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41  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / PBW Challenge: "Showcase Your Talent" Bag on: March 25, 2013 07:53:37 AM
The theme for the new challenge on Purses, Wallets and Bags is 'Showcase Your Craft!'  In other words, make a bag, then showcase what you're especially good at - embroidery, quilting, papercrafts, etc. - somewhere in the bag.  How you interpret this is up to you, but you may only have one entry, though that entry can have multiple parts.  Please give your entry a unique and descriptive title so we can remember which is which when it comes time to vote!


Here are the details for the challenge:

During the week of April 28th through May 4th (until 11:59 pm, Eastern) you can post pictures of your entry. As it's impossible to know if your entry is 100% original, if you're inspired by someone else's project, please give that person a shout out!

Voting will open on May 5th and run for one week.  Voting will take place right here and the first place winner (US or non-US) will get something really cool that is TBD.  Cheesy a really cool Craftster t-shirt!  Cheesy



TO ENTER DURING THE WEEK OF APRIL 28th-MAY4th, START A NEW THREAD ON THE Purses, Bags, Wallets: CHALLENGE ENTRIES BOARD BY CLICKING ON "NEW TOPIC" AND UPLOADING YOUR PICTURES! GOOD LUCK!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=246.0


If you have questions, feel free to ask them here! Smiley
42  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Family tree "scrapbook" page on: March 17, 2013 11:49:03 AM
Well, I didn't use this as a scrapbook page, but it's the first thing that I've HAD to make in ages because I got bit by the crafting bug.  Any suggestions would be welcome! Also, sorry for the crappy picture.  I need a camera and not my phone. Sad

The background is a neutral tannish brown with tone-on-tone stamping of leaves.  The word tree I made at tagxedo.com and printed on cardstock.  I cut it out and then cut out the dark teal "frame" to match.  The red words say "Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness" and I stamped it on cardstock and then made a frame for that, too.  The picture is one my grandfather gave me at Christmas - it's been well-loved, obviously, but I thought it was even cooler that way, honestly.  I added the heart for a pop of red, which is also why I added the ribbon.  The real/turquoise theme matches my craft area, so it's being displayed there.




Concrit welcome!
43  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Purse Craftalong-2013, 2014 on: February 23, 2013 08:51:56 AM

Are you considering making a purse?  Are you part way through and lost your oomph?  Have you chosen fabric, but can't decide on a pattern?  Have you never thought about making your own purses, but are intrigued by the idea?  Then this craftalong is for you!

There aren't any hard and fast rules for this craftalong, beyond the fact that you should make a purse and share in-progress pics with us along the way.  From Amy Butler patterns to the Buttercup bag to clutches, any type is allowed!  

Join anytime!  I'll keep a list of participants and status (in progress, finished, etc.) on this page!

So who's in?  
44  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / FOUND 1 Ongoing Holiday List Swap Angel Needed on: January 28, 2013 07:39:45 AM
Well, it seems poor Lo{ve} didn't get one package she was claimed for in the ongoing holiday wish list swap.  For those unfamiliar, participants list items they'd like to receive for those on their holiday gift lists.  Claimed items should equal a 'medium.'  The item should also be sent out within two weeks of the claim, especially since she's waited so long!  While the holidays are over (and have been), I'm sure Lo{ve} can find another time to give the item she receives.  Lo lives in California, USA.

Her list is here.  Please let me know via PM if you're interested in angeling for her and what you'd like to claim her for.

Thanks!
kaz814
45  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / TripleTime Stamped Card on: January 20, 2013 07:25:31 PM
Okay, so it's hardly perfect, but here's my first crack at triple time stamping.  It took a wee bit of math (ack) to get the layers right, and then I buggered up the actual black stamp so it looked 'eh', hence the ribbon over the center and the pop-up circle, but I think it turned out pretty nicely.  I heat embossed the sentiment and used blue (China blue?  Maybe?) Distress Ink as well as two different turquoises for the background stamping.  Seriously, if I could, I'd heat emboss everything.  Still not great at getting all the little bits off, even with the anti-static thing I bought.  Advice is greatly appreciated!






And a closer look at the triple stamping effect:




I'd love your thoughts!  Concrit loved.  Smiley
46  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Featured Member - LittleQuack on: January 20, 2013 07:53:22 AM
The first Crafster member who is the Purses, Bags, and Wallets Featured Member is ...


LittleQuack has been a member of Craftster for a little over a year, and in that time, she has posted numerous projects on the PBW board. She graciously answered a few questions we had for her!







Why (and when) did you begin making purses, bags, and wallets?
I started sewing bags and wallets with some of the friends I met when I started high school. When we reached grade 11 and could take the Fashion course, even more joined in. It was mostly for fun and to be able to carry around something unique and special, but there was also a small degree of competition over who could sew the neatest seams or who's zipper looked the best.


How long have you been sewing?
If sewing means using a needle and thread then I've been sewing since I was 7 or 8. My Grandmother taught me how to hand sew a simple pillow, and then shortly after a senior church friend of my family introduced me to cross-stitching. My Mom's sewing machine was always around the house and I probably started experimenting on it when I was 13 or 14.


What type of sewing machine do you have?
I use a Janome model L352-353, but it's actually my Mother's. Her friend jokes that I was born with my love of sewing because she and my Mom tried to start a small business sewing baby clothes when my Mom was pregnant with me xD


Do you have any tips for anyone looking to make their first purse, bag, or wallet?
If they haven't started it yet my advice is to just do it already. I sometimes put off starting a project because I worry about screwing it up or I don't think my skills are quite up to it yet. This is a waste of time. If I screw it up, so what? I'll find a way to fix it, or figure out a different way to do it when I try again. And if I'm not skilled enough then the only way for me to get better is to do things I haven't tried before. You can't improve by doing only things you already know how to do.


What other crafts do you enjoy?
Anything even remotely crafty I will enjoy. When I was younger I would try anything I could get my hands on: embroidery, pottery, knitting, stained-glass, felt-making, scrap-booking  wood-working, sewing, crocheting, beading and so on. There are big craft projects that I know I would love but haven't been ambitious enough to try yet, like quilting and upholstery, but I know I will love them because they involve making something with my hands. I actually haven't tried anything new in a while, perhaps that should be something I work on this year.


What's your favorite aspect of Craftster?
My favorite aspect of Craftster is definitely the helpful community. In the handmade world it's so great to have a place to come with questions and ideas and be able to receive constructive advice and comments without having the stress that normally comes with trying to talk with strangers over the internet. Anything posted here is either praising, helpful, or at the very least it's polite. It's a very welcoming and comfortable place for people of all ages.


What is your favorite PBW project on Craftster that you posted?

My favorite project that I've posted on Craftster(so far) is my mini adaptation of the accordion wallet pattern I have.  I absolutely love the fabric prints, plus it's just so darn cute!


What is your favorite PBW project on Craftster that someone else has posted?
I'm going to give two answers for this one because I use Craftster mainly as a learning resource so I'm going to give a favorite technique and a favorite project. I think my favorite sewing technique tutorial on Craftster is the zippered divider in a messenger bag it's a great addition to a messenger bag, and can be adapted for use in most bags. For a favorite project I'm going to say this fish  bag because it's so detailed and perfect.



Congratulations, LittleQuack!  We look forward to seeing more of your awesome purses, bags, and wallets!
47  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Craft room goodies on: January 05, 2013 09:00:04 AM
To join my To Do List, I made a few more things for the walls of my craft area to help keep me organized.

The magnet board and two small bulletin boards:




The magnet board, up close is below.  It used to be the top of a big popcorn tin.  I put some sticky ribbon (the kind you can get for $1 at Joann's) around the edges (it's turquoise) and then used some double sided tape to put a pretty patterned paper on the inside.  I then attached a circle of paper and a matching button to a magnet to create the magnets.



Then the bulletin boards are what used to be two cork trivets from IKEA.  These were way easy - just hot glued a bow to the center and then attached a matching length of ribbon to hang it.  I glued buttons to push pins to make it match.  Smiley




Finally, to begin organizing my paper stash, I cut one of the flat rate boxes from the post office in half, covered it with paper and ribbon and then sealed the ends to get two color-coordinated boxes.




The awesome thing about these projects is that the popcorn top, the trivets, and the flat rate boxes, plus the paper, magnets, buttons, and most of the ribbon were from stash.  YAY free organizing projects!
48  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Purse Craftalong? on: December 29, 2012 09:09:30 PM
Would anyone be interested in a craft along centered on making a purse?  We could choose a pattern or a type (hobo, messenger, etc. etc.) and then see what everyone comes up with.

Thoughts?  Interest?

49  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / To Do List on: December 29, 2012 04:09:27 PM
I'm beginning to redo my craft area - which was formerly known as my dining room, but since I hardly use it for dining, I might as well go whole hog and get serious about making it crafty.

I made my first project today, with the help of my new Cricut.  I turned a cheap wooden frame from Walmart into a crafty To Do list board.



I'm, obviously, going with a lightblue/turquoise and red color scheme for the craft room.  I'll be posting some more of my little projects as I begin to get more into the redecoration!
50  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / PBW Awesome Projects From Years Past on: December 21, 2012 05:41:07 PM
I've seen 'I'm so glad I found this project' left as a comment on many older purses, bags, and wallets, so I figured, as the new year approaches (and apparently, the end of the world doesn't), I thought it'd be fun to look back on some popular projects from years past.  My criteria were threefold:

1. It wasn't a tutorial.
2. It had pictures.
3. I also didn't want to choose projects that were featured previously (though not sure how successful I was with this - not all projects were tagged!).

So I went to the This Rocks list and spent some time perusing.   It was a ton of fun, and here are our first round of Blasts from the Past.  




I hope you find some inspiration for 2013.  If you have any favorite projects from before 2011, feel free to PM me for our next Blast!   

Remember - old projects need feedback love, too!  Smiley
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