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11  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Big Batch of Cards on: May 25, 2008 05:32:07 PM
I spent a good deal of time this weekend and last weekend making cards.  I made a pile for swaps on a mailing list I'm on, and some for Fathers Day coming up.

Wedding card for swap:

"Thinking of You" card basically to see if I could use an iron-on patch on a card (answer: yes)

Fruit themed card for a swap, making use of an old stained napkin found at a thrift store, and good practice sewing fabric to paper:

I think this is my favorite card I made in these 2 batches:

I also love this one a lot, I LOVE these chipboard trees.  My partner has already claimed this for her dad's father's day card:

Another Father's Day card:

And yet another Father's Day card:

And one more Father's Day card:

One more card for a swap (inside says "Birthday Fishes")

12  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Mothers Day Card Extravaganza on: May 14, 2008 05:56:03 AM
Whew!  I went on a card binge last week!  3 straight evenings of multiple cards--unfortunately my camera has been giving me fits so I only have pics of one set.  Cards for all the womenfolk in my family plus some to sell to co-workers--they sold out within an hour, I was very flattered (the 3rd night of cardmaking was 5 additional custom orders from the co-workers).  Anyway, here are the ones I made the 2nd night that the co-workers bought.  I was really happy with these.

13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / T-shirt applique and reverse applique instructions? on: April 19, 2008 08:07:31 AM
I have a fairly new plain t-shirt that got a huge grease stain right in the front (bad pizza!  bad!).  It's only a pajama top but I can't stand seeing that grease stain all the time.  I want to do an applique over it but I haven't tackled it before.  I'm actually thinking about a simple reverse applique to learn the technique, maybe a star or heart or something, since the shirt is already wrecked and I can't do much more damage!

I've been scouring the net for t-shirt applique and reverse applique tutorials and haven't been able to find anything.  Does anyone have a link to a good guide (here or elsewhere) or a good book or article that lays it out?  Now that I've thought it about it for this one thing, I'm itching to try some others as well!

Also, I have seen references to freezer paper applique but no instructions, what is that?

Thanks for any help/tips/links!
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Jazzed Up Dollar Store Placemats on: April 13, 2008 06:30:16 PM
I was inspired by the dollar store challenge last week to make my own trip to the local Dollar Tree and poke around.  Found some straw placemats in festive summery colors and brought them home with visions of embroidering something to go with the colors like beachballs or something on them.  I have some "craft thread" which looks a lot like embroidery floss except it's one big strand and doesn't break down any further and thought that would do the trick.

Then I had another brainstorm involving some beach-related stencils and equally festively colored paint, then decided to combine the two into stenciled AND embroidered straw placemats.  It was all quite quick and took me about 3 hours including paint drying time.   They will look great when we have dinner on the deck this summer.    I'm very pleased with how these turned out. 

15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered Onesies for New Niece on: April 13, 2008 05:51:54 PM
Baby Erin joined the family last week, which motivated me to finally get stitching on the onesies I'd already bought, washed and put away for when I found out whether it was Baby Erin or Baby Will.

I have a Japanese baby crafting book and traced the patterns from there onto dissolvable Sulky, taped the pattern to the front (with scotch tape), taped another layer of Sulky to the back to stabilize and stitched away.  Cut off the excess Sulky, gave the remainder a 30-second dunk, dried it out and viola!

I'm sooo happy with how these turned out, I almost hate to send them away!  But they go off tomorrow....hopefully I'll get some action shots via email sometime next week (quick, before the kid outgrows 'em).

I still haven't moved much beyond backstitch, although the dog's spots are my first weakish attempt at satin.  Practice practice!
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My first completed embroidered dishtowel on: April 13, 2008 05:28:09 PM
Before now I mainly stitched on paper (for cards) and little one off experiments here and there.  But lately...I've been on a stitch-a-palooza!

I've discovered that I like embroidery and find it very soothing!  I got an Aunt Martha's pattern on a whim and as cheap a dishtowel as I could find, ironed on a bunch of grapes and got stitching.  I love the way it turned out.  Now I have to get a nicer grade of dishtowel...

17  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Recycled Pet Toys on: April 13, 2008 05:13:42 PM
We've had a run of foster dogs that were H-E-double toothpicks on the dog toy collection--big chewers...plus one of our perma-dogs has a hobby of destroying toys and ripping out all the fluff.

So I've been collecting the fluff in a big bag and today I grabbed a stray sock (lost its buddy), and a fabric scrap and made some new toys with the recycled fluff.  Very quick, I think the whole thing took about 35 minutes for both toys and so far they seem to like them.

I'll try to get an action shot or two later.

18  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Robot Stamp! on: January 13, 2008 11:38:05 AM
I had an idea for a simple Valentine involving a robot but I have no robot stamps.  But I do have the Tombots dingbat font.  Found the right image, blew it up to 200 point size, printed it, transfered it to an eraser and started cutting.  An hour later I had my stamp and my card idea worked out just like it was in my head!

I'm very pleased because I hadn't done any carving in forever (like, years) but it came right back to me.  I'm gonna get hooked all over again, I can see it coming...

Here are some pics...

The stamp

The card

Group photo!

Thanks for looking!
19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / First Embroidery Attempt! on: December 26, 2007 03:23:39 AM
I had a scrap of wrapping paper the other night and I really love the doodled look of the designs on it.  I felt inspired and experimental and I wanted to try embroidery so I found a scrap of canvas-y material and drew a similar snowman to the one on the wrapping paper.  Then I outlined it in backstitch.  It was a quick little thing.

Now I'm not sure what to do with it!  I think it's the right size for an ATC but I've never made one with fabric before--not sure how to attach this or what else to do with it!  Any thoughts?
20  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / More Ginger Zombies! on: December 23, 2007 02:43:17 PM
So I love, love love Ghilie's zombie gingerbread man and I needed a simple project to try out my brand new xmas gift sewing machine, and I have a couple of friends who are horror/zombie fans, so I had to take a whack:

I messed up one of the little fellas' hands by sewing too close so I added some felt scraps and called it a stump with tendons!

I'm all excited about my first sewing in years & years, and my first project to post on here.  Hopefully soon I'll make a try at something original rather than just following someone else's pattern.  But in the mean time, big thanks to Ghilie for sharing her idea and giving great instructions!

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