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21  Valentine Earrings Craftalong with Shrink Plastic Cupids in JEWELRY AND TRINKETS by I Sew Cute on: February 04, 2014 08:31:41 AM
Make yourself or your sweetheart a pair of cute-cupid shrink plastic earrings!

What you need:
My cute cupid artwork provided for personal use only
printable shrinky dink plastic for ink jet printers
an ink jet printer
hole punch
jewelry findings: jumprings & earwires
jewelry pliers or needle nose pliers to open jumprings
lacquer (not necessary, but recommended)

I was inspired to make some valentine earrings & since it's all about the love, I thought I'd share this with y'all if you'd like to make them for yourself, a friend, or a sweetheart.

Here is the ready to print artwork of my cupids (printable file here). I drew one in my sketchbook & scanned it into the computer to work with. You can see I made a mirror image so they aren't flying the same direction. The color looks washed out here because I decreased the opacity by about 40% so once they shrink, they won't get too dark or muddy looking.

This is the brand of shrink plastic I used:

Cut out the cupids & be sure to leave a little bit of white around all the edges.

Punch a hole for hanging before you shrink them...and it saves you having to drill one later. Wink

Now they're ready to shrink!

Preheat your oven according to the shrink plastic instructions. I used my toaster oven at 275 because there is less air flow & I've had much better experiences shrinking plastic in it rather than my large oven.

Place your pieces to shrink on a tray covered with paper. This is just as I put them in the oven.

This is what they looked like after shrinking:

They do darken up quite a bit.

Once they've cooled to the touch, you can give them a protective coating of clear lacquer to protect the ink.
Add the jumprings & ear wires:

I used two jumprings so that the earrings will hang straight:

Now you're all set to rock your super fun cupid earrings or give them as a gift!

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22  Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites - Party Food Appetizer in Recipes and Cooking Tips by I Sew Cute on: February 04, 2014 06:10:15 AM
We made these for our family superbowl party & they were epic...so good I just have to share with y'all!

2-3 lbs. boneless/skinless chicken breast
1 lb. thick cut bacon
1 cup brown sugar
one packet chili seasoning
1/2 tsp. cloves

Preheat oven to 350

Prepare a tray to bake on. I used a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil & placed a rack on the top & sprayed it with a non stick cooking spray.

Cut the bacon strips into thirds.
Cut the chicken into one inch cubes/pieces
Mix the brown sugar, cloves, & about half of the chili seasoning together in a plastic bag for dredging the chicken.

Completely coat the chicken with the brown sugar spice mix.

Wrap bacon around the chicken & secure with a toothpick.

Place the pieces on the prepared tray.

Bake for about 35 minutes. You can rotate the pieces halfway through baking to crisp up both sides.

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23  Sharpie Tie Dye Unicorn T-Shirt in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by I Sew Cute on: January 03, 2014 07:59:36 PM
The original post that inspired me: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=327588.0#axzz2pOF0kWso

I've been wanting to make my little girl a unicorn shirt using this method ever since I first saw the original post.

Here is a tutorial of how I did it.  Smiley

You'll need:
Sharpie pens in any colors you'd like
rubbing alcohol
a t shirt or fabric
sponge brush or watercolor brushes... I used some of my kids' brushes.
a frame of sorts to stretch your fabric so that it doesn't lay flat against any surface.

First I stretched the shirt over a plastic tote lid, so that the shirt itself was raised a bit & not resting flat against the plastic. I figured this would help keep the colors from running where I didn't want them to run. I think if you're doing a small area, an embroidery hoop or q-snap type of frame would work well too.

Next, draw your design on your fabric lightly. The colors are all going to go crazy & bleed into one another, so you don't have to be precise.  Wink

Note: This is what the ink looks like before and after you brush on a little rubbing alcohol.

Then loosely color it in leaving white spaces in between your lines to avoid it getting too muddy looking.

Next, you brush on the rubbing alcohol all over the areas you want the color to explode & run together. Note that it's sometimes going to go where you don't expect it to... as Bob Ross would say, these are happy accidents. Especially on a kiddo's unicorn shirt!  Wink

You can add more color & rubbing alcohol as needed to get your desired effect. I did more linework & shading here...

Finally, you'll want to heat set your sharpie ink before you wash your shirt. I let it dry completely & ironed it.

My little girl loved it! I hope you find yourself inspired to try this method & come up with your own fun designs! Smiley

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24  Re: Winter inchie-houses gallery in The Swap Gallery by I Sew Cute on: December 30, 2013 08:06:44 PM
Here are photos of my little growing village of holiday wonderment! I love that there are so many different designs! Each is it's own work of art!

darling house by goatgoddess:

blue & sparkly house by FaeMystique:

Laetari's sweet Southwestern style house:

Ludi's gingerbread cuteness house:

With houses this cute, I think it would be so fun to shrink down & play in them! Thank you everyone!
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25  Re: Vintage Christmas Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by I Sew Cute on: December 16, 2013 10:06:17 AM
Just look at the amazing hoop I received from Kittykill! We love it & will keep it up all season long! I'm blown away by the sheer size of it & how lovely the stitching is. It's also very sentimental to me because of a story my Nana told about one of her Christmases long ago & riding in a sleigh.

Thank you so much Pam! It has a very warm & happy home with us!  Smiley

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26  Yuki the Magic Bunny - Christmas Photo Fun in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by I Sew Cute on: December 13, 2013 05:53:26 AM
I've been taking fun photos of my bunny over the past couple years & most recently had some fun photographing her for the holiday season. She is usually very agreeable in doing these little photo shoots & is rewarded with a bit of oatmeal & lots of pats when we're done. She's a very pampered house bunny.  Grin

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27  Re: How's your Etsy shop doing? 2011-2013 in Selling Crafts on Etsy.com by I Sew Cute on: December 10, 2013 11:47:36 AM
I'm doing the happy dance! My reindeer glitter heart necklace is featured in the etsy finds "(ugly) sweater weather" today!

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28  Monkey-Nog Milkshake Recipe in Winter Holidays by I Sew Cute on: December 08, 2013 06:19:47 PM

1 cup milk
2 small bananas or 1 large banana
1/2 cup egg nog
1 cup vanilla ice cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
optional - sprinkle in some nutmeg to taste

Blend & enjoy! *giggity*

I was in the mood for a milkshake, but being so close to the holidays & having egg nog on hand, I thought I'd make it festive. I wanted to add more nutrition, so then I put in a couple of bananas & came up with this epic monkey-nog shake! It was so good!

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29  Re: Sweat Shoppe Ornament Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by I Sew Cute on: December 02, 2013 05:52:15 PM
Ornaments galore! I'm so excited to have such a lovely handcrafted collection!

First, here are lovely blue & white pieces by gala_apples! I love these especially because it's a craft I don't do!

These cuties are made by the talented Ratfinkz & I'm thrilled they survived the long journey across the pond! I love the glitter!!!

Kimchery's felt owl is the cutest thing! The colors are so Christmasy!!!

Avesthel also made a super cute retro style felt ornament! Love the bead detail that makes it sparkle!!

What a darling angel! Like a flower fairy! I love her sweet face koalascout!

Last but not least, the fun & funny melted snowman ornament by JillHogan! My boy's favorite! Smiley

Thank you so much everyone! This swap was super fun & I love having all your handcrafted pieces be a part of the festivities this year! They're wonderful! Wink
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30  Re: Sweat Shoppe Ornament Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by I Sew Cute on: November 05, 2013 07:28:37 PM
I really love those bells and just can not wait to receive mine!

It's on it's way...as of 5 days ago.  Lips sealed I know packages take a bit longer overseas, but it's been on it's merry way already. Wink

I received my delicate starfall ornament from goldfishpollywog! It's so pretty & will look lovely on our tree! Thank you so much for crafting for me goldfishpollywog. Smiley
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