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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Guitar Tee for my Bro on: May 31, 2010 08:38:24 AM
I made this for my younger brother for his birthday (his 21st!).

(Sorry the pictures are so terrible, I had to take them inside at night)

I used freezer paper and a stencil from Stencilry.

Detail Shot:

I'm pretty darn happy with how this turned out. My brother couldn't even tell I had made it myself at first! And I think he was touched that I did something homemade.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / T-Shirt Necklace/Scarf Made from Craft Fail on: May 30, 2010 05:02:36 PM

I've been meaning to try this tutorial for awhile now, and since I had a bleach-dyed shirt that didn't turn out I thought it would be a good opportunity to do it.

Here's the Failed Tee:

(I posted about it here on the Stitch and Botch board if you want to read about it)

And another view:

I'm quite pleased with it - the only bad thing is that the temperature has jumped and now it's too hot to wear! Oh well, I'll be pulling it out again in the fall.
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Vintage Sewing Supplies Photo on: May 18, 2010 10:46:34 AM

This is just a photo I snapped for my craft blog so I could have something interesting to put in my welcome post. The scissors and button packet are from a sewing kit that belonged to my great-grandmother and the red thing they're resting on is just a hardback book. The nice coloring and contrast is the result of a Photoshop action I downloaded (work smarter, not harder kids Grin).

Super quick and simple, but I quite like it.
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Mother's Day Card on: May 17, 2010 01:31:01 PM

So, way after the fact: Mother's Day card.

Made for my super-awesome mom with Photoshop. Printed on cardstock for durability. The font is Honey Script. The flowers are a pattern that I got...um, somewhere (I really can't remember, eek).

Inside view:

You can find my full Mother's Day post here on my blog.
5  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Bleach Splattered Shoes on: May 10, 2010 07:06:49 AM
This is one of those projects that is just stupidly simple, but turns out super awesome.

I found some plain black canvas tennis shoes at Target for $9. They fit well and I couldn't pass up such a good deal, but the shoes themselves - pretty boring.

No before picture - I'm pretty sure you all know what plain tennis shoes look like. Grin

I just stuffed them with newspaper, splattered them with a mixture of bleach and water, and rinsed them off in my kitchen sink. Took a couple of days to dry post rinsing (it would have been quicker if I could have put them out in the sun, but it rained like crazy).

Action Shot:

I'm ridiculously happy with how these turned out. I've gotten a ton of compliments on them.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / My First Attempt at Bleach Stenciling Was a Fail on: May 07, 2010 08:12:39 AM
The plan here was to cut a heart out of freezer paper and spray around it with bleach so that the heart shape would be in the negative.

Here is an artist's rendering of what was supposed to happen:

And here is what actually happened:

It just looks like I accidentally spilled bleach on myself and, to add insult to injury, the bleach completely bled under the freezer paper, so the heart doesn't even look right.

Things I Have Learned from this Project:
1) Use the spray bottles that are with the travel-sized shampoo not the ones with the cleaning supplies.
2) If you're spraying something and the spray has gone out of control FOR THE LOVE OF GOD STOP SPRAYING. Spraying more to "fix it" is not going to work.

Don't you worry about me though, I've got a plan for this thing.
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Sunglasses & Robot: My First T-shirt Stencils on: May 05, 2010 06:32:37 PM
First project posted on Craftster! Woot! I mostly just copy & pasted this from my blog because I'm tired and lazy and it's ridiculously hot out. I promise I won't do that all the time.

These are the very first shirts I've ever stenciled. It was, um, a learning experience.

(Okay, I'm being hard on myself. They're not bad considering they're my first ones and I suck at using exacto knives. I'm just a perfectionist sometimes.)

The sunglasses shirt actually turned out the best, which surprised me because it was my practice stencil. I picked it out just because I knew it would be easy to cut, to sort of ease myself into stencil making. Apparently there's some truth to the saying "Keep It Simple Stupid".

As you can see, it's cracking a little bit, but I don't really mind.

Poor robot. His heart is black because it's cold and metallic and cannot feel love. Also he is slightly off-center which is going to bug the crap out of me.

And he looks wonky when I wear it because, well...boobs.

This one turned out okay, but I really should have done it on a shirt that wasn't so dark (and, y'know, made sure it was centered (seriously, it's going to make me crazy, oh my god)).

Stencils: Stencilry
Materials: $4 Wal-Mart tees, freezer paper, and good ol' cheap-ola Tulip fabric paint.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Crafty Steals [website opinions] on: April 20, 2010 08:32:14 PM
Has anyone ever bought anything from Crafty Steals? How did it work out for you? It seems like it's legit, but I'd like to hear some personal opinions.
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