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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / DIY Washi, or Deco Tape TUTORIAL! on: November 04, 2012 11:59:03 AM
Okay, so I was seeing some ideas on YouTube about making your own washi tapes, but they were laying them out on craft mats, making cardboard rolls to roll them up on, having the sticky part stick to itself like regular tape, making elaborate nonstick spools to store them on...and I just thought, why not spread out a piece of parchment paper, lay tape out, paint it, then cut the strips apart and roll or fold them up...done!  I tried it today to see if it works...and it does!

What you need:

Parchment paper (waxed might work too, but I don't have any right now to try)
Masking tape
Acrylic paint

You could do this whole thing as a dollar store craft, as I've seen packets of parchment paper there lately.  Anyway...

I laid out a sheet of parchment paper the width of my work surface and stuck tape down to it.  I had two kinds, a narrow blue painter's tape that ended up too sticky to use for that, and a dollar store roll of regular masking tape.  When I took the picture, I had already painted two strips with gold and copper acrylic craft paint...couldn't help myself.  I left an inch or so between strips for messiness and to give room to cut them apart after.

So then I just painted.  Messy, no plan, doing whatever.  You could have your kids sit down and make you some.  Or you could paint or stamp very precise designs on it.  Whatever you want.  I think it would come out awesome either way, because deco tape is just awesome all by itself, ya know?  Here's what I ended up with, just playing:

Then when it was dry, I cut the strips between the tape and rolled up three and folded three, then secured each with a paperclip for storage.  Folding will probably be the way I go for storage, as I store everything in ziploc bags.


The tape comes off the parchment paper REALLY easily, and it sticks to paper as great as it ever did.

Success!  Have fun!  And please let me know what you think, and try it and come back and show what you did!!!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Needlebook and matching wrist pin cushion, and sketchbook cover and bookmark. on: October 22, 2012 02:11:32 PM
I haven't made anything in months.  I set up my work area in my new home (comandeered the entire dining room, should say) weeks ago, but have been too chicken to actually turn on the machine.  Well, last night I kicked myself in the butt (and so did my partner) and I sat myself down.  And though I had some very silly mistakes, once I got going, only exhaustion made me stop.  I was rusty and not following any pattern, so these all took me so much longer than they should...or ever would again!  They're simple designs now that they're worked out.  I know you sewists know what I mean.  Smiley  Anyway, here's what I made last night:

Needlebook and matching wrist pin cushion:

The cushion is velcro'd o so I can detach it.  I want to make a strap for my sewing machine with a square of velcro to attach it to, I think.  My scrap of this fabric, which I love, isn't big enough for the sewing machine strap, alas.  It wasn't even big enough for a wrist strap, I had to put elastic in it, like a headband.

A removable cover for my hardback sketchbook, made from a drop cloth:

I call it, "Overcomplicated Primitive," because I took a simple design I've made before with light cotton and made it more complicated by wanting those raw edges.  Which only got a bit tricky when I added the loops.  See, I needed a way to keep it closed and keep my pencil (and maybe a pen, too...the loops are big enough for two things) with it, so I put on a double ribbon loop closure that does both:

Then I needed...yes, needed...LOL...a matching bookmark.  

It's so good to be sewing again!
3  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / OTT X-Files Swap -- 1 angel needed - FOUND! on: March 03, 2011 08:04:18 PM
Swap Name:  OTT X-Files

Original Thread link:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=367737.0

Gallery thread link:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=372781.0

# of Flakers:  1

when_im_sixty4 needs a swap angel for One Tiny X-Files Thing.  I can send her questionnaire to interested applicants.  Please visit the swap thread for requirements for the package.

Angel = MizzKodak  (Thank you!)

Thank you so much for helping her out.
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / OTT X-Files Swap Gallery on: February 11, 2011 09:22:20 AM
This is where we will bask in the 'philey goodness!

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=367737.0  <---Original Swap Thread
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / OTT X-Files Swap (Signups 12/20/10-1/10/11, Sendouts 2/17/11) on: December 20, 2010 07:40:50 PM
Swap name:  OTT (One Tiny Thing) X-Files Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  goddessgarb
Sign-up date range:  Dec. 20, 2010 - Jan. 10, 2010
Date to send item by:  Feb. 17, 2010

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=372781.0  <<-----  Gallery

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):  25

Restricted to people who all live in the same country?  NO
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement?  16

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Please know that posting pictures of the pkg you receive is mandatory, as is getting a Delivery Confirmation number when you send.  Please send me and your partner a PM with that DC after you send, and when you receive, please send a PM to both me and your partner to notify us, then make sure you post pictures within 5 days of receiving so we can all see!  If you know you cannot post pictures, please have your partner take some before they send.  And take pictures of your own project before you send just in case your partner can't post theirs.

Details of swap:

Do you miss Mulder like I do?  Want to see Scully's porcelain-perfect face again?  Want to give The Gunmen new life?  Want to resurrect Alex Krycek or even ::shudder:: The Cigarette Smoking Man?  Let's start the new year right and use our crafting Kung-Fu to create One Tiny Thing that brings it all back for one lucky partner.

For this swap, you will craft one X-Files related item, at least a medium (2 points = 2 or more hours crafting time/$20 - $30 value), that is no larger than 4 inches x 4 inches (10cm x 10cm) and send to your partner.  It can be in any medium.  Please craft to the best of your ability and try to make something your fellow 'phile can cherish while longing for the good ol' days.  Something to bask in, in the glow of the DVDs playing in the dark.  

I have provided a month of crafting time in order that everyone have time to craft something really cool.  And I have made it One Tiny Thing so that no one feels they can't handle the requirements.  So go grab your fellow 'philes and bring them in on the fun!

Here are some ideas for tiny things:

Coin wallet
Tea wallet
Tissue cozy
Mini notecards
Little bookmark
Pin cushion
Laundry or other sachet
Sticky note holder
Hair accessories
Ring or rings
Coffee mug jacket
Little wall art
ATC or two or three
Set of inchies
Polymer clay figures
Polymer clay headed pushpins or stickpins
Little homemade or altered book/journal
Christmas ornaments
Homemade soap
Little stuffies, amiguramis
Little embroidery hoop
Tiny house
Little customized/embellished box
Charm bracelet
Altered altoid tin
Papercrafted mini photobook
Homemade treats
Embellished coffee mug
Camera/phone/ipod case
Homemade buttons/beads/charms
Felted/knitted/crocheted soap cozy or wash mitt
Hand carved rubber stamp/s


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Who are your favorite characters from the show?
Do you want anything from either of the movies, "Fight the Future" or "I Want to Believe"?
Do you have any favorite episodes and/or scenes, props, quotes, etc. from the show?
Do you have a favorite romantic pairing ('shipper, slasher)?
Is there anything you know you really want and hope your partner can do for you?
Is there anything you really DO NOT want and hope your partner DOES NOT DO for you?
What type/s of crafts do you do?
What type of crafts are you hoping to receive?
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in the home, such as animals and/or cigarette smoke?
Is there anything else you'd like your partner to know?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


goddessgarb <<>> zatanna
jen0cide <<>> kyleesmomm
when_im_sixty4 <<>> motoredxheart

Contact me immediately!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My very first inchies. SO MUCH FUN! on: December 18, 2010 12:46:33 PM
I wanted to make some extras to put into a swap package, and my partner liked inchies, so I finally made some.  These are all handdrawn and then colored in with watercolor brush pens:

I had no idea how fun it would be to confine my art to a teensy tiny space!
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Homoerotic ATC (words not pics) on: December 18, 2010 12:39:51 PM
A swap partner asked for an ATC with the theme of 'erotica', and since my partner and I have written tons of gay male erotica, I took some words from a story and made an ATC of them:
to change your image viewing settings please click here

I'm sure it has a limited audience, but if you're out there, I'd love you to see it.  Smiley

The background is done in acrylics on canvas paper, and the text is printed on parchment and then burned on the edges.
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Magazines on: December 16, 2010 03:44:25 PM
I get five magazines a month, and I have at least a hundred now and more coming.  I need ALL the ideas I can get for what to make with them!  Help!  LOL!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Reversible Japanese Knot Bag on: October 20, 2010 10:10:23 PM
Okay, so a great friend on Craftster said she wanted a knot bag but couldn't figure it out, so I looked at several and decided on this great tutorial:


and made my very first one!  I chose Japanese style fabric I thought she'd like, and it turned out pretty neat!  And the best part, she loves it.   Cheesy  You can see the other fabric, the black and white, on the strap.

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Another X-Files swap? on: October 19, 2010 09:06:55 PM
I just found out there was an X-Files swap two years ago, and I was wondering if there was any interest in doing another?  I'd even be willing to organize.   Smiley
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