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1  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Upcycled/Recycled/Awesomecycled Halloween Decorations! on: October 17, 2013 01:42:05 PM
I am one of those crafters that can't walk past anything without figuring out what I can do with it.

I just recently completed the Mini 13 Days of Halloween swap and got to make an awesome bottle for Momof2! I liked how it came out so much that I made 2 for myself.

These started with empty wine bottles that I kept from my recent photography show. I washed them out and let them soak in hot, soapy water to remove any labels. It took about 3 solid coats of gold spray paint to cover everything up. After that, I sprayed them with a mixture I made that consisted of red screen printing ink and some water for the blood splatter effect. The twine is hot glued around the neck as well as the cap. The labels are Martha Stewart that I purchased 3 or 4 Halloweens ago. The ping pong ball eye as well as the severed finger were purchased at the dollar store.

This started as an olive oil holder that I purchased at Goodwill for $3. It was an ugly wooden box and had no bottles. I happen to horde bottles with corks so this worked out perfectly! I sanded the box to get the logo off and then spray painted it black. The white splatter is from spray painting a couple feet above the box and letting it drip through the air and onto the box. The bottles are filled with half solid color/ half glow glitter so they have a faint glow after being exposed to light. Again, the labels are Martha Stewart.

Hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed making them. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Pillows born from my closet! on: February 07, 2012 04:11:40 PM
I really like sewing and I have SOOOO many shirts that I don't wear so I decided it was time to make some pillows! All of these pillows are backed with super cozy fleece. I've already lost a corner of my craft room to them!  Grin

Thanks for looking!
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Glitter Birds on Vintage Dictionary Pages on: February 01, 2012 06:07:12 PM
So I have a ridiculous obsession with Martha Stewart glitter and strive to own every color ever made! My mom is the queen of finding awesome books for no more than a quarter. When she gave me a dictionary, I decided that the birdies found their new home. I used a Martha Stewart(shocker) bird stamp set. After stamping them in black, I used a very fine tipped bottle to to trace the lines in preparation for the glitter. Here is the end result!

Together and framed:

Blue bird:

Purple bird:

Thanks for looking!
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Famous people on vintage Russian books! on: December 30, 2011 10:13:01 AM
So I really like to make stencils and when I came across a ton of old books, I knew it was time. Each page is sprayed with a metallic mixture to add some interest to the background. All of these were done on an old Russian book I got at a yard sale and filled in with a mixture of Sharpie and paint pens. They all fit in 5"x7" frames. I made a dozen different people but I won't overwhelm you with them all!

Frank Sinatra(I'm a Jersey girl)

Bill Murray

Jim Morrison

Johnny Cash(close up so you can see the metallic spray)

Please let me know what you think!  Grin
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / My glasses GLOW! Do yours? on: December 29, 2011 08:41:34 AM
So my business partner and I stumbled across this awesome glow paint from a place in Chicago. It's super bright and glows for hours! What better to do with it than make some clubbin shades?! We are gearing up for Holy Ship(http://www.holyship.com) next week and can't wait to wear them! Please let us know what you think! <3

Regular light:

Black light:


6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / My first attempt at those oh so cute crayon canvases! on: December 29, 2011 08:25:13 AM
I have about a bazillion canvases in my craft room and it is time to put them to use! I saw this (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=388398.0) and knew I just HAD to try it!

I only had one box of crayons so I made the most of it. I think next time I won't hold the heat gun so close because I feel like the splashed a bit. Either way, I love them both and I can't wait to make a huge canvas! These are 11" x 14"

The two completed

Blues and greens laid out

Blues and green melted

Reds and purples laid out

Reds and purples melted

Please let me know what you think and if you have any tips!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Upcycled decorate my house swap! on: December 26, 2011 10:29:52 AM
So I am definitely a flea market kind of girl. I love finding old items and turning them into something fabulous and new!

What if we did a swap where you can only use items found at yard sales or thrift stores, etc, to decorate others homes. Shirts and sweaters into pillows, plain jars into marked craft storage, vintage papers into garlands.

Anyone with me?  Grin
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Hangin with my Gnomey and some other shadowboxes! on: December 10, 2011 11:05:39 AM
Wow, it has been a LONG while since I have posted on here and boy do I miss it! I have been on a major shadowbox kick lately and these are 3 of my favorites.

This gnome is 9"x9". The statue was found at a vintage store for $4. I ripped apart and reassembled the photo on the background and secured each piece with color coordinating brads. I hot glued the moss and then needle felted the 3 acorns.

This one is 5"x5". I embossed the tree image on a blue paper that I inked after I tore it apart. The background was made using vintage book pages. The small glass birds are from a woman who my mom randomly met. Lucky for me, her and her husband bought an old glass studio and I have been having a field day with their findings!

This one is also 5"x5". I absolutely adore glitter and the Jersey shore(I am a Jersey girl). The paper is Graphic 45 and the shells are from a beach in Florida. Very simple, but definitely my favorite.

Thanks for taking the time to look and I hope you like them! :-)
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / More girlie goodness! on: February 14, 2010 09:53:56 AM
So I really love making anything pin up oriented and these are a few of my new ones. All of these are collaged onto hand cut and hand painted wood pieces.

Thanks for looking!

For the geek in all of us:

Honesty is best!:

Cute but deadly:
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Too much make up! on: December 13, 2009 07:34:05 PM
It's been awhile and boy have I missed Craftster! Here's a few more necklaces I have made. Love my pin ups and silly quotes. They are all collaged on wooden pieces and covered with super thick lacquer for protection and shine  Grin

Thanks for looking!

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