I was trying to find the old hoopla idea threads, but even when I only check "new swap theme ideas", it still searches all boards. The search isn't very clever as it is, so without the board selection it's almost unusable
We used to make these all the time when I was a kid, but only for decorations to hang on the tree - there was nothing in them, and we'd usually glue bookmarks on them rather than take the shortcut of using stickers (it sort of makes me sound older than I am - we had stickers, but that wasn't how it was done!)
For this christmas I had the urge to make a load of them, and put candy in them this time around. Still nothing that make them into the "cracker" bit of the name though, but I feel candy suffices
Because I have no christmas tree for them, they're just all over the apartment, making it look like a cheerleader gathering, which also means I can't get them into one shot, soooo SPAM TIME
(boyfriend made this one!)
Fluffy reindeer isn't part of the cracker, it's just hanging out of the way of the cats... (and I like fluffy reindeer, but I did NOT buy him myself, it's an odd gift from mom)
Different style when my friend did hers this way which reminded me that's how we used to make them... but I prefer straight tassles
Sooo, yeah. I've got three hanging from my lamp (the last three, one of which didn't show up against the backlight of the window so I had to hold it against the fridge to take a pic), five hanging from my kitchen shelf, and five on my magnetic note board... I'm going to have to make my parents buy a christmas tree soon and dump six of them on their tree
Stamped, highlighted, cut, and mounted. I'm pretty satisfied with them. (right click and hit View Image for full size)
The camera bugged out a bit on the combined blue and yellow light from my window and lamp, and decided to overcompensate the yellow, so imagine them a bit "warmer" looking. More vintage brownish-red than wine red.
Since it's two layers of paper, they won't hold up on their own in the mail, so I stamped some envelopes to go with them
I saw this slightly bland but promising frame at ikea yesterday and decided it needed a colorchange and a new purpose in life
So I removed the back (not pictured above even, I'd already removed it - it was just a simple snap-on-snap-off backing) and cut off three of the four picture-support thingies - leaving one for the mirror to rest on once I glued it on
Then I sprayed the whole thing black! Making sure I got every nook and cranny...
It was this awesome hobby spray that only takes 2-3 minutes to dry (less even, but it says 2-3 minutes). ...then a coat of red, going only from the inside out, at about 45 degree angle
Then a final black coat, going from the inside out at about 5-10 degree angle, plus a little distance-spraying over the whole thing to darken it, and close range spraying at the outside (to get rid of stray red misty coating) and the flat part inside the patterned bit.
Then I grabbed a mirror (from a 4 pack from ikea) and glued it to the back with some sort of workman's glue my dad has been using for housework, resting against the support I left on the mirror. I put the really thick strands of glue about an inch away from the opening, as the mirror is almost as wide as the frame anyway, which let the glue move about when pressed together, without peeking out in front.
Giving us a complete mirror that suits its room a lot better than if it had stayed white!
It's time for another daily crummy cell phone pic!
Got these decorate-your-own-mirror mirrors at IKEA, and decided to wallpaper them. The idea is that if my mom likes the thought, we can hang these in the hallway at the summer house, opposite the door to the room that's along the longer wall, which will reflect some light (as the hallway has no windows). (where they'd be hanging on a whiteish wall, not standing on my crummy sofa against my not-my-choice orange wallpaper)
The bambooish wallpaper is from the room they'd be hanging opposite, the gray wallpaper is from my room at the end, and I have one more mirror to dress up once they get around to wallpapering the guest room / office / whatever, so there would be three mirrors in the hallway tying in to the rooms it connects to.
I should've put the gray wallpaper a little further down, but (which you can't see in the pic unfortunately) there's a watermark-like stamp on the bottom right as well, with some text, that I was trying to fit in properly. So it looks a bit less off in real life, but would still have been better just a little further down.
I found these really really tiny bottles at the craft store, dark wire already attached, and I knew I had to make earrings out of them (because I'd be too afraid to crush a necklace against something) They're less than an inch high I think, and the cork comes out, so I filled them with beads and attached some hooks!
I broke one of the corks because I'd pushed it down really hard and then decided it was a little too full with beads, so I had to take some out... Lesson learned.
And here's the token action shot of geek-faces-daylight-and-tries-not-to-squint-against-at-the-brightness-of-a-cloudy-day
I'm running out of notecards, so I decided to stamp some, inspired by other craftsters who do these things quite often (Yes, I'm a stalker. Aren't we all.)
The photos are kinda crappy, but I wanted to share anyway!
Nighttime cell phone pic, when they were just completed
Daytime cell phone pics
Yeah, I'm getting a bit of a headache too from the fuzzy cell phone pics, but I'm having troubles the whole it's-such-a-chore part of my huge camera
I carved the shroom myself many years ago, and the pens is a purchased stamp that I should really stamp on white at some point, and cut out and glue onto paper instead... but that's not what I wanted to do last night, I wanted to stamp and draw with a pen So yeah, that's what I've done, cut paper, stamped, distressed the edge with the inkpad, used a glitter gel pen on the pen tips ('cause I didn't have silver..) and a white gel pen on the shrooms.
In sweden we don't go hunting for chocolate eggs, instead we go looking for a single egg filled with candies. They sell these giant undecorated paper eggs at the craft store, so I immediately wanted to do something more fun than to buy the normal green-with-chickens or green-with-hares things.
Hence, the words of power egg!
The boyfriend's name is quite short, so he only gets two words of power, but there's all this chocolate and cookies and muffins for him to comfort himself with.
Ok, I'll tell you.
It's from the game Skyrim, which we both play, though I'm playing it without any main story (or dragons) and he's beaten the main story and gone on to find more interesting storylines in the game, like the dark brotherhood etc... So, in the game, there's all these words of powers that you find carved into great stone walls, as a sort of extra arsenal of spells, to heavily simplify it.
The words here are "Ah", meaning hunter, and "Mir", meaning allegiance. Since the words "animal allegiance" makes animals come fight for you, I guess this would make hunters come fight for you?
The letters making up the words are Ah, M and Ir, which should make a good euphonic spelling of "Amir". (I was tempted to use the normal A and the double I instead, but then I found the actual words of power, and that was just... better )
Anyway, my boyfriend has been wanting me to make him something for his workplace, and when he loved the movie Midnight in Paris so much, I decided to stitch this quote (which he really loved from the movie)
(he doesn't have weird stains on his shirt, that's glare from the glass)
I drew the letters on gridded paper, and started out drawing Hemingway with the aid of the pic of these lovely chibis, but he turned out far too short so I lengthened him a bit. I ended up not making him quite like my drawing either, but he turned out pretty good looking! In spite of running out of my mystery gray thread for the shirt, and having to finish off with a different gray dmc thread, which isn't really the same color at all.
Now he's glaring out from his new home
(I don't know how the boyfriend intends to solve it once he gets his screens, but he says the mini wall partition can be moved, so maybe he'll figure something out )
It's not Hemingway from the movies, because I wanted something more iconic, so I went with the famous turtleneck picture instead. And the final chibi is so nondescript, it could just as well be Sean Connery if you need to stitch one of those instead.