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21  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: EDWARD CULLEN! on: November 06, 2009 11:19:56 PM
I absolutely love this! And I totally thought his hair was real until I read you used a wig!
22  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My first ATCs! {Edited} on: November 05, 2009 06:41:00 PM
So, I originally had my first ATCs here, but I made a ton more. My camera died while photographing, so there are still a few I haven't included, but I will ASAP.

Here they are!

Top to bottom: Fahrenheit 451 quote and Music quote (I used my new favorite gel pen on it)

Top left: heart cut-out from a french dictionary, Top Right: Make Love Not War/Create Don't Destruct, Bottom Left: Just a quick drawing of a girl, Bottom Right: An awesome see-through transfer from a newspaper Smiley

Left to right: watercolor alien planet?, just leave

Top to bottom: He'll wait for her as long as it takes (the little boy looks happy, but he looks like he is waiting for someone. All little kids promise to marry someone, haha), Genesis

Left to right: my personal favorite (the colors make me happy. I "aged" the background by rubbing ink on with my finger), and an Edgar Allan Poe quote (I adore Poe).

Left to right: just a pattern with buttons, Coraline quote

left to right: just a picture with paint added, quote I came up with

I hope you like them. Any suggestions or hints? Thanks Smiley
23  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: Share a technique on: November 04, 2009 10:53:19 PM
okay, here's a basic altering technique that some of you new to the genre might not know about-packing tape transfers.  Use the clear packing tape, the kind for cardboard boxes (which is also a great size for ATC's) or you can also use clear contac paper.  Choose what you want to transfer-your paper must be a TONER copy (not inkjet or laser), book, magazine and newspaper pages work well too.
1. Stick the packing tape over the paper you want to transfer (on the side that you want to have at the end)

2. Take a soup spoon and burnish all over with lots of pressure for a minute or two, try not to miss any spots (unless thats what you mean to do Wink)

3. Soak the whole deal in some warm water for a few minutes, then start rubbing off the paper with your fingers.  Thick pages might have to be soaked again.  Continue until all the paper is off, let dry and use for fantastic art.

This is great for overlaying of print or "ghost" pictures.  The only drawback is how shiny the tape is if you like a matte finish. 

I JUST finished trying this. OH my GOSH! I LOOOOOOVE it!!!! Thank you so much for the idea Smiley
24  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: "What do YOU Journal About?!" Ideas thread! on: November 04, 2009 10:55:46 AM
I'm not sure everything that has been posted here (I got through about half, and love EVERYTHING posted so far).

I like to keep a few journal type books at a time, and use them for different things. My favorite one is my poetry one. I will not allow myself to write much more than poetry (though I loosely define poetry) in it. Some sketches that are relevant are allowed. The biggest part of the poetry journal is that is should fit in an average sized purse, so I can carry it everywhere. I try to write some type of poetry every day, even if it is just an interesting sentence that flows off my tongue well. The best part about it being small, is that I can't really write stories in it anyway, and it doesn't intimidate me as much. My poetry journal is my most private, as it is almost like a diary...I don't censor anything.

Another one, is a creative writing one. This one is used less often, and more often when I'm traveling. It has more sketches and stories and character ideas. When I see someone at a store, I'll jot down a character idea for them. I also write down interesting conversations I overhear. This kind of journal (for me) also tends to get a lot of junk in it, as it is a normal school type spiral notebook or a composition book. My friends will write in it or I'll just draw shapes when I'm bored. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Then I have my *sigh* "normal" journal...like a diary. I rarely ever use it unless I want to document more ordinary things. BORING.

One that I have tried in the past is one where I only use journal "starters" (like what is something you remember from childhood, or what makes you mad) and glue/tape in things I find. Here are some pictures of it.

 The front was blank for awhile and it bugged me. Then I purchased a pair of "Personal Identity" jeans and used the tag for the front. I felt it perfectly explained a journal.

Here's the back.

I put a lot of quotes I like. Also, here's a list of things I was afraid of at the time (some I still am)

Something I got at a parade.


Sorry that I'm being a space-hog!  Wink

I've had problems with glued pages sticking together...any ideas?
25  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: My very first ATC on: November 01, 2009 08:17:53 AM
This is SO cute Cheesy
26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Resin Bottle Caps on: October 16, 2009 10:10:48 PM
Ooh! Thank you for all of this awesome info. I can't wait to actually get good results!!!

Diane, I'll PM you as soon as I can find a permanent place.
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Resin Bottle Caps on: October 16, 2009 09:05:47 AM
Thanks for the comments, I'll try to use those suggestions next time.
28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Resin Bottle Caps on: October 15, 2009 09:52:17 PM
Well, I was trying to make resin bottle cap necklaces... it was my first time working with resin, so I made the mistake of going to Michaels and asking where the resin was. I should have asked for a second opinion Grin The woman had no idea about resin, but she took me to the floral department. I found "quick water" which says it's epoxy resin...so maybe it was the right thing. I'm not sure, but it didn't come out very well at all. It was most likely my fault, but all of the bottle caps were SO sticky when they were done. They were hard, but sticky. I covered them all in clear nail polish. Will improper mixing cause that?

Anywho, here are some of the bottle caps.


Thanks for looking Smiley Comments and kind critiques are always welcome!
29  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Useful ideas for things I just can't throw away!!! on: October 15, 2009 09:21:46 PM
Hey, I just started exploring ways to recycle plastic bottles and I found this awesome jewelry idea for making bangles in a book from Joanne's!

I can't find a really good tutorial online, but the general idea is to cut out about an inch from the middle section to have your bangle shape. Then you can cover it with fabric, shells, yarn, whatever you want. They're so cute Smiley http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/plastic_bottle_bracelet/versions/2

Here are more variations to the idea: http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/plastic_bottle_bracelet

30  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: a superFRANZtastich shirt on: April 02, 2009 09:58:10 AM
I was literally listening to, and planning a stencil of Franz Ferdinand as I saw this. Kudos! I LOVE Franz, and am going to see them in concert next month! I'm making shirts for my friend and me to wear to it.

<3 This!
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