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1  First attempts--woohoo! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by ParallelFifths on: May 31, 2010 08:10:55 PM
I have been looking forever for funky, cute rings that aren't a billion dollars...to no avail. So, I bought some wire and busted out my button stash and made my own. I'm pretty happy with them, considering it's my first attempt at wire wrapping. They were really fun to make!



The colors are off in all these pics: the greens and oranges are darker than the pic--much more vivid and awesome, in my opinion. The star looks super glittery and a LOT like a big fat diamond ring when you glance at it on my hand. Fun to wear on my left hand to freak out my friends. Good times.


Size reference!


Backs. I like the messy-ish look for these, which I'm claiming as my reason for highly imperfect wire wraps.  Wink



C&C welcome! Thanks for looking at my humble display of awesomeness. Hehehe... Cheesy

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2  A crochet noob's first attempt! in Crochet: Completed Projects by ParallelFifths on: February 05, 2009 04:59:07 PM
Okay, before I post, let me just say that I love love love crochet!! I was kind of a knitter, but decided I would search the web and learn to crochet. I LOVE it. So here is my very very first crochet finished object!!  It's my new camera case, but is holding my phone since I'm using my camera. Cheesy

His name is Frank. I think he might be winking.

He asked specifically that his mouth be sewed on with erratic stitches. I was going to do them flawlessly, of course, but...um... Frank's very persuasive.

Here he is with his ears down to hold his treasure. Also, Frank has a sweet tooth.

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3  Warning: this is VERY fine art. in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by ParallelFifths on: February 04, 2009 11:42:49 PM
I'm pretty sure that the other real art in this section are pointing and laughing at this post, giving it wedgies and tying its shoelaces together under the table. There might be a "kick me" sign on its back, too.

But anyway.

I love to doodle and goof around with the ridiculous things in my head.  A few weeks ago I was admiring this post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=289248.0 and it inspired me to post some of my own silly doodles I've done. I don't have any cool programs, so I use the Graffiti application on Facebook. Tongue That's right. I'm a little ashamed. Roll Eyes

Behold!

Careful, he reads the last page first.




I LOVE PUNS! It's true.






Too short. Poor guy.


I had a cousin who used to shine a flashlight in people's faces while asking this question!


Borderline toooo cheesy. Eh... I'll let it slide.




With my extreme love of puns comes a love for running gags. I mean, I like to run a good joke into the ground. Luckily for me, so do my friends. Phew!  A couple friends and I have been making ice puns for years now, thanks to a "Delicious Dish" skit from SNL:

Teri Rialto:  And, actually, I don't know if you noticed, there are many different kinds of ice.
Margaret Jo McCullen: You're absolutely right. There's cubed ice.
Teri Rialto: Crushed ice.
Margaret Jo McCullen: Cracked ice.
Teri Rialto: Shaved ice.
Margaret Jo McCullen: Shaved ice? I didn't know ice could grow a beard!
[ they laugh ]
Teri Rialto: That's funny! Did you just think of that right now?
Margaret Jo McCullen: No, I thought of it last night and wrote it down.


So we've been sending graffitied ice puns back and forth... a sampling:






Okay, I hope you've enjoyed this kiddie pool of artistic nonsense. Back to work, you serious artists with actual talent!  Wink Thanks for looking!


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4  Handmade deck o' cards! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by ParallelFifths on: August 30, 2008 10:45:35 PM
I'm so excited about these! Technically these could even be called ATC's, but I'm posting them here. Cheesy

Here's the story: there are four of us who like to play cards. Euchre, in fact. If you haven't heard of it or have never played, a.) it's a blast-- go learn it, and b.) SERIOUSLY, GO LEARN!! Shocked)

The game is played with a regular deck of cards, using only 9s-Aces. Our friend who taught us the game and instilled in our group a passionate love for the game is moving away tomorrow  Cry so my friend and I made him his OWN Euchre deck to remind him of US, using our faces and inside jokes!

By the way, the deck we usually play with is a German deck (since Euchre is apparently a German game), so it's a bit confusing: the JACKS, which are the highest card in this game, are the B's (Bauer). The Kings are still K (Konig? I'm horrible with German), and the queens are D's (Dama).  Okay! PICTURES!!

The whole deck


These are the amazing dogs that live in the house we usually play in. They are such characters, they demanded to be the highest cards in the game.


The Kings... the two guys. We have a judge-wigged, mole-sporting, pipe-smoking king, a bemonocled, bushy-moustachioed, bowler-hatted King, a gangsta King, and Abraham Lincoln.


The queens... my friend and me. Fu manchu Chinese Man queen, excessively giant ring queen, bushy facial hair man queen, and ... masquerade queen eating a turkey leg. It might be a liiiiittle obvious we were running out of ideas.


The aces: just some little things that are funny or AWESOME to our group. Sushi, a bike horn, pictures from The Office (holy crap, the best show EVER), and a stapler in jello from said best show ever.


Just a shot of the hand-cut, hand-drawn, laminated cards and backs:



Can you tell I'm super proud of these?! We played tonight (he LOVED THEM, by the way!!!) and they are hilarious to use! Grin


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5  Triple word score! Now grab me a soda. in Completed Projects by ParallelFifths on: August 04, 2008 03:47:26 PM
Tonight I'm celebrating my Scrabble-loving buddy's birthday... so I made her fridge scrabble!

Inspired by this: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=214821.0



Crazy flash... makes everything look wonky! Oh well, you get the idea. Smiley

Here's the side of the board..all made with scrapbook paper, colored pencils, sharpies, and mod podge.  Smiley Colors are cooler looking in real life, yo.


Some of the tiles! I bought scrabble-sized wooden tiles and made them all myself. I had to mod podge the tops of them first, though, since my sharpie bled and ran on the raw wood. Stuck some magnet tape on the back of them all. I think they're so cute, if I do say so myself!  Cool


I sewed a pouch for the tiles, too, in literally five minutes. Not rocket science, people.


Painted a little chalkboard and stuck magnets on the back for score-keeping...


And everything together!


I'm off to wrap it and give it away... darn it!


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6  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by ParallelFifths on: August 30, 2007 01:03:43 PM
Here are just a few of my favorite pics. I don't know why I like the fan... I think it's the warm colors.

Chinese Restaurant fish


Rainy day at the beach.. this was through the sunroof of my car. I love how the trees are reflected in the water!!
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7  Drawing noob! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by ParallelFifths on: August 29, 2007 03:09:19 PM
I am definitely on the fence about posting this amongst all your freaking amazing and talent-heavy stuff... but oh well! I'm just getting started on drawing and I'm trying to learn all I can, so whatever! I guess you can call this my cry for help. Cheesy

I would definitely appreciate any advice or suggestions you guys have to help me get better. Next time I'll use actual drawing paper instead of acrylic paint paper Tongue and I know there are better pencils than my little ol' Bic mechanical #2.


I don't have a scanner, so my camera will have to do, though it's a little off.

 And somehow I made my gorgeous friend look like a shark. Hmm. Suggestions? hahah

Here is the original pic!


Thanks for looking!
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8  You know, for his a-spaghetti and a-meataballs-a in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by ParallelFifths on: June 05, 2007 10:11:56 PM
Kinda hard to write in an italian accent, not gonna lie.

Alright, so this is my first real crack at clay and painting for the most part, but I was inspired by this awesomeness (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=145468.msg1432208#msg1432208) and I decided I had to try it for my best friend's birthday. I freakin' love making these! I wish the colors were more true to life, they're actually brighter and less, well, ugly. Just trust me on this one. Smiley

closeup of the nintendo controller, yay
I love this one... don't want to part with it!

I am SOO making more. The tutorial is included on the original thread and it's easy and FUN. Smiley

And since huge amounts of Mario Kart Double Dash is played at her house, I also made some Mario-themed coasters to go with these forks... you know, in case the forks have a drink or two, we don't want those pesky rings on the coffee table!

Da group of coaster gangstas... hardcore,yo
Sunshine closeup.. it has glitter and a pearly paint mixed with acrylics, just crappy photography (user error, ahem)
CHAIN CHOMP!! This guy is my favorite!! The shadows in this pic make him look a lil wonky, but I promise he is nice and round (and a tad bit glittery, just to take the edge off. He's really not that mean, just misunderstood.). Smiley

Oh, and I put some felt on the backs for nice table-friendly coaster action!

Now I get you clay people.... this stuff is awesome!!
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9  Re: THE MAY GALLERY in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by ParallelFifths on: May 01, 2007 11:27:34 PM
That card is gorgeous! I love the colors together, great job!!

This was ATC#3 for me, it has been traded. Smiley I know I probably should have waited to get into trading until I'd been doing it a while, but it seemed too fun to say no!

I'm not entirely happy with how this card came out but I like the idea. Smiley

Clickable! Smiley

 

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10  Re: THE APRIL GALLERY in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by ParallelFifths on: April 28, 2007 09:36:03 PM
I'm constantly amazed at how talented all you guys are! It's inspiring and intimidating all at the same time!!

I already posted my first 2 ATCs in the "First ATC's" gallery, so I figure technically it's time to just jump into the regular monthly gallery! If I'm wrong, please feel free to move me!

My first attempt at a postage person/zetti-ish feel!


I know it's rough, but it was super fun to make, and as always, a learning experience. haha!

The silver text says "Solemnly Fabulous." I don't have a scanner, so please excuse the glare. Yay!
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