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41  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2014 in The Swap Gallery by rockmygypsysoul on: February 10, 2014 11:52:11 AM
Avesthel the Amazing was kind and charitable enough to do a private swap with me (the mirror I made for her has already been posted).

So she made me my very first art journal!!  She included drawing papers, watercolor pages, card stock pages, and a junk journal section - so perfect for me and my continuous inability to commit to one type of craft   Roll Eyes

It's so lovely!!

And look at that binding - I've never tried book binding and I'm really glad since I am definitely not cut out for anything this perfect looking  Cheesy

I'm not including any pics of the different pages that are blank, but the junk journal/altered art section is going to be so much fun!

Thanks so, so much!!  Excited to fill it up and need another  Grin
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42  Impossible to Screw Up Valentines, Mother's Day, or Birthday Cards in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by rockmygypsysoul on: February 07, 2014 08:17:55 PM
So I pretty much hate papercrafting - I LOVE what it looks like but I just don't get how you guys know what works together  Huh  SO anyway, I was fiddling around with my oil pastels (which I so love to do) and hit upon my easy-peasy method of card making.  Eventually I'll try it with other choices, but today I stuck with roses since they're both easy and distinct...

I made three, each slightly different; two of mine are designed for Mother's Day and one is a thank you note though I think these are totally appropriate for any occasion as long as the recipient likes flowers  Wink

The colors are really much more vivid in real life.

So easy, kids can do them, you can use materials on hand (for many crafters) and seriously, you CANNOT screw them up!

1.  Oil pastels (or even crayons) - grab a couple of colors and scribble.  Seriously.  It's totally cool if some of the colors blend together.  I used a sketch pad; pretty much any kind of non-resistant paper should work so no magazines but yes to old newsprint!
2.  Search online for a rose outline (or the outline of whatever you want to make).
3.  Freehand it with a black oil pastel.  With roses, this is super easy since they just build up and get bigger as they go around.  Again, this is super, super easy - you are not looking to duplicate an actual rose, just mimic the shape.
4.  For the background, I used soft pastels, smoothed out with a little water (I never knew until a few months ago that you can use soft pastels like paints; now I love them - *so* much easier to control than watercolors!).  I did the same with the stems.  Any heavy paper should do fine (watercolor paper's ideal but Bristol paper or even cardstock should be great).
5.  Assemble!  I liked having them reach a bit over onto the white edges but you certainly don't have to do that.  If you do smaller roses, you could put a bunch of them on or make a little heart shape with a rose outline  Smiley
6.  Add a sentiment.  I grabbed my trusty black fine marker.  You can write on the card or in the card.  In the one example you'll see, I even outlined the matte in black.  For any of this, black's great to use since it works with the outline of the rose.  I liked the black-outlined matting since it plays up the stained-glass look of it all.

That's it!
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43  Re: Ongoing Gift Swap Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rockmygypsysoul on: February 07, 2014 01:20:19 PM
Head over heels for that baby!!  So glad you're recovering well and that she continues to improve and get healthy and strong!!!  Kiss

I received my AMAZING package from Momof2!  It's seriously awesome.  She claimed me for magnetic paper dolls and WOW did she deliver  Shocked

The whole thing...

The girls

The one-piece outfits

The two piece items, accessories, shoes, etc!

Thank you SO much - this is going to be a VERY popular gift!!! Grin
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44  Re: 4x6 Art Swap Rd 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rockmygypsysoul on: February 07, 2014 01:10:36 PM
I received my WONDERFUL piece from gamemom42!!  I actually received it two days ago but had difficulty locating my camera  Embarrassed  Surely it takes other people months to properly move in and know where things are, right?!   Roll Eyes

I LOVE it.  I suffer from insomnia so it's extra perfect for me!!  Grin

Do you have animals, gamemom? (I feel like I should know that by now but I don't - not offhand anyway) cause myy Guster wouldn't stop sniffing around...


Thank you SO much!!
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45  Re: 4x6 Art Swap Rd 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rockmygypsysoul on: February 03, 2014 05:18:01 PM
Thanks!!  I don't know if this will show any better but it's the best I have for color accuracy...
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46  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 100 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rockmygypsysoul on: January 27, 2014 03:56:06 PM
Received my AMAZING package from rcowstown!!  Enough for WAY WAY WAY more than one claim - it's ridiculous!!

As anyone who has seen my wishlist knows, I LOVE pillows.  Especially now that we have a new couch (an actual *new* couch, not just new to us  Cheesy) and we're in a new apartment so we have a new color scheme in our living area.  Our couch and loveseat are green and the walls are a pretty gray-blue so our palette includes lots of blue and we need some blue and white and gray in our pillows so that it ties the green in with everything else.

That was a lot of random nonsense no one needed to know  Cheesy  Suffice it to say these are PERFECT for what I wanted!!!

Aren't they gorgeous?!  She also sent me wonderful paintbrushes (which I forgot to shoot, sorry!)!!

AWESOME package and totally brought my craptastic day make a total turnaround!!
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47  Re: Ongoing Gift Swap Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rockmygypsysoul on: January 27, 2014 10:23:34 AM
I have GOODIES to report!  Grin

From ActsofCraftiness, we have the most amazing claim ever!  We added a personal swap to what we were already making for each other and she STILL went WAY over and beyond!!

Presenting FIVE sets of Ollieblocks (this is only showing one set)

She also made little bags for each set  Shocked SO cute!  The five littles are going to LOVE these!!

Then I also received from BriannaB03 and she also went way over and beyond:
she claimed me for two passport covers for my travel-happy parents - she even included a little hummingbird stamp on the ID pocket for my mom who love hummingbirds!!  I've been wanting to give them passport covers for forever plus they forgot their passport on their last trip (so incredibly unlike my dad) so this can also be a little tongue in cheek  Wink

But then she ALSO sent this gem from my pinterest:
(I haven't trimmed it yet but my husband insisted I put it in a hoop immediately  Cheesy)

BriannaB03 also sent a box of See's chocolates  Shocked  My family is originally from Southern California so we grew up with See's (actually, um, my cousin married into the See's family!) but they're impossible to get around here.  You'll understand why there's no picture of the chocolate  Cheesy

Thank you ladies SO SO much!!
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48  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 100 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rockmygypsysoul on: January 27, 2014 10:11:35 AM
Okay, I've got a couple of pictures of things you will all be very jealous over  Grin

Christmas fabric!!!  I am planning on creating a set of patchwork-style stockings for many of my family members this Christmas (which is a Very Big Deal since I DO NOT sew) so I asked for some fabric and holy crap did quaggy deliver!!

You may not be able to tell but there are so many gorgeous and fun patterns and images and there's even a pattern for a tree skirt and corresponding stockings so someone's getting a bonus this year  Cheesy

These were my very favorites and I am giving serious thought to keeping the light blue and silver piece for ME

Quaggy also claimed me for a pillow form (which I forgot to bring downstairs to photograph but it's not covered yet so I think we all know what a pillow form looks like  Cheesy) AND she claimed me for some crayon rolls:

All rolled up-
Unrolled- I haven't switched out the crayons yet for my oil pastels but I did put my charcoal and stippling tools into the other one!

QUAGGY ROCKS MY SOCKS OFF and I apologize for being so delayed with pics - it was definitely not a reflection of how much I love my stuff!!

Now I ALSO received my package from texscrapper!!!  She "attempted" a bathing towel (theoretically used for babies but used for puppies in our home!) and nailed it PERFECTLY.  It is super wide and long (and my husband and I are quite large) and she made it in nice gender-neutral colors (my husband would've dealt with it if it wasn't but I know he'll prefer this to something pinkish or purple   Wink)

Now that we have one, we may need another - the hubs bathes the puppies and then when they escape in terror, they come straight to me so we may each need one  Cheesy

Yay quaggy and texscrapper - you guys are AWESOME.
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49  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by rockmygypsysoul on: January 24, 2014 02:46:50 PM
Okay, a couple of things from my list - I forgot to take pics before I sent them away but now that they've been received, I can steal texscrapper's photos  Cheesy
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50  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 33 (signup by Jan 20, Send by Feb 17) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by rockmygypsysoul on: January 19, 2014 12:25:07 PM
Okay, so since I haven't really gotten any suggestions, I'd like a little feedback on a couple of ideas:

I offered these a couple of months ago - did anyone still have any interest in a set of four wildflower splatter paint notecards?

I also thought about doing all-year heart ornaments (you'd get two)

A billion years ago I did button bouquets...

And I do still plan on offering monochromatic watercolor paintings like

I REALLY want to offer stuff people would want so some feedback would be awesome!!
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