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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / scrapbooked travel journal on: July 28, 2007 07:48:39 PM
So one of my best friends is currently in Switzerland and Italy (lucky duck), and since it was her first time out of the country and well, ever leaving home, I made her a travel journal before she left.  I scrapbooked the first few pages to remind her of home and where's she's been, and left lots of pages to document where she's going!

It was also my first book binding experience, and its not perfect, but I am very happy with it!
Here's the pages:

cover, her initial on a map of PA! (homestate)

last page before the blank pages, a pull-out!

Hope you enjoy, if anyone wants closer images I have them.
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / starting photographer - suggestions? [pic heavy] on: July 22, 2007 09:48:16 PM
I really am a novice at photography, but I love it and would love to learn more about it.  So until I can sign myself up for a photography class, I was hoping the expert craftsters would put in their two cents!

These were taken at the Mattress Factory, a modern art museum in Pittburgh.  I also altered them with MGI Photosuite, my outdated yet very fun photo program.

This picture is not altered.  Can you believe the light just came in like that?  And no comments on the pose, I am not a dancer!

Sorry!  I know there are a lot, but I would really like some guidance/suggestions.  I am so inspired by this board!
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / 60's looking Oscar de la Renta dress into gaudy costume! on: June 13, 2007 03:35:30 PM
So my friends and I are super theater dorks and threw a Tony Award's Party.  Everyone had to dress up as a character from theater, and I chose Tracy Turnblad from Hairspray.  I found this cyan blue shift dress at my community thrift store, and it hurt me a little to mess up a de la Renta...but I bedazzled and 60's-fied til my fingers hurt.

The final result?

(my friend is Moritz from Spring Awakening...which swept the Tony's)

A better pic of the front

And of course, the hair and make-up!!

Sorry for the picture whoring and large size!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / just a few things! on: March 02, 2007 10:02:31 PM
So, I am exceedingly behind in posting things. I went with just posting a few things instead of everything, because honestly...a lot of it is boring anyway.

So... a vest.  Teal satin with pink lining...of which you can kinda of see.  It's the boobs I swear.  Also, these pictures are not in chronological order.  Notice the change in hair.


^evidence of visible pink

striped shirt of the SOFTEST jersey ever

dress. I also made one in a flower print.  Next one to come will be red/white striped with navy accents (yay sailor!)
I plan to be like a cartoon character and have a closet full of the same dress in different colors.

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / been a little busy avoiding schoolwork on: November 30, 2006 10:12:27 PM
my new favorite hobby to avoid work?
jewelry making!

here's a little of what I've made:

6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / like a virgin! on: November 01, 2006 08:12:29 PM
So, this year I went as Madonna in her "like a virgin" wedding dress that she wore to the MTV awards.

I went off of this picture:

And this is how it turned out:

Close-up of my belt:

 I made the belt buckle out of clay and then painted it silver with enamel paint.  Which by the way, is still a tad tacky.  Well, live and learn.

I found the corset at Goodwill, as well as the full slip.  I made a skirt of net with a few layers, as well as another tulle skirt to go over it.  Made some lace fingerless gloves, a gaudy cross necklace from a keychain, pulled on some fishnets, tacky jewelry, and fake eyelashes and called it a day.  Yes, i know the ribbon isn't originally green.  I had to work with what I had as a poor college student.

What do ya think?
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / glittery shoe mess on: September 01, 2006 09:35:08 PM
Inspired by all the cute Dorothy-like shoes on craftster, I attempted it myself.
I'm not sure why my version decided to be the spawn of satan, but I ended up with a gluey sticky mess.  I used spray glue, and there was excess glitter falling off everywhere, not to mention the packing tape I had used to protect the insides from glitter left a sticky residue that picked up the falling glitter.  They looked so awful and lumpy I tossed them...
Anyone else's glitter shoes not as pretty as some on here?
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / glass etched picture frames on: August 21, 2006 09:06:09 PM
I think this goes here.
Anyway, the original plan was to find a glass frame and etch that, but when i couldn't find one I liked, I reversed it and did it within the frame, making a kind of mat.  I made one for my friend for graduation.  It's difficult taking pictures of shiny glass.



It says "tripod" because that's how we are known.  As in, if one leg fails, the rest go down with it.  We're in costume for a show we were in, that's not my friend's real hair, don't worry.

She loved it, and the glass etch was surprisingly easy to use.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / my t-shirts given a second life on: August 21, 2006 09:00:03 PM
So, nothing exceptionally original here, just some re-done t-shirts.

First, Thailand tshirt from Goodwill.  Once baggy and unflattering, now fitted.  Maybe a little too fitted, but oh well.  It's summer.


the straps are braided, then knotted in the back


Make art not war.  Stencilled, taken apart and re-sewn to make it fit better.  Tried to get a better close up, but the boobs were not co-operating.

Made this tee scoop neck and fitted, stencilled the band Biffy Clyro on there.  One of my favorite tshirts and it's withstood the wash many times.


A much too large yellow and white polka dot tee found at goodwill, taken in, added slight puff sleeves, and then stencilled bambi and added beads to the butterfly.

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / kill bill hoodie and simple circle skirt on: August 21, 2006 08:52:02 PM
So, this is my new favorite hoodie and I wish it would turn cold so i could wear it.  It's made out of yellow t-shirt material and stretchy red material left over from a halloween costume.  Stencilled it...and voila.  Kick ass hoodie.


(the bride on the back)

Oh, and this circle skirt is stretch lilac fabric, and its nothing special, but I love how the stretch material falls.


(ignore the mess...my room is horrible)
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