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11  Re: Matchbox Swap round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Samantha_McKay on: May 05, 2011 01:42:31 PM
I'm so sorry I havn't posted sooner!. I had issues with posting before I left for my harry potter convention and the hotel's wifi was killed by hundreds of fangirls lol.

I have received from Theaquacreature and I am madly in love with the matchbox as well as the contents!

Sooo pretty and steampunk-esque on the outside.


All neatly packed up!

The goodies... beads, springs, dice, etc. So much fun.

And my favorite piece of all, a sparkly handmade Stargate charm! Genius!

Seriously cool! And where on earth did you find a Stargate Worlds tag?
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12  Re: Labyrinth Swap Round 4 GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by Samantha_McKay on: May 05, 2011 01:31:02 PM
I received my package from the lovely lrigrem and am finally home to post pictures! I am so sorry they are late. Between packing for the convention I just got back from and having other issues I didn't get it done before I left. And wouldn't you know, all the fangirls at the hotel killed the wifi. Also, just now I plugged my camera card in and my pictures were out of order in the folder, I have no idea what that's about.

I had a pic of the packed package, no idea where it ran to....
Inside was a lovely little owl bag Smiley

Faerie Cards! I'm going to frame these for my stairway walls Smiley Already have the frames.

A Sarah hair clip, which I wore this last weekend with my crazy hair falls. No action pics yet, someone else was wielding the camera.

THE MOST ADORABLE OWL PLUSH! My littlest has stolen it and has slept with it every night. Check out his eyes!

A lovely bracelet set, that matches everything I own. This tells me I need a life instead of costuming for balls and slytherin house from hp.

And an oh so beautiful jewelry box. This is now sitting at home on my vanity in my bedroom!



I loved the package, and this swap rocked! Thank you Smiley
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13  Re: Matchbox Swap round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Samantha_McKay on: April 20, 2011 08:41:07 PM
And since Fullmoon is having camera troubles she asked me to post the box that I sent to her.
I went with a rock/music sorta theme.
I sent it with black ribbon to keep it tied up, but didn't take a pic of that.

The box...

The skull pin comes off and can be worn or used.

All packed up...


Close up of the hand made charms...
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14  Re: Matchbox Swap round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Samantha_McKay on: April 20, 2011 08:34:14 PM
Okay, I feel like a moron. My husband pointed out that the printer I've had for awhile now, has a camera card port. So, even without  my camera cord I can upload pics.
And usually I am so tech savvy.

So here is the cute little matchbox that Fullmoon sent to me (I was the first to receive, see how lazy I am!?)
The box...

All neatly packed...

The goodies... Check out the awesome earrings! They are perfectly Slytherin and will go with all my costumes.

Inside of the box...   I love the paper pattern inside it's so swirly.

And now of course the matchbox is totally going to become a box for tiny earrings for packing my earrings in for the Harry Potter Con I'm going to be at next week! Thank you! Smiley
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15  Zombie Attack Victim - Cake in Dessert by Samantha_McKay on: March 25, 2011 07:17:03 PM
My husband had a birthday today and what better way to show my love than to make him a heart shaped cake! And lungs, and a liver, kidneys, intestines, stomach, etc.

This lovely little beauty is about actual human torso size. It consists of dark chocolate cake, vanilla butter-cream, and vanilla marshmallow fondant with a nice bloody drizzle of a cherry and raspberry gel 'filling'. The ribs are piped white chocolate.

The intestine is really pretty gross, it's filled with a cake-pop mixture which is crumbled cake and frosting mixed together to make a paste. Very disgusting and I'm sure you get what it's supposed to be lol.

An extra set of hands is essential, so my brother lunatekk was key in making this one happen!

Before the gore... (Which I think I prefer the look of, I was sad to cover it with blood lol)


This cake was inspired by one I found online.
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16  Re: OTHPT2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Samantha_McKay on: March 25, 2011 07:04:29 PM
Oh those are awesome! And the commentary cracked me up, I had to make my husband read it lol.

I finally uploaded a few pictures of the Amortenia that I took, I hope you don't mind if I post them. I thought I took good ones, they looked good on the camera, but of course when I uploaded they were blurry. Oh well.

It was a whole new type of craft for me. It's a glass bottle filled with glass marbles, heart shaped beads, pearls, rhinestones, pink dice, heart charms, a heart shaped spring, and then filled in with resin colored with pink eyeshadow pigment. The cork is removable and scented with strawberry oil for an attractive scent.
The label on the bottle can be removed and worn. It reads "Amortentia The most powerful love potion in the world."

There was also a tiny card I tucked into the box that said;

Drink me and your love is distorted
My color is bright and my scent is assorted.
Open me up, use only a bit
And to your intended feelings I transmit.

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17  Altered Book for The Harry Potter Alliance in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Samantha_McKay on: February 28, 2011 12:33:13 AM
I made an altered book for my local chapter of The Harry Potter Alliance. They have a library display case for the month of March. Since we are currently doing a book drive as well I thought this might be a cute addition to the display rather than just pining up a flyer.

I started with an old outdated encyclopedia from freecycle. I didn't alter the books cover since it will be on a book stand on display, but I figure that once it comes out of the case I might make a more complete one with a new face.

I used hot glue, mod-podge, printer photo paper, a scrap of ribbon, and a few beads salvaged from a necklace.

This was the first time I've done this before but it was a lot of fun.

This is the book open (it's sealed this shape, open and flat) on a bookstand.

Top of the book. I loved the way the pages shaped. You can also see the bookmark here.

And the bottom of the book, complete with bottom of bookmark.

This is the back of the book, and technically the before, though the back is still the same for now.
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18  Assorted Harry Potter Wands - pic obese in Completed Projects by Samantha_McKay on: February 18, 2011 09:27:48 PM
For Valentines day I made wands for everyone in my Harry Potter meetup group. I thought my pictures turned out better than they did. I apologize for how bad the pictures seem to be.
Pay no attention to my horribly abused scratched up table.

I've got plans to not only make more of these, but to try and make replicas of more of the movie wands. Though next time I promise to take better pics.

All were made with wooden craft dowels or sticks I picked up outside.
Details are molded from plain sculpey clay and or hotglue.
Baked, painted with acrylics and sealed with mod-podge.
Each of these are between 11 and 13 inches depending on the wand.

My version of The Elder Wand

My version of Voldemort's Wand

Organic stick, half sanded and sealed.

Sculpey vines, this one is fairly heavy on the end, but fits nicely in the palm.

Drizzled Hot Glue and then painted, I love how this one turned out.

Calla-Lily Handle. I made these in both white and orange.

Sculpted Leaves, these are placed mid-wand.

Dragon's Eye, and one in silver.

Slightly better pic of the eye.

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19  Re: Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Swap Gallery in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Samantha_McKay on: October 29, 2010 12:50:39 AM
My package arrived early this afternoon and I think my boys were as excited as I was!
MizzKodak you rock!

My package arrived slightly smooshed, but upon opening was in good order.

Tehe, loved the letter. Darn Skippy! As it should be Smiley

*Insert squeal of delight* A dark mark embroidered bag! This is perfect for I don't know how many things. The girls in my meetup group will be so jealous.

Next was a jar of Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans. And here is redhead number 1 sampling them. As you can see we hate clothing lol. He thinks he's going to burn to death in the heat here. Can you tell he was born and raised in Alaska, because here it is Late October and DC is too hot for him.

And then readhead number two....  Also claims to be dying of heat stroke.

Next came a really lovely scarf, and after I picked a pound of paper fuzzies  out of it..... we tried it on! LOL
So soft, and lovely and perfect. The picture doesn't do it justice! This will look so great with a thousand and one things including my winter cloak. And it smells so good!

And last but certainly not least, a snake pendant necklace! Action shot right before readhead number 1 decided it was his, he wore it all day. Please excuse the anatomy lesson behind it.
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20  First Wedding Cake - New Member Post in Dessert by Samantha_McKay on: July 10, 2010 10:23:04 AM
Okay so this is three years old now, but I'm a new member.

This is the first wedding cake I ever made (with my younger sister), sheet cakes included. And besides being the first wedding cake, it was the first cake. If you don't count plain cakes like you'd frost while it was still in the pan.

Not the best picture. Stupid me, I didn't take pictures but luckily someone did. This was our wedding gift to the bride.
The wedding cake was made with homemade buttercream, peach flavored white cake and in between each layer is homemade peach filling.
Sheet cakes were chocolate with espresso buttercream, and yellow with vanilla buttercream.
All detail is freehand piping, including the topper. No fondant was present at the baking of this cake.

LOL not impressive at all unless you factor in that we made this in a log cabin in Alaska and transported it on rough roads through the mountains to the brides childhood home.

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