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151  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Rainbow Felt Garlands! Weeee! on: May 22, 2012 10:35:05 AM
I wasn't sure if this was the place to put it, so feel free to move this, dear mod, if its not right!  *hugs!*

I had fun with felt a few weeks ago!  I claimed mama24boyz for felt bunting for her daughter's birthday party (which is an awesome rainbow theme!  Love it!).  I knew I had load of felt at home, and I was not disappointed, because the only color I didn't have on hand, was yellow!  Yay for destashing!

As mentioned, the triangles are made of felt, just the regular by-the-yard craft kind.  I used an entire package of jumbo rick rack, and hot glued the felt onto it.  When I was cutting these triangles, I didn't really have a plan of attack, and just cut out a bunch of each color.  So after the first one was done, I had enough triangles already cut out to make a second one!  So I ran to walmart, and got another package of rick rack (of course it was shorter than the one I got from Jo-Ann's, that's how they get ya!) and whipped up another one.

In my bunting research adventures, I stumbled onto a great tutorial on how to make a rainbow ruffly garland, and I instantly fell into love with it and had to make it as an extra to go along with the others.

It was super easy, even for my extremely bad sewing skills. 

The tutorial can be found here:  http://sweetlittlesmoothie.blogspot.com/2011/03/everythings-coming-up-rainbows.html

Thanks for looking!
152  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My April ATC Swap ATCs on: May 21, 2012 07:40:06 AM
Hi there!  Here are the ATC's I made for April's ATC Swap!

Thanks for looking!
153  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / More Zentangled Shoes! (WARNING: LOTS OF PICTURES!) on: May 04, 2012 01:28:35 PM
I was honored to be chosen to particpate as a Master Craftster for Elmer's.  One of the projects I did was zentangle up some high heels using Elmer's Painters paint pens.  They were so much to make, that I just had to make more!

Here are a pair of flats that I made for my sister-in-law for her birthday.

And these are the shoes I made for cackle!  She sent me over some shoes, and I sent them back all zentangled up!

And, just in case you are curious, some progress shots of the first shoes!

Thanks for looking!
154  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Enchanted Tree Altered Matchbox on: May 04, 2012 10:46:28 AM
I joined the Wicked Forest Altered Matchbox swap and got the ever fabulous Noooitaremybirthday as my partner.  Being just incredibly excited about having an awesome partner, I started on her package right away.  Its my first altered matchbox, and I had a lot of fun making it (fun with a side of achy finger tips and glue all over my hands)!  

Nooo's forest ended up being more enchanted than wicked.  I chose colors that were more suited to Nooo's sunny personality, as well as personal tastes.  The tree is made of wire and seed beads.  I found the tutorial for making these trees here:  http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/wire-tree
It was a uber helpful tutorial, since I don't have much experience in wire work.  I just love the form the tree took!

For the most part, I used a 28 gauge pewter color wire, and also mixed in some 30 gauge shiny silver strands as well for a little dimension.  My seed beads were all sorts of sizes.  The pink ones were rather large, so I only used one bead, three for the orange since they were so small, and two for the green.

Here's the backside of the tree.

I started by painting the matchbox a lime green, then hot glued on some real moss.  Its super spongy and soft!  I used my trusty Elmer's pen around the edge.  The knob is a pony bead with a crystal glued on.  I used a super strong glue to adhere the pony bead to the box.

Here's a glimpse underneath.  I used a metal glue and clamps to glue the roots down.  The glue I used was horrid and took forever to dry and also made some of the clamp glue on, as well (hence why there are little green parts on the bottom).  If I could go back and change anything, it would be the glue I used, which was a metal glue for jewelry making.  Though it took forever to dry on the metal, it would dry instantly on skin, like super glue.  I got a lot of it on me, of course.  ^_^  It has eyelets as feet and says all the swap details on the bottom.

Sadly, I didn't get any pictures of inside the box, because I got too excited to send it off.  But the drawer is painted the same lime green with pink edging.  I used a wood-looking piece of paper to line the bottom of the drawer.  The drawer held Little Red's riding hood made out felt (fits great on my finger!), Snow White's poisoned apple, a little wolf charm, an owl charm, and some little fake leaves.

Thanks for looking!

And a quote from suereal, because I love it so much:
And OMG!  Your wire tree match box is so mesmerizing.  At first I was like "Oh so pretty!'  Then I stared at it for a bit.  And I thought of a bit of a story about it....This beautiful encrusted tree is the result of an alchemists experiments.  But he didn't realize that he was trapping the spirit of the tree when he sought to turn wood to metal.  When the tree's leaves turned to gems, it begane to see a bit of a reflection of what is happening around it, but it can not grow any more.  Hows that for wicked?
155  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Be-flowered Vans on: May 02, 2012 11:02:20 AM
I painted some Kiss shoes for my dad for his birthday last year.  My little sister loved them, and knew she wanted painted shoes of some variety with the same style of shoe (I ones I bought for her were plain black Vans).  She was very unhelpful on what she wanted though, hehe, except she knew she wanted them to be black and white.  So, I went the floral direction.  I found some flower designs online and used them for my inspiration.

I used Elmer's Painters paint pen (the white fine tip one) to draw on the designs.  It took a few layers to get the lines bright enough, and the pens really didn't like the canvas that much, but it worked out in the end.  The pens are permanent, so I didn't bother trying to seal them up on anything. 

Thanks for looking!
156  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Fancy Hamster and Antlered Cat Stenciled T-Shirts on: May 02, 2012 10:45:59 AM
My partner, teachart, in the IYP20 swap requested stenciled t-shirts.  If anything, I can do stenciled shirts!  hehe!  So here are the two that I made for her! (Both are done using the freezer paper stenciling method using fabric paint and dabbed on with a sponge)

A fancy hamster!  As a proper gentleman, he is equipped with a top hat, bow tie, and cane.  He also has a love of fine cigars. 

And an antlered variety of kitty.  Its a shy kitty, see him peeking his head up from the bottom?  Unlike deer antlers, kitty antlers are hollow and much lighter in weight.  ^_^

Both crazy designs were based off of themes that teachart gave me.  She had some awesome themes, can't you tell?  hehe

Thanks for looking!
157  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My March 2012 ATCs on: April 30, 2012 11:18:35 AM
Hi there!  Here are the ATCs I made for March's Ongoing ATC Swap!

Thanks for looking!
158  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My February 2012 ATCs on: April 30, 2012 11:04:09 AM
Hiya everyone!  Here are the ATCs I've made for February's Ongoing ATC swap.

Thanks for looking!
159  MASTER CRAFTSTERS / Elmer's Products / Zentangle High Heels - featuring Elmer's products on: April 16, 2012 09:38:30 AM
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* To read more about the tools and supplies used in this project, explore Elmer's website here.

Zentangle High Heels - featuring Elmer's products

Want to snazz up some dull high heels that you have lying around your closet?  Its easy, all you need is an Elmer's Paint Pen!

You can take your high heels from this:

To this:

With just a paint pen!  

This is my very first zentangle project.  I've always loved the look of zentangles and always wanted to try it.  A swap partner showed me this website for different patterns: http://tanglepatterns.com/tag/zentangle
I went through the website and randomly added a piece here and there that I liked (and was in my skill level to achieve) until the entire shoe was filled in to my liking.  For the little gaps, I added little hearts, dots, and lines.  Each shoe is completely different, and the pair are definitely one of a kind!

160  MASTER CRAFTSTERS / Elmer's Products / Button Tree Frame - featuring Elmer's products on: April 16, 2012 09:37:00 AM
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* To read more about the tools and supplies used in this project, explore Elmer's website here.

Button Tree Frame - featuring Elmer's products

I absolutely adore buttons and trees.  A great combination of the two?  A button tree framed wall art!  An even greater thing?  Its super simple to make, and only requires a few supplies.  All you need is a shadowbox frame, a piece of paper for a background, buttons, and Elmer's Thin Medium Glue Spots and you can make something like this:

I used a 8"x8" shadowbox for my frame.  First you will need to find a paper for the background and cut it down to the right size.

For the tree, I started at the bottom and placed the buttons where I wanted.  I did this freehand, but if you are having trouble, you can always trace on a design and then place the buttons.

Again, starting at the bottom I glued on each button using Elmer's Thin Medium Glue Spots.  They are super strong and stick really well to different mediums.  They are permanent and thin, so they are pretty perfect for this project.  Also, you aren't having to use hot glue which can be messy and difficult to control. I've used hot glue in the past, but this is waaaaay easier!  

Here they are all stuck onto the paper and ready to go into the frame.  
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