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31  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Tie-Dye: What To Make Colourful? on: November 28, 2004 03:10:44 PM
I recently got a tie-dye kit for my birthday. It can do up to 15 t-shirts... so as you can see, I'll have a lot of colour added to my closet! I want to do other things besides just shirts. Some of my ideas are as follows:

Knee-highs
Shirts
Skirts
Gloves
Tank tops
Socks
Shorts/Capris

BUT WHAT ELSE? I'm inviting two of my cousins over (one male and one female) to do this with me. What should I tell them to bring? We're all very creative people... I want this to turn out great. Also, what sorts of embellishments should I add? If anyone has any ideas/pictures of things they have done I'd appreciate it. Thanks.
32  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Chinese Newspapers! on: November 14, 2004 08:05:52 AM
I went out to eat at a local Chinese resturant and decided to look in the attatched market. Well, it was full of Chinese foods that I couldn't read since most of the labels were in Chinese characters! No one in there really spoke English, either, so I decided to not buy any of the Chinese candies.... I never eat things if I don't know what it's called and what's in it. On my way out, I saw a stack of Chinese newpapers. I figured they were free since they were in between two doors... that's usually where buisnesses stash the free papers. So, I picked two of them up and have yet to find a good use. I was thinking of wrapping some gifts in chinese newsprint along with a food carton and a fortune cookie. So anyway, any other crafty suggestions would be greatly welcomed!
33  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Help Please--Murder Myster Party Costume on: November 07, 2004 08:55:41 AM
I'm having a murder mystery party for my 15th b-day. Yay!

Well, I need to whip up a costume by the 20th of November. I'm going to check out the thrift stores in my area as soon as I can, but I want to know what to look for. The mystery takes place in 1807, so I need to look a bit victorian. Any advice will help!

**Please help me decorate, too... http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=16659.0
34  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Help Please--Murder Mystery Party Decorating on: November 07, 2004 08:21:42 AM
For my fifteenth birthday this year, I'm going to have a murder mystery dinner party. I'm so excited! Anyway... The kit I'm ordering is this one: http://www.merrimysteries.com/tmm/kits/love.htm. The story takes place in 1807, so I need some help with decorating. Our living room/dining room/ Florida room is kind of all connected and those rooms will be the only ones used for the party.

Here are some of my ideas so far:
. Old typewriters- Aready decorate our living room, so that part's done!
. Lots of candles and lights turned on very dim
. Draping lace fabric around
. Drawing the eye toward our China cabinate- Can be done by turning the lights on in the cabinate.
. Maybe having a fire in the fireplace (my birthday is in November, after all)
. Getting the TV to be lost in the background and unnoticed.

Basically, the only thing troubling me is what to do with our TV. I can't move it, since that would require unplugging the VCR, DVD, cable, Comcast Digital Cable box, etc. Any suggestions would be great, not just for the TV but for anything! Thanks.

EDIT: Please help me with my cosutme, too! Click on over to the clothing section: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=16663.0
35  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Glass BLowing and New Jersey on: November 02, 2004 12:32:58 PM
Has anyone ever been to Wheaton Villiage, a historical villiage in Millville, (south western) New Jersey? They have ceramics, glass blowing, and decoy (those wooden ducks) desmonstrations. It's very interesting and a great thing to do on an overcast day. If you're near Philidelphia or Cape May, go check it out. The Museum of American Glass is really interesting... they have so many bottles, vases, and artistic stulptures for viewing. They also have a house made of antique glass projection slides, the world's largest hand-blown glass bottle (7 foot 8 inches), and more. Does anyone here know how to do glass blowing? If so, rock on! Haha. They also have classes (if you're 18 or older) where you can make a glass-blown paper weight and take it with you in a day. They have some $3,000 glass paperweights for sale! Yikes!

The website for this great place is http://www.wheatonvillage.org/
36  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 12 Little Cards for 12 Special People on: November 01, 2004 12:29:20 PM
I was on my highschool's JV tennis team and our season just ended. Cry We had a party at one girl's house to celebrate the end of our great season. (9 wins-4 losses) Our captain suggested that we each write a "love letter" to each person on the team saying nice things. I'm just the kind of person who goes above and beyond with everything I do. Most people used looseleaf... I made little cards. The reason I put them under this thread is that I used materials I had laying around to make them.


Left: black paper with three flower stickers. Right: green polka dot paper with a diary key tied to hemp.


Left: paisly paper with a button flower. Right: mulberry paper with a dangling charm.


Left: Purple paint splattered onto the card with a faerie wallie. Right: Googly eye card (see Halloween thread)


Left:Plaid paper with wood ladybug. Right: Mulberry paper with rhinestone star.


Left: Bamboo paper with paper seashells and one real shell. Right: shaving cream card (see paper crafts/featured projects)

Hope you like them!
37  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Make Fake Blood! on: October 26, 2004 01:57:36 PM
If you don't have time to go to the store, try making fake blood for your costume. If you need a lot of it, this might actually be a cheaper way to get it then to buy a bunch of those little packs.

You'll need...
1 cup of corn syrup.
1/8 cup hot water.
red food colouring.
blue food colouring.
milk.
a bowl.

Step by Step:
1. Stir the syrup and water in a bowl.
2. Add red food colouring to the mix. Stir in some blue colouring, too , to make the mixture more real-looking.
3. Add some milk to make the mixture less transparent and more real.
38  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Creepy Halloween Cards (Pictures!) on: October 18, 2004 01:43:07 PM
I bought a pack of googley eyes... no craft area is complete without them. So, I was thinking about nice invitations or greeting cards I could make for Halloween. I also had some black computer paper and neon orange cardstock. From them, I created this card.



And since one isn't enough, I made several more, this one being different from the rest. (sorry about the black spot. I think my scanner is plotting against me.)


What I did was this (using the first card as my example):
1. I took one sheet of orange cardstock and two sheets of black computer paper.
2. I put the orange card stock in between the two black sheets and folded the papers together. I glued the black paper that was the inside of the card to the orange paper. This made the orange paper glued on top of the black with another black sheet leftover.
3. Using my 1/2" hole punch that is usually for marble magnets, I punched random holes in pairs along the loose black sheet. I punched one hole and then another slightly overlapping the first.
4. Then, I glued the black sheet with the holes on top of the orange sheet, so the holes appeared orange.
5. In the holes, I glued googley eyes.
And volia... a googley eye Halloween card.
39  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Three Notebooks Decopaged w/ Magazine Clippings! on: October 17, 2004 05:07:28 PM
I have two plastic freezer bags that I use to keep magazine clippings in. One holds letters, phrases, quotes, and other verbal things. The other has random snippets from fashion spreads, advertisments, and even colourful backgrounds. Every so often, I sit down and play with the pieces to see what I can create. Here are some of my creations....


I found the picture from a CoverGirl ad. I used glittery modgepodge to seal it. By the way, I have those socks! The words read "Boogie on Down."


Not much to say about this one. It says "follow your own path."


I like the way this came out. It's pretty funny. The girl on her phone is saying "No pookums, you hang up first." "Come on, you hang up first." The people around her have disgusted or sick looks on their face. The little blue box reads "I always try my best to make everyone around me nauseous." I got kind of lazy background-wise on this one. Regardless, I like it.

I hope you like them!

40  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Artist's Travel Set- Looks Easy to Make on: October 02, 2004 08:31:22 AM
http://shop.nationalgeographic.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=2075&itemType=PRODUCT&RS=1&keyword=73641

This looks really cool. I wanted to buy it for my cousin who's a majorly good artist, but for $39.95, I think I could find something better. It looks easy to make, doesn't it? I think I want to try it out, but I wanted to ask anyone if they has any ideas, suggestions, or if they'd made anything similar. Thanks!
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