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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: Deck of cards = awesome, easy, romantic gift! on: February 10, 2008 10:20:52 AM
Be sure to post yours if you make them! I'd love to see what other people do with this project!
22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Deck of cards = awesome, easy, romantic gift! on: February 10, 2008 10:05:42 AM
I actually made this for my honey for our anniversary a couple of years ago, but with Valentine's Day fast approaching, I thought I'd share. This is so easy to make, but it has a lot of impact -- who wouldn't love to get this?

I want to say right now that I am not claiming this idea as original. Unfortunately, I made it over 2 years ago and now cannot find the post/site/etc. where I found the inspiration. As I recall, the one I saw was far more elaborate than mine. If you have seen this before, please feel free to post links in your replies.

All right -- let's get to it! Here is the front of my little book -- it's just a deck of regular playing cards with holes punched in 'em, held together with 1 inch binder rings (I got mine at OfficeMax). For the front and back covers, I used my Xyron sticker maker  to cold-laminate pieces of cardboard with scrapbook paper on them. This is certainly not a requirement for the project, as I think we craftsters could think of a million different ways to make little covers for a book like this:

(Our initials are B and K.)

The possibilities for this project are endless, but I didn't do anything fancy. I just wrote down the first 52 things that popped into my head, printed them out, ran them through the Xyron (you could easily use glue) and stuck them to each "page":

Some were sweet (like that one) and some were wacky:

(Just to clarify -- I meant physical comedy with that one... not people actually getting hurt!)

Here's a better shot of the binder rings and also you can see how fat it is (which I really like):

Here's a picture of the back... nothing fancy back there, but it makes a nice matching cover to the front:

Looking at this project now, thinking about all of the creative minds here on craftster... I think someone could really make a masterpiece out of this! Mine is so bare-bones. Perhaps I need to make a sequel...
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Princess crown for mom's 60th birthday! [Image heavy] on: January 22, 2008 12:42:44 PM
mums are very special & totally deserve special tiara-crown-hats of splendidness!

Absolutely! Smiley

Don't suppose you have any action shots?  I'd love to see how it looked being worn...

Unfortunately, no. I didn't put it on myself and my mom hasn't able to get a good shot of herself wearing it. Plus... I'm not sure how keen she'd be on me posting it all over the internet: "Hey! This lady is 60!" (She doesn't look it at all.)

Perhaps next time I'm visiting her, I'll be able to get an action shot. If I do, I'll be sure to post it!
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Princess crown for mom's 60th birthday! [Image heavy] on: January 21, 2008 11:08:15 PM
I made this crown for my mom's 60th birthday, which was actually last month. I had intended to post it then (cause I'm so darned proud of it), but the holidays and whatnot got in the way. So here it is... a crown for my mom. Cause she's a princess!

Here's the front:

(note "+ sexy!" embroidered in the bottom right hand corner)

I made it using heavy-duty double-sided fusible webbing and I appliqud a variety of stuff on it. On the left side, you can see the champagne bottle, plus a little charm that says "Happiness" on the back. I hope that's also what it says on the front. :/

On the right side, there's dice and a little good luck charm. Because I hope she's got plenty of luck this year. When I gave it to her, I inadvertently said, "I hope you get lucky this year." I didn't mean it that way. There was much eyebrow raising and elbow nudging.

Once I had the crown all laid out flat, I realized I hadn't thought it through how I was going to make it round. So I came up with a goofy idea that ended up making a really nice finish. I cut a piece of plastic into a square, finished it off with fabric, added grommets and laced up the back. This sounds weird, so I'll show you pics. Here's the inside (where the plastic square is):

The piece of plastic was stiff enough to turn it from a tear-drop shape into a circle shape, which is what I wanted. You know, cause crowns are usually round?

And, since I wanted to turn it into a "feature" (rather than a bug), I laced it up all pretty on the outside:

(Note the hearts... cause I love my mom. Aw.)

Even though I call it a "crown," it's more like a tiara -- it sits on top of her head. My mom has short hair, so I incorporated loops inside to put bobby pins through (there's a loop on either side, for a total of four bobby pins):

I was kind of nervous about giving this to her, but she really loved it. The best part was when my grandma said, "Why does it say 60 on the front?" I think everyone's in denial.
25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: My Tape Wallet on: January 21, 2008 02:03:44 PM
This is fabulous! I especially love the fabric you chose to go with the tape. Great work!
26  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: The world's most over-engineered house numbers on: January 17, 2008 03:06:56 PM
These are absolutely fabulous! Fantastic work!
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: earrings and a pair of necklaces^^ on: January 10, 2008 04:20:25 PM
Absolutely stunning! Lovely, lovely work.
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Amy Butler messenger bag-my best, so far! (Img Heavy) on: January 05, 2008 07:06:17 PM
Lovely work! I wouldn't worry too much about the lining, but thanks to mimiw and Babyangel for the tip -- I will definitely try that with my next bag!
29  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: dwarf bunny (warning: cute overload!) on: January 05, 2008 06:57:33 PM
Gotta chime in here with the others: totally adorable!
30  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Postage Stamp Square on: November 09, 2007 02:48:38 PM
Holy Guacamole! That's amazing! I totally admire your patience! I've just started working on a new quilt myself and kept thinking, "Hm... if I make these rectangles bigger, this whole process will go faster..." Clearly, the opposite of your thinking!

It's beautiful and awesome -- can't wait to see the finished product!
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