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1  Getting Witchy With It: Witch Fascinator Headband in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by sheepBlue on: December 18, 2019 06:08:32 PM
Time for my swan song post:

I never got around to posting this, but made it recently for a supply/blog site that for some reason never got posted. Anyway, it'll live in this little corner of the internet now...

I have never grown out of my love for dressing up for Halloween. It's the one day of the year that I can get away with wearing anything without people looking at me funny. I really wanted to see what kind of wearable could be made with some laser cut shapes. I was inspired by the Dragon Shape I had on hand - the wings remind me of bat wings which scream HALLOWEEN. How does one wear bat wings though? They are the perfect size for a hat so thus my inspiration took me....

I had a Premium Stack Ghost Stories scrapbook paper pad with fun Halloween prints, and picked a cute one with tiny skulls that would be low-key on theme without being super obvious from a distance. The paper also has a beautiful shimmer effect that is really hard to capture on camera (sorry I tried!). I used an old school protractor (yes I still have one) to trace out 2 circles, and then made a bigger 1/3 circle shape that I connected with lines to the center which made the cone shape for my hat (I found a basic template online to illustrate what I'm talking about). Repurposing some cereal cardboard from my recycle bin,  I traced out the same circle shape to add some added stiffness to what will become the base of my hat, and then sandwiched it between the two smaller circles with some white glue and heavy books to weigh them down while drying.

While waiting, I took my 1/3 circle shape and rolled it to play with the cone shape until I liked how tall it stood and glued it in place with more white glue, a binder clip, and rubber bands. I opted for not using cardstock with the cone because the scrapbook paper was pretty sturdy by itself, and in a cone shape is even stronger to resisting damage as long as you're gentle with it. (Behind-the-scenes-reality: I did a first version with cardboard but couldn't get the cone to roll smoothly without ugly creases from the stiffness of the cardboard.)

Getting back to the bat wings of it all, I did a little surgery with the biggest dragon in the Dragon Shape, cutting the wings away from the body with a sharp exacto blade. I traces some veining on the wings with a pen, and then went over it with black puffy paint to give it a little dimension. Once that dried (the theme of this project is waiting for things to dry), I took some crumpled black tissue paper and modge podged it to the front and back of the laser cut shape and then (SAY IT WITH ME) let it dry.

I decided that besides the wings, I wanted my hat to have some sort of focal piece, so I got out a flourish-style oval frame and dug through my junk bins to see what fun thing I could put together. I had some plastic doll eyes and thought it'd be the perfect complement to the oval shape of the tiniest laser cut. I painted the outer frame with a wash of purple acrylic paint to give a breath of color to the hat, and then painted the inner oval piece black. Those dried quickly, and I glued the two layers and eye together with white glue.

Once all my pieces had some time to dry, I finally moved on to assembly and decoration! I cut away any excess tissue paper from the bat wings with a small sharp pair of scissors. You can easily do this with an exacto blade as well. Then I got out the hot glue gun. Very carefully I cut two slits on equal opposite sides of my cone to insert the wings. Once I positioned them where I liked them, I squeezed a liberal amount of hot glue on the inside of the cone where the wings meet the cone to secure them in place. Once the glue cools, they're rock solid and going nowhere.

I laid a line of hot glue on the inner part of the cone so that when I quickly connected it to the top side of the base, the glue seeped down to attach, without being visible to the outside. I then glued some decorative black trim on the edge of the hat brim to hide the slightly visible line of cardboard that is sandwiched between the two papers. I found some black tulle that I cut a strip of, to tie around the base of the cone to further disguise the join of the cone and circle, and then glued my focal eye to the knot.

Now that the hat assembly is done, I needed to connect it to something that would stay on my head: a plastic headband. I didn't want to rely on the miracle of glue alone to keep it all together, so I cut some circles of black felt to hide the join, as well as giving more area to glue together and make the whole thing more stable. I used my trusty hot glue gun again, gluing a little at a time, I also used this moment to sandwich in a bit more tulle for a fun fascinator hat vibe. You can wear it fluffed up in front of your face, or tucked back like a little tulle tail veil (I may have made that phrase up).

Voila! My creation is complete! A little witchy, and a little cute. Definitely a one-of-a-kind piece to stand out in a crowd.
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2  Re: Craftster Site Announcement in Latest News by sheepBlue on: December 11, 2019 07:12:21 PM
Y'all are too much  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

Baby baba in all her glory

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3  Baba Yaga Haunted House in Completed Projects by sheepBlue on: October 08, 2019 06:16:08 PM
I am personally a huge chicken when it comes to haunted houses, but one haunted house I always found fascinating is the Baba Yaga haunted house so why not create my own!

I'm not sure why I love mashing weird things that don't go together...well...together, but making these bird feet out of wire and hot glue is always the best.

Thanks to Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts for the opportunity and supplies to make this!
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4  Re: Fiber/Mixed Media Jewelry Swap Rd 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sheepBlue on: September 26, 2019 04:20:37 AM
Glad you like it faemystique!

Here's another shot of the necklace (pre-final trim up of the dangly bits)

Also credit where it's due: the card is one of the fabulous gelli prints from kwality570 I believe, and the yarn is all handspun I've gotten from lovely craftsters, though I've hoarded these for so long that I'm not quite sure who exactly.
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5  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2019 in The Swap Gallery by sheepBlue on: September 22, 2019 10:09:48 AM
I received this amazing pour canvas from curiousfae a couple of weeks ago and have been very tardy in posting. It does not have any indication of my lack of love for this, as it is so so so cool!!! She used a vibrant copper paint that makes the whole thing shimmer beautifully in the sun.

Thank you curiousfae, I love it so much!!
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6  Re: Fiber/Mixed Media Jewelry Swap Rd 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sheepBlue on: September 22, 2019 10:05:42 AM
I received from faemystique yesterday! It was a nice way to end the day.

She took inspiration from a lot of the mixed media, layered pieces I have on my pinterest board and I love the tactile quality of it all.

She also made me a beautifully layered brooch with so much stitching.

And there were some fun extras included.

Thank you so much faemystique!!
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7  Re: Fiber/Mixed Media Jewelry Swap Round 2, SU 8/31 - 9/8 SO by 10/7 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by sheepBlue on: September 03, 2019 03:43:00 PM
I'm not exactly sure where this is going but I like it so far...

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8  Fiber/Mixed Media Jewelry Swap Round 2, SO by 10/7 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by sheepBlue on: August 31, 2019 12:51:34 AM

Swap name: Fabric/Mixed Media Jewelry Swap Round 2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: sheepBlue
Co-organizer: N/A
Sign-up: Aug 31st - Sept 8
Date to send: Oct 7
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): N/A
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
Additional Age requirement? Must be 16 years or older

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant:YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

I love how jewelry can be a piece of art that you wear, and I love to find unique pieces that show that. We will be swapping 1 piece of beautiful jewelry with our partner that can be made up of fiber/mixed media/sewing/felting/embroidery/etc techniques. This includes everything under the sun: beads, metal, fabric, thread, yarn, felt, buttons, clay, etc etc! Please communicate with your partner so that everyone ends up with beautiful jewelry that they can show off to all their friends and family.

Everyone needs to keep in contact both with the organizer and their partner; please try to post to the thread at least once a week to let us know how you're doing and please dont leave your partner or myself hanging if we PM you!

Please make sure you post in this thread for updates as soon as you sign-up/think about signing up.

Organizer's Note: I reserve the right to refuse anyone. If you have feedback that shows a history of very late sending, ill-communication, incomplete packages, lack of DC#'s, etc. I may refuse you. I want this to be a flake-free swap.


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer: sheepBlue

Name of swap: Fabric/Mixed Media Jewelry Swap Rd 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 have any allergies, specifically in materials that may be used in jewelry and will be laying on your skin (i.e. metal, wool, etc)?

What styles do you enjoy (bohemian, ethnic, hippy, etc)?

What styles do you not enjoy?

What kind of jewelry do you like wearing (earrings, necklaces, etc)? Please include a description of your preferred lengths and other relevant details.

What kind of jewelry do you not like wearing?

Do you like flashy statement pieces, or something more subtle?

What are your favorite colors/color combinations?

What colors do you not like?

Are there any particular techniques you'd love to receive (i.e. knit, macrame, assemblage, sewn, etc)?

Are there any particular techniques you'd rather not receive?

Pinterest? Links? Stalking aids?

Want to go beyond the minimum requirement?

Do you have a camera or access to a camera? Can you post pictures?

Anything else you would like for your partner to know about you...


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

Approved Swappers:
Mistress Jennie


faemystique : sheepBlue

Mistress Jennie : Powerhouseofthecell

craftylittlemonkey : curiousfae

Abbeeroad : Rosie1981
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9  Re: Stitch Along 2013-until the END OF TIME in Needlework: Stitchalongs by sheepBlue on: June 29, 2019 07:18:06 AM
Hey All! I love all the stitches. GBBO, Stranger things, Disney castle and birthday cake - it's all fabulous. I finally finished the stumpwork flower example I started for the Asheville meetup. Defintely a bright flashy flower you can find all over my neighborhood right now  Smiley

And then I added an eye because that's what I do  Grin
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10  Re: Great British Bake Off Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sheepBlue on: June 19, 2019 05:08:11 PM
Ahh I received an amazing GBBO package from Abbeeroad today  Cheesy

We must have been on the same wave-length because she embroidered me a freaking Mary Berry prayer candle!!! Complete with her tasteful pearls, and a lifestyle of perfection to model myself after. I love her expression and the stitching is perfect <3

She made me 3 awesome dish towels to show off in my kitchen, and keep me ever-mindful of the spirit of GBBO that I should hope to espouse when getting my bake on   Grin

And a few extras - a cute mini bunting and some fun socks to rock when binging some more GBBO.

Abbee, you're the best! Don't let Candice bum you out too much  Wink
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