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11  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Slug drawing and text t-shirts on: August 22, 2009 08:15:36 PM
I drew this little blue slug years ago and recently scanned it and then forgot about it.  My kids have a birthday party tomorrow for my friend's little girl who just turned three and I thought I'd make her some shirts.  The pink one is her initials and year of birth - I love this one.  The orange one took me forever to decide on and then I stumbled upon the slug hiding in my photo folders and thought I'd just go with that.  I think he's cute, even if he is a slug. Smiley



Close up of the slug...I think maybe I'll call him Doug the Slug.  Cheesy

12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / MS Paint designed window cling on: August 21, 2009 09:19:13 AM
It may just be a Crayola kit and it may look somewhat childish, but that doesn't stop it from being lots of fun to use. Smiley




First I took a piece of scrap paper and rubbed the impression of the mirror into it (because the square mirror is set into the frame).  I scanned that in to the computer and made sure never to adjust the size so that it would stay the proper dimensions.

I went into Paint, used straight lines, curving lines and a circle and made a simplistic landscape as a template.  It doesn't fit the mirror perfectly, so I may use it on an actual window instead.

The Paint template:

13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ugly nightgown to cute skirt! on: August 11, 2009 04:39:35 PM
Hooray for thrift stores and 99 cent racks!  I found this nightgown on Saturday and right away wanted a skirt out of it.  It was pretty ugly as far as the style went, but I loved the fabric.  So..cut, add elastic, move buttons, and voila!  Cute skirt in my favourite skirt length.  And..it has pockets!  Added bonus!

Before:



After:



Close up of the fabric (since I just realized that the other photos don't show it very well):

14  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 41 ENTRIES / Cookie Beads on: August 04, 2009 08:32:58 PM
I didn't think I'd get to this one, because I knew I wanted to bake and it's been so stinking hot in my house for the last week.  Finally, the weekend brought rain, and with it, cookies!  This was very time consuming and in the end, I wish I had done things a bit differently, but oh, well - it's too late now! 
I decided I wanted a spool of thread, and that was the worst of it.  The thing kept falling over and the angel hair "thread" kept leaking water onto the icing sugar and water glue I was using.  That of course made the glue pretty useless.  And then I had to take photos really quickly because the spool was falling over!  Bah!  Oh, well, the beads themselves are cute. Smiley

Cookies!!!  Beads!! Cookie beads!

The leaning tower of blurry angel hair thread.

The whole thing.  On a cake plate.  Looking very poorly lit. Sad

Another view: bracelet and necklace with "seed beads" in the bowl to the right.




15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Canadian swap? on: July 20, 2009 05:15:40 PM
Has there ever been a Canadian swap?  One with any theme - just that you have to be in Canada?  Does Craftster have enough interested Canadians to do one?  I couldn't host it, but I'd do it, especially since my first swap ever was a big one going to the US and the package got lost (or it's still on its way forty something days later).
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Paper checkbook holder on: July 15, 2009 07:41:41 PM
I decided that this fit better in reconstructed because I had this photo on printer paper that I printed by accident and needed to use somehow.  When the last Craftster challenge was going on, I accidentally printed on paper rather than fabric and ended up with a 8.5x11 inch photo of succulent plants.  I was browsing Etsy for a checkbook holder today and decided to play around with making my own.  So this is what I ended up with.  I used a base of cardstock and added scrapbooking paper and more cardstock and the picture on the outside.  I covered the whole thing in no heat self-laminating paper and added tape when I needed to (on the edges...I would do that part differently if I did this again).  I put in a pocket for coupons or cash and a button and ribbon for closure.  I'm so happy with how it looks, especially since I've never done anything like this before.  Grin



17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pocket mirror envelope on: July 13, 2009 06:03:17 PM
I decoupaged a little pocket mirror
(in misc.:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=312305.0) and it needed a home so it didn't swim around in my purse getting dirty.  I have this red and white floral fabric that I love, and while it doesn't exactly match the colours in the mirror, I had to use it for this project cause it's so cute.  I added a button that fell off one of my daughter's coats, some black ribbon and black lining.  It's not perfect, but it's cute and the mirror fits perfectly.





18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / "Crafty Girls are Hot" pocket mirror on: July 08, 2009 02:34:10 PM
I bought a little pocket mirror for my purse, but it was so boring!  Just plain green with a bit of sparkle to it, so I thought I'd decoupage something on.  I was browsing Etsy last night and found a shop I liked - she had mirrors with little sayings on them and one of them was "crafty girls are hot".  I loved that!  I cut my letters out of a woman's face from a mural in a National Geographic (thought that was appropriate for a mirror) and glued them to a background of an illustration of water.  Now I just have to make a little pouch for my mirror to go in.

19  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 40 ENTRIES / "Succulent" patchwork lap quilt on: July 05, 2009 10:27:39 AM
Ive had such a full month that I only got to this challenge after the first of the month - Im amazed I managed to finish in time!  

(Thanks to my husband and his nice legs for holding the quilt up for a picture. Smiley)

I had been thinking about doing something for this one, since I love taking pictures, but first had to decide which picture to use.  I love macro photography, especially of plants, and I had one in particular that I loved - a picture I took last summer of a succulent plant in my moms garden.  I love how vivid the green is in this picture.  


My original plan was to print a full sized photo onto fabric transfers and then cut quilt squares out of the fabric.  Unfortunately, I tried it and the fabric jammed in my printer.  I had some iron on transfers, though, so I first did nine wallets on one sheet and then a full size photo.  I didnt check my printer settings and ended up printing the full size in black and white, so I went and made another one in colour.  I ironed the wallet sized photos onto white quilting squares that I got in the scavenger hunt swap.  I ended up using nearly all the squares my partner gave me in that swap to make my quilt.  I added a few that Ive had for years (I think they were my moms when I was a kid) and some others to add a bit more colour.  In the end, I used this photo seventeen different times - nine wallets on white squares, four full colour squares and four black and white squares.  I made the quilt relatively small, as Im planning to use it for hockey games and as a lap blanket.  The backing I got for free from a thrift store - it was a double sheet that I folded over so that it gave the quilt a bit of thickness.

Cut-out iron-on photos:


Piecing together:


Close up of finished quilt showing the three different ways I used my photo:


This isnt actually completely finished - I still have to do a tiny bit of hand stitching to connect the backing to the face - but I was on a sewing marathon last night and finished after midnight, so Im not going to get to the rest quite yet. Smiley
20  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Oregon patchwork blanket on: June 06, 2009 11:25:22 AM
I have no delusions about this being a quilt - it's definitely not real quilting, but it is patchwork and I couldn't find a better place to put it.  I made this for my mom and actually started work on it in 2007 and only finished it in February of this year.  It was probably the largest project I've made and possibly the longest I've ever taken to finish something.  I had a sweatshirt with Oregon colours on it and bought flannel in colours as close as I could get them.  My mom and her husband are Ducks fans, and go to a lot of events in Oregon, so I thought this might be a nice game blanket, although I think my mom uses it for naps (she says it's her alone and that her husband can't use it because he'll wreck it..LOL).

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