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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My new GRAPHIC NOVEL! (3 big pix) on: February 23, 2008 05:13:38 PM
Hey!  Im a freelance writer and illustrator, and I've been having a blast putting a graphic novel together in my free time!  I've finally gotten a few pages to the almost completely 'finished' stage, and I'm so excited!  Please tell me what you think!  These are the book's first three pages, presented in order, so enjoy!!!

By the way, i figured this was a paper craft because I drew all the illustrations with a pen and paper, and when it's finished it will be printed on paper, but If i'm wrong, please correct me.





2  COOKING / Dessert / Weight Watchers cakes!!! on: December 10, 2007 03:48:45 PM
Does anyone have any recipes that produce a similar product?  I used to be so addicted to weight watchers cakes, and then I kicked the habit.  then today I came accross this article http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/476431/weight_watchers_cakes_good_for_dieters.html, and went out and bought a box.  I'm so addicted, but i can't afford four bucks per box!  Anybody have a good snack cake recipe for me?
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Glittery, opaley, new cabs! on: September 04, 2007 11:23:25 AM
Check these out!  I made these last night, and would love to know what you think!  The gold castings aren't clay, they're plastic, but the middles are made of translucent sculpey and various glittery powders.



4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cute cropped vest! on: September 03, 2007 10:13:03 AM
HI!  I found an ad for burdastyle.com yesterday on craftster that said 'free patterns!'  Immediately I'm like, 'well if it's free...'  SO i scoot over to burdastyle, sign up, look through the patterns, and I find one for this amazingly cute cropped vest!  About 5 hours later I was done.  I have to say... I'm pretty pleased.  I've been wanting a vest like this forever, but they're always so expensive!

Check it out:
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My dad's old watercolor collages - revisited! on: September 02, 2007 10:39:22 AM
My dad used to be a full-time watercolor painter (1995), and we printed greeting cards of 8 of his best works.  I love how they came out, and I'm happy that even though the originals have now been sold, I can still have his work around me all the time.

Here they are!  There are two paintings per image, ordered left to right, top to bottom as follows.
1. Inner Vision
2. Greensleeves (my sister and I always thought the white space near the bottom looked like a hidden angel)
3. Royal Colors
4. Joseph's coat
5.Summer's End
6. Salmon Springs Fountain
7. Christmas Wrap
8. Christmas Lights






Thanks for looking!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Check it out! New stuff from me :) on: September 02, 2007 09:55:13 AM
HI!  I haven't posted in a while, but I've made quite a bit of jewelry lately.  I'd love to know what you think!  (what you really think  Tongue )

Red agate and gold chain necklace:


Faux pearl bracelet:


Translucent polymer clay rose pendant:


Cutesy hair stuff:


Thanks for looking!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Shiny Beaded Bracelets and bobby pins! on: August 13, 2007 12:07:41 PM
Hi!  So, I've been tinkering more and more with jewelry lately, and I'm having LOTs of fun! SO...  these are some of the things I've recently completed.







The top two are bracelets and the last one is a set of bobby pins.
Thanks for looking!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Hair bow and bobbies! on: August 10, 2007 04:10:06 PM

HI!  I wanted some objective feedback on these little crafts of mine and I know the craftster community never fails to deliver!  These are all made out of the same green polka-dot ribbon.  (I got 5 yards for one dollar! craft store closeouts rule!)
SO... I made three bobby pins that match (and yet mismatch...) by wrapping ordianry buttons with my ribbon (none of these fancy button-covering kits for me) and adding jewels and such.
For the bow I took a plastic barette and hot glued a bow on top!  I shaped the bow with wire and secured everything with more glue!
See:

YAY!
Comments and constructive criticism would be great!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Adventures in kumihimo braiding! on: August 09, 2007 11:36:31 AM
I've been tinkering with kumihimo since I saw this post:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=173314.0
and now i'm hooked!  This is my most recent project:



It was hard to find something to use as an end cap, but I finally found this one at the craft store and i crimped it over the end with some pliers.  I'm pretty happy with it. Smiley

Thanks for looking!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re-vamped computer paper (TUTE ADDED!) on: August 02, 2007 12:41:02 PM

Hi!  So, i'm a huge fan of mail, i.e. letters, snail mail, post, whatever, etc. And, since i have absolutely ATROTIOUS handwriting most of my letters end up being type-written.  The problem, of course, is that plain old vanilla computer paper is EXTREMELY boring, and magically delicious pretty paper is majorly expensive!  The solution?  To dye my own paper with chalk dust!  I'm sure there must be a post on here already with regard to how to do this, but I learned how in 5th grade and have been loving it ever since.  So, here are my most recent results:







Instructions!~

Ok, i'm not in a photo-taking mood, so you'll need to use your imagination with this tute!

1. Grab some computer paper, a butter knife, some chalk (artist's chalk, not sidewalk chalk), and a shallow pan (I use my pyrex 13X9 cake pan).

2. Fill the pan 1/2 of the way full with water.

3. Choose a piece of chalk and, holding it over the pan, scrape some dust off with the cutting side of the knife.  I tried doing this with a plastic palette knife, and the sound was like nails on a chalkboard!  Stick to metal, and stick to butter knives.


4. The water should be tinted with color, but you dont want piles or clumps of dust hanging out on the waters surface.  Youll have to play around with your different colors of chalk and see how much you really need of each color, but a little definitely goes a long way.  Certain colors will clump up every time, I noticed this mostly with purple and black, not sure why.  Also, youll notice that some colors repel other colors which can be very cool or very annoying, depending on what you were going for.  Some colors are hard to see once theyve made contact with the water (so photos would be useless anyway) but youll notice when you put the paper down that they suddenly show up brilliantly!

4 . If you dont like the way the chalk is sitting on the water you can blow it gently or cut swirls in it with your knife.  However, this can cause clumpage and should be done with care.  Once you get the feel of how your particular chalk behaves youll understand more what I mean by this.

5. Take the paper and hold it at both ends with a little slack so it bows in the middle.  Lay it on the waters surface this way so that there is no air trapped between the paper and the water.
Like this!:


6.  At this point, you have two options: 
(1)You can push the paper through the waters surface all the way to the bottom of the pan.  This will ensure that the entire front of the paper has been coated with chalk, and you might get a slight design on the back as well.  OR,
(2) you can lift the paper off of the waters surface, keeping the back of the paper, and your hands, mostly dry.

7. Depending on how much chalk you used last time, you can dip another piece of paper in without adding more chalk and get a pale design, or you can scrape more chalk in and repeat from step four.  Dont worry if your water isnt so clear anymore, its the chalk suspended on the surface, not the dissolved chalk, that will color your paper.  Of course, if the water gets murky you probably should change it out.

8. To finish up, I put my pages on my deck outside in the sun, weighted down with pebbles, You can also just line a table with newspaper and lay them out to dry that way.  While theyre still wet I mist them with Hairspray (this can be done once theyre dry too, but they might get sticky).  This fixes the chalk in place so that any small clumps you may have wont smudge.  After theyre dry I iron them out (overkill, I know) so that my printer can handle them easily.  (Hairspray on the front, iron from the back with something protective between the ironing surface and the paper, just to be safe)

p.s. if you're a highroller you could buy pro chalk fixative, but I swear by my Suave Extreme Hold.
And Voila!  Let me know if I forgot anything!
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