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21  Re: Monthy Odd Holiday - April (send out 3/24) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by thingsivemade on: March 10, 2010 06:58:45 AM
Ok, so here's a not-so-great-but-will-do-better-later version of our Danger Swap Man:

Any thoughts on improvement anyone?

I'm considering Photoshop a mini break from crafting, I'm almost finished projects 2 & 3. Project 1 is finished and makes me giggle and I honestly can't wait to see what Opalgryphon thinks of it!
 If all goes well, I'll be able to post them out before Friday, woo!

 Belladune, I'm making more coffee if you want some!  Grin
*toddles off to make more*
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22  Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy embroidery - my first try! in Needlework: Completed Projects by thingsivemade on: March 03, 2010 11:49:55 AM
I'm really pleased with how this turned out. Ok, so it's not perfect but considering I only started embroidery yesterday. There's a couple of mistakes but I think I managed to patch them up neatly enough. I also probably did it all wrong but I enjoyed it anyway!

 I basically just made a stencil from the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy movie (which I had plans for spray paint stencilling initially) and tried to stitch it as neatly as I could!

It now proudly resides near my PC monitor!
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23  Re: Monthly Odd Holiday - March 2010 in The Swap Gallery by thingsivemade on: February 25, 2010 04:49:59 AM
Yay, I received my package today! It was a nice surprise coming home from a long, cold journey so I was all tired and possibly delirious with excitement.

 Zombiecazz is one very talented lady! Here's what she made me:

For World Folk Tales and Fables week, I got a...

...a little Loch Nessie of my own! He's (or is it a she?) meant to be a keyring but he/she is so awesome that he/she gets a place of pride on my computer monitor. I make a lot of crafts but only the things I REALLY like get to be seen by me every day Smiley

For Worship of Tools day, I got a very nifty toolkit holder that I can tie around my waist whilst I go crafting!

 Sorry about the cropped image, I hadn't had a chance to clean up yet (I've only been home for about 45 minutes!) so I figured that it'd be easier to crop the photo than clean Grin

A macro shot of the stitching:

And for National Caffeine Awareness, I got such cute little teacup and saucer earrings!

Can't wait to show these off!

I love them all and now I love swapping. Ready for the next one!
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24  Mini models (of a kind!) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by thingsivemade on: February 20, 2010 06:05:49 AM
Oh my! What's this? Is it a small model that someone spent hours and hours straining their eyes to work on?

Admittedly, no, it's just a trick in Photoshop but funky and deceiving nonetheless! I wanted to know if it worked (as in, that it looked like an actual model), so I showed it to a professional photographer/Photoshop guy, who was baffled that I managed to make something so small. It was totally worth the look on his face when I told him it was a method called tilt shift and it takes about 5 minutes to do in Photohop!

Here's a few more "models"  Grin

Mini Choisey-Le-Roi, Paris

Mini Tractor

Mini climber

Mini Sleeping Man

 If anyone wants to try this for themselves, the finest tutorial is here!
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25  Digital Art Flyers in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by thingsivemade on: February 19, 2010 08:58:40 AM
(Before I begin, I just want to say that I'm not soliciting for the gig! Just want to show you some digital art!)

I'm part of a new crew starting up around Dublin called Stomp-o-rama (just Stomp for short) and we put on gigs specifically for dubstep and drum 'n' bass acts. Mostly local (Dublin) talent as we're still fairly new and only had our first night last December (a free gig which was in conjunction with a psytrance night). Our second night is coming up in 2 weeks time.

 My boyfriend and I are in charge of making the flyers so we work hard together in order to make them stand out.

 This was the first flyer that we made: (I did the psychedelic side, he did the dubstep side.)

Now, the next flyer is what I've really been wanting to show you because I'm really very, very proud of it. Again, it was myself and the boyfriend collaborating using the fine medium of Photoshop. So far, we've gotten a big thumbs up from our Facebook page and the DJs are begging for big size posters for keepsies!

 So, what do you think? Any C&C muchly appreciated!

(P.S. By the way, my boyfriend is actually playing that night as well, his stage name is Shatterfreak  Smiley so proud of him!)
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26  Re: chesire pumpkin! in Halloween Decor and Parties by thingsivemade on: February 06, 2010 06:20:26 AM
That is so freaking coooool!
Hehehe, I dressed up as the Cheshire Cat once for Halloween, he's one of my favourite characters too!

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27  Toolkits! (Pics included) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by thingsivemade on: January 29, 2010 01:58:22 PM
I love crafting  Grin I also love crafting tools but I have quite of lot of them!
 I tend to get a little OCD when it comes to my crafting tools, which can be a bit of a problem when I have so much of a varied kind of different tools! Be it X-actos, pens, calligraphy pens, erasers blah blah blah, they all need a their own place.
 So, I did what I could with lunchboxes and a cutlery holder thingy (great for pens) but my sewing, knitting, crochet and jewellery tools needed to be separate (because I'm fussy like that!) and minus the potential stabbings I might receive if I'm not paying attention to what my hands are doing (probably from being distracted reading Craftster  Cheesy). It's happened, my seam ripper had a taste for my flesh for a while.

 So for my jewellery tools, I made this:

which opens into this:

 I'll admit the stitching is crooked, but honestly, I've improved since then. I'll even give ya proof with my sewing/knitting/crochet case!

 It's made from an old hoodie and a bit off an old skirt.

Inside, with my tools:

The pamphlet is from the website www.sewmamasew.com and it's a handy guide to different types of hand stitching and how to do them. I downloaded and printed it from here:
Oh and for the record, I actually hate the colour pink and I only ever use that pink gel pen when it won't be seen. I'm consciously trying to wear this pen out because I can't throw away a pen until it's completely dry!
 (And by the way, those pencils are my current knitting needles! I'm a little broke at the moment so I have to wait until my mam gives me back mine!)

And all closed with all of my tools inside:

 I don't have any tutorials for either of these because I just made it up as I went along, but they're really easy to make!Once you figure out how to attach a zipper you're sorted!

 Thanks for looking!
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28  Vinyl Art - House of the Rising Sun in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by thingsivemade on: January 28, 2010 08:02:02 AM
Ever since I was a kid I've always loved vinyl records. Some of my earliest memories are of Sunday afternoons in the living room with my Dad whilst listening to his extensive collection.
 But now we're living in the digital age and records are on the way out. So when I was on my travels through the charity shops, I was ecstatic to find an EP of the Animals singing "House of the Rising Sun" from the 1960s. It brought back such strong memories that I vowed to do *something* with it.

 I dug out my oil paints, made a stencil of "todays" New Orleans skyline (that is, from the 2000s) and attempted to make this:

 I'm not great with oil paints but I do like how this turned out and I have it hanging over my computer monitor Smiley

 Any C&C would be muchly appreciated, and thanks for looking!

Youtube linky!
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29  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by thingsivemade on: December 31, 2009 11:27:01 AM
Hi all!
 I'm really glad there's a photography thread here, I've been looking through all of your photos and they're incredible!

 I'd like to share some of mine with you Smiley

Combining my digital art with my photography

 Ok, I'll stop here because like many others here, I have tons of photos! There's plenty more on my Flickr page Smiley
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30  Calligraphy piece (image heavy) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by thingsivemade on: December 31, 2009 10:25:25 AM
Hey all, I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the right forum but I would like to share some of my calligraphy work with you.
 I'm a big drum 'n' bass fan (I like a lot of different types of music, the d'n'b is just part of it). One day a friend of mine played "Coded Language" by DJ Krust (with spoken word from Saul Williams) and I was instantly mesmerised. As I sat there listening to this track, I made myself promise to do a huge challenge and do a calligraphy piece on the entire spoken words.
 I knew it wouldn't be easy so I didn't set a deadline for myself, nor did I count the amount of hours that I put it into it. With much stopping and starting, it took me 9 months to do it all, given that each session was roughly 2-3 hours long.
 The main reason why it took so long to do was that I kept running out of ink in my pens so I would have to redo each letter two or three times to get all of the lettering even. That and the fact that the pages are A2 sizes, 7 pages in all. I must have gone through at least 6 black pens, 1 entire eraser and several gallons of tea Smiley

 Without further ado, here's my calligraphy piece:

Page 1:

Close up of the title:

I used Irish Sign Language here, as I'm Irish and partially deaf.

Page 2:

Page 3:

The silver lettering isn't very clear here but the last line is supposed to be "Thus, In The Name Of:"

Page 4:

Page 5:

Page 6:

Page 7:

 If you would like to see them in bigger sizes, pics are available on my Flickr set:

 And for any drum 'n' bass fans out there, this video is for you!
DJ Krust & Saul Williams - "Coded Langauge"

 Let me know what you think, I'd be grateful for any C&C!
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