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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Matchbox swap on: March 31, 2012 06:56:04 PM
Am I the only one who is going through matchbox withdrawl? Can we get another matchbox swap PLEASE?
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Felt Playfood - Pumpkin Pie - *FREE* Pattern on: September 30, 2011 07:46:10 PM

Autumn is my favorite season of the year. I love the smells and colors, the crisp air and the comfort foods I associate with it. I decided I wanted to share a pattern I designed for felt play food. I made a bunch of these for a craft fair that my daughter and I participated in. I hope you have as much fun making them as I did! 

The free pattern is available through Google Docs, here is the link:

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B_d-yHFSdcjrZTZlYTdiOTMtYjZjYy00ZmM3LWFiMjYtZjM4NmY2YzdhNTA5&hl=en
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Aventures in Bookbinding on: August 20, 2011 06:07:41 PM
I recently enjoyed a personal swap with Wulf and wanted to share the Hand Bound Book I created for him. It is my first EVER attempt at this and I think it turned out pretty well.

I chose a polyester fabric for the outside cover.  I found it JoAnn Fabrics and looks like an old worn out Aviator's jacket. I then added REAL leather accents.




Wulf is a Libre and the metal for Libra is copper. I braided three strands of copper together, formed the shapes, then sewed this onto the leather with a "copper" colored thread.

The paper was torn from a roll of 100% cotton rag. The signatures after being sewn together (page groupings) were then glued together together with ribbon.



I used a crackle paper for the end papers.



I added a bookmark thong with a Wolf and an old button.


How did I do?
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Curious Kiity fishing... on: June 05, 2011 07:41:39 PM


I recently completed matchbox 5 swap and this time I decided to try using resin.  I have been wanting to experiment with this for a while, but never seemed to have a good enough reason invest in the resin.



My idea was to create a Salt Water fish tank on top of a console so the "drawer" is the actual matchbox drawer (this way I stayed withing the swap rules).

I actually ended up using Quick Water which I found at Michaels.  As I was working on such a small scale this product seemed to fit the bill and was more cost affective as well.

It allowed me to mix up a small quantity and the drying time is fairly fast (or at least I was supposed to be.)  This may have been user error, I am not really sure, however, the end result was satisfactory.

 I made the salt water fish as shrinky dinks. The mermaid on a rock came from an old gumball machine and I mean OLD!  She is probably from the early 1980s.

The aquarium plants were a combination of plastic and real dried plants which I coated with fixative before submersion.

The final touch was to create the curious kitty.  She had to be an orange tabby as my partner in the swap has an orange tabby cat.



 The kitty was made of Sculpey and the details painted on after baking then also sprayed with fixative.

I made the kittty so he could hang almost anywhere.  My partner could take him to work or even use him as a plant pal if she wanted to. I photographed him on the side of a glass.


Hope you like it - comments are definately welcome.


5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Castiel from 'Supernatural' - A poppet! ~PIC HEAVY~ on: November 04, 2010 07:29:37 PM
This is my very first poppet and I am excited to share it! I have been wanting to make one for some time now and hadn't had a real "reason" until I decided to 'angel' for the TV Addict Summer Hiatus Swap (Here is the link to the swap: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=349482.0). Anywho, my "person" had more than a few poppets on her wists and once I saw pictures of Castiel from the WB series "Supernatural" I was totally inspired to create my first poppet after this awesome character!

So here are the pictures of my poppet. I hope you all enjoy them, I am super proud of how he turned out!

First, I hand-painted the eyes with nail polish and made the hair from faux fur.


Here he is in all his glory...



His clothes are all removable...from the trench coat, pants with elastic waistband, lace-up shoes and dress-shirt down to the functional neck-tie!!


Yes, that is actually a teeny, tied-tie! LOL!!


A closeup of the belt buckle, which was made from sculpy. Its hard to tell from the picture but I made two teeny D-rings so that the belt is also functional!


Another view of the waist/belt and the tiny details on the sleeve of the trench coat.


The back of the trench coat, complete with a vent!


And just for reference, here are a few pictures of the character, Castiel, from the show 'Supernatural'.




I would love some feedback....let me know what you all think!

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Pretty OOAK custom keychains - feedback welcome on: April 01, 2009 07:49:40 PM
This is my second keychain post and I would love some feedback.  I make these for my customers and give them free with their car purchase (yes I am a car sales lady Grin).  It has been a fun way to incorporate crafting into my job and my customers love them!! 

I let my customers pick what color they want and then I make each one based on their personality and color choice.  They really like that each one is one-of-a-kind.





7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 37 ENTRIES / Shoe me the buttons!!! on: April 01, 2009 07:19:47 PM
This is my first contest!  Woo!  This was a fun challenge for me that I really enjoyed.


So I have made these kind of shoes years ago and its been ages since I made one.  I don't want to give away too much because I think I might make a tutorial for this and post it on craftster, but I will tell you the basics of how its made:

I found a shoe that had a cute shape and wrapped it in clear packing tape.  Then I layered buttons and sealed it with more clear tape.  The pictures here don't do it justice....in person there is little to no glare and it looks like a glass slipper with buttons fused in it!!  I love how delicate it looks and it will sit proudly on a shelf in my house as a testiment to how much I love shoes! 


Please tell me what you think, I'd love some feedback!   Grin  Grin  Grin
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / First post - beaded key chains on: March 01, 2009 05:37:13 PM
My daughter introduced me to Craftster and I am lovin it!  I have been making one of a kind key chains for my clients since last year (I sell cars for a living) and thought it would be fun to share some of them.




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