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11  Fake Passport/Real Birthday Card for Mom in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: April 13, 2014 11:12:08 AM
I made my mom a leather passport wallet for her birthday at the end of the month (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432845.0#axzz2yn3uZGJ7).  Since I have to ship it to her and won't be there to tell her what it is (and it's not labeled) I wanted to make a fake passport to put in the pocket and I decided to make that her birthday card.

Just some blue scrapbook paper in a similar color to a US passport and gold pigment ink. I had bought alphabet clear stamps and it was fun to finally get to use them even though they don't really look like the font on the passport.

First page is the birthday wish. The all caps and all lower-case were chosen mostly just for what would fit on the page. More gold ink.  I need practice getting even, clear impressions.

Center pages is a quote I thought appropriate to travel, but that wasn't too long to fit on the page. This time blue ink.


And the back page, same blue ink:

The biggest challenge was getting photos.

I'm having lots of fun with the tedious task of writing out things with these clear stamps!  I hope I get the chance to go more projects with them soon.

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12  Re: Craftster vs. Pin Craftalong in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: April 13, 2014 10:55:10 AM
So many great projects!  I love that everyone is sharing and also giving their opinion of the tutorials if offered, etc.  WOO!

I made this passport wallet for my mom for her birthday at the end of the month. It went faster than expected which is always nice. I thought the pattern & tutorial that the pin links to were very good.


That think in the upper right is my photo assistant, Delia, photobombing my image.  It's impossible to get good help these days.
(more pics and deets in the project topic)

And here's the original pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/168885054748787786/
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13  Leather Passport Case for Mom in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by TheMistressT on: April 13, 2014 10:48:48 AM
My mom has been doing lots of traveling since she retired a couple of years ago and she's been lucky to get to travel internationally as well as here in the US.  I was given a box of scrap leather by a friend who designs & builds for a furniture manufacturer on the East Coast, so I started pinning lots of leather project ideas.  When I came upon a tutorial for a passport holder/wallet I thought it would be a good gift for her.

Original pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/168885054748787786/

I chose this icy, light blue leather and a light natural colored waxed thread.  This is the inside, with bonus dog snootle photobomb.

I had planned this project for a few months, so saved those fake credit cards that they send with your pre-approved junk mail and then I made a fake passport/real birthday card.  I have to ship the gift to her, so I thought it would let her know what this thing is as well as be cute.  I'm trying to get a hold of a Euro note or two to put in the other pocket since she's going to France and Italy next month.

Front without dog snootle.

Back, also sans snootle.

This is the first time I've ever stitched on leather and second leather project.  You can tell that I'm a novice by the semi-wonky stitches, but otherwise I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.

I used stamps to put her initials on the inside.  I didn't trust myself to stamp "PASSPORT" on the outside and get it at all straight and level.

Here's the fake passport/real birthday card:

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14  The Not-wine Hostess Gift in Party Planning by TheMistressT on: March 31, 2014 08:13:44 PM
Our lovely neighbors around the way invited The ManFlesh and I to a dinner party last weekend.  Of course we asked wht we could bring and they said "just yourselves."  Well, we're not the types to show up empty handed so we thought we'd just pick up a bottle of wine.  The next day I was grocery shopping and saw the daffodils and picked up a 10-stem bunch. They were only $1.99 so it seemed like a lot of blossom for the buck (ninety-nine).  After I put them in a vase at home, it hit me that flowers might be a better (i.e. "safer") option for us to bring as a hostess gift.

When I decided on daffodils for them (three and a half 10-stem bunches) I decided that I could use some of the green burlap from my stash to doll up a vase.  One dollar store vase and a bit of lace from the fabric store later et voila!  A pretty, spring bouquet.

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15  Re: Craftster vs. Pin Craftalong in Craftalongs by TheMistressT on: March 30, 2014 02:33:15 PM
Now that it's the end of March, it's time to get going on Halloween decoration crafting!  Right?  RIGHT!?

I recently made a new "sub-section" of my Halloween pinboards that is dedicated to apothecary, laboratory and chop shop ideas which got me all excited about coming up with some new specimens and potion ingredients.  So when I'm out walking the dogs in the woods I've had a fresh eye at what natural stuff can be reborn as mystical, mythical, occulty, funny stuff to stuff into jars.  I has this pin in mind (http://www.pinterest.com/pin/168885054749480357/) when I made these "Shed Sprite Wings (juvenile)"

I still need to make labels and distress and gunge up the jar, but it was fun to actually get going on this.  I didn't even reference the pin, just went by vague memory, so I don't know how the maker accomplished theirs, but I used pigments inks (4 colors on each, 5 different base colors).

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16  Contribution to Collaborative Memorial Project in Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: March 22, 2014 03:29:22 PM
About 6 weeks ago my friend and colleague's husband was the victim of a murder/suicide committed by a co-worker.  I know her from a now-disbanded decorative painter's guild and workshops we took together One of the other members of that guild organized nine of us from the guild to create for her a collaborative project.

This is the first time I've ever worked on a canvas and I was intimidated by that as well as the purpose of the project.  The only parameters were using a low profile 8" x 8" canvas and using the couple's love of the outdoors as inspiration.  The will be arranged and framed in a 3 by 3 square to make a 24" x 24" piece.

I had seen photos of them at the beach and enjoying water activities, so I decided to go with blue sky and blue-green water as my my inspiration.  I wanted to be dimensional, so I used the lid of a paper mache box to create an inset.  I liked the idea of warm colors in there to contrast with the cool colors on the main body.

She and I had just had a little FB thread about birds when the tragedy occurred, so I wanted a branch with a bird, but couldn't find a bird and didn't trust myself to make one and then got to thinking a single bird might be sadder than I intended.  So, I just went with a branch made of two gauges of copper wire and leaf shaped beads.

It was hard for me to capture with the camera, but there are hits of "interference gold" on the surfaces to add some kind of dynamic element and a little something else.  All of this is done with decorative painters' materials instead of artists' materials, because that's what I have and what I know.  It's mostly applied and manipulated with a trowel, but some with brushes.

I'm not thrilled with the piece, but I'm not humiliated either.  I picked up several more canvases when I bought this one, hoping to try more things. 
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17  Tying Elk to St. Patrick's Day in a Cupcake! I bring you Irish Elk Car Bombs! in Dessert by TheMistressT on: March 16, 2014 03:55:23 PM
So The ManFlesh works at a foundation that is Elk-related (yes, really) and they have an Employee Crisis Assistance Program that has various fundraisers throughout the year, like chili cook-offs and bake sales.  Last month their bake sale was so successful they decided to do another one this month - on St. Patrick's Day.  Teehee, my *last contribution was so popular that The ManFlesh was asked if I would be contributing again.  Roll Eyes   Well, I'd already planned on making Irish Car Bomb cupcakes for his team, so I was already almost ready to make them for the bake sale!  

I just had to add fun toppers for the bake sale.  this piece by D Trudeau** was perfect (and I didn't even know it had been post of craftster)  While trying to decide on imagery, I got the idea to use Irish Elk!  POW! and BAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!  There are more deets about all that went into these as well as links to the original recipe & details about Irish Elk, as well as a photo of my T-rex dressed for the holiday (no kiddin') on my blog - AFTER March 17, 2014, 7a US Mountain Time. http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2014/03/a-touch-of-blarney.html

** You can find of D D Trudeau's work here: http://kodriak.deviantart.com/ and under the craftster user name TheDaytimeHeros.
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18  Re: Ice Marbles in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: February 21, 2014 07:02:13 PM
Thanks y'all! I can't really take credit for the idea, I saw it on pinterest (that old story?), but I can take credit for these!  And we had about 3 times as much snow as was predicted when we last looked, so just about 24 hours later they looked like this.

I have an idea for another colored ice project... wonder if I'll get it done? Or started? Ahem
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19  Ice Marbles in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by TheMistressT on: February 21, 2014 06:27:34 AM

When we decided to move to Montana, I started pinning all kinds of snow and ice activities and crafts. Well, it turns out usually our snow is too dry to compact into snowmen and snow forts, but it does stay below freezing for days on end, so ice crafts it is!  All I've done so far is make ice marbles like these.

It's simply a matter of liquid food coloring and water into balloons that are frozen in the freezer (or you could do it outside, too). Once frozen solid, remove the balloon and you've got a pretty ice marble!  As you can see, I like to place them on fence posts, but I have also stacked them on frozen bird baths and along the deck rails.

Last winter, I put a more thorough tutorial on my blog with some information about mistakes I made and how I corrected them: http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2013/02/lost-marbles-found-marbles.html
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20  Camo Cupcakes for Fundraiser Bake Sale in Crafty Charitable/Social Causes by TheMistressT on: February 13, 2014 07:04:22 AM
The ManFlesh's employer has an Employee Crisis Assistance Program which holds fundraisers at the office. Today they're having a bake sale with employee contributed baked goods.  Small treats like cupcakes and cookies will be sold individually, goods like cakes and pies will be sold under a silent action. So, I sent him off with a dozen of these this morning and directions to bid on a pie if a good one is on the block.  Wink 

It's a wilderness/wildlife preservation group whose primary donor base are elk hunters, so camo and elk seemed extra appropriate.  I used this tutorial for the cupcakes that I found on pinterest: http://craftymamabakes.com/2012/08/03/camouflage-cupcakes-tutorial/

Annnnnnd if you spend much time in the woods and wildlife watching you know that scat (droppings, feces, poop) is an important indicator of what is around (and what they're eating) so I used some sprinkles to add a little more humor to the decorations.  Like I doo do.

The toppers are made from free clip art I found online, printed on card stock.
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