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1  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: Today at 06:19:18 PM
Really loving the end of the games photo dumps!  Where were all these spectacular project ideas when I was scrambling for them?   Wink

I have two more ready to go, hopefully the last two will come together tomorrow...

Prompt:  July - Photogenic
Team: Textbook
Event: Paperology
Bonus Points: Engineering!
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435339.0#axzz3BjpHsgQS
Project Name: Faux Slides
Brief Description: Cute-out images and packing tape create fake vacation slides!

Project Picture:

(That's my Little Visitor, he didn't have too much excitement at my house so we decided to fake some exotic trips!)

Prompt:  July - Midnight opening
Team: Textbook
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: Monty Python and the Holy Grail T-Shirt
Brief Description: I was looking for something cute and quick, and while cutting out stencils is never exactly quick (thank you Rosemary and Thyme marathon for keeping me company!), it was easy enough and I really like the way it turned out.

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2  Faux Slides in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by Smeddley on: Today at 06:09:49 PM
It's totally not 'shopped, you can tell because of the pixels and lack of any subtlety at all!  This is old school cut-and-paste photoshopping!

I was scrambling for a project to fill the "photo" prompt for the Summer Nerd Games, because my original idea took too long and my Plan B was a hilarious failure.  And then, inspiration struck while cleaning out a shelf at work!  I found a slide viewer (I didn't think we had slides, but I eventually unearthed a dozen random ones) and while telling a co-worker about the fun way you can "fake" a transparent slide image with simple packing tape (I honestly can't remember where I heard about that, somewhere on the internet!), a light bulb went on!  My Little Visitors could bring home slides of themselves in exotic locations!

Sure, I could have photoshopped them into the picture first, but where's the fun in that?  After a bit of trial and error, this is what worked for me.

Step one - cut out your foreground image, closely around the subject.  Please note that as I recall, this only works with magazine photos or laser printer photos, no ink jets.

Step two - position the foreground image on the packing tape.

Step three - place your background image on the tape.

Step four - burnish, burnish, burnish!  Really rub, and make sure you get the tape tight around the cut-out foreground image.

Step five - flip tape over and wet the paper.

Step six - Rub!  Gently, adding more water as needed.  Careful when it peels off around the cut-out.

Step seven - rinse and dry!  You can't dry it with a cloth or towel, because it will still be slightly tacky.  Either air dry or, if you're impatient, a hairdryer.

Step eight - I added another piece of tape to the back side (because it was still slightly sticky) and popped them into cutout cardboard "slide holders" (you could also use the real thing).  And voila!  Vacation slides!

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3  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: August 26, 2014 05:54:02 PM
Okay, I feel better about my yarn collection, now!  I'm also envious of everyone who knits socks (some day I'll try it!). 

I have been up to my eyeballs in things that need to get done *right now*, and I signed up for too many swaps, and I might be slightly sleep deprived, so sorry for the rambling, incoherent photo-dump...

I'm also racing to finish the Summer Nerd Games...  O.o

127. Sugar Scrub, made for some people who were envious of the scrub I had in my house (courtesy of Cryssoleil!  ... so it's kinda her fault I had to make this!  ~.^)

128. Small crochet plane for a Commemorative Air Force raffle:

129. Whimsical Shrine for swap:

130. My first attempt at a little zippered pouch for the Nerd Games Swap:

131. Craft all the Things hoop for the Nerd Games Swap:

132. Crocheted Dalek for the Nerd Games Swap:

133. Nerd Girl ATC for the Nerd Games Swap:

134. Finally finished octopus (ran out of red fuzzy yarn, it was discontinued so I had to unravel two legs and use a close match to finish him, with the tops of the legs at least matching the body):

135. Postcard Art for a library thing:

136. Rocket Surgery ATC:

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4  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: August 26, 2014 05:41:27 PM
Photos definitely count, and add me to the number that say the book-pillow one is most excellent!

Ludi, I need to watch that movie!  As soon as I'm done with my current crop of library DVDs...

Prompt:  August Battle:   Earth vs. Air vs. Fire vs. *Water*
Team: Textbook
Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: UFO!
Project Name: Octopus!
Brief Description: I started this octopus ages ago, and ran out of the red fuzzy yarn.  The *discontinued* red fuzzy yarn.  :/ Luckily, a friend gave me some that was close enough, and I unraveled (no easy task!) the two legs I'd made and used that yarn to top the legs made with the new yarn.  Then I made the belly with new yarn and he was finally done!

Project Picture:

Here's a picture of how he's been for years, with the two finished legs:

Aaaaaaaaand DONE!

Prompt:  August - String Theory
Team: Textbook
Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Dalek
Brief Description:  A Dalek I crocheted for LovelyMiss in the Nerd Games Swap!

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Prompt:  August - Rhinestone cowboy
Team: Textbook
Event: Paperology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Library Art Postcard
Brief Description: Our library put out a call for postcard art, and I saw it as the perfect opportunity to play with my new iridescent watercolors!

Project Picture:

To show the shiny:

Prompt:  Team Spirit: Wordy:  Quotes
Team: Textbook
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Hyperbole and a Half Hoop
Brief Description: The _____ all the things! meme is one of my favorites, and when I saw LovelyMiss had Hyperbole and a Half-related crafts pinned I HAD to make it for her in the Nerd Games Swap.  Of course I chose "Craft all the things!" as a saying.  And I ended up (after much trial and error) using markers on the fabric to color it in.  The watercolors bled too much and the watercolor pencils weren't vibrant enough.  It was an experiment, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

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Prompt:  Red Alert! Perseid Meteor Shower
Team: Textbook
Event: Paperology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Rocket Surgery ATC
Brief Description  One of my favorite sayings, in ATC forms!  Colored pencils and ink.  You can't have space without rockets, right?  And if you have rockets, you need rocket surgeons!  Wink

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Four more prompts, five more days... I don't know if I'll make it, but I'll give it a try!
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5  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2014 Swap in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: August 22, 2014 03:20:52 PM
The Totoro felt bag and the TM patch and zipper bags are awesome!  I received today from LovelyMiss, and maybe I shouldn't have told her I was going to send extras (because she's awesome and amazing for doing all she does for the Nerd Games, and if anyone deserves spoiling, it's her!) because she totally outdid me!

First, the card.  Now, she doesn't know this, but back when I did a Stig Needlebook for the Movie/TV swap, I tried so hard to do s Stig silhouette and ended up having to go with a cartoon Stig.  She, on the other hand, nailed the classic Stig in her paper cut-out:

Then the supplies, which she said she intentionally went light on because I may have a slight hoarding problem (when two people inside a month have the same "whoaaaaaa" reaction to your craft room, you might have a problem...).  So, fluffy fluffy soooooooft yarn (I think I already know what I'm going to make with them!):


And an awesome bag of random bits and bobs, the which is so much fun!  I am positive I'll find tons of uses for them - I'm a huge sucker for "random bags" and whatnot:

And the crafts!  Oh, yes, craft*S*!  First up, a pretty pretty suncatcher, which I'm sorry I can't photograph in all its glory (well, actually only slightly sorry, because if it was sunny out today I think the heat would be complete unbearable instead of only mostly unbearable!):

And a handy Tardis-blue braided key lanyard!  That will be nice for carrying the key when walking the dog, since I don't always have pockets...

And a Pi hoop!  I admit to making a slight squeeing noise when I saw this, because my love for Pi knows no bounds, and it's just so cute!  I love the layers:

And there you'd think it was a pretty awesome package, yes?  I think anyone would be happy with it.  BUT THAT'S NOT ALL!  Behold, a mini-shrine of many many things I love, all eclectically jumbled together, exactly like the inside of my head:

I honestly could not tell you what my favorite part of it is, maybe the little square root of negative one clipboard... or the tiny little mushroom... or the books, oh my the adorableness of the little books!

I can't say thank you enough, it is awesome!  I hope you like your package half as much!  *chews on nails anxiously*
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6  Re: 3D bug swap in New Swap Theme Ideas by Smeddley on: August 20, 2014 06:14:28 PM
Hopefully I have a spot for this when it happens, I took a picture the other night of a cicada just after molting... 

Creepy, noisy things they are!
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7  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: August 19, 2014 06:26:33 PM
Prompt:  June - Where's Waldo? 
Team: Textbook
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Birthday Cake!
Brief Description: I was planning on making a cake with one of my 3-D molds (bunny, duck, peep...) for my friend's birthday, but when I went digging in my cake pan cabinet, I found this giant cookie cake pan and knew I had to use it.  I remember wanting it for a long time, and I think getting it as a present, but I only used it one, long, long ago.  And after using it, I remembered why... first off, you have to grease in alllllllll those little indentions (I used a - new - paint brush).  Then you have to clean alllllllll those little indentions (I used a toothbrush!).  The greasing and cleaning probably took the better part of an hour, let alone making the actual cake.  Still cute, though!
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Prompt:  July - Wee bit
Team: Textbook
Event: Craftology
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: Mini Shrine, in particular, the crocheted balloon...
Brief Description: Made for my partner in the Whimsical Shrine swap, it's a tree full of tiny cranes, a mini bench, a few peg people, and a tiny tiny tiny crocheted balloon.

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Prompt:  August - Secret stash
Team: Textbook
Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: Giver!
Project Name: Crocheted plane
Brief Description: My friend asked if I wanted to donate something to a silent auction for the Commemorative Air Force (they keep vintage airplanes flying, like the B-29 "Fifi"), and I found a pattern in Dutch on the internet, then added a propeller.  I later found someone had translated the pattern, but in the meantime I learned a lot of crochet-specific Dutch words...  and it was cool to find out I'd translated it (with a bit of help from Google, though not as much as you'd think!) correctly!

Also, all the yarn and stuffing was already in my craft room.  Cheesy

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Prompt:  August Mob - Happy!
Team: Textbook
Event: Craftology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Sugar Scrub
Brief Description: A good friend of mine (Cryssoleil) gave me some peppermint/coconut oil sugar scrub for Christmas last year, and in that time everyone who stays at my house has used it.  My aunts fell in LOVE with it and so I made a huge batch and parceled it out to everyone!  They were very happy, indeed!  I wonder if this means they won't visit any more, though... was it me, or the sugar scrub...?  O.o  (Pictured is an example of both the peppermint and orange/vanilla one I made)

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8  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: August 14, 2014 11:56:16 AM
Donated blood today!  Mel and Tom said they deserved my Nutter Butters for being so patient...

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9  Re: Science Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: August 11, 2014 12:56:34 PM
I received from Fancybutch!  A package of awesome science-y goodness, though no cheesecake (it was packaged in a cheesecake box...).  I'm not surprised it wasn't cheesecake, since it would have gone bad by the time out got here, but... now I really want cheesecake!  Wink

First up, wall art! You can never never have too much wall art, just too few walls... on the left, a quilled eye (it took my a minute to get because I was holding it sideways and was thinking... what an odd digestive tract!  Then I turned it and went... oh, but a brilliant eye!) and on the right, Marie Curie with a wonderful quote (and a really cool iridescent sheen, no idea how you did that!).

Next up, an adorable beaker pincushion!  Sooooo cute and super useful!  This one is going on the nightstand so I'll stop losing pins in bed (tell me I'm not the only one who sews in bed and have had that happen...).

Aaaaaand! A Teesha Moore patch nerdy needlebook!  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy You can never have too many needlebooks, I need them in every room and every project bag, so maybe a dozen more and I'll be set... Cheesy

Thank you! This was an awesome swap. Smiley
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10  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: August 08, 2014 02:54:32 PM
A swap partner has received, so I can show off some goodies and I finished a few other things (still too many things partially done around here, though!)

Calm Hoop (Hoopla Swap):

Knit heart (WIP finally finished!):

Atom hoop (Science Swap):

(My first time using paint - watercolor paint - on fabric I'd embroidered on, I loved it!)

Fibonacci Spiral Bag (Science Swap):

I think the quilting part is good, the hand-sewing of the spiral was... iffy

Ami Robots (Science Swap):

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