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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / KatAutumn's ATCs (Pleasantly Image Plump) on: November 18, 2009 11:59:00 AM
I'm finally starting my own ATC gallery here. I've been makign ATCs since 2006 and I had not made any in quite some time prior to joining the November Ongoing ATC swap. I'd almost forgotten how much fun they are to make. Almost all of my cards are sent out. I think I only have four I've made for myself, which have been placed in my altered journal. I'll update this OP as I create more cards. I actually sent a Raven theme card today to spookygrrrly that I'm eager to post (but won't just yet, because I don't want to spoil the surprise Smiley ) because it turned out just the way I wanted it to.

Without further ado, here are my ATCs. I hope you enjoy. I always welcome comments and critique.

This first one is a Craftster themed ATC I made for audio-astrophysics. It's inspired by one of the Craftster logos with the little cork figure. I used a self-adhesive cork sheet:

The next one was a Posture themed ATC for Prettyinpaisley:

This one was a Christmas themed ATC for MissDisney. I made a slide out insert with a snowglobe. I drew a tree and painted over it with Sparkle Podge to make it look like iridescent "snow" and then covered it with a piece of acetate to look like glass. The snowflakes are eyelets and the picture was cut from a vintage craft magazine:

This was a Gingerbread Man theme card I made for LindaP. I was inspired by the children's story book of the Gingerbread Man:

This picture is shamefully crooked, but it's a Mandalas themed ATC I made for Oyhana. I saved a mandala coloring page from the internet and sized it for an ATC. I then hand colored it using Berol Prismacolor pencils:

This was a Dungeons & Dragons themed card I made for Corduroy Cat. I used packing tape to ghost the image of a frame from the infamous "Dark Dungeons" Jack Chick Gospel tract. I then painted the tape with alcohol inks. I used a spare D&D quick start playing guide to cut out the d20 and other images. The Kobold Zombie came from one of my many D&D cards:

This is one I made for my art journal. I used alcohol inks and a black stamp ink pad for the background. Then I glued a picture from my "Architecture" ATC paper pad:

This one is a Knitting Themed ATC I made for spookygrrrly. I clipped a piece from a knitting pattern I found in one of my magazines. I also clipped a part from a Clover Knit Lite knitting needle ad and a yarn ad. I then knit a tiny swatch out of Noro Kureyon Sock and used 1/18" brads to fasten it to the card:

The following card is NSFW! It is a June Palmer themed ATC I made for raeraethejetplane. June Palmer was a nude model in the 1960s. I found a beautiful B&W photo of her online and used that. I used silver gel pen and rhinestone stickers to create the "frame". I used a thin, shiny, iridescent scrapbook paper and cut out random triangles to make the background. I love this card, so I wanted to include it in my post Smiley

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2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Super Easy Felt Circle Garland on: November 14, 2009 11:26:35 PM
I cannot take credit for this one. My mother actually stumbled upon the directions for this adorable garland while searching online for blanket stitch instructions. This was a super simple felt circle garland. A complete photo tutorial can be found here.

I cut circles from six different colored sheets of felt. Tonight I purchased twelve sheets of felt (four sheets each in green, white and red) so I can make a more holiday color scheme garland for my son's tree. The one I have already finished is approximately six feet in length and took me a day to make it working on it here and there. Smiley

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Plain White Shelf Turned Vintage Decoupage Project on: November 01, 2009 08:55:25 PM
My aunt recently gave me a ton of arts and craft supplies, along with some other household items such as pots, pans and this little shelf. My brother's ex-girlfriend was originally using it to put her toiletries on, but when they broke up she wanted to give it back to me. It was covered in dust and rather plain, but I had big plans for it.

My sister, when she moved into her first house, came across a box full of craft magazines from the 1960's while cleaning out the storage/work shed. She gave them to me and they've been sitting with my craft stuff (unused) for over two years. I started flipping through them, looking for kitschy ads. I clipped out some of my favorites and used Paper Podge to glue them to the backs of each shelf. I then used two coats of gloss Mod Podge to cover the entire collage. I then taped up around the edges and applied two coats of black acrylic paint to the facing. When that dried I coated over the black with Sparkle-Podge. I used a hot glue gun to adhere the beaded trim (which was in the craft supplies my aunt gave me) along the top and set two small hooks on either bottom side. I'm going to hang it on my wall and use the hooks to hang my circular knitting needles. I'm also going to be putting my Amigurumi eyes, stitch markers and other small supplies in jars and placing them on the shelves.

Here is what I started with. Boring, but it had potential!

Here it is all finished (please excuse the shadows and glare. I'm a terrible photographer). Notice the ugly dish rack hanging in the background? That is where my circular needles currently reside.

Close-up of the decoupage collage. I am quite fond of the 8-track deck ad.  Cheesy

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Hahaha I got you, Old Navy! on: October 17, 2007 10:43:57 AM
So, when I first saw the commercial for Old Navy's new Fair Isle sweater collection, they had the most amazing little babydoll sweater that I had to have. So I figured I could just knit one, but I was wondering if I could get some more eyes to look at it and tell me if it looks like some sort of cotton knit jersey that is sewn on at the bottom:

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Or maybe you have actually seen one in the stores. I can't figure out if it's a very finely knit tunic or some sort of cotton knit fabric. I've got tank top covered. Any help is very much appreciated.  Smiley
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Heirloom Afghan on: October 10, 2007 12:43:48 PM
I wanted to share with all of you something very special that has recently come into my possession. Growing up, this afghan has been in our home. It's been a part of my life since the very beginning. It was also in my mother's home her entire life - and my grandmother's and my great-grandmother's.

This is the afghan my great-grandmother's grandmother crocheted for her when she was a baby. It was in her cradle when she was an infant. Her grandfather hand made a rocking chair that sat beside her cradle and to this day that afghan still drapes over the back of the rocking chair. When my grandmother was pregnant with my aunt, my great-grandmother gave the blanket and the rocking chair to her which was then passed down to my mother. Now it's been given to me. It has some worn spots in it, but I'm hoping that soon I can have it placed in a large frame so that it can be protected and safely mounted on the wall. There are 340 individual Granny Squares and no two squares have the same color scheme. The squares were knitted together and then she knitted a border around the edges. You can tell there are different types of yarn used because some of the squares are slightly larger than the others.

Here is a close-up of the squares.

I feel so honored to own this afghan. It has such an amazing family history and it is one of the finest examples of crochet I've ever set eyes upon.  Smiley
6  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Granny's No Square bag on: September 13, 2007 01:33:36 PM
This was a nice little weekend project for me. I was actually inspired by the colors I used when I knitted the Headhuggers headband from the SnB Nation.

Here is the bag hanging from my desk chair.

Close-up shot

And the bright red lining.  Smiley

I used different textured yarns and skipped the rivets, but I think it turned out all right.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I Have Some Berrocco Zen on: September 13, 2007 12:59:57 PM
...and I have no clue what to do with it. I bought it at a LYS almost four years ago and it's still balled up in my stash. I went to the Berrocco website to peruse their free patterns, but I only have two hanks and their patterns call for 5+ hanks to complete the projects. It's too beautiful and luxurious a yarn to leave in the stash bin for all eternity. Any suggestions?
8  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Proper Etiquette if You Have a Question... on: January 22, 2007 01:24:53 PM
I know that alot of emphasis is placed on doing a forums search before starting a new thread.  I can truly understand and respect this rule as it does get kind of old having one member posting ten threads on the same board about the same thing or tons of threads about the exact same topic.  I guess I have a two-part question about what should be the proper member protocol when you have a somewhat dire crafting emergency and need an answer to a question fairly quickly (assuming a Google search has been done and the question remains unanswered):

1.  What if the search engine is down for several hours?  Would it be alright to go ahead and post a thread if you need a question answered quickly and have no clue whether or not it's been addressed before?

2.  What if there is an existing thread about the same (or very similar topic), but it's been inactive for a year and nothing in that thread answers your question?  Would it be more appropriate to resurrect the thread and ask to prevent posting another thread about a similar topic or go ahead and post a new thread assuming there were no recent threads relating to your question?

I was just curious.   Smiley
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Great News! Knitting Boosts Memory! on: January 21, 2007 04:16:52 PM
According to Gary Small, M.D., author of The Memory Prescription knitting boosts your ability to remember small and large details.  According to his excerpt in the Dec. 19, 2006 issue of "Woman's World Magazine", "Different activities exercise different types of memory.  Left-brained ones, like crossword puzzles, sharpen verbal recall; right-brained ones, like knitting, help you recall things like where you put your keys."

We should probably keep this to ourselves. If word got out we could never use the 'ol, "gee, I have no idea how my yarn stash got so big!" excuse.   Tongue  Of course, we'll never forget where we put our keys when we have an itching to head to the LYS.   Cheesy
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My Totally Crazy, Wonderfully Random, Completely Funky Scarf on: January 12, 2007 11:14:40 AM
Yesterday was my birthday, so I decided I simply had to knit myself the funkiest, most outlandish scarf my mind could come up with in a short period of time.  I had this sinfully wonderful Rio de la Plata that I bought with some of my Xmas money.  The color scheme is black-ethereal blue-fuschia.  I had no clue what to do with it - until yesterday.  Behold...the Funky Town scarf!

Here it is on the table.  Essentially, it's a skinny scarf knit in the 2x2 rib on size 15 needles.  I then went back and added fringe at both ends, random "sprigs" of fringe throughout the body of the scarf and then braided some ribbon, extra yarn and embroidery floss together and wove it down both sides of the finished piece.  Basically, there's alot of shyte going on here LOL

Close-up shot

And, uh, knitting gone wild.  As I am adjusting my scarf so that my brother can snap a pic, my husband is in the background "flashing" the camera.  I told him I was going to show this pic to everyone online and tell them that he wasn't lifting his shirt up, but that he was showing off a sweater I made him  Tongue

Hopefully I can get a better pic of me actually wearing the scarf.  Like, when hubby isn't around to distract everybody heh.
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