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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Altered matchbox with wacky book inside on: December 14, 2014 11:28:32 AM
Awesome! I love the list of reindeer names - so clever!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Snarky Honeymooners on: December 02, 2014 01:07:24 PM
Perfect! One of these days, Alice...
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Mini French Library on: December 02, 2014 12:14:26 PM
Hi, I thought I'd show you my altered Altoid tin French library - La Petite Bibliotheque. I was inspired by this post
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=404995.msg4768883#msg4768883
by The Mistress T. I had been making tiny books, and I got hold of an old French encyclopedia, so away I went!





I made a bunch of little books using the old leather cover and pages from inside the encyclopedia, and added stamps to some of them. I also made other books using a picture book, maps, and little endpapers from an origami sheet.





I used various cutout pieces for the tin itself, and put washi tape around the edges on the exterior. Inside I added shelves and a little Christmas lightbulb-bead.






I really loved making the little French books, and I loved Mistress T's inspiration!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Little matchboxes made of ticky tacky... on: December 02, 2014 11:48:51 AM
So cute! I love the different mixes of papers.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The Snarky Housewives Swap GALLERY on: September 17, 2014 08:23:31 AM
So many fabulous snarks! So many great drink recipes!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Interactive Altered Tin of Snark on: September 17, 2014 08:03:45 AM
That is really cool with the dial! A perfect way to adapt it for your mood every day (beware the days she chooses the arsenic quote!). I love the dough and cookie cutter, too. Now to go look at all your links...
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Snarky Housewife Recipe Holder - Bring on the snark - Pic heavy on: September 13, 2014 05:41:40 AM
Very cool - I love all the stains and smudges. And the Ghetto White Russian recipe!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Fairy House Altoid Tin on: September 05, 2014 02:03:29 PM
Thanks, everyone! I can think of all sorts of things I'd do differently now, but I'll apply what I learned to the next one.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: The Traveller on: September 05, 2014 02:02:26 PM
It's magical! I like the tiki charm - makes me think this book has been around the seven seas.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Fairy House Altoid Tin on: September 03, 2014 09:03:40 AM
Hi, everyone,

Since there's a spotlight on dioramas in the Articles today, I thought this was the perfect time for me to do my first post!

I'm hooked on Altoid tins. I do not eat all those Altoids - ouch - I buy blank tins. They're just the right size, and I sort of love the constraints of making things fit in that little space. I've done about eight different dioramas, and this is the one I just finished.



First I stained the tin with alcohol ink, then I used paper bark off a downed birch tree to cover the exterior. I made the door from craft sticks, made little hinges from jewelry wire, and added the lock, house number, and ladybug, which were all charms.





The interior has scraps of Cavallini paper, plus newspaper and other bits, like a fairy might scavenge. There are dishes made of acorn caps, a hanging lamp made from an acorn, and pictures of fairy grandparents.





The little chair is made from a cork and a button, and the table holds a teacup and a little copy of American Bungalow magazine (all the best fairies are reading it).



There's a feather broom in the corner.



The key (fairies have very big keys and locks - I guess they don't trust each other) hangs from a hook by the lamp.



If you find a fairy house, be sure to run your finger over it so you get a little fairy dust. What you do with it is your prerogative.
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