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11  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Killing Me - Colored pencils on black construction paper 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)

12  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Playbills and Souvenir Programs Wall + Quotes and Mini Bucket List 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.
13  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Two Stenciled Doctor Who Shirts on: July 28, 2012 08:20:40 PM
Hey, all. Cheesy I can finally post this because my partner has received! Cheesy

First up is a shirt for the shirt swap:

(this image grabbed from the swap gallery because I didn't get a decent pic of the front of the shirt)

The idea really began with this part which was copied from a stamp design my partner had pinned. This was my first time working with freezer paper and I loved how I was able to make a really long design and it was sooo much easier to work with than sticker paper. I am so sad that I can't find freezer paper here, but am glad that craftsters have sent me freezer paper in swaps. I played around with the stamp design and left only two hearts on it so that it would stick with the DW theme.

Added the TARDIS after. Than I ambitiously decided that I had to have some Gallifreyan on it. After a long afternoon of tracing and cutting and painting, I had this on the back of my shirt:

I decided to go with the white parts because it looked like that would be easier to stencil. Of course, I wasn't staring at the image when I was sticking some of the inner islands on, and I got some of them placed differently. Oh well. This is the first time I've done a really intricate (and small-ish) stencil and I'm pretty chuffed with how it came out.

Then I decided to make my own shirt using the same Gallifreyan design. I put it in the back, but at a larger scale because I decided to actually paint the lines. I like to think of it as my geeky Gallifreyan tramp stamp shirt. Cheesy

Here's a really bad pic (taking pics of your own back is freaking hard!) to show  how it looks on:

Here's an in-progress shot with the freezer stencil in place:

I think I must have been slightly insane to take this on. They were all little islands! I did it circle by circle, ironing pieces on as I was cutting them because I would have mixed those pieces up if I hadn't. And those pieces were crazy small.

And a final picture of the finished design:

All in all, I'm glad that I got to see how crazy I could get with stencils and I love both shirts so much.
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Singapore vacation shadowbox on: June 23, 2012 03:16:56 AM
Hi, all. Cheesy

I saw this pin on pinterest with a tutorial to make shadowboxes for vacation keepsakes (link to tutorial) and decided that I had to do that for the stuff I'd collected from my Singapore trip with a couple of friends last March.

Here's my new shadowbox hanging on the wall:

The letters, I just did them with some pics from the trip and a bit of work on gimp (really, any photo-editing program would work). I just made a textbox with the the letters in the font and size I wanted on one layer. And put the pictures in another layer and just used alpha to selection on the layer with the letters. Inverted the selection to delete the extras outside the letters. I used a tutorial I found somewhere, but I've lost the link.

I like being able to move stuff if I ever change my mind about anything, so other than the letters (they were printed on photo paper, cut out, and glued to the paper), everything else was just clipped on.

The box I bought for around 250Php (~$6), the paper and the clips were from my stash and the getting the letters printed was 12Php (around 25cents?) and assembling it all took about 4-5 hours. It's a really cheap and fun way to display souvenirs.
15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / International Swapping Tips on: February 18, 2012 09:43:33 PM
Ok, so I'm an international swapper and I thought I'd put this out here so people won't be so afraid of swapping internationally. Yes, swapping internationally is more expensive, but there are ways to minimize the cost and get the most bang for your buck. (These are mostly based on my experiences)

- First up, if you're sending to a small country like mine, it will take some time for it to get there (a month is the norm for me). Don't panic right off, it'll get there in time. Patience is a virtue for both shipper and receiver. I've also noticed (maybe it's just in my country) that there isn't much difference in the time it takes to get to me in shipping priority and ordinary mail. I'd say go ordinary airmail because it's cheaper. I use ordinary airmail (even if it has no tracking number) and so far I've only had one package go missing from those I've sent out. If you've got perishables (say you're in the snack swap), express shipping is great. It's the fastest and it's got reliable tracking (but it's also expensive).

- Weigh your packages. Seriously, keeping a kitchen scale with you and being aware of the prices of the different weight ranges will really help you out. You won't get shocked by the price when you go the PO to send out because you've already done the weighing and calculating at home. You can split your packages into two to maximize weight limit for a certain price.  For example, our mail is weighed in grams. I once sent a package that was a little less than 350g. If I had sent it as one package it would be in the 251-500g weight and it would have cost me Php840, but I split it up into a 100g package (Php170) and a 250g package (Php420) and it cost me a total of Php590. Yes, it's a bit of work thinking about the weights and putting together your items into packages, but the savings are worth it.

- Still on the subject of weight, unless a box is absolutely necessary to keep what you're sending safe, go with either a padded envelope or even a regular envelope (I sometimes make my own envelopes from cartolina, it sturdier than a regular envelope even if it isn't as secure as a padded envelope). When you're weighing your package, weigh it along with the container, because that's how the PO will be weighing it. Also, wrapping your items within the package may add to the prettiness and the fun factor, remember that even the wrapping paper will contribute to the weight of the package.

I know I'm kind of rambling on, but I hope this helps someone out there! I just wanted to share. Smiley
16  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Green Moth Wings Shrug on: January 08, 2012 07:24:43 AM
Hey, all. Cheesy

This is made from the Moth Wings Shrug pattern in Interweave Crochet Summer 2010. I made one like this for the pinterest swap, but I loved how it looked so much that I decided to make myself one. I had a bit of trouble with it, but it's finally done!

Here's a pic of the shrug before I delve into my long story. I'll post action pics maybe tomorrow.

OK, so I was trying to finish the shrug in time for New Year's Eve. But I ended up having to re-do most of the sleeve parts. I've finally begun crocheting looser (i.e., crocheting properly, because I used to be a really tight crocheter). Unfortunately, I didn't make a new guage swatch since the one I made for the swap. I thought it looked big as I was making it, but didn't realize that it was too big until I finished it.

After wearing it to dinner on NYE, I ended up unraveling motifs (took me quite a bit of time because of how it's joined together) and reattaching them in the smaller pattern. Not exactly the easiest thing in the world, but I had to make it work, because I really like how it looked and I couldn't let all that effort go to waste. It now has an extra row on the bottom from the bigger pattern and I added another row on the sleeves using the motifs I removed to make it smaller because it was feeling a little short. I ended up not doing the sleeve edging because I liked how the sleeve looked better without.

It has a really pretty pattern, and it can get a bit fiddly, it was worth it in the end. Definitely took a little longer than I thought it would, but the prettiness makes up for that.
17  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / mechanical wings shirt traced with sharpie on: January 08, 2012 07:24:21 AM
Hey, all. Cheesy

This is actually traced from an image I saw online. It's actually a Gundam Wing shirt (I know, it's an obsession), but even if you're not a GW fan, it's still a pretty cool mechanical wings shirt.

It's just black Sharpie on a cotton shirt (I use a super fine point, because I love the level of control with that point, I always seem to have problems with the fine point). I did trace it over two or three times, I think, just to make the lines a bit thicker. I love how Sharpies don't stiffen up a shirt like using acrylic does.

Here's the shirt, finally:

I've worn it and it's gone through the wash a few times already before I even took this photo of it. I wish I could show you what it looks like worn, but I have to find someone else to take pictures for that. But it really looks pretty awesome on, like there are wings tattooed on the back. Size-wise, I printed it out on 4 A4 sized sheets and traced that.
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Golden Snitch Earrings on: December 29, 2011 06:02:28 PM
I know, I know, there are a lot of snitch earrings out there already; but when I saw some wing charms at the store I buy jewelry bits from, I couldn't resist buying them plus some beads to make some golden snitch earrings.

I couldn't find any gold beads, but I did find some yellow beads and decided that was close enough. Here they are:

But the next day, staring at them, I just wasn't satisfied by the color. Luckily at the mall, I saw a set of metallic tempera paints. I sanded my beads, so the paint would have something to stick to, and painted them. Here's how they look now:

These are a pretty easy pair off earrings to make, but they are so much fun to wear. They dangle and swing when I walk.
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Book and whisk pendants bday presents on: December 09, 2011 07:14:22 AM
So, this year, I've been mostly making my bday presents to some of my closest gals. (Well, I started the middle of the year, so I've only made four, including this). I totally forgot to take pics, though, so this is the first present that I actually have up on craftster. The first three were stenciled shirts, but this friend doesn't like wearing t-shirts and I had no idea what kind of top to get if I were going to stencil something. So, I ended up buying her a book I knew she'd love (on sale, so I could justify getting the hardbound one to myself). I decided to wrap it pretty and make her some necklaces as her additional presents.

And here they are:

The first is a wire whisk, I got the idea somewhere online, I can't remember where. My friend loves to bake, so I instantly thought of her when I saw it. It was better in my mind than how it actually turned out. I didn't realize how hard shaping the wire into a whisk would be.

The second is a book stack pendant, based on this tutorial, because she loves to read. I have no access to leather scraps, though, so I used felt for the book covers instead. I used a stained piece of paper, craft paper, and felt for the pages. And because she's that kind of gal, I added the dangly bits below the book stack.

And here it is, wrapped all pretty:

Her birthday was early last month, but I still haven't given it to her because we haven't seen each other in a while. I hope she likes it once I get to give it to her.
20  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / chan luu inspired wrap bracelets and earrings on: October 18, 2011 03:04:01 AM
So, I made some Chan Luu inspired wrap bracelets for littlebluegirl for the Random Swap round 3. These two are bracelets I made for me. The bracelet with the orange beads was my test run. The other one is made with jade beads.

Up next is my current favorite pair of earrings. These are heavily influenced by AmeliaLune's earcuffs. It's got everything I love. Green beads, an earcuff, and I made sure to utilize my other piercing on my left ear. I love how dangly this is and how it makes me feel so girly even with how short my hair is. Next time, I might have to make one with chains connected to the piercings on the upper part.

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