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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Coloring CPs on: May 26, 2009 11:07:34 AM
So I am still having issues with colors.  I have tried several different dyes for coloring my CPs and still have not had any luck.  Most come out a barely there color .. no matter how much I seem to use.  It there a trick or should I be shopping around for different colors? 

I have just started playing with colors, as I personally have always just left my soap in their natural color state and stamped the scent on them.  Now my future sister in law wants soaps for the hospitality baskets and favors, so I am begin to play with colors.  I am so far either way off with what I am doing or the stuff I have is not that great.  Actually the cheap stuff I got as a gift (you know the hobby lobby type junk) turned out better than the stuff I bought from WSP.

I have a year to play ... so I am willing to test anything for the moment ...my poor guinea pig family members Wink.

Shade Smiley
2  COOKING / Dessert / 35th anniversary cake ... replica wedding cake on: March 22, 2009 01:15:10 PM
So my mother asked my brother and I to create a mini reminiscent cake for my aunt and uncle on their 35th anniversary party.  Now, I wasn't even born  wedding took place and the pictures left a lot to be desired, so I had to just go with gut feelings about the cake.

Ultimately it was supposed to feed about 100 people and be a modern day version of the cake they had for their wedding ... with one twist ... we were to add something that would represent each of my aunt and uncle when they met.


I wish I was able to get better pictures ... but these aren't too bad I guess



The original was just a simple silver cross, plastic bells and white piping with silver leaves.  My Mother happened to have a silver cross exactly like the one on the original cake.

The original was butter cream icing and we did fondant and they I made a key lime cake with key lime filling, lemon with lemon filling, and orange with orange macadamia cut fill.  I also left 2 little tiers with white and white.



No one could find the topper from their wedding so at the last minute we decided to take inspiration from Duff and put some extra bells on wire and hang them off the top of the cake as a makeshift topper .. it turned out really nice actually.


my Uncle was in the Air Force when they met (hat is fully edible)


my Aunt was a nurse when they met (hat is fully edible)


I think the biggest compliment was when my Aunt and Uncle and other guests to the actual wedding asked how my cousins got the original cake decorated to duplicate the cake.  They were in shock that we were able to take the very blurry and grain photo and turn it into a mini modern version of their cake.

I will have to see if I can get someone to send a me a pic of the original, so you can see what I had to work off of.

C&C always welcomed!

Shade:)
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / First handmade book/Leather covered journal on: March 21, 2009 06:20:47 PM
I made this for a recent swap.  My partner has received it and now I can't wait to post it.  It is a first time project for me, but I am unbelievably happy with the way it turned out.  In fact, I had a really hard time sending it off.

I have never bound a book, never covered a book and certainly have never considered making an entire book ... let alone something like this.

I taught myself to bind first and then how to make the outside of a book and then how to cover and assemble it.  I am in love with the therapeutic process of seeing the book come together step by step.  I even rigged a gig to bind the pages!  I am so proud (can you tell? lol)




Much of the book is made from scavenged or salvaged materials.  The leather would have gone to the dump and was scavenged from a guy who normally tosses all of the left over pieces after cutting out what he wants.  The paper came from a place that sells office supplies and furniture that would normally be tossed.  And even the covers are taken from something that was headed to the landfill.  All in all the only thing the I didn't save from the landfill was the glue used.

My partner stated she wanted a journal type of book that was like the book seen in the movie Practical Magic ... this is my rendition of that book.



Here is the font of the book ... as you can see I pieced the leather together.  I love the way it turned out so ...rustic looking ... I even left the edges where the clips were to stretch the leather.



This shows the book within the book ...so to speak.  All laid open like this it is about 34"x11".  There are a total of about 600 pieces of paper or 1200 pages in the book.



End view to show how it folds together, all folded up and the book measures about 11"x11" and 6" thick.



Even the very center of the book had to be piece worked together.



The back of the book you can see where I added a couple bookmarks.

I have already drafted out ideas for several other journals, but this one will always be my fist love  Kiss *giggle*.

So let me know what you think.  I love C&C. 

Blessings!
Shade:)
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Fill-A-Box swap 11 Gallery on: January 14, 2009 07:53:31 PM
Post pictures of your loot goodies here.

Original post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=285090.0

This will be where we will keep track of the send status also


Sent
Received
Sent and Received
feedback given
late, with communication
Contact organizer immediately
late with permission due to extenuating circumstances
received but pictures not posted

1.  Shadeweaver-->mrs.benjimadden
2.  jloveg-->GatorWrangler
3.  Pupper-->girlosun_9
4.  r0ckwithme-->wombatgal
5.  sheepBlue-->calluna
6.  wombatgal-->TheSapphireMoon
7.  sullengal-->kaymadben
8.  mrs.benjimadden-->elizabethn
9.  gamemom42-->MandyLikesPie
10. GamerGirl-->laes43
11. kaymadben-->jloveg
12. elizabethn-->tigarlilly
13. wx2dzug-->cowgirlz101
14. maiziemama-->GamerGirl
15. JessBee21-->gamemom42
16. MandyLikesPie-->Catrinau
17. ursulaandolive-->darkladymajesta
18. calluna-->murbeck
19. Catrinau-->sullengal
20. Tiegan-->valsped
21. TheSapphireMoon-->atlascoughed
22. cowgirlz101-->sheepBlue
23. murbeck-->JessBee21
24. valsped-->macreede
25. atlascoughed-->Pupper
26. edenkitty-->wx2dzug
27. girlosun_9-->Oops Creations
28. laes43-->ursulaandolive
29. FlashleyAshley-->Shadeweaver
30. Ma Rut-->Tiegan
31. tigarlilly-->maiziemama
32. SilverWing-->Ma Rut
33. Oops Creations-->FlashleyAshley
34. nutfish1-->r0ckwithme
35. darkladymajesta-->SilverWing
36. macreede-->nutfish1
37. GatorWrangler-->edenkitty


5  COOKING / Dessert / Starwberry Shortcake Birthday Cake on: January 09, 2009 05:45:23 PM
My brother and I recently began making cakes together after years of me working alone.

This is his first cake that I let him do most of the decorating alone.  He wanted to create a Strawberry Shortcake cake for his daughter's 2nd birthday.  I showed him this cake from another craftster for inspiration ad then let him just go with it.

I did make the strawberry fondant, lemon fondant and the chocolate clay and baked all the strawberry flavored cakes ... but he did the majority of the decorating.

So here is his first real attempt at decorating a cake.





unfortunately, I only got a couple shots and they are from basically the same angle.

The strawberry cake is covered in strawberry fondant, the base is covered in lemon fondant, the little boarder strawberries and the heads and turtle are chocolate clay as are the cobblestone, the windows, door and seeds are starbursts.

C&C are always welcomed and a great way to help my brother and I to improve.

Blessings!
Shade:)
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Fill-A-Box Round 11 - (US Only) CLOSED(send out 1/30) on: January 01, 2009 01:12:35 PM
It's that time to purge your stash and get new stuff -
it's FILL-A-BOX time, fulfill that New Years Resolution and clear out some of the extra craft supplies crammed into every nook and crany of your house!!  Ladies, this will make yours husbands happy and your partner happier.


Swap name: Fill-a-Box Supply Swap 11 (aka: US Flat Rate Box Swap)
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Shadeweaver
Co-Organizer: Unknown as of yet!
Sign-up date range: 1/1/09 to 1/14/09
Date to send item by: 1/30/09

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

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES. This is a Fill a "US Postal Service Flat Rate Box" Swap so unfortunately it is limited to individuals in the U.S. Sorry.

Age Restrictions: Over 13, as stipulated in swapping rules

As a reminder each participant must meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month
- Has posted at least 15 times
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps
- Does not have any negative feedback
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old
**Additionally - each participant must have already received feedback for the previous round of the fill-a-box swap (round 10) if you participated in it.

Details of swap:
Fill-a-Box Supply Swap 11 (US Flat-Rate Box Swap!)

Its that time of the year again, clean out those overflowing baskets, boxes and craft closets.  What better way to spend a cold winter day than purging your craft stash and making room for new supplies and fulfilling that resolution while you do!?!?!

You'll fill a FLAT-RATE US Postal Service rectangular box with as much as you can comfortably jam in and send it to your partner (Don't forget the Delivery Confirmation). Information about USPS flat-rate shipping can be found here: http://www.usps.com/shipping/flatrate.htm?from=priority&page=flatrate

**The $9.80 price is for 2 different flat rate boxes; one is a squarish one and one is a flatter rectangular one. The one that most people use is the flatter rectangular one - I believe that the USPS website calls it a "Shirt Sized Box" or something to that effect. Because a lot of people will send 8.5 x 11 sized books and patterns from time to time, this is the preferred one and that way too everyone is on the same playing field.**

**NOTE: I know that in Round 9 I gave the option for either sized box. However because only 8 people were interested in sending the larger box, this round is ONLY the one size for $9.80**

**NOTE 2: You can use the squarish sized box if you and your partner agree to it, so long as it's the same priced box**

Gently Used supplies are fine, if not encouraged-- take this opportunity to do a little craft purging, the result is a clean(er) craft closet and some fresh ideas/supplies for crafting. However, please make sure that you are sending something that you also wouldn't mind receiving. Supplies - even those gently used - should be in good clean condition. Personally, when it comes to my own stash if I question the quality I go by this motto: "When in doubt, throw it out". If you wouldn't use it because you think it's in poor condition, chances are someone else will feel the same way.

Because of the special type of box (only $9.80 plus delivery confirmation) this is limited to US participants only. There IS the option to sign up to send 2 boxes; please make note of that in your questionnaire. Also, the threads for this swap tend to have heavy traffic, so the use of the PM is extremely important to communicate with your organizer(s). Please be sure to PM your organizer(s) and your partner each time you send and receive. Also - I can't guarantee that I'll be able to pair you up with someone you "claim" on the thread or any supplies that are you post on the thread. I'll do the best I can to keep up though!

Sign-ups will run from 1/1/09 to 1/14/09. Partners will be paired and sent by midnight at 1/16/09 at the absolute latest.

If you want to participate, here is the information to send to Shadeweaver (the organizer):

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Fill-a-Box Swap Round 11
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
Can you verify that you are over 13 years old?:

1) What types of crafts do you do?
2) What types of supplies do you anticipate including in the package?
3) Are there any unusual supplies you plan on including?
4) Are there any specific supplies you would like to receive?
5) Would you be interested in sending - and therefore receiving - a second box of supplies?
6) Please verify that you will be sure to send a PM each time you send or receive a package (inclusive of the DC# for sent packages):
7) Are you able to take photos of things you send/receive?
8 ) Is there anything else you would like your partner to know in order to send you a great box? Wist? Blog? Allergies? Allergens?


<--- These Quick Questions make sure people are paired with people whose extra craft supplies they are likely to use.

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 (found here: http://www.craftster.org/swapsinfo.html#anchor4) to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.


Participants first box!

1.  Shadeweaver-->mrs.benjimadden
2.  jloveg-->GatorWrangler
3.  Pupper-->girlosun_9
4.  r0ckwithme-->wombatgal
5.  sheepBlue-->calluna
6.  wombatgal-->TheSapphireMoon
7.  sullengal-->kaymadben
8.  mrs.benjimadden-->elizabethn
9.  gamemom42-->MandyLikesPie
10. GamerGirl-->laes43
11. kaymadben-->jloveg
12. elizabethn-->tigarlilly
13. wx2dzug-->cowgirlz101
14. maiziemama-->GamerGirl
15. JessBee21-->gamemom42
16. MandyLikesPie-->Catrinau
17. ursulaandolive-->darkladymajesta
18. calluna-->murbeck
19. Catrinau-->sullengal
20. Tiegan-->valsped
21. TheSapphireMoon-->atlascoughed
22. cowgirlz101-->sheepBlue
23. murbeck-->JessBee21
24. valsped-->macreede
25. atlascoughed-->Pupper
26. edenkitty-->wx2dzug
27. girlosun_9-->Oops Creations
28. laes43-->ursulaandolive
29. FlashleyAshley-->Shadeweaver
30. Ma Rut-->Tiegan
31. tigarlilly-->maiziemama
32. SilverWing-->Ma Rut
33. Oops Creations-->FlashleyAshley
34. nutfish1-->r0ckwithme
35. darkladymajesta-->SilverWing
36. macreede-->nutfish1
37. GatorWrangler-->edenkitty

Participants second box!

1.  Shadeweaver-->darkladymajesta
2.  jloveg-->Catrinau
3.  Pupper-->TheSapphireMoon
4.  ursulaandolive-->Pupper
5.  Catrinau--> nutfish1
6.  TheSapphireMoon-->Oops Creations
7.  GamerGirl-->jloveg
8.  SilverWing-->GamerGirl
9.  Oops Creations-->Shadeweaver
10. nutfish1-->SilverWing
11. darkladymajesta-->ursulaandolive


Gallery http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=287258.0

If you have any questions, let me know!
Shade:)
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Sugar skull skeleton? on: November 01, 2008 09:13:23 AM
I needed a costume and really only had about an hour to put it together ... so this is what I came up with ...

A guy I ran into told me it was a  dia del muerto skeleton ... I just know I love sugar skulls and wanted to throw something together that looked like it could go with it and still be used in a haunted yard.


my glamorous attempt and a self portrait


and my sisters attempt


by this time I had worn this for about 8 hours ...so it is a bit smeared ... but I am proud of it regardless ... it took about 30 minutes to put together and about 30 minutes to put the makeup and costume on.

if you want to see the haunted yard I wore it is ... click here

Shade Smiley





8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Poisoned Mad Scientist on: November 01, 2008 09:04:14 AM
SO if out have figured it out ... this is my favorite time of the year ... heck, my entire family's and we try to do it bigger and better every year.

This year my son was old enough to be a performer in the haunted yard.

Behold the mad scientist begging for help as he dies from a poisonous gas...




If you want to see more of the yard, click here

Shade Smiley
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Strawberry ballerina ? on: November 01, 2008 08:59:28 AM
This is actually totally my 3 year old daughters idea.  She told me months ago she wanted to be a strawberry ballerina for Halloween.  It took me a while ... but I got out of her exactly what she wanted and I got the stuff to make it.  She made about 75% of it.  I wouldn't let her use the scissors or pins ... but she tied the tutu and made the hat (all but the stem).





she was also the candy helper to run candy out to the little kids too scared to come up to the witch of the haunted haut



You can see the haunted haut here if you wanna see why the kids wouldn't come to the porch area.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Halloween Haut on: November 01, 2008 08:47:45 AM
Every year my family does up the holiday right ... here are some pictures I took last night

The tree of death


the feasting blob


ghost house


creepy ghoul


and of course we have live actors


The mad scientist being poisoned by gas


child of the corn


the tour guide


the haunted bush


the candy people  ...witch and strawberr(she would run candy out the little kids who were too scared to come up to the witch:)


and because I was taking the pictures ...my sister took this later



because it was dark ...this is all the pictures I really got ... but we have so much fun scaring the teens and adults who try to figure out what is real and what is props.

Thanks for looking ...
Shade:)
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