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11  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: January 30, 2016 11:06:44 AM
LM: Fantastic notebook covers!

moriarT: What fun, taking pictures like that!

MandC: Printed ATCs?!?! So cool!

Research Project Name: formal dress
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points: 
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I lengthened my Agent Carter dress pattern, lowered the neckline, and made it sleeveless. Add dull satin and a new sewing machine for Christmas (YAAAAAAYYYY!) and you get a formal dress. And a crummy picture, but whatever.
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12  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: December 18, 2015 02:52:23 PM
Wow, Bunny! You've been busy!

Love those projects, rbr.



Prompt: December cardboard box "seasonal door decorating"
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points: Giver
Project Name: Phineas and Ferb (and Perry) doors
Project Link:
Brief Description: At work, we decorate doors around the school in December. I referenced this pin Phineas and Ferb. The "popcorn" is crumpled construction paper courtesy of a passel of kidlets.
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Prompt:  December battle - Lincoln Logs
Team: randomizer
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Project Name: raspberry muffins
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Brief Description: This battle is my childhood: I was always torn between legos and lincoln logs! Considering the lack of love for the latter, though, I must cast a vote for them.
A mom at work turned me on to raspberry muffins using frozen, unthawed raspberries so the juice doesn't get everywhere. Yum! Sharing recipes seems very pioneer-ish, don't you think?
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13  Re: DO NOT POST: Setting up Winter Nerd Battles 2015-2016 in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: November 30, 2015 03:16:02 PM

Mountains and Clouds, LovelyMiss, Calabaza, moriarT
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14  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: November 29, 2015 10:23:30 AM
Prompt: Sept. Isis/Osiris
Team: Randomizer
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Project Name: Burp cloths/rags
Project Link:
Brief Description: 3 thin burp cloths and/or rags on less than 1 hour's notice. Yeah!
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Also, I edited my last post, above, to add the Back to the Future bonus. I hope it counts!


Love the constellation tin, RBR.

Great call on the pouches, puzzled-penguin!
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15  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: November 28, 2015 10:50:07 AM
Prompt: Red Alert - Mad Hatter
Team: Randomizer
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Project Name: zipper x3 pouch
Project Link:
Brief Description: I like zippers, which some people think is crazy. This like of them can lead to a dangerous amount of confidence, which, in turn, can lead to me getting mad. Fortunately, this project turned out, so it's all good now.
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(the 3rd zipper is on the other side)

Prompt: Sept. Thor/Loki
Team: Randomizer
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Project Name: sweet sweet potatoes
Project Link:
Brief Description: My yearly contribution to the Thanksgiving table. Photo taken of leftovers Smiley This may be presented as a side dish, but it's sweet enough to be a dessert! Tricky, tricky!
ETA: Since Thanksgiving is inspired by a historical event, WE DON'T NEED ROADS
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16  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: November 07, 2015 05:12:33 PM
Prompt:  November battle - mind
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: giver
Project Name: Agents of SHIELD trunk-or-treat
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441440.0
Brief Description: My friend and I had to do something for a school Trunk-or-Treat and we had to coordinate. Being the geeks that we are, we thought of Agents of SHIELD.
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Prompt: November smell
Team: Randomizer
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Project Name: popcorn balls
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: The faint, sweet smell of popcorn balls means Halloween around here.
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17  Agents of SHIELD: To protect and serve candy in CHALLENGE 110 ENTRIES by Calabaza on: November 07, 2015 11:25:28 AM
So, my tendonitis was still acting up a bit from August's sewing frenzy, so I figured sewing another costume for Halloween would be pretty dumb  Cry But, my friend and I had to do something for a Trunk-or-Treat! And we had to coordinate. Being the geeks that we are, we settled on...









Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D!
I used this to make our badges. Photocopies of the logos were glued onto paper then laminated for the badge holders. I simply taped the laminated badges inside the holders so that they could be taken out and carried in our wallets after the event because, as mentioned before, we are geeks. I also glued a logo onto paper and taped it around a water bottle and made something similar for her to slip into her coffee cup. For good measure we hung a logo off the trunk as well.

We raided our closets for black clothing.

The finishing touch was the discovery and subsequent download of fake fingerprint scanning apps. Yep, there are apps for that! We "verified" the kids' identities before they were cleared for candy, even all the Caps, Hulks, and Iron Men  Smiley

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18  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: October 24, 2015 10:04:39 AM
Oh, that panda blanket!

Nice going on the costumes, puzzled-penguin!


Prompt: Lochness Monster
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: Engineering, Community
Project Name: "Lined" notebook cover
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441240
Brief Description: Not wanting to use up some of the 2 fat quarters allowed to craft with for a swap, I worked out how to use interfacing as a lining so I didn't have to stitch on the outside. My partner was in Europe, so I had to rely onthis tutorial's measurements and the photographs she provided to show how the fit on an A5 notebook.
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Prompt: Big Time
Team: Randomizer
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Project Name: Embellished Macaron Coin Purse
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441241
Brief Description: Macaron coin purses are deceptively time consuming when they're plain. For this one I tried some new things: Embossing velvet with a rubber stamp (and iron), beading over the embossed design, and decorating the zipper tape. I found that I really liked doing everything! And, since pumpkins are associated with Halloween and Thanksgiving, I'M GRATEFUL.
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19  Embellished Macaron Coin Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: October 24, 2015 09:43:02 AM
I had an amazing OTT October holidays swap partner, so I pulled out every stop I could think of for the macron coin purse I made her, which, for me, meant trying new things.



On the front I embossed the velvet with a pumpkin. Oddly enough, it was hard to find a pumpkin rubber stamp. Once I located one, the embossing went smoothly. So. Much. Fun! And so satisfying. I may be doing more of this. The embossing itself wasn't enough, though, so I beaded it.




Next came the zipper. I had black but it just didn't go. I eyed metallic zippers, but they certainly weren't rustic-y. I ended up sewing cotton lace over the black zipper tape. Why had I not embellished zippers with trim before? Easy!




Instead of glueing some white batting to the inside and covering that with fabric, I used black felt and covered it with this odd, ivory colored, sheer fabric. If I had to guess what it really is, I'd say raw silk, but I honestly don't know. It gave pretty much the look I was going for, though, whatever it is.




I had a bunch of fun and learned a lot making this!
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20  "Lined" notebook cover (no extra fabric) in Completed Projects by Calabaza on: October 24, 2015 09:07:33 AM


A while ago I figured out how to make a lined composition book cover. Yes! But then I joined a swap here where you can only use 2 fat quarters of fabric. It didn't count interfacing as fabric.

So, not wanting to waste part of my allotment of fat quarters on lining, I decided to line it with interfacing.



No stitching on the outside necessary!




First, you'll need to get the fabric part of your cover. If you're using 1 whole piece, just grab it (cut to the right size.) If you're piecing different fabrics together like I did, get all that done first. I used this tutorial for the general measurements for an A5 notebook cover. I sketched the rectangle then drew in the features I wanted: a spine and pockets. Then I used that to make the different pattern pieces.

Anyway, once you've got the fabric ready, cut a piece of fusible interfacing to the same size MINUS the side seam allowances. If you allowed for 1/2 seam allowances all the way around, cut 1 inch off 1 of the short sides of your interfacing. You won't be turning the interfacing under like you will the fabric.

This next part always gets me confused, but here goes:

Fold the flap allowances so the right sides of the fabric are together. This is the opposite of how you'll want it to look when finished. Iron the seam allowances on the flaps so that the wrong sides are together.

Finger press the flaps into the interfacing so that the non-glued sides touch. Don't iron! Position the edges of the flaps so that the cut edges touch the seam allowance folds of the fabric. The interfacing fold and the fabric fold of the flaps should match. The top and bottom edges should match. Pin.




Sew the top. Sew the bottom. Leave the flap sides alone for now Smiley



Reach in through one side and pull the other through. Turn the flaps the right way. The glue side of the interfacing should be touching the wrong side of the fabric and the seam allowances of the flap for a "hem". No glue should be where the notebook will go.

Finger press everything to where it should be (a few pins may be needed as well) then iron away, sealing the glue to the inside of your cover.








If this will be washed in the future, you may want to topstitch the interfacing to the flap, but it's your call!

This tutorial has some more in progress shots.

Add some beads if you want, slip a notebook in, and away you go! Yay!

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