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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Handmade spiral notebook supplies and techinques? on: January 08, 2010 10:45:27 AM
Hey I am new to most paper crafts but I really want to make some spiral notebooks out of recycled materials. I'm having a lot of trouble finding the right supplies though. I found some professional places selling wire or plastic spiral binding but it says it is for binding machines. Can I buy that stuff and bind it by hand? I also see the wire binding with the double loops that looks good for binding by hand, but I'm having trouble finding a place to buy it online that gives me enough information to buy the right size.

The notebooks I want to make right now will be approx. 2.5" by 3.5" so I want a fairly close together and small rings. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated!  Smiley
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Dexter Premiere Party Planning on: August 04, 2009 08:53:02 AM
So I posted my cupcakes from my last premiere party over on the dessert section. But this year I want to go all out and theme the crap out of this party!  Cheesy

For those of you who don't know, Dexter is a TV series on Showtime about a serial killer that only kills other serial killers. It's an awesome show. http://www.sho.com/site/dexter/home.do It premieres September 27th! Yay!

I would love to hear about anyone else's Dexter parties or their ideas for future ones. Here are some ideas I had along with questions.

For decoration goes I thought I could drape plastic drop cloths or plastic wrap over the walls. I would love to do it all over the house and furniture but we will see how expensive and difficult that gets.  Roll Eyes I also am going to try and find some of that crime scene tape they have during Halloween and put that around in places. And maybe some framed blood spatter. That would obviously be very easy and inexpensive to make.

For tableware I'm thinking I want to get clear plastic plates and blood spatter them on the underside so you get the cool look without having paint in your food. haha But does anyone know what type of paint I should use for that? I want it to stick on there well and not rub off on peoples hands. Maybe just a paint that's maybe for plastic or something? Or should I go ahead and like spray a clear sealant over it too?

For the food I'm going Cuban! I'm going to make Cuban Midnight sandwiches. Maybe have some plantain and other chips. Not sure what else though, would love some ideas!

Still thinking about the dessert too. Here are the cupcakes I made for last year.

I made these for Halloween too so I don't want to make them again. But definitely some kind of cake. Maybe various severed body parts?

Ok I think that's it! I hope other people share my love for Dexter and share their awesome crafty ideas.  Grin
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Freezer paper sticking too much? on: February 14, 2009 04:39:49 PM
Hey everyone. I've just recently tried my hand at freezer paper stencils. Most of the time it works perfectly. But then the rest of the time it's like little parts of the paper stick too well and don't peel off. It leaves a thin layer of white paper behind on my shirts and i cant peel it off.

Has anyone else had this problem or now what I can do to remove that remaining paper without ruining my stenciled design? Maybe it would come off in the wash?

Any help would be great! thanks Smiley
4  COOKING / Dessert / Murdered Cupcakes (For the Dexter season premiere) on: October 18, 2008 06:13:01 PM
I made these cupcakes a few weeks ago for the season premiere of the TV show Dexter. It's an awesome show on Showtime! For those of you who don't know, it is about a serial killer you can't help but like.

I made red velvet cupcakes (of course) to look like red flesh. Then I tinted plain butter cream frosting to look like skin. The knives are made out of melted and colored white chocolate I just piped onto some parchment paper in a knife-like shape and stuck in the fridge to harden. Once they were nice and solid I stabbed them into the fleshcakes and added a little of that horrible food decorators gel stuff to look like blood. Everyone really loved them and I might have to make them again for Halloween.

Hope you like! Cheesy

EDIT: New topic created for planning this year's season premiere party. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=315860.0
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Handmade collars? on: June 01, 2008 03:24:00 PM
Hey, I was wondering what people think of handmade collars? Are they as strong, are they safe, and things like that? Also, I am having a lot of trouble finding any large collars with the sort of belt buckle closure rather than the plastic snapping thing. My dog just breaks those so I need the buckle kind.

I guess I could make my own with a buckle but I'm worried it wouldn't be strong enough. Or that there is some collar technology that makes them safe that I would be without.

Any information on this subject would be great, along with any links to places to buy handmade(or mass produced at this point) buckle type collar for large dogs. Thanks a lot guys. Cheesy
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Sterling silver plated vs Sterling Silver or regular metal?? on: March 01, 2008 02:37:22 PM
I just recently bought some sterling silver plated jump rings for a project and I'm not really clear as to what the difference is between that and regular sterling silver findings or just your regular jump rings. If someone could clear this up for me really quick that would be great. Smiley

Also, is sterling silver plated ok to use for jewelry I want to sell or will that put a damper on things? Thanks!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Valentine's Day apron ideas for a man? on: February 08, 2008 05:54:21 PM
So my boyfriend likes to cook and last big cooking day we had he said I needed to make him an apron. I thought this would be a great occasion to make him a special apron. I just can't seem to think of any good ideas to personalize it. I have no problems with making it something cute and somewhat embarrassing to wear.  Cheesy Grin

Some things he likes:
Alton Brown
Star Trek
Stargate (we both love stargate. it has been a bonding experience between us lately Cheesy )
fancy chocolates
Las Vegas
The Rat Pack

Thanks in advance Smiley
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Storing Polymer Clay-What's your method? on: June 23, 2006 08:43:15 AM
I was just curious how everyone stores thier clay. Pictures would even be awesome, im looking for some ideas rather than my plastic michaels bag and ziplocks. lol

And while I'm here, is there a good way to handle a blade? its so thin i find it hard to pick up and stuff without cutting myself. And then there was that time I had it upside down on my work and went to cut.  Undecided eek lol
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / New to Polymer, a few questions. :) on: June 12, 2006 09:16:28 AM
I just got some Polymer clay a few days ago. This is what i tend to do with new crafts. I say, hm ok i think i'm going to be makign jewelry now, and i go out and buy all the stuff i need and just assume I can do it. For the most part, that works out alright for me, but this clay thing is not as easy as I had hoped. Undecided

So I have a couple questions for you fine clay experts. lol

I wanted to make a cane, a citrus one. like the tutorial here. http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/candy_citrus.html

One of the problems I am having is that i cant seem to get an even smooth log like in the picture. I've seen some shows on tv about polymer clay and it doesnt seem to work for me or something. How do I get an even thickness log?

Also, what kind of cutting utensil do I need? Because anything i am trying to cut with right now just smooshes it and even if I do end up making the cane, it wont matter.

And then, I'm having a little trouble getting it rolled out real thin. I know a pasta machine is the best idea but I dont have that kind of money right now. I was using a rolling pin and its working out alright but still not getting thin enough. Any suggestions?

It seems like my clay is a lot softer than the stuff I seem them use on tv and things. Like its harder to work with small pieces because all they do is smoosh between my fingers when im trying to shape them. I'm using Sculpey and Premo right now.

Thanks for all the help everyone!! Im really enjoying getting into this new craft and I already made some ice cream cone earrings, so I'm not completely discouraged yet!  Grin
10  UNITED STATES / Kansas / A shop of craft goods in kansas? Good or bad? on: January 17, 2006 11:44:42 AM
I have been considering selling my own stuff, but being in kansas in all it seems to prove difficult unless I do it online. I would LOVE to own my own shop and sell my stuff, but i dont think I really make enough stuff for an entire shop! lol

If me or someone was to open up a handmade crafts store, would there be willing crafters in Kansas to get thier stuff sold at such a place? I live in kansas city kansas, overland park area. I think downtown overland park would be an awesome place for it if there was a place for rent there..or whatever.  But anywhere within driving distance would be good really. I know a lot of you live in Lawrence or Wichita etc.

Let me know so I can look into this! Smiley thanks! Wink
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