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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Needle Felted Sun Conure! Teeny little version of my Peanut on: September 13, 2012 07:09:40 PM

I made my first real attempt at needle felting tonight Cheesy I made a wee felt version of my sun conure, Peanut.

It ended up really tiny because I hadn't realized when I started how compacted the wool gets when you needle felt it all together. It's only about 1.5'' tall. I think I'll try for something bigger next time, because there was a lot of accidental finger stabbing. Yowch.

The back

The other side

My wee little first felt creature Smiley

The likeness is unmistakable, and Peanut is weirded out by the little thing.

He is suspicious... and will keep a close watch on this tiny imposter.

Thanks for looking Cheesy
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Colorful Greeting Cards! Rubber stamping like a boss. on: August 20, 2012 07:17:43 PM
Dude, I am top slacker when it comes to posting projects to Craftster! Well, I'm making a resolution yet again to be better at it. So here is a collection of cards I've made over the past few months... I used rubber stamps for all of them, most of them (not the first 3) are of my own animal or monster illustrations. I like to use watercolors or colored pencils to color the stamped images!

Alice in Wonderland

Aw snap! Kid cowboy!

Amazon parrot. Squawk can mean so many things, so this card could be anything Smiley

Floating dog birthday. The original sketch of this dog is in my Sketchbook Project book from 2010 Cheesy

Sad monster...

Hugs...a friendly little beast.

Mr. Fancy Gentleman Fox... With a novelty yarn border.

Wolfie king, also with more novelty yarn!

Anyway, thanks for looking!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Toucan Sculpture! on: May 31, 2012 11:38:31 AM

I wasn't so sure this belonged in the poly clay section, because it's technically air-dry clay, and it has inchies on it... and other stuff... So BEHOLD, I'm putting it in the misc topics Smiley I made this toco toucan sculpture because it's my dream/10 year goal to have this kind of toucan someday. It's wild, it's crazy, but I need an outlandish goal to keep my head up lately.

I first made a rough form of the beak and body as two separate pieces out of aluminum foil to save some clay and to keep it from being too heavy and slow-drying. I attached the two pieces with stabbed in toothpicks and tacky glue.

Then I covered the outside with a layer of air-dry clay (I used premier brand, it comes in a red/white package) and I tried to make it as smooth as possible... The outside can be sanded when it's dry, but the less sanding the better (and easier!) I say. This picture is before I did any sanding, so it's a wee bit lumpy.

And then I used artists acrylics to paint the toucannish colors Smiley I also added a tail, which is made out of thick canvas fabric painted/stiffened with acrylic paint.

The base is a scrap of 2x4 that I had randomly laying around in my craft room. I painted it with craft acrylics and added this quote: "Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark."

And then the edges are decorated with inchies of toucan doodles on pieces of vintage children's book page.

I got the mini straw hat at hobby lobby a while ago in a pack of 5, I think, very cheap. Embellished that with a pheasant feather and novelty yarns. AND, if you look close, there is blue glitter glue around the eyes which are round, flat hematite beads Smiley Nothing is quite complete without a little glitter, right? Thank you for looking!
4  MASTER CRAFTSTERS / Elmer's Products / Quick, Easy Smart Phone or iDevice Stand - featuring Elmer's products on: April 16, 2012 10:09:25 AM
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Quick, Easy Smart Phone or iDevice Stand - featuring Elmer's products

I love my iPod, but I don't love how slick the back is, because it's impossible to prop up against anything without having it slide down onto its back. You can buy stands for this purpose, but I'm a crafty person, and the only thing I like to spend money on is craft supplies. So why not make my own little stand? You can too.

Here's what I used for this project: An 8x4'' piece of cereal box or similar food packaging, a slightly larger piece of patterned paper, a cut out kitty image from a book, red and white Elmer's Paint Pens, Elmer's Glue Dot Runner, and alphabet stamps (not pictured).

Here are the dimensions and the folding places for your cereal box. I added some dotted lines to make it easy to see where the creases need to go. If you have a scoring board, use it. If not, just use a ruler and something pointy, but not too sharp, like the end of a knitting needle, to make score lines. If you do this ahead of time it will make it much easier to fold when the time comes.

Use some glue, like this Elmer's Glue Dot Runner, on the printed side of your cereal box, making sure to cover the edges and the areas that will be creased well. A gluestick, like Elmer's Craft Bond All-Purpose Glue Stick would also work well in this situation.

Carefully press on your patterned paper and give it a good rub down to make sure it's good and stuck.

Use some fine-tipped scissors, like these X-ACTO Precision Tips, to trim off the excess paper as close as you can.

Next, fold your piece at the scored lines. To get a nice heavy crease, I used a bone folder, but the capped end of a gluestick works pretty good for that, too. It's important to crease well, so your stand keeps its shape and doesn't try to flatten out on its own.

After it's been folded, it'll look like this.

After gluing on my cat image, I used a white Elmer's Paint Pen to draw circles to prime where I wanted to stamp letters. The opaque paint in the pens is perfect to cover the pattern in the paper and really helps to make the stamped letters very clear and visible. I used a permanent stamp pad and alphabet stamps to put on the phrase, "I love that video!"

Next, a red paint pen was perfect to add an accent to the edges.

Once all of the decoration on the front is nice and dry (give the paint a few minutes), flip it over and use the Elmer's Glue Dot Runner on the back side of the bottom edge.

Position the stand how you want it, then press firmly to fix the front flap in place.

And there it is! A cute, functional accessory for your smart phone or idevice that hardly cost a thing.

Now you're all set to watch some rad vids (Kittykill's Craftster Quickies!) and your hands will be free to get down to some serious craftin'.
5  MASTER CRAFTSTERS / Elmer's Products / Altered Journal Page - featuring Elmer's products on: April 16, 2012 10:07:40 AM
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Altered Journal Page - featuring Elmer's products

It's been a goal of mine to jump back into altered journaling for a while now, but have found myself uninspired whenever I set my book out in front of me. I've checked out some other inspiring art journalers, and a big thing that keeps coming up is making spreads using stencils with spray inks, along with paint pens.

I thought that it would be fun to make my own spray ink stencil to try out. The clear, thick plastic packaging sheet that made up the box for a new beauty tool made the perfect material for a stencil that's gonna get wet. I started out by drawing my outline of a randomish diamond pattern on the plastic.

Next, using my X-ACTO knife on my self healing X-ACTO cutting mat, I sliced out the diamond shapes.

Here is what it looks like with all the diamonds cut out.

Using Elmer's Repositionable Designer Masking Tape, I secured my stencil in place. The repositionable masking tape is great because it'll peel up without damaging my journal page once I'm done spraying. The ink I used is some glimmer mist I made myself by mixing pearl pigment, water, alcohol and india inks into a travel spray bottle.

The stencil's effect is pretty cool. I think it looks like snake skin and makes a great background for the rest of my journaling.

I cut out a copy of an illustration to use as a focal point on my page with my X-ACTO Precision Tip Scissors.

Then I glued it onto the page with my Elmer's Craft Bond Glue Stick, in addition to placing more Elmer's Designer Masking Tape on the top and bottom edges for a quick and easy embellishment.

Next, I started drawing more background designs with Elmer's Paint Pens.

After this step, I put a thin coat of acrylic matte medium over top, to make the colors stand out a bit more and also to create a more slick, non-porous surface so I could finish off the page with a quote.

The paint pens work best on a surface that doesn't really soak up much paint, so once the matte medium dried, it was easy to have the opaque paint from the pens really stand out and make the words pop.

And here's the finished page! Altered-journaling slump: defeated!
6  MASTER CRAFTSTERS / Elmer's Products / Flowers and Bird Dimensional Birthday Card - featuring Elmer's products on: April 16, 2012 10:06:24 AM
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Flowers and Bird Dimensional Birthday Card - featuring Elmer's products

I'm always forgetting a birthday or finding out about one last minute. This time it was my best friend's birthday. OOPS. (**Forehead smack!**) So I needed to whip a card up and quick.

I started out with a blank card from a box 'o' cards that I have handy for just such occasions. They're kind of well... plain... so before diving in to the paper embellishments, I used Elmer's Painters Pens to add a little zing to the background.

Next, I used Elmer's Craft Bond Glue Spots to fasten 12 paper squares to the card. I like them because you don't have to wait for anything to dry, and they add just a teensy bit of dimension. Not too much, but just enough to make the squares pop a little.

For the main elements on the card, I used Elmer's Craft Bond Foam Mounting Tape.

The foam mounting tape has a really nice amount of thickness, so the bird and flowers stand out and give the card some extra interest and dimension.

I finally added a couple of gems to the flowers and was done. Now I won't feel like a bad friend when I have this hand-made card to give to my buddy.
7  MASTER CRAFTSTERS / Elmer's Products / Pink Feathery Pen - featuring Elmer's products on: April 16, 2012 10:05:24 AM
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Pink Feathery Pen - featuring Elmer's products

Plain old boring pens are great, but when you can go fancy, why the heck not?

Making a normal boring pen into a fancy, fluffy one was quick and simple project. I used Elmer's Repositionable Designer Masking Tape, feathers and some bead sprays.

Just start at the top and wrap the tape around your feathers, positioning them so that they fan out a little and are evenly spaced all around the top of the pen. Keep wrapping (there will be several layers of tape for secureness) and add the bead sprays in, too.

Then just keep wrapping all the way to the bottom of the pen.

At the very end, I used a little bit of clear-drying Elmer's Craft Bond Glue Pen to secure a little wire-wrapping at the top for embellishment. This also will keep the feathers in there nice and snug.

And there it is, super fancy and ready to write secret notes!
8  MASTER CRAFTSTERS / Elmer's Products / Bookmarks made from scraps - featuring Elmer's products on: April 16, 2012 10:04:04 AM
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Bookmarks made from scraps - featuring Elmer's products

I love to read. I also love to papercraft, so my bag of paper scraps is getting heavy and outrageous.

Why not make some cool and functional bookmarks while using up some of my smaller paper scraps?

First, I use my X-ACTO Guillotine Paper Trimmer to cut down pieces of scrap paper into strips, choosing paper of coordinating colors from my bag 'o' scraps. The widths of the pieces can be plenty of different sizes, but the main point is to make sure they are nice and square, meaning that the tops and bottom edges are parallel to each other, even though they're rectangles...

The base is a bookmark-sized piece of cake box. I love the thickness of that material, and it's cheap. We all love cheap! Next, using my Elmer's Craft Bond All-Purpose Glue Stick, I glue on the strips, keeping them flush to one another to hide the cake box label.

Here is what the back will look like when you're done gluing. But wait, there's all sorts of paper hanging off the sides! That looks horrible!

So I whipped out my X-ACTO Guillotine Paper Trimmer and simply sliced off the pieces that were hanging off the edges. You can even slice off a bit of the cake box, too, to get an even cleaner edge.

With the edges trimmed down, the bookmark looks much more bookmark-esque and clean, don't you think?

Next, I used the X-ACTO Corner Rounder Punch to round out the corners and make it fancy. It takes a little muscle to get through the cake box, so make sure you're punching on a sturdy surface.

Now for the decorating. I like my bookmarks to have a nice focal point, so I added this drawing of a dude that I cut out from an old Reader's Digest book. Next, I used Elmer's Painters Pens to add a border and more decoration.

I love these Painters Pens, seriously. They do a great job of writing on all different types of surfaces and papers.

The finishing touch is adding some novelty yarn to that will be attached to the top of the bookmark. First, I used a 1/8" punch to make a hole in the top center of the bookmark. That's a pretty small hole, and can be tough to thread novelty yarn through, so I like to take a small-headed needle and pierce it through the centers of my yarn pieces.

Then I can thread that needle, pointy-side first into the hole, making it much easier to tie off and attach the yarn.

And it's done. My paper scrap stash is just a wee bit lighter, and I've got a fancy bookmark to hold my place. Smiley
9  MASTER CRAFTSTERS / Elmer's Products / ATC Album - featuring Elmer's products on: April 16, 2012 10:02:53 AM
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ATC Album - featuring Elmer's products

Every teeny little piece of art deserves a good place to live, right? When I started swapping ATCs with other Craftsters, it seemed like my collection multiplied so dang quick! I have a few favorites, and I thought it would be nice to have a little album to keep handy so I could flip through for inspiration on one of those dry days.

I started with the covers. I like to go to the library and rifle through their discard section where they sell old unwanted books for a dime a piece. The covers of the old books can be torn off and cut down to whatever size I want and then re-covered with paper. After using my X-ACTO Precision Tip scissors to cut out the paper in the size I needed, I used Elmer's Craft Bond All Purpose Glue Stick to glue the paper onto the covers. This glue STICKS. I know, because I changed my mind on the paper I wanted to use, and my first choice didn't want to peel off! That's a good thing... You want the covers to stay put!

Next, I used my X-ACTO Paper Trimmer to cut down some paper for the insides of the cover. There's a ruler right on the thing, so that made it easy to cut the pieces to the right size. The awesome thing about guillotine cutters is the nice square and straight cut you get.

I used the Craft Bond All Purpose Glue Stick to stick on the paper to hide where the outer cover paper comes together inside the cover.

For the main embellishment, I used the precision scissors to roughly cut out a watercolored stamped image of one of my monsters. Then I used the X-ACTO Gripster Craft Knife on my Self-Healing Cutting Mat to cut out the fine details. The fresh, sharp blade really made it easy to make it all the way through the paper in just one go.

Once the monster was cut out, I used the Craft Bond Glue Stick again to secure it to the front along with some paper to make it say "ATC Album". I used some black and white Elmer's Designer Tape to add a border around the front and back covers. The tape is a little see-through, so you can see colors from the paper come through and it's a nice effect. Kinda zebra-stripey. I like it Smiley Now it's time for some spaaaaarklies.

The Elmer's Craft Bond Quick Dry Dual Tip Glue Pen was super handy to attach gems because one side comes with a teeny tiny tip that's perfect for when you just need a eeny weeny spot of glue.

For the inside pages to have little pockets, the method is easy! Cut each piece twice the width of the size you'd like the finished page to be, then add about an inch and a half to your height for the pocket fold. Once you've got your page cut out, fold up the extra 1.5 inches to form the pocket. Then fold it all in half. Once it's all folded, use a hole punch (I used a 1/8" punch) at the open side (not the creased side!) for the binder rings.

I used a cordless drill to make the binding holes on the covers, since there was no way my hole punch could handle that! I bound it all up with two binder rings and... Tada!

So there you have it, a cute little place to keep some special ATCs.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / It came from SPACE! Tacky Sci-Fi Altered Tin on: February 01, 2012 12:47:44 PM

Woo hoo! I can finally share this altered altoids tin I made for the Vices Altered Tin Swap Smiley I was lucky enough to be paired with Cackle, the incredible, and one of her themes was Tacky Sci-Fi movies. How on Earth could I resist crafting that one?! And so this Sci-Fi altoids tin was born...

I used acrylics to pain the background night scene complete with UFOs and sparkly pigment powder tractor beams. Some of the stars in the sky are crystal gems to add that extra other-worldly twinkle...

You can see the black glitter I lined the inside edge of the tin with. It looks like space-rocks Smiley The alien and girl are from a vintage movie poster. I coated the beast in clear glaze to make it look slimy and frightening, much like the tactics used in so many of our favorite lame creature-features.

The bottom has glass marbles for accent, and the base is a lamp socket. My favorite lamp sputtered out and died, but Bobby fixed it and I was left with this perfect little spaceship-looking thingamajig. It's colored with alcohol inks, then roughed up with sandpaper.

The back! The alien city is made from a bunch of cotter pins and one of those silly fake car keys the car dealerships send out stuck to mailers.

The beads along the outer rim are held on securely by gluing twice! First, stick them on using a line of glue around the rim. Then let that dry completely. Then put a line of glue along the outside edge of all the beads. Use glue that dries clear! Tada!

I wanted to keep this so bad, but alas, it belongs in another place... A far away place... Outer Space (aka Cackle's house)
Thank you for looking!

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