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11  California / California: South / San Diego Tattoo Artists - looking for reccommendations on: October 02, 2005 03:14:24 AM
I have a cool idea for a new tattoo - it's kind of big so I want to make sure it's done right.  Got any reccommendations for good tattoo artisits in the SD area?
12  California / California: South / Big Ass DIY Craft Fair in San Diego - March 2006 on: September 30, 2005 06:02:00 PM
We're in the planning stages right now for a big, kick ass DIY craft fair to be held next March in San Diego.  If you are in the SD / North County / South Bay area and are intested in helping us put this together, PM me.
13  California / California: South / San Diego Craft Mafia on: September 30, 2005 05:57:13 PM
We're starting up a San Diego Craft Mafia for SD area crafty businesses.  If you are interested, PM me.

For more info on what a Craft Mafia is, check out the mother ship at www.austincraftmafi a.com
14  California / California: South / SanDiegoCraft.com on: September 30, 2005 05:39:58 PM
I just put up the website for the San Deigo Area DIY Crafters at www.SanDiegoCraft.c om, so please stop by and check it out!

If you are in SD, North County, or the south bay & want to hang with us, shoot me an e-mail or a PM with your e-mail address and I'll add you to our mail list!
15  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Question for moms with tattoos on: September 25, 2005 05:39:35 AM
I have this super idea for a tattoo I think I want to get.  It's kind of a large piece that would start on the left side of my abdomen and continue down onto my leg a few inches.

I have been toying around with different design variations and ideas and then a question came to me - what happens if I have kids?  From what I can tell, the entire stomach area gets stretched out during pregnancy, then goes back after the baby is born & extra weight is lost... but what is the effect on any tattoos on the abdomen?  Do they get warped or wierded out afterwards?
16  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / In memory of my friend Melissa on: August 19, 2005 08:10:35 AM
A dear friend passed away this week and Ive stayed up the last two nights making this little album.  Its been great therapy sort of a spiritual revisiting of the happier times we shared together before she was diagnosed with cancer about ten months ago. 

I wanted to create a place I could go to visit my memories of her & that I could share with our mutual friends. The colors, style and motifs are borrowed from her own personal sense of style. They are reminiscent of the colors she liked to wear and the dcor of her home.

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17  California / California: South / The new and improved San Diego Craftsters get-together thread! on: July 21, 2005 06:31:44 PM
Hi All,

Well, after a little gentle prodding I finally got my act together and set up a time and place for our first meet-up!! I sent the details via e-mail to everyone who signed up, but I want to extend the invite to any and all who can make it...

Check out the details at http://www.astaarts.com/diysdcrafters/

If you are in the SD area I hope to see you next Tuesday!

PS - I know this has been talked about in other threads - going forward I'll just update this one so I won't be spammin' all over the board  Wink
18  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / "Gimme that Old Time Religion" - tutorial / pic heavy on: July 11, 2005 02:53:41 AM
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This is an antique bible that has been in my family for four generations and was given to me by my great grandmother.  It is a treasured family heirloom that I look forward to passing on to my daughter when she comes of age to appreciate it's historical significance.

hehe - not really.  This is actually a cheap, not-very-attractive NIV bible that I dressed up in a slipcover I made using the bottom part of a flimsy cardboard box.

This is a box I got a nice present in last Christmas.  I kept it because I liked the shiny top, but as it turns out, I ended up using the bottom.  I measured the bible and cut the box with flaps I could glue in.  Then I painted it black with craft acrylic paint, gave it a coat of gloss, and glued in the flaps.

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I found a pretty holy card on the web and printed it off, then "aged" it using two different tones of distressing ink and embossed it with a sheen of clear embossing powder.  I then added floral and corner details to the book cover with gold leafing and affixed the aged holy card image to the front ...
 
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... and voila! - An antique bible!! (I did add two more coats of gloss afterwords - just to make sure it can stand up to the elements)

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Thanks for looking!!
19  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / For the mess that is my purse... a place for numbers and notes on: July 03, 2005 04:40:19 AM
So, I recently made a mini-altioid coffin tin that I thought was pretty cool.  I decided to keep it in my purse to hold parking meter change, aspirins, buttons that fall off, etc.  That made me actually *look* inside of my purse - and it is a freaking mess!!  I decided to try to make more stuff in an effort to clean it up ~ in a crafty way.

So here's my next addition:

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It's a little book I made for keeping phone numbers and other random notes - the kind of stuff I currently scribble on the backs of receipts  (usually the ones I need to hang onto for taxes!) I'll probably add a rubber band on the back so I can slide in business cards I get too.

It would probably look cooler with off white (or aged looking) paper and cardstock, but I didn't have any on hand.  I tied twine through the punched hole in back, and wrap one strand around the paper fastener in front to keep it closed.

Thanks for looking!

PS - my thumbnail isn't dirty - it's got gold leafing under it - you should see my right index and middle fingers - I've srubbed 'em raw but they still have a ton of gunk stuck on them - that stuff is evil!!!

20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / coffin box from a mini altoid tin on: June 28, 2005 04:06:02 AM
Ever made something you really dig but when you try to take a picture it just doesn't look as good? That would be my problem now.  I made this little coffin tin with a teeny altoid box I got at the dollar store, but the scan really doesn't show it well - it's all bleached out looking and you can't see the groovy contrast between the distressed matte paper coffin and the metal cross, sequins and glitter. Harumph! 

Anyway, this is the best pic I got:

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I think this may be the grooviest thing I've made all week - I wish I had a petter pic!!

Thanks for looking!!  Smiley
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