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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / harry potter/hunger games image in the wrong medium on: March 09, 2014 12:30:56 PM
I came up with this image of a flaming snitch, a harry potter, hunger games cross over, and i like it but not in watercolor. that day i had ink pen, and watercolor pencils with me so i experimented with it, but i think it would be stronger in colored pencil, or paint, maybe a stencil? not sure what the end product will

2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / cat in colored pencil on: March 09, 2014 12:23:48 PM
i've been working on projects in other areas, so it was nice to return to my colored pencils to create this for a freind.

her cat is a light peach color, so i started with a cream colored paper, and focused on the shadows to create the image. they appear black in the photo, but it's actually layers of purples and deep green. what i love most about working in pencil is layering and blending color.
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 96 ENTRIES / back to hogwarts messenger bag on: March 09, 2014 12:08:36 PM
My partner for the back to hogwarts swap wanted a bag she could carry her laptop in, so i decided to customize a sturdy messenger bag. This was a really fun project, and i used a variety of techniques.

for the background, i created a stencil of the castle. I drew it on freezer paper so i could iron it onto the blue fabric and paint over with grey paint.

afterward, i went back and added details with black and silver sharpie markers. the fabric was then fused to the flap of the bag and stitched down around the edges. I created a second stencil of "hogwarts alumni" directly onto the bag.

i also created several badges to decorate the bag. these were pinned on so she decide whether to have one or all on display at a time.

The gryffindor-her house- patch is crosstitched onto a fabric with a fine count. it's small but with the small stitches it took longer than i expected. it was one of my favorite parts though.

The owl patch is made from pieces of cream felt, then embroidered with floss.

her favorite character is ron weasley, so i made a felt crown patch, and altered a teaspoon to include his face on the handle, as "ron has the emotional range of a teaspoon."

i really enjoyed including so many of her favorites into one project. sometime i would like to create a personalized bag for myself.
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 95 ENTRIES / cinderella chandelier on: February 10, 2014 07:49:43 PM
My 11 year old daughter is taking her little girl room and trying to make it more grown up. we gotten new pillows and blankets, and she asked for a chandelier  something with crystals and sparkle.....

we started with a garage sale lampshade, plain and a little dirty, but with a great shape. we loved how it flared out at the bottom ...

we stripped the fabric off, it basically shredded when i tugged on it. on a project like this, it's important to choose a shade with wire connecting the top and bottom rims. once it was down to bare wire, we flipped it upside down, and wrapped it with plastic pearls i purchased on a roll at a garage sale. i just kept wrapping until the roll was gone.

to finish it off, i sewed on white satin ribbon with beading that i had in my sewing stash. i had enough to go around the top, bottom, and strips on the sides. The larger crystals are christmas ornaments hanging on wire from the bottom of the frame. i looped more ribbon from the top to hang from the ceiling in her room near the existing can light. from it's humble beginings, it has become an elegant show piece. this lampshade is the belle of the ball!

the widest dimension is about 12 inches, so it is small enough to hang above her bed, and since she shares with her sisters, they are collecting beads and things to create chandeliers of their own.
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 90 ENTRIES / special sparkly sketchbook on: September 09, 2013 06:21:48 AM
the first stitched book i've made was for the one small harry potter thing swap. since then i've made a couple in that old rustic style. my 10 year old niece is having a birthday, so decided to make a sketchbook for her, but this time i wanted it to be colorful, sparkley and girly.

the beaded spine is my favorite part. I used a coptic stitch, and added a glass bead. at first i was doing each row and the spine was loose. this would work great for an art journal where you planned to add layers to the pages, but for a sketch book, it worked better to place the bead every 2nd or 3rd row.

The cover is cardboard wrapped in lavender glitter paper. I used stickers to spell out her name, and covered them in a layer of decopage to help them stick. i also added a braided bookmark with a shrinky dink charm.

I cut 12x12 scrapbook paper into 4x8 strips, then folded these in half to create the pages. with this type of spine you can lay the book completely open for drawing, or the front and back covers can be opened so the pages fan out for display. I can't wait to see it filled with her sketches.

***i have photos of this project in craftster photo hosting, but am having trouble cutting and pasting them*** i will add the photos later from a diffrent computer.
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / coptic stitch sketch book on: August 13, 2013 07:44:02 PM
to me, crafter is all about sharing,...swaps, ideas, and encouragement. i have tried so many new things since finding craftster. i love to draw, and for a recent swap i was trying how to make a sketch into a little bit more. then i found some tutorials on binding your own books. i also picked up a book in the childrens section of our library. for the swap i did a few drawings, on text from a book, and bound them into a new book. i loved how it turned out, so i decided to make a larger one for myself....

it's small, about 4 inches, and 20 pages. i made it from card stock, then layered that with text from a harry potter book, a french dictionary, and a childrens biology book.

the spine is stitched with thin cord in a coptic stitch. the covers are lightweight carboard covered in vinyl wallpaper samples. i'm really looking forward to sketching in this. and i love that this style of spine can close up neatly, lay flat, or opened completly in a star shape.
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 87 ENTRIES / Bible school Banners on: June 10, 2013 07:42:25 PM
Our church's vacation bible school theme this year is "kingdom rock". The program is from Group publications, and the castle background is inspired by their decorating video. i was on the commitee, but my contribution is the felt banners hanging in each arch.

I created a simple pattern of a gold circle and a felt penant. the penants have a pocket sewn in the top with a wooden rod for hanging. i purchased gold lame fabric and stiffened it with wonderunder before drawing on it with black sharpie pens. Then these were ironed onto the various colors of felt.

Each night has a character which is handdrawn on the banner. These are also used for the groups of kids so i made smaller banners in each shape to mark the pews.

Tonight was the first night and the kids loved the festive atmosphere. as usual it was quite chaotic. maybe tommorow i can get some in action shots!

8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / digital art swap? on: May 26, 2013 04:32:39 AM
i had an idea about doing a digital art swap. instead sending a package through regular mail, it would be a jpg file sent through email. It could be a photograph, a poster created on your computer, poetry, or something you create by hand and then scan or photograph. the reciever would then have the option of printing it out, or using it as wallpaper....
any input?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / making and using stitch markers on: April 16, 2013 11:53:48 AM
i 've seen cute charms that are used as stitch markers and i was thinking about making a set as a gift, but i don't knit so i wanted to be sure they would work correctly. is the ring closed, or does it need to open and close like a jewelry clasp? does the size of the charm make a diffrence? and does each one need to be diffrent?
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / SMILE! Tin Grin, Brace Face..... on: April 12, 2013 10:07:15 AM
My idea was to encourage someone who has or is getting braces, expanders, appliances....or to help someone celebrate to is getting their braces off and celebrating that healthy smile. I have a 10 year old daughter with an expander soon to be moving into braces, and i actually just got braces myself. i will be turning 40 this year, so i'm feeling a bit awkward myself.
 i haven't found many craft ideas though. i have a 'braces rock' t-shirt from my orthodontist. i was thinking of making a cute case for my daughter to slip into her backpack to hold her toothbrush, and a small mirror. i would also love some ideas on how to encourage her, and snacks that she can eat.
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