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21  Re: Pirate Swap- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by regansbox on: February 06, 2006 04:33:33 PM
Thanks for the compliments, Psyche! I printed out a water-y background on photo paper and folded it over to top off a standard 2 x 3 poly bag. Turned out better than I'd hoped. Wink

No sooner had I posted what I sent her, than fun4bambi's package washed up on my doorstep. So MUCH spectacular swag. Loving it.

Here's the rundown of the treasure hoard:

A skull-knitted bag, containing handmade gold and silver pieces
of eight with little "oooh" and smiles, a knitted eyepatch
(useful for two-eyed pirates wishing to get the jump on their adversaries),
and a "Plunder This" box with  shark teeth on the outside...

...and the inside, along with shells, an "Argh!" exclamation,
a knotted bracelet and an "AVAST" bracelet.

A close-up of the pattern on the loot bag. It's really a rich,
hot pink, although the contrast makes it look red in the picture.

A rockin' knitted parrot, complete with his own perch!

And my favorite, because I love kitsch, the key to Davey Jones's Locker!

You can see the monkey's fist knot filled with catnip in the
foreground, but Sug's more interested in investigating our newest resident.

Love it ALL, fun4bambi. You're such a dear... I mean... uh... ruthless, bloodthirsty pirate. Arrrrgh, matey.
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22  Re: Pirate Swap- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by regansbox on: February 06, 2006 06:34:02 AM
fun4bambi received her swag last week, but she's been busy roaming the high seas (for The Man -- I guess that makes her a privateer), so she was cool with me sharing images of the booty.

The Lot

Detail of the Necklace and Magnet Packaging

Detail of the Tote Bag Applique

The Images on the Anne-Taintoresque Magnets

In addition to the items shown, the tote bag was filled with Hobby Lobby yarns for her wild and wooly adventures, and it was topped off with a rum cake for good measure. Because I'm a firm believer that one can never have enough rum in different formats. Wink
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23  Re: [adult swim] SWAP (Sign Up 1/10/06 - 1/24/06 ; Mail By 3/7/05) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by regansbox on: January 11, 2006 10:41:18 AM
I'm in...

...as long as I don't 'splode from the the amount of swaps I'm in. (Why do all the good ones come up at once?) I'll sign up closer to the end once I've finished at least one. Wink

france and amber: Don't you LOVE the new Home Movies schedule? I was so bummed when they took it off, but now that I can see it three nights a week, I'm mollified. I spent like 2 hours online last night looking for a picture of the pile of kittens in the pet shop from Brendan Gets Rabies. Time management is not my forte re: Adult Swim.

Space Cataaazzzzzzz........
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24  Re: Pirate Swap (Signups Dec 28, 05- Jan 3, 06- or until 30 people sign up) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by regansbox on: December 31, 2005 07:09:31 PM
Okay, dang it. Since we're getting in a sharing mood, I'll share mine:

I'm the one in the red. The makeup's all gone after a long, hot day at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. And I kinda look bald, but I'm not. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

The purple pirate with me would love Miss Violaceous's all-purple getup. Me, I'm fond of her purple-handled cleaver. Wink
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25  TUTORIAL: Paper D20 Ornament in Winter Holidays by regansbox on: December 11, 2005 07:52:05 PM
    My gaming group just finished up the campaign we've been playing for the last three years and is about to start all over ("I have six hit points???"). Since it's that season, I decided to try my hand at some holiday ornaments for the guys with images from the modules we've played, quotes, and pictures of our characters. I like how they turned out, so I thought I'd post a tutorial for any other gaming geek Craftsters who might be in search of a quick holiday gift idea.

    Materials Needed:
    • 8 1/2 by 11 photo paper
    • picture editing software
    • scissors
    • hole punch
    • X-Acto-style knife
    • straight edge
    • double-sided tape
    • some smallish ornaments you don't want

    Time Required: Image Prep + 15 minutes

    I started mulling over this idea after seeing Carol Duvall's Glitzy Geodesic Ornaments over at DIYNet. The Carol's Photo Ornaments section toward the bottom has you making an isocahedron by cutting out 20 triangles, which seems like overkill. Then I remembered that when I was pondering making plush d20s, I'd found Bruno Van de Casteele's Paper Dice Models page. Bingo. I took his model into Photoshop, selected 20 images and went to town, pasting them into each triangle. I particularly like his model, because you know which side of each number is up. Carol's model ends up with all the photos up, which is nice to look at, but less reminiscent of a die, which was the point for me.

    Once you have your photos how you want them on the model, print it high resolution on photo paper. This gives the finished ornament a nice luster.

    Next, trim around the edges.

    Depending on your printer, you may need to let the paper set for a bit before taking this step. Don't start trimming before the ink is dry.

    Once you've got the edges trimmed up, use your straight edge and X-Acto to score down all the black lines.

    Make sure you don't cut all the way through. Depending on your photo paper, a little pressure should cut through enough to let the top layer of the paper snap without tearing through the back. You want to cut the black lines between the triangles, but don't forget that you also want the black lines separate a triangle from a flap. When you think you've got them all, run your fingers gently over the surface to make sure you haven't missed any.

    Now you get to pick the top of your ornament.

    For stability, I always picked one of the three areas where there are five triangles joined by a single flap (14/18/16/11/20, 7/5/4/8/2, or 4/8/9/1/10 -- see Bruno's model). You'll want to look at how your images lined up, though, and make sure you're not going to lose something important under the ornament trim when selecting an area. Punch a hole there.

    This is the fun part. Gum each of the flaps using double-sided tape and start sticking it together.

    You may catch a Zig 2 Way Glue pen in some of my photos. I started out using it but ended up going with the double-sided tape for sanity. The glue was making the ink run, so I went the easy way. Of course, if you want to keep this for the rest of your life, make sure you use something acid-free.

    Fold and stick.

    Fold and stick. Fold and stick.

    As you get close to the end, you're going to need to do a little wedging.

    I discovered (the hard way) that it works best if the last piece you fit in isn't one of the triangles with two flaps. They're sort of hanging out there in the wind, and it's hard to get two flaps to stick when you can't put pressure from the back side. One of the triangles which has only one flap (10, 7, or 14 -- see Bruno's model) give you the most control while making that final closure.

    Now, yank the top off of one of those ornaments you don't want any more.

    Pinch the wires between your thumb and forefinger and insert them into the opening you made with the holepunch. Be sure not to rest either of the wires on one of the spots where a triangle is taped to a flap or the pressure will make the ornament come apart.

    That's it!

    Have yourself a geeky little Christmas or the holiday of your choice. Wink
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    26  Re: Please post your best costume... in Halloween Costumes by regansbox on: September 09, 2005 04:41:17 PM
    Love Nibbler!!! I am a huge Halloween geek. Here's my fav, although I did it five years ago and I live in San Antonio, so most folks had no clue who I was. I was a bigger hit with the visitors than the natives. Wink

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    27  Re: Jordy Bag - Square Bottomed Lined Bag Tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by regansbox on: August 09, 2005 12:51:04 AM
    You know how sometimes you'll be putting something together and you think you're done, and then you turn around and there's a piece still laying on the floor, mocking you? Yeah. Me, too.

    There. That's better.
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    28  Re: Jordy Bag - Square Bottomed Lined Bag Tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by regansbox on: August 09, 2005 12:07:17 AM
    *clears throat*

         Ode to the Jordy Bag

         TheJordy once posted a tutorial,
         A "how to make this hip purse" pictorial.
         With over 150000 views
         It's a thread Craftsters use
         To inspire us to feel all sartorial.

     Roll Eyes Okay. Enough of that. Made a huge Jordy tonight for a friend who's fond of flamingos. Pictures are dark. I apologize. Sidekick has a pitiful flash.

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    29  Re: Menstrual Care Package Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by regansbox on: July 23, 2005 01:16:24 PM
    My turn! My turn! I just got the box from Garyn, crafting diva extraordinaire, in the mail. I seem to have managed to come down with the flu in the middle of summer in San Antonio, so this is the most energy I've had all day!

    The first and second pictures are inside and outside shots of my tampon roll (great minds think alike, apparently!), only Garyn threw in a pocket for wipes. Click on the second image to see the tres cool button gracing the outside of the roll and the flower pin. It's a red deco style girl. Love it. Love it. Love it.

    The third is the um... comfy pillow warming up in my microwave. Dunno what to call it. It's filled with little somethings that hold the heat when you warm it up. Smells good, very faintly of something relaxing... lavender maybe? It's on my shoulders right now with the flannel cows keeping me company. Wink

    The fourth are these GREAT chandelier earrings. Man. Now I'm ashamed that I was proud of mine. These are earrings any Craftster gal would love. Tiny white buttons (26 in all!) that hang from silver chandelier findings. Can't wait to wear them.

    The fifth one is this gorgeous vinyl pouch with a butterfly stitched on it. Garyn -- did you make the butterfly yourself? This bit is unbelievable. And the zipper is stitched in so well. I'm waaay jealous.

    Then I've got a dotty clutch that I can't wait to take out sometime. Think it's felted on the outside. Ironically, I'm wearing red and black today, so all my goodies match my outfit already. Makes me wanna go out and give everybody the flu.

    Next, the box full of goodies. Jasmine soap, vanilla mints, chocolate, moisturizer, and an It's All About Me notepad that is perfect for my kitty Sugar.

    And the bottom row is the pins: an imagine, a lovely and a dotty one, plus a white one with the deco girl again, which I'm already wearing. *beams*

    Thank you thank you thank you, Garyn! You did do a refrigerator-sized package! And DJ... thanks for organizing it!
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    30  Re: Arm/Wrist Band Purse !!TUTORIAL!! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by regansbox on: July 06, 2005 06:48:40 PM
    Sign of a great tutorial: Almost two years later people are still seeing it and proclaiming, "Hey. I should do that." Not surprising, considering it's the brainchild of the same person who thought up craftster.org, but I digress. Cool

    I checked out this thread because when I'm on-call, I have two devices with me at all times, a Blackberry and a phone. Why I don't use the Blackberry as the phone is a long story. Suffice to say: two devices. Being a chick, often no pockets. This causes chaos when foraging for food in the cafeteria and various and sundry other daily tasks at work. I saw this thread and the lightbulb went on. Last night I finished what I've dubbed my Geek Belt, which I wore proudly around my upper arm today:

    A shot from above, then one of the cellphone and Blackberry holders, respectively. Because of the weight of the Blackberry, I had to opt for a slide-on style with elastic inside instead of velcro. It was actually surprisingly comfortable and, yes, when both devices were turned to silent, I could even tell which one was vibrating and respond accordingly.

    Apparently, there was a bet going on as to what the thing was on my arm. The person who won went with, "Knowing Regan, there's no telling what it was." That fits Craftster so well, I think I may have to use it as my avatar caption. Wink
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