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1  California / California: North / Boho Boutique in Roseville is hosting it's first handmade sale on: November 02, 2009 04:19:18 PM
November 22 at 520 Vernon Street in Old Roseville from 9am to 4pm
Boho Boutique is a consignment shop that opened just this year and the owner wants to make this sale of handmade goods an annual thing. Come down and check it out!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Do you know where this type of ring blank can be purchased in bulk? on: July 30, 2009 08:30:10 PM
I saw this listing from someone in one of my art groups and would love to use the same ring blank but use the materials I work with instead of the ones she works with. I suppose I could just ask her where she gets them, but she does a lot of shows in the same area I do and I'm afraid she would consider me competition, even though my rings would be decorated quite differently than hers. I just don't want any awkwardness between us.
But I'm moving to the other side if the nation in a few months and would never run into her again, so I thought if I can find the supplies, I'll just wait until I move to make my rings in my own way. I just need to find the blanks.
Can you help? http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27386105
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Recycled Digital Media Mosaics Frames and Tray on: April 09, 2009 08:56:02 AM
So these are NOT complete.
But all I need to do is grout them!
I just wanted to show off a few of the many items I made yesterday during a 12-hour crafting binge. These are just the mosaic tiled items, a few frames and a tray - I won't even get into the 40+ jewelry items made from CDs, DVDs, vinyl records, and rulers! I wish the pics captured the fire in the tiles - or it may just be the clear contact paper holding the ties until I grout them...

Here's my fave - the CDs used on this frame were processed until they resemble opals:

This one is made with pieces of a single brand of CD:

This used 2 different brands of CDs:

This tray used a single brand of CDs baked for awhile:

Any suggestions on how I should grout them? I'm thinking maybe paint the frame, glue the tiles on, and give it a thick clearcoat, or use real grout in an earthtone or black. Anyone have a better idea?
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From Brand-new to Very Olde on: April 01, 2009 12:00:17 PM
I challenged myself to expand my crafting skills by bidding on an Alchemy item on Etsy. Someone wanted to have a brand-new book re-bound into something from the Dark Ages. I had never attempted anything like this, so I practiced by making myself a journal while waiting for the book to arrive. I have since made a number of journals (of which you have seen in swaps, or will see as I complete them), having become a true addict!

Here is a pic of the completed project:

Here is what the book looked after I removed the factory wrap:

Here is the cover deconstructed:

Here is the spine detail (I cut and glued a heavy cardboard star to the spine before covering it):

Here was the mock-up they sent:

I think it turned out pretty much as they had requested. The only details you don't see in the photos are re-stitched pages, the new fly-sheets made of a handmade paper ordered from the same place I ordered the paper for the cover, and a very cool book-mark made from a piece of cord I had laying around that perfectly matched the shade of purple on the cover paper. The cord had several strands of black cord, the purple cord, and some gold lame threads all twisted together. I attached one end to the inside of the spine and made a tassel of the extra cording all unraveled. I didn't take a shot of it because I wanted it to be a surprise extra for the client.

This project has inspired me to do a couple of journals with handpainted covers as well as one I will post here as a work-in-progress that will have a dimensional cover a la Army of Darkness style.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / $1 frame for a single Inchie! on: February 15, 2009 08:10:06 PM
Okay - you have a whole bunch of Inchies, and have framed a bunch together, but you have one you would like to display all by itself, but how?
Here's a sweet little glass-fronted frame you can make in one hour for about a dollar! (sorry this pic is a bit fuzzy)

You head down to Michaels, and wander through their unpainted wood items until you find one of these:

You will only be using the lid for this project, so unscrew the hinge and pull straight out on the clasp, and set it aside.

Bend the tabs on the back to remove the 'back' of the frame. Now paint every surface that will show, and let dry.

To mount the Inchie, I put a piece of cellophane tape on the back of the inchie so it doesn't get damaged, should I decide to change the art someday, then I used double-sided foam tape to hold the art off the back for a layered effect:

Put the clasp back on the top to be used as the hanger,

pop the art into the frame and bend the tabs back down.
Hang, and enjoy!

Special thanks to Pupper for the great Robot inchie - it is perfect in it's new frame on my Face wall!!!
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Exotic Dancer costumes from the 80's - partial nudity - lots of tasteful pics on: February 08, 2009 09:01:23 PM
I was going through some old photos and ran across a bunch from when I was making stripper costumes back in the 80's. I have scanned some of my favorites, and here they are.


I kind of miss making costumes like these, but strippers these days don't go for real costumes anymore. Too bad, because I could whip out something like the wedding dress (first pics) in about 3 hours, spend less than $20 on fabric and sequins, and ask $200 - nice tidy profit!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Inchies for dear hubby on: February 08, 2009 02:41:46 PM
Before getting started on the Inchie Swap, I had a grand idea for hubby's music room. Things didn't turn out quite like I had planned, but it works.
These are hubby's favorite song writers, and it's an eclectic bunch! In case you can't recognize them, they are, from left to right:
Row 1 - Willie Nelson, Chrissy Hyndes, Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Stevie Ray Vaughn
Row 2 - Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Paul Simon
Row 3 - Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, John Lee Hooker
Row 4 - Jimi Hendrix, Robert Johnson, James Taylor, John Lennon
He wanted Jim Morrison too, but that would throw off the balance.

I was going to put lyrics behind each portrait, but couldn't get it to look right. I Printed the portraits on transparency sheets, printed out the colored backgrounds, and taped them to the transparency. Then I ran the whole thing through the scanner. I mounted them onto small wooden squares, then onto a 6"x6" canvas painted purple. I think this looks fine, and hubby best think so too!
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Is the any particular reason this wouldn't work? on: February 06, 2009 07:41:16 PM
I have spent 2 evenings and many hours googling 'How to make your own rubber stamps', and while I have run across more helpful info right here on Craftster than anywhere else, I have yet to find even a whisper on the method I'm considering.
Let me back up a moment.
I used to make rubber molds I used to cast plaster, concrete, and resin in. I have worked with the mold-making compound to brush and pour these molds, and know how it picks up EVERY tiny detail (cat hair anyone?).

So my question is:
Why could one not make a rubber stamp using this stuff?

I figure if I can get 20 or 30 concrete castings out of one mold, and concrete is fairly caustic, surely ink wouldn't hurt it. If I'm overlooking anything, please let me know...
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Is there some way to Mod Podge a computer print-out without it smearing? on: January 18, 2009 08:54:19 AM
I have an idea I want to use - in fact may even attempt before getting an answer here - but thought I'd ask.

I want to print something out at home, then decoupage it. I know if I get the ink wet with water, it will smear if brushed. I'm just not sure I can brush the Mod Podge on without it smearing. Any one try this? Did it come out ok? How about something photocopied?

Any help appreciated!
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Dreaming of Spring Swap on: January 13, 2009 05:05:54 AM
Are you dreaming of Spring yet? Waiting for the ground to thaw, for the crocuses to bloom?

How about a swap of items you'll need once things start to warm up:
Gardening gloves
Garden signs

Anyone interested?
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