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1  Ghost in the box - altered Halloween jack in the box in Halloween Decor and Parties by KarenLouiseM on: October 21, 2017 06:52:53 PM
Started out as the Very Hungry Caterpillar, altered for the Vintage Halloween Swap.  I was swapping with the mega-talented Rackycoo, and really struggled with what to make her.  If she liked it half as much as I liked what I got, it's a win  Grin!
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2  Christmas Countdown / Advent Calendar in Winter Holidays by KarenLouiseM on: October 21, 2017 06:37:25 PM
Made this for my partner in the 12 days of Christmas swap last year.  The first 12 day cards were the tags on her gifts so she'd know what to open.  The base is an old cigar box and the back opens to hold the cards.  (Don't know why they are sideways - sorry!)


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3  Portable play mats for cars and planes in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by KarenLouiseM on: October 21, 2017 06:30:45 PM
Made these for my partner in the 12 days of Christmas swap last year (I'm a little slow getting it posted  Wink).  She had twin boys, so I made two.  One has planes and one has cars.  I wanted them to accommodate toys that were safe for little ones; but, could later work for matchbox size toys.  The strip of fabric that matches the back is a set of pockets that holds the toys and then it can all be rolled up small to take along.  I'm not much of a seamstress, so felt pretty good about these!




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4  Halloween Countdown/Advent Calendar in Halloween Decor and Parties by KarenLouiseM on: October 21, 2017 06:09:03 PM


Made this for my partner in the Mini 13 days of Halloween swap.  There is a sheet of Halloween related activities that can be cut up and put in each box, to open one per day.  She had a 4 year old, so I tried to think of activities a 4 year old would enjoy (pick out a pumpkin, eat a Halloween treat, do a Halloween craft, say "boo" to everyone you see today, etc.)  Something about countdown calendars I really like :-)
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5  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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6  Re: 13 Days of Halloween round 9 in The Swap Gallery by KarenLouiseM on: July 29, 2017 06:49:11 PM
This is me!

Day 1 - look at this awesome pile of "instant ancestors".  As a paper crafter, I already have a few ideas to alter some of these

Day 2 - these are just my style

Day 3 - Super cool pins!  Not sure I know what's in all of these - but they are all cool!  (Lousy pics - better in person.)

Day 4 (already?!?) - I love this SO much!!!!  Tea towel & yummy sounding tea (will try this tonight).

Day 5 -  Super cute earrings!  Wearing the little orange spiders to cheer up my gym visit this morning.


Day 6 - wonderfully imaginative goodies for my apothecary.  I love that they are so clever!  Totally different vials & contents to jazz up my display.


Day 7 - it just keeps getting better & better!  Perfect additions to the apothecary.   And I LOVE the pin.  Been wanting one of these creepy cameos forever!



Day 8 - this made me laugh so hard!  So clever.

Day 9 -  too much fun!  Ha! Juvenile alien exo-skeletons! (I cannot get this silly pic to stay rotated - sorry!)


Sorry, been a bad partner.  Haven't posted due to a little stomach bug (yuck).  But, my awesome packages definitely deserve to be seen!  Day 10 was particularly wonderful.  Gorgeous hoop and wonderful asymmetrical necklace -


Day 11 - giant pile of goodies! Can't wait to dig into those labels!


This little goodie was hidden in a teeny piece of brown paper - not sure which day it came from - but it sure is cute!


Day 12 - more crafting goodies.  These are great potion labels, can't wait to craft with them!
(3 tries, it won't post here - it's the last pic in this post!)

And, sadly, it's Day 13.  But, happily, I had another great package to take the sting off it being the last day.

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7  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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8  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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9  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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10  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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