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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / turquoise, coral and copper bracelet on: March 20, 2011 07:27:23 PM
I made this bracelet this weekend and I am actually very pleased with it. It is made from turquoise chips, small coral beads, and some copper swirly things that I have had for awhile. (The photo washed out some of the copper color).

All of this was from my stash - it is so surprising when things that I have stared at for months suddenly combine into something that I hadn't thought of before! I am not sure where the inspiration for using the chain this way came from, but if it was someone from here (which it probably was), thank you!

Comments appreciated!
12  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Journal cover on: March 06, 2011 09:36:04 PM
I am going to a conference this week, and need something that I can write in. Last year I bought a couple of blank journals so I finally got around to decorating the cover of one of them (as well as the pen that came with it, and a bookmark for it).

I didn't realize that the polka dot pattern on the front was so close to the button flap, and I am not thrilled with that. Oh well.

Opened up to see the whole cover (and yes, I measured wrong, so there is some of the journal blank showing  Undecided):

The pen and bookmark (we will see how resistant the "good" pen I used to draw on the unfinished pen is to bleeding):

The inside is fairly boring - I just put a pocket for business cards (it won't hold very many, but hopefully it will hold enough)

And next to one of the blank ones:

Sorry for the picture overload - I have spent more time making this than I have on getting ready to go...  Roll Eyes

13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Metals in necklaces on: February 23, 2011 01:00:01 AM
I just got finished making two new necklaces today! Both of these have been rattling around in my "in progress" box for far too long - I kept taking them out and trying different things, but I wasn't happy with any of them until today. Far more hours than I expected (and way past when I should be asleep) I think I am happy with them. Lets see how I feel in the daylight tomorrow!

The single bead on the right side of both of the pictures is the bead that is on the end of the necklace.

I love that the open spiral has some dimension to it and that the spiral is off center.

The green color on this one turned out beautiful - I don't know why it took my so long to pair it with some jade... the pendant isn't quite as shiny as this picture makes it look.

I have a few more similar pieces in my box. I think I will wear these for a few days to see the reactions that I get, and if people seem to like them then I will work on the others.
I hope you like them!
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Gift box on: February 11, 2011 02:58:19 PM
I like to decorate boxes so that when a gift-giving occasion comes up I can put my gift into a nice box. I recently included one in a personal swap and since she received, I am able to post pictures!

I used a technique very similar to the one that craftewoman used to make her faux ceiling tiles.  The only difference was that since I was going for a more distressed look I used multiple paint colors before adding the black. I love the way it turned out and plan on using this technique again!

The only challenge was that the box lid fits so snuggly - the paint kept chipping off a small area on the top of the base whenever I took the lid off. After trying different mediums (including glue, various paints and colorings etc) I ended up having to use sharpie to color in that area. Not thrilled with that part, but sometimes there just aren't any other options.

15  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Yay! I finally sent my cards. Now I need to start next years. on: January 07, 2011 11:08:38 PM
I just sent off my New Year cards today. I was reminded of a lesson I seem to learn every year (and then promptly forget): be very careful when you are writing inside of them. After spending an hour on a card, it is really unfortunate to spell the persons name wrong inside of it!

I made wildly different styles of cards this year - this may be why I don't become an 'expert' in any style, I try one style and then immediately try another. I figure that ultimately I will gravitate towards whatever I am actually good at!

Here are four of the 20+ that I made. (I have a goal to do these much earlier this year, like in June). Sorry that the colors are a bit off - the natural light has been too dark (clouds) to help much, and if I use the flash then the colors really wash out.

I think my favorite this year is this one, it feels simple and clean to me, (but it took me the longest to make). I used a .005 pen nib to draw the swirls on an embossed card:

a similar style:

This one didn't photograph very well - the colors are richer and the shiny metallic dots on both the sun and the tree are much brighter in real-life

and my most light-hearted one:

Comments and suggestions are welcome. Thanks for looking!
16  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 58 ENTRIES / A gingerbread house of (my) firsts (with lots of pics) on: January 07, 2011 02:12:39 AM
I think that we discovered a new holiday tradition this year - making gingerbread houses!

I had never made a gingerbread house. I am sure that at one point back in elementary school I had popped some graham crackers together and slathered icing on them, but I had never made a true gingerbread house (even one from one of those packets). I think my husband was a bit appalled, and he was determined that this year we would make gingerbread houses. From scratch.

We went a bit overboard. I still have large bags of candy left over (what were we thinking? That we needed to fill the INSIDE of the houses with candycorn, gum drops, and cinnamon dots?) They certainly did not turn out perfectly (did you know that if you use marshmallow cream to decorate a roof, it will very s l o w l y drip off, taking all of your decorations with it?), but we had fun! We started a couple of days before Christmas, designing our houses and making the dough. My daughters and I each made a house, decorating them throughout Christmas day. My husband did the hard prep work of kneading the dough and rolling it out, as well as making various colored icing for us to use. He also kept us full of warm cider and a variety of non-sweet items, since we were eating as much candy as we were using.

So, on to my pictures!

I forgot to put a light inside the structure to show off the melted candy windows, so we put a light behind the house to try to get some light coming through the windows. The odd pole-like thing on the left is supposed to be a lamp post. Next to it is one of my favorite parts - a little round snowman that just did not want to stand up (like my real life snowmen...) but trust me, he was really cute. I also like the way the tree turned out. Originally I made two trees, but one kept breaking...

This is the other side of the house, again with a light coming through from behind the house. The snowman on this side is more of a traditional gingerbread snowman.

The "front" of the house, with an open door:

The "back" of the house. The little door is a miniature chocolate candy bar.

And the whole happy little village:

Overall, I was pleased with my first attempt at a gingerbread house. I promised my family that I would post its pictures in my first craft challenge, because, well, it was FUN!
17  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Pretty Monster with a butterfly in her hair! on: December 17, 2010 10:10:19 PM
I have a new friend in town. She just moved here and has been feeling a bit down, being away from family and all at this time of year. She never had a facebook account before, so she thought it would be fun to set one up so that she could stay in touch with everyone, wherever they are. We decided that I would take a couple of pictures for her profile.

When she showed up, she had really dolled herself up makeup, a bow AND flowers in her hair what could I say, she looked dazzling. The amazing thing was that as we set out to take pictures a butterfly landed on her flowers! I quickly snapped a few pictures before the butterfly flew off. (What a butterfly was doing here at this time of year, I have no idea. Must have been holiday magic!)

We were going for the "facebook photo" look on this one:

This one is a more formal picture, but you can really see the pretty butterfly!

Doesnt she look stunning?

(Sshh. She is in the next room right now so I can share this. She is made out of an old prescription bottle turned upside down, so she can hide little secrets inside if she wants to!)
18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / My book pine tree on: November 07, 2010 09:45:18 PM
After seeing the pumpkin made by boadicea (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=268026.0) I kept thinking that it would make a great winter holiday decoration. I was cleaning up my office last week and found an out-of-date university catalog that was just perfect for this, so... I spent the last few days creating a huge mess on my table (there are still scraps of paper all over the floor) making this:

The picture doesn't show the colors very well, but I used a couple of different greens as well as a gold/brown to lightly tint the edges and some of the pages. The pages are not all very even, and there are some really rough and torn edges, but since it is a tree I hope that the imperfections add to its charm.

I think that I may make a couple of smaller ones to create a little winter forest scene by my fireplace!

Thanks for looking!

19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Playing with clay is a great stress reducer! on: September 24, 2010 01:25:17 AM
I took my clay out this week after it had been neglected for quite a few months and made a couple of random pieces. Nothing too elaborate, but they were fun to make and were a great way for me to relieve stress and anxiety about school starting again!

Peas-in-a-pod necklace:

You can't tell in the picture, but the pod has a satin glaze on it and the peas have a satin glaze that was mixed with an iridescent green powder.


The top circles and the bottom two circles came out slightly different shades since I wasn't being very careful with my color mixing, but since the two earrings match each other, I am not too worried about it. I think my mom would like these, so if I can make a similar necklace I may have her Christmas present done!

I am not actually sure how I feel about this one. The disembodied face just seems a bit off to me. I may add some very small beads around her face. Or not. I may just call this one an experiment and leave it at that!

Flower pendant. Nothing fancy, but it will look cute with a brown shirt that I have!

Green and yellow are my daughter's school colors, so this one is for her.

This one is made in a bottle cap. It was going to be a gift to a dear friend, until I remembered that she hates the color yellow. Oh well - that just means I have another reason to play with my crafts again later!

Thanks for looking!


20  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Rose Necklace on: May 28, 2010 01:19:49 AM
I have been experimenting with various materials recently. This is one of my experiments that I am relatively pleased with...

The roses I made with polymer clay. I had some trouble coming up with the red that I wanted, but I got fairly close with this very deep, dark red (the picture looks a tad orange, but it really isn't).

I had really wanted dark green stones for this, but the jade beads I had my heart set on were SO expensive... so I "settled" for some stones on sale (I was grumpy that I had to settle - which is probably why I don't remember what these are... Roll Eyes). I am actually very pleased with them now - they are a very pretty light green stone with dark green streaks (reminds me a bit of moss agate, but I am not sure).

(This is my first post of my work so I have a quick question... is it normal to be this nervous? Grin)
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