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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Painted Earring Jewelry Box on: February 19, 2010 07:06:25 AM
Thanks! Anytime I can integrate art with something functional, I am all about it. Smiley
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Painted Earring Jewelry Box on: February 18, 2010 07:51:11 PM
This is a jewelry box I painted with black and white acrylic paints. The box is an inexpensive jewelry box I purchased at Michael's that had been painted white a long time ago. I could never figure out what to paint on it. Since I keep only earrings in the box and I love bold patterns, I decided that an super-enlarged contrasted image of an earring would be a good fit.  Wink

I created a stencil from an enlarged version of this iolite stud earring image: http://wildgems.com/products/Iolite-Stud-Earrings.html.

This is how I made the stencil:
1. I enlarged the image on my computer then printed it out
2. I placed tracing paper over the image and traced the outlines with a sharpie
3. I colored onto the back of the drawing with grey pastel
4. I taped the stencil to the jewelry box, then traced over the outlines with a pencil to transfer the grey pastel onto the jewelry box as a guide.

Closed Box:

Open Box w/Earrings:

Gratuitous Pic with Not Amused Cat (he had a bath today Tongue)

I had a great time creating this. Hope you likes! Smiley
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers Zine Box Set! on: December 09, 2009 06:38:31 PM
Wow! That is SO COOL!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Diaper Cake for Lola on: December 09, 2009 01:18:05 PM
Wow - that is a classy diaper cake. Well done!
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Roller Disco WHAT (with bonus roller "skates" tute!) on: November 08, 2009 02:45:36 PM
That's the rest of the story; I totally would have fallen a few times wearing regular roller skates. Awww... At least you had your heart in it - you were a brave soul! Smiley 
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Roller Disco WHAT (with bonus roller "skates" tute!) on: November 05, 2009 09:31:08 PM
My friend and I were roller disco ladies together for Halloween this year. However, since our apartment has a wood floor, I knew we would not be able to wear actual roller skates when we hosted our party this year. Hence, I had to do a little problem solving in the way of making some realistic-looking fake roller skates!

Here is a photo of our finished costumes in their entirety. We each made our own leg/wrist warmers too. I also made little sequined pink stars for the back of my shorts. We spent much of the time gliding across the floor in slo-mo Wink


Here is the pattern I drew out for my skates. You can see there are two pieces on either side of one thin piece down the center.

First I cut out muslin for the pattern. I measured the height from the ground to just above the ankle, the distance from the middle of the heel to the middle toe for circumference, and the distance around the ankle/lower calf. I left a 1/2" seam allowance all around.

I sewed the pieces together. The middle piece is the back of a skate.

After cutting out the approximate shape of the pattern from the muslin, I pinned everything in place. I added a circle piece to cover the toe, which does not show up well in this photo.

Here the circle toe cover piece shows up better.

Here is the pattern all traced onto the back of a piece of vinyl for two skates. The pieces include the the main body of each skate, a circle toe cover piece, and a tongue. You can see here that I added two cuts toward the front edge of each skate to try to obtain a curved appearance once sewn.

I sewed the top and bottom edges of each skate with a 1/2" seam allowance. This photo shows the top edge only.

I sewed the front together by turning it inside out and sewing. Once right-side out again, I folded the sides in and hot glued them. Then I hot glued the tab you see sticking up to the top of the folded in sides. I clamped it all with a binder clip. I learned later that hot glue would not hold, and ended up sewing it anyways.

Here you can see the next step on another skate (I made a pair of white skates for me and a pair of tan ones for my friend). Here the toe cover is sewn to the skate to cover the messy folded over front of the skate.

I cut out holes for laces using an Exacto knife. The binder clip is where I cut too far and used hot glue to glue the vinyl to itself, clamping it to stay put while it dried.

Once it was all sewn together, I used black acrylic paint starting from the bottom and going up about 2", or just to the bottom of the front toe cover.

Here are the wheels I made from scrapbook paper and drawn on with Sharpies. Not pictured are the "toe bumper" things that went onto the front of the skates, also made from scrapbook paper.

Here is a look at how the skates turned out. They were a bit boxy in the end, and in retrospect, I would have added a long strip to the front center of the skates, similar to that in the back. The front strip would also the be tongue, and the sides of the skates would be sewn to the front strip up until the shoelaces started. All in all, though, I was pretty tickled that they turned out at all. Smiley

7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Homemade Book For My Brothers' Graduation on: October 11, 2008 06:15:33 PM
When my brothers were graduating from high school, I decided to surprise them by coming home. Since they didn't know I was going to be there, I wrote, illustrated and made a book for them to open at Easter to confirm that I would be home. Basically, it says that I tried all these ways to get home (ie. sending myself in the mail, taking a cab, etc.) but for one reason or another those ways didn't work. Finally I flew home and - SURPRISE - I'll be there for your special days! Smiley

I sewed the pages together and created a front and back cover/binding out of a piece of cardboard. I covered the cardboard with tissue paper and created further texture by "staining" it with watercolor.

Here are pics of the front and back covers, detail on how the pages are sewn in, and a little bit of the illustrations.

Thank you for letting me share this special craft!  Grin
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Double-Sided Polar Fleece Baby Quilt on: October 11, 2008 05:59:43 PM
Hooray for my first ever Craftster post!  Grin

I made this blanket for a then - two-year-old daughter of a friend of mine. The yellow and sleeping kitty squares are polar fleece and the blue polka dots are sort of a really soft microfiber of sorts.

It is two-sided: one side is made of yellow squares and the yellow sleeping kitty squares and the other side is blue with white polka dotted squares and the yellow sleeping kitty squares.

First I sewed strips of alternating squares then sewed the strips together. I had considered putting batting in between the two sides, but because polar fleece is SO WARM decided that it might be too hot for a baby. So I sewed it inside out around the majority of the perimeter, turned it right-side out, then hand-sewed the rest. I made another seam about 1/4" in from the edges to help it stay lined up correctly, then used yellow embroidery thread about every four squares to tie the two sides together, again, to keep it from becoming some amorphous blob of fabric.

The quilt measures 5' x 5' so the baby can continue to use it as she grows. I'm really proud of it as it is the first blanket I have ever made!

monique's blanket - close up by Olivia Vavroch, on Flickr

monique's blanket - full size by Olivia Vavroch, on Flickr
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