Napkin Swap

Just a quick post to show the other two sets of napkins I received from the people in my swap group. All the napkins that I got were different, so much fun!
Really love the Asian theme black and white one on the right and also the butterfly/dragonfly in the top left.

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This one also included a few pieces of patterned tissue paper.

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I have started making videos for you tube but so far all I have done is a couple of “haul” video. Just things I picked up during shopping trips. When I make a “tutorial” or “flip and talk about” I will link the video here to share.

Hope everyone is having a great week. Almost the weekend!

Lady Blue

KIF Napkin Swap & Week 13

Been a little behind with my 48 weeks pages. It’s hard to find the time to sit down and do them when you have company. My Mom came out for about a month so she could be here for both kid’s birthdays. I did manage to get week 13 finished and I’ve also been part of a napkin swap with KIF.

First here is week 13 from Donna,

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and here is mine

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Here are a few close-ups of some of the page texture and how the paint caught on it. This was a pretty fun page.

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Next up is the KIF napkin swap. Napkins can be used many ways to add interest and texture to your mixed media creations. If you remember I used napkins on my idea cards here: https://bluecrafty.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/new-art-journal-pages-deck-of-cards/

Naturally, different areas of the US and world will receive different assortments of napkins in their stores. Because there are so many kinds out there KIF had a napkin swap where we could share some of those fun napkins with each other to expand our choices for projects. We were put into groups of five and were to send out 10 napkins to each person in the swap. (four mailings per person) 10 different ones (of course if possible). Additionally patterned tissue paper could be used to finish out the 10 if someone only had eight kinds etc. I wont show what I sent out just in case someone in my group peeks at my page. Don’t want to ruin their fun by seeing what they get before it makes it to them. Here are the envelopes I decorated for them. The blue paper is covering the person’s mailing address for privacy. I splattered some metallic water colors on the paper and also added a handmade stamp image. Sealed the package using some fun butterfly packing tape.

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Here are a few napkins I have received so far.

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There are a couple I know I will never use so I will add them to my RAK (random act of kindness) box to be included in some “happy mail” for someone else. When using them in your project, it is sometimes best to separate the layers. Most good napkins are triple ply. You only really need the layer that has the images on it.

I have a couple more things I have been working on but I will save those for the next posting. I hope everyone has been having a great art and crafty couple of weeks.

Lady Blue

My First ATCs – KIF Spring Groove

In my last post I showed the ATC book I made to hold the ATC’s I make and will receive in assorted swaps. Today I am showing the ATCs I made. Once I receive all five from my swap partners I will post pictures of them.

Here is my process for making mine.

I started by mod podging patterned tissue paper to some ATC mixed media cards. Looking back I would have chosen a thicker type of paper or add more layers since it seemed a bit thin at the end. The bit of curling you see here was gone by the final step.

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Next I stamped a butterfly from 7Gypsies onto white cardstock using stayz-on. I colored it in using my Spectrum Noir pens and then covered it with liquid glass (glossy accents) from CTMH. While it was still wet I added some glitter. After it was dry I cut it out, chopping off the legs and antenna. I did this because it would be impossible to cut around those lines and have no white left. You’ll see what I did to fix that in the next picture.

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Here you can see where I stamped the image on to the ATC. This allows me to add the one I cut out over it so the legs and antenna are on the butterfly again. I also stamped a bit of a ruler and some lacy border using grey stayz on. Additionally I used black soot distress ink around the edge of the card.

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My next part on the card was to add some molding paste through a Dylusions stencil. I tinted it green sing some craft paint. When It dried I felt it needed to be darker so I went back in using a green Stabilo chalk pencil. Once I completed those I went over the whole card with mod podge to seal it all in.

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My last step on the front was to add a flat backed pearl accent to a flower on each card. Here you can see all the cards ready to be put into envelopes to send out.

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Here is a close-up of the completed card:

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Here they all are in envelopes waiting for addresses of my swap group. I stamped the envelope and added a bit of washi tape to make it extra fun for whoever receives one.

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One thing I forgot to take a picture of was the back. On ATC’s you are supposed to include specific information about the swap name, your name, etc. I found a stamp on Ebay so I didn’t have to write every little thing out. It was like this one:

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I had a lot of fun making them and I hope those who get one of mine like it. Not bad for my first ever ATC’s I think 🙂

Hope you have a wonderfully arty/crafty day!
Lady Blue