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1  Re: Disney Swap Round 12 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by shdwstrm on: September 02, 2014 11:41:36 AM
I received today from amc-!!!!  Yay!!  Such awesome Disney goodies!!!

First is a set of Disney Princess crowns.  These will be perfect when my niece comes over so we can play dressup! She's obsessed with all of the princesses.

Next is a set of Mickey and Minnie hairclips.  These are sooo cute!!  Can't wait to wear them!

We have another hairclip but this one is amazing!!!  It's all ribbons and it's Belle!!  Soo amazed by this!

A lovely blue box with a painting of Belle on it. Lots of attention to details on the painting.  Super pretty! I'll haveta put some of my treasures in there.

Inside the box was some extras. Erasers, a pen, and some stickers! Woot!

An awesome Wanted poster of Flynn Rider... Did they get the nose right this time???

And finally an adorable Chip Mug!!!  He even has the little chip at the top left of the picture. It's so adorable!!!!! *cuddles the mug*

Pic of everything!

Thank you sooooooooo much amc-!!! I love all of it!!!
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2  Re: Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy (link to tutorial) in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by shdwstrm on: August 26, 2014 07:19:28 PM
I FINALLY finished my Groot!!!  YAY!!  I loved how he turned out!!

I created a thread on how I made him

Thank you for inspiring me!!
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3  Dancing Baby Groot! in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by shdwstrm on: August 26, 2014 07:16:56 PM
Hi All!!

After watching the awesome tutorial made by NerdEcrafter
I was inspired to try my own hand at making a dancing Groot

Due to accessibility issues, AKA my parents not wanting the house roaring hot from the oven and stinking, I made my Groot out of air dry clay.  This presented some major issues for me (drying out too quick and cracking,) but I was able to overcome them.

I first started off with a wire frame and lumped a large amount of clay around it o make the base of the figure. BTW the base I'm using is a Styrofoam piece cut to fit into a 4" pot which I inverted.  I later used it in the actual pot.

I then started making long snakes and attached them to the base to make a vine/bark effect.  This is where I had some issues with the clay drying out too fast. I also molded the hands.  They turned out a bit to large for my liking but I'm okay with it. 

I then molded the head and plunked it on the base.  The branches coming from the head were going to be impossible to make out of the clay so I put wires in the head for a solution later on.

After the figure had dried I had some of the long snakes break and around the neck had cracked as well. 

No problem! I used some light molding paste as a repair/ crack filler.  I ended up covering the entire piece in this.  It gave a slight rough texture which added to the bark effect.

After allowing that to dry I then painted the entire piece in a basecoat of brown acrylic paint.  Then I went to town with a small brush and various shades of brown and some green to drybrush some details into the piece.  I also glued some moss to the head to act at the branches. Sorry! Forgot to take pics of this part.

Pop him into a white painted pot and he's done!!!

Closeup of the face.  I used some clear nailpolish on the eyes to make them glossy.  I like the contrast of the glossy eyes to the matte paint on the body.

Closeup of the main body.  You can see the drybrushing I did.  I'm not the greatest at this but I'm pleased with how it turned out.

Please let me know what you think!

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4  Re: Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy (link to tutorial) in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by shdwstrm on: August 15, 2014 07:09:23 PM
working on my recreation of this project.

Unfortunately to due accessibility issues (aka my parents don't want the house roaring with heat from the oven and the polymer clay is a bit stinky when being baked and my mom is very sensitive to smells,) I'm making mine out of air dry clay.  UGH!!! That's all I can say.  Air dry clay is fun to work with but man can it be fiddly!! The poor hands on my Groot and very delicate and I had to opt out of doing the spikes for the roots at the top of his head.  I've come up with another option tho.

Here's some in progress pics

First this is the base of the body with part of the wire skeleton I made to help support it.  The wire extends beyond the clay and into the base.

Next is the base and arms covered with long and short strands of clay for texture.  This was pretty fiddly and time consuming.  The hands are a bit bigger than I wanted but I'm okay with that.

He has a head!!!  This was the hardest part to get right.  I followed along with the tutorial but had difficulty with the eyes (I ended up just making a circular indentation rather than hollowing out a section for another piece. I had to opt out of the branches on the head so I've got wires sticking out and after it dries and is painted, I'm going to glue moss to the wires for the head.

Overall I think he's looking pretty cute. I'll post more pics after he's dried completely (a day or so) and he's been painted and mossified lol.

Oh the green thing hes sitting is is a piece of foam that fits perfectly into the top of a 4" clay pot when flipped around the other way.
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5  Re: Minecraft Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by shdwstrm on: April 19, 2014 08:17:33 AM
Hi Everyone!!!

So my package got lost in the Nether by some Zombie Pigmen (aka Postal Service.)  However happylittleclam was super amazing awesome and made a brand new package and this time it made it!!  YAY!!!  So without futher ado... here's my package

First we have a Grass Block wallet... SWEEET!!!!!

Then we have a pair of awesome TNT Block earrings!

And finally a pair of knitted fingerless Creeper gloves!  I love the colour!! They're super girly so I'm calling them Creeper-ette gloves hehehehe!

And here's a pic of everything together!

Thank you soooooooo much happylittleclam!!!!  I'm sooo sorry your original package got lost!  It's never happened to me before.

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6  Minecraft Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by shdwstrm on: January 25, 2014 12:35:48 PM

Post all of your awesome goodies!!!

Black - Have not sent
Green - Sent
Blue - Received
Purple - Sent and received
Black with strikethrough - Feedback given
Red - Late with communication
Glowing Red - Late with no communication.  Lets not have to use this nasty one k?

shdwstrm <---> happylittleclam
chrmisha <---> Crying Goddess
pkwj <---> Makaylalee

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7  Minecraft Swap Round 2 Signups from Dec 30, 2013-Jan 13, 2014 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by shdwstrm on: December 30, 2013 06:23:40 PM

Swap name: Minecraft Swap Round 2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: shdwstrm
Sign-up date range:  Dec 30, 2013 Jan 13 , 2014
Date to send item by:  Feb  14, 2014

Limited to a certain number of people? :No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES/NO: No

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES/NO :Yes
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES/NO :Yes
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES/NO :No
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES/NO yes
- Is at least 18 years old: YES/NO :Yes

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO  :Yes
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO  :Yes
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO :Yes
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO  :Yes
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO  :Yes
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO  :Yes
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO :Yes
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO  :Yes

Details of swap:

Lets have another round of Minecraft Love!!!  If you love Minecraft, or have kids that love Minecraft, then this is the swap for you.

For this swap you will only need to craft 1 Medium and 1 Small item. Easy Peasy!  Of course you may feel free to go above and beyond this requirement, just make sure its okay with your partner first.

For a basic overview of what a medium and small consists of, please refer to this guideline.
By Time
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

I do ask that after partners have been chosen that you post weekly in the main thread... just so I know a Creeper or a Zombie hasn't come after you ^_^

Sounds Groovy... Well here's the Questionnaire!!

Name of swap: Minecraft Swap Round 2
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Do you live in the United States: YES/NO
   - If yes, do you understand that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
   - If no, do you understand that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Favorite Characters/ Items?

Least Favorite Characters/ Items?

Favorite Colours/ Patterns?

Least Favorite Colours/ Patterns?

Is there anything in particular you would REALLY like to receive?

Anything you're not to keen on receiving?

What crafts do you like to make?

Do you have any allergies? If so, please list them.

Do you have a Pinterest for stalking?

Any other tidbits you want to share?

That's IT!  Please PM me with the answers to the questionnaire and I will update the List of Participants

List of Participants

1. shdwstrm
2. happylittleclam
3. pkwj
4. chrmisha
5. Crying Goddess
6. Makaylalee


shdwstrm <---> happylittleclam
chrmisha <---> Crying Goddess
pkwj <---> Makaylalee

GALLERY!!!  Click Here!
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8  Re: Disney Swap Round 11 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by shdwstrm on: June 24, 2013 04:16:36 PM
My Partner, mama24boyz, and myself met up today to exchange packages. 

I received sooo many awesome crafty things!!!

Here's a big pic of everything

First up is a trio of painted canvases featuring characters from my favorite Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast! I haveta find a spot to hang these!

Close up of Belle

Close up of the rose in the bell jar. This will probably be my next tattoo

Close up of the Beast

A mini tote with a cupcake Mickey head on it! Inspired by a pin on my Pinterest board. Perfect for mini knitting projects.

A crocheted Mickey water bottle holder.  This will be fun at work!! everyone will knows who's water it is  Grin

A pair of painted flower pots. They were inspired by a pin on my Pinterest board.

A Belle Amigurumi! She's sooooo cute!!!  She stands on her own thanks to her poofy dress LOL!

A baby Sulley from Monsters Inc./University!!!!! I'm going to see MU on Wed and he's going to come with me. Going to take some silly pics too;D

And finally some scrapbooking stickers!  I'm working on a scrapbook from my 2011 Disney World trip so this is perfect!

Thank you sooooooooooooooo much mama24boyz!!!!  I love it all!!!
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9  Re: Back to Hogwarts 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by shdwstrm on: October 18, 2012 06:19:04 PM
Hi All!!

So Dra and I met up in person to exchange our packages.  Super awesomeness.

Heres some pics from our meetup.  My best friend and fellow Craftster member GrindhouseHussy19 took these.


I have the weirdest look on my face LOL  Tongue

Pinkies Up!!!  Grin

Hugging all the stuff!!  Cheesy

and here's my photos that I took back at home.

First we have a pair of teacups and saucers

It reads `So you have chosen to study Divination, the most difficult of all magical arts...Books can only take you so far" and "Broaden your minds my dears, and allow your eyes to see past the mundane."

This one reads "Collect a teacup from the shelf, come to me & I will fill it.  Then sit down & drink; drink until only the dregs remain.  Swill these around the cup 3 times with the left hand, then tuen the cup upside-down on its saucer, wait for the last of the tea to drain away..."

The teacups

The one of the left reads "You need your inner eye testing, if you ask me" and the one on the right says "...so you're going to suffer but be very happy..."

Some awesome loose leaf tea to go along with my teacups and saucers

A Gryffindor Quiddich t-shirt!!

The back.. Seeker! my favorite position!!

and the most cutest, adorable, awesome baby dragon!!!!  I still need a name for him/her, any suggestions???

And a pic of everything, including 3 eyeball suckers that i forgot to take a pic of... and am currently muching on  Grin

Thank you soooo much Dra!!!!!  It was awesome meeting you!!!
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10  Re: Awesome Adventure Time Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by shdwstrm on: September 23, 2012 05:14:55 PM
Hey all!

So I received from Ryn!!!  I LOVE my package!!!!

Heres everything I got

An awesome drawing of Fionna!!!

A wicked Marceline shirt!!

Closeup of the Marceline stencil

A wood burned plaque of Cake and Fionna

Close up of Cake

Closeup of Fionna


a super-awesome-wicked-MATHMATICAL-SHMOW ZOW Finn sword necklace!!!

Check out the detail!!!!

Tahnk you sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much Ryn!!!!  I LOVE all of it!!!
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