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1  Octopus Birdhouse! in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by iamstephieee on: April 16, 2011 03:26:51 PM
I'm a volunteer at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. To raise money for Migratory Bird Day, about 50 staff and volunteers took on the challenge of decorating birdhouses. Aquarium staff and the public will be able to buy raffle tickets for the birdhouses at $1 a pop. I am a HUGE octopus lover and I'm one of the folks who feed and care for our Giant Pacific Octopus, Donnie, so I figured they'd make a lovely theme for my house! Acrylic paint on the house and polymer clay for the octos. The flowers in the flower box, and the individual suckers on the octo arms took me the longest. This was definitely a labor of love. I was going for the idea of... lovely, picturesque home overrun by killer anime-eyed tree octopuses. Enjoy!

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2  Fabric-Inspired Swirl Paper in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by iamstephieee on: February 15, 2010 01:43:36 PM

I'm sure I'm not the only one who totally appreciated the fun look of the "Sharpie Dye Color Bursts" (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=327588.0). We learned that coloring on fabric with Sharpies and then dripping rubbing alcohol on top can create pretty patterns: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2459/4095841760_f8a3bd5e47.jpg

This Valentine's Day, when me and my boyfriend had celebrated early and only had an exchange of handmade cards to do on the actual day, I wondered if I could replicate this look using paper instead of fabric.

After many attempts with art paper and computer paper, I realized that the average stuff just wasn't cutting it. So I came up with the best not-fabric, not-quite-paper that I could think up... Paper towels! I drew simple designs on the paper towels, clipped them into an embroidery hoop to keep them steady and dripped rubbing alcohol in the center of each of my little designs.

Drying took forever. I even tried using a hair dryer on the paper towels, but it all seemed incredibly combustible and there was so much gloopy ink/alcohol. I pressed each of the towels between magazine pages and sat on them to press out some of the color and make sure they dried nice and evenly. What follows is the process with my two attempts!

A practice:

The design.

Rubbing alcohol!

Wet and gloopy, post-alcohol.

After being snug as a bug inside of the magazine!

The Valentine's card:

The lovey-dovey inspired design.

Gloop glop gloop.

The dry paper towel, taped to the outside of a very large card.

The lovey, lovely inside!

Thanks for reading! Please post any attempts of your own!
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3  Aquarium Pillowcase Embroidery! in Needlework: Completed Projects by iamstephieee on: August 24, 2009 03:40:31 PM

This was my first planned out, semi-major project. It took me about 30 hours over two weeks.

My designs were more than a little inspired by this stamp set by My Cute Stamps:

The Close-Ups

If I were to do it again, I'd have made the fish all a bit larger.
There is a lot of negative space going on.
Any C&C greatly appreciated!
Thanks so much for inspiring me with all of the awesome posts on here!
I've been lurking for weeks!
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