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1  Re: Spirit/Intention Doll Swap - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by MamaTrader on: June 03, 2014 11:28:19 AM
I received yesterday from Craftymamabee!  She picked my intention of creativity. 

Isn't she beautiful?  CraftyMamaBee chose beautiful bold colors that I LOVE esp. bright orange and royal blue.  She has a beautiful sash made of netting and has the word "Create" embroidered on her side.  What my partner didn't know is when I was little, my grandmother taught me to embroider.  Some of my fondest memories are sitting next to my grandma as we practiced stitching and french knots.  I have never kept up with it as an adult, but anything embroidered always reminds me of her.  She was an amazingly creative woman who made clothes and quilts with artistic quality and I always wanted to be as creative as she was.  I feel like this spirit doll carries a little bit of my grandmother's spirit and I immediately think of her when I see it, right down to the embroidery needle attached to her sash!  The crazy thing is, my grandmother also played a role in the doll I sent to CraftyMamaBee, but I will let her tell you about that.   Wink

Close up of "Create":

Thank you so, so much CraftyMamaBee!!!!  I really love her and she will be watching over me as I attempt my creative future endeavors!!  And a huge thank you to wendiek for giving me such a perfect partner and organizing this great swap Cheesy
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2  Re: Inchie My Theme Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MamaTrader on: February 12, 2014 01:41:42 PM
I received from our hostess, Miss JillHogan!!  Check out how beautiful!!

These are for my "maps" theme.  This is a map of Jill's neighborhood she grew up in.  How fun is that?

These are for my "bees" theme.  Can you see the word "honeycomb"?

And lastly these are for my "coffee/tea" theme.  Jill has new copics and I am soooo jealous.  The coloring on these is so vivid!!

Thanks Jill and thank you for hosting such a fun swap!!!!   Grin
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3  Re: OT Literary Thing and A Used Paperback Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by MamaTrader on: February 07, 2014 06:02:17 PM
Prepare yourself to be thoroughly impressed (and maybe even a little jealous Grin)!

I received my package from the lovely calixita.  She chose my love of The Chronicles of Narnia and especially the great Aslan as her inspiration and made me this beaded bracelet.  I wish I could get a picture to truly capture it's sparkly awesomeness.  The bead work is amazingly detailed and perfect.  I am in awe and so very in love with it!!!!!  Thank you soooo much calixita!!!

Action shot... (It fits perfectly!)

Oh, the book!!!  She sent me Ruth Rendell's Not in the Flesh .  I can't wait to dive into it.  It is snowing like crazy here, so I'm going to curl up this weekend and READ!! YAY!  She also was so very kind as to send me an extra book The Borrowers by Mary Norton to read together with my son.  I had told her about reading classic children books together with my soon to be 5 year old.  We didn't have this one and he is already excited about it by looking at the cover!

I have loved this swap so very much.  Thank you to our organizers!!!!
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4  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2014 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by MamaTrader on: February 05, 2014 09:43:08 AM
I made this for SonjaBoo for her coffee/tea theme.  I guess she hasn't had a chance to post it, but I wanted to, just to share the fun technique I tried and to encourage others to try it! 

This is painted with very strong instant coffee on watercolor paper.  I dumped one of those instant coffee packs and added just enough water to dissolve the crystals.  That was my darkest color, and then just added water to lighten.  Once the coffee dries it looks so different then it does wet, so there is a lot of painting, letting dry and then adjusting.  It was fun and the best smelling paint I have ever used  Cheesy.  I had read it can fade or even mold over time, so I did use some microglaze fixative once I was finished. 

So if you have never painted with coffee, try it!  It is a lot of fun Smiley

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5  Re: Inchie My Theme Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MamaTrader on: February 04, 2014 04:26:31 PM
I received yesterday from coulsenl.  She chose my "mushroom house" and my "sugar skulls" themes.  I love how each of them has a hand drawn element.  They are really great and I couldn't be happier with them!!!  Thanks, coulsenl!!!!

Grrrrr... There is a second pic I can't get to upload:(. I was having problems yesterday too.  Will work on it.  Watch this space for a second pic!!!  figured it out!

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6  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2014 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by MamaTrader on: February 03, 2014 04:09:41 PM
I received from My_RubySlippers today on my "cats as pirates" theme. She embellished pics of her own cat Dante and it says "Kitties of the Carribbean-Dead Cats Chest." Isn't it awesome!?!  I love how personalized and original it is.  I keep laughing to myself thinking about what her cat must think about his starring role Smiley. Thank you soooo much!!!!

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7  Tiny riverfront home scene in Completed Projects by MamaTrader on: February 01, 2014 06:49:26 PM
I recently participated in the One Tiny Literary Thing swap where we made one tiny thing inspired by our partner's favorite book/character etc.  My partner, Calixita, listed her favorite book as Wind in the Williows.  It is a classic that, somehow, I have never read.  After her description of it, I knew I had to read it, so I began.  It inspired me to make her this little scene of Rat's riverfront home.

The house is made out of cardboard.  I used the "inchie house" template posted elsewhere on craftster, but blew it up to 150%, so the final house is 1 1/2 inches per side.  It is covered with pebbles from my yard to simulate river rock.  The "wood" beams are pieces cut from small box which contained a round of brie cheese, which I stained to look like dark wood.  The boat and the dock is cut and shaped from the same brie cheese container. 

The roof of the house is covered with an air plant that grows here (this was taken off of some wood in my backyard!).  It is from the moss family, but dry instead of moist like most moss is.  It was fun to use natural elements!  The scene is glued to a cardboard circle covered with one of the pages of Wind in the Willows. 

Before I glued on the house, I cut a circle out of the cardboard and added a battery tea light candle and then fit the house over it.  The bottom of the tea light is flush with the bottom of the larger circle, so it can be switched on and off.  The light flickers to simulate firelight.  This was the biggest reason I enlarged the inchie house template.  I have always thought inchie houses would look so great lit up, but they are so tiny, no light would fit.  Enlarging the house to an inch and a half is a perfect fit over a round tea light candle. 

I'm still reading Wind in the Willows and am really enjoying it.  This was fun to make and I was pleased with the way it turned out.  Thanks for looking  Grin
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8  Re: Inchie My Theme Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MamaTrader on: January 28, 2014 08:05:22 AM
Received these awesome inchies from felicitybaby.  I think she hit almost all of my themes.  I especially love the vintage ones, but they are all really great.  Thank you!!

ETA: Sorry, I have uploaded that last pic three times in an effort to turn it the right way and it is not working.  Just turn your monitors sideways.   Cheesy Cheesy
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9  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - December 2013 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by MamaTrader on: January 27, 2014 09:23:14 AM
Here's the card I sent wdicwg.  I switched to her "eyes" theme after the card I originally made on "the universe" didn't turn out the way I wanted.  I went ahead and sent both, but only kept a pic of the one I liked. Cheesy

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10  50s diner inchies in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by MamaTrader on: January 27, 2014 09:09:08 AM
I made these for the recent "inchie my theme" swap.  My partner's theme was the 1950s and I chose to focus on 50s diners.  I used retro scrapbooking paper for the background and graphics of retro food.  I researched diner lingo- the language waitstaff use to communicate orders to the cook.  Each phrase correlates with the food pic.  I found a fun "diner" font to type the phrases in.  I had so much fun with these, especially with the research of the lingo.  Apparently this type of lingo is unheard of outside of the United States and varies by region.  

Thanks for looking!  

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