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11  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / A Wicked Fascinating Fascinator for Halloween on: October 10, 2014 08:14:25 AM
I saw the little pre-made witch hats at my local craft supply store & was inspired to throw together a fun little fascinator as a hostess gift to a friend who is going to have a handmade Halloween party at her house.  Smiley

This is an easy project - minimal sewing skills needed.


Witch hat ( you could make one out of felt if you can't source one...or look online )
headband (I used a padded one covered with satin ribbon)
mardi gras bead strand, skull beads, & feather boa hair clip (I used the Darice brand)

"Tools" Needed
glue (optional)

First, I sewed a string of mardi gras beads around the base where the brim & hat meet.

Next, I added a skull bead where the 2 ends of the mardi gras beads met with a dab of glue & a few quick stitches.

Then, I positioned the witch hat where I wanted it to rest on the headband.

...and tacked it to the headband on both sides of the brim.

It only took a few stitches to attach the feather boa to the fascinator after I removed it from the little plastic clip it was attached to.
Please note that I didn't stitch it on before attaching the hat to the headband because it was easier to attach to the band without all the loose feathery tendrils getting caught in my thread as I tacked it down.


This would look fabulous with other embellishments such as buttons, ribbons, bits of lace, a vintage brooch...the sky's the limit!

This is super cute with these little vintage pumpkin earrings: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436143.msg5252005#msg5252005

Happy Haunting!
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Halloween Pumpkin Earrings made from Upcycled Vintage Cupcake Toppers on: October 10, 2014 08:02:34 AM
This is a super easy & fun project for Halloween. Wink

What you'll need:
plastic cupcake toppers (I used Halloween Jack O'lanterns that I bought online).
Sandpaper (or a dremel with a sanding drum attachment)
Heavy duty scissors (or wire cutters)
Needle nosed pliers to open jumprings or earwires
Jumprings or Chain (for adding optional length if you like your earrings super dangly)

This is what I started with. As you can see, the pick which sticks into a cupcake needs to go.

Take your wire cutters & trim off the plastic post, then sand it smooth, so there are no sharp edges.

Add your earwire to the top. If you prefer longer earrings, you can add some chain & a jumpring. Make sure they dangle straight. I added the earwire right to the jack o'lantern handle.

Voila! Go rock those festive earrings at your next Halloween soiree! Happy Halloween!

13  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Black & Orange Glitter Nails - Manicure for Halloween on: September 28, 2014 12:54:27 PM
Black and Orange Glitter Manicure for Halloween by isewcute

What you'll need:
Shiny Blackish Nail Polish (I used OPI Lincoln Park After Dark)
Orange Glitter (I used a variety of different orange glitters blended together)
Clear Top Coat Nail Enamel (I used seche vite dry fast top coat)

Brush on Black polish & while it's wet, dip your nail tip into a cup filled with a little glitter.

Tap the loose glitter off & gently use your finger to pat down any glitter sticking up. You don't want to smudge it.
Brush on a coating of clear top coat & let dry. You can add another clear coat if the glitter still feels too rough. I did 2 coats. Wink

Enjoy your Halloween sparkle!   Smiley

For more great ideas for your nails, check out the Awesome Manicure Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=421432.0#axzz3Edr7glDh
14  COOKING / Dessert / You have to try my Banana Pudding! on: September 12, 2014 12:10:28 PM
This is hands down the best banana pudding I've ever made/had. My husband was dying for me to make it, so here it is. He says it tastes more like a banana cream pie than pudding, so I guess that's a compliment.  Cheesy

4-5 large bananas
1 box Nilla wafers (vanilla wafer cookies)
1 lg box instant vanilla pudding (Not banana pudding...Weird, right? Just trust me.)
3 cups + 1/4c. milk
1 pkg. cream cheese
2 cups cool whip

Mix the milk & pudding together first, then blend in the cream cheese. (leave it out of the fridge for awhile so it softens a bit to make mixing easier)
Then blend in the cool whip until creamy.

In a deep dish/pan, what have you, line the bottom with the nilla wafers.
Spoon on a layer of pudding mix & smooth it out.
Slice up a layer of banana on top of that.

Repeat these steps until you have come to the top of your dish & have hopefully ended with a layer of fluffy pudding.
With the leftover nilla wafers, I crushed them up & sprinkled on top. I know it's not perfectly pretty, but for what this is lacking in good looks, it more than makes up for in taste! It's banana heaven baby!

Enjoy! Smiley
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Snap Clutch Purse - Batik Patches - by isewcute on: September 07, 2014 05:12:22 PM

This photo is by Loves2Experiment... my partner in a make a friend swap last year. Smiley

I had a great time creating this clutch because I was doing a craft I love...piecing squares as you would for a quilt...and doing something I was completely unfamiliar with...making a snap clutch with a purse frame. One of the things I love most about swaps is that it pushes me to do or try things outside of my normal comfort zone.

For this project, I cut strips of batik fabric & sewed them together, then cut the sewn together strips into yet more strips, then matched up the corners & patterns how I liked them & stitched them into a workable piece of patchy fabric.

Sewing was a little crazy, but the challenging part for me was to fit the fabric piece into the purse frame.  Roll Eyes After a couple of trial & errors...it came together as planned. Don't you love it when a plan comes together?  Grin

I think it turned out so cute!... or 'sew cute'! Cheesy Best of all, my awesome partner, Loves2Experiment, seemed to really like it!
16   / JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Jewelry & Trinkets Featured Projects - Summer 2014 on: September 02, 2014 10:46:20 AM
Here are some of the amazing featured projects for summer 2014 selected by you & the craftster community by hitting the 'this rocks' button. Thank you all for sharing your amazing crafty creations with us!  Smiley

Beaded Electric Mayhem Bracelet
by calixita

More Spoon Pendants...galaxy themed
by lidehtium

Pixel Heart Necklace + Zombie Hands
by Kaoticat

Fibre Based Jewelry
by Belladune

Peter Pan Necklace
by Deumira

Lazy Super-Duo Bracelet
by Beholderess

Embroidered Pendants
by artsycandice

Gnome Charm Bracelet
by Mistress Jennie

17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Anybody want a peanut? Princess Bride Movie Stitchalong. on: April 01, 2014 06:11:01 AM
I'm so in love with the movie, "The Princess Bride" & have been inspired to stitch up some of my favorite characters & quotes. Would you like to stitchalong with me? Here is Fezzik as played by Andre the Giant & my favorite quote of his, "Anybody want a peanut?"

Print out the pattern & trace onto fabric with a lightbox or against a bright window & stitch up some Princess Bride awesomeness!

Printable pattern here.
18  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 95 ENTRIES / Flea Market Finds to Child's Vanity & Jewelry Organization on: February 10, 2014 03:03:08 PM
This is my little girl over the moon with her new vanity I surprised her with today when she came home from school.

This is what I started out with. A couple of flea market finds; a wicker framed mirror and a shelf made from a shutter + leftover paint from painting my daughter's room 6+ years ago.

The mirror had been made to hang vertically & I wanted it to be horizontal which is just a tad wider than my shelf is long, so I added some hardware to the back for attaching it to the wall.

I then masked off the mirror area & began to paint.

Wicker is a total pain to paint in case you might want to try this, you've been warned. Wink You can see I'm using an old ice cream bucket to store the paint in...it's great! Has a handle & is airtight! So much better than messing with the can which had rusted a bit around the lid from being stored for so long in a damp area.

I also painted the shelf with 2 coats.

I mounted the mirror to the wall at my girl's eye level & then hung the shelf directly below it. It's really fabulous for my daughter because it has these great big pegs for hanging her necklaces, bracelets, & little purses from.

She can keep all her lotions, hairclips, hair brush, & whatnots on the shelf...so organized, so cute, so fun! She absolutely loves it!  Grin

I'm so thrilled to have finally completed this project. I've had the idea for a few months now & it's been one of my new year resolutions to get to that 'crafts to do' list hanging over my head.

19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Grumpy Cat Shrink Plastic Chandelier Earrings on: February 06, 2014 09:48:08 AM

So my latest craft obsession has been working with shrink plastic! I have been wanting to make a pair of Monday earrings to beat the Monday blues. What better subject for such a project than Tardar Sauce aka 'Grumpy Cat'?

This is the brand of ink jet printable shrink plastic I used:

I created the printable art file & lightened it by about 50%. Printed them, cut the pieces out, & punched holes for assembly. Shrank them in the toaster oven set at 275...according to the package instructions. I did one piece at a time to prevent the pieces from melting & sticking together.

If I were to do the art for this again, I would've made it even lighter as they became quite dark after the shrinking process. Check out how much they shrink up!

I attached the limbs with various jump rings & attached an earring hook at the top:

They have a bit of movement because of the dangling limbs & make a little plastic clinky noise while they're being worn.

I hope this project inspires you! My next project with shrink plastic will be my bunny, Yuki. I need to think spring & get over this cabin fever!

Haven't tried working with shrink plastic before? Check out this video tutorial: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=341442.0#axzz2sZ0G7pKx

Here is an easy DIY Valentine jewelry shrink plastic project you can download & make for Valentine's day: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431298.0#axzz2sZ0G7pKx
20   / JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Valentine Earrings Craftalong with Shrink Plastic Cupids 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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