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1  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween Flowers on: July 15, 2014 07:59:38 AM
I made this last Halloween for our reception desk at my former job. (I was laid off in March. Needless to say, I have had a crap-tastic year. But thats a whole can of worms that is a long and boring story!)  We had a little old lady customer that kept trying to get me to give them to her. I had made a few other arrangements for other holidays and she kept trying to make off with those as well. 

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Baby Shower Altered Altoid Tin Card on: July 15, 2014 07:53:10 AM
I made this Altoid tin card in November 2013 for my best friends baby shower. Ive been having a rough year and not felt like sharing much. But now that feeling has passed and Ill probably bombard the boards with my handiwork.

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Making wedding invitations for someone else or would you? on: January 02, 2014 10:41:36 AM
One of the ladies I work with has a daughter getting married in November. Her mom was talking to her on the phone and mentioned I have a Cricut and like to make cards and such. To which her daughter promptly asked her: Will she make my wedding invitations? I, in turn, promptly said NO WAY!!! I really have a hard time making stuff for others when its a specific request. I love to paper craft and want to do it to my taste or my way keeping the receiver in mind. But then I started to think about the fact that I love to paper craft and I like my coworker's daughter. So I asked how many she was thinking about sending and was told about 125...So my question is this: Would you consider making the invitations? And what would you charge for something like that? Because there is no way I could afford the paper cost to make that many invites for a gift. The most I have ever done was 25 for my baby sister's baby shower!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Zen Tangled Paper Birdhouse on: October 19, 2013 07:37:31 AM
I made this paper birdhouse in September, inspired by my girls starting an Arts and Crafts Club in their school. The teacher who graciously volunteered to be their advisor is obsessed with Zen Tangles. She has books and books and books on them and they fascinated me. I wanted to try it out and here is what I came up with.

5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My first (sucessful) quilt: Disappearing 9 Patch lap quilt on: September 05, 2013 05:53:38 PM
I love quilts! And by no stretch of the imagination do I consider myself a quilter because all my prior attempts have been, well, duds. They never seemed to work out right for a multitude of reasons. So I just put that in the failed sewing attempts pile and do so enjoy oohing and aahing over others quilty creations.

Then I read this tutorial by MareMare on the Disappearing 9 Patch (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=422253.0#axzz2dgUNUHtM) and thought what the heck! Why not give it another go. MareMares directions were so easy to follow!!!

Im super, duper excited about this Disappearing 9 Patch lap quilt!!! Some of my seams dont match and the back and binding are a little off but I love it all the same. I am going to keep it for sitting on the sofa watching tv during the winter.
Here it is in all its imperfected glory!

Here is the top finished before backing and binding. I used black polar fleece for the backing and made the binding from 3 strips of plain red fabric from the stash. The fabrics for the topper were fat quarters by Mary Engelbritt and some others from my stash.

I learned so much and am schemingI mean planning, on using this pattern for some baby blankets and my girls each want to make one for their beds.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered applique needle book on: July 14, 2013 03:28:22 PM
I work in a small office with the boss man and two kindred spirits! One of the ladies enjoys cross stitch. So as a nice little bit, I made her a needle book inspired by a card she gave me. It was decorated with birds and said: If we were birds, we would be the brightest, chattiest birds. We would not, however, be early birds! Very appropriate for the two of us. (Since the card is by a major brand, I am not going to post a pic...copy right laws and all that!) Sorry about the pic quality. I need to use a tripod and some light would be nice!

7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Blank card set--Multiple Pics on: July 14, 2013 03:13:14 PM
I work in a small office with my boss man and two very kindred spirits! One of the ladies likes to hand write letters and loves to send cards (she may be single handedly keeping the postal service and Hallmark in business!). She really loves handmade items as well. She says she has not one ounce of crafty in her. So I love to make her little bits. I used DOTS stamps for the wording and a variety of other brands for the papers and embellishments. I always sign my cards with a stamp of Chucky by DOTS. I am just including plain envelopes with these cards. (Sorry about the picture quality. I really need a tripod! and LIGHT!)

8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Stitch Markers for Future Crochet Projects on: June 01, 2013 05:48:54 PM
I was using a small piece of scrap yarn to mark where my rows began when crocheting in the round. The problem I was having was the yarn would sometimes get crocheted into my project. And if I used a matching yarn (because that was what was at hand)...you get the picture! And I really don't care for the stitch markers you can buy. I thought they were a little boring and I didn't want to spend what they were asking for small plastic circles. SO in comes Craftster, my new "obsession", and what do I see: you can make stitch markers...Wait a minute!!! WHAT??? Why didn't I think of that! So a bucket of beads, some 20 gauge wire, a box of paperclips and sore thumbs and this is what I have created...I'm so excited to crochet a hat now!

**Please feel free to move this post if it's in the wrong spot! I couldn't find an area for crafted crafting accessories. (That made sense in my head.)
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Altoid Tin Cards on: May 26, 2013 07:25:12 AM
Inspired by the Altered Altoid Tins I found here on Craftster, before joining the fun, I created these altered tins from a stash that my husband and I have collected. We were going to originally use these for mini survival/fire starting kits but they are more fun to alter craftily. I now have friends and family saving their various sized tins for me and have quite a stash going. Even my girls and their friends have gotten into altering the tins for one another! I love that these have inspired children to be crafty & artistic.

For my Gram's 83rd Birthday in March. (I used some contact cement my husband had as glue but won't do that again. It was messy!)

For my Mom's Mother's Day card. This one I watercolored the pansies and beaded the dragonfly and butterfly.

Thank you for looking! Questions, comments and cc welcome!
10  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / New and nervous on: May 10, 2013 10:06:38 PM
Hello! I'm new and nervous but I bet you already figured that out. I first want to say thank you to all the craftsters before me as the wonderful projects here have inspired me. I now have quite a stack of Altoid Tins and am currently working on my 2nd altered tin. I also enjoy all of the pop culture crafts as I've thought about doing some Harry Potter themed crafts, but never really jumped in. Now I've got a few ideas in the works.

I enjoy paper crafting, stamping, sewing, crocheting, embroidery, & baking. I LOVE glitter and usually glitter the majority of my paper crafts. I have 2 daughters that love glitter as much as I do. Since they were little, they have enjoyed crafting with me.

I would appreciate it if someone could direct me to the rules for newbies...I'm having a little difficulty navigating! (I am not the Navigator in the family!)
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