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11  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Mr.Pumperkinkle: A Portrait of a distinguished garden gnome on: January 19, 2010 10:24:39 PM
Hello! This was originally a painting that did not please me at all (done many moons ago) that I covered with text pages and painted over it. It has different layers, like the background was a single layer , the face was the second layer, the beards was the thirds , etc.
Here he is:

The story:
Mr. Pumperkinkle is a very odd man; even by garden gnome standards. It was on a rainy day that he first contacted me. There he was, soaking wet on my yard. He plainly stated that I must make a portrait of him. No reasons, no explanations, only his request. At first I was hesitant, how could I capture 276 years of life with my basic skills? The chances that he would not be pleased and curse my garden were very great. So I reasoned with him, tried my best to convince him that he should pick a more skilled person to receive such an honor. But he would not budge. After a few days of constant stalking me yard, I gave in. Maybe it was the challenge what got to me. Or the flattery that he should choose me for his first public appearance.
Soon we started with our sessions. It was hard, for Mr.Pumperkinkle was very strict with the conditions of our meetings. It had to be after dark, no one else could be present, and the painting had to be kept hidden until it was finished. Edith Piaf must be plying softly on the background. I could not paint him on canvas, but rather over pages of one of his favorite books The Count of Monte Cristo printed in German. No incense was allowed. I could only drink tea during our sessions.
So night after night, while the baby slept I met with Mr. Pumperkinkle. And finally it is done. He took one good look at it and simply stated that it was good. He then disappeared, and has not been spotted since. But my flowers bloom more beautifully than ever before.



   for Marie with <3!
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Easy Kanzashi Flower How-To!(many pics) on: January 14, 2010 07:13:30 PM
I am a hoarder, I save every scrap of fabric thats left over from other projects. Ive been wanting to make Kanzashi flowers for a while, so I started with my scrap pile. They are so easy to make! This might not be the real "traditional" method of making these flowers, but rather an easy way I came up with after many experiments ( I like feeling like a crafty scientist!).

Ok so here goes...

                 Kanzashi Flower How-To!


Step 1: Gather supplies:
*Glue, I used Quick  Dry and my hot glue gun
*Scissors
*Fabric squares, from 6 to 8 per flower (the ones I used on this flower are 2" x2" but any size works as long as they are all the same size)
*Clothes Pin
*Felt or stiff fabric for the back

Step 2:
 With thre right side down, place a glue dot on the tip of one of the ends. Stick together oposite ends so that you are left with a triangle. Now that you have the right side of the fabric on top, place a dot of glue on the corner that had glue before.

Step 3:
Now fold the left corner until the tip is glued to the bottom tip. Place a dot of glue over this union.

Step 4:
 Fold the Right corner so the tip get glued to the bottom tip.

Step 5:
Secure with a clothes pin until the glue dries.

Step 6:
Turn it around and place a tip of glue on the right and left corners.

Step 7:
Fold the tips to the center and press.

Step 8:
Now fold the fabric by the middle as shown.

Step 9:
Secure it with the Clothes Pin until it dries.

Step 10:
Cut the tip off the petal, make sure its straight!

Step 11:
Dab some glue on the freshly cut side and press it together with the clothes pin.


Step 12:
Repeat steps 1- 11 untill you have enough petals to make a flower. When you do, cut out a circle of the backing material of your choice. I used green craft felt.

Step 13:
Shape the petals with your fingers until they look good. Please make sure the glue is dry by then or they will unfold. Turn each petal around and place a dot of glue on the bottom. In this step I used hot glue to save time.

Step 14:
Add a button on the center or any embelishments you like. These flowers can be worn on anything. I glue this one to a head band. I made soem felt leaves to add more color:D

Now time to rock my new hair piece!


Comments and Criticism appreciated!
13  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / A tiny Dorothy Gale on: November 01, 2009 08:32:14 PM
This year in celebration of the Wizard of Oz's 70th Anniversary I dressed my  month old daughter as Dorothy Gale. I did not like any of the patterns I saw at Wal-Mart, and frankly could not afford one, so i made up a pattern from one of her dresses. The fabric is baby blue gingham I found at the discount bin for $1.54 the yard. I bought 2 yards but only used 1. Now on to the pictures!

The front of the dress ( please don't mind the baby making faces ):

I made the back of the dress corset style since I forgot to buy a zipper  Embarrassed

This is the best shot I got of the dress, she kept running away from the camera!

And the ruby slippers!:


Hope you enjoyed!
Comments & criticism are appreciated
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Help! Mermaid party for 1yr old! on: April 30, 2009 03:36:11 PM
In June its my babys 1st Birthday! And we wanted to break from the traditional Winnie-the-Pooh parties and throw her a Mermaid and sailor party! The thing is taht we are stuck on ideas for favors, decor and games. We are doing it at my in-laws since they have a pool, guests can get in to beat the heat  Tongue
Anyone have any ideas? 
15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Curiouser & curiouser! Challenge entry! on: March 31, 2009 04:37:10 AM
Hi y'all !
This is my first embroidery project, so be gentle with me !

I decided to do some major altering on the piece. The fist thing that came to my mind when I saw it said "china" at the bottom was a mad tea party! So I changed the pinup's dress for a blue dress, changed the shoes, the hair and added socks. I kept the china intact (well almost), even thou my idea was to make a missmatched set like in Wonderland. I added the flamingo in honor of the croquet match and the watch of Mr. Rabbit. The bottom says: Curiouser and curiouser!. Its my favorite line from the movie, its said by Alice while goes down the rabbit hole.
I used different stitches, mostly back stitch, the satin stitch and the seed stitch. My favorite stitch is the french knot! They are so cute!
I also tinted it with crayons, the inside and outside of the piece. I tried to tint it first with oil pastels and it was an ugly mess. Chalk pastels washed away in the machine and left a "stained" look. What a disaster! So my 3rd and final try was this one. 

Here is the pattern if anyone else wants to use it, feel free to do it!
16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Clutch Handbag or Tote Swap Gallery on: January 27, 2009 09:22:43 PM
Post your goodies here!

Progress:
Participants
1- pizzacravings
2- Munora (sent)
3- stafishtaylz (sent)
4- psyche (sent)
5- JessBee21 (sent)
6- KMartKid
7- chrsdx (partner received)
8- odd_artist (partner received)
9- a besoin of parler (partner received)
10- YoungMom (sent)
11- melmakespretty (sent)
12- FieldsofPoppies
13- mcook72677
14- snazzlecraft (partner received)
15- BertaBerta (partner received)
16- hippie4yahweh
17- mrs.dutt
18- Belladune (partner received)
19- sazzyjay
20- Craftastrophe

Partners!

oddd_artist  ---------- Munora
psyche ---------------Sazzyjay
FieldsofPoppies--------mrs.dutt
BertaBerta------------ a besoin de parler
stafishstylz------------ JessBee21
snazzlecraft-----------chsdx
mcook72677-----------melmakespretty
YoungMom-------------hippie4yahweh
Belladune--------------KmartKid
Craftastrophe----------pizzacravings

received
17  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / LATIN AMERICA / Puerto Rico on: January 19, 2009 07:09:34 PM
Looking for craftsters in the puerto rico area to share tips and suggest places for crafts.
IM in the San Juan / Rio Piedras area
18  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Handmade Postcards on: January 19, 2009 01:57:37 PM
I made these postcards out of bits and scarps that I had lying around. I have no camera so I scaned them wich gives them a "flat" look.





19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Burlesque Swap on: January 18, 2009 02:50:23 AM
Hi!
I love burlesque things and know a lot of you here too! So how about a swap for Burlesque crafts? Think pasties, top hats, chokers, heck maybe even an outfit.
This swap will be limited to ADULTS (since I dont want trouble here) so no under 18 yrs please!
Some inpiration:
Burlesque Butterfly headpiece by Rascal Kosher
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa163/tsores/Craft/4craftster/Butterflypiece.jpg
 Link:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=287606.0

Burlesque Choker by Rascal Kosher
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa163/tsores/Craft/4craftster/Burlesquechoker.jpg
link:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=281149.0

Tasles and pasties by appleshannon
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/rickshawpresents/DSCN7576.jpg
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/rickshawpresents/DSCN7580.jpg
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/rickshawpresents/DSCN7574.jpg
link:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=285167.0

He also made a tutorial for making pasties:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=164841.msg1674434#msg1674434

Shoes by Kittyvanghoul

link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=235308.0

Fascinators by gothfoxdesigns
http://www.gothfox.com/store/images/acc/pbabyfasc.jpg
http://www.gothfox.com/store/images/acc/plovefasc.jpg
link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=254460.0

There was a pasties swap before, here is the gallery:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=169162.0

Any takers? Or do I have to keep posting pics?

20  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Clutch, Handbag or Tote Swap (FULL) Send-out Feb 16th on: January 04, 2009 01:17:59 PM
Gallery!

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=289420.0
Do you love making bags? Do you feel like you don't own enough handbags? Crazy for totes? Then this is the swap for you!
We will be swapping one of the following: handbag, tote or clutch. You tell

 Swap name: Clutch, handbag or Tote Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: pizzacravings
Sign-up date range: Sunday, January 4th to Sunday, January 18th 2009
Date to send item by: Monday, February 16th, 2009

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): Yes, 20
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Age requirement? 1- 103 years old, no younger or older please!

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

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: YES
- Participant lives in the United States: YES/NO
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:
You will make one of the following: a clutch, a tote bag, or a handbag. You will send One of those to your partner. This is a 3 point swap. Items count as follows:
Handbag : 3 points
Large tote bag: 3 points
Medium/ small tote bag: 2 points
Clutch: 2 points
Wallet or change pouch: 1 point
 
You can use any materials or technique you know. Please only send items you would like to receive. Keep good communication and post in this thread. I will approve and add feedback  after you post in this thread.


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap clutch, Handbag or Tote Swap
Craftster username

Email address

Your real name

Mailing address including the country

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?

Confirm that are at least 13 years old (yes/no)

Which would you like to receive (handbag, tote or clutch)? You can choose more than one option:
What can you make? You can choose more than one option

What colors do you like?

What colors would you hate to receive?

What techniques or materials will you use for this swap?

What sort of things do you like? (hearts, starts, sushi, glitter???)

Do you have allergies?

Will you send form a smoking household?

Do you have pets?

Would you mind receiving from a smoking household?  or a household with pets?


 

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 to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.


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