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21  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Turtle Duck on: May 12, 2010 02:07:11 AM
I felted a turtle duck for my partner in the Avatar the Last Airbender swap. You can read about the turtle duck here: http://avatar.wikia.com/wiki/Turtle_Duck

Top view of turtle duck shell

Detail view of the turtle duck shell's side

My partner seems to be happy with it which makes me happy  Cheesy
22  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Last Airbender and Firefly inspired Journals - pic heavy on: May 10, 2010 07:59:15 PM

ALWAYS iron your fabric before using it even if it doesn't look like it needs it. Otherwise you will notice small imperfections as you are putting it in a box to be sent out. >.<

Detail on the fringe. This was made for the Avatar: The Last Airbender Swap. Yarn colors and symbols represent air bending, earth bending, swamp bending, fire bending, and water bending.. and some metal bending if you wanted to stretch your imagination

Detail on the hinge opening. I used folded signatures instead of single pieces of paper to make the book sturdier.

I looked up a faux leather painting technique online. The video tutorials on wall painting were the most helpful. I no longer have the link to credit these helpful people. Sad Sorry
Step one: Paint your base layer, normally you want this to be your base layer to be darker then the rest. I screwed up and trusted the colors on the label of the paint tubes. :/ Either look inside the cap for a color reference or do a test strip. Paint on evenly and let dry.
Step two: Paint an even layer of paint that is a shade lighter than your original color. Take a plastic bag and crinkle it up. Working from top to bottom layer it over your whole surface. Lightly press down on the bubbles. Leave for a few minutes so your paint isn't very goopy.
Step three: Carefully peel your plastic away by lifting it up from a top corner and peel it down without letting it sag down into the painted surface again. If there are smudges you don't like or lines that are too crisp for your liking then dab it with a wet paper towel or cloth to soften the look of the area.

Detail shot
You can paint on a third color if you like. When I painted the insides and edges black I took advantage of the paint overlap and brushed it towards the center with a dry paper towel.

Did a touch up of the inside covers after stitching it together. Not a good idea..got paint on the signatures. Oops.

Cogs are hard to do without a stencil. I don't recommend free handing it Smiley My partner likes steampunk so I decided to include some steampunk details. This is the first book I've don of this type. I look forward to doing more.
23  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Needle felted ATCs on: May 10, 2010 07:28:53 PM

These are multimedia but I am posting these here for two reasons. 1. I haven't given this board some love in about a year. 2. I'd love to see some more felted ATCs! If this post is inappropriate let me know.

"In the Beginning" Douglas Adams quote.
Status: Not available. I wanted this to be no paper... but I should have chosen something that wasn't quote based. I still like the way it came out. Next time I will print it on card stock to the words don't come out wiggly once pasted. There are also beads sewn on that you can see if you look closely.

The layers of sweater scraps would not felt together but be felted on. This confused me, any advice? The eyelashes are novelty eye lash yarn.

In progress

24  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Get Well Card - Best wishes for your butt! on: May 01, 2010 04:57:44 PM
My dad just had a procedure done for his prostate cancer. I mailed him a card in an envie made of scrapbook paper.

Also, "fan art" where you just copy down a picture always makes me wince a little... but I needed a quick birthday card for my Step Dad. We used to watch Pink and the Brain together when I was little so I thought he would enjoy this. This is more to show you guys that you can put together something really simple and it's still very nice for the recipient. Great cards don't always have to be full of things you raided from the scrapbook aisle, not that there's anything wrong with those type of cards.


Inside. It reads: "It's come to my attention human that it is your birthday. The day is yours. For now."

The card stock used for the first card really picks up the oils from your fingers...drives me crazy. I heard once a tip where you could wash your hands with antibacterial gel to help while drawing. Any other tips?
25  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / DIY Flax seed personal lubricant. Thoughts? Mature topic on: February 11, 2010 02:10:12 AM

I found this DIY recipe for a personal lubricant online. You can view it here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/02/10/how-to-make-your-own-pers_n_455735.html

The recipe is just water and flax seed. The video claims this will save you from a toxic hooha but I am afraid of a yeasty hooha after some experiences with lubricants. What do you ingredient savvy ladies think? Is it safe? BTW this recipe is the same way you go about making flax seed into hair gel.

Thanks for your thoughts.
26  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Mamahalin kita magpakailanman - picture fat! on: January 29, 2010 01:46:57 PM
My shrine was inspired by two things after hearing this was a Valentine's type contest. 1. I don't support Valentine's Day. It's for people who are obligated to show they care when they should be doing it any way any day in the year. So I made sure not to go the traditional direction of Valentine's stuff. Plus this is much more me anyway. 2. My boyfriend and I were on a break. I was going through many things personally including what love means to me as an adult (I only have my high school sweet heart to compare this relationship to) and what I want out of a partnership.

But one thing is for certain. I cherish my man and no matter what happens he will have a place in my heart until the day my batteries run out.




Inside. I learned to Quill for this project! Cheesy The black paper is this really lush textured scrapbook paper. And yes, those are real bones.

One in progress pic. I tried to make this as anatomically correct as possible including glueing down each vein. Glue dries clear my butt.

I wish I could take better photos. I need a new camera.  Cry
BTW the title for this thread is Tagalog (Filipino) for "I will love you forever" Wink (I looked up the translation. I'm not anywhere near fluent)
27  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Blinded by cuteness...Hello Kitty Janome machine a good one? on: January 07, 2010 01:01:25 AM
My step-mom has been promising me a sewing machine for two years. I can't wait any longer! But I don't want to blow a lot of money on a machine in the chance that she sees that I'm serious about it and finally digs out both the serger and machine out of storage. (storage = no man's land) So I want something that's sturdy enough to do my bidding yet not so cheap that it will just break on me.

I've heard about the Janome machines from the Threadbanger but nowhere else. The actual machine can be found here: http://www.target.com/Hello-Kitty-Sewing-Machine-Green/dp/B000B8WSJ2/ref=huc_ic_1_pn Another site notes that it is a three-quarter size machine. Does that make it difficult to sew? Like if I decided to sew something large like pants or blanket will I be straining? I want something small enough to pack up with no problem. I wont have a sewing table and most likely will use the dining room table.

Currently I want to sew small projects like repurposed t-shirts, hand warmers, arm warmers, etc. I have neither the room, time, nor budget to tackle big projects. I like that Janome machines have a guide to thread the machine, I have a video tutorial for Janome machines conveniently in my youtube favorites, and that the stitches are illustrated plain as day. Oh yeah ..and it's green with Hello Kitty on it. XD

Thanks for your help craftsters!

UPDATE Did some more research and it looks like there is no adjustable foot speed which is not cool with me and the buttonhole stitch doesn't come out very consistent. I am still on the look out for a Janome machine around the same price range but want to keep this up for users with the same question.

28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Needle nose pliers with gauge measurements on: December 31, 2009 06:55:44 AM
I get so frustrated when my wire wrapping doesn't match because of the slightest change in where I did the loop. Is there a noodle nose plier out there that has notches or painted on lines to measure the gauge? I suppose the notches could scratch the wire but lines would help..I could figure a way to repaint them if I saw how it was done.
29  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Using epsom salt instead of sea salt on: December 16, 2009 05:37:10 AM
I saw this simple bath salt recipe on youtube (the second one) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66xbtsdihIM&feature=sub

I don't have sea salt but I do keep epsom salt in my bathroom (and I can run down to the market for it). Would it be the same to use the same portion in the recipe of epsom salt instead of sea salt?

Thanks :B
30  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Birthday Cake card comic strip style on: November 22, 2009 04:00:38 PM
I'm procrastinating on getting ready for a birthday dinner and instead posting what I made for my mom's friend.

The outside:

The in:

The messy boxes were intentional..I wanted it to have a hand drawn comic strip feel. The fourth box is for me to write my message in it...I'm always bashful about signing birthday cards on my own because I never know what to write... But once some one sees that I made a card they don't want to sign it with me. Meh :/
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