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1  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by roler on: July 26, 2014 01:18:30 AM
Thanks, guys!  I'm looking forward to having a concert bag made of all those patches, but I get the feeling that's a looong ways off.  Tongue

bunny1kenobi - Great shirt!  I agree that the O's look awesome that way; nice that the time-saver is stylish as well!!

craftADDchick - That tote bag is wonderful!  My grandma and all my aunts on my dad's side have Boston terriers and have always had them, and they would absolutely flip over that bag!  Way to repurpose a cute graphic! Smiley

Aaaand, here are some companions for my tiny crusader.  I actually think I'll make more later just for fun; I'm really enjoying how these silly little guys are turning out, and I already have ideas/designs for several more planned out!

Prompt:  July: Wee Bit
Team: Multimedia
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Wee Wizard and Princess Magnets
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description:
I loved my tiny knight, so here are some more tiny people!  I used the same basic bullet-like body shape, but this time made a wizard and a princess!  These are all even smaller than my usual animal magnets, so they feel very tiny indeed to me!
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And here they are with their knight:
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2  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by roler on: July 25, 2014 01:09:02 AM
gozer - That is super cool!  I'm jealous! ;P

And congrats, Ludi and Smeddley!  I'm so happy when I see people from this thread get featured! Smiley

Prompt: July - Geography: Osaka
Team: Multimedia
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Blue and Black Mugendai TM Patches
Brief Description:
I absolutely adore the city and people of Osaka.  The culture there is fabulous, as is the food, the comedy, and the number of fun things to do!   And the pop group I've been mentioning, KanJani8, is from Osaka.  The "Kan" part of their name is even short for "Kansai," which is the region including Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe.  Tons of their songs have Osaka in the title and lyrics in the Osaka dialect, and even after moving to Tokyo they've kept their accents and their Osaka style.  So as I work on my KanJani8 TM patch concert bag project, every patch represents Osaka to me!  Here are two more, blue for flambouyant Shota, and black for jokester Kimi-kun. (Actually the blue patch is even more Osaka style - bright colors and gaudy fashions and anything with lam on it are quite popular there!)
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3  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by roler on: July 21, 2014 08:59:24 PM
Prompt:  Team Spirit Randomizer: Time Machine
Team: Multimedia
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: Tiny Crusader
Project Link: Pinspiration: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/504121752012234660/
Brief Description: I chose old European history because I've always been a nerd about that (brooooooooad) time period.  I was the co-chair of my college's Renaissance Faire committee, majored in English Lit (mostly Shakespeare and Chaucer), and adore all sorts of Arthurian legends.  So here's a teensy little knight to represent that side of my nerdiness!
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And just for size comparison (I can't get over how little he is!), here he is surrounded by gigantic foes that he must vanquish:
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4  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by roler on: July 19, 2014 07:42:59 PM
Thanks again, craftADDchick , and Ludi, I am sure she will be thrilled with the embroidery!!  I've found that both the crafting itself and the friendly community here make me feel so much better when I'm stressed, and since things have been pretty stressful lately I've been crafting up a storm!  Here's the project I just finished:

Prompt: June - Onomatopoeia
Team: Multimedia
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Buzz!
Project Link: Pinspiration: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/504121752012346523/
Brief Description: I'm actually kind of afraid of bees in real life, but as long as they're cartoony and cute they're not too threatening!  Here's a happy buzzing bee, giving us another iconic sound of summer (although I still think the cicadas are even better representatives of the noisy season!).
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5  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by roler on: July 19, 2014 03:50:19 PM
Thanks, guys!  I was so stressed while making the bat because he wasn't coming out as planned, but in the end I think the asymmetrical parts give him more personality!  I was originally making him as a gift for a friend, but now I'm not sure I can bring myself to give him away!

Ludi - Amazing cat!  I'm sure it looks just like its subject!  And hooray for another entry for Team Cat; I felt like we were getting skunked for a while!  Tongue

Calabaza - Lovely dress!  So awesome that you were able to fix an old one up for a special occasion!  Also, that's a very interesting tutorial about how you made the paper cut design.  And way to cut those tiny little details!

Prompt: June - Button Up
Team: Multimedia
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Green Mugendai Patch
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: After making the Subaru (red mugendai) patch, I decided to keep going with the theme so I can eventually patch together a concert bag to take to KanJani8 shows.  First I want to make seven infinity sign patches in the seven colors assigned to the members, but I want each one to be in a different style, so here's the green one for Tacchon, the drummer, with buttons!
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6  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by roler on: July 18, 2014 02:58:58 AM
sammylouise40 - I really like that tree effect you got!  It's always interesting to hear the different techniques people use too!

craftADDchick - Oh, oops!  That's great, though; just emphasizes how eye-catching your graphics are! Smiley  Those are beautiful mountain cards, and I'm sure a thank you note just means that much more when it's hand-made!  The "As You Wish" shirt is wonderful too - such a classic!!  And yaaaay Avengers!  I love seeing so many people sharing so many fun fandoms! Smiley

Alright, here is the project I stayed up until nearly 3:00am to complete!

Prompt:  July Mob: UFO Day
Team: Multimedia
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: UFO
Project Name: Bat Stuffie
Project Link: Inspired by this pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/504121752012346503/
Brief Description: I loooove that bat in the pin linked above, and several months ago I decided to try to make my own!  I had no problem making the face, since I work with felt all the time, but I got stuck when I tried to make the ears, and ended up putting it aside.  This month's prompt finally reminded me about it, so I took it out, determined to finish it!  I really don't have much experience making this type of thing, so he came out a little wonky, but I still like him!

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This is all I had done before:


And, the finished product (all fabric except felt is taken from old shirts/suit jacket):




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7  Chameleon Soft Toy in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by roler on: July 17, 2014 07:30:31 PM
I absolutely loved this chameleon on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/504121752012349204/  and decided to give it a try myself.  I'm not super experienced with making softies like this, so I was a little nervous, but I'm really happy with how it turned out!





And here he is being a computer pet (and only slightly getting in the way)!
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8  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by roler on: July 15, 2014 02:01:20 PM
Thanks, guys!  I was actually a little disappointed in how the lion came out, but I'll keep trying to make cuter magnets! 

gozer - Yes!  Come on Cats, rally!! XD

Ludi - That's awesome!  I've actually been hoping to start a magnet swap sometime when I'm qualified, for small refrigerator magnets made of any medium.  Has there already been a swap like that?

Alright, here's my next entry!

Prompt: Team Fandom - FANtastic
Team: Multimedia
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Red Mugendai Patch
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: I've been a huge fan of the Japanese pop group KanJani8 since they debuted about 10 years ago, and have gone to more of their concerts and events than I can count!  The symbol for the whole group is the infinity sign, and each member has his own assigned color, so I made a red infinity patch to represent my favorite member, Subaru!  Maybe if I get inspired enough I'll make a whole concert bag out of these patches.  Smiley  I love KanJani8 because they are goofy and still totally represent Osaka, despite making it big and moving to Tokyo, and I love Subaru because he is so passionate about his music and has such a gorgeous voice.
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9  Cat Magnets in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by roler on: July 14, 2014 07:37:56 PM
I love making felt magnets, and when I saw these ones here...: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/504121752012324263/ I could not resist making some of my own!  I made them for five different friends, and tried to tailor their decorations to the friends' tastes/requests.  They were so fun to make!  I'm definitely going to make this style again.



In fact it was so hard to part with this orange one that I plan to make an identical one to keep for me!
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10  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by roler on: July 14, 2014 06:20:34 PM
craftADDchick - No rush at all!  But I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what you make!  Grin

gozer - Go cats!  Yours is super cute.  The patches give it so much more personality!  The fabric for that bag is gorgeous, and the long strap looks nice and easy to wear!

And now here's my cat!

Prompt: July Battle - Cats vs Dogs: Cats!
Team: Multimedia
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Lion Magnet
Project Link: inspired by this pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/504121752012322539/
Brief Description: The thing that actually got me into Craftster in the first place was my obsession with making felt magnets.  I've made dozens of them over the past few months, and sent them as gifts to family and friends.  Since joining the site, I've been inspired by everyone's awesome crafts to branch out and make a lot of other things, but I still love my felt magnets, so I made another today: a lion!  I was planning to do a house cat, because I looooove our fuzzy Cecil, but couldn't resist trying this cute little lion.
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