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1  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Mini 12 Days of Christmas 2018 Sign up 07/19-08/03 on: Today at 02:55:23 PM
Ok ladies for for being absent the last week or so. My uncle passed away (due to a fall) and then a family friend was hurt severly by a fall and passed away the other day.  To top it off I took a heck of a fall last night and sore as all heck today.  And will likely go get checked myself today as my head is hurting so bad as well as shoulder and butt.  I still have to package all my goodies and maybe make a few more extras.   But on track either way.  Smiley

Oh my goodness - I am so sorry for your losses and everything you are going through.  Make sure to get the head injury checked out for sure to make sure it is not a bleed or anything that could be more dangerous.
2  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Mini 12 Days of Christmas 2018 Sign up 07/19-08/03 on: November 12, 2018 02:01:23 PM
I am not sure - it all depends on the delivery of one item now...
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Ornament Dioramas on: November 12, 2018 06:28:28 AM
You are very welcome - I am so happy they were sturdy enough to make it intact!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Shrink plastic question... on: November 12, 2018 06:27:32 AM
It is, and can be used for small projects, but it's hard to find large flat pieces that would be good for die cutting.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Shrink plastic question... on: November 12, 2018 03:45:51 AM
My go-to was Lucky Squirrel polyshrink, but they shut down awhile ago.  I know I can use Shrinky Dinks if I have to, but I was wondering if anyone else knows of another supplier of artist grade shrink plastic, especially good pricing on bulk amounts.

Shrinkles are too expensive (small 6" pieces also), and Grafix brand is TERRIBLE from my experience with them - Lucky Squirrel gave much more predictable and consistent results.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wall hanging on: November 12, 2018 03:42:18 AM
That is pretty cool!  What are the dimensions?  I am curious.
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Ornament Dioramas on: November 12, 2018 03:39:20 AM
Thanks!

If you have a die cutting machine and shrink plastic, you can make some of your own miniatures too to decorate the inside.  I also am going to try that, and a double cut/opening ornament too to see how that looks.  These take a lot of steps the way I make them (but they are sturdy too with the extra steps) - but seriously therapeutic.

Of course, I must warn - if you use glitter - it will get EVERYWHERE.  FOREVER.

Troy must have swallowed so much glitter just being in the craft room with me, I am surprised his poops aren't sparkling!  Mine too for that matter!
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Falling Leaves - a sympathy card for a friend and colleague on: November 12, 2018 03:36:27 AM
We love this guy.  He is such a sweet heart and even though he sometimes looks harsh - he is a marshmallow.  He knows I love to cook and have a thing for vintage books (and am conflicted to keep them or craft with them), and left me a bunch of vintage cookbooks he found one day.  He knew we were sad after losing Toby and tried to hook us up with someone who had to give up their dog - it did not work out, but then he tried.
When I first started there, I had a seriously terrible orientation - where new staff now get 6 weeks and several days in class, I got buddied for 2 day shifts, one night shift, and 1 in class day about a month after I started - this guy was the one who helped guide me in procedures and processes.  He would go out of his way to show kindness for some of the elderly who ended up having prolonged stays - to the point where most of them fell in love with him.

We never forget to thank him - but I hope he knows really how special he is to us.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Ornament Dioramas on: November 11, 2018 03:21:13 PM
I made these recently for the Sweat Shoppe Ornament swap - they are reused non breakable ornaments that I decorated with snow texture mediums, glitter, miniatures, paint, etc.  A general tutorial on how I made them before is posted somewhere on Craftster, and here, on my blog too.



Here are the individual ornaments:

One with a little fawn:


One with a little doe:


The doe and fawn are a bit smaller than the other ones.

I built me a snowfriend:


Do you want to use a snowman:


Nobody like a snow buddy:


Anyways - these were fun to make and I hope others try them too and I am collecting more miniatures to make more, myself.  I included the links to the blog posts if anyone wants more pictures/details.
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Falling Leaves - a sympathy card for a friend and colleague on: November 11, 2018 02:47:32 PM
One of the gentlemen at work lost his mother recently and I was asked to make a card for everyone to sign.  It felt like we lost one of our own, especially as she was also a patient for awhile too so we got to know her, and saw the love he had for her.

Anyways, I made this for him, it is quite large, with lots of space so everyone can add a message of love and support for him.

I went with a Fall theme - I wanted it to be more masculine, and incorporating something I love too.


I did a distressed, inked, textured base, and die cut leaves,  using a combination of metallic painted card stock and inked paper.


Inside it is a tri-fold card, and the total base of the folded card is 8.5 x 5.5" - so it has lots of room for messages.  I also made a coordinating envelope for it.

More pics and details on the blog if you are interested, including some details how I made it.
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