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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Josephine, for the Create and Pass Journals on: May 12, 2010 01:13:19 PM
I was recently part of an international circle journal and wanted to do something really mixed media and lovely.The journals will soon be published as a Blurb book and I wanted my page to feel as much like "me" as possible. I'm really proud and excited to be a part of the whole experience and can't wait until I can nab up my own copy of the book of our collective creations.

Here is my contribution!

I used a combination of acrylics, glaze, water color pencils and paint, collage elements, staz on ink, stencils and gold and silver ink on a background of double thick Bazzill.

I wish I'd gotten a better picture of the details before I packaged her up to mail off, but oh well.  Roll Eyes
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / A clay and bead pendant... on: April 30, 2010 12:20:32 PM
I made this necklace for a swap. It's the first piece I've made like this. Normally the jewelry I make is very simple but I really wanted this to be different. I love this clay face mold and wanted to make a brooch initially. I had run out of pin backs though and had to  turn it into a necklace instead. I'm glad I did!

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Inconceivable!! on: April 18, 2010 11:01:07 PM
Never go up against a Sicilian when death is on the line!!

I made this jewelry box/secret stash/altered paper mache book for the latest Princess Bride swap. It was probably one of my favorite swap item ideas. I wanted to do something a little out of the box to represent Vizzini and I just love the rich, over the top coat that he wears. How was I to incorporate that into something really different and fun, yet fully functional as well...? Well, I have a "thing" for altering boxes so I went to Joann's and bought a large paper mache book, some crushed velvet and went to town!

I stuffed the red velvet to give it some dimension...

Lucky for me I go to ren faires pretty often and just happened to have a ridiculous amount of gold trims sitting around at home...  Grin  Also, it's completely edged all  over in gold leaf paint - I really went overboard with the gold I think! lol

The inside is pretty simple but I didn't want to over do it and make it compete with the outside cover... just Vizzini's famous quote and some tan felt...
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Death Cannot Stop True Love... on: April 18, 2010 10:37:31 PM
I made this canvas for the latest Princess Bride swap. I loved how this came out and working on it was great. The colors came out just the way I wanted, which is always nice and it had just enough shimmer to make it really pop. (please note that the horrible lighting in my craft room makes the pics MUCH more yellow than IRL. ew.)

I used gel medium, texture medium, acrylics, 7 gypsies rub ons, rub on lettering, Celtic font pixie stamps and Stazon, textured handmade paper, Jolees flowers and a bit of iridescent paint.  Grin

5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Winter Blurberry Pie and Tangarine Spice on: March 21, 2010 06:55:56 PM
I got some of this 100% wool roving for a swap. I hope my partner likes it. I really wasn't pleased with it as I was spinning it up. Nothing really wrong with it, just a personal preference. It just wasn't coming out as smoothly as I wanted it to. The colors are great though and over all I'm pretty happy with it.

Another 4oz. roving from Dancing Feet Roving. This one was a lot more fun to spin than Blurberries. Once again, love the way the colors spun up on this one.

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / The Junk Box (Labyrinth inspired - pic heavy) on: February 17, 2010 08:56:55 AM
This box was made as a piece for the Labyrinth Swap. My partner loves the character of Agnes, the old woman who lives in the junkyard outside the gates of the Goblin City. I really wanted to make something to represent her so from my love of altering boxes I came up with a little treasure chest.

It started off as a cast off in the $.99 bargain. Poor, sad little box.... From there it got covered in Barbie doll toys, buttons, and other odds and ends found around the house. Hey, it is after all a junkyard scene!

For some texture on the sides I went the way of toilet paper and egg shells. I know it may sound weird but it really gives some great effects! Finally a layer of gesso topped it all off and it was time to get down to the fun part!

I once again broke out the acrylics, gel medium and iridescent paints and went to town. I wanted it to have a dark and ugly feel about it so I went with grays, blacks, and greens. I didn't want it too ugly though so shimmery purple and golds helped with highlighting. I used 3 flat backed marbles to mimic Jareth's crystal bubbles and finished it off with some black glitter (not in the pics though Sad )

I wanted to inside to really *pop* so I stayed with the purples and painted the inside. Finally I added a quote from Agnes and felt to the bottom.

I'm so glad my partner loved it - it's one of my favorite pieces to date!  Grin
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Altered Journal for Jane on: February 15, 2010 09:39:29 AM
This is an item I made for the Jane Austen Swap. My swap partner requested something to write in and this is what I came up with. It started off as a composition book. It was a fun too because I got to find a Jane Austen quote. She's so sassy! I'm always surprised when people think of her as prim and proper. Smiley

It's a bit mixed media (once again trying to branch out here). I used a print out of the silhouette that is supposedly Miss Austen herself, acrylic paint for the background, gel medium, rub ons (thank you 7 Gypsies!), Stazon ink and pixie stamps for the lettering, and a few bits and bobs. The inside cover is lined in some lovely, red BasicGrey.

There are a couple things that I'd change if I could. There's really nothing wrong with it, it's just me being anal over my work I guess. Smiley The first would be I would have white washed the key hole. It's much too dark for my liking. Second, I would have put the "should conceal it" part of the quote on the bottom right above the very last line. Over all though, I really like the way it came out and I hope my partner enjoys writing in it! Grin
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Miss Austen shawl on: February 15, 2010 09:31:22 AM
A simple shawl, I made this for the Jane Austen swap. Every Regency girl needs something to keep away the chill of a cool evening. It's my very first completed knitted shawl so I'm pretty proud of it. It's a lovely color and pretty cozy, I used Simply Soft. It's large enough to keep your shoulders warm when worn as a shawl and small enough to wear as a neck kerchief for a more modern look.

9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / An old tin... on: January 19, 2010 04:00:47 PM
Turned into a travel inspired canister. I wanted a little "piggy bank" of sorts so I came up with this:

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Yet another Yarn Ball Ornament on: January 19, 2010 03:03:41 PM
I made a couple of these at Christmas. They're so cute I just HAD to jump on the yarn ball bandwagon! I gave another one away and didn't take a pic before so I'm stuck just posting this one.

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