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31  CraftyOctober's Sketch Dump in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by CraftyOctober on: August 04, 2010 07:52:10 PM
I drew this little picture of Juri from Super Street Fighter IV last night and am pretty proud of it. I will use this thread to add more art too if I ever get around to getting it on the computer. So lazy!



Comments and critiques always welcomed! I know her torso is a bit on the long side, but I am also really pleased that I didn't give her mile-long legs (an unfortunate side effect of learning to draw via anime; never do that!).
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32  My Very First Embroidery-An Apron! (Cooking Mama Now Added!) in Needlework: Completed Projects by CraftyOctober on: May 06, 2010 09:53:05 PM
My boyfriend has developed quite a fondness for cooking in the last few months, and so we got a lot of great kitchen stuff this past Christmas, including two utility aprons from his mom. They were pretty drab and were just staring at me, beautiful blank canvases on which to create. Having remembered a previous Craftster's own Cooking Mama apron, and also discovering that one of Cooking Mama's friends is actually a little Cooking Hubby, I decided the two characters would be perfect to embellish his and her aprons! But I had never embroidered before, so I read a couple of tutorials on back stitching and satin stitch and decided it didn't seem too hard! With a reference picture up on the computer, I freehanded Cooking Hubby with a pencil directly onto the apron, and then back stitched away with six (I think) strands of embroidery floss. Originally, I had planned to fill in all of the color with satin stitch, but after getting his hair filled in with two colors that just did not work well together at all, I was discouraged and intimidated by how much work that much stitching would be for a beginner. I had started this back in January and only just finished it today. I ripped out the satin stitching and went with crayon tinting instead, a much easier solution and now my boyfriend finally has his apron! Now I just need to do mine and we'll be set! Enough blab, pics!


Here's a close-up of my stitching right after I finished the outline.


Here's Cooking Hubby all colored in and fresh off the hoop! Still needs to be ironed!


My handsome sport of a boyfriend kindly models for me!

Comments and critiques welcome! I will post my Cooking Mama apron counterpart whenever it's complete!

ETA: Here's the outline for Mama!


And colors!
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33  Re: Craft a Tarot Card Gallery in The Swap Gallery by CraftyOctober on: April 19, 2010 05:04:20 PM
Ok, so I'm finally home from my vacation and I can post my wonderful cards from Skookum now! We did 3 for 3.


First we have the Queen of Cups here. This one is my favorite! She seems to be done predominantly in ink and crayon, with gold marker for the cups and paint for the sakura blossoms floating behind her, I love how the cups and trees are in opposing directions, like a playing card!


Next up is the Star. This one is mixed media, with the stars made of gold glitter; so pretty! The intertwined dragon silhouettes are painted, and the background is crayon.


Finally, we have the Lovers. This one is so reminiscent of 'X', a manga I mentioned I liked in my questionnaire. This one has fabulous texture! The lattice pattern in the borders is made with puffy paint and feels awesome, and I love the shading on the banner wrapped around the men. I also love that she chose to portray the Lovers as men (again channeling Kamui and Fuma from 'X,' or Subaru and Seishirou from 'Tokyo Babylon,' which she mentioned she liked). Thank you! I love them!



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34  Vintage Pattern-Juliet Dress (A Little Image Heavy) in Crochet: Completed Projects by CraftyOctober on: February 15, 2010 07:22:42 AM
I just finished this dress today, and I'm so excited! It is a vintage pattern from a Woman's Day Knitting Book from 1969 (unfortunately I don't know the author's name, as the pattern does not have it listed) that someone on Ravelry was kind enough to share with me, and I am very proud of how it turned out! I used worsted-weight acrylic yarn and a size H hook, which is exactly what the pattern recommended. Usually I have to go up or down a size in hooks because my gauge is always off, but with this pattern, I was spot on!


This is the dress as published in the magazine. The model is so cute!


Here's me in mine! I ended up braiding the tie in the middle because what little yarn I had left over at the end was not enough to chain into a long enough tie.


Just a view of the dress laid flat.


Rear view, not much different from the front.


Obligatory action shot!

ETA:

Here's a post blocking shot... I guess I didn't steam the sleeves enough, but the dress seems visibly less lumpy! Do forgive the laundry basket in the background, I just finished doing that. Whoops!


Please let me know what you think and if anything could use improvement!

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35  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap November '09 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by CraftyOctober on: December 15, 2009 05:09:06 PM
I finally got my awesome medical oddities card from Corduroy Cat today! It's called "Hyper Mobility."



How did you get the cool silver textured letters for the word "hyper" on there? And I love how the text on the contortionist's leg has a nail drawn around it. There is so much to this card, I really love it! Thank you!
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36  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap November '09 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by CraftyOctober on: December 06, 2009 05:20:52 PM
I finally got my first two ATCs ever! This first one I opened was from TerraBella01. She picked my "orcas" theme, and wow, this card... I couldn't stop gushing about it to my boyfriend. The crocheted border incorporates my love of crochet too, and there are beads on the threads that run behind the three-dimensional orcas. It is absolutely beautiful! Thank you so, so much!


And from Linda P, I got this great geocaching themed card. She looked up a cache here in Fargo and put the coordinates on the card. As it turns out, this is a cache my boyfriend and I have already found, but it's actually one of my very favorite finds so far, so good eye, Linda P! She also included a whole bunch of awesome patterned and textured paper with her card; one is missing in this picture because I already used it for the ATC I made for my final swap partner. Thanks for the generosity!


I had so much fun with this swap and can't wait for my medical oddities card coming from the wonderful person who organized the swap, Corduroy Cat!

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37  Texas Inspired Wine Charms (Image Heavy!) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by CraftyOctober on: November 22, 2009 05:05:10 PM
I've been feeling so crafty lately! My boyfriend is originally from Texas, and his parents have all kinds of Texas themed stuff decorating their home. So I thought, for Christmas, some wine charms with Texas symbols would be a cute little handmade gift to give them (and after the holidays, after sixteen years, they'll finally be moving back to Texas, so it's kind of a sendoff gift as well!). They are made from shrinky dinks, which I drew and colored myself, and then beads and the charms are threaded onto jewelry wire. Also, I finally figured out how to use our new camera, so I finally have macro pictures that aren't blurry!


This is the whole lot of them.



This is, obviously, the state flag.


These are bluebonnets, the state flower.


Remember the Alamo!


A Texas Longhorn. He's pretty cute. Smiley


The state seal.


And, of course, Texas itself. There is a star for the capital, Austin, and a heart for Houston, where my boyfriend is originally from.

I hope they like them! Comments and critique most welcomed!
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38  CraftyOctober's First ATC Post! in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by CraftyOctober on: November 22, 2009 12:39:27 AM
This is my second ATC ever (I just mailed out my very first one for a swap, but didn't get a picture of it). Let me know what you think of this one, and I'll be posting more as I make them.  Smiley

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39  Perler Bead Sprites! (Edited 12-17-09, now with one more sprite!) in Completed Projects by CraftyOctober on: August 27, 2009 05:07:18 PM
I really did not know where else these would go... in a way, they kind of are image reproduction techniques, but that board is more for t-shirts and stencils, so here you go!


Most of these big ones are from a Capcom vs. SNK card game on the NeoGeo. I just really like the sprites and they are huge! This is Hsien-Ko from Darkstalkers.


This one is Elena from Street Fighter III 3rd Strike. My boyfriend uses her from time to time when he plays, and his more frequent fighter, Ibuki, is next on my list.


This one is my most recent one. I ran out of black, so she's not quite finished yet. It's Morrigan from Darkstalkers.


Here's Sailor Jupiter. I plan on making all the Sailor Senshi once I get off my Capcom card kick. I somehow put a flesh colored bead on her earring where a red one should have gone, I have no idea how that happened.

Please let me know what you think! I've made a ton more, but these are just a few of my favorites, and so far I've only made the three big card ones.

ETA: I am so excited to be in a featured article! Cool! And it reminded me that I never posted Ibuki up here, since I said I would make her and certainly did. So here she is! The bf prefers playing her in her turquoise color option, so I had to alter the color since the original sprite had her in her default khaki. I'm pretty proud of the job I did without recoloring the reference sprite!



Also, here's the completed Morrigan. All of these are hanging on our hallway wall, so it's difficult to get a decent picture since the lighting is so poor.


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40  Silk Spectre from Watchmen Reconstructed T-shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by CraftyOctober on: January 24, 2009 05:39:51 PM
Hey all! This is a recon/image repro combination. I took a yellow shirt and cut out the neck band and sleeve bands, then sewed on a black border at the bottom, which you can kind of see in the last picture. I drew Silk Spectre from Watchmen freehand on paper, traced over it with an iron-on transfer marker, then went back over the lines with a fabric Sharpie once it was transferred. Then I painted it with acrylic mixed with some textile medium, and voila! No action shots yet, since I haven't worn it yet. But let me know what you think! Sorry for not-so-awesome quality, my phone is the only camera I have at the moment. :x


Whoops, awesome shadow getting in the way there. I used sparkly paint on her earrings, but since I left it in my car and it froze, it wasn't as smooth and silvery as it should have been.




This picture was taken at work, right after painting it. The florescent lights show the yellow much more true to its shade. Also, at this point I had forgotten to add her beauty mark.


You can see the black band here.







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