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31  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Pin-up Girl Swap 2?? on: February 09, 2006 12:43:30 PM
sorry guys, i said i would definitely be in on this one, but my circumstances/schedule has changed so drastically that i won't be able to join. i'm sure it will be a good swap, i can't wait to see the gallery!
32  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: TATTOO ART INSPIRED CRAFTS? on: February 04, 2006 08:26:05 AM
Cherry Bomb- those are BEAUTIFUL!
33  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: HEART SWAP (SIGNUPS CLOSED; MAIL BY 2/7/06) on: February 03, 2006 03:14:43 PM
i spent my whole night crafting instead of doing homework! whoot!! only one more project to go, and it'll be the hardest one, but the most fun too! i'll be done for sure by the middle of the week, absolutely for sure by the send out date! i'm so freakin' excited!!

Yay! I'm excited to get my stuff! I haven't been really active on Craftster lately, I started a new job and re-enrolled in school, so I've been busy. I just want to let you know that I have not forgotten about you and I'm working hard on your things as well- I'll be ready to send on the 7th!
34  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Thrift Store Purse Revamp Swap Round 1 *New Gallery* on: January 14, 2006 09:30:22 AM
I received my awesome swap angel package on Thursday night, and here are the goods!



Hula Girl Patch Detail:


Now, not only is this purse revamped, but it is INTERCHANGEABLE! Along with the Sailor Jerry hula girl (which is detachable), I received a nautical star made out of vinyl that can be attached to the purse:


AND on top of THAT, TessTessi included a note on PLANTABLE STATIONERY! Apparently, if i place the card and envelope in soil, it will grow flowers!

TessTessi says that the patch was made by interfacing some fabric, cutting it to "paper size" (8 1/2' x 11") and running it through the printer, then there is some really nice embroidery incorporated into that.

Thank you so much TessTessi! I really feel like you made an effort to find out the kind of things I like, and I really, really, really love my purse!
35  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Globe Lamps... Finished but need final touch help. PICS! on: January 13, 2006 12:01:04 PM
Ready Made had a tute on this a while back...
36  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Nature Pendants (from my little sister for Christmas!) on: January 12, 2006 06:58:35 AM
those are super cool.
i like the brown one on the right
is it just clay painted and fired in a kiln?



I emailed my sister, this is what she had to say about the process:

umm well the necklaces are just made of regular greyish clay, then you imprint or do whatever you want to them, then you bisque fire in a kiln, then put whatever glaze you want on it and glaze fire. it takes us forever because in our class we wait till we can completely fill the entire huge electric kiln until we do any firings, and for a complete project it takes 2 firings. so this year weve only gotten like 10 done all together. but the glazez are fun because (their a little expensive) you need to buy an underglaze so that the imprinted things are a different color. so you brush on the underglaze and wipe it off with a wet sponge so that the imprinted things pop out, then let it dry for a couple minutes, and cover it with one of the cover glazez (those make it all shiney and pretty).
37  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Thrift Store Purse Revamp Swap Round 1 *New Gallery* on: January 10, 2006 07:22:56 AM
Yes, thank you! I am looking forward to receiving my package!
38  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Overdone (but real easy) button necklace on: January 09, 2006 12:13:41 PM
I'd love to see the scan! The necklace looks great- i want to make one!!
39  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: One And a Half Anniversay.. on: January 08, 2006 08:49:19 AM
If you are too nervous about either of those methods, you can always just cut out the stencils from the plain computer paper, trace the outlines lightly with a pencil directly onto the canvas, and then paint in the shapes! I totally identify with your procrastination, so I'm trying to give you all my ideas! Let us know how it works out!
40  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: One And a Half Anniversay.. on: January 08, 2006 08:43:16 AM
It would probably be best to print each layer on regular computer paper, place the paper behind a piece of contact paper, trace onto the contact paper, and cut it out with an X-acto knife. Then you just peel off the contact paper stencil and place it right on the canvas. Contact paper doesn't leave a sticky residue behind, and won't mess up the paint you already have on the canvas. Art supply stores usually carry contact paper in large rolls.

*edited to add:

If you don't have the time/resources to get to an art supply store, you can just cut out the layers of your stencil on thick pieces of paper (or old file folders), and tape them down with plain old scotch tape so they don't move when you paint them on. Just be careful with this method to prevent smudging lines!
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