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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Henna on: April 16, 2012 06:35:29 PM
Here is recent henna I have done for a photo shoot here in Ann Arbor ! I hope you enjoy it <3

2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Henna Designs on: January 03, 2012 03:01:37 PM
Hello All!

I've been doing a lot of creative henna projects lately. So exciting to meet new people and get to do henna. I use Henna Lounge henna powder for my mix.

And here are the pics!

Photography is by Linda Michele-Dobel Photography

3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Marvel Family on: October 29, 2011 09:40:49 AM
My husband wanted to have another family-themed costume this year, so since Judah, our 21 month old is obsessed with "Miderman" (Spider-man)             

I was Black Cat- purchased costume.
Judah was Red & Blue Spider-man - also purchased

But Nathan was Black Spider-man & we screen printed his costume using my Yudu.

We purchased a black Morphsuit & did the rest with the screen printer. It was really difficult to size up the spider & line up the sides for them to match perfectly... BUT! we succeeded !

Here's the results!

4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / recent Bridal henna designs on: October 07, 2011 10:26:54 AM
Hello all!

Here's some recent henna work I did. Some bridal mehndi designs. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did doing it.

EDIT: Here is the link to youtube of one of the hands being done : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGz-LEih0dU


5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Bleach Pen decorating on Henna Dress on: September 27, 2011 07:50:30 PM
Hello All!

I got this simple navy blue cotton dress for $0.80 from the thrift store! It was a great buy, but a little plain for my taste. I saw some tutorials for bleach pen decorating, so I went out and got a few Clorox Bleach Pens at the supermarket.

The bleach comes out as a paste and since I'm a henna artist, it easily translated into a medium I am already comfortable working with.. :-)

I did one side at a time. I put a piece of cardboard between the two layers of the dress as I carefully squeezed the bleach onto the dress. I just free-handed the design. no planning involved here.

I let the bleach sit on the fabric for 5 minutes then immediately washed it with cold water in the tub. Then I ran it in my washer on a quick spin so it came out slightly damp, but not dripping wet.. and repeated the process until it was all done!

I just feel like the design I did made it into a permanent piece of henna art!

and here are the pics! c&c welcome!!

That's the front

and the back

detail of one flower to show that you can get shading especially if you leave the paste on for different amounts of time.

and it on.

<3 Kelly Caroline

6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Henna designs and instructions on: July 23, 2010 11:42:17 PM
Hello Crafty ladies & gents. Here are some recent henna designs I have done.

I have also included the how to care for henna instructions that are a collaboration of many sources that I have found most useful.

Henna looks different on everyone. Body  , temperature and location ont he body have a lot to do with how dark the stain will be. Drier skin on the hands and feet stains much darker than the softer skin on the upper arm or back. Henna stains are darkest during the first 5-7 days, then gradually fade. The following are some steps you can follow to ensure a nice stain and get the most from your Henna.

1. Leave Paste on for as Long as possible
It is recommended to leave the paste on at least 5-6 hours or more. Leave the paste on overnight for best results. The longer the paste stays on the skin, the darker the stain will be.

2. Heat and Moisture Help
The warmer the body temperature, the faster the henna will stain.

3. Wrap it up
You can wrap the are with an elastic bandage, paper medical tape or toilet paper. Wrapping isn't required, but it helps conserve heat and moisture, which help to make the stain darker. It also protects sheets if paste is left on overnight.

4. Remove the paste
Don't use water. You can use lemon juice or olive oil to remove the paste. You can also gently scrape the paste off or let it fall off naturally. Try not to get the area wet for at least 6-12 hours after paste removal although waiting a full 24 hours is best. The longer you prevent the area from getting wet with water, the better. The design will be bright orange at first then gradually darken to brown. Henna stains take 48 hours to develop.

5. Moisturize
Apply some kind of natural oil or butter after the paste is removed to protect henna design and prevent exfoliation. A lot of store bought moisturizers contain chemicals that can prematurely lighten the stain, so its best to use something natural.

6. Avoid Friction

Exfoliation of the skin is what causes henna to fade. Excess washing and friction from clothing will make the stain fade faster. The less you touch the area, the better. Wear gloves when washing dishes is the design is on your hand.

Please remember, henna body are is not an exact science. Everyone stains differently due to countless variables. If you follow the above guidelines, your henna stain should last 5-10 days depending on body location and aftercare.

*Kelly*  Grin Grin

7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Henna Octopus on: June 26, 2010 09:16:17 PM
Hello All  Grin

I've been doing a lot more Henna lately at festivals. Here is one that I did on my leg tonight. Its from an octopus design I saw online. I don't have the link for it anymore, or I would post it.

anyways, here it is.

Here is the photo of the stain it made after the paste was removed. There reason why its not as dark as my henna usually comes out is because of the place on my body where I did the design.

This photo is three days later after the henna was first applied. You can see it has gotten even darker. Henna designs get to their darkest stain 48 hours after the paste is removed.

Just a tip : to keep your henna design longer, apply a waxy balm to protect the area daily and before you get it wet. I prefer Mama Bee Belly Balm ( that I had left over from my baby being born ) 
 C & C welcome <3


8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Printable Cupcake Wrappers Template & tutorial on: June 05, 2010 06:16:15 PM
I was thinking about cake decorating & cupcake decorating recently. I have a huge respect for cake decorators (professional or hobbyists). I want to decorate cakes for a hobby one day when I have more time. Until then, a quick and easy way to decorate cupcakes (essentially tiny cakes) is to use cupcake wrappers.

There are a few cupcake templates online. With these templates, you can use the template to cut out cupcake wrappers from decorative card stock or scrapbook paper or print them directly onto white card stock and use my designs.

The size is for the standard cupcake size.

Supplies :

*Cupcakes in their paper cups they were baked in
*Card stock and/or scrapbook paper
*tape or hot glue

Step 1: Print the wrappers onto card stock

Step 2: Cut out the wrappers along the outside lines.

Step 3: Attach the two ends, slightly overlapped, with tape or hot glue.
 ( I prefer tape just because glue around food makes me nervous)

easy peasy!








9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Paper Flower Bookmark Tutorial on: June 03, 2010 09:42:04 PM
I've gotten a few questions on how I made the flower top for the Inspiration Jar https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=346882.msg4038482#msg4038482.

I put together this quick tutorial for the flower and made a bookmark out of it. I also created a pattern for the petals & flower so you can download and print it! You can expand on this, making it as large as you want or as small as you need.

Template for Flower:

Step 1: Gather Supplies

*card stock for the petals & leaves
*E6000 glue
*popsicle stick
*the petal pattern

Step 2: Cut out all the pieces from the pattern

Step 3: Start assembling. Curl and bend the pieces to make them look more realistic (or not, and make a 2D flower). Glue the tail pieces to the stick.

Step 4: Make the 4 large petals look similar to this, then as you place the middle petals, off set them to make it add the the realism.

Step 5: Curl the center piece and glue it together with a dap of glue. Then add it to the center with glue.

Step 6: Add the leaves. Crinkle them and put the glue on the tail piece and slide it under the flower onto the popsicle stick.

Step 7: Enjoy your new bookmark!


10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Cassette Photoshopping on: May 22, 2010 09:43:54 PM
It only costs $0.28 to send a postcard! I didn't know that. In celebration of finding out that information, I decided to design a few. These are PDFs that you can print out on cardstock (that fits the specification of the postcard definition, and an index card thickness is  thick enough)

Tonight I did an artsy photoshop rendering of a cassette tape on a postcard-sized canvas.
You can use it for a postcard. Just fill out the TO & FROM on the peachy-colored parts!

Specs for a postcard:
   ▪   Rectangular
   ▪   At least 3-1/2 inches high x 5 inches long x 0.007 inch thick
   ▪   No more than 4-1/4 inches high x 6 inches long x 0.016 inches thick
   ▪   What is high? What is long? Length is the side parallel to the address. Height is the side that is perpendicular to the length.


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