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21  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: show me your business cards! on: September 18, 2006 02:24:46 PM
Check out http://www.vistaprint.com - terrific prices, and you can (at least temporarily) tweak one of their logos to use on your cards/site.
22  Ohio / Ohio: Central / Re: Central Ohio/Columbus Area Thrift Stores on: September 18, 2006 06:12:49 AM
A couple of places I've stumbled over recently that have good prices and interesting selection:  The Trading Post at First Community Church (corner of Cambridge and W. 1st Avenue in the Grandview/Marble Cliff area) and Things on Third, on W. 3rd Ave.  between Olentangy River Rd. & Northwest Blvd.  Things on 3rd doesn't have clothing, but they have a lot of household/decor things and the prices are CHEAP, plus it's consignment, so if you have things in good shape that you'd like to get rid of and make a little money in the process, but don't want to go thru the hassle of doing your own garage sale, check it out.  (They've apparently been there quite a while - several years? - and are flourishing, so you don't have to worry about getting ripped off by a shop that goes belly-up within a few months of opening.)
23  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: little index photos on: September 18, 2006 05:55:22 AM
Depending on how many of them you have and the range of shades in them, you could try making one of those pictures that are made up of a zillion little images...?  Maybe not a recognizable image but perhaps just an abstract pattern of color and light?
24  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Question about transfering photocopy images into your journal. on: September 15, 2006 08:21:32 AM
Again, the easiest vehicle for xylene is probably the clear, "blender" markers like ChartPak or Prismacolor.  You need to be really careful with xylene (*highly* toxic), tho, so I wouldn't recommend trying to work with it in liquid form.  At least with the markers you're not in so much danger of getting it on your skin, etc.
25  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: one shot zine tutorial on: September 12, 2006 07:51:23 AM
I think this is flat-out GENIUS.  Terrific tutorial, and I can think of SO many applications...
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Where to find color trends? on: September 12, 2006 06:35:11 AM
Unfortunately, the whole "color forecasting" thing usually means giving lots and lots of money to Pantone or the Color Association.  Ran into this great article http://lifestyle.msn.com/HomeandGarden/Home_HO_SSpantonetrends2007_MSN.aspx that sort of shows snapshots of the various palettes.  Looks like pink & brown (more likely "conch and sparrow" or "papaya and earth") will still be in the running for a while.
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Why do you do your craft/why did your craft choose you? on: September 11, 2006 07:02:47 AM
I've tried a lot of things over the years, but it wasn't until I discovered gourds that I found a medium I was crazy about.  I went to a gourd festival/show and was just blown away by the range of things people made with them - lots of cheesy/cutesy stuff, sure, but some incredible art as well.  A couple of years into this obsession I was thinking about how to make shrines using gourds, and realized I could make whatever "accessories" I wanted out of polymer clay - and in short order got completely hooked on PC, which is the most versatile medium around (IMHO), to the point where I do more with the PC than with gourds.  Lately I've also been exploring altered books/altered art - feeds my magpie nature to scavenge interesting objects and turn them into something beautiful and unexpected.
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a craftster when... on: September 11, 2006 06:51:26 AM
YKYACW... you realize that half of the things in your purse are things you've saved because of their potential for use in various projects. 
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: What Crafty Things Do You Have in Your Purse? or Man Purse? on: September 11, 2006 06:48:42 AM
I think Joann coupons definitely qualify -

I also found a compass (bought at a garage sale for use in some altered art project), small sketch book, brown paper napkins, an assortment of Sharpies, a couple of those fabric-y wraps from sanitary napkins that I think will take paint/ink in interesting ways, a brochure with a map in it I liked the look of, and several different postcards from exhibits/events to be altered and sent to friends.

*Anything* can be an art supply...
30  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Inquiring minds want to know... at what temperature does Barbie melt? on: September 10, 2006 09:54:10 AM
OK, in the interest of science  Roll Eyes I took a Barbie apart and put both her body and head in the oven at 300F (the highest temp I think anyone would be baking polymer clay) - at the end of 5 min. everything looked fine.  However,  at the end of 20 min., surprise!  head still looked fine, if maybe a little soft, but -- the body was melted.  Shocked  So there we have it, friends and neighbors - you can't bake PC embellishments right on Barbie.  I think I may just mold the piece to the doll to get the positioning right and then remove it and use some sort of support to hold the piece in the same position. 
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