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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My Chunky Houses (Entirely Stash Project) on: September 21, 2010 08:26:57 AM
So I participated in a chunky house swap and wanted to post pictures of what I sent to my partners. I used magazine pages that I punched and embossed. I used buttons, ribbon, diamond glaze, Stamps, liquid embossing stuff. Somehow I forgot to take photos of the backs Sad but I put a cute photo of my dream craft space on the back and stamped the letter H because my last name starts with H Wink

3 of the 4 lined up


Some Close-ups




My personal challenge was to make everything from stash and not buy anything. Well, I completed the houses without buying anything but then I didn't have envelopes to fit them into. So I decided that I would make my envelopes. They turned out far cuter than any I could have bought Smiley And no complaints from my swap partners about the condition they arrived in Cheesy




2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Sharing space with crafting materials on: July 04, 2010 07:59:54 AM
So my husband and I are planning on moving next month into a townhouse and I just can't wait! I have decided that my husband needs his space more than I do so he is getting the spare bedroom as his man-cave Cheesy I have been downsizing my craft and art supplies to fit into my dining room and perhaps a closet. My main work area will be the dining room but I don't want it to look like a craft room when I put everything away. I would love one of these http://www.hobbyhideaway.com but need a much lower budget plan. Does anyone have any tips on storage and organization that still looks nice but not cluttered? I am not sure where I am going to put my computer desk yet but I don't mind seeing that in my living room because it can be kept clean and neat. Thanks for your help Cheesy
3  UNITED STATES / Virginia / Crafting Group For Newport News Area on: March 11, 2009 03:59:00 PM

This is a photo from the snow we had last week... and yesterday was shorts weather  Roll Eyes

Hello everyone! I am a crafter in the Newport News area and am really tired of having to drive so far to have a meet up. So before I make any commitments across the water I wanted to see if anyone was interested in meeting up with me here in Newport News. I was looking for maybe a once a month meet up for all of us busy people. We could meet at a public place (Library or Cafe) or at Christopher Newport (I am a student there). I am currently studying art. So leave a message here in this thread and we can work out a meet up time and place.

I am interested in all sorts of crafts. I currently scrapbook and make some cards. I also know how to do a few simple book binding techniques. I am open to learning new crafts too. If anyone is interested I could do a workshop or something. My blog is http://onecraftyarmybride.blogspot.com

And if there is absolutely no one here in Newport News, I would be willing to drive to Yorktown and Williamsburg (just not as often) So let me know!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / US Post Office Cutback? on: February 01, 2009 04:45:38 PM
So I couldn't think of anywhere else to put this. (So if it needs to be moved feel free Wink ) But I had to talk to my fellow crafts swappers about the possibility of cutting another day from delivery! I already hate Sundays (the lack of mail on Sunday that is), and now they want to cut another day too? Personally I would get rid of Saturday delivery if a day had to be cut, I mean UPS and FedEx already don't deliver on Saturdays either. So, for those of you not in the US, do you get mail delivered 6 days a week? How do you think this will affect swaps? I don't think it will hurt to much, just more swap anxiety Smiley

Read http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28897426/ for more info.
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Wedding Thankyou Book Prototype (Picture Heavy) on: January 16, 2009 10:02:02 PM
OK, so my husband's family surprised us with a reception and were wonderful to us during our visit over the holidays. We both appreciated the break so much that I had to thank them. I hope this is better than a store bought gift. I am thinking about changing some of the journaling around and the font for it. I am not sure if I like it but I will give it a day or so. I am loving the way the rest of the book has come out so far though. I am liking the gem on the cover but am not sure if it is too much for this simple book. So let me know what you guys like, option A or B. I am definitely keeping this book but will make a few changes for the ones I am going to send to them. (I only have to make three).

The photos were taken either by me or his family then all edited by me in Adobe Photoshop. Oh, and it took me about 3 hours to put the whole thing together. And two hours of that was photo editing and playing around with the journaling. The actual process of putting the book together took about an hour.

The cover (Option A)


The cover (Option B)
















The journaling is much easier to read in the larger photos on my flickr -->http://www.flickr.com/photos/darkladymajesta/
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crochet a Hat without Crocheting in the Round? on: December 02, 2008 01:54:43 PM
I have been crocheting squares and rectangles for a long time. But every time I try to make anything in the round (arugumi, animals and hats in particular) I just get lost. I have the book by Debbie Stroller and still can not get crocheting in circles. It just confuses my poor eyes and brain. So my real question:
Does anyone have patterns for hats that do not require you to work in the round?
I would greatly appreciate it  Grin
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Altered Book: The Elements [Dial-up Killer] on: August 22, 2008 09:30:27 AM
OK, so I finished this back in May. It was my final for crafts class but I never really got around to posting it... So here it is! I love this and already have a second book in progress.. though a much smaller book..
The spine:


The cover: An inconspicuous book right? But what is that at the bottom you ask?




A drawer! My favorite part of this whole book is this little drawer.


Inside there are little bottles that contain representations of each element


The drawer pulls are made of beads and a brad for each. The drawer itself is made from an altoid tin that I pulled the top off of then spray painted. The brads are silver but the picture makes them look bronzish.


Inside I devoted a two page spread to each element. We were required to add certain elements to the overall book such as a pop up, pocket and other things.
Earth:


Air, the sailboat is a gel medium image transfer:




Fire. This page had a pop up, I wasn't to pleased with the way it came out, but I couldn't possibly love everything in the book  Roll Eyes




Water. I printed an image onto address labels then stuck them on the left hand page:


Lastly I had spirit. I made the window out of a transparency gel markers and some liquid embossing stuff. I attempted a stained glass look with what I had on hand and loved it! I also made the goddess out of poly-clay. I have so much left over, I might try to make some more. The stuff was a little shiny.






With the drawer pulled out.


Closeup of the 'window':


Thanks for reading this novel of a post. We need some more altered books around here! I hope I could inspire someone to make some more. I love seeing everyone's take on altering books. The altered book journal along is great too, if you liked my project you will love their 100 page long thread. Found here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=248633.0




8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Handmade Zine Swap on: August 22, 2008 07:57:13 AM
Would anyone be interested in a zine swap? I have looked at past zine swaps and not really liked the way they were organized.

Here is how I figured I would make the swap requirements: The organizer (me if need be) will set up groups of three to five participants. Each person makes a zine on a topic of their choice and sends copies to each person in their group. As the organizer I would try to group similar interests and note if a person wanted adult materials or not (obviously within craftsters rules too).

There are many different types of zines and mine would probably be a collage/artsy type, but there can be short stories, drawings, informative zines. The choices are endless.

For those of you who do not know what a zine is here is the wikipedia link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zine

So: anyone interested?
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Some resin pieces on: August 16, 2008 11:21:22 AM
Ok, so after many years of owning the stuff to attempt resin I finally got around to mixing some up. I don't know why, but I was expecting a horrible smell and some smoke even though I was outside  Roll Eyes I didn't smell a thing and it was a really hot day so they even cured pretty quickly (ten hours instead of 24) I did have to use the freezer method and there were some mess ups, But for a first attempt I am going to call it a success! Here are the photos  you have been waiting for.

In the mold, yep it looks like a mess but I did it all outside so there was little clean up. I thought I would not have enough resin but I even managed to have some extra  Undecided


Just a little bubble.


My two favorites in the mold.


And ten hours later...
The ones that survived that I liked (they all came out of the molds)


Some of my favorites, air bubbles and all.


This one has glitter on/in the back.




I was afraid they would not come out clear because one of my bottles of the resin stuff (I think the catalyst side, I am not sure, it is an equal part epoxy mixture) was yellow and I thought it was from how old the bottles were. But they came out clear as ever! The mixture cleared up as I was stirring it. So Just dive in, the resin is fun XD

I am not quite sure what I am going to do with these just yet, but I have seen some amazing stuff around here.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / What do you do when you have a craft supply thief? on: August 12, 2008 03:32:42 PM
Soon I will be moving in with another person who makes very little money (less than me) and is into crafts? The girl in question frequently asks me for stuff and I usually give her supplies if I do not need it or have extras. But she is also known for going through my things and taking stuff without my permission (stuff that is valuable to me and I have plans for). I want to know what would you do in this situation? I have put a lock on my door but that may have to come off since the owners of the home do not want locks placed on any interior doors that can be locked from the outside (does that make sense?). And since they live with us I can't exactly hide the lock  Roll Eyes

I should mention that this person is also very unstable at times and will do mean things and take things from me just to get back at me. I would live on my own if I could but am financially unable. I am going to try to keep my lock for as long as possible but I doubt I will keep it for long I hope that giving them a key so they have access (why they want into my room I don't know) but so the thief wont. Any ideas on how I can keep my stuff from being stolen or at least being able to prove it was her? I only have two proven incidents that she takes my stuff but the owners are still not convinced it is her  Undecided Plenty of my things will disappear if I don't do something, I move in less than three weeks!
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