your bird standing. Once you like the way the bird looks, remove the top and wire your legs together so they won't slip out once the bird is complete.


4. This picture shows the inking of the beak and the covering and cutting of the wings. You will need a beak and two wings for each bird. I used a modified heart shape for my wings. Cover a side of the wing with your scrap paper, trim the excess, and then cover the other side and trim again. See that little brush beside the inkpad? I have no idea what it's called, but I purchased it for inking at my local independent stamping store. These work great for this project, but I'm sure a similar brush or sponge makeup applicator would work as well if you can't find this particular type brush. After you have covered the beak and wings, you need to go ahead and get them inked. I not only inked the wings blue, I went back with some black ink and put an edge on them to make them stand out a bit more. You are also going to want to ink a little of the face area of the bird with the blue ink before you go to attach your beak.


5. This picture shows the inside of the eggs before they are ready to be joined. To attach the beak, put the bird together and decide where the beak should go. Once you determine that, take your needle punch and punch two holes through the bend of the beak and the egg. You are going to be taking your thin wire and feeding it through those two holes and then twisting in on the inside of the egg to secure the beak. Make sure it's on good and tight! Once your feet and beak are wired, you can put the body together and take some of your remaining paper scraps to cover the seam where the two parts are joined. Give your birds and all their parts a couple of coats of Mod Podge. Once the birds are dry, take your ink brush and add color to them. Let that ink dry for a bit, and go wash your hands. (You will probably be a bit inky at this point.) Do not Mod Podge over the ink once its applied. It will run!


6. Now that the birds are dry, it's time to attach the wings. Mine were adhered with E6000 glue. Use a good rubber band to hold the wings in place while they dry. You can put the eyes on now. I used little self adhesive jewels found at my local craft store. These birds love flowers, so grab that E6000 and stick a bright silk flower on each little birdie head. Top that with an acorn cap. Now they look like they're ready to party!

One more shot, just for fun:


Happy Spring!  Smiley
275  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 50 Happy Years: finally done! on: April 23, 2009 02:16:35 PM
I have always loved this little book made of playing cards. Finally, I have an excuse to make one. My parents will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this summer. My brother and sister and I have been putting together a list of at least one thing that happened in our family each year since my folks got married in 1959. I made the cover and two pages today, and will be adding pages at a (hopefully) rapid pace from now until the end of July. I figured if I posted here, it will help keep me on track.  Cheesy

Edit: I'm finally completely done, with the exception of the last page (2009) which I will do after our family vacation celebrating their anniversary in August. Here's the big fatty book now:



And two pages:

The left page depicts a big Hawaiian block party that my parents hosted in 1967, and the one on the right is from 1991, when they retired early, sold all their belongings and hit the road to live life as rogue gypsies for a while.  Cheesy

Two pages down, 48 to go. Wish me luck!
276  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / PLEASE USE THE HELP DESK! on: April 15, 2009 05:58:24 PM
Please do not discuss specific issues about swaps, other swappers, or organizers on this board. This board is for general swap discussions only. If you have an issue or problem with a swap partner, a swap package, an organizer, a participant in your swap, or a specific swap in general, open a help desk ticket so a swap mod can assist you.

https://www.craftster.org/helpdesk/








277  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / I finally put the "chunk" in chunky. on: April 15, 2009 07:26:25 AM
Now that I have done three rounds of the chunky house swap, I think I have finally figured out how to actually put the "chunk" in chunky.  Cheesy I really tried to push it on this round, and forced myself to keep going back to the houses to add more stuff. I was pretty happy with the outcome. Here's my little neighborhood:


And here are some closer shots of the individual houses:






and


I've had those little metal frame brads forever. Why did it take me so long to notice what great windows they make?  Cheesy
278  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Little chunky houses 3 GALLERY on: March 23, 2009 07:35:48 AM
We're still adding on to the neighborhoods. Here are houses from the third round of Little Chunky Houses.

Progress: Red means you've sent. The list of people by your name is who has NOT received from you yet.

TEAMS:

Chained-dog-on-a-stake

rackycoo  Smiley
Phizzychick  Smiley
Knickertwist  Smiley
Lmcbride  Smiley
Kalanit  Smiley

Christmas-lights-in-July

atsuko Smiley
karin_  Smiley
CraftyMcCrafterson  Smiley
KawaiiHolic  Smiley
ckchan  Smiley

White-painted-tire-planters

amaryllisroze  Smiley
parisgirl  Smiley
craftydame  Smiley
loves2experiment  Smiley
LunaKitten  Smiley

Purple-shutters-orange-door

gingerquilts  Smiley
stunnedbannana  Smiley
WYOKrista  Smiley
alteredmommy  Smiley
playswithneedles  Smiley
279  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / [completed] Papercraft Challenge 15 - Women/the female form on: March 23, 2009 07:13:29 AM
The theme of "Women/the female form" won by a large majority. I can't wait to see the entries for this contest!

Here are the rules:

1. Create a piece with the theme of "Women/the female form". Use your imagination. You may interpret the theme in any way. Make sure that most of your entry uses paper (this is the Paper Craft board, you know.  Wink)

2. Post your entry in a separate thread on this challenge board on or before April 8th. Voting will start April 9, and will run for a week.

Here's the fabulous prize for the winner, courtesy of Alpha Stamps. It consists of three lovely collage sheets of bathing beauties, plus a great mounted rubber stamp:


Good luck!

Discussion to choose this these found HERE
280  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Little chunky houses 3 ` CLOSED Sendouts April 6. on: March 14, 2009 05:30:41 AM
GALLERY!

We all had such a blast making little rows of houses for the last two rounds of the Little Chunky Houses Swap that we're back for round 3!

Here is an example of some of the houses that were used for inspiration:

By Phizzychick:

       
By me:


And a spooky little house from amaryllisroze:


And click here for the gallery from the round one, and here for round two's gallery.

In this swap, each person will be put into groups of 5. You will make and send one house to each person in your group. Houses must be sturdy enough to stand when attached to other houses, so please make sure you use a good strong base to work with. SIZE: each house should be between 3 and 4 wide, and no more than 7 tall. Embellishments are encouraged. Send each person in your group a house you would like to receive. Although this swap is 'artists choice', please consider the person you are sending each house to. No ghettos, please! In the past two rounds we have all prided ourselves in very high quality of our work.

Swap name: Chunky houses
Craftster members who are organizing this swap: rackycoo
Sign-up date range: March 23 or until full
Date to send item by: April 6

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 20

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO, and all members of the swap MUST be willing to send out internationally.
 
Age requirement? 18+ only

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


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 18 years old: YES

Details of swap:
Participants will be put into groups of 5. Each member of the group will make and send out one house, decorated front and back, to each other member of the group. Because this is a papercraft swap, dc numbers are not required, but if for some reason your art does not arrive, you will be required to re-send.

Communication is very important! If you wish to join, please put "Chunky houses" in your signup PM. You are required to send me a PM when you send and receive your houses. Failure to do this will be reflected in your feedback. Also, everyone who signs up for the swap MUST post in this thread!
...



If you want to participate, information to send to organizers:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Chunky houses 3
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country (formatted for postage)
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? YES, as this is required for this swap
Confirm that you are at least 18 years old (yes/no)



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 out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.


AFTER PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP AND BEEN APPROVED, LIST THE PARTICIPANTS in the next post  AND WHO IS SENDING TO WHOM:

1. rackycoo
2. Phizzychick
3. amaryllisroze
4. parisgirl
5. stunnedbannana
6. playswithneedles
7. Kalanit
8. Lmcbride
9. atsuko
10. karin_
11. CraftyMcCrafterson
12. LunaKitten
13. KawaiiHolic
14. WYOKrista
15. Knickertwist
16. loves2experiment
17. ckchan
18. alteredmommy
19. craftydame
20. gingerquilts

TEAMS:

Chained-dog-on-a-stake
rackycoo
Phizzychick
Knickertwist
Lmcbride
Kalanit

Christmas-lights-in-July
atsuko
karin_
CraftyMcCrafterson
KawaiiHolic
ckchan

White-painted-tire-planters

amaryllisroze
parisgirl
craftydame
loves2experiment
LunaKitten

Purple-shutters-orange-door
gingerquilts
stunnedbannana
WYOKrista
alteredmommy
playswithneedles

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