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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Steampunk Butterfly brooch on: October 20, 2013 01:59:47 AM
I love this more than I can say.  so I don't know what more to say now.  lol.

22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Hunger Games necklace on: October 20, 2013 01:57:40 AM
I like to wear jewelry inspired by the movie I'm going to watch (but usually only if it's something like Twilight or The Hunger Games).  I bought a pair of mackingjay earrings, but I couldn't find an AFFORDABLE necklace, so I wanted to make one.  and I did.  Grin

I put a little black acrylic paint in the "12" to make it stand out more.  I love this more than most of the handmade THG necklaces I've seen.
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Peace Sign jewlery set on: October 20, 2013 01:50:32 AM
so...my cousin's little girl is into peace signs and I've been wanting to make her a pair of turquoise (because I live in the southwest) peace sign earrings.  Id been holding off because I wasn't sure how big the signs were that I saw because she's only...6?  no.  she's 7.  anyway, I went back to Michael's and saw that they weren't very big at all, I grabbed them and made earrings and a necklace.

it is [imitation] turquoise.  I swear.  stupid flash washed it out a bit.
24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sub-Zero cross stitch on: July 24, 2013 07:15:53 PM
so you may (or may not) remember the Scorpion cross stitch I posted last month.  here's a refresher link.  well, since I'm crazy, I decided it would be a good idea to make another one, only this time it's Sub-Zero from Mortal Kombat.

of course I made mistakes, but I figure I'm the only one that knows where those mistakes are, so who cares.  Tongue  this one's a 5x7 on black (making the black floss nearly impossible to do) 14 count Aida.
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Scorpion cross stitch on: June 27, 2013 12:00:30 AM
I have NEVER made a cross stitch project this detailed.  14 colors.  would have been more if my converting program hadn't lost at least one color.

I made this from a Mortal Kombat Sega Genesis sprite (I found it again last night after I posted this).  I made so many mistakes, but none that anybody would really notice...except me.  Tongue

I just found the frame today.  lol.  I was so, so happy to have found one this small!  it's only 3in x 4in!! Grin  I used 28 count Hardanger cloth (you're supposedly supposed to use it as 14 count, but I like a challenge).  had I used it as 14 or even used 11 count like I wanted to, it would have been HUGE!!!!!!!
26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Noob Saibot wins! (cross stitched picture) on: May 28, 2013 11:48:41 PM
MS Paint XP is a wonderful thing.  I LOATHE any version of MS Paint that came out after MS Paint Vista (it's basically the same as XP).  the XP version allows you to create your very own patterns using a graph that changes in size as you zoom in, whereas the 7 version has a graph that stays the same size as you zoom in.  that doesn't work for pattern making.  all of the cross stitched items you have seen on here from me (as well as some square stitched beaded items) came from patterns I made myself using MS Paint XP.

ANYWAY!  I made this picture for the Summer Nerd Games as my entry into the Pirates vs. Ninja Battle Royale.  obviously I went with the ninja theme.  Wink  Noob Saibot was originally a hidden, unplayable character in Mortal Kombat II, and was made as a cross between 2 other ninjas, Sub-Zero and Scorpion.  at the time, he was only a shadowy silhouette (he is a wraith ya know), but has now evolved into an actual humanoid being.  you can see him in action by clicking here.

Noob Saibot in his victory pose.
27  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Lego Classic Catwoman! on: May 10, 2013 01:31:08 AM
I got the little green cape as a free gift when I bought some Legos a while ago.  I had no idea what I was going to use it for, then one day, while looking up Catwoman - whom I love - I realized that there was a Catwoman who wore a purple dress with a green cape.  it was then that I knew what I was using the cape for.  the problem was that I had to repaint EVERYTHING since there appears to be no such thing as a purple skirt slope or a plain purple torso.  but also, Catwoman's mask only comes in black.  I found the PERFECT purple, then proceeded to buy the parts I needed, except for the whip that came as a 2 pack when I only wanted one for my other Catwoman minifig, and the gem which I had from a pack of gems I bought to use with the other Catwoman and a Jack Sparrow minifig.  the mask came from the UK, so it took a little while to get here, but when it did, I was SO happy.  I spent Thursday painting everything and this is what I came up with.

for my first custom minifig, I'm pretty happy with her.  Grin

here's my inspiration:
28  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 86 ENTRIES / Silent Hill 2 cross stitch and decoupage frame on: May 04, 2013 01:47:44 PM
so back in 2010, I had the great idea to organize an OTT swap titled OTVGT (One Tiny Video Game Thing).  my partner achgfd, like me, is a fan of the Silent Hill series (namely Silent Hill 2 and 3).  she also loves the main antagonist of Silent Hill 2, Pyramid Head.  so, I got the idea in my head that she needed a cross stitched picture of PH.  but I ran into the issue of what frame to use for it.  a wooden frame wouldn't really look good, a silver or gold frame would be horrible, and a black frame would be just awful.  then I had an idea.  see if you can figure out what I used to cover an ordinary frame:

give up?  it's tissue paper dyed in tea.  it gives the frame this awesome aged look that fits in perfectly with the world of Silent Hill.  I even tea dyed the Aida cloth PH is stitched on!  it's a small frame, a 2x3 maybe?  about ATC sized.  I covered the frame in mod podge, a few layers of the dyed tissue paper, more mod podge, then a clear sealant.  I was just so happy with how he turned out.  Grin
29  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Asian matchbook book on: March 29, 2013 08:14:59 PM
ok so, I got this blank matchbook book a while ago from Smmarrt.  it sat around in one of my "stuff" craft supply drawers until last week.  I decided to decorate it with the help of my Cricut.  I will tell you one thing about layered cartridges; I hate them because they just seen like so much work for pieces that some times end up not fitting together.  the little kimono you'll see is a great example.  here's what I managed to come up with:



pages side 1:

pages side 2:

there were 6 pages and I planned to do both sides, but I was just so uninspired that I decided to glue the pages together.  it didn't come out as great as I was hoping, and I notice things I don't like about it (exposed base color, I guess I don't know how to cover things that get folded so the inside crinkled up and the outside slipped out of place, the ink on three of the pages doesn't want to dry and no one will help me figure out how to make it dry, etc.)
30  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / ok so...pigment inks. do they EVER dry?! on: March 28, 2013 09:56:10 PM
ok all you papercrafting goddesses (and perhaps gods).  I am in need of some help with pigment ink info.

I'm currently working on this blank matchbook book I was given in a swap some time ago.  the "pages" are kinda slick, so I wanted to cover them with paper, but cutting off the excess paper creates white edges on said paper.  as I've learned from other papercrafters, I knew I could take ink pads and run them over the edges to cover up the exposed white areas created by cutting the paper.  well, I don't have many colors to choose from to begin with (how stupid am I; "I think I'll only buy colors I actually like because I'll never use any other colors!"  WRONG.  I bought 3 new colors today Grin ).  I have some dye inks for just stamping, and some pigment inks for embossing.  I didn't have colors I wanted to use in dye ink, but I did have other colors I could use in pigment ink.  well...that was about 18 hours ago, and the ink STILL isn't dry in this Arizona weather.  will it ever dry?  and if so, can I speed it up with maybe a heat tool?  if they won't dry, then crap.  Sad
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