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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / The Charnel House Book on: September 25, 2016 03:42:43 PM
It is nearly October and I've only finished one Hallowe'en craft. How dreadful! I used three tomb shaped chipboard pieces and bound them together with a folded strip of heavyweight cardstock to make a spooky book! The cover has a crazy bat, chipboard columns, and an opening door.

I frankensteined this mischievous monster then gave him a myriad of skulls to play with. I sanded the devil out of this page and along the edges of all the pages.

All of the pages were covered with a variety paints, ink, tissue paper, chipboard pieces, oil pastel, stamps, charms, collage images, and shimmery stamp spray.

Time to move on to a second spirited project!
12  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Dumbledore 2016 on: September 14, 2016 06:59:37 PM
It is a given that when kid #1 comes home we do three things without question:

1. Make at least one Harry Potter recipe (psst! Mistress Jennie has an extensive collection of recipes HERE. Thanks for that, Jennie!)

2. Have a Harry movie marathon.

3. Stencil HP shirts.

I get to do the easy part when making shirts and that is the cutting of the stencil, which  the Silhouette makes short work of, and she does the paint application. Here is one of the last shirts she requested, which I think came out great!

You got an action shot.  Cheesy
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / How To Cover a Hoop with Bias Tape on: September 09, 2016 09:04:14 AM
Here is a quick and easy way to decorate the edge of your embroidery hoops using just three things:

1. Extra Wide Double Fold Bias Tape
2. Coordinating Piping in whatever size you like (or have)
3. Glue (I'm using Tacky Glue because I use that for everything and have a giant bottle of it)

First, unroll a length of bias tape that is longer than the circumference of your hoop. Unfold end of bias tape and then fold over the unfinished edge. Slather a bit of glue to the INSIDE edge of your hoop. If you glue all over the hoop, the glue will seep through the tape and make it yucky. Don't want that! (The only part of the tape that is getting glued is the edge you see at the top of the hoop.)

Now you can add a little glue to the hoop at a time, and adhere the edge of the tape to the hoop. I use the premade folds of the bias tape as a guide- the fold gets aligned with the edge of the hoop. Continue around until you reach the end of the hoop, then fold and glue the bias tape end as before.

Time to add the piping. Snip a few of the threads from the end of the piping and then pull the fabric covering back, exposing the cord. Snip off a bit of the end, straighten out the fabric, then fold and glue the end. This makes a nice, neat edge.

Add a bit of glue to the inside edge of your hoop as before, right on top of the glued bias tape. Begin gluing your piping around the hoop, making sure the piping is glued as close to the hoop edge as possible.

Here you can get a glimpse of how much extra tape is still dangling over the back of the hoop. This is necessary for when you get to covering the back! When the glue is dry, add your finished embroidery. I didn't think that far ahead while making this tute so I had to stitch something up in a hurry.  Tongue

At this point you have a few choices to finish it off. You can trim your embroidery fabric and:
1. Glue the excess to the inside of the hoop and then do the same with the untrimmed
bias tape
2. Glue your embroidery to the hoop then glue a felt or fabric circle to the bias tape, OR
3. Be all lazy-like and leave the embroidery alone and then sew a felt or fabric circle to the bias tape.

Just keep stitching, just keep stitching...

All done! How cute is that?

14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Vintage Cowgirl Hoop on: September 03, 2016 03:08:49 PM
After knowing I would be making something for the fabulous kittykill in the IYP Swap, I figured a Hallowe'en themed thing was certain. What's better than Hallowe'en, right? So, like many of us, I began perusing Pinterest, which is normally time-consuming, fills my head with all kinds of ideas, and by the end of the initial search I'd gone from "Vintage Hallowe'en" to learning about terrestrial shrimp. True story. They are weird and they live in my ivy.

Anyway, the search turned up an image of a Vintage Cowgirl. I had no intentions of straying from the original theme, and was certainly not going to embroider anything. Whoops.

There is no way to tell from any of my pictures, but I finished the outside of the hoop by covering it with double fold bias tape and then adhering matching piping on the inside edge, creating a nice frame for the piece. I'll make a quicky tute for that if anyone is interested.

Here's a clue to your Easter egg, kittykill, in case you haven't discovered it yet!

15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Quack Doctor's Suitcase and Caravan on: August 06, 2016 12:45:35 PM
Alpha Stamps has a 2" x 1.5" miniature suitcase that seemed just right for a snake oil salesman. I just love little things that hold even smaller things for some reason.

The suitcase is covered in leather paper and sanded, then aged with watered down acrylic paint. A few of the flasks are simply made using two beads, and the others are actual dollhouse bottles. I added a wee label to them and assembled them into the case, along with some old adverts from a collage sheet.

I guess this quack doctor is successful because he's purchased a caravan for his effects:

And I hinged the door and crammed the wagon with various bottles and jars.

If you want to know how to pin hinge a miniature door or other opening thing, I've made a tutorial HERE.
16  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 114 ENTRIES / Oldie But A Goodie T-Shirt Quilt on: August 03, 2016 07:23:19 AM
It took me forever to decide on a tutorial to follow for this Challenge. I started in the Toys and Playthings tutes, which lead me to Miscellaneous, then Purses, Bags, and Wallets...Craftster members have posted so many fantastic tutorials! In the end, I went with KPuppy's T Shirt Quilt, mostly because it forced me to tackle the stash of my son's shirts I have been hanging on to forever. I probably never would have gotten to it (because I loathe quilting and am no good at it) but this Challenge made it happen. Done in ONE day! Crazy!

I followed KPuppy's tute mostly, but adjusted were I needed to, like not having 25 shirts and not wanting to use the back of the shirts, and I also chose to place a layer of batting in between the front panel and an old sheet for the backing. I also was super lazy and reused a template I had from a previous t shirt quilt instead of measuring and cutting a new one. Because that's just too much trouble, ya know.

Chopped up shirts:

Sewing panels together:

Front panel complete and deciding between Pokemon, He-Man, or Spongebob sheet for backing:

Went with Pokemon because the He-Man sheet is mine and I couldn't cut him up. I cheated with the binding, too (again because I was lazy) and just rolled over the backing fabric to finish it off.

Time to play!

Thanks for the great and easy to follow tutorial KPuppy!

17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Tiki Beach Bar on: July 19, 2016 10:05:30 AM
Anyone in the mood for a refreshing summer drink? A really, really tiny one?

I made a little tiki bar scene for Alpha Stamps beach themed month. The hut was constructed from a 5" tall half scale bay window, bamboo poles, and an upcycled bamboo placemat I picked up at the thrift shop. It fit nicely in the 7" x 4" corner room box. The placemat was held together with some nice twine so I used that along with a glass globe to make a boat float.

The tiki heads are cylinders of cardboard that have crepe paper mache features and I lined the inside of them with orange vellum.

And for those that can't make it for a cocktail until after the sun goes down (or for those that are still hanging around), we'll turn the light on for you.

Happy summer!
18  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Mechanical Treasure Chest on: June 26, 2016 02:58:11 PM
Earlier I had mentioned Alpha Stamps theme for June is mermaids, sea creatures, and steampunk, and saved all of the steampunk elements for a mechanical treasure chest. The lid of the chest includes one of my favorite images from the G45 Voyage Beneath the Sea paper, this dapper snapper-riding gent that's ready for adventure. He's been glued onto a coil made from paper covered wire so he's sproingy. It reminds me of those metal animals on giant springs at the park. The lid also has a really cool 6 x 6 Gears Texture Sheet that I painted with Silks and cut to fit inside the lid's frame. There's also a metal clock with a spinning hand, a bronze octopus charm, a gorgeous  brass patina starfish, and an undersea beauty framed in a bronze gear.

Inside the chest is a miniature book. Well, maybe it is just small.

I'm sort of fascinated with moving paper of all kinds, like pop-ups, spinning dials, and paper toys, so I added some mechanical parts to the book's pages. Sir Ballyhoo will remove his monocle and in a most distinguished voice announce, "You don't say?" (Not really, but that is what I imagine he's saying.)

You can pull the gear on this page and catch a fish:

There's a surprise under the shell but it is PG-13.

And a few more pages. If you want to see the rest and a short video of the parts in action you can check 'em out on my blog. I loved this project!
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Mermaid's Treasure Mini Houses on: June 23, 2016 08:34:15 AM
Alpha Stamps theme this month is "Beneath the Sea"; mermaids, treasure chests, sea creatures, and steampunk! I decorated little houses to hold a mermaid's collection of found items. I'm saving the steampunk part for later.

Oh, so tiny!

20  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Favorite Amigurumi Book? on: June 21, 2016 08:15:14 PM
Anybody have a favorite ami book? Do you have book recommendations for new crocheters that may be interested in amigurumi? Share them here!

My first purchased amigurumi book was Mr. Funky's Super Crochet Wonderful by Narumi Ogawa. The pink bunny I crocheted from that book is floating around here somewhere. Has written (with abbreviations) instructions.

I also enjoyed Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts Amigurumi back in the day. Lots of cute projects and a great one for those of us that like simplified (symboled) instructions.

And who can forget Amigurumi World- Seriously Cute Crochet by Ana Paula Rimoli?

I need a cute NEW book...any ideas?
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