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181  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Nail Polish?? on: March 05, 2009 09:03:25 AM
Toothpicks or sewing needles work best for dots and really small designs, and my special little trick for when I want straight lines is to use scotch tape.
You basically just put the tape on top of your nails and paint over it, and voila!  A straight line!

You can also cut the tape into curves to make different designs.
That's how I make perfect French tips Wink
(for French tips, I basically just cut the curve of the tape to match the natural curve of my fingernail by putting the tape over my fingernails, overlapping the ends, cutting around the curve, then bring the tape back to just where the white of my nail starts.  Then I paint over the tape, and since the tape blocks the rest of my nail, it paints a perfect French tip!)

Just make sure that if you're going to put the tape on top of pre-existing nail polish that the tape you use isn't TOO sticky, or when you peel the tape off, it will peel off your nail polish as well  Sad
182  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Tips and tricks on M&P soapmaking?? on: March 05, 2009 06:04:06 AM

So, my grandmother (who has been my craft inspiration since the day I was born) recently brought up the fact that she makes soap, and I've become VERY interested in wanting to make my own M&P soaps.  I just had a few questions...

First off, what kind of molds should I use?  Well, soap molds are okay, obviously (lol), but I just wanted to know if food grade molds are alright to use as well, or if they might melt due to the heat of the soap....

I also need to mention that I'm very low on cash (as are most people in this economy), and have always been very thrifty, so I like to find other uses for items.  That being said, I wanted to know how you guys cut your soap (for if I'm NOT going to use a mold, obviously...)
I play guitar, so I was thinking that a guitar string (the thinnest one, of course) might work...especially because I'm not too fond of having to go out and buy a new knife just for soap making when I might be able to cut it with something I already have (and I'm not willing to ruin one of my knives for soap), haha  Smiley
Any ideas if this would work or not?

In addition to all of the above (sorry for such a long post, lol), I wanted to know if you guys have any tips for getting soap that has been melted off of things like measuring cups and pots and pans....or do you guys usually buy these items especially for soap making, because it permanently ruins them...?

And where do you guys get all your crazy soap scents from??  I've heard of people finding coffee scents, and I read somewhere that someone found a play doh one?   Cheesy

Also, any tips for a first-time soap maker that you guys have learned?
Stuff that does work, and stuff that wound up being a disaster?

Any help is greatly appreciated!! <333
183  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: puzzled on: March 05, 2009 04:55:29 AM
Coolest soaps (they ARE soaps, right..?) EVER!!

This is such a neat idea.....and I'm sure it would appeal to kids!.......until they use them up so much that they can't put the puzzle together anymore......but then, of course, they can always buy more Wink
184  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Wonderland: Cheshire Cat (img hefty) on: March 04, 2009 05:16:17 AM
Very cool looking!  Cheesy

It is in the wrong place though....should be in the "bath and beauty" section, 'cause it's makeup  Wink
185  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Momma said knock you out! (realistic injury makeup) on: March 03, 2009 08:00:14 PM
So, every year, I volunteer at a haunted house at my community center.  I've gotten semi decent at doing the cheesy, overdone makeup, but recently I was bored, and decided to put my makeup skills to a more artistic (and a bit more realistically gruesome) use:

And apparently, some of my friends (who only saw the above picture of the "black eye") didn't believe that it was makeup...so to prove that my boyfriend ISN'T abusive, I took these pictures as well:

The black eye is a few different shades of blush (purples, pinks, and reds, highlighted in the right places), and the "blood" on my lips is some red "body" makeup stick (aka, you can use it as lipstick, eyeliner, or whatever...I LOVE this stuff--got it during Halloween, but I use it for everyday makeup and it looks fine, too...only $2, and it's not even halfway gone!!).

And here's one of my haunted house makeup (a bit more cheesy, but it needs to be--the haunted house is so dark that everything needs to be over-emphasized Wink) :

It was done with white face makeup, black "body" makeup stick for the eyes, red "body" makeup stick for the lips, and fake blood for the cuts. 

Please tell me what you think!   Smiley
186  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Super easy Maternity skirt tutorial on: March 03, 2009 07:55:41 AM
It almost reminds me of a kangaroo pouch  O_o
Very cute!!
187  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Blouse into Frilly Knickers (Pants for you Yanks!) on: March 03, 2009 07:49:26 AM
Oooo, very cute!!

Actually though, those would be called panties (note the i, lol) to us.
"Pants" is what we call our trousers  Wink
188  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Handmade Newborn's Bunny on: January 22, 2009 06:41:43 PM
This is the first plushie/doll/whatever you want to call it I've ever made (not including the one I made back in 8th grade, directly from a store bought pattern), all from scratch.

My friend Leti is pregnant with a baby girl, due the first week of March, and her baby shower is this Sunday.  I made her this bunny for the baby, and also got a matching outfit (for the baby, not for Leti, haha).  For Leti...margarita mix.  XD

Anyhow, here are the pictures--tell me what you think!
It was inspired by a doll that my grandmother made for me when I was a baby.

True-to-color pictures (taken outside, rather than washed out with a flash):

Indoor pictures (color is a little more red than in real life):

189  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: wallet made from mail ads and paint chips on: November 30, 2008 08:25:09 AM
Did you paint it with invisible paint after you finished putting it together?

Wow....now THAT is CRAFTY!  Cheesy

(seems like you forgot to post the picture, hun<3)
190  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / 3 Different Painted Canvas Shoes!! (warning: 3 very large images inside!) on: November 29, 2008 02:31:58 PM
So, some of you may remember me as green_day_gurl_ (I made the Van Gogh converse here:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=39772.0 )
I went on kind of a hiatus for a few years, but I'm back and have a brand new screenname!  Still been crafting all the while, though  Wink

And now I present to you three of my latest projects

Here's one of my latest projects--cheap shoes from Wal Mart, some acrylic paint, and black sharpies, and voila!

The second and third pairs were of black, low top converse that belong to my cousins, Lexie (13) and Mariah (12).
They had seen my "Silver Lining" flats and wanted THEIR shoes painted when I went up to CT (they live in CT, I live in FL) for 4 days.....yeah, lots of pressure, and I was scared to death that I was going to mess them up, but they wound up loving them.
Both were done with acrylic paint and glitter glue.

Here are Lexie's:

And Mariah's (my personal favorite):

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