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1  Paint Chip Notebooks w/Tute! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by tragiqcandy on: November 18, 2008 04:09:17 PM

I've been seeing these all over the Internet, and as an avid paint chip collector (I currently have about 276  Grin) I thought they were perfect. But I found the conventional way made the actual notebook harder to use, so I changed a few things around.

- Ruler
- Pencil
- Stapler
- Single-hole punch
- 4 sheets 8.5 x 11 paper
- Paint chips (the rectangular kind, mine have six colours each)
- Paper cutter or scissors
- Thin ribbon

Draw six 3 x 3.5 rectangles on each sheet of paper. It should look like this:

Cut them out; you won't use the excess pieces.

Fold your paint chip into three parts. I fold in about the middle of the second colour from the left and the second colour to the right, so that the darkest colour is slightly overlapped by the lightest colour.

Punch two adjacent holes in each layer of the overlap. It's easier if you punch on the light layer, then trace the insides of the circles onto the dark layer underneath before punching that layer. That way the holes will line up.

Align the papers so that they're in the middle of the middle panel on the inside. They should line up against the top - that is, if you turn it around, the top is the side closest to the text on the colours. Staple them down from the outside so you get a clean flat staple on top.

Thread the ribbon through the holes and tie a bow.

All done! Hurray! And it's probably only taken you half an hour. So long lazy Sunday afternoons - these make great gifts for the note-passers, poets, writers, sketchers and doodlers on your list!  Cheesy

Have fun!

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2  Chain Reaction in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by tragiqcandy on: September 28, 2008 06:08:17 PM
I made a belt!

It's based off World Preschool Mom's paper chain tutorial at http://worldpreschoolmom.blogspot.com/2008/07/stapleless-paper-chains.html. It's supposed to be a learning toy, but I liked the bold, simple colours and thought it'd look nice paired with a black tee.

So I present...

On its own:

It IS made of construction paper, so durability could be an issue, but it's just an experiment and I'd love to try it in different colours, laminate it if possible...


The durability question has been answered. I wore it to school today, and it got a lot of love (yay!). At the end of the day, it was still intact, with only minor tearing at the front. Definitely good for at least another two wears.

Thanks for reading!
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3  Whatcha doing? Oh, muffin' much! in Dessert by tragiqcandy on: September 14, 2008 02:48:39 PM
Honey Vanilla Muffins with Green Tea Icing!

They taste great, light enough that I can have three in a sitting  Cheesy I modified a recipe I found on the Internet. Prep and baking take under an hour and a half, which is really convenient. I've made them for four different groups of people and they all loved them  Grin

*One Dozen*

- 2 cups allpurpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract

In a large bowl, sift flour, sugar, baking bowder and salt. Pour lightly whisked egg, milk, melted butter, and honey into a blender and set on low for about ten seconds. Pour into a bowl and add vanilla. Gradually stir into dry ingredients until you have a creamy paste.
Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from pan to a wire rack and let cool for about 10 minutes. If desired, add icing.

Green Tea Icing

Sift 1/2 cup icing sugar and 1 tsp matcha (green tea powder) into a bowl. Add about 1.5 tbsp water and mix until you have a thick paste. Scrape into plastic bag and make a small diagonal incision in a bottom corner. If desired, refridgerate for a few minutes to make it less runny and faster-hardening.

Enjoy! Let me know how it goes if you make them!
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4  For Those who Dare Take Scissors to their Denim in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by tragiqcandy on: September 01, 2008 01:55:23 PM
Before I write anything else, I want to make it very clear that I didn't make this myself... it was in a pile of hand-me-downs from my cousin, with a Japan-based label I haven't heard of, and I simply thought it'd be good inspiration for other Craftsters. If this isn't appropriate to have up, then I'll gladly let the admins take it off.

So apparently, the creator of this garment took a hoodie and a pair of zipperless jeans, and cut them about 3.5 in./9 cm down from where they start, and then flipped that upside down and sewed it to the hoodie. Here are photos:



Close-up of front:

I don't know if this would happen with all jeans, but the circumference didn't match that of the hoodie, so the maker added velcro to the denim that stuck out.
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5  Shine Your Light On Me in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by tragiqcandy on: August 05, 2008 12:49:42 PM
A very close friend of my mother's got married a year and a half ago. I never got to give her a present on my own behalf, so when I worked this summer as a counselor at a children's church camp she introduced me to years ago, I made her a craft that I hoped would be meaningful to her.

When I was six years old, she and my mother took me on a trip to Maine. Since then, lighthouses have been very symbolic in our lives. I painted her a candleholder from a plant pot using acrylics. I can't, to my frustration, locate the reference image, so I'm not sure what lighthouse this is.

I also made the couple a card: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=261473.0
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6  Roses are Red (Unless You're an Artist) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by tragiqcandy on: August 05, 2008 12:33:23 PM
I was reading an illustrated version of Oscar Wilde's "The Hummingbird & the Rose" several weeks ago, when I came across a beautiful picture of a rose. I knew I wanted to use it for something, but the illustration was small and the colours a little off. So I drew it out, making the image bigger, and began making cards using watercolour. Here's how they've turned out.

This is my most recent one; a card for a couple who have long been family friends. I used brown to outline this one instead of the usual harsher black, and I love the autumnsy effect.

This is the original card, where I drew right on the paper. After this, I traced the rose onto tracing paper and have been stenciling the image instead, so it takes less time - the first one clocked in at two and a half hours, and now it takes less than an hour since I only need to colour.

The original alongside others where I've experimented with palettes. I also made a blue one which I gave away... but the red is still the best by far.

Thanks for reading! Have a lovely day.
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7  Underbust Corset Tee in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by tragiqcandy on: May 09, 2008 02:24:04 PM

Underbust corset meets buccaneer meets school spirit (our colours are navy and gold)! Handsewn over a day and a half, reconned from an Adult XL tee. Got lots of compliments at school Cheesy. Not much to write, so on to the pictures!

A better view:


And compared to the original:

Have a nice day!  Cheesy
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8  Fallingwater Towel Top (Image Lifetime Weight Watchers Member) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by tragiqcandy on: May 03, 2008 12:21:08 PM
What happens when Frank Lloyd Wright, Generation T, and the 'Bath' part of Bed Bath & Beyond get together?

They kidnap an Adult Medium Jerzees tee in Periblue and come up with this:

Up against the original t-shirt (size reference):

Strap stitching (the whole thing is handsewn):

And of course, an action shot:

I don't know if you've seen the book, but basically this is how the body of the shirt works. In this diagram the rectangle of material has been folded in two from the left. The orange stitching starts where 1/2 my above-bust measurement ends (half because the rectangle's folded in half):

So here's the backstitch from one side:

And from the other:

Backstitch closeups:

Proof that inspiration comes from anything, anyone and anywhere! The top was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Fallingwater, the drape of a towel, and the technique used in the 'Material Girl' skirt project in Megan Nicolay's Generation T. I wore it to school and got several, um, towel-ripping innuendos from my friends. But people were very impressed, so it went well.

It took a total of $2.75 (shirt + embroidery floss) to churn out this baby. Oh, and exactly six hours, down to the minute.

Random funny story: This was my first time sewing clothing at all (other than a pair of pants in fourth grade - but I've long come to terms with the admission that my teacher did most of the work), and I didn't have all the sewing tools I needed. Needle, thread, embroidery floss, Jack the (Seam) Ripper, measuring tape... but no tailor's chalk. Not even blackboard or sidewalk chalk. So... see that purple line down the front of the shirt? Yeah... I used eyeliner. Eyeliner which I had never used, since it had been thrown at me once at a concert (I was an audience member!) and I was suspicious of its origins. Fortunately it did wash out, but I'm not trusting eyeliner as tailor's chalk again.

Thanks for trudging through all that text and imagery! A picture's worth a thousand words but I used a thousand words to balance out 10 pics anyway  Grin. Have a lovely day!
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9  Square Dancing! Tiny boxes w/tutorial! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by tragiqcandy on: April 28, 2008 05:55:13 PM
Boxes! Who doesn't love them? Especially the kind that can fit in your pocket! These are 5 cm x 5 cm x 2.5 cm and can hold candy, lip balm, paperclips, hairclips, engagement rings (haha) and whatever else you feel like boxin' up.

12x12 scrapbook paper (makes 4 boxes, or 8x12 for 2 boxes)
X-acto knife
Scotch tape

I used this template, traced from a tiny bakery cake box:

Trace out all your templates on the sheet first, or edges will go off the page!

Cut the template out. Gently use the knife to go over all the lines - deep enough so you can feel it, but not enough so you can see the relief on the other side of the page. Using mountain folds, fold all the lines. The diagonal lines are valley folds. Tape the inverted triangles inside the box to the 'walls'. Place your items inside the box. Fold two parallel semicircles over the other two and tape the box shut.

In bulk!

Another great idea with these is to use them as invitations to a party. Write the recipient's name on the top square and the event details on the inside, with some sort of signature token contained in the box.
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10  Mookbarks A-Plenty in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by tragiqcandy on: April 05, 2008 08:35:04 AM
Sometimes I just feel like I need a spoonerism to get through the morning.

Last year I was in somewhat of a bookmark-making craze. They weren't really for myself, as I prefer the old dog-ear/spine-breaking tent methods, but they were very fun to make. We didn't do much work in class near the end of the year so I just toted my case from class to class and worked on them.

They're made of cardstock, hand-painted with highly watered-down acrylic. The text is hand-drawn in fineliner, and the font is Old English Text MT, on most Miscrosoft Word programs. Some are decorated with rhinestones, and the letters of Pingle have had pins pushed through to create holes that let through the sun prettily.

Wheel of fortuuuune

Groovier Than Though, Christmas in July, Fancypants

Make Your Mark, She of the Knee-High Socks, Pingle (nickname)

Just for fun, the back of She of the Knee-High Socks

My favourite group: Playing with Fire, Creature from the Deep, Fridge Magnet Poetry

And lastly, my handy-dandy carrying case, containing blank bookmarks, a pencil, fineliner, packets of rhinestones and glue, plus a referential Old English Text MT alphabet.

Thanks for reading!
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