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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: August 29, 2013 11:03:31 AM
i have a problem with new crafts.  i can't stop doing them.  i want to try everything.

I do that too.  My husband just sighs and asks something like "what now?" 

2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: TGMBox of Crafty Goodness Swap on: August 23, 2013 03:49:58 PM
...Because no swap of this nature has been held on Craftster before, we're going to allow it as a trial run...

Um...it looks a lot like this [fairly old] swap...but the rules that Rackycoo spells out are pretty much the same as that swap used too...

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=380729.0#axzz2cpo1IsEh
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Poppet/Doll furniture along TO COMPLETE BY THE END OF 2012 on: August 16, 2013 02:12:46 PM
So cool!!

Isn't that a great site??
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Poppet/Doll furniture along TO COMPLETE BY THE END OF 2012 on: August 13, 2013 01:03:22 PM
I'm going to get this kit for her little house: http://www.miniatures.com/Vintage-Tr...na-P19087.aspx
Problem is, I'm having a lot of trouble finding little retro furniture.  Anyone have ideas or tutorials for dollhouse scale retro couches, chairs, and beds?

So cute!  The link was broken for me, was this the right one?  If so, I love it!! It matches her personality perfectly!

For furniture and other stuff, I have been spending a lot of my time at "My Froggy Stuff" on youtube.  I am at work now, and can't get there from here.  It should be a simple search.  She has done several different versions of beds, couches, chairs and tables.  Her videos are generally directed at kids, but she has a lot of great starting points!  She tries to give starting points for several different scales, so just make it appropriately scaled for your critter.  I am seeing the daybed with pull-out trundle, a picnic table, and a grill as necessary things.  Look for "Robecca Steams Cabin" tour -- there are a couple of "rustic looking" things in there.

Just remember to "one up" things.  Instead of cardboard, try using thin wood sheets.  Instead of clay from the toy section, or flour and salt, try polymer clay.
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: A Bed for Draculara! (lots o pics) on: June 14, 2013 03:33:35 PM
I have that book!  I never thought about doing those for MH dolls!  Great color choices for that doll!

I did a bedroom set in ivory (black), dark green (pink) and burgundy (I don't think that appeared on the bed).  It was supposed to go to my niece, but I didn't finish it in time, and by the next year she was too "old and sophisticated" for Barbie dolls...it must be somewhere in my house....I wonder if my daughter would like it?

I recall there were lots of ribbon roses involved in that set.

I have a couple of other books with similar subject material from the same time.  The love seat and chair turned out particularly well.  I was not impressed by the dining room set.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* on: June 07, 2013 02:04:45 PM
Pinkleo- that "new" pattern is awesome!

What she said! 

I am not sure which I love more; the very 70's looking outfit that the model is wearing, or the price!  Grin
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Monster High R2 Gallery on: April 17, 2013 08:39:14 AM
Hurray!  I am so relieved that it finally made it there!  I was beginning to worry that it got lost along the way.

I tried to send things with a "theme", but ended up with lots of other "little stuff" that I couldn't make fit (but I sent it anyway).

I am at work, so I can't post my pictures, but I will try to do that later (but it probably won't be tonight because I probably won't get home until after 10).

My goal was to send my partner a "die-ner".  The "large" there was the booth table and benches.  Those were made with foam core, wood, glue, some stuffing and duct-tape.  The table is a stainless steel tile from the hardware store.  I made the table so the legs could be removed for easy storage. 

What restaurant would be complete without food?  So I made some little cakes, some ice-scream, some steaks, and some snack boxes.  The cakes were made from that craft foam stuff and puffy paints.  I found the cakes (and a lot of the other ideas) on "MyFroggyStuff" on UTube.  I usually do something a bit different than she does -- I used a hole punch to cut the cakes out, where she used scissors.  I think the punch gave me more uniform circles.  The paint that I used to frost the cakes made me think of ice-cream -- I just needed a container to put it in!  The "ice-screams" are just beads and some more puff paint.  I did jewelery using those same beads a while ago -- I got that idea from the Fire Mountain Gems website.  I just skipped the last 3 beads and the loop at the top, and filled the glass with paint.  The steaks were pictures I found on the internet, printed, covered with packing tape then glued to craft foam.  The snacks boxes I drew a while ago. I filled a couple of them with little tiny punched out craft foam -- it was something to do with the scraps leftover from the cakes! 

I had actually started some pies too, but they didn't get quite finished.  There was also a food serving thing and a chalkboard sign in the plan, but I ran out of time and box space!  DD and I spent a couple of car trips deciding on monstery names for some of the foods (which was going to go on the chalkboard).  We figured that the blue cake was "ice flavor".  We also did a green one that was "slime", and one of the pies was "ogre eyeball".  I'm sure that you and your daughter can do the same.

I had a couple of other things that I just had to share, even though they didn't fit into the "restaurant" theme...

I found these cool metal tins at a local Walgreen's around Halloween.  They were on clearance.  (I bought all they had.)  I checked about 10 other Walgreen's, and none of them had any.  The original tin contained hot chocolate, and the front was embossed with the name and logo stuff.  I just added a shelf inside, a piece of tape for a hinge, and covered the front with craft foam, the decorated it to look like a locker.  I thought about using paper, but decided that the foam would hide the raised letters and logo on the front better than paper.  The sides were already black, and the inside silver.  I left the back alone -- it has the ingredients and nutrition information from the original hot chocolate mix.  I figured who is going to care about the back?

The trampoline was something else I found on MyFroggyStuff.  I made one of these for my daughter, and it has been one of her absolute favorite things!  It is just two circles cut from foam core (Froggy used cardboard), and covered with duck tape.  The center part is a piece of black tights.  There were little hand weights and some water bottles to go with the "exercise" theme. 

The movies, phones and iPad also started with ideas from MyFroggyStuff, but she used images from advertisements.  I printed mine from the internet -- that way I could control the size as well as get both the front and back of these objects.  I also covered them with packing tape before gluing them to craft foam.  The tape gives them that shiny look as well as protecting them from handling, and the foam makes them the right thickness.

I wrote a couple of times about finding several Deuce dolls.  I figured that I would send one along too -- always happy when these dolls end up with kids to play with them!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Monster High Crochet Dress pattern on: April 16, 2013 03:10:19 PM
Cute!

I may need to try this one too.  We liked the stuff you made for us in the MH swap too!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Monster High R2 Gallery on: April 12, 2013 08:20:27 AM
Ooh, wwrich the shoes you received are so pretty! I want to make some shoes but the thought makes my fingers hurt.

Mine too.  So glad that my partner took that hit for me!!

Apparently, my daughter was the most popular kid at Kid's Klub [before/after school care] today.  She brought the pictures that my partner sent and her fancy mechanical colored pencils with her.  She asked if she can get more of the pictures.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Monster High R2 Gallery on: April 10, 2013 09:33:31 PM
So, I forgot to check the front door today.  DH did at bedtime, and guess what was there!!

Of course, as soon as I sat down with the package, someone had to park her fuzzy self right in the middle of things! [Why do all cats seem to do that??]



First, I found two plushies!  Spectra and Clawdeen.  They are really cute and well done!



Then, there were 4 separate outfits and 3 pair of shoes!!  (There were even little undies to go under those always too short skirts that these dolls are famous for)



Action shots (I hope I got the combos right).



Two little felt pets!



She also included some pictures for my daughter to color and some stickers.  [Side note: great minds think alike -- I bought a package of those same stickers for you too -- but I forgot to put them in your box Cry]



And examples of how to color them:

Thanks so much for my awesome stuff!  I hope your package gets to you soon!
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