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21  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Show off your hair! And questions about hair styles! on: November 13, 2006 11:26:58 AM
I got my hair cut short a few weeks ago...it's in messy layers and barely below my shoulders right now...Right away I wanted to try the cute-puffy look I've been seeing everywhere...but my hair just won't backcomb or hold any lift without turning into a mess...it's wavy and poofy...If anyone else has this problem...a waffle iron (I think that's what it's called...it was a freebie plate with my straightner/crimper/thing) is your friend...

My hair after and before (pardon the crappy before pic...I didn't take too many of this haircut yet...)

and if I don't want the frizzy look...I just straighten the top layer and brush it down over the rest...and it works great...would probably look better if my hair was all one length though...

But while I'm here...in another week or so I'm gonna be due for another haircut...if anyone has any suggestions, that'd be great! Grin
22  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: We're ALL Lorraine...and You Will Be Todd...(Bubble Boy Shirt!) on: November 08, 2006 06:50:03 PM
Excellent! I love the glitter. How did you get it to stick evenly to the wet paint without messing it up?

Awesome movie, too :]

The glitter was actually in a clear glue-ish paint...I waited and heat-set all of the other colors before I brushed the glitter glue paint over it...then I heat set it again...I've used it on other shirts and the glitter stays on wash after wash...
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Measuring tape bracelet (pics) on: November 08, 2006 11:10:35 AM
Wow that Is NEATO...
my little sister took the scissors to my measuring tape a few weeks ago...but I couldn't bring myself to throw away the larger scraps... Cheesy

I might have to borrow/try this idea!
24  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: We're ALL Lorraine...and You Will Be Todd...(Bubble Boy Shirt!) on: November 04, 2006 09:54:13 AM
I love it!

My question is, how did you "dye" the collar?  By fabric painting it?

Great job!!!  Shocked

My little sister had these cheap fabric markers...but they'd always bleed and tint the rest of the shirt even after heat setting.  So after I colored the collar...I had to sit and rinse all the extra fabric marker out under the sink so I wouldn't wreck the rest of the shirt...I'm glad I took the time...because enough ink bled out of the collar to dye the whole shirt pink...and that's not what I was going for...
25  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: We're ALL Lorraine...and You Will Be Todd...(Bubble Boy Shirt!) on: November 03, 2006 04:54:57 PM
That's Amazing!!! I've never done a multi-layer stencil before but that looks amazing!!!!  Shocked  Shocked  Shocked
 How ever did you do it? Did you use a tutorial here on craftster?I especially love the glitter.

Thanks...I just modified the standard freezer paper method to suit my needs...
I was going to buy one at this cafepress store
but then I watched the movie and thought they were a bit too overpriced and not as close to the movie design as I'd like...so I printed it out and modified it to get my stencil...

Rather than use the island and bridge method to get two different stencils...I just carefully cut out and saved all of the pieces...

I ironed everything down to make sure it would be even...then I lifted the outline pieces off and saved them for later...

I did the outline gradient by separating the design into five sections...sections one, three and five were yellow, orange and red...then I used a sponge to blend the spaces between the colors together...it was my first time trying something like that and I like how it turned out

Then once the paint was dry...I lifted off the freezer paper and re-ironed the outlines down to paint in the metallic center...it was pretty easy to keep track of the pieces in this stencil...but I wouldn't recommend it for much else

The glitter was on sale at walmart for 50 cents a tube...I kinda painted that over as an afterthought...

Whew...hope that made sense...if not I've got plenty of in-progress pics I could post...and if anyone wants the stencil, I could probably give that up too Cheesy
26  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / We're ALL Lorraine...and You Will Be Todd...(Bubble Boy Shirt!) on: November 03, 2006 01:17:57 PM
Here's a pre-glitter pic...it's a bit easier to see...(there's yellow construction paper under it in this pic...so it looks a lil wonky)
I dyed the collar of the shirt...but I was too lazy to put the little orange sleeve rings on it...

Hehe I love it...I'm gonna wear it everywhere...

Thanx for looking...comments and such are appreciated and loved Grin

-Manda (or um...should I say, Lorraine?)
27  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: 2006 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go here!) on: October 29, 2006 11:06:32 AM
I'm not sure if anybody at college will "get it"...but I'm supposed to be a jailhouse rocker...  I just stenciled the black lines on a polo...painted the numbers on a scrap of black denim and stitched it onto the jacket...

Ignore the weird faces...my little sister kinda attacked me with the camera Tongue

I also took a pair of handcuffs, separated them and added about 10 inches of chain...that way they'll hang out of the jacket in a goofy theatrical way...(sadly I made those after the pics were taken...)

I haven't decided if I wanna be a slicked back clean criminal who just waltzed out of jail...or if I wanna cover myself with dirt, blood and bruises as though I had to actually work to get out...haha

I love this thread...it's given me enough inspriation to last a whole lifetime of halloweens!...can't wait to see what the rest of the "last minuters" like myself have come up with... Grin
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: The Duct Tape/Packing Tape/Paper/Chain Wallet Quest! (IMG HEAVY) on: October 15, 2006 05:58:01 PM
Neat! How did you get the ring for the chain on there? I've tried to do that with a few wallets, but they don't turn out too well... Sad

I just used my 8$ eyelet tool I got from walmart...I'd found the rings at a yardsale and it was pretty easy to open one up with pliers, slip it through the eyelet, and pinch it shut...so far it's been holding up nicely

I made this Kingdom Hearts wallet earlier today in my quest to avoid homework...I added the eyelet...but I'm not sure if I'm going to add the ring and chain yet....

29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / The Duct Tape/Packing Tape/Paper/Chain Wallet Quest! (IMG HEAVY) on: October 13, 2006 07:17:46 PM
I've never been the type to carry a purse...and I've had the same wallet forever because I can never find cool chain-compatible wallets...so I decided to make my own...

My first attempt used pages from an old issue of Shojo Beat...the chain isn't on in these pictures...but I think it came out pretty good...it was just to make sure I knew what I was getting into.


There are a few little problems with ^that one^ but I'm sure I'll find something to do with it...I'm proud of it because it helped me perfect my pattern before I tried making "The KISS wallet"...  I've always been a pretty big kiss fan...so I printed off scans of Psycho Circus and made this cool wallet...It took me about an hour because I was really obsessive about making sure it looked right...

Whew...I didn't mean for it to get this long...if you read all that and looked at all of the pics...I seriously thank you...and if you have any suggestions/questions/comments...I'd love to hear/answer them...

Thanks For Looking! Grin
30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: mario bros., apples and owl pins on: September 11, 2006 06:14:55 PM
Those are SO stylin...
The geeky video gamer in me is totally in love with the mario ones!
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