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1  Re: Ugly Betty Stencil Help in Stenciling: Discussion and Questions by TBickimer on: January 28, 2011 07:09:00 AM
I'm not a 'kid' but I'lll act like one... LOL

Here you go.. the picture wasn't very high quality - but this is what I converted for you, quick, down and dirty...





Hope that helps!

Tammy
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2  Artistic Journal? Teesha Moore Style in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by TBickimer on: January 10, 2011 05:45:43 PM
I've been long lusting and wisting over the Teesha Moore type journals and pages that you all have been creating. You're all so talented and crafty. I thought I'd give this a try. I've been crafting/styling pages and have journaled in some, and one of my 'resolutions' this year was to share more of my crafting... so this is my first post of this type.. and I present you with my pages... comments, criticisms, or questions always welcome!  ~ Tammy











Hopefully, I have more time to create some more!
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3  Swirls and Flowers Checkbook Cover in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by TBickimer on: January 10, 2011 05:31:50 PM
I've had the same checkbook cover for about 10 years now. It finally imploded and completely fell apart the other day. So what's a girl to do? Well, Craft her own of course. It's not much, but I had fun making it, figuring it out and then with the sunny and flowery checkbook cover - maybe I'll smile instead of scowl every time I have to pay a bill??

It's worth a shot.. 



Front (and back looks the same)

Inside pockets

I took my old checkbook cover and made a pattern. Cut the cloth, did iron on interfacing and sewed her up.. No fuss, no muss about 1 hr of time.

Enjoy - Questions, comments or criticism always welcome  ~ Tammy
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4  Root of All Evil Shrine in Completed Projects by TBickimer on: January 10, 2011 05:25:42 PM
This is a strange and sorted story...

It all started with the Rutabaga of Death  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=332531.0

My business associate on the west coast is a computer programmer, and from time to time, I ask for upgrades to the system or special programming. And, so it started.. He would start saying "if I'm lying, then I'm a rutabaga." (hence the above post). Once he received the rutabaga, this has become a running joke for us. He would also send me items from vending machines. When he walked past a vending machine that had the 'items in a plastic bubble' for 25 cents, he would always look to see if there is something interesting. One time, he found the pope and all the saints in a bubble and as luck would have it, the pope appeared. Hence, now on my computer, I have the pope set up to 'bless' the computers, as it were.. (geek humor)

Well, last week, I asked for some special programming to be done, and he said that the only way that would get done is if there was another root vegetable sacrifice to the programming gods. So, being the stubborn and crafty person I am, I really want this feature in the program, so I crochet a new root vegetable - a carrot.

The carrot then needed a suitable altar to be sacrificed upon. So, I present the Adam (programmer's name) Altar Root of all Evil.

I bought a small box at Joannes, and stained it with some inks. Then began the crafting process. The front is paper and paper border in Teesha Moore fashion, I drew the "A" and added the root of all Evil.

Then on the inside, it was only fitting that the pope make an appearance. I made some hanging beads. Placed a picture of the pope and a border, again  in Teesha Moore fashion. Added a funny button and printed the word "Root" on it with paint.

On the opposite side, I placed a 'fence' to hold the crochet carrot. The background paper is a picture of all root vegetables. Then added some stickers of a radish and carrot with silly faces.


The back is a paper that has 'hopes - wishes - promises' etc watermarked on the paper. Then I added some beer glasses and bottles (he loves micro or home brew), and again a Teesha Moore style and border.


I hope he doesn't read or belong to craftster, since I just mailed it off to the west coast this morning. It just makes me giggle to send this to him and hopefully I'll get my programming done! LOL.

Questions, comments always welcome! ~ Tammy

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5  Re: Lets See Pics of Tattoos You Designed! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by TBickimer on: July 20, 2010 09:12:19 PM


This is my newest tattoo designed by me.

It is a tree of life... but it is me.
If you look at it - the trunk of the tree is in the shape of a woman's body.
Below that in the white, is my husband's name AL (alan)
The roots actually form the letters of my children's names - Kelsey and Jordan.

In the tree, there are flowers, cat, bat (because I love halloween) a spoon (because I cook like crazy), a cross (like a 'red cross' cross - because I'm a nurse), a keith urban monkey (Nabru - because my daughter and i go on Keith Urban Road trips) - a Kokopelli (because he is my 'protector' and i have 4 other tattoos of him), an anatomical heart (my daughter has had 4 open heart surgeries) ummm.. what am i missing??  Sort of like the old "search and finds' from the Highlights magazines?

Nonetheless, this is a tattoo of my life or who I am, my strength and roots come from my family and the leaves are supported by them..

I hope that makes sense.. and I love it. It's only a week old and looks a little 'dry' but it will heal up just fine.

Tammy
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6  Epic Cake for 21st B-Day (image heavy) in Dessert by TBickimer on: July 10, 2010 10:09:47 PM
Hello all,

Just wanted to share my epic cake for my son's 21st birthday.
First let me say that I am definitely NOT a professional cake decorator.. LOL.

But, I've always made my kids birthday cakes. This year was my son's 21st birthday. When I asked him what kind of cake he wanted, he was stumped. He said, I want German Chocolate cake with the nut filling, but surprise me.

So, thought and thought. Then, in a moment of inspiration (or desperation or perhaps sheer madness) I came up with it! Since it was his 21st birthday, it would be a homage to his childhood. I started crafting with fondant all the things that he enjoyed from his younger years.

The cake contains characters from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pokemon, Thomas the Tank Engine, Mario characters (bom-boms, bullet bill, gumba, mario, and the red dudes..) , Nintendo Controller (old one), Calvin and Hobbes, Legos, The movie the Brave Little Toaster (lampy, blankie, toaster and radio), and Garfield.

Some of his name came off, which I'll fix tomorrow before the party. The lettering is a bit crooked, and all the characters aren't perfect but, I'm pretty happy with the cake and know he will be too!

Enjoy!  - Tammy

Comments welcome!
































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7  Rutabaga of Death... in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by TBickimer on: December 31, 2009 06:12:25 PM
One of my very best friends always says... if I'm lying then I'm a Rutabaga... so, I free styled a rutabaga. Lovingly called the rutabaga of death...

My friend says it shall remain on his desk and strike fear into any potential applicants for job positions...



It makes me smile to create such objects...

Tammy
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8  Mario Inspired Scarf (from enemyairships tutorial) in Crochet: Completed Projects by TBickimer on: December 31, 2009 06:09:21 PM

Totally inspired by enemyairship's tutorial and creation found here... http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=322772.0

I made my own Mario Scarf...  My daughter is modeling - but it's for her brother.. who says.. "Mom... it rocks and makes me smile!"  Well worth the effort.

Thanks enemyairship for your kind sharing!

Tammy


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9  Automatic Ami Pattern Maker.. in Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions by TBickimer on: December 31, 2009 06:04:30 PM


This isn't a 'completed' project --- but could help you complete a project??

I found this on line tool that lets you make a doll pattern using tools at the top of the page - then press a button and voila' it generates the pattern for you...

HOW NEAT...

I hope you all can use this as I did..  -- here's the link.. 

http://www.knittink.com/amigurumi/

Tammy
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10  Bunsen & Beaker Do Halloween in Halloween Costumes by TBickimer on: November 03, 2009 08:05:47 PM
No - there were no major accidents... LOL. As a child, I loved Bunsen and Beaker from the Muppets. So, I had to recreate them. God Love my husband who puts up with my Halloween obsession. We've been oompah loompas, popeye and olive oyl, M&M's etc.. but this years was my favorite so far..

I didn't make the clothes. We used stuff we had around the house. But the masks were made completely by hand. Using Baseball caps, Old Lampshade innards as the 'support' and then batting and fabric. I also used colored netting as the 'necks' so we could see. Eyes on Beaker were foam balls, nose was foam ball covered with fabric. Bunsens glasses were made out of black foam. Enjoy..





Dancing at the party



Look in the mirror



This is the inspiration...




Tammy
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