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1  Drum bag from someone else's UFO in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by cmarion3 on: December 08, 2017 11:06:28 AM
I finally bought myself a frame drum. I've been wanting one for years but was hoping one would appear.  Grin  But since I am playing the drum for holiday choir this year and needed a frame drum, I used that as an excuse to buy myself one. Oh, how we can justify things!

I had just received another bag of gifted fabric and I loved the leaf fabric. It looks like upholstery fabric and had already been cut out for a purse pattern that had never been finished. So I pieced and made do and created a nice bag for my 14" drum. I had the lining in stash as well, so the project was a very small stash buster. I added a bit of padding at the bottom for cushioning against dropping. The snap tabs are for safety when I am carrying too many things at once.  Roll Eyes

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2  Golden snitch holiday ornament in Winter Holidays by cmarion3 on: December 08, 2017 10:58:14 AM
My grandson (10) and my son (37) are Harry Potter fans. Last year I made them Hogwarts robes. My grandson still wears his every chance he gets. Even when he does chores.

So this year I am sending them golden snitch ornaments. Most of the ones I saw online were either ridiculously expensive or really badly imaged. So, being a good Craftster member, I made them!

I started with two old ornaments which were paper wrapped foam balls. I then glued satin cording in a fair imitation of a snitch. The cord was easy to curve where I wanted it to go, but the ends were a bit of a fraying struggle.

The wings were a lucky find. I visited every crafty/fake floristy store I could reach and finally at Joanns I found these blue sparkly feathers/pine stems? Just the thing. I trimmed off one side and sprayed them silver. They do look bluer in the pics, but they really are silver.

Several layers of gold paint and clear gloss later I had a snitch. But the wings made them hang funny, so I embedded some ball bearings (it's sometimes amazing what you can find in your stash) in the lower front, patched them, more gold spray paint and clear coat and there we go.

I think they will be excited. I did order some golden snitch spinners for stocking stuffers.

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3  Plethora of Rainbow Hats in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by cmarion3 on: November 20, 2017 10:16:37 AM
Our church annual craft fair had a Rainbow booth this year. All things rainbow! I made about 18 rainbow fleece hats in sizes from infant to big head. They were a big hit, with just a few left over. The pattern was so easy and fast. Beats knitting the silly things.

and since my camera did this "let's wash out all the yellow" thing, we get a grayscale version of the rainbow hats...sort of defeats the purpose.  Roll Eyes

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4  My trusty stead gets a boost. Steampunk Engine! Pic heavy. in CHALLENGE 121 ENTRIES by cmarion3 on: November 02, 2017 05:37:57 AM
I did not get a new costume this year. My steampunk costume has been dusted off for quite a few Halloweens and events. So I don't know if this qualifies, but my trusty stead was delighted with her new booster steam engine.

But for this year's Trunk or Treat, my car needed a new engine. She's a trusty 2004 Toyota Matrix with over 200,000 miles. So she deserves a little fun. I added a steampunk engine with power boost.

So lots of cardboard went into this, plus recycled bottles, McDonalds salad containers, old dryer vent hose, old PVC pipe, plastic christmas balls, etc. etc. Lots more copper spray paint, glue, hot glue, thumb tacks, paint and lots of craft knife action.

The backdrop was a cardboard display board, one of the few things other than spray paint that I purchased.

I couldn't locate a paper barrel, so I made one out of a square box. That was a fun engineering project.

I started adding bits and pieces....

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5  Re: OTT October Holidays 2017 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: October 28, 2017 08:14:40 AM
Ludi writes "Received from cmarion3!  Thank you, I love her! Cheesy

It might take me a couple days to post pics (because I will be leaving my office) so if you want, you can post some."

So who is sleeping with her pet all wrapped up as small as can be?

It is a wee bat and her pumpkin pet. I forgot what i named her, she was with me for so short a time, but I fell in love with her. I know she will keep you good company and be well behaved. (Ha, she's a bat!)

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6  Holiday card workshop in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by cmarion3 on: October 27, 2017 11:26:00 AM
I recently ran a Holiday Card making workshop for my church. I brought several boxes of stash from my craft room...didn't even dent my stash.

These are the sample I made to help the students visualize. Some were experienced scrapbookers and had never expanded to making cards. Some were lost at where to start. But everyone had a great time, scattered paper, punches, glue dots, scissors, ribbon, and embellishments, everywhere!

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7  World Halloween Pumpkin remake with tut. in Halloween Decor and Parties by cmarion3 on: October 26, 2017 09:36:17 AM
I had acquired (hoarded) an old world globe. It had split and was covered in bandaids (yes, the world needs bandaids) and other kid markings.

- Large round item, could be an old globe or a paper mached kids play ball, cut in half with the ball removed. Or you could cut the top off as in a regular pumpkin and remove the ball by deflating.
- Gesso or primer
- Orange and brown paint in various shades. I used Canyon Orange as a base, then added highlights in a lighter orange and shadows for the divisions in the pumpkin in burnt sienna, burnt orange, burnt umber.
- Tape measure or other flexible object for a straight edge to wrap around the globe.
- utility or Xacto knife.

* Paint the halves of the globe with the primer, then paint several coats of canyon orange to cover.
* Place the halves together, if they don't hold, use a masking tape that won't pull paint off to hold it together. This is so the divisions run from top to bottom seamlessly.
* Using the flexible straight edge, pencil in the divisions in the pumpkin. Don't make them too regular, vary in width.
* Using a dry brush add a darker orange to a division line, blend out from the center. BTW fingers work great here to blend the colors.
* Add a darker color and blend out again, but not so far. Be irregular here as well. Do all the divisions.
* Brush on a lighter orange between two divisions as highlights.
* When dry cut out eyes and mouth from black paper to position the features. The globe was hard to cut, so I kept it very simple.
* Trace around the features then cut out with a utility knife or other blade. BE CAREFUL! This is much harder than cutting a real pumpkin and the knife could slip and cause blood and gore. Great for a Halloween theme, but not fun.
* Paint the edges if necessary, with more orange paint.

* Create a stem. I used pink rigid insulating foam and carved out a stem, covered it in masking tape, then painted. Or take a toilet paper roll, cut to height, bend in the top as needed, cover in paper mache or masking tape and paint in shades of green, gold, and brown.
* When dry, glue to the top. Add some leaves cut out of paper or from a floral swag. Or felt some leaves, come on here folks, we are craftsters!
* You may need to create a base if you used a globe. An old round take out container, a ring cut from a 2 liter bottle or such can make a great base.
* Add lights, DO NOT USE A CANDLE - this is paper after all. LED tea lights or candle or battery operated short strings of lights work well.
* If you will be using outside, spray the outside with a clear coat rated for outdoors. I wouldn't leave it out very long, but a coating or two would keep it from absorbing too much moisture.

Turn off the lights and enjoy.

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8  Re: OTT October Holidays 2017 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: October 24, 2017 05:52:57 AM
Ludi out did herself in one tiny thing with an amazing demon cat! The detail is amazing and when seen in a dim room....terrifying! Thank you so much, this is perfect. And my extremely mellow black cat appreciates it too, he's trying to look fiercer these days.

Look at the detail, down to a bit of white to highlight the eyes!

This is a bit blurry, but look how the snarl and flames stand out in dimmer light.

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9  Re: Chunky Houses Halloween Edition 2017 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: October 23, 2017 09:47:50 AM
Missingwillow said I should post the house i sent her, she's rather busy...we all know that one.

I selected  her aliens abducting farm animals, then forgot to add the aliens and the farm animals...I guess the aliens flew off! But they left a haunted barn behind. The cobwebs glow in the dark.

Missing willow, you have to acquire some more farm animals to entice the aliens to return.

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10  Re: Chunky Houses Halloween Edition 2017 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: October 23, 2017 06:11:14 AM
I received from irid3sc3nt and thepeachmartini. I'm happy to have more halloween houses to display and sad that I have no more coming in the mail. My 2017 collection is complete. I line my front window with the houses and the cats knock them off, I put them back. Fun times in October! Thank you, thank you.

From irid3sc3nt a toxique poison infused witch house. Look at her...she's definitely on the wicked side! And the back shows is a witchy poster, a cat and more wonderful things.

And from thepeachmartini a Practical magic Apothecary. The shop was opened in 1692 by Ms. Opalina Grimm. It's a lovely cofin shapped shop with medicinals, bones, and a crystal ball!

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