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11  Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong in Craftalongs by Watsonc7 on: February 08, 2017 02:57:01 PM
So much food, so much yum looking food!!  I'm the middle of three girls, and the only one who inherited zero cooking skills, seriously, zero (unless making ramen noodles count).  I totally appreciate people who enjoy to cook, and do it well, props.  Love seeing those pics!

I spent most of my craft time yesterday playing with image transfer onto paper.  Lots of fails.  I didn't have great luck using wet acrylic paint, but I was able to make a light transfer using wax paper ("Guanaco Camel" image from graphicsfairy.com) Uggg, my pictures will either look normal on my ipad or my desktop, never both at the same time Sad

Today I made a few quick postage people ATCs

I miss sewing, so I'm giving myself another day or two of paper crafts and then hopefully uncover my sewing machine Smiley
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12  Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong in Craftalongs by Watsonc7 on: February 05, 2017 03:59:11 PM
For Day 5 I separated my postcard and ATC backgrounds into piles I like and piles I'm not crazy about..my challenge is to look at the backgrounds I don't like again and try to make them into something I do like, whatever that entails.  I ended up with these three random fact ATCs and I'm totally going to do more, fun fun.  I can't believe how many honeys I have thrown out "just in case"..those suckers are pricey!
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13  Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong in Craftalongs by Watsonc7 on: February 04, 2017 07:51:08 PM
ohhhh Acadian, my mouth literally watered just now.  That looks really good!

I didn't have a very productive crafty day today.  I attempted to transfer images to a few of my postcard backgrounds and a piece of cloth, but all the images are still left with a thin white foggy layer of paper, I'm trying to rub the last little layer of paper off so much that I'm now rubbing the image off pretty much all of them.  I used a matte fluid medium, not sure if I need to go get some thick gel medium or not.  I should probably do smaller images too, I tried it with images that took up a good chunk of the postcard..  Uggg, luckily I used backgrounds that I wasn't crazy about.  Anyone have any tips for image transfers directly onto a painted or collaged background?  

The really fun  part of my day was celebrating this stud's 49th birthday!  BayBay is my daughter's dachshund.  I'm not allowed to call him mine unless I specify that I'M ONLY THE "GRANDMA".  We adopted him 3 years ago and he's been my daughters love and light ever since.  When we got Baybay, my daughter said he sits like a gentleman, so he's been wearing a birthday tie and top-hat ever since.

Side Piece: Here's an image I found on how you can cut an 8.5x11 piece of cardstock (masterboard, wooop!) into 10 ATCs
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14  Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong in Craftalongs by Watsonc7 on: February 03, 2017 08:04:41 PM
Made some master boards today. I glued ALL the teensie paper scraps on my desk to a few boards, made another crazy colorful board using my daughters thrown-away origami papers,(took pic before glue dried) and made another board with the last few scraps of origami paper and book pages of foreign text.  Phew!  In all, I made 9 ATC and 14 postcard backgrounds (the last pic).  Most of them are pretty busy, but if I decide not to use them as postcards, I can cut them into embellishments.  I need to do master boards with my medium scraps next...and then make calmer inked, painted, and stamped ones.  Ooooh and I like to cut my gelli prints up too..I love a gelli background! Definitely going to be my fall-back craft for this month.

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15  Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong in Craftalongs by Watsonc7 on: February 02, 2017 05:33:04 PM
Emily, love the pen holder bookmark, so cute and an awesome idea!!

I made a few ATCs from the mess on my desk today.  Then I got real with myself and admitted that I would need wayyy more than 3 ATCs to take a dent out of my teensie scraps that I can't seem to throw out. Who needs a drawer for tiny scraps, a drawer for small scraps, a drawer for medium scraps and a drawer for larger papers?  Me, I do...its insanity.  So, I think tomorrow I'll go glue crazy and make masterboards...easy breezy.

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16  Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong in Craftalongs by Watsonc7 on: February 01, 2017 08:23:26 PM
I'm hoping to art every day and I totally tried today, but I only ended up making a swap log booklet for my planner (which I totally have been needing, so I consider it a score!).  Here's how I'm leaving my crafty desk for the night...battles, battles were fought on that desk today.  My poor sewing machine. I pretty much go back and forth between sewing and arting, I'm equally messy with both. My favorite part is actually cleaning this kind of stuff up!
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17  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by Watsonc7 on: January 27, 2017 01:24:39 PM
You guys have a sick sense of humor...I like it  Grin

Stellato...the colors in your painting are AMAZING, jealous of your skills.  Can't wait to see it finished.

Audio love the taxidermy head and my daughter would get a kick out of the Dino...the colors are perfect

Today I finished a crib blanket that my sisters friend asked me to make.  She sent me the fabrics and black bubble minky.  I've only used bubble minky on bibs and burp cloths, never on something as large as a blanket...does it normally ripple (or make them a bit wavy) on  the edges? you can see it at the top. I'm really critical of things I make (normal, right!), but it bothers me.  It's either the bubble minky's wacky personality, or the fact that I forgot to widen my stitch length around the border.  Either way, I'm gonna sleep on it before I decide if it's worth unpicking.

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18  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by Watsonc7 on: January 25, 2017 02:47:40 PM
I have so much catching up to do, I'll have to scroll way up after I post.  I LOVE bowl holders, we use ours all the time!
So I've been busy making planner covers and collages this last week.  I made me and my sister (and a small random one) planner covers and I'm crazy for my scrappy fabric one, I'm totally going to make more of these to prep for an etsy shop I eventually hope to open.

Since I can't draw Sad I've been trying out collage..here's some of my fav 3 piece portraits and wack collage postcards that I've made this week
**i keep playing with the image size to make them smaller and I might be making them wonkier, so I'll just stop

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19  Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong in Craftalongs by Watsonc7 on: January 18, 2017 08:44:26 PM
I think I might use this craftalong specifically to force myself into making art every day.  I really wish I would stop overthinking art and just get nassy with it, this might be the perfect push!

My list here:

1. A5 swap log booklet for my planner. Nothing exciting enough to post a pic, but definitely something I've needed to make for a long time now.
2. ATCs

3. Scrap Masterboards (9 ATC, 14 postcards)

4.  Attempted image transfers onto collaged backgrounds #FAIL
5.  Random fact ATCs

6-8: Experimented with image transfer methods.  Made camel postcard using wax paper transfer.  Also, made postage people ATCs

9-10: made 2 never ending art cards

11. Artistamps

12. Not a thang!

Rough ideas:
Try to do a mini art in a grid each day too
Gelli prints (paper and fabric)
Mail art envies
Clay character bowl
Shrinky charms/bookmarks
Make masterboards to destash paper
Weaving in a hoop?
Practice brush techniques (get to know my brushes)
Make tags
Art techniques cards
Collage practice (surreal, exquisite corpse, layered face, etc)
Silicone paper
Transfer techniques
Wax paper printing
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20  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by Watsonc7 on: January 14, 2017 12:48:57 PM
Congrats RantyHippie!  Oooh baby girls!!  I always wanted a boy so I accidentally said "awww man!" out loud when I found out I was having a girl at my ultrasound (no judgement)...but eventually I calmed myself down about having to buy pink things and barbies (I was never girly girly) and how in the world would I keep her away from boys.  Cut to 10 years later and she's always been the absolute best thing I've ever crafted, I'm so thankful!  Side note: I bought the pink things and tons of Barbie stuff early on and she ended up being drawn to dirt, science, dragons and wolves, yay!

Along the baby lines....I finished another project today.  My sister in law requested bandana bibs for my new nephew Cruz.  I ended up using different fabric combos (so I can get feedback on which ones absorbed the best) and 3 different bandana styles/sizes.  I'm all about mixin it up.  I really really tried to use only my stash (half of them are), but my other sister in law bought me the joanns fabric calendar with a coupon for every month and I wouldn't want her to think I hated her gift (I'll have to prove it every month this year), so I added the awesome deer, x, and teepee fabric to my stash. I'm just not a rude person  Grin
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