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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / winter scene light bulbs on: December 04, 2011 10:13:58 AM
I've been saving bulbs with this sort of project in mind. I went with little winter scenes. The bottom is made of cork and wrapped with pipe cleaners. They work nicely on top of candle sticks or as bottle toppers.


To answer the question about getting the bottoms off, I do these steps:

- I wrap the bulb in fabric while I work to keep it safe. I also work over a trash can and work slowly.

- Use a pair of sharp scissors to pry the metal strip off the bottom. Pry the edge up and then it sort of rolls off.

- Use wire cutters to snip at the black glass that line the tip. It's really crumbly so do it over a trash can and go SLOW. I kinda snip at it going around a clock. At some point the pieces just fall off. Dump them out.

- I use an ice pick type tool to gently jab and the filament. When you break through you will hear a pop.  (This is the step that's the hardest to do right and if it's going to break, it will be now.)

- Stir the ice pick around and the pieces will separate from the sides. Dump these out, too.

Then you have a clean bulb!

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Halloween Bling on: October 10, 2011 06:19:01 AM
This is made from some cast off jewelry bits, a collection of charms, and some resin shapes I cast in black. The pearls were really old and not in very good shape but had a lot of sentimental value. Now I get to wear them every year!

3  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / potion bottles on: October 03, 2011 08:48:02 AM
I finally figured out how to get labels on bottles, something I've been trying to do for years. I printed them on tissue paper and applied to the glass with gel matte medium. I love the effect.

I used some free printable labels and some vintage images (like the skull). I made the other label myself. I like a mix of styles for my potion bottles.

The most fun was decorating the bottles. I'm thrilled with how they came out. These are the center piece to my Halloween decor.
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Halloween assemblages on: October 03, 2011 04:52:51 AM
I made these two assemblages from little tins and photos I printed. I wanted each little 3D scene to be it's own story. The Crone is my favorite but the haunted house is inviting, isn't it?

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Butterfly necklace on: September 18, 2011 05:54:05 AM
I started playing with jewelry bits, which then lead me to resin, that brought me to the inevitable butterfly. I coated the wings with resin and added the odd gear. Once set, I used tiny eyelets and mounted more gears. The other bits are just from junk jewelry.

I've made this other one in a different style.

I love making jewelry!

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / card stand on: December 16, 2010 04:01:17 AM
I made a little card stand template for greeting cards, atc's or pretty little gift tags (which is what I used them for!) I cut mine with a digital cutter but it's not too hard to do them by hand either.

Here's the file:

I cut mine out of patterned cardstock. For these small tags, I cut them to about 6" wide. Fold them in half at the center. They also fit nicely in an envelope.

I hope you find this useful.
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / pretty silly valentine on: February 11, 2010 11:06:02 AM
I made this for my hubby and framed it using a vintage frame. It's cut out on a cricut diecut machine and measures 8 x 10 - ish. I hope he likes it.

8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / inspiration folio on: January 26, 2010 11:09:18 AM
I made this portable inspiration folio to keep some of the things I love nearby and easy to access. I made it with three pieces of paper and some fabric tape.

It folds up to close completely. Could be tucked in a book case.

Inside flaps and memory board keep photos and ephemera on display.

Inside is a padded board for fabric samples and other dimensional objects. I keep some works on progress here, too. I can't wait to make more.

9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / bird treat box on: August 01, 2009 06:43:55 AM
This is my own little version of a Nanibird birdie shaped goodie box. Complete with a little door in the back for adding all matter of treats. I included a ribbon tie that sits neatly on the top of the head.

This is what you need to know:

-Thicker paper does work best.

-If cutting by hand, cut long strips first and then cut the notches.

-I used a craft knife to cut the wings. Push them out after cutting.

-Score all of the dashed lines before folding using a stylus.

-Punch holes for the ribbon using a medium sized punch.

-Assemble from the top of the head down, both sides at a time.

-I used adhesive tape runner for assembly. There is no way on earth I would use glue or anything resembling glue for this type of project. Are you insane?Huh

-Finish with additional paper for eyes and beak, although this project doesn't require it.

As you can see, given the right papers and details, it's perfectly good for a boy as well. I imagine you could even make them look scary if you want, but I went for goofy, as usual. I wouldn't want to make 100 of them, but I could see making 20, if required.

10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Spring altered frame on: March 07, 2009 06:05:48 AM
This was the first project I made with the rescued art from a torn up old children's book. I decorated the frame with little ducks from the facing page to this one. Added dew drops for the water and just had fun decorating it.

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