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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2014 Winter Holiday Crafting on: October 19, 2014 10:04:55 AM
I was just writing up my list earlier! So here's my list:

J (turning 7 in December): I always separate his birthday and Christmas presents. I'm crafting his bday prezzie.
- bday: punch box (did this last year, posted about it here), but I've decided to package it to look like a Lego brick (because the little boy is obsessed with legos)
- I bought his Christmas prezzie, but I plan to package it in another box that looks like a Lego brick, heavily inspired by this. I probably won't use the tempalte, though, since I think I may need a bigger box. I'll see once I've got the whole prezzie collected.

K (2.5 by Christmas): I got a set of Janod lacing blocks on sale.
- additional string for lacing
- sew a case for the blocks.

I'm still thinking up presents for the brothers and friends, so I'll probably be updating this list soon
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Hand-Carved Stamp Swap--Round 5 (Signups 1/5 to 1/31; SEND OUT 3/1) on: January 28, 2014 09:08:04 AM
Thank you for the suggestions everyone!

vincentvanbuck, that boat looks a lot like the boats we have here!

zzdia, it is!  I took it while we were on an island hopping tour during our stay in Boracay.

Oh, that is so cool! I hope you enjoyed your stay here.
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Hand-Carved Stamp Swap--Round 5 (Signups 1/5 to 1/31; SEND OUT 3/1) on: January 27, 2014 04:06:43 AM
vincentvanbuck, that boat looks a lot like the boats we have here! Cheesy Maybe you could do the horizon line to the clouds in white?
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2013 Winter Holiday Craft List - What are you making? on: November 21, 2013 10:40:16 AM
Here's my own Christmas prezzies list:
little kids:
M and M (6 and 2):
- memory game (bought at a local craft fair) - I didn't make these, but I think I could definitely make a set next year if I start early
- (if their parents are able to bring them here for a visit, I'm thinking of setting up a picnic for them during the lantern parade at my uni)
J: (turning 6, his birthday is really close to Christmas, so I try to make a special bday surprise for him every year)
- punch box for his bday (got idea here) - the box I made has 5 holes, I've got lego erasers, stickers, a magic trick, arcade card, and sweets
- memory game bought at a craft fair for xmas
- maybe a drawing of him, still a bit unsure about this one, but could be for the mom and the grandparents too
R, G: care package type, split with D.
- Tumblers with drink mixes (link here), plus random little stuff. I'm thinking mini notepads, luggage tags, etc
- luggage tag for R (not sure if G would want one)
D:care package type, split with R. Tea and tea strainer, both bought.
- Magic wallet (remake of the prezzie from 3 years ago, because it's fallen apart now)
L: D and I are planning to take her bazaar shopping as an xmas prezzie
- stenciled tote for the shopping trip
HS group:
- I'm planning on organizing a water balloon fight for our xmas party, we'll see how this goes
childhood friends:
- tetrahedron zipper coin purses (3) (link here)
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: shirred sunfrock on: August 02, 2013 09:43:47 PM
It looks fantastic on you! I know exactly what you mean about things hitting the middle of the boob area rather than below it. Roll Eyes
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mini Book Charms (with Mini Tutorial) on: July 21, 2013 02:07:26 AM
Thanks for the comments everyone! Smiley

Here's another bunch of mini books:
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Mini Book Charms (with Mini Tutorial) on: July 02, 2013 12:11:12 AM
Hey, all. Cheesy

This started as a birthday present for a friend.

I remembered one of my friends linking to one of those online shops that sell mini book charms and I remember thinking back then 'Hey, I could make that'. I decided to go with Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli for my friend's prezzie, but of course, I couldn't just make one, hence the abundance of mini book charms

I started with Google image search to find the book covers. It's really hard to find more than the front cover of the book, though. So for the ones where I didn't have the spine and the back, I just picked a color from the front and added it to the image using Gimp (an image editor), sized large enough for the back cover and the spine. I think I did a 0.5" spine for the image, which was actually too large, but that's ok because I just trimmed off the excess after.

I put all the book images I wanted in one image sized to 8r (8"x10") and had it printed on silk paper at one of the printing shops here. It's 60pesos for one 8r (around $1.50).

Cut out the book image, and fold along the spine edges to make the mini book. I used an awl to put a hole along the top of the spine and put in a ring to make the mini book a charm.

Folding along the spine using my metal ruler:

Book image folded with the metal ring at the top of the spine:

I had a bunch of loose pages from an old book that I turned into a hollow book, and I used those as the pages for the book charms. I measured the width and height of the book and made sheets twice the width of the book and folded them in half to make the pages. I used a bulldog clip to keep everything in place and used glue to put everything together. Kept it pressed together with the bulldog clip and let the glue dry.

I used Diamond Glaze to cover the whole book and make it more or less waterproof. I covered the spine and the front cover with a thin layer and let dry. Then I did a thin layer on the back and let that dry. Then I did a layer around the book edges and hung it up to dry. (All this waiting for stuff to dry takes time, I suggest watching a show to pass time, or something.)

Learn from my mistakes!

- Don't be tempted to cheat on the pages because cutting them out and putting them together is tedious. Your book charm won't be squared and the glaze won't settle flat.

- Put a piece of stiff cardboard between the clip and your mini book when you're letting it dry. You don't want to put a crimp in your mini book.

- Let the glaze dry thoroughly before touching it. That's the only way to keep a clean finish.

I'm turning these mini book charms into pendants, but they can also be used for charm bracelets and for anything else you could think of. For my friend's present, I just added another jump ring to the charm and made a necklace with some chain.

More pics and details over at my blog
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Time Lord of the Rings Shirt on: June 23, 2013 05:01:42 AM
what type of stencil did you use to create the design?

Hi, sorry it took forever to reply. It's just a freezer paper stencil. It's not reusable, but it's pretty easy to make custom stencils with freezer paper. I'm pretty sure there's a great freezer paper stencil tutorial somewhere on craftster
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: mr. bearcy on: February 13, 2013 12:37:50 AM
I'm a fan of the show! I saw both Mr. Bearcy and the hat when Ashley tweeted about them. Love both knitted items. Cheesy
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Craft my Character Swap (S.U's until Jan 15th, S.O Feb 12th) on: February 03, 2013 09:15:13 PM
I'll try to send out within the week. I just need to finish this last item. Cheesy
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