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11  Tall cards set in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by zzdia on: September 27, 2012 11:49:16 PM
Hey, all. Cheesy

My partner in the whedonverse swap requested for some tall cards. I got a lot of inspiration from the tall card set that someone made for an earlier whedonverse swap and posted here on craftster.

Here's a pic that my partner posted on the swap gallery:

And here's a pic I took with the whole strawberry suit (I flipped the middle row so the back could be seen):

So, I couldn't find a picture of the front of the cards, so I just used the image I used for the back of the cards. Also, I don't think it's the exact image on the back of the cards, but it was good enough for me. (Found the image here)

I did a bunch of google image searches for the fruits for the suits and for the phoenix, unicorn, tortoise, and dragon. And a couple of hours working on gimp, I made the cards. I then sized them so that 4 would fit in a 5R (5"x7"), and had them all printed out at a local photo printing shop. Cut them all out, glued them together with a piece of cardboard in between (but afterwards, I realized that maybe even without the middle piece it would have been sturdy enough). The cutting out and sticking them together and trimming edges took the most time and were pretty hard on the hands. But they were so very pretty when I got done. I blacked the edges of the cards with a stamp pad. The tall cards I made using by printing a larger version of the fruits and gluing onto cardboard circles.
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12  Londinium poster (oil pastel on felt paper) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by zzdia on: September 27, 2012 11:35:54 PM
Hey, all. Cheesy

So, this is one of the items I made for the Whedonverse swap I just participated in. It's a recreation of a Londinium poster using one of my favorite medium and drawing surface pairs.

Here's a picture I took before I sent out:

And here's the pic my partner took:

I wanted to get really crisp lines for the letters and the building silhouettes and experimented with ironing (lightly) freezer paper stencils onto the felt paper. It worked great.
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13  Re: Whedonverse Swap round 9 gallery in The Swap Gallery by zzdia on: September 27, 2012 10:09:01 PM
Here's my shiny package of goodies from my fabulous partner, whenindoubtsew!
An awesome Dr. Horrible stenciled pillowcase bag. I think Dr. Horrible's going to be my new shopping partner now. There's also a big damn heroes pin there

Bas modeling my new Jayne hat and my very own River poppet posing with him.

A 'shoot 'em? politely' necklace, a Serenity necklace, and an 'I aim to misbehave' necklace/wrap bracelet. Love these. I plan on wearing the shoot 'em one later to Battalia.

And my two favorite items! A Big Damn Heroes stenciled shirt and a River-inspired skirt. The skirt is perfect, whenindoubtsew! Really sorry for the crap pic for this one. I can never get decent action shots.

Again, thank you so much, whenindoubtsew. It's been really fantastic swapping with you again. And kudos to our organizer, spikefan, for another wonderful swap
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14  Time Lord of the Rings Shirt in Stenciling: Completed Projects by zzdia on: September 19, 2012 02:51:47 AM
Hey, all Cheesy

Still on a stenciling kick, and still going with incredibly detailed stencils. Ever since I did my Gallifreyan shirt (lots of tiny islands!), I've gotten hooked with using more ambitious stencils. I've gone on to do my multiple fandoms shirt (lots of stencils + the LotR inscription!) and now this one. My friends and I also did a bunch of shirts for a volunteering gig we have going, but I'll post about 'em when I finally get a decent pic of them. This shirt came to be because couldn't get the idea of stenciling a mix of Lord of the Rings and Doctor Who on a shirt out of my head so I finally did it.

I couldn't find the perfect fitting shirt, so I ended up reconstructing a man's shirt to work with. Still not a perfect shirt, but definitely fits better all around.

This stencil was another PITA to make (it literally took my hours to finish it), but my new swivel knife definitely made it easier compared to my first attempt with the LotR inscription.

Here's a pic of the stenciled design on the shirt:

And here's the pic of it worn (yeah, I put it on the back. It's not lopsided, it's just really hard to take a pic of your own back):

A few more pics and some more details on my blog: http://zzdia.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/lotr-dw-shirt/
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15  Re: Whedonverse Swap round 9 (SIGNUP 7/12/12-8/1/12; SENDOUT 9/5/12) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by zzdia on: August 29, 2012 09:29:57 AM
Sent out today! Cheesy A little teaser for my partner:

(hopefully it isn't too much of a giveaway)
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16  Multiple fandoms stenciled on one shirt in Stenciling: Completed Projects by zzdia on: August 23, 2012 11:32:49 PM
Hey, all. Cheesy

This one owes a lot to my shirt swap partner, Eiseldora. Thanks to the shirt she sent me, I realized that putting multiple fandoms on a shirt is doable and I used the freezer paper she sent me for these.

This shirt made me undergo a lot of stress (mainly due to assuming that the unlabeled metallic paint I had in my stash was acrylic and watching it come out in the wash. I ended up having to redo a couple of stencils. Sooo frustrating). But I am pretty pleased with the end result.

Here's the front of the shirt:

And the back:

And the sleeves (top - right sleeve, bottom - left sleeve):

As for a list of the fandoms: Firefly, A Wrinkle In Time, Lord of the Rings, Stargate: Atlantis, Doctor Who, Sherlock, Harry Potter. I still have some space on the back of the shirt that I'm still deciding what to stencil. I'm thinking anime, maybe something Gundam Wing related, but maybe Ghibli would work too.

This is another one of those stenciling projects that I really, really wanted to get to the final product because the actual making was agonizing. I think I really go for the whole masochistic stenciling. Circles are never easy to cut out, something I picked up from my Gallifreyan shirt, but I still have circles here. And lots of curves. T_T But the outcome is pretty epic. Especially that Lord of the Rings inscription
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17  geek love wire ear pins in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by zzdia on: August 14, 2012 06:29:26 AM
Hi, all. Cheesy

I'm not sure if ear pins is the proper term, but here are two I've made recently. Just some wire, used my pliers, and a bit of patience and I have these fun word earrings.

(you can kind of see how they're ear pins)



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18  Re: The I Need A Funky/Cool T Shirt Now Please Swap(SU June 13-28; SO July 20) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by zzdia on: August 14, 2012 06:18:52 AM
I received a totally geektastic shirt from Eiseldora.

(sorry for the not so fantastic pics, these were the only pics I got before I wore the shirt and it's currently in the wash, I hadn't realized how crappy the pics were until I was looking at it on the lappy)


(back and side)

I love the mix of my favorite shows. I especially love the SGA patch stenciled on the sleeve. Cheesy Thank you so much, Eiseldora, it's definitely going to be a new favorite shirt. I love letting my geek flag fly in public
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19  Killing Me - Colored pencils on black construction paper in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by zzdia on: August 11, 2012 02:29:36 AM
Hi, all. Cheesy

So, I was watching this video from New Voices on youtube where they're singing Killing Me from The Hinterlands and I couldn't help staring at how they did the start of the song with almost all the lights off and I just had to draw it.

I haven't really drawn in a while, but I loved making this quick drawing. The words at the bottom are from the lyrics of the song.

(with flash)

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20  Playbills and Souvenir Programs Wall + Quotes and Mini Bucket List in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by zzdia on: July 30, 2012 10:18:18 PM
Hey, all. Cheesy

So, I've been collecting playbills and souvenir programs from shows and I didn't want to just stash them somewhere and forget all about them. I decided to put them up as wall art because I hate how drab my room is.

Here's how it looks like:

I just wrapped them in plastic cover, leaving one side open so I can take them out and look through them whenever I want to. I used regular double-sided tape to stick them up, so this was a pretty cheap way to decorate my walls. So far, they haven't fallen and they've been up a couple of months now. I just add to them whenever we watch a new show.

Another thing I did is put up fake stickies on one of my cabinets (which is an icky grey) to add more color.

These are fake stickies because they're made with rainbow paper from my stash and thin double-sided tape. The square ones are quotes that I like. The smaller fake stickies were made the same way. This one is my mini bucket list and I put them in the other envelope when I'm done with an item. I have a stash of blank stickies (of both sizes) in the little purple envelope, so I just grab one, write on it when I find a quote I like or if I have a new item to add to my list and stick them on.

Just some little (cheap) ways I've been doing to brighten up my room.
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