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1  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Countdown to Halloween on: March 22, 2015 11:30:14 AM
Here's something I made for TheMistressT, a fellow Halloween lover, in the Be Awesome Swap. It's an October calendar that she can use every year. The calendar consists 31 ATCs, bound together with a Bind It All, and mounted on a collapsible cardboard frame. I also included a little costumed rat, to keep her company.


The back cover folds up to create a triangular stand for the pages. Each day in October, she can flip one over as Halloween approaches. I used playing cards for the bases of the ATCs. They're just the right size, and it's easy to quickly cover them with scrapbook paper and then cut them out. I didn't cover the backs because I don't mind the way they look, and the cards would be way too fat with all that extra paper involved.


Here's one of my favorite pages:


TheMistressT also posted a few pictures of the pages here.

And here are all the cards, pre-binding:








Happy (early) Halloween!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / GIANT X-acto knife prop on: March 20, 2015 12:23:46 PM
Have you ever needed a really, really big X-acto knife? Well, I have, so I thought I'd make one of my own, mostly with stuff we had around the house.


And here it is. I think it looks real, although it's actually 4 1/2 feet tall. (That's a real X-acto knife lying beside it on the floor.)

The knife itself is made of 1 1/2" PVC pipe, spray painted silver. The blade is made of thin wood, and sits in a black rubber end cap that I slit open with a box cutter. I think the part that's under the cap is what really makes it: I went looking at Home Depot to find something to mimic that grip part on a real knife, and almost cried real tears of joy when I found this 2" clear pipe with nylon reinforcements in it. It fits perfectly on the PVC, with no adhesive necessary!


I cut the stencil out for the logo on my Silhouette Cameo, then traced around them with pencil and hand-painted the logo on with black. It's a tiny bit wambly, because it's not easy to paint on that round surface, but I'm pretty happy with it.


What does one do with a giant X-acto? I'm going to use this for a prop in a costume I'm making, and then it's going to live in my craft room as decor. Smiley
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Housewarming Gift on: March 16, 2015 01:48:31 PM
My cousin and his wife are moving back into town after several years (yay!), and we're going to go see their new place on Wednesday. I wanted to take them a housewarming gift, so I got a scrap of wood, painted it white, and stenciled it for them. Then I sanded the front and the edges, which are painted black. This is a quick and easy gift. It probably took less than two hours to complete.

Now I hope they'll stay put for a while!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Be AWESOME (Redux) GALLERY! (Sendout March 23) on: March 09, 2015 05:30:18 PM
Here's the AWESOME gallery to our Awesome Swap.


Swap records:
If your name is in red, you have sent. If it's struck through, your partner has received.  Grin means both you and your partner have received and you have feedback, green means sending late with communication. Thanks for playing!

rackycoo sent 3/16
<>TheMistressT sent 3/23  Smiley
cackle sent 3/20<>suereal
Ludi sent 3/13<>Thisbirdsabsurd sent 3/13  Grin
Whistley sent 3/23<>Lo{ve} sent 3/24
kittykill sent 3/21<>artsycandace sent 3/24
Chughes225 sent 3/23<>rantyhippie sent 3/9
Meleriffic sent 3/23 <>AugustBell sent 3/20  Grin
AlteredMommy sent 3/25<>Mistress Jennie sent 3/23
wendiek<>RedMenace sent 3/23
underthemountain sent 3/23<>Cmarion3 sent 3/23  Grin
lindyv321 sent 3/23<>luckdragon sent 3/25
sheepBlue sent 3/13<>sloth003 sent 3/20  Grin
pottermouth sent 3/16<>noodle-bug sent 3/23
edelc<>pinkmichk sent 3/23


5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Marie Takes Tea on: March 02, 2015 08:22:00 AM
This month's Alpha Stamps theme is "Marie takes tea". The collage sheets are all about Marie Antoinette in gorgeous dresses, plus lots of delicious looking treats. I constructed a little tea shop, where Marie can pick out the perfect sweets for her afternoon tea with the girls. Marie's so happy, she's strung up some little flags and made a banner. Maybe she'll hang it on the windows of the shop.


The shop is constructed from 2" paper mach boxes with lids. I used two boxes for the lower shelves, and a box lid for the upper window.  The "curtains" are actually the skirt I cut off of a figure in the collage sheet. I attached it to a Panniers Dress shape cutout, and added the "Tea Party" heart and the clock. It was fun to adorn the shop with ball fringe and Dresden trim.

Look how adorable those little treats are! I gave all the paper treats some sparkly red Stickles accents, and glued a small red seed bead onto the top of each of the cupcakes, which also happen to be beads. The seed beads make perfect little cherries, and fit right into the holes in the cupcakes. I also glued a seed bead to the bottom of the heart shaped tart so it sits at an angle and can be seen more easily.


I used a silicone mold and some paper clay to create the the little 3D bows. I painted them pink with little green polka dots, and gave them a coat of glaze to make them nice and shiny. I'm going to be using these molds and paperclay much more in the future. It's so easy!


One more photo of Marie, so happy with her polka dotted bunting.  How does she stay so thin with all those tempting tarts and cupcakes so readily available?
6  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Be AWESOME (Redux) CLOSED!! Sendout March 23 on: February 26, 2015 11:59:26 AM
Our Awesome Gallery is HERE!



The last two rounds of the Be Awesome swap, were, in fact awesome. Everyone really put their heart into the item they made for their partner. If you are prepared to make and send one amazing, thoughtful, and well made item to your partner, then maybe you should Be Awesome AGAIN. If you're not familiar with the swap, click here or here to take a look at our last galleries to see the kind of quality (and awesomeness!) we expect from everyone again this round.

You must post in this thread if you are participating in this swap.
This is a Craftster rule! If you don't post in the thread, we will not accept your signup information.

Swap name:  Be AWESOME (Redux)
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  rackycoo & cackle
Sign-up date range:  2/26/15-3/5/15 or until full
Date to send item by: 3/23

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):  Yes, 30.

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES/NO - No
If so, which country? - n/a

Additional Age requirement? - Nope.

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

This swap contains no swap point requirements, no size guidelines, no themes, and the only expectation we have is that you send something awesome to your partner.  You will need to discuss with your partner about the size of your package (if it's important to you), but you are only allowed to send ONE item to your partner.  Nothing more!  

Now that Craftster has the awesome "Show images by this member" feature, we will be doing our best to make some awesome partner matches.

If you want to participate, information to send to both organizers (cackle and rackycoo), and put "Be AWESOME (Redux)!" in the subject line. If you have a history of poor swap performance (late sending, poor communication, etc.), it's possible we will not allow you to join the swap.

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Be Awesome (Redux)
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval (YES/NO)

-What do you do best? (What do you consider your most awesome craft(s) to be?)

-Choose 5 words to describe yourself.

-Is there anything you absolutely would not like to receive?

-Do you have any allergies that we need to be aware of? (Or, any allergens in your house [ie, smoking, dogs, cats, pollinating trees, etc]?)

-Odd or even?

-Functional or frivolous?

-Organized or chaotic?

-Anything else we need to know in order to give you an awesome partner?

Affirm this statement: I have sent my signup info to BOTH rackycoo and cackle. YES/NO
(If you don't send it to both of us, you can't play! Cheesy)

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

AFTER PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP AND BEEN APPROVED, LIST THE PARTICIPANTS HERE AND WHO IS SENDING TO WHOM:

1. rackycoo *
2. cackle *
3. cmarion3
4. underthemountain
5. thisbirdsabsurd
6. Mistress Jennie
7. pottermouth
8. kittykill
9. sheepBlue
10. luckdragon
11. sloth003
12. noodle-bug
13. suereal
14. AugustBell
15. rantyhippie
16. Alittlemusthave
17. pinkmichk
18. RedMenace
19. lindyv321
20. Bexster
21. TheMistressT
22. edelC
23. Lo{ve}
24. wendiek
25. Ludi
26. alteredmommy
27. meleriffic
28. artsycandice
29. Whistley
30. chughes225



PARTNERS
Okay, everybody here you go! We are happy with our match making (it's our favorite part!  Cheesy ), even with a wee limitation about shipping issues.
Overall, we are delighted with our partnering and hope you are too! Looking forward to an awesome gallery!
Note; If everyone would please check their profiles and make sure the swap is listed, we'd appreciate it! Send us a pm if not and we'll fix it. Thanks.

rackycoo.....TheMistressT
cackle.........suereal
Ludi............Thisbirdsabsurd
Whistley......Lo{ve}
kittykill........artsycandace
Chughes225...rantyhippie
Meleriffic......AugustBell
AlteredMommy...Mistress Jennie
wendiek.......RedMenace
underthemountain...Cmarion3
lindyv321.....luckdragon
sheepBlue....sloth003
Bexster.......alittlemusthave
pottermouth....noodle-bug
edelc..........pinkmichk


7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Bunny Boy on: February 11, 2015 01:15:46 PM
I was poking around on Etsy the yesterday and happened upon sweetbestiary, a shop with the cutest little paperclay figurines. I fell in love with the little figures with the animal suits on! There wasn't one with a bunny suit on (my favorite!), so I decided to give it a whirl and make one of my own. I ended up using Apoxie Sculpt for mine, but would probably opt for paperclay if I decided to do another.

Here's my bunny boy, in his little blue polka dot rabbit outfit. Once he was painted, I brushed a little ink on him to age him, and then covered him with some glaze to make him shiny.


His puffy blue tail. Obviously, sweetbestiary has me beat in sculpting technique, but I sort of like the wambliness here.


Bunny boy is about 2" tall. He fits right in the palm of my hand. Smiley


8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / "Cute as a Button" Kitty Photo Holders on: February 05, 2015 08:30:37 AM
This month, Alpha Stamps kits are "Cute as a Button". Here's what I made with my kit and some wooden blocks and spools: little photo holders!


To start the project, I painted each block and a wooden wheel a different color, chosen to coordinate with the Sew Lovely 6" paper pad. I sanded all the edges, inked them a bit, and then covered each side with a different paper, cut a little smaller than the side of the block. One side of the blocks got kittens and a couple of buttons, while the reverse side got some adorable children. After I adhered the images, I lightly sanded each one to distress the surface.
I made some good use of my Silhouette Cameo cutter for this project, cutting out the word cat and the numbers 1, 2, and 3 to put on the sides of the blocks.


I also decorated a couple of spools with some of the kitty and heart buttons. That cat on the right cracks me up. He's so excited to be on that spool!


The photos displayed on the blocks are from friends and family, but the photos displayed on the spools are from AS collage sheets. Instant relatives!

There are more photos and a complete supply list on my blog.  Smiley
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / The Dog's Dinner on: February 01, 2015 12:46:48 PM


We had a huge problem at our house with our girl Stella's bowl sliding all over the floor when she eats. She's so enthusiastic about her meals! I tried a non-slip placemat (shown), and lined the bottom of her bowls with even more non-stick material. Even then, she constantly pushed her food bowl up against the wall and left a nasty trail of stuck-on crumbs right at the lick line. Eww. I had to hit that spot at least once a week with a Mr. Clean Magic sponge, but at some point, I was afraid I'd start taking off the paint. Plus, no one wants to constantly clean up a nasty lick line of dog food remnants, right? Here's a photo of the grossness. I made the "Bone Appetit" sign a few years ago, but doesn't that wall sort of kill your appetite?


Mr. 'Coo and I did a little brainstorming, and thought that the best way to keep her from the wall was to build her a little table. We purposely put the bowls near the front of the table so no matter how much she tries to lick out that bowl, she shouldn't be able to get near the wall. We first painted the tabletop white, but it was a little stark, so in the end, I bought some cheap but adorable oil cloth and we wrapped the top and stapled it underneath. I just could not help adding old salt and pepper shakers to her fancy-schmancy table. She's such a classy beast.


Here are a few in progress photos. Mr. 'Coo did all the woodwork. Best part, this was constructed from some plywood he had, plus the doors of the old kitchen cabinets we kept when we did a renovation a few year's back. The only cost we had was purchasing the new bowls (we needed them to have a lip to keep them securely in the holes) and $3.50 worth of oil cloth.
The legs, made from nice cherry wood, so we just gave them a little spray lacquer:


Covering the plywood top. We stapled the oil cloth up underneath, and then cut little pie shapes out of the holes where the bowls will sit. Each pie shape was wrapped through the hole and attached to the bottom with a staple gun.


Once we had the oil cloth stapled on the top, Mr. 'Coo screwed the top to the bottom, we added the salt and pepper shakers (a dog needs some seasoning every now and then!), and cleaned the wall for the last time.

Stella approves!
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / FOC Second Chance Wishlist Swap 2015 GALLERY! on: January 21, 2015 08:40:41 AM


Here are the goodies received in the FOC Second Chance Wishlist Swap!
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