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1  Amanita muscaria dotee in Completed Projects by craftylittlemonkey on: March 19, 2019 05:19:24 PM

Oh man, this was a trip to make (see what I did there Cheesy). I really love Mr Finch's creations and when searching for mushroomy creature inspiration I came across some of his with hands, FREAKY! I wasn't really sure how to craft such a thing so small, fingers and all, or if I'd have time to even attempt it so I made the little dude without arms. It looked fine, totally acceptable. But like it was missing something, I felt kinda sad. Then something terrible happened, I couldn't get to the post office before it closed on send-out day, ack! I try to be early most of the time, very rarely am I late, I really do not like that to happen. This time though it was unavoidable. Rather than be in a funk I thought I'd make the best of the grace time and see if I could figure out some arms.

Wire and embroidery floss, torn strips of pale cotton wrapped around the armature and secured with more thread. The wire is pushed through the mushroom body and the arm parts are stitched on so it is a bit posable. I didn't have any pipecleaner though so the wire used is pretty stiff. I coated the hands and fingers in glue to make sure the thread was very secure.

The cap is very soft velvet covered in french knots, sequins and beads, there is a layer of lace on the underneathy bit for texture. The grass is that yarn used for making dish scrubbies. A scrap of lace trim to finish off the join between stem & cap. I find it super curious that a face with just eyes, no other features, can hold so much expression. That's just bizarre.
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2  Re: Dotee Swap feb 2019 gallery! in The Swap Gallery by craftylittlemonkey on: March 18, 2019 04:10:59 PM
The photo is NO WAY does justice to this incredibly detailed little darling. The embroidery is so delicate, did you do it with sewing thread? And the star is covered in a layer of thin yellow lacey fabric, and the BEADING! Sheesh. I love this.

And it came with this fun extra frame thingy,

I'm not sure what it is but it's cool!

Thanks partner, this swap is always so charming and fun Smiley.
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3  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP -- February 2019 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftylittlemonkey on: March 15, 2019 07:28:33 AM
Positive Affirmation soccer monster from BBM, thank-you!

Super cutie Smiley
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4  Re: 2019 Annual DeStashAlong! in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: March 14, 2019 05:26:47 PM
I've made quite a few ATCs from stash. They are little but it's better than nothing!

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5  Re: 50 PROJECTS 2019, sign ups open all year. in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: March 14, 2019 05:16:23 PM
I sure did have fun!

I've made bunches of ATC's since taking over organizing the Ongoing ATC swap this year. I posted them all in their own topic but this one is a fave.
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6  A few ATCs, lotsa pics in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by craftylittlemonkey on: March 14, 2019 05:15:16 PM
rockingbearranch let me take the reins for the Ongoing ATC swap this year so I have been making a lot of cards using a few different techniques. It's so fun. I never considered myself much of a paper crafter but there is nothing quite so satisfying as finishing a whole entire project out of just a bit of cut and paste in a small amount of time. And you can make just about anything you dream up using any sort of supplies! It's amazing, really.

This interactive card is one of my faves. The "Love" letter is actually a stamp that came to me from a swap here, how perfect is that?

B is for Berries

F is for Fish, there's real beach sand we collected last summer glued on there.


Sassy squirrel

Bella bird

A fine fox



Dapper dog

The clock stopped

What's not to love?

Pretty piggy

Leaves in the wind

Happy puppy
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7  Re: 50 PROJECTS 2019, sign ups open all year. in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: March 10, 2019 10:57:59 AM
Bookmarks for charity.
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8  Re: 2019 Annual DeStashAlong! in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: March 10, 2019 10:43:19 AM
I made 40 scrap paper bookmarks and actually used up quite a bit of thin trim stashed.
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9  Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: March 10, 2019 10:35:25 AM
I did another masterboard project, this hot mess turned into some really great bookmarks for UTM's literacy charity.

I'm pretty happy with the end result, I posted about it with lots of how-to process pics.
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10  Scrap paper bookmarks in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by craftylittlemonkey on: March 10, 2019 10:32:40 AM
The lovely and generous underthemountain has a non-profit that promotes children's literacy. They give out books to kids and what goes great with books? Bookmarks!
(the skinny one is mine, I used up all the bits of trim that were large enough to become anything and ended up liking this size most of all for myself!)

I started out with a masterboard, a fun technique where you basically just glue, paint, stick, stencil, flick paint, rub on ink & stamp random stuff all over a large piece of sturdy paper or cardboard, layering until you feel like you've filled the space. I ended up with 40 bookmarks that I took to a copy place to have laminated. This step is not essential but I found some of my ink rubbing off on my hands and thought that would not be great inside a book, yikes! Also, I know kids and they are not exactly gentle, the 5mm laminate will make these more durable so they'll last through quite a few stories Smiley.
If I divide the amount of time I spent on the project, each bookmark took only a few minutes to create. Not a bad ratio of work:finished product.

Recently loves2experiment posted some really wonderful ATC's she'd made with strips of scrap paper and it made me think of all the bits of trim I've saved up. I liked the horizontal orientation she used so I did the same, covering over everything with a sheet of sparkly with tissue, torn paper towel for texture, and some torn bits of sewing pattern paper. After this dried the sheet was VERY WRINKLY, oh boy, so I sandwiched it between layers of parchment paper and ironed both sides until it flattened out.

Then I stamped and flicked paint all over the place. It looks like crazy-pants at this stage, right? Sort of ugly actually. It's amazing how nice looking the individual pieces end up compared to this.

I did the same thing on the back to make it double sided.

Here is another one using the same techniques.

The backs don't have to be as decorated, or at all. I just didn't want the bookmarks to be boring on one side.

I also used some gelli prints geekgirl1000100 sent me in a swap, and a postcard from Wulf and a letter from edelC written on the back of one of her pink watercoloured pages (use up everything!).

The backs of those got some paint and stamps. Some writing from the cards shows through a bit, nothing personal! Just a bit of nice looking script Smiley.

Here are a few of the ATC blanks I cut out of left over trim. I think these will make such nice backgrounds.

I hope somebody will try this out and show it off, it's super fun!
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