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141  COOKING / Dessert / Dinosaur Cupcakes! (w/ Tutorial on making chocolate picks) on: September 10, 2012 12:12:09 PM


Hi there!  This weekend I was busy making about 70 cupcakes for a baby shower!  Mmmmmm!  I thought I would share my method of making chocolate picks for the tops of cupcakes!  Its super easy to do!

To start, find whatever images you want to use for the top of the cupcakes and print them off to the size you want.  I copied my images from the internet into a Word document and sized them there.  The best way to find those filled in types of images on Google is to type in "silhouettes" or "vectors" along with whatever you looking for.

You will also need a big sheet of wax paper, as big as a cookie sheet.  This way you can put the designs into the fridge to harden the chocolate faster, if you so desire!



Next up is to melt your chocolate.  Put however much you want into a microwave safe bowl.  Start with a minute on 50% power or defrost.  Stir!  Then if more time is needed, put in at 50% power level or defrost again but at 30 second intervals, stirring in between. 

Pour the melted chocolate into an icing bag, or if you don't have one of those, into a freezer ziplock bag (they are thicker and easier to work with).  Cut the tip off.  Start small, and cut off more of the tip if you want a bigger stream of chocolate to come out. 



Squeeze out the chocolate tracing the design.  Add a stem to best place possible.  That is where you will shove it into the cupcake later!  Make sure your application of chocolate is even and thick, to make it more sturdy!  Let your chocolate harden and then stick 'em in your cupcakes!  Now you have a fun and edible cupcake topper!





The only one of these dinos I had troubles with breaking was the t-rex, for some odd reason.

Thanks for looking!
142  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Ongoing ATC Swap - September 2012 GALLERY! on: September 10, 2012 08:54:45 AM


Post your uber-awesome ATC's you've received this month here!

Link to claiming thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=413550.0
143  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Link Freezer Paper Stenicled Shirts on: September 06, 2012 03:08:23 PM
A while back, mama24boyz asked me to do a personal swap.  She really wanted a couple of Link (from Zelda) shirts for her boys.  I love making shirts, and knew I would get something awesome in exchange, so I happily agreed!  These have the straps in the front and Link's shield on the back.







I found the image for the shield online.  I copied the image into Excel and made it the size I wanted (it took a few pieces of paper to do so!)  The strapping on the front of the shirt was a bit more difficult.  I basically just free hand cut it out of freezer paper and then painted on the buckles and ties at the top. 

Here are some progress shots!





Its hard to tell, but the rim of the shield was done in silver fabric paint, which I just happened to have.  The paint didn't go on very well with a sponge, which is my normal method of applying fabric paint.  I had to use a brush and paint it on.  It makes for a heavier coverage and a more stiff shirt, but it couldn't be avoided.  I find, when the paint allows, that using a sponge just makes the shirt less stiff from the weight of the fabric paint, IMHO. 








Generally, I don't like to cover my painted areas in more freezer paper because you always risk the chance of paper sticking.  Well, I did have some of that on some of the silver areas.  Its not really a huge problem, since it should wash off in the washing machine.  It just bugs me.  But, I was trying to do this the best way I could with as little overlapping of paint. 

Sadly, I didn't get any progress shots of the front.  I think I was too concentrated on getting it right that I forgot.  Oh well! 





Thanks for looking!
144  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / ONGOING ATC SWAP - SEPTEMBER 2012 (CLOSED!) on: August 29, 2012 09:47:57 AM



ONGOING ATC SWAP--SEPTEMBER 2012
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 - September 2012
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: jillybeans
Sign-up date range: Today until September 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
- 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 "September ATC Swap--Request to Join" in the email title.

*Name of swap:  Ongoing ATC Swap - September 2012
*Craftster username:
*Email address:
*Your real name:
*Mailing address including the country (written as it would appear on the envelope):
*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!  



HOW THIS SWAP WORKS:

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.

CLAIMING

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


SAMPLE CLAIMS POST:


Quote
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
ONCE YOU HAVE MADE A CLAIM:

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.  


ONCE YOU HAVE SENT OR RECEIVED A CARD
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.)  September ATC Swap--Sent[/i] or September 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:
Quote
I sent some ATCs today!  

DUE DEC 16:
MeCraftsterMemberBloop --> YowzaSwapper (fantasmic theme)

DUE DEC 17:
MeCraftsterMemberBloop --> WowwieSwapper (stupendous theme)
MeCraftsterMemberBloop -->WooHooYeeHawSwapper 07 (yet another fascinating theme)

PLEASE REMEMBER TO INCLUDE THIS IN EVERY PM!!!

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

POSTING PIX OF ATCs RECEIVED
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).

FEEDBACK
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!

ANY QUESTIONS?
If you have any questions please post them in the discussion thread or PM the organizer, jillybeans.  This thread is specifically for claims only.
145  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Baby Dali and Baby Cthulhu Altered Tins on: August 28, 2012 08:01:08 PM
I got partner with the ever amazing and wonderful Wulf in the Wicked Children Altered Tin swap!  Wowie, what pressure, especially since this is my first time doing an altered tin!  I knew I had to make him something AWESOME!  He gave me some pretty amazing ideas for themes, and I got stuck on two of them.  So, he got his tin and an extra from my failed first attempt.

So, presenting, the crazy-minded baby sized Salvador Dali!  TADA!


Here he is sporting his signature mustache.  I'm sure he was born with it.  Some facts about Dali, he loves guilded and excess, admires asian attire, and loves his mommy.  Despite that, his mind is filled with crazy!  Onto the particulars!  For the frame, I used thick cardboard from the back of some tracing paper.  I coated the back of it with scrapbook paper and painted the front with Tim Holtz crackle paint.  Once that had dried, I smudged gold Rub 'N Buff onto the edges and some of the front.  The crown and the swirly on top is from a pack of Tim Holtz chipboard shapes.  I painted the swirly gold and then put on a crackle glaze.  The crown was painted with acrylic paint.  The letters were also Tim Holtz.  They are plastic and I added the white dots.  Baby Dali's head is done in acrylic paint.  I'm super proud of it since its my first face I've ever painted free hand!  His Kimono is origami paper.  The inside of the tin was covered with ripped up book pages.  I painted the picture of the baby bottle on stilts with acrylic paint to imitate Dali's painting of a sleeping head on stilts.  The original can be seen here:  http://www.deshow.net/cartoon/salvador-dali-abstract-painting-619.html


And you can take a peek into the inner workings of baby Dali's minds by lifting up his head.  Inside is another rendition of one Dali's works done in acrylic paint.  Here is the original:  http://lukemcreynolds.com/wallpaper/images/salvador_dali_-_burning_giraffes/


Here's the back.  Its covered in torn book pages and has a chipboard frame that I painted with the crackle paint.


In doing research on Dali, I found that he incorporated butterflies into his work a lot.  So, I thought it would be appropriate little addition to the crown.




On the side you can see one of Dali's famous melting clocks on the side.  I painted it with acrylic paint and then added a crackle glaze where the glass would be.





AAAAANNNNNDDDDDD Wulf's extra, Baby Cthulhu!


Since I removed the lid from the other tin, I found a use for it for Wulf's extra.  I was having issues with this turning out how I wanted it to.  It just wasn't coming together like I wanted to.  But, I think it worked out well as a nice extra.  I painted baby Cthulhu in watercolors.  On the edges, I braided different ribbons, yarns and strings together that reminded me of seaweed to cover the edges of the sides of the tin. 





Thanks for looking!
146  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My "Work Your Theme Round 2" ATCs! on: August 28, 2012 10:35:43 AM
Hi everyone!  Here are the ATCs I made for the Work Your Theme Round 2 ATC Swap! 













Thanks for looking!
147  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Black Cat and Paper Boy Felt Badges on: August 21, 2012 01:49:07 PM


I made these two felt badges for the Felt Badge Swap Round 2 as an angel package for Sharalee.  Both are made with wool-blend felt.  The cat is about 3" long, and the circle is about 3", as well.

Thanks for looking!
148  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Comic Book Box (Lots of Pictures!) on: August 21, 2012 01:37:24 PM
I made a whole bunch of peg people for my nephew for this birthday this past weekend.  I ended making him 12 super heroes and 12 villains. 
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=411376.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=412470.0

BUT I needed a box for my nephew to store them in.  I bought a set of paper mache boxes from JoAnn's and used the biggest box for his people.  A while ago I bought a grab bag of comic books for $5 for the soul purpose of crafting with them.  I had no idea what I was going to do with them, but they ended up being perfect for this project!  I started by painting the edges of the box with black acrylic paint.  I cut out panels that I liked out of the comic books with my papercutter and mod podged them onto the box.  Once everything was dried, I put a coat of mod podge over everything to seal it and make it semi waterproof. 















I'm really happy with how it turned out! 

Thanks for looking!
149  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / EVEN MORE Super Hero Peg People, and now Villains, too! (LOTS OF PICTURES!) on: August 06, 2012 02:41:30 PM
So I made texscrapper and my nephew both a set of super hero pegs a while ago.  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=411376.0  I had so much fun making them, that I knew I needed to make more!  So, texscrapper and I set up a personal swap for more, and I made some more for her and more for my nephew.  This time, I knew there needed to be villains this time, too.  So I did an equal amount of villains to super heros.  So, here are the three new sets of peg people!


That's 48 new pegs people in total (not including the previous set).  Wow, I'm crazy!  Each were done with acrylic paint, Elmer's painters pen for the black outlining, and 3 coats of spray on sealer.

So, without further ado, to the super heroes and villains!

























Wooo!  Thanks for looking!
150  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Altered Key Pendants and Pins on: August 06, 2012 02:19:24 PM
This weekend I went to Seattle for my very first Craftster's meetup.  It was pure awesome!  I got to hang out with LimeRiot, Suereal, Camelama, and Eiseldora.  I had such a wonderful time!  We decided ahead of time that I we wanted to do a swap, so anyone who wanted to would make a medium item to offer up.  I decided to make some altered keys for my item, since I have a nice stash of keys.



I used buttons, and old earings, beads and jewels.  Most have pin backs, except the two on the bottom that have a jump ring to be worn on a chain. 

Thanks for looking!
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