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1  Hades from Disney's Hercules Applique Hoop Art by isewcute in Needlework: Completed Projects by I Sew Cute on: July 16, 2015 04:52:45 PM
I love joining the craft swaps here on Craftster because I almost always end up making things I would never think to make otherwise. I made this hoop for the Darker Side of Disney Swap.

Hades happens to be one of my favorite villains ever, so I had so much fun creating this piece. I used various layers of felt, clear thread, & embroidery floss to embroider the details & the words.

My inspiration was this image is from Disney's Wiki:

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2  Not my circus...not my monkeys coin purse by isewcute in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by I Sew Cute on: July 16, 2015 04:12:53 PM
Wanted to share with y'all a little purse I made for the 'Quotes, Quotes, Quotes Swap'

I wanted to make something different and unexpected for my partner that included one of her favorite quotes. I was particularly inspired by the quote because my best friend uses it quite often. Smiley
I created a computer file to fit a purse pattern template, then printed it onto printable fabric.
This was the main image for the front:

It was both fun and challenging to make this little purse, as it took me a couple attempts to get it right, and I think it turned out cute!
The inside lining is a blue batik looking cotton with shiny raised metallic stars.

The package I sent for the swap with extra goodies...a Circus book, lollipop, & flying monkey magnet.

I'm so happy to have been part of this swap & to have had Kitttykill as my partner! Smiley
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3  Re: The Darker Side of Disney Gallery in The Swap Gallery by I Sew Cute on: July 13, 2015 06:15:37 PM
Here is the wonderful & yummy package I received from cadet120433. I think it's awesome we both sent Hades hoops to one another! (Great minds think alike & I'm so glad I had her for a partner!!!)
I adore the design...you made him wicked cute!!! I didn't even know that haunted mansion treats even existed!  Shocked

Thank you cadet120433....you rock!
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4  Re: Quotes Quotes Quotes Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by I Sew Cute on: July 05, 2015 11:18:00 AM
I received from kittykill!
The photos are from a cell phone, so they aren't the greatest, however I don't think it's going to detract from how much I was spoiled! Now I'm thinking I need to send along a follow up package!  Undecided

There is an awesome stitched Dolly Parton with one of her most awesome quotes, "If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain." This is going to have a permanent place of honor in my craft room!

She sent me a sweet tote bag with image & quote from one of my favorite movies..."The Princess Bride".
"Hello! My name is Inigo Montoya! You killed my father! Prepare to die!" I'm going to be using this a lot & taking it wherever I go!!!

And there was also an awesome x-stitched quote paired with an unexpected image of this darling kitten in a teacup...it even looks like one of our rescued feral kittens! Life is hard. After all, it kills you. -Katherine Hepburn
It's going to also have a place of honor in my craft room on permanent display! It rocks!!! Please share it on the needlework board... the rest of craftster needs to see it & I'm sure you have better photos. My sister in law sent them to me as we're currently on a road trip. Wink
I'm over the moon thrilled Pam! Thank you so much!!!
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5  Funny Quote Embroidery Hoop in Needlework: Completed Projects by I Sew Cute on: May 26, 2015 02:40:52 PM
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Just something fun I felt compelled to stitch just for giggles!  Wink
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6  The Blue Man Group Fanart Resin Heart Necklace Image made with altered GI Joes in CHALLENGE 108 ENTRIES by I Sew Cute on: May 20, 2015 08:24:10 AM
One of my most dearly remembered live events was going to see the Blue Man Group.

It was more than a show... it was an experience. I had felt such a connection between the performers & the audience. I highly recommend anyone to go check out their show & see it for themself.

Never heard of the Blue Man Group? From wikipedia: Blue Man Group is an award-winning global entertainment company formed in 1991, and best known for its creative stage productions around the world.

A lot of work went into this piece behind the scenes. Wink
I cast one of my original altered artworks in a huge resin heart with glitter, glitter stars, & pigments...but that was the easy part.
The artwork was created first my altering GI Joe Dolls I had purchased at a thrift store. I knew they'd make great Blue Men because I wouldn't have to shave their heads. Cheesy
I painted them blue, and sewed little black outfits for them & then posed them for the photograph. The photograph is digitally layered with other photos I took of glitter & lite bright pegs with the camera out of focus & with a bokeh lens attachment. I upped the saturation to make it super colorful & love how it turned out! I think it captures the feeling I had when seeing the Blue Man Group.

I'm so glad that Craftster has continued to have craft challenges like this that motivates me to create things that otherwise I wouldn't have made time or had the motivation to do.
The next time I see The Blue Man Group...and I would see them again in a heartbeat, I'll definitely be wearing this necklace! Smiley
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7  Summer is nearly here, so why not make your own Hula Hoops? in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by I Sew Cute on: May 17, 2015 06:24:53 PM
Summer is the time for picnics, parks, adventures & festivals! Wouldn't it be great to make your own custom hula hoops for the whole family? I think so!  Grin

What you'll need:

A roll or length of (3/4" pvc pipe large enough for your hoop
3/4" pvc pipe couplings/connectors
pipe cutters or saw to cut through pvc pipe
electrical tape
a heat gun
duck brand duct tape if you can't find the type I used

I bought a roll of pvc pipe & a bag of couplings, so I have plenty of length to make several of these for my kids & their friends. Everyone will all have one to play with when they come over. Good times!

First, I cut a length of the pipe to the desired size for my daughter.

Next, I heated up an end with the heat gun. This makes the plastic more pliable & easier to insert the connector.

After heating the other end, and inserting the connector, I squeezed both ends together tightly and wrapped the gap in electrical tape.

Now for the fun, yet fussy part... wrapping the hoop with colorful duct tape!  Cheesy
A little tricky at first... I recommend wrapping it at a slight angle to make it wrap smoothly.  Undecided

I had some sparkly pink tape that my little girl loves. Wrapping was tricky at first, but it became much easier as I went along.  Wink

My minis loved their hoops...and I'm making a super-deluxe one just for me!

I hope this inspires y'all to make your own! For under $40 you can make about 7-10 of these!
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8  Walking Dead - Zombie Jewelry - Shrink Plastic Fandom by isewcute in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by I Sew Cute on: April 01, 2015 02:36:20 PM
The Walking Dead just wrapped up this past season last week, so to hold me over until next season, I whipped up some 'not so cute' Walking Dead & Zombie inspired jewelry!

I used the Shrinky-Dink brand of printable shrink plastic to make these.
You can find it at craft stores such as Michaels, Joanne Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, or online.
I made a printable file of many characters from the show, along with a few zombies thrown in for good measure & adjusted the opacity of the print file according to the recommended directions on the package.
After printing them out, I used small sharp scissors to cut them out & also punched holes where I wanted to string them all together with jump rings.

I baked them in a toaster oven for a couple of minutes at 275 F. (following the package directions)

It's so fun to watch them curl up & shrink!

After shrinking them, I took them outside & gave them a clear coating of Krylon acrylic spray. (I wasn't sure what was the best coating to give them, so I called the company & this is what they recommended)
It dried rather quickly in the afternoon sun & gave them a semi-gloss finish.

Finally, I just strung them all together & added a bit of chain & a clasp for a necklace & attached earwires for earrings. I hope they inspire you to make your own zombie inspired jewelry!

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9  Re: The Awesome Manicure Thread! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by I Sew Cute on: February 25, 2015 09:48:26 AM
I received these cute little peacock nail decals for Christmas & thought today would be the day to try them out! They're made by Avon.


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10  Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by I Sew Cute on: November 14, 2014 05:23:29 PM

2 more ornaments found their way home this week! I'm only waiting on one more to arrive & then I won't be having this much fun mail for awhile.

Thank you dessadoll & gatorwrangler! These are fantastic!
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