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151  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My June Swap ATCs on: July 18, 2012 02:54:03 PM
I made A LOT of claims in June's ATC Swap.  Twenty five to be exact, which is all time high for me!  lol!  And ran the swap, too.  I'm just a little bit crazy!  ^_^  ON TO THE ATCS!


































Thanks for looking!  ^_^
152  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Postage Stamp ATCs on: July 18, 2012 02:35:28 PM
So, since I'm a crazy hoarder, I totally save all the stamps from all the envelopes that I get in the ongoing ATC swap.  So, needless to say, I have a lot of stamps!  I was getting a little bogged down in them actually, and last month decided to just make up some ATCs! 



So, I modgepodge down each stamp, added some distressing ink, paint pens, and paint dabbers to the edges, and stamped on a penguin with a letter stamp that I have.

I've sent off one of these babies so far, and will probably give the last two away in the Ongoing ATC Swap if I find a theme that fits.  ^_^
153  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Star Wars Set on: July 18, 2012 02:28:23 PM
My craftster friend, gozer, and I decided to do a personal swap for a set of 4 ATCs.  She wanted something Star Wars, so I decided to make her 4 characters.  Check it out!



I'm super proud of 'em.  Normally I have to do some tracing to get faces, but this time its all freehand, baby!  I did Jabba first, then the Jawa.  Then I decided to take a plunge and do Chewie, fulling believing that I would fail.  But, I totally did it!  Wicket is my favorite Star Wars character.  I just want to HUG him!!! 

They are done on watercolor paper with watercolors and a black pen for the lines.  The letters are stamped. 

Thanks for looking!
154  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / BANG! KAPOW! Super Hero Pegs! on: July 13, 2012 10:35:40 AM
I've always wanted to make some peg people, and when I saw that texscrapper had it listed as one of her wishes in the OWS 83 swap, I KNEW I had to make 'em!  And why not make a set for my nephew for his upcoming birthday while I'm at it?  She had them pinned on her pinterest, and that blog was a great help for the style that I wanted to do.  So for some of the super heroes I used her ideas and for some I used designs of my own.

http://kimboscrafts.blogspot.com/2012/05/perfect-timing-for-avengers-if-i-do-say.html?utm-medium=gadget

So, here is the whole lot of 'em!


Since I made two sets, it was easy to line 'em up to show each's front and back.  To make them, I used regular acrylic paints and then used Elmer's Painters black paint pen to mark the lines.  I'm so in love with my paint pens.  They are such a joy!  After everything was dried, I sprayed on two coats of sealer.




And here is just one set all together!

And now the lineup!









AND now I want to make MORE!  I was sad when I ran out of pegs, but my nephew's birthday isn't until August, so I have plenty of time to do more characters!  Weeee!

Thanks for looking!

UPDATE!  Even MORE Super Hero Pegs, and now Villains, can be found here:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=412470.0
155  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!
156  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!
157  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. 
158  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!

159  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.
160  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!
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