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2231  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Luigi Blanket on: December 28, 2011 01:12:34 PM
Oh wow, that is completely awesome!  You definitely put a lot of love into it!
2232  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Scrabble Pillow! on: December 28, 2011 12:22:58 PM
I decided a week before Christmas that I should make a Scrabble pillow for my Aunt.  I'm a little crazy.  I really wanted to make her something special because she is awesome and always admires the things I make.  Recently, we've been playing a lot of Words with Friends together, so I thought a Scrabble pillow would be a fun personal gift. 

First off, I want to thank greeneggsandham for the idea.  She posted a Scrabble pillow she made a while back, and it was beautiful and I knew I needed to make one.  You can see it here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=373673.0

I'm not great at sewing, and still struggle through most things.  And I definitely can't follow a pattern.  No sir!  So, I did it with my own brain power.  Though its really not even close to perfect, I still love how it turned out.  Now, onto the pillow!


TADA!  Scrabble pillow!  How I managed to get this done before Christmas, I will never know.  I used the freezer paper method for stenciling on the letters.  And, yes I know, I cheated.  Names aren't legal in the Scrabble rules.  Meh.  Whatev.  ^_^

And here is the back:

The back is flannel, so it is soft and snuggly!

And now, some progress shots.  I don't have all the steps of it in pictures, because I was so focused on getting it done at the end. So, here is what I have:

To start, I used Microsoft Excel to make a diagram of how I wanted the pillow to look and where all the letters and pieces would go.  It took a few tries, but I eventually got all the names that I wanted on there.  I then cut out all the colors out of some plain cotton fabric.  Then it was time for making some letters.


Here are the little squares, that I cut out with a quilting ruler and a rotary cutter.  They measured to be an 1 1/2".  These ones have the freezer paper ironed onto them and are ready for paint.


Here they are with the paint applied.


And without the freezer paper!  Tada!  Letters!

I didn't get a shot of the rows, but here with all the rows sewn together:

Yes, its a little wonky and a little puckering here and there.


Here is the 2 1/2" border I added.  And then I sewed the flannel backing on, stuffed it with polyfil and hand stitched it closed.

And some bonus shots with my Christmas tree:




It was a lot of work, but I think it was worth it in the end.  It made her cry, and I was told that I won Christmas.  Yay!  ^_^



2233  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Bacon and Steak Shirts! Mmmm! on: December 28, 2011 11:29:42 AM
I love making shirts for the men in my family.  This year, I got my husband's brother for our Christmas gift exchange.  He has actually been making me requests for crafty things, and it has blown my mind!  No one asks me for handmade stuff!  So when they do, I get super excited!  I have a list on my phone for present ideas.  Whenever anyone makes a suggestion I pull out my phone and immediately type it in so I won't forget (because I will).  I had one of his shirt ideas in my phone since May.  Rambling!  Onto the shirts!  These are done in the freezer paper stenciling method.


BACON!!!!  Its on the left top of the shirt.  I love how it turned out.  And now, progress shots!


Here is the first layer applied.  The lovely fatty layer.  ^_^


The meaty, chewy layer now, less the paint.


Now with paint!  After that I went through with a paint brush and added the thin black lines.

And here is the shirt that he had requested:  Meat is murder.  Tasty, tasty murder.


Progress shots!

I started with the meaty part of the steak.  Here is the first layer of freezer paper down and ready for some red paint.


Red paint is down!


Tada!  Meaty part!


Next I did the fatty layer on the top.  Here is the freezer paper down and awaiting the white paint.


White paint is down!


Tada!  It is looking more and more tasty!


Next is the side fatty layer that I did in a pale yellow paint.


And here it is!  Now it just needs black and some writing.


The freezer paper for the black layer is down.


With black paint now.


Here's the black layer.  It now just needs to be cleaned up and more black lines to be added with a paint brush.  I generally don't do lines with the freezer paper because it doesn't come out as clean and nice as it would if its just painted on.


Here is the words layer.  I started painting when I realized that I hadn't gotten a shot of just the freezer paper on.  Meh. 


Black paint is on.


Then I added the lines and TADA!  Shirt! 

Thanks for looking!

2234  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: Magic ATC Tutorial w/ Pictures (LOTS!) on: December 28, 2011 11:27:24 AM
I really like this idea!  I'll probably have to use it on greeting cards... but once I find people to trade with, and I can start making ATCs, I will be making these!

Thanks!

You should join us in the Ongoing ATC Swap if you are looking for people to trade ATCs with.  Its a lot of fun! 
2235  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / GO CHIEFS GO! on: December 28, 2011 10:54:14 AM
My dad is a big Spokane Chiefs fan, which is a local hockey team we have here.  He bought a shirt at the last game we went to, and I looked at him incredulously and told him that I could make a shirt just like that.  ^_^   So I did for Christmas using the freezer paper stenciling method, that I have come to love.  I found the images online.


This one turned out better than the second one.  This one was easy because it was just two colors and nothing overlapped.  So nice!

And here are a couple progress shots:

The first layer of freezer paper with the blue paint on.


And without the paper before I added the next layer

The next shirt is the Chiefs logo.  I had trouble with the layers on this one, there was some bleeding and it needed a lot of fixing at the end to make it look ok.  But, its passable. 


And progress shots!  Yay yay progress shots!

The freezer paper with the white paint on.


The first layer without the paper.


The blue was the issue.  I had a lot of touching up to do after this layer.  I don't think I got a shot of it because I was so angry with it and I wasn't sure if I could salvage it.  Somehow, I managed.  But it took a lot of painting with a paint brush to do.



Thanks for looking!


2236  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - December 2011 Gallery on: December 28, 2011 10:24:59 AM
Thanks!  The image is actually from the Illustrated Sherlock Holmes book that I altered with watercolors and added a script to (he was holding a hat before).  He definitely looked like he wanted to be a zombie.  This is the third altered zombie from that book that I've done.  They are so much fun to do!  ^_^
2237  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Kitties Tiny Book on: December 27, 2011 02:11:17 PM
That is just purrrrrfect!  Beautiful work!
2238  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Recovered Craft Chair! on: December 27, 2011 02:08:36 PM
Oooo so pretty!!!  I love the fabric you used!
2239  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: ATC supply box - image heavy on: December 27, 2011 10:49:36 AM
What an amazing gift!!!  So unique!  And it turned out so pretty, too! 
2240  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Quilted placemats on: December 27, 2011 10:47:31 AM
Those look great!  They each have their own charm, so lovely!
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