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11  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Castle Building "Block" Stamps on: October 08, 2013 07:07:51 AM
Building your own castle out of blocks is so much fun, why not do it with stamps too?!

Here is a build your own castle kit of carved stamps.  You can stamp them any way you'd like.  You could build Hogwarts or Cinderella's or just your own personal castle.  Possibilities are endless!  I made one set for a swap partner, but loved them so much I have my own too.



The blocks are cut out a bit more chunky that I think gives a fun look, plus it's faster to carve when you aren't worried about lines being exact. 




Making of and testing pic.


Thanks for looking!
Have a great day.
12  COOKING / Dessert / Caramel Apples on: October 07, 2013 08:14:39 AM
It's fall, time to break out the caramel apples!  These are made from a kit.  It was still one you cook on the stove, but really I should have just made it from scratch.  It wouldn't have been too many more steps.  Oh well, they still tasted great, or at least the first few I dipped.  As I was getting to the last of the caramel those hardened up like a fudge consistency instead of gooey taffy caramel.  I still enjoyed my smores though!





Smores! mini chocolate chips, mini dehydrated marshmallows, and crushed graham cracker bits.
13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Shrieking Shack Musical Globe on: October 01, 2013 09:09:37 PM
Here is my creepy cool glass globe for the Marauders from Harry Potter.  There is the whomping willow made out of twisted wire, an old worn down looking Shrieking Shack, and of course Moony, Padfoot, Prongs, and Wormtail.



Music Box Video
http://s114.photobucket.com/user/secretsmilesshop/media/IMG_0580_zps162afcb1.mp4.html

Some detail views without the glass.
Marauders.  Werewolf, Dog, and Rat were all clay, and the deer was a plastic piece I painted over.


All just under quarter sized




Back.  Shrieking Shack was made out of chipboard I cut into pieces and glued together.  Added texture with crepe paper and painted it.


Some making of pics.
        

Was a big challenge to create, but so rewarding when it was complete.  It was one of those things that you think you may never finish, lol.  Had a neighbor come by that could not believe I made it myself.  Made me smile.

Thanks for looking!
Have a great day.
14  COOKING / Dessert / Bakery Style Cupcakes on: August 18, 2013 08:47:21 PM
Been into making cupcakes lately, and these are the latest creations.  Love them and want to show off!  hehe

Chocolate Sundae Cupcakes
A sweet and tasty way to bring back your childhood.  The chocolate devils food cupcake base so fluffy and moist, the frosting just a perfect sweetness that melts smoothly.  A ganache drop that is fudgey and rich with a crispy texture of sprinkles across.  Then the sweetened cherry, just a perfect end to a perfect sundae.



Used a devils food cake for the cake, and a basic buttercream frosting and a delicious chocolate ganache topping with sprinkles and a cherry.

Genache:
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup whipping cream
1 Tablespoon honey.
combine chips and cream in the microwave, melt until smooth, avoiding burning.  Add honey while stirring.


These I made for a fundraiser, so put them in a fun box and wrapped them up all pretty!


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Peanut Butter Fudge Cupcakes
A rich peanut butter fudge cupcake, that was so light and fluffy.  Delicious.
Cupcakes- a rich devils food cake.  Fudge center- oooey gooey mouthful of super rich chocolate.  Frosting- soft and smooth as a cloud with peanut butter accents.  Fudge drizzle- just the right amount of fudge topping to bring the chocolate through the peanut butter frosting.  And a miniature reeces peanut butter cup on top for the cherry on top.  Incredible.  Tastes like it came from a specialized bakery and everything.  



Used a devils food cake recipe and filled it with Homemade Fudge


Peanut Butter frosting was so fluffy and smooth and just a touch of pb to bring the flavor out, but not make it heavy.  Then a fudge drizzle over top and a reeces peanut butter cup for decoration.  --like my silicone cupcake wrappers?  They're fun, but there is just something about tearing the wrapper away from the cupcake that makes a cupcake a cupcake.


Frosting:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter (I actually used 1/4 cup pb & 1/4 cup dehydrated peanut butter)
2 T milk (used heavy whipping cream)
2 tsp vanilla extract
3-4 cups powdered sugar


All boxed up and ready to hand out to the neighbors.


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And here's banana cupcakes!  Banana cake with banana cream pudding filling.  Has a soft vanilla frosting with a caramel drizzle.  Edible star sprinkles and a big banana chip top so people know what flavor.  Yum!



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Apple cinnamon cake with vanilla frosting and a caramel drizzle.



Making these are fun, and I enjoy not having to pay $3 a cupcake at the local cupcake bakery for a fancy cupcakes I can make, dare I say... better... from home.

Thanks for looking!  
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Hunger Games Charm Bracelet on: August 13, 2013 10:20:22 PM
Craftster means to me a fun place to hang out and share in crafting for my fandoms.

I love the Harry Potter Craft-a-long and the Nerd Games too!  I don't have to be embarrassed (okay, only mildly embarrassed) that all my crafts center around my geekiness.

Here is a fun and simple Hunger Games charm bracelet!  Hopefully to passers by it just looks like a pretty silver bracelet.  Ah, but we know better!  It shows my hunger games pride.


I love the book charm front and center.




Happy Anniversary Craftster!
16  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Zebra Print with Nail Stamps Tutorial on: August 13, 2013 09:53:03 PM
Craftster means helping others by writing tutorials.  

Here's how to use Nail Stamps!  If you've never heard of them, they are just stamps to roll across your nails and give amazing patterns.  I got my set off Amazon, but I've even seen mini sets at Walmart for around $10.


Gather Supplies:
Painted Nails --Here a double coat of pink
Nail stamp plate of your choice
paint color --black.  Konad makes special nail stamp paints, but you can experiment to see if your stash works.  This was the best black of my stash for stamping. Thicker polishes are better for stamping or those ones that are 'one coat' colors.  I usually just test the stamp out on a piece of scrap paper to see if the color is dark enough for me. 
Paint scraper
Stamping stick/roller
nail polish remover
*and apparently an little girls hairclip- (ok just kidding on that one.  not sure why it jumped in the picture lol)


Polish right over the design on your disk


Scrape it off. -- I like to cover my workspace with an extra piece of paper so I can push the extra paint clear off the disk.



Use the wand to roll over the design


The paint will come out of the creases and stick to the wand


Position it over your fingernail and roll right across the whole nail bed.


Tada!


Clean up the extra edges with a qtip dipped in polish remover.  --I use polish remover on a cotton pad to clear the extra paint from the scraper, stamper, and disk.


Do it nine more times. Top coat and you're done!


Love my zebra nails!

Happy Anniversary Craftster!
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Biscuit Cutter Wind Chimes on: August 13, 2013 08:41:54 PM
Craftster means to me, a place to home all those bits and pieces found scattered around a craftroom.

I saw this idea on pinterest.  It was a beautiful windchime made of bits and bobs hanging from a biscuit cutter and knew that was something I wanted to do.  One day.... actually it was probably like last year  Embarrassed I picked a biscuit cutter set up from the thrift store, knowing it was going to this project.... and time went by. 

Enter challenge with kick in the bottom force to get it done finally, LOL.  I rummaged through my craftroom and just found charms that were out of place, rocks and shells leftover from other projects, and anything that littered places I hadn't put away yet.  Too much fun stuff to list.  Then I wired them up to the cutters and loved the results.



Each a waterfall of bits and bobs that look beautiful to me.  So much more than any picture can show.






My favorite bobble, when the sun hits it, it shines rainbows everywhere




I love them hidden in the leaves, however I've decided they would never do well outside.  They tangle much too easy! 


Thanks for helping me clear out my craftroom a bit better.
Happy Anniversary Craftster!
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Monster Book of Monsters Needle Book on: August 13, 2013 08:30:59 PM
Craftster means to me swapping.  A place where you can joyfully hand-make something for another person and know that it will be happily received and well appreciated. 

Ever spend a bunch of time hand-making something for someone only to have them go "oh, handmade.... uh... awesome."  Swapping you don't have to worry about that, and I love it.  I can just make something that I want to make and not worry if the receiver will be annoyed at a handmade gift.

Here is a fun handmade gift I made for a swap partner in the one thing swap!  She loved Harry Potter just as much as I did and asked for perhaps a needlebook.  Hope I didn't disappoint.

Monster book of monsters!  Eeek!  Hurry stroke the spine before it bites!  Those beady black eyes are ready to strike!


Awwh, okay.  You did.  And what does it open to?  Why not a pages book, a needle book!  Complete with needles and string.  How fun.


Now that I look closer, he's so cute.  How tiny!  Only four inches across. 


Hope he has found a good home at 1watermonkeys house!

Happy Anniversary Craftster!
19  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Phoenix Handcarved Stamp on: August 13, 2013 08:16:37 PM
Craftster means doing crafts you never would have tried on your own.  And never giving up until you learn.



Over the course of a swapping time or two, I was sent a few amazing hand carved stamps.  When I first got one I hardly knew it was even possible.  "You can make your own stamps!!?"  Over time I got more and more curious and last year I decided it was my turn to try.  I carved daily for weeks until I felt confident with my abilities, and put it away in my "I can do that" list.  I love it now.  One of my favorite crafts..  

This is a phoenix, rising from the ashes.  Beautiful and proud.  Never giving up.  Just like a craftster attempting a new craft.  Don't give up!



Larger stamp, about 3 inches on blocked wood circle.



It even makes a majestic faux tattoo


My husband has told me I'm not to give this stamp away, that even he wants to use it for his unknown to me ways.  So, you know it's got to be good when the men approve!

Happy Anniversary Craftster!
20  COOKING / Dessert / Rainbow Cupcakes on: August 11, 2013 04:42:57 PM
Craftster means to me, tutorials to follow!

We celebrate weird holidays at my house, half birthdays being one.  My daughter's was last week and I had to make a cake to cut in half, but knew there were fun rainbow cakes out there to make the inside more interesting so I decided to make her one.  I used this tutorial from K3lly and with a name like Care Bear Massacre Cake, how could I resist?



I'm loving making cupcakes right now, so I had to make her cupcakes, but half a cupcake is no fun, so I used the jumbo 6 cup cupcake pan too.



Puffy and beautiful and a fun whipped cloud of frosting on the top.  Sweet heart sprinkles to finish it off.


Craftster means smiles.  I just love this picture.


Happy Half Birthday to my girl and Happy Anniversary Craftster!
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