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121  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Cthulhu & Totoro Shirts! on: July 10, 2012 11:02:20 AM
My partner in "The I Need A Funky/Cool T Shirt Now Please Swap", IdlersDesign, received the shirts I sent her, so now I can show it off to the world!  We decided to make each other a shirt for our husbands and a shirt for each other.  I decided to try something new.  Normally I make a freezer paper stencil for my shirts, but this time I decided I was just gonna trace it directly from the image using my giant light box (which is an old xray viewing box, so its the size of a torso).  I taped the printed image directly onto my lightbox (after I going over all the lines with a sharpie to make 'em stand out better).  I then slid the shirt over the lightbox (essentially the lightbox was wearing the shirt) and clipped the excess with clothes pins so it was tight.  I used discharge paste as the paint and a paint brush to apply the paste.  After applying the paint, you iron the design and it lifts the color out of the shirt.  Its super fun!  The effect is similar to bleach, but much easier to control.

Now, onto the shirts!

Here is the Cthulhu shirt I made for her husband.  I think the next time I make this design (my husband wants one, too ^_^) I am going to do less of the detailing lines.  I felt like it got too busy after it was all said and done.  His wings kinda get lost in all the details.  But other than that I'm happy with it.  Though it was a very time consuming shirt to make, and my back hurt so bad from being hunched over the shirt for so long.  So definitely less details next time!  ^_^

And an upclose picture of the design which was found on the internet and on her pinterest.

And some progress shots:

Here is the design taped onto the lightbox.

And with the shirt on it.

And the discharge paste on the shirt before I ironed it.

And here is the shirt I made for Idlersdesign.  She loves Totoro (and uses him as her profile picture!) so I knew she needed a shirt with him on it.  Her shirt barely fit on the xray box.  I now know that my xray box can get away with wearing a women's small, but would probably be more comfortable in a medium. 

And an upclose shot!

Thanks for looking!
122  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Antlered Cat & Serenity Shirts! on: July 09, 2012 12:02:12 PM
Here are some shirts that I made using the freezer paper stenciling method and fabric paint.

First up, for Averia in the OWS 83.  She liked the antlered cat shirt I made for teachart, so I made one for her in a different style.

And a closeup of the design:

And here are some WIP progress shots:

And another for Averia.  She had this shirt pinned and I just knew I needed to make it!  It is the ship Serenity from the show Firefly.  Such an awesome show!

I knew my husband would like this design, so I also made one for him, too!

And some progress shots:

Thanks for looking!
123  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / My Felt Badge Round 2 Badges! on: June 27, 2012 10:36:40 AM
Hi there!  I was luckily enough to get to participate in the second round of the Felt Badge swap!  In the first round we made 1 badge for each partner, in the second round we did 2 per partner, so twice the fun!  (Perhaps we will do 3 badges for round 3?  hehe).  Anyhow, here are the badges I made for the swap for my two wonderful swap partners Kimbles and luckdragon!

Kimbles was kinda enough to let me use the pictures she took since I got over excited that they were done and forgot to take nice pictures of them before they had their journey to Australia!  I got phone pictures, but meh.  Kimbles and I both have a love of World of Warcraft.  I decided to celebrate her desired faction, and stitched out their symbol (despite our faction revelry, since I play Alliance.).  Now she can proudly show off that she is a member of the horde!  "FOR THE HORDE!!!!"  I even attempted french knots with some success!  hehe

This one is for her Old School Gaming theme, a little NES remote.  And man was it little!  Less than 3" across!  I used wool-blend felt on both patches.

These are the ones I sent luckdragon.  She and I both participate in the Craftsters Scouts.  So, I made her a merit badge for her amazing IYP organizer skills!  I used a dancing term as well as a term meaning "cool" to describe her on this, since in the IYP swap you ask a partner to "dance" and they are currently doing the Summer Soiree, so I thought it would be appropriate.  She is a swinging swap organizer, for sure!  She is on her second time running the IYP swap, and doing an amazing job at, too!  For the other, I wanted to nerd out along with her and made her a Dr. Horrible badge.  I had to rewatch it just to make sure I was in the right evil mood to make it.  ^_^  Again, both badges were done with wool-blend felt. 
124  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Olivia's Dress Up Box (LOTS of pictures!) on: June 26, 2012 12:49:44 PM
So for a while now I've been wanting to make my niece a dress up box.  And knew this year was finally the year to do it!  So, I've been busily making some things, and buy other things, to go into her dress up box.  It has a combination of things made by me, stuff bought on clearance after Halloween, and stuff from the thrift store.  She turned 3 on Sunday, and we had her party last night.  The dress up box was a hit!  She ended up being a princess ballerina with a crown and a faerie wand.

So, here are the items that I made!

Super Hero costume, complete with cape, mask, and cuffs!

Here's an upclose of the cuffs!  I found some tutorials online for the mask and cuffs.  The cape I just made on the fly.  I cut out a triangle to the size I wanted.  Ironed over the edge, pinned it and sewed it.  I made a larger fold on the top so I could string through some ribbon.  The mask tutorial can be found here:  http://www.vanillajoy.com/super-hero-mask-pattern-tutorial.html
and the cuffs tutorial can be found here:  http://seekatesew.blogspot.com/2011/11/superhero-cuffs.html

Yarn hair braid wigs!  I found the idea on etsy, and knew I could whip up a couple.  The blonde one didn't come out nearly as long as I wanted.  *sigh* I guess its just braided princess hair now instead of Rapunzel.  I do have A LOT of yarn leftover, so I could make another one.  Both are adjustable to your head size.

Here is a work in progress shot!  Measuring out the yarn between a dowel stuck in my chair to another chair.  It worked pretty well doing it this way.  Then I cut the ends on one end, tied a string to the middle of the top bunch and then braided away!  I then pulled the braid through the top, making it wearable and adjustable!

A felt mustache!  I drew it out, sewed in the stretchy cord to the inside of one side, and then hand stitched it together with embroidery floss!

Felt crown and wand!  The crown tutorial I used to make this can be found here:  http://balancingeverything.com/2008/04/30/waldorf-like-felt-crown-tutorial/
I made the wand myself.  I sprayed a dowel with adhesive and then wound on the ribbon.  I glued a jewel to the bottom of it.  I then make a felt star, hand stitched it together with embroidery floss, stuffed it, and glued it with hot glue to the end of the dowel.

A wizard cape!  I've had this fabric forever and when I dug it out, it was screaming to be made into a wizard cape!  So I listened!  Eventually I will be making her a hat to go with, but I was struggling with making a cone on Saturday, for some reason.  ^_^

A tutu made out of strips of tulle attached to a ribbon.

And a progress shot!  Tying all the strips of tulle onto the ribbon. 

I can't wait to make more!  She will definitely be getting new stuff for Christmas! 

Thanks for looking!

125  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Transformed into Day of the Dead Art on: June 11, 2012 01:18:24 PM
Wow, this is the first time I've posted in this section!  My partner, lindyv321, in the OWS 82 wanted a picture of her and her husband turned into day of the dead art.  Well, I decided to try my hand at it. 

I started with a photo of them that I turned black and white and used as guide to outline their faces.  Then I painted their faces with watercolors like normal onto watercolor paper, and then started adding the fun!  I can honestly say I've never done something like this before.  I'm never great at doing faces.  But, despite that, I think I managed.
126  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Star Wars Achievement Badge Zippy on: June 11, 2012 12:29:22 PM
Ever since the first Felt Badge Swap and the Craftsters Scouts, I've been all about making felt badges.  I really wanted to combine with my love of badge making with my love of my husband.  He's a huge nerd, so I decided I wanted to make him a series of Star Wars achievement badges and afix 'em to a hoody zip-up sweatshirt for him (he loves him some zippies!) for his birthday.  I told gozer about my idea, and she helped me come up with ideas for the badges (and when I say "helped me", I mean she pretty much gave me all the titles of almost all of the badges.  lol!).  I <3 gozer!  She is so knowledgeable about all things Star Wars!

I have a whole bunch more badges that I want to make, and whole bunch that already cut out and just need to be pieced together.  But, I didn't want to make my husband wait for the sweatshirt anymore (since his birthday was in April and I just got it all put together this weekend).  So, I'm going to continue to make badges and just add them to his zippy as I go.  But, for now, here is what he's got!

I bought the zippy at Target, and its knit fabric, so much more lightweight than his regular sweatshirts.  The badges will eventually continue to the backside of the sweatshirt around the bottom.  I put a square of heat n bond onto the back of the badge and then ironed it onto the sweatshirt, just so if the stitching ever started to come off, they badge would stay on there.

The badges are made from wool blend felt.  Its super nice!

Here are the badges before I put them onto the sweatshirt.  The badges are (in case you can't read them) Naboo Swimming, Wompa Combat, Sith Tracking, Bantha Training, Rebel Pilot First Solo Flight, Droid Construction, The Force Level 3, Hoth Ice Sculpture, and Endor Woodworking.

And now you can all swoon over my husband modeling his new zippy.  ^_^

Thanks for looking!
127  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cat Heart Sampler on: June 09, 2012 05:33:18 PM
I FINALLY finished a cross stitch for my mom that I started back in January.  FINALLY!!!!  I was going to give it to her for Mother's Day, and I actually had the cross stitch all done and the frame, but just didn't get it all cleaned up and put together in time.  Geez.  So lame.  Well, now its all done and I'm gonna give it to her tomorrow.  Yay!  The frame is 12"x12".

And a close up:

Thanks for looking!
128  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Zombified Sock Monkey on: June 04, 2012 11:46:01 AM
I made this little brain-craving sock monkey for VegasZombie in the OWS 82. 

He will cheerfully naw on your limbs!  He is made from two knee-high socks that I got from Target quite a while back.  (Don't worry, they were new!  ^_^)  He comes complete (or I guess I should say, incomplete) with a half a leg, exposed ribs, missing eyeball, mangled ear, and some hefty scars on his head and side.  There may be less to love, but more eventually when he fills his polyfil belly with your flesh.  ^_^

Here's a risque behind shot, to show his cute little green toosh and tail.

And a headshot showing his mangled ear, missing eye, and scar.

Thanks for looking!
129  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Ongoing ATC Swap - June 2012 - GALLERY! on: June 04, 2012 08:02:53 AM

Post pictures of the awesome ATCs you receive this month here!  Yay yay ATCs!
130  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / ONGOING ATC SWAP - JUNE 2012 (CLOSED) on: May 31, 2012 10:58:05 AM

An uber-addicting swap that runs all month long!

Welcome fellow Craftsterers!

YAY YAY!  Up and running again, here is the amazingly addicting, completely irresistible Ongoing ATC Swap! (You know you want to join!)

So, come one, come all!  You, too, can have "envelopes o' fun" in your mailbox!  (giggle)

This is a simple and easy swap, with your level of participation determined entirely by you.  People of all levels of ATC-making are welcome.

Discussion Thread -Questions and discussion can be posted here.
Swap FAQs -Everything you need to know about swapping.

ATC FAQs -Everything you need to know about ATCs.

-Please post pictures of your cards here.

Very basic swap info:
Swap name: Ongoing ATC Swap - June 2012
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: jillybeans
Sign-up date range: Today until June 30th, 2012
Date to send item by: 2 weeks after you claim
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO
Additional Age requirement? NO
*International shipping is required*
*DC #s are not required, but you will have to resend if the ATC is not received*

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES (gozer)
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 18 years old: YES

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER Please send to jillybeans, and include the words "June Ongoing ATC Swap--Request to Join" in the email title.

*Name of swap  Ongoing ATC Swap - June 2012
*Craftster username
*Email address
*Your real name
*Mailing address including the country
*Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
*Confirm that are at least 18 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
*Are you a Friend of Craftster?
*What is the exact size of an ATC?
*Do you have access to a camera or scanner so you can post pictures here of what you receive? (if not, you need to tell anyone who claims you, so that they are able to take pictures before sending)
*Are you aware that if an ATC is lost in the mail, you are required to resend?
*Have you read the entire swap information for this swap?  
*When sending send/receive notifications to the swap organizer, there are four juicy pieces of information that must be included about each ATC.  What are they?  (Scroll down in the swap info under this questionnaire to the area "Once you have sent or received a card"; the answer is in red.)

*Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join this swap!  Sign-ups are open all month--YAY!  PM me the above questionnaire to get started, and please wait to be accepted into the swap before making any claims.  **Please make sure you are not late or flakey in any of your other swaps.** This is a super-uber-amazingly-stupendous swap, So Have Fun!  


Claims are made throughout the month.  You have two weeks from the time you make a claim to send that claim.

You can make as many (or as few, as little as 1) claims as you want throughout the month as long as you never go over your allowed amount of outstanding claims. (An outstanding claim is a card that has not been received; when that card is received your number of outstanding claims goes down leaving you open to bring it back up to 7 or 10.)

Posting pictures of received ATCs is required for this swap.


1. Claims are made using the following procedure:

Person A (the swap organizer) will begin the swap by posting a list of themes in this swap thread.
Person B will choose a theme from one of A's themes and make a claim by posting his/her own list (see below for formatting of post).
Person C will make a claim on one of B's themes and post his/her own list.
Person D will make a claim on one of C's themes and post his/her own list etc...
This continues through the end of the month, when the swap organizer makes the final claim and closes out the claiming part of the swap.

2. How many claims can be made by each individual:

The number of claims each person is allowed depends on the following criteria:
*Friends of Craftster: 10 claims
*Those who aren't Friends of Craftster: 7 claims
*First time swappers (whether Friends of Craftster or not): 1 claim.  Once the initial claim has been sent, and its new owner has reported it received, the first time swapper is free to make more claims, either 7 or 10 dependent on being an FOC or not.

3. How to make a claim:

A claim post should include the following information:
1. The theme you are choosing and who youre sending it to.
2. Statistical info about your current swap claims status:
Claims = Claims currently outstanding (ie., how many not yet received by their new owners.) (This number goes down each time a claim is received, and up each time you make a claim.)
Sent = anything currently in the mail.
Received = the cards received by the people you've sent them to.
3. Your location.
4. Your personal preferences.
5. Your list of themes


I claim GenericFabulosaSwapper for heffalumps/weasels ATC.  

3 claims, 2 sent, 1 received

I live in Massachusetts, USA.  I would prefer not to receive anything violent, political, or religious.  

My themes are:
1)   sneezing
2)   purple people eaters
3)   wandering men of grief
4)   jumping jehosophats
5)   birds in hats


1. Send a personal message to the person you have claimed and request their address
2. You have 2 weeks to complete each card, and have it in the mail to its new owner.  

1. Please PM the organizer when you send or receive a card.  (It's also good to notify the person you received from or are sending to.)  June ATC Swap--Sent[/i] or June ATC Swap--Received (or some variant of that, lol)
3.  Be sure and include (1) the "send by" date, as well as (2) the theme and (3)who sent it to whom(4), in each email to the ATC swap organizer, when you're referring to sent or received ATCs.  (That's four juicy pieces of important information that make my life as a swap organizer OH so easy!) Easy as pie!

For example, you could use this format:
I sent some ATCs today!  

Send by 12/16:
MeCraftsterMemberBloop ---> YowzaSwapper = fantasmic theme

Send by 12/17:
MeCraftsterMemberBloop ---> WowwieSwapper = stupendous theme
MeCraftsterMemberBloop --->WooHooYeeHawSwapper 07 = yet another fascinating theme


This lets the organizer easily access the swap info, so it can be updated.  

It is OH so important to post pictures of the amazing cards you receive!  This is the best way in the world to let it be known how special it is that you've received a wonderful treasure of someone else's creativity!  

Please post pictures/scans of your received cards in the gallery (or make arrangements with your partner to do so).

Positive feedback will be given when all of the cards you sent have been received.   Good communication is always cool!  And be sure and post those pictures in the gallery!

If you have any questions please post them in the discussion thread or PM the organizer, jillybeans, or co-organizer, gozer.  This thread is specifically for claims only.    
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