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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Dreaming of Spring Gallery on: March 24, 2014 12:10:42 PM
Well it looks like I will be the first one posting into this gallery! This was my first time ever joining a craft swap and i'm so glad that I did! My partner crazyda79 sent me these lovely spring items.

-A lovely wreath to hang on my door!
-Pot holders with "April showers bring May flowers" (such a cute idea seeing as how one of my favorite things about spring is the stormy weather!)
-A lovely little duck tape flower pen
-Stamps! (butterfly, tulip, and flower shapes) I stamped out a few so you can see the result!

I had a ton of fun with this swap. Tracking shows my package to my partner as out for delivery! I'm so excited to see what she thinks! I also can't wait to see what everyone else in this swap created!
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Dreaming of Spring swap (SU Feb 19-28; SO March 31/14) on: February 25, 2014 08:11:54 AM
Oh my goodness! This sounds awesome. I have never participated in a swap but I would LOVE to get in on this one! I've been lurking around the swap boards waiting for one that fit and I've been dreaming of spring since Winter started. I'm not much of a cold weather person so this whole polar vortex stuff has really taken it's toll. Bring on some GREEN!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Mario Super Star Coasters! on: October 08, 2013 05:02:17 PM

I'm so addicted to making these little guys! I found the pattern on Ravelry. It's actually a blanket pattern but 5 rows makes a super cute star. Since I was using yellow yarn I couldn't help but see Mario stars! Now I see all kinds of possibilities... Christmas ornaments maybe? And I MUST acquire some sparkly yarn to try this pattern in. Oh boy! Hope you guys like!

P.s. The pattern is called the chromium star blanket. It's free!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Oh my goodness, I'm addicted to Crystal Clay... on: March 07, 2012 12:36:29 PM
The clay comes in many different colors. The part "A" is the actual clay and is colored. The part "B" is just the hardener but its kind of an egg shell color. When you mix them though its turns out the color of the part A. I used the black clay on the first necklace and silver on the second 2.

There are also different brands of the same item essentially. Decore clay and Apoxie Sculpt are pretty much the same thing, But Crystal Clay comes with the whole kit. Gloves, a little mix of swarovski chatons, and a beeswax coated toothpick for picking up the chatons. (Believe me you will need this!)

There are also several videos on youtube I watched prior to starting and they are very informative. Hope this helps!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I don't care what anyone says, I STILL love pokemon! on: March 07, 2012 03:59:14 AM
I bet i'm not the only one with a TACKLE BOX and BINDERS full of Pokemon cards that don't get much use nowadays. I love them too much to throw away and no one I know plays with them anymore. I decided to breathe a little life back into them and make a few of the cute ones into jewelry. I made a Pikachu one a while back, but then I stumbled across some Team Rocket cards and the pictures are so much cuter! I've got an obsession with bottlecaps and they are super easy to make into keychains or necklaces. Put them together and this is what I came up with.

I have a super handy dandy 1" circle punch from Martha Stewart that I used to punch out the pictures in just the right places. Glue into bottlecap, seal the outter side with Clear Gel Tacky Glue, let dry, and commence resin pouring! the great thing about the paper the cards are made of is you don't need to coat the front of the graphic to protect it like normal pictures.

 Hope you guys like the idea! Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Oh my goodness, I'm addicted to Crystal Clay... on: March 07, 2012 03:27:59 AM
So I work with resin a lot, and recently discovered this AMAZING stuff called Crystal Clay. It's a 2 part expoxy resin clay that when mixed and cured can be inlaid with just about anything. It's primarily used with Swarovski chatons, but i'm experimenting with all kinds of things.

I have to admit, this is addicting, and its SO easy! Just mix equal parts of the clay and hardener, set in bezel, and add goodies! What I find amazing is that there are several versions of this being sold for crazy amounts of money! My walmart has some in their jewelry case called Luminesce ranging from about $20-$80 and Swarovski.com has SEVERAL rings that are selling for about $200-$300 dollars!

Well I love sparkly stuff just as much as the next girl but I don't have the budget to drop that much! These are my first couple stabs at it and I am head over heels in love!

The hardest part is trying to get a picture that does the crystals justice. In real life they are SOOO sparkly. (Yes I am drooling).

I would very much appreciate any feedback would love to hear what everyone thinks!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycled Pokemon Card Necklace on: September 25, 2011 10:01:44 PM
Ah, Pokemon cards... lets just say I have entirely too many of them. Years of obsession have left me with a tacklebox full of playing cards that don't get much attention nowadays. I wanted to do a special tribute to my not forgotten childhood days. I loved playing pokemon on my brick sized original gameboy and strategically making decks to beat my brother with  Grin I dug out my cards and found a couple I was willing to part with for the greater good. Pikachu was inevitably my pick because he's just so dang cute.

To kick it up a notch, I wanted to make it look like it was a holographic card, even though its not. Enter gold nail polish! I painted around pikachu and put it in bottlecap and filled it with resin. Now, can I make em' all?  Grin (just kidding... there are WAY too many now...  and I only rep the original 151...)

8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Chocolate Wrapper Necklace! on: September 25, 2011 09:34:56 PM
While devouring a can of delicious Almond Roca chocolates, I realized a had an abundance of these pretty little gold wrappers lying and thought I could do something cool with them. I cut a few different sizes and then wrapped them around a toothpick and glued the side in place. I strung all the beads on a wire and bent it so they wouldn't touch so I could seal them with mod podge. I wanted something on the necklace so it wouldn't look so plain so I made a tiny shrinky dink heart and covered it with the wrappers too.

I love the texture that the wrinkled up wrappers create and it is SUPER lightweight. Now I keep looking at all the different foil wrappers and there are tons of colors! Especially around the holidays! What a great excuse to eat lots of candy!  Grin

Hope you guys like it! (I believe I will have to scope out some halloween candy next!)

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Another Wire Wrapped Crescent Moon Necklace on: February 23, 2011 01:18:15 AM
This is a necklace I made a while after I made my first crecent moon necklace (Which you can see here - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=348300.0;all) I made a slightly smaller moon and decided to go for a full on necklace instead of just stringing it on a chain.

I may have gone a little overboard but I like how it turned out. I used all kinds of stuff on this one. The necklace has howlite stone chips, cracked glass beads, metal and acrylic beads, chains, and stars of course! I also made matching earrings with some of the materials I had left over.

Hope you guys like it!

10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Antique button tree on: November 18, 2010 09:03:40 AM
Oh my goodness! I love this! I have several tins and jars full of buttons and i've been looking for something to do with them. Its beautiful!
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