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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Not sure if these belong in here or quilting....( added a new one) on: April 23, 2009 04:40:56 PM
but I've been taking part in a fabric round robin which basically requires each of 12 of us to make a small (6"x6" usually) "art quilt" for each other member of the group

here are mine so far (7 down, 5 to go):

I hope you like them, this whole working with fabric / embroidery thing is all very new to me, but I'm, enjoying it very much!

*edited 27th April to add the latest one - needle felting and embroidery on felt*

only 4 more left to do now, I'll miss this project when it's done!

*edited 8th May - here's #9 - foundation pieced mini quilt with beaded accent*

*edited 6th July - here's #10, way overdue, life's been getting in the way - reverse applique'd shrooms  *

2 to go
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Fused shrink plastic necklace - honest opinions gratefully received on: July 21, 2008 08:32:11 AM

hi guys

I am so not sure about this one

I made the pendant and drop beads using the fused shrinky method

then I strung them with some carnelian chips and silver beads and finished it off with some black suede thong which I don't think you can see in the (not great, sorry, and apologies for my big fat neck lol) photo.

I genuinely don't know if I like this or not.  I can't help but think that the beads/pendant look like mutant fried eggs Smiley

what do you reckon?  feel free to be frank, I'm a big girl, I can take it Smiley

3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Go Canucks Go!! Next season anyhow. My first stencilled t-shirt on: May 06, 2008 04:02:32 PM
Well, this was nervewracking!!

How do you guys stand the suspense of waiting for the paint to dry so you can peel the stencil back and see how it came out???

I was CONVINCED the paint had bled under the stencil - so I literally whooped with joy when I saw the end result Smiley

I cut this stencil in mylar from a photo I took during the anthem before a Canucks/Flames hockey game in Calgary a couple of months ago (original photo below)

I was worried about being able to hold it still, so I used temp adhesive to stick it down firm.....you can still see the residue of the adhesive on the photos (the shiny bits), but I have since rubbed it off, and it came off easily.

I used lumiere fabric paint, and it didn't bleed even a tiny bit.

I'm chuffed to bits with the result Smiley

(and yes, it's supposed to be off centre like that....)

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / BMX badge made from shrink plastic on: April 25, 2008 05:15:09 AM
I made this a while ago, but I thought it might be of interest, as I haven't seen anything similar in the forums....

My son wanted a badge for his BMX, but they were expensive, and the choice of designs was limited. 

So I made one for him with the logo of one of his (and mine Smiley he raided my record collection to find out about them in the first place Cheesy) favourite bands, the Misfits.

I rubber stamped the skull logo onto white shrink plastic using black permanent ink (although I expect you could use the inkjet printable stuff instead if you don't have a suitable stamp) - and then as I shrank it (using a heat gun not an oven) I wrapped it around a rolling pin to get the right curvature.

I stuck it onto his bike with a hot glue gun.  all in all it took about 10 minutes.

That was 2 years ago now and it's still on there Smiley

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Cityscape shrink plastic bracelet - Edmonton, AB - inspired by nom_de_plume on: April 24, 2008 05:39:51 PM
This bracelet is a TOTAL rip off of nom_de_plume's original, here, so thank you NDP for the inspiration

I needed to make a gift for a lady who lives in Edmonton in Canada, and is a big fan of the Oilers hockey team (well, she has no choice, her husband works for them Smiley)

When I visited Canada last month, she was able to get AMAZING tickets for me and my son (and our two friends) to see a game - for free! - so I really wanted to make her something as a thank you gift

So why not a cityscape bracelet featuring the Edmonton skyline, in the Oilers team colours of dark blue and copper?

I do hope she likes it Smiley

Here are some pics:

There are more photos, and a step by step tutorial on my blog here

I'm going to make me a Vancouver one next Smiley

6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / My first ever stencil attempt - I didn't have a CLUE what I was doing :) on: April 24, 2008 09:06:04 AM
.... and it shows!  Cheesy

I'm chuffed with the final result though.... and some of my experiments along the way....

I needed a silhouette of a hockey player for a journal I'm working on ... basically I do a page for each letter of the alphabet picking something about me right here right now - so that when I am a granny I can look back on it and see what floated my boat in 2008;

I loooooooove hockey - so my page for the letter H was a no brainer.

I was tempted to just prepare my page background and then print the silhouette over the top, or just cut an outline out and stick it on, but I thought a stencilled image might look better.... and I was right.

So - I found a clip art silhouette, printed it out, and stuck a inkjet transparency over the top- and cut it out using an x-acto knife.

So far so good.

My first practice attempt at using it - with a spray ink - total disaster:

then when I ran the transparency under the tap to clean it off, the coating on the back of the transparency went all gunky and weird and it took me ages to clean it all up (maybe a laser transparency would have been better than an inkjet one!)

I quite like the impression left on the paper towel I used to pat it dry though Smiley

While the stencil was drying I had a go with the bit I had cut out, and used it as a mask...

Stippled with pigment ink on white card (I quite like this effect):

Black card, with white pigment ink spread outwards around the mask with a make up sponge (and I like this one even more - really gives the impression of speed):

And then afterwards I had another go with the stencil - this time using dye inks applied with foam (rather haphazardly):

Enough practicing, already - here is the finished journal page:

(it's supposed to look all scratchy like that....kind of supposed to look like the surface of the ice with skate scratches and stuff, that was the intention anyhow)

I enjoyed my first tenuous exploration into stencildom, and will definitely be making some more (especially after browsing through this forum and seeing the awesome things you guys have made!!!  I have some freezer paper tucked away somewhere....must dig it out tonight....)

Flo x

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Faux resin necklace using UTEE on: April 23, 2008 03:58:59 PM
Hi - this is my first project posted to Craftster

Maybe I should have waited for a more successful one, as this didn't quite turn out as planned  Embarrassed

But as it was very much inspired by all the lovely resin pieces I have been admiring on here, it made sense to post it here

I used a Ranger melt pot and clear UTEE and UTEE Flex to make this pendant (and the inclusions were made using shrink plastic)

It is riddled with bubbles as I stirred the Flex into the UTEE, which apparently is a no no - you live and learn Smiley

Luckily there are so many of them I can pretend they are part of the design rather than a mistake Cheesy

There are more pictures and a tutorial of sorts on my blog here:

I will definitely try another one of these, hopefully learning from the mistakes I made this time

8  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / greetings from sunny England (well, it's sunny today anyway) on: April 22, 2008 07:49:41 AM
Hi everyone

A friend in Canada pointed me to this forum, and I am so glad she did

I have been lurking and reading and learning for a week. And thought it was about time I signed up and joined in

I love anything "off the wall", punky / funky / maybe a bit gothy / tribal / just plain weird, when it comes to arts and crafts - and there seem to be plenty on here who share my views

This will make a cool change from hanging out on forums where people get REALLY excited about rubber stamps with hedgehogs on - hedgehogs wearing pinnies.  (no offence to anyone reading this who loves the cute hedgies, but they really don't do it for me - I could maybe tolerate a tattooed hedgehog with a mohawk Smiley)

My other real passion is (ice) hockey - I'm a HUGE Vancouver Canucks fan, and also a rabid season ticket holder at my local team here in the UK.

This will explain why, if you go to my blog to get an idea of the things I make, you will have to plough past tons of hockey stuff to get to it - sorrryyyy!!!!  but it IS playoff season Smiley

(there are categories over on the right hand side which will help - or a couple of Slide photoshows a bit further down that will give you a rough idea of where I'm coming from)

To summarise, I'm into mixed-media style papercrafts - fat books, art journals, canvasses, that kind of thing.  also a bit of bookbinding, a bit of jewellery making.

I love the sun, and you will see sunset colours / sun imagery a lot in my work. 

Oh and I have 3 sons, 2 rats, and a fab new fella.  We are veggies but not in a boring lecturey way.  And we love geocaching when it isn't raining.

Flo xxx

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