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 on: April 26, 2017 06:24:31 PM 
Started by bunny1kenobi - Last post by BigBangMomma
You guys, once again Quaggy spoiled!!!! I got home from subbing, and had this huge package waiting for me!!

All the gifts were wrapped in this amazing paper! (Where did you get it, Robin?)

I just kept unwrapping and unwrapping! Here are some of the goodies...a bag in this awesome travel material for our love of reading and traveling, an awesome travel themed Pocket Letter (we both love them!) and a key chain in our shared love of teal/aqua.

Here is the front and back of the PL up close. I took the pictures outside, and on closer inspection, I think they might be washed out some.. Sad My favorite ATC is the one that says My heart belongs in Alaska. Robin knows I'm originally from Alaska.

I love the travel bag, and pocket letter, but this is my absolute favorite--a felt twinchie maker kit! We both are in the felt twinchie swap too! She even made me two...one is an awesome mountain one similar to one I was pining for that she made her partner in that swap.  She included pre-cute twinchies, as well as several pieces of wool felt. So cool!

And of course, a swap wouldn't be a swap, without even more spoilage from quaggy! She sent me several word books I can carry with me when I travel, and a bikini diet book "just because" lol!

Thank you so much Robin for swapping with me again!  I love it!

 on: April 26, 2017 04:54:21 PM 
Started by dfabbric - Last post by dfabbric
My Sister asked me to make her a customized apron for a friend of hers for his birthday.
We had a fun time deliberating over mouth size, too little, or too big says something.
It makes me giggle. She is giving it to him next month, I hope he  likes it and doesn't think it's too much.
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 on: April 26, 2017 04:06:51 PM 
Started by roler - Last post by pioneer9
My second partner received a week and a half ago according to the USPS tracking number, but she hasn't been online, so I thought I'd post...

The top two are Dr. Who themed. The bottom two are sweets themed, but the cupcake combines her sweets and monster themes, as it's a zombie cupcake.

 on: April 26, 2017 04:01:26 PM 
Started by Wildfyre - Last post by Mountains and Clouds
So sorry we've been busy so I've been terrible at posting!

Here's a good example of a plate lunch (which is definitely THE lunch here):
I have some poke and kal-bi (this one had a salad instead of mac salad. Weird.)

 on: April 26, 2017 03:03:14 PM 
Started by bunny1kenobi - Last post by snowyangel
I received from my partner Audio today, check out the goods!
She crafted to our likes about owning multiple cats(we both have 2 solid greys), love for aliens and Pixar. She did a great job! My 4yr old actually claimed the pixar plaque right away lol.
 I scored one her creative custom necklace pendants, check out that cute lil guy!

Thank you again, can't wait for my box to arrive to you now!

 on: April 26, 2017 01:43:12 PM 
Started by rockingbearranch - Last post by emilywilde
RBR and greybird, so glad your cards arrived safely. Greybird, I had a completely different idea when i started your card, based on a dream I had as a 6year old that I can still remember bits and pieces of. But it was too hard for me to illustrate it the way i wanted. After that fail, i just found random bits from art magazines until an idea came together.

RBR, the gelli print came from Mandykaye, in a swap from earlier this year. I just love everything she sent me, and I still don't have a plate yet. I was quite stumped for a rooster quote, and a friend said something that reminded me of Ginsberg, so i found that quote. I've used the stamp in a few more pieces too.

Mandy, your art journal piece is beautiful! I love love the crackle effects and the butterfly shape.
Patraw, the paper doll is so cool, reminds me of all the 80-90's fashions, and the different hairstyles are sooo cool!
Smileyyogini, the Naruto card is awesome! I like the chibi style and her hair.

And here's my latest arrival, from Mandykaye for my 80's/ new retro wave, a big favorite of mine  Smiley

It's now necessary for me to watch this movie, Drive  Smiley my bff keeps recommending it to me, mostly because of the music, and also Ryan Gosling.  Grin this piece is amazing, the coloring and shading are perfect, i love love love it! Thanks again for a wonderful card!

 on: April 26, 2017 12:19:38 PM 
Started by rockingbearranch - Last post by rockingbearranch
Note: I've been having cord issues with transferring my photos. Some pictures are gone or I missed posting them. Feel free to post anything I missed or send me a message. 

Here is the hand carved stamp made by emilywilde. The quote is Alan Ginsberg from Howl which I should have on my shelf. It looks like she used gelli plates. The layers turned out great and I love the quote.

 on: April 26, 2017 11:29:46 AM 
Started by rockingbearranch - Last post by Patraw
Tuesday, April 25th, I received a letter from Smileyyogini, who selected my "Temari of the Sand" ATC theme. Said envelope was the only thing that came in the mail Tuesday, so, thankfully, it didn't have to tangle with a bunch of magazines like Emilywilde's did Saturday!

Temari Nara is one of the many ninja characters from Masashi Kishimoto's hugely popular manga/anime Naruto. Temari belonged to the Sand Village Clan, and was the eldest of the three Sand siblings (she has two younger brothers, Gaara and Kankuro). Unlike many of the crazier and emotional characters in said fiction, Temari tended to be a more practical and capable individual, both in combat and everyday life. Her weapon of choice was an iron fan (tessen), and a ridiculously huge one at that, which she typically used as a focus to generate and unleash her deadly wind jutsu attacks.

While I had known what Naruto was for some time beforehand, my first experience with Temari wasn't the anime or manga, but rather a video game, Naruto: Ninja Destiny on the Nintendo DS. She's one of the sixteen Naruto characters that you can play as in said title and has the distinction of breaking my 100% win record in Battle Mode, as Temari was the only character I ever lost a match against while playing it. Her super "Wind Scythe Jutsu" fan attack does horrific damage, depleting your life meter by 2/3 or more, so, even at full health, you're in big trouble if she hits you with it, and, needless to say, if you were already injured to begin with, you're probably finished. Fighting her in that game always made me sweat and filled me with dread because of how quickly she could destroy you (literally two blows under the right circumstances).

In addition to the ATC itself, inside of the envelope were a couple of other items. The first was a Texas postcard that sports four scenic photographs from that state. Clockwise, from the top left, are Bluebonnets flowers, Big Bend National Park, Palo Duro Canyon State Park, and Galveston Bay. That information comes courtesy of the back of the postcard; as I've never been to Texas and don't know a lot about it (although I'd certainly rather spend winters there than here in Michigan!)

She also generously included a packet of Twinings gingerbread-flavored green tea as an extra. Which is actually sort of appropriate, in that there was a bit in the Naruto storyline where Temari's tea cup spontaneously cracked on its own, which is considered a bad omen, and was a warning that terrible things had befallen her younger brothers.

I'm sure that the tea is delicious, however . . .

I was informed that, for "my own good", according to Pegasus Express Postal Code #376-RD, Sub-Section 11, Paragraph 3, all edible objects received in the mail are subject to immediate search, seizure, and consumption by Rainbow Dash.

Back to the card, Smileyyogini rendered Temari in a chibi fashion (i.e., a large head on a smaller body with child-like features), which is a Japanese art style that I've always enjoyed and Temari's surprised expression suggests that some amazing event or revelation has just transpired in the Naruto universe. I like that Smileyyogini applied glitter to her blonde locks too--I'm not sure why glitter never really sparkles when you scan it; one would think that the strong scanner lamp light hitting it would cause all sorts of pretty reflections, but it just doesn't happen for some reason, or at least not for me. The background is her open fan, which sports three purple circles (Temari's "stars"); story-wise, the revelation of each of these, as she unfolds her fan, is significant, as they correspond to an increase in the power of her subsequent attacks. Temari's black outfit is my favorite look for her, and, while I had originally specified that in my list of ATC themes, I ultimately decided that was probably too specific, so, I removed that prior to posting my list, but that's what Smileyyogini ended up illustrating her wearing anyway, so, it all worked out! The calligraphy she used to write Temari's name is also lovely.

And here's the card displayed with some of Masashi Kishimoto's original manga artwork of Temari from the November 2006 issue of Shonen Jump (even though I do have them organized by year/month, it still took me almost an hour to find that particular magazine because my bedroom is a disaster area). And the glitter sparkles properly when you use a digital camera's flash!

I just love Temari's hair. It's equal parts stylish and "I have better things to do, so, I'm just going to put some rubberbands in it". Here's a photo of a woman cosplaying as Temari so you can see how those spiky tresses would look in real life:

Thank you for your lovely rendition of my favorite Naruto kunoichi, Smileyyogini!

 on: April 26, 2017 11:14:44 AM 
Started by rockingbearranch - Last post by Patraw
@emilywilde:  If you're interested, you can read more about Greer and her work here:
[WARNING: There is some (artistic) nudity, both Greer and her dolls, so, don't click on the link if that offends you or you're using a computer in a place where that isn't appropriate.]

Your "mean & green" card is cool too.  A man with a plant for a head reminds me of something I might run into in a Resident Evil video game.

@mandykaye:  Neat journal page card.  I like the overall composition, but that butterfly with the face is definitely the stand-out element (which I'm choosing to interpret as either a sun or moon, given the "Shine" title).

@greybird:  Glad the paper doll arrived safe-and-sound.  I was worried that the postal sorter would chew it up, which is why I stuck an extra stamp on the envelope and labeled it "non-machinable/hand cancel".

Here's an animated GIF I made of the paper doll's different looks for my web site:

I got the idea for swapping hair from my Liv and Moxie Teenz dolls.  And I chose to do a zoomed-in version of the torso, rather than a full figure, because I figured the paper pieces would be too small and fiddly otherwise given an ATC's small dimensions.

 on: April 26, 2017 08:53:25 AM 
Started by rockingbearranch - Last post by rockingbearranch
This awesome bucket of bunnies card is by curiousfae. It has been up with the Easter decorations. They are making the same face mine make when I want to take cute pictures of them.

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