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181  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Chocobo and Moogle Tote bag on: August 10, 2011 03:37:30 PM
For the video game swap my partner listed that she likes chocobos and moogles from Final Fantasy, and totes!  So together, this eat child was made. 

I found the image for the design online here:  http://silverdragon27.deviantart.com/art/CHOCOBO-and-moogle-22994772

Here is the finished result.  I used the freezer paper method, which I'm still new to but I am eating!  I did the base colors with different layers of stenciling and then painted on the black lines and some details.

And here are some "work in progress" shots:

Here is the first layer of freezer paper ironed onto the bag awaiting paint.

And here is where all the base colors are down.  I use the triangle sponges that you use to apply foundation for the paint.

Thanks for looking!
182  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Flower and Feather Headband and clips on: August 03, 2011 09:07:52 PM
First off, a very special THANK YOU to barbolot for the tutorial on how to make these flowers.  I've been goo-goo-eyed for these flowers when I saw them on etsy.  I even bought some for all my bridesmaids and myself for my wedding.  And now with that tute, I can make my very own, and I did!  

Here is the tute:

And here is what I made for my swap partner for the Hair Accessories Swap.

I had my lovely little sister model them for me so I could get better shots of them.

JoAnn's sells lovely satin headbands in different colors.  I attached some vintagy looking lace first, and then the feathers (again, from JoAnn's) and then the flower.  And TADA!  Headband!  My sister loved it so much she almost didn't give it up.  I made her a promise to make her one in yellow and black.

Another flower and feathers, but this time applied to a metal chip.  I added a bow for a little more interest.

And more flower clips sans feathers all on metal chips.  

Here is the whole package together.

Thanks for looking!

183  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My Current ATC Holder on: July 14, 2011 09:13:09 PM
I just wanted to share with everyone what I've been using to store my ATCs.  Right before I started doing ATCs I went to a thrift store and found this little case that almost look like a fat, squat briefcase that was used for storing cassette tapes.  The inside has ridges on the bottom to help hold the cassettes in.  I wasn't sure when I got it what I was going to do with.  Shortly after I started doing ATCs and found that they would fit perfectly standing on their sides in the box.  The little ridges even help keep them up.  At first it was kinda pathetic with only a couple in it, but its starting to fill in a little bit.

I'll eventually make dividers for it, but for now it works!  I bet this little container will be able to hold a lot of ATC's!  Can't wait for that!  They can be easily transported in their new little home so I can take 'em with me and show off everyone's ghoulish talents to my friends and family!  Its not the prettiest of storing methods, but its working for me!  Who would know that such a boring outside could have so much fun inside?  Thanks for looking!
184  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / KISS shirts and shoes using freezer paper stenciling on: June 18, 2011 09:12:21 PM
I just did my first freezer paper projects and OMG did that take me a long time to do!  I normally do plastic stencils with discharge paste but I wanted to try something new.  My sister got my Dad tickets to a KISS concert for his birthday last month.  The concert is next week and so for father's day (and the concert) I decided to make him and my uncle, whom is going with him, shirts to wear.  I also did a pair of shoes for my dad, as well.  So here are my first freezer paper stenciling projects!  (Images are from the internet, not original art by me)

I eat that I got to use color!  With discharge paste you get a fun distressed look for your shirts, but its always the same color.  I have shirts with color, now!  Yay!  I will get better with doing these eventually.  I'm not use to cutting out with an exacto knife instead of a hot stencil cutter.

And now to the shoes:

I also did these with freezer paper stencils.  I just did the white part on the faces with the stencils and then added the hair and colors.  Its way harder to apply freezer paper to shoes, but it worked.  The swirls and designs behind the faces were already on the shoes.

I used fabric paint for all of these and used a little sponge to apply the white and colors on the shirts, and the white on the faces.

And this is what my hand looked like at the end of all this.  LOL!  I really like this method of stenciling and I definitely think I will try this again.  I guess the only downside is that it takes a white to do and that the stencils aren't re-usable like my plastic stencils I make for the discharge paste.  Oh well, color is fun!!!

185  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Magic ATC Tutorial w/ Pictures (LOTS!) on: June 15, 2011 10:04:45 PM
I made what is called a "magic" ATC for my swap partner in the Ongoing ATC Swap - June 2011 and there were a lot of people asking how it was done.  I have a hard time imagining instructions, so this is for those of you like me who need some pictures along with instruction (and because I eat pictures!).  I learned how to do this at a card making party a few years back.  Here is the ATC I made for my swap partner:

Oooooo, magic!

And now onto the instructions!

Step 1:  Cut your base card and another piece of paper for your border that will go on top to the normal ATC standards (2.5" x 3.5").  My base card is a old game card.  Yay for recycling!  I like because its nice and thick.

Step 2:  Cut an opening into the piece of paper that you are using for your border.  I have a nifty oval template that I use.

Step 3:  Cut a piece of white paper to stamp your image onto.  It needs to be just short of the length of the card.  

Step 4:  Temporarily align the white paper that you just cut behind the border.  I temporarily taped it to the border to hold it into place while I stamped it.  The tops of each piece of paper should aligned together at the top middle of the card.  Then stamp your image onto the white piece of paper.  Then remove tape and separate the border and the stamped piece.

Step 5:  Stamp the same stamp onto a sheet of acetate paper (also known as overhead sheets) using a permanent ink that is meant for all surfaces.  I use a Stazon ink pad.  They are wonderful!  They don't bleed so you can watercolor or marker over them without worrying about bleeding.  

Step 6:  Line up the two stamped images and tape the bottom layer to the acetate sheet to make cutting easier.  Cut out the acetate sheet to the same size as the other piece.  Then add a small piece of tape at the top middle to keep the two together.

Step 7:  Add color to the image on the white piece of paper.  Just lift up the acetate paper and draw/paint away!  I filled mine in with watercolors.

Step 8:  Now its time to cut a piece of white paper that will go in between the two stamped layers.  This one should be just a little wider than the opening of the border and as tall as the opening of the border but reaches all the way down to the bottom of the card.

Step 9:  Tape the piece of paper that you just cut to the bottom of the base card.  Make sure it is centered at the bottom.

Step 10:  Add double sized tape or glue to the side edges of the border on the back.  Try not to glue too far in otherwise the stamped pieces won't be able to side in and out.  Don't add glue at the top and bottom edges of the border.  I used double stick tape.  Mine has a brown backing that I peel off.  Apply the border to the base card.

Step 11:  Now its time to make some magic!  Take the two stamped layers and starting with the solid white and slide that behind the white paper that is attached to the card under the border.  Next slide in the clear layer under the border on top of the white paper that is attached to the base card.

Step 12:  Cut a triangle into the border so that you can punch a hole into the two stamped layers and add ribbon.

Step 13:  Embellish the border to your hearts delight!  I added real mini star fish because I have a friggin' ton of them and they are cute!  ^_^

Step 14:  ENJOY!

I now challenge you to make a magic ATC card!  ^_^
186  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Tree Plushies! (Picture Heavy!) on: May 29, 2011 07:08:33 PM
For the Tree Swap Round 3, my partner, Miss Barbara, had some tree plushies listed on her wist from the Tree Swap Round 1.  So, I decided to give it a go!  I first must say thanks to crafter's Barefootlinzi who originally made these.  I just copied their's.  You can see the originals here:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=search2;params=YWR2YW5jZWR8J3wwfCJ8dG9waWN8J3wyNzM4ODh8InxzaG93X2NvbXBsZXRlfCd8MXwifGJyZHwnfDg0fCJ8c3ViamVjdF9vbmx5fCd8fCJ8c29ydF9kaXJ8J3xkZXNjfCJ8c29ydHwnfElEX01TR3wifHNlYXJjaHwnfGltZw==;start=30

And on to my version!  WARNING: PICTURE HEAVY!

I did mine (or I should say Miss Barbara's) in fleece.  The leaves are fleece, and the snow is felt, and the buds on spring are pompoms.  I basically just looked at what Barefootlinzi's and freehanded a similar pile of flesh.  They have button eyes and I embroidered on the mouths.  I sewed the body of the tree on the sewing machine and hand sewed on the accessories. 




Thanks for looking!
187  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Shadow Box Button Tree on: May 29, 2011 06:47:56 PM
I'm not sure if this is the place for this, but I couldn't decide where else to put it!  So misc, here we go!

Thanks to crafter's petunya who posted her Gradnma's Buttons Memorial Shadowbox.  It constantly gives me inspiration.


I made a shadowbox button wreath for my mom for Christmas last year and she eat it! 

This time I took the shadowbox button idea into a new shape.  I created this for my partner Miss Barbara for the Tree Swap Round 3.

My great grandma use to collect buttons and trims off all the clothes that were no longer wearable.  She was born in 1900 and lived through the Great Depression.  She saved everything!  Luckily she did because they have brought me great joy.  Miss Barbara got some eat from my great grandma.  This was made from buttons from my great grandma as well as some buttons that I've collected.  It is on a stormy background.

Thanks for looking!
188  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bracelets w/ Shrinky Dink charms on: May 29, 2011 06:35:55 PM
So I had fun with shrinky dinks for the first time.  I've always been curious about them and decided to try them out after I couldn't find the bead/charms I wanted for a couple bracelets for a swap.  If you can't find what you want, make it!  The result, surprisingly, turned out pretty good (I think)!


I call this one the clutter bracelet because it has a bunch of random green beads from my collection.  The tree charms are shrinky dinks.  I used a stamp w/ permanent ink and stamped it onto the shrinky dink paper and it turned out famously. 


This one is made from saworski crystal beads and the little owls are shrinky dinks and has matching earrings.  They turned out so small, its crazy!  But it took jewelry that wouldn't be considered "tree" themed into something that belonged.  Shrinky dinks are so much fun and I think that I will playing with them more in the future!

Thanks for looking!
189  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / My mini garden on: May 12, 2011 05:52:36 PM
Hi there!  This is my first year trying my hand at "gardening", apartment style.  The only space I have is my balcony.  I just wanted to share what I did and what I am growing this year.

Here is my balcony hanger planter.  It has cress (which you can see growing) and garlic chives (which are just starting to sprout now, but you can't really see it in this picture).  I have a planter underneath that catches the water that drips out.  I am going to put some shade eating flowers down there.  Any ideas for such a flower?

Here is my basil (which hasn't sprouted yet, I'll probably need to replant that one), cilantro, and dill.

Annnnd my shelf that hold basil on the second shelf, and parsley on the top.  The other ones don't have plants in them yet because I have rosemary and thyme in the house in starters that will go in them when they are big enough.  The planter on the ground is oregano.

And that's my apartment garden!  I am super excited to get to incorporate my own grown herbs into my canning and cooking.  If you have any sage (get it, sage?) advice on herb growing to pass my why that would be great.  I am a gardening newbie!  Thanks for looking!
190  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bracelets w/ my Great Grandma's buttons, UPDATE w/ a new bracelet & earrings on: May 11, 2011 03:11:41 PM
My mom has a box of buttons that was my Great Grandma's.  She was born in 1900 and lived through the great depression.  She would save EVERYTHING.  And everything also had little notes about where everything came from.  She was a saver and a documenter.  She would take off the buttons and lace/trim off of clothes that no longer were wearable.  And now my mom has a stash of trims and buttons that I get into every once in a while.  ^_^

Here is the bracelet I made.  This one is mine.  I also made one for my sister, mom, and aunt.  I made myself a necklace to go with, but I can't find the picture of it at the moment.  Sad!

And another this time in browns with a big acorn button.


I made another button bracelet for my swap partner.  This one has a few newer buttons (the wooden leaves) added to the buttons from my great grandma.  And I made earrings to match.

Thanks for looking!
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