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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Skulls and Stars Applique from Vintage Pillowcases on: May 24, 2006 07:46:34 PM
I bought this tank for cheap from Target and spruced it up with some appliques made from cheap pillowcases I got from the thrift store (about 25 cents each). The stars and skull are stiffened with super strong interfacing, and they were a real pain to sew on to the wimpy and stretchy tank fabric. I'm happy with how they turned out though, it's a gift for my little sister who is turning 11.



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2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tattoo Your Photo Albums on: May 24, 2006 07:38:28 PM
This is my second recovered cheap looking photo album. I made another one for my other sister's graduation (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=96974.0). This one is made from the Alexander Henry tattoo fabric, for my other little sister's birthday. Super easy with spray on adhesive and felt.

Outside:


Inside:


I love that I don't even have to iron the fabric before i put it on the albums- and everything still comes out looking so finished! This took me about an hour and I'm pretty happy with it.
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Vintage Pillowcase-Revamped Photo Album (I need your suggestions!) on: May 22, 2006 05:36:47 PM
My little sister's highschool graduation is coming up and I decided to put together an album of her growing up. I got a cheapy cheap big photo album at Target and recovered it with a vintage pillowcase- I used spray adhesive, which is AMAZING, fabric pens to outline the flowers, and a glue gun and felt for the inside (to cover the messy edges of the fabric).

My question is this: Should I put her name on the front? I wanted to put just her first name, but I'm struggling with what would look attractive...iron ons, an embroidered patch, stenciled letters...there are too many options! What do you think??

Front:


Inside:


Any suggestions welcomed and very much appreciated!
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 11 ENTRIES / Retro Recipes for the Kitchen on: May 04, 2006 07:41:23 PM
Posted this a while back...but it fits in here! I started with a wooden plaque that can probably be found all over thrift shops at this point...i thought it was cute but it didn't really fit in with my current kitchen. I used recipe books from the thrift store and makeshift stencils to piece everything together.

Before:


After:


Fits much better in my kitchen, which has a lot of reds:
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Flowery Skull Applique on: April 23, 2006 09:33:41 AM
I found this well-fitting shirt at the thrift store, but it had a Whole Foods applique on it...So i stencilled a skull on an old pillowcase, applied interfacing, and stitched it over the Whole Foods logo.

Placement (the little green box is where the back tag is stitched on, you can't see it when I'm wearing it):


Patch close-up:


Tag on the back (hand written with acrylics):


I'm terribly frightened of applique and somehow I always screw it up, but this was super easy, maybe because I'm familiar with stencilling, so the task didn't seem as daunting!
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / I've Always Loved You... on: April 15, 2006 08:07:26 PM
I haven't posted in FOREVER. So here's a little something. I made this for my boyfriend, the little guy is my own creation, I used contact paper for the stencil, and wrote the quote by hand. I use plain old acrylic paint for all of my stencils. It tends to wear a bit, but I like the look of it.



placement on the shirt:
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Nature Pendants (from my little sister for Christmas!) on: January 08, 2006 08:38:24 AM
I just wanted to show off what my wonderfully artsy/craftsy sister gave me for Christmas. She made these pendants in an art class at school, and used real leaves for the images:



I'm so used to giving out handmade presents at Christmas, I love receiving handmade gifts even more! The little triangle one is my favorite.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Crafty Pinups on: January 08, 2006 08:18:25 AM
I wasn't sure where to put these, but I was looking through my tear off pinup calendar for 2005 (which I never tore off, wanted to save them for craft projects!) and I found these two lovely ladies. Maybe someone could use them for an iron on transfer or decoupage...

For the Knitters:


For the Sewers:
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Tattoo Your Pillowcases!!! on: December 10, 2005 04:24:47 PM
I used the amazing Marvy Fabric Markers to turn this super girly pillowcase from the thrift store (only $1.15) into a personalized much-cooler pillowcase for my little sister. These markers are so easy to use, don't come out in the wash, and make it easy to draw fine lines & details. Sorry to sound like an infomercial! Here's a link to where you can get them: http://www.durablesupply.com/fabricmarkers.html.

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10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Super Easy Etched Modern Looking Ornaments on: December 04, 2005 04:22:54 PM
These clear ornament balls hold a world of possibilities- I used contact paper, alphabet stickers, and etching creme to etch the names on the ornaments, then suspended some charms with thread and dropped some beads in the bottom of one. Tie on a ribbon, and voila! Classy looking, no?!

Hope you can get the idea from these sub-par photographs.

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