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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Elephant Art Fabric Collage on: December 09, 2016 11:45:44 AM

It's been a really long time since I've posted here! I've been entirely focused on sewing and crafting for Blythe dolls for the past few years, but For Christmas, my mom has asked me to make her an elephant artwork from fabric, so I've had to switch gears and try my hand at something different.

The design and background are entirely composed of pre-cut 2" fabric squares that are intended to be used in watercolor quilts. I started by sketching the outline of the elephant on freezer paper. Working on the freezer paper, I filled it in with the darker fabrics, which extended beyond the elephant outline, and Mod Podge-d it all together. When it was dry, I cut out the elephant, so it has a nice sharp silhouette. (The freezer paper peeled right off, it was great to work on.) Then I arranged the lighter colored fabrics on a 16" x 20" canvas, moving from very light in the center to a medium tone along the boarders. I Mod Podge-d all of that, and when it was dry, added the elephant to the center, again using plenty of Mod Podge to secure it in place.

After giving it a spray with clear acrylic sealer (to keep the surface from getting tacky, which can be a problem with Mod Podge), I put it into this ready made frame, and it's ready to surprise Mom for Christmas!

2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 90 ENTRIES / Underpants! on: September 05, 2013 03:38:46 PM
Yes, for this challenge I made tiny underpants! They are made to fit a Blythe doll. I made the pattern from a pair of underpants that came with a doll. The fabric is cotton sheeting, which is very smooth and has a high thread count. Before adding the elastic and sewing the seams I embroidered the little rainbow and cloud. The second photo shows how they fit on the doll. I'm very pleased with these, and plan to make many more!

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Felt Badges--I'm on a Roll! on: August 02, 2013 05:08:13 PM
I recently undertook a personal challenge to craft one thing every day for the entire month of July. Since I like working with wool felt, and I can make a great felt badge in an hour or two, that's what I made whenever I was stuck for an idea.  Here they are...I really love them all, but the cat and the cupcake are probably my two favorites.

Halloween cat

Tiny houses

Embroidered leaf

Mushroom house

Kawaii mushroom

Pretty strawberry

Kawaii cupcake

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Craftster's 10th Anniversary Cross-Category Challenge! Grand PrizeVOTE til Aug30 on: June 24, 2013 02:13:52 PM

Craftster is hosting a huge challenge in all categories for our 10th anniversary!  Read all the exciting details HERE.

Vote for the category winner now through Aug 21st!

Vote for the GRAND PRIZE WINNER! Now 'til Aug 30th!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Craftster's 10th Anniversary Cross-Category Challenge! Misc. Winner Announced! on: June 24, 2013 11:57:14 AM
Craftster's 10th Anniversary Cross-Category Challenge

Craftster is turning 10!! That's right, August marks 10 years of running with scissors all over the internet! In honor of this momentous time, we're hosting a cross-category challenge! Every category will have the same challenge with the same entry times. The 10 category winners with the most votes will be put head-to-head-to-head-to... you get it.... for a GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE!!!

The theme for this challenge is "What Craftster means to me." Now, don't be scared of this theme! Craftster is made by YOU, Craftster can mean different things to different people so whatever it means to you, that's great!! Still unsure it's as easy as I say? Here's some examples that are just the tip of the iceberg!

  • "To me, Craftster means trying new things! Here's a project featuring a technique I've never tried before!"
  • "To me, Craftster means tutorials! Here's a project I made from a tutorial I found on the boards."
  • "To me, Craftster means swapping! Here's a project I'm sending in a swap."
  • "To me, Craftster means a community where I can show off my geekiness! Here's a project that relates to this thing I'm interested in!"

See? Not so bad, eh? Seriously, as long as you can describe why you feel your project reflects something Craftster represents to you, then you're good!

Rules and Suggestions:
  • You may enter in as many categories as you like, but you may only enter a project once. So if you wanted to enter in three categories, you would need to have made three projects!
  • Your project must have been made between June 24th and the time of posting. Your entry should not have been posted on Craftster previously (ie not something you made and posted years ago!)
  • If using a pattern or tutorial, please let us know.
  • You can begin crafting at any time but remember to post your thread in this board from August 7th through August 13th at 11:59:59 PDT. Voting for each category will be open August 14th to August 21st.
  • Although there will be 20 category winners, only the 10 winners with the most votes will go on to a grand prize round! Voting for this will be August 23rd to August 30th, with the grand prize winner being formally announced September 3rd!

The winner in each category will receive a Craftster pin, and a Craftster USB card.

The winner in the Miscellaneous category will also receive Extreme Cakeovers: Make Showstopping Desserts from Store-Bought Ingredients by Rick Reichart and Sasha Reichart

Wanted: Must love candy, cookies, frosting, and fun. No experience required!
Make over any purchased sheet cake or frozen pound cake into a stunning creation that looks like it came from a fancy bakeryno special skills or equipment necessary! Even if youve never tried to decorate a cake before, with a good supply of candies and other store-bought treats and the detailed instructions in Extreme Cakeovers, youll be able to accomplish forty unique designs. You can:
   Fashion robot hands from chocolate-covered doughnuts
   Make Fruit Roll-ups blossom into a bouquet of red roses
   Roll Rice Krispies Treats and Swedish Fish into realistic sushi
   String a pretty strand of gumball pearls
   Create a train smokestack from an ice cream cone and marshmallow
Including tips and designs to please everyone from five to one hundred, Extreme Cakeovers is a whimsical guide to crafting cakes that will be the centerpiece of any occasion, from kids birthdays to Halloween, Fathers Day to Valentines Day, engagement parties to retirement gatherings.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Birdy Pouches on: June 22, 2013 08:54:44 AM
For two recent swaps, I made (among other things) a zippered pouch for each partner.  They both like birds, and they both appreciate whimsy, so the birds are wearing party hats!

The basic construction is the same as this pouch, but I eliminated the gusset and just sewed them flat. I've made a lot of zippered pouches, but these are the first ones I've made like this, with an appliqued section and a fabric section on both sides. I think it makes them a lot more interesting and there are a million different things you could applique on them to personalize them--they would be great gifts, because anyone could use a pouch for something!

7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Themed Doll Stands for Blythe on: June 15, 2013 03:51:02 AM
I've been working on a series of stands for Blythe dolls. These dolls don't stand on their own, and they are sold with a plain plastic stand.  I wanted to make something really cute and fun, with a theme or a scene that would be a good display item. 

Here's the first one I made; the theme was "spring".

 All the supplies came from local craft stores (Joann's and Michaels). The base is a wooden plaque with a hole drilled in it for the 1/4" dowel that holds the doll in place. I made the bush by embroidering flowers on a fabric yoyo, then stuffing it.

You just position the doll with the dowel inside the back of her clothes and she stands there just fine! I made this dress and headband to go with the stand and expand on the theme.

The next one is a "candy land" theme. I found the little wheelbarrow at Michaels, and I made the candy out of polymer clay.

The tree is a cone made of felt.

Again, I made this dress and headband to go with the stand and go with the theme.

I made this last one for Mountains and Clouds in the recent IYP swap. She is a musician, so I knew that would be a great theme to go with for her.

Everything is hot glued in place, and there is a square of felt on the bottom of the stand so it won't scratch the shelf or table where it is displayed.

This time I bought the dress instead of making it, because it came with the plastic violin and bow that I needed for the stand! I also purchased the music stand from a dollhouse supply place.

I'm currently working on a new one; it's very similar to the first one, but in place of the deer there will be a patch of poly clay watermelons. I have a lot of ideas for these and I want to make them all, because it's so much fun!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Crafting Challenge: Perler Beads! on: May 21, 2013 02:01:58 PM

Hey, crafters, are you up for a challenge?  Then check this out:

The "Anything Goes" Perler Bead Challenge

The crafting period ends June 11, 2013, so get yourself a bunch of Perler beads and make something cool!  Then enter your creation on the challenge board between June 12th and June 18th.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Crafting Challenge: Perler Beads! on: May 21, 2013 01:58:44 PM

Hey, crafters, are you up for a challenge?  Then check this out:

The "Anything Goes" Perler Bead Challenge

The crafting period ends June 11, 2013, so get yourself a bunch of Perler beads and make something cool!  Then enter your creation on the challenge board between June 12th and June 18th.

The entries are in and they are waiting for your vote!!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Perler Bead Challenge--Craft Something Now!! on: May 14, 2013 07:48:56 AM
Did you know there is currently a Perler Bead Challenge that will be open for entries June 12-18?  For all the details, go to the Challenge board, HERE.

You can make anything you want!  Perler beads aren't just for coasters; there are tons of other crafty perler bead projects here on Craftster, like THESE.  Have you used Perler beads before?  Do you have any tips to share with people who haven't used them before?  My best tip is to use tweezers to help you arrange the beads on the board.
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