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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 119 ENTRIES / flip flop photos on: July 07, 2017 04:52:26 PM
We repainted the kids bathroom, and I've been wanting to hang some summer vacation photos in there. This challenge gave me just the inspiration to put a photo collage together, in a flip flop shape!

 I cut the straps off 2 pairs of xl flipflops, for the base of my collage. I went with sepia tone prints so the would blend with each other better. i also found it easier to lay them out on a paper tracing of the flipflop, then trim to size and glue them down.

 I still need find a waterproof coating before hanging them in the bathroom. I's also debating whether to arrange them alone, or to add an unaltered flipflop.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Fake Mosaic Frame on: August 05, 2016 08:55:42 AM
My most recent project- an upcycled fake mosaic picture frame and bonus greeting cards, created with paper inchies

    The frame is a wooden box that holds 2 photo albums that fit into a wooden box. I really like it, but it's grandparent themed. I thought about covering it with glass or ceramic tiles, but I've never worked with them. When I saw this challenge, I started looking through tutorials for inspiration.

     Looking through the tutorials by in the paper crafts section, I found this one by rackycoo on making a big  bunch of coordinating inchies all at once, instead of one at a time. An inchie is a 1 in by 1 in piece of art work. It fit with my tile idea, but with supplies I'm more familar with.


The tutorial started by creating a background with layers of pattern. I stamped the background with stayzon waterproof ink, painted over coordinating colors, then added more stamping. I used a varity of nature themed stamps. I even found some that were 1 in squares perfect for inchies!

    I have a 1 in square punch that I used to select areas I found interesting to create my inchies. I added more stamping with waterproof ink, and added a layer of modpodge dimensional magic to give them a shiny finish. I forgot to ink the edges of them though.  I covered the front of the frame with wood grained paper to create a clean base.

last step, I layed out my inches on the frame in a grid, and glued them down. I had to cut some of them in half to make them fit, and some I left a bit larger. I also added a more recent picture for my updated frame.

I ended up with extra inchies, so I also used them to create thank you cards. This tutorial made my project go really fast, and I love my custom tiles!

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / light it up! on: May 08, 2016 02:59:10 PM
I wanted to make a custom lantern for 'ACC Unity across the miles'. The idea was to connect people with this rare type of cancer, by lighting a candle, or lantern on April 15, and posting a picture, along with an encouraging message to the groups website. I saw several mason jar lanterns on pinterest, and combined ideas and along with some experimenting.

The basic lantern is a glass mason jar, with the metal ring, and a solar light. I found these metal lights at dollar general, and the yard stake pulls right off. they set nicely on top of the ring, but I added some hot glue to keep bugs and water out.

3 glass jars with rings-$1 each
3 solar lights-----------$1 each

total  $6


the first set were decorated with chalkmarkers. they were fun, and the marker could be changed, but a little hard to read.


I saw frosted glass paint by krylon, and decided to redo them. I put letter stickers on them, and spray painted them with 2 coats. the paint is designed to still be translucent.


this time the lanterns were easier to read and looked more polished.

if the sticker is removed they look like etched glass. this one is now a night light in my kids bathroom!

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / where is your craft space? on: February 03, 2016 05:44:42 AM
we're undergoing a major remodel after a kitchen fire. i have a big desk in our computer room, and we've talked about adding shelves for storage. i never seem to work there. it's good to have a door to hide the mess, but i usually work on projects in the living room where my family, and the tv is .if it's something messy i work in the kitchen.  i'm debating if i need to improve the craftroom,or move to a corner of the living room....
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / owl post smash book on: December 14, 2015 05:45:30 PM
My partner in the hp christmas swap had this card binder on her pinterest. the blog explains the basic construction..

the covers are made from cardboard wrapped in paper, and decopaged with symbols from harry potter. they have holes punched in them and are connected with binder rings. I included some blank pages and envelopes, but you can also punch holes in christmas cards and add them as well.

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / scarf/ necklace on: December 04, 2015 05:27:22 AM
my sister-in-law made these as christmas presents last year, so i asked her to teach me how to make one and it was surprisingly easy. the necklace is single crochet ladder yarn. there are 4-6 strands. i slipped a large jump ring over it, and the charms have a lobster clasp so they can be attatched to the ring, or it can be worn without a charm. the left end is threaded through 2 pony beads, then tied in a knot. the right end is threaded through the pony beads in the reverse direction and also tied in a knot. the length can be adjusted by pulling on the knots.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Prayer flags-femininity, peace, dream, muse, acceptance on: August 16, 2015 12:02:21 PM
this was the first time I had made a prayer flag. each person created a list of words, then each of their partners was assigned one. You created 4 flags to send, then an additional one for yourself. the fabric background was 6x8, but the materials to be used were open. paint, embroidery, beads, ribbon,..... I loved the variety of technique, and interpretation that came out of this. I think it encouraged me to stretch, and be more abstract. the results are beautiful and unexpected. This was very different then the more realistic drawings I usually do.


I wanted this to be strong and graceful. I drew the figure in a yoga pose, then a mandala on the reverse side so the color would bleed through. the lace at the bottom was hand crochet, with a glass bead to add weight.

PEACE flag

as part of the swap, you also created one for yourself. I stenciled a hummingbird and flowers, and I liked the simplicity

DREAM flag

For this I wanted it bright and surreal.the flower and humming bird as on the peace flag, were stenciled onto white fabric, then the face was drawn with sharpies. this seemed a bit much at first, but once it was appliqued onto a strong background I think it balanced it out. it's embellished with beads and embroidery to make it bold and vibrant.


MUSE flag

I loved this starry night fabric when I bought it at Joann fabrics. I had this idea of the moon being in love with the stars, so I embroidered the face onto cream felt, and appliqued it onto the blue sky. I further embellished it with gold beads and yellow thread


To inspire this one, I looked up definitions of acceptance. my favorite was 'to be at rest with oneself'. I used a different section of the starry night fabric that had a cluster of buildings. I liked the idea of community. then embroidered the definitions into the sky along with gold beads.

The flags I received may have come from different partners, but there is also a connection between them. the conversations between this group of swappers was also encouraging and supportive. check out the gallery!

8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / watercolor portrait on: June 30, 2015 01:56:26 PM
i was experimenting with watercolors . usually i use colored pencils and i tend to be realistic, but i really like this softer effect.....

i used software to turn a photo into a line drawing then printed it onto watercolor paper. on this one i used liquid mask to cover the faces and the arm, but painted over the clothes along with the background. the ink bled a bit, but i like the overall effect.

i used this as a background for a matted photograph.
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / better together mixed media tray on: June 30, 2015 01:47:40 PM
I sent this to my partner in the quotes quotes quotes swap. It's based on the song "better together" by jack johnson. i included wrote out some of the lyrics, and others inspired the artwork. i ended up using several techniques, and it was harder than i expected to pull together, but i like the layers it brings to the final result.

the stars, the tree, the crossed guns, and the lighthouse started as colored pencil drawings, then i cut them apart and glued them onto patterned paper.

the landscapes are watercolors. i experimented with a liquid mask on the faces to protect them from the paint. to create a background image.

i wanted to add photos without taking over the project.
i experimented with software to edit the color of the photos, scale them down, and add a film strip border

it was hard to pull it all together. in interior design, they recommend repeating an accent color 2 or 3 times,so i followed that rule. 2 metal charms, 3 blue resin, and burlap as both a background and a photo frame. also
repeating the background papers.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / tardis tm patch on: June 13, 2015 06:10:02 PM
the right fabric makes all the diffrence. joann fabrics is carrying dr. who fabric. i had seen but didn't know what to use it for until it was one of my partners themes in the tm patch swap.

 i bought some for a tardis patch, i outlined the tardis, then added lots of stitches to bring out the flames. i used a skein of varigated yarn in shades of ornage, and one in shades of yellow so i didn't need to constantly rethread the need.e

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