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111  Re: Junk in the Flamingo Trunk - tutorial included! [picture heavy] in Completed Projects by Helena Puck on: January 27, 2012 10:18:27 AM

Here is the one my son helped make. He gathered up most of the items and picked out the picture he wanted out of his coloring book. I thought he'd help me glue but he was so afraid of putting things in the wrong place so I ended up gluing. But he'd stayed and watched. He was very excited.

Unfortunately, it rained the passed couple days and his little canvas had to wait to be spray painted. I need to touch up the silhouette with some paint, especially around the feet.
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112  Re: Junk in the Flamingo Trunk - tutorial included! [picture heavy] in Completed Projects by Helena Puck on: January 22, 2012 07:17:44 PM
Thank you for such a wonderful tutorial. Here is what I've made.

I traced a silhouette of Smurfette kissing a smurf from my smurf coloring book. Since I had some extra plastic window covers (the kind you use to make a frosted window), I used that inside of contact paper. Once out, it actually makes a neat blue plastic silhouette that I'm going to use for something later. I also used E6000 glue like you suggested.

A few close up shots

Pictured is my old drum key, game pieces of my initials, hand cuff keys, ladybug button, broken chain, beads bits and buttons, and a moon face stone.

Pictured here is a little mermaid pen cap as well as many other bits and pieces.

My six year old son has started his collection of broken bits, bottle cups, and numerous action figure arms. I promised him that we'd make a Spider-Man silhouette and spray paint it red. He's very excited and I'm excited that my hoarder of a son found a useful way to use the broken bits of his favorite toys that he won't part with.

Thanks again for a wonderful tutorial!
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113  80's movie swap in New Swap Theme Ideas by Helena Puck on: January 17, 2012 06:23:25 AM

First, I'd like to apologize if I'm inappropriately borrowing an image from Milner's Blog: http://milnersblog.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/1980s-90s-film-alphabet/ I had a hard time finding a collage picture of movies that didn't focus too heavily on just the kids' movies or just on the teenybopper movies. I didn't want to exclude anyone.

During the 80's cartoon swap discussion, a few people mentioned that they also had an interest in 80's movies. Since I'm a huge fan of E.T., Gremlins, Neverending Story, and all other geeky things out of the 80's, I'm all over the 80's movie swap. I was wondering if there was enough interest in 80's movies to do another swap after the cartoon swap Feb. 1st sendout date.

If there is enough interest, I'd like to do a five point swap. Signups would be feb. 2-march 1st and Sendouts would be April 1st if these dates work for everyone.

For inspiration, here is a list of 80's movies. You are not limited to this list, of course. Feel free to add to my list. It just needs to be full of that crazy 80's goodness:

Flight of the Navigator, Gremlins, E.T., Short Circuit, Heathers, Desperately Seeking Susan, Breakfast Club, Labyrinth, Neverending Story, Princess Bride, 16 Candles, Pretty in Pink, Indiana Jones, Teen Wolf, Karate Kid, Dirty Dancing, Beetlejuice, Back to the Future, The Goonies, Ghostbusters, Roger Rabbit, Rambo. . .

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114  80's Cartoon Swap Rd 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Helena Puck on: January 10, 2012 05:27:17 PM

Original thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=396845.0

Send outs are February 1st

Post pics of all the lovely things you receive here

Partner Received
Feedback Given
Contact Organizer Immediately
Sending late with communication

Modus Operandi----Tygermane
Humboldtcherry--- AmyLynn98
shdwstrm-----------Helena Puck


Sarahelise (angeling)---> Scarlet_nights

Thank you everyone for the great communication! I look forward to seeing what everyone has made!!!
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115  Rubix Cube Tissue Box from Big Bang Theory in Needlework: Completed Projects by Helena Puck on: December 26, 2011 05:00:45 AM
For Christmas, I made my brother-in-law and his wife a Big Bang Theory basket and my favorite item in the basket was the rubix cube tissue box cover. This was my first attempt using plastic canvas and I found the pattern on Etsy.

I also included:
a Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake
coasters of the cast, Rock paper scissors lizard spock picture, the Friendship Algorithm, and a wanted poster of Schodinger's Cat "wanted dead and alive,"
a pennyblossom
a plastic bag from the comic book store with the cast dressed as superheroes
tattooed sleeves with a label reading "Wolowitz goes goth"
a little santa bag full of tea bags with a note reading "Social protocol dictates that when a friend is upset you offer them a hot beverage such as tea"
Milkduds with a label reading "The most apologetic of the boxed candies"

The gift was inspired by the Big Bang Theory swaps I've seen on Craftster and this clock that GrindHouseHussy made but I didn't get a chance to make but I love it.
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116  80's cartoon swap (SIGNUP Nov. 28th- Dec. 28th, MAIL BY Feb. 1st 2012) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Helena Puck on: November 28, 2011 04:22:58 PM

Swap name: 80s Cartoon Swap Rd 3
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Helena Puck
Craftster member who is co-organizing this swap: ohiodiygirl

Sign-up date range: Nov. 28th- Dec. 28th
Date to send item by: Feb. 1st 2012

Limited to a certain number of people? NO

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Additional Age requirement? NO

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 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:
This swap is for those of you who appreciate the old school cartoons whether you wanted to live with the Smurfs, defeat Skeletor and Hordak, adopt the Pound Puppies, ride the my little ponies, or rock out with Jem!

This will be a 5 point swap. Below are guidelines to help you out but as always discuss with your partner to make sure you are both happy!

Large = 3 points
Medium = 2 points
Small = 1 point

By Time
Big = 3 or more hours
Medium = 2 or more hours
Little = 2 or less hours

By Size
Big = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
Big = $30 or more
Medium = $10-$30 dollars
Small = $10 or less

For inspiration:

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap: 80s Cartoon Swap Rd 3
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:

Do you have a personal website or wist?
Do you have a camera to post pics of what you receive?
Will you post once a week to update the organizers on your status?
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
In the event of an odd number would you be willing to be in a 3-way swap (person A sends to person B, person B sends to person C and person C sends to person A)?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old (YES/NO):
Any allergies?
Any allergens in your home (pet, smoke, etc)?

Favorite Cartoon(s)?
Favorite Character(s)?
Favorite Theme Song(s)?
Favorite Quote(s)?
Favorite Color(s)?
Least Favorite Color(s)?

Crafts you do?
Would you prefer decorative or functional items or both?
Any crafts/items that you would love to receive?
Any crafts/items that you don't want to receive?
Anything else that you want your partner to know?


When sending a PM to your Organizer or Co-organizer please make sure to include the title of the swap. You will send at least 3 PM's throughout the swap for the following:

80s Cartoon Swap Rd 3 - Questionnaire
80s Cartoon Swap Rd 3 - Sent
80s Cartoon Swap Rd 3 - Received

Also, please let your partner and the organizer know if you are going to be late so there is no confusion.

If you have any questions..

80s Cartoon Swap Rd 3 - Question

This will help us to keep the PM's organized, thanks in advance!!

Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap. http://www.craftster.org/swapsinfo.html

1. Helena Puck
2. Tygermane
3. lacey0828
4. mommasfrogging
5. burstofpanties
6. ohiodiygirl
7. sarahelise
8. GrindHouseHussy19
9. omgitsalisa
10. RikaHeart
11. humboldtcherry
12. Quasior
13. mundy
14. AmyLynn98
15. mama24boyz
16. Lady_Lilybell
17. christyross
18. Modus Operandi
19. RachaelD
20. shdwstrm
21. crazyda79
22. scarlet_nights
23. jenniferbydesign
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117  Re: Bamboo Tile Bracelets - Superheroes and Alice in Wonderland - Picture heavy in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Helena Puck on: November 27, 2011 09:38:09 AM

I had so many great Santa pictures to pick from but I didn't want to make dozens of pendants, so I made a Santa bracelet instead. My sister-in-law collects Santas and I think she'd love this.

This one is a little bigger, by one tile and it's not reversible. It should be sturdy slightly bigger because there's less likelihood of over stretching the elastic.
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118  Bamboo Tile Bracelets - Superheroes and Alice in Wonderland - Picture heavy in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Helena Puck on: November 22, 2011 05:58:55 PM

I'd like to give a follow up on my Alice in Wonderland bracelet that I introduced in this post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=384066.msg4548320#msg4548320

After a little wear, I wasn't happy with the bracelet. I broke the clasp twice and the bracelet was very loose and clunky feeling. I decided to take the wire wrapped clasp completely off and use elastic.

After a little inspiration from Fairygoodthings' design found in this thread http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=386747.0 I decided to make another bracelet full of my favorite heroes woven together with black elastic cord and knotted multiple times at the ends.

I had some many heroes and favorite images, I had trouble deciding which eight to use, so I made it reversible which honestly might be pushing the strength of the elastic a bit.

Here are the heroes I used: She-Ra (four different images), Spider-Woman (two images, one retro one modern), Wonder Woman (two images, one retro one modern), Rogue (two images, one 80s retro, one modern), 80's Storm, Emma Frost, Jean Grey, Scarab, Kabuki, and retro She-Hulk.

I'm happy with these bracelets; they are very comfortable. Worn together, they look like Wonder Woman's cuffs. Maybe next time, I'll paint the tiles yellow to create them as well.

I'd love some feedback.
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119  80's cartoon swap in New Swap Theme Ideas by Helena Puck on: November 19, 2011 06:55:44 AM

Would anyone be interested in doing an 80's cartoon themed swap. I'm willing to organize. Or is everyone swamped now that it's so close to Christmas?

What are the dates that will work for those interested and how many points would you suggest?

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120  Second Attempt at Chainmaille in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Helena Puck on: November 18, 2011 02:50:26 PM
I really love the look of Chainmaille, especially the ones made from different colored enameled jump loops because I love pieces with bursts of color.

My first attempt was a beautiful Celtic cross made from lightweight and colorful aluminum jump loops.

My second attempt was this enamel copper bracelet that I made for my mom for Christmas. She's a huge University of Kentucky Wildcat fan. I was happy about how it turned it because it fit so comfortably and allows movement. I like how durable chainmaille tends to be, more so than some of the restrictive wire cuffs I've made in the past.

Next, I'm planning on making a bracelet in orange and yellow, the combination of mine and my husband's favorite colors.
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