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11  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A Sister's Love on: January 27, 2010 07:41:40 PM
What I love about crafster is that I am so inspired to try something I would have never attempted otherwise.  I would have never thought to make something so creative as a match box shrine.  So instead of the usual old card my sister will be getting this beautiful keepsake. 

Honestly, I didn't want to make this for my husband because he always seems so unappreciative of my handmade stuff.  He often seems in awe of my creativity, but when I make something for him he doesn't seem to cherish it the way others in my family do.  So I decided I would do this for my sister, my best friend, my confidante.

I just love the look of a black and white with a little red thrown in for color.  I made the box, since I didn't have one that small available. 


I used black button covers for the "knobs" on each end of the inner box.  I made the rose on top by cutting increasingly larger size flowers on my cricut, I inked them, rolled the petals, then layered them. The center is a crystal heart.  You can see one side in this view I added stickers that say "friend" and "sweet".


This side I added a sticker embellishment that looks like berries on a branch.


When you pull the drawer out you first see a photo of me and my sister and her little boy.  This was taken about 12 years ago.


When you lift the photo out, this is the bottom, the little "knob" is a bead from a dismantled necklace (the same necklace I used for the bead to make the legs on the bottom of the outer box).  I added stickers that say "I luv u" and little red crystal stickers.  You can see the very bottom of the box (in the secret compartment) is lined with sparkly red felt. 


And here is the "secret", located under the false bottom is a black piece of paper.  On this paper, written in gold, are two lines from a poem I wrote for her in 1991.  She has never read this poem before.  It says " My heart knows, no matter where I go, Night and day, June to May, You will be with me all the way, Forever and a day".

And I wanted to add this last photo.  The flash reflected off the crystal in the center of the flower.  I thought it made it look magical.
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tea Cup Pouches (Now with Mini-tut) on: December 25, 2009 03:59:11 PM
These are some tea cup zipper pouches I made for my kid's teachers.  They are surprisingly easy to do.  I was inspired by this site www.patchworkpottery.com, she does such beautiful work.  I filled them with tea bags and Dove chocolates.  Everyone loved them.  I used this tut to figure out how to do the zipper http://www.twelve22.org/2006/07/zipper_tutorial.html







(Tutorial on second page - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=331914.msg3842057#msg3842057)
13  COOKING / Dessert / Candy Corn Cookies on: November 13, 2009 04:10:43 PM
I made these Candy Corn Cookies for my son's preschool class.  They taste good, but are a little time consuming. And they are so darn cute!



14  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Flamingo Costume on: November 01, 2009 04:41:29 PM
I made this flamingo costume for my daughter totally from scratch, including the face mask and hair accessory.  The mask was a plain white mask I bought at Hobby Lobby, glued the pink feathers on and the beak was made from the same fabric I used for the body of the suit.  I hot glued the beak on and painted the tip black.  I used an alligator clip and glued on the feathers for the hair accessory, its hard to see, but it is embellished in the middle with an old pink diamond shaped ear ring. 

The costume was such a big hit!  She was the only flamingo.  And people were so tickled with it, so many times people laughed and said "Oh, my!  A flamingo!!".











15  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Mermaid Stenciled Shirt on: September 12, 2009 06:33:17 PM

This is a shirt I made for the mermaid swap.  I couldnt get the stencil to print out big enough, so I ended up sketching her onto the freezer paper.  I would still have liked her to be a little larger.  She took several hours to cut because the lines were so thin in places. 



16  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Girls Room Redo Pink Stripe Walls and Butterflies on: September 07, 2009 06:38:39 AM
My 10 year old was tired of the fairytale theme in her room.  And when she got a Hannah Montana comforter for Christmas she decided she wanted her room redone.  As you can see in the before pictures she wasnt very tidy.  But the agreement was, if I redo the room, she keeps it neat.  So far she is doing pretty well with that.  Here are the before photos



This is the wall where the bed will be.  I dont think you can tell, but the boarder has like a parade with princesses on horses and knights.  I love it and hated tearing it off!


We are getting rid of that book shelf in the corner.  And notice the curtain.  It is up already because we couldnt wait to hang it.  My mom made the curtain and I think it is gorgeous.  It is Hannah Montana with butterflies.

After Photos:


The room is so small it is hard to get a good picture of it.  I dont like the white net she has hanging over her bed.  My aunt gave that to me and it was her idea to hang it.



We were hoping the stripped wall would make the room look larger.  I really didnt like it because it reminded me of Baskin and Robins Ice Cream store front!.  But then I added the butterfly stamps and we love it now.  I dont know if you can see it, but the comforter and curtains have butterflies on them too.

It took nearly 2 weeks to get it all done.  I remember before I had kids I could do something like this over a weekend.  We love how it turned out.

17  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Wist.com not working? on: August 21, 2009 11:55:15 AM
I have tried for 2 days to get into wists and it wont come up.  Is it not working for anyone else?
18  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Two Photos - Opinions Needed- PLEASE! on: July 11, 2009 07:04:57 PM
My daughter is doing a photography project for 4-H.  Out of about 100 photos she has taken in the last few months we have to choose one to enlarge and frame.  We have narrowed it down to these two.  I would appreciate any advice you could give me on which one is better.  I know what one I would choose, but she disagrees.  Which one do you think is more artistically correct (not just which one is prettier)? Thanks in advance!







Edited to add more photos.  Here is the house in b&w and sepia. 







19  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Independance Day Dress at the last minute on: July 04, 2009 04:37:20 PM
My dd is 10, so she is almost past the cute and ruffly age.  But, luckily, she loved this and was willing to wear it.  I walked into Joann Fabrics yesterday (July3) and their Independance Day fabric was 50% off.  I wasnt planning on making her a dress, but I cant pass up a good deal. 

This is the first time I have ever made something without a pattern.  I just totally winged it.  There are several mistakes, but I think I did pretty well for the first time without a pattern. 

I have been practicing at shirring (thanks to violentjayne).  I just love it.  I think there are arout 15 rows of shirring on the top.  I had the red fabric in my stash.  It is glittery, but you cant tell it in the photo.  I spent alot of time gathering.  I really need to get a ruffle foot for my sewing machine.  Like I said, this was a last minute thing, so I was up until 1am finishing it!  She loved it, so I was pleased.



20  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Norm (from Phineas and Ferb) Stenciled T on: June 27, 2009 05:19:42 PM
My dd loves Phineas and Ferb.  She asked and asked for a tshirt with the "evil" robot Norm.  I thought it would be really difficult, but it wasnt too bad.  Excuse the wrinkles, I took it out of the laundry to take the picture.



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