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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / sophisticated shrinkydink patronus- on: December 15, 2014 11:59:42 AM

colored pencils are my main media, and i've been combining them with blank shrink film. it shrinks to about half it's size after you bake it in the oven, it's translucent, and ends up about 1/8 thick so it can be used for charms or ornaments. you need to cut the shape, and punch the hole before you shrink it. most craft stores sell the film in clear, and in colors. the rough film prepared for colored pencils is harder to find, along with the film that can be used in an inkjet printer.

i've been buying the clear film, which is fine for sharpies, but if you want to do colored pencil it needs to be sanded. they sell a rough film but it's hard to find. i sanded the shrink film on the front and drew the stag and doe in white and pale blue, then sanded the backside to use colored pencil to create the darker background color. doing one side at a time helps me know which side i'm working on, and after it's been in the oven it has more of a 3d effect. i also used a corner rounder, and punched the hole before baking.

afterwards i threaded blue cord through the hole and added a couple glass beads. it's hard to see in the picture, but it says always in the background, but i goofed and wrote it on the wrong side so it's backwards. you can see the doe on the other side, but she stands out more on this side.

i sent this along with the smaller charms in harry holidays swap. My partner was fond of expecto patronum, and luna love good. some research determined that luna's patronus is a hare. on this one i started with an 8 1/2 " circle of shrink film. i sanded the front side only where the hare would be drawn. for the border i printed it out on the computer, sanded the back of the shrink film, then traced it through. there is inkjet film but its more expensive and often sold out.

this one i kept for myself. i traced the image with sharpie onto the slick film, then sanded the area where the image was on the back and added colored pencil. the sanding makes the center cloudy, while leaving the edges clear.

i have another one, to show off, but i sent it in a swap and it hasn't been recieved yet.....coming soon...
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / non marinated pot roast on: December 05, 2014 06:49:57 AM
i was so proud of myself for thinking ahead, and putting a roast with a sauce into the crockpot before leaving for work in the morning. when i got home it smelled great. when i took the lid off though i realized the meat was still wrapped in a layer of plastic, shielding it from the sauce.

fortunatly, it didn't taste like plastic so we ate it with the sauce poured over and it was okay, just not what i was looking forward to.
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 102 ENTRIES / Retro Divergent Patched Purse on: September 03, 2014 12:21:16 PM
This challenge is perfect timing. my partner in the summer nerd games swap just recieved this!  She meantioned that she liked the divergent book series, me too! and she likes retro glasses, so i pondered a bit and designed this retro divergent patched purse. i found the bag and matching glasses case at hobbylobby when i was shopping for supplies, so i created the patches and sewed them on by hand.

i didn't want to use the more well known symbols from the book and movie.  I wanted the divergent refrence to be subtle and fun. i designed the patches to look like travel posters or advertisements from the 50's. i was disappointed that the chocolate Dauntless cake wasn't meantioned in the movie. the Amity bread is meantioned in the 2nd book. 

i created the images on my computer and reverse printed them out. then i painted on the paper with ink effects. after it dries, you can put it facedown on fabric and iron it to transfer the image. It works best on sythetic fabric like felt instead of cotton. you can also use the image 3 to 4 times. then i used embroidery floss to add details and outlines.

the reverse side of the bag, has a patch with a ferris wheel and a favorite quote from the movie,
along with the chicago skyline and a train, from the book cover

the glasses case has pink cats eye frames made from pink felt, along with lenses made from holographic fabric.

i really enjoyed trying a new technique, and i had a lot of fun with this project. i'm already using this image transfer technique on another project.
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 101 ENTRIES / travel buddy -matroshka scrapbook on: August 04, 2014 03:32:14 PM
last fall, we sent a stuffed animal to our penpals in russia, and they sent us a matryoshka doll to visit for the year. we showed her around town taking lots of pictures, and this summer it was time to make her travel journal to send back to share her adventures.

Instead of going to the store for the perfect stickers and embellishments, i dug into my scrapbooking stash, tried some new techniques, and created my own embellishments. It was really fun trying things in a new way.

for the cover, i started with a 3 ring binder with a cool print. I found a us map online and printed it onto cardstock. the doll, flowers, and compass were drawn on white paper, cut out and decopauged onto the binder.

this page is a state map i found online.http://makezine.com/craft/how-to_matryoshka_doll_fold_ou/ the doll was from a folding card pattern that i cut out watercolored, and used for journaling.

For the next page, i drew a background and a school bus, and layered pictures and journaling about parts of our town.

I had lots of pictures at the lake, one of our favorite spots, so i created a collage with a flap to show more pictures, and hidden journaling

For the spring page, i had some fun with photography, and croping the pictures,then drew a large flower with colored pencil

my kids also created pages to include. we're still waiting for them to recieve it as overseas shipping takes awhile. now i have some new ideas to us in our family scrapbooks.
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / collaborative atc project on: July 22, 2014 04:10:44 PM
iwas on the commitee for the ladies sleep over at church and came up with a collaborative art project. i set up a station for making atc cards with the theme of hope. afterwards, i planned to frame them to hang in our church.

since most people were new to this, i brought samples i had done combining scripture and watercolors


i had precut cardsm white and colors, as well as patterned paper, stickers, water color pencils, ink and stamps. i loved the variety in the cards. afterwards i put out flyers hoping for more cards but no luck. i also did some with a group of kids.

before framing i mounted them on 1/8" mat board to pop them up from the background. i alsoeful  had to becareful in the arrangement because people were using duplicate supplies.
6  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

7  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.
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 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.
9  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.
10  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.
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