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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: block print christmas cards (complete w/ photos) on: October 27, 2007 11:22:02 AM
Block printing is basically the practice of carving something into a surface, rolling paint over it, and printing it onto paper/whatever you like. There are lots of ways to do it - I find the rubber blocks are easiet to carve, you can buy carving tools fairly cheap (Speedball has packages with all you need for $30 or so), and then get yourself a good paint roller! It is surprisingly easy considering how sleek it looks on paper. Cheesy
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: picture frames from old hardcover books on: April 26, 2007 11:47:04 AM
Great idea. I love the idea of using specific titles for specific photos.I'm going to borrow this idea, is that ok? Grin

Absolutely! I'd love to see how it turns out.
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: picture frames from old hardcover books on: April 26, 2007 11:46:26 AM
You have been wisted  Cheesy seriously, I am definitely adding this on my list of things to do with all the books I tend to collect for their covers/titles. Thanks for another cool idea. Could I possibly see the back of one?

Unfortunately I gave them all away as christmas presents to my family, and I'm thousands of miles from home, so I don't have any pictures of the back! Sorry. I glued on a fairly rigid paper/carboard to keep them stiff, and then decorated the back with stationery.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: no-sew pillows from t-shirts on: April 26, 2007 11:44:16 AM
AWESOME idea! I love them! this would be a great project for a high schooler or a college dorm room!

did you use pillow forms, old pillows, or simply stuff them?

I used pillow forms, but I think almost anything would work!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: no-sew pillows from t-shirts on: April 20, 2007 08:41:08 AM
Wow - they are cool. Do you just cut strips into the fabric and tie the front and back together?

Yeah, it's just that simple! Cut the fabric about 2inches wider than the actual pillow, and then cut as many tiny strips as you can, then tie them (I tied each with two knots so they didn't come undone).
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / appliue shirts and toque on: April 19, 2007 10:24:01 PM
A few applique projects for my little siblings. I'm not sure what I got myself into, now they're asking for more and more Smiley


an octopus shirt for my sister


octopus detail


a rocket for my brother


a fish for my sister, with added sequins

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / applique t-shirts from old fabrics on: April 19, 2007 10:18:21 PM
When embroidery thread is so cheap at the dollar store, I really can't stop applique-ing all my clothing!


recycle!


recycle detail


some trees (or maybe bok choi)


tree detail
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / picture frames from old hardcover books on: April 19, 2007 10:14:12 PM
I bought a bunch of second-hand hardcover books with pretty designs on them, and used an x-acto to cut out the holes (those books were tougher to cut than I thought!).

I reinforced the back with rigid paper, and glued the paper so the books were slightly bent, so they could stand without being propped up.



9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / bags from t-shirts, scarves and lifejacket straps on: April 19, 2007 10:08:10 PM
Three bags I made from poorly fitting t-shirts. I used heavier canvas or burlap fabrics to line them because the t-shirt fabric tends to stretch out a lot.

From left to right, the straps are from a lifejacket, scarf and belt.


front


back
(the yellow one I sewed some of the excess scarf fabric and a patch on... a bit wonky but fun)
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / no-sew pillows from t-shirts on: April 19, 2007 10:03:20 PM
No sewing involved! All it takes is cutting a lot of tiny strips and tying them into knots. I chose some pretty tacky shirts for these ones, but I feel like a nice shirt or fabric could make for a pretty classy pillow.


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