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11  Airplane Cake in Dessert by thekster on: August 12, 2008 10:13:07 PM
My brother's birthday is technically today (what with it being 12:09 and all,) and I made him a birthday cake. I found an image online and used it to carve the cake.
I used star tip #16 for the red and blue parts, and round tip #idon'tknow for the outline. The icing was all buttercream, but the outline had cocoa and black food coloring gel mixed in.

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12  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by thekster on: August 05, 2008 11:14:08 PM
Dang it, I just put a long post on here and lost it all! Basically, it said:
Synne - pretty! Love it! And you've shown me what muslin looks like Smiley I always imagined it as a hemp type material.

I found the dress two of my bridesmaids will wear! Fortunately the dresses run small so the smallest they had fit my very tiny friend. They didn't have one in my sister's size so most likely, I'll have my mom make one. It's a bright blue under thing with black sheer overlay that makes it almost exactly my color. The blue is to the knees, the black is about an inch or 2 below that.
Here's my besfrennn modeling - she apparently thinks she's a mannequin heh
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13  Key Holder Woodburning in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by thekster on: August 04, 2008 10:42:39 PM
This was just a piece of light-colored softwood, already cut into this shape. I drew out the words, traced it onto the wood, burned it into the wood, and then stained it. I wanted it to be useful, instead of just "wall art" so I added little hooks to be able to hang keys and attached a little piece of metal that I don't know the name of to be able to hang it.
This if my first woodburning. You can see on the loop connecting the lowercase l and y that I messed up, and at the top right of the lowercase L.

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14  Birthday Rainbow Dino Cake! in Dessert by thekster on: August 01, 2008 10:27:14 PM
Rainbow Birthday Dino Cake

My best friend's 20th birthday coincided with her having to move into a new apartment, and she was kinda sad that she wouldn't get to do anything for her birthday. She requested that I make her a cake anyways, but I decided to make her an awesome cake. I was going to make her a cake in the shape of a couch that said "Real friends help you move" or something but the test cake I made refused to stand up straight so I scrapped that idea and came up with a dino cake since she loves dinosaurs. After that decision, I found this awesome cake http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=258219.0 and incorporated it into my dino cake.
I got the image (to use to carve the cake) from the Wilton website because I couldn't find the dinosaur cake pan in the stores. The sides are really sloppily iced cuz I'm horrible at side-icing.
Also, the light green parts were supposed to be little stars filled in but either my icing was too thin (it was medium consistency buttercream) or my tips are too low quality. I don't know.

Delightful insides!



I also decorated the top of the cake box with sharpies with the image of a robot doing the robot dance (she loves robots too.)


She didn't really make that big of a deal about it, but she and her boyfriend did say that it was, and I quote, "Awesome." And her boyfriend asked why I wasn't working at a bakery haha. AND! She said after the cake is gone, she's putting the cakebox on the mantel as artwork haha Smiley
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15  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by thekster on: July 17, 2008 04:25:38 PM
Haha man us crafty brides are such picture-whores Smiley Not happy with them but here they are. Sorry for the crappy pic quality.
Fiance's dad/"Spock". Still has the black fabric paint mostly on.

My dad, circa 1970s hah. Note the crazy guy 'stache. (Although I guess you can't really see it from this pic.)

Both daddies.


Tell me ladies, should I remove or fix the black paint? If I could do it on the inside of the holder, I would but it gets all sloppy.  (Is there something I could use to paint over the fabric paint to make it all glassy and smooth?) I took a picture of the candles inside of the jars, but you REAAALLY couldn't see the image on the one without the paint. I want to light the candles to see if the light helps the picture show through but I don't want the wicks to be black before the wedding. Grrr stupid kster.
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16  Japanese Hair Straightening in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by thekster on: July 08, 2008 04:26:20 PM
This isn't too terribly crafty but there's a couple of hair threads on here, so why not?
In 2006, I had to take 12 hours of continuing education as required by law (I guess) in order to renew my cosmetology license, and 8 of those hours were a course in Japanese hair straightening. It was actually kinda fun, but very tedious. There were a LOT of repeated steps. In the class, we only did a mock straightening (where you don't use the actual chemical -the straightening- and use an alternative -gel or cholosterol, usually- instead..)

Halfway done. The straightened hair is SOOO much more smooth and shiny. You can see the difference in length here.
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17  Re: how to make MARSHMALLOW FONDANT! (super pic-chunky!) in Dessert by thekster on: May 22, 2008 12:01:57 AM
Spookykitty - I know you weren't talking to me but I feel like sharing mine too.
I made my fiance a graduation cake using this recipe! His school colors are orange and almost navy blue. The orange fondant got a little darker while it sat, but the blue didn't get very much darker. If I would have had black food coloring it would have been fine, but oh well, it's just cake. Also, I should have rolled the loopy things a little thinner but they kept falling apart if they weren't thick. It's kinda sloppy and I worked on it late into the night, with his graduation the very next morning. All in all, for it being my first fondanted cake, I was fairly happy with it. I just have more experience for next time now haha. Oh, also, the hearts and the border around the top and bottom edge are buttercream. Everything else is fondant.

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18  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by thekster on: May 01, 2008 12:15:52 PM

I don't think I'm liking this Sad And of course I decide this after I've already glued down the first ribbon.
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19  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by thekster on: May 01, 2008 11:15:32 AM
Mishy - HOORAY indeed! And yay, I'm not the only one haha Smiley
Star - Other countries will kill you if you have the Bible, or if you have a hollowed out one? Man... I must be really sheltered. And I would like it if my guy gave me something like that haha. He says my wedding gift is the rings or the actual wedding Sad I hope he's just saying that so he can surprise me. *sad sad face*

Anyhoo, I took pictures of all the ribbons I could find for the book and I need opinions. Which one looks best? (BTW, number 2 is actually really really dark blue, not black.)
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20  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by thekster on: April 30, 2008 05:12:40 PM
Finished quickly! (Well, the outside anyways.)
I didn't make this from scratch; I bought like 5 from the dollar store, ripped out the spiraly insides, and combined the pages. There were only 8 pages in each one, which I felt wasn't enough. I made front and back pages out of two pieces of cardstock glued together to attach the book and the pages together. Here's what it looked like before - waaaay too girly for my FH.

Annnnd after -

Nothing super fancy or anything; I threw the front image together in about 5 minutes hah. I was considering putting a blue (his fave colors) black or white ribbon around the top edge (where the spine ends and the cover begins) because there's a tiny gap with a little bit of adhesive sticking out, but I think the ribbon may be too girly and it's not that noticeable. What do you guys and gals think?
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