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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Perpetual Calendar on: December 22, 2010 06:27:58 PM
I was inspired by Calluna's post here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363825.0, more specifically by the notebook version she demo'd at the end of it, and decided to make it for some people who are hard to buy for on my Christmas list this year.

Here are my results!
January through April and the numbers 0-4

January: texture blue paper, navy blue cardstock (white stamped letters) and vellum (bird stamped in white, embossed with gold embossing powder)
February: Textured pink paper, burgundy cardstock (ripped, black stamped letters) pink stamped hearts
March: green card stock (stamped with green leaves), white card stock cut into tags (stamped with green leaves, and smudged with ink, stamped with black letters)
April: yellow card stock (stamped with green letters), green textured paper, stamped (and watercolour pencil crayon coloured) tulips

May through August  and the number 5

May: beige cardstock (textured with a cuttlebug template) tan tag (coluzzle cut, and stamped with a burgundy rose) burgundy cardstock (cut with "crazy scissors" stamped with burgundy ink, traced with gold pen)
June: purple paper (stamped with black letters) purple cardstock circle (smudged with pink ink), pink carstock circle (stamped with purple butterfly)
July: no background, stamped orange letters, green textured paper, orange cardstock circles (stamped with black flowers)
August: light blue card stock (textured with cuttlebug vine template) yellow cardstock (stamped with blue butterfly) white paper ovals (cut with coluzzle, stamped with yellow letters)

September through December

September: pale green textured  background, white paper square (stamped with brown raccoon,  coloured and ink smudged green edges) tan cardstock tag (cut with coluzzle, stamped with green letters)
October: tan background (stamped with bronze leaves 6 different ones, nice and shiny-like, over and over) red-orange cardstock square (acorns stamped with bronze ink then coloured over with dark brown),  brown cardstock rectangles (stamped with brown letters)
November: dark green cardstock (stamped with dark green pine trees) tan cardstock strip, green-brown cardstock (oval: stamped with dark green pine tree, rectangle: stamped with dark green letters)
December: shiny dark blue paper,  cardstock dark blue oval (stamped with silver "oh holy night" stamp) white paper circles (stamped with blue letters)

Some notes:
-I actually do have the numbers past 5 in the middle column, I just didn't think to get pictures of them
-the colours aren't perfect in the pictures, the numbers backgrounds are a grey textured paper
-the numbers are all printed on white paper, then cut around with the coluzzle oval, the font I used is  called  Kelt
-all the letters, the butterflies (June and august), the flowers (July) and the dove (January) are the studio g stamps from micheals (cheap, clear, and lovely!)
-the leaves (march) and the rose (may) are  close to my heart wood stamps
-the leaves and acorns (October) are close to my heart clear stamps
-all other stamps are wooden stamps we've collected over the years
-all the paper was from our (ridiculously large, and not as often as I'd like it to be used) stash
-the notebook it started from is a coil bound sketchbook from dollarama:

-I opted to chop off about 5 inches of each page to make it a more desk-friendly and easy to work on (for me) size. The stand (not pictured) is made by scoring the cardboard back of the notebook, and folding it so it creates the bottom. I then reinforced the (front) cover with cereal box cardboard and folded it so it is the opposite of the back cover.

Some things I learned while doing this
1: the only real way to cut the pages (other than scissors) is with  a rotary cutter and a t-square
2: you don't need to leave a gap between the sections (as I had originally thought I would)
3: when measuring on the back so that the pencil marks don't show, remember to measure it backwards (ah well, I don't mind the design, I did however originally want the month on the left numbers on the right but didn't realize my error until I cut it)
4:When trying to score cardboard, one of the best tools you will find to use is a butter knife

Anyway, I should probably stop talking right now, because you're probably all bored out of your mind with the mountain of (probably unnecessary) detail I put in  this post, but I hope that maybe it inspires you!

Comments and Criticisms are very welcome!
(and would be super helpful, because I plan on hopefully making a more bright, colourful and patterned one for some more exuberant, younger, and more open to colour people for the next gift giving occasion that rolls around)
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Notions Help! on: October 26, 2010 02:09:45 PM
Hello lovely knitters!
My mother is working on this vest http://www.metapostmodernknitting.com/MetaPatterns/SelfBeltVest/tabid/81/Default.aspx
and we are having difficulties finding belt buckles for it. We are in Ontario (Canada). I've tried Michael's and Wal-mart (Wal-mart's craft section now sucks!). Any suggestions?
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Idea for a breastfeeding momma! on: August 25, 2010 06:26:58 PM
I happened upon this post on craftastrophe today

I was thinking it might inspire any of you who are trying to think of baby shower gifts, create something similar in a craft you can do for the moms-to-be that you know will breastfeed!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Dr Horrible and A Blue French Horn on: August 25, 2010 05:54:26 PM
Here are my latest projects, started and finished in one weekend when I found myself not working even though I was scheduled to. The first, A quote from the "Brand New Day" song in Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog (which if you haven't seen, you must go watch now. Its incredible)


The second, is a blue french horn (which of course, is referring to How I Met Your Mother)

I am giving both, and the xkcd embroidery I posted here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=352861.msg4121950#msg4121950 in matching frames to my boyfriend to decorate his dorm room (its now tradition to make him a surprise for when he moves in at the beginning of each year). As you can see, the Dr Horrible one wasn't all that well planned out, as it doesn't fit in the mat like the french horn does. Also, they're in frames and they're wrinkly. But I don't care. He's a boy. He won't notice. Smiley
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / xkcd:Mattress Embroidery on: July 05, 2010 04:14:49 PM
I think xkcd is fantastic. The cuddle mattress one is one of my favourites, and my boyfriend and I jokingly make reference to it every now and then. I decided to embroider it for him as my first embroidery project. It's mostly back stitch, with a little of some made up stitch to make the arms thicker (I did back stitch but didn't pull it quite tight and wrapped the floss around it a couple times  before moving to the next one)
I'm pretty happy with it, only 2 flaws! (10 points if you know what they are, 100 if you know what one is without looking at the comic first)

I'm contemplating making a pillow or blanket with squares of xkcd as part of it, so any suggestions on how to make things look a little bit prettier would be fantastic!

For reference, here's the actual comic http://xkcd.com/335/
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Hup Holland Hup! KNVB Bleach stencilled shirt! (now shirtS two different styles) on: July 05, 2010 04:04:34 PM
I'm a canadian girl of dutch descent.  The dutch (around here at least) are known for being cheap. In true dutch spirit, I decided to make myself a KNVB (Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond) t-shirt so I could truly represent the Oranje as they attempt WORLD DOMINATION!! ahem. I mean a world cup win (finally).

Here it is!

click these ones for a close-up of the stencilling (sadly I couldn't manage to get a picture of all 4 letters while the shirt was on me)

I'm VERY happy with how they came out!

My father was also very happy with how mine came out, so he requested one for himself. I decided to do his more like the traditional logo, and then the bleaching didn't quite work the way I wanted it to (bled a lot under the stencil) so I went in with an orange fabric marker and I have to say it might be one of my favourite mistakes ever!

What do you think? Any suggestions for next time?
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / CSI Miami Shirts! on: June 19, 2010 08:44:14 AM
My father and I have this game, on Monday nights, whether we're in the same house,  or in completley different cities. At 10:00, when CSI Miami starts, it's on. We try to beat the other in sending the cheesy line Horatio says just before the theme song over MSN. Ridiculous? yes (most of the time we don't even bother watching the rest of the episode) amazing fun? yes.

This past christmas I discovered freezer paper stencilling. (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=333039.msg3846149#msg3846149)

For Father's day this year I decided that I needed to commemorate our games (that I  almost always win) by making him a Horatio Caine t-shirt.

Here's a close-up on the stencil

This is the picture I made the stencil from

and the stencil itself

I also made a bleach stencilled shirt that was a little more subtle, but when I did it, the bleach bled through my freezer paper (the spray bottle was actually cracked so it was having some spraying issues and I didn't know until afterwards...oops)
but today I finally had the opportunity to fix it and make it look presentable. So here it is!

Comments and Criticism welcome!

8  COOKING / Dessert / Ideal breakfast in cake form! on: April 18, 2010 09:07:40 PM
So as usual, my boyfriend's birthday coincided with the completion of my classes and the procrastination of studying. He LOVES bacon (I repeat, loves the stuff) so when I saw sum1smuma's post here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=343035.0, I knew something had to be done. In true me fashion, I decided to be way more creative than my skills and abilities, and decided not only to make a birthday cake with bacon and eggs, (life sized) but also that I must incorporate his other  favourite part of breakfast, the ginormous bowl of cereal he has. So I decided to make him a fully edible tray of breakfast in bed including an edible tray, a bowl of cereal, and a plate of bacon and eggs (I wasn't about to venture into making a glass of orange juice)

Here's what it looks like:

As you can see, my ideas far outweighed my skills (especially in the icing the bowl and plate department), but he loved it anyway.

Here  are some close ups
The bacon and eggs on a plate:

The bowl of cereal:

In case you're curious, here's how it all went down:
The tray- pound cake, food coloured the batter blue and added sprinkles (for fun) and then  baked it in a cookie sheet instead of 2 loaf pans. It worked our marvelously
The Bowl of Cereal- the bowl: a microwave chocolate cake, baked in a larger than usual bowl with a smaller bowl inside, however that left it without a bottom. -The milk: my roommate's left over store bought frosting The cereal: actual corn bran cereal (the boyfriend loves them, I however do not, so I took them from his cupboard!)  -The outside of the  bowl: "buttercream icing" recipe that really makes more of a pretty cookie glaze. Not fun to work with, very runny, and very difficult to colour (they were supposed to be orange!) but that's what you get when you're too lazy to learn how to make any other form of icing

The Bacon and eggs -the plate: another pound cake, this time not coloured or sprinkled, baked in my handy dandy springform pan, with a smaller circular cookie sheet on top (I wanted the plate to have a bit of a lip to it) HOWEVER, I screwed up, the centre didn't bake, I didn't realize it until I brought the cake peices to his place to ice and assemble everything so I had to re-bake it and then it broke when I took it off the pan, and it was just a mess. -the plate outside: the same icing as the outside of the bowl. -the bacon: tootsie rolls and caramels (see the post mentioned above)  -the eggs: white chocolate melts, and yellow chocolate melts (see the post mentioned above for method)

9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My attempt at the Watercolour Stencil Portraits on: January 04, 2010 06:38:04 PM

I saw the tutorial here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=301135.msg3437919;topicseen#msg3437919
and knew I had to try it for christmas!

I started with a test version, me and my boyfriend

it turned out okay. I wasn't the biggest fan of it, but he really liked it. It did however teach me to put on the masking fluid thicker.

So  I did 3 more for my mom, of our family.

I think they turned out pretty decent, considering I was using dollar store watercolours, dollar store brushes, and dollar store canvases, and my mom really liked them!
Thanks to weighanchor for the awesome and easy to follow tutorial!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / What do Elvis, Green, and Running Shoes have in common? on: January 04, 2010 06:02:19 PM
they're the ties I made for christmas!
I made two of each of them using the pattern here: http://www.purlbee.com/storage/fathersdaytieREV4.pdf
however once I cut it out, I trimmed bits, and then assembled it much differently than the pattern said to.

Elvis (modelled by my boyfriend, the other one went to his brother-in-law)

The Green Tie (modelled by my boyfriend, the other one also went to his brother-in-law)

Running Shoes (modelled by my brother, the other one went to my boyfriend's father)

all the pictures are links, which will lead you to a much larger, properly oriented picture
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