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1  Re: 50 PROJECTS 2019, sign ups open all year. in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: November 17, 2019 06:39:27 AM
A post of ATCs using masterboard elements, I love how these turned out.
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2  Masterboards for ATCs! in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by craftylittlemonkey on: November 17, 2019 06:34:23 AM

Do you like this idea but wonder what they heck you'd ever do with a completed masterboard? You are not alone! They seem confusing at first but I think that once you get started you'll find that even the smallest snippets are valuable little crafting supplies that you can find a delightful use for. I am enchanted with how my projects turn out every single time I include some masterboards. They are seriously fun bits for paper crafting.

This video shows gelli printing on tissue paper that is then torn into strips and pasted together onto a new board. I used deli paper which is a bit sturdier than tissue.

My prints, none of which are all that gorgeous on their own:

Torn into strips and glued to a new sheet of paper with gel medium.

Layered with stamps and stencils. At this stage I always think things look like a hot mess but I've learned to trust the process. You aren't aiming for a finished project here, only an interesting back ground.

Gold paint flecks sprinkled liberally over the whole sheet.

Cut up into 6X6 inch master boards, the trimmed off parts were the perfect ATC size.

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3  Re: Introduction to Masterboard Technique Swap Rd 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftylittlemonkey on: November 17, 2019 06:15:54 AM
I am so excited about all the projects I keep imagining with these wonderful colour collages I've received. You all made such lovely boards, I am still amazed at the unique take everybody manages to have. It's awesome!

First up, from Anna:

I like how the sheet music peeks through.

Love these sparkly stars!

Of course this rainbow profusion would be my fave of the bunch Cheesy!

And from Smmarrt:

Alcohol inks, such a cool result.

Yummy strawberry glazed donuts, mmm!

This one is so neat looking.

Classic colour and pattern layering.

This is my fave. Are the little black dots a stamp or a stencil? And the grid? I would love to know how you got this effect, it is just great.

I made a post of ATCs using masterboard elements. I really love how they turn out!
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4  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - OCT 2019 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by craftylittlemonkey on: November 06, 2019 03:55:53 PM
From Linda P this great dragon eye with sparkly bits I tried really hard to photograph. It's great! Thank you Smiley.
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5  Re: Introduction to Masterboard Technique Swap Rd 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftylittlemonkey on: November 06, 2019 03:47:51 PM
I received a whole whack of packages, woo hoo!

First from BBM

Close up of the yummy texture

From geekgirl

There is so much sparkly that doesn't show in these photos, it's glorious

And from Wulf who doesn't think he knows what he's doing with these

Believe me my friend, all you don't know is how dang good you are at this.

Thank you all! They are each so wonderful, so different, and so inspiring!
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6  Autumn Vegetable Tian in Vegetarian / Vegan by craftylittlemonkey on: November 05, 2019 06:00:09 AM
Look at this ginormous pan of deliciousness! Oh, it was so good. The kids didn't love it as much as the grown ups but what do they know? PFT  Tongue

First I'd like to show off our new cast iron pan. Beside it is the small egg pan and a regular sized one just for comparison. I can barely lift that thing!

I met up with curiousfae and sheepBlue for a delicious Mexican dinner in Ypsilanti's Depot Town, a cute little town within a city. Afterwards we toured some of the local antique and artsy stores and found the biggest cast pan I have ever seen. Unfortunately I didn't have a functioning debit card with me at the time but when I told my man about it he agreed we had to go back for it the next day. The shop opened late so we had all morning to wander around the place, buying coffees and local honey products and looking at all the cool art beforehand. It was such a fun visit, if you can go there I highly recommend it.

Beets: red, yellow, candy cane
Turnip, carrot, potato, radish, zucchini and tomato from our garden.

The tougher things, like carrot, are sliced thinner while the tender things, zucchini and tomato, are sliced thicker. Onion is nice in this too, especially if you saute it very well first and layer it on the bottom of the pan.

All the veg are tossed in olive oil and spices of your choosing, we used salt, pepper, paprika, a bit of smoked paprika, and fresh thyme also from our garden.

Bake at about 400 until things are fork tender. We served this with a rice/quinoa mix. It's delicious the next day too, we've been having it for lunch every day!
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7  Re: Weekend Trick or Treat Swap 2019 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftylittlemonkey on: October 24, 2019 11:57:35 AM
I am at work and only have a sec to post, I will sent messages later on but for now, PHOTOS!

TREATS! I'm not a big sugar bug so this is more than enough sweets for me. Everybody in my family chose a fave from the teas, nuts, licorice etc. Tasty!


Of course, being Ukrainian, I absolutely know all about Pysanky and this is a spectacular example!  

I had admired some textural full-moon ATCs of my partner, Mountains and Clouds so she made me this wee box which has lovely black speckled with gold on all sides and a beautiful big shining full moon on this side.

It was not possible to capture the loveliness of the glaze on this sweet little pottery moon. It is such a nice, deep blue, I really like it. It's going to live beside the bed to hold my special rings and earrings at night.

The tote is wonderful! The delicate lines, dreamy expression, and coffee tinting are so fabulous. I have a new favourite bag, it will go with us to Michigan this weekend to visit craftster friends to whom it will be shown off and surely admired.

Thanks so much partner, you utterly spoiled me and I adore every little bit of it. I am so happy you accepted my invitation to swap!
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8  Re: Stitch Along 2013-until the END OF TIME in Needlework: Stitchalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: October 19, 2019 12:10:54 PM
Here's my teeny weeny little bitty 4" spooky hoop!

It's a free pattern:
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9  Candy corn and pumpkin beaded necklace! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by craftylittlemonkey on: October 19, 2019 12:07:18 PM
Fun little thing made for the weekend Halloween swap. I had the pumpkin bead, the black and white striped round beads and the ones that look like crazy eyeballs. While at the craft shop I spied the glass candy corns and couldn't resist putting them all together for a fun seasonal necklace.

I have a few beads left over, I might see if there are still some of those candy corns and make something similar for myself!
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10  Stumpwork embroidered leaf brooch in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by craftylittlemonkey on: October 19, 2019 11:42:50 AM
Made for curiousfae in the Fabric/Mixed Media Jewelry Swap. Perusing her pins I came across this, it wasn't pinned by her but you know how that goes...one thing leads to another thing leads to "Wow, that would be perfect to make for her!" The artist has a few different styles and colour combos but this was actually just right for Kelli so I went with it.

I started out with a lightly drawn shape then thought I'd better mark out where I wanted each colour to go, I used sharpie since it doesn't rub off on anything once it dries.

The outer edge of the leaf and the stem are lightly wired.

It's tricky blending stitches, or stitch painting I guess it's called.

After cutting the shape out, I thread wrapped the end of the stem.

The back is wool felt with a brooch pin stitched on.
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