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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Scratch & Sniff Xmas Tree Card - Pics and pdf inside! You provide the smell on: August 10, 2009 03:04:16 PM
Oh, yes please do.  Can't wait to see the finished product!
22  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 40 ENTRIES / Re: China Photo Dinner on: July 06, 2009 08:32:41 AM
Very clever and pretty.
23  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 40 ENTRIES / Re: Photo Album Ornament on: July 05, 2009 12:08:56 PM
very cool!  from the thumbnail it looks like stained glass.
What size circle punch did you use, btw?

It's a 1/2-inch circular punch. 
24  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 40 ENTRIES / Re: "Succulent" patchwork lap quilt on: July 05, 2009 11:59:09 AM
Great project and wonderful tute! 
25  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 40 ENTRIES / Photo Album Ornament on: July 02, 2009 06:54:00 PM
Armed with over 7,000 digital photos to choose from (the rules did say we could use more than one photo) I made this photo album ornament. It's takes a little over an hour to make one, but the finished results are very impressive. 

Each ornament is unique and no two are ever the same. Family and friends will love getting the ornament, spending time looking for photos and even displaying it long after the holidays have passed.

And while Im currently feeling the Christmas in July vibe, this is a great project for reunions or other large family gatherings.

The best way to begin this project is to print your digital photos using the contact sheet formatting on your printer. The smaller the photos, the better.

Review your digital photo program to see your printing options. Most stores that print digital photos also provide a contact sheet with the prints. I've had mixed results with photo paper, so I suggest printing your images on standard copy paper.

To create you'll need:

- Modge Podge
- Glue stick
- Approximately 130 photos/images
- One clear glass bulb
- Foam brush
- Bamboo skewer
- Water-based sealant (optional)

To begin, print contact sheet of the selected images

and carefully remove the metallic lid from the top of the bulb.

Next, cut out the images using a small circular paper punch.

Apply paper cut outs with a glue stick, this allows for repositioning misplaced images. Once the bulb is completely covered with images use the foam brush to coat the entire surface with Modge Podge sealant.

The secret to working with this project is to use bamboo skewers to "hold" it while you are adding the photos and the Modge Podge. The skewers allow you to work with the bulb and dry the project without laying it down. If you need a break while you work with the project place the skewer in a tall drinking glass.

Once dry, the project can be sealed with a glossy water-based sealant. This is optional, but I think it gives a little more pop to the pictures.

After the sealant has dried, replace the metallic lid.

Good luck!
26  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Scratch & Sniff Xmas Tree Card - Pics and pdf inside! You provide the smell on: July 02, 2009 10:09:15 AM
I'm bumping this bad boy up, so everyone can start saving magazines this summer!
27  COOKING / Dessert / July 4th Cookie Party on: July 01, 2009 09:04:22 AM

I make this for 4th of July parties and thought I'd share.  My favorite part of the platter - the wavy stripes.  They are LONG cookies, so you can really enjoy them and I guess share if you wish.  If you're having a large party consider doubling the recipe, any extra or unused dough can be frozen!

Star Spangled Cookie Party

To make the cookies you'll need:

4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

In a large bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder and set aside. Use an electric mixer to cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the eggs. Add flour mixture, and mix on low speed until thoroughly combined. Stir in vanilla. Wrap dough in plastic and chill for at least 30 minutes or overnight. Preheat oven to 325. On a floured surface, roll dough to 1/8 inch thick. Using a small knife or pizza cutter create 13 wavy stripes. Next roll out the remaining dough and create additional cookies with the star-shaped cookies. Transfer cookies to ungreased baking sheets; refrigerate until firm, 15 minutes. Remove from refrigerator and bake until edges begin to brown around 8 to 10 minutes.

Carefully remove cookies and cool on wire racks. Next prepare the icing for the cookies.

To make royal icing you'll need:
3 tablespoons Meringue Powder
4 cups of confectioners' sugar
6 tablespoons warm water
Red, white and blue food coloring gels

Beat all ingredients until icing forms peaks (7-10 minutes at low speed with a kitchen mixer, 10-12 minutes at high speed with a hand-held mixer). Separate icing into three bowls, next tint one red, one white and one blue, "build" your color, as opposed to adding to much gel at one time. Once tinted, use an offset spatula to ice the cookies. Add a little icing at first and carefully spread, allow icing to flow to the edge of the cookie. Set the cookies aside and allow the icing to set up. Recipe makes 3 cups.
28  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / ASIA / Thai Spirit Houses - What are the "winged dragons" on the roof called? on: June 13, 2009 10:29:21 AM
I know this might be an odd question, but on Thai Spirit Houses, there are what I call "winged dragons".  Does anyone know what they are really called?  Thanks.
29  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Re: New Classes at the Beadhive, June 20th, 2009 on: June 08, 2009 08:31:22 PM
Thanks batgirl.  You should swing by the store, I'd love to meet you and I was out of town during Maker's Faire, did you have fun!!!
I got your tweets, so I think you did  Wink
30  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Beautiful collection of butterflies on Black Felt on: June 05, 2009 10:43:09 AM
Are these laser cut?  Pretty impressive!
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