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1  Decoden letter block! in Completed Projects by Krafty_Karasu on: March 15, 2019 05:07:12 PM
I have been decorating N letter blocks here and there.  this will be my sixth and most decorated block.  I love decoden (a Japanese trend short for "Decoration Denwa" - "Denwa" meaning "Phone", but people use this decoration method on a plethora of items like picture frames, jewelry boxes, handheld video game cases, etc.), and I've been wanting to do it for years.  I finally got the courage to do it a few months ago, but didn't really make anything until now (the "frosting" part made me nervous.  you use a product like whipple cream, silicone, or clay to decorate the item like you would a cake with icing tips.  and that's the part that made me nervous).

it includes some of my favorite things.  the bowl has a dollop of deco cream in it with mint and "chocolate" sprinkles and a spoon.  it's supposed to be like mint chocolate chip ice cream.  I am very happy with how it turned out, however, I'm not happy with the deco cream.  as it dries, it appears to melt.  so from now on, I'll be using 100% silicone to make my own deco cream.
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2  Re: Book Binding craftalong in Craftalongs by Krafty_Karasu on: March 13, 2019 02:53:57 PM
so...I may have gone a little crazy...

18 signatures.  and I kinda want to stitch the other 9 to this...   Cheesy

P.S.: it would be awesome if I could rotate my pictures, please.
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3  Re: Book Binding craftalong in Craftalongs by Krafty_Karasu on: February 28, 2019 10:21:06 PM
I DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!

the top signature is a little wonky because I accidentally pulled it a little too tight at the end.  oops

time to glue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

the envelope idea I had wasn't working out, so I may just bind them together with that stab binding technique or something and make them into their own journal.  or something.  but yay!!!  I did the stitching!!!!!!!!!  time to rest my fingers.  I think I'll go find one of my curved needles for the next one.
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4  Re: Re: Junk Journal-along 2018 - Let's keep on making books! in Craftalongs by Krafty_Karasu on: February 20, 2019 04:29:20 PM
There are some tutorials on YT for magazine journals - if you're making a hard cover for the back, what are you doing for the front cover?

Just curious - I haven't made one yet. Post some pics, please!   Grin

I actually found mine on Pinterest, but it was technically uploaded to YT...I think.   Cheesy

I just left the front cover alone.  I wanted to leave the magazine cover image as the cover.  plus, if it doesn't really work out, I can use it to decorate another journal.  and the same may go for most of the pages.

here's a few pictures of the finished product.  I can't rotate the third picture for some reason, but that one doesn't really matter.  it works whichever way you look at it.

the cover (I can't WAIT for this game!!!!!!!!!!)

the back cover

I cut a piece of thin cardboard to make a harder back cover.  I then wrapped a piece of paper around it, used my double-sided mounting tape (which is kinda thick) to stick them together, and since this would then create empty space for me to potentially poke through while writing, I filled in the area inside the mounting tape with pieces of cardboard.  so it's really pretty sturdy.  then I put Duck Tape around it.  and the piece of tape on the spine is really, REALLY crooked.  oops.


in some places, the pages look like they're splitting away from the spines of the magazines.  we'll see how long it lasts.  I left in pages dealing with games I like and pages I can just cover with paper so I can write on them.  I also stuck the magazines together at the spine with the mounting tape.  this made the whole thing thicker so that it wouldn't look so bulky on one side when I start putting things in it.
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5  Autumn wreath in Completed Projects by Krafty_Karasu on: October 28, 2018 01:10:00 PM
I started getting obsessed with felt flowers.  at first I didn't like them, but the more I saw them and saw how cute they could be, I had to make them and use them myself.

I took a green foam wreath form I bought at Dollar Tree and wrapped it with some cream yarn I had in my stash.  I then used orange and off white felt that I had and made some rosettes and loopy flowers, and glued them to the wreath.  I had seen these adorable felt pumpkins on Pinterest and I just had to make them too.  while I didn't technically make the pumpkins, I did form them.  I bought some off white and orange felt balls, then used embroidery floss to form them into pumpkins (I took some skin off the top of my thumb trying to make sure the floss really squished the felt.  probably didn't need to), and rolled a bit of brown felt to glue on top for the stems.  I love how this turned out!
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6  Dia de los Muertos pumpkin in Completed Projects by Krafty_Karasu on: October 28, 2018 12:43:14 PM
I just love the imagery and bright colors with black that comes with Dia de los Muertos.  I recently made a wreath with felt flowers that inspired my idea to make this pumpkin.  and I love how it turned out.

I just wanted to make a small pumpkin, so I went to Michaels to buy the smallest pumpkin they had (good thing I went when I did.  they only had 3 left).  I made rosettes and a few leaves from bright felt, then made a stencil from a skull picture I found online (if you're familiar with your fonts, you probably know this is the Wingding skull from the skull and crossbones ding).  because the stencil was made from regular printer paper, the right side of the skull was deformed when I sponged white paint onto the pumpkin.  no worries, though.  I had planned on covering the top of the skull anyway.  I glued the flowers and leaves to the pumpkin, then used rhinestones to decorate the skull.  I didn't want to go too crazy with the rhinestones and just went with a simple sugar skull look.

you can see how small this pumpkin is.  it easily fits in my hand.  Cheesy
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7  Candy corn tulle wreath in Halloween Decor and Parties by Krafty_Karasu on: October 16, 2018 12:29:24 PM
got obsessed with making these wreaths, and I happened to find a smaller wire wreath form and orange tulle at A.C. Moore today, so I had to make it.

have I mentioned that I am also obsessed with candy corn?
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8  Snowball tulle wreath in Completed Projects by Krafty_Karasu on: October 15, 2018 01:04:59 PM
I finally decided to make one of those tulle wreaths I'm sure you've all seen by now.  I got a little frustrated at first with cutting the tulle, but once I found a tutorial that explained it better and gave some helpful tips, I was able to do it.

and I'm SO glad I did.

normal lighting

dark room with flash to show more sparkle

I bought 2 rolls of glitter tulle and 2 rolls of white tulle from Michaels.  afraid it wouldn't be enough (it wouldn't have been), I bought 2 rolls of glitter tulle and 2 rolls of white tulle from Joann.  I ADORE the white tulle from Joann and love the glitter tulle from Michaels (Joann's is kinda...tacky(?).  it sticks together more than I care for making it more annoying to work with).  I got the wire frame and "snowball" picks from Michaels as well.  the tulle layers go (back to front): Joann's white, Joann's glitter, Michaels' white, Michaels' glitter.  for some reason you don't really see the Michaels glitter in the pictures.   Undecided

I love how it turned out, and now I need to make 1,000 more!  and I'll be finding this glitter forever.  I knocked so much off making this thing.   Cheesy
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9  Calico Critters display in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Krafty_Karasu on: October 06, 2018 04:28:53 PM
I'm sure a lot of people are familiar with Calico Critters (Sylvanian Families to the rest of the world), especially if you have kids around.  if you don't know what they are, they're these little flocked(?) anthropomorphic animals, ranging from several cat breeds to red pandas.  they come in family sets, and baby sets and singles.  and there are SO many sets you can purchase for them as well (bubblegum_phoenix has been blasting my FB feed and posts with lots of holiday sets for Christmas and Halloween  Cheesy ).  I didn't feel like buying any of those house sets or anything since it's for me and I won't be playing with them (but now I want all of the Halloween sets), so I made my own display for them!

I mixed all of the colors I used with white paint to give them a pastel look.  bright and dark colors just weren't going to do it.  the tiny letter blocks were cut from a small square dowel, and the letter block feet were store bought.  I painted them all white, then hand painted letters on each one.  I drew a music sheet and a couple of scribbles (kinda hidden under the colored pencils), and cut a "square" of felt for my little kitten to sit on.  the rest I got from Michaels.

it wasn't exactly what I had in mind, but the box I was originally going to use isn't carried by Michaels anymore, and I couldn't find one like it anywhere else.  but I'm still really happy with how it turned out.  the finished piece is 7.5in x 4.25in
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10  Dark vs. Anti cross stitch in Needlework: Completed Projects by Krafty_Karasu on: October 01, 2018 09:31:12 AM
I can't believe I forgot to post this!!!  where's my facepalm emoji?!

anyway, I've been in a bit of a crafting slump, making only little things when I've been in the mood to craft (like another "flower arrangement"), but I did make this when I was feeling really krafty.  I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  I just wish I had been able to keep the colors as bright as they were in the original picture.  like the brightest red should have been a bloody red.  oh well.

this is another project based on personas played by two of my favorite YouTubers, Markiplier and Jacksepticeye.  these guys are named Darkiplier (Dark) and Antisepticeye (Anti).  it might look a bit strange, but Anti emits a kind of glitchy interference (nicknamed Glitch Bitch), and Dark emits a kind of 3D aura. when both are combined, it creates a glitchy 3D effect.  if you're a Markiplier fan, you've seen the "origin" videos (Who Killed Markiplier on YouTube for anyone who is interested), so you're familiar with the 3D kind of look and what it may mean...

I don't remember the size, but it was done on 28 count cloth.
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