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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Skully bag! on: January 19, 2005 09:23:58 PM
That freaking rocks! Where did you get the fabric? I have GOT to get me some!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: 7 days-a week swap Gallery on: January 19, 2005 04:18:13 PM
Here's the goodies that I got from LITTLEONE!
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: "Seven Days A Week" Swap (SIGNUP:Closed. MAIL BY: Feb 14.) on: January 19, 2005 02:48:27 PM
I got my package from LITTLEONE today! So cute! I won't be able to send mine to her until Friday  Embarrassed
Anyway, there's an adorable red bag with a skull on it, 3 bracelets (2 beaded and 1 felt), earrings, a key chain, and a smaller wallet sized bag with a lightening bolt.

I have a pic I took  - can I post it here or should I wait until the thread is started in the swap gallery?
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Cherry Bombs Cigar Box Purse on: January 15, 2005 03:51:19 PM
Thank you everyone. I see I'm not the only one that likes skulls and cherries!

I haven't decided on a handle yet, I don't really care for the bent bamboo one it came with. One thought was skull beads and maybe a cherry or two (fimo) strung on a bent wire.

The cherries are handpainted - I didn't even think about making a stencil for them, it would have been much easier with a stencil! Oh well, maybe next time.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Takeout Tote, Tweed Clutch and another tote bag on: January 15, 2005 10:41:00 AM
The take out bag is too cool. I really like the "thank you" on the back!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cherry Bombs Cigar Box Purse - New Pics Added 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

7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: glitter contact paper? on: January 12, 2005 03:59:20 PM
ConTact doesn't make a paper with glitter in it but they do make "Glimmer" paper. They look like glitter when cut out and placed. I'm in love with their velour and leather papers. Here's a link if you want to look:

8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Hot pink purse swap? on: January 10, 2005 01:59:46 PM
You can never have enough hot pink purses (or purses for that matter), I want in too!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Room Re-do [[ Perfectly Polka Dot ]] on: January 09, 2005 09:00:19 AM
Contact brand paper now makes some pretty styles and colors. You could cut circles from contact paper and stick them to the wall. You could also cut circles from regular paper and use stencil adhesive to stick them to the wall.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Revamping Abuse Furniture - Hutch on: January 08, 2005 07:09:11 PM
So, how did you make the diagonal design, and what sort of paint did you  use?

The hutch is painted with an oil based enamel followed by lots of polycrylic sealer. My boyfriend had the hutch totally disassembled during the majority of the painting process. He taped all of the parts of the pieces that were going to be one of the colors and then sprayed them with a professional style spray gun. Oil based enamel requires 24 hours drying time. The next day, he reversed the taping to accomodate the other color. When the upper and lower half was almost complete, he set the upper on the lower and taped the diagonal with one long piece of tape. With that as a reference, all of the curves and angles needed to be taped according to the true diagonal line. You just can go from point A to point be with a straight piece of tape and get a true diagonal because when you look at it from 6 feet away, the curves and angles won't match. This part of the painting process is extremely difficult. That's probably what makes this piece so unique with cutting a diagonal line across an uneven plane is terribly time consuming and tricky. But the overall effect is well worth it! Just remember that surface prep is the key to a great paint job.
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