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julie719
« on: May 19, 2008 10:01:43 AM »

dang! no one told me i couldn't post pictures off the bat.  anyway, i hope you'll be motivated enough to click on the links so i can get some honest opinions...

i've always been more of a wannabe than a crafter, but when my big brother got engaged, i knew i would have to pull out all the stops.  he knows i'm broke (a student), so i don't think he's expecting anything lavish from me (at least, i hope he's not!), but i wanted to give them something special that they could use.

they posted some truly disgusting pictures on their wedding website, including this one of them walking down a tree-lined path together:

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/pic16.jpg

i thought their silhouette would make a nice stencil, so i tried my hand at wood/paint/stencil work for the first time.  i'm satisfied, but not delighted, with the result:

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/box16.jpg

i'm planning to make something tasty to put inside - homemade cookies or candies - or, my roommate suggested, miniature bottles of booze, which would be the perfect size for this box.  Huh

this is harder than i thought! any tips on doing a neater job of it next time? (oh, and for those who are curious, the backdrop is a cable knit blanket i made last year)   Grin
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flootloop
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2008 10:11:42 AM »

Welcome to Craftster!

Great first post, that box is so thoughtful and I'm sure your brother will love it. I don't really have any advice about how you can make it better because it's already awesome! Oh and that knitted blanket in the background is lovely as well!!

Way to bring out your crafty side, hope to see more of your creations soon!
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LTR450GirlOrl
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2008 10:15:53 AM »

Very cute!!! I like the stencil a lot Smiley Here's the pics for those who dont trust image links.



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julie719
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2008 10:25:12 AM »

thanks so much for posting the pictures! and for all your kind words.  i hope to get more stuff done soon, at least until craftster trusts me enough to post my pics! Smiley
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tomico
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2008 02:30:43 PM »

    I think this is nice but the proportion is a little off. If you add some tree or leaf silloettes (sp?)  coming in toward the couple around the outside it may make the images feel less isolated. I don't think you have made a mistake I just think you need to go a little further.
    I've given people a "romantic evening" in a box before. You could add bubble bath, champane, a cd of some music and some silly things like rope and whipped cream or some edible paints.
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maybe_someday2007
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2008 04:01:51 PM »

I think the leaf silloettes that tomico suggested would be nice - it just seems a little 'unfinished.' Before I even saw her post I thought that maybe a border in a romantic color would look good, but I don't think I'd to the leaves and a border, lol.
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julie719
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2008 10:25:07 AM »

wow, so much input! you guys are awesome! i may think about adding the leaves or trees you two suggested - it's a great idea; i just wish i'd thought of it before i sprayed on the varnish.  and as for putting kinky stuff inside - NO! this is for my BROTHER! EW.  (but of course, i do appreciate the input  Cheesy)
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