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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong 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
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong on: February 05, 2017 06:42:14 PM
Ya monkey, I've thrown a lot away..I get paranoid, just doesn't seem normal that something wouldn't spoil!  I've heard of the honey mask thing, but ugggg tackiness and stickiness all over my hands and face, I'm cringing right at this moment.  I'm a bummer, apologies.  I'll never throw out my current honey though #redemption

Acadian, I've made some scrappy twine too awhile back, it's actually pretty fun when you get in your groove.  What are you going to do with yours?  I thought about making coasters but I'm kinda ehhh about that idea.
13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong 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!
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong 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
15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong on: February 04, 2017 07:20:18 AM
What kind of cardboard do you use for the base of the master Boards?

Anything...cheezeit, cereal, Capri sun, noodle, beer boxes, whatev (eat crap, make art...that's a good motto).  Then just open them up flat and go to town. I try to remember to glue or art (I gesso before I paint) on the printed side since it's easier to write on the cardboard brown side when you are done.
I think a masterboard swap would be fun!  Maybe make some separate mostly paint, collage, Gelli, and then free-for-all boards?  Manila envie size and two partners?  Thinking out loud. If no one jumps on hosting it I'll see what I can do in a month or so....swamped lately
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong 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.









17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong on: February 02, 2017 08:36:00 PM
Abbeeroad - The flower is so tiny and pretty. You'll have to show us the whole sampler when you're done.  Is it just random or are you practicing certain stitches?  I need to force myself to do a stitch sampler..I love embroidery, but I'm just too lazy to be a hand-stitcher :/

Acadian - ya, try the masterboards, so fun, quick and easy....and then you'll need another shoebox to hold all the backgrounds you make  Grin. So for the altered book you just art up some pages and send it back and forth?  That would be a cool ongoing monthly swap idea....hmmmm

Smeddley- your dogs face is cracking me up!!  I'm going to have to show this to my daughter, she's going to get a kick out of it.  Love the fleece dog toys!  I have a bin of fleece that I need to work through at some point.  One year my daughter and her friend made fleece blankets and pull toys to donate to the animal shelter where we adopted her dachshund.  Your dog toy making skills are way better than ours (we just simple braided them, yours look sturdy!), do you have a tutorial for these?  We need to up our game this year
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong on: February 02, 2017 05:44:58 PM
I really like the ATCs!  What is a masterboard?

Thanks!  To make a masterboards, just take a piece of cardboard or sturdy paper, any size (I mostly use flattened Cheezeit boxes.  We love cheezeits up in this house), and randomly paint, glue, stencil, whatever all over it to cover the cardboard.  Then you have a background that can be cut into ATC or postcard shapes and further embellished.  It's fun to see how different the masterboards pieces look when cut up.  I really overthink when I art, so it's a nice release for me to not think about placement when I make masterboards. I'll try to remember to post before and after shots tomorrow so you can see what I mean.
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong 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.

20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong 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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