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1  Re: ATC and Book Swap - Round 3 in The Swap Gallery by wysiwyg on: October 12, 2007 08:42:21 AM
Get ready for this one! I received my beautiful book from Phizzychick, including the ATCs from kateh, yberry, and shooting star.

My theme was medical illustration, and the whole package is so detailed and wonderful!
Here is the cover, the book open, and the four ATCs laid out.

Here are all three page spreads open and the cards in place. Look at the stitched heartbeat line!

The card from Phizzychick.

The card from kateh.

The card from shooting star.

The card from yberry.

Oh, I love it all - this is definitely better than I could have imagined. Thank you, ladies!
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2  Re: Altoid Tin Swap Round 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by wysiwyg on: September 24, 2007 09:43:03 AM
Oh! I received my tin today from Feast Your Eyes - I love getting packages at work.

I lol'd when I opened it. She chose my lolcat theme and added in my Maneki Neko as well. She managed to fit quite a bit of goodies in that tin.

There are two shrinky maneki neko magnets, adorable beads (glass cat faces, a metal cat face, pink hearts and red metal flowers), a wooden domino with a dragon carved into one side and a pretty flower collaged on the other, with beads for the center, some lucky golden chocolate coins, a comb with a beaded flower on it, AND a cute collar for my cat with a bell. WOW! I've been wondering lately if I should collar him, in case he ever slips out of the house...you read my mind.

The pictures look all grainy because I'm stuck with the old camera at work, but Feast Your Eyes did such a nice job. The flower seems like it would take so long to weave!

Thanks again  Cheesy
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3  Re: Altoid Tin Swap Round 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by wysiwyg on: September 21, 2007 01:15:25 PM
I received my tin from dizzylizzy today while at work - it's hard to receive a package at my apartment unless I'm there, and it's such a nice surprise while at work!

One of my themes was coffee, and the colors dizzylizzy went well with that. I also really liked the circular and linear patterns together. The tin came wrapped in a crocheted coffee cup cozy (her first FO! very nice), and with a little sample of the coffee she likes.

Also inside were a bunch of little coffee recipes that sound yummy, like Gingerbread Latte and Iced Mocha Fusion Shake.

I especially liked the quote on the inside cover: "If it weren't for coffee, I'd have no identifiable personality whatever."

Thanks a bunch!
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4  Re: Altoid Tin Swap Round 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by wysiwyg on: September 21, 2007 08:33:06 AM
dizzylizzy asked me to post pictures of the tin I sent her.

I drew on a couple of her themes: hearts, stripes, and cameos.

I found a striped magnet, a cameo pin, and had a bunch of heart stickers in my stash.

After stalking her a bit, I saw she wanted a tree of life necklace, so I researched different interpretations of it, and tried my hand at bending some wire. I had to squish it into the tin, but it should adjust back into the shape you'd like. I've never used jump rings to attach pendants before, but the outer edges will hopefully work if you want to do that.

I'm glad it found you in one piece, although none of it was really too fragile. I did have trouble on this swap with both of my tins, in terms of the box itself, and had to restart a few times. Thankfully, it all worked out in the end.
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5  Re: Geek Pride Swap Round 3 in The Swap Gallery by wysiwyg on: August 01, 2007 05:50:48 AM
I've received from gala_apples - here's my loot!

I love silly web comics, and this stenciled shirt is a fantastic representation of i can has cheezburger, which I spend way too much time on during work! My coworker got a kick out of the stenciled shirt, too, because she'll get emails with pictures from that site from me and her husband all the time.

These three pairs of cute earrings were accompanied by a note with factoids about other things I geek out about:

Candy earrings because I love the show Unwrapped on the Food Network, where they show how all kinds of food and candy are created. (I don't know what it is about watching the assembly lines and machines, but it's so interesting! Always reminds me of the Crayola crayons clip from Sesame Street...an integral part of my childhood.)

Letter block earrings since I'm a design & typography nerd (I took the typography aspect to the extreme for my Tiara Challenge entry).

And fish earrings to wear while I watch Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel! Very appropriate for Shark Week, I might add...  Grin

Thanks so much! My first swap was fun.
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6  Queen of Filler Text in CHALLENGE 19 ENTRIES by wysiwyg on: July 05, 2007 02:47:45 PM
Ah, so, now that my hands are cramping up from excessive exacto knife usage, here's the challenge entry.

I'm a graphic designer and use paper and text all the time, so my thought was a crown incorporating those. The only problem was that I couldn't come up with text to use....I knew I wanted to use two certain fonts (Bodoni and Gil Sans), but the words???

And then...of course! Filler text! The Latin "lorem ipsum..." passage that I use as default to show what body text will look like on a page when I have to design something but am not given any content.

No action shots; I designed it in Illustrator, printed it out, and then just got down to cutting.

Tiring, but fun! And apparently very petite!  Roll Eyes
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7  Face vase in Stenciling: Completed Projects by wysiwyg on: June 25, 2007 04:31:19 PM
So, for my first challenge ever, and I think my first stencil, I decided to do my self portrait on a curved surface!
Great idea -   Undecided

It needed a lot of care while applying the stencil (I used Con-Tact paper so it wouldn't bleed) to make sure the stencil wasn't warped.

I thought the silver would show up nicely on this old blue vase I had, so here we go; I tried to get a couple angles since it's all curvy.

I omitted my mouth because I thought the vase would be a little creepier if it was only slightly anthropomorphic. Plus, my mouth looked weird in the photo!  Now I have a better idea of what might work better next time.

*I decided to add the original photo it came from for

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8  First silver fabrication box with agate cabochon in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by wysiwyg on: June 22, 2007 10:44:08 AM
I just finished my first box in my jewelry class (with lots of help from the teacher!). Everything else I've made has been jewelry-centric, like rings, earrings, or pendants. It's made out of silver and has an agate cabochon (I think) bezel-set as the handle.

There was some difficulty getting it to hinge correctly due to the odd shape I wanted out of the box and lid, but we found a place for the hinge knuckles to sit. Then, the box wouldn't close totally, so we added the pin and hole at the top for it to catch.

Finally, I didn't really want to shine it up (plus it's more work  Roll Eyes), so I used a textured bit to give the surface a pattern. The texture actually reminds me of the matte swirly surface some auto parts have, if anyone's familiar.

I think this was the correct board for it, but let me know if it belongs somewhere else. If anyone has metal fabrication tips for me or wants to offer feedback, that'd be super!
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