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31  Explore the World Shadow Boxes in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by craftADDchick on: August 02, 2013 09:23:13 AM
This was made for my partner in the IYP23 Swap. She loves maps, so I designed the shadowbox using maps for the text, and cut everything out using my Silhouette. But, when I did the initial layout, the amount of map text was just too much. So, I decided to split the text and make a second one for myself!

The letters in "EXPLORE" are each cut from a different country on the map and the word "World" is cut from a swathe across Europe, and then I glued them onto a layer of the letters/word cut from card stock. The shadow boxes are 6" X 6" and each piece (except for the word "the") is raised up from the background. It was a challenge to cut very tiny pieces of double-sided foam tape to put on the back of the compass rose, especially since it was the one with the most layers of tape and I didn't have very wide sections of the card stock to work with. But, the compass rose casts a lovely shadow on the background, so it was worth it Smiley

I tried to find a little 3D globe to put in the bottom left corner of each box, but couldn't find what I wanted in time. I think I've now located what I want (little globe pencil sharpeners) but I need to order a few other things to make it worth the cost of the shipping Smiley Then, I'll send one along to my partner for her to use if she wants. I sent her the box on the right, and kept the one on the left.

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32  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: August 02, 2013 09:16:01 AM
Challenge: July- Multimedia: Companionship
Team: S & M
Project Geekdom (if any): Real World Science & Math (pre-GPS navigation... use a map and a compass)
Bonus Points: Super Nerdy
Project Name: Explore the World Shadowboxes
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426176.new
Brief Description: This was made for my partner in the IYP23 Swap. She loves maps, so I designed the shadowbox using maps for the text, and cut everything out using my Silhouette. But, when I did the initial layout, the amount of map text was just too much. So, I decided to split the text and make a second one for myself! The letters in "EXPLORE" are each cut from a different country on the map and the word "World" is cut from a swathe across Europe, and then I glued them onto a layer of the letters/word cut from card stock. The shadow boxes are 6" X 6" and each piece (except for the word "the") is raised up from the background. It was a challenge to cut very tiny pieces of double-sided foam tape to put on the back of the compass rose, especially since it was the one with the most layers of tape and I didn't have very wide sections of the card stock to work with. But, the compass rose casts a lovely shadow on the background, so it was worth it Smiley I tried to find a little 3D globe to put in the bottom left corner of each box, but couldn't find what I wanted in time.

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33  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: July 31, 2013 07:47:09 PM
Ludi, you continue to astonish and amaze... impressed, once again!

And, go Smeddley (Team S&M Rocks!)


Battle: July- Marvel vs DC- Marvel!!
Team: Team S & M
Project Geekdom (if any): Superheroes!
Bonus Points: Nerdy, Discovery (even though I've made stenciled shirts before, I learned how to easily trace images using the Silhouette software, saving myself hours of image correcting using MS Paint)
Project Name: The Avengers T-shirt
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: As much as I wanted to put some sort of Incredible Hulk image on my bright green cast, I wasn't sure I could pull it off, so I went the safer route and did yet another t-shirt. This design (and the images) were completely copied (images provided on the blog with consent to copy) from the blog "I Am Momma, Hear Me Roar." I imported the images into the Silhouette software and, after reading a hint on the IAMHMR blog about adjusting the threshold, I went in search of information and came across a series of videos on YouTube called "Tracing Without Tears," which explained, very cleary, what adjusting the threshold does. I'll be watching the whole series of videos... so be prepared for more shirts Smiley

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Front View (Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Iron Man):



Back View (Avengers Logo):

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34  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: July 29, 2013 03:05:02 PM
Challenge: May Fandom: Worth the Wait
Team: Team S & M
Project Geekdom (if any): Real World Science & Math (and Engineering)
Bonus Points: Super Nerdy
Project Name: Career Symbols Blankets with labels- Two Years in the Making
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=425998.new
Brief Description: Once upon a time, at the start of the 2011-2012 school year, I had a new class dropped in my class- Tech Ed. We were given no lessons & no supplies, just a list of standards we needed to teach. I'd have 4 groups, one per term. One of the standards is using symbols to communicate an idea, so each student chose a Science, Math or Engineering career and had to design a symbol to represent it. Then, they cut out a stencil (made with Contact paper) and stuck it to a square of fabric. They then sponged fabric paint onto the fabric, peeled away the stencil and had a white image with a colored background. My goal was to stitch the squares from each group into a blanket, and then "raffle" it off to a student from each group. At the end of the year, I had all of the squares trimmed to size (even though they should have, they didn't all come out the same size when the kids made them) and had two of the groups' squares pieced together. I had intended to finish them over the summer, but a a heavy load of summer classes made that impossible. Over Columbus Day weekend, I finally finished them and was all set to give them to the kids after the weekend, until my friends (who make proper quilts) said, "You have to put a label on it!" Fast forward to June... Despite buying the fabric and the embroidery floss and having plenty of snow days and vacation time, I kept putting it off until the night before the last day of school when I hastily wrote out some labels, used the magic of Wonder Under and ironed them on. And the kids were happy. And the project was finally out of my living room. The end
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Labels:


Labels on the blankets:


Representative blanket:



Challenge: July Textbook- Guts & Glory
Team: Team S & M
Project Geekdom (if any): Real World Science
Bonus Points: Super Nerdy
Project Name: Random Raspberry Jam
Project Page Link (if available): N/A
Brief Description: In my backyard, there is an area cut into the hillside that contains the 3 remaining stone walls from what used to be a garage (gone long before I bought the house). The concrete floor also still remains. However, after the 2008 ice storm, it was necessary to cut down a number of trees, and the chunks of those trunks ended up stacked/piled in the garage area (the guys who cut the trees couldn't haul the wood home to use as firewood because we are in a quarantine zone due to an infestation of Asian Longhorned Beetles... even though my trees are not infested, the whole city is quarantined). In the ensuing years, leaves have fallen and decomposed, creating a nutrient rich bedding for plants to take root. Last year, I noticed that raspberry bushes had sprung up. Now, since I didn't plant them, that meant that the seeds for these bushes must have passed through the digestive system of a passing bird or squirrel (or other small mammal) and been deposited with a small packet of natural fertilizer in my yard. This year, I took advantage of the free supply of black raspberries and was able to pick a quart (I picked a little late). My friend added some in from her friend's yard, and we topped the pile off with some grocery store red raspberries. And made some jam. We also made some rhubarb jelly (rhubarb from my friend's yard) and cherry butter (farm stand cherries).
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35  Stencilled Symbol Blankets for Math, Science & Engineering Careers in Stenciling: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: July 29, 2013 02:42:04 PM
I'm putting these here and not in quilting, because they're really not proper quilts and it's really all about the images Smiley But, if it needs moving, let me know!

Once upon a time, at the start of the 2011-2012 school year, I had a new class dropped in my class- Tech Ed. We were given no lessons & no supplies, just a list of standards we needed to teach. I'd have 4 groups, one per term. One of the standards is using symbols to communicate an idea. 

Each student chose a Science, Math or Engineering career and had to design a symbol to represent it. Then, they cut out a stencil (made with Contact paper) and stuck it to a square of fabric. They then sponged fabric paint onto the fabric, peeled away the stencil and had a white image with a colored background.

My goal was to stitch the squares from each group into a blanket, and then "raffle" it off to a student from each group. At the end of the year, I had all of the squares trimmed to size (even though they should have, they didn't all come out the same size when the kids made them) and had two of the groups' squares pieced together. I had intended to finish them over the summer, but a a heavy load of summer classes made that impossible. Over Columbus Day weekend, I finally finished them (I pieced them together and then stitched a piece of a fleece blanket to the back) and was all set to give them to the kids after the weekend, until my friends (who make proper quilts) said, "You have to put a label on it!" Fast forward to June... Despite buying the fabric and the embroidery floss and having plenty of snow days and vacation time, I kept putting it off until the night before the last day of school when I hastily wrote out some labels, used the magic of Wonder Under and ironed them on. And the kids were happy. And the project was finally out of my living room. The end.

Here they are!







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36  Re: IYP 23: Summer Do Si Do GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: July 01, 2013 11:52:45 AM
After a lengthy delay (on my end, not my partner's!), here are the pics of the amazing package that ThrifyLiving4U sent to me!

I had an odd request- I wanted art for my bathroom! I sent her photos and the names of some color swatches from paint at Home Depot and she created some custom pieces for me (although I think that 2 of them may find a home in another room).

First- Believe There is Good in the World... just waiting to be hung on the wall!




Next... laugh, which will probably be relocated to my room of books, because, even though I didn't send her any info on colors for that room, I think it'll look great in there!



And, a collaged image of Cottonwood Creek near Jenny Lake in Teton National Park, just outside Jackson, WY. I love this image; it's like a mini vacation for my brain! So soothing... And, 2 pieces of hand-marbled paper that are just waiting to be crafted with!



Then, a set of hexagon and robot notecards. I love robots, and the hexagons are fantastic!



And, did I mention that I love robots? Look at these robot mugs! I love them! So cute, and perfect for tea.



Also, some fused glass pendants! The one without the bail has a crane on it (which doesn't show well in the photo), and I'm going to figure out the best way to hang it. And, two little canvases with magnets on the back (on the fridge for now, then on my classroom art wall in the fall!).



And, finally (yes, all good things must come to an end...), an amazing galaxy shirt, some lovely spools of green, patterned ribbon and my initials in glass!



I love every single thing that she made for me! And, once I get over an injury to my hand, I'll be back to finishing up her package! Thanks so much Christy!
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37  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: June 30, 2013 07:55:21 PM
Nothing like a last minute entry!


Challenge: June- Horror
Team/Ninja: Team S & M (Science & Math)
Project Geekdom (if any): Real World Science
Bonus Points: Super Nerdy
Project Name: Nightmare on a T-shirt
Project Page Link (if available): N/A
Brief Description: I used to think that I had a fear of heights, but what I really have is a fear of falling from a height. I also have a fear of moving water- it's a very powerful force and I am not a strong swimmer! So, one of my nightmares is to be standing near the edge of a cliff and having it collapse, dropping me into the water below. This fits real world science because the cliff most likely collapsed due to the processes of weathering and erosion. Also, it fits into technology because communication technology involves the use of symbols to convey a message (in this case "unstable cliff edge" or "Cindy... keep back!"). The image was taken from a safety sign, cropped, cleaned up (in MS Paint) and cut with my Silhouette, using flocked iron on vinyl. It is fairly pixelated because the original image was pretty small, and it became pixelated when I enlarged it.

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38  Re: Fabric Printing Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: June 15, 2013 01:43:05 PM
Okay, after a long delay due to an unexpectedly hectic last couple of weeks, I can finally A) Say I sent my fabric! B) Update sent/received/feedback status (as soon as I post this) and C) Post photos of the fan-freakin'-tastic fabrics I received from smashu and ptarmic wumpus!

First, from smashu, an amazing repeat print of the life cycle of a frog on some gorgeous green linen (I think this will soon become a pillow on my sofa!).



I just love it! I love frogs...


Next, ptarmic wumpus and I decided to swap multiple pieces, and I got some great ones!

This first one is an indigo shibori with ink gyotaku (fish print of a rubber fish form). It is stunning, and I'm trying to think if I can use it to make something wearable, like a skirt. I think it might work if I use a solid fabric for the waistband and perhaps the hem.



The second one is another one with frogs! Did I mention that I love frogs? Smiley It is printed with real fern leaves, freezer paper silkscreen frogs and stenciled lumiere dragonflies. I think this one is also destined to be a sofa pillow! Love!



The last 2 are for my words & robots themes. They are fantastic, and I can't decide what to make with them (more pillows, perhaps?), so I may have to hoard them for a bit (or just give in and make more pillows!). I could use a cover for my sewing machine...hmmmm, that might be a good idea! ETA: I just noticed the word "NEEDLE" printed on the font fabric, so I think it is fate and a sewing machine cover will be perfect! ETA #2: I was so excited about my fabrics, I didn't pay careful attention to the WORDS on the letter fabric... the ones printed in blue... d'oh! And so now I see that the words "HOOK," "YARN," and "SEW" are all on there, as well... so maybe I need to use the fabric to make a crochet/sewing project bag... and the robots can be for my machine cover... The robots and letters are stamped (I thought she hand-painted the letters at first... whew, that would have been a lot of work!).





Thank you so much ladies! I truly love all of them! Now, I hope that mine come even a tiny bit close to measuring up when you finally get them (I hope the mail gods are kind...).
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39  Re: Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: June 12, 2013 07:21:52 PM
Here are my fabulous motifs from deathbeforedishes! I tried to load them from school, but my computer froze, and I just realized that I left the envelope of motifs on my desk, so I can't provide the identification information until tomorrow, but I'll  update the post when I get home Smiley


Left: Front/Back Post DC- Twisted Treble Hexagon (page 16 of 20 to Make- Crocheted Granny Squares by Val Pierce)
Right: Lacy Motif- Floral Motif  (page 30 of 20 to Make- Crocheted Granny Squares by Val Pierce)



Left: Made w/3 Colors- Scalloped Circle (page 22 of 20 to Make- Crocheted Granny Squares by Val Pierce)
Right: Never Made Before: Medallion #8 (page 190 of Super Stitches Crochet by Jennifer Campbell)



Left: Flower Motif- Medallion #10 (page 192 of Super Stitches Crochet by Jennifer Campbell)
Right: Made w/3 Colors- Dog Rose Triangle (page 38 of 20 to Make- Crocheted Granny Squares by Val Pierce)



Left: Sender's Choice- Medallion #9 (page 192 of Super Stitches Crochet by Jennifer Campbell)
Middle: Made w/3D Elements Medallion #10 (page 198 of Super Stitches Crochet by Jennifer Campbell)
Right: Bonus w/stitch markers



They are fabulous, and I love how dimensional some of them are! And, as an added bonus, I don't think I have any of them already (I don't have the book the patterns came from, so I know I haven't made them Smiley ).

Plus, as an added super bonus, I got a lovely set of crochet stitch markers! I always use a paper clip, which sometimes falls out, so the lobster clasp style should be much more secure.

Thanks so much, deathbeforedishes!
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40  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: May 30, 2013 06:35:24 PM
Battle: May Battle: Pirates vs Ninja- NINJA!
Team: Team S & M
Project Geekdom (if any): Science (but also fits "Japan")
Bonus Points: Nerdy & Super Nerdy
Project Name: Science Ninja Summer PJs
Project Page Link (if available): (not yet...)
Brief Description: In researching possible ideas for this Battle, I came across information about a Japanese animated series from 1971 called Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, which is a team of 5 teen superheros dressed in bird costumes (Eagle, Condor, Swan, Swallow, Owl), who have a symbol of a Phoenix on their costumes. The series description (from Wikipedia): "Best described as a science fiction action anime, recurring themes of Gatchaman involve conservation of nature, environmentalism, and responsible use of technology for progress and advancement." So, because the characters focus on real world science/technology concerns, I declare that it fits into real world science & math Smiley

The project itself is done with (once again) freezer paper stenciling (font used on "Science Ninja" is called The Last Ninja), cut with my Silhouette. I also applied fabric paint to the bands on the knickers (I was tempted to do the trim ad straps on the top, but wasn't confident I could do it neatly).

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Challenge: (May) Randomizer
Team: Team S&M
Project Geekdom (if any): Real World Science & Math
Bonus Points: Nerdy & Super Nerdy
Project Name: Avocado Propagation Chamber
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: Growing up in the 70's, I can remember a series of print ads for avocados about a gal who grows a houseful of avocado plants from the pits (I think the tagline was something about a plant or a friend inside every avocado). now, every time I see someone cut a fresh avocado, I ask for the pit. Sadly, I have never grown more than the merest sprout, probably because I forget about them and they dry out. So, since I've added avocados into my diet, I get a new pit about every other week and I am determined to grow at least one plant! Thus, the Avocado Propagation Chamber was created. I used the packaging from a roasted chicken from the supermarket, hit the black base with a coat of avocado green spray paint, added some potting soil, and stuck in the first pit. It has two small vents in the top, causing some evaporation to occur, so I cut a small hole in the center of the top and inserted a rubber stopper, which can easily be removed for the addition of water, as needed. While I don't expect to end up with a houseful of avocado plants, I'd love to get at least one! I had a salad tonight just so I could have a pit to plant Smiley

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