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 on: Today at 06:19:51 AM 
Started by flygirl88 - Last post by geekgirl1000100
What great cards everyone has made.  I feel like mine were really plain.  I make cards all the time but for some reason was having a mental block around any embellishments.

I received from flygirl - great paper for my coffee theme!

and a cute little coffee stamp on the envelopes.

Thanks so much.  I really liked this technique and have already made another set for another purpose.

 on: May 25, 2018 07:24:32 PM 
Started by rockingbearranch - Last post by thanate

Another little good thing from WideEyedLife; this one's an extremely happy minty cupcake. Smiley  I love the range of interpretations I'm getting on this theme.

Yes! Glitter is the tiniest good thing! But not when it gets everywhere so that card is coated good and thick with sealant, ha ha.

I love microglitter, but I've read too much about the evils of microplastics once they get out into ecosystems to use it much anymore.  Hurray for sealant. Smiley

 on: May 25, 2018 06:04:16 PM 
Started by LovelyMiss - Last post by appledainty
Research Project Name: The Voice of the Tempest Reliquary (for some reason, on the list of research projects it says Epic T-Shirt Quilt, but links to the submission for The Voice of the Tempest Reliquary. I've never had a t-shirt quilt project, so I think it was maybe just a typo?)
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: WIP It, Community, EPIC!
Craft Hunt: Something with eyes
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=455048.0
Brief Description: It took a months and months to finish, but now it's done and hopefully got to go back to the US with Matt Mercer after his visit to Calgary last weekend. Cheesy I made this comb, case, portrait, and scroll for Marisha Rey, voice actress and one of the stars of Critical Role. This reliquary project is inspired by her character, Keyleth, a druid and member of the intrepid adventurer party Vox Machina.
Project Pictures:

 on: May 25, 2018 05:52:51 PM 
Started by appledainty - Last post by appledainty
Deeeeeep breath, ya'll. I finally finished my first Vox Machina reliquary project - The Voice of the Tempest Reliquary. Cheesy

I'm a huge fan of Critical Role, so after campaign one ended I decided that I would make reliquaries for each member of the party. I started with Keyleth, ie The Voice of the Tempest.

I knew I wanted to feature tsumami craft (of course?) and do a portrait of each character with their relic, but it kind of grew into needing a case for transport, and then a scroll of authenticity. I'm going to start with the kanzashi comb.

With kanzashi projects, I occasionally do sketches to flesh out an idea - but more often than not I will make a kanzashi without any concrete concept. I pick a flower or theme and start making. I just take breaks and pick at things until it feels whole. While I did have a few sketches for this project to start with, they were more for the portrait than the kanzashi.

This portrait also took on a bit of a life of its own. I consider myself to be a much stronger with black and white than with color, so working in my comfort zone of crowquill with deleter black #3 ink was an easy choice. But, I went through several concept sketches before settling on this one. I joke that it looks more like The Raven ft. The Voice of the Tempest than a portrait of Keyleth, but I pumped Keyleth up a little with spot colors before giving the portrait and all its accoutrements to Matt Mercer at Otafest last weekend.

I also made a case for the comb so that it could be safely transported.

The case started life as a rather cheap balsa wood and plexiglass buy from Michaels, and after several hours of carefully scraping away excess glue, sanding, and staining it ended up not looking terrible. I also lined the back panel with vintage silk velvet, and added an embroidered strap to hold the comb upright. The embroidery is snow drops and an air symbol (center) from Avatar the Last Airbender, which inspired Keyleth's back story.

The back of the box features a goldfish and the phrase "It's fine, we're gods" which Keyleth uttered just before swan diving off a very high cliff, realizing she was going to land on rocks, and morphing into a goldfish instead of...something that can fly? Her friends brought her back, of course, but RIP goldfish.

I drew the goldfish as well, then cut it with my Curio from gold foil vinyl sticker sheet. I think it turned out well. Smiley

The last part is the Scroll of Authenticity. I aged a piece of deckle edged calligraphy parchment with coffee and salt, wrote out a letter with a crowquill pen (traced using my lightbox because my hand's not the steadiest at fancy calligraphy), and added a Seamstresses' Guild logo (aye, a Terry Pratchett reference) and wax seal that represents my personal D&D Character, Ellie Moon (it's a moon with the initials EM).

I also made a simple care card that explains how to keep the kanzashi safe and sound, but didn't photograph it. It's just text on card stock.

And I wrote an even longer (and possibly more boring) blog post about this project and all its details, which can be found here: http://www.appledainty.com/projects-by-discipline/tsumami-zaiku/the-voice-of-the-tempest-reliquary/

As a little bonus, here's a progress shot from the portrait:

 on: May 25, 2018 02:57:32 PM 
Started by Calabaza - Last post by Calabaza

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 on: May 25, 2018 11:07:04 AM 
Started by flygirl88 - Last post by Onyxnox
Great gallery so far - I love the foiled rose background gala-apples used - is that from a paper or did you make that?  I just got some materials to try foiling also - it is such a lovely detail to add.  I love the images that Averia used too and how they mimic the papers, and also the diagonal orientation - it adds some great dynamics to the cards.

I received from both kbrison and flygirl88 and they both know I *love* anything dog - I have so many adorable dog cards now and they hit the colours perfectly too!  OMG - I cannot say how much I love these cards!

From kbrison - I squealed when I opened the box because the most adorable dogs were looking up at me!  I *LOVE* the dachshund paper - look at those cute lil' weinies!!!!

LOOK AT THOSE EYES OF THE DOGGIE EMBELLISHMENTS!!!  OMG!!!!!!!  They are SOOOOO CUTE!!!!!  I feel like the youngest girl in Despicable Me about her unicorns when I look at them!!!!

Look at how perfect the colour of paper is for me - this is the card against the wall of my craft room!!!!

I cannot say how much I love these cards and this paper!  She also included the template she used too - thank you Kathy - I completely forgot to do that - sometimes when I get into paper crafting, I get so caught up into it that I can easily forget everything else.  I will try to find the template I used and post a link to it later!

I love the use of the enamel dots too - I have to use them more myself!

From our fantastic organizer, Flygirl88 -

She said she had a perfect paper for me and she was totally right!  These dogs are cute and funny and also on the perfect colour of paper too!

First off, a great notecard - I have this stamp too and love how it looks embossed on the black paper - I am stealing this idea - it's very elegant looking!

Sorry, the pic was blurrier then I thought - but I love how this paper looks on the brown card stock, and the red accent is perfect.

They really are Super Dogs!

I really love the use of the red accents and I love the use of both angular cuts below and the use of the negative space - a great look!

Thanks to both my partners for such fantastic cards that suit me perfectly and for inspiration for my own paper crafting too!

 on: May 25, 2018 08:42:20 AM 
Started by Wildfyre - Last post by anna.wahnsinn
We are also sending congratulations to Mr. Alexampersandra!

I snuck Wally into my gym bag the other day and took him to my aqua aerobics class. No pic of us exercising, but here he is enjoying peace and quiet after everyone left:

Lights out!

And on our way home

 on: May 25, 2018 07:28:17 AM 
Started by Victoria Kamalova - Last post by Victoria Kamalova
Hope you like my new painting

 on: May 25, 2018 06:32:33 AM 
Started by Mistress Jennie - Last post by edelC
and a couple more

Class: hand of glory
House: ravenclaw
Project Name: notebook
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: new start, new notebook
Project Picture:

Class: deten-feb
House: ravenclaw
Project Name: drawstring bag
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: sewing and printmaking
Project Picture:

Class: Deten-march
House: ravenclaw
Project Name: prayer flag
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: prayer flags are relatively new to me, but I like this
Project Picture:

Class: deten-may
House: ravenclaw
Project Name: prayer flag
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: the last flag for now!
Project Picture:

 on: May 25, 2018 06:23:13 AM 
Started by Mistress Jennie - Last post by edelC
Project dump on the way. I haven't been crafting a whole lot, but there are some things and I really don't want to let my fellow Ravenclaws down!

Class: Alchemy
House: ravenclaw
Project Name: Cushion cover
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: this cushion cover is made of all cotton
Project Picture:

Class: COMC
House: ravenclaw
Project Name: drawstring bag
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I have been concentrating on simple crafts and using stuff from stash
Project Picture:

Class: COMC
House: ravenclaw
Project Name: drawstring bag
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I have been concentrating on simple crafts and using stuff from stash
Project Picture:

Class: DADA
House: ravenclaw
Project Name: prayerflag
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: the secret that this represents is my fear that I won't ever get back to all the travelling I used to do.
Project Picture:

Class: DIV
House: ravenclaw
Project Name: mug rug
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: for tea of course

Project Picture:
Class: herb
House: ravenclaw
Project Name: drawstring bag
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: this has plenty of red in it,
Project Picture:

Class: transfiguration
House: ravenclaw
Project Name: dotee
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: this should have been a lot easier than it was, things are just taking longer than ever at the moment. 
Project Picture:

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