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1  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Craft Book Challenge on: May 30, 2006 03:23:39 PM
Partially inspired by the latest Craft challenge (& Leah's new book), how about basing a challenge on a particular craft book with participants making/baking/creating one particular project out of choice book.

Some Possible book choices:
"Bazaar Bizarre" Greg Der Ananian (I think that's how it's spelled)
"Supercrafty" PDXSuperCrafty
"Stupid Sock Creatures" John Murphy
"Generation T" Megan Nicolay or
"Tease: 50 Inspired T-Shirt Transformations" Sarah Sockit for those T-Shirt minded.
"Alternacrafts" Jessica Vitkus
"Hardwear: Jewelry From A Toolbox" Hannah Rogge
The "ReadyMade" book for something heavy duty 9I also can't think of the actual title)

These are just some in my immediate collection of books. Any other suggestions are welcome.
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / ALERT: PayPal Spoof Scare on: January 11, 2006 10:17:45 AM
This isn't really Craft-related but, since so many use PayPal, I had to post this.

Monday afternoon, I got 2 E-Mails claiming to be from PayPal, warning of an "account Violation" & in order "activate" my account (like, BIG red Flag), I must click on a link, or "PayPal" will freeze it within 3 days. A call to PayPal, the next morning, did reveal it to be nothing more than fraudulent & I did e-mail it back to them as was advised..

A guy in Lincoln had his entire bank account emptied as a result of another "PayPal" E-mail, so needless to say I was concerned.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Craftsters with Disabilities on: December 22, 2005 03:26:58 AM
I've been of Craftster now for well over a year,  but I haven't seen much of any craftsters with disabilities, like myself (More physical ones than mental). Myself, I have Cerebral Palsy, but it's more physical than anything else. Giving me quite the amount of balance issues (I've been known to "pirouette" before falling to the ground) & tripping over things, including my own feet, despite surgery to "correct" my Achilles' tendons (in both feet, It has helped somewhat however), just before entering Junior High.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bazaar Bizarre's Craft Tote- My Version (Pic Heavy) on: November 20, 2005 09:26:14 AM
I've been overdosing my self with all these books on crafty goodness (Including some as birthday presents).,that I've been tempted to actually make something from them, like the Craft Tote from BB (plus I got all this material from the Shoebox swap, I just felt like making something from it), but knowing myself, I don't precisely follow the instructions.
I cut two "trapezoids" each of both my front material

And my inner material

with the wider lengths facing each other & the shorter lengths outward, with fusible webbing (also a swap goody) in between the edges of both layers, ironing them together & then "hemming" the top of the bag (the iron & the webbing just wasn't working that time).

Once I was done with that, I sewed the sides together with embroidery floss, then to create a "boxy" feel to the bag, I turned it inside out, cut off both corners & sewed them together. I then used the new corners as a guide to create "edges" on each side of the bag.

I used a sash as the strap, instead of any additional fabric, sewing it to the sides.

For the front pocket, I used some spiralgraph fabric,

but before sewing it to the front of the bag I "hemmed" it with some adhesive glue.
Once attached (with some nylon thread), I added a fringe, comprising of beads & shrinky-dink (from the "SuperCrafty" book with a picture from a book of Pierre et Gilles artwork as the centerpiece).

For additional pockets on the inside of the bag, I used pieces of both the front & main pocket material, along with some additonal scraps (including some playing cards sewn together).

I also added another on the back of the bag.

With this as the end result.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Recycled Material Rack on: November 08, 2005 03:29:37 PM
I'd had made this with the plan of sending it for the final month of the 3rd Secret Craftster Swap, until Kat_penguino decided to end it already.

My swap partner ,makes a lot of jewelry, so I figured she must have a lot of supplies, so I had the idea of a rack of some sort, & somehow using a piece of a belt I had leftover from another swap. I later came up with the belt piece

being suspended by two wire-wrapped dowels inserted in two 19oz. pop bottles, weighed down with pony beads. I also with the bottles, before I poured in the beads, poured in some acrylic paint (red, orange, and yellow in one. Blue, green and purple in the other) for a splattered-type effect. Then I painted where the labels normally are with more acrylic , blending it as I go & also decorating them with stampings & stickers.

And also, on the rack, are earrings made of paper clips I also made for the intention of the final month of SCS 3.0.
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 7 ENTRIES / "Cut-Off Jean Shorts" Pillow on: November 06, 2005 06:54:26 AM
I so wanted to participate in another challenge, that as soon as I saw this one in the NEWS, I started right away. My inspiration was those Japanese pillows of a stuffed man's work shirt. So why not do something similar.

First I took A pair of jeans that kinda had some sentimentality to them (The were my first purchase of clothing at the neighboring Goodwill, when they first opened. I had worn them so much, that eventually the button on the fly came off & in typical DIY fashion. I used a shoelace to create a lace-up fly, instead of the usual button & Zipper. And, unfortunately, I've hadn't worn them since), cut off the knees (the spare fabric would serve me later) & with embroidery  floss, I sewed up at first were I cut it off .

Once I was done with that I moved to the fly, where the stuffing could leak out. To prevent that, I took the scrap jean material,
Cut a square of it in the right size, & sewed it to the back of the fly.

Then came the stuffing, (which is not really how I do pillows, but...) a mixture of polyfil & more scrap fabric I had laying around. once I had the pillow to the right "fluffiness", I sewed it up with more embroidery floss.

With this as the final result:

P.S. I obviously didn't take any pics of the jeans before hand, (I do it all the time, get so wrapped up in a project & getting it completed) so don't hold it against me.
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Hand-Made Black Etching Paper (With Tutorial, However sans Pics) on: October 27, 2005 02:33:21 PM
The stuff that's all colorful with Black stuff on top, that you "etch" with a pencil/pen to get to the colors. I remember those from a young age & after seeing leaf shaped ornaments of the stuff, I got the idea of making my own paper. An experiment of sorts (maybe I'll find better materials to use)

What it requiers:
  • Paper (I used Computer paper
  • Inks(Pens, Markers. I used Dye ink pads in two different color sets)
  • Some form of Laminate (I used packaging tape)
  • Black acrylic paint (I'm weary of it peeling, but like I said above...)

I took the paper & laid it on a flat surface (like a magazine) so the inks wouldn't leak through onto the table, then with my inks, covered the paper in the inks from the pads (alternating between the two, plus not all of it seeped through, so don't worry about getting it all covered, I think the "white" is just a characteristic of the paper) I let it dry, then cover the paper with the laminate.
Now here comes the messy stuff & Make sure to cover your clothing & work surface. Also make sure have a dish/bowl of water to wash your brush off. Just cover the whole thing with the paint & let it dry. Once it has dried, now you can get out pen/pencil to use & etch out any thing.

I don't have any pics yet, as We're trying to get the scanner working, but as soon as it's working, I'll get the pics out.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Any Pinky:St Craftsters out there? on: October 15, 2005 02:45:29 PM
I'm just curious to hear in anyone else here has (besides me) any of these dolls or has heard of them. Pinky:St are vinyl figurines from Japan , with interchangeable pieces (hair, clothing, etc). There are 11 main dolls & an accessory kit (also "repaints") with two more dolls & another accessory kit set to be released early next year {I  currently have 7 (Yoshiko, Tamae, Sumire, Rui, the Kokoro & Risa "Repaints" & the "Pinky:St In Town" (a collage book) version of Hana) with an 8th on the way (Reina)}, plus many other dolls, either modeled after certain anime characters (Evangelon's Rei & Asuka were the first) or collaborations with others. Another reason why, is that I first heard about Pinky:St through a post on LJ Craftgrrl (a dress mod on the Asuka doll mentioned above). I've also seen insructions on making your own Pinky:St Pieces found on
http://www.pinky-street.com : An american P:St site with it's own forum.

I would also like to see some Pinky:St customizations on Craftster.
9  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Inspired by Cat Chow: Woven Zipper Patch on: September 08, 2005 02:55:19 PM
I've been rather fond of some of the stuff she makes out of basic items (Dresses made out of Zippers & pieces of dollar bills), so when I took a seam ripper to a pair of thrift store jeans (the zippered kind that can be removed to become shorts, without the bottom half) , removed the zipper, cutting up into 10 pieces & came up with this little patch.

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (BPAL) swap on: September 06, 2005 05:01:47 PM
Other than I want to know if any other members here are also fans of their oils, but how about a BPAL-related swap? Cases/racks to store, things inspired by the many names of the oils (some are themed, like Alice in Wonderland, the Tarot, The Sephiroth  & although now retired , Astrology). Maybe even the little imps themselves. Any other ideas about this are welcomed.
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