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41  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / ATC's 7, 8 and 9 on: January 22, 2011 11:18:44 AM
As you may have noticed, I like to make things in series of three.
So, here are three new ATC's I made:

The base of these ATC's is pastel drawing paper, in three different colours (enforced with sturdy paper on the back).
I drew an oakleaf on a page of a vintage French schoolbook, cut it out, and decorated it with ink. Then I pasted it to the pastel drawing paper.

Tip: I have a box full of molds/patterns I made out of recycled cardboard (piza boxes, cerial boxes, etc.). Whenever I need to repeat a certain shape, I make a cardboard pattern/mold for it and keep it, even after the project is done.
This autumn I collected and dried some oak leaves in various shapes and sizes and then drew them over on cardboard to make a nice set of molds. They come in easy for card making, ATC making, making felt figures, etc.
Every time we pack a box of old paper to be collected with our garbage, I take out any piece of cardboard that can be reused and store them in a see through box.

Okay, I'd love to get your comments on my new series of ATC's!
42  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / ATC's 4, 5 and 6 on: January 18, 2011 01:01:02 AM
I made three more ATC's.
They are drawn with ink on thick smooth paper.
I really challenged my fibromyalgia with these three... (yep, I'm stubborn).

I would love to know what you think of them (and which one is your favorite).
43  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jewelry Displays (recycled Ikea mirrors), with tutorial! on: January 16, 2011 02:58:51 AM
I made these two jewelry displays for my stepdaughter Romy (11), for Christmas.
She loves them.

I took two Ikea mirrors and covered their wooden frames with fancy wallpaper from a wallpaper sample book.
I got a huge pile of expensive wallpaper sample books for free from an interior decorating shop (one can always ask...).
The colours match Romy's room. I attached the wallpaper with double sided tape.

I drew dots for the placement of the hooks on a piece of paper, attached it to the display with scotch tape to keep it in place, and made small holes by hitting a nail with a hammer, through the paper, into the wallpaper covered wood. Then I removed the paper and (with a lot of help from Marc) screwed in the hooks.
I used three kinds of hooks: smaller hooks for rings, eye-hooks for earrings, and bigger hooks for necklaces, bracelets, etc.

At the back I used a few pieces of cardboard to secure the mirror in its place. Then I glued on two hooks for hanging up the mirror. And I attached felt patches (the ones you use under your furniture legs, to protect your floor), to protect the walls they will hang on.

Side views, so you can have a better look at the hooks:

Please feel free to copy this idea.
If you have any more questions, please ask.
I'd love to hear what you think of them!
44  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My first (three) ATC's on: January 10, 2011 04:02:25 AM
I used to be a fine artist, but had to give that up years ago when I got severe chronic pains (I have fibromyalgia and some other chronic health issues).
Now, for the first time in many years, I have made some (small) works of art and that feels so good!
So, I proudly present, my first three ATC's:

I used coloured pencils and ink on cardstock.
I hope you like them!
45  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / ATC question on: January 07, 2011 11:34:39 AM
Hi everyone,
I just made my first ATC and plan on making lots more.
Since I'm new at it, I have a few questions:
1. Where do you trade yours?
I think Flickr will be the best place for me to trade them (since I'm very active in admiring other peoples' creations on Flickr and sharing mine), but perhaps you craftsters can give me some more suggestions.
2. When someone wants to trade their ATC with mine, am I obliged to trade it with the first person asking? Or can I wait untill I see an ATC that I'd really love to have.
In other words: is it impolite to refuse a trade?
That's it for the moment.
Thanks for your help in advance!
46  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Notebook Cover (for a paper notebook, not a digital one...); more pictures added on: January 04, 2011 03:35:59 AM
I designed and made this cover for a paper notebook and pen as a Christmas gift.
It also has pockets for keeping loose notes, tickets, etc.
Materials used: cotton fabrics, cardboard, fleece (for padding the outside), and for the teapot on the front: embroidery thread, embroidery fabric and a piece of ribbon.

I hope you like it.
Kind regards,

Two more pictures (jan.24):

47  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Reindeer (made from wine cork and twigs) on: December 31, 2010 08:34:11 AM
This is a project that my partner Marc designed and made for last year's Christmas.
Some of you might already have seen the pictures on my Flickr or featured on other internet sites.
For those of you who haven't: enjoy!

Happy New Year!
48  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Winter Necklaces (with skates!) on: December 31, 2010 08:17:04 AM
I found me this box of little plastic ice skates from the late sixties or early seventies on a flea market.
They were once meant to be hung from a car's rear view mirror.
I decided to make them into winter necklaces and simply strung them on a shoe lace.
Here they are (my Marc was kind enough to model them):

I hope you like them.
Happy New Year!
49  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Blue Knitted Scarf on: December 31, 2010 08:00:37 AM
I knitted this (simple) scarf in two shades of blue, as a Christmas present.
The pattern is knit 2 pearl 2 over 60 stitches, the total length is 67 inch (170 cm), I used an acrylic yarn and 4mm needles.

I hope you like it.
Happy New Year!
50  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / With tutorial! Retired Computer Mice on: September 21, 2010 04:17:03 AM
I designed and made these out of used wireless computer mice:

I hope you like them.
If anyone is interested, I could make some sort of tutorial.
Ow, and please feel free to make your own additions to a worldwide family of retired computer mice.
Comments and questions are most welcome!
Kind regards,

added on September 24:
This is how I made them!
step 1
I cleaned the mouse and (if necessary) removed the batteries and scroll ball.
step 2
I glued the mouse to a piece of 3mm grey felt. I made sure there was enough felt at the back of the mouse to cut on a tail.
I let the glue dry for several hours, then cut the felt around the mouse an cut on a tail (be careful not to cut it off!).
Of course you can use a different material for the bottom of the mouse. You could also add a tail later on, from a different material.
step 3
I used two half-round black shank buttons for the eyes. I cut off the shanks and glued them to (what was to become) the mouse's face.
You could use alternatives like black beads, or flat black buttons, or felt. If you use felt, you might want to use some white paint for highlights (so it looks like the eyes are reflecting light).
step 4
I crocheted a snout, using a 3mm crochet hook and some leftover yarn. I made a chain of 18 stitches, then SC in spirals, decreasing 3 stitches in each row. When I had 3 stitches left, I weaved in the tail, but did not (!) cut it off. Instead I used it to sew a little black bead to the end of the snout.
You could use a bead of a different colour, for instance pink. In fact, you could even make the entire snout out of pink yarn.
Or, if you don't crochet, you could make the snout out of a different material (like felt, or leather, or paper-mache).
I stuffed the snout with a little bit of the same yarn, then glued it to the mouse's face. I did not like how the edge looked after the glue dried and then decided to crochet another chain of 20 stitches and glued it around the base of the snout (this is of course optional).
I used some thin black nylon thread that I had lying around for whiskers. Black nylon hairs of a brush will do fine too (or any kind of black wire). I used three and stuck them through the snout, right behind the little bead. To secure them in place, I used a few drops of clear nailpolish.
step 5
I made ears out of black leather (a leather upholstery sample). I first made a paper template: I drew a 3cm circle (with the help of a template). Then I drew a vertical line from the middle of the circle, 3cm down. From there a horizontal line (using the vertical line as the middle point) of 2cm. Then I connected the sides of the circle with the outer points of the horizontal line.
I know, it sounds complicated, but you will get a drawing that has a perfect half circle at the top and then a cone getting slimmer going down.
I was not done yet. I wanted the ears to stand up straight. To achieve that, I cut out a slim triangle at the base of the template, right in the middle, pointing upwards.
Then I traced the paper template twice on the back of my piece of leather, cut it out, and cut out the triangle.
Next I glued the ears on the mouse's head, closing the two sides of the triangle against eachother.
step 6
Now your mouse is ready to get dressed!
You could use all kinds of materials to dress your mouse. Gluing on pieces of paper, felt or fabric is probably the easiest way.
But (of course...) I went for the hardest way and made real clothes! That is: they look like real clothes on top of the mouse, but under the mouse there is nothing but the layer of felt from the beginning.
step 7
Pants! I used jeans for two of my mice and a dark brown stretchy trousers fabric for the girly one. I did not draw up a pattern, since the mice all have different shapes and sizes. Instead I just winged them (I think I have redone all three of them at least once, so you will need some patience and percevierence).
First I cut a piece of fabric that was larger then I actually needed (you can cut the extras off, but you cannot cut any fabric on...). I then layed the mouse on its side on a piece of paper and tried to draw the curve of its back. I then folded the fabric in half (right side in) and handstitched the curve (that I traced from the paper mold). Then I tried it on (and usually had to make adjustments). If the shape is right, cut off most of the seam, so it won't make a big ridge over the back of the mouse.
For the jeans I topstitched the seam with orange embroidery thread.
Then I attached the jeans to the butt of the mouse, with double-sided tape. I did it bit by bit, so there was room to stretch and correct.
When it was attached perfectly, I cut off the excess fabric at the bottom. To prefend the jeans from fraying, I glued the bottom edge to the mouse.
I did not worry about the top of the jeans, since they would be covered by the top clothes.
step 8
The top!
I made three different tops:
- A knitted red sweater.
- A green cotton polkadotted blouse.
- A grey hoodie.
Again: no patterns drawn, I just winged them.
First you want to take the measurements and perhaps draw them on a piece of paper.
The advantages of using knitting or crocheting is that it will stretch. The disadvantage is that you cannot cut of any excess if they turn out too big.
I used the same technique of taping (with double-sided tape) the tops on bit by bit. I even used double-sided tape to hem the blouse and the top part of the hoodie. And to attach the hood to the sweater.
To get neat edges where the tops touch the sides of the mouse, I sewed them onto the felt (at the underside of the mouse) and, if necessary, used clear nail polish to make sure the fabric wouldn't fray.
step 9
I decided my girly mouse needed some earrings to go with her blouse. Therefore I punched her leather ears and used silverplated jumprings and glass beads.

Well, that was about it.
I hope it all made sense to you, since English is not my first language.
If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask!
I hope you will have as much fun as I had, making your retired computer mice.
Kind regards,

PS (7 Dec. 2015): I made a new addition to the family: Santa Mouse.
You can find him here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=442058.msg5356424#msg5356424
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