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11  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Shrinky Dink Swap (signup May 14, 2009-May 31, 2009, send by June 30) on: June 13, 2009 08:00:30 PM
So after several days of coloring, I SHRANK! Does everyone else get nervous for the moment of shrinking?  Fortunately, everything turned out great. In fact, better than expected. I spent way more time than expected on one of my pieces, but I think my partner will really like it.  So now I just have to finish off the details for each piece.  I think I will try to do one more dink, depending on how finishing touches go.
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Vera Bradley inspired 12" square on: June 08, 2009 11:19:08 AM
To be perfectly honest, I don't think it looks anything like the Vera Bradley pattern- but it is a pretty cool square, anyway.
13  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Shrinky Dink Swap (signup May 14, 2009-May 31, 2009, send by June 30) on: June 08, 2009 06:41:39 AM
I made good progress last night. Yay! However, I also ruined a whole sheet of shrink plastic by bad stamping. Boo! Does anyone have any tips for nice clean stamping on the sheets? I was trying to be so careful, but the stamp slipped on the smooth surface several times, smearing the impression.  Maybe I can do a jig of some sort that lets me line up the sheet and the stamp?
14  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Shrinky Dink Swap (signup May 14, 2009-May 31, 2009, send by June 30) on: June 07, 2009 12:46:10 PM
My partner and I had an initial round of communication and came up with some ideas- I think she has started on her items, and I plan to have a marathon shrinky session tonight after the baby is in bed...I have several ideas and things I want to try out.
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Beautiful collection of butterflies on Black Felt on: June 05, 2009 10:28:44 AM
What!? How? This is gorgeous! I can't imagine the cutting....!
16  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Shrinky Dink Swap (signup May 14, 2009-May 31, 2009, send by June 30) on: June 04, 2009 05:30:41 AM
I seal with a spray sometimes...I think Krylon, but I am not in my craft closet at the moment, so not 100% sure. I melted a couple of things, including some really nice ones, before I found the trick was to put on lots of very, very thin coats- this is not something that can be rushed! The first few coats don't even fully cover the piece- I am usually 4 coats in before the whole surface is coated in spray. I tend to do 6-8 coats. I let it dry at least an hour between. That works pretty well.  And if you have pets, be sure to spray in a pet-free location! Or you will have hair sprinkles.

ETA: Hold the can WELL away from the piece- like a 14 inches or so.
17  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Shrinky Dink Swap (signup May 14, 2009-May 31, 2009, send by June 30) on: June 03, 2009 06:53:22 PM
Thank you! Funny- it has never even crossed my mind to color after baking. Partly because I like how the detail shrinks down. But it would remove the very significant mystery of how the color turns out!
18  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Shrinky Dink Swap (signup May 14, 2009-May 31, 2009, send by June 30) on: June 03, 2009 05:20:35 PM
So, dinksters...i have seen some reference to using paint pens on shrinkies, with photos of good results, but I got what I thought was the right thing, and it was terrible looking.  What kind of paint pens do people use? Also, what kind of ink pads for stamping? Name brands would be helpful. I usually color stamps with sharpies, but that is hard- by the time you get to one side, the other is drying. 
Last...I have never used the colored shrinkies- what shows up on black or brown shrinkies?

I am mulling over ideas still- my partner has some interesting likes and I want to do right by her!  And I want to try some new stuff.
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Easy Peasy 2 Swap Gallery!!! on: June 01, 2009 06:07:21 PM
I received from fairieknits today- totally adorable little bag, very like some of my wists, in the awesomest fabric ever!  The lining is the same as the flap.  It has a little tan interior pocket, too.


Isn't it pretty? She is a very good seamstress- this thing is SOLID! And I love the magnetic clasp- where did you find it? And whose pattern?  It holds exactly what I need it too, no more, no less!
I love it! Thank you!
20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Easy Peasy 2 Swap Gallery!!! on: May 30, 2009 11:16:37 AM
So glad you like it, fairieknits! I loved it so I am happy you do too and that I seem to have hit the mark. The colors must look great with your hair.  I just ordered Spindle's End from a book swap site I belong to- looking forward to it, thanks for the recommendation.
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