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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Deck of cards = awesome, easy, romantic gift! on: February 10, 2008 10:05:42 AM
I actually made this for my honey for our anniversary a couple of years ago, but with Valentine's Day fast approaching, I thought I'd share. This is so easy to make, but it has a lot of impact -- who wouldn't love to get this?

I want to say right now that I am not claiming this idea as original. Unfortunately, I made it over 2 years ago and now cannot find the post/site/etc. where I found the inspiration. As I recall, the one I saw was far more elaborate than mine. If you have seen this before, please feel free to post links in your replies.

All right -- let's get to it! Here is the front of my little book -- it's just a deck of regular playing cards with holes punched in 'em, held together with 1 inch binder rings (I got mine at OfficeMax). For the front and back covers, I used my Xyron sticker maker  to cold-laminate pieces of cardboard with scrapbook paper on them. This is certainly not a requirement for the project, as I think we craftsters could think of a million different ways to make little covers for a book like this:


(Our initials are B and K.)

The possibilities for this project are endless, but I didn't do anything fancy. I just wrote down the first 52 things that popped into my head, printed them out, ran them through the Xyron (you could easily use glue) and stuck them to each "page":



Some were sweet (like that one) and some were wacky:


(Just to clarify -- I meant physical comedy with that one... not people actually getting hurt!)

Here's a better shot of the binder rings and also you can see how fat it is (which I really like):



Here's a picture of the back... nothing fancy back there, but it makes a nice matching cover to the front:



Looking at this project now, thinking about all of the creative minds here on craftster... I think someone could really make a masterpiece out of this! Mine is so bare-bones. Perhaps I need to make a sequel...
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Princess crown for mom's 60th birthday! [Image heavy] on: January 21, 2008 11:08:15 PM
I made this crown for my mom's 60th birthday, which was actually last month. I had intended to post it then (cause I'm so darned proud of it), but the holidays and whatnot got in the way. So here it is... a crown for my mom. Cause she's a princess!

Here's the front:



(note "+ sexy!" embroidered in the bottom right hand corner)

I made it using heavy-duty double-sided fusible webbing and I appliqud a variety of stuff on it. On the left side, you can see the champagne bottle, plus a little charm that says "Happiness" on the back. I hope that's also what it says on the front. :/



On the right side, there's dice and a little good luck charm. Because I hope she's got plenty of luck this year. When I gave it to her, I inadvertently said, "I hope you get lucky this year." I didn't mean it that way. There was much eyebrow raising and elbow nudging.



Once I had the crown all laid out flat, I realized I hadn't thought it through how I was going to make it round. So I came up with a goofy idea that ended up making a really nice finish. I cut a piece of plastic into a square, finished it off with fabric, added grommets and laced up the back. This sounds weird, so I'll show you pics. Here's the inside (where the plastic square is):



The piece of plastic was stiff enough to turn it from a tear-drop shape into a circle shape, which is what I wanted. You know, cause crowns are usually round?

And, since I wanted to turn it into a "feature" (rather than a bug), I laced it up all pretty on the outside:


(Note the hearts... cause I love my mom. Aw.)

Even though I call it a "crown," it's more like a tiara -- it sits on top of her head. My mom has short hair, so I incorporated loops inside to put bobby pins through (there's a loop on either side, for a total of four bobby pins):



I was kind of nervous about giving this to her, but she really loved it. The best part was when my grandma said, "Why does it say 60 on the front?" I think everyone's in denial.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilt Challenge #1: IOU Quilt on: January 24, 2007 08:31:38 PM
I didn't even know about this quilt challenge and was just going to post something that I thought was a useful idea when you don't quite get the quilt done in time (oh, that doesn't happen to anyone else, does it?)

But then I realized my little project actually qualified for entry into this challenge (it's a quilt that I made entirely myself and is under 12x12) so I thought I'd go ahead and enter it. It's 5"x5.75".

Basically, I was working on a baby quilt for a friend of mine. She's due in February and had said she wasn't going to have a shower, so I thought, "Well, I've got some time to finish this..." Turns out, some friends decided to throw her a shower anyway. I knew I wouldn't be to finish the entire quilt in time for the shower, so I used some of the fabrics from the quilt I'm working on and made a little mini version of it.

Then I used the machine to write IOU on it so that she'd know -- I owe her 1 quilt!



The shower was this past Sunday and it was well received, so that's good. I felt a little dorky giving an IOU, but she thought it was funny and several other party-goers had a good time thinking of other things she could use it for (coaster, washcloth, etc.)

If all goes well, I should be posting the actual quilt here quite soon!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Giant ATC Swap in Chicago: April 13-15 on: January 16, 2007 05:04:46 PM
I hope this is the right place for this (this is where the ATC junkies hang out, right?) I just searched an it doesn't look like anyone else has posted this, so I thought I would.

At the International Quilt Festival in Chicago, the magazine Cloth Paper Scissors sponsors a giant ATC swap. When I went last year, they had everyone mail in their ATCs ahead of time, then they were all posted on a huge board and you got to pick the same number that you sent in to take home -- it was pretty incredible. There were, um... 100s of ATCs posted there. Quite a sight!

This year, you bring them straight to the festival, so I'm not sure how they're going to do the swapping... I just looked on their site and there aren't too many details... but I'm sure they'll handle it well, as they really do fantastic work.

Don't be thrown by the fact that it's a quilt festival -- all kinds of different techniques are represented in the ATCs at this thing. If you're going to be in the Chicago area on April 13-15, I highly recommend this show.

Besides the ATC trading, there are tons of vendors there and there's an entire row devoted to [I'm pausing for dramatic effect here] "embellishments." Like, any little doo-hickey or hoo-ha or whatever you can imagine wanting to put on an ATC? They've got it.

You'll find slightly more information here. If you've been to the Houston show, I actually felt that one was bigger, but this is a pretty amazing show. So inspirational! Worth going to if you're around.

(Oh, and I'll want full details posted here if anyone goes!)

5  CANADA / British Columbia / Looking for BC photographers on: September 26, 2006 01:34:55 PM
I am trying to find some nice photography to outfit the walls of our Victoria office.

We're looking for wildlife/outdoor/nature type prints. I'm in the US and would like to find someone local to the area because a)we'd prefer local scenery (Canada, rather than US) and b)international shipping issues -- it would just be a lot easier to ship within Canada.

I've done some google searches with little luck, so I thought I'd put it to the local craftsters up thataway. Does anyone know any good photographers (preferably with a web site and/or online portfolio) for me to check out?

We're looking to purchase 5-7 large framed prints, so this could be a pretty good sale if we find the right person.

Ideally, we'd love someone super local (Victoria) but I'm putting the call out to all of BC, and the rest of Canada if anyone's got something to offer. Thanks in advance!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Striped Diaper Bag (image heavy) on: June 28, 2006 09:32:55 AM
It's merely a humble diaper bag. But I am pretty proud of it, so I'm posting. This was my first foray into diaper bag-making (I've made other bags -- just not a diaper bag) and I think it came out really well. This was made for a personal swap with TheBon (This bag is for a friend of hers. In exchange, she is making me some beautiful yarn!) and we'll post in the personal swap gallery when we actually complete the swap, but in the meantime... I gotta show it off!

First, the photos:



Interior shot... this was hard to take, but there are a bunch of pockets in there... basically, all the way around. Also, this fabric does match the other -- I promise!



Here you can see a better shot of the fabrics matching... see the yellow? See the orange? Matching! This is a key (or pacifier) holder that actually goes inside of the bag, but I pulled it out for this photo to show it off:



Here's a close-up of the flapped pocket on the side. This thing was a bear -- I've never done one of these before, but the pattern was good and I think it came out pretty well. The only drawback was that there was a bit of hand-sewing here, which I hate. But it was only a measly 3", so I sucked it up and did it (well, I did whine a bit first):



And the other side of the bag has a gathered pocked with elastic around the top. Good for mobile phones or other easy-access stuff you want on the outside of a bag:



Now, the technical details:

I used a commercial pattern: Butterick 4560. I used View A and the only modification I made was to leave off the adjustable pad that goes on the strap. I found the strap to be cushy enough without it and, besides, I kept messing that part up. It was fiddly and a royal pain in the neck. So it's gone. Oh, and the pattern instructs you to sew two pieces together to make the strap length, but I had enough fabric that I ended up cutting it from one piece, which was nice and I would recommend if you can.

TheBon picked out the exterior fabric from Tonic Living (great site -- check it out!) and the pattern is Farrow, Fiesta. This company has fantastic customer service and sent me a sample of the fabric for free, even though they're in Canada and I'm in the US. Also, despite having to cross the border, the shipping was reasonably priced and quite speedy (I got my fabric in a week).

The interior fabric is something I stumbled on in a local fabric shop here -- it's a high-quality cotton, but I don't have the info on it. If you're dying for it, I might be able to track down some info. Even though it doesn't look like it in the photos, the fabrics match beautifully.

The pattern calls for fusible fleece for the interfacing. It's the first time I've used it and a really liked it. It made the bag sturdy, but still soft. I'll be using that again. Also, the bottom has a piece of plastic canvas in it (also called for in the pattern).

Thanks for looking!

edited to add: Those folks at Tonic Living are great! They're offering a 10% discount for everyone who reads this post. Use the coupon code CRAFTSTER. Sweet, eh?
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Hockey quilt! on: May 09, 2006 06:12:20 PM
I've been meaning to post this for awhile, but since it's hockey playoff time, now seems like a perfect opportunity. I made this quilt for my boyfriend a couple of years ago -- he's a huge hockey fan. I got the fabric for the center squares (all goalie masks for NHL teams) off of ebay and I think it might have been a sheet. Hard to say exactly when it's from, as some of these teams no longer exist and some have different logos now, but it's within the last 10 years.

After I made each of the blocks to match each team's colors, I put them together and realized it was pretty darned garish. But my boyfriend doesn't care -- it's hockey!

Here's a picture of the entire quilt:



I did a little something special to each of the blocks and here are a couple of detailed shots. Where I could, I used a theme-y fabric (like a flame-y looking fabric for the Flames or water-y looking for the Whalers). Otherwise, I just took the colors and did little things like patches or cut-outs. Just something to make it a little more interesting (and, possibly, garish).

For the Stars, I used a star fabric for the outer border. Also, that little green patch on the inner border has stars (although it's hard to see):



For the St. Louis Blues, I got some musical notes that I pieced into the inner border:



These are just a couple of closeups that show zero allegiance to either team. Wink
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / "Use it or lose it" craftalong. Anyone? on: February 28, 2006 02:53:26 PM
Well... maybe not "lose it." Although... if you're not using it, perhaps you should!

What is she talking about, right?

This idea came about during some late-night ramblings in the Secret FOC Swap Gallery (page 44 or so...) when a few people started confessing to some crafty tools they have at home that they haven't used yet. Not naming any names, but these included such things as a screen printing kit, a serger, and a laminator.

Sooo... if you're procrastinating about something that you already own but have not yet used, this is the craftalong for you! That's right -- go grab that [insert crafty item here], make something with it, and post it. If it helps you (and I know it helps me), you can start by confessing posting what the item is and then later, post proudly that you've used it. How gratifying!

I'm going to start: I have a screen printing kit that is still in the box. Check back here (sometime soon, I hope) and see how I've used it.

In the meantime, anyone else who needs a little kick in the pants should feel free to post here... post the item that you haven't used (or just go use it) and then enjoy the satisfaction of posting, "Look what I finally used!"
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Fabric Junkie Swap on: February 10, 2006 12:19:19 PM
The fabric's a-flyin'! Here's the gallery for posting the awesome fabric-y goodness everyone got.

Original thread here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=76519.0

I'll get this party started w/ my photos:

From aeronberry, I got some beautiful cotton fabric...one yard of the background and 1/2 yd of the purple. I think I am going to immediately make these into a purse! Thank you! They're lovely!



And from raindrops, I got this wonderful chiffon-y, rayon-y, drape-y piece of fabric that caused me to run through the house, floating it behind me singing, "I feel pretty! Oh so pretty!" Now I have to *make* it into something. She sent 2 yds (wow!) So perhaps a skirt!



She also sent me a bonus piece... will wonders never cease? This looks like a nice standard toile, but (hold onto your hats here), it's actually super-soft flannel!! This 1yd piece might become a backing for a baby quilt. It's sooo soft.



Thanks so much for the great fabric! This is fun!
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / H'ween Costume: MINI Cooper on: October 29, 2004 04:24:24 PM
Wow. It's my first posting on craftster. Eeek.

I feel a bit self-conscious because I've seen a lot of sexy, beautiful costumes here, but my Halloween costume was so funny (and crafty!) this year that I just had to post it. (My work party was yesterday, so I've already done it. Smiley

Last year, I was Wayne Gretzsky for Halloween. I enjoyed wearing my skates all day so much that I wanted to be "wheeled" again this year. I drive a MINI Cooper, so everyone suggested that I come as a MINI. Not only did I dress as a MINI, I dressed as my *own* MINI -- down to the personalized plates!

If you live in the SF Bay Area, you may have seen (or will see) me around. There are a ton of MINIs here, but only one with the plates "I AM MINI" and subsequent plate holder "HEAR ME ROAR."

I bought a red dress at the thrift store and cut off a white shirt to be the white top. I made the headlights and MINI emblem with silver lame and used Photoshop to create the plate, which I ironed on to white fabric. I sewed all of that onto the dress, put on my skates and voila! I am MINI, hear me roar!

Here's a long shot of the whole ensemble:


Here's a closer shot (so you can read the plate holder):


I must admit, I'm particularly proud of free-handing the MINI emblem:


Oh, yeah... and here's a shot of my actual car... not a bad likeness. Smiley
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