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1  Re: Vintage Halloween Swap 2017 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by KarenLouiseM on: September 09, 2017 08:31:18 AM
Wow!  I've missed the gallery post until today.  There is some lovely stuff here!  And, is (drum roll please) speaking of lovely, I received from the ever amazing rackycoo.

(Some of the pics seem to have a weird distortion - definitely the pics, not the piece.).

The details are really what makes it.  The face is so great, and look at his (her?) behind!!  The candy corn hat, the little pumpkin, the wings.  Love it!    So cute.  And the figure isn't very big - about 6 inches or so - making the details even more amazing. 
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2  Re: Mini 12 Days of Christmas 2016 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by KarenLouiseM on: November 27, 2016 08:30:13 PM
Mine, mine, mine :-)

All the pretty packages!

And Day 1!!!!  Love, love, love.  This is Maxwell, who we lost to cancer in 2015.  He holds a BIG place in my heart - and now he can hold my keys too  Grin

Day 2 - this is a small canvas (see toothpick).  So cute!

Day 3 - Look at all these cute tags and package tie-ons.  Just in time to start wrapping.  They even came in a box as cute as they are.

Day 4 - My partner is really nailing it!  Such lovely work.  This is tiny - remember that toothpick from the canvas?  Smaller!

Day 5 - look at this perfect little bulb necklace - so cute.  Wearing it today!

Day 6 - incredible cuteness!  Love the putz houses.  These kits are really intricate - they are going to be amazing.

Day 7 - so cute, and so well done!

Day 8 - what a great box of supplies.  I am ALWAYS in need of adhesives, so this will definitely get used.  And look at all the cute spools, some already decorated with very pretty papers. I love spools and use them in tons of things.

Day 9 - Joy!  

Day 10 - you may not know that we were only partnered because Misocci74's original partner had to drop out.  Our interests/skills/faves didn't really match up easily.  This required quite a bit of stalking & experimenting for both of us.  She has done an AMAZING job, I've loved everything.  (Her skill level is also amazing.). But, today's gift tells me that we found the one thing we do have in common - wine!  Hope she likes hers as well as I like mine 😁

I don't understand how this is day 11?  I swear I've opened 12 and this is the last day; but, how does it come out to 11???  Don't think I missed anything.  Christmas magic, as the Hallmark movies say.  Anyway, here it is and it is wonderful.  The colors are almost an exact match for the yo-yo quilt I made for my guest room many years ago.  So this is definitely going on the guest room door.  Love it!!!  Pencil for scale, photo looks wonky - wreath is not!
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3  Hallowen Countdown Calendar in Halloween Decor and Parties by KarenLouiseM on: October 21, 2016 06:25:16 AM
Made this for the 13 days of Halloween swap - since each item needed to be tagged 1 -13, I already had 13 tags - just went on from there.  Each one of the original 13 tags slid into a bigger tag so I could write on the back and then my partner could remove the tag and throw away my notes.  The box is a cigar box, so the back (which would have been the lid) slides off and the other days' cards can be stored inside.  The front is just a cut down Scrabble tile holder and the card for the day sits on it.

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4  Enchanted Paper Clay Figures in Halloween Decor and Parties by KarenLouiseM on: October 21, 2016 06:21:02 AM
Went a little Halloween crafting crazy this year - did the OTT Halloween swap, vintage Halloween swap and 13 days of Halloween swap.  It was all Halloween, all the time around here for a bit!  I made a few of these little guys, they are pretty tiny, about 1-1/2".  Started with candy corn (a personal fave) then branched out to pumpkins.

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5  Witch's Apothecary in Halloween Decor and Parties by KarenLouiseM on: October 21, 2016 06:04:39 AM
I thought she https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450534.0 needed a place to keep her goodies  Grin

This was originally a white cabinet with pastel drawers with one heart and one star shaped knob.  Prior to me, someone painted those drawers and knobs black (and did it very poorly - lumpy and streaky).  I thought the drawers cried out to be specimen drawers, and went from there.

Eventually, I added a few other things - like the candelabra - as can be seen in KittyKill's photo:
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6  Witch - paper clay, wood and wire in Halloween Decor and Parties by KarenLouiseM on: October 20, 2016 09:30:05 PM
I recently completed the Vintage Halloween swap - a personal favorite.  I was inspired to make this young lady based on something in a similar style on my partners pinterest board, although she was equally inspired by something I made this summer - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=449920.msg5403610#msg5403610
 I loved every minute of making her - except the part where I got severe swap anxiety because she didn't look all that vintage.  So, I overcrafted some extras to make sure I was covered Grin

Her head and arms are paper clay, her hat (and bats) are fabric.  Her overskirt and bodice are lace.  Her neck is a small wooden spool and her body is a large wooden spool on top of a weird wood shape I had, painted then embellished with metallic chalks.  Her skirt is wire, which loops up through holes in her body and is wound with beads and bits.  Her familiar is plastic and sits on an oversize spool (carpet thread) and fits up under her skirt.

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7  Re: Vintage Halloween Swap 2016 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by KarenLouiseM on: October 16, 2016 09:59:11 AM
Woo-hoo!  Kittykill sent the best vintage package!  Very diaphanous infinity scarf - the perfect fabric as it makes it lay really nicely - not too bunchy like thicker ones (can you tell I've already had it on?), cute little witch boot ornament - I think I'll hang this from the ceiling fan :-)

And, the most amazing counted cross stitch.  I used to do this craft, before the arthritis made it not so much fun, so I know how well done this is.  Teeny, tiny stitches and everything looks just perfect.  I completely love it.  It has a very old fashioned sampler type of look to it - which has been one of my favorite things since I was a kid.  This really couldn't be more perfect for me.  I love her!

(Been having internet issues, so having to do photos from phone - sorry for sideways!)
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8  Re: OTT October Holidays 8 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by KarenLouiseM on: October 15, 2016 12:45:09 PM
Yea!  I received the cutest little tin. 
and - MsZombieElvis really packed a lot of punch into 4 inches!    So very cute!
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9  Rocket Man in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by KarenLouiseM on: August 14, 2016 01:53:47 PM
This is the second class I took at Art Unraveled.  It was an all day class with artist Michael DeMeng.  Wow.  Cannot even put into words how much I loved this class.  It was called "Tin Man Totem" and his example was a doll that he made into the Tin Man.  He ended up selling that one before the class, so made another example, totally different - it was made from an Old Spice deodorant container and had a bobble head! 

I was a little panicked about what sort of "bits" I should take with me.  The class ran the gamut.  Some people made huge pieces that were mostly metal (like a statue made of golf clubs), some people used very tiny dolls as bases.  I finally decided I should do something rocket related when I found the bottom half of this piece (a metal cocktail shaker).

His top half was a GI Joe type doll that turned out to be very ripped under his camo  Smiley  His helmet is a glass jar with a metal rocket game piece on top.  He was assembled using clay and a few screws.  His wings and fins are little plastic things that are intended to hold up a stand.  You can't really tell from the photos; but, he has lots of accessories that are incorporated into his bottom half - tools, oxygen bottles, etc. I love how he came together.  If you ever have a chance to take a class from him I recommend it highly. 

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10  Luna, Moth Queen of the Night in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by KarenLouiseM on: August 14, 2016 01:41:14 PM
I was lucky enough to take two classes at Art Unraveled this year.  The first class was all day - 9:00 AM to 10:30 PM (with a 2 hour drive to get there and an hour and half drive home (no rush hour on the way home)).   What an amazing day, I wasn't even tired.  I learned so much from Julie Haymaker Thompson.  She was a great teacher - she even got me past my total fear of faces - first thing I ever made without making eyes with the handle of a paint brush Wink

Her head, arms & crown are paper clay.  The top of her body is wood, the bottom is wire work with wool.  The wings are printed on muslin with wire sewn over.  The little "bits" in her glass vial glow in the dark!

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