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11  Re: Mix CD Swap in The Swap Gallery by anniekate on: November 19, 2004 08:19:56 PM
Yay! I'm so glad you liked it, spaz_muse! Do update on how you enjoy the music. Smiley I took pictures before I sent it out so I'll just post them for you.

The octopus (he's actually crocheted -- I'm a lot better at crocheting than I am at knitting.)


The disc

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12  Re: PlaceSaver Bookmark Swap in The Swap Gallery by anniekate on: November 19, 2004 02:56:28 PM
I got abinka's bookmark yesterday! It's knitted of cool metallic ribbony yarn and has a button and apparently a temper - it tried to fight its way out of the envelope before it even got to my house. But luckily it made it anyway. Smiley Thanks, Abinka!



And today I got WitchCrafty's bookmark. It has a special poem on it - a love poem that applies to both husbands and books? Smiley Excellent.



Thanks to both of you for making flat ones for me, as requested. So sweet!

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13  Re: Punch the blues in the neck Mix CD swap GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by anniekate on: October 31, 2004 10:03:58 AM
I got my first one yesterday. The cover is a fun painted paper envelope. On the back, the track list was accordion folded and pasted to the flap so when you open it the track list falls down before you. Cool effect!

Front:


Back:


My favorite two songs on it were "Rocking The Suburbs" and "Sheep Go To Heaven". I'd heard the first, the second I hadn't. Yay! The rest was, truthfully, kind of too hard-rocking for my tastes, though it might grow on me after a few more listens.

No note or craftster name was included, but I can only assume this CD is by Tangerine9944, as the other person who got my name is MissCellaneous, and I got her name too, and it doesn't match the return address. So thank you, Tangerine! Beautiful.

OH! Tracks:
1. Ben Folds Five - Rockin' The Suburbs
2. Against Me! - The disco before the breakdown
3. Ben Kweller - Commerce, TX
4. Big D and the Kids Table - Checklist
5. Brand New - Magazines
6. Build to Spill - Car
7. Cake - Sheep Go To Heaven (which i noticed was on norsgoebel's too!)
8. Catch 22 - It Takes Some Time
9. Dalys Gone Wrong - Dear Ava
10. Defiance, Ohio - Tanks Tanks Tanks. (Great band names on here. This one I especially like b/c I grew up in Defiance, MO)
11. Hole - Celebrity Skin
12. I am the avalanche - Demo track 2
13. My Chemical Romance - Headfirst for Halos
14. Midtown - Just rock and roll
15. Moneen - Are we really happy with who we are right now?
16. Motion City Soundtrack - Capital H
17. MxPx - Responsibility
18. OAR - Crazy game of poker
19. Reel Big Fish - Ban The Tube Top (RBF opened for Indigo Girls once at a show I went to, if I am recalling correctly. So that's cool.)
20. Strike Anywhere - Infared
21. The Blood Brothers - Rats and Rats and Rats for Candy
22. The Matches - Jack Slap Cheer
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14  Duct tape wallet and change purse/card holder in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by anniekate on: December 08, 2003 08:39:00 PM
Duct Tape Wallet and Change Purse

So I finally figured out the perfect crafty Christmas gift for my geek brother: A duct tape wallet. (I'm glad Comfits posted inspirationally about her checkbook cover here: http://www.craftster.org/yabbse/index.php?board=11;action=display;threadid=323)

I used these directions as a starting point: http://www.rpi.edu/~kirkd/dtwallet_making.html

But basically I just read them, digested them, and then winged it.

I bought a big roll of generic silver duct tape and four small colored Duck brand duct tape rolls in a canister. I constructed all the basic sheets out of silver and did much of the assembly with silver, then used the pretty colored parts for trim and some of the assembly. I made the main part of the wallet first, a big folded-in-half sheet, taped together at the edges. This is for bills. I made sure it was the right size by comparing it to my actual, non-duct-tape wallet.

 I made the ID window by taking clear heavy-duty mailing tape, folding it in half to make a clear, flexible plastic sheet, then taping blue tape around it as a frame.  Then I made a smaller sheet, folded it in half for a pocket on the left hand side, and on top of it taped the ID window. Taped the sides of the back flap to the left side of the wallet, then folded up the front flap with ID frame and taped that down. So I had three pockets behind the window, one for the ID, then another 2 receipt pockets behind it. Taped all that on.

On the right I just made two small card holder pockets. I made them by folding up a centimeter in the back, taping across the top of that, then folding up the main body of the pocket and taping down. Then I did the second one the same way, just below the first. The fold-up bit was meant to insure my brother's cards didn't get duct tape glue on them, which I feared they might if it was just a sheet taped on with no fold-up bit. Put a card in too hard, it gets down below where the duct tape sheet is and gets glue on it, see? I think I did most of the pockets in this project that way to avoid this situation... I hope I did it on all of them! But I think on the left side maybe not. Oops.

Then some blue trim, and I was done!





My girlfriend saw me constructing this project, and after first noting that I could have bought a wallet for the money I spent on duct tape (so not the point!) asked me to make her a change purse. She had a plastic one given out at school with a zip-lock style zipper thing at the top, which had broken very soon after it was given out. But it still had the keychain attachment, which came on a plastic post thingy, which I could reuse.

First I constructed a main pocket for her cards and stuff, then cut out a window and used clear plastic mailing tape, as above, to allow her to show off her beautiful student ID picture. (Everyone loves a student ID photo, right?) Again, this was all done with silver tape, topped with red tape for beauty. Then on the back, I made a smaller strip, long enough to form the front, back and top flap of a change purse. Then I accordion-folded little tiny sheets for expandable sides. The whole change pocket section stayed silver.

I cut a hole for the post of the keychain attacher on the top center front section, and a slit above that on the fold of the closing flap so the plastic part holding the post could go through, then I put it on and stuck it together.

The flap of the main pocket goes over the flap of the change purse, and there's sticky-backed velcro on both flaps. (Gluing on the sew-on style velcro does not work. I tried superglue and hot glue before giving up. But the sticky-backed velcro worked great.) I did all the trim in this with red duct tape, but she found that a little overly girly. It kind of looked like a red fake-leather pocketbook. So she requested some stripes in black. I then cut the black stripes to go around the window and the black squares on the back, which looked quite kicky if I do say so myself.

The stripes were the hardest part of the whole thing, though. The reason is that scissors get too gluey to cut straight after one cut. This is fine for most of the trim and construction work - you use the natural straight edge as your straight line and the messed-up line doesn't show against the rest of the tape of the same color. But obviously these stripes were meant to be contrasty, so all edges needed to be straight.

Ended up making sure the stripes were short enough to cut in one swipe, then doing each cut and then wiping the blades of my scissors with a bit of Goo-Gone on a paper towel. Little tedious, but what can you do? Smiley All the directions about duct tape stuff say to use x-acto knives, but those are a pain. I prefer scissors.

The result:


the front


the back


Top flap open, changepurse closed.


Look into both pockets.

I think if I were to do this project again, I'd be more vigilant about making sure the bottoms and sides of all pockets have no chance of getting glue on anything, by using tape glued from both inside and outside.  I think I'd also make sure pockets only had tape overlapping so that the transition is from a higher piece of tape to a lower piece of tape, clapboard-siding-style, to prevent anything catching on the edge of a piece of tape. Still, these turned out pretty well.
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