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2461  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Spooky Banner! on: October 25, 2011 11:28:56 AM
I found a really cool banner and tutorial on a blog (no, its not mine!) and decided it would be perfect for my partner in the Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap!

With a bunch of book page folding, assembly, cutting, and gluing you have a fabulous banner!  The pages I used are from the illustrated version of Sherlock Holmes.  For the letters, I printed them off the computer in a font I liked, taped them onto paper, and used an exacto knife to cut them out.  I then painted on some glitter glue, since I didn't have any spray and the glitter glue was only a $1 at Michaels.  I used little plastic rings and hot glued them to the bag and then strung and tied each section on the ribbon. 

The blog that I found the tutorial can be found here:  http://thecraftingchicks.com/2010/09/spooky-accordian-halloween-banner.html
Thanks for the wonderful idea, Crafting Chicks!

Thanks for looking!
2462  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Monster of a Mug! on: October 25, 2011 11:17:56 AM

I was determined to paint a mug for the Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap for my partner's husband.  I also made one for The Monster Swap Rd. 3 for the gal I angeled for.  After much inspiration searching on the internet, I found some mugs that I love from Starbucks.  They, at one point, sold some awesome monster mugs with the coolest faces.  I had one of those moments of "hey, I can do that!" and went to work!  At Michael's I found a new paint by Martha Stewart that is multi-purpose.  So multi-purpose that it can be used on ceramics and glass!  How cool is that?!  Thanks Martha!  The paint is kinda glossy, and very solid.  Love it!  It also can be dishwashed after letting it sit for a month or so, to cure!

For anyone who is interested:  http://www.michaels.com/Satin-Acrylic-Paint/cp0469,default,pd.html

I found the mugs at Cost Plus World Market for like $5 each (score!) and the paints were 40% off at Michael's when I bought them.  I just need the two colors, black and white.  So all together, for two mugs and the paint was around $13 (less tax)!  Waaaaay cheaper than buying them at Starbucks!

They were really easy to make.  I even painted lines around the handles.  And, not shown, a little heart just above the handle.

Thanks for looking!
2463  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Felt Candy Corn Bags on: October 25, 2011 10:47:06 AM
For the Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap, I made my partner's little girls some felt candy corn bags for trick-or-treating or to fulfill any general Halloween carrying needs.  ^_^

I've seen them elsewhere on the interwebs, but I didn't use anyone's pattern to make these.  I just made it up as I went.  I did however save the pieces, so eventually I might add a pattern to go along with this if anyone is interested.  But here is my bag, and the steps I took to get there.  (some of the steps, of course, don't require pictures, but I'm a picture hound so I'm posting 'em!)  And yes, I know, the colors aren't in the right order.  But, I wouldn't have had enough of the yellow to do both of them if I hadn't done it this way.  ^_^  Yay for improvising!

To start with I just drew the general shape and size of the bag that I wanted onto a cut up paperbag.  I allowed for seem allowance.  I just divided it up for the three colors.  Here is the first section with the paperbag pattern still attached.  Its the bottom part of the bag.  And the yellow section, as well.

Here are all the pieces cut out and laid out ready to be sewed together.

I pinned together the top and middle pieces, and sewed them together. I'm pretty sure I gave them a 1/2 seem.

I did the same with the middle and bottom pieces.  The same was done to the second set.

Here are the the two panels with the colors sewed together.

After that, I ironed the seems down to make it easier to sew the two panels together.  I also folded over an inch of the top edge over and ironed it down so that I could close up the top.

As you can see, I just aligned my foot with the edge of the fabric and sewed.  That's what they look like with the tops all sewn up!

I then pinned the two panels together, seems out, along the edge. 

Here it is all sewn together!  I snipped off the corners and any extra fabric so that it looks nicer when its turned right-side out.

Here it is turned the right side.  What's left is to add a handle.  You can do the handle however you want.  I used more felt.  Before I added a handle though, my husband grabbed it and put it on his head and declared it a hat!  LOL!  So, if you were always wanting a candy corn hat, then you are done!  ^_^

I attached it to the bag, and sewed it on, trying to keep my seems the same.

Then voila!  You have a candy corn bag!

Thanks for looking!
2464  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap R10 FOCR R10 GALLERY on: October 25, 2011 09:38:04 AM
ooo yay for mittens!  You look happy to have them!  hehe!
2465  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: One Tiny Stuffie Round 8--GALLERY!--Mail by 11/14/11 on: October 25, 2011 05:52:55 AM
what a great moose, leslie!  the fabric you used is so fun!
2466  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - October 2011 Gallery on: October 24, 2011 08:58:08 PM
I have a host of cards to post!

From imera I received two ATCs, one for my halloween theme and an extra!  The witches are so cute!  She's got amazing drawing skills!  They poppies are so pretty!

From Mountains and Clouds I got one for my "your location" theme, and an extra!  The fish is a Humuhumunukkunukuapa'a (wow, that's a mouth full!)  its a also known as a trigger fish and its Hawaii's state fish!  Its so bright!  I love the sunset one!  Its got stitching along the edge.  Too cool!

From mintdawn, I got three cards, one for my halloween theme and two extras for my wine theme!  She was on a trip to San Diego, and made mine on the road!  She says that the Semper Fi Chardonnay is an actual wine available at the market place at the Sand Diego Marine Recrun Depot.

I love the halloween card!  Mintdawn was in sugar skull heaven in San Diego!  ^_^

Thanks for all the wonderful cards! 
2467  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: SEPTEMBER 2011 ONGOING ATC SWAP GALLERY on: October 24, 2011 08:39:01 PM
I received from Oodelally!  They are her first ATCs and, as you will soon see, they are pretty amazing, especially for firsts!  I'm quite the lucky lady to get her firsts!

She claimed me for my halloween theme and for my mythical creatures theme.  The haunted house is cut out of paper and the background is watercolor!  I can't believe she cut it out, such detail!  Look at all those little windows!  So cool!!  And the yeti is such a cutie!!!

Thank you, Oodelally!  They are awesome!!!
2468  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: One Tiny Stuffie Round 8--GALLERY!--Mail by 11/14/11 on: October 24, 2011 04:22:43 PM
YAY YAY!  I'm glad you got and that you like it!  I loved it so much that after I sent yours I had to make one for myself, as well, since I missed him!  So, we are now yeti buddies.  ^_^
2469  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2011 on: October 23, 2011 08:22:23 AM
A while back I angeled for the Monster Swap Rd. 2 for jmiller614.  After receiving the halloween painted gourds, she wanted some gourds of her own to paint.  So went up to greenbluff and got her some gourds of her own to paint.  In exchange she sent me an awesome package!

Look at all these goodies!  The box was full of awesome!

A pin cushion and ninja in disguise both inspired from my wist.  I don't have a pincushion and have been wanting one for a while, so this was perfect!  I also loooooove my painted gourd!  He is a clown ninja, too cute!  He will fit in perfect with my set of painted gourds that sit on my bookshelf.  They've been wanting a new friend.

A monster tissue holder, mad libs, and a glow-in-the-dark witch finger pen!  I love the tissue holder!  I have super sensitive  eyes and they get easily irritated.  The only cure is tissues and I never seem to have one with me!  These are going right into my purse!  And jmiller didn't know this, but I LOOOOOVE mad libs!  The pen is too fun!  My boss thought it was creepy!  Hehehe!

An amazing Harry Potter bag!  The strap is a Harry Potter neck tie!  How cool!  Accio bag!!!  Accio bag!!!  I must be a muggle, or my wand is broken because it is not coming to me!  ^_^

M is Moaning Murtle!  So freakin' awesome!  I have a Harry Potter ABC theme for my ATCs.  I think I only need 6 more to complete my set.  The little diary also slides out and is soooo cool!  Jmiller makes awesome ATCs!

Not pictured is a bunch of hot chocolate packs.  Mmmmm!  There was tiramisu, chocolate graham cracker, supreme chocolate, orange colored hot chocolate, and raspberry. Mmmm!  They are currently at work.  I've used the graham one, and it was really good!

Thanks again Jmiller614!  <3
2470  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: 2011 r3 mini 13 days of Halloween Gallery on: October 23, 2011 08:02:48 AM
Audania1 asked me to post pictures of the shirt I made her husband for her day 1, since she can't seem to find it.  And for some reason the only pictuers I could find as well were phone pictures.  So I apologize for the quality!

Here it is!  Jack Skelleton!  Its done in freezer paper with fabric paint.
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