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371  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Personal/Private Swap Gallery - August 2007 on: August 01, 2007 04:14:20 PM
Smiley  Cheesy  Grin This swap gallery is intended as a way to recognize all the wonderful personal swaps that are done in this community!   Grin  Cheesy  Smiley

Personal swaps are not encouraged or supported by Craftster.  This is only a thread to post pictures from your personal experiences.  Personal swaps are not and cannot be tracked in Swap Feedback on profiles and should not be linked to Craftster's Organized Swaps in any way.

Folks who have participated in a personal swap and wish to share pictures of the items they have sent and received may do so by posting in this gallery.

Please note that this gallery is meant for those who have had a good experience with their personal swaps!  This is not the place to air your grievances about being "flaked" on...please keep it positive and give love to those awesome personal swappers! Wink

Each month a new gallery will be started.  If you have received from a personal/private swap, within the month, feel free to post pictures here!   Grin

Or browse previous galleries...
Cheers!
~Sweets
372  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Melted bowls - dinos, Army men and bugs! on: August 01, 2007 12:24:58 PM
Oh, how I love to melt stuff! Grin Grin







I used a round cake pan, lined it with foil, laid out all my dinos and "sprinkled" the empty spots with beads as filler.  I baked it (I have no idea the temperature or time) - I usually start at 300 & get impatient and crank it up.   Just melt until you're satisfied with the consistency.   I removed it from the oven, immediately lifted the piece up by the foil and molded it over an inverted metal mixing bowl.  I let it cool and then I peeled off the foil.

The army men are hard plastic, but the dino toys are made with some sort of rubbery material.  The bowl would flex slightly, so I'm sure the beads (since they are hard plastic) would pop off over time.  I sealed it with 3 layers of acrylic sealant just to be sure they wouldn't.

This bowl is fairly small - a few cups, I would imagine.

My fiance thinks the little guys melted down to look like the Michelin tire man. Cheesy


This one is quite a bit bigger.  It's like a big chip bowl.








Edit:
I got some PMs asking for photos of the bug bowl, so here it is (and another dino bowl). Cheesy  These are muccch smaller.  They are more saucer than bowl.  I put my keychain in one of them for size reference.



Under side...


The bugs kind of irk me a little.  Cockroaches, caterpillars, ants, num... Cheesy  I used beads as filler and they kind of remind me of little pods or eggs. Lips sealed




Edited to add!  This *wonderful* Craftster contacted her vet about melting fumes and our critters!  I thought it would be great to share the information here:
Update for those of you with critters-

I called my vet (who still needs to get an account on craftster...) and she told me melted plastic is definantly toxic to birds, and probably harmful if not toxic to other animals (cats, dogs) in large amounts. She's made some of the melted bead bowls, and she uses her grill. I have one just like it, it has a temperature gage on it, 3 burner, you get the just. She says she puts foil down, arranges her beads, put a round cake pan over it to get the shape right, pulls off the pan, and turns on the grill to a medium temperature. She leaves the grill open, watches until they get to the right stage, then does the flipping over a bowl outside. You want to have doors and windows shut on you house so the fumes don't enter your house, but she said its not near as bad as far as the smell goes since its totally ventilated.
373  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Wedding invitation scrolls (red/black/silver & blossom theme) on: July 23, 2007 12:11:49 AM
Woohoo, wedding crafts!

I made everything, including the envelopes.  Luckily, we're having a very small & intimate wedding with a guestlist of only 50 people. Cheesy  Our colors are deep red wine, black & silver.  We sort of have a plum blossom/nature feel going on... we're getting married in a rose garden and the reception is in metro park lodge.

I was 100% inspired by these Paper Girl invites as seen in InStyle magazine http://www.paper-girl.com/weddingport2.html  Unfortunately, we couldn't afford the starting price of $22 per invite. Cry  The graphics I used aren't from her invites, but are from various artists I found online.

I designed everything in Photoshop CS2 and printed on Canon IP6600D.  Almost all of our invitations were hand-delivered (all but 5!) in various cities, so we saved a ton on postage as well.
EDITed to add postage costs:
We only mailed 5, but here are the prices to give you an idea:
Ohio to CA was $1.47
Ohio to OH, MN, VA and TX were all $1.30


I'm not a paper crafter at all, so I was SO excited that they turned out to actually look like an invitation! Cheesy

Here's a sampling of the batch!




The process...

The heart of the scrolls are wooden dowels of two sizes.  I spray painted the entire dowel, though obviously I didn't need to - I just felt like it was the right thing to do. Cheesy  I used glass beads instead of dowel caps and attached them with teeny tiny nails. Smiley


The scrolls themselves are printed on 8.5x11 paper from Michaels.


The scrolls are rolled with rubber cement and clothes pinned to dry...dry...dry.




Rolled & tied with ribbon.


The envelopes are made from 12x12 paper from Michaels and my new best friend, double stick, roll-on, permanent tape. Grin  They're sealed with stickers (not pictured here).


Information booklets have four pages, including the cover.  The first page is "Details," which is an alternate wedding day plan in case of rain (our ceremony is set to be outdoors).  The second page is Directions and the last page is RSVP information.  They are made from white card stock with some of the beige paper as accents.  They're assembled with square brads at the corner.
374  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Personal/Private Swap Gallery - July 2007 on: July 03, 2007 10:13:13 AM
Smiley  Cheesy  Grin This swap gallery is intended as a way to recognize all the wonderful personal swaps that are done in this community!   Grin  Cheesy  Smiley

Personal swaps are not encouraged or supported by Craftster.  This is only a thread to post pictures from your personal experiences.  Personal swaps are not and cannot be tracked in Swap Feedback on profiles and should not be linked to Craftster's Organized Swaps in any way.

Folks who have participated in a personal swap and wish to share pictures of the items they have sent and received may do so by posting in this gallery.

Please note that this gallery is meant for those who have had a good experience with their personal swaps!  This is not the place to air your grievances about being "flaked" on...please keep it positive and give love to those awesome personal swappers! Wink

Each month a new gallery will be started.  If you have received from a personal/private swap, within the month, feel free to post pictures here!   Grin

Or browse previous galleries...
Cheers!
~Sweets
375  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My first wedding photos! on: July 01, 2007 04:31:38 PM
Took these for my fiance's coworker whose photographer ditched them 2 weeks before the wedding (ack!).  We had another friend do the formals and I did the photojournaling of the whole day from hair at 9 am to the end of the reception.  I was nervous, but it ended up being so much fun.

At the end of the reception, they asked if I could show some of them on the laptop and everyone ended up gathering around to ooh & ahh.  It was THE best feeling! Smiley

Canon 20D - some with stock 18-55 and some with 70-200 EF Ultrasonic.  Lighting is natural, on-board or 550EX Speedlite.  Edited images are done in PS CS2.

The dress...


The bride in deep thought... Cheesy




First look...






Fountain at the base of the cake...









376  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Online Artificial Posie Resources? on: June 14, 2007 01:22:25 PM
Anyone get artificial flowers for their wedding from an online source (or Columbus, Ohio...lol)?

I've looked a few places locally and I'm saddened by what I've found.  I'm scared to order online w/o samples and/or a reference from a beloved Craftster. Smiley
377  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Have you sent scroll invitations? on: June 14, 2007 01:00:46 PM
If so, would you divulge your mailing tube resource? Smiley  I'm just looking for some comparison pricing/products that I may not have run across as of yet.

Also, did you include informational sheets (directions, lodging, etc.) and an RSVP card/envelope or postcard?  Did you have any problems with the card "uncurling" from being in the tube?  I've read that it's not a problem, but I have my doubts. Wink

If you have photos or links, please share as well. Smiley
378  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Beach Photography on: June 07, 2007 12:26:39 PM
These were taken at Alum Creek Lake near Columbus, Ohio.  I have no idea who the woman and little girl are.  I just thought they were cute. Wink

Not looking for technical critique this time, but comments are always appreciated!









379  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Personal/Private Swap Gallery - June 2007 on: June 01, 2007 06:08:17 AM
Where does the time go?  It's June already!  We have over a year of Personal Swap Galleries...whee! Cheesy

Smiley  Cheesy  Grin This swap gallery is intended as a way to recognize all the wonderful personal swaps that are done in this community!   Grin  Cheesy  Smiley

Personal swaps are not encouraged or supported by Craftster.  This is only a thread to post pictures from your personal experiences.  Personal swaps are not and cannot be tracked in Swap Feedback on profiles and should not be linked to Craftster's Organized Swaps in any way.

Folks who have participated in a personal swap and wish to share pictures of the items they have sent and received may do so by posting in this gallery.

Please note that this gallery is meant for those who have had a good experience with their personal swaps!  This is not the place to air your grievances about being "flaked" on...please keep it positive and give love to those awesome personal swappers! Wink

Each month a new gallery will be started.  If you have received from a personal/private swap, within the month, feel free to post pictures here!   Grin

Or browse previous galleries...
Cheers!
~Sweets
380  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Personal/Private Swap Gallery - May 2007 on: May 03, 2007 08:30:33 AM
Smiley  Cheesy  Grin This swap gallery is intended as a way to recognize all the wonderful personal swaps that are done in this community!   Grin  Cheesy  Smiley

Personal swaps are not encouraged or supported by Craftster.  This is only a thread to post pictures from your personal experiences.  Personal swaps are not and cannot be tracked in Swap Feedback on profiles and should not be linked to Craftster's Organized Swaps in any way.

Folks who have participated in a personal swap and wish to share pictures of the items they have sent and received may do so by posting in this gallery.

Please note that this gallery is meant for those who have had a good experience with their personal swaps!  This is not the place to air your grievances about being "flaked" on...please keep it positive and give love to those awesome personal swappers! Wink

Each month a new gallery will be started.  If you have received from a personal/private swap, within the month, feel free to post pictures here!   Grin

Or browse previous galleries...
Cheers!
~Sweets
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