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411  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The Unconditional Swapper Swap on: October 06, 2005 08:17:21 AM
onthinice, you already know this, but - I worship your awesome crafting skills!!  I'm honored to have some of your crafts in my collection, and I can't get over your journal-making talents!  GREAT job.   Grin

Onthinice-That journal is so amazing.  The cover is beautiful and your drawling is so intricate... I LOVE IT.

Gawsh, I'm blushing   Cheesy  Thanks, guys!

aschnebly - I can't draw worth poo-doo, so I used rubber stamps.  I am all for crafting gadgets:  A skeleten rubber stamp set, embossing ink, and copper embossing powder, and I am good to go.
412  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The Unconditional Swapper Swap on: October 06, 2005 07:05:27 AM
My partner received my package a week ago, so I hope it is alright for me to post pictures.

Sham requested a journal with random designs inside.  I snooped through her posts and saw that she liked the Biology Swap that went on a while ago, so I made a journal with mismatched reptile and amphibian bones on the cover (sort of lizard like).  I also stamped miscellaneous bone designs on a little over ten percent of the books pages which I coffee dyed.

413  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Geocaching swag on: October 05, 2005 08:41:48 PM
I keep telling myself that I should get out there and practice.  Maybe this can give me an excuse to make marble magnets or play with shrinky dinks, so I can make tokens...just in case I happen to actually find a cache.   Shocked
414  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Gallery on: October 05, 2005 08:36:00 PM
Now look at how cool this stuff is - she did a TON of work scanning in pictures and watermarking them, etc - and I have no idea how! i'm just amazed.

Maybe I could use the journal to journal.scrapbook my conventions.

Yay!  I am glad you like them.  I had the best time playing around with the graphics and figuring out what I wanted to do with them.  It was also fun showing my project to the husband who thought I was nuts.  I would be honored if you used the journal to document your convention fun   Grin

In case you want to try making watermarks, I took graphics, converted them to greyscale (my preference), and in Microsoft PhotoDraw I used Effects and then increase the Transparency, messing with the scale until it seemed to look right.  You can also use the freebie IrfanView:  Image menu, Enhance Colors, and increase the Brightness until it fades out as much as you want.

onthinice, that stuff looks awesome!  this thread is turning into quite the bookbinding convention.  Smiley

Thanks!  Your soft cover journal is hot stuff, too   Wink  I love exposed spines.  As for the bookbinding convention, I will do just about anything to help spread the bookbinding addiction.  I can't wait until I finally get moved and see if anyone in the area is doing interesting things with journals there.
415  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wood & Leatherbound Book on: October 04, 2005 06:54:22 PM
Thanks for the renewed interest, guys.   Smiley

what are you going to put in it or do with it?!
Probably just keep it.  I have never journalled.  I wish I did because then I would have a good reason to have all of these books.  Right now I am having fun making different types of blank books.

I have always wanted to try laced-on wooden boards, but I don't know what kind of wood to look for... hard/soft, good quality or whether that matters..  What kind of wood is that?

I do not think it matters what type of wood.  I used oak (hard wood) for this book because the workshop focused on using "period" techniques and materials.  After I came home, I made more books using poplar (soft wood) because I liked the look of the grain.  The soft poplar was much easier for me to wood burn, so in the future I may stick to using poplar.

If anyone is interested in making spines by sewing on split thongs or double cords, here is a site with sewing diagrams:

Somewhere there are better instructions, but I cannot find the link for them at the moment.  I am in the middle of moving, but when I have access to my hardcopies I will post the link.

416  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Re: kumihimo? on: September 30, 2005 05:29:31 PM
Thanks, I will try that since I do not want to spend $45 on bobbins   Smiley
417  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Re: kumihimo? on: September 29, 2005 11:28:38 PM
Where do you get your bobbins?  I cannot believe the prices I have seen online.
Anything superhero related (especially Supergirl/Superman but I like all comic books)anything

I'll take eowynmn!

One superhero something or other coming right up!

My list:

-  an altered Altoid tin - not a shrine but to use as a container for small doo-dads.  A Celtic design would be nice, but not necessary.

-  knitting needle roll-up for circular needles - I only use circulars so something with larger pockets would work well

-  earrings for Halloween

-  surprise me  Smiley

About me:  I like all colors (except pink), earth tones and bright colors are favorites.  I am into science fiction/fantasy, the outdoors, ren faires, the SCA, and have a fondness for herpetology (reptiles and amphibians).
419  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Stuff I Can Make Swap? on: September 26, 2005 01:21:51 PM
I would not mind doing that provided onthinice does not mind. If she wants to keep this as a seperate swap then i'd rather not mix the ideas.

I sure would not mind if you use the idea.  I just threw it out there last night when I was frustrated about lurking for a week and still not finding someone to craft for.  I know I have crafty skills that someone would like.  I must be just a little out of style at the moment   Tongue

JazzyBee, if you want to use this along with what you are doing, go for it.  If someone wants to organize a separate swap with this idea, go right ahead.  I am moving soon, so I cannot commit myself to organizing a swap right now, but I can join in as a participant.
420  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Stuff I Can Make Swap? on: September 25, 2005 09:35:37 PM
Lurking for someone to request a wish I can actually fulfill on the Ongoing Wish List Swap got me wondering, what about the opposite:

Stuff I Can Make Swap - Someone lists four or five types of things they can make, possibly providing links to pics.  Then someone jumps in and says, "Hey I want a purple yadda-yadda #3 off of your list," and that same person lists four or five things s/he can make.  Similar rules would apply:  People must be pre-approved, and participants must choose only from the most recent list.

Anyone interested?
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