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1  Re: 7 days-a week swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by redqueen on: January 19, 2005 04:18:13 PM
Here's the goodies that I got from LITTLEONE!
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2  Cherry Bombs Cigar Box Purse - New Pics Added in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by redqueen on: January 15, 2005 10:39:22 AM
I was in Michael's last week and spotted unfinished wooden box purses. I grabbed a couple even though I had nothing in mind to do with them. This the first one I've done. I took the pics before I clear coated them to combat the glare that always happens. I took all the hardware off the box before painting. I still have to line it. I'll put a pic of it when I do it.

UPDATE: I made a cherry cane from Fimo and used it to cover scrap clay tubes. Then I made some little cherry beads. I strung them on a wire to use as the handle. I lined the inside with dark red velour ConTact paper. I may reline it with fabric if I ever get to the fabric store!

The front of the box - Skull Cherries!

The back of the box - Cherry Bombs painting in a graffiti font

The inside of the box - velour contact paper

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3  Solid Perfume? Skin Balm? in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by redqueen on: December 26, 2004 10:13:10 PM
I'm not sure what you'd call this stuff, I've been making it a long time. It's basically almond oil, vitamin E, essential oils, and beeswax. It leaves your skin feeling silky and smells wonderful. I made up a batch to give as x-mas presents. I saw packs of little tins at Wal-Mart for 97 cents that were just the perfect size. I dressed them up a bit with polymer clay first though. I think they are a nice ultra cheap present that people enjoy getting.

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4  Etched Glass Plates in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by redqueen on: December 19, 2004 03:59:01 PM
I bought a 12 pack of clear glass plates at K-Mart for $9. I'd been looking for cheap clear glass plates and since I broke all but one plate we had here....more reason to buy them. I wanted to put a spooky design on them but too many ideas came to mind. I made this one just now. I like it so much I think I'll do all of them this way. The hardest part was getting the contact paper to conform to the shape of the plate. I drew the design on the contact paper with a Sharpie and started cutting. I missed a couple of spots with the etching cream but oh well, it kinda adds to to spookiness.

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5  "Poison" Coasters in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by redqueen on: December 19, 2004 02:34:17 PM
A guy I know gave me a huge bag of needleworking/crafty goodies, and in it was this box of coasters meant for cross-stitching. It has a smokey clear plastic bottom with a clear liner that goes on top. I sprayed the bottoms with black Fusion paint because I didn't like that smoked look. I made some rounds with a skull in the middle. I added the text "Name your Poison" using a font called Rapscallion that I really like. Very pirate looking. I think they turned out cute.

This is how they came:

The design I made:

The finished product:
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6  Spiffing up halloween decorations in Halloween Decor and Parties by redqueen on: December 17, 2004 05:31:02 PM
I got this skull at Michael's. It was fugly but had potential. So I bought it. I spiffed it up and now I can use it all year round.

As purchased - Yikes!

Making it better

TADA - I love it now!
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7  Painted Magic Gloves in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by redqueen on: December 17, 2004 05:21:33 PM
I've been looking everywhere for gloves with a skeleton print on them. I've seen a few but they weren't what I was looking for - fingerless or tooo thin. I got some Magic Gloves for a buck and having some time on my hands today, I painted some on. I cut out cardboard "hands" to stuff in the gloves to stretch them out and to keep the paint from seeping thru.

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8  El Cheapo Asian Bedroom in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by redqueen on: December 17, 2004 01:03:19 PM
I was talking to my daughter today and the subject of her old room came up. I'm sorry I don't have any pictures of it. I lost all my photos (non-digital ones anyway) awhile back. My then-husband-but-now-ex had painted out spare bedroom a butt ugly army green. He papered the adjoining bathroom with an equally horrific green plaid. My older daughter and son left their imprints on the room too, graffiti and half finished murals. By the time my youngest daughter inheirited the room - it was a nightmare. She likes anything asian so we went with that.
I had to paint the room with primer first to block out the green and graffiti. Then we painted the room a very dark "chinese" red. Red is not an opaque color so we had to do two coats. We painted a stripe around the top of the wall black, about 6" wide. We painted a 1" gold stripe between the black stripe and the red of the wall. I made a stencil of a round chinese design. We stenciled that on 3 walls having the motifs about 16" apart, but we stenciled it with gold leaf adhesive. After it set up, we leafed the motifs. On the main wall, and only doorless/windowless wall, we stenciled a huge dragon. It was gold leafed too. In the black stripe area we stenciled chinese characters using antique gold stencil paint. My daughter has a strange sense of humor so she pulled the writing off the plastic our new computer came wrapped in. It was a warning for choking hazard. After everything was painted/stenciled/gilded, we gave the walls a coat of satin polycrylic to give them that lacquer shine.
I had a great idea for her bed but she chose to have the bed on the floor. I bought some of those simple storage cubes with doors from Home Depot. We got 3 smaller ones and one large double doored one. We painted them all black. On the larger one, I added ball feet. They were just plain wood balls like for railing knobs. They are flat on one side (where the hole is). I just screwed them to the chest. I didn't attach the pulls that came with the chest. Instead, I attached a medallion to the fronts. I was looking for a metal disk to use as the medallion but couldn't find anything precut that would work. I cut it from wood using a scroll saw instead. I drilled a hole in the middle, leafed it, and stenciled the round design we used for the walls on it. I threaded a tassel thru it to use as a pull. The other 3 cubes had gold coins glued to the fronts, the kind with the square center hole, having the opening over the holes for the pulls. Tassels were threaded thru. We put 2 cubes on the floor and cented the 3rd on top of them like a tonsu (sp?) chest. My daughter had a TV cart she still wanted to use. Instead of painting it, she decoupaged pages from a chinese newspaper to it. The room looked awesome and we spent like $150 doing it.
I made these graphics to give you an idea of what we did. The dragon is the same dragon we put on the wall.

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9  Recycling X-Mas Cards - Tutorial Added in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by redqueen on: December 12, 2004 09:15:55 PM
I posted some pics in another area - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=19694.0
These make great little gift boxes and answers the question of what to do with all the cards you get. Does anyone else make these?

Here's how to fold them:
Step One: Tear or cut the front of the card from the back along the fold. With the wrong side of the front facing up, align the back piece flush with one egde. You can hold it up to a light or whatever if you are trying to center a motif. Lightly mark your cutting lines with a pencil. Do the same for the back piece. You can center the words inside, the signature, or whatever. You have to make the back piece slightly smaller than the front piece so it will fit inside the top. I do this by cutting off 1/4" from 2 sides. Cutting off 1/8" from all 4 sides will work just as well or better if you are trying to center a design.

Step Two: Using a ruler, lightly mark from corner to corner on the wrong side of each piece.

Step Three: With wrong side still up, fold the corners to meet the line in the center. Unfold.

Step Four: Now take one corner and fold it to meet the fold you made on the opposite side. Repeat for all corners.

Step Five: Fold the corners in to meet the center again. Now fold the corners down to meet the folded edge.

Step Six: On 2 opposing sides, cut along the inner fold lines up to the centermost fold line.

Step Seven: Fold the corners back in to meet the middle on the opposite side that you just cut. Fold up on the second fold line to make them sit up. Fold the pointed ends in to form the other edges of the box.

Step Eight: Fold the small tabs over the sides and the point to the middle.
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10  Gift boxes from X-Mas cards in Winter Holidays by redqueen on: December 12, 2004 09:02:37 PM
I haven't seen anyone post these little boxes anywhere. They can be addicting to make. I liked the holographic quality of the ornament on this card. It's fun to give someone a gift in a box made from the card they gave you last year. The size of the finished box depends on the size of the card. I'm sure there's some mathmatical formula that will tell you all that but since I really stink at math.....

Box Top

Inside view of top and bottom box.
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