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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Pumpkin and Star Shaped Journal on: October 28, 2010 06:17:11 PM
I made these two journals recently. I wanted to do something for Halloween and I found this orange paper so I decided to make a pumpkin journal:

This one's a star shaped journal with green iridescent paper:

I've also made a snowflake journal and heart shaped journal. I think it's fun to play with different shapes for journals.
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Snowflake Journal on: January 22, 2010 08:21:45 AM
I thought I'd share this snowflake shaped journal I made. When you open it up, it has a shape of a snowflake. I made a heart shaped journal last year and I wanted to do another fun shape, but something different. I was cutting a paper snowflake and thought I would try using that shape to make a journal. Here's how it turned out:

3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 46 ENTRIES / Gingerbread City on: January 03, 2010 01:59:22 PM
I wanted to do something creative besides a traditional house so I built a gingerbread city.

It's (loosely) based on the Chicago skyline because I'm from Chicago, but it can be any city. The blue part is the lake. Everything is edible.

I started with gingerbread dough and cut it to different shapes that made up the sides of the building. I tried to make real buildings in Chicago, but it was hard to get them right. The building on the left is based on the Sears Tower/Willis Tower (even though in real life, it's taller than the other buildings). I dyed white frosting a yellow/orange color and used it to make dots that represent city lights.

I made white frosting and dyed it blue to make the lake.

I used coconut flakes to represent snow on the ground near the buildings.

It's not perfect, but it was fun to try something new this year. Smiley
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / calendar on: October 29, 2009 11:43:47 AM
I want to make paper calendars and I already started on the inside pages/designs. I'm just not sure the best way to bind it together. I was going to just put it together like a journal (it would just be facing the other way, horizontally not vertically). That works, but the only thing is I want a hook so you can hang it. I was thinking of just coptic stitching it and sort of slipping a hook in between the stitch. Anybody have any ideas or know where to get hooks? Thanks for any help. Smiley
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Heart Shaped Journal & Boxes on: April 17, 2009 09:39:48 AM
I haven't been on this site in a while and I thought I'd post some of my recent projects. Smiley

I've seen all types of weirdly shaped journals before. I remember seeing one on craftster of little butterfly journals. I usually just make rectangular ones, but last Valentine's Day, I thought it'd  be cute if I tried making a heart shaped one.

It's a half heart when it's closed:

And opens up in to a whole heart stitched together.

I also thought I'd post my boxes. These are made with binder's board, the same stuff I use to make cover of journals and I basically cut measurements of each side of the box (and top) and glue it together. Then I cover it with fabric or decorative paper.

This Little Piggy Box:

Postcards from Italy:


I made this one for someone and really like how it turned out:

Mailing Package Box (this is my favorite):

Thanks for looking.
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Greeting Cards [image heavy] on: December 05, 2008 07:32:16 AM
I thought I'd share some of my greeting cards I've made. Tell me what you think and which ones are your favorite/s. Smiley

Also, this is kind of off topic, but I wanted to make a calendar for 2009. Does anybody have any good tutorials or know how to make the calendar format. I was thinking of using an old spiral notebook and just turning it on it's side (and changing the cover and pages), but I don't know if there's a better way to do it. Thanks for any help.







7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Handcrafted Playing Cards on: July 15, 2008 09:54:48 PM
Somehow, I picked up a set of blank playing cards while shopping for other items at a craft store. I think I just randomly threw it in, but it was perfect when I saw this challenge. Smiley I decided to make my own set of playing cards, using scrap paper I had for the design/backing (I make journals, so I gather a lot of scrap paper that's too small to use for my journals). I hand drew and used watercolor on all the cards.

The Box:
The box is handmade out of glossy photo paper and decorative paper. It's actually too small for all the cards though (holds about half of them).









Kings + Joker:

They're usable too. Smiley Playing Solitaire:

To see more pictures, you can look at my set on flickr.

Thanks for looking. Smiley
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / some journals I made on: June 23, 2008 09:46:59 PM
I started making journals. I'm still kind of new at making them and I'm learning a lot each time I make one. I still have to get better at the coptic stitch. Here's a few of mine:

This "Laundry List" Sticky Note Pad contains to-do list sheets on the inside (as a kind of joke on the term "laundry list", the fabric is of laundry).

I tried a coptic stitch for this one and used decorative paper instead of fabric. I actually kind of made up the stitch, but it worked fine. I ended up putting glue on the spine to hold it together more and the glue turned kind of blue because I used my blue hemp as string.

I love how I found matching paper laying around for this cow one. I used the stab stitch method.

A light pink rose one with matching paper.

My newest one. It's a little nicer than the others - I used mull to hold the pages together more and added more blank pages. The inside uses paper I painted with gold shimmer watercolor.

Tell me what you think. Smiley
9  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / broken glass? on: May 22, 2008 12:08:56 PM
So I have a window that broke and have this big thing of broken glass. I've never worked with glass before, but any idea of what I could do with it? Is there some way I can melt it and reshape it? It's pretty big and oddly shaped. I've had it for about 2 years... I would just throw it out, but I bet there's something I can do with it.

Thanks for any ideas. Smiley
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Plantable Mother's Day Cards on: May 11, 2008 07:57:28 PM
I didn't take any pictures, but I thought I'd share what I did for my cards for Mother's Day.

I found this website that sold cards that you can plant in the ground when you're done: http://sweetorganicsandnaturals.com/grow-a-note-calla-lily-w-natural-deckle.html. I was going to buy one, but I thought it'd be more fun to try making them myself.

To make them, I made my own paper and right before letting the paper dry, I added seeds. Then when the paper dried, I decorated the card. I don't know how well they're going to plant, but I made some with flower seeds and one with pumpkin seeds. The original (that you can buy) had wildflowers, which makes more sense to me now since then you don't have to worry about spacing the seeds, but I thought it was fun to try the idea anyway.

I thought it was a good way to re-use materials. It reminded me of this lipstick I saw that you can plant in the ground when you're done to grow a flower.
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