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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Fondant Help! on: October 29, 2008 09:05:33 PM
Ok, being the CRAZY craftster I am, I have decided to make both my and my cousin's birthday cake (she's turning 3 on the 24th of December, and I turn 21 on the 25th of December Cheesy), AND my boyfriend's cake (he turns 26 on the 19th of Jan Cheesy).  Now I want to do two theme cakes.  Blue's Clues for me and my cousin (I LOVE Blue's Clues!), and Kenny from South Park for my boyfriend (its one of his favorite shows...I can barely stand it). 

Now my question is, how can I actually make the characters out of fondant?  I am a horrible artist, but I had an idea to print off reference pictures from the net and superimpose them onto cardboard to make a stencil.  Has anybody ever done this before?  And if you have, how did it go?  I'm REALLY scared.  And I also want to make another cake for my birthday party with my friends.  A cupcake one.  Grin This will be my first time working with fondant, so any tips would be appreciated!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / I made crystal balls! on: September 14, 2008 06:06:32 PM
after following a tutorial I found on <a href="http://decorshandmades.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2008-03-14T16%3A17%3A00-07%3A00&max-results=5">de Cor's Handmades</a>, I made some Crystal Balls.  The large turquoise one is the first one that I made after following the tutorial, followed by the red one, which was made by request for my friend Cristina  to co-ordinate with the cherry she had on her cell phone as a charm.  She loved it, and I was thrilled.  I want to make alot more now!  My next project is going to be a light blue one for my boyfriend's mom, a necklace for Cristina, and a pair of earrings for my friend Laura, who just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Sierra Riley Brown yesterday!  I also want to try making a Swarovski Heart for my boyfriend's mom for Christmas, and one for my mom.  Sorry for the long story, here's pictures!



all of them together


cell phone charm I made for my friend


size comparison.  The one on the left is made with 4mm Swarovski Crystals, the one on the right is made with 6mm Crystals
3  COOKING / Dessert / I made cookies! And cupcakes. Image loaded. on: September 14, 2008 05:59:03 PM
I made cupcakes using the (<a href="http://www.recipezaar.com/139518">Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Birthday Cake Recipe</a>) for my friend Matt, who was back in town (he goes to university in Toronto, and lives in residence there, so I don't see him as often as i'd like). Cry
And they went over REALLY well.  The whole recipe made about 30 cupcakes, so I gave 9 to my boyfriend and his family, 4 to my friend Matt, 10 to be spread out between my young cousins and my brothers and one left over, 5 for me and my parents, and 2 for friends at work.  My boyfriend says he has an addiction to the buns that I make (he's a Brit, with the yummy accent and everything.Wink), and he refuses to get treatment. Tongue  So much for my 12 step program! Wink  And a word about the plain ones, when were were going camping, we went to the Stouffville Wal-Mart to pick up some supplies, and he had a 5 minute rant about how you couldn't find plain buns (cupcakes/muffins) in this country, and how happy he was that I made them.  It was hilarious at the time.  Still is!



some of the cupcakes that made their way to my boyfriend's house



cupcakes!



close up of one. 

I also made sugar cookies using a recipe I found at All Recipes (<a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Sugar-Cookies-with-Buttercream-Frosting/Detail.aspx">Sugar Cookies</a> ), and icing using another recipe from All Recipes (<a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Sugar-Cookie-Icing/Detail.aspx">Icing Recipe</a> ).  Sorry I don't have pictures, but they were really good too! Cheesy  They got rave reviews from everybody who tried them, but I would recommend that you cut the recipe in half for the icing.  It makes ALOT.  I still have enough left over for another 30 or so cupcakes!

And to end, a terrible picture of me with my boyfriend at my 20th birthday, a little over a month before we started dating!

4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Macro Challenge Entry: 2 girls & a snake on: April 24, 2008 07:38:42 AM
I took this picture last year (Chinese New Year to be exact), and i've always loved it.  Mainly because my cousins are hilarious. Wink The snake in the picture is a fake one we got from the dollar store.



comments/suggestions are appreciated!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Modular Origami Happiness! on: March 23, 2008 12:39:39 PM
Hey all!  It's been a while since I posted up some new projects (school, work, and a new boy all take up time! Roll Eyes), but here's something that's been around for a while.  I just got a chance to photograph them today! 

They are modular origami, made by folding 6 of the side pieces, and 8 of the "fastening" pieces.  They are super simple once you learn how to do them, and they look so pretty hung up!  I also handmade most of the tassels. Grin



my favorite!  And the hardest to fold because the blue paper was really slick on one side.  Getting the different sides to interlock was a pain.



one of the biggest that i've ever done.



all together (they're hanging in the kitchen as a funky kind of curtain)!





 

some more close ups. Smiley



one of the smallest i've done!  I might make some into earrings, but i'm not sure if they would look good.



size reference (that's a Canadian dime).

sorry if some of the pictures are blurry and big...they were hard to photograph, and i'm supposed to be doing a paper, so I don't have time to resize them!
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Hair colour help! on: December 29, 2007 09:42:26 PM
hey all, i'm looking for a good brand of hair colour that will LAST!  I'm planning on getting the under layer of my hair bleached, then dying it fushia or purple then streaking my hair with the same colour.  I'm getting this professionally done (mainly because i'm terrified of messing up my hair!), so are there any good brands you can recommend?  This is the first real "crazy" colour i've done.  Thanks in advance!

P.S.  I work at Toys R Us, and I already cleared it with my manager.  I told her i'd keep it up in a ponytail while at work so people don't freak.  Have to keep up a relatively "professional" image.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / help with birthday presents! on: August 23, 2007 07:49:28 PM
ok, i'm just throwing this out here into Craftster, any help would be greatly appreciated!  I've decided to make charm bracelets for my two friends.  Their birthdays are about 2 weeks apart, and now is my time for freaking out because I didn't find out about the parties until a few days ago!

I was struck by inspiration last night to make charm bracelets, using aspects of their personalities to make them personal.  I want the main point to be their initials, and i've gotten some ideas, but the main concern I have is with my friend Priscilla's bracelet.

The main idea I had was to twine a thin transparent ribbon through a charm bracelet base, but I have no idea how to attach the ribbon at each end!  Has anybody ever made a bracelet this way?  And if you have, how have you overcome this problem?  I might just have to wing it and hope for the best!

Thanks for any help or ideas you can give me!  I live by a Michael's only, and i'm going to get the initial pendants I need to make the necklace from the jewelery store about 1/2 hour away from my house by bus.  I'll post pictures of my progress, and once again, thanks for any help or ideas!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / help needed for birthday presents! on: August 22, 2007 11:22:18 PM
ok, i'm just throwing this out here into Craftster, any help would be greatly appreciated!  I've decided to make charm bracelets for my two friends.  Their birthdays are about 2 weeks apart, and now is my time for freaking out because I didn't find out about the parties until a few days ago!

I was struck by inspiration last night to make charm bracelets, using aspects of their personalities to make them personal.  I want the main point to be their initials, and i've gotten some ideas, but the main concern I have is with my friend Priscilla's bracelet.

The main idea I had was to twine a thin transparent ribbon through a charm bracelet base, but I have no idea how to attach the ribbon at each end!  Has anybody ever made a bracelet this way?  And if you have, how have you overcome this problem?  I might just have to wing it and hope for the best!

Thanks for any help or ideas you can give me!  I live by a Michael's only, and i'm going to get the initial pendants I need to make the necklace from the jewelery store about 1/2 hour away from my house by bus.  I'll post pictures of my progress, and once again, thanks for any help or ideas!
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Birthday Album on: June 26, 2007 07:09:39 PM
I'm looking for some inspiration!  My friend Devona's birthday is here (today to be exact!).  But since I told her that I wouldn't be able to get her present to her until next week, I have a bit of leeway!  I was thinking of having everybody we work with hold a sheet with a letter on it.  At the end, it would read "Happy Birthday Devona!" in pictures with people holding the cards with letters.  Then at the end I want to have a big group picture of all our coworkers holding the letters.  I'm wondering how am I going to make the letters.  I was thinking of using Bristol Board, but since I am absolute CRAP at painting, and i'm not so steady a cutter, how am I going to get the letters done?  Any ideas would be very appreciated! 

I got this idea from somewhere...either here on this board or somewhere else.  So to whoever thought this out, thank you for the inspiration!  I'm just hoping i'll be able to get everybody's pictures in time!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From hideous to gorgeous; a former Tolberone box gets the Butterfly treatment on: June 18, 2007 08:37:55 PM
ok, I forgot to take before pictures, but this used to be a Toblerone display box that dispensed miniature Toblerone bars.  I work at Toys R Us, and we were just going to toss out the box, but I knew I could give it new life!  So I took the box apart, traced it onto some lovely Butterfly wrapping paper, went to town with a glue stick, and now it's gorgeous!  Since I don't really have anything to put into it, i'm going to use it as a holder for all my nail polish.  I was going to put my lip balm in first, but then I have a lemon for that! 

Before:



(except the box I had didn't have a pyramid lid and instead was flat)

After:



(with flap open)



(with flap closed)



(side shot!)
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