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11  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Need help with Chinese seal stamp (carved stone) !! on: January 12, 2008 09:01:17 AM
I have a beautiful stone stamp with a dragon on top and my name carved into the bottom, and I can't seem to make a good impression with it! First I bought read seal ink on Ebay; it was even the same brand as the man who carved my stamp used, but mine seemed very dry and didn't work at all.

Now I've bought this whole calligraphy set just to get a better jar of ink paste (I live in Sweden, so access to Chinese seal ink is limited), and while it's a lot better (and gooey) than the last one I still can't seem to create a good impression with the stamp! What's wrong??? I know what it's supposed to look like, a solid red/orange background with my name in white, but all I can do here is a really weak, grainy and torn-looking impression.... Any help would be much appreciated.
12  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My new fairy(tale) themed planner! *lots of pics* on: January 08, 2008 09:29:52 AM
I work a bit as a teacher and just finished making this planner. I cut and printed the pages myself, and the cover was made from scrapbooking paper with my name computer printed. The planner was spiral bound at a copy place and has a frosted plastic cover.


Tabs cut from a file folder and corners rounded:



Class attendance / results list (my own photo as a background. There are several others as well.)

Lesson planning (subject & topics to the left, homework / assignments to the right):

Blank pages (I hate lines):

Squared pages (just a few):

Red envelope pocket with blank notes (unnecessary to rip out entire pages) and contacts list (courtesy of www.diyplanner.com) to the left:

Back cover with sparkling fairies! Cheesy

From the scraps I made a notepad, size 14.5 x 19 cm.
The planner is 16 x 20 cm.

Notepad / sketch pad:


13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Need help with quotes about writers / writing poetry in secret... on: December 18, 2007 01:36:38 AM
I'm looking for a quote that has something to do with writing poetry in secret. A friend of mine / my 'extra parent', writes poetry but never shows it to anyone and he's happy with that. I've got a Moleskine notebook for him for Christmas and am going to stamp something into the cover using metal stamps.... and it would be great to say something about writing, since I thought he could use the notebook for his secret poetry. Any help would be great.

14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / my computer-carrying super tote on: August 04, 2007 11:30:12 AM
I made a tote to carry my laptop and lots of other stuff. It's not very big, 33 x 38 cm, but magically roomy Cheesy I could fit some books and a sweater in there too without problem.

Edited to add: there are so many pockets I forgot to mention two of them. See the little black one to the left of the laptop? There's one tiny secret pocket on each side where I can fit, for instance, a USB memory stick.

It looks a bit long and narrow in this pic but there isn't really a lot of difference between height & width:

15  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / urgent: how do I hang photos without frames? on: July 01, 2007 07:21:23 AM
My first photo exhibition will be opening on Tuesday. The venue decided to buy mats but not frames for my photos. I'm sitting here with all my matted photos which I need to hang tomorrow evening, and the idea is I should use three small nails to hang each photo - two for the photo to "stand" on and one curved at the top to keep it in place.

Is there any other way of hanging matted photos without frames? Preferably one with less nails. To my mind it would make sense with a small hook like an "A" connected to a photo-safe heavy sticker of some kind. Don't know if that exists.

The photos will hang on solid / hard screens.

I live in Sweden, so I won't necessarily have access to what you suggest, but if someone could point me in a better direction I'd appreciate it. Smiley
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / I <3 my new purple purse! on: January 27, 2007 05:49:53 AM
I made this bag yesterday from a sketch I drew. It's not big but holds a LOT of things and I think I came up with some pretty good solutions.

(This is the first time I used a magnetic snap and it worked well. The brooch is from Hennes.)

...you can pull out a pencil holder!

...which is on the back of a hanging zippered pocket!

here I've turned the lining inside out so you can see the hidden pocket beneath the hanging pocket - perfect for a journal / notebook or some craft supplies! There's also a key holder.

and finally, on the opposite side, mobile phone + mp3 pockets:


17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Red & gold bag on: January 09, 2007 06:21:17 AM
I just finished this bag - finally, after messing up the lining four times! Gah!

I wanted it to be a bit jewel-like but still practical and suitable for everyday use. No pattern.

Inside: mobile phone pocket, mp3 pocket, 2 pockets for pens, key holder (black ribbon with clasp), one larger pocket which you can't see in the pic.
18  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Self portrait stamp, hand carved - UPDATED! Bird stamp added! :) on: January 02, 2007 11:33:03 AM
I just made a self portrait stamp Smiley I carved it from an eraser using linoleum tools.

The pic I used as a reference is a self portrait which I printed out, drew outlines in pencil on the pic, turned it upside down on the eraser and drew all over the back with the pencil so the lines transfered onto the eraser. Very faintly, but still. This is the third stamp I've carved; scroll down to see the others.



the first stamp I made (the second is the tiny envelope in the picture above):

the pic I based the stamp on:


Bird stamp which I've also carved, same size as portrait stamp:

19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Shrinkydink necklace, pink with a branch on: September 22, 2006 01:34:20 AM

20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Big floral tote / bag with detachable stuffed flower keychain on: September 18, 2006 08:51:29 AM
This is my aunt with a bag she 'ordered' from me at the beginning of the summer. She had a perfect sized retired tote bag which I used for size reference, but I made a proper bottom instead of making it entirely flat. I also cut out a flower from the fabric, stuffed it and added it to a ball chain. The design label is a computer printout (t-shirt transfer). So, anyway, my aunt showing the bag. (Would you believe she's 70+ ?!)

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