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1  California / California: Central / Fresno Handmade Bazaar Feb 25th, 2012 at Fulton55 on: February 11, 2012 02:52:19 AM
The Fresno Handmade Bazaar sponsored by The Soulflower Group is Saturday, FEB 25th 2012 from 12-5pm! Fresno peeps, please share this on your pages. It's going to be the hippest arts and craft show Fresno has ever seen!

Come see handmade crafts, get a handmade drink, and listen to some handpicked tunes by a variety of Soulflower DJs. They'll be crafty demos, Live DJs, door prizes, swag bags, and much more.

This is at Fulton 55; unfortunately those under 21 will not be admitted.
2  COOKING / Dessert / Orange Velvet Halloween Cupcakes on: September 28, 2010 12:07:16 AM

For the past couple of years, I've been wanting to try making orange velvet cupcakes!  I finally did and they turned out so yummy!!!

I used this recipe http://blogs.knoxnews.com/constantine/2007/10/orange_velvet_cake.html and just made them into cupcakes.  I then used  the Wilton Buttercream Icing recipe http://www.wilton.com/recipe/Buttercream-Icing and the 1M tip to ice them.

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Embellished Rosette Earrings on: June 01, 2010 12:35:24 AM
I made these fun little earrings (actually, they aren't all that little).  Anyway, I created rosettes and then embellished them with rhinestones, crystals, etc.

Here's how you make them...

1. Cut a 1"  wide x 12" long strip of canvas.
2. Apply Tacky Glue to top of strip and fold over.
3. Once folded, apply another bead of glue, then fold over.
4. Start twisting the canvas around the glued center.
5. As you twist, glue as you wrap the canvas around. After a couple of twirls around, you will see the rosette starting to take shape.
6. Leave a tail of about an inch when you get close to the end of the canvas strip. Glue the tail in place at the back and secure. Let dry.
7. Spray the rosette with the Fabric Spray Paint. Just a couple pumps of each color will saturate the rose with color.
8. Flip over the rosette and spray the back as well. Also cut and spray 2 small cut out canvas circles.
9. Using Fabric Fusion, glue the embellishments into place as desired.
10. Using your pliers, create a double loop with your headpin (it will resemble an eight). Place under the cutout circle and glue in place with Fabric Fusion. Let dry.
11. Open earring wire and attach to looped headpin. And you're finished!

Here's me wearing my finished earrings...

I included step by step photos of how to make these on my blog as well if you're interested... http://swelldesigner.blogspot.com/2010/05/graffiti-glam-earrings.html
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Fontalicious Wall Art on: May 05, 2010 01:52:34 AM

I LOVE fonts, bold&graphic art, stripes, and pops of color. I wanted to create a project using these two plaques that I purchased at Target for $1.28 each a few months back. They weren't my style, but I knew I could make other cool wall art of them. They are a hard/faux wood surface and you can find them just about anywhere. If you can't find them at Target, I suggest looking at a TJ Maxx, Ross, or Marshalls. They have a lot of cheap surfaces that you can modify in different shapes and sizes.

Here's supplies & instructions on how to make your own fontalicious wall art!

– wall plaques (I used ones approx. 8"x8" so that I could print it out on my printer)
– Aleene's Tacky Spray
– White cardstock
– Black spray paint
– ruler
– X-acto knife and mat
– Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator


1. Spray paint plaque the same consistent color (I chose black) so that it covers image and leaves you with a clean slate for your project.

2. Measure your plaque size and make a document size in your Photoshop or Illustrator document that size. If you are doing this in Photoshop, make sure to set it up to be 300 dpi.

3. Find a font you like (I suggest a Sans Serif, it is easier and more linear looking) and type your letter...as you can see, I chose my initials. Duplicate that letter and flip upside down and place next to it, spacing apart as you desire. Use your align and spacing tools that come with your program if you need to. Keep copying and pasting these two letters to fill your document size. It's ok if the fonts go off the page, I actually thought it looked stronger being cropped this way.

4. Pick one of the letters out and colorize it in your desired color. Print out your creation, making sure to either make a faint outline around the document page or adding crop marks to your printing settings. Let dry

5. Cut paper according to outline/crop marks. Spray back of print with Tacky Spray. Position and smooth out onto plaque. Now it's ready for hanging.

I posted some more photos of the finished project on my blog...


5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Graffiti Rose Pin/Hair clip on: March 27, 2010 01:51:52 AM

I've been doing a little graffiti crafting of my own and tonight it is this pretty graffiti rose! It didn't turn out exactly like I wanted, but I still think it is pretty fab. And it is sooooo easy. Here's how you make it!

– Tulip® Fabric Spray in red, pink, orange, and black
– Tulip® Fashion Graffiti paint tagger in black
– Aleene's® Original Tacky Glue
– Letter stickers (small)
– fake white silk rose
– black leaves from black roses
– black tulle
– black felt
– pinback/barrette
– scissors

1. Cut stem from fake white rose.
2. Place letter stickers randomly all over white rose.
3. Spray Tulip® Fabric Sprays randomly over entire rose. Don't saturate entire rose. Leave some areas white. Let dry.
4. Remove letters from rose. Mine honestly didn't stick as well as I would have hoped, so the color saturated into most of my stickers. Boo! But it still looks pretty.
5. Edge petals with black paint tagger. Let dry. It's imperfect, just have fun playing!
6. Cut two strips of tulle (approx. 9" long x 2" wide). Fold them in half and tie into a knot. Using Tacky Glue, glue to back of rose. Cut and glue black leaves onto back as well.
7. Cut out a 2.5" diameter circle from felt. Glue over top of knotted tulle and press into place. Let dry.
8. Glue pin back/barrette onto felt and let dry.

Here's a detail of where the letters did show up!

Here's a link to the blog post I did about it... http://swelldesigner.blogspot.com/2010/03/make-your-own-graffiti-rose-pinhairclip.html

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Telephone book graffiti lamp on: March 27, 2010 01:45:53 AM
Here's a project I recently completed that I made with a phone book, some glues, and Fashion Graffiti paints...

I think it turned out pretty cool. I completed it in a few hours. I give full instructions on my blog (with step by steps) if you want more info...

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Graffiti pillow on: February 18, 2010 12:15:17 AM

My friend Silvia and I made this graffiti pillow together the other day and it was a lot of fun.

It was created in only like 10 minutes.  She did make the pillow beforehand on the sewing machine, and that only took like 10 minutes too.  It was using an old pillow form and a large t-shirt we had around.

I did a video about it here if you want to see how it is made...

8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Graffiti paper lantern on: February 18, 2010 12:10:37 AM

I added some graffiti effects to this $1 lantern I bought at Michaels.  Basically, I used the new Fashion Graffiti products (the Taggers, Spray Cannon, Big Phat Marker and a cool bleeding heart stencil). They are all at Michaels right now and are real easy to use.

I like it cause it is a lot looser and more free than I am usually when I design a project.  I think it turned out cool.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Make a Modern Statement Ring! on: January 07, 2010 01:42:13 AM

I wanted to make a cool statement ring and I have seen a lot online, but none that have totally caught my eye. When I sat down to create one, I thought I would do a ring with a modern looking pinwheel or bow. I quickly realized that wasn't going to happen with the materials at hand and I just began to play with some of my beads and findings on a little wooden disk. I laid out my findings and started to create a little collage and my statement ring started to come to life! It's super easy to make and it turned out looking really cool!

I've given the basic supply list and basic instructions below, but
for complete instructions + step by step photos, click http://swelldesigner.blogspot.com/2010/01/make-modern-statement-ring.html.

Make a Modern Statement Ring

– 1.5" wooden disk
– Various findings, rhinestones, washers, beads, spacers, etc. (color doesn't matter)
– Liquid Fusion glue
– toothpick
– white matte spray paint
– ring blank
– Matte spray sealer
– paper plate
– newspaper or cardboard surface
– tweezers
– camera phone or digital camera

1. On a flat surface lay out your wooden disk and various findings. Play around with shapes and combinations until desired collage look is achieved. At this point, I took a picture so that I could go back to this arrangement later.

2. Lay out your various findings and disk onto cardboard. Prepare area outside or in well ventilated area for spray painting. Following spray paint directions, apply several coats, letting dry in between each application. Make sure to also flip and paint other side as well. Don't overspray...this may cause puddling on your surfaces.

3. Review your composition on your camera and start reconstructing your arrangement. I applied a little dab of glue to the backs of each finding and placed it onto my wood blank. Depending on how picky you are, you may want to use a toothpick to apply Liquid Fusion or arrange your findings using tweezers. Let dry thoroughly.

4. At this point, I actually sprayed another coat or two of spray all over the piece. I then coated it with a flat matte sealer.

5. Using glue, apply ring blank to back of wood circle and let dry.

6. Yay! You are finished! If you don't want to make a ring (or if this is just a bit too big and too annoying), you can add a pendant bail or pin back instead!

Here's a closer look at the finished project:

Please let me know if you have any questions! Smiley
10  California / California: Central / Fresno Etsy Especial Cirque Du Noel Holiday Bazaar on: November 10, 2009 12:32:32 AM

It's official folks. We are doing it! Our Team is in the middle of preparing for our very first handmade holiday bazaar. Check out the amazing artwork that our member Cristina of http://www.etsy.com/shop/iheartpaperstudio made. Isn't it fabulous? Now is the time to spread the word and mark your calenders folks because this show is going to knock your socks off. I'll let the poster do the rest of the talking....for now. More news to come very shortly!

Keep up on the news by following our Fresno Etsy Especial Facebook fan page! You can fan us at this address: http://www.facebook.com/fresnoetsyespecial

We hope to see you there!
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