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41  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Me shrinky too!! on: May 14, 2008 08:49:44 PM
Ok, I finally did it. I've been wanting to make something with shrink plastic for like, a year now, and the recent spate of beautiful projects got me inspired.  So, after making a few things I don't really like, here's something I do:

I designed it in Adobe Illustrator, starting with a set of free brushes from http://createsk8.com/ and manipulating them until I got what I wanted.  I printed it on regular paper and traced it with a black sharpie on the frosted shrinky dink plastic.  I'm not thrilled that the sharpie kind of bled into the texture of the plastic and made the design fuzzy, but oh well, I'll use something else next time.  I also had to sand it a bit to get it more round because it warped when it shrank, so part of my design got sanded off on the edge. Again, oh well.

When I baked it, instead of a paper grocery bag I placed it on waxed paper, so the back ended up with this cool texture. I sort of scribbled on the back with sharpies and wiped it off with a napkin as I went, (scribble, wipe, scribble, wipe) to try to bring out the wax paper texture more, and it worked! 

Here it is with light behind it:

42  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / I made earrings! on: May 10, 2008 07:14:32 PM
Howdy. I cut a couple of squares of scrap cardboard (not corrugated, the other kind) and painted the edges gold, cut some paper scraps I had, and Mod Podged them onto the cardboard, and made earrings! I think I will be making more jewelry with paper, since I have so many scraps from scrapbooking and card making. I probably won't always use the cardboard though, because I can only cut squares and rectangles cleanly.

43  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Mother's Day Cards on: May 10, 2008 07:10:05 PM
Whew!  Finally finished!  (my mom died when I was 13, I'm in my 30s now, it's ok, no sympathy needed, so I just make cards for the important women in my life who are mothers, yadda yadda, ) So here are the cards I made for my grandmothers:

(the second one is inspired by inchies, though I haven't actually made any inchies, and I don't plan on it, I just like the way they look graphically when people take pictures of them all together)

And, a card for my sister, who is also a mom, and is goth and loves black:

The first two use Basic Grey papers and my sister's card uses papers from Target and some ribbon.  I know they're pretty simple, just cutting and gluing with a bit of computer printing, but that's how I roll.

44  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Dremel questions on: May 10, 2008 06:12:33 AM
I'm sorta new to making jewelry.  Well, not new, I just don't do it often.  I've got some projects in mind though and I think I need a dremel, or something similar. But I have some questions about what they're capable of.

Can you make little holes in plastic?  What about metal?  How thick/strong a metal do you think you can make holes in?  Aluminum like from a soda can, or thicker than that?

Can you cut out little shapes in metal with a dremel?  Can you sand wood, smooth plastic, smooth out metal with it?

If it can do all this, which model and which attachments do I need to buy? Is there another brand of tool that would be less money but get the job done?
45  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Our giant bean mosaic! on: May 05, 2008 03:51:23 PM
I teach an after school class of 1st and 2nd graders, and we made this bean mosaic of our program's logo.  First I printed a black and white outline of the logo (I actually designed our logo a couple of years ago) in two parts using the school's poster printer.  I used spray adhesive to attach it to particle board, then the kids and I all filled in the outlines with the different beans, rice, popcorn, etc. sticking them down with regular white glue.  I coated the whole thing in Mod Podge when it was done. 

Here's the link to see it bigger:

46  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Paper flowers on: April 27, 2008 04:25:09 PM
Ok, this is inspired by dropdeadjen's post here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=234398.0

but hers are way cooler since mine all use the same shape and I didn't do the folding to get the 3-d effect, so mine are kind of lame. What can I say, it's my first try with this kind of paper flower. I should have looked at the post first to remind myself how they're supposed to look! Oh well. I still have tons of paper scraps, so I'll do better next time.

47  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Craft closet again! on: April 27, 2008 08:47:31 AM
Ok, so I had already made my closet into a craft closet, but it wasn't pretty enough. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=239957.0

Since my table already had acrylic paint on it that wouldn't come off, I got inspired to paint the table. And scuttlebutt777 gave me the idea to use my extra box lids for shadow boxes, so ta-da!

Close-up of shadow boxes: (they're not really that warped, that's just my camera)

Close up of part of the table:

I painted it dark purple and then stamped on the thingies with foam stamps in pink, but then I didn't like that so I started experimenting by sponging, ragging, and rolling the dark purple on top until I got this mottled effect that I think looks pretty.  I was going to put clear contact paper over the top to protect it, but it doesn't come in a wide enough roll, so I'm just leaving it and I'll put down newspaper if I need to. 
48  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Oh! Macro! I thought you said Marco! on: April 20, 2008 08:51:21 PM
My cat Marco, named after the famed explorer Marco Polo, is ready for his closeup:

Full size: http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc260/Luna1375/photos/marco.jpg
49  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Shelf letters for my nephew! on: April 20, 2008 10:00:48 AM
My nephew and his dad just moved into a new house, and I wanted to make some wall letters for his room as a housewarming gift, but his dad says his room has mostly built-in shelves, not much wall space.  But at Michaels yesterday, I found chunky letters that stand up!  He can put them on a shelf!  And the coolest thing was, they were on clearance and lots of letters had run out, but not the ones I needed, yay! I got the papers at Target, and painted and Mod Podged the letters.


Oh, his favorite color is red. I couldn't find enough non-Valentine's, non-Christmas papers that were predominately red, but at least these all have some red in them, and the letters are outlined in red. I think they came out kind of reminding me of the circus, but hey, that's cool!
50  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My craft closet on: April 13, 2008 04:48:57 PM
Ok, this isn't really, urm, decorative . . . but I just turned my closet into a crafting area.  I used to have my old, ugly dresser in there, but then I got an old, pretty dresser from craigslist so I don't have to hide it any more, yay!  I've got a curtain instead of sliding doors on my closet which I posted about here.

So here's what I did:

The black boxes up top have paint, glue, pens, tools, etc.  I've left the lids off, because I really don't need them. The big blue bins behind it have non-craft stuff, like important documents that I never need but I'm not supposed to throw away. The stripey basket just has sheets, but then behind it are some extra cardboard storage boxes, and the lids from the black boxes, because they're really nice cardboard that I might end up using for something.  On the far right, you can see the edge of an orange basket that has miscellaneous crafting stuff. The shelf above it has blankets, my cat carrier, winter clothes.

Here's a closeup of my paper storage (and beads and some other stuff):

It's made from a wire cube storage set from Target, and zip ties. I got the idea from this website: http://www.scrappagesbyjen.com/  If you go to "get organized" and then "paper storage" you'll see it.  It was really easy to put together and so cheap!

And, speaking of cheap, here's a closeup of my hanging ribbon organizer:

The ribbons that had lost their spools are clipped with some cute paper clips I got at the Dollar Tree.

I'm planning to do something to the blank wall, but I don't know what yet.  Thanks for looking!
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