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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Fancy Beaded Greeting Cards on: April 16, 2006 04:40:25 PM
Here are some greeting cards my mom and I made.
 
More to Come!

We made some of these using glitter, but most using tiny craft beads.  These beads worked the best.  Rhinestones, ribbon, and larger beads were used as accessories.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Rockin' Table/Lamp on: December 17, 2005 02:23:34 PM
My boyfriend is really into music and plays the guitar in a band, so here is what I came up with as a present for X-MAS...

 
I bought the lamp at Walmart for $18 and then bought a new shade for it for $5.  To make it more Rock n' Roll I decorated it with guitar picks and a record.  So I did not have to glue the picks and record to the top of the table and so that the glue would not show from me gluing the things to the underside of the table, I cut a piece of plastic the size of the glass and glued the picks and record to that.  Then I just laid the glass on top of the decorated plastic.  This project cost me under $30 and was very easy and quick to complete. I think it turned out awesome!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Rockin' Record Clocks (Gift Approved) on: December 17, 2005 01:46:54 PM

                                                 
     These things make perfect gifts because not only are they cheap and easy to make, but they can be customized to the very person your are giving it to.  All you need is a record (any size), clock movements (usually $6-$10), gems/rhinestones, glue, and a stand ($1-3$) to sit them on if you do not want to hang them.  Start by gluing on the gems in any fashion you like - these will represent your numbers so make certain you measure out the placement or spacing between each number, or your time will be off.  To glue on my gems I used a scrapbooking glue marker so I could write out the numbers first and then place the gems on top. Now glue the clock movement to the back of the record using a hot glue gun.   Because I used  a 45 record I had to cover up the larger hole with metallic green paper so the clock movement would not show, but you do not have to do this with a normal record.  Add the clock hands to the movement as directed on the package of the movement you bought.  Place the newly assembled clock on the stand and wha-lah, AWESOMENESS!


This one is without clock-hands at the moment, a work in progress if you will.  I decided to glue the album cover to the back of the record.
4  COOKING / Dessert / Nikon Camera Cake on: April 07, 2005 12:42:22 PM
Here is the camera cake my mom and I made for my sister who is now in graduate school for photo-journalism.  It turned out pretty awesome if I do say so myself.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Photo-Slide Lampshade (Tutorial) on: March 25, 2005 10:13:45 PM
Here is the ridiculously sweet Lamp I made from various slides I collected over the years.  I am sooo proud of it cause I think it turned out awesome!!!  Cool  It was probably one of the most tedious projects I’ve done, but if you think you can rough it out then there is a tutorial at the bottom.  Hope you like!  Cheesy  [/b]
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Materials[/b]
-Lamp with shade (I got mine at Walmart for $20)
-Drill
-Photographic Slides-anywhere from 60 to 120, I used 120 *see step one before you do anything!
-Metal Rings (in the jewelry department of craft stores) *read steps 1-2 to find out how many to buy
- 2 pairs of Pliers
-Parchment Paper (the stuff in the Wilton Cake decorating section of your craft store works great; it comes on a roll like wax paper and is a cheaper option)
-Glue (see step 4)
-Scissors/Slicer (slicer works best for speedy results)


Instructions[/b]
1.  Buy Your Lamp before you buy any supplies!!!  Remove the fabric from your lampshade so that there is just a top metal ring.  Then use a slide to figure out how many slides it would take to go around the entire ring.  Afterwards multiply that number by how many rows you want there to be; this will get you the number of slides you need to use.
2.  Use an extra slide or a piece of paper in the same shape as the slide and map out the position of where you want your holes to be drilled.  I did 2 holes on the top and bottom of each slide, and 1 hole on the left and right; this is the perfect amount of security(Refer to pictures for placement of rings).  Make them close enough to the edge so that the metal rings will fit on.  Drill a hole over each marking for a stencil.
3.  For each slide, place the stencil or pattern on top and drill all your holes.  Be prepared, THIS IS TEDIOUS!!!
4.  Now cut pieces of parchment paper out big enough to cover just the photo part of each slide, but leaving enough overlapping so that you can glue it to the slide.  The Parchment paper is really just to make your photos stand out more; if you hold your slide up to a window or light bulb, you can see that the picture is sooo much more vivid with the paper behind it then not.  Glue each piece of paper to the back of each slide- this is tedious as well.  I used a Tombo Mono Adhesive Permanent Strip Glider tool that I got in the scrapbooking isle at Michaels and it worked great and is a much cleaner and speedier option.  All you do is glide it over the section you want to be glued and it comes out in a clear 1/4" strip of tape-like residue.  It was a lifesaver for I had to do 120 slides.
5.  Now layout the order you want your slides to be in and start hooking them together with the metal rings.  It is easier to do each column individual first, and then start hooking the columns together.  When that is finished, then hook it to the lampshade ring.  Pliers are a must to open the rings and to close them believe me!  This is the most tedious and painful step of all!!!
6.  Turn on your lamp and ENJOY!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Retro Recipe Cards on: March 25, 2005 09:22:07 PM
So if you didn't know, good recipe cards are incredibly hard to come by!  All you can find are cards that have poorly drawn cartoons of angels or something, and cards that are completely country Undecided.  These things are suited for my grandma maybe, but certaintly not for me, so that is why I made my own ReTrO ReCiPe CaRdS  Grin  YEAAAAAAH!!!!  All you have to do is download them and then print them onto some sort of heavy-duty paper; cardstock will do just fine.  Don't forget to change your print-settings to landscape.  Then fill them up with your favorite recipes (mmm-mmm Good) and ENJOY!
...Speaking of recipes, if anyone has any good ones, feel free to share!  Wink


*There are four different designs on each link
Design 1
Design 2
Design 3
Design 4

Check out the nifty ReCiPe BoX I made to go with it too!  The possibilities are endless I say, endless.
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Shoe Box sayings-FINISHED CAKE PHOTOS on: January 27, 2005 08:20:26 PM
Ok, so it is my sister's birthday and she loves shoes.  So it is no wonder why my mom and I would be making her a shoe-box cake with a high-heel shoe made out of fondant.  But we hit a brain blockage when we were trying to come up with ideas for the name we should put on the shoe box.  Anyone got any fun ideas???   Her name is Kelly Alexis and the shoe is black with pink lining inside; the lineing has black poka dots on it.  As for the shoe box, it is going to be pink with black tissue paper flowing out.  So, please, if you have any ideas at all, it would be really appreciated!!!  Cheesy  Thanks So Much!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Coffee Pot Fish Tank on: January 13, 2005 08:48:21 PM
Coffee Pot Fish Tank   from the site: Splendid Spaces

Materials [/b]  
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                 • Coffee Machine with Pot (You can find them at a second hand store for Cheap; it does not need to work)
                 • 1-2 sheets Scrapbook Paper
                 • 1 Beta Fish or other Fish that can Survive in Small Tanks
                 • Water *MAKE SURE WATER HAS NO CHLORINE IN IT or buy fish drops that remove chlorine; your fish will DIE unless you do so!
                 • Decorative Floral Gems/Marbles (*optional)
                 • Fish Food
                 • Fish Plant (*optional)

Instructions [/b]
1. Take the scrapbook paper and cut it so that it fits inside the groove of the coffee machine where the coffee pot sits. See picture.  http://www2.gvsu.edu/~swanso01/CoffeePot-Diagram.gif
2. Glue paper to coffee machine.
3. Arrange decorative gems and plant at the bottom of coffee pot.
4. Fill coffee pot with water and add de-chlorinating drops if necessary.
5. Place fish in coffee pot and slide pot in designated spot on the coffee machine.
6. Place on table or counter top and ENJOY!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Atomic Wall-Clock on: January 13, 2005 08:41:17 PM
Atomic Wall-Clock   from the site: Splendid Spaces

Materials [/b] 
                 • Clock Movement (see picture to right)
                 • Clock Hands
                 • Numbers (use either clock numbers, foam numbers, make your own on the computer, or look in the teachers department for cool numbers)
                 • 6 Clear Plastic Ornaments (most craft stores carry these all year round near the wood section) *I used 2, 3 ornaments and 4, 2.25” ornaments because they come with two halves.
                 • Clear Plastic Party Bowl
                 • 3-4, 8.5” x 11” Adhesive Foam Sheets OR Sturdy Cardboard *I used foam sheets because I liked the texture and because it comes with a sticky back then I can stick directly onto the wall.
                 • Glue Gun
                 • Pictures to put inside clock

Instructions [/b]
1. Take each plastic ornament and break off the hanger.
2. Using the ornaments as a pattern, draw around them onto the foam sheets or other material of your choice. Cut them out.
3. Cut out the desired pictures and lay them out on each circle along with the numbers till the desired look is achieved. *TIP: Thick letters that will pop off the circle look better then flat paper ones; I used foam letters. Also, for the pictures I went online to find sexy vintage pin-ups and cut them out so that they could wrap around numbers and such.
4. Glue numbers and pictures onto circles. 
5. Using a glue gun, apply glue around the rim of the ornament. Press onto desired finish circle. Repeat step until all ornament circles are complete.
6. Place the party bowl face down onto the foam and draw around the bowl. Cut it out.
7. Place the party bowl right side up onto the foam and trace the part touching the foam. Cut it out.
8. Poke a hole through the center of the party bowl and the foam circle you cut out in step 7 so that the clock movement’s arm (the part the clock hands attach to) can fit through the layers.
9. Press the sticky side of the foam into the bowls base OR glue it to the bowl’s base.
10. Assemble clock movement as directed putting any batteries in it needs and etc., but DO NOT put on clock hands yet.
11. Fit the clock movement piece through the bowl and the foam and then assemble the hands as directed on the movement’s instructions.
12. Using the Glue Gun, apply glue around the rim of the bowl. Press onto the circle made in step 6.
13. Peel the paper off the adhesive side of each piece of foam on the ornaments and bowl and adhere to wall OR use 3MM wall tape to adhere in desired spot.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Margarita Fountain Light on: January 12, 2005 08:07:38 PM
Margarita Fountain Light [/b]  from the website: Splendid Spaces [/url]

Materials [/color] 
 
           • Giant Margarita Party Glass (most craft stores)
           • Fountain Pump with/without light (most craft stores)
           • Clear Fountain Tube *Most Fountain Pumps already have the tube inside the packaging!!!
           • 6-8 (16 oz.) packs of Decorative Floral Gems/Marbles
           • White Glitter, resemble to sugar or salt for rim of glass
           • Glass Glue
           • Water
           • Food coloring to match Gem color (*optional)

  Instructions [/color]
1. Clean out Margarita glass with cleaner.
2. Pour glitter in a 1/2” thick line across newspaper-or any other craft surface that you do not mind having glitter there forever! Then, take the glue and spread a 1/2” thick line around the rim of the margarita glass. Roll the glue rim you created on the margarita glass into the glitter and repeat until coated to satisfaction. *Imperfections here make it more realistic!
3. Pour one pack of marbles into the glass being careful to not disturb the glue. Open pump and follow assembling directions on package if any. Place pump at the bottom of the glass using the marbles to secure its position. Attach clear tube, if not already done, and cut down to size making it look like a straw.     
4. Carefully pour the rest of the marbles into the glass opening packages one at a time so if you feel you have extras you can return them.
5. Add water and turn on pump.  *TIP: Add food coloring that matches your marbles to make the drink look more realistic as it is traveling up the straw; an untested idea. 
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