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11  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
Bonus Points:
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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12  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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13  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
Bonus Points:
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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14  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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15  "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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16  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: October 16, 2015 07:40:11 PM
Wow, that must have been a ton of work, puzzled-penguin. It turned out great!

MoriarT, your stitching is gorgeous, as always!

DearBluebird, beautiful ATCs.

I've been curious about mug cakes. Thanks for the link, Quantumphysica!

Prompt: October battle: Yeti
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: giant pancakes
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Yeti lives up in the cold, cold mountains. Pancakes are great on a cold day! I made a whole batch of plate-sized (or near about) ones. I added a little extra milk to the batter to make them less prone to breaking when flipping.
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17  Re: OTT October Holidays 7 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: October 09, 2015 01:40:42 PM
How could I have not checked the gallery before now?!?! Wow! So many great items!

I received my own excellent item from artsycandice, who is an amazing artist:

Check this out! A clay jack-o'-lantern! He's adorable! She said she took clay and formed it around a paper mache ball to get the shape. It's astounding. But that's not all...

He lights up! Yup, she made it so he has a little candle in his base AND I can change the battery if he runs low. Talk about whoa.

Thank you, thank you, artsycandice! You are awesome. Thank you!
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18  Re: Craft with a Fat Quarter Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: October 09, 2015 01:31:30 PM
Oh, lovely strawberry themed package! The prairie points (?) on that zipper clutch are a neat touch. What a fun little quilt hanging!

I received some wonderful items of my own from anna.wahnsinn:

Slippers! I've been on the lookout for a nice, thin pair of slippers for over a year. I love the fabric, especially the orange! The off-white print goes along great.

So many things! I have no idea how you got all this out of 2 fat quarters. I'm so sorry for the package I sent. You made so many fabulous items! Pictured here are 2 chapstick cozies (which may also come in handy for holding lost and found items the kidlets at work are always turning in), 3 off-white hair flowers, 2 orange hair flowers (ooo, costume ideas!), 4 orange covered button hair ties - 2 with beading! I LOVE beading! I will be wearing my hair back more -a bright little drawstring pouch, 2 pendants and a necklace chain, and a tiny envelope. What could be inside it?

Needles! It's a little needle case! This is going right into my purse along with a couple of choice lengths of thread. There's a beautiful warp bracelet or choker with some cute charms too. I was never a big fan of fabric jewelry but anna.wahnsinn has changed my mind. It's just my style! I will be wearing this this weekend! There are 2 adorable flag paperclips (now I can find where I'm at in my sketchbook) and a first aid zipper pouch. I needed this so much! I'm digging for bandaids for paper cuts and skinned knees all the time at work. This will make everything so much easier. And to top it all off, there are 2 lovely fat quarters!

Thank you so much! You are an amazing swapper, anna.wahnsinn.
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19  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: September 07, 2015 08:49:14 AM
~Pinteresting Note~

I kinda went on autopilot and pinned a bunch of stuff posted within the past, um, 7 days to the Summer Games board instead of the one for Fall. I think I've got it all fixed now. Take a gander and PM me, Calabaza, if anything is misplaced.


Have a project you have to submit to meet a point deadline, know you'll forget if you don't post it now or you have a free minute and who knows when one will come around again BUT it's for a swap/other recipient who might see the picture?

Post your craftiness with a link to the photo like this:


Then, when the recipient has received your craftiness, edit the post (going to your profile and clicking "My images" is a good way to find it) to add [ img ] before and [ /img ] without the spaces after the link so the picture shows up:

[ img ]http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/220973_30Aug15_IMG_2351.jpg[ /img ] - spaces =

Finally, PM me with at least the name of the project and what page of the craftalong I can find it so I can pin your craftiness. This gives me even more of an excuse to be on pinterest!

Thank you!
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20  Re: DO NOT POST: Setting up Fall Nerd Battles 2015 in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: August 31, 2015 06:42:48 PM

Calabaza, edelC, moriarT, MountainsandClouds, LovelyMiss
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