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1  Carroty goodness ... for stationery in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by ladolcerita on: December 14, 2005 04:02:45 PM
Some of you may have seen the journals I stamped with a potato last week-ish, and maybe even the turnip-print Christmas cards... I raided the crisper once again to come up with these!
It's a stationery set for a friend who writes a lot of letters; I bought a package of wee brown envelopes and a writing tablet (the light, light blue kind), carved up my carrot and got stamping. I also bought a bigger envelope to fit everything into as a bit of a case, and printed it, too.
Here are the pics... I was having a hard time with the sheets of paper so I apologize in advance!

And here's the carrot!

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2  Re: Homemade Holiday Cards--Let's See 'Em! in Winter Holidays by ladolcerita on: December 14, 2005 03:19:53 PM
I LOVE boywonder's cards! Here are mine...
The end product:

The cards drying in my workshop (read: kitchen table):

I had to make some blue & white ones because the shop was all out of white cards. I think they came out okay but I definitely prefer the red & white.

And here is my fabulous printing block!

You can't really tell, because the cut side is facing, but this is a turnip! Too poor for lino this Christmas, potatoes too small & soft/wet/porous, so I bought the biggest bruiser of a turnip I could find and used that instead.
The image is a bit rustic, but it's growing on me. And, the ornament is even sort of turnipy-shaped, which is only appropriate. The interruption of the stripes in the top third is because it's really hard to cut a very large and very hard turnip straight through smoothly. At one point it just sort of splits itself the rest of the way and I wasn't able to smooth it out. I pretend it's a "shine".

See the stationery section for my carrot-printed writing-paper set! (Give me a few minutes, though - have to upload pics still).

Vegetable printing is great!
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3  Beach Glass Icicles! in Winter Holidays by ladolcerita on: December 07, 2005 04:47:54 AM
The beach closest to my house is on a shipping lane and surrounded by marinas, harbours, etc. It has a lot of junk on it, but most of it is glass. Lots and lots of beach glass ... all shapes, colours, thicknesses. Lots of it patterned, too. I'm away from home (& thus my box of Christmas decorations) this year, so I came up with these to put on the tree. The first few were made with the regular white thread that was in my Altoids sewing kit, but I eventually bought a spool of silver thread to make them sparkle a bit. I added a dab of Elmer's to the edges so gravity couldn't pull the glass out of the thread wrapping.

Close-up #1:

Close-up #2:

And the 'icicles' on the clothesline (no tree yet!):

I made 32 of these one afternoon last week; some as long as my hand, some only an inch long. I plan to send a few to friends & family in their Christmas packages.
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4  Stamped Notebooks in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by ladolcerita on: December 07, 2005 04:31:01 AM
I found these blank notebooks at the local dollar store and wanted to give them some oomph, so that I could make a gift of them to a friend for Christmas. So, so broke this year, and tight on time as they also must be mailed across the ocean. So - 1 hour, 1 potato, 2 notebooks, some acrylic paint, and voila! Cheap to make, cheap to mail.

I'm usually a lino print gal, but I can't afford lino these days, nor the time to carve and print a more intricate design. These look a lot less quick-and-dirty than I feared!
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