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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Thumbelina Paper Doll Set on: May 07, 2016 05:14:50 AM
Just finished up my second paper doll set. Cheesy

I made this folder/background combo, like I did for my first Swan Lake set.

And two dolls - a swallow and Thumbelina herself.

I think I want to do a Red Riding Hood set next. Smiley
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / More Kanzashi Projects on: April 29, 2016 07:05:15 AM
I finished up more boxes and a hair pin using some flowers I made as part of a wedding project. I posted the first two boxes in my last thread with some progress photos so I'm not including any progress photos on this one. XD

A circle shaped box.

A heart shaped box.

And a square shaped box with a little art nouveau frame. Haven't decided what to write in the middle yet. I might give it away as a gift, so I might just leave it blank.

And this last one is a hair pin. That should just about finish up all my pre-made flowers. I'm going to work on new flowers and try out new folding techniques soon, just waiting for more supplies to arrive. Woohoo!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Kanzashi Trinket/Ring Boxes on: April 20, 2016 10:32:14 PM
So, I was going to make my entire wedding bouquet from kanzashi. I got pretty close to finishing, but then I decided I really did want fresh flowers instead. So, I ended up with a ton of flowers that had nothing to do. I recently recovered the majority of my art supplies from my parent's house in Florida (though I still haven't been able to move everything up to my new home in Canada yet), and decided I'd better use these flowers for something.

I also had a set of variously shaped miniature cardboard boxes I'd bought years ago with the intention of decorating. So, I set about kanzashi-ing up the boxes.

Here's the first two I did, plus some progress pictures.  I'll be making more soon. Cheesy

Cheap craft acrylics are pretty thin, so I had to do several coats just for coverage (about 3). Also, the texture of the cardboard was slightly lumpy, so I did 3/4 more coats so I could sand the paint down to a smoother surface.

Here's how the box looked after painting.

I added a bit of pale aqua silk ribbon to the edge of the box top, just to give it a hint of contrast.  I used bias cut silk habotai that I dyed myself and cut into squares for the flowers. The ribbon for the edging was the same type of ribbon.

Here's the finished piece. Smiley

And here's the oval shaped one I made next (no ribbon edging on this box top though).

There's a few more photos on my blog, but I feel like these are the best ones, haha.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Legend of Zelda Hyrule Crest Bracelet on: March 28, 2016 01:28:57 PM
I just finished up this bracelet. I like it, but I don't really wear bracelets. XD I decided to do a giveaway for it on my blog instead of just letting it collect dust.

I tried to do a companion cube one with little wings, but it turned out really poorly. My Silhouette Curio doesn't seem to like cutting leather with right angles, does better with curves.

I put a tutorial and pattern up for the bracelet here if you want to make one yourself:http://www.appledainty.com/creative-process/making-a-leather-hyrule-crest-bracelet/
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Tea Time Kitten Cards on: March 18, 2016 04:12:13 PM
I just finished up this set of card designs :3

Animals and tea, both things that I love.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Flora & Fauna Leather Jewelry on: March 14, 2016 07:02:40 PM
I just finished up my first little jewelry collection, Flora and Fauna.  Really excited to share it for the first time.

Here are all the bracelets.


And the peacock & cherry blossoms necklace, my personal favorite. Cheesy

I have plans for adding a few more pieces, maybe offering multiple colors, but this is what I've got for now.

The jewelry is cut from leather using my Silhouette Curio and a deep cut blade!  I'm planning on posting a tutorial to my blog next week along with a pattern for a hyrule crest bracelet. Cheesy For right now, I'm just pumped to have finished my own original project.
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Swan Lake Articulated Paper Doll Set and Backdrop/Folder on: March 11, 2016 12:36:14 AM
Last week I made an articulated paper doll of Odette from Swan Lake, but I felt like I needed to go a bit further.  After all, if you have an Odette you have to have an Odile.

I also thought it would be best to have a way to store the dolls, so I came up with an idea for a folder/backdrop combo.

When it's open, the inside of the folder is a miniature stage where the dolls can be posed, and when you close it it turns into a folder where you can tuck the dolls away.

I think they turned out really well! Smiley I'm going to do a set of paper dolls with a folder for the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale Thumbelina too.  I've got loads of brads, so I can really see these dolls as a thing I start to do regularly.
8  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Boxes/Containers/Organization on: March 11, 2016 12:17:29 AM
I love boxes and containers, and as an artist and crafter I'm always looking for better ways to organize my space.  Plain containers are kind of boring though, so I think it'd be fun to do a challenge where you decorate or construct containers, boxes, file folders, etc. :3

Have we done anything like that before?
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Odette from Swan Lake Articulated Paper Doll on: March 06, 2016 11:37:36 AM
I've been working on some paper dolls. Cheesy This is the first one I finished, Odette from Swan Lake

This is all her parts before they were assembled.

And here she is all finished up.

I used mini brads from Michaels to articulate her joints.

I posted a few more in-progress pictures on my blog too, but nothing too fancy.  I want to make a matching Odile and maybe some kind of backdrop for the dolls. :3 Brainstorming ideas for it this week.

I'm thinking about making downloadable dolls in the future that people can print, color, cut and assemble themselves.
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Funky Monkey Pillow Plushie on: January 21, 2016 06:46:04 PM
I've spent the last few months working on designs for a monkey themed baby clothes collection, as well as a plushie. The fabric was printed through Spoonflower, here's what it looked like before I started cutting it out.

Here's the finished monkey and banana plushie.

I'm really pleased with how they turned out! They're not perfect, but I learned a lot about design and how the fabric printing works. I'm waiting for the rest of my fabric orders to come in so I can sew up the rest of my designs. Smiley
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