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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Flowery Hair Comb on: September 07, 2012 08:07:01 PM
I finally am getting around to sharing a million projects that I've worked on over the past year (Wedding planning took up every spare minute of the past year.. so glad it's over and I'm a Sadie now)

I made this hair comb for a swap partner to wear to her sister's wedding.  She said that she would be wearing red/black and I ran with it.



To make things a little easier on myself I actually created the main piece on a strip of ribbon before even involving the two hair combs it takes to attach this lovely bohemuth.  You can see that I used larger red fabric flower with white sprays to liven it up a little bit - I even used a few of the fabric leaves around the edges to make it look more rounded.



This pic is a little fuzzy but you can see the pearl/metal buttons that I added to the center of the red flowers for a touch of pretty.

After everything was laid out the way I wanted I used approximately 5 million glue stick to hot glue it all together.. well maybe not 5 million but you get the point.  Adding the hair combs was my last step and unfortunately I didn't remember to take a picture - but I lined the top of the combs with thin ribbon as well so it wouldn't pull on the hair when it is put in and taken out.

I hope you like it!  Thanks for checking it out!!!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Zombie Cake Toppers on: September 07, 2012 07:54:54 PM
Once upon a time I created a pretty awesome (if I do say so myself) cake topper to be used at a Halloween wedding.  (This was part of the package in the Going to the Chapel Swap about a year ago - just posting now because my wedding is finally over and I have time!! And the new built in photo upload helped to motivate! Smiley )



I used a generic porcelain bride and groom statuette that I found at the dollar store and painted with acrylic paints.  When the sucker was dry I finished it with a paint sealing spray so it wouldn't get ruined.

For your enjoyment  Wink here are a few more views.









Thanks for checking it out!!
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 78 ENTRIES / Labor Day Thread Rack on: September 05, 2012 01:00:01 PM
There are few things lovelier than a long weekend from work to do copious amounts of crafting.  Over the recent Labor Day long weekend my dh and I worked on an organization project together... a thread rack for my craft room!!  (and I think he is just as excited as I am for this to be posted in my first craft challenge!!)




I have done quite well organizing my craft room but never quite did anything with my sewing supplies.  I NEVER could find a certain thread color (even when I was SURE that I had it), never could find empty bobbins/bias or hem tape, or really anything right as I needed it.  Each project was an adventure to say the least.  Just look at my sewing cupboard (and this is the only tip of the iceberg!)




The rack was created with at 2' x 4' handy panel of MDF with angled slots drilled in (this was my husband's part as I am not allowed to use his power tools).  The pins are created from 17 dowels (3/16" thick) cut down to 3.25" inches with my dremel (which I am allowed to use lol).  We glued in the small pegs and created a shelf from thicker pegs and a second piece of handy panel.  Finally we painted and hung the rack!!



Now my threads are easily found and organized - the best part is that the pegs are long enough for a spool and matching bobbin!  Moving the thread out of my messy cupboard and sewing table gave me room to organize everything else - I even found 25 empty bobbin, organized my buttons by color in the plastic box that once upon a time was used for thread, and organized so much other stuff I totally forgot was there!

Time to get sewing   Cheesy   Thanks for looking!!
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Going to the Chapel Swap Gallery!!! on: July 27, 2011 09:19:43 AM
Here come the crafts!!



Original Post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=382525.0


Partners:
Sent Package
Received Package
Sent and Received
Not sent by deadline
Feedback given

suzyscissors < > princessacademy
wewilltaketothesea < > elliot_anne
skittlebub < > How Lovely
MsJamieLeigh < > WnaBKaet
ale0059 >> penguinsoup >> Haylie **Three way swap partnering**
megstar < > pinkmichk
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Going to the Chapel Swap (SIGNUP 6/9/11-7/8/11 ; MAIL BY 8/8/11) on: June 08, 2011 03:43:34 PM
Swap name:  Going to the Chapel

Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  suzyscissors
Sign-up date range:  June 9, 2011 July 8, 2011
Date to send item by:  August 8, 2011



Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):  25

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES


Details of swap:

Here comes the bride. All dressed in white Its time to start crafting!!

Whether youve already taken the plunge, are in the midst of planning your big day, or just dreaming about it, lets make some wedding-related goodies!!!  This will be a fantastic four point swap Smiley

For those of you who may not know what points are:

Small item     = 1 point
Medium item  = 2 points
Large item     = 3 points

By Time
Large = 3 or more hours
Medium = 2 or more hours
Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewellery with four to five items, a purse
Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
Large = $30 or more
Medium = $10-$30 dollars
Small = $10 or less




If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap:  Going to the Chapel Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
Allergies:
Allergens in your home?

Are you happily married, getting ready for your walk down the aisle, on the road to betrothed, or still searching for Mr/Ms. Right?

What would you most like to receive?
Anything that would totally suck to receive or you have too much of already?
Is there a certain season or elements to keep in mind?
Any overall theme to the big event?
Classic, modern, or some other style?
Color palette?
Anything else that your partner may need to know that I completely spaced to put on the questionnaire?


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.




Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

AFTER PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP AND BEEN APPROVED, LIST THE PARTICIPANTS HERE AND WHO IS SENDING TO WHOM:

suzyscissors < > princessacademy
wewilltaketothesea < > elliot_anne
skittlebub < > How Lovely
MsJamieLeigh < > WnaBKaet
ale0059 >> Ilianora >> Haylie **Three way swap partnering**
megstar < > pinkmichk
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Going to the chapel swap??? on: March 24, 2011 06:18:34 PM
Hi everyone!!!

I was thinking the other day that it would be awesome to get some crafty goodness related to the one thing dancing in my brain all the time lately... my upcoming wedding!!



I was thinking that we could include colors and themes and craft up some nice little trinkets for other people... and even those that are already hitched we could do something relating to their wedding...  and those still dreaming about it or searching for mr/miss right we could do a hope chest or something equally awesome.

What do you think?  I was thinking 4 pointer or so and sign-up starting mid- to late April..
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Labyrinth Swap Round 4!!!! (SIGNUP 2/13/11-3/13/11 ; MAIL BY 4/15/11) on: February 13, 2011 01:29:45 PM
Swap name: Labyrinth Swap Round 4!!!
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: suzyscissors
Co-organizer:  IsikkahJai
Sign-up date range: 2/13/11-3/13/11
Date to send item by: 4/15/11



Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 25, then I'll recruit a co-organizer

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES
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Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES


Details of swap:

'Allo.. It's time for the fourth round of the always fantastical Labyrinth swap!!!  This swap is based off of the 1986 Jim Henson movie, Labyrinth, featuring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly.

This will be a 4 point swap, and nothing is as it seems Smiley, but please check with your partner before totally spoiling please!!

For those of you who may not know what points are:

Small item     = 1 point
Medium item  = 2 points
Large item     = 3 points

By Time
Large = 3 or more hours
Medium = 2 or more hours
Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewellery with four to five items, a purse
Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
Large = $30 or more
Medium = $10-$30 dollars
Small = $10 or less

Link to Round 3 swap http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=330089.0

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap Labyrinth Swap Round 4
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
Do you agree to post in the thread weekly or notify the organizer and your partner if you are unavailable?
Do you have a camera to post pictures in the gallery (or coordinate with your partner for them to post for you)?

Favorite Labyrinth characters:
Least favorite Labyrinth characters:
Favorite Labyrinth songs:
Favorite Labyrinth quotes:
Any favorite scenes?
Favorite colors:
Least favorite colors:

Any crafts you would particularly LOVE to receive?
What crafts are you best at doing and want to make for this killer swap?
Do you have any allergies your partner should be aware of?
Any allergens in your home?
Please include the web address for your Wist, etc if you have one:
Anything else you want your partner to know?


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

As a side note, this is my first time organizing so I am really hoping for everything to go smoothly.  Please remember to send messages to me and your partner when you have sent and received your package...  I would hate to have Jareth send the Cleaners through!! Smiley



AFTER PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP AND BEEN APPROVED, LIST THE PARTICIPANTS HERE AND WHO IS SENDING TO WHOM:

Approved swappers!!
1. suzyscissors
2. Myrdda
3. DreamChild556
4. Merliquin
5. pixie_nz
6. erica_tattoos
6. mundy  ***WELCOME FIRST TIME SWAPPER!!! ***
7. Samantha_McKay
8. rossie
9. shylitlegoddess
10. spazgirl1981
11. sederick
12. Honeybeee
13. ViciousPrecious
14. deadbathducky
15. Doodisgurl89
16. DeSade13
17. ravenztarot
18. jeannebaby1
19. lrigrem
20. Anubisheart
21. lindzyt
22. midnight
23. infructescence  ***WELCOME FIRST TIME SWAPPER!!!***
24. FoxyBlue
25. Opalgryphon
26. IsikkahJai
27. mezcraft
28. Demi_Kitten
29. SilverMoon
30. Zephyr
31. StrawberryJeli
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Who loves Puck.. I know you Gleeks are out there :) (Photo-fat) on: July 13, 2010 11:00:50 AM
My partner just got her package from the Glee swap so I wanted to share one of my most favorite crafts that I made Smiley

A little background:  My partner loves Puck and likes to get shirts.  When I was doing some Gleesearch I found a pic of Puck in his letter jacket and I had flashbacks of high school when all the football players girlfriends wore either their bfs letter jackets or home/away jersey depending on which one the game wasn't.  With all that popped out the idea for a great comfy cardigan!!



I used comfy fleece for the main part of the jacket and some details inspired from a letterman's jacket complete with a varsity letter and embroidered name (Puck of course)





I used big white buttons (through hand-sewn buttonholes) and graphic floral around the collar to make it more cutesy Smiley





And just for good measure here's the back...



Comments and crits welcome.. it's my first big piece of clothing I've ever made!! Yahoo!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Gleek-y messenger bag (Photo-fat and mini-tute - be kind, it's a first) on: July 13, 2010 02:48:05 AM
I was part of the Glee swap that's in send-outs now and wanted to share what I put together for my partner!  I was able to put this messenger bag together in about an hour (just kind of a trial and error since I've never put a bag together before)

Check it out!



It's little hard to see but the patch down at the bottom says WMHS New Directions!! Smiley



I used iron-on transfer paper and am evidently out of yellow ink because New Directions was supposed to be orange lol.

But here are all the sizes I used and my mini-tute:



I wanted a bag that could be used for many different purposes.  It is big enough to throw a laptop in but still small enough to use for just little everyday stuff (which for me I guess is my laptop Smiley )

I used a medium weight black fabric and a cutesy light skull fabric for the liner (based on my partner's Tina style)

I started by cutting a front, back, and side pieces out of both fabrics.   Then I sewed the black and skull fabric together for each piece (front, back, and side separately) using the edge of the foot for the seam distance.

On the front and back I used an embroidery hoop to mark off for rounded corners (any circle would do but that's just what I had on hand in my craft room!)


You can kinda see the rounded corners in this photo

After getting all three pieces together, I sewed them all along the edges with a seam of 5/8" and made sure to leave a little allowance to fold down the edges along the back (only like 1/2"),  which give you the main part of the bag!!  You may have to trim a little bit off the side piece after sewing it to the front and back because the rounded corners will shorten what you need but don't worry about the edge because it will be folded and sewn again for the strap.  (I thought sewing around the rounded corners would be hard but it wasn't!  The fabric was just heavy enough for the fabric to stand up a little while I sewed!)

Alright, now you'll have the main part of the bag together which you can set aside while you make the strap.  I have 3" but I used a strip that was about 5-6" that I folded over twice to meet and overlap in the middle.  It gave the strap a little more weight and security.   For the length I just threw it over my shoulder to see what would work.

I used the edge of the foot again for seam distances and sewed 7 seams along the strap to make it stronger.  Each was the length of the foot from the one before (geez I hope that makes more sense than I think).  And, hurrah, I had a strap.



Grab the main part of the bag again and fold over the open edges (along the sides and back and fold them into the bag until it meets the length at the back - the allowance left earlier)  and put the strap into place inside the bag.  I used a 5/8" seam again and sewed over the straps and all along the edge.  I then sewed a little further in (probably another 5/8") to make sure that the strap stays in place and wouldn't rip out with a little weight in the bag!  Ta-da!! The actually bag is done!

But this wasn't a plain bag swap I was in.. it was a GLEE swap Smiley  I decided to do a series of patches on the bag with the Glee club's name and some quotes.  I used iron-on transfer paper to make 5 badges - one big one and four small with quotes.

I sewed the big patch on and frayed the edges and just loved the way it looked to scratched the other patches on the bag.  (don't worry, they didn't go to waste - they ended up on a little polka-dottie box I made too)

Check out the final product!





Next time I'll remember to take pictures as I'm working on stuff Smiley

Comments/Crits welcome!  Lemme know what you think!!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Alice in Wonderland Hand-bound notebook on: May 25, 2010 06:19:47 AM
I decided to take a shot at something new. On my latest Good Will hunting trip *pun intended* I found some book covers at the ScrapBox.  Well I actually found a LOT of supplies there but the book covers and gray fabric are all that's relevant for this post Smiley

I decided to make a book to match my favorite crafting topic - ALICE IN WONDERLAND!!!  I made a silhouette of stretched Alice to use on the cover.  Here's the finished project..



The cover is wrapped with gray fabric painted with a textile ink.  I traced the silhouette of Alice on to the cover to have a guide on the cover of where to paint.



Since this was my first go at book binding I had a little trial and error to get the book block together and in the cover.  I started out trying to use and nail to punch holes... Mistake.. for me at least.  I consider myself a handy girl but sometimes I think my hammer is out for blood.  I ended up using a push pin on each set of 10 sheets.  I then sewed the pages - not to hard really - and had by book block together!  Step One - check!

I used a cute plaid print to take up space that I left to be able to leave a loop to keep a pen with the book.  I have about a million pens around the house but usually zero when I really need one so I thought it would be a good addition for me.



Step Two - check and check!

Then I glued the book block to the cover.  and learned after waiting for the glue to dry that it is possible to put a book block as to make the book non-fully open-able.  Tip/Reminder for next time - never do that again.  I had to place the block in with the cover completely flat and go from there.

Now I.. well, soon someone else.. has a hand bound book with the coolest fake girl I know on the cover. 



Comments/Criticism welcome!
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