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1  Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster in Latest News by samisadork on: July 27, 2008 11:01:43 PM
I have to say, I completely agree with the others that say they are overlooking the good ads now! When I first saw this annoying ad:

I came searching for this thread. So many websites are bombarded with these scam-ish, soul devouring, insecurity feeding excuses for ads it puts people in 'Computer-protect' mode as soon as they see a flashy ad. Its understandable that craftsters are afraid to click on things now, because you can't be sure its not going to take you to one of those utterly annoying sites that when you try to close it, pops up in a new window and asks you if you were sure you wanted to close it!

Before these new ads popped up, Craftster was the ad safe haven, where you knew you could click on an ad and not get attacked with CLICK HERE TO RECIEVE YOUR NEW NINTENDO WII ABSOLUTELY FREE**
In fact, I used to spend time actually perusing the websites advertised on Craftster. Now, I just ignore all of them, even though I know some of them are very worthwhile!

Here is a suggestion: Figure up the average daily pageviews for FOCs, then how much ad revenue that would generate in one year. Make a FoC subscription level at that cost, and let those people turn off the ads! This should be pretty easy (if your a techy type) to do. This would add value to the FoC membership, and probably cause a decent influx of new subscriptions, and reduce the need for such intrusive ads.

I'm not trying to sound whiny or ungrateful about this wonderous community. I just feel like the one and only place on the intrawebs that I could click away and find cool new places has been taken away. Even with that said, I do really enjoy this community, and the work you all put into it!
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2  First ever blanket- colorful taggie (img hvy) in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by samisadork on: July 26, 2008 06:15:48 AM
So, Ive never sewn a blanket, before today that is. I Just went off pics, and made it up as I went. Top layer is flannel, bottom side is soft cotton knit, and they sammich a layer of batting. I think it came out as cute as a cupcake! Grin I made it for one of my fellow supervisors at work. Her baby shower is today Cheesy Now for pics!!

It's pretty big for a baby blanket, about 36 inches square. The tags are evenly spaced all around, but the camera just didnt want to see them in my dark living room, on my dark couch.

close up

I even tried to make my own tag! Smiley

Its bright GREEN on the other side!

Let me know what you think!

awww.. its cute!
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3  First ever dress!(Actually first real piece of clothing!) in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by samisadork on: July 21, 2008 09:59:05 PM
 Shocked This is the first dress Ive ever sewn!

I based it off of Simplicity 3541, but made some changes here and there. Being a big girl, its often about impossible to find cute dresses that actually fit. Why does the clothing industry think that if your a plus size gal, you're still gonna have small girls? How in the world does that make sense!

Here is the whole thing:

And here is the fabric in more detail(this more accurately depicts the colors):

These are both 100% cotton knit. So they are nice and light for summer. Also, I couldn't find brown knit anywhere. So, I scored yellow knit at Ben Franklin for 99 cents a yard and went to town with rit dye. It just happend to come out the perrrrrrfect color. YAY! Comments and criticisms welcome, I'm still a no0b at sewing. Thanks for looking!

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4  Re: The Great Geek Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by samisadork on: July 19, 2008 05:39:26 PM
I received from android raptor today Cheesy Looks like I'm first to post in the gallery. I got lots of goodies! I have lots of pics for all of you!

Most of the goodies:



Detail of the paper on the geishas:


Beautiful Flowers:


Pete saying "Ur not so big now are ya?"

Thanks a million Android Raptor! I hope you like your goodies!! Cheesy
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5  Burger King! in Stenciling: Completed Projects by samisadork on: May 10, 2008 07:18:40 PM
My fiance requested a tshirt with the old burger king logo- so here it is!

(he had just gotten out of the shower, he isn't sweaty.. lol)

stencil on- ready for paint!

one more because I'm pic happy

Thanks for looking!!
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6  Cute lil robot chilling in my pocket in Stenciling: Completed Projects by samisadork on: May 08, 2008 11:38:00 PM
Okay, so I'm officially addicted. This is my second bleach-freezer paper stencil shirt ever. I found this cute little robot stencil on a site that another craftster had mentioned, but i can't find the link right now.

Here it is, being skillfully modeled by my desk chair. Cute lil guy, just hangin out in my pocket!

Ironed on and (almost)ready for bleach!

And a shot of it on!

Thanks for looking! Oh yeah, and thank you fellow craftsters for introducing me to this wonderful technique!!!
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7  Barack n Roll in Stenciling: Completed Projects by samisadork on: May 08, 2008 08:58:37 PM
So today I was inspired by all the neat stuff you guys do on here with freezer paper, and I went out and bought some! I got some shirts (got lucky, dollar tree had these retro-blue fruit of the loom T's for a buck!) and made a stencil of barack obama! These images are closeups, because i don't have anyone around to hold it far enough away! Yeah, I pretty much bleached the entire back of the shirt, but it was actually intended(It's like a big glowing orb, lol.) I'm really happy with how it came out considered Ive pretty much never stenciled anything before! Comments/criticism welcome!


Front Pocket:

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8  Drawing final in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by samisadork on: May 06, 2008 06:27:05 PM
Here is my final drawing for my drawing class this semester Smiley Its done in charcoal and measures about 22" by 30". The camera just cant photograph it right, it catches the texture of the paper a bit more than when you see it in person. It also just doesn't correctly represent the range of value! If anyone out there has useful tips on photographing larger drawings like this, they would be much appreciated!
Thanks for looking!!

If you want to see the larger version:
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9  Cheerful led "Candle" light (img heavy) in CHALLENGE 27 ENTRIES by samisadork on: May 05, 2008 07:09:18 AM
Alrighty, this is my first challenge  Grin
I decided to mix my love for graphic design and my love for candles!

In the light(and when its off!) it just looks like a white pillar candle with one of those things that keep them even on top.

(sorry its blurry, flash was catching the shiny metal too much!!)

I started out making a design on illustrator:

I used my computer and printer, cardstock, a sheet of shrinky dink rough and ready, a tin lid, modge podge, and a re-purposed led accent light.

It casts a really neat pattern on the wall and ceiling! The pic is a little over exposed, but you get the idea Smiley

It also looks pretty nifty being on with the room light on

It really casts beautiful light in my bathroom. Its bright enough to take a nice relaxing bath when you don't want all those normal bright lights Cheesy
Thanks for looking, and I'm happy to answer any questions!

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10  This Pendant has two speeds. Walk, and Kill. in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by samisadork on: December 22, 2007 05:18:59 AM
More fun with shrinky dink! My latest is a hand drawn Chuck Norris pendant. He was drawn on shrinky dink rough n ready with colored pencils, and coated with modge podge! I've already had multiple people instantly realize who I was wearing around my neck. This thing is definitely a conversation starter!!  Grin
Im waiting on my new camera to come in, so here is a scan Smiley

and here is a blurry cell phone pic for size reference(chuck would own that penny.)

I have another one with a straight face instead of smile that I made yesterday, its on a chain around my BFs neck, and I dont see it coming off anytime soon. But, I will get pics of it as soon as my new camera gets here! Thanks for looking!!

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