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1  Re: CROW/RAVEN ATC SWAP in The Swap Gallery by retro-redux on: May 23, 2007 06:14:10 AM
Here is the uber cool card I received from Amaryllisroze:) Don't ya love it?  I do:). These crow cards are sooo chirp worthy  Wink Wink

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2  Re: CROW/RAVEN ATC SWAP in The Swap Gallery by retro-redux on: May 22, 2007 06:39:54 AM
Here's the card I sent to Katxena. I got the image from an old childrens textbook.

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3  Re: CROW/RAVEN ATC SWAP in The Swap Gallery by retro-redux on: May 17, 2007 07:54:15 AM
And here is the final, and alltogether fabulous card to me from Katxena, entitled "crow mom" . I love the layers and the vintage crow image so much:) Kristie is really excelling in her ATC skills! And that's a great tip about the gold edging too:)

Kristie also sent along some foreign language ephemera and heart stickers that I love! Thanks Kristie!

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4  Re: 24 Hour Swap Round 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by retro-redux on: May 07, 2007 06:24:47 PM
I received my awesome package from Krafty_Kelly today! Kelly and I had the longest swap-from Texas to Newfoundland and vice versa! But my goodies are so worth the wait:) I cannot crochet and have just started an Amigurumi collection from all my lovely Craftster buddies-so Kelly made me an adorable lil amigurumi weeble-y type doll! I believe this is Kelly's own pattern? She is soooo cute-I luv her! I shall name her Lucy:)
Kelly also sent me a fab purse chocheted out of recycled shopping bags-woot! and sent Colin two Kinder Eggs which he promptly ate and played with the lil toys inside. We had never heard of Kinder Eggs so that was such a treat!

Thank you Kelly you are one talented lady:)


my new bag:
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5  Re: Paper Roses, with a very detailed (and pic obese) tutorial. Pics fixed. in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by retro-redux on: May 02, 2007 07:00:24 AM
I made a half dozen of these for my partner in the Earth Day Swap. Thanks for the great tutorial-they were easy to make. I did use recycled coffee filters. I didn't have the pearl pin for the center so instead I "fringed" the lil triangle you cut off each filter and glued it over the skewer tip-it looks like a flowers stamen. I also wanted an vintage look so I crumpled the filters before cutting, and after I made each I would crumple, fidget with each rose and sprayed them(several light layers)  with aerosol hairspray to stiffen them.

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6  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery - April 2007 in The Swap Gallery by retro-redux on: April 30, 2007 05:43:01 PM
Teeisme and I love Primitive art so we did a personal Prim swap of 1 large item and 3 ATC's. Tee sent me the best crow, pretending to be a stork-LOL , 3 cards and was a sweetheart by sending me some prim and folk fabric pieces!

the crow is what they call a "make do" in the prim art world-these are very popular right now-(see ebay:). My husband adored it so much he comandered for his office!

 Thank you Tee you are a sweetie!

The crow on my messy craft table-see the baby and the "special delivery" sign?

the cards and fabric-yes the fabric is supposed to look stained Grin Grin Grin

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7  Re: Instant Swap Again in The Swap Gallery by retro-redux on: April 30, 2007 05:30:43 PM
Look at the fantastic goodies Christinacoghill sent me! She made the  amigurumi owl off my wist! Yay! And the cutiest little butterfly amigurumi critter! I am so impressed with Christinas handiwork-a fantastic swap partner! Thank you Christina!

and here's 2 pictures of the purse and paperback book cover I sent her. I recently bought a great new book called Fabric Leftovers and I've been wanting to try out some of the techniques used. The purse is made from Latch Hook canvas that has fabric woven in. The book cover is another form of crazy quilting.

This was a great swap!
purse on my cat Harry Potter:

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8  recycled food gift bags mini tutorial in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by retro-redux on: April 23, 2007 08:37:51 PM
thought someone might like to try this project. These are easy to make, can be  entirely made of recycled materials-so you can save the earth and save your hard earned money.

Here's a pic and a mini instruction. Let me know if you need more info:)

to make your own:

take your recycled food box-like Cereal, Hamburger Helper, fruit roll ups, etc-we all throw tons of these boxes away, now reuse then and save money by not having to purchase gift bags:)

Take box and carefully cut off top flaps, so top will be open and you'll have the four sides and bottom.
Now take your paper-anything, newspaper, old catalogs, old book pages, etc (for bigger boxes you may need to piece together smaller pieces of scrap paper into a larger piece-I just tape them together) -and wrap the box like you are wrapping a present-carefully tucking in and neatly taping on the top and doing a "present end" on the bottom.
I added ribbon handles but you could use anything really-just punch 4 holes for the handles, slip ribbon in hole and neatly tie double knot to secure.
Add embellishments if you feel like it, use with tissue paper or better yet shedded recycled paper to protect and hide your gift.

Hope this helps someone and happy recycling:)
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9  Re: Dollar Store Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by retro-redux on: April 16, 2007 12:35:02 AM
I'm so glad the package finally got to you Wei and that you like everything. Here's a few more pictures:

A mulberry paper journal with a beaded front:

A pictureframe from my stash that I redid with lil wood pieces covered in scrapbook paper:

The cards-they were  10 cheesy all occasion cards that I reconned in fabric and stamped their envelopes:

decopaged clipboard:

reconned wipes container entirely filled with paper beads:

I was happiest with the ninja crossing mat and the play dough medallions as I've been wanting to see if you could make something permanant and artsy with the play dough.  This swap was so much fun:)
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10  Re: Earth Day/Environmental Swap 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by retro-redux on: April 15, 2007 07:45:10 PM
Here's the stuff I sent Brushfirefaeries- it'll be easier just to post the letter I sent her to explain what I made. This has been my favorite swap so far! 

Would anyone be up for more recycling swaps throughout the year? Maybe every 2 months or so?

Dear Kristen,
Thanks for being my swap partner!

Here's a breakdown of what I made:

1-Amish dustcatcher rug-made from 8+ recycled tshirts. You may notice a few "bare" spots in the latch hook part. The rug was getting so heavy that I was afraid it would start falling apart if I added any more pieces-LOL. I would suggest this NOT be machine washed-either just beat the dust out periodically or spray outside with the garden hose and air dry. I made this as a comfy place for Piper to lay:). I hope she doesn't think it's a dog toy instead! LOL

2-reconned T-shirt-I bought this shirt for myself at the thrift shop but it was a too small. I thought the panther was cool in a "redneck" sort of way-LOL.(I'm a part time redneck-LOL.)  I hope it fits-if not I thought you could wear it over a tank or your swimsuit at the beach. If nothing else put it on, some heavy metal music  and wash your car for your BF-LOL!  I got the design from my Generation T book-the shoulders are supposed to be worn off the shoulder a bit and the taggie things in the back. I'd love to see what it looks like on.

3-button "rustic" cuff-The blue part is a collar off one of the polo shirts I used in the rug! I left the stitching on top to give it an edgy look. Buttons are from my enormous vintage button collection:).

4-"treasure stones"- I thought these "rocks" would look good on a desk, in a potted plant or garden or as a surprise decor item tucked in a corner or windowsill. These "rocks" are made from recycled coffee grounds! The unpainted one is what they look like and you can smell the coffee a little in that one too. They are made up of a clay recipe of flour, salt, coffee grounds and water!

5-3 denim tote bags-these were made from a denim jumper dress that I bought at the thrift store years ago to recycle. It was not my size but I liked the embroidery on it. The lining that looks like leopard is also recycled clothes and the others are scraps.

6-cordoroy mini throw blanket-this is made from 3 pairs of cords that my son grew out of this year, and two floral cordoroy dresses I bought at the Thrift store years ago to recycle. They were not my size and very "Little House on the Prairie"-LOL. I think they make a much better throw:). The squares aren't even so just call it folk art-LOL.

7-"raggy scrappy place mats"-these are made from small scraps I've been saving up, old jeans that Colin outgrew and the pockets from the cords used above! Let nothing go to waste:). My washing suggestion-wash/dry these separately as long as they "shed", once they stop shedding then you can wash with other stuff. They will get fringier with each wash and just trim any stray strings. These are also "folksy"-ie- uneven. LOL. You put your napkin/silverware in the pockets:)

7-half dozen paper roses-as per the instructions on a  craftster tutorial-these are made from used coffee filters! These are super fun to make.  I love the brown color and variation-very vintagey- old looking.

8-dog wind chime-didn't make this just thought you might like it .

9-loteria card bookmark

10-Finally, what I like the best:)-collage art piece entitled Art is Love. The base was a cheesy 70's plaque I picked up months ago in the TS, and I used recycled items in the collage like newspaper, lace scrap, sour cream lid, and the silvery circles are punched recycled food packets (like the inside of a hot coccoa mix packet). I hope you like this as I'm really proud on how it turned out:)

Well, that's it. Thanks for being my partner.  Happy Earth Day!!!


denim dress before:

now three tote bags:

Thrift shop plaque before:

After-collage "love art":



Coffee ground stones:

coffee filter roses:

reconned panther t shirt:

back-hard to see be it has ties up the back:

Cordoroy couch throw:

Amish dustcatcher rug being modeled by my big kitty Ron:

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