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181  Jeepers, creepers, make your own Monster Eyes - Tutorial in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: December 19, 2013 03:16:18 PM
Monsters need scary eyes! And making your own is so easy.*


  • watercolor paper or stiff cardstock
  • clear flat marbles, ususally found in the floral dept in craft stores
  • paint or colored pencils
  • scissors
  • glue

Now get to work:

1. Draw circles on the paper slightly smaller than the flat marbles. You can also trace the marbles, but circles work fine.

2. Paint a base color in the circles and let dry. No need to be exact as you will be cutting the eyes out.

3. Paint at least two colors of iris. I use a toothpick to make the stripes. Let dry.

4. Using the end of a paint brush, dip in black paint and dot in the pupil, paint a vertical slit for cat eyes. Let dry.

5. Using the end of a smaller brush, dip in white paint and add a highlight. This is very important, it makes the eyes sparkle. Let dry. (see below)

6. Cut out the circles and using a clear strong glue like E6000 dip the back of the glass marble in the glue, then press onto the cut out eye. Use a good coating of glue so there are no air bubbles. Let dry. Notice how the marbles magnify the iris!

7. Glue onto the monster using the same glue, creating a good seal. I like to use ovals or circles of felt for the main part of the eye, gluing the painted eye in the center. OR I paint an eye shape filed with white, and edged with fun colors.

See other monster eyes at:

* Not recommended for toys for small children.

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182  Super hero gift bags/toy bags/stuff bags in Winter Holidays by cmarion3 on: December 15, 2013 02:32:29 PM
For Christmas, I stitched up a variety of simple stuff bags out of super hero fabric. I hope he can use these for keeping track of all those little pieces in all the fun building toys I keep (or Santa) giving him. The smallest is about 8 x 8 and the largest is bed pillow size. Merry Christmas.

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183  X tags mark the spot! in Winter Holidays by cmarion3 on: December 15, 2013 02:26:10 PM
My little grandson has the perfect name! Xavier or Little X as we call him. So for Christmas I made gift tags that can double as tags for his backpack or anything else! They are felt and just machine stitched. Very easy, but then there were no curves. Life is good.

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184  Re: Winter inchie-houses gallery in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: December 13, 2013 03:37:51 PM
I received another inchie house. The neighborhood is filing up. Lindyv321 sent a cute little bow house. I want to put a bow on my own house, but my sweet spouse doesn't seem to be as excited as I am!

In addition to the big bow, there are cute little windows, buttons and a jewel. The base is an old playing card. Perfect. Thank you.

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185  Re: Steampunk Ornament Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: December 11, 2013 03:24:07 PM
Whoops that's me posting without the name of the sender.....so much excitement, so few brain cells. whenindoubtsew sent the little dressform ornament with high Steampunk fashion!

And from Harvey a Steampunked pistol. This is going on my tree and will be a new accessory for my Halloween costume, no lady should be with out her protection. I simply love it and feel well accessorized now!

I love the finish and the added detail. How do you get that great distressed finish?

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186  Re: Winter inchie-houses gallery in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: December 11, 2013 03:15:43 PM
This is an amazingly awesome swap. I anticipate every post and my jaw is tired of hanging open!

Look at the little log house that arrived in the mail today from ChameleonHound. A work of art!

Real logs (sticks), birch bark and pine cones. The inside is even furnished with a bed, table, rug and wood stove. I want to move in! ChameleonHound wants to move in too! How tall would we be? 1/4 inch, 3/8 in? Tiny. Be just a bit crowded.

Snow on the roof and a door that opens. Whee!

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187  Re: Winter inchie-houses gallery in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: December 10, 2013 06:03:05 PM
O-o-o an ice house and an owl house and the wreath house! I love every house so far.

I received another house(s) in the mail from Rosie1981. Two houses, I'm blessed.

They both are so sweet and look so good with all the other houses. I love the little village that is emerging. Thank you!

Note the little windows! And their coordinating bases.

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188  Re: Steampunk Ornament Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: December 09, 2013 02:04:49 PM
Another Steampunk goodie in the mail from whenindoubtsew! I am so lucky. It was our first wintery day with snow and freezing rain and I had to drive 1 1/2 hours to get to my job....which remarkably finished early! Then gifts in the mail.

She is a  dressform all decked out in high steampunk fashion. The detail is perfect! I also received some chocolate Santas, an angel cookie cutter (not in the pic) and a glittery Christmas ball. Thank you, thank you.

Full pic of the outfit. I want one for me!

And the goodies.

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189  Re: Winter inchie-houses gallery in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: December 06, 2013 05:05:19 PM
I received 2 inchie houses today. It's my first inchie house swap and I really like the idea that I have to assemble them! It just adds more fun.

First from Faemystique a charming little gingerbread house. I love the little detail and all the sparkly bits. And I'm not a sparkly bits girl normally, but the holiday spirit really gets you! Give me glitter! The base incorporates dictionary definitions of snow! The back window has kitties and cupcakes and other goodies. Yummy.

An blupaisan sent an amazing little house. She said she made it upside down by mistake, but managed to figure out a way to save. The detail again is amazing. It is octogonal, with windows, a door and a picture window/patio door. It has it's own wood stove! Outside is a bird feeder with a hungry bear hovering, a fox and a rabbit hiding from the fox. Icicles drip from the roof. Brrr, we need that wood stove. I don't know if I assembled correctly, but it all seems to work. Thank you!

and some of the pieces before gluing, see the little wood stove, we have to keep warm this winter. Such detail! I am amazed!

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190  Re: Steampunk Ornament Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: December 04, 2013 03:08:25 PM
LOL. I gave the box with the tissue paper to the cats and they had a grand time tearing it up and spreading it about. Then I got to crawl around on the multi-patterned carpet trying to find a tiny little necklace. Those darned cats. But I was successful and she was so grateful to be fully accessorized.

Here she is in all her splendor.

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