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1  I am so clever that sometimes...new blank book/journal in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by ladiestheytalkabout on: March 11, 2008 01:28:05 PM
A new, small hardcover bookbinding project, with another of my fave oscar wilde lines:
"I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying."

Really enjoyed working with the Cialux bookcloth.  The endpages are a nice map print of old London.  Also made some custom faux headbands with blue/brown polka-dotted ribbon (and a lot of glue).  Dimensions are 3 1/2" x 5 3/8", about 3/4" thick; 144 pages.

Thanks for looking!

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2  Liberty custom knitting needle roll in Knitting: Completed Projects by ladiestheytalkabout on: March 06, 2008 05:26:03 PM
After my tea cozy, first sewing experiment (here), I decided to be brave and make a fancy knitting roll for my partner as a gift.

I'm pleased with how it turned out but oh my god, the pain!  I didn't have a machine yet, so I didn't really have a choice, but I figured it couldn't be too hard to sew the whole thing by hand.  Ha!  Especially ha on the @nal-retentive stitches for the double layer of pockets.   Shocked  It was definitely one of those projects that you start and get more than halfway through and then feel like you'll never be able to complete.  Luckily, I did.

Anyway, it's a nice big size that still rolls down compactly, with various size pockets in two rows and a fold-over flap.  I just sort of made up the pattern.  I used a beatiful silky Liberty lawn fabric for the outer shell, black cotton for the inner lining, sturdy cotton duck for the pockets with ribbon embelleshing and a simple nylon string tie.  There's also a layer of the cotton duck in between the Liberty and black cotton as a more pliable kind of batting/interfacing.  It's nice in that it gives it some body without too much bulk.

Dimensions closed/tied are 15" tall by about 5" wide, thickness determined by how many needles are stuffed in there.  Open with the flap folded, it's 24" wide x 15" tall and the flap is 5" long, so completely open, it's 20" tall.  Pockets vary in width from 1" up to 6".

Thanks for looking!

p.s. The gift was a big hit  Wink

Closed and tied:

Unrolled with flap down:

Flap partially opened:

Closup of pockets:

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3  Heterosexuality isn't normal, just common greeting card in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by ladiestheytalkabout on: March 03, 2008 10:53:57 AM
Another new card, inspired by the cantankerous, acerbically funny Dorothy Parker.
Nice black card stock with a subtle sparkle in it.

Thanks for looking!

this time, only the speech bubbles stand off from the card surface:

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4  "this machine kills fascists" woody guthrie inspired greeting card in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by ladiestheytalkabout on: March 02, 2008 12:19:01 PM
A new but not run of the mill greeting card  Grin

Woody Guthrie toured all over with the words "this machine kills fascists" on his acoustic guitars and I love the idea of "killing" without killing, spreading peace with music and encouraging people to think for themselves!

I cut the guitar silhouette and word circles from arches printmaking paper.  The guitar is tinted with brown paint, sort of a faux-woodgrain-ish look, and the letters "t", "m", "k", and "f" are stamped with the rest of the words written in.  The peace symbol soundhole I drew and glued on.  All the cut pieces stand out from the card surface; I like the dimensional effect.

Thanks for looking!

and here's two shots of Woody with his various "killer guitars":

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5  scooters galore in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by ladiestheytalkabout on: February 29, 2008 04:52:28 PM
Well, I carved my first stamp yesterday - a tiny vintage-style scooter!  I love scooters  Cool

The image size is a bit under 1" square.  I used part of a staedtler master carve block....and a lot of slow, mostly exacto knife cutting.  The lino cutting blades I had weren't quite small enough to get into the really small detail areas.

I'll probably use it to make some cards but have started making some mini domino art with it for now.  I was originally thinking a bracelet, but I now I'm considering making each 2 domino-pair a pendant set....

Here's the stamp and some shots of the domino WIPs:

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6  Secret potion drink me pendant set in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by ladiestheytalkabout on: February 29, 2008 04:35:44 PM
Here's the result of experimenting with secret potions...erm, I mean liquid glycerin Grin

I used one of the larger (approx 1") paper tray pendants from paperstudio.  The image is a tonal negative version of the original "drink me" bottle illustration from "Alice in Wonderland".  I've had trouble with diamond glaze (too goopy) so this time I tried some liquid embossing fluid and it worked great.

I like how the tiny glass bottle looks remarkably like "the bottle" in the illustration.  It's about 1 1/2" tall total (including cork, which I painted silver).  The bottle is permanently bonded shut with epoxy.  I made a little sterling bail for it that keeps it secure but still allows the bottle to rotate freely.  I also really like that the liquid is actually liquid inside; I had toyed with using beads or just painting the glass.  The tiny bits of gold powder make for nice sparkle inside the blue tinted glycerin.

Thanks for looking!

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7  Double coptic bound book in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by ladiestheytalkabout on: February 23, 2008 10:23:29 AM
Well here's my second attempt at coptic stitch binding - a cool back to back (or dos-a-dos) style binding with three covers and two distinct sections.  Each section has 80 pages. 

It's a nice portable size (4 1/4" square) and I just love the cover paper.  It's a special Lokta paper, made in Nepal and hand-dyed in Batik stripe.  I've got some in this colorway and another sheet in greens - it's so delicious, it's almost hard to cut it up to use it!  I've angled the stripe pattern across the covers (in and out) to create a bit more movement and I think that works well.

Thanks for looking!

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8  Marble magnet + tin sets (lots and lots of pics) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by ladiestheytalkabout on: February 23, 2008 10:16:34 AM
I know there's been a lot of marble magnet madness on the boards, so I thought I'd try making some, too.  Mine use 3/4" diameter acrylic cabochons instead of glass, though....slightly lighter weight, consistently round and clear and fit perfectly onto some thick ceramic disc magnets I had laying about.

The sets are:  "VIIe arrondissement" (for the district in Paris where the Eiffel Tower stands), "starry delight", "travel fancies", and "destination: moon".

Each set has a little theme and is housed in a mini hinged tin.  I've put the words "open me" and small key on the top, color matched to the surprise theme plate inside.  I've also dressed up the magnet edges a bit by painting them in a complementary color (so they aren't just drab magnet brown):  gold for the paris set, purple for the stars, black for the travel fancies set and silver for the moon set.

Thanks for looking!

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9  art not war v.2 bubble link bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by ladiestheytalkabout on: February 23, 2008 10:05:43 AM
Another "art not war" bracelet, this time in a bubble link design.  Uses faux typewriter key letters and small images between the words:  tiny crop of portion of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel fresco, creation of man, and tiny bit of definitions of the word "loss" (shows the words "surrender, captured, injury, damage, loss").

I used tiny 1/2" diameter acrylic cabochons for the bubbles - they're nice because they're perfectly round and very clear, plus lighter than glass would be in a similar size.  The bracelet is silver-plated bulk chain that I cut to length and added a foldover clasp.

Thanks for looking!

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10  Rose window card (lots of pics) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by ladiestheytalkabout on: January 22, 2008 08:29:16 PM
Having tons of fun lately with my new heat gun and embossing inks (see funky cuff using embossing inks here:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=222081.0) and here's a card I just made using a gothic rose window design.

Card stock and envelope are black with tiny silver sparkles.   I stamped the image 4 times, embossed with silver and then hand colored and embellished with ink.  The embossed silver gives a nice luminous quality to the color and really stands out against the black; gives a hint of the illusion of light through glass.

Thanks for looking!

Mega super closeup, showing embossing and color detail:

Card and envelope (a little too bright so the metallic sheen isn't as noticeable here):

On an angle:

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