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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / super quick washi tape bday prezzie on: September 10, 2012 11:01:45 AM
i forgot my co-worker friend's birthday until the night before... so i whipped up a set of blank cards for him!

i made the envelopes from atlas pages...

like i always seem to...

and the cards were made from colored cardstock and coordinating washi tape stripes

he really liked them, and i hope you all do, too!

c&c always welcome!

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / I <3 october! on: September 10, 2012 10:53:53 AM
I began making tea towels and dishtowels using what I call "the cursive stripe" for gifts for friends... I've made several, but this was the one that started the whole thing!

This was made for a friend who LOVES October and everything it brings... fall weather, Halloween, pumpkin flavored everything...

It was easy and quick to make. I used three strands of dmc floss, backstitch and french knots for the dots over the i's... I just drew a line with a ruler, wrote out iloveoctoberiloveoctoberiloveoctober with a disappearing marker, and stitched away...

I didn't get a picture of it ironed, but I love how it turned out...

as always, c&c welcome and appreciated!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Oh, Deer! on: September 08, 2012 02:20:44 PM
I sewed up a buck from Sublime Stitching for my dear friends (ha!). Backstory: we all lived in Japan together (some Japanese, some American) and when 5 of us moved back to the states (and back to Chicago) over a period of a few years, we began calling our selves "deer 5"... in Japanese, shika is deer and go is five... shikago = Chicago = deer 5. Yay word play!

Anyway! It was my first time trying crayon tinting... I'm pleased with how it turned out! I used 3-4 strands of DMC, backstitch, satin stitch and a few french knots and it's sewn on an old cotton pillow case.

Close up... I feel like I lost my satin stitch mojo with these leaves! I ripped out stitches more than once, but I felt like I just couldn't get them smooth. maybe it was the shape of the leaf?

but, I liked how most of the details turned out nonetheless

and here he is all framed up in his new home!

as always, comments and critiques are always welcome!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / cards i had a hard time giving away on: September 24, 2011 02:23:00 PM
I made these cards for a friend and by the time i was finished, i wanted to keep them for myself. why does that always happen?? Smiley

i made them from pages from a conference catalog and other random magazine pages... and one googley eye.

the stack

all bound up

the cards, they're all blank on the inside... i used water color paper as the base and gluestuck some plain white paper over it for the interior

this is the one that made them REALLY difficult to send off!

the envelopes

the friend i gave them to loved them, and i'd love to hear what everyone thinks Smiley love me some c&c

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I <3 JJ's! on: August 28, 2011 06:49:05 PM
This is a journal I made for my friend who is passionately in love with Jimmy John's. He seriously loves those sandwiches, and I've watched him sing love songs to his lunch. but, who can blame him? ... mmm.... sammiches...

I had red paper that matched the Jimmy John's logo perfectly, and I used a  Jimmy John's bag, black thread to sew the binding, a few rubber stampages, and a protective layer of packing tape for the cover. apologies for the photos.. cell phone camera was the only option. blarg.

This is the inside back cover and it's my favorite part...

front cover

inside of the front cover (I do love that salt shaker stamp... )

and the back cover

as always, C&C appreciated! Smiley
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / birthday wrap RECON! (image heavy) on: March 28, 2011 08:08:32 PM
Don't you feel bad throwing away pretty wrapping paper from a present?

I do!

So, I always try and turn at least some of the wrapping paper from a gift-receiving occasion into thank you post cards. This past birthday was no different. I used one sheet of floral wrapping paper, one sheet of brown craft paper, one length of shiny, iridescent-ish brown ribbon, and white mailing labels. I also used a business reply post card for the base of each. As with all my postcards, I used no supplies except the wrapping papers and accessories... well, except glue sticks and the mailing labels! Smiley

I made seven post cards because I turned 34 this year... and 3 + 4 equals 7. I play little games like that with myself when I make stuff. What can I say? (cough*dork*cough) Anyway, on to pictures!

Here is the floral wrapping paper, fresh from the present! (I don't have photos of the other wrapping paper, pre-post card.)

aaaand here are the post cards!












and this one is the only one I named... Owl Flower:


I really enjoyed challenging myself to get seven post cards out of wrappings from two presents... tell me what you think? I welcome comments, questions, and critiques! Smiley
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / (*slacker alert!*) Xmas thank you post cards -- image chubby on: March 21, 2011 06:36:31 PM
So, I made these in January out of wrapping paper, ribbon and other pieces of paper and cardstock that I received for Christmas presents (or in the mail around the holidays). I'm only now getting around to posting them... bad Craftster!

As always, I made all the postcards using no purchased materials (except gluesticks, of course!).

This one started off with many more stripes... but they didn't enjoy being stuck to such shiny paper... so they left.

This one is made from a matte silver gift bag and the stripes liked sticking to this one much better...

this is the back of the above card... it's only one with an interesting backside... I used a piece of cardboard that held a crafting implement...but I can't remember which one now.

close up of the pretty flowers!

snowflake pattern...

I think this one is a bit basic for my taste, but my aunt really liked it!

this one turned out well, I think...(it's the same silver gift bag and rebellious shiny paper)

I love this one so much! It was hard to send it...

and this one, I loved so much, I didn't send it Smiley it's made from a gold gift bag and a postcard reminder from the gas company...

a close up of the article that you can see through the eye...

I hope you like them! Comments and critiques always welcome! m(_ _)m

8  COOKING / Dessert / Penny cake! on: January 29, 2011 04:36:37 PM
My dear friend Penny just turned thirty. I make an Irish Coffee Chocolate cake (a Betty Crocker recipe, I believe) she just loves, so, I wanted to make her one for her party.

At the last minute, she moved the party from Saturday to Friday... which meant I had to make the cake in the two and a half hours I had between the end of my work day and the party. Gah!

So many little things went wrong (the cake didn't come out of the pan cleanly, the recipe I always use somehow didn't produce quite enough frosting this time, I forgot to dissolve the coffee into the whiskey, which is why you can see bit of coffee in the frosting, instead of poking the tip of the gel frosting with a pin, I snipped off the top and that meant it came out too thick for my liking and I didn't have enough for the letters/date... I improvised by using a toothpick to scrape off excess from the beard and wrote the text with that) but, I am proud of how it turned out... albeit imperfect.

It was delish!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / You're the BOMB! on: January 24, 2011 08:26:05 AM
I stitched up this kit from Urban Cross Stitch for my bf (http://www.urban-cross-stitch.com/urbancrossstitchminikits.htm) and added the text.

I haven't done anything with it, but, I was thinking I might sew it onto his black apron... other suggestions?

C&C welcomed and much appreciated, as always! Cheesy

10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Anthro bag --> wedding card! on: January 22, 2011 06:51:48 PM
I made a card for my cousin's wedding out of an Anthropologie bag... I really like how it turned out. I also used a page from a flier and some cellophane with white polka dots that I got in a gift, perhaps? I don't remember.



the front window... (it was quite difficult to focus... the camera kept "looking through" the window!)

the envelope I made to match... I never got a shot of the card all sealed up in the envelope... I cut a second heart and sealed the envelope with it so that there were two overlapping hearts on the back.

C&C welcome and appreciated! Smiley
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