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21  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 12 ENTRIES / Kistchflower 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!
22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Father's Day / "Coming Home" Poem on: May 23, 2006 08:55:38 AM
I asked my Dad what he'd like for Father's Day, and he asked me to write him a poem on the topic of 'Coming Home' or 'Going Home', and to write it out on nice paper, suitable for framing.
The thing is, I'm not good at writing poems unless the idea strikes me, and ideas for poems don't strike me often. I've tried brainstorming for this, but I didn't come up with anything.

I know this isn't terribly "crafty," but I figured you all would be the best people to ask.
23  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Prince Charming card 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.
24  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / What to give my BF's mom? on: May 12, 2006 09:53:43 AM
I have no idea what to give my boyfriend's mother for Mother's Day. I don't feel terribly close to her, but she gave me lots of really sweet, thoughtful (and expensive!) gifts for Christmas, so I don't want to give her nothing, or something I haven't put any thought into.

Here's what I know about her:
She really likes beer.
Blue is her favorite color.
I think she loves flowers, but I have no idea if she'd want some. (I'd been thinking of buying her a little pot of flowers.)
She's got really good luck with scratch tickets (she refers to playing them as her 'second job').
She's going to Las Vegas in the beginning of June, and she's been looking forward to it all year.
25  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 11 ENTRIES / Ode to Motherhood 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
26  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Postcard display? on: April 23, 2006 11:53:35 AM
I've been friends with CJ for 7 years now, and every summer her family goes on vacation to someplace amazing (Paris, Rome, etc.), and every year she sends me a postcard.

I don't want to throw any of them away, but I also don't want to just stick them in a drawer somewhere. I'd love to have some way to display them all so that I can see both sides easily, but I haven't come up with a single idea for it.

Any suggestions?
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