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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Questions about ATCs on: December 06, 2007 02:21:22 PM
Hi all. I'm new to ATCs. I made my first one for have2craft for the OTT swap and now am totally addicted. Heres a link to it: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=209203.msg2272183#msg2272183
I've made 2 more (which I'm going to post pictures of later today) and have a question:

My fiance collected baseball cards as a kid and has hundreds. He has given his blessing for me to recycle them into ATCs. I know that you should sign and date the back of the card; on a baseball card, would I just sign over the design? Or actually glue a seperate piece of paper on the back with my info?  Also, with playing cards or baseball cards, do people usually leave the face of the card exposed on the back or the generic card back exposed? I'm probably over thinking this I know. TIA for the help!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Where can I find glass bottles? Oh and plastic buckets too! on: December 03, 2007 07:55:40 AM
Hi all. I want to make favors like this

but haven't been able to find affordable bottles for it. I think I'd need around 50 at maybe $1 a bottle? Maybe? I do want them to be glass bottles. I've been googling my fingers off but haven't found anything quite right yet so I hoped someone here might know where to find some. Also, I wanted to make up beach pails for the guests that have things like sunscreen, candy, etc in them. I'll be making them during the winter though so no stores have beach pails. Anyone have a suggestion for websites that would carry plastic beach pails/buckets? I haven't looked much for these yet but thought I would include the question in this posting as well. Thanks!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Invitation rough draft - Pictures included on: November 28, 2007 07:44:43 AM
My MOH came over the other night and we tried out various ways of making invitations. The pictures below are of our the final product of our tests. They actually seem like they'll be pretty easy except that this rough draft is sort of crooked because my paper cutter couldn't be located the night we did these.  Undecided I think the hardest part will be printing the little pages since I don't have Microsoft Publisher which everyone I've asked recommends. I'm going to just practice and make do with Word...

The ribbon on the front will be sealed with either a wax seal or possibly a fimo/sculpey seashell or sand dollar. I found a seller on ebay who makes molds for that type of clay and I think it would hold up better than delicate seashells.

Also, the paper I'm going to use has 4 different shades of blue paper so people will get different colored invitations, however I think the ribbon pulls them together. The color in the picture isn't so great, I had to take these with my camera phone since my digital camera is dead atm.

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Painting a guestbook on: June 21, 2007 09:30:37 AM
Hey all. Okay, so our wedding is going to be on the beach and I saw some nifty guestbooks with seashells on them and thought "I can make that" and asked my Mom to be on the lookout for a guest book. She works at a thrift store since she is retired and bored and can find anything eventually. Sure enough she found an unused Hallmark guestbook but the front is shiny with a sort of raised flowery paisley design. I'm thinking I can paint it white and then glue shells to the front (I may spell the word Guests out in little tiny shells and then have larger shells as a border) My question is: what type of paint and glue should I use? I was thinking just good old acrylic in a glossy white but the glue part stumps me. Since it is a free guest book, if I fail at this plan it isn't such a big deal. TIA for suggestions!
5  Georgia / Georgia: Central / Atlanta Miniature Society on: December 26, 2005 03:41:39 PM
Hi all. I've pulled out my childhood dollhouse and begun restoring it. While doing so I've been finding lots of great info on the web including a group called Atlanta Miniature Society. They meet the 3rd Monday of every month and discuss all things miniature. There is also a monthly take home project and side projects. On the internet I've found more and more people who are doing the same thing I am, redoing a childhood dollhouse or finally making one for themselves because they never had one before. So I decided I'd post the groups information since they've been so helpful. The link includes the address of the meetings. You can come to 2 meetings free and then you have to decide if you want to be a member or not at the 3rd meeting and pay dues of $25 which come due once a year. Its really fun and worth checking out though if you're interested in miniatures or dollhouses.


This is the original e-mail of info I got from the club when I found it:

"The club meets the third Monday of each month at 7:15
at Central Congregational Church. The church is on
Clairmont Road just 1/4 mile east of I85. The church
is not visible from the road but there is a sign. The
driveway is immediately beside a SouthTrust Bank at
the end of a small strip center with an IGA grocery
store. The driveway is long and winding, so dont
think youre in the wrong place, just follow it around
and youll come to the parking lot. Newcomers are
welcome and may visit as a guest 3 times before
joining (although you CAN join on the first visit!)

We do small projects that take up part of one meeting,
and large ones that extend over several, charity
projects, have parties, speakers, fun days and
speakers,  and we host a sizeable miniatures show and
sale with exhibits and workshops each October. We have
members ranging in age from 17 to 80+, experience
ranging from a few weeks to 30 or more years.
And, we have lots of fun.

Dues are $25 annually and we have a reduced "family"
rate for spouses, or mother/child who want to join
together. We are a NAME (National Association of
Miniature Enthusiasts) affiliated club
(http://www.miniatures.org) and as such require that
all our members join the Association in order to be
covered by their insurance at club events and receive
the benefits of a member club."
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Mini Angels for my Dollhouse on: December 26, 2005 03:20:47 PM
So I decorated my dollhouse for Christmas but alas I had no angel for the tree. I got out my beads, embroidery floss and sequins and here are my mini angels:


The largest is 1 1/4 inches high, the smallest is 1/2 inch high.   Smiley
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / **UPDATED**My dollhouse project*Warning-Picture Heavy* on: October 08, 2005 11:50:52 AM
I received a dollhouse when I was 11 for Christmas. We started moving around a lot right after so it got put into storage and has been bumped from  one storage facility to the next for the past 10 years. This year I've gotten it out and started finishing it-wallpaper, electricity, flooring, etc.  It was really just a shell to start with.  The story in my mind is that the people who live there inherited it and are working to restore it.  Thats why some of the furniture looks antique.  Here are some pictures of what I've accomplished so far:
This is the house before I took the roof and front panels off and painted it.  You can see a little water damage from where it got leaked on at one point.   Embarrassed
An updated kitchen photo.  This is the first room to be totally complete with wallpaper, trim and flooring.  The kitchen cabinet above the sink was a $1 wooden hutch thing from the wood section at Micheal's.  I cut it in half and painted it, then added lace to the front for an above the sink cabinet. You can also see it here in the photo I took of the doll tray I found to hang above the door.
The tomatos lined up on the sink and the potatos in the bucket
I made following an online tutorial. http://www.miniland.ca/Courses.html  The turkey dinner
was made following this tutorial http://www.sculpey.com/Projects/projects_Nickjr_NovemberThanksgivingDinner.htm and the strawberry cake
was a cone incense burner that I found and painted and stuck on a tray. I never use cone incense anyway. The flooring is made from coffee stir stick type pieces that I bought in a large bag from Michael's, stained and glued down. I'm trying to do everything on a budget and the dollhouse flooring I found in catalogs cost $15 a sheet which fit one maybe one and a half rooms! Yikes! Even with wood, glue, and stain, my floors for the whole house will cost maybe $25 at the most.  Also, even though the house will be modern, I once saw in a magazine someone who bought old stoves and electrified them and restored old sinks to be modern.  So thats what I'm thinking-the people who live there are modernizing the bathroom and kitchen fixtures.
The stove was from a Chrysynbon furniture kit. I used a silver paint pen to outline the detail. I'm buying furniture kits on e-bay when they're a good price and making alot of the furniture myself that way.
The sink was a dry sink with pump that was on clearance for $1.50 b/c the pump had been smashed. I bought it and the little faucet set for $3.00.  At home, I drilled holes and glued the faucets in to make it modern.
Furniture in the guest room-the bed was one from when I was little-it was a brown canopy bed that got smashed in moving. I cut of the dowels and reglued the posts.  Painted and voila, its like new.  The end tables were cheapo ones from a dollar store. They had electric pink flowers on them which took 5 coats of paint to cover. Then I painted the knobs silver.
A House of Miniatures kit someone gave me. I put it together and painted it. It doesn't have the knobs on yet though.  It will be a dressing table. I love paint pens for the tiny paint details. The tray of perfume bottles are glass beads with fancy pins glued cut short and glued in for stoppers. The tray is a jewelry piece-like for a stone setting.  I saw trays of perfume bottles just like this in catalogs and thought "I can make that". I already had the beads and pins in my sewing box.  The bed in the background is from a kit and I sewed the pillows and sheets myself. The rug is a lace doily, I found 3 at a flea market that were perfect mini rug size.  The pictures frames were ugly gold ones in the scrap book section at Michael's-on clearance for 75 cents.  I painted them blue and then ran silver paint over the details.
I found the wallpaperbelow at a yard sale.  I thought it was so funky and I was working on a Chrysynbon bathroom kit at the time that I thought I could paint to match.
I painted it aqua and raspberry to match and make it more unique. I also found a tiny plastic chandalier that I am going to put into the bathroom to add to the lavishness.

Thanks everyone!  I've deleted some old pics above here and there and added some.  

Heres the hallway. The wall paper is more paper from a yard sale. In this picture it was decorated for Halloween.

The living room decorated for Halloween.  The table and chairs I bought on e-bay for in a cheap lot b/c most of the items were broken. One of the other tables in the lot had legs that matched the chairs so I cut them off and used them to replace the missing chair legs so that I'd have a table and chair set. The cushions were red plaid that I ripped out and replaced with white. The little tiffany lamps were part of the broken lot. They have holes drilled for wiring but no wires which I ought to be able to replace.

How nifty is this? Its something I found at a flea market for $1. Its a chinese cork scene but I thought it would make a really cool table.

Also, more furniture bashing.
These were items I received in a $1 grab bag at a mini show. Neat but ugly. I trimmed down the chair arms and repainted them.
And here is a hutch thing I bought and then remade-
I wanted a pie safe like my Grandma had so I repainted it and added tulle netting for screen.


Okay, thats it for now, just wanted to share! To everyone out there who posted, thanks for looking and for all the encouragement! And to anyone else restoring or building a house, enjoy it, its so much fun! I'll keep posting pictues as I get bits and piecces finished. I'm working on the wiring as I go so maybe next time I'll have some rooms lit up.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Mobile Making? on: June 06, 2005 06:06:28 PM
Okay, I really want to make a sea shell mobile.  My boyfriend and I collect them whenever we go to the beach and I think it would be a really pretty addition to our beachy bedroom. (Our dream is to move to Florida and live on the beach) I think I am going to try wrapping the shells in silver wire and then use that to hang them. I couldn't figure out how to poke holes in them anyhow. What would be best to make the actual mobile frame out of though? I think it may be a little heavy since it is shells.  I did a search and looked at the  mobiles that have been posted here but I just wanted some suggestions. Also, I saw the coat hanger way, and I could do that b/c I have wire cutters, but how do you join the hangers in the middle? I just couldn't quite tell from the pictures. Thanks for any help/suggestions!  Cheesy
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Help! What goes with pink and gray? on: April 02, 2005 05:22:44 PM
Okay, so I just moved to this wonderful apartment, its huge and old, and has hardwood floors and lots of windows and its just great. But, (theres always a but, isn't there?) okay but, the bathroom is tiled in pink and gray. Its not totally hideous but the tile stops about halfway up and then its just painted plain white. I was thinking of stenciling or stamping a border around the top to sort of draw the white and pink and gray together but I'm not sure what. I was thinking little pink and gray elephants but my boyfriend vetoed the idea. He said he'd go with unicorns before elephants  Roll Eyes so any suggestions of what I could stencil/paint/stamp in pink and gray as a border that would be cute? Thanks! - Sarah
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