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1  Funny Quote Embroidery Hoop in Needlework: Completed Projects by I Sew Cute on: May 26, 2015 02:40:52 PM
 
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Just something fun I felt compelled to stitch just for giggles!  Wink
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2  The Blue Man Group Fanart Resin Heart Necklace Image made with altered GI Joes in CHALLENGE 108 ENTRIES by I Sew Cute on: May 20, 2015 08:24:10 AM
One of my most dearly remembered live events was going to see the Blue Man Group.

It was more than a show... it was an experience. I had felt such a connection between the performers & the audience. I highly recommend anyone to go check out their show & see it for themself.

Never heard of the Blue Man Group? From wikipedia: Blue Man Group is an award-winning global entertainment company formed in 1991, and best known for its creative stage productions around the world.






A lot of work went into this piece behind the scenes. Wink
I cast one of my original altered artworks in a huge resin heart with glitter, glitter stars, & pigments...but that was the easy part.
The artwork was created first my altering GI Joe Dolls I had purchased at a thrift store. I knew they'd make great Blue Men because I wouldn't have to shave their heads. Cheesy
I painted them blue, and sewed little black outfits for them & then posed them for the photograph. The photograph is digitally layered with other photos I took of glitter & lite bright pegs with the camera out of focus & with a bokeh lens attachment. I upped the saturation to make it super colorful & love how it turned out! I think it captures the feeling I had when seeing the Blue Man Group.

I'm so glad that Craftster has continued to have craft challenges like this that motivates me to create things that otherwise I wouldn't have made time or had the motivation to do.
The next time I see The Blue Man Group...and I would see them again in a heartbeat, I'll definitely be wearing this necklace! Smiley
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3  Summer is nearly here, so why not make your own Hula Hoops? in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by I Sew Cute on: May 17, 2015 06:24:53 PM
Summer is the time for picnics, parks, adventures & festivals! Wouldn't it be great to make your own custom hula hoops for the whole family? I think so!  Grin

What you'll need:

A roll or length of (3/4" pvc pipe large enough for your hoop
3/4" pvc pipe couplings/connectors
pipe cutters or saw to cut through pvc pipe
electrical tape
a heat gun
duck brand duct tape if you can't find the type I used

I bought a roll of pvc pipe & a bag of couplings, so I have plenty of length to make several of these for my kids & their friends. Everyone will all have one to play with when they come over. Good times!

First, I cut a length of the pipe to the desired size for my daughter.

Next, I heated up an end with the heat gun. This makes the plastic more pliable & easier to insert the connector.

After heating the other end, and inserting the connector, I squeezed both ends together tightly and wrapped the gap in electrical tape.


Now for the fun, yet fussy part... wrapping the hoop with colorful duct tape!  Cheesy
A little tricky at first... I recommend wrapping it at a slight angle to make it wrap smoothly.  Undecided

I had some sparkly pink tape that my little girl loves. Wrapping was tricky at first, but it became much easier as I went along.  Wink


My minis loved their hoops...and I'm making a super-deluxe one just for me!

I hope this inspires y'all to make your own! For under $40 you can make about 7-10 of these!
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4  Walking Dead - Zombie Jewelry - Shrink Plastic Fandom by isewcute in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by I Sew Cute on: April 01, 2015 02:36:20 PM
The Walking Dead just wrapped up this past season last week, so to hold me over until next season, I whipped up some 'not so cute' Walking Dead & Zombie inspired jewelry!

I used the Shrinky-Dink brand of printable shrink plastic to make these.
You can find it at craft stores such as Michaels, Joanne Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, or online.
I made a printable file of many characters from the show, along with a few zombies thrown in for good measure & adjusted the opacity of the print file according to the recommended directions on the package.
After printing them out, I used small sharp scissors to cut them out & also punched holes where I wanted to string them all together with jump rings.

I baked them in a toaster oven for a couple of minutes at 275 F. (following the package directions)

It's so fun to watch them curl up & shrink!


After shrinking them, I took them outside & gave them a clear coating of Krylon acrylic spray. (I wasn't sure what was the best coating to give them, so I called the company & this is what they recommended)
It dried rather quickly in the afternoon sun & gave them a semi-gloss finish.

Finally, I just strung them all together & added a bit of chain & a clasp for a necklace & attached earwires for earrings. I hope they inspire you to make your own zombie inspired jewelry!




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5  Re: The Awesome Manicure Thread! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by I Sew Cute on: February 25, 2015 09:48:26 AM
I received these cute little peacock nail decals for Christmas & thought today would be the day to try them out! They're made by Avon.

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6  Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by I Sew Cute on: November 14, 2014 05:23:29 PM


2 more ornaments found their way home this week! I'm only waiting on one more to arrive & then I won't be having this much fun mail for awhile.

Thank you dessadoll & gatorwrangler! These are fantastic!
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7  Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by I Sew Cute on: November 11, 2014 05:38:09 PM
I've received 5 of 8 ornaments already!

Here we have adorable pinecone & sweet little fabric ornaments made by Thimbles71
My kids adore these little guys!


Lovelymiss made a darling quilted tree ornament with button embellishments! The colors are fantastic...I love the fabric!


alwaysinmyroom made a sweetly stamped burlap deer & a surprise paper origami star! I love them!


I have loved Snoopy ever since I was a little girl, so this tugs at my heart strings big time! Thank you kiimmmmyy!


And here is an ornament I wish I could make ...but lack the skills to do so... a lovely crochet star by Ninaprettyballerina


Thank you so very much everyone! I'm so tickled to add these to our tree this year! Smiley
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8  Knock, knock! Who's there? Precisely! in CHALLENGE 104 ENTRIES by I Sew Cute on: November 03, 2014 10:20:47 AM
Two days before Halloween, my boy says to me that he wants to be Dr. Who for Halloween...the 11th Doctor, so I start wondering where I'm going to find a sonic screwdriver, a tweed coat, and a bowtie.


We found the sonic screwdriver at Barnes and Noble, & after thrift store hunting for a coat, I realize my only option was to make one for him. You just can't find a little boy's tweed coat in a size 10 around here. It proved difficult to even get a pattern in his size, so I bought this bazic blazer pattern that goes up to a size 8 at joanne fabrics...and I altered it to fit size 10:


My boy picked the fabrics he wanted with the help of a very fab character reference book on all the Dr. Who characters:
I highly recommend this book to any Dr. Who fan. Wink

Keeping in mind that I don't get along well with commercial patterns, nor have I ever made any formal looking clothing for my boy, I knew this was going to be a challenge for me. This coat had lining, button holes, & welted pockets...oh my! However, I was up for the challenge...I couldn't let my little guy down.  Grin He asked me to make a pocket on the inside to fit the sonic screwdriver. After watching this_instructional_video ...I gained enough confidence to even make the pockets on the outside front for real! I was initially going to just sew fake pocket 'flaps' to match the coats that the 11th doctor wears, but after spending so much on nice fabric, and the pattern & all... I just couldn't bring myself to take any shortcuts. This was going to be something he wouldn't only wear one night for trick or treating... I know my boy. This would become part of his regular wardrobe. That's why I'm going to have a tailor do the button holes!  Cheesy


Here I created the inner pocket to accomodate the sonic screwdriver.


I sewed the bowtie following the simple instructions on this_blog This was so much easier than I thought it would be!

We also altered a tardis cookie jar for a trick-or-treat pail. He was thrilled & took it all very seriously as you can tell by his expression. He wasn't in costume. He WAS the 11th Dr. Cheesy

Now I have a hard time getting him to wear anything else...he loves it!
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9  Re: Vintage Cat Cross Stitch Ornament in Needlework: Completed Projects by I Sew Cute on: October 23, 2014 08:03:46 AM
I'm so lucky that it's mine! Smiley I hung it on a little magnetic hook on our refrigerator, so I can see it many times throughout the day. Hope to have a little Halloween tree one day!

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10  Bewitched - Hoopla from the Vintage Halloween Swap in Needlework: Completed Projects by I Sew Cute on: October 21, 2014 08:03:27 AM
Hey y'all! I'm just too excited about this piece I worked on for the Vintage Halloween Swap. My partner has received, so now I can share!
I made a Bewitched hoop based on the intro animation to the original tv show. Smiley
It's mainly appliqued felt & a little embroidery here & there.

The finished hoop. Now I need to make one for myself! Cheesy
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