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441  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Miniature marble stamps on: April 16, 2009 05:54:31 AM
Made out of craft foam, then hot glued onto flat-bottomed marbles. The craft foam isn't nearly as detailed as a rubber eraser or carving block, but it makes stamps much, much quicker--it took me about 45 min. to do all these (I'm usually a very slow crafter). Since they're put together quickly, they make good gifts, and I'm thinking about giving most of these away to friends and family.

Does anybody know where I might find lots of small, cheap, inkpads? If it's too expensive I'll just skip them.

442  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making a button/badge with stamps? on: April 15, 2009 10:16:30 PM
When I did something similar a while back I just glued two pieces of a cardboard box together and then put my image on top. It worked well enough for my purposes, but I guess it depends on what you're looking for. You could also use bottlecaps.
443  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: I love you bones and all!!! on: April 15, 2009 02:56:30 PM
That's awesome! I would have been scared away pretty quickly by the complexity, though I used to do stencils all the time. Just out of curiosity, what did you use?
444  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #38 - Eggcellent Upcycling Challenge - Due May 1 - May 5 2009 on: April 15, 2009 10:43:51 AM
The lucky ones who do win the challenges...do they have to report their prize winning like pay taxes on it or something? or is that only on prizes when they reach a certain dollar amount? lol, i have no idea and like i say...never won anything either! what say you mods? or past winners? Smiley

Yes, you do. However, you report it as part of your income, and your taxes are calculated from the total. The IRS has it on this page:
Prizes and awards

Subject to certain exceptions, the cash value of prizes or awards won in a drawing, quiz show program, beauty contest, or other event, must be included on the tax return as taxable income.

Taxpayers must also report the fair market value of merchandise or products won as a prize or award, as taxable income.

However, I'm fairly sure that it would cost them more to audit you than a $20 t-shirt actually costs anybody, and I wouldn't guess that most people in the U.S. know any of these rules.

Here's another page with some similar information on it:
Taxable and Nontaxable income

I found this, which was interesting:
Found property.   If you find and keep property that does not belong to you that has been lost or abandoned (treasure-trove), it is taxable to you at its fair market value in the first year it is your undisputed possession.

Heh, I wouldn't sweat it, though. I highly doubt most of the country is even aware of most of the things they have to report (and I'll bet the government doesn't remind them unless they have to report huge amounts). According to that publication, you're also legally obligated to report both bribes and income from illegal activity in your income as such, but I think they main reason that rule's on the books is so they have an alternate way of taking in criminals when they can't pin anything else down on them (ex: Al Capone).

Of course, in other countries, YMMV.
445  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: 'Collage' cards on: April 14, 2009 11:28:58 AM
These are so pretty! You have a good idea for the textures and patterns in them. I especially like the fourth one, because of the typeface in that clipping. I'm a bit of a font nerd.
446  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Handmade Art Journal (LOTS of images) on: April 14, 2009 11:26:09 AM
Thanks guys! I'm really proud of it (I know, I'm nerdy)

Envelopes in an art journal are such a good idea! I think I may put some into mine somehow, since I also like to stash bits in the pages.

I love them! They were a bit tricky to fit in at first, but I think it was just because this was my first successful attempt at binding anything. They weren't that hard once I figured it out.
447  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Handmade Art Journal (LOTS of images) on: April 14, 2009 10:17:15 AM
This is actually a work in progress, but since I finished the binding, I couldn't wait to show it off. I've been showing it to my family and friends for a few weeks now.

I collected a bunch of different types of papers for the inside--phone book pages, newspapers, some heavyweight drawing paper, notebook paper, magazines, etc., and some envelopes, because I'm always stashing stuff in between the pages and I hate it when they fall out--and for the outside I used this, which my local Hastings had on sale because it's going out of print. Here are the images, and I do apologize for the crapiness. It appears that I cannot for the life of me take a picture that does not suck.


That's my signature on the lower left-hand corner, done with pen and ink.


Just me playing around with the newspaper pages. I traced out some "sentences" using random words in the TV-guide pages, and then turned a bunch of characters on the opposite page into aliens.

I've been getting into mandalas lately. I printed out several from the internet when I was having a bad day, and found that coloring them can be very theraputic. I've pasted them into a few different pages in this journal.

Another mandala, not finished. Done with oil pastels.

Just a little cartoon. Eventually the pattern will extend across the whole page, but I only work on it when I feel like zoning out. The captions say, "How many times do I have to tell you to leave me alone?!" "At least one more." and "Thank you."

A Biology/nature-themed collage. The background is done with acrylics, and the other pictures I collected from various sources.

This is a collage I'm working on to celebrate and memorialize my pregnancy. It is very much a work in progress. The background is also done with acrylics.

I bought one of those big 300 stamp packages to decorate various things with, and as I was looking through them, I realized that many of the papers the stamps were mounted on were just as pretty as the stamps themselves, so I soaked them off and collaged them here. I'm not sure if I'll do anything else with this page.

Just showing off the stash of collected stuff in one of the journal's envelopes.

Sorry for being so photo-heavy, but I've been having so much fun with this thing. The whole purpose of this journal was to give me a place where I could try new things and break out of the box I've been artistically stuck in for a while now. It's worked great!
448  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making Memories paint kit reviews..?? on: April 10, 2009 07:21:01 AM
Well I don't routinely try different kinds, so probably for most purposes they are, with only a few differences. They're not always the same in price, though   Wink
449  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making Memories paint kit reviews..?? on: April 09, 2009 12:54:36 PM
The reason for why most don't use poster paints for paper projects is that they're not quite that easy to control--they don't blend well, and the colors aren't as vibrant (at least that's why I stay away from them). Of course, if your paper projects are for you only, there's nothing to stop you from using them anyway. How they look has more to do with your skill and vision as an artist than their quality.

But if you really want the kit, then I'd say go for it! I haven't tried those in particular, but they're for scrapbooking, so I'd say they probably hold up on paper pretty well (don't know about the blending, though...). And they're cheap enough to allow you to experiment as a first-timer. I love my artist's acrylics dearly, but at $5-$7 per tube, they're not really something you can just jump into.
450  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cutting and gluing to make square corners? Also, embossing??? on: April 09, 2009 12:43:34 PM
A ruler can be your best friend, if you're not afraid to do a little math. Take the difference in height between two of the layers and divide that by two. Mark that amount off on the top of the bottom card and align the second one there. Do the same for the width.

I know a lot of people freak out when they have to use numbers, but it's not really that hard. You can't beat it for precision!

The craft robo thingy looks like it would save me from lots of pain in the hands. Too bad I am poor  Embarrassed
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