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21  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 13! in The Swap Gallery by Dorkariffic on: August 12, 2006 05:39:32 PM
I received gorgeous postcards from Bhean a while ago:




I recognize some of the faerie images from Brian Froud's work - how did you know he was my favorite? And I never knew before that I like mermaids so much.
I didn't take a picture of it, but each postcard has "Do Not Despair" stamped on the back.


And I received lots of supplies from liebschien this morning!


So much stuff! Lots of great purple fake flowers, a glue gun and glue sticks, four pair of knitting needles (which I'm thrilled about), and beautiful beaded stich markers.


I love the beads she chose for these, with the different purples and the couple of greens. (Green and purple is my favorite color combination.) I think the one in the center, with the leaf-like green bead, is my favorite.

Thank you both so much!
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22  Re: HP Favourite House Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Dorkariffic on: August 12, 2006 02:42:31 PM
I'm really glad you like your stuff, Babsy! It's probably good that you didn't tell my about wanting a time turner - this way I get to feel really smart for thinking of it. Cheesy
I love the toes picture.

And here's what I got!

Everything - blanket, box, owl card, lightswitch plate, and playing cards.
You wuold not belive how soft that blanket is.
I love that the badger on the lightswitch plate is from this flash movie. When I pulled it out, I immediately showed it to my brother and started going "ah-badger-badger-badger-badger-badger-badger-badger!"
Unfortunately, one of the rhinestones on the box fell off shortly after I got it, but I got a glue gun today, so I can fix it easily. Cheesy


I couldn't get a better picture of the cards, so if you have one, Babsy, feel free to post it. All the pictures have screenshots from the movies. All the Kings are pictures of Harry, Queens are Hermione, tens are Ron, nines are Lupin, eights are Ginny. But my favorite is: Fred and George are the jokers!
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23  Kurt Cobain - Sock Monkey style in CHALLENGE 13 ENTRIES by Dorkariffic on: July 05, 2006 05:08:39 PM
This is Kurt Cobain:


This is Kurt Cobain as a Sock Monkey:



I used a pair of Kodiak Boot Socks for him, as well as yellow yarn and blue embroidery thread. ALL of the stitching is done by me by hand, both on him and his clothes, and I've never done embroidery (or, for that matter, made a sock monkey) before. His guitar is a printout of one of the actual Kurt's guitars, which was then glued to manilla paper and cut out.

For more pictures of the sock monkey, including before and during pictures, go here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/79997973@N00/sets/72157594183935803/
And for more pictures of Kurt Cobain, check out these links:
http://www.poster.net/cobain-kurt/cobain-kurt-grip-5001241.jpg (I was trying to imitate this pose in the second picture)
http://userweb.port.ac.uk/~dis90245/nirvana-stuff/kurt/71.jpg
http://brandy.weblogs.us/poster/kurt-cobain-918650.html

I'd like to sell this sock monkey. Would anyone want to give him a good home? (I'll even include a poster.)
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24  Re: Wallace and Gromit Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Dorkariffic on: June 27, 2006 06:07:48 PM
Noelle really spoiled me on this one. I requested a knitting bag with Gromit knitting on the front and lots of pockets for all my stuff... I got that, and lots more!

First, an action shot of me with my bag, and Cracker box earrings:

(Boyfriend, holding the camera: Okay, all set. Now look at me.
Me: But.. there's a duck over there. It's so cute! *reluctantly looks, and gets caught on camera making a really weird face*)

And the rest of my goodies:

*A knitting needle case that matches my bag, and has the sheep from A Close Shave on it.
*A homemade journal with Preston and the words "BAD DOG" on the cover. It's got graph paper inside and it ties closed, which I LOVE. I've decided to use it as a craft journal, and I've already filled up the first page!
*Two pairs of earrings, both sterling silver, since I have a nickel allergy. One is the cracker box pair that I wore today, and the other pair is even cuter - one earring is a wedge of cheese, and the other is the rest of the wheel! I'm going to have to get more orange clothing so that I can wear these often!
*My brother's favorite, the rocket from A Grand Day Out as a plush. I'm really impressed at the work that must have gone into everything, but especially this: all the rivets are on there, as dots of fabric paint.

And, the inside of my needle case:

The white part on each of the sheep is very fuzzy. And the black fabric with the balls of yarn all over it is the same fabric she used to line the bag.

I love it all so much! I don't think these pictures really show how adorable it all is.
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25  Kistchflower in CHALLENGE 12 ENTRIES by Dorkariffic on: June 04, 2006 09:41:29 PM


My lovely Kistchflower!

The petals, stem, and leaf are outlined in pink and green pipe cleaners, which were then glued to corresponding-colored construction paper, and drizzed with corresponding-colored glitter glue.
The center of the flower is a yellow pom-pom which was cut in half and half was glued onto the pipecleaners.
The background - which I love, but which doesn't show up very well in the pictures - is off-white construction paper, speckled with pink and green via a variation on candycanechild's Shaving Cream Cards marbling method. ( http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=9922.0 )
In the bottom left corner is pink easter grass, which I am suprised to find was actually held in place by Elmer's glue, and further attached by green glitter glue that I painted on top of them.
The frame is just a plain black wooden frame I bought from Joann Fabrics.
The glitter on the frame, however, is a fun story. I was trying to draw swirly, vine-ish things with the green on the upper left corner of the frame, but it wasn't coming out thick enough, so I squeezed the bottle a little harder... and the tip popped off, spilling about half the glitter glue onto the frame and the corner of the paper. At first I was horrified, desperately grabbing for a paper towel and trying to scoop off as much as possible, but a second later, I had an idea. I grabbed a paintbrush and spread it out, then used the paper towel almost like a palette and painted two of the other corners to match. (And I used the leftovers to paint a couple of construction paper hearts, which I'll find a use for later...)

This whole project has sort of been like that; my original plans didn't work, something went wrong, I had to change direction... For example, there wasn't supposed to be any pink in this at all. But Joann Fabrics had NO purple pipe cleaners, and the only colors I had for coloring for the paper were pink and green, and we had no green easter grass (?), only pink and yellow. And this was originally supposed to be done on the cover of a journal.. but, I had no extra journal and couldn't find one.
All in all, I'm thrilled with the end result, especially because I'm redecorating my room, and this actually matches the decor.

Thanks for looking!
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26  Re: Shaving Cream Cards-- With Tutorial--MUST TRY! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Dorkariffic on: June 03, 2006 09:25:42 AM
Here's my attempt:


We didn't have any food coloring, so I tried using those colored sugars that people tend to top cookies with. I had to let the sugar sit in the shaving cream a long time so that the color would absorb as much as possible, and even then, there wasn't a whole lot of color in there. My paper came out a bit more flecked than marbled, but I like how it looks.
And it smells good. Grin
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27  Prince Charming card in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Dorkariffic on: May 13, 2006 11:22:48 AM
My friend Brendan is in love with Disney movies, especially the fairy tale ones, and he also loves acting. He's a senior in high school this year, and tonight is his final performance in the Drama Club. They're doing Cinderella, and he's Prince Charming. (He was also the Beast/Prince in Beauty and the Beast, the senior play a few months ago.)
I was a senior last year, and Brendan made Drama Club such an absolutely wonderful experience for me, and on the last night of our last play, he gave me a bouquet of flowers with the sweetest note attached - and the note is still on my night table.
So this morning, I made him this card:


(Also, he calls me Tink, because I'm in love with faeries and I'm a Tinkerbell addict. Thus, the drawing on the bottom is a self-portrait.)
All the drawing and text was done by hand (which is probably pretty obvious XD) - the only thing that wasn't is the faery sticker. Though, I added a little extra purple to her dress, too.
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28  Ode to Motherhood in CHALLENGE 11 ENTRIES by Dorkariffic on: May 02, 2006 12:29:40 PM
(This is my first time posting a project on Craftster. Woo!)

I had a little trouble finding a piece to use for this. With the exception of an impressively trippy and hideous cross-stich turtle, all the framed art at Savers was actually very nice. And nothing inspired me. Then, I found this:

I see these sorts of things around my town all the time - wooden cut-outs of colonial girls in bonnets. (Why?)
So, I took off the arm and bonnet pieces off, scraped away as much of the dried glue as I could, painted the girl's face and hair and the baby's face and a bit of swaddling clothes. And then, I decoupaged for the first time and created a motherhood-themed collage using pictures and articles from old issues of Parents, and a clip from an old American Girl magazine.

And here's the result:


Details:

The text says "I love you the minute I saw you." I outlined it in black sharpie to make it stand out more.


These are some of my favorite pictures in the collage.

The only problem is - what do I do with it now? Huh
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