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141  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Have you tried turning it off and on again? on: December 28, 2011 03:10:44 PM
This summer I did my very first cross stitch project.  I started small and did a head shot of Moss from the IT Crowd that I did for the Ongoing ATC Swap.  My BIL saw it and loved it and told me to add it to my list of gift ideas that I keep on my phone.  Done and done!  After that, I knew I needed to make him the entire pattern for Christmas.  So, here is my first big cross stitching project!  YAY!

I used this pattern from Dork Stitch:  http://www.dorkstitch.com/roy-and-moss-from-the-it-crowd/

TADA!  All framed up and everything!  I'm super proud of it.  ^_^  And my BIL was so excited to get it.  He said he is gonna take it to work and hang it there.

Here are a couple unframed pictures:

Thanks for looking!
142  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Wands! Expelliarmus! on: December 28, 2011 02:29:44 PM
Yes, you've seen these before from other craftsters, but I just had to share my Harry Potter wands.  I originally made some for my partner in the Mini 13 Days of Halloween swap.  I loved making them so much, that I decided I would make some as stocking stuffers for Christmas this year for my family.

I used this tutorial:   http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-an-awesome-Harry-Potter-wand-from-a-sheet-of-/

In it, you use hot glue, paper, and acrylic paint to make wands.  I sprayed them with a clear coat at the end, as well.  They turn out so incredibly cool!

Here's the whole group:

And because I love pictures so much, here is one of each:

Needless to say, I got expelliarmused quite a bit on Christmas morning.  ^_^  They were so much fun and so easy to make, that I'm finding that I really want to make a whole bunch more!  ^_^  I foresee a future full of wands!

Thanks for looking!
143  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:

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!  ^_^

144  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!

145  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!

146  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My Sister's Strip Quilt on: December 12, 2011 10:06:50 AM
After much planning and thinking, and some doing, I finished my sister's Christmas present.  It is a lap quilt for her living room, in which her colors are bright blue, grey, white and black.  Normally my mom helps me out with my quilting projects, but I'm now a quilting big girl and did it all by myself.  The results on the back aren't great, A LOT of puckering, but the top turned out good.  And its soft and cozy and will be perfect so long as she doesn't display it bottom side up.  And since I love all of you, I will show you the back despite my utter hate for it.

Here it is on my bed.  I used 5 different fabrics and did long strips in varying sizes.  The final measurements ended to be about 57"x42".

A better view of the fabrics I used.

Here is the stitch I used for the machine quilting and my horrible puckered up back.  I used flannel for the back.

All folded up and ready to be wrapped!

It does look quite good on my bed.  ^_^

Thanks for looking!
147  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My September 2011 ATCs on: December 06, 2011 04:55:05 PM
Here are the ATCs I made for September 2011's Ongoing ATC Swap!

For mintdawn's sugar skull theme and hamsa hand theme.

For mantisbh's lips theme.

For indigo_roses's Harry Potter ABCs theme.

For indigo_roses's Harry Potter ABCs theme and ENGRbyDAY's Kitchen theme.

For gozer's Maggie Stiefvator theme and c*lientje's Sherlock Holmes theme.

For Oodelally's Sherlock Holmes theme.

For kwality570's four seasons theme and inanimate objects with faces theme.

Thanks for looking!
148  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My July 2011 ATCs on: December 06, 2011 04:24:18 PM
Here are all the ATCs that I made for July 2011's Ongoing ATC Swap!

For tree27's Avatar theme.

For lolaandbean's Will Ferrell theme.

For gozer's Little People doing bad or strange things theme.

For Mountains and Clouds' Yoga pose theme and Silvermoon's pintrest theme.

For WideEyedLife's ABCs not found in a Children's book theme and her Thanksgiving countdown theme.

An extra for WideEyedLife, just for fun!

For MichelleCraftBaskets' Pirate ABCs theme and Brackish Potato's KITCHEN theme.

For Mod35TBabe's Geekery theme and celtic cross theme.

For JillHogan's Winter theme and mantisbh's sword theme.

Thanks for looking!
149  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My June 2011 ATCs on: December 06, 2011 03:51:59 PM
Here are the ATCs I made for June's Ongoing ATC Swap!

For Tygir's Rainbow theme (I chose red) and gozer's Lost ABCs.

For MargiePoo's Harry Potter ABCs and StickerChic87's The Office theme.

For Mxer145's Bird theme and Eukarya's Math theme.

For blupaisan's 1963 theme and Fox theme.

For blupaisan's birthday!

For blupaisan's turquoise theme and MargiePoo's Harry Potter ABCs.

For kwality570's tree theme.

For Mountain and Clouds hiking in Hawaii theme.

For Mrs. LindsayLoo's meat theme and blupaisan's TV Dinner theme.

For Mrs. LindsayLoo's cake theme and blupaisan's kissthisguy theme.

For AmandaBL's Artist's Choice theme.

For pollyprissypants' nature theme and jmiller614's autumn theme.

For blupaisan's it's raining theme.

Thanks for looking!
150  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My May 2011 ATCs on: December 05, 2011 11:37:30 AM
The second swap I ever joined was May's Ongoing ATC Swap.  I joined at the very tail end of it and I had never done ATCs before that point.  They just looked like so much fun to do!  So, here are my first ever ATCs!

For lolaandbeans' Audrey Hepburn and Trains theme.  Audrey is was done with masking fluid and watercolors, with some added sparkle with a gel pen.  The train was cut from an old Monopoly board and the card was mod podged on. 

For blupaisan's Nautical/Seaside theme and Redstar13's Buffy the Vampire Slayer theme.  The ocean was done in layers of tissue paper applied with mod podge and then watercolors on top.  The little starfish are real (I have a whole container of them).  Mr. Pointy has a fabric background and sparklie ribbon.

For lolaandbean's Balloon theme.  The clouds were done in chalk using a stencil I made.  The balloon are stamped and filled in with Souffle and Glaze pens.

Thanks for looking!
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