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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Scott Pilgrim swap? on: September 15, 2010 04:35:54 PM
If it were to start after the swap I'm currently in comes to a close, I would DEFINITELY be interested in a Scott Pilgrim swap.  I can think of a billion amazing things that could be made... *drools*
12  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Newbie Swap Round 14! (signups Sept 9-23/2010 Send out Oct 25/2010) on: September 15, 2010 04:27:11 PM
Also, I feel kinda out of the loop of the geek/nerdiness. My nerd-ness extends to DC comics (BATMAN!) and pro wrestling.  No where near scifi.   :-/

If it makes you feel any better, I'm a DC girl.  Cheesy  More Green Arrow than Batman, but I still love Bats all the same.
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Super Simple Jean Recon/Upgrade on: September 15, 2010 12:38:32 PM
As I read this post I am actually wearing a pair of flares that are open to the knee.  XD  One of these days I'll figure out why I thought that was the coolest thing in the world back in middle school (yes, I am pathetic enough to be wearing the same jeans eight years later).  I might have to employ your idea of snaps for this pair, since it looks amazing and seems to work very well.
14  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Newbie Swap Round 14! (signups Sept 9-23/2010 Send out Oct 25/2010) on: September 15, 2010 11:19:18 AM
Every time someone new joins, I read their bio and end up thinking "OMG, I forgot to put how much I love [insert random nerdy book, movie, TV show, etc.] in my bio!"  XD  We have such a wide variety of crazy amazing things to craft from.

i have one little kitty and a mass of genetically altered guppies.  we started with 6 two years ago and they bred themselves stupid.  and creepy.  there are a bunch of albino fish and several with bent spines.  i am sure to point them out to all the ppl who come over.  genetics in action folks!  and that is why you don't marry your cousin~

I think I died a little bit reading that.  I had a tank full of crazy inbred guppies when I was a kid.  They "mysteriously disappeared" (read: mom flushed them) when mutations started to appear.  Grin
15  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Newbie Swap Round 14! (signups Sept 9-23/2010 Send out Oct 25/2010) on: September 13, 2010 12:35:14 PM
The thing I have the most trouble with where WISTs are concerned is remembering to add things.  XD  I'll be browsing through Etsy or a swap gallery and completely forget when I find something I love that there's that nifty "add to Wists" button on the top of my browser.
16  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Newbie Swap Round 14! (signups Sept 9-23/2010 Send out Oct 25/2010) on: September 09, 2010 08:02:37 PM
I'm so excited to be starting this swap!  Smiley  I haven't had time to run through the old galleries yet, but I'm hoping to do so before the night is up.

Anyway, my name is Caitlin (or Mei, if we're going by username).  I'm 22 and have been crafting various different things for as long as I can remember.  Of course, crochet scarves and such are a bit more complicated than the painted coffee cans I started with.  XD  Hm...I always feel that I do so terribly with bios.  I'm a huge nerd of the Pokemon-Lord of the Rings-Harry Potter-d20 variety.  Actually, there are very few nerdy things that I'm not interested in--proven by the fact that I recently finished my Bachelor's degree in Digital Entertainment and Game Design.  Even my career is going to be nerdy.  *facepalm*

Umm...I can't really think of much else to say other than that I spend a lot of time writing (which is most certainly not obvious by my complete inability to write out my own bio). 
17  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Poison Ivy Pumps (pic obese) on: September 03, 2010 12:07:05 AM
Oh, wow!  I didn't check this topic for a while and had A LOT more comments.  XD  Thank you, everyone for all of the wonderful compliments!  I've started my next shoe project, though with work getting in the way I can only do little bits at a time every couple of days.  Green Arrow combat boots.  Cheesy

Kind of a silly question, but here it goes: How did you get the material so even on the shoe (if that even makes sense)? Did you you an exacto knife or something similar after everything was dry to get rid of the excess glue/paper? This is lovely! I have wanted to decoupage a pair of heals for quite some time now! I hope mine turn out as awesome as yours did.  Grin

The great thing about Mod Podge is that it dries clear, so you don't really have the problem of big chunks of glue so long as you're using something to brush it on.  I didn't really have an issue with excess paper since I cut all the pieces down rather small.  The only places I had excess paper was on the edges near the toe and a few spots on the bottom.  In those instances, I just folded the paper over the area and glued them down.  For instance, if you look at the sole to the shoes, there's about an eight of an inch of comics on the bottom near the toes.  XD  When you start covering the shoes, paint the glue onto the shoe first, lay down your image, then paint over the paper with the glue again.  The paper pieces will bend more easily when they're damp with the glue, and then you can just mold them to the curved surfaces. 

I hope that answered your questions!
18  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Poison Ivy Pumps (pic obese) on: June 28, 2010 10:38:42 PM
If you are a size 8 American, I have some knee high Doc Marten's I can sell you.  Message me if interested.  Smiley

Unfortunately, I'm a size 9 or 10 depending on the shoes.  Sad

Great! I love how the overlap in images keeps the 'comic book feel'. Poison Ivy is so hot. People with Poison Ivy shoes are even hotter.... I'm also tempted to try decoupage on shoes. Can you wear them out without damaging them? Were you using that 'outdoor' mod podge?

Yes, I second all those questions! These are just too fantastic to not be able to wear, right?

I used regular mod podge combined with spray on acrylic sealant.  I can't really wear them well in rain (though I wouldn't given the type of shoe that they are), which is why I'll be trying the outdoor Mod Podge on my next project.  They do start to bend and crack at areas where the shoes take stress--i.e. the bend near the toes--but it honestly doesn't make them look bad. 

My one bit of advice: make SURE that you sand down the surface thoroughly before you start gluing pieces on.  If you try gluing it down to an unsanded surface, the paper pieces will have to be held in place until they are somewhat dry.  I also recommend doing this while going through a movie marathon.  Total hours to complete the shoes is around two or three, but there was a LOT more time spent waiting on parts to dry.
19  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Poison Ivy Pumps (pic obese) on: June 28, 2010 04:07:50 PM
I decided to try my hand at decopauging shoes with comic book pages.  My ultimate goal is to one day to this to a pair of knee high boots with either Green Arrow or Deadpool comics, but for a first try I used some cheap shoes I picked up on sale at Wal-Mart and Batman comics that featured Poison Ivy from the clearance comics bin at Half Price Books.  All in all, I think they turned out pretty well.

Both shoes, newly finished, on top of my laptop.  Ignore the glitter.  It was for another project.  XD

Ivy coming on to Robin, featured on the left shoe's toe.

Outside of the left shoe.  The text says "Far From the Tree", which was the name of one of the issues I used.

Inside of the left shoe.

Toe of the right shoe.  I'm particularly proud of the detailed cut out of Ivy I used here.

Detail of Batman holding Ivy on the right heel.

Outside of right shoe.  This is probably the only part that has a lot of consecutive panels on it.
20  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Harley Quinn Comic Shoes! on: May 17, 2010 11:36:32 AM
I am SO thrilled to see that someone did this with Harley Quinn comics because I'm halfway through a pair of Poison Ivy heels.  XD
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