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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / More fork pendants!! on: April 12, 2010 05:07:53 PM
Found a bunch of pliable forks at the thrift store, only $.30 each!

These are so addictive, btw...
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 49 ENTRIES / Stop to smell the flowers pasta self-portrait! on: April 06, 2010 11:26:06 PM

Orignial picture was taken by my guy friend, and his birthday is coming up so I thought it'd be a cute present for him:P

Picture showing the depth of the flower (which I really like!!)

I love it!!! Now to find a frame Cheesy Thanks Craftster, I would have never done this if the challenge wasn't presented<3

Let me know what you think!
Thanks, Liz

Picture it was based off of:

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Brand new fork necklace on: March 16, 2010 01:29:35 PM
Just finished! It's mine mine mine and I have a couple friends who are already trying to get me to part with it!

Thanks for looking Cheesy
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Misc. Spoon pendants on: October 05, 2009 11:18:01 AM

I'd love to hear what you think!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / $.50 clearance necklace reconstructions on: October 05, 2009 10:39:12 AM
First and foremost, I apologize for my pictures. They were taken with my DSi, which is sad, because it's actually better than my regular camera Undecided

I picked my favorite one for the teaser shot:) The color of the beads is actually a very light purple.

I found these at Charlotte Russe a few months ago and bought them intending to make each on look completely different from the next. My own little challenge for myself Smiley

This is the original necklace:

Here's the rest!

This one has a button hanging from chain in the middle with roses painted black

This one has a glass pearl flower with gold leaves, and a thin, gold chain.

This one has a vintage key glued to it and covered heavily in clear nail polish.

One of the 'stones' (they're really a speckled plastic) that I removed was made into a pin, painted a lighter, super sparkly green color and adorned with shells I collected this summer on vacation to Florida. I may add lace to the back.

The ropes are painted black, and I also painted flowers on the 'stone', and coated it with nail polish. I use a lot of nail polish in crafts, lol.

I still have a few of the greenish teal 'stones' left to do fun things with, but I'm pleased with how much I got out of this $3 purchase:) I find projects so much more satisfying to think of how much I didn't spend on them:P

Let me know what you think!  

6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Sealing a scratch board? on: September 03, 2009 06:27:11 PM
Sorry if I missed this, tried searching but came up with no results!

I haven't played with scratch boards since 8th grade art class (which would be.... way too many years ago) I recently discovered my art for the first time since then and it looks horrid! fingerprints and extra scratches everywhere! I'm so bummed because I gifted it to my dad and he put it on the kitchen counter facing the wall since then. It still resides there.

Is there a sealant that won't change the color of the ink/paint (like the fingerprints)? I picked up some boards the other day to have a go at, and I don't want the same thing happening, even though I know I would store it better (uh, hello?! On a wall where art should be mayhaps?!)

Thanks for any help!
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 42 ENTRIES / Noodle bathtub stamps! (img heavy) on: September 02, 2009 01:04:49 AM

I got super lucky, and got to Dollar General while they were putting everything summer/outdoors on 50-75% clearance!

My materials:

One foam noodle ($.75 on sale)
Set of 3 green washcloths (didn't end up using)
3 container tray ($.50 on sale)
One vinyl table cloth ($2 on sale)
One bottle baby wash ($1.50)
Small storage cups ($1)
Small drops on tempura paints
Acrylic paint (for bubbles on tray)

$5.75 project? I'm so in.

The process!

I used an exacto knife and also a utility knife on the foam to carve shapes. The first one I drew on at first, so there are still sharpie outlines on a few. The rest I just winged. The hardest part of my project was thinking of designs I could do while avoiding the whole in the middle.

This carving process made quite a mess (which my boyfriend was just sooo happy about:P)

Said mess hung out there until I finished the project and finally got to cleaning!
I ended up with 26 stamps, but later made another not pictured here (the bubble), but you will later see anyways.

I will list what the stamp images are when I try them out later!!

Next came the paints! This was the part I was sort of worried about, but then I found this online: http://kidscrafts.suite101.com/article.cfm/body_paints_for_kids and tested it out. I made 10 colors. The brown ended up changing and turning very dark, though I'm not sure why. The light purple I made later on for my testing.

This shows all of the stamps together except I think just one simple shape.

Top row: Moose, and... a moose. Elijah (my nephew) likes mooses!
2nd row: Fudge striped cookie, duck, sun, button, kitty, fishy
3rd row: Heart, flower, spider, tree, top hat, smiley face
4th row: Football, bubble, triangle, doughnut (sprinkled of course!), whale, puppy
5th row: Sea shell, block O (Ohio State fans, of course), leaf, square, bear, circle

Close-ups (because I LOVE the cookie and the doughnut!!)

The paint came off entirely! Not even a tiny bit stained on the grout. Decided to then have a little more fun with them...

...and stamped bubbles all over the walls!

I then made a bag to hold the stamps out of the table cloth (sorry I didn't have a before picture of it, or a standing up-right after picture) and painted simple bubbles on the paint tray.

annnd everything together!

I can't wait to send these to my nephew! My S-I-L said he really digs stuff like this. He's an excellent finger painter at a mere 2 1/2! Thanks for checking my project out, sorry for all the pics, and good luck to all in the challenge! Can't wait to see what else pops up!

8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Mixed media painting... needs some help on: July 18, 2009 10:16:59 PM

I have a couple ideas for it, though I'm not sure if it'll help much. The first is painting the squid (I think he looks WAY too phallic) with a brown stain to make it a little more... uniform? #2 I was thinking of lining the squid, octopus, and the boats in sharpie, to give it a more cartoony feel, I've been working at it for too long and now need a fresh view of it.

Any suggestions/comments appreciated! Thanks!
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Elmer the Monster! on: June 04, 2009 07:14:42 AM

As you can see, he makes a great cuddle buddy. Elmer was made for my god daughter, who isn't born just yet. The baby shower is next week and I needed something (or someone) to sit atop my diaper cake and make it look fantastic.

What do you think of him? Smiley
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / A few watercolors... on: May 15, 2009 10:43:42 PM
Hi! I've been working on my water color skills, because I'm making art for my friend's baby room. A lot of it is nature inspired, because Carolyn(the bestie), wanted to do the room in green and white for her baby girl, Piper. She's due in July:)

This was the first I did... just practicing and it's definitely not done yet...

Next I tried to do flowers...

Then I started working focusing more on masking fluid and made this for the baby-

And made this piece to go with it! Although it has no frame just yet... It's small than the other one... about 4x6"

Any critique you have would be fantastic!! I'm a total newb at this (although I paint with acrylics, and have tried oils once...). Got comments? Awesome as well! Let me know what you think!!
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