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11  Re: Stuff an Envelope Swap (INTERNATIONAL) (sendouts by 30/1) GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by mouseatethekitty on: January 21, 2012 07:56:57 AM
I thought I would flip through my pics and see if I had any from
ecopp's envelope. Camera's are tricky sometimes. Mine had mysteriously erased all of my images about a month or two ago, quite frustrating :/

It was mostly supplies, embroidery floss and nifty little buttons I've been hanging on to. The fabric took up the bulk of the envelope so I couldn't fit much in.

And an extra image of the Dr. Who patch, it was my first time embroidering so I gave a shot at a Teesha Moore patch
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12  Re: Stuff an Envelope Swap (INTERNATIONAL) (sendouts by 30/1) GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by mouseatethekitty on: January 18, 2012 04:13:48 PM
i received from LovelyMiss! She sent me a very pretty envelope filled with all kinds of paper goodies!

To the left are two greeting cards that I requested in my questionnaire, the little robot is so cute! Some buttons and very fun paper I can't wait to use. Thanks LovelyMiss!
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13  Re: Stuff an Envelope Swap (INTERNATIONAL) (sendouts by 30/1) GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by mouseatethekitty on: January 12, 2012 12:55:03 PM
Hey everyone! I received from Pupper today! Thank you for a great envelope full of such awesome supplies! I hope you like my envelope just as much Smiley

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14  Ho-ho-holiday box tutorial in Winter Holidays by mouseatethekitty on: December 22, 2011 06:23:17 PM
I hate, HATE,  H-A-T-E using wrapping paper. It always just ends up in a giant trashbag out on our curb when we exchange gifts. This year I tried to use some scrap paper I had laying around from school projects to use for wrapping instead. I came up with little holiday themed pillow boxes and thought you might enjoy a tutorial!

Okay, here are the supplies you need:
9.5in x 12.5in Red paper (a piece of poster board or a piece of scrapbooking paper in the same proportions will both work, I used some Neenah paper I cut down for this project)
2in x 17 1/2 in Black Strip (I used a thin scrap of poster board
3in x 3in Gold Square (You can also use a yellow paper or paper covered in gold glitter if you don't have any gold paper on hand. Or silver if you prefer!)
An exacto knife or scissors
An embroidery hoop or large bowl to use as a 'stencil'
rubber cement or double sided tape
bone fold (helpful but not necessary)

1. Take your red paper and fold it in half hamburger style leaving a small 'flap' on one side.
2. The small side should be 6 inches and the large side should be about 6.5 inches
3. (optional) Mark where the flap is so you don't get confused later. I personally mess the next couple of steps up everyonce and a while because I almost always forget about folding it. If you forget you can always save the paper and make a nice Santa Christmas card?

4. I use an embroidery hoop and place it near the edge of the paper so I have a round end versus a straight one, this can be seen in picture 5
5. I trace the other side of the hoop connecting the points on the first line I drew
6. This image just illustrates better what I mean you should have a concave almond shape just underneath the flap on the 6 inch side of the paper
7. Cut the paper so you have a round shaped edge


8. When you have both sides cut out fold the flap inwards, use a bone fold or dull edge of a butter knife to get a nice flat fold
9. Use rubber cement or double sided stick tape on the fold
10. If you are using rubber cement paste more to the opposite side where the fold will meet let the glue dry
11. Fold the flap inwards and press the edge and the fold together

12. Use a bone fold or the dull side of an exacto knife to 'trace' the inside line. This simply breaks the fibers in the paper so it's easier to fold the box and gives it look a bit more of a clean edge
13. I find it helpful to bend the paper along the line in both directions to make it easier to fold the box together
14. fold the 'flap' with the black edge inward then the other flap. Then slide your small gift into the box
15. Repeat on the left side, Your box should look like this! Verrrrrrry nice huh? You got through the hardest part Smiley

I don't want to scare you but this part involves some intense (not really) measuring, ehhhh. NUMBERS WHATTTTT? I KNOW RIGHT?? If you are anything like me you are probably grinding your teeth in frustration. If you followed my measurements exactly then you can just trace a pack of post-it notes

16. You need a strip of black paper 2 inches by 17 1/2 inches and a square 3 by 3 inch gold paper or something in proportion to it. Please don't ask me an complicated math questions about proportions I can only half or double it. I'm an art student. My brain can't handle complicated things like math, organizing and electricity. It looks like magic to me
17. Around the gold paper you should draw a grid it should be 1/2 inch sides so the makes the inner square uhhhhhhhhhhh 2 inches, phew!
18. Finish the Santa belt loop by using an exacto knife because scissors are the devil and will ruin everything you love it gives you a straighter edge and is easier to cut with and cut two vertical lines parallel to each other that slightly extend over the intersecting lines.
19. Weave your black strip through if it doesn't fit just carefully cut your santa belt loops a little bit wider
20. Use tape or rubber cement to secure your Santa belt to your Red pillow box and give yourself a pat on the back you are all finished!

Thanks for looking!

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15  Quick halloween transformation in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by mouseatethekitty on: October 09, 2011 01:21:34 PM
Like most crafters I am obsessed with Halloween, but college cuts into most of my free time so I wanted to decorate but do something both fast and easy.
With less than 10 dollars I decorated my living room with stuff you can find from the dollar store. I'm only showing you the front though, the rest is a 'lil messy.
I made the curtains out of three drapes I bought from the dollar store then I stuck a bunch of fake spiders all over them. I also put cobwebs on EVERYTHING
I also enjoyed making pillow covers out of old T shirts. Because it was supposed to be fast and easy I did a combination of sloppy hand sewing the bottoms and safety pinning. The pillows were originally brown, I put T shirts on over top of them (I can still wear them when I take the cover off, I didn't cut them) and I took other T shirts I did cut up and pull them over the pillow and sew them up and threw a little 'blood' on the white one. It was quick and easy. I'm thinking about temporarily sewing a jackolantern face to the orange pillow but we'll see if I have time.

A close up of the holes.

Thanks for looking Smiley
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16  Wall art in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by mouseatethekitty on: October 03, 2011 10:09:33 AM
I made these for my swap partner for the wall art swap. I'm afraid it got lost in the gallery and I really wanted to share because I am so in love with this tree

I had actually intended to make flowers on these 3 canvases I ended up making it a tree instead.
I made this with blue white and silver tissue paper glued down with glitter glue and watered down Elmer's glue and I did the tree with different shades of brown acrylic paint and black marker for detail

This is a close up of the branches and bark

This was just a doodled mushrooms I painted and then colored with red pencil. It's nothing special but I thought I'd share anyway.

Thanks for looking!
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17  Re: Wall Art Swap 4 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by mouseatethekitty on: October 02, 2011 09:14:56 AM
I received from PureDeadBrill! It looks wonderful! Inspired by something straight off my wist!! Thank you PureDeadBrill for such a great piece!
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18  Re: Wall Art Swap 4 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by mouseatethekitty on: September 21, 2011 06:31:57 AM
PureDeadBrill received! I'm going to post pictures however I'm not sure if they are close to their real color or not I didn't edit them before I sent them out. I did two pieces, a mushroom and a tree.

I tried to keep this as a doodle, tried to incorporate mushrooms that I saw on her wist and make it orange and brown to go along with her fav. colors buttttt it turned out more yellow than I expected when it was drying.

I had originally intended to make these flower circle things, on these 3 canvases. But I ended up making it a tree instead.
I made this with tissue paper, blue white and silver, a crapton of glitter glue, more tissue paper and a little paint for the tree. I'm a little worried it's too girly for PureDeadBrill's tastes but I tried :/

This is a close up of the branches and bark

Anyway I hope she enjoys it as much as I did making it Smiley
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19  Fun Alphabet Letter Magnets in CHALLENGE 65 ENTRIES by mouseatethekitty on: August 02, 2011 11:16:42 AM
This idea has been bouncing around in my head for awhile.
I used to have a bunch of those plastic magnetic letters you could get in the dollar store but my ex roommates stole half of the letters, mostly the vowels of course.
So I made new magnet letters with a combination of homemade letters and some store bought letters for scrapbooks that were in the dollar bins. I also used plenty of little trinkets and scrapbooking paper
The letters are from my stash so some of them were missing their packaging but most of them are scrapbooking letters you can find at Michaels and A.C. Moore and some of the letters are from packaging I save because I'm a borderline hoarder Smiley
I cannot wait to spell curse words in fancy letters on my fridge at school because I'm obviously immature for my age Cheesy

Some pictures!

All of the letters

I made a few more last night but I didn't get pictures of them yet. Thanks for looking!

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20  Re: Within An Envelope (44-cent swap-International Edition) Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by mouseatethekitty on: August 01, 2011 05:10:19 PM
I received from Geek the other day! She sent me a beautiful package!
Some Skull fabric, beads, embroidery floss, ribbon, and some printed felt!

Some beautiful paper, a mini playing card, and a beautiful peacock feather!

Thank you Geek or such a great package! And congrats on your new baby boy Smiley
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