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1  Re: Zine Swap! Round 2: Gallery in The Swap Gallery by starrygurlrox on: June 14, 2009 08:45:13 PM
^Rockon, I've gotten your zine! Sorry for being absent from the discussion lately. I've received from four partners in total- Vog, Rockon, eukarya and millik. Thanks so much! I really enjoyed reading all of them.

First up is Vog's zine, 'how the heart heals (and other observations)'.

Firstly, I like the name alot as it sets the tone for the zine, which I find deeply personal. The content is a combination of drawings, photographic images and beautiful descriptive writing. Very intimate.

Rockon's zine, 'From the inside out- Notes to the self':

This zine had a very interesting concept, consisting of an exchange of emails by the author with her 'inner critic'. I posted the two pages that I found most thought-provoking. I really connected with what she said about struggling with creative expression.

eukarya's zine, 'The Thorn Tree':

I LOVE her fine pen drawings, especially those she did of fairies for the little fantasy story. Needless to say I enjoyed the pages titled 'Whimsy' which show some of her doodles and sketches. I think whimsical's the right word to describe her style. Thanks also for the info on ATCs- I consider myself an artist but have yet to make one (what?!). It's cute how the title's a pun on her name (right?).

Finally, millik's zine about cross-stitch:

millik's explanations, complete with hand-drawn diagrams, are clear and useful. thanks especially for the tutorial on making cross-stitch patterns with GIMP (so convenient because I have the software). She also included some of her own patterns which are really cute.

That's it for now. Fabulous zines everyone! I like how they're different and special in their own way. Thanks once again and looking forward to more zines!
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2  Leaf cards in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by starrygurlrox on: June 09, 2009 07:57:36 AM

I drew different leaves using a thin-tipped black pen and used them for cards.
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3  Shopping bags! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by starrygurlrox on: June 09, 2009 07:51:04 AM
I'm on a roll!

One with a white graphic crown print:

Floral fabric swatch:


A natural-coloured one with leaf motifs painted on both sides:

Now I can be eco-friendly and stylish at the same time.
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4  Chinese vase paintings in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by starrygurlrox on: May 21, 2009 07:51:56 PM

Did these for decorating the area above my work table (the necklaces were made by me as well).
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5  Origami T-shirt cards in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by starrygurlrox on: April 21, 2009 09:01:17 PM
I like to fold many of these T-shirts at once and store them in a small packet, ready for use in cards. I'd sometimes pair them with other pieces eg. pants to create a entire ensemble. Magazines, comics and all kinds of interesting paper make great T-shirts that you can use to suit the personality of the recipient. These cards are perfect for males like Dad, Grandpa, uncles, brothers or teachers (I don't know about you, but I find it much harder to make cards for guys than girls).

Thanks for looking. Hope this post has been useful.
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6  Fabric Bangles- Addictive! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by starrygurlrox on: April 16, 2009 07:36:31 PM

These are pretty intuitive and fun to make. All you need is some fabric or fabric ribbon and a suitable base (like those you get when you finish a roll of tape) to wrap. Make sure to glue or sew the fabric to the base well. You can achieve different results by varying the type of fabric and the width of the base, or even sewing beads or buttons. The possibilities are endless. I'd like to see what Craftsters can come up with!
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7  Rosette Earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by starrygurlrox on: April 15, 2009 08:41:07 PM
Not sure if this falls under 'reconstructed' but here goes. Do you have a stash of tiny fabric rosettes, too many to sew on clothes? Make them into rosette earrings! All I did was insert a length of metal wire between the flower and the leaves and bend the ends into loops. Connect to other beads of your choice, finish off with an earring hook and you're done!

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8  Crocheted Black Rose Necklace in Crochet: Completed Projects by starrygurlrox on: April 14, 2009 08:47:48 PM
I used black yarn and gold chain and beads as accents.

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9  Sock rose in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by starrygurlrox on: April 13, 2009 09:22:07 PM
While sorting through my sock drawer one day, I found a pair of socks that's a remnant of my childhood days. It had white ruffles with bright pink edging, and something about it caught my eye and made me not trash it immediately. I took out my needle, pulled the sock apart and used it to sew this cute SOCK ROSE. Finally I added a pale pink button as the center and a brooch pin. Voila! Ready for pinning to a top or summer tote.

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10  'Collage' cards in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by starrygurlrox on: April 12, 2009 06:47:48 PM

I'm not sure if 'collage' is the right word. I like to collect magazine clippings and other paper materials, and decided to put them to use in these cards. I don't recycle any magazine without poring through the contents now Smiley
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