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1  Re: ALTERED PAINTBRUSH SWAP (signup 05/17/13-06/01/13 ; mail by 06/30/13) GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by cyndy225 on: July 06, 2013 10:21:50 AM
My paintbrush from moniqueramsey, she's a lovely butterfly fairy. I love how adorned she is. Moniqueramsey made a great hanger for the brush, which I straightened out for the later pictures. Thank you!

Detail of her painted face and bodice:

Detail of her skirt.
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2  Re: ALTERED PAINTBRUSH SWAP (signup 05/17/13-06/01/13 ; mail by 06/30/13) GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by cyndy225 on: June 24, 2013 04:16:59 PM
And here is my wonderful fairy brush from artista83!

The colors and shimmery-ness are awesome! The colors are a little darker person. Here are a couple of close-ups.

The butterbee was made out of dried paint and it's position is pose-able. The fairy's face looks great.

There's not really a good way to hang her, so she's made her home among the plants in the craft room/office.

Thank you again artista83!
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3  Craft with all the Colors of the Rainbow in CHALLENGE 66 ENTRIES by cyndy225 on: September 08, 2011 07:05:17 PM

First off, Im very tired right now, so I apologize in advance for any bad typing/spelling/grammar.

A few weeks ago, at a local food and craft festival, I came across beautiful suncatchers and talismans. My boyfriend and I were both in love with a big rainbow one, but, while it was well worth the asking price, it was out of our budget. After a trip to Michaels for rainbow colored glass beads, a trip through the woods and river for the perfect stick, and a search through my stash for random things (like the big circle pendant, small metal hoop, lots of metal leaves, small glass beads, a nice big piece of quartz, and a wonderful little fairy) I put my own spin on the idea and created the perfect suncatcher for our family. 

The plan was to wait until a beautiful sunny day to take wonderful bright photos of the colors dancing on the walls, and then we had a hurricaneand now weve had enough consistent rain to cause flooding and mass road closures. So, I did my best with the photos. They do not do justice to the beautiful colors and lights that this suncatcher lets off. As soon as If we see sun again, I plan to take pictures of the cat chasing the spots of light around the room.

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4  Re: February 2011 Birthday Swap - Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cyndy225 on: March 06, 2011 05:57:24 PM
I received from Troublet! When she claimed a pin cushion for me, I got very excited. I just want to show everyone what my old pin cushion looks like first.

Old pin cushion:

It was made from an old ribbon roll, painted black with stuffing and fabric shoved down in the hole...it works, it's just ugly.

So, this is what I received:

A wonderful pin cushion and the exact yarn I've been needing! The easiest way to get my boyfriend into crafts is to make something based off old video games, adult swim shows, or his sports teams. And since I also love purple, I've really wanted to make something in Ravens colors. These are perfect, and they're wool so I can try some felting.

The pin cushion is closer to the colors in this last picture. (It's been rainy and our indoor lightly isn't that great, so sorry the colors a bit off.) It says "live, love, sew" along the outside.  Cheesy The size is also very nice. It's just slightly bigger than my old one. It's very cute, and I love all the stitched details on it. Everything is great! Thank you Troublet!
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5  Re: February 2011 Birthday Swap - Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cyndy225 on: March 03, 2011 11:30:51 AM
I got my package from wx2dzug, and it's awesome!

First some random notes... Everyone should take the time to meet your mailperson. You might just be so lucky to discover that you have a very cute mailman. Also, meeting face to face tends to make people more willing to do things for you, such as rushing back to hand deliver your box after they find it was hiding. Also, trying to drive to work while opening said box may be time efficient, but it's stupid. Don't do it. No matter how curious you are. Now on to pics!

Awesome jewelry! I just kept finding more little packages to open! Everything fits my style perfectly.

I got giddy when I saw these. I love them. I'm planning on wearing them to work today (which I need to leave for in about ten minutes!)

And awesome cuffs! The fabric and colors are great, and I'm so thankful for these! My sewing machine was growling at me when I tried to make some myself (I'm in need of new needles that I haven't gotten around to yet).

Thank you so much for everything!!
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6  Re: Tiny Haunted House Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cyndy225 on: December 31, 2010 06:39:30 PM
After an unending mess with an evil post office, I finally have a house! I was interested in something a little different than just a haunted house, so Shadeweaver sent me my very own haunted jail!

The texture is amazing, and it comes with its very own graveyard! And if we take a look around back, you can see the little cell window (my favorite part, gives it a great antiquity feel) and the wire tree. The tree looks like its been there for years, has no life left in it, but refuses to go anywhere.

Taking the roof off shows the insides. The prisoners kept here must be the most violent and evil because all they get it a hard bunk to sit and sleep on. If you look really closely in the lower left corner you can also see little hooks on the walls. Theyre there to shackle the prisoners to the walls, a great little detail! 

And one more picture, just for fun.

Thank you so much Shade! It's a great peice, and I love how unique it is!
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7  Re: Tiny Haunted House Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cyndy225 on: October 22, 2010 06:54:36 PM
greenfaerie's having computer troubles, so here are some pictures of the house that I sent her! Sorry for any blurriness. I had my dad take pictures the night I finished (way too tired to), he's used to shooting weddings, not minis!

The front:

The back:

Lit up:
You can see some of the different things that glow in the dark here. The ghost girl and the grout (just cause I could) are the main things you can see in the photo. Also, the cat has glow stripes and the moon and stars should glow too. And yes, I am super happy with those windows!  Cheesy It took 3 tries to figure out how to get them right!

One of the inside glow in the dark ghosts (there are other things on the inside, but they're hard to photograph):

I realized just now that I forgot to take pictures of the house separated. The tower part pulls out from the rest of the house (held in place with 2 notches) and then the roof comes  off the tower. This lets you put a light (or anything else you want) in the main house, and you can use the tower for little items. Here's an "in progress" picture that kind of shows the two different pieces:

There's also a story behind the ghost girl Mary, but I'll have to do some hunting to find it. Undecided greenfaerie, can you guess how she died?

Also, Craftster is not letting me preview my post (not sure if that's an issue there or just with my computer at the moment) soooo, hopefully the message turns out OK!
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8  Deliciously Inedible Tomatoes (polymer clay cane) in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by cyndy225 on: August 07, 2010 09:34:51 AM
Nothing says summer like fresh tomatoes made with your own two hands!

A couple of notes before I begin: When it comes to clay, Im the kind of person who checks out a couple of tutorials to get an idea of how something could be done. Then I stare at pictures of what I want to make or the real thing to get more ideas of how it could be done. Then I combine all of that into how I want to do it. So, this is how I make tomato slices. There are tons of other ways to make them, and you should find the one that works best for you. Hopefully, though, this will help you in making your own or give you some ideas. Because once you have tomatoes you have the start of many delicious meals...

Deliciously Inedible Tomatoes (polymer clay cane)

1.     Gather Supplies:
Tomato red polymer clay: You can either buy a color that best matches a tomato red or you can blend one yourself. Just stare at a tomato while mixing reds and oranges until youre satisfied.
White polymer clay
Translucent polymer clay
Sesame seeds

Razor blade: The sharper it is, the better it works
Work space: I use a big tile I got from Habitat for 50 cents. I put nonslip cabinet liner on the bottom to keep it from moving or scratching my desk.
Pasta machine: Totally optional, but it makes blending colors and rolling out layers much easier and faster

2.   Mix Colors:
Youll end up with four colors.
Tomato red: Yes, this is the one you started with.
Outer pink: This is the fleshy part of the tomato. Mix a small amount of white with a large amount of tomato red. Look at pictures or butcher a tomato to find a shade youre happiest with.
Seed mix: Mix translucent with the sesame seeds. Keep adding more seeds until the blend is saturated with seeds (i.e. you cant add anymore!).
Inner pink: This is the inner core of the tomato. You could actually leave this white, but I like my tomatoes a little more ripe. Mix a little tomato red with a lot of white.

3.   Roll out most of the inner pink (leave a little behind) into a long log. Then flatten one side against your work space and squish the top into a point, essentially forming a long triangle. 
4.   Roll out seed mix into a thick sheet (use the pasta machine if you have one!). Cut a strip the same width as your triangle base and put on bottom of inner pink triangle. Wrap the rest of the sheet around the triangle leaving the top open.
5.   Roll out outer pink into a thick sheet. Do not use all of your outer pink clay! Wrap around the outside of your triangle (youre now wrapping around the seed mix), leaving both the top of the inner pink triangle and top edges of the seed mix open.

6.   Lengthen your triangle slightly by pulling and gently pressing in all sides. You really just want to make sure that all of your layers will stay together. Let clay harden by sitting out or cooling in the fridge. Then, cut into 4-6 equal sections. (I like 5, it's an odd number.) Remember, variation is the spice of life! This is part of a plant and no two are ever the same!
7.   Roll a small log of inner pink. Position cut triangle sections around the log. Add outer pink in between the sections so that they form a rough circle. Look at the picture to help see where the sections and clay go.
8.   Roll a thin sheet of tomato red the width of your tomato innards and wrap around the outside. Let harden, again either by letting it sit out for about 24 hours (doesnt work that well when its 100 degrees out) or in the fridge until cooled (especially if youre impatient like me).

9.   Lengthen! There are tons of tutorials and books that will show you how to properly lengthen a cane. I usually stick with squishing and pulling. Just remember, no rolling! This will distort the cane.

10.   Let harden again, and then take your razor blade and cut off little tomato slices. If theyre not as round as youd like, gently round off the edges with your fingers.

(Baked Tomatoes)

Optional step

11. Gather other sandwich making ingredients, and make a delicious sandwich loaded with your fresh tomatoes.

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9  My very own panty liners! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by cyndy225 on: July 17, 2010 01:53:18 PM
Ive wanted to buy/make cloth pads for a while now, but this Craftster post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=344775.0 finally kicked my butt into gear. I recently got the Diva cup, so I dont have a need for regular pads. However, I do need daily panty liners and hate, hate, hate using and throwing away one every day. Compared to pad patterns, there arent many out there for panty liners. I did find one liner tutorial (http://sites.google.com/site/shewhorunsintheforest/008) that I used for the base of mine.

I changed the shape to something that I think will work best for me. I used two layers of cotton for the base and wings, and three layers of thin cotton flannel for the top (two would work fine for the most part, but why risk it when its still really thin?) I sewed the back sides of the base together, leaving one wing open to turn inside out. I probably should have curved the wings more as they get to the liner because there is some bunching after turning out, but you dont notice it when the wings are folded over.

I thought the idea of cutting down the middle of the top pieces seems to defeat the purpose of the liner altogether. Maybe it works fine, but it just seems weird to me. I stacked my layers and used a zigzag stitch to attach them to the base.

I realized later that I put two channels down the middle of my trial liner (not shown) and didnt with this batch. Im going to try these without it first to see whether or not it makes a difference. I am very excited about these! I probably spent about $3 making seven of these. I only used about 1/2 yard of the cotton flannel I bought, and I bought the snaps for the wings (Michaels coupon!). The base fabrics were leftovers from other projects.
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10  Strawberry Cheesecake in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by cyndy225 on: June 30, 2010 02:01:12 PM
This is what happens when someone whos trying to eat less sweets has a craving mini cheesecake!

These were so much fun to make, except for the fact that I was using really old paint (powder mixed with strong smelling mystery liquid). I will never use that stuff indoors again! Actually, Ill probably just use the powders with liquid clay and get rid of the other stuff altogether.

But, besides all that, so much fun! I do wonder, if you where going to make cheesecake, what would you use to texture it? The best I could get was scraping sandpaper along the sides

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