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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / House elf ornaments on: December 19, 2015 04:41:02 PM
House elves from polymer clay

2  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / dollar tree pumpkin makeover on: October 31, 2015 10:03:46 AM
You know those Dollar Tree carveable foam pumpkins? Well these started out life as those.

I used paper clay to embellish the stems and add facial features
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / mini art journal on: May 16, 2015 01:41:26 PM
I created created this mini book for a swap.It measures 2"x2"

Front cover

Back cover

Front and back cover
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 107 ENTRIES / Keepsake/souvenir bottle on: March 06, 2015 11:06:50 AM
This idea has been living in my head for about a year,  this challenge finally gave me the push I needed to make it a reality-

I collect little bottles, that is to say that whenever one crosses my path I squirrel it away,waiting for inspiration to make it into something new. Most have become potion bottles.but these two have a different destiny

While surfing pinterest I came across a sand collector, someone who collects sand from all the beaches she visits, then I came across a bride who collected rainwater from her wedding day- that's when this idea popped into my head

For a wedding keepsake you could save confettie, rice, bird seed, glitter, petals from your bouquet, raindrops etc

For vacations or honeymoons in addition to sand you could collect small shells, pine needles, snow, soil, etc
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My 2015 journal for the Documented Life Project on: December 31, 2014 09:35:13 AM
Last year I created a coptic stitch journal to use for the Documented life project, this year the journal that has been recommended  is a much larger and out of my budget, so I once again opted to make my own, I used the perfect binding, 110# cardstock, and cardboard from a pizza box

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Functional Art Aka DIY TV Antenna on: August 17, 2014 03:45:29 PM

 I have been unemployed for a couple of years now so money is ridiculously tight, as such I have had
to down-size or eliminate Luxury items, Cable service being one of those items- I purchased $10 rabbit ear antenna That
got me 2 whole channels, three on a good day- so I hit the web and discovered this tutorial for an antenna  http://www.squidoo.com/make-this-powerful-hdtv-antenna-out-of-cardboard
 I now get 29 channels and it didn't cost me a thing - made completely from things around the house

  This is actually the second one I have made, I modified the design slightly- I changed the feet so it's more stable and
the arms that hold the "bow ties" to make it sturdier and finally place a hole at the bottom to allow the cable to
be run between the "bow ties" instead of off to the side of them.

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Art tool organizer on: May 18, 2014 09:56:46 AM
Like many crafters my tools and art supplies sometimes get unruly and try to take over my work areas. I needed to come up with a workable solution and came up with this

It started out as this.

I purchased this exact one thinking it would help me organize my bills better, but it never quite worked out and then paperless bills came and it became an unruly collector of anything paper. I had contemplated tossing it out but I still love they way it looked, just not they way it worked- so I removed the dividers, which require me to remove some of the molding, I left  a few of the dividers  and then sanded the entire thing and gave it a couple coats of paint

It still wasn't as functional as I wanted it so I made removable inserts to help out using, what else, cardboard from food boxes

I finished the inserts they same way as I finished the art pen case
masking tape and all
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / art pen case tutorial on: May 18, 2014 09:37:38 AM
it has been quite a while since I have posted even though I have been crafting all along - At the beginning of the year I joined the Documented life project- a combination planner journal and art journal with weekly prompts-

one of the ongoing discussions has been about the proper storage of art pens (micron ink pens, prismacolor ink pens, etc.) for longer life-this has been of great interest to me, I Live in Florida and I find pens, in particular, seem to dry out quickly.
 The Manufacturers recommend these pens be stored horizontally, Like most people I had been storing my ink pens in a cup or pencil holder. After reading this info I started brainstorming for alternative storage solution- while breaking down cardboard food boxes this solution came to me:

Using the bottom part of the box as is I measured my desired height- the second measurement is the width of the box and the third is the desired lip of the cover

I then cut out my pen case

I forgot to measure the flap bits but included them as I cut it out, you can omit them if you desire but I find they strengthen the box

here you can see the flap bits folded in- in addition to strengthening the box they provide a nice finished edge

I then cover the entire box with masking tape. Why? I found, quite accidentally, that masking tape makes an excellent primer for printed cardboard- it took one coat of paint to completely cover the above pen box (lighter colors may require more than one coat)  if you have ever tried to paint over printed cardboard you know how frustrating it can be - Masking tape is quick, no drying time and provides extra stability.

I finished the box by free handing the flowers with a white gel pen, did dots with a dotting tool and acrylic paint, then painted the inside the same color as the dots- finally I used velcro dots on the inside of the flap and front of box for closures
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Cat Painted with coffee on: April 18, 2014 04:05:32 PM
I did this for the documented life project and while it is a journal page I think it belongs here - Painted with coffee and outlined with india ink on watercolor paper

10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My documented life coptic bound journal on: February 19, 2014 06:03:20 PM
My first coptic journal
I have always liked the idea of journaling, but could never quite stick with it for longer than a couple of weeks then I discovered the documented life project and decided it was exactly what I was looking for- this year long project combines a journal with a planner and art journal-with weekly prompts- it sounded very doable to me.
The project suggests using a moleskin planner because of financial constraints I chose to make my own-

I used drawing paper to cover the front and back covers then create the design using ink, colored pencils, watercolors and acrylic paints.

the front cover

The back cover

I created co-ordinating tabs for the months of the year
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