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21  Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Round 2 in The Swap Gallery by missmelissa on: July 18, 2008 03:24:45 AM
YAY! i received during the week but didnt have time to post so i am doing it now!

I really love all the stamps i got!  Grin from RITAPIZZA!!

the package unwrapped

the cutest lil birdie and egg! to top it all off i absolutly adore birds! yay!

thankyou soooo much ritapizza your the best!
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22  Cupcake cookies!! yes thats right! cookie cupcakes! in Dessert by missmelissa on: July 15, 2008 04:29:41 AM
So a few weeks ago i purchased a little cookie cutter in the shape of a cupcake, and over the weekend i was able to test it out! let me know what you think of the results!

pink icing, chocolate icing and red jaffas!

i sandwitched 2 together for my boyfriend with raspberry jam in the middle!
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23  Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Round 2 in The Swap Gallery by missmelissa on: July 15, 2008 04:11:03 AM
Also i used the stamp i received from Mamaedgar over the weekend, i have posted the resulting mania over here:


just a sneaky peak....

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24  letter to a lover.....IMG HEAVY in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by missmelissa on: July 15, 2008 04:05:42 AM
So i recently participated in an awesome handcarved rubber stamp swap, and received a beautiful beardsley inspired stamp from the very talented mamaedgar.

So i thought to myself what can i do with this stamp to christen it?

Write a love letter of course! So i decided to re-create a love letter from Napoleon Buonaparte and send it to my sister (who is married, and 3 years my senior) as a bit of fun, she got it in the mail yesterday and rang me in fits of giggles! it was lots of fun!

Here it is! - its a letter from Napoleon buonaparte to his lover the incomparable Josephene!

It's a beautiful letter, the text reads:

Paris, December 1795

I wake filled with thoughts of you. Your portrait and the intoxicating evening which we spent yesterday have left my senses in turmoil. Sweet, incomparable Josephine, what a strange effect you have on my heart! Are you angry? Do I see you looking sad? Are you worried?... My soul aches with sorrow, and there can be no rest for you lover; but is there still more in store for me when, yielding to the profound feelings which overwhelm me, I draw from your lips, from your heart a love which consumes me with fire? Ah! it was last night that I fully realized how false an image of you your portrait gives!

You are leaving at noon; I shall see you in three hours.

Until then, mio dolce amor, a thousand kisses; but give me none in return, for they set my blood on fire.

stamp by mamaedgar
heheh i signed it too!
front of the envelope - the last of a set of vintage pink envelope i picked up 4 years ago!

the back - sealed with red wax and a cameo print

close up of the naughty art stamp i got off ebay! good thing i hand delivered to the mail box or this might have raised a few eyebrows!

the wax and cameo ring i used to seal the envelope!

let me know what you think!

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25  Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Round 2 in The Swap Gallery by missmelissa on: July 15, 2008 03:39:17 AM
YAY i received today from half pint
so happy!
here is the package all layed out! i got extra little stickers! yay!

and the stamp! an adorable bunny!

thanks for swapping! i really enjoyed this!

sorry about the blue tinge....no idea whats with that
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26  Re: Handmade Rubber Stamps Round 2 in The Swap Gallery by missmelissa on: July 09, 2008 07:57:17 PM
I received from Mamaedgar yesterday! YAY! so happy! i checked the mail 3 times and thought it hadnt arrived, but when my bf came home he checked and it was there!!! sneaky sneaky postman...dont know how he got past me....

anywho on to the stamp! I am so in love with it by the way! i am going to go out and get a black inkpad as i love how it came out in black.

Based off a border by my fav artist aubrey beardsley! YAY!
thankyou sooo much....this puts all my stamps to shame!
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27  Murder Mystery Mayhem!! (IMG OBESSE!) :o in Costumes: Completed Projects by missmelissa on: July 07, 2008 09:05:47 PM
So I have been wanting to host a murder mystery for as long as i can remember, and i have been on holidays this last week and decided no more procrastination!!

I origionally thought of writing the murder game myself, but time ran away with me, and i didn't want to know the answer! also no one on craftster had pre-written clues to give me. So i borrowed a kit from a friend (now having played it, cant believe i thought i could write that!) so much intrigue!

So we decided to go on a very loosely 1920's theme (as per game) and we all dressed up in op shop finds. (the point was to be very over the top and glam)

so this is the dress i got for $9....thats right $9.00

I was trying to channel Ms Peacock from cluedo... It met all the requirements...floor length...green (this was my colour, we all chose differnet colours) ridiculous flouncy top....

and this is what i did to it! SHA-BAM

It was a very quick re-con, i had a blue chiffon dress i hadn't worn in 2 years, chucked that on over the top and tucked it up under the bust, then i went to spotlight and brought some cheap blue netting/tule for about $7. Cut it into an over skirt and gathered it at the back to make a bustle. sewed it all onto a ribbon, tied it around my waist! I had an old silver buckle lying around that i picked up at the salvos for about $2 years ago, i sewed some stretch lace/ribbon onto it to make a belt and hey presto! I'm ready to go. Total time took about 2 hours? not even.

image of the back so you can see the bustle.

i'm ready for my close-up...

I also made a hairband to wear with the dress, some silver beaded trim, feathers and some black stretchy elastic. combined with hot glue gun and slightly burned fingers....

ok....so enough of me! on to the party!

the girls
arnt we cute?? hehehe best boyfriend ever!!

the boys


Ok so thats all the main pics.....then i got a little arty so here are some more artistic shots from the evening!

hope you like! let me know what you think!
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28  Re: Cute But Doomy Swap!!>.< (Sign ups: May 23-June 5th) sendouts by July 5th in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by missmelissa on: July 02, 2008 06:16:06 PM
Sooo...who's ready for a little teaser action??

...it was so much fun (and so much work!...lol) to make these things for Spooky Kitty...I hope she enjoys the heck out of everything! I'm definitely addicted to swaps now Wink

^Deceptively compact...there are things crammed and hidden everywhere in those little packages!

Ummm....did you say little? i think i need to look up the meaning of little in a dictionary, because if thats little, then my swap must be microscopic Sad
perhaps i should include a little more!
AAggghh! i hate trying to figure out what constitutes a small/medium/large!
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29  New winter dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by missmelissa on: May 31, 2008 02:20:47 AM
Hi there,
I made this dress a while back and was wearing it out tonight and finaly remembered to take a photo of it! Its winter here at the moment and its great to wear with a long sleeve top and a cardi! I got the fabric from Ikea for about $25 and the pattern was free! all in all it took me about a day to make!
so here it is....what do you think??

the pattern was from burdastyle, its the danielle


i really reccomend it! its soooooo easy to make, i modified it slightly and put the zip in the side, its much easier to get in and out of this way!
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30  Birthday Beardsley and Badges!! IMG OBESE!! in Completed Projects by missmelissa on: May 16, 2008 06:12:14 PM
So i decided to make a gift for my friends 23rd birthday, we are both big fans of the artist Aubrey Beardsley so i made that my starting point.

My favorite image is this: Salome is about to kiss the severed head of Iokanaan

So i printed the image out a few times, and cut out the different sections, i just used bluetack to float them at different heights and then put them into one of those deep window boxed frames that i got for $4 from the dollar store.

it was really hard to get a pic showing that it is 3D its something you have to see in person!

Then i made her a card with the story of the image, i hand illustrated and wrote out all the text, using the image as a reference

inside the card

The text reads:

Salome, stepdaughter to the king Herod, has fallen in love with the prophet Iokanaan (John the Baptist) He cruelly rejects her, but she swears that one day she she shall have her kiss! By performing the "dance of seven veils" for King Herod, she tempts him into granting her one request. Salome asks to be brought the severed head of Iokanaan. When her wish is forfilled she grabs the head and kisses it passionately, and cries "I have kissed your mouth Iokanaan"

To go with the frame i also made a mirror, i got the mirror for $2 from the same dollar store and ripped off the tacky glitter cover that was on it, i recently got a resin kit from someone and wanted to test it out. I sealed the image with decopage paste before i began and then set it onto the mirror with the resin.

the original ugly mirror


new mirror!!

I also made her a little giftbox to put all the small items in - its made from a $1 cardboard craft box with lots of lace etc..

My other friend Lisa then made her some uber cute little brooch badges and some bookplates. Unfortunately we don't have any images of the bookplates, and they were her favorite!!

the brooches

I will let her post more pics of them if she likes! don't want to steal the glory and all that! hehehehe (sorry Lisa hope you don't mind)

And no birthday would be complete without cake! so we made some cupcakes! i had a little bird left over from the gift box so i put it on top!

let me know what you think, any comments would be appreciated!!

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