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91  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: August 29, 2014 07:45:20 AM
Thanks!

I love the faux slides, Smeddley! Fun and clever!

bunny1kenobi, I know some people who would gladly abscond with that mat.


My other IYPartner just received so, before I forget, here's war I sent her:

Prompt: August stash
Team: randomizer
Event: Craftology
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: robin macaroon coin purse
Project Link: not yet
Brief Description: I have a large stash Smiley I doodled the bird which is most like the color in the 1st square.
Project Picture:


Prompt: red alert
Team: randomizer
Event: Paperology
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: exploding needlebox
Project Link: not yet
Brief Description: She said she liked the beach, so I used ocean-y colors. The linen-y fabric reminds me of sand, which is tiny rocks Smiley The fabric is wrapped around chipboard, which is paper.
Project Picture:


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92  Re: DO NOT POST! Setting up the Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: August 28, 2014 12:44:47 PM


~ 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 - 2105 (+ 140 in bounties)~
Reminders: Challenges/Battles 20 pts, Research Projects 100 pts
Engineering/Giver/UFO/Prompt Specific 5-10 pts Extra
See the Bounty Bulletin for more point opportunities


Completed Challenges
   September
Scrabble - Ankhored*, crazyda79, Calabaza, artsycandice, LovelyMiss
Hide and Seek - artsycandice, crazyda79, Calabaza, LovelyMiss
Pong - crazyda79, Ankhored, Calabaza, artsycandice, LovelyMiss
Solitaire - artsycandice, Ankhored, Calabaza, crazyda79, LovelyMiss*
Yahtzee - crazyda79, Calabaza, artsycandice, LovelyMiss
   October
No Bones about It - crazyda79, artsycandice, Calabaza, LovelyMiss
Hocus Pocus - Calabaza, crazyda79, LovelyMiss
Graveyard Shift - crazyda79, Calabaza, LovelyMiss
Pumpkin Patch - Calabaza, artsycandice, crazyda79, LovelyMiss,
Haunted House - crazyda79, Calabaza*, LovelyMiss
   November
Fantasy - crazyda79, artsycandice, Calabaza, LovelyMiss
Mystery - artsycandice, crazyda79, Calabaza, LovelyMiss
Science Fiction - crazyda79, Calabaza, LovelyMiss
Romance - crazyda79, artsycandice, LovelyMiss
Humor - crazyda79*, artsycandice, Calabaza*, LovelyMiss*

Completed Battles
September - LovelyMiss, crazyda79, Ankhored*, Calabaza
October - crazyda79*, artsycandice, Calabaza, LovelyMiss
November - crazyda79, Calabaza, LovelyMiss

Completed Mobs
September - Ankhored*, LovelyMiss*, Calabaza, crazyda79
October - crazyda79, Calabaza*, LovelyMiss
November - crazyda79, Calabaza, LovelyMiss

Completed Red Alerts
Thanksgiving - artsycandice, crazyda79, Calabaza, LovelyMiss

Completed Brownie Points

Completed Research Projects
crazyda79
artsycandice
Calabaza*
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93  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: August 27, 2014 10:09:09 AM
Since there is officially no way my other IYP partner will receive before September (as I'm not ready to send yet), here are a couple of things I made her that she's going to get eventually. NO PEEKING, STICKER!

Prompt: July User's Manual
Team: Randomizer
Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: fusing fabrics into fabric
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I learned to iron some fabrics to become another fabric. The, uh, string up top is cut from some chenille yarn. I used the yarn itself for the ends.
Project Picture:
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/220973_14Aug14_garlandbuntingmixed.jpg

Prompt: August 2.0
Team: randomizer
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: purse
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: This is the latest version of some purses I've made, especially one Wink
Project Picture:
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/220973_14Aug14_pursemexifront1.jpg
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/220973_14Aug14_pursemexiinside.jpg
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/220973_14Aug14_pursemexioutpockets.jpg

Prompt: June Waldo
Team: Randomizer
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: purse for me
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I came to a halt when I got to the zipper part. Did I have one that would work? Stash to the rescue!
Project Picture:






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94  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: August 19, 2014 06:00:59 PM
Artsycandice, that guy is so intriguing! What a project!


Prompt: July wee bit
Team: randomizer
Event: Paperology
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: TM patch card
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I made this for our craftalong swap. It was my first TM patch which I pinned to card stock to make a card. I always thought these patches would be quick to do, but, man, I have new respect for you guys who make them!
This guy features thallium on the periodic table. I used lead-colored thread because that's its natural color and green because of the spectral line. For no reason, it was my nickname in high school chemistry.
Project Picture:


Prompt: August rhinestone
Team: randomizer
Event: Craftology
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Sunflower seed pouch
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Okay, crummy pic, but I painted silver lines on that little black piece to make it a sunflower seed before sewing it on.
Project Picture:

It nests inside...

Prompt: August battle - Earth
Team: randomizer
Event:Fabricology
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: sunflower sprout pouch
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: A sunflower seed grows into a sunflower plant when planted in earth.
Project Picture:

It nests inside...

Prompt: August mob happy
Team: randomizer
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: sunflower pouch
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: The sunflower plant grows a sunflower flower. They make me happy! Hopefully this one makes my swap partner happy Smiley
Project Picture:


Here's a pic of them all the lifecycle of the sunflower pouches together:


I used this tutorial for them, just shrunk down the measurements.
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95  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: August 14, 2014 07:27:08 PM
Research Project Name:shirred dress w/ more than a tube
Team: randomizer
Event: fabricology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: This thing was a pain. It was going to have sleeves, no ruffle, etc., etc. But, through my fabric choices, misadventures in cutting, etc. that so did not work out. I think I'll be happy with the end product once I get over all the mishaps along the way. It may take a while, though.
Project Picture:

This one shows that it's more than a tube better:



All right, time to get my mind on something else:

Research Project Name: Halloween Costume
Team: Randomizer
Brief Description: I'm going to run away and join the circus this October Smiley It'll take me to least 3 weeks to settle on more of a plan of action than that and make the outfit.
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96  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: August 13, 2014 04:56:49 PM
Thanks!

Baked ziti! Oh my gosh, crazyda, that's one of my faves! I haven't had it in years.

Wow on the drawing, roller!


Prompt: August rainbow
Team: randomizer
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: edible 10
Project Name: sweet potato fries
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I love warm colors! I used this recipe to make yellow sweet potato fries with black pepper and served them with red tomato ketchup. They are so good! I wasn't expecting much, but, wow!
Project Picture:


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97  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: August 10, 2014 09:26:00 AM
Mmmmm! Caramel! I may make that and just leave off the bananas.


Prompt: August string
Team: Randomizer
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: UFO 10
Project Name: dress alterations
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I've had this in my to-alter pile for ages. I took off some rickrack that was between the middle and bottom tier then took it up about a 1/2 inch. Made all the difference! I wore it to go see my vests in Fiddler on the Roof last night.
Project Picture:
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98  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: July 26, 2014 12:17:32 PM
Awww! They're all so cute, roller! (BTW, I think we might be sorta neighbors...)

Artsycandice, have fun at the fair! I love county fairs!


Prompt: July battle - dogs
Team: Randomizer
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: team baseball macaroon
Project Link: 
Brief Description: I got a request for a baseball-esque macaroon (or macaron if you prefer) coin purse in SF Giants colors. Hence, the black and orange. And what's one food associated with the best game ever? Hot dogs!
Project Picture:


Prompt: June onomatopoeia - zip
Team: randomizer
Event: Craftology
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: another shiny macaroon
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Also to fulfill a request I made another "Shiny" macaroon coin purse/pillbox. Paint was involved so I'm going to put this in craftology. The purse zips closed with a zipper.
Project Picture:
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99  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: July 19, 2014 10:44:16 AM
Haha, Mrs. Peel! Great name and excellent embroidery as usual, Ludi!


Prompt: July flash mob
Team: randomizer
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: UFO 10
Project Name: maxi dress alterations and repairs
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I've had this thrift store dress in my to-fix pile for months...ok, years.  Roll Eyes I sewed up under the arms, closed the front more and did a few repairs to the elastic. I finished just in time to wear it to a wedding yesterday!
Project Picture:

(crummy picture taken this morning)


Prompt:  July photogenic
Team: randomizer
Event: Paperology
Bonus Points: Engineering 10
Project Name: paper cut card
Project Link: (if available) http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434709.0
Brief Description: I designed the image and printed it out so I could hand-cut this card for my friend, J. We've been pals since preschool!
The link includes a tutorial on how I did the designing part. I'm still green, I know, but I wrote down what would have helped me when I was even greener!
Project Picture:

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100  Making a Pretty, Paper-Cut Message for the Artistically Challenged in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: July 19, 2014 10:28:25 AM



For a while now, I’ve liked to do simple paper cuts on occasion, such this card I made to go on a friend’s wedding gift.



It’s so fun! And it’s about the one type of paper crafting I can do with any confidence, although I’m still not that good. I thought this hid that fact all right!


If you’re at all like me, I have one big suggestion for your paper cut designing adventure:

Graph paper.



Here are some other suggestions:

Write out your message and give it some lines to rest on. I’ve seen paper cuts where the letters are connected only to each other and, perhaps, a background design. It’s amazing! Maybe someday I’ll get to that point and maybe I won’t. I thought this looked pretty good!

As you can see from the finished product, the dots and dashes aren’t connected. They had to be glued onto the white backing separately. I was okay with that.

Scan your message into your computer in case you mess up on the next step. When I did, I just printed out the scan and continued on. Okay, there was some grumbling about messing up but not as much as if I had messed up AND had to start from scratch.


Now, you could leave the design like with just the letters and lines or you could add a background. Leaves or vines or stars? They’re awesome. When I tried, though, they looked like eww. So connecting infinity-like loops it was!

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Draw them out in pencil, adjust as needed, then marker over the top of the lines so you have an idea of how wide to leave them when you start cutting. I used a fine tip sharpie.


Next, decide where you want your image’s edges to be. I opted for this look for mine:




Scan it into your computer even if you lived dangerously before and didn’t make a copy because you’re going to flip.

Really!



However you want, flip it so it’s mirror image. I took a screen shot, put it in my text editing program and flipped it there.


Print it out and adhere it onto the back of whatever paper you’re using. I knew I was going to glue mine down to the backing paper completely (so the reverse would never be seen) so I used a plain, old glue stick.


Cut away!

Enjoy your work and your finished project!


Hope this helped!
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