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21  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Old Pokemon Cards What to do with them? on: August 30, 2009 03:14:42 PM
Hi, I'm not normally a paper crafter, so I'm looking for some advice. I have a bunch of old Pokemon cards that I would like to turn into something. I've seen the bag that someone made out of them, but I'm not really into it. I figured I could ask here, and maybe you guys could give me some inspiration. Help?
22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Pirate Princess on: July 24, 2009 05:32:02 PM
This was done for the Embroidered Tote Bag Swap. My partner shared a love of Nintendo with me, and also listed pirates, and girly things on her list of likes. So I thought, hey, Peach is a girl and a Nintendo character. After looking around for pictures I remembered that she said pirates. So I pulled some inspiration from a piece on DA by Skullomaniac. I did a quick redraw, traced the image on some Glad Press and Seal, and away I went. It took me about two weeks to finish, but I have a full time job to eat up craft time. I don't really know the correct way to do fill stitches, or if there is a correct way for that matter. But enough rambling. Pictures!

The rope was in hopes of making it feel more nautical. The flowers have a seed bead in the center. She is 6 inches tall for reference.

Here's a wonderfully blurry close up. I was really worried about here eyes. I think I spent a good 20 minutes pulling the press and seal out of them, but I think they turned out pretty well. Everything other than the crown was outlined in a slightly darker shade, but it all blended together in the end. She does have a nose, it just kind of got lost somewhere.

The skirt was done a little different than everything else. It made it stand out a bit, as it's neater. Live and learn I guess. I think the next time it'll all be done more along the path of the skirt.

Thanks for looking, please leave C&C because I love to hear it.
23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Dia de los Muertos meets my Aztec Obsession on: July 10, 2009 03:39:23 PM
I've been quiet for a bit now because I've been working on some major (well at least for me) pieces for swaps. My partner just posted her pictures of this, so now I'm free to do the same.

This was inspired by the work of Ernesto Fidel Romero found on his Flickr page. You should really take a look; his work is awesome.
The colors on the sides correspond to the colors attributed to each cardinal direction according to the Aztecs. The believed there where five directions, with the center being the most important. East is also at the top since that's how they drew there maps. Okay, history lesson done, on to some blurry close ups!

This was mostly done in split stitch. Her hair is just a bunch of long straight stitches, and her face was what really worried me the most. I wanted to get it just right.

The flower like things are one strand lazy daisies. Turns out I really like that stitch.

Thanks for looking, as always C&C are welcomed and encouraged. I'm doing this all on the fly, and I would really love for someone to tell me what I'm doing that could be done better.
24  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Hey, I can make stamps! on: June 19, 2009 11:38:46 AM
I needed a small project for a craft swap I'm working on, and thought that maybe I  could makes stamps. Turns out I can. I'm kind of surprised really. C&C would be more than welcome as I've never really done this before.

I used speed ball to make these, and I'm sorry the pictures aren't very good.
Thanks for looking!
25  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / A Song of Ice and Fire Swap on: May 31, 2009 03:37:26 PM
I saw that someone had tried to start a swap for this over a year ago. It didn't seem go anywhere. I thought I would try again.

If you've read the Song of Ice and Fire series, by George R. R. Martin, then I'm sure you know the potential awesomeness of this swap. There are plenty of houses, characters, and stories that beg to be crafted. Remember, winter is coming, and we should have some crafted goodies to keep us company and protect us from the Others.
26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Humble Beginnings on: May 19, 2009 06:58:25 PM
The one thing I've noticed since I started hanging around here, is that there are some people who are amazingly gifted, and turn out first projects that blow my mind away. I am not that awesome. I'm pretty cool, and I'm not bad at this embroidery thing, but I started pretty small. Below are two projects. The first is the latest thing I made over the weekend, and the second is the first thing I ever embroidered.

First off, the design isn't mine. It's worked off of a the New School Blue and Red Tattoo Swallow Necklace that wickedminky makes for her etsy store. Go look:)
I'm really happy with the way it turned out, and I plan on cutting it out and sewing it down to a ds case I haven't made yet.

This is the first thing I ever embroidered. It's a dice bag for a Shadowrun character. I wanted something to link the bag to who the character was, a recovering addict, and so I grabbed some floss and made a nice hypodermic needle. I'm as proud of this as I am of my birdy. It may not be stellar, but I'll get there one day, maybe (If I don't play crafting hop scotch like I normally do).
27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Octopus on: May 18, 2009 03:10:27 PM
I just did the Fill a Purse Round 4 swap, and figured I'd post some pics of what I sent. I spent the last week of classed and am so happy they turned out and my swap partner liked them:)

Thanks for looking:)
28  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cupcake Quickie on: April 20, 2009 10:20:08 AM
The friend I made my mushroom for wanted me to make her something else. This is what I get for sitting around and not doing things like homework. Anyway, she told me to make her a cupcake. I sketched one out on some spare fabric I had in my bag hoping this would be nothing more than a quick project. Turns out I didn't like it as just lines, so I filled it in and tripled the time it would have taken me to make this.

Here's the best picture I've been able to come up with while here at school.

Below is a close up. I'm not too happy with the way the wrapper looks I know I should have gone over it more at the time to get rid of the green, but I didn't. *shrug*
29  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Lemon Make it better Honey. on: February 17, 2009 06:16:19 PM
So my day was not the greatest. I was kind of depressed, but that doesn't get me off the hook for making dinner. I went to the freezer and found that chicken wings would be the fastest thing I could thaw(without a microwave, as mine is broken). This is what I ended up with.

The glaze I made was:
Juice from 1 quarter lemon
1 1/2 Table spoons Honey
Diced Jalapeno pepper to taste

They baked for 30-40 minutes at 450, turning once half way through.

The pepper got a little too toasty, but the taste did cheer me up. It turned out to have a tangy sweet taste. The lemon juice cooked away leaving the honey behind, but it wasn't nearly as messy as it sounds.
Thanks for taking a look.
30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Things That Aren't Homework (but should be) on: February 10, 2009 02:57:00 PM
I end up with a lot of time between my classes that I should use to do things like reading or paper writing. Instead I do things like make this.

My friend found one of my doodles and asked me to make this for her. She's in the art program, and good at what she does. She told me to make it even after I whined about not being able to draw things more complex than a mushroom. She also picked out the colors, and I'm very thankful she pushed me because it's really cute!

This is what happens when you leave me alone at school for an hour with left over plushie making supplies. If it doesn't quite make sense, I've included a link that will explain.


Thanks for looking:)
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