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1  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.
2  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.
3  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!
4  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?
5  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!
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Coconut oil and Honey hair mask/deep conditioner on: April 05, 2012 12:15:37 PM
As they so often do, this latest project bubbled up from many accumulated nuggets of knowledge stored in my frontal lobes almost by osmosis. I apologize that I don't have a picture to go with it, so I scalped this one from teh interwebz:

it's about the same color as my hair maybe slightly more red, and the shine is definitely comparable (as described later in this post)

I had noticed that my hair lately (aside from being in desperate need of a trim) was starting to look like a bale of alfalfa. So, not pretty. I went to my fridge, pulled out my container of coconut oil, looked at it, hmmm-ed for a minute, and scooped some out into a small container. Then I wandered around my kitchen hunting for other ingredients to add to my hair-repair concoction. I settled on honey, and poured about an equal amount of honey in. I then microwaved it for about 30 seconds, just enough to melt the coconut oil (I keep it in the fridge because it only stays solid below 76 and my cabinets all seem to be warmer than that) and stirred the heck out of it to combine the honey and coconut oil. They seemed to be somewhat averse to each other, and by the time I got to the shower I had to shake the container a bit to re-combine them.

Once I had wet my hair pretty thoroughly, I poured the oil-honey mixture into my hands and applied it liberally from root to tip, and massaged it into my scalp too. It was still warm from the microwave, which was really relaxing! (I wonder if it had the added benefits that are supposed to come with those hot oil treatments that used to be so popular?) I slathered on some of my normal conditioner too, just for kicks. After all the normal showery stuff body washing, shaving, exfoliating, etc I took a wide-tooth plastic comb and ran it through my hair to detangle it. Then I rinsed it as best as I could. Surprisingly it seemed to rinse almost clean, after which I applied shampoo. By this point the deep conditioner had probably been on my hair for 15-20 minutes (it was one of those long, luxurious showers *smile*) and as I washed it clean, I could already tell there was a huge difference. The last thing I did was my apple cider vinegar rinse to restore the hairs natural ph. I couldnt wait to see how it looked and felt once dry!

I did my typical routine of letting it air dry, then blow drying it almost dry with a paddle brush, then setting it in velcro rollers. As I was doing this, the texture felt much smoother and softer, and it was already looking much shinier.

When it was completely dry, after I had taken out the rollers and brushed it through, I was literally astounded. My hair looked completely virgin and healthy. When I stepped outside later and glanced at the strands, they were literally glistening in the sun as if I had used a shine serum filled with crushed diamonds. Ok maybe thats a slight exaggeration. But it was super shiny for reals!

This was definitely one of my better experiments, and one I plan to continue using often! I made it for a friend, but I added grapeseed oil to hers. So that will be going in the next batch I make for myself!

This is a fact sheet on the ingredients I give to people I make this for:

A couple notes: dark hair will usually have more noticeable shine than lighter hair, although this is actually a sort of optical illusion. Dark pigments absorbs more light while fairer strands actually reflect it, but darker hair shows a greater difference in the contrast between light areas and dark areas.
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / DIY face serum for Xmas gifts (with tutorial) on: December 13, 2011 02:57:07 PM
So for Christmas this year I decided to make something I had been wanting for myself as gifts for several female family members and friends - a super-luxurious face serum! I ordered the ingredients from Majestic Mountain Sage (http://www.thesage.com) and the containers I was lucky enough to find at a local Chicago place I ABSOLUTELY LOVE... American Science and Surplus (http://www.sciplus.com/) when they had their ginormous once-a-year warehouse sale. Score!!!

What I used:
16 oz Rose Hip Seed oil
16 oz Sweet Almond oil
16 oz Jojoba oil
24 drops Rosemary essential oil

Here are some pictures of the process!

I combined all the oils except the Rosemary EO and whisked it gently as I added each one to make sure it was (hopefully) well mixed.

In the background of the dropper bottles you can see my hang tags drying. I printed up some labels that I created in word, then used modpodge to adhere them to both sides of some Christmas greeting cards from last year. Once that was dry I added another coat to seal it.

After letting the oils sit for a few minutes while I worked on the tags, I added in the Rosemary EO and whisked gently again. I then used a turkey baster to fill the 2 oz bottles with the oil mixture. I had thought I bought 4oz bottles, so I ended up with quite a bit more left than I anticipated!

Once the tags were completely dry I hole punched them, cut them into rectangles with beveled edges, and attached them to the bottles with ribbon. Here's a close up of the front of the tags :-) The back has recommended usage.

And for the exterior packaging, I printed up a birch bark template from Martha Stewart. (http://www.marthastewart.com/how-to/yule-log-favor-boxes#slide_2) Then on the back I printed some additional information about each ingredient. I wrapped it around each bottle and taped it at the edge, then tied some ribbon. Simple but cute!

In the first picture you can kind of see that the words show through in the light, but not so much at other angles.

All in all I'm very pleased with this and I hope that the recipients like them :-)

8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Coastal Scents website sucks aka why I will not purchase from them anymore on: November 30, 2011 07:25:25 AM
Need to vent! Their sale on Cyber Monday was great - almost everything on the website was half off!! Or rather, it would have been if I could have purchased anything. The website SUCKS. I tried twice to purchase just 3 items (jojoba oil, sweet almond oil and mini scoops) and kept getting error messages and the website freezing up. When I finally got to the point of checking out (a mere 3+ hours later... seriously!!), it would not complete my order, and also would not allow me to change the billing address to be different from the shipping address and vice versa. I do not want things sent to my home address to sit on my porch waiting to be stolen until I get home, and I'm not going to mess with my credit cards and put the wrong billing address as where I want things shipped (my work).

The next day (yesterday) when I tried to call in to talk to someone on the phone (how convenient that the sale ended right when their office opens), I got a busy tone the entire day. Yes, I called several times while they were open, and got a busy tone every single time.

They have definitely lost a customer in me - I won't do business with an online company that can't properly script their website and does not have the tech staff to handle the kind of traffic you're bound to get when you put up those kinds of deals. Shame, because their products  and prices are not bad and I am starting to sell products so I was planning on buying a lot more in the future.
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Alternative use for makeup remover? on: November 16, 2011 09:41:35 AM
So I have one full, unopened, and one half-full, partially used bottle of makeup remover from Avon. I stopped using it to remove my makeup when I switched to pure olive oil, but I hate to let anything go to waste. The main ingredient is of course mineral oil, along with some petrolatum, various emulsifiers, emollients, etc. *PLEASE NOTE* I am not interested in debating the evils of mineral oil here, so PLEASE don't comment telling me it's bad and I should just throw it out  Cheesy

Moving on... I've read that it might be a good leave-in conditioner, on that note I was considering mixing a little with some liquid castile soap to see if it works as a sort of 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner but I have a feeling it might leave my scalp too greasy. Any crafty peeps out there have any other ideas of different ways I could use this or things I could mix into it to make it more useful? I'm not going to use it on my face since I do have pretty sensitive skin and it contains one of the more comedogenic oils, but any other suggestions would be welcomed. I would be happy to list all the ingredients if that would be helpful.
10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Itchy scalp remedies? (due to using a commercial shampoo) on: October 18, 2011 08:23:38 AM
Yay - I'm back with another question! So recently I washed my hair with a particular brand of shampoo that starts with "P" and ends with "ene" and now my head is itching like crazy, and since I have scratched it a few times, now it's burning Sad Oh yeah, and my scalp is flaking and dry too. Previously I had been using a variety of samples, various brands of shampoo, interspersed with mostly baby shampoo and occasionally plain castile soap. I think I'm going to stick with the last two for a while, but here's my dilemma: I would like to do an olive/coconut oil treatment on my scalp in hopes that will relieve the dryness and itching, but the last time I did that I ended up with super greasy hair for the next 3 days. Other than doing this over the weekend and simply hiding from the general public, does anyone have any alternative remedies and/or non-sulfate after-oil-treatment cleansing solutions they might recommend? Perhaps a blend of some ingredients or a tute for something you've made for this kind of situation before? Thanks so much!!
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