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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Colorful Mosaic Wall on the cheap!!! on: April 12, 2009 11:24:38 PM
Thanks guys for all the nice comments!  The only concern with a kid room would be that they would pull them off.  A few have fallen off since I've done this, so I'm having to stick them back up there from time to time. That's the only drawback. The price of design!  Ha ha.
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Colorful Mosaic Wall on the cheap!!! on: April 12, 2009 10:23:33 PM

Like a lot of people, I live in an apartment.  The type of apartment complex that doesn't allow painting of any kind.  I really try to jazz up the blah eggshell walls with color, whether it be colorful artwork or colored lampshades that cast a hue on the wall.  Well, I wanted to step it up a notch with my dcor beyond that and do something totally different with my bedroom wall that would make visitors come in and say, "Wow! You did that?"  And the cool thing is that I did it all for under $20!  Yep, for $20 bucks you can get a totally rockin' wall that is full of color and will brighten up any room!

What do you need?

Multicolored scrapbook page packs (I purchased mine at Target and 50 sheets came to a pack; I purchased 2 packs)
Zot adhesive glue dots
tape measure

I measured and eyeballed putting it up on my wall. It took a little bit of time, but wasn't hard at all. If you need more info, visit my blog at: http://swelldesigner.blogspot.com/2009/04/colorful-mosaic-wall-on-cheap.html
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Pretty Pin-up shrine on: March 18, 2009 11:47:46 PM

I created this pin-up shrine using some pin-up images I kept around from a 2004 calendar, paint, embellishments, and of course, a Crafty Chica Love Shrine Smiley

I just wanted this to not be your typical shrine.  I created this to go in my pin-up-themed bathroom.  I wanted it to be pretty and sparkly.  I also added some iron-on crystals I used with a heat tool to give it that extra glimmer.  I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!
24  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Upcycled Scrapbook paper decopauged tins on: March 18, 2009 11:40:34 PM

Here's a project I finished up tonight using some old tins, scrapbook paper, and Collage Pauge decopauge medium.  I wanted each tin to  have its own color scheme so I rounded up papers in my stash that were similar in color.  I overall like how they turned out overall!  They were super easy (I just cut freehand strips of scrapbook paper) and used my finger to spread the Collage Pauge.  Anyway, if you want to see more about my process, check out my blog post at http://swelldesigner.blogspot.com/2009/03/upcycled-tins-w-scrapbook-paper-and.html.
25  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Make a costume masterpiece on: October 14, 2008 08:40:07 PM

Here's a canvas I made a few  years back.  I'm pretty sure i got the idea from a fellow craftster user, but I can't find the post. She had put her head through an Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe canvas.  It was super clever, so I did my own spin on it.

This is a fun and very simple project and something you can take in a variety of directions...you could place yourself into a variety of famous paintings. I think I completed it in an hour or so, but I ended up walking away with 2nd place overall for my effort at my works contest.

Various paints and paintbrushes
scissors/exacto knife
16x20 white canvas
photo of a famous masterpiece to go by

1. Draw out your general design, and draw an oval a little bit smaller than your head onto the canvas. Using an exacto knife, punch through the canvas. Use scissors to cut around the drawn oval. Look into a mirror and determine if it needs to be large. Continue cutting oval shape until your head fits comfortably in place. In general, its better to start out small with your cut out shape so that you dont make the hole too large. I wanted the hole for my head to only fit in part of my face...I didnt want to make it so big that I could fit my whole head through.

2. Continue drawing/modifying your design to fit the oval cut out. Paint your canvas to look like painting. Let dry.

3. In my case, I ended up wearing a long black dress with long sleeves to match the look of the mona lisa robe/dress. This helps add to the illusion.

If you're interested, read more about it at my blog...

Oh, and this project was a part of a  Halloween project roundup of sorts on my blog. Here's a very small pic of some of the ideas...
.  If you're interested in seeing more projects or participating, click on this link: http://swelldesigner.blogspot.com/2008/10/terrorific-tuesday-october-week-2.html
26  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Cute CD Cupcake stand with cupcake on: September 24, 2008 01:46:21 PM
thanks guys!  Yeah, this would be cute to make for people to set out on a table or if you did the styrofoam cones at different heights and made a little grouping.

I think you also use it as a stand for a cute knick knack.
27  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Halloween Fabric Tie Wreath on: September 24, 2008 09:11:36 AM
you did a great job.  This is super cute!
28  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Cute CD Cupcake stand with cupcake on: September 24, 2008 09:08:35 AM

I whipped up this project last night.  At first I wanted to make a cake stand, but I thought that a CD would be the perfect size for an individual cupcake.  I didn't have any Halloween cupcakes around and didn't want to make them, so I instead made my own cupcake to put atop my stand (and this one doesnt mold - ha ha).  It's kinda vintage looking in a way, I guess, but I always like to do Halloween crafts that are a modern take on those crafts of olden time.  Let me know what you think!

The instructions are kinda long, but they can be found at http://swelldesigner.blogspot.com/2008/09/terrorific-tuesday-cute-cd-cupcake.html
I also included photo step by steps for you to see exactly how to do it.
29  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Vintage Halloween inspired papier mache pumpkin box on: September 09, 2008 07:40:04 PM

I saw some really expensive looking boxes like this at a local gift shop, and thought I could create my own.  It was a lot of fun.  I just love sparkle and glitter...oh and I love Halloween too (of course).

I share detailed instructions on my blog (they're kinda lengthy)...

30  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Halloween in August on: September 01, 2008 05:59:25 PM
just adorable!
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