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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / viva frieda khalo! on: December 12, 2005 11:26:45 PM
my first attempt at a stencil project after much admiration of all the cool projects on this board. a xmas gift for a frieda freak friend, i modified and used the following pic as a guide for cutting my own stencil from tranparancy paper.

here's a shot of my practice stencils. i'm thinking of making them into a collage or something. i used spray mount lightly on the backside of the stencil each time for cleaner lines and spray painted in light coats.

a shirt i stenciled

and a tray

2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / cute cupcake eraser on: December 06, 2005 12:19:02 AM
i just made this super-cute eraser using sculpey eraser clay http://www.sculpey.com/Products/products_poly_eraserclay.htm. shape and bake for 10 min. at 250 degrees and tada. i modified this pattern: http://www.sculpey.com/Projects/projects_EC%20Cupcakeeraser.htm

3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Picture Hosting Support / Error creating thumbnail! Error code: 127 on: December 02, 2005 05:04:26 PM
i tried to upload a picture today and kept getting this message:

Error creating thumbnail! Error code: 127
"/usr/bin/mogrify" -size 100x99 -quality 70 -geometry 100x99 '/home/craft/public_html/pictures/data/500/21684cupcake-eraser-thumb.gif'

i tried to upload several times and even double-checked to see if my gif was corrupted. nope, it's working just fine. any ideas?
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / laminated messages suspended in soap? on: June 02, 2005 03:29:40 AM
i'm wondering if anyone's ever slipped laminated messages or fortunes into melt and pour glycerin soap (or any soap for that matter)? how did it come out?

i'm thinking of experimenting with this for a friend's wedding gift but i thought i'd post for any advice first...
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / spa swap basket with recipes on: May 31, 2005 10:40:33 PM
for a recent spa-themed craft swap, i made the following items:

in a record bowl, lemon/bergamont scented lip balm, lemon/bergamont bath bombs (fizzies), a soap scrubbie, a sugar scrub and a store-bought clay mask package.

a close up of the hand-made goods. here's the recipes:

bath bomb/fizzies recipe (from Brenda Sharpe and i've always been happy with the results)

1 cup of baking soda
1/2 cup of citric acid
1/2 cup of cornstarch
1/3 cup of epsom salt (you could also use sea salt, kosher salt or even table salt though I've never tried it)

blend dry ingredients in a ziploc bag. in a glass jar with tight lid, mix the following:

2 1/2 tablespoons light oil (I use 2 tbs almond oil and 1/2 tbs jojoba oil, but you could use olive oil, sweet almond oil, canola oil, etc. Do not use baby or mineral oil)
3/4 tablespoon water (rose/floral/regular)
40 drops essential oil or fragrance oil
1/4 teaspoon borax powder (found in the detergent section of most supermarkets)
a few drops of desired food coloring

i shake the jar to mix wet ingredients and then slowly add wet to dry ingredients, drizzling 1/2 teaspoon of liquid at a time and mixing quickly. repeat until wet is completely mixed in. the idea is to not let it fizz. mixture should begin to clump and hold shape when squeezed by the time all your liquid has been added. press into molds. i use plastic Easter eggs, ice cube trays (with a little unscented PAM sprayed in), soap molds, paper dixie cups or jello molds. when using the Easter eggs or a plastic Christmas ball, pack plenty of the fizzie stuff in each half then press together firmly. let dry for 24 hours before tapping firmly on the bottom of the mold with a butter knife and easing out. keep in glass jar or wrap in plastic. scent should last for 6 months.

coffee and sugar scrub
i coarse ground some coffee beans, added a bunch of sugar, some jojoba oil and almond oil and about 5-10 drops of vanilla essential oil and blend to desired consistancy. add more coffee or sugar or oils as needed.

soap scrubbie
melt and pour glycerine soap with small scrubbie embedded. i used bergamont essential oil to scent the soap.

lip balm
i used the mango lip solutions as a base (found here http://www.thesage.com/catalog/LipSolutions.html), melted it and added bergamont & lemon essential oils.

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / mixed CD with packaging - now with tutorial! on: May 17, 2005 01:00:12 AM
for a recent pirate-themed craft swap i hunted down all the pirate songs i could find and made this awesome mixed CD:

the paper case is folded from some sample heavy-weight sparkely paper in a magazine. i made a sticker from a pirate illustration i found online and altered it for the CD adding a 'shiver me timbers: a pirate mix' title to the packaging. i printed the CD label from the computer using the staples store brand of CD/DVD label program and my injet printer.

edited to include tracklist

Last Pirate Song ----------------------------- Agent 51
A Pirate Says Arrgh ------------------------- Backyardigans
The Last Saskatchewan Pirate   ---------- Captain Tractor
Pirate Song ----------------------------------- The Wiggles
Captain Morgan ----------------------------- Garth Brooks
A Pirate Looks at Forty -------------------- Jimmy Buffet
Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum ---------- Jimmy Buffet
Life of a Pirate   ------------------------------ The Corsairs
Pirate Ship ------------------------------------ Disstrick
Pirate Song ----------------------------------- Flogging Molly
The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything   --- Relient K
Pirate's Life ----------------------------------- The Vandals
Pirate Days ------------------------------------ Culture
The Pirate Song ------------------------------ George Harrison   
The Hook   --------------------------------------- Stephen Malkmus
Europa And The Pirate Twins ------------ Thomas Dolby
Midget Pirates -------------------------------- The Aquabats
Yo Ho, A Pirates Life For Me -------------- Disney
Pirate's Banjo -------------------------- Disneyland (from the ride, Pirates of the Carribean)
I am a Pirate King ----------------------------- Gilbert & Sullivan
Friend in the ocean ------------------- Guybrush Threepwood (clip from computer game)
Wooden leg, restless heart ----------------- Guybrush Threepwood
Treasure Island -------------------------------- Hans Zimmer, Muppet Treasure Island
He's A Pirate --------------------------- Klaus Badelt, Pirates of the Caribbean Soundtrack
Sailing For Adventure ------------------------ Muppet Treasure Island
Shiver My Timbers ---------------------------- Muppet Treasure Island
Professional Pirate --------------------------- Muppet Treasure Island
A pirate I was meant to be ------------------ The Curse of Monkey Island
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / melt and pour buried treasure soap on: May 17, 2005 12:52:35 AM
i used some melt and pour glycerin soap base to make what i call 'buried treasure' soap for a recent pirate-themed craft swap. i found some plastic treasure coins at a party supply store and added them to a clear glycerin soap. i learned the hard way what happens when you pour super-hot soap into plastic molds so wait until your soap is thickened before pouring into molds! here's a pic of the soaps all wrapped and ready to go:

8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / pirate roladex on: May 17, 2005 12:48:42 AM
for a recent pirate craft swap i made a treasure chest roladex (address file). it turned out so cool, i wanted to share. here's a picture of everything i sent my swap partner but notice the brown treasure chest in the middle - that's the outside view:

to make it, i used an unfinished wood box from the craft store and stained it brown. i added strips of leather cord (found in the necklace supplies section) and tacked it on with glue and brass picture nails. (ouch, it's hard to pound in little nails - use a larger nail to make a pilot hole) i then glued in some plastic treasure coins found at a party supply store on the inside and made my roladex cards and alphabet dividers with my computer (in adobe illustrator). here's the inside view: (the lid reads 'a pirate's greatest treasure is her mates')

notice that each alphabet divider has a corresponding nautical or pirate-themed lingo on it. the background picture is the promo photo for the pirates of the carribean movie.

9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / pirate notecard stationary on: May 17, 2005 12:37:31 AM
i made some pirate stationary for a craft swap, check it out:

i found a pirate image online and crafted the card text ('dead men tell no tales' on front, 'you're not dead, are ye matey?' on the inside) in adobe illustrator and printed them on cardstock. i added a red glitter embellishment on the front, used old maps to fold envelopes, and made some matching stickers.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / pirate-themed jewelry and keychain on: May 17, 2005 12:32:59 AM
i had to share my latest creation: plastic pirate jewelry! i found some plastic pirates at the party store and drilled holes in their heads, added jump rings and strung them up! here's a pic:

one is on a black silk cord so it can be an adjustable necklace, bracelet or choker. another pirate is strung on a key chain to make a cute key fob. and there's a beaded bracelet too. i love cheap, clever jewelry.
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