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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 84 ENTRIES / Re: My world...where a book comes alive on: April 10, 2013 06:45:48 AM
So creative and amazing. I love being inspired by people here!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Blackhawks Silhouette Shadowbox on: April 09, 2013 02:12:04 PM
For another family member:

First I printed the logo in black and white

Deciding what to cut out from the image was probably the hardest part

Then painted it black

Ripped a couple delicate pieces, had to redo that part and patch it behind. Put red behind the logo to reinforce it as well as give it more pop. I used a picture of the original Chicago Stadium for the background, and 2 sticks for a bit more color.

Used an empty paperclip box to put the logo in the foreground lol

This one definitely had the most intricate cuts, and was pretty difficult doing it by hand with an exacto pen blade. But very fun.
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / mineral makeup crafters - help!?! on: April 04, 2013 06:42:11 AM
I have ventured into mineral makeup and am hooked. I was using a powder type foundation that I make totally from scratch (see a couple of my other posts if you would like more info), but I found that it dried my skin too much by pulling oils out of my skin, so I started mixing up a very basic cream type foundation. I mix my powder base with olive oil and/or grapeseed oil, depending on my skin at the time, and also add some anti-chafing powder gel, which is silicone based, for feel. Monistat Soothing Care Powder Gel - makeup artists' secret, it works great as a primer lol. (ingredients for this are: Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate, Trisiloxane) The problem I've found is that while I love the adjustable coverage factor, and the way it feels, it doesn't stay put as well as I'd like it to. Rubs off on my fingers, clothing, etc... ick. What could I add (preferably something that won't involve oil/water phases and cooking stuff - I'm not there yet!) to give it some adhesion? The powder base is very simple: cornstarch, kaolin clay, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, iron oxides, and a tiny bit of sericite mica for shimmer. That's it. If I absolutely have to start cooking I guess I could go there, I just don't feel ready to do that yet.
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Silhouette shadowboxes (lotsopics) on: March 29, 2013 11:44:39 AM
Thanks!! I did that with my most recent one, the Florida fisherman one.
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Another shadowbox silhouette on: March 27, 2013 01:39:55 PM
This one was for my father-in-law who has a house in Florida. I used pictures we took when we visited them.

This one looks totally flat so here are some pics out of the frame. Hopefully you can see the depth a little better...

That's all for now!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Silhouette shadowboxes (lotsopics) on: March 07, 2013 02:29:28 PM

Well I guess this is the best place for these, since they are paper. I've been rather shy about posting them, but art not shared is art wasted I guess.

I started doing silhouettes last year when I decided to do one for my 1year anniversary, since the traditional gift is paper. This is a photograph from the actual ceremony I turned into a silhouette and framed:

Then I decided it would make nice gifts, but wanted to add a little more pizazz... so I got some shadowboxes. Next projects were Christmas gifts for aunt and uncle, of their favorite things: him - Sherlock Holmes books, and her - fairies.

not sure which one has better lighting. I suck at photography lol

The fairy had a little more detail. Here she is before being painted black.

Close up of flowers.

I loved this paper that someone gave me. Worked perfectly for her wings. In certain light it really shimmered and was very pretty.

Then came a couple friend's birthdays, for one I made this:

the background is cells from actual comics (which, when I told him that, his response was "You cut up comics?!!?" lol) You can't tell, but 2 cells, one on each side, are actually halfway between the background and the foreground. I used pieces of foam to make them stick out a bit. The boat in the Sherlock piece is like that too, but it's not obvious in the pictures.

and for another friend

Here's Vader alone, before installation.

I think one of my favorite things was the "side effects" of painting the silhouettes:



I might frame those too, just for me.

Anyway, that's it so far. I have others in the works for more family members' birthdays, but they're not done yet.

Added: Any ideas on how to make it photograph better? Also, how to make the 3d details more obvious in photo?
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Static-addicted hairbrush and natural red hair tint on: March 07, 2013 01:31:04 PM
Hello crafties! I have 2 seperate issues I would love some tips on:

I have a hairbrush I love, but no matter what it always seems to have static attached to it. I've tried spraying it with water (which I hate doing because then it gets on my hair), banging it on things, running a magnet over it (ok not really, but WOULD THAT WORK??? lol)... and it's in the bathroom which has terrible ventilation so it's the most humid room in the house. No kidding. I know it's only this brush, because it happens every time, and I have others that don't do this. It's an oval paddle brush, I think that's what it's called anyway, the kind that has the pin things in a cushion, and they have little balls on the end. Looks pretty much like this:

What the heck can I do about this? I hate going to brush my hair and ending up with this:

Secondly, does anyone know of a natural red tint I can use on my hair besides henna? I'm talking something kitchen-witchy, like oh IDK, cranberry juice? Red rooibos tea? Boiled nutmeg/tea?? Preferably something I already might have or isn't too far out of the norm.

Thanks lots in advance!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Home-built mechanical finger prosthetic on: January 17, 2013 07:44:21 AM
I got goosebumps reading this. Amazing! And kudos for your generosity!!
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Beauty Secrets on: January 17, 2013 07:22:20 AM
Coconut oil is higher up on the comedogenic list of oils so be careful using this on your face, back or any place you might be acne-prone.
Grapeseed oil is very astringent while still giving you a good balance of moisture so it great for super oily skin.
Stuff other people have mentioned Ill second ACV toner is amazing as is the baking soda scrub, lipstick is the best blush there is, and yes drink TONS of water!
Grapeseed oil also has the highest burn point of any oil (coconut oil is up there as well) so its great to use with any heat styling you do. I saved an old hair serum pump bottle and put about half coconut oil and half grapeseed oil in it. Shake before each use, squirt one small amount into you palm (a little goes a long way!), rub both palms together and then distribute through your hair starting with the ends first. My hair doesnt like it if I do this wet so I use it more as a shine serum than pre-heat treatment, but YMMV.
Ive tried hemorrhoid cream under my eyes and it did nothing but just sit there feeling sticky and gross Ill never try it again.
Modeling secret if youre in a head on shot where your feet wont show but your hips will and you want to accentuate that gap between your thighs do this: 1 turn your toes slightly inward 2 pull your knees slightly apart 3 tilt your hips back slightly. Check it out in a mirror, youll see it instantly. Youll also know youre in the right position if you feel it mostly in the joint where your upper thigh connects to your hips.
Dont use chapsticks with menthol, it actually dries out your lips more and creates more need for the product. Look for stuff with mostly natural oils and butters.

That's all I can think of right now...
10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Coconut oil and Honey hair mask/deep conditioner on: September 06, 2012 11:29:25 AM
You can use almost any kind of oil in this manner if you're just looking for some deep-conditioning-action. Coconut oil seems to be the magic ingredient for shine though. Olive oil (which is much more cost efficient) is one option I know works great. Just be sure to wash your hair thoroughly after any of these. I don't think it works well with the no-poo method, although maybe someone more familiar can weigh in on that.
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