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21  Re: December 2006 Birthday Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rosered on: December 18, 2006 12:10:22 PM
I got a package from hokiekate today! She sent me a wonderful learn to crochet book, and an amazing pencil case that she made. It has two sections on the inside, and it is quilted! I love it so much. It's a fantastic size to fit all my art supples in. Thank you so much hokiekate! You're incredibly talented!

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22  Re: December 2006 Birthday Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rosered on: December 14, 2006 02:35:33 PM
I got a package of shriny dink peper today from Crafterbynite!
Thank you so much! I'm really excited to give this a try!

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23  nintendo controller ds lite case w/ mini tutorial in Needlework: Completed Projects by rosered on: October 18, 2006 10:37:01 PM

I got myself a nintendo ds lite last month and I decided that it needed a sweet case to keep it in. I've never done any cross stitching needle point before and my aunt recently gave me these plastic grid cross stitch canvas sheets, so I thought this would be the perfect project to learn on!

I think it turned out really great, but I am swearing to never cross stitch needle point a project this large again. It takes forever!

Here's what I did to make it. The instructions aren't perfect since I did make some of it up as I went along, but good luck to anyone who wants to give it a shot!

Things you need:
plastic canvas sheets (size 8 grid)
lots of grey yarn
slightly darker grey yarn
black yarn
red yarn
glue gun
grey felt to line the inside with
some velcro to make a closure with

1.So first I measured my ds and figured out what to cut the pieces of the plastic grid stuff to.

You need:
(units of measurement are in squares of the size 8 plastic canvas)

two pieces of 25 by 44 (for the top and bottom)
two pieces of 8 by 44 (for the long sides)
two pieces of 8 by 25 (for the short sides)
one pice of 7 by 44 (for the overflap) -> I cut this down so it was 44 on the top and 40 on the bottom of this piece so the flap would have rouded edges

(I also cut out a spot for the charger cord in the back, but I'm not including this, since it was one of the things I just did on the fly as I went along)

2. Then I made a pattern using adobe illustrator of where to stitch to make the top look like an NES controller. And here it is!

3. Then I just needlepointed like mad for a few days until all the pieces were done (but not around the edges of the plastic). Then I put the pieces together so it would lay flat like a box.

4. From here I did an optional thing where I cut pieces of felt to approx. the right size to line the case with. The bottom part is one piece sewn together to just fit in nicely, and the top is a separate piece. The felt is glued in with a hot glue gun, but not to the edges, since you still need room to stitch around the edge of the plastic to give it a finished look.

5. Then I stitched together all the joining parts of the case, going through the felt where necessary. So the case is case shaped now, and some of the sides of the felt are covered up by stitches of yarn where I was finishing the edges of the plastic pieces.

I also put some velcro on the overhang flap and the front of the case to keep it closed better. I just used a hot glue gun to attach that bit on as a last step!

And that's basically it! It was challenging to figure it all out, so if anyone attempts to make theirself a case from this tutorial and has any questions, please comment with them and I'll do my best to answer them!

There are some more pictures in my flickr account. I made a set for the photos of this ds nes style case that you can check out here -->http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosered/sets/72157594335228317/

Thanks for having a look!

EDIT:The fantastic Natalie Zee Drieu, the associate editor of CRAFT magazine, has posted up a modified version of this Nintendo DS case with instructions! You can check out her version at the CRAFT blog over here!
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24  record sleeve sketchbook in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by rosered on: September 18, 2006 04:18:27 PM
This is a sketchbook I recently made for myself to go back to art school with.

The covers are made from old record sleeves glued together (four pieces all together with spray glue to reinforce the cover), the binding is coptic stitch with black embroidery floss (I used a hand crank drill to put holes in the cover, and puched holes through the paper with a pushpin), and the papers are a variety, including maps, lined, watercolour, kraft, and photospreads from old national geographics. I've been saving these record sleeves for a while now, waiting for something fun to use them for!

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25  Canvas mixed paper book in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by rosered on: April 12, 2006 08:38:37 PM

A canvas sketchbook I made recently for a friend. It's full of mixed papers and the patch on the front is ironed on. Yay!
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26  Gocco holiday cards in Screen Printing: Completed Projects by rosered on: November 15, 2005 09:55:54 AM

This is my first time using my gocco machine.
 I made a bunch of holiday cards using two screens, one being the blue outline, and the other being the pink fill.
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27  Paper mix book in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by rosered on: October 12, 2005 11:07:58 PM


A new mixed papers book I made. It's 200 pages and about 6x5 inches.
I've made a bunch more but with 100 pages to sell at a zine/d.i.y fest at the end of the month. Should be fun!
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28  Re: Aqua Teen Hunger Force Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by rosered on: October 04, 2005 09:57:06 PM
I got my package from Jerome! Here's the fantastic stuff I was lucky to receive:

A mooninites shirt, and moster remonster shirt (my most favourite of it all!), a mooninites ipod cozy (is that cross stitched? I don't know what it's called but it's so awesome looking), and a pouch full of athf marble magnets!

Here's a close up of the cozy.

And Myrnaloy, don't despair! I sent your package off (for the second time, they messed up the postage the first!) last weekend! The postal people told me it should be there in just over a week, so hopefully it'll be in your mailbox soon!
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29  turn an umbrella into a kite ::TUTORIAL:: in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by rosered on: September 27, 2005 02:15:29 PM
So this was originall for a school assignment I had to do for my information illustration class where we had to take some objects, give them a new function, and then draw diagrams explaining them. So I got one of my fathers old umbrellas (he for some reason has kept a broken umbrella in the closet for a couple of years) and turned it into a kite! You'll have to click on my little illustration of those two fine gentlemen to see the full instructions image, as it's pretty big!



If anyone would like the text re-typed just let me know. It might be a little small.

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30  Illustration Friday: Escape in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by rosered on: September 21, 2005 08:53:58 PM

My piece for this weeks Illustration Friday theme of Escape.
Paper collage on cardboard.

Any one else participate in Illustration Friday? It's loads of fun!

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