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31  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Lego Classic Catwoman! on: May 10, 2013 01:31:08 AM
I got the little green cape as a free gift when I bought some Legos a while ago.  I had no idea what I was going to use it for, then one day, while looking up Catwoman - whom I love - I realized that there was a Catwoman who wore a purple dress with a green cape.  it was then that I knew what I was using the cape for.  the problem was that I had to repaint EVERYTHING since there appears to be no such thing as a purple skirt slope or a plain purple torso.  but also, Catwoman's mask only comes in black.  I found the PERFECT purple, then proceeded to buy the parts I needed, except for the whip that came as a 2 pack when I only wanted one for my other Catwoman minifig, and the gem which I had from a pack of gems I bought to use with the other Catwoman and a Jack Sparrow minifig.  the mask came from the UK, so it took a little while to get here, but when it did, I was SO happy.  I spent Thursday painting everything and this is what I came up with.

for my first custom minifig, I'm pretty happy with her.  Grin

here's my inspiration:
32  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 86 ENTRIES / Silent Hill 2 cross stitch and decoupage frame on: May 04, 2013 01:47:44 PM
so back in 2010, I had the great idea to organize an OTT swap titled OTVGT (One Tiny Video Game Thing).  my partner achgfd, like me, is a fan of the Silent Hill series (namely Silent Hill 2 and 3).  she also loves the main antagonist of Silent Hill 2, Pyramid Head.  so, I got the idea in my head that she needed a cross stitched picture of PH.  but I ran into the issue of what frame to use for it.  a wooden frame wouldn't really look good, a silver or gold frame would be horrible, and a black frame would be just awful.  then I had an idea.  see if you can figure out what I used to cover an ordinary frame:

give up?  it's tissue paper dyed in tea.  it gives the frame this awesome aged look that fits in perfectly with the world of Silent Hill.  I even tea dyed the Aida cloth PH is stitched on!  it's a small frame, a 2x3 maybe?  about ATC sized.  I covered the frame in mod podge, a few layers of the dyed tissue paper, more mod podge, then a clear sealant.  I was just so happy with how he turned out.  Grin
33  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Asian matchbook book on: March 29, 2013 08:14:59 PM
ok so, I got this blank matchbook book a while ago from Smmarrt.  it sat around in one of my "stuff" craft supply drawers until last week.  I decided to decorate it with the help of my Cricut.  I will tell you one thing about layered cartridges; I hate them because they just seen like so much work for pieces that some times end up not fitting together.  the little kimono you'll see is a great example.  here's what I managed to come up with:



pages side 1:

pages side 2:

there were 6 pages and I planned to do both sides, but I was just so uninspired that I decided to glue the pages together.  it didn't come out as great as I was hoping, and I notice things I don't like about it (exposed base color, I guess I don't know how to cover things that get folded so the inside crinkled up and the outside slipped out of place, the ink on three of the pages doesn't want to dry and no one will help me figure out how to make it dry, etc.)
34  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / ok so...pigment inks. do they EVER dry?! on: March 28, 2013 09:56:10 PM
ok all you papercrafting goddesses (and perhaps gods).  I am in need of some help with pigment ink info.

I'm currently working on this blank matchbook book I was given in a swap some time ago.  the "pages" are kinda slick, so I wanted to cover them with paper, but cutting off the excess paper creates white edges on said paper.  as I've learned from other papercrafters, I knew I could take ink pads and run them over the edges to cover up the exposed white areas created by cutting the paper.  well, I don't have many colors to choose from to begin with (how stupid am I; "I think I'll only buy colors I actually like because I'll never use any other colors!"  WRONG.  I bought 3 new colors today Grin ).  I have some dye inks for just stamping, and some pigment inks for embossing.  I didn't have colors I wanted to use in dye ink, but I did have other colors I could use in pigment ink.  well...that was about 18 hours ago, and the ink STILL isn't dry in this Arizona weather.  will it ever dry?  and if so, can I speed it up with maybe a heat tool?  if they won't dry, then crap.  Sad
35  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / another Harry Potter shadowbox! on: March 25, 2013 08:04:36 PM
Unfortunately, everything on the bottom came off except for one piece, fortunately it was to a friend who was understanding and still totally thrilled.  I really love how this one turned out.  she supplied some of the pieces and requested that it lean more towards Slytherin House.  and, because I was already afraid that being tipped just a little would cause leakage if I used liquid "potion ingredients", I used all dry items (and it's a good thing too since the PO workers were obviously playing catch with the box and dropped it a few times).  I'm actually kinda mad at myself for not coming up with the Runespoor Eggs for MY table.  Tongue  anyway, here's the shadowbox:


on the table, we have Skele-Gro, unicorn horn, vervain, runespoor eggs, salt, Tom Riddle's diary, Helga Hufflepuff's Cup, and a crystal ball.  there's also a long bottle with a eagle owl feather in it (I had no idea when I was picking out ingredients BEFORE she told me she wanted it Slytherin themed that Draco owns an eagle owl.  pure coincidence).  under the table, we have a pot of Floo Powder and Marvolo Gaunt's Ring.  you can also find Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem on a pedestal made from a wooden spool and an owl on the "floor".  above the owl is the Mirror of Erised with Nagini slithering over it.  in the middle is a winged key.  above the potions table is a pendant with "Amortentia" on it.

I really love how this one turned out.  you can see the first one I made here.
36  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 84 ENTRIES / shadowbox book on: March 05, 2013 08:59:16 PM
I do not know where this idea came from.  it just hit me after I read about this challenge.  I am so incredibly happy with how this turned out!!!  so of course, I now want to make more.  Grin Grin Grin

first I'll show a picture of it straight on, then some closeups, then a picture to prove that it is an actual book:

most everything is stuff that I've either bought over the years or got in a swap (thank the gods for the cabochons I got from corduroy cat.  I needed something to go under the windup key with the star buttons, and I was going crazy trying to find something to put it on so the hearts would swing freely).  I need more frozen Charlottes now that I used my only one in this.  Tongue  the opening is covered by a thick piece of plexiglass (so I don't have to dust it!!!  lol).

hope you like it!
37  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / thimble necklace on: February 22, 2013 05:07:32 PM
when my grandma died back in 1992 (wow.  it'll be 21 years in November), I was given her sewing box because I was showing an interest in sewing and other crafts.  needless to say, I suck at sewing.  lol.  but I still use it to hold my pins, needles, zippers, scissors, etc. for those rare occasions when I do sew.  the box included a LOT of vintage thread on wooden spools and even a thimble.  I had seen a LOT of thimble necklaces online and I was really inspired to make one.  so I found the thimble, drilled a little hole in it, and added some dangles.

I love it!  I used a mix of quartz (both the point and die-shaped beads), pearls, clear seed beads, and silver lined bugle beads to give it a kind of vintage feel.  I love it, I love it, I love it!!!  Grin
38  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Dia de los Muertos necklace!! on: February 21, 2013 01:41:23 AM
I made one last Dia de los Muertos item tonight.  this time, it was a necklace!  it isn't the same skull or rose color as the item it's meant to go with, but I really don't care.  Cheesy  in case you haven't seen the other items, here is the bracelet (the red and turquoise one is mine), and here are the earrings.  now, here's the necklace!

I found the tiny rose beads at Michaels yesterday and I just fell in love with them!  they were 40% off and there were only 2 strands left, so of course I snapped them up!  the bead strands will be 50% off next week, so I'm hoping they get more in so I can buy more!!!  to create the rose crown, I just strung 4 roses, then just kept running my needle through them to create a circle of roses.  then, to keep it stable on a headpin, I stitched a 6 or 8/0 seed bead in the middle.  I just love this necklace!  I hope you do too!  Grin
39  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Arizona state quarters made into a necklace! on: February 09, 2013 11:06:52 PM
so my parents went to some place yesterday where they had people selling handmade jewelry and whatnot.  she picked up this necklace that has a pendant made from 2 Arizona state quarters.  that was cool.  what wasn't cool was that it looked like it was strung on a piece of hemp with a crow bead, and that just made it look cheap.  she said I could have the necklace, and I said thank you, but I'll be putting it on a chain.  I'm pretty proud of how this turned out.

sorry about how washed out it looks.  Undecided  but you can see in the heart that it's an Arizona quarter, there's a rising sun and a cactus.  I of course had to make matching earrings.  the turquoise were just some cute little square beads that I got from random people that just happened to be the EXACT same beads.  amazing how that worked out.

with only 12 turquoise necklaces, I don't think I have enough of them.  Cheesy
40  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Harry Potter shadowbox on: February 06, 2013 02:14:21 PM
it's finally done!  I'm pretty proud of this piece since I made the table myself.  Grin


the table was made from 2 wooden tags I just happened to find at Jo-Ann's and 2 strips of wood each for the legs.  I just cut off the odd end of the tag and cut the pieces down for the legs.  then I filled in the space between each piece of wood with wood filler, sanded them down, glued everything together and painted it all.  the one leg is a bit wonky and I don't know why, but I'm still really happy with it.  Smiley  on the table you'll find Polyjuice Potion, Unicorn Horn, Bubotuber Pus, Salamander Blood, a Jobberknoll feather, Salt, Tom Riddle's destroyed diary, Helga Hufflepuff's Cup, and a crystal ball.  on the floor under what is supposed to be Nagini is a flowerpot full of Floo Powder.  Salazar Slytherin's Locket can be found in the middle of the Deathly Hallows symbol with a Snitch hovering above it.  the movie tickets are for Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows Part 2 (I'm guessing not too many theaters actually care what the tickets say as long as it's similar to the movie name.  "Harry Potter and the Deathly Holllows Part 2" and "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Prince of Caspia" really got on my nerves...).

hope you like it!
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