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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Flourish & Blotts (Harry Potter) Miniature on: February 02, 2016 07:17:17 PM
Last week for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts DT I made the front window for Flourish & Blotts, the bookstore in Diagon Alley from Harry Potter. I made a giant stack of miniature books and used a frame from GSLC, added some clear plastic packaging and cut some cardboard to fit. Filled with books, scrolls and even a tiny little lantern in the bottom right corner.









2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Junk Shrine on: February 02, 2016 07:08:54 PM
I'm on the Design Team this year for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and was sent these lovely shrine boxes. I've been playing a lot of Fallout 4 lately, as I'm a total gamer chick. So melding craft and post apocalyptic gaming, I give you Junk Shrines. As Knickertwist told me "You can stick any old thing in there" - so I did. Quite literally. You'll find I've raided my husbands junk bin for bits and bobs and then I stuck said bits and bobs into the shrine.

It's covered in kids "play foam" (that colourful stuff in the kids aisle of the craft store) which I've painted to look like metal. After the paint comes my Rust Dust - a recipe I created to give metal a more accurate looking rust. If you're interested, I made a tutorial on it here: https://youtu.be/UJbaZVShTu0









3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / 3 Story Tudor Home - 28mm Scale on: December 09, 2015 01:00:07 PM
This is a three story Tudor style home build entirely out of foam core and designed by myself (it's not pre-fabricated in any way). Accents are done with wood and bits of styrofoam floral accents. Texture is done with a sand/PVA glue and paint.

Each story is 3 inches tall and measures about 14 inches from the base to the peak of the chimney.




















4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Guillotine (Warning: Some blood) on: December 05, 2015 08:26:15 PM
I've been building wargaming terrain for many years now and I wanted to share with you a recent project that my twisted mind came up with - and that is a guillotine. It's more fantasy than practical, and I'm not happy with the blood (because I know I can do better).

The base is carved out of pink insulation foam, the majority of the wooden bits are coffee stir sticks from the dollar store, the "blade" is just cereal box card, the grass is "static grass" and the dirt (trade secret) is dried coffee and tea grounds.

So, not for the faint of heart:













5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Knit Your Bit Roombox on: November 30, 2015 07:08:18 PM
This is a roombox I made from a wooden box I found at the dollar store. It's based on World War 2 propaganda posters, asking women to "knit their bit" for the soldiers. This room belongs to Hazel, an older woman with a husband and many family friends in Germany, fighting Hitler.

Both of my grandfathers were in the war, so this piece holds a special place for me.















6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Game of Thrones Dragon Egg on: May 20, 2015 09:17:57 PM


In April everyone else was decorating Easter Eggs. I decided to decorate Dragon Eggs a la Game of Thrones. Everything I used was from the dollar store - the base which was a "dinosaur egg", layered with scales cut out from kids craft foam. I added texture paste and painted it to try and mimic Khaleesi's green egg.

My husband was nice enough to pose with it to show scale.




The most time consuming aspect was cutting out all the dragon scales - not the most fun thing ever, but I just sat in front of the TV and did it.

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / The Geeks Bedroom (Picture Heavy) on: May 06, 2015 02:33:44 PM
I'm a geek and so is my husband. I've created a roombox miniature of a geeks bedroom, more specifically - a comic book geek.





^ Dollar store dresser refurbished into a Batman dresser. Rug cut from furniture upholstery sample book. Stack of balsa wood books.


^ Chair refurbished from cheap dollhouse furniture. T-shirt made from discarded t-shirt. Harry Potter book, Sandman comics, candy wrappers.


^ Close up of Batman dresser - featuring various Batman logos throughout the ages.


^ Bulletin board made from cork for a coaster, newsprint about super heroes, a schedule for the CKExpo (a comic con in my town), Harley poster from magazine that's been well used.


^ Candy wrappers


^ The name "stan" is etched into the dresser. Because I said so.


^ Top of dresser. Books, journal, pencil, Magic the Gathering cards and cards.


^ Books that can open stacked on a balsa wood shelf



^ Clock made from old button.


^Outside of box covered in comic book scrapbook paper.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Dinosauria - An Ancient Tome (photo heavy) on: March 27, 2015 05:45:41 PM
My husband has always been obsessed with dinosaurs and has had a certain book since he was a wee lad. The signatures were coming apart, the cover was no longer attached and the spine could no longer be read - so in my craft wisdom I decided to refinish it for him. Possibly for his birthday - possibly because I just love making prop books.


^ The book!



^The spine. I've freehanded the title "Dinosauria" Possibly not my best work, but I still like it.


^I sketched out the dino claw and then used hot glue to make it into a raised carving.


^I used my technique for making fake leather here...


^I used wallpaper as my inside pages...


^As you can see, the inside of the book is indeed a book on dino's - haha


^The back of the book - aged.


^A Better view of the spine...


So that's it! (He loves it, by the way Wink )
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Panda's Skully Baby Blanket (and similar for a friend) on: August 09, 2014 10:44:04 PM
I'm expecting my first kid (a girl) in December and wanted to make her a baby blanket. I mostly used the box stitch, which is one of my favourites.














My friend is also expecting, but expecting a boy, so I made her a simpler version:









10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Faux-Leather Altered Book Tutorial (picture heavy) on: March 18, 2014 08:14:30 PM

So I made this ^ from a book I had in the "donate" bin in our spare room. I decided to call it "Deep Ones" and use a sigil from the Cthulhu mythos.

Before it looked like that, the book looked like this:


"What Has Religion Done For Mankind" is an old Jehovah's Witness book from the 1950's. No comments on religion or the book itself - focus on the crafting Smiley

TOOLS:
Glue gun
Craft knife



SUPPLIES:
A cardboard box
An old book
Glue sticks for glue gun
Various acrylic paint colours including red, brown, black and gold
White gesso
material big enough to cover book
Glue
Mod Podge


TUTORIAL:




Grab a corrugated cardboard box - using your book as a guide, cut out a border. I cut out two - one for the front and one for the back.



My box was double corrugated, so I had to separate it, removing one part of the corrugation.





Glue each one of your cardboard bits to the book using white glue (I used Weldbond)



Grab your glue gun and add some "rings" around the spine.



Using some material (any colour is fine, it won't be your final colour), cut enough to cover your book. Use white glue (DO NOT water it down to do this part!) and push it into all the crevices.



Once cut and glued, it will look something like that ^



Gesso time!



Gesso the whole book (don't forget inside the covers!)



After the gesso is fully dry, give the whole book a base colour - I chose red for mine. From here onwards it's all about building up your colours, mixing colours and adding your own details.



This is my super messy paint palette - I had a red, a dark brown and then a pot of both mixed.



The book spine - I used some black here, dry brushing it along the edges.



After I had a good base of paint - I sort of dabbed some globs on the book where I wanted the red to shine through and with my fingers I sort of "smacked" at the paint. I don't know how else to describe it. lol



After all my smudging and smacking, etc. it looks like that ^



Mod Podge time! One layer - maybe two. I used glossy, but that's only because I didn't have any matte.



Then I used my glue gun to make a sigil and title
(Check out my tutorial here for a little more info on that:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432220.0#axzz2wNGOXkyk    )



I glued them on using white glue and then adjust paint on them - Mod Podge over them.

Once it's dry, you're done! Here's some "after" pictures:









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