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21  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by Krafty_Karasu on: January 25, 2016 07:34:06 PM
another cross stitch project down!  only a billion to go!  lol





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22  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Krafty_Karasu on: January 25, 2016 07:28:55 PM
Prompt:  January: Fairy Tales (Three Billy Goats Gruff)
Team:  Multimedia
Project Name:  The Legend of Zelda Ugly Christmas Sweater Cross Stitch
Project Link:  The Legend of Zelda Ugly Christmas Sweater Cross Stitch
Brief Description:  so a friend on Facebook suggested I make a Zelda ugly sweater after I completed my similarly themed Sailor Moon project.  so, I sought out some game sprites and a pattern for some mistletoe and the Triforce (and a few other additions) and set out to create a pattern.  the pattern alone took about 5 hours to create.  and it's only less than 2in x 2 in in size.  lol.  the final piece measures roughly 11in x 13in.  it fits the prompt in one way; I used 9 colors of embroidery floss.  I had to use metallic red floss to get that 9th color in there.  I still hate the stuff.  lol
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23  The Legend of Zelda Ugly Christmas Sweater Cross Stitch in Needlework: Completed Projects by Krafty_Karasu on: January 25, 2016 07:23:58 PM
so a friend on Facebook suggested I make a Zelda ugly sweater after I completed my similarly themed Sailor Moon project.  so, I sought out some game sprites and a pattern for some mistletoe and the Triforce (and a few other additions) and set out to create a pattern.  the pattern alone took about 5 hours to create.  and it's only less than 2in x 2 in in size.  lol.



hunter green 14ct Aida (special ordered online.  I don't understand why you can't buy it in stores)
9 colors
approx. 11in x 13in

metallic floss is EVIL.  but it's so pretty...
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24  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Krafty_Karasu on: January 03, 2016 09:57:37 AM
Research Project Name: Marilyn Manson cross stitch
Team: Multimedia
Project Link: Marilyn Manson cross stitch
Brief Description: 3 week requirement?  fine.  but I blew that out of the water.  try (roughly) 17 MONTHS.
some time in 2013, I became OBSESSED with Marilyn Manson.  I did a simpler, much, much smaller cross stitch before tackling this one.  it made me want a bigger one.  so, I broke out my pattern maker (upload picture, out comes a pattern) and came up with this work of art.  I'm so happy with it, I just wish the black and darkest grey had blended better.
done on 28 count Evenweave in 7 colors, 89,102 stitches, approximately 10in X 10in.
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25  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by Krafty_Karasu on: January 02, 2016 11:36:20 AM
item number 2!!!!!!!!!

here's Slendy!!!



I've become a tad obsessed with Slender Man ever since I watched YouTuber PewDiePie play...who knows which game.  there are too many Slender Man games that he's played for me to remember which one I saw first.  but I've seen a few of these artist's manikins made up to look like Slendy, so I wanted to make one for myself.  only, he doesn't look all that imposing with that slightly sassy stance.  I think one leg is longer than the other.  Undecided  but I'm still happy with him.  and happy to have finally made him.  I think he was on my 2013 list originally...
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26  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by Krafty_Karasu on: January 01, 2016 04:03:12 AM
I guess I am first!  lol

take a gander at my Labyrinth themed initial letter block!  (click the pic to go to the post)

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27  Labyrinth themed initial letter block in Completed Projects by Krafty_Karasu on: January 01, 2016 04:01:08 AM
starting off 2016 and the "50 Projects 2016" craftalong with this little cutie.  I'm actually going crazy over how much I love it!!!  I have been awake all night working on it.  I'm going to bed as soon as I'm done posting.  lol



I had no idea how I was going to decorate this at first.  I just knew that I wanted my initial on it and that was it.  I bought these cute little domes when Christmas items went on sale, and I knew I wanted to use one.  so, while playing around with some bits and bobs, I found the little glass marbles you see under the dome.  then it hit me; Jareth's glass orbs in Labyrinth.  then I came up with the idea to have a little mask sitting on top too since that's my favorite scene (and song).  but a mini mask?  I don't have any...so I made one.  I bought these fashion creator paper kits years ago (I've used some of them for ATCs you might see floating around on here), and I remembered there was a mask stencil.  so, I took one of those fake credit cards you constantly get in the mail, traced the mask shape on there, cut it out, cut out some extra pieces of plastic to make a nose, glued it all together, painted it white, and dumped (yes dumped) glitter on it.  it needed eye holes, but there was no way I could cut them out.  so I used two marquee-shaped blue nail crystals (another item I collect.  good thing too) for the eyes, and a little star burst to decorate the mask.  but the star burst wasn't enough.  for it to look like a true masquerade ball mask, it needed feathers.  so I pulled some fluff feathers off of larger feathers I have, trimmed them down, and stuck them behind the rhinestone.  the dome needed something on top of it (it was strangely deformed and I needed to hide the dimple), so I glued down a pretty little ribbon rose.  add a couple of clock hands to the back of the block and there you have it; a Labyrinth themed initial letter block...that's so cute I can't freaking stand it!  Grin

also, I'm not obsessed with the movie or anything.  it's not like I was in a Labyrinth swap.  Roll Eyes
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28  mini ornament wreath in Winter Holidays by Krafty_Karasu on: December 23, 2015 09:52:27 PM
I finally decided to grab some ball ornaments while I was at the dollar store today.  I only grabbed two containers of them (50 cents each), and that didn't give me quite the wreath I was expecting.  luckily I had like 3 more containers that I bought years ago to decorate with beads.  glad I never got around to doing that or I'd have had to wait to get more.  I'm hoping that on Sunday I can go to Walmart and a home decor store I adore (what a rhyme!) and grab a bunch of larger ball ornaments so I can make a bigger wreath.  or, if worse comes to worse, I'll just make a big wreath out of small ornaments.



also, my aunt contributed to this in a way; every year for the last few years, my aunt has made me Spritz cookies.  I love Spritz cookies.  they are usually in a tin, but this year she put them in this pretty Christmas-themed box that kinda looks like a book.  she then tied the ribbon you see on the wreath around the box.  it was perfect to use for this!  and I still have some left to make another bow!

side note:  weird.  my wall looks yucky in this picture.  it's supposed to be a pretty mint green.  Undecided
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29  Christmas wine cork mice in Winter Holidays by Krafty_Karasu on: December 10, 2015 07:11:42 PM
so, for $25 at Kohl's, you can get these cute mice ornaments made from wine corks (ok, so this is a set I just noticed.  but you can buy them individually too.  or you could back when I first saw them 2 years ago).  I got most of my corks for free, and I had felt, wire, pins, jingle bells, and snowflake brads on hand.  but still, they only cost a couple of dollars to make, and I think mine turned out cuter.  plus handmade rules.   Cheesy



one goes to my mom's sister, the other to my dad's sister-in-law.  though now that my mom has seen them, she wants one.  I just need to buy more wire.  I only had enough for two.  but I just love how these guys turned out.   Grin
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30  Sailor Moon Ugly Christmas Sweater Cross Stitch in Needlework: Completed Projects by Krafty_Karasu on: December 08, 2015 08:49:57 AM
so, I found a Sailor Moon Ugly Sweater as a sweatshirt somewhere online.  I decided to turn it into a cross stitch pattern.   Grin  took me about 3 hours to make the thing too.

this one hardly took any time at all.  roughly 12 days is all it took.



size: about 81/2in x 11in
cloth: 14 count navy blue Aida
colors: 11

each of the Sailor Scouts is represented by their aura color; Mercury = blue, Mars = red, Jupiter = green, Venus = yellow orange, Moon = pink, Uranus = dark blue, Neptune = sea foam green, Saturn = light purple, Pluto = dark purple.  the shirt had their planet symbols, but there was no way for me to shrink them down, so I just went by color.
if you see shiny/dark areas around the bottom, that's just Fray Check that hasn't totally dried on the back.  you can't really see it from the front once it's completely dry.

hope you like!
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