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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Cast in Stone Art Tag Set on: May 31, 2012 08:18:42 AM
I'm a rank noob in ATCs and art tags, but I've fallen in love with the genre.

Below is a special tag set for my MIL featuring a vintage family photos of she and her sisters. There is a bit of a glare (my apologies).

I'd love to hear feedback regarding how I can improve, techniques I can learn, or any other comments/criticisms.


2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / a question for those who've been on this board for awhile on: April 16, 2012 08:37:23 PM

I've been pouring over all the posts on this board and I am in awe.

The creations here are simply fabulous, and I'm almost ready to dive in. I've made a couple of ATCs, but they're very amateurish.

My purpose in asking this question is to try to re-find a post I read and foolishly forgot to bookmark. I've tried searching for it every which way, without success. The post I'm seeking was a tutorial type that addressed some very general principals for making an ATC. I believe it was in 1-2-3 format -- at least a portion of it. The first (I think) was to choose ONE focal image. Then TWO types of backgrounds, and then 3 Huh

Does anyone happen to know to which post I am referring? I'd really like to read it again.

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Newborn ATC on: April 10, 2012 05:51:35 AM
Good morning, fellow ATC addicts!

I discovered ATCs about a week ago, and have been pouring over these threads ever since.

Below is my first attempt.

Although it is difficult to make out from the picture, the pressed flower in the upper section is recessed. "Simplicity" was created with light chipboard (from a cracker box), watercolor, gel pen, glitter paint, mod podge, and a volunteer flower from my front yard.

I eagerly welcome comments, criticisms, and suggestions for improvement.

Vive la nouveau addiction!


4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Least expensive alternative for cutting letters from chipboard on: March 29, 2012 08:12:00 PM
Greetings from a complete noob Smiley

My goal is to cheaply and efficiently cut letters from chipboard and also possibly very thin metal. Using scissors definitely isn't cutting it (if you'll pardon the pun).

I don't want to sink a lot of money into a an expensive machine (though they do look super cool!) unless that's the only viable option.

Are there any options for me? I know next to nothing about this craft, and would value your input.

Thanks in advance for your guidance,
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / "Chaos Theory" on: March 25, 2012 08:37:39 PM
"Chaos Theory" is a mixed media, mixed metal necklace featuring sterling, copper, goldstone, and amber shell components.

Wirework isn't my forte, but I'm working on honing my skills, slowly but surely. My fingers took quite a beating. I think it may be time to invest in some higher quality tools.


6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Rustic Mystique - a simple suede bracelet with leather closure on: March 22, 2012 07:55:08 AM
I wear very little of what I make, but this may be the exception.

It's a simple suede bracelet with braided center and leather closure.

      (closure as worn)
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Handmade Book and Bookmark with polymer clay trinkets on: March 17, 2012 11:58:03 AM
Below is my first shot at making miniature "food" with polymer clay.

This is a stretchy cord bookmark with polymer clay challah, croissant, and baguette trinkets dangling from braided leather lacing.

The hardcover book (just learned how to make these last week) on which bookmark trinket lies is is also handmade. It contains a charming children's book set in a boulangerie in France. It was written by a dear friend, who is the intended recipient of the book and bookmark.

I'm going to take a stab at making a polymer clay toque trinket/charm for a second bookmark to complete the gift.

Thanks in advance for your advice, critique, and suggestions for improvement.


8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / "Identity" - a mixed media necklace on: March 10, 2012 06:31:28 PM
This simple, mixed media necklace features amber shell and chain.

It's a gift for a friend to encourage her to follow her passion of writing.



9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Tubular Herringbone Bracelet on: March 01, 2012 09:12:25 AM
I recently learned tubular /spiral herringbone stitch. After struggling through an entire choker length piece using the wrong beads (thought the triangular beads would work just as well as the cylindrical - what a mistake!), I sucked it up and used the proper beads for this piece. What a difference the right beads can make! The stitch is a bit time-consuming, but the end result is very satisfying.


  (right beads)

(wrong beads)
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 71 ENTRIES / Hummingbird River - an Ecuadorian Folktale Story Necklace on: February 22, 2012 02:21:09 PM
This lariat style story necklace is an interpretation of an Ecuadorian folk tale. The story involves a hummingbird whose forest home is threatened by a fire. The response of the bird, unlike her animal neighbors who are paralyzed with fear,  is to "do what she can", which is to carry a single drop of water in her beak from a river bordering the forest, and fly to the the flames in an attempt to douse them.

The necklace version of this folktale features a spiral woven "river" (blue seed beads spiraling the green core with fire polished crystals) and "forest" (brown seed beads spiraling the green core with fancy jasper stones and glass leaves). A trio of Swarovski crystal "flames" are suspended from a circlet of fancy jasper and crystal in the transition between the "river' and "forest" sections. A silver plated hummingbird hovers at the end of the river with her  tiny Swarovski crystal "water droplet".


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