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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / We Are Sex Bob-omb! Scott Pilgrim Stencilled Shirts on: August 08, 2010 03:23:30 PM
A friend and I have been (un)patiently waiting for the Scott Pilgrim movie to come to theaters.  I read the first book years ago when it first came out, and introduced him to it last year.  We're going to see it on Friday, and decided that we wanted to stand out from the uninitiated crowd by showing our already well-fostered love.

This was my first try at a freezer paper stencil...and I'm extremely happy with the results.  I had a hard time finding the right picture to use, but I wanted to use the logo that is on the Kim's drums in the book.  I ended up finding a tiny picture from the movie, and blew it up quite a bit to get the size we wanted (about 4 inches wide).

I wanted just a shirt with the logo very bold on it, so this is what I ended up with.  I took the pic with it on a hanging bust, so it's not a flat image of it.  There were a couple of places where the paint bled under the stencil...I guess I didn't have it ironed on as well as I thought.

My buddy, on the other hand, was a little more demanding. He wanted his to be more vintage and worn looking. So I used a sponge and layered the paint on little by little, leaving some spots lighter than others.  This is what he will be sporting.

I really enjoyed making these, despite being a little nervous about it at first.  I'd love some feedback, as I plan on doing more stencils in the future, and the more experienced people out there may be able to see some flaws that I didn't notice.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Painted Tattoo Flash Wedding Album on: May 05, 2009 04:59:39 PM
My sister-in-law is getting married this weekend, and since she lives in California, we couldn't afford to fly the whole crew out for the ceremony.  My husband is going, and is therefore the designated gift delivery boy.  I wanted to do a handmade gift, and something a little funky and non-traditional.  The groom is a tattoo artist, so I decided to make them a tattoo-styled wedding album.

I found a really pretty sketch on Deviantart (I'll post a link to the album if I can find the pic later) and transferred the image onto a fabric covered scrapbook.  And then I went to work painting it...and having not painted in years, it was quite a lot of experimenting.  I also had a few spots from the transfer paper here and there, so I did some cover up by covering the image and spraying some paint around the cover.  My only problem with the finished product is that the paint pen I used bled a little when it touched the fabric, so there are some blotches here and there.  But overall, I'm proud of it, and I think they'll love it.

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Punky cupcake wooden box on: July 02, 2008 02:00:24 PM
A friend's birthday is this weekend, and she didn't have any suggestions for what she wanted to get.  So after a few days of thought and some brilliant inspiration from this thread, I came up with a little box of cupcake goodness.   I used stuff I had around the house, other than the box which I had to buy.  The inside is painted pink to match the cake and it's a little under 5 inches total. 

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Tiny Beaded Hookah on: June 12, 2008 05:03:32 PM
My friends and I are big hookah fans, and last night when I was sorting thru a mixed bag of findings, I kept finding pieces that reminded me of bits of a hookah.  Oooh, here's a bowl, here's an ashtray...

I need to take it apart and put a little base on it, because it won't stand on its own.  It was also suggested that I put a couple of black beads in the bowl under the red one to make it look more like shisha and a coal.  I'm not crazy about the stem, but it was all I really had that worked.  I wish I had another one of the lattice one to use.

So enough with my 'this is what's wrong with it' and on to the pictures.  It stands about 2 inches tall, and has a loop at the top, so I may put it on a necklace after it's reworked.

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Red, Black, and White Beaded Explosion Ring on: June 12, 2008 06:31:28 AM
I wasn't really sure what to call this style of ring, but after looking at it, it reminded me of a firework explosion, and the name kind of stuck.  I got an order from Fire Mt last night that included a few mixed bags of striped resin beads and a mixed findings lot.  After digging thru the findings, I found a beading ring (the kind with little loops on it that you can attach drops from).  I played around with it and came up with this.

I tried to make it striped, but once you get it on and the beads move around, the pattern is a little wonky.  But I still like how it turned out.

I wear a lot of red, white, and black, so I know this will make it into regular rotation at work.  It's so fun, and makes a little noise when you move.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Mother's Day Birthstone Necklace on: May 04, 2008 08:01:06 PM
My husband decided last week that he really wanted to give his mother a birthstone pendant for Mother's Day.  Unfortunately, he discovered that it would take a few weeks to have one made and sent to her, and it wouldn't arrive in time.  When he came to me for suggestions for something different, I decided that I would make her one since he had his heart set on it.

I bought the pendant, chain, and some Swarovski crystals at the craft shop, and a few minutes later, I had a really simple solution to the problem.  It cost a lot less than what we would have paid for one elsewhere, and it was made with love.  He's really happy with it, and I really hope she likes it to. 

I really wanted to share this for anyone who's scrambling for a last-minute Mother's Day gift idea, since it took such a short time to make.

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Sketchbook/Portfolio Tote - Pink Camo with Skulls! on: March 02, 2008 05:28:01 PM
Well, here's my first posted project.  I hope I'm putting this in the right category...I guess it's technically a bag/tote.  

I'm going to a comic convention next weekend, and I love getting sketches and prints from the artists.  This year I've decided to carry a portfolio with me so that I don't have to worry about wrinkling up my new artwork.  I bought one at Michael's with a boring black plastic cover, and needed to jazz it up a bit.  I had seen the pink camo with skulls fabric at Joanns a few weeks ago, but didn't buy it because I didn't know what to use it for.  When I came up with this idea, I had to run back and grab the last yard they had.  I added an old pearly button for a closure and viola!

I'm a really nervous sewer when it comes to making things up as I go, but I'm really happy with how this turned out.  (Sorry about the bad lighting in the second one...the flash reflection washed it out a bit.)

8  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / So after 3 years, I guess I should at least say hi! on: February 26, 2008 07:12:31 AM
I was looking at my profile this morning, and was a little shocked when I saw that my join date was January 2005 and my post count is 0.  I'm not an anti-social person, mind you.  I've racked up 20,000 posts on another board in that amount of time.  And it's not a case of joining a site and never returning...I'm on here at least once a day!  I can't figure it out.  I have no clue why I've had writer's block for 3 friggin' years!!  So I'll make my grand entrance now, and pretend that the previous silent years never happened.  And let that serve as a warning, because I'm pretty chatty!

My name is Ashley, and I live in Jacksonville, Florida.  I'm 28 and have been crafting as long as I can remember.  My mother was a crafter as well, and used to sell at craft shows when I was little.  I think that's where the passion came from.  I, like my mother, like to try a little of everything.  I have a touch of ADD when it comes to crafting.  I'll start something, and then get bored with it, and pick it up a month or so later and finish.  There is never less than 5 unfinished projects strewn around the house, much to my husband's displeasure.

My main love is making jewelry, and mostly for dolls.  I started selling jewelry for 16 inch fashion dolls on eBay in 1999, and the response fueled the passion.  Since that time, I have learned to sew, so I'm also making clothing.  I recently completed my first full-sized project and made myself and my daughter garb to wear at RenFaire.  This weekend will be spent making costumes for Megacon.  I'll hopefully be proud enough to post pictures of the results!

In addition to loving dolls, I love comic books and anime and both inspire my crafting.  I make a lot of cosplay jewelry based on items from both genre.  One of my main crafting themes is making comic book items that are girl-friendly and frilly. 

So anyway, I should cut off here.  I warned you that I was chatty!  I look forward to starting out my 4th year as a more active participant and meeting other crafters!
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