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21  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!
22  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!
23  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!
24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Twilight Book Purse on: August 11, 2013 04:26:56 PM
Craftster means to me trying out new things.

Here is a book purse made of a Twilight Breaking Dawn book.  I've never made a book purse before, but it was a fun adventure!  Just looked up a youtube tutorial and off I went.

The front cover was rather bare without the book sleeve, so I found a lovely picture of the book covers and glued it on front.  And added some jewels to make it shine. Made a magnetic closure that works almost too well. 

Fully lined inside with a beautiful black and red patterned fabric.

And I looked and looked for purse handles, but could only find big weird ones in the craft stores all over around me.  So figured I'd try to make my own with wire and beads.  I think they turned out great.  Hopefully they will hold well.

Happy Anniversary Craftster!
25  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Ollivander's Wizard Wands on: August 10, 2013 10:11:23 PM
Craftster means to me making things for others.

A brother of a friend has had cancer hit for the second time.  His friends and family were having a giant fundraiser sale.  I wasn't going to be home the weekend it was going on, but still wanted to help out.  I made these 20 wands for them to sell at the fundraiser.

These wands are awesome and cheap, they just take a lot of time to do.  They are made from rolled paper glued down, then hot glue placed over top in patterns.  Just paint them up afterwards and you've got it!

Painted gold edges

Here they are all packaged up in their Olivander's tin.  Hope they sold well!

Happy Anniversary Craftster!
26  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween Peg People on: August 10, 2013 09:41:14 PM
Craftster means to me making things you can't find in a store.

Here are some Halloween decorations I can't wait to use this year.  The cutie-est little Halloween peg guys.
Nobody is buying these from Walmart!

They are all hand painted with a glaze over top so they can be played with. 

There's ghosts and zombies and vampires--Oh My!

Here they must be preforming some kind of ritual on the zombie. 

Think of all the decorative and play value in these babies.  Can't wait for Halloween!
Happy Anniversary Craftster!
27  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Hunger Games Painted Shoes on: August 10, 2013 09:08:47 PM
Craftster means to me admiring all the amazing crafts..... and failing trying to recreate masterpieces. *laughs*

The lovely chughes225 made me a pair of the most too die for Hogwarts Shoes. Oh my goodness, they're amazing.  So, thought I needed some Hunger Games ones, and here's my attempt at painted shoes.  Yeah, they're cool, but they aren't chughes worthy cool.

Hunger Games Shoes!
Flamed mockingjay and district 12 sign.  The design is from an etsy seller and I liked it.


Happy Anniversary Craftster!
28  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Hunger Games Zen Doodle on: August 09, 2013 09:19:17 PM
Craftster means to me finishing my work in progress pieces!

Had this piece that went into the WIP pile, but thought about this challenge and figured it better get finished.

It's a zen doodle, just lots of doodles that go along with the Hunger Games books, and lots of patterns in between.  It's fun.  It actually drew up faster than I thought it would, but I love it just the same.  It's sized 11X14.

Close Ups:

Placed up on my wall.  And Hub's has decided I will make a Star Trek piece too, LOL

Thanks for looking and Happy Anniversary Craftster!
29  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 89 ENTRIES / Moving Quidditch Tin on: August 05, 2013 08:27:48 AM
Happy Tenth Craftster!

For my tin entry I repurposed an altoid tin to a moving Quidditch box.

I found some neat Hogwarts and Quidditch pictures and glued them around the box, using a grass paper for the inside.

Also made a little Harry catching the snitch.  Twisted some wire for the base then glued broomstick Harry onto the bend and added a yellow bead with fluffed feathers.

Moving you ask?  Well here's how!  Using a magnet at the bottom, it catches Harry's twisted wire base and you can make him fly around and try to catch the snitch.
Here's my girly testing it out.  She loves it!  Had to hurry and take pictures before she ran off with it.


eta My Inspiration came from an ice skating rink tin! cute

Thanks for looking!  Cheesy
30  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Harry Potter Doodle on: July 11, 2013 08:16:24 PM
Saw something on Pinterest that was similar to this, but wanted to give my own take on it.  Here's my Harry Potter Doodle, Zen doodle?  I have no idea what to call it lol.

I really don't know how much time it took me, but I've been working on it for a month.  I've been through quite a few movies in the background!

All framed up.  It took off some of the designs. 

Before the zen, just doodle pics

Work in Progress

Size Reference.  11X14

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