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11  Re: 2010 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by maria isabel on: February 11, 2010 06:06:01 AM
I made a quick painting last night, re-using a damaged canvas board by covering it with vintage printed paper.
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12  Re: 2010 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by maria isabel on: January 26, 2010 10:10:47 PM
OK I made the Altered Matchbox Challenge entirely out of my stash!

There are a lot of great entries so check them out! Just click https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=378.0
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13  Antique Book of Love "Mi amor, Tu amor" in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by maria isabel on: January 26, 2010 09:23:43 PM
When I first saw this challenge I was stuck, Valentines Day has never really meant much for me. In high school it was all about the chocolates. When I met my husband he was deployed on our first Valentine's Day, and our second, and our third. So you can see why Im so stuck this year. We are not a flowers and chocolates kind of couple. We are practical but enjoy whimsy in our lives. Like our microwave oven, wanting to make the kitchen a bit more "me", hubby painted it red. Practical and whimsical. Sooo.. the point is I want to give this challenge entry to my hubby, but it must be like us. So instead of making a big Love Book, I made a mini Love Book. Thou small it contains the essential elements of our relationshio, and of course , a secret!
Now on with the picture obesity!
All wraped and ready for hubby!

The spine "El Amor" = "Love"

The elements of our relationship: time, pearls, seizing the moment, love letters during separations (post stamp) and glitter Cheesy

But whats that on the side?

Could it be? It looks like a drawer! Lets open it!

Unwrap the secret and you will find our song!

The open box, secret and all Cheesy

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14  Re: 2010 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by maria isabel on: January 20, 2010 07:10:54 AM
Finally finished another project! I had some canvas board that was already painted but I was hoping to paint over. Heres what I ended u with, I posted it on the Paper Craft board

I hope to send it today, along with some other things for my friend Murbeck Cheesy
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15  Mr.Pumperkinkle: A Portrait of a distinguished garden gnome in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by maria isabel on: January 19, 2010 10:24:39 PM
Hello! This was originally a painting that did not please me at all (done many moons ago) that I covered with text pages and painted over it. It has different layers, like the background was a single layer , the face was the second layer, the beards was the thirds , etc.
Here he is:

The story:
Mr. Pumperkinkle is a very odd man; even by garden gnome standards. It was on a rainy day that he first contacted me. There he was, soaking wet on my yard. He plainly stated that I must make a portrait of him. No reasons, no explanations, only his request. At first I was hesitant, how could I capture 276 years of life with my basic skills? The chances that he would not be pleased and curse my garden were very great. So I reasoned with him, tried my best to convince him that he should pick a more skilled person to receive such an honor. But he would not budge. After a few days of constant stalking me yard, I gave in. Maybe it was the challenge what got to me. Or the flattery that he should choose me for his first public appearance.
Soon we started with our sessions. It was hard, for Mr.Pumperkinkle was very strict with the conditions of our meetings. It had to be after dark, no one else could be present, and the painting had to be kept hidden until it was finished. Edith Piaf must be plying softly on the background. I could not paint him on canvas, but rather over pages of one of his favorite books The Count of Monte Cristo printed in German. No incense was allowed. I could only drink tea during our sessions.
So night after night, while the baby slept I met with Mr. Pumperkinkle. And finally it is done. He took one good look at it and simply stated that it was good. He then disappeared, and has not been spotted since. But my flowers bloom more beautifully than ever before.

   for Marie with <3!
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16  Re: 2010 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by maria isabel on: January 15, 2010 04:59:46 PM
Ok here is my first destash project, a batch of kanzashi flower headbands:

I made the flowers from fabric scraps leftover from another project, and the felt and headbands too. I posted a how-to here too Cheesy
Not too bad for a warm-up in my opinion.
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17  Easy Kanzashi Flower How-To!(many pics) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by maria isabel on: January 14, 2010 07:13:30 PM
I am a hoarder, I save every scrap of fabric thats left over from other projects. Ive been wanting to make Kanzashi flowers for a while, so I started with my scrap pile. They are so easy to make! This might not be the real "traditional" method of making these flowers, but rather an easy way I came up with after many experiments ( I like feeling like a crafty scientist!).

Ok so here goes...

                 Kanzashi Flower How-To!

Step 1: Gather supplies:
*Glue, I used Quick  Dry and my hot glue gun
*Fabric squares, from 6 to 8 per flower (the ones I used on this flower are 2" x2" but any size works as long as they are all the same size)
*Clothes Pin
*Felt or stiff fabric for the back

Step 2:
 With thre right side down, place a glue dot on the tip of one of the ends. Stick together oposite ends so that you are left with a triangle. Now that you have the right side of the fabric on top, place a dot of glue on the corner that had glue before.

Step 3:
Now fold the left corner until the tip is glued to the bottom tip. Place a dot of glue over this union.

Step 4:
 Fold the Right corner so the tip get glued to the bottom tip.

Step 5:
Secure with a clothes pin until the glue dries.

Step 6:
Turn it around and place a tip of glue on the right and left corners.

Step 7:
Fold the tips to the center and press.

Step 8:
Now fold the fabric by the middle as shown.

Step 9:
Secure it with the Clothes Pin until it dries.

Step 10:
Cut the tip off the petal, make sure its straight!

Step 11:
Dab some glue on the freshly cut side and press it together with the clothes pin.

Step 12:
Repeat steps 1- 11 untill you have enough petals to make a flower. When you do, cut out a circle of the backing material of your choice. I used green craft felt.

Step 13:
Shape the petals with your fingers until they look good. Please make sure the glue is dry by then or they will unfold. Turn each petal around and place a dot of glue on the bottom. In this step I used hot glue to save time.

Step 14:
Add a button on the center or any embelishments you like. These flowers can be worn on anything. I glue this one to a head band. I made soem felt leaves to add more color:D

Now time to rock my new hair piece!

Comments and Criticism appreciated!
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18  A tiny Dorothy Gale in Halloween Costumes by maria isabel on: November 01, 2009 08:32:14 PM
This year in celebration of the Wizard of Oz's 70th Anniversary I dressed my  month old daughter as Dorothy Gale. I did not like any of the patterns I saw at Wal-Mart, and frankly could not afford one, so i made up a pattern from one of her dresses. The fabric is baby blue gingham I found at the discount bin for $1.54 the yard. I bought 2 yards but only used 1. Now on to the pictures!

The front of the dress ( please don't mind the baby making faces ):

I made the back of the dress corset style since I forgot to buy a zipper  Embarrassed

This is the best shot I got of the dress, she kept running away from the camera!

And the ruby slippers!:

Hope you enjoyed!
Comments & criticism are appreciated
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19  Curiouser & curiouser! Challenge entry! in Needlework: Completed Projects by maria isabel on: March 31, 2009 04:37:10 AM
Hi y'all !
This is my first embroidery project, so be gentle with me !

I decided to do some major altering on the piece. The fist thing that came to my mind when I saw it said "china" at the bottom was a mad tea party! So I changed the pinup's dress for a blue dress, changed the shoes, the hair and added socks. I kept the china intact (well almost), even thou my idea was to make a missmatched set like in Wonderland. I added the flamingo in honor of the croquet match and the watch of Mr. Rabbit. The bottom says: Curiouser and curiouser!. Its my favorite line from the movie, its said by Alice while goes down the rabbit hole.
I used different stitches, mostly back stitch, the satin stitch and the seed stitch. My favorite stitch is the french knot! They are so cute!
I also tinted it with crayons, the inside and outside of the piece. I tried to tint it first with oil pastels and it was an ugly mess. Chalk pastels washed away in the machine and left a "stained" look. What a disaster! So my 3rd and final try was this one. 

Here is the pattern if anyone else wants to use it, feel free to do it!
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20  Re: Little Chunky Houses 2 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by maria isabel on: March 12, 2009 02:09:45 PM
I have not been able to get my scanner to produce even semi-decent pics but avastiel gave me a pictue of the chunky house she sent me!

EDIT: I dont get why the picture wont work??
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