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11  Bug Coasters in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by parisgirl on: April 29, 2010 01:19:44 PM
I've been into bugs lately.  I had great wrapping paper and with bugs in all sorts of colors that I couldn't part with as gifts so I started making coasters.

I have regular old tiles that I've mod podged cut out bugs and tissue papers to and then covered the back side with felt so it is soft on surfaces.  I like them and they are practical too.

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12  Letter Screen in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by parisgirl on: April 28, 2010 05:40:28 PM
Remember when partition screens were all the rage?  I made one a long time ago and all but forgot about it.  I've been doing a marathon cleaning/painting session today for my back porch getting it all beautiful and while working I found my old screen.  It fits perfectly with the colors so I added it to the room.  Now I remember how much time and love went into this original project.

First I bought these specialty stickers at a rubber stamp convention and held on to them for 4 years before I found a worthy project.

I have a book of famous love letters and photocopied all sorts of them on to different colored taupe papers for the worn look.  I also have a rubber stamp in french script and I added that to tinted watercolor paper.

Lastly I took another rubber stamp and added the postal and passport markings. 

Screens may not be as popular as they once were - but I really like the addition to my porch and I think I'll use this old letter collage look on a few other projects I'm planning.
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13  Paris Boarder in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by parisgirl on: April 27, 2010 12:53:16 PM
I needed a boarder in my bedroom and decided to make my own with scraps of paper I had from other projects.  I bought a package of Eiffel Towers and glued strips of paper to them and trimmed.  This is the finished product.  I think I'll work on the rest of the 20 one at a time.

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14  Re: Alice in Craftster-land 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by parisgirl on: April 19, 2010 09:21:06 AM
I haven't posted these pictures of goodies that TeriLynn sent after the first package arrived.

But first I have to post a picture of how beautiful the packages were when they arrived:

Here is a shot of a pedestal she created with the same paper as my white rabbit:

You'll notice that the terrarium is doing well!  It is thriving and I am not afraid I will have a hand in it's death like I thought I might the first week it was in my house.  Also in the picture is a divine copper pendant and versatile white (painted red) rose that can be worn on a necklace or on a barrette. 

Here is the copper pendant with an astonishing delicate beaded rope.

and this same beaded rope necklace works additionally with the white (painted red) rose and this little charm:

I feel so stylish with all these Alicey inspired accessories!  TeriLynn I'm half way done with the last craft I'm working on for you too.  Last night's effort went really well.

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15  Queen of Hearts Shrine in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by parisgirl on: April 14, 2010 07:07:37 AM
This is one of those projects that didn't come together easily whatsoever.  This shrine started out as an earring display stand.  But once the doors had metal mesh the images on the back wall couldn't be seen so I re-worked the project into a shrine.

This picture is dark but without much glare.  I glued Alice down and then realized I wasn't done trimming her out.  Sometimes when I forget to trim something down I can take it up again and complete the cut as I image in.  But I had to work with spray adhesive because the paper is so dry.  I wouldn't come up after I noticed my mistake.

These are the little offerings I sent with the shrine: Skeleton Key, drink me bottle, mushroom, crown and Eiffel Tower charms.

And the one thing that pleased me the most with this project doesn't appear in my pictures -- I really screwed up in documenting my project.

On the top and sides of the shrine I carefully edged the paper with red ink.  The effect was really striking and I want to make sure I remember I did this when I take out that paper again.  I liked the beads and the pawns at the top of the shrine.

My partner said she liked the finished project and I'm thankful she was pleased.  But I'm still irritated with myself for the little things that didn't go quite right. 

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16  Alice in Wonderland in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by parisgirl on: April 11, 2010 04:48:37 PM
I made a box for my partner for the Alice in Craftsterland Swap.  This is the top inside of the box:

The crown, Key and pocket-watch are stickers.  Alice is from a blank greeting card and the name plate came from a scrapbooking set of goodies I found on clearance.  I added her name with letter stickers.

And the bottom

I don't know how practical it is to attach small wood blocks to the inside of a box, it makes the inside smaller.  But I didn't want to just paint a checker board bottom so I thought this would be a little different.

Here is a picture of the closed box:

To see how the outside came together visit this thread


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17  Wonderland Box (image heavy) in Completed Projects by parisgirl on: April 11, 2010 04:18:48 PM
I made this box for my partner in the Alice in Wonderland Swap.  

I'm including photos for the process of getting this damaged diamond look.  I started with a pine box from Michaels.  I taped the area where the top and bottom meet when closed and then I painted a layer of white gesso.

Next I rubbed the outside of the box with black acrylic paint and a cotton ball.  After that dries I then use a flat craft stick to smear gold acrylic paint.  My paint is very old and clumpy but it works really well when used like this.

Next I used gold pearl ex powder

Then I found spots that looked grey not black or gold so I painted (using a brush this time red paint and after this layered was dry.  I mixed black and red together to make a crimson color.  I put down my diamond stencil and covered the stencil with crimson.

After removing the stencil I take a rubber stamp covered lightly with gold paint and lay it gently on top.  if there isn't a clean image that's okay.  After this has dried I sand the whole thing very gently.

Lastly I use a layer of brown watercolor paint to add an antique look where paint is removed down to the first layer of gesso.  

Before adding the letters with tacky tape and the sticker of the key hole I let the box set overnight and dust the top with a clean cloth.

Completed project:

To see the inside visit the paper craft thread:

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18  Re: Alice in Craftster-land 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by parisgirl on: March 25, 2010 07:51:02 AM
TeriLynn's package arrived yesterday and it is superb!  First off, she wrapped everything up so it was like opening one present after another.  I took pictures of the presents and I'll have to post that one down the line.  But here are the wonderful, amazing and lovely items she sent me. 

(the details on the mushrooms are amazing!)

(cuz I love the chunky houses)


As you can see this is a very impressive assortment of items!  I love everything and just when I think I can pick one out and say it's my favorite, I can't  The book is amazing because the artwork is a lot like Eric Carle - who I love and I really need a new journal, I don't know how you know that TeriLynn.  The jewelry is just my style and something I can't make myself.  I've got a special occasion that I'm going to wear the blue necklace to next Friday!  And then there is the Bunny.  I love him.  I just love him.  He is so sweet and I love love love the writing.  I hope I can keep the terrarium green because it is moss from the west coast and I never get to travel out there. 

I'm just so touched, this swap has been the best one yet. 
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19  Red Poof in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by parisgirl on: March 23, 2010 06:36:07 AM
I found directions for these...I don't know what to call them, poofs online and tried them out last night.  I think I will be making a ton of them for an AIDS task force fundraiser in May.  Do you like them hanging or as a table decoration?

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20  Re: Alice in Craftster-land Round 2 - CLOSED! Send by Mar 29, 2010 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by parisgirl on: March 07, 2010 09:48:23 AM
This is one of my most valuable possession, a very old copy of Alice I bought at a Flea Market three or four years ago...I've used it for various crafts and mostly for inspiration these days

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