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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: best crafty blogs and magazines? on: October 07, 2010 12:30:31 PM
cloth, paper scissors is fantastic if you are into mixed media.

online, check out craftgawker - they aggregate a bunch of different stuff and submissions. i've found some great blogs that way!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: help with Mod Podge - small object on: October 07, 2010 12:27:48 PM
it's the small circles you don't want to slide, right?

you could try using a piece of foamcore or cardboard with thumbtacks - three or four around each circle should hold it in place!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / How to create printables? on: October 07, 2010 07:52:16 AM
I realize this question may be ... remedial, at best.

I want to create some printables to distribute on my blog and in my etsy shop. The easy ones that are just straight images, I can handle. But I get stuck when I want to combine, say, a vintage image with an illustrated border. Or if I want to take one of my own drawings and turn it into a printable - but it needs cleaning up/a more illustrated look?

Photoshop isn't quite cutting it for formatting things like that - do I need to switch to Illustrator? (And if so, can you recommend any good Illustrator tutorials?)

What about using a tablet/pen - is that the way to go?

How do YOU go about creating printables?

Thank you so much for your help!!!
4  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / stained glass mosaic adhesive? on: July 08, 2010 06:26:44 AM
i've got the mosaic part down, the stained glass part down, the grout part down - but this will be my first time using some translucent glass in my work AND my first time doing a backsplash (over the stove and countertops). most of the glass is opaque, but about a third of it has clear streaks. so i don't *really* want to use the tile adhesives i've used in the past. i'd like something clear and quick drying -- and it has to be cost effective, because i have about 15 sq. feet to cover. eek.

i've heard that weldbond is good, and someone else recommended clear liquid nails, but i really want to make sure i get the right thing - and i figure if anyone could help me, the craftster comm could!

thanks in advance for all your advice/suggestions!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Die cutting + embossing? on: June 21, 2010 07:39:02 AM
I've read the threads here about the die cutting machines, and it sounds like the cuttlebug would work for me for that purpose.... but i'd also like to be able to do embossing -- so the wizard seems okay for that?

What out there does both, and is a good product, AND takes dies/tools from many different manufacturers? (and isn't $500)

bonus points if it will emboss on a bunch of different materials!
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Blogger vs Wordpress on: June 17, 2010 09:40:20 PM
i'm kind of stuck.

i already maintain my photo blog on Wordpress - and their dashboard system makes it really easy for me to manage more than one blog - which is why i was thinking of also hosting my craft blog there.

BUT, virtually the entire crafting community is over on blogger.

so i'm wondering if it's important to position myself there, for the sense of community and support (and traffic), or if i should stick with wordpress, where i already host one blog.

and if i DO decide to go with blogger - 1. how customizable are the templates? (wordpress makes up upgrade to do any real customization) and 2. do i also move my photo blog over to blogger, for continuity's sake?

these things are important to me because i'm getting ready to open an etsy shop that will feature items from both blogs....

and a PS - on which platform do you blog, and why?
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Colorful Mehndi Tapestry on: June 08, 2010 11:13:25 AM
this is woooooooooooooonder ful! i am in awe of your detail work!

...and i happen to have an old painting/frame that i scored at a thrift store for $10 that something like this would be perfect for. i hope you don't mind if i use you as inspiration!
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Cardboard? on: June 02, 2010 07:03:10 AM
I have a garage full of cardboard boxes - with no recycling facilities around here. I am thinking of maybe trying my hand at cardboard furniture, but am having trouble finding good tutorials - the one i found at instructables just doesn't seem to make much sense to me.

has anyone made furniture from cardboard?

beyond that, what *else* can i do with all these boxes??
9  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Re: Hi from an Englishwoman in Japan! on: June 02, 2010 06:47:47 AM
hi! i'm new as well -- but your post caught my eye because i am going to be moving to okinawa in october!

i love your beading tutorials - i've played around with some basics (brickstitch, etc) but it looks like i have a lot to learn from you!

10  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / hello! on: June 02, 2010 06:43:25 AM
hi, all!

i guess this is my official de-lurking. i've been here before, as an active member, then went away for awhile, then came back, on tiptoes. now i'm de-lurking because i'm finally ready to participate (read: all of my supplies have been unpacked from the boxes they've been in for 2 years while i lived in a weird limbo).

i am a serious dabbler. i knit (when my wrists permit), crochet, bead, mosaic, assemblage/collage art, do atcs, looooooove to swap... anything i can get my hands into, i will, pretty much.

what i don't dabble in, but rather seriously pursue, is photograpy. i've been doing photo 365 this year (my blog is http://tiltandshift.wordpress.com) and am finally working towards putting my work out there for real, after being waylaid by a career in corporate writing.

currently i am: 1) working on my painting skills. i am not great with shading and perspective, but have images in my head that want to come out, so i am trying to compromise. 2) refurbishing an old china hutch i got for free (i'll post pics when it's all done!) 3) plotting the mosaic/stained glass backsplash for my kitchen.

i've already learned so much just by lurking, and i can't wait to join in and share my projects, get inspiration for new ones and meet people i know i'll adore!


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