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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Free Valentine Cards to Print and Share! 4 Different Sets! on: January 31, 2014 07:16:53 PM
Hello friends! I have not posted here in a long, long, looooooong time! It's hard to keep up with all the different sites to upload my stuff, but Craftster will always have a special place in my heart. My two very best friends I met from here, and so many of you have always been so supportive and have helped me become who I am as an artist AND person today. Because of that, I wanted to do free Valentine Cards again to share with you all.

I have recently become completely and utterly obsessed with claw machines. I am like a claw machine prodigy, you guys. Seriously. It's ridiculous. But anyway, I LOVE the claw machines and I'm absolutely addicted to the thrill of winning plush that I have no use for so that became this year's theme.

Many people have told me they are going to tape quarters to them to give away! How cute is that?
So here you guys go! Thank you so much for all the love you have given me! This is the least I could do to return it! I have been doing this for 4 years so I am including all 4 sets.

They are not going to be high enough resolution to grab from here so I will leave a link at the end that will take you to my blog to print them if you so desire. To save the files, right click on the image, and select "Open link in new tab" and it should open up to just the image.  You are going to want to save the file(s) to your computer then open them to print. If you print directly from the link they will be too big. By saving it to your computer, they should open up to be the perfect size to print onto standard 8.5 X 11 paper. Enjoy!

Go here to download the pictures for printing if any of these strike your fancy! Smiley

2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / This doll! I like it! Anoth-uh!! The Cute & Mighty Thor Doll on: May 25, 2013 01:18:48 AM

Hello Craftster friends! Once again, it has been so long since I have been able to post! I have so much going on these days and find myself with so many projects it's hard to keep up with posting them all, especially with so many places to post things like my blog, Facebook, instagram, etc. It's hard to keep up! Undecided

So, I decided that since I can't post everything I make on here like I used to, I will at least try to make it a point to post my absolute favorite things. Cheesy

I recently became an even bigger geek than I already am, and fell in love with the entire Marvel Universe. I was never introduced to comics as a kid, but after finally seeing the Avengers months after it was released to buy I fell in love with everything about it. Luckily, my husband had quite a few comics to get me started, and his best friend has a bajillion and they helped me get properly acquainted with the comic book world. I love many characters, but between the fantastic and magical world of Asgard and the beautiful hair and eyes of Chris Hemsworth, I have kind of fallen head over heels in love with Thor. I love everything about the stories, the mythology behind the characters and world, the Thor movie and Chris Hemsworth as Thor in general. He brought such a special charm to playing him and I am quite smitten with the whole character.

So that said, after selling almost all my stuff to clear out things and with an approaching birthday of my own coming upon me, I decided it would be okay to take a break from making orders and make something for myself. I have had this doll in my mind for MONTHS, but finally sitting down and making him was so fun!

Doth Mother know, you weareth her drapes?

12 hours of cutting, unraveling, tying and brushing yarn which I then turned into his wig. Ugh. Never again. Shocked
Totally worth it though!
I figured if I was going to make a Thor doll, I better make his hair awesome.
But like I said- never again! Grin

And now I spend more time styling his hair every morning than I do on my own hair.  Undecided

Shakespeare in the park.

I made him a hammer too. I mean "hamm-uh!!"

You want me to put the hamm-uh down?!

This doll is so cute. And tiny!

Okay, I'll stop with the pictures now. Sorry for so many...I just really like him! There are more pics on my Facebook page which I think is linked at the bottom of my profile if you want to see more, but I am sure this was plenty. lol. Anywho, thank you for stopping by! I hope you like my Thor doll. Smiley
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Finickus the Shelf Elf, Who Just Didn't Fit In on: November 20, 2012 04:32:10 PM

Meet Finickus, a strange, curious little elf!
Straight from Christmas Town, he is here to reside on my shelf.
Finickus is a little different as you can probably see,
His idea of Christmas is skewed to a certain degree.
Let me explain his strange and peculiar attire;
It all started when he saw that elves were for hire.
His first day on the job, Fin arrived early to Santas workshop.
Eager to meet the man himself, he ran then came to a jarring stop.
Expecting to see a jolly, round man with a beard on his chin,
He instead came face to face with a tall thin frame with a skeleton grin!
You see, one fateful fall night, changes began taking place all around,
A tall, thin skeleton man was dazzled by something he had found.
Bored of Halloween Town and his reign as the Pumpkin King,
This skeleton known as Jack found Christmas Town and loved every single thing.
Excited and mystified, Jack knew just what he wanted to do,
He returned to his home with plans of something completely new.
Jack saw no reason that he could not take over Santas job for that year,
And with that he put his friends to work, spreading Christmas cheer.
It was the same fateful day that Jack arrived to take Santas place,
That Finickus also arrived and saw this new face.
Though surprised and caught off guard by this skeleton Santa fraud,
Finickus immediately loved him and saw nothing odd.
Well, long story short, Jacks days as Kris Kringle were short-lived,
And after that, Fin, sadly, just didnt fit in.
He loved bats and pumpkins and ghostly delights!
And spooky music that gives most beings a fright!
Its not that he doesnt like Christmas or warm fuzzy feelings,
He just has a different view of what is appealing.
But finally this year Santa thought of something great!
Elves were not only needed for making toys 365 days straight.
A new job-calling had arisen for elves,
An endeavor of watching over humans while hiding on shelves.
Santa knew he needed to send Finickus to Pooky,
A gal just as odd and fond of Jack and all things spooky.
Upon his arrival Finickus squeed at all the Halloween-Christmas decor,
And now they both never worry about not fitting in anymore.

I named him Finuckus because he was rather finicky in the process of being made! Normally dolls take me no time at all, but he took forever!
He is wearing Harem pants with Halloween patches and even has a hidden Mickey which is quite relevant to me if you know any of my back story. Smiley

His shoes are my favorite!

Thanks for checking out my little elf! I am so glad FoxyBlue hosted a Shelf Elf contest on her facebook because she gave me quite a challenge! Smiley

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Tiny Disney Dollies! on: August 16, 2012 07:38:33 PM
As I mentioned in another post today, I am really on a Disney princess kick these days! I made a large doll of Merida from the movie Brave because I loved it so much. Then I decided to make all the princesses into dolls, which I am still working on. Then I decided to make a tiny pipe-cleaner doll because I was bored and wanted to find a task I could do while watching tv to calm down at night. I had no money so it needed to be cheap. Then I found a tutorial on pipe cleaner dolls and before I knew it I had a tiny Merida doll!

From there, I decided to make Rapunzel because I just recently discovered that movie too and I love it. I made Tinkerbell for my mom and I plan to make many more- not just of Disney but everything I like and some original designs and characters too. They are about 4 inches in height not including all the massive hair on these little dollies! I hope you like them. Smiley

All three so far:




Thanks for looking! Smiley

I had my mom hold all three to give an idea of size again. Smiley

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / I Fell in Love with Pascal from Disney's Tangled on: August 16, 2012 07:15:58 PM
Hello! I have been on a Disney kick lately...well, I guess I am never NOT on a Disney kick, really. I guess the Disney princesses are my current muse from my ever-present Disney obession! That is a more accurate way of putting things! Anyway, I made a Merida doll a few weeks ago (from the movie Brave) and fell in love with her which led me to the idea that I should make ALL the Disney princesses into dolls and then some! I have been steadily been working on them (I will post them when I complete the last one!) and I realized I had never actually watched Tangled while making Rapunzel. I decided to watch it and of course could not find it anywhere to rent! Nowhere! It took me over a month to find a redbox with it and I had to drive an hour just to rent it! (Luckily it was in my hometown so I had a reason to visit.)

Anyway, I watched and instantly fell in love. The characters, the music, the colors, animation. It's all just wonderful. But I REALLY, REALLY fell in love with Pascal. Not uncommon- I usually always love the animal companions the most in Disney movies like so many people do. I decided I NEEDED a Pascal. Once I hit every store in Boise and couldn't find one I decided I didn't even really like the store ones and my paypal is empty so online shopping was out.

So of course I had to make one. Right?

Yesterday I sat down and began sewing- he took me all day! Normally these things take me an hour or two tops but Pascal was a difficult little sucker! Most my plush are very flat and don't have so many shapes and pieces to them. It was an all new task for me creating a head like his. Plus, he is all hand-sewn which I never do anymore. That said, after I finally completed him last night I hated him. Luckily this morning I woke up with a new attitude and quickly changed my mind. He now is one of my favorite creations because he was such a challenge for me!

His tail is posable and his legs and arms are now too.

I took this picture on my phone right after finishing him at about 1:00 a.m. then threw him because I was so frustrated with his head not turning out the way I wanted to after multiple attempts. Don't worry...he is okay and he has forgiven me.

And for size reference here is me holding him!

Have a magical day!  Cheesy
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My Brave Attempt at Making Disney & Pixar's Brave's Merida! (18 Inch Cloth Doll) on: July 22, 2012 04:46:45 PM
Hello Craftster friends!!! Man oh man...it has been a LONG time since I have been on here. Too long.
My life has been quite full of a lot of life-changing events that prevented me from being involved in anything- my blog, here, facebook, ect. It's a long story and I do plan to share it with all my friends here since you guys have always given me love and support, but I am actually working on a project that represents the whole story so I will save it for that project post. I was going to wait to finish said project and use that as my first "welcome-back-to-Craftster-and-normal-life-Alexz" post but then I completed this project this weekend and had to share! I thought she was worthy of such an occassion. Smiley

When Brave was coming out, I was excited to see it simply because it looked cute and I am obsessed with all things Disney. But I had no idea how much I would fall in love with the movie after seeing it once. It started with the three little cub bears- (I won't say anything specific about them for those of you who have not seen the film). I saw the bear cubs in a few previews and fell in love with them instantly; it came out around my birthday and before I had even seen the movie yet, I saw a set of all 3 bears in mini plush form at Toys R Us and bought myself a little birthday treat. Smiley

When I did see the movie finally, I not only fell in love with those dang bears even more, I fell in love with the entire story! The setting, the plot, the characters- everything in it is amazing! The animation is flawless and gorgeous, and Merida's hair captivated me. You get the picture- I LOVED this movie! So since doll-making is my favorite art right now and I already had the three bears, I knew I had to make Merida! Who wouldn't want to make her into a doll with all that hair!

So let me just quit yacking and just show the dang doll! Everybody, this is Brave's Merida!

I tried to match her as closely as possible but still make her a classic Spooky Pooky style doll.

For her hair, I cut all different lengths of two different yarn types into pieces and then sewed them down the middle. I then sewed that to her head and I unraveled each piece differently to give it lots texture and color variation. I added the coiled ribbon by hand lastly, to give it even more texture. It was pain-stakingly tedious but I think it was worth it in the end! Smiley

She has her bow pack with a belt and fastener, leather booties that can come off and lots of pizzazz! lol. My dad is actually making her a bow today! He is in a different town though, and I didn't want to have to wait to get it to post her so when I get the bow and arrows, I will add more pictures! Smiley

I made her 30% bigger than my normal cloth dolls so the bears could go with her. She is about 18 inches tall, and her hair makes her look even bigger in person.

As usual, I went really picture happy. Sorry for so many. I just like her and I like taking pictures and I can't help myself. lol

Welp, I hope you like Merida as much as I do! If you have not seen the movie, go watch it! It is a wonderful film and has so much to offer! When I get her bow and arrows, I will add a couple more photos. Thanks for looking and I am so glad to be back on Craftster with all you wonderful people! I missed ya'll Smiley

7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / You are the what to my what?! Spooky Pooky Free Valentines! on: February 07, 2012 11:47:15 AM
I meant to post these a lot earlier so people could use them if they wanted, but I have been working so many hours, I never had time. But, at least I got them up a week before the holiday. Last year I only had them up a couple days before! O.o

Anyways, I like to make a "gift" for all my craft friends for Valentine's Day, to show my love to my friends and to show my appreciation. It's not much, but I make free Valentine cards as a way to give back and show some love. Here are this years set! I am posting them all here, but if you go to my blog, you can find a downloadable version of a full-sheet print off of all 9 versions to cut out.

Or just click here:

2012 Spooky Pooky Valentine Cards

I hope you all like them and at least a few of you can use them. Thanks for all the love, Craftster!

8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Eureka!!! This year, Christmas Will be Ours!!!! 12+ Foot Tall Jack and Zero on: December 20, 2011 12:06:31 PM
What's this?
I can't believe my eyes
I must be dreaming
Wake up, Alexz, this isn't fair
What's this?
What's this? What's this?

Okay, you are probably wondering for real, what this is!  Cheesy

First, let me warn you that this is going to be INCREDIBLY IMAGE HEAVY. Just warning you. Sorry.

I went to Disneyland for my first wedding anniversary. It was a lifelong dream come true- I went specifically to see the Haunted Mansion Holiday where they completely redo the Haunted Mansion attraction with The Nightmare Before Christmas decor. (My favorite movie of all time and what inspired me to start my art.) The ride is made to look like Jack crashed into the mansion and took it over with his idea of Christmas. I also saw the Tim Burton exhibit while there (my lifelong hero) so when I came home, my head was reeling with ideas. I felt just like Jack! I had discovered a new world with brilliant imagery and pastimes and people. I was just so incredibly inspired and intrigued and ready to burst with ideas.
Upon my return home, just like Jack, I knew I needed to share all my wonderful experiences with my tiny town and bring them some of the magic I got to experience!

I started off just decorationg the inside of my house as a tribute to the Holiday Haunted Mansion by combining my Halloween and gothic decorations with my Christmas Decorations. I redid my entire living room and put away all items that were unrelated. I mean, everything was replaced. Nothing was left out unless it fit that theme.

(Ignore the empty frames-waiting on wedding prints i the mail!)

While in Disneyland, I saw birdcages in a shop with bone arms coming out and loved them. I made my own version for my living room. Smiley

After the inside was covered (there is more, but I will spare you) I decorated the outside- we live in an auto-shop so I don't have a yard or anything cool to decorate and cover. Just a planter and a store front wall. So I had to get creative with my tiny space and once again, I combined my Halloween decorations and Christmas decorations. Tombstones and candy canes and a big tree. Perfect!

But of course that was not enough. Ohhhh nnoooo. That is when I busted out the big guns: my Pop.

If you saw my wedding post from last year, you learned that my Pop is absolutley amazing. I mean, beyond amazing. Worthy of building movie sets and masterpieces, and I am not just saying that because he is my Pop. This post will prove this.

We set forth to build a Jack and Zero- that was my plan and desire all along from the moment I saw Jack in Disneyland. And...we did.

I just want to give proper credit where it is due first of all- my Pop is almost fully responsible for this all. I just helped design and brainstorm and sew mostly. But my Pop is the true artist behind this.

We started with just Jack. We had a ton of plans, but we decided it would be better to just see what happened and go one project at a time. We completed him last weekend. And I am in love with Jack more-so than ever, now.

Jack stands is somewhere around 12 feet long. If he was standing up straight he would be taller! He is huge! For comparison, here is my husband standing below him. Kevin is over 6 feet tall.

And my hand in his:

Here is kind of a basic rundown:

-Started with wire and steel to make his base. Some of the pieces and joints are welded together, some are besn and shaped.
-PVC pipe was used for the neck, arms and legs.
-Body is cardboard and tape.
-Head is carved and sanded from styrofoam.

This part was all his doing after we both figured out the measurements and layout. He is built to scale of how tall he would be if he were to really visit our world! I was very insistent that we keep this as accurate as possible. Luckily, I am this way because I inherited from my father. He became more obsessive over the details than me in the end! Next came the sewing.

I just kind of winged all of that like I always do. It was really easy actually. I put some black stitching around the sleeves to give that extra Nightmare touch, as if Sally herself sewed his suit up.

My dad carved his hands from wood 2X4 scrap piece, as well as each tooth. The teeth were whittled down from the wood pieces with a point at the top of each one to be shoved into Jack's mouth. We worked together, and my mom even jumped in and helped sew, so it was quite the family affair. By the time we finished him, it was already late in the month, so we decided to scrap Zero. Until a couple days later when my dad informed me he was making him too.

I thought we were done after this. I was tired and had a lot of work to finish up and thought Jack was plenty.

That said, Zero is all on my him. He was kind of a Christmas gift to me. Awesome, right? I know...I am so lucky. If you flash back to my wedding, my gift from my Pop was a giant Mad Hatter's hat sculpture! This time I got Zero from him! He made him in a day.

Zero is hanging from the roof in a way that he dangles and hovers right near Jack. His nose lights up at night via a hidden plug in near the end of tail. My husband and I have been adding presents and lights each day as we find stuff and we have been getting a lot of stoppers. It has seriously just been a blast!

I am so thankful to have such wonderful parents- my Pop for jumping right into the project and helping my dream come to life, my mom for helping us and helping me sew when I was behind on my work, and my husband for letting me do whatever I want to our place!

Sorry for such a gigantic post with so much explanation and so many pictures. But I hope you enjoyed it! Thanks for looking and Scary Christmas!

9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Cal, My Newest Little Misfit Buddy! (Disney-Burton Inspired Plush!) on: December 13, 2011 09:57:09 PM
Hi there! Some of you may have heard me mention A LOT that I really love Tim Burton and Walt Disney. Along with Meat Loaf, those three men are my greatest heroes in life and have helped shape me into the person and artist I am today. So when I found out that the Tim Burton exhibit was in L.A. and was ending in October, my husband and I decided it was time to make a life-long dream of mine come true of going to Disneyland at Halloween time (I have also mentioned many time that Halloween is my favorite ever).  We worked our butts off and ate peanut butter sandwiches for months so we could afford it all, and we ended up going to the last week of October to celebrate our first wedding anniversary.

It was the most amazing trip ever. Ever.

I came home so incredibly inspired by all the things I had seen and experienced. It was like an overload of everything I love up close and personal. I ended up spending a great deal of time crying because I was so overwhelmed. lol. Happy tears of course.

When I was at the LACMA, a little character popped into my head as I stared at all of Tim Burton's art. He stayed with me the entire trip, popping into my mind at every place we visited. And then when we returned home, he kept nagging at me to make him come alive. I was extremely busy with catching up on work and everything, but finally one very late night, I just had to push my other work aside for a moment and sew him into a plush 3D representation. I couldn't stand it anymore! And so, Cal was born!

Cal is named after California, in honor of everything that happened on that magical trip to L.A! His overall design is inspired by the drawings of Tim Burton who was my first style influence, but I still tried to make him my own. He wears Mickey Mouse ears to show my love for Walt Disney himself, the parks, the trip, and just my overall devotion to Mickey Mouse and all things Disney. I could have chosen any monster for him to be, but I chose a skeleton so he will forever remind me of my special Halloween anniversary trip. And I just love skeletons. The stripes are in honor of Tim Burton as well. His ears are actually a little removable hood that ties around his chin!

His name is also Cal, because my husband and I were so enamored with everything, we are saving up our money and planning to move to California so I can pursue my lifelong dreams. Lastly, because this was such a life-changing trip, he inspired our Christmas cards this year!

Sorry for such a lengthy explanation!  Undecided I just felt it was necessary to explain him since it is so personal and important to me. Smiley Thanks for looking and Merry Christmas!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Scary Christmas? Nah, Just Cute and Creepy Christmas Creatures! on: December 13, 2011 08:48:32 PM
After my Halloween vacation/anniversary to Disneyland and the Tim Burton Exhibit, all I can make are Skeletons!! Cute skeletons that is. Disney and Burton inspired ones!

This little guy is about 7 inches tall and made with fleece and a very suede plush fabric and is so soft and cuddly! He is inspired by the Nightmare Before Christmas obviously. My favorite movie ever!

I was in the Holiday Ninni swap and this was a scrapped ninni base. So I turned him into a Skelly Ninni Christmas monster as a gift for my friend who shares the same strange interests as myself. Smiley

Merry Christmas and thanks for looking!!
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