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171  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Scrapbooking Paper & Tile Coasters on: May 30, 2012 10:15:40 AM
I made these for lindyv321 in the OWS 82.  They were pinned on her pinterest and I've made them before and happened to have a bunch of tiles on hand.

They are super easy to make, and are great gifts!  I was planning on making a bunch up for christmas, but ended up running out of time (hence why I have a bunch of tiles on hand!  lol!)  To make, grab some thick scrapbooking paper and some tiles.  I got my tiles at Home Depot, and they were like $.16 each.  Also, I used the thicker scrapbooking paper because I had trouble with bubbling when I used the thinner scrapbooking paper, so I found the thicker stuff to not have that problem and also to have a nice texture.  Cut them into squares, add mod podge to the backside of the paper and stick 'em onto your tile.  (Make sure you clean off your tiles first.  They can be a little dirty/dusty from the hardware store.)  Then grab yourself a spray on sealer (preferably one that works well with paper and is waterproof).  I gave these ones three coats.  Once they are all dried, I applied felt pads  to the bottom, one in each corner.  The ones I got have a sticky back to them, but I've had problems in the past with them not staying stuck on.  So this time, to make sure those little pads stay on, I applied a tiny bit of Gorilla Glue onto the sticky side and then put them onto the tile.  (If you do use Gorilla Glue, make sure to only use a very small amount, because the glue expands to 3x its size and will squish out if you put on too much).  Those little suckers aren't coming off now! 

Thanks for looking!
172  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!
173  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!
174  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!
175  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?
176  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!
177  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!
178  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!
179  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!
180  MASTER CRAFTSTERS / Elmer's Products / Zentangle High Heels - featuring Elmer's products on: April 16, 2012 09:38:30 AM
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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!

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