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1  Re: Zombie Swap Rd. 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by bellalupina on: March 11, 2011 09:05:57 AM
I was able to run over and grab my package and snap some photos, so here is the awesomeness my partner created for me!

A shot of all the wrapped goodies together.  Already I saw something that made me squee. Tongue

A pony!  I mentioned that I collected MLPs to my partner and she sent one of my favorites!

I decided to open the little box at the bottom first, and boy am I glad I did.  These are so awesome!  I would be wearing them now except I've got to go to work and they have a fairly strict dresscode. 

Next we have these, the theme of which I anticipated, but not the execution.  Look at these fantastic ladies!

Next we have an adorable brain pin cushion.  It's so soft!

This item is so cool I don't even know how to do it justice.  Completely unexpected, and completely awesome!

They are "Zombie Vitamins!"  The best part by far is the back label which reads:

Directions: Take one everyday for a healthy, active zombie lifestyle.
Warning: May cause stiff walking, decomposition, loss of vocabulary and an uncontrollable desire for human brains.

How cool is that?

I saved this one for last because I had a suspicion of what it might be, but it's even better than I imagined.

I love her little bones sticking out, and all the fantastic detail!  She is going to be displayed in my room!

Thank you so much scarlet_nights, I am just ecstatic about all the cool things you made me!
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2  Re: Zombie Swap Rd. 2-(SIGN UP 2/1/11- 2/15/11 SEND OUT 3/15/11) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by bellalupina on: February 07, 2011 07:16:40 PM
I can't wait to start crafting, I'm so excited to get started on my partndr's package! 

In other news I did finish my Amanda Palmer zombie the other day, but couldn't get any pictures until today.  So here she is!

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Check out her thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=372482.msg4382635#msg4382635
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3  Amanda Palmer Zombie in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by bellalupina on: February 07, 2011 07:10:55 PM
I joined the Zombie Swap recently and to prepare for my crafting, I decided to do a little pattern testing.  I worked a pattern for a small plush zombie made out of green fleece with big creepy eyes.

At the same time I've been obsessed with Amanda Palmer's (of Dresden doll fame) new CD, especially the song "Map of Tasmania."  It's about a certain part of the female anatomy and it's resemblance to the shape of Tasmania.  I love everything about the song and the video, so when these two inspirations collided I decided to combine them.

Presenting Amanda F*cking Palmer Zombie version:

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Amanda is made out of green fleece with hand sewn felt details.  I simplified her costume a bit giving her pasties instead of a corset for the sake of my sanity. Tongue  Overall I love her, and I plan on sending some photos of her in to AFP's website for her daily art post.

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4  Re: BJD (Ball Jointed Doll) Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by bellalupina on: June 14, 2010 05:01:09 PM
Finally!  I don't even want to discuss what I went through to get these pictures...my life is positively ridiculous sometimes.  In any event though, here are the lovely things that Creeperella made for me!  Sorry for the horrible pictures, I had to make due with a cellphone camera due to the aforementioned crazy.
A shot of everything together.  That's Orla sitting on her cute new pink chair and wearing her new dress and Paks' hat (he's indisposed atm).

A picture of the lovely flower basket and the charm chain (very cool little charms!) hanging over it.  I think those flowers were handmade! Smiley

A better shot of Paks' hat, this thing is seriously awesome!

And finally last but definitely not least, probably my favorite item in fact...The Gun.

The pictures don't do it justice but it is the coolest steampunk/pirate gun ever.  And it mock fires too!

Thank you so much Creeperella, this package was absolutely awesome! Smiley
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5  Re: Poppet Swap Rd 3 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by bellalupina on: March 08, 2009 09:12:59 AM
I finally tracked down my card reader, so here are the promised pictures!  Warning, there are a lot of them. Smiley

I didn't get any shots of the pre-opened goodies in the box because I was way too excited to get to the good stuff. Tongue  I read through the lovely little note, and then starting snapping some photos of all the presents!

First is Tori with her new wolf friend.  We're not 100% sure on a name yet, but are leaning towards Adolph/Adolf (means "noble wolf"). 

Next (a little out of order perhaps) is my new beautiful girl Ophelia!  She is just spectacular, the pictures don't even do her justice!

Isn't she pretty?  Next is a pair of stunning wings for Tori.  She decided she needed to model them for everyone.

The wings themselves...

...and my girl in them!

Next is a very cool tutu that is full of sparkles (very much Tori's style).  Again she wanted to model it.

My partner also sent these great olive green pants with a little snap closure on the back. Tori loves them!

And last but not least there were a bunch of neat fabrics and eyes in the bottom of the package:

I absolutely love those two smaller ones, beautiful colors!

Thank you so much Wildfyre!
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6  Re: Twilight Rnd. 5 Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by bellalupina on: March 02, 2009 03:42:02 PM
Sorry for the wait everyone, last week was absolutely crazy but I'm here now!  Prepare to be awed by the sheer crafting power of my partner. Smiley

The first two items I pulled out of the box were my absolute favorites, and though I'd normally leave them till the end here they are now:

First is this absolutely spectacular crocheted tote that I am so in love with.  I can't even imagine how long that took, I'm completely blown away!

And a close up of the adorable button:

Next is this beautiful tote that I just can't stop playing with (oooh, buttons...).  Again, this must have taken a while to put all the buttons on, not to mention how cool they all are!  It's hard to tell from my photos, but the little apple button in there is actually sparkly.  Here's a few more shots of the tote:

I honestly can't decide which one to use first, though I'm tempted to just put one inside the other and use both. Tongue

Next we have something for my slightly obsessive love of Seth.

This is going on my dresser!

Since we're on a wolf kick thus far, here is the Jacob-themed candle she sent. It smells so good!

Next is one of my favorite quotes done in clay (if I remember correctly):

And the final item which made me squeal like a seven year old girl...Apples!

A whole jar full of them.  They are adorable!  The little stems are even hooks so I can hang them on things.  If I could bear to take them out of the jar for long periods of time, I just might hang them over my headboard.  But for the moment they look too cute in the jar. Smiley  Here's a shot of a single one for size reference:

I wanted to take a more Twi-themed picture with the apple, but I had no one around to do the photography. Sad

Thank you SO much dip_n_dot, I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful this package is.  Even my mom said it is the best I've ever received, and she's picky. Smiley  Thank you!
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7  Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along in Craftalongs by bellalupina on: February 03, 2009 08:53:28 PM
I've been majorly holding out on you guys...sorry!  It only took me six months to finally get photos of this girl, no biggie. Tongue

Check out her post here! https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=290622.0
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8  My Pretty Poppet Tori P. Elise in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by bellalupina on: February 03, 2009 08:49:18 PM
Okay people, I've been holding out on you. Sad And for my penance I am going to write a ridiculously long post... Tongue

May I humbly introduce you to Tori P. Elise:

I recently signed up for the newest round of the I Love My Poppet Swap, and I realized rather guiltily that I still hadn't posted pictures of my beloved Tori!  So I set out to remedy that, for both her sake and that of my partner.

Tori began her life as a skein of very pretty colored yarn.  I saw it in the dollar store and just had to have it, though I didn't quite know what it was for yet.  If you're familiar with the Poppet Along you may recognize it as the yarn used for the Rob Zombie poppet's hair.  In any event, I quickly realized what I had found and set about creating a poppet.  Unlike most poppets I make, I started with Tori's head first, and so for several days she was simple a disembodied head with some pretty cool hair.  No face to speak of, but hair. Smiley

Her body came next, and it was at this time that Tori's true purpose came to light.  People often say that crafting is better (and cheaper!) than therapy, and I agree with that 100%.  When I started Tori's body, I was going through a very difficult time in my life.  To make a very long, torrid story short, my then fiance and I were in the midst of calling off the engagement and breaking up.  I won't go into faults, but at that time I was feeling very repressed.  There were many things I wanted and needed to say to him that I never could, and with this in mind I set out to make a poppet who could be outspoken for me.  Due to that I gave her a kind of "edgy" appearance, one that expressed how I felt at that moment.  So she has a long mohwak and large tattoos on the sides of her head (pictures further down).

The night I finished Tori's body my fiance and I finally called it quits in a very quick but very painful argument.  He had gotten to the point where he just didn't care any more and refused to talk to me (and still hasn't to this day unfortunately), so I crafted instead.  That evening I began to tattoo Tori's body all over.  Around midnight or so I finished and decided I absolutely hated it.  So what's a girl to do?  Do over!  Yes, I stayed up until about 4am that night re-cutting and re-sewing and entirely new body for her.  The only original parts were her head, tail, and the tips of her toes.  At the time of this writing Tori has undergone another body change because the stitches were too loose for long-term use (I had no working machine at the time and so she was hand sewn).  So this is essentially her third body, head still original of course. Smiley 

Tori encompasses many of my favorite things, some of which will be explained with the pictures below.  Her first name comes from Tori Amos, one of my favorite musicians and a big inspiration for her conception.  Around the time I was starting her body I discovered the Tori song "Flying Dutchman." (Listen to it here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=pPgtq4EU-qs)
This inspired one of Tori's tattoos as well as some of her personality.  The rest of Tori's name is a combination of another favorite music artist of mine and my own chosen last name.  "P" stands for "Penny," from the Hanson "Penny and Me" fame.  Elise is actually my middle name, but I use it as a pseudo last name for all non-legal ventures.

Tori's looks were inspired by a combination of Neil Gaiman's Delerium, the wonderful poppet Quinn from the Poppet Along, fae folk (think mid summer night's dream), and my own personal muse.  Personality-wise Tori is a mix of quiet and out spoken.  She is at least part fairy and part muse, though I won't claim to know everything about her. Tongue  She loves to be outside, to dance, and to listen to music.

An overview of Tori in her newly finished skirt.  She is ridiculously hard to find clothes for because of her coloring, but this seemed to work.

This is what I have dubbed Tori's "myspace pic" because of the angle.  Here you can see her face a little better.  Her eyes are two different colors, one green and one blue.  When I was little I always wanted two different colored eyes, and in my favorite movie Practical Magic, the hero has one green eye and one blue.  The fabric around her and and in her ears was given to me by a coworker who was cleaning out her grandparents' house after a death.  It was one of my favorites, and I wanted to make sure it went to good use.  She also has a small crystal underneath her eye.

I finished Tori's necklace this evening, though I've been waiting forever to finalize it.  I'm a huge fan of all things wolf, and I actually have a substantial number of wolves tattooed on me (including a chest piece).  Rather than tattoo her, I decided to make her a necklace similar to one I have.

Tori's tattoos!  This first tattoo came out of nowhere, so I can't really give my inspiration.  It's sort of like a "tree of life" motif.

Next is her space tattoo, inspired by the previously mentioned Tori Amos song.  Both the song and the video (fan made) involve space, and the latter had particularly nice pictures of the planets.

Tori's third and final tattoo is the product of a somewhat misinterpreted lyric.  Anyone familiar with the band Something Corporate will recognize the song "I Woke Up In A Car."  Basically it's about their tour life and how travel can lead you to your greatest homes, even if you don't remain there.  At the time I heard this song I was practically living on a bus, so I felt the sentiment entirely.  The song discusses meeting a girl who "kept tattoos for the homes that she had loved."  A later lyric  talks about seeing "the Mississippi on her knees."  For the longest time I connected the tattooed girl with this lyric, and had the mental image of a girl with the Mississippi River tattooed on her knees.  If you really go through the lyrics however, this isn't necessarily the case.  That notwithstanding, I really wanted Tori to have this tattoo so she does. Smiley

Just for fun the back of Tori:

And the requisite panty shot!

That's about it, she's pretty much my most favorite thing/person/muse/etc. ever.  If you have any comments/questions feel free to reply!
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9  Lots of Twilight Jewelry! Picture porky! Possible Breaking Dawn Spoiler! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by bellalupina on: January 13, 2009 08:44:06 PM
More Twilight jewelry items from yours truly!  I've been feeling rather inspired as of late, and these pieces are the product of that inspiration.  Comments are always welcome. Smiley  Descriptions/info taken from my deviantART.

Seth Bracelet

Someone recently asked me why, if I am such a Seth fan, do I not have more Seth-themed items? So of course I had to start crafting to prove them wrong!

This bracelet features a silver chain woven with a warm brown leather string (the color of Seth's fur). The charms are an "S" for his name, a paw print, and a feather. The whole thing is closed with a silver toggle clasp. A fairly simple bracelet, but nonetheless one of my favorites. I'm wearing it now in fact!

Jacob Bracelet

This is the counterpart to the Seth bracelet in my gallery. For all those die-hard Jacob fans, here's your very own bracelet! The silver chain has a length of rich brown leather woven into it (color of Jacob's fur). The three charms are a "J"initial charm, a feather, and a small bone charm saying "dog lover." I picked that charm in particular because Edward and others often refer to Jacob as a "dog" in a derogatory sense, but those of us pro-wolf people see no problem in being a dog lover!

Newborn Bracelet

I started some experiments in wire wrapping recently, and this was one of the resulting items. Very much a prototype if anything, but still pretty. I was inspired by Bella when she becomes a newborn vampire, and by the very concept of a newborn vampire in general. The overwhelming lust for blood is represented by the great number of red beads, while the resulting beauty of the transformation is symbolized by three pearls. The wire wrapping itself was inspired by a passage in the books wherein instructions are given on how to fight a newborn. One warning above all else is to not let them get their arms around you. I wrapped the wire in such a way to represent the crushing, stiff, and fierce power of these creatures.

Meadow Necklace

This necklace came to be by sheer chance, I happened to pick up the two charms at the same time and decided to work them together. One pair of pliers, several pinched fingers, and many pictures later we have this.

This necklace represents Edward and Bella's meadow from the Twilight series. It features a small silver leaf charm on a silver chain with a small Swarovski heart attached. The heart has an aurora borealis finish, giving it a beautiful shine. The necklace is closed with a silver toggle clasp which has a smaller leaf charm and green glass bead attached to it.

Alice's Crystal Ball Bracelet

The most recent challenge over at the twilight_crafts lj was to create something that sparkled and dazzled like our favorite vampires. This bracelet is part of my entry, the other half of which is a secret until my current swap ends. Tongue

The "crystal ball" is created with a lovely crystalized bead and two bead caps. I used three different chains for it, two beaded and one of actual silver chain. At it's inception I only had a gunmetal finding available, but I will be changing that soon.

Overall I like it. It's a bit larger than what I'd normally wear on my wrist, but I think that adds to its personality. It's definitely Alice!

That's it for the moment.  I do have a few more, but they were not cooperating with the camera, so they'll just have to wait.  Hope you enjoy my work!
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10  Twilight-Edward's Eyes and Seth, and a dragonfly one too! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by bellalupina on: December 20, 2008 07:31:21 PM
A few more bracelets from my recent jewelry-obsessed phase with info from my deviantART:

I was commissioned to create a Christmas present for a friend's daughter who likes Twilight. Rather than just making the sweatshirt alone, I decided to put together a Twilight package for her.

This bracelet is made using crystal beads (Swarovskis I think) in dark red/brown and light pink/tan. I wanted to create a bracelet that spanned the ever-changing color of Edward's eyes depending upon when he had hunted last. The colors in the picture are a little affected by the flash, the lighter beads can be almost clear in the light and both have a more red tint.

Yet another Twilight wolf bracelet, if you can't tell these are some of my favorite things to create. This particular bracelet features the same beads as Edward's Eyes, but this time is Seth-themed. Since Edward and Seth are such good friends in the book, I figured they wouldn't mind sharing beads. Smiley

Seth is my favorite werewolf second perhaps to Jacob, though the two are a close tie if anything. He may be young, but he is so positive and happy that it always makes me smile. I used a small bronze wolf charm to accent the beads, but only had silver findings. These shots show how much these beads change color depending on where they are and how they're placed. For this shot I feel the colors really worked, with the lighter beads fading to a light brown and even pink in some places. Werewolves are warm on the outside, and I think Seth probably has a very warm heart as well! Smiley

Finally, a bracelet for my coworker using green glass beads, small green crystal beads, and silver dragonfly beads.

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