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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Trekkie Stencil on: July 30, 2010 05:26:02 AM
this was my first real foray into stenciling and i'm really happy with how it turned out.  i made this shirt for a swap partner.  she is a very sweet, very hardcore trekkie  Smiley

the shirt was inspired by fellow craftster, schonwiedersamstag - thanks for the inspiration!!

and here's how i did it:

i found this photo and using gimpshop, changed it to greyscale, then played with the contrast until it was black & white (you can also use photoshop)

i didn't have any freezer paper, so i printed the image onto regular printer paper.  then i used a sharpie to freehand most of the lines so that they would look nice and crisp when cut out.

here is the stencil after i cut it out

to prevent the paint from seeping under the stencil, i sprayed the back of the it with elmer's craft bond spray adhesive.  i let it dry for about 5 minutes so it wouldn't attempt to permanently bond itself to the shirt (this adhesive is some sticky stuff when it's wet!)

i mixed some black acrylic paint with some textile medium, and went to work.
let it dry for around 24 hours, then heat set with a hair dryer since my iron stopped working. 

a little paint found its way under some portions of the stencil, but i'm really thrilled with the overall outcome!

i think my proudest moment was when my father came over and saw the shirt out while it was drying and:
#1. thought it was store bought
#2. immediately knew it was from the new star trek movie

2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Birds Birds Birds r2 Gallery! on: May 17, 2010 08:27:14 AM
post your lovelies here

 Grin  Grin  Grin  Grin  Grin  Grin

RED - Sent
LIME GREEN - Received
BLUE - Sending late with communication
ORANGE - Contact organizer immediately
PURPLE - Feedback Given

Group 1 - Sugaree

elmom ---->sarahsaloser

sarahsaloser ---> elmom

----> fadedoak

fadedoak ----> darkangelwingz

crystabrittany ---> craftystoner   
craftystoner ---> crystabrittany

teag ----> blupasain   
blupasain ----> teag

piratecoley -----> lady_sepulchre
lady_sepulchre -----> piratecoley

sunflowersmiles ----> noooitaremybirthday
noooitaremybirthday ----> sunflowersmiles

mouser882 ----> ollieorange   
ollieorange ----> mouser882

ifallthraindrops ----> pinkchick
pinkchick ----> ifallthraindrops

lindsay614 ----> sugaree
sugaree ----> lindsay614
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Crafty Detective Swap Round 6 - QUESTIONS ONLY on: February 22, 2010 08:35:36 AM
please post all of the questions here; we will answer in the original thread.
sound good?

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / i hate shrinky dink paper! on: July 28, 2008 08:16:35 PM
i'm sure i'm the first to utter these words, but i just seem to be having trouble getting any medium to stick to the shrinky paper.  i suppose i was deprived child and never made shrinky dinks.  my first attempt was just a few days ago.  i tried regular pencil, colored pencils, and marker, all to no avail.  they would all smudge and rub off.  then i sanded the paper like the package suggested (but maybe the sand paper i used wasn't fine enough?)  that proved to work a little bit - the colored pencils stayed better, but it left an awful scratched pattern that the colors bled into.  and the marker was still smudgey.  and it still showed even after i shrunk them shrinkies.

am i the only dummy who can't figure out how to use shrinky dink paper??  Huh  i see so many projects made with shrinky dinks and they all look bomb.  i want mine to look cool too.  anyone have any suggestions?

any help is appreciated  Smiley
5  COOKING / Dessert / care bears cake! (sort-of-tute inside) on: May 19, 2008 01:04:15 PM
hey all
i have some pictures of an amazing cake!  my ex-roomie made it for my birthday last year (it was a carebear/rave party - adorable)

anyhoo, she did such a wonderful job on the cake, i just had to show it off.  she even took some pics along the way as she made it, so i can give you a sort of tutorial; you can pretty much guess the way she made and assembled it from the pictures.  

here goes:

the wonderful cake all finished up!  note the super freaking cool rainbow-slide made from pipe cleaners


and the sort-of tutorial:

step 1: roomie used regular boxed cake mix and made 3 circle cakes
step 2: stack cakes as shown
step 3: mix blue food coloring into white icing then cover the cakes
step 4: use white icing that comes in a squirt-type bottle (sort of like cheese in a can but with frosting) to form clouds
step 5: buy a package of star shaped sprinkles and then painstakingly pick out all of the yellow ones; apply to cake
step 6: add care bears (these are the inedible plastic toys that come from $0.25 machines - my ex told me he bought tons of these guys for the party and a woman with a child looked at him like he was a pedophile stocking up on supplies lol)

step 7: add pipe cleaners as a rainbow slide, bring to table, and present to unbelievably grateful roommate!!   Grin  Grin  Grin

bonus action shot:
that's me being delighted next to the cake

pretty awesome, huh?
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / beer cozies on: May 18, 2008 07:40:16 PM
i know they've been done before, but...this is the first project of mine that i've ever posted here on craftster!  (this is mostly for roses are red)
my boyfriend is swiss, living here in the US with me (ain't he sweet?) but he misses his country terribly.  to try to make him feel a little more at home, i knitted him these beer cozies (with the swiss flag). 

i knitted in the round, then stitched on some felt afterwards.
sorry for the extra bright fuzzy pictures.  here's a more detailed one.

what do you think?
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / ideas for swiss street parade costume on: February 14, 2008 01:32:25 PM
hi all
this summer i will be attending the street parade in switzerland w/ my hunnybunny (who is from there).  i went last year and wore some jeans and a sleeveless tank.  imagine my surprise when i got there and saw that most people dress like they're at a rave or carnivale!  well, never the one to miss out on a trend (or an opportunity to dress up all cute and whatnot), this year i want to make a costume to wear there.  i have this lovely tattoo of 7 cherry blossoms w/ leaves that goes from right under my arm down my rib-cage  and ends at my hip.  i was thinking to incorporate it into the costume, or at least use it for inspiration.
i'll add a picture when i can figure out how.

the only thoughts i've had on it so far is to make a tutu (possibly) to wear with a bikini top (to show the tat).  i'd love to wear something kind of sexy but not slutty - ie. cleavage, but nothing sheerly-nipple-showing, short skirt but no booty hanging out thong-shorts (you know the ones i'm talking about)....you get it.
does anyone have any creative ideas on this?  i'd love any thoughts or input!!

for reference, you can check out this link to the street parade http://www.streetparade.ch/en/2007.php and peep some of the pics from previous years.

i would really appreciate any ideas you'd like to share.  and i of course promise to show the completed piece when done 
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / how to line a hood on an already existing hoodie on: October 19, 2006 04:58:07 PM
do any of you crafty sewing-savy chicks know how to line the hood of a hoodie?  like one that's already made for instance.  i know there's got to be a relatively easy way to say, put some polka-dotted fabric into the inside of a black hood. 
any help will, well, help  Smiley

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / how to knit a bobble? (i forgot how...boo) on: September 27, 2005 06:37:00 PM
can anyone here please give me some instructions on how you knit a bobble?  i used to know how, but like many a thing, it has since trickled out....sad but true.  i've looked all over the internet, but none of the instructions i've found have made sense or seem familiar.  what i mostly remember about the way i did it was passing the increased stitches up and over and off the needle.  but i just can't seem to remember what to do before that.  Undecided

anyone got any suggestions?  the more detailed the better.... Wink

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / fingerless gloves/flip top mittens on: November 23, 2004 02:33:59 PM
my friend and i were shopping and saw these really pretty hand-knit mittens where the top flips back to reveal those kind of gloves that only have "half fingers".  like hobo gloves Smiley  i'm sure you've seen them around lately. 

anyhow, we both really loved them, and my friend has mentioned them time and again.  she'd like to make a pair for herself, but her knitting skills are very beginner.  so i thought i'd make a pair for her for christmas.  anyone know where i can find a pattern for these?  or something like it?  maybe i can find a pattern for the gloves, and kind of figure out how to make the top of the mitten from another pattern (i already have a good mitten pattern from http://www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/lionbrand/index.fcgi?page=http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/kwec-2NeedleMittens.html).

if anyone can help me out, Shirley will absolutely love you come christmastime!  (and me too of course, but starting now) Wink
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