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1  Re: Setting the Miniature Scene Swap signups 6/5/15 - 6/12/15, sendouts 7/10/15 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by suereal on: June 16, 2015 11:07:50 AM
OKies, finally had some energy to post some hints for my partners...

Here's my doll Zoey, with her stuffies and her favo chair.



And here's her personal post
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=372484.msg4382655#msg4382655
Her body is 8 inches tall, and I'm rather sure she is a Barbie of some sort.  With her giant head she is over a foot tall.  She likes 50's and 60's Atomic/Googie style, and the cabin or Gypsy style.

And this is the little shelf I want to turn into a mad scientist apartment. 

The bottom slot is the apartment. It measures 3 1/2 inches tall, 7 1/2 inches wide and 2 3/8 deep.  The top, which would be the laboratory, measures 9 inches tall, 7 1/2 wide and 2 3/8 deep.  I will be closing the back up.  I want it to be slightly creepy, but mostly just odd.

Time for a nap now Grin
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2  Re: Setting the Miniature Scene Swap signups 6/5/15 - 6/12/15, sendouts 7/10/15 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by suereal on: June 07, 2015 05:02:21 PM
Yeah...I'm probably over thinking things...I just think I got the size wrong on the little poutine I made for the Canadian Ninni, so I'm giving myself a hard time.  I'm an ittybitty newbie Grin

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3  Puddles Pity Party Tribute Shirt in Stenciling: Completed Projects by suereal on: May 26, 2015 10:24:54 AM
For those who don't know who I'm talking about, Puddles is a giant singing clown on YouTube..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HtrbMy4mU4  <---Puddles singing Team

My Hub found him in April and I have listened to him nearly everyday since then.  I fake joined the Fandom Swap just to make myself a shirt....



There were about 8 steps to this silly shirt.  I just ruff drew the letters onto the freezer paper, used a chisel tip Sharpie to get the letters strait and such, then cut them out.  The red parts were just hand painted on.  I cut a separate stencil to do his crown.  I had to buy the rickrack...huge rickrack was not in my stash for some reason Grin.  I'm a bit AR when it comes to rickrack being sewn on....I hate it when it gets flappy.   SO I free motioned when I sewed it down and followed both outside edges.  I'm not sure how often I will wear it, but it makes me laugh when I look at it.  I also made a pompom wrist cuff.  Puddles has the habit of playing with his poms when he sings Grin

Thanks for looking Grin
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4  Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2015 in Craftalongs by suereal on: May 26, 2015 10:13:54 AM
I did it!  I finally finished my Fandom swap.  My partner probably thinks I forgot about her completely Grin

Let's start out with the large shall we?



I'm a relatively new Puddles fan.  My Hub discovered him in April.  Since then I have listened to him almost every day...at least once.  And his voice rings in my ears even when I don't watch his videos Grin  This silly shirt had something like 8 steps to get it all done.  It's a good thing it was for a swap or I probably would never have finished it Grin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HtrbMy4mU4  <---Puddles singing Team

The small is the Puddles Pompom cuff...



Puddles has the habit of playing with the pompoms that run down the front of his shirt when he is singing.  It can be a bit...disturbing.  I wanted to make a pom something for my partner and eventually decided the wrist was the safest place to put a pom Grin

My medium is in a different fandom.  My partner says she has become obsessed with a new cartoon...Uncle Grandpa.  What a huge pile of steaming oddness that show is Grin.  Her favo character is Giant Realistic Flying Tiger.  So, when I found an old Nat Geo about tigers while cleaning one day, it seemed like fate.  The background is a picture of my home town from a local credit union calendar.  I used 3 different tiger pictures from the mag to make GRFT do what I wanted.  I think it looks like she is takeing a rainbow bath Grin



And here she is on the wall..

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5  Re: A Memento of a Memory of a Moment: A Poseable Me in CHALLENGE 108 ENTRIES by suereal on: May 15, 2015 06:10:08 PM
heheh Thanks KK...totally HAD to have googly eyes Grin

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6  A Memento of a Memory of a Moment: A Poseable Me in CHALLENGE 108 ENTRIES by suereal on: May 15, 2015 04:42:58 PM
When I first read this challenge, I immediately remembered what it felt like to get a ticket to one of the last three seats at the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis 2013 World Tour in Seattle.  It was about 1AM and I couldn't sleep, so I was just looking at stuff about Mack and Ryan.  One of the sites was the tour dates of the 2013 tour.  I saw that it said tickets were still available in Seattle.  I clicked it and it sent me immediately to Ticketmaster.  I was able to buy my ticket within minutes of learning about the concert.  Not like the old days where you had to trudge down to the building to buy tickets.  I wanted to make an entry that expressed how I felt when I got my ticket so quickly and and knew I was going to that concert.  And here it is Grin



I chose the body paper from a roll of wrapping paper I bought at Archie McPhee's in Seattle.  I went there that day too.  The ball shapes reminded me of the Dale Chihuly museum that I visited that day as well.  It also reminded me of all the lights at the show.  The tiger legs reminded me of Macklemore.  They have a tiger on the tour poster too.  I used doll hands and feet.  I repainted the doll feet to look like my FAVO dancing Mary Janes.

 

I used the QR code for the Canadian Ticketmaster site for a bit of a string pull.



I found a picture in a magazine of a little girl who's head was the size I was looking for...then noticed she looked a bit like me when I was wee.  I thought that was cool as I felt like a little kid from the time I got the ticket till well after the concert.  I made my hair from wool flat cord and springs.  My second set of teeth (the ones not on the girls face) are glow in the dark duct tape.  I needed two sets of teeth since I couldn't stop smiling for 3 months Grin

I did have some craft fails happen.  I was trying to make a dancing doll, where you pull the QR code and the arms wave up and down.  The foam core I used did not like this idea.  I then tried some metal springs to get some movement into things...but they stretched......I even cut a straw to act as a spring...but well...another fail...So I just moved on to the poseable doll Grin



I finished it off by gluing a few glow resin bits I had made before onto a large plastic upholstery pin to make a little star with wings.  A cute symbol to remind me of a wonderful experience.



Thanks for looking, and HUGE Thanks to Ticketmaster Grin
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7  Stove Spacer Tile ...thingy.. in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by suereal on: April 27, 2015 01:58:26 PM
Stove Spacer Tile ...thingy..

So...our house is a result of "lets wing it" philosophy due to the last owners.  So many things are not square and sort of not all the way thought through.  One of the things that was bugging me was this kind of large space between the gas stove and the counter.  So the Hub made a wood insert and I went wiled with the tiles Grin



All the tiles were either bought a long time ago or given to me.  I used aluminum tape to enclose the edges as I also used the pour on resin to over glaze them all for durability and cleaning easy.  I'm pretty happy with the results, though it took MONTHS to get it all done due to the curing issues Grin

Thanks for looking Grin

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8  A wand for my nephew in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by suereal on: April 27, 2015 01:41:38 PM
My nephew is grading from Uni this month...which is odd as he is 8 as I tend to think of him Grin.  Now his brain works more like mine then any other folks in my family tree.  So what to make, what to make.  I finally did decided on a magic wand.  If anyone needs a magic wand it's when one transitions from college folk to grown up.  So I collected a few sycamore sticks from a park my sister and I learned to water ski at when I was at my folks house last and worked from there..


Here it is in the box I made for it to live in.


The box was designed to also be a display stand.


The white parts are glow in the dark FIMO, but I'm a bit worried the glaze, which is UV protective will block the glow  Shocked


After I was done with it all, I noticed that adding the eye at this joint kind of made it look like a one armed cephalopod Grin


And here is the back half of the wand.  I did drill out the handle a bit and added a Garfield newsprint cartoon as the core.  He was always a huge new comic fan as a kid Grin


And clearly the end of wands are perfect for more eyes...


I had to make the box, as the wand was very long...so that's when I got the idea to do the display stand as well.


Got the box made, and it would not stay closed.  Thus the ribbon and eye closure Grin

He seemed happy with it, so that is all that matters to me Grin  But I did feel a bit sheepish about giving my youngest nephew a stick for grad Grin

Thanks for looking Grin
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9  A Canadian Ninni for rscowtown in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by suereal on: April 27, 2015 01:11:59 PM
Howdy!

This little guy came about because I had noticed rscowtown had posted in her shop swap that she had found safety eyes at a thrift store with no backs that she wanted to be rid of.  Well, anyone who knows me knows I love eyes, and the backs don't matter to me in most cases.  So I PMed her about an exchange.  I added the extra lure of mentioning I would be happy to make a Ninni for her.  She requested a Canadian Ninii as she had a relative from Can....and I live there Grin.  So, once she said YES, I talked to my Canadian Hub and he helped me make a list of what needed to go into the little guy.  He was super fun to make and I even got to try out a new craft that I've been watching on Youtube.  So here he is..


The check pattern is normally a wool jacket called a Mack.  Apparently it's a Can/French thing.  All I know is my Hub has one that he had worn to a frazzle Grin


I used two CAN. pennies for the eyes.  We stopped making pennies up here in 2013, so I kind of started being a bit ob/com about collecting them in the year before.  So I went through my collection to find two that were from 2011, as that is when rscowtown joined craftster.  The other eye is the Queen side.


The most obvious thing to put into this creature was a hockey reference.  I looked and looked for a pencil I saw a few years ago where the eraser was the blade of the stick to no avail.  So this stick is made from Popsicle style craft sticks and glow in the dark duct tape. His Ninni style tooth is also made of GID duct tape.


The hardest part was the hinged mouth.  On South park, Canadians are portraid in a simple format with a slit open mouth that leaves there the top half separate from the bottom half.  But I persevered and made it happen Grin



I also figured out how to make the little guy stand up with his beaver tail


This was the thing I had not done before.  It's called poutine.  It's a French Canadian thing.   It's french fries, cheese curd and gravy.  At this point you can get poutine at every fast food place, though it has only been the last few years.  But OMG it is YUMMY!.  I have been watching tons of how to make mini things out of poly clay on Youtube, so I got inspired at the last moment to make him a wee serving of poutine.

The other ingredients are moose horns (obvious Grin), the Toque (his little hat) and the mustache.  Up here Movember has become a rather large thing.  Movember started ion Australia I believe, but they love it up here.  It is to gain awareness for male cancer issues.  The idea is to grow out ones face hair for the moth of November.  Nearly all the news caster embrace this event.  I think it's partly due to custom of growing out ones beard if your hockey team is in the play offs Grin

I also made the heart on his chest as a pocket, so she could put in Can. stamp[ or coins or other momentous of this amazing country Grin  He was super fun to make...and he was my first Ninni as well.

Thanks so much rscowtown.  It was an inspirational swap for me Grin

Thanks for looking Grin
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10  Awkvaard Phayz--a Monster High Hack in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by suereal on: April 02, 2015 11:29:53 AM
I got paired with the ghoulish cackle for the recent Be Awesome (Redux) swap.  I knew I had to get my A game on for this one.  Thankfully, the idea formed relatively quickly and I was able to get it started the day we got partnered.  Which turned out to be a very good thing as every time I join a swap, my life suddenly goes all catawampus.  But I got her done and here she is..Awkvaard Phayz...the Odd little Hare Girl



Cackle loves hares, so I knew she would be a little hare girl from the start.  I'm not sure which MH doll she started out as, but when I got her, she had no forearms.  Also, her hips and knees were very loose.  Clearly, she needed forearms, so I did what seemed obvious to me and made her tentacle ones from Fimo...the suction cups glow in the dark...durh Grin.  I just carved away her rather large lower lip till it was nothing but teeth and then painted them white.  The pink eye is a tiny safety eye with Black dimensional paint to fill in the spaces.  Her other eye is glow in the dark dimensional paint.  Her cloths are random bits of trim, handkerchiefs and fabrics.  Her shoes are from a vinyl samples book.  They are glued and sewn on.






It took me awhile to figure out the best way to deal with the fact she couldn't stand.  I was originally planning on polio type leg braces, but could not settle on the best way to do that while still preserving her pose ability.  So I decided on making the little little backless chair....she needed the back off to leave room for her tail Grin



The chair is made from stacked foam core, card stock, glue and that FABO glow in the dark skull fabric, which seemed just the right pattern and size for this project.  The legs are wooden dowels covered in Fimo...the balls on the ends also glow.  This was the first time I have ever made doll furniture and I learned soooo much...but I think it came out well enough Grin

Her wee doll Froman is from an Archie McPhee play set from several years ago.  One could change the heads and bodies of all the critters, like those old school pop beads...Froman just looked perfect with her I thought Grin



And here's a few more pics of Awkvaard..



EDIT:  I forgot about the rest of her story!  Her story is written in side her name tag..

"Awkvaard is an Odd Child. Apparently, every so often in her species an Odd Child is born...they live backwards, so when they are born they are
sickly and decrepit. As they get older they heal until they spontaneously explode with health.
Right now, Awkvaard is unable to walk so she has a special chair and her little pal Froman to keep her company."

In cackles words...I forgot to save it when I put it into the computer *bonks head on desk*

Thanks for looking Grin
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