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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Making our own rub-ons? on: January 04, 2008 09:26:47 AM
I can't seem to find a good tutorial on making rub-ons for personal use.

I have found tutorials like this but I believe it is one of those for use instantly or within a few hours of production. I was looking towards the sort that can be kept and used whenever. During my search, I found somewhere with a link to a tutorial with one that has store-able rub-ons but it appeared to be a broken link.

Does anyone know where the tutorial could be, or whether there could be a better alternative?

Other than that, what are recommendations for DIY rub-ons? Are colors alright? Texture of paper to be rubbed upon (I'm planning to use all untextured ones though)? Thanks!
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Whimsical Musings & Inspiration Swap (Signups by 13 Jan/ Mail-outs by 31 Jan) on: January 01, 2008 08:07:40 AM
Swap name: Whimsical Musings & Inspiration Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: ningy
Sign-up date range: 1st January 2008 to 13th January 2008
Date to send item by: 31st January 2008

Limited to a certain number of people?: 16
Restricted to people who all live in the same country?: Nope!
All ages allowed? Or 18+?: All ages (:

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES


Details of swap:
We all need a little inspiration on our side wherever we go. Whether to kickstart a new art project, start a new craft, tide over an emotional crisis, or even inspiration on how to build upon fun and happiness.

In this swap, you will be crafting a box that is able to hold at least A4 size and 4" deep (note the possible shipping costs of large packages). You later fill the box up with things that would be of inspiration to your partner. The box should be 1/2 to 3/4 filled so your partner can add on further. Being a craft swap of course, at least 2 medium OR 4 small items must be handcrafted and related to inspiration or your partner.

For example, choosing from one (or more) of your partner's sources of inspiration like "snow", you could craft snowflake-confetti, snowman plushies, snowflake necklaces and so on. Inside the box, you can decorate related to the theme. Remember the need to have the contents as prompts and sources of inspiration. You could possibly add prints of winter images, quotes about snow, poetry about snow, art pieces, and draw other little details or beautiful things you feel could be of inspiration. You can also include craft starting points like scrapbook patterns/layouts, craft kits (handmade or otherwise)! (:

NOTE: Please do not send CD mixes as it is not allowed!

Both partner and organizer MUST be informed of a D/C and/or tracking number.




If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:
Code:
QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
[b]Name of swap[/b]:
[b]Craftster username[/b]:
[b]Email address[/b]:
[b]Your real name[/b]:
[b]Mailing address including the country[/b]:
[b]Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?[/b]:

[b]What crafts are you able to do?[/b]:
[b]What crafts have you never attempted though you'd like to try?[/b]:

[b]Where do you draw inspiration from?[/b]:
[b]How do you act upon when inspiration strikes?[/b]:
[b]Are you in need of inspiration for something in particular for now?[/b]:
[b]Any pieces of work you feel particularly inspired by?[/b]:
[b]Color schemes you like?[/b]:
[b]Any crafts you wish hope you can receive?[/b]:
[b]Any loves/fandoms?[/b]:
[b]Any wists?[/b]:
[b]Any blogs?[/b]:

[b]Any personal dislikes/allergies to mention?[/b]

Some help with answering the questionnaire:
Where do you draw inspiration from -- magazines? blogs? music? lyrics? photographs? friends?
How do you act upon when inspiration stikes? -- What do you do with the inspiration? Write poetry? sketching? knitting? painting? compose music? take photographs? SCREAM AND JUMP? Cheesy
Are you in need of inspiration for something in particular for now? -- Emotional/family/friendship crisises? Or simply for artistic purposes like painting, writing and composing music?
Any pieces of work you feel particularly inspired by? -- You can provide links to pictures, artists, etsy sellers/items, musician profiles etc.
Color schemes -- You can take a look at colorlovers.com to provide some clue but it's optional! It'll be great to describing some of the color schemes that appeal and inspire Cheesy

Sites/blogs/communities like:
http://community.livejournal.com/osculations/
http://community.livejournal.com/deerly/
http://farisyakob.typepad.com/
can provide inspiration as well.


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Participants:
1. ningy
2. addicted2knitting
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3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / You are the crafter who _______________ on: December 23, 2007 03:24:19 AM
We all have our weird quirks and habits as craftsters! What's yours?

For me,
I am the crafter who will rip a top/bottom when I need fabric, even if I still regularly wear the top/bottom - I'm desperate.
I am the crafter who will stay up till 5am when inspiration strikes and start working on it.

Cheesy

What's your characteristically crafterisque traits?
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Sculpey Eraser Clay on: November 30, 2007 03:04:05 AM
I was really excited when I got a small package (just one color, blue) of Sculpey's Eraser Clay for my 8-year-old sister since she refused to leave the shop (and to satisfy my own kid-at-heartness). We returned home to play with them. It turned out that unlike normal Sculpeys', they crack extremely easily. We dealt with that pretty fine though grudgingly and sent the lab rats to the oven. Though on a timing and temperature as stated in the given instructions, they were burnt at the tops and bottoms.

We tried again today and they turned out fine, but the "eraser" wasn't really very effective. When trying to erase lightly, it has no effect. When a little more pressure is put, the paper starts to tear a little despite being quite a strong one (at least 80gsm I should think).

So... many little problems with our virgin attempt at eraser clay modelling.
1. Clay being cracky
2. Burnt (probably the oven's temperamental self though)
3. Effectiveness of the eraser

Does anyone else experience similar problems with the same line of products - eraser clay? (:
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Shopaholic Friend on: December 26, 2005 12:12:47 AM
    * What's the occasion? Christmas
    * Relationship to you Close friend
    * Gender Female
    * Age 15
    * Likes Shopping, jewellery (necklaces, bracelets), accessories, BLACK, indie music, rock
    *dislikes cute stuff? Overly happy
    * Hobbies Hah, shopping! for tops, accessories and what not.
    * Previous gifts I haven't really given her a proper gift, so I thought it's a good time to try.

My skill level I'm really no good with sewing and I don't own a sewing machine right now. I'd love to make bracelets and what not, but it's hard to find something black and stunning. And I may not have the necessary materials. Will really love if tutorials are provided.
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Stuffed Bunny! on: December 26, 2005 12:05:15 AM
Well-guided by this awesome tutorial, I created a stuffed bunny.

It didn't turn out too great because I traced the hands too small and when I flipped it over, they kinda disappeared. But I still love it all the same. I started out with shirt fabric. And because it was 2am and I had no stuffing to have, I used shredded tissue and it didn't turn out too bad. The stitching didn't turn out great because I never really learnt how to sew *blushes*

I hope you like it though. Here's a cute little stuffed bunny with the strangest expression ever!

http://static.flickr.com/6/77485078_622a56cc06_m.jpg
That's the bunny being traced onto an unwanted tee, so yeah, I didn't use felt!

http://static.flickr.com/6/77485080_481ea4db5a_m.jpg
T_T it turned out handless! ;____; And pretty out of it's initial form

http://static.flickr.com/43/77485081_5b6363b692_m.jpg
Behold, bad sewing! I was really bad and made loads of mistakes with the buttons. But that accident sorta added accent of a ragdoll.

http://static.flickr.com/41/77485082_2f7f09ad7d_m.jpg
Bunny looks sad! XD
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