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41  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / TripleTime Stamped Card on: January 20, 2013 07:25:31 PM
Okay, so it's hardly perfect, but here's my first crack at triple time stamping.  It took a wee bit of math (ack) to get the layers right, and then I buggered up the actual black stamp so it looked 'eh', hence the ribbon over the center and the pop-up circle, but I think it turned out pretty nicely.  I heat embossed the sentiment and used blue (China blue?  Maybe?) Distress Ink as well as two different turquoises for the background stamping.  Seriously, if I could, I'd heat emboss everything.  Still not great at getting all the little bits off, even with the anti-static thing I bought.  Advice is greatly appreciated!

And a closer look at the triple stamping effect:

I'd love your thoughts!  Concrit loved.  Smiley
42  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Featured Member - LittleQuack on: January 20, 2013 07:53:22 AM
The first Crafster member who is the Purses, Bags, and Wallets Featured Member is ...

LittleQuack has been a member of Craftster for a little over a year, and in that time, she has posted numerous projects on the PBW board. She graciously answered a few questions we had for her!

Why (and when) did you begin making purses, bags, and wallets?
I started sewing bags and wallets with some of the friends I met when I started high school. When we reached grade 11 and could take the Fashion course, even more joined in. It was mostly for fun and to be able to carry around something unique and special, but there was also a small degree of competition over who could sew the neatest seams or who's zipper looked the best.

How long have you been sewing?
If sewing means using a needle and thread then I've been sewing since I was 7 or 8. My Grandmother taught me how to hand sew a simple pillow, and then shortly after a senior church friend of my family introduced me to cross-stitching. My Mom's sewing machine was always around the house and I probably started experimenting on it when I was 13 or 14.

What type of sewing machine do you have?
I use a Janome model L352-353, but it's actually my Mother's. Her friend jokes that I was born with my love of sewing because she and my Mom tried to start a small business sewing baby clothes when my Mom was pregnant with me xD

Do you have any tips for anyone looking to make their first purse, bag, or wallet?
If they haven't started it yet my advice is to just do it already. I sometimes put off starting a project because I worry about screwing it up or I don't think my skills are quite up to it yet. This is a waste of time. If I screw it up, so what? I'll find a way to fix it, or figure out a different way to do it when I try again. And if I'm not skilled enough then the only way for me to get better is to do things I haven't tried before. You can't improve by doing only things you already know how to do.

What other crafts do you enjoy?
Anything even remotely crafty I will enjoy. When I was younger I would try anything I could get my hands on: embroidery, pottery, knitting, stained-glass, felt-making, scrap-booking  wood-working, sewing, crocheting, beading and so on. There are big craft projects that I know I would love but haven't been ambitious enough to try yet, like quilting and upholstery, but I know I will love them because they involve making something with my hands. I actually haven't tried anything new in a while, perhaps that should be something I work on this year.

What's your favorite aspect of Craftster?
My favorite aspect of Craftster is definitely the helpful community. In the handmade world it's so great to have a place to come with questions and ideas and be able to receive constructive advice and comments without having the stress that normally comes with trying to talk with strangers over the internet. Anything posted here is either praising, helpful, or at the very least it's polite. It's a very welcoming and comfortable place for people of all ages.

What is your favorite PBW project on Craftster that you posted?

My favorite project that I've posted on Craftster(so far) is my mini adaptation of the accordion wallet pattern I have.  I absolutely love the fabric prints, plus it's just so darn cute!

What is your favorite PBW project on Craftster that someone else has posted?
I'm going to give two answers for this one because I use Craftster mainly as a learning resource so I'm going to give a favorite technique and a favorite project. I think my favorite sewing technique tutorial on Craftster is the zippered divider in a messenger bag it's a great addition to a messenger bag, and can be adapted for use in most bags. For a favorite project I'm going to say this fish  bag because it's so detailed and perfect.

Congratulations, LittleQuack!  We look forward to seeing more of your awesome purses, bags, and wallets!
43  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Craft room goodies on: January 05, 2013 09:00:04 AM
To join my To Do List, I made a few more things for the walls of my craft area to help keep me organized.

The magnet board and two small bulletin boards:

The magnet board, up close is below.  It used to be the top of a big popcorn tin.  I put some sticky ribbon (the kind you can get for $1 at Joann's) around the edges (it's turquoise) and then used some double sided tape to put a pretty patterned paper on the inside.  I then attached a circle of paper and a matching button to a magnet to create the magnets.

Then the bulletin boards are what used to be two cork trivets from IKEA.  These were way easy - just hot glued a bow to the center and then attached a matching length of ribbon to hang it.  I glued buttons to push pins to make it match.  Smiley

Finally, to begin organizing my paper stash, I cut one of the flat rate boxes from the post office in half, covered it with paper and ribbon and then sealed the ends to get two color-coordinated boxes.

The awesome thing about these projects is that the popcorn top, the trivets, and the flat rate boxes, plus the paper, magnets, buttons, and most of the ribbon were from stash.  YAY free organizing projects!
44  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Purse Craftalong? on: December 29, 2012 09:09:30 PM
Would anyone be interested in a craft along centered on making a purse?  We could choose a pattern or a type (hobo, messenger, etc. etc.) and then see what everyone comes up with.

Thoughts?  Interest?

45  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / To Do List on: December 29, 2012 04:09:27 PM
I'm beginning to redo my craft area - which was formerly known as my dining room, but since I hardly use it for dining, I might as well go whole hog and get serious about making it crafty.

I made my first project today, with the help of my new Cricut.  I turned a cheap wooden frame from Walmart into a crafty To Do list board.

I'm, obviously, going with a lightblue/turquoise and red color scheme for the craft room.  I'll be posting some more of my little projects as I begin to get more into the redecoration!
46  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / PBW Awesome Projects From Years Past on: December 21, 2012 05:41:07 PM
I've seen 'I'm so glad I found this project' left as a comment on many older purses, bags, and wallets, so I figured, as the new year approaches (and apparently, the end of the world doesn't), I thought it'd be fun to look back on some popular projects from years past.  My criteria were threefold:

1. It wasn't a tutorial.
2. It had pictures.
3. I also didn't want to choose projects that were featured previously (though not sure how successful I was with this - not all projects were tagged!).

So I went to the This Rocks list and spent some time perusing.   It was a ton of fun, and here are our first round of Blasts from the Past.  

I hope you find some inspiration for 2013.  If you have any favorite projects from before 2011, feel free to PM me for our next Blast!   

Remember - old projects need feedback love, too!  Smiley
47  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Felt Food on: December 20, 2012 06:09:57 PM
I claimed the delightful ehinders for felt food for her daughter in the Ongoing Holiday Wishlist Swap.  I got some machine embroidery patterns from swakembroidery.com and went to town!

Here's the sandwich and chips.  The sandwich includes 2 pieces of bread, a slice of cheese, a slice of meat (mystery meat, perhaps!), lettuce, and a slice of tomato.  However, I think the chips and the chip bag were my favorite to do!

And now some yarn spaghetti with marinara.  (The marinara is the same file as the lettuce from the sandwich, just in red.)

(Sorry for the rotten pictures.  I need to buy myself a camera ...)
48  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Why buy a bag? on: December 15, 2012 09:38:41 AM
After seeing something similar on Pinterest, I knew I had to try it!  I used patterned red paper, plain black ribbon, gold paper, white paper, yarn, a gift tag punch, a scalloped edger punch (bunched both sides of a strip) and one of the awesome stamps that jexxican made me in the Stocking swap to make this festive wine bottle decoration.  I'm giving it as a gift, so it's all ready for the holiday party tonight!

49  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / B&B Featured Projects - Oct -Dec 2012 on: December 14, 2012 04:20:43 PM
With some help from the This Rocks! button and my own personal preferences, here are the fabulous new featured projects on the Bath and Beauty Board for Oct-Dec 2012!

50  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / HSH Featured Projects - Oct-Dec 2012 on: December 14, 2012 03:52:38 PM
With some help from the This Rocks button and my own personal preference, here are the latest Featured Projects in the Home Sweet Home board!

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