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121  Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: April 28, 2014 05:06:09 PM
Oh my gosh, Ludi, they're adorable! How did you make them?

Okay, so I heard some interest in how to make exploding/expanding needle boxes or etui as I think they're also called. If you want to, you can follow the link below for a tutorial on this one!

Battle/Challenge:  April Best
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: Exploding needlebox suitcase
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=433170.0
Brief Description: I love vintage travel. I needed a new needle box to pack around. I dug through my fabric stash and found the perfect supplies! As I made it (in about three hours Sunday afternoon), I took pictures for the tutorial in the link.
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122  Exploding Needlebox Etui Tutorial - No Sew! Vintage Travel Theme Optional! in Completed Projects by Calabaza on: April 28, 2014 04:52:58 PM
Recently Ive gotten back into making fabric boxes. They are so fun, quick, inexpensive and easy to individualize!

I made this one for me!

The inside grommet tape will hold straight pins and needles (sharp and blunt-tipped) and safety pins that I can use to keep things (little bits of ribbon, bias tape, baggies of supplies) in place while toting them around in this box.

Want to make your own exploding box or etui? Read on! No sewing is needed. Perfect gifts for those who dont sew to make friends who do. Want to sew? Go for it! Glueing is much easier, though, and very sturdy!

You will need:
Chipboard, photo matting, cardboard or the like (maybe balsa wood?)
Thin quilt batting (I used cotton)
Glue (white tacky glue is fine)
Cord (silky cord works nicely)

Grommet tape, fabric, ribbon, ? for inside
Stuff to decorate outside (grommet tape, embroidery floss, beads, etc.)

Determine what shape, dimensions, features, whatever you want for your box. Cut the chipboard (or substitute) however you need. My new box is 4 x 6. I cut four 4x6 pieces and two 4x4. Then I cut four 3.75x5.75 pieces and two 3.75x3.75 for the inside.

(not all pieces pictured)

Glue one side of all your pieces to the quilt batting. Cut batting to same size as board.

Cut your fabric so each piece is about a quarter to a half an inch bigger on each side of its board. Dont glue the fabric onto the batting!

Lay chipboard batting side down on the wrong side of the fabric. Glue the corners of the fabric on the back (chipboard side) first then do the same with the edges.

Make sure everything dries securely.

Clothespins work well. So does sticking things under a book or laptop to dry Smiley

To make a hinge cut a strip or cloth as long as the edges youre joining and about 1.5-2 wide. Glue in half so right sides are showing both ways. Make enough for all the pieces you are hinging together.

To keep things nice and tidy trim hinges like so:

Push outside pieces close together (making sure its the layout you want) and glue the hinges on the back. Weigh down and let dry.

Take this opportunity to get interior decorating!
For the pin and needle holders I cut grommet tape to a little longer than the length of the chipboard

centered it onto the piece then glued it down on the back.

Glue down inside pieces. I started with ones that wouldnt have silky cord string attached (the lid underside and the bottom.)

Cut and attach cord. Mine are round 22-23 inches long. Glue to back of front piece then glue back piece on top and help it dry securely.

Cut small pieces of cord for the loops. Glue them down so about a quarter of an inch sticks up past the edge. Thread long strings through and adjust loop size as needed. It should be a snug fit. Glue back piece on top.

Let dry. The waiting is the hardest part Grin

Enjoy your work!
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123  Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: April 26, 2014 06:40:36 PM
Lovely monsters, LovelyMiss! Great little shrine. The bruschetta looks delish!

I like what you did with the altered puzzle! I may try something like that myself...

But first, at last, I am turning in some prompts!

Battle/Challenge: March Luck of the Irish
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: Exploding Needle Box
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: I used to make cardboard and fabric boxes all the time. I love how they can be varied so much with fabric and accents and they use so little material! I found a kit at the store for this guy (pre-cut pieces! Yay!) and after giving up on following the official directions it was great fun to make. Its color scheme includes green.
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Battle/Challenge: March Exterminate
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: Ship Fabric Hoop
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description:
Using scraps of different fabrics (muslin, osnaburg and linen) I made the sails for this hoop's ship (also a scrap.) I did buy the water and the sky, though. I liked the feel of these with the scraps!
Project Picture:

The back:

Battle/Challenge: March Idioms
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Made of Money
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: Made of money can describe a wealthy person, but it can be used literally here! There's leather and some jump rings, but the danglies are pounded and stamped pennies.
Project Picture:

Battle/Challenge: April Crown
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Fabric Bracelets
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: Royalty wear jewelry!
Like the needle box, hoop and penny bracelet, these fabric bracelets were made for a swap. They were pretty quick to make once I got going. One is denim (salvaged from an old skirt) that I slit to braid magic-braid style, stitched with embroider floss and added a solver closure to. The other is 4-strand braided with a very light, gauzy fabric paired with some dark blue silky cord. They both turned out better than I thought they might so yay!
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Battle/Challenge: April Battle - Regular Books (Alice in Wonderland and Alice through the Looking Glass)
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: Alice Themed Penny Necklace
Project Page Link (if available): none yet
Brief Description: My mom requested this necklace. The words stamped onto the pounded pennies are HEARTS CAT ALICE TEA and CHESS
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Battle/Challenge: March Friendship is Magic
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Regency Tea Coloring
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: For a friend's birthday I decided to try coloring with tea! I found an old illustration online, printed it out on normal computer paper, brewed a bunch of black tea and painted away!
Project Picture:

I also soaked the whole page in tea a couple of times so it all looked old. It's mounted on some heavy-duty chipboard. The back is covered with tea-stained card stock with an embroidery floss hanger.

Battle/Challenge: April Mob
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Macaron with Tea
Project Page Link (if available): none yet
Brief Description:

Macaron coin purses are kind of a novelty item! I made this for the friend who also got the tea colored picture. A swatch of muslin was soaked in tea and left to dry overnight. After ironing out the flock of wrinkles, I drew on a teapot and cup and saucer using a fabric pen. I wrote the initial D near the handle of each. As is my habit now, the outside is coated with sealer.
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124  Re: IYP (invite your partner) 25 - Silver Jubilee Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: March 18, 2014 05:13:01 PM
And here are pictures as promised!

To close out the season in style, Sticker sent me this wonderful gray cloche winter hat with its own accessories!

There's a golden yellow flower, a gray flower, a length of ribbon and a bow which, I notice now, escaped being photographed. Sorry about that.  Embarrassed It's very nice! Everything in this picture is! In fact, everything she ever sends is! We've done multiple IYPs in addition to sending Christmas and birthday gifts and Sticker herself is always just as nice as her crafts!

She is fabulous with paper and she sent me some stellar examples! Here is the great variety of gift tags (love that they're tied with that classic brown string!) PLUS gift tags with matching envelopes that came in their own, giant, handy storage envelope box. Sweet!

Did you think we were done with paper crafts? Oh, no, no, no! I LOVE Halloween and she sent me three fantastic cards and envelopes for me to inundate my friends and family with my love of October 31st. How great is that?!

And last but not least...

This beautiful, bright and happy bracelet. It's so refreshing! Every time I look at it I feel a little closer to summer (which, despite my love of Halloween, is my favorite season.) I've worn it twice already and have gotten compliments on it each time. It is well-loved, Sticker! The bag it came in is very cute as well! (See it?)

Thank you, thank you, StickerChic87!
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125  Re: Winter Nerd Battles --December 5, 2013 - February 28, 2014 - Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: February 28, 2014 07:27:45 PM
So many more great projects!!! I will be pinning them all shortly.

Battle/Challenge:  February Red Alert Olympics
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Sochi Games Diamond Backdrop-inspired Macaroon Coin Purse
Project Page Link (if available): None, yet. Wifi is being evil. Hope this post goes through!
Brief Description: While spending every day after school watching the 2014 Winter Olympics, the colorful, quilty-diamond backdrops caught my crafty eye. I used a wintry color combo to make this commemorative macaroon.
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Battle/Challenge:  January UFO
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 10 for ORANGE!
Project Name: Orange Macaroon
Project Page Link (if available): see above
Brief Description: One of my favorite colors is ORANGE! I love it! I also love eating ORANGES! This design had been in my mind a long while and I finally tried it out!
Project Picture:

Battle/Challenge: February Superfan
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Shiny "Shiny" Macaroon
Project Page Link (if available): ^
Brief Description: I really like Firefly and it combines several other things I really like (languages, the history of communism, fashion, etc.) so this fits both ways to look at the prompt! It didn't turn out how I imagined it, but I think it's kind of all right.
Project Picture:
ETS: Yeah, that's what I get for staying up late crafting. Will be replacing the front for one with the right spelling. At least I spelled it right when typing!

Battle/Challenge: February Free Art
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Glass-inspired Macaroon
Project Page Link (if available): ^
Brief Description: While pondering the diamond one above, I started thinking about how much I like lattice windows and stained glass. Stained glass is public art! Windows are often public from at least one side. Usually the work was done decades ago but old public art is art too!
This one's based on broken stained glass and broken lattice windows.
Project Picture:

Battle/Challenge: December Glitter
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Another broken glass macaroon
Project Page Link (if available): ^
Brief Description: I decided I might like the one above, so I made another one using playing card/chess/checkers colors. The lines are metallic paint.
Project Picture:

Oh my gosh, I seriously have a problem with these things.  Roll Eyes
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126  Re: ~SETTING UP - DO NOT POST~ Spring Nerd Battles March 1 - May 31, 2014 in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: February 26, 2014 05:33:15 PM
Team Randomizer: Last on the list, first in randomness!

~ Geekdom of OOAKs, Oddballs, and Marchers to Different Drummers ~
To better understand this team...
-Our motto could be "It's all good."
-Kind of like Hufflepuff

Welcome, welcome!
If you have any questions, go ahead and pop off a PM to me, Calabaza,
or mosey on over to the Discussion Thread.

~Team Randomizer Points - 1640~
*Reminder: Challenges/Battles 20 pts, Research Projects 100 pts, Engineering/Giver/Prompt-specific 10 pts Extra (can claim more than one)*

Completed Challenges
Idioms - LovelyMiss, Amaranth_in_oz, crazyda79, Calabaza
Friendship - LovelyMiss, Amaranth_in_oz, Calabaza, crazyda79
Irish - crazyda79, LovelyMiss, Amaranth_in_oz, Calabaza
Clone - crazyda79, Linakins, LovelyMiss
Exterminate - crazyda79, LovelyMiss, Amaranth_in_oz, Calabaza
What's Your Sign? - Amaranth_in_oz, crazyda79, LovelyMiss
Honey, You Should See Me in a Crown - Amaranth_in_oz, Calabaza, crazyda79, LovelyMiss
Now We're Cooking - crazyda79, LovelyMiss*
You're the Best Around - Amaranth_in_oz, LovelyMiss*, crazyda79, Calabaza*
Shrines - LovelyMiss, crazyda79
Book Arts - LovelyMiss, crazyda79
It's Actually Pretty Easy Being Green - LovelyMisscrazyda79
Going Postal - Amaranth_in_oz, LovelyMiss, crazyda79
Department of the Interior - LovelyMiss, crazyda79
Right in the Feels - LovelyMiss, crazyda79

Completed UFOs
   March 10 extra points for project that's yellow - crazyda79*, LovelyMiss*
   April 10 extra points for a project that's black - crazyda79*, LovelyMiss*, Calabaza*
   May 10 extra points for a project that's gold - crazyda79*, LovelyMiss*

Completed Flash Mobs
   March Spring! - LovelyMiss, Amaranth_in_oz, crazyda79
   April - crazyda79, Amaranth_in_oz, LovelyMiss, Calabaza
   May - LovelyMiss, crazyda79

Completed Battles
   March Color vs. Black & White - LovelyMiss, Amaranth_in_oz, crazyda79
   April Comic Books vs Regular Books - crazyda79, Amaranth_in_oz, Calabaza
   May Coffee vs. Tea - crazyda79, LovelyMiss

Completed Red Alerts
   March Pi - LovelyMiss*, crazyda79

Completed Brownie Points Projects

Completed Research Projects

Proposed Research Projects
   Calabaza - Blanket
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127  Re: Winter Nerd Battles --December 5, 2013 - February 28, 2014 - Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: February 08, 2014 05:33:19 PM
Holy guacamole, Ludi! That's felt!?!? You are a wonder!

Battle/Challenge:  January theme song
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Comic Action
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431414.new#axzz2smeSmnlv
Brief Description: I've always had a very low threshold for violence, but even as a kid, I could take reruns of the old 60's Batman show. This macaroon coin purse (yeah, another one. And get ready for one more after this) is inspired by the action bubbles that abounded in the show, starting with the opening theme. Nananananana...
Project Picture:

Battle/Challenge:  January 20
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Magic 8 Ball
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431414.new#axzz2smeSmnlv
Brief Description: I had this idea in my head for a while and decided to give it a go for the One Tiny Surprise Thing swap.
Project Picture:

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128  Still more macaroon coin purses: postmark, comic action, pie and a magic 8 ball in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: February 08, 2014 05:21:33 PM
I've been busy Grin

I love macaroon coin purses. Have I mentioned that? Here are...(1, 2, 3...) 4 more!

I love vintage travel and one of my favorite places is Pullman, WA. It's a little city on the east side of Washington. I went there several times for sightseeing and- back in high school -FFA competitions (it's home to Washiongton State U, our land grant college.) I have very fond memories of bookstores, farmland, and pizza Smiley

I made this macaroon for a swap a while back. Mine is version 2.0. The air mail stripes and writing are done with fabric pen, no embroidery. It, like all the ones below, are coated with sealer.

This one's a comic action bubble! Inside is a US quarter to give you an idea of size. The outside is about 1.5 inches wide. Heehee. I think it's funny that he's little but so forceful!

This cherry pie one I wasn't too happy with, but my friend did so it's okay! Phew! The back is covered in gray, like an aluminum pie plate.

Oh, Magic 8 Ball, *whisper, whisper, whisper*

He's not very definite, but I thought he was kind of cute! The 8 is written in fabric marker on white fabric and the surrounding black is fabric paint. I painted the back too, to keep the shades and texture the same. The writing gave me fits. I had to use this pretty bulky-tipped fabric paint pen to get the white to show up on the dark blue. I think it was worth it, though.

Sheesh, that was a lot of macaroons! C&C always welcome!
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129  Re: One Tiny Surprise Thing Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: February 07, 2014 06:31:36 PM
My partner got hers today according to tracking and I really hope she likes it.
Yes, she's received! She pm'd me today. I'm sure she'll post photos soon.

Yes! I did get it and I LOVE it, HG! Thanks so much! I wasn't sure who it was from so I just pm'ed our fearless organizer when it came. It couldn't have arrived at a better time either! Yesterday was a truly hectic and crummy day at work. I got home late and there, waiting for me, was...

wait for it...

A pocket watch case necklace! Awesome! You know, before this swap I wasn't too into paper quilled items, but, boy, has my mind been changed. Look at it! All those teeny-tiny pieces and such detail. HeatherG said in her note that she wanted to make several inserts (the back of the case can come off if I ever, for some reason, wished to change the contents.) I can't imagine how much work went into this one  Shocked

As if that wasn't enough, she sent a beautiful card too and packaged the necklace cleverly.

Thank you, HeatherG!
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130  Re: Winter Nerd Battles --December 5, 2013 - February 28, 2014 - Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: January 31, 2014 06:22:17 PM
Love the swirly fish, Smeddley!
Beautiful necklace, Tanath! Wow, thanks so much for all your work tracking!

Battle/Challenge:  January flash mob
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Postmark macaroon coin purse 2.0
Project Page Link (if available): none, yet
Brief Description: I love macaroon coin purses: making and using! This will definitely come in handy this year. I made a postmark-y one before but this one is for me. It features a wonderful little college town smack in the middle of the Palouse here in Washington and one of my favorite dates. I fell in love with the area as a high schooler.
Project Picture:
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