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11  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / X-MEN COSTUMES on: November 03, 2008 11:21:34 PM
Duh!!! I put this in the craft challenge but totally forgot to post it on here. Well I'll just do a copy+paste:

Yay!!!! Okay so we have had this idea since last Halloween but were too lazy and slow to get it together. So this year it finally happened! I ordered these zentai bodysuits from Hong Kong in September and then we went from there. I will post the "entry" pictures and then go on to explain the rest! I wish the pictures showed up as good of quality as they do on my computer but oh well.

TA-DA!!!!



Storm (me), Mystique and Phoenix
We painted our eyelids to look like yellow and white because we both wear prescription and just too expensive plus they drive my eyes crazy.

They began as these (the black and blue ones from e-bay):



Then I made the little X's on my costume from craft foam and painted it with Silver Metallic craft foam paint (I didn't even know it existed!). The belt is made of the same black fabric as you can see in the cape picture below.

The Mystique costume is the one that took a long time to do. The scales are made of scrapbook paper spray painted blue. In all I think it was over 2 and a half hours of cutting, 7 hours of gluing and an hour to do hair and makeup. If you look closely in a couple of the pictures we even glued the paper to her face and airbrushed over them to make it scaly. It was sooo cool in real life!

Phoenix was made of the little boy's devil costume, and the logo was made of a black vinyl material spray painted gold. The boots and gloves were spray painted the same colour. The sash was just gold material from Wal-Mart.

A few making-of shots (I kept forgetting to take some!):







My cape that my boyfriend's mom helped me make. It was attached with the snap buttons and snapped onto the gloves i was wearing too. The black part is actually an old bra sewn under some weird shiny black fabric (shown above cape). The cape part is silver satiny material:



and some extra fun shots:






That's all folks!
Cheesy
12  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / X-(men)RATED... pic-alicious! on: November 01, 2008 07:17:25 PM
Yay!!!! Okay so we have had this idea since last Halloween but were too lazy and slow to get it together. So this year it finally happened! I ordered these zentai bodysuits from Hong Kong in September and then we went from there. I will post the "entry" pictures and then go on to explain the rest! I wish the pictures showed up as good of quality as they do on my computer but oh well.

TA-DA!!!!



Storm (me), Mystique and Phoenix
We painted our eyelids to look like yellow and white because we both wear prescription and just too expensive plus they drive my eyes crazy.

They began as these (the black and blue ones from e-bay):



Then I made the little X's on my costume from craft foam and painted it with Silver Metallic craft foam paint (I didn't even know it existed!). The belt is made of the same black fabric as you can see in the cape picture below.

The Mystique costume is the one that took a long time to do. The scales are made of scrapbook paper spray painted blue. In all I think it was over 2 and a half hours of cutting, 7 hours of gluing and an hour to do hair and makeup. If you look closely in a couple of the pictures we even glued the paper to her face and airbrushed over them to make it scaly. It was sooo cool in real life!

Phoenix was made of the little boy's devil costume, and the logo was made of a black vinyl material spray painted gold. The boots and gloves were spray painted the same colour. The sash was just gold material from Wal-Mart.

A few making-of shots (I kept forgetting to take some!):







My cape that my boyfriend's mom helped me make. It was attached with the snap buttons and snapped onto the gloves i was wearing too. The black part is actually an old bra sewn under some weird shiny black fabric (shown above cape). The cape part is silver satiny material:



and some extra fun shots:





Thanks guys hope you like them they were so much fun to make!!!!
13  COOKING / Dessert / It's Notchyo cake! on: October 12, 2008 11:16:43 AM
So I've had this idea since like uhhh JULY and I even brought a batch of fondant on a plane when I went to visit my friend in Edmonton because I was going to make it for her birthday. Lo and behold it never happened because we spent too much time shopping, so I've been looking for any excuse to make it since then. Finally yesterday my friend had a little shindig so I decided it was as good a time as any. The decorations are all fondant, frosting or gummy candy, with black licorice 'olives'.

I give you.... the NACHO cake!







Please note that the cornstarch isn't as visible in real life, only when the camera flash goes off I guess. In real life it kind of just looks like flour tortilla chips. Sorry I take ugly pictures I was in a rush to leave!

-Tia
14  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / CRAFTSTERS I NEED YOUR HELP!! (storm costume) on: September 04, 2008 10:07:55 AM
My friend and I want to be Mystique and Storm from X-Men for Hallowe'en. We've pretty much figured out what we're going to do for Mystique, but Storm is another story. The best costume is impossible to find online (always out of stock, unavailable,etc.) so I'm going to have to improvise. However, buying a vinyl suit, white contacts, wig, etc. will likely come out to over 120 dollars. NO THANKS! I cannot sew a whole outfit so that's out of the question, but does

Anyone have any inexpensive (and less hot than vinyl) ideas that would contribute to this costume? Or does anyone have an old costume to sell to me?

Thanks a bunch!

P.S. i found this post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=125272.0 from 2006, and it might be my backup, but I really prefer this style:
http://media.collegepublisher.com/media/paper971/stills/3eb14c904fe46-11-1.jpg

or this one:
http://api.ning.com/files/zbAMytSFlWJChTQbufknOPcJiBDY0PWuCmwJlFMip4HNia8d3daxK4vQ8W91wYFFC6iViDcm-CKeoga*HdUtmSJ40OV2i2SS/storm.jpg

liltea
15  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Qubec Pictures on: August 17, 2008 01:09:05 AM
I recently took a trip with my friend to Qubec City. Here are a couple of the pictures I liked the most.

old church face (they ripped the rest of it down and just left this part)
low saturation high contrast



one of the cute alleys we loved
enhanced saturation


my friend looking out the window of the cafe we were in. she didn't know i took this one until after Smiley i like the reflection in the glass
sepia-like tone


mail slot (funny how it's in english)

16  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Tarzan Swing on: August 17, 2008 01:01:54 AM
At my friend's cabin, there is a tarzan swing out on the lake. I took some pictures of the guys jumping off and got a few cool ones. I've upped the contrast and saturation in all of these, and used the "firelight" effect on my favourite one.










17  COOKING / Dessert / S'MORES CUPCAKES :D on: July 19, 2008 07:46:31 PM
well i have been lurking around cupcake blogs all over the internet lately, and have finally decided to make some delicious looking s'mores ones... i'm sure you're no strangers to these beauties, but here is the recipe:
http://sewdarncute.typepad.com/sew_darn_cute/2007/04/smores_cupcakes.html


anyways, the icing was a little too sweet for the amount they used, so we had a bunch leftover. this recipe made 27 cupcakes for us.


close-up -- sadly, we did so much running around and forgot to buy the Hershey's chocolate bars... so we stopped at a corner store and this was the closest thing they had.


 my cute cupcake stand Smiley




my little cupcake box... too bad it only holds 4... for my friend's birthday

-liltea
18  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Random Artiness on: July 02, 2008 10:03:19 PM
here are a few things from back in high school.... i have tons more but not on the computer...

my old dog i developed myself Smiley (i miss the free supplies/darkroom!):


pastel feet:


portrait (unknown model, used a picture for reference):


so you can see my progression from this next picture's quality and detail (2005) to the previous one's (2007):


thanks!
19  COOKING / Dessert / Birthday Cake - 1st Time Fondant! on: June 28, 2008 07:21:54 PM
I usually make up excuses that I don't have the time to bake when really I'm just lazy. This time on my day off I decided to use my time to bake my friend Nicole a birthday cake. It was my first time using - not to mention MAKING - fondant (marshmallow fondant: http://whatscookingamerica.net/PegW/Fondant.htm) and it was VERY messy but pretty fun. I'm definitely going to try again and hopefully improve on it. The only problem I seemed to have was that the fondant wouldn't go perfectly smooth, even though  it looked smooth as a ball... does anyone know why? There were lots of bubbles as I rolled it out.

I know the decorating isn't too original but I didn't want to shoot too high for my first time. Hope you enjoy it anyway!

It's Devil's Food with buttercream frosting and marshmallow fondant.

-liltea





20  COOKING / Dessert / pizza cakes on: December 15, 2007 02:08:27 PM
Okay, so it was my neighbour/friend's 21st birthday yesterday and if you saw a couple of my other cakes we always try to think of new cool ones to do. Well this time I had a burst of inspiration when I was eating pizza! We came up with two types -- pepperoni and deluxe.

After I thought of this idea, I looked around on the internet to get some ideas because I knew I wouldn't be the first. Here's the main one I looked at:
http://www.grouprecipes.com/3081/jakes-pizza-cake.html

You can tell I didn't really stick to the same ingredients at all, except for the cheese and olives.

These cakes are simple 9" box yellow round cakes I think, my friend pre-made them and brought them to my house -- we used baking paper on the bottoms of the pans, then levelled off the tops and just flipped them upside down and decorated the bottoms. The tomato sauce is red icing-- it was hard to get the colour at first but you don't need too much, so we put a layer of pink then a dark orangey-red for the sauce over top. The toppings are:

PEPPERONI:

pepperoni - fruit leathers cut with water bottle caps
cheese - shredded white chocolate (if you stick it in the microwave for a VERY short time, like 10-12 seconds, the softer chocolate makes the bigger shreds)

DELUXE:
Pepperoni, cheese
olives - dried blueberries
mushrooms - flattened white sugary jubejubes cut into mushroom shapes
green peppers - green gummy "trees"(because it's Christmas that's the only shape I found haha), sliced
sausage - chocoloate covered graham pieces (kind of like "Clodhoppers" but bulk and shinier)

It's really fun to experiment with different toppings. See what you can come up with! Maybe add things like anchovies, tomatoes, pineapple, spinach, cheddar cheese... endless!

I just went to Domino's and asked the girl for two small pizza boxes. She looked at me a bit weird but gave them to me for free.

Oh P.S. -- it actually tasted delicious! I was afraid to even try it but really the cakes were moist and good, with the outsides a bit harder like "crusts"- I'd recommend serving it the same day you make it.




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