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11  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Last-minute gift Monogram on: October 03, 2011 07:43:30 PM
My daughters were invited to a birthday party with only 2 days notice and we were broke until a few days later. What to give the 10-year-old birthday girl?
I came up with this. It is made from really thick leftover corrugated cardboard that my hubby brought home from work for me to use in another project (which I will post at a later date).


My daughters helped me paint and prep a couple of the embellishments so they liked it too.

Progress shot:

Wrapped the edges so they would be flat instead of showing the corrugated insides.

I might make us some when I get a chance. After Halloween...
12  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Quilled Kolam on: September 17, 2011 12:02:39 PM
I found a book on quilling and thought it seemed like a fun craft.
After playing around making a few smaller, more traditional things like flowers and baby footprints I made this:

I am happy with how it turned out considering I am a beginner.
Now I need more colours of quilling strips so I can make more!
13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My First Altered Puzzle on: March 10, 2011 09:21:07 AM
I looked around a bit and this seems to be the right board for this project. There was paper involved, although the puzzle itself was a cheap wooden one...
I participated in the most recent matchbox swap and I really liked the paper and paint combo I used for the matchbox. So I decided I was going to make something for myself with the leftover paper:) Without further ado here is the finished product:

I glued beads to the center of the ribbon flower I made and micro-beads to a flat wooden flower for the one on the right.
Also, the frame is coated in clear sealant but the same-coloured puzzle pieces have a shimmery top-coat.
This close-up is to show how I wrapped the ribbon stems around the pieces so they are still individually removable. The sparkly strip and sparkly flower are also cut apart so the pieces are still separate. I really wanted it to remain an actual puzzle even though it is intended to be a decoration, especially since it was a really tight squeeze getting it back together after all the embellishments!

Let me know what you think:D
14  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Cute skull top for youngest daughter on: January 09, 2011 05:54:25 PM
Ok, so I started making this top a looong time ago and then it sat incomplete for almost a year because life was pretty hectic.
By the time I was able to get back to it my little one had grown and it was already getting smallish for her!
So I added the black strip at the bottom and decided to shorten the sleeves lol.
I used the same skull fabric in a different colour on a shirt for my older daughter and had the same problem with it stretching while I hemmed it. The silver studs are intended to distract from the unfortunate puckering it created. If I use this fabric again I might back it with something else.
But whatever!
My daughter likes it so I guess it's ok!

Comments/criticism welcome:)
15  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / My first stamps from erasers! (Horde crest & cute skulls!) on: June 26, 2010 07:59:19 PM
This was my first attempt at ever making a stamp. I just used a white eraser and an Exacto knife.

After seeing that one my daughters requested these ones:

Obviously they had already tried all three of them out by the time I photographed them (note the overzealous inking jobs).
The first was a whole eraser.
The other two were a single a eraser that I cut in half, so they are under an inch long.
I would like these better if I had done a smoother job of removing the excess, especially on the Horde symbol.
Does anyone have any tips for my future attempts?
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Something to wear to a concert:) on: September 21, 2009 03:36:39 PM
My hubby and I went to a Marilyn Manson concert on Sunday. Unfortunately all my hot concert clothes are too small for me right now so on Saturday evening I made this based on a tutorial I found here: http://www.ohmystars.net/craft/index-surgery.php?page=tsstut1
It was a very easy project and didn't take me long at all.
Ignore the terrible pics of me. My daughters are short and the angle makes me look awful lol.

I liked the detail I added to the back. It used to be on the sleeve of the t-shirt before I chopped it up:P
17  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Cute skull top for daughter on: July 25, 2009 11:05:29 PM
I made this top for my 8-year-old. I didn't use a pattern. Let's just say it was a learning experience.
I underestimated the stretchiness of the jersey when I was sewing the neckline so it was a bit pucker-y. I decided the best way to deal with that was to gather it at the bottom of the V-neck and then disguise it with the guitar charm. But we can pretend that was the plan all along;)

She loves the top though. She said she wants to keep it forever, even when she's a grownup, lol.
The fabric is a light gray jersey printed with little skulls-and-crossbones with pink bows on their heads. I thought it was adorable.
18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / His & Hers Towels for my Niece on: January 16, 2009 10:15:48 PM
My niece and her boyfriend of 2 years just moved in together. So for Christmas I came up with this idea. My embroidery skills are far from pro but I was ok with how they turned out. The towels are actually black and the embroidery is actually a bright turquoise-y color.

Note the embroidery hoop impression still on the 'his' towel hehe. I think I got that our before I wrapped them.
Advice, comments, etc. welcome
19  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Graffiti art themed magnets for my little brother on: January 16, 2009 10:07:54 PM
This was only my third time making anything with polymer clay. I am surprised I was able to make recognizable objects with it hehe. They were the main part of a gift I gave my younger brother who is does this kind of art.

This is how I gave them to him. They are holding my daughters' school pictures on a magnetic message board. Sorry the pic turned out so dark:P

Comments/criticism appreciated.
20  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Edible colored popcorn on: January 14, 2009 09:14:48 PM
This popcorn is fun and easy to make and looks great layered in a jar.
You just throw some popcorn kernels in a ziplock bag with a little smear of paste food coloring(icing coloring). It has to be the paste kind because the liquid kind won't adhere to the slick kernels. Close the bag and squish the kernels around inside it so that they are evenly colored. Afterwards you should let them dry for a day or two on waxed paper or something. I found that they stay slightly tacky but that's OK.

To pop them just put a quarter cup in a paper bag in the microwave for a few minutes. When the popping slows they should be ready, sort of like store-bought microwave popcorn. I suppose it would work in a hot air popper but it might leave some color behind hehe.

The popped popcorn has little flecks of color.

It would have looked better if I found jars that didn't have the bulky metal closures but I still liked the effect.
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