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51  Monster pirate eater! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by rosered on: October 25, 2004 10:05:44 AM


*edited to take away the broken links for more detailed pictures of him.

 He's made out of red fur, and blue felt. The suckers on the three tentacles are buttons,  and the eyes are plasitc. The little pirate is made from a cotton material, her clothes felt, and her hair yarn. And this was all sewn on a machine and hand sewn over a period of on and off for three days. He's much bigger than I was planning! It's for a contest where participants were asked to make something in any media that showed pirates vs. monsters. Mine was the losing battle and a pirate being dinner!
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52  Lite Brite Peg earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by rosered on: October 18, 2004 01:43:58 PM

That would be packaged, not packaged, and all of them in a basket. Basically I just got some four peg and two peg lite brite pieces, drilled a hole through them, then used pliers and attached jump rings and the earing pieces.  I like them because light reflects through them all pretty like. 
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53  Re: craftster.org crafting book? in Craftster Itself by rosered on: September 20, 2004 03:42:38 PM
cute?!  are you kidding?!  it's amazing!!! i love it!

Oh my, thank you! I just whipped it up though.. I was going to make a professional looking one, but I didnt think it'd be worth the time. Tongue

I just put random crap on it, along with random text. Haha! Thisll be fun.. I'll go make another.

Made the start of a page of my favourite tutorial... wewt!

So I just stumbled across this and I must say that I'm terribly honoured that you say my book tutorial is one of your favourites! I love the mock up cover you made too, it's really rad looking.

I also wanted to throw this out: if a craftster book ever does go into production. I'm an illustrator who would be more than willing to do some drawings for the book. Be it tutorial or non. I love craftster and would be totally willing to do something art related to help out with it. Happy crafting!
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54  Boring Messenger Bag No More! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by rosered on: September 07, 2004 06:05:52 PM
Well I got a new Messenger bag for school this year. Just your plain old basic black one. So I decided to make it a little more interesting. I made some felt patches of two swallows, a heart, and then got some star shaped beads and buttons and sewed it all on. The strap is lined with my favourite pins.

I made the felt patches by making a few stencils of a drawing I made, tracing it onto the felt, then cutting it all out and gluing them together. I used fishing line to sew them onto the bag.

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55  Re: Scarf Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rosered on: September 07, 2004 05:53:54 PM
I got my scarf from Ysolda today and I must say, I love it to death. She did something called "illusion" knitting on it, so when you look at the scarf a certain way, you see skulls and crossbones on it. It's the raddest thing I've ever seen!

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56  TUTORIAL :How to turn a hardcover novel into a sketchbook in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by rosered on: May 24, 2004 07:59:21 PM
Materials used:
a hardcover novel
blank paper (I used computer paper cut to the size I needed)
an exacto knife
a pencil
a plastic ruler
dental floss or book binding thread
silicone glue
strong thick ribbon
a hammer
a nail
a bulldog clip

First, find yourself a hardcover book that you want to turn into a sketchbook. You want something cheap, in decent condition and something you aren't going to be upset about ripping apart (althought it is possible to still be able to read the novel if you take it out carefully). I got this version of Treasure Island at a thrift store for a dollar.

Using the exacto knife, carefully cut the pages of the book out at the front and back. Be very careful to not cut throught the bookcover. It is really easy to go through the spine of the book because it isn't as strong as the front and back cover section. You will be left with the cover to the book and the pages of the novel. I was also able to take of the paper glued to the front and back cover but this won't always come off easily. You are going to cover that part up anyways, so it's not a big deal if the paper won't come off.

If you need to cut your blank paper to fit into the book do so. Just measure a page from the novel and double the width of the page. I decided I wanted to have 100 pages in my sketchbook, so I cut 50 pieces of computer paper. Once you have this done, use your plastic ruler to fold each of the pieces of paper exaclty in half. Unfold all the paper and pile it neatly.

Using your pencil, mark off six evenly spaced out dots along the fold line of the piece of paper onto of your pile. I used a bulldog clip to keep the paper together in the pile. Using a nail and a hammer, carefully hammer the nail into each of the dots, making sure to go through all of the paper in the pile. You may have to do this in two groups. It is very important that every sheet of paper has the same puncture marks.

Fold each piece of paper back again. I then divided the folds into groups of five, placing the folds into eachother. Meaning I had ten groups of folded paper, each containing 5 full sheets of paper which works out into 10 book pages. Then using the dental floss I bound the fold groups together using the coptic stitch style.

Some tutorials on the coptic stitch can be found here:


Using the silicone glue, glue a piece of ribbon along the spine of the book pages you just bound together. The silicone glue takes a little while to set so you will probably have to take a little break from it. The glue also has a really strong smell, so use it in a ventilated area. You can trim off the excess ribbon, or fold it over and glue it to get a more neat finish on it.

Once the ribbon has set, you can start glueing the front and back page of the black pages to the from and back inside cover of the book. Do not glue the spine of the book pages to the spine of the cover. This is very important. Spread the silcone glue on the front of the pages, then place it properly on the inside cover of the book. Once the glue has set, do the same for the back piece of paper.

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57  Re:coptic bound book in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by rosered on: April 24, 2004 08:13:32 PM
Made another book, this time tried using eyelets. Worked out allright, but I think I need more pratice with them.
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58  coptic bound book in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by rosered on: April 22, 2004 04:50:59 PM
My first coptic bound book. The inside pages are white newsprint, the covers are black photoboard, the stitching was done with pink embroidery floss and the design was painted on with gouache.
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59  tattoo shoes in Shoes: Completed Projects by rosered on: March 28, 2004 09:46:06 AM
I bought some plain white canvas shoes and got some fabric paint and acrylic paint, decorated them, and then sprayed them with some sealer. And dyed the shoe laces with acrylic paint and water. I want to write something on the scrolls on the side, but I'm not sure what to put there. I was thinking song lyrics or something. Any ideas? I'm also thinking of maybe selling something like these but maybe with personalized writing on the scrolls for maybe $15 or so. Sound like a good idea? I really have no experience with selling my crafts, but a few people have expressed interest in it so far.

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60  eye see you sketchbook in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by rosered on: January 15, 2004 12:10:15 AM
I sort of re made a sketchbook today. I bought this kraft paper sketchbook from my college bookstore for 80 cents.

Then I ripped off the flimsy cover and took out the string keeping it together. Then I cut four pieces of cardboard for the sides. I glued two peices together to reinforce it. Then using the book binding instructions here http://www.sff.net/people/Brook.West/bind/bindit.html I bound the book together using dental floss with the new covers. Then I applied black duct tape to the spine and decorated the covers. Here's the rest of the pictures. Oh, and the images were from an old first aid book I bought at a thrift shop, the inside cover has one of those old library checkout cards in the front, and there is an envelope glued to the back page (I tend to cut things out of magazines lots).

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