2007-03-16 08:52 pm
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craftster.org pick-a-theme swap

I just finished up participating in my first PAT swap on craftster.org. I made cards for the themes of Frogs, Elephants, SciFi, and Celestial. Here they are, in that same order:

13 - figure 2.07 3-2-07

12 - Hello There! 02-23-07

21 - 03K64 3-16-07

22 - Moon and Star 3-16-07
2007-03-13 08:51 pm
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inspirational ATC

My mom, sister, and I are on a team that's doing an 8-week fitness challenge. It's about the two pillars of good health - moderate exercise and healthy eating. I made this card to be something of an inspiration to myself during the coming weeks.

"You don't need candy"
2007-03-13 08:50 pm
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Collage ATC

I'm in a PAT swap on craftster.org and my theme is Women's Undergarments. One of my partners, luckie_strike, recently sent me a card, as well as the extras she *didn't* use in making my card. So I decided to use the extra ephemera to make a sort of companion card. Here's the one that luckie_strike made for me: Here's the one I made. I call it "Racy Spread."
2007-03-03 09:43 pm
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March ATC challenge on craftster.org

This month's challenge was to create a set of 3 ATCs on the theme of "Wings." I decided to go with an airplane-type theme. After doing some image googling for image inspiration, I decided that the early "flying machines" (ones that probably never flew), were much more interesting, visually. So that's what I did. Actually, I made 4, but I finally settled on the first 3 as my challenge entries.

watercolor, colored pencil

Flying Machine 1
2007-02-23 09:42 pm
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another PAT reject

Stupid glue making stupid wrinkles. Elephant #3 Graphite, watercolor, marker
2007-02-22 09:41 pm
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PAT ATC reject

This is another of the cards I made as a potential ATC for a PAT "elephants" theme. I am still having a bit of trouble with my glue. I'm sort of perplexed. I'm using the same glue and gluing method that I used before, but it's not causing the paper to be all wrinkly/bubbly. I guess I'll have to experiment with some different glues here soon. Anyway, the gluing problem isn't so tragic on this card. Actually, it sort of enhances it-makes it look like wrinkly elephant skin! Watercolor, graphite, marker.
2007-02-21 09:38 pm
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ATC woes

I recently joined a PAT ATC swap on craftster.org. One of the themes is ELEPHANTS and I actually did about 4 different watercolors of elephants. I picked one that I thought was the winner and last night I (attempted to) glue it to a backing board. Sadly, that plan went awry. The card doesn't look so good anymore as there was a bit of a glue accident. I got a smudge of glue on the front and the paper got all wrinkly. V. sad. But I think that I have a good back-up card (or 2!), so it'll be okay. It's just a little disappointing.
2007-02-10 09:02 pm
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February ATC challenge on craftster.org

The current ATC challege on craftster is to make a card with "love" as it's theme. I had been considering doing the challenge for a while, but couldn't really think of anything. But today (aka the very last day to enter!) I finally came up with something. For some reason, a particular line from Ever After popped into my head. It was: "A bird may love a fish, signore, but where would the live?" This card, to me, is about how sometimes there *are* problems that can not be overcome by love alone. 'Cause unlike the movie, we don't live in a fairy tale.

"But where would we live?" (AVAILABLE) Watercolor, clip art on transparency film, marker, ballpoint pen

But where would we live
2007-02-09 09:00 pm
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Experimental ATC

The other day I was trying to think about what would make an interesting ATC, and I thought, 'hey! wouldn't it be fun to incorporate knitting somehow?' So that's exactly what I did. For this first attempt, I basically took a cardboard base measuring 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 in. and then knitted it a cosy. I chose a sort of lacy design based on a stitch pattern out of Barbara Walker's 2nd Treasury of Knitting Patterns. The yarn I used is a light oatmealy color, and it was difficult to see the open work against the light colored cardboard base, so I took a dark blue watercolored sheet of cardstock and glued it to the front of the cardboard base. That made it look a lot better. The execution of this took quite some time. This was in no small part due to the fact that I decided to use up some left over yarn scraps. I guess I thought those pieces were a lot longer than they were, because I ran out of yarn about 5 different times. Talk about having a lot of ends to weave in! And it such a tiny space too! It is all knit in one long piece. I first knit the front, then did a purl row to make a fold/seam line. Then I started th eback. I knit for a while, then cast off the middle 10 sts, knit one side, knit the other side, cast back on 10 middle sts. and finished it off. I seamed the two side seams first with the seams on the inside. Then I slipped in the cardboard and seamed up the bottom, which, of course, resulted in the seam being on the outside. So, enough talk! Here are the results:
Fancy Shell

The colors in these images are a little dark. The yarn is, I think, I little whiter IRL. For future attempts, I think that if I use this cosy method, I would try to make it fit tighter, cause this one's a little loose. I would also not let there be any lacy designs in the corners, as this card sort of allows the cardboard base corner to poke throught occasionally. While I don't particularly love the way this turned out, I think there's some good potential for incorporating knitting in my ATCs. I think I might like to try and figure out a way to make a knitted card without a backing, perhaps by making a sort of wire or wooden frame that the knit fabric could then be stretched across.
2007-02-02 08:57 pm
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ATCs

Here's just a couple more ATCs similar to the 3 I made most recently. These two are sticking to the same themes, but are a little differently constructed.
Osteological Topography #4

Osteological Topography #4 (AVAILABLE) is a cropped image of a right scapula. I drew the image in ballpoint pen and then painted it with yellow and brown watercolors. I'm not so great with the watercolors yet, as you can tell by how the brown bled into the yellow. It was a lot worse, so I'm thankful for how much I was able to fix it at least. To finish off the card, I added the lines with arrows, again with ballpoint pen. Then I labeled the points with plain old graphite.
Osteological Topography #5

Osteological Topography #5 (TRADED) uses the same skull view as #2. This time I did the watercoloring *first* and *then* used the ballpoint pen. No more problems with smearing or blurring lines! Then I added a layer of transparency film and attached it to the base card by using black thread to embroider the left outside edge of the skull.
2006-12-31 08:52 pm
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New ATCs

I've had the idea for these in my mind for a couple of weeks now, but due to graduating, finals, holidays, etc., I haven't had a good chunk of time to sit down and work on them until now. Once again, these didn't come out quite as I imagined in my head, but I do like them. In fact, I'm thinking of doing some others in a similar style. For these 3 cards I used a scaned/printed out copy of a study aid I made for myself during Intro to Physical Anth. lab. I didn't like how the lines looked after they had been printed out, so then I went over them with a black pen. I then tried browning the paper with tea. That didn't work too well. It mostly just made the paper crinkly. Then I tried watercolors, and that worked out a lot better. Unfortunately, I wasn't thinking too clearly and the watercolors made the black ink run a little bit. It's not too bad though, and I guess it sort of fits in with the general feel of the cards, so it's not a total tragedy. The words are hand-lettered with the same black pen I used to got over the lines of the diagrams. The words are actually written on an overhead transparency. The transparency is only attached (with plain ol' tape) at the top, so it can be lifted up to show the diagram on its own. I then mounted the whole thing onto a white cardstock backing using a very thin coat of Elmer's glue.
Osteological Topography #1 Osteological Topography #2 Osteological Topography #3
2006-12-12 08:47 pm
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First ATC

Lonely Sahuaro 12-8-06 I have recently been sucked into the addicting world of ATCs. I've been doing a lot of reading about them and looking at and admiring other people's. Finally, last Friday, I decided that it was time for me to try making one of my own. I started out by cutting a piece of cardstock into 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 sized pieces. Once I had those cut out I was surprised by how small they really are! Looking at pictures on the internet made them look larger than they actually are. I mucked around with a bunch of materials and started several cards, but only finished one. Unfortunately, I liked the idea in my head much better than what my hands turned out. I've decided to keep it, though, because it is my first. It is made with 220 grit sandpaper and a photoshopped photo that I took somewhere in Arizona over a white cardstock base. To glue everything together I used some sort of Tacky Glue craft glue. I have ideas for a few more. Possibly Christmas-themed. I probably won't be able to try them out for a while yet, however. Silly work and RL getting in the way of my crafty ambitions!
2006-12-10 08:39 pm
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"Convertible" wip

This is my first post using pictures. It looks like it's working, but I think it'll take some more practice before I get it to do exactly what I want.

These are some pics I took of my Convertible. I've been working on it for what seems like forever!

I am knitting it with Canapone 100% hemp yarn from elann.com on US size 4 needles. Modifications I made included doing 1 less lace repeat per row and, because I used thinner yarn, I did many more lace repeats down the length. With this project, I was worried at first that I would be impatient with the small yarn and needles, but I actually loved it!

It is my first big lace project, and everyone recommended using lifelines and stitchmarkers like crazy. So that's what I did. In one of the long shot pictures, you can see some blue lines at the beginning end that are actually my lifelines. I don't know why this was, but the more often I used lifelines/stitchmarkers, the more likely I was to make mistakes and have to rip back. I actually got so frustrated at one point that I nearly ripped the whole thing out!

But then I stopped using lifelines and stitchmarkers all together, and it became surprisingly fast and easy! I only had to tink a little bit every now and again. Weird, I know.

These pics are a bit old, so as of now, I have actually finished the knitting part and have bound off. I still haven't blocked it yet, mostly because I've never done any blocking and I am a little nervous to try. I also don't have any buttons picked out. I did see some at Joann's a while back that I liked, but they were so expensive! Getting as many of those as I needed would have really put the cost of this garment too high for my liking. Maybe I'll just block and wear it as a normal wrap/scarf until I can find some buttons that I both like and are economical.

The last 2 pics show the tiny little stitchmarkers I got in the 2006 September Birthday Swap on craftster.org. I love them so much that I just had to show them off! They were made for me by user cornflakegirly, and she did a great job. They're just what I wanted, the craftsmanship is amazing, and they're pink to boot!