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1  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: September 13, 2014 10:12:12 PM
Prompt: September Mob
Team: Multimedia
Project Name:
Purple Figure Study Painting
Brief Description: I made a painting for my home office/craft room.  Most of the stuff I post for craftalongs are things I make for swaps, so it feels nice to take the time to craft something for myself.  I chose the purple color to fit in with a challenge going on in the Harry Potter Craftalong.  The entire thing is done in a single hue (the shading results from applying different amounts of pressure and limiting the amount of paint on my brush).  It is pretty amateurish, but considering I worked on it for less than 90 minutes, I'm decently satisfied with it.  I used a source photo I found on the internet, which was cropped smaller than the scope of my canvas.  I had to "make up" the edges, and I just let the bottom edge trail out.  (In the posted photo, it kind of ends up looking like pixelation/a censor bar to me.  Roll Eyes)
Project Picture: (Note: There's nothing graphic/"private" in the painting, but I know that figure study is not everyone's cup of tea, so for courtesy's sake I've added the Mature tag.)

 
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2  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: September 13, 2014 09:59:17 PM
Piggy-backing off of Ludi's nerdgasm from earlier, I also received a book from overseas this week.  It is not nearly as obscure as Ludi's find, but I was still pretty darn excited to get my mitts on it:

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3  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: September 13, 2014 09:50:30 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's - Aubergine
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Purple Figure Study Painting
Brief Description: It's been a long time since I crafted something specifically for an HPC prompt.  Everything I've been working on lately has been for the Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap, but my partner won't be opening that up until October, so I sat down tonight and thought about what I might want to craft for the current Bean.  It's been ages since I took out my paints, so I sat down and did this in about an hour or so.  It's based off of a photo I found on the internet.  The source photo is cropped smaller than the scope of my canvas, so I had to make up the edges and I just let the bottom part trail off.  The whole thing is done in one only one hue of purple -- the shading is achieved by applying different amounts of pressure and keeping minimal paint on the brush.  it is pretty amateurish looking, but considering I only worked on it for less than 90 minutes, I'm relatively satisfied with it.
Project Picture: (Note: There is nothing graphic/"private" in the painting, but I know that figure study is not everybody's cup of tea, so just for courtesy's sake I'm adding the Mature tag)

 
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Also, on a non-project related note... look what I got in the mail on Friday!!!  Grin

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4  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: August 22, 2014 08:16:51 PM
I cannot believe how busy this summer has been!  School starts on Monday (eek!)  Shocked.  I apologize for not commenting on all of the truly amazing work that's been submitted this season.  Before things get too busy next week, I need to get in one final project dump.

Prompt: July - Midnight Opening
Team: Multimedia
Event:
Craftology
Project Name: Up Altered Puzzle Piece
Brief Description: I made this for a Disney-themed puzzle in the recent altered puzzle swap.  Besides being a wonderful movie in its own right, Up is the first film I ever saw with DH.  Smiley
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Prompt: August - Battle Royale: Fire
Team: Multimedia
Event:
Craftology
Project Name: Fire Altered Puzzle Piece
Brief Description: I made this for a Four Elements-themed puzzle in the recent altered puzzle swap.
Project Picture:



(Bonus Pic - I'm deciding to compete for Fire since I like that piece better, but I also did an Air themed piece for the same puzzle)



Prompt: August Flash Mob - August is Happiness Happens Month
Team: Multimedia
Event:
Yarnology
Project Name: Crochet ball
Project Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBmqBHNLb9E&list=PL9C637493FA54B30A&index=9
Brief Description: I'm learning to crochet!  I'm taking lessons at a local yarn shop with a couple of friends.  Amigurumi has always been on my list of most admired crafts, but I always figured it would be way beyond my ability and take forever to learn.  However, so far I am completely in love with it, and I feel like I am progressing pretty quickly.  I found this tutorial video and used it to start teaching myself how to crochet in the round.
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Prompt: August - Taste the Rainbow
Team: Multimedia
Event:
Yarnology
Project Name: Crochet Practice #1
Brief Description: I crafted this, uh... decorative pot holder?... as a homework assignment for my crochet class.  Although the lighting is awful in this picture, the yarn is brown with yummy-looking "sprinkles" of red, green, blue and yellow throughout.
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Prompt: Rhinestone Cowboy
Team: Multimedia
Event:
Craftology
Project Name: Quotes altered puzzle pieces
Brief Description: I made these two pieces for a quotes-themed puzzle in the recent altered puzzle swap.  I used a shiny silver paint pin to add the stars/lightning bolts.
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Prompt: Version 2.0
Team: Multimedia
Event:
Yarnology
Project Name: Crochet easter egg
Project Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hWSMbMbohU&list=PL9C637493FA54B30A&index=13
Brief Description: This pattern is essentially just an edit of the crochet ball I posted above.  It's also been altered by threading through the white yarn to make a zig-zag pattern.
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Prompt: String Theory
Team: Multimedia
Event:
Yarnology
Project Name: Crochet ghost
Project Link: http://craftyiscool.blogspot.com.au/2011/01/wanna-make-monster.html
Brief Description: The pattern is actually for a baby monster, but since I was using white yarn, I decided to make him a ghost instead.
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Prompt: August - Secret Stash
Team: Multimedia
Event:
Yarnology
Project Name: Crochet Practice #2
Brief Description: More homework for crochet class, this time using yarn I bought months ago for a swap.
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Prompt: Red Alert - Perseid Meteor Show
Team: Multimedia
Event:
Craftology
Project Name: Space Traveler puzzle piece
Brief Description: I made this space traveler for a universe-themed puzzle in the recent altered puzzle swap.
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5  Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 9 in The Swap Gallery by vincentvanbuck on: August 22, 2014 06:42:33 PM
I received from hazelly today.  We did a trade for 4 pieces, so now I have a new pair for both my domestic and international cities puzzles.

St. Louis:



Las Vegas (ahh, I love The Strip!):



Paris has such a lovely quality with the contrast of the red against the black & white:



And last but not least, Venice:



They are all really wonderful hazelly, thank you so much!
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6  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: August 20, 2014 08:04:35 PM
It has been such a busy summer!  I feel bad that I have not been around to comment on everyone's awesome work.  Anyway, school is starting next week (eep!), so I need to get in an end-of-term project dump before then.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Crochet Ball
Project Page Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBmqBHNLb9E&index=9&list=PL9C637493FA54B30A
Brief Description:  My friends and I started taking crochet lessons a couple of weeks ago at a local yarn store.  I found this video tutorial on YouTube to help me start to learn how to crochet in the round.  The yarn is a lovely shade of watery blue.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Bean - Marshmallow
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Crochet Ghost
Project Page Link: http://craftyiscool.blogspot.com.au/2011/01/wanna-make-monster.html
Brief Description: A cute black and white ghost to help me practice crocheting in the round.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention in the Dungeons - August
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Up Puzzle Piece
Brief Description: I created this Up altered puzzle piece for a Disney theme in the recent puzzle swap.  I absolutely LOVE the way it looks, but quilling all of those balloons is the definition of tedious.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch: Events - Beater
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Quotes Puzzle Pieces
Brief Description: I made these two pieces for a quotes-themed puzzle in the recent Altered Puzzle Swap.  Naturally, since the two pieces come from the same puzzle, they have to go together -- they can't go with any other puzzle!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch: Events - Chaser
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Foreign Language puzzle pieces
Brief Description: This pair of foreign language-themed puzzle pieces did not take me long to craft.  The first features the first lines from a very famous Tagalog children's song "Bahay Kubo" (My nipa hut), and the second has color words in Korean.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch: Events - Keeper
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Crocheted Easter Egg
Project Page Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hWSMbMbohU&index=13&list=PL9C637493FA54B30A
Brief Description: Crafting this Easter Egg involved many repeated crochet stitches.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch: Event - Cheering/Spirit
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Captain Mickey puzzle piece
Brief Description: In support of the US National Quidditch Team, I crafted this Captain America/Mickey Mouse mash-up puzzle piece.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch: Penalty Shots - Blagging
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Assorted altered puzzle pieces
Brief Description: All together, this assortment of altered puzzle pieces took me well over three hours of crafting time.
Project Picture:

(Four Elements - Air)

(Four Elements - Fire)


(Disney)


(Tudor History)




(Shades of Blue)




(PAIL Awareness)


(Artist's Choice)


(Warm Colors)




(Chocolate and Turquoise)





(Artist's Choice)


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch: Penalty Shots - Blatching
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Painted poly clay altered puzzle pieces
Brief Description: This set of pieces was made for two different themes - underwater pigs and PAIL (Pregnancy & Infant Loss awareness) -- but they both involved sculpting with poly clay and painting.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch: Penalty Shots - Cobbing
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Universe Traveler puzzle piece
Brief Description: This universe-themed piece was by far the most detailed and intricate of all the ones I made for the recent Altered Puzzle swap.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch: Penalty Shot - Snitchnip
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Crocheted pot holder
Brief Description: Having worked exclusively with a size 7 crochet hook since my very first lesson a couple weeks ago, I wanted to try out working with a bulkier yarn and a bigger hook.  So, I bought an L hook and a chunky brown yarn full of colored specks to make this decorative pot holder.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch: Penalty Shot - Stooging
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Planetary symbols altered puzzle piece
Brief Description: Altered puzzle pieces are one of my "go-to crafts".  I made this piece featuring the different astrological symbols for the planets for a universe-themed puzzle.
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7  Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 9 in The Swap Gallery by vincentvanbuck on: August 12, 2014 07:54:53 PM
While I was away on vacation, I received pieces for both my Domestic and International Cities puzzle.  Smmarrt crafted San Francisco and Boston:





I did a private swap on the side with Seeuudee for 2 extra pieces, and the UK is now thoroughly represented in my International Cities puzzle!  These first two pieces for London and Chichester feature her own photographs:





The last two are Bath and Oxford:





Thank you so much ladies!
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8  Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 9 in The Swap Gallery by vincentvanbuck on: August 05, 2014 07:27:58 PM
These first two pieces arrived from geekgirl1000100 a full week ago, but we've had all kinds of... "stuff" going on at our house for days, so many thanks G.G. for being so patient with me.  Smiley

First up is Cairo.  I love the camel!



Tokyo is graced by a panda.  It looks like he lost an ear in transit, but that will be an easy fix.  Wink



And from jpdraco, Moscow...



and Cologne.  jpdraco, what's the significance of the black bit underneath the coin?



Thank you ladies!  My puzzle is coming right along!
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9  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: July 27, 2014 09:11:34 PM
Dear Headmistress, in my mind I'm thinking we're allowed to post a Bertie Bott project until 11:59 PM Central time of the day the new bean is posted, but I don't see it mentioned anywhere in the post... so if I am mistaken and am just making this up, please let me know and I will re-do my header to submit it for a different prompt.  (I'm sorry -- I know you answer questions like this every time a deadline comes up!  I promise I will make a better effort to get stuff posted in a timely manner next time.  Embarrassed)

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's - Blue Raspberry
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Captain Mickey altered puzzle piece
Brief Description: I am currently participating in Round 9 of the Altered Puzzle Piece Swap, and I did this piece for a Disney-themed puzzle.  Normally the color most associated with Mickey Mouse is black, but when he is costumed as Captain Mickey, the blue takes over.
Project Picture:

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10  Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 9 in The Swap Gallery by vincentvanbuck on: July 25, 2014 08:37:55 PM
My two newest international city pieces are courtesy of camezzo.  The Beijing piece features the name of the city written in Chinese script (which ends up being the same in Japanese, so I could actually read it!  Grin)



German is a complete mystery to me however, so thankfully camezzo included a translation in the accompanying card of the saying on the Berlin piece:



"Berlin is more a part of the world than a city."

Thanks for the wonderful pieces!

camezzo, I'm sorry for the awful flash in those pics, so feel free to post your own if you have better ones.
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