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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Cat House, slightly more glamorous than a cardboard box. on: June 23, 2012 04:28:10 PM
This was sort of a day craft. I'm bored being fabulously unemployed and whatnot :/ I decided to take a break from designing things and make my cat a cat house on a whim. It's nothing fancy, just a day project with one of the ten billion cardboard boxes we have laying around the house and some left over construction paper. Next time with a little more planning I hope to make a fancier house with better craftsmanship Smiley



I left the roof top open for easier access to get in and out




Thanks for looking!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Ho-ho-holiday box tutorial on: December 22, 2011 06:23:17 PM
I hate, HATE,  H-A-T-E using wrapping paper. It always just ends up in a giant trashbag out on our curb when we exchange gifts. This year I tried to use some scrap paper I had laying around from school projects to use for wrapping instead. I came up with little holiday themed pillow boxes and thought you might enjoy a tutorial!




Okay, here are the supplies you need:
9.5in x 12.5in Red paper (a piece of poster board or a piece of scrapbooking paper in the same proportions will both work, I used some Neenah paper I cut down for this project)
2in x 17 1/2 in Black Strip (I used a thin scrap of poster board
3in x 3in Gold Square (You can also use a yellow paper or paper covered in gold glitter if you don't have any gold paper on hand. Or silver if you prefer!)
An exacto knife or scissors
An embroidery hoop or large bowl to use as a 'stencil'
rubber cement or double sided tape
ruler
pencil
bone fold (helpful but not necessary)





1. Take your red paper and fold it in half hamburger style leaving a small 'flap' on one side.
2. The small side should be 6 inches and the large side should be about 6.5 inches
3. (optional) Mark where the flap is so you don't get confused later. I personally mess the next couple of steps up everyonce and a while because I almost always forget about folding it. If you forget you can always save the paper and make a nice Santa Christmas card?



4. I use an embroidery hoop and place it near the edge of the paper so I have a round end versus a straight one, this can be seen in picture 5
5. I trace the other side of the hoop connecting the points on the first line I drew
6. This image just illustrates better what I mean you should have a concave almond shape just underneath the flap on the 6 inch side of the paper
7. Cut the paper so you have a round shaped edge

REPEAT STEPS 4-7 ON THE LEFT SIDE



8. When you have both sides cut out fold the flap inwards, use a bone fold or dull edge of a butter knife to get a nice flat fold
9. Use rubber cement or double sided stick tape on the fold
10. If you are using rubber cement paste more to the opposite side where the fold will meet let the glue dry
11. Fold the flap inwards and press the edge and the fold together



12. Use a bone fold or the dull side of an exacto knife to 'trace' the inside line. This simply breaks the fibers in the paper so it's easier to fold the box and gives it look a bit more of a clean edge
13. I find it helpful to bend the paper along the line in both directions to make it easier to fold the box together
14. fold the 'flap' with the black edge inward then the other flap. Then slide your small gift into the box
15. Repeat on the left side, Your box should look like this! Verrrrrrry nice huh? You got through the hardest part Smiley



I don't want to scare you but this part involves some intense (not really) measuring, ehhhh. NUMBERS WHATTTTT? I KNOW RIGHT?? If you are anything like me you are probably grinding your teeth in frustration. If you followed my measurements exactly then you can just trace a pack of post-it notes

16. You need a strip of black paper 2 inches by 17 1/2 inches and a square 3 by 3 inch gold paper or something in proportion to it. Please don't ask me an complicated math questions about proportions I can only half or double it. I'm an art student. My brain can't handle complicated things like math, organizing and electricity. It looks like magic to me
17. Around the gold paper you should draw a grid it should be 1/2 inch sides so the makes the inner square uhhhhhhhhhhh 2 inches, phew!
18. Finish the Santa belt loop by using an exacto knife because scissors are the devil and will ruin everything you love it gives you a straighter edge and is easier to cut with and cut two vertical lines parallel to each other that slightly extend over the intersecting lines.
19. Weave your black strip through if it doesn't fit just carefully cut your santa belt loops a little bit wider
20. Use tape or rubber cement to secure your Santa belt to your Red pillow box and give yourself a pat on the back you are all finished!





Thanks for looking!


3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Quick halloween transformation on: October 09, 2011 01:21:34 PM
Like most crafters I am obsessed with Halloween, but college cuts into most of my free time so I wanted to decorate but do something both fast and easy.
With less than 10 dollars I decorated my living room with stuff you can find from the dollar store. I'm only showing you the front though, the rest is a 'lil messy.
I made the curtains out of three drapes I bought from the dollar store then I stuck a bunch of fake spiders all over them. I also put cobwebs on EVERYTHING
I also enjoyed making pillow covers out of old T shirts. Because it was supposed to be fast and easy I did a combination of sloppy hand sewing the bottoms and safety pinning. The pillows were originally brown, I put T shirts on over top of them (I can still wear them when I take the cover off, I didn't cut them) and I took other T shirts I did cut up and pull them over the pillow and sew them up and threw a little 'blood' on the white one. It was quick and easy. I'm thinking about temporarily sewing a jackolantern face to the orange pillow but we'll see if I have time.




A close up of the holes.


Thanks for looking Smiley
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Wall art on: October 03, 2011 10:09:33 AM
I made these for my swap partner for the wall art swap. I'm afraid it got lost in the gallery and I really wanted to share because I am so in love with this tree


I had actually intended to make flowers on these 3 canvases I ended up making it a tree instead.
I made this with blue white and silver tissue paper glued down with glitter glue and watered down Elmer's glue and I did the tree with different shades of brown acrylic paint and black marker for detail


This is a close up of the branches and bark


This was just a doodled mushrooms I painted and then colored with red pencil. It's nothing special but I thought I'd share anyway.


Thanks for looking!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Mail Me art Round 2? on: September 15, 2011 07:06:06 AM
What can I say? I'm addicted to getting mail (that isn't bills) I'm addicted to art and I'm addicted to swaps. Is anyone else up for a cheap, low stress swap? It would be exactly like the last round http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=378848.0
a two post card or envelope with a piece of art inside minimum
Anyone interested? Organizing isn't my favorite thing to do but I can do it right after My other swap is over.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Wall Art Swap 4 Gallery! on: September 04, 2011 07:08:22 AM
Post your awesome art here!

Link to the original page: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=387962.msg4591139#msg4591139

Participants!:
1. Mouseatethekitty
2. PureDeadBrill
3.tapestrymlp
4. jmiller614


Partners!
Sent
Received
Sending late with communication
Please contact organizer


tapestrymlp ->jmiller614
jmiller614  -> tapestrymlp
PureDeadBrill -> mouseatethekitty
mouseatethekitty -> PureDeadBrill
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Wall Art Swap 4 (Signups EXTENDED 8/9/11 to 8/16/11 Send out by 9/10/11) on: August 09, 2011 01:49:56 PM
Gallery!http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=390018.0





Swap name: Wall Art Swap 4
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: mouseatethekitty
Sign-up date range:Signups 8/9/11 to 8/16/11
Date to send item by:9/10/11

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):12

Restricted to people who all live in the same country?No

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide:YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant:YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now:YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps:YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old:YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

This is a swap specifically for art and decorating sake, you are free to use any mediums or materials, there is no limit!
This swap is a open point swap to avoid squashing any creativity. You MUST discuss with you partner your ideas to be sure your exchange is equal. If you and your partner agree you are welcome to do extras. Size and cost doesn't matter - just remember to follow the swapping golden rule and only send something you yourself would want to receive!
Everyone must check in every week and post a photo of the piece you receive.
If you do not have access to a camera or scanner you must let your partner know before sending so they can take photos for you. Everyone MUSTsend the organizer and their partner a PM when they SEND and RECEIVE not doing so will result in a negative comment on your feedback! I'm trying to ensure that there are no flakers in this swap!  

PREVIOUS ROUNDS
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=343230.0

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=361505.msg4241005#msg4241005

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=372770.new#new

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap:
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?:
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
Do You agree to send your swap organizer mouseatethekitty a PM when you send or receive?(YES/NO)

List your general likes and dislikes below

What type of wall art would you like to receive? (embroidery, fabric, painted, collage, pastels, watercolours, oil painting, pop art, 3D, altered puzzle etc.)
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2.
3.

Favourite themes and colors. (retro, creepy, modern, cute, nature, whimsical, portraits, steampunk, abstract, Art Nouveau etc.)
1.
2.
3.

Least favourite themes, mediums or colors?
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2.
3.

What type of art do you love to make?
1.
2.
3.

What type of themes are your favourite to create?
1.
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Some of your favourite things!
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Do you have a wist, pintrest, or deviantart or something similar?

Anything else youd like you partner to know?


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

Participants!:
1. Mouseatethekitty
2. PureDeadBrill
3.tapestrymlp
4. jmiller614


Partners!
Sent
Received
Sending late with communication
Please contact organizer

tapestrymlp ->jmiller614
jmiller614  -> tapestrymlp
PureDeadBrill -> mouseatethekitty
mouseatethekitty -> PureDeadBrill

8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Dollar Store swap on: August 07, 2011 08:35:22 PM
I'm not sure if this has been done before but I thought it was always a really really cool challenge and I think it would be interesting to see what it translates into in a swap.
I was thinking everyone could go to a dollar store or thrift store maybe? Or something similar and spend no more than 10 dollars to create a craft or several small crafts based on their partners wist or pintrest or some PMing.
The main part of the craft should be the item bought from the dollar store but if other items would be needed to put it together or make it more functional that would be okay as long as the dollarstore item gets the spotlight. Would anyone be interested in this? Or interested in organizing?
9  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / an inside out challenge? on: August 07, 2011 07:43:57 PM
What if there was a challenge where you had to take whatever material you want and use the side that is typically supposed to be on the inside and made that the focus of the challenge?
For example using an old computer tower (outside) and using the circut board (inside) to make some futuristic looking piece of art? Or reconstructing clothing that is purposely to be worn inside out? Or using the lining of old purses to make some sort of car organizer? Or using things that are inside of a container to decorate the outside of it?
This sounded so much more appealing in my head  Roll Eyes
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 65 ENTRIES / Fun Alphabet Letter Magnets on: August 02, 2011 11:16:42 AM
This idea has been bouncing around in my head for awhile.
I used to have a bunch of those plastic magnetic letters you could get in the dollar store but my ex roommates stole half of the letters, mostly the vowels of course.
So I made new magnet letters with a combination of homemade letters and some store bought letters for scrapbooks that were in the dollar bins. I also used plenty of little trinkets and scrapbooking paper
The letters are from my stash so some of them were missing their packaging but most of them are scrapbooking letters you can find at Michaels and A.C. Moore and some of the letters are from packaging I save because I'm a borderline hoarder Smiley
I cannot wait to spell curse words in fancy letters on my fridge at school because I'm obviously immature for my age Cheesy

Some pictures!

All of the letters







I made a few more last night but I didn't get pictures of them yet. Thanks for looking!

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