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11  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / 4-H ATC Workshop Discussion Thread on: October 17, 2012 08:13:08 PM

Hello, everyone!

So, I am a member of our local 4-H program here in Iowa. For those of you who don't know, 4-H is an organization for kids 4th grade to high school seniors with the goal to help young adults become active leaders in their 4-H clubs, communities, countries, and world who are able to step up to the challenges life throws at us (More info here if you're interested: http://www.4-h.org/about/)

As a part of my Visual Arts project I was hoping to do an ATC workshop to teach kids about the creating and trading process of artist trading cards.

My idea is this: Get a group of kids together and teach them the basics of ATCs, from various techniques to the trading process, let them get creative and make a few cards, and then trade their cards with crafters to give them a taste of collecting.

My question is, would anyone be interested in trading with these kids? This idea is completely in the planning stage right now, I still need to okay it with my youth director and Craftster, but I'd like to see if there is any interest before I start setting anything up. For security purposes, since these kids can be as young as 4th graders, I was planning on having each Craftster make one card and send them to me to distribute to the kids, then I would send the kids' cards to their partner. I don't know if Craftster's ATC swap policy would allow this, but as I said, its only an idea right now. Then hopefully I could set up a thread the kids could visit to see their recipients' feedback on their cards, and hopefully get them enthusiastic about creating art not only for themselves, but for others to share.

As of right now, I think it would be easiest for everyone involved to make generic cards, but I might possibly be able to set it up so that each kid and crafter could have two or three themes to work with.

The point of all this would be at once helping me gain leadership skills and experience in the Visual Arts project area, as well as giving others a chance to share their artistic abilities with others. I hope you guys are interested!
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Is Modge Podge diswasher safe? on: September 03, 2012 03:21:52 PM
I guess it speaks for itself, but to be more specific, I'm drawing on a mug with sharpie, baking it for 30 minutes @ 350 degrees, and I'm wondering if a couple coats of modge podge (put on AFTER baking)  would keep the design from wearing off in the dishwasher or even when handwashing.
13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Anyone want to bring back the "Craft My Ride" swap? on: August 23, 2012 08:55:55 AM
I just got a new car, and as I was perusing the web for ideas to personalize it, I came across an old swap thread called Craft My Ride (link https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=48009.0 )

I'm not old enough yet to organize it, but if someone else wanted to (or you want to wait a couple years Wink), would anyone out there be interested?
14  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Toothless Plushie Pattern Help? on: August 20, 2012 07:37:16 PM
I just got a new car and I really want to make a Toothless plush to lurk in my back window. I measured the window space; it's really tight, just 6" high, 44" long, and 16" at the deepest point. I'll post a diagram to try and help

I sketched out some ideas, I decided to have Toothless lying down to make him more compact. I want his right wing to lie down to fit farther back in the window and then the left wing to fold up so people can still sit in the back. The measurements are by no means exact, just a general size I'd like to have. (The picture got flipped, hopefully you can figure out the numbers)

I'm having a hard time designing a pattern, most of the ones available on the internet are for standing ones. I especially need help on the body, legs, and head. I'll try to explain better if you need me to. Any help you guys could give me would be great!
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Brush Storage/Organizing Roll on: July 26, 2012 06:21:39 PM
I'm not sure where this goes, so I'll just put it here Smiley

I made this roll because I was so sick of my paint brushes being in this ugly gray bag where I basically had to dump it all out every time to find the one I wanted. Because it was always on the bottom, you know. I used a scrap of red canvas fabric from another project and a strip of elastic, as well as some red ribbon. It measures 32" long by 12" wide and holds 7 painting knives, 22 "good" brushes, and a pack of those crappy kid's brushes (I use them with masking fluid and such that ruins my good brushes). Here it is!

Dramatic side view:

This kinda shows the scale next to the toaster Smiley

Closeup of the elastic:

All wrapped up:

And some end views (they remind me of roses)


Sorry about the quality, they're the dreaded cell phone pictures haha

C&C much appreciated!

16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Mi Superhero Knapsack - lotsa pics on: May 29, 2012 09:36:30 AM
I made this for a 4-H trip I'm going on to Washington D.C. I needed a bag that fit the size requirements (max. 14" wide x 13" high x 4" deep) so I can take it through all the monuments. Its based loosely on craftyorange's "hipster-y backpacks".

Its made with red canvasy stuff, Marvel fabric, and faux leather. The straps are old backpack straps covered in fabric. The pocket has a zipper and leather on the inside. The final dimensions are 8" wide x 11" high x 6" deep (it looks like 4" when its flat but is bigger when full; hopefully they won't mind Tongue)

Here it is:

Front w/ Flap (this one's most true-to-color):

Front w/o Flap:


Inside (it's pretty spacious):

Pocket - I forgot to make the pattern right-side up on the bottom half Sad

C&C welcome!
17  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Attempting to Make This Origami Money Graduation Cap on: May 24, 2012 02:01:24 PM
So I want to make this mortarboard for my friends' graduation with five dollar bills, but I know next to nothing about origami and these directions are a bit confusing. Can anyone explain them to me a little more simply or give me new ones?

Here's part one:

And part two:
18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Peacock/Horse/Great Dane DIY Wedding Gift? on: May 07, 2012 10:58:32 AM
I have a riding instructor getting married this summer. She and her fiance have been together/living together for 15 years already so they have all your kitchen gadgets and whatnot. She has several horses, one peacock (it ran away from the neighbor on many an occasion, so she kept it), and a Great Dane puppy. She also has an Italian Grayhound and a long-haired dachshund. I'm trying to avoid something horse related; she already has tons of that. I'm especially good at drawing, painting, and altered book type stuff. She likes weird/funny things too (she has a mounted horse head from the 1800s. The plaque just reads, "He was a good horse.") Any ideas?
19  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Wolverine String Doll on: February 17, 2012 11:45:57 AM
So this is a string doll I made of Wolverine. He was made when my art teacher proposed that he could make a better string doll than me. He can't. But I can't even BEGIN to tell you how frustrated these things make me. I read somewhere that a "true" string doll is composed only of string, but you know what, you'd have to be some kind of insane person or a monk or just smarter and more patient than me to make that happen. So Wolverine here has an Adamantium (paperclip) skeleton inside and lots of hot glue holding his appendages together. I'm proud to say his hair and pants are hand-dyed with watered down paint and that I made his leather jacket. His claws are bits of paperclips too.

Here he is:

Here's a progress shot:

And one more, just for fun:

20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Corset Tee & Jean Bracelets on: February 17, 2012 11:12:12 AM
This started out as a prototype for a tube top type thing I plan on making with a  MASH t-shirt I bought (<3 MASH!). Good thing, too, because since I suck at planning, I just sort of started cutting based on pictures of how I wanted it to look. It still came out okay, but definitely glad I didn't start chopping at the MASH shirt because I'm reasonably sure that's some kind of sin.

Here's the end result. It looks better in person, I swear. It's also about 85% padre approved, because according to him "all the "vitals" are covered, but I'm still going to get you an Amish dress":


Don't mind my face or my hair. The first one's because it's friggin February and I'm outside in a tank top, the others because my hair is what I like to call "dramatic" in the morning.


Basically, cut off the sleeves and then the collar to give me as much usable fabric as possible and sewed it into a tube. Then i made a simple curve pattern and cut out mirror images where the lacing would go. Then I sewed on grommet tape to both sides and then a red modesty panel underneath. I put the bindings on and then had to add studs where the two sets of straps were because I was too lazy to change to red thread and the black thread + red binding was not attractive. Lace it up with satin ribbon and VOILA! I'm planning on wearing it to this year's Lazerfest and making a sort of tradition out of it; getting the new shirt, altering it, and wearing it to the next years' show.  If anyone's interested in a tutorial, I can see what I can do.

And here's some jean seam bracelets inspired by some I saw on here, for your viewing pleasure:
They fray a lot, but I don't mind.

C&C welcome!
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