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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Thrifty D-Rings on: October 13, 2004 01:04:38 PM
I just wanted to drop a note to let you guys know some of my D-ring searching secrets! There are TWO kinds at most walmarts (all three here are the same way) There are the kind that cost 3 bucks and are in pretty packaging in the sewing area...BUT, if you go to the buttons area and check on the twirling racks of buttons, for .96 cents you get two pairs of D-Rings.

PS You can also find awesome buckles by buying cheap ugly belts in thrift stores and hacking them.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / craftster in stores on: June 13, 2004 11:32:41 PM
I went to Michaels the other day...and I was wondering, do any of you notice that so many of the ideas in Michaels seem as if they came directly from Crafster? I mean, instead of marble magnets they sell acrylic "marbles" with magnets already included (but for like 10 bucks) They also sell boxes and stuff to collage them with (the fun of collaging is buying your own stuff to do it with!)
Then...it really hit home today. In ElleGirl for this month, they have an advertisement for paintchip wallets sold at 25 bucks a piece! I mean...WOW...thats crazy! Is it just me, or are these big craft company people hitching themselves on the internet to research? If I were you guys, and I was selling my products, I'd get copyrights and stuff on them quickly.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Chandelier Earrings Tutorial on: May 30, 2004 07:04:44 PM
Chandelier Earring Tutorial

I hope this is helpful! Ask me any questions you have, I'll be happy to answer as soon as possible!  Grin

4  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / [ACCEPTED] - Tutorials all in one place? on: May 01, 2004 01:59:17 PM
I really do love what you guys have been doing here, everything is wonderful and so concise. I only have one small complaint, actually it is more of a suggestion, really. Many of the tutorials seem to be kind of blocking some of the topics, such as the square bottom bag tutorial, or the sophia loren stencil tutorial. With those always on the top of the list, we have to scroll down to see what is actually a new project. My suggestion is to add a new folders, such as "Clothing Tutorials"  one tutorial folder for each of the major folders, just to put the very helpful tutorials in. Just my input for an easier to navigate craftster.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Le Cupcake-Sac on: January 21, 2004 06:21:48 PM
This is le petit gteau-sac (translated: the cupcake purse)
This bag is inspired by my collection of Coach wristlets, but I wanted something cuter. The cupcake is made from cut pieces of felt put together with ye 'ol hot glue, then sewed avec a sewing machine onto a quilted front. The purse is lined with velcro closure.
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Easy Stencils on: December 16, 2003 08:16:31 PM
I definately want my own professional looking tee's, but screening is tres expensive, so I devised my own little way, on a budget, of course.

What Yer Gonna Need:

Image Program such as Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop

Ink Jet Printer (colored ink not needed)

Printable Transparencies (not ALL transparencies are printable on ink jet, so check! Avery is what I use) OR printable sticker paper (full sheets)

Sharp razor blade, scalple, or crafting knife

Temporary Spray Adhesive

Acrylic Paint

Fabric Medium (sold in craft section of Walmart)


1. Select an image you like that is not too intricate, and open it on your image program. Decrease the color count to 2 colors (or three if you want a duo toned print) and size it accordingly, then print onto transparency or sticker paper.

2. Secure the transparency or sticker paper to your work space (note: the razor will cut whatever is underneath) and begin to cut away the negative portion of your stencil. As you cut, keep in mind that some portions of black that are not connected to outter portions will have to be made as "islands" and placed in the middle separately. To avoid this, cut a small bridge from one omitted section to the next, and paint in later with a paint brush.
3. Spray the back of your stencil with a bit of temporary spray adhesive and center on your shirt, building, sidewalk, mailbox, fabric, purse, laptop, etc.
4. Mix fabric medium with your color choice of acrylic paint. Acrylic can be used alone, but does not look as authentic and professional as when fabric medium is added.
NOTE: To make a duo-toned print for more detailed photos that just don't cut the cake as one layer, simply print out two copies of your stencil, after having set the color to 3 or 4 colors. On one, cut out the black parts, and on the other, cut out the gray. Stencil the black cutout first, then after it dries, use a second color and stencil over it with second stencil. Voila! I hope it isn't too confusing, if it is, email me!
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