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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / fruity softies on: June 20, 2008 12:47:29 PM
After buying a couple books about softies I could no longer resist my urge to make some cute cute toys.  I really liked the projects in Softies books, but there were some absolutely fantastic toys in Plush You.  I was super inspired by the headless robot screenprinted on muslin from the second book.  I can't tell you the artists name at the moment because I'm away from my book.

I himmed and hawed for a long time over what I would like to make.  I began cutting out a lot of different patterns, but never got around to finishing them up.  I decided that I needed to make something all my own.

So I came up with this bunch friends.  I call them Hot Fruit because I'm a ridicuously big fan of Amy Sedaris' Strangers With Candy.  If you know the show you probably know what I'm talking about.  If you don't know the show then there's no point in explaining....my comedy skills are not near what Ms. Sedaris' are.

I created these images in Photoshop.  I tweaked and combined a bunch of public domain graphics, created some screens and printed away.  Although to true colour of the ink does not show well in these photos, I must say that it's stunning.  I had wanted to print in brown so I combined red and green inks....and this is what I came out with.  I think of it as a happy accident.  I printed on unbleached muslin and stuffed with regular ole polyfill.  I backed all of them with recycled fabrics.

Anyway, after that whole long story....please allow me to introduce you to my new friends:






I also wanted to thank fellow Craftster Sewing Stars for her wonderful hidden stitch tutorial!
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Deep Sea Divers, Space Men, Dress Forms, Robots and Sunday School Walks... on: May 29, 2008 07:08:34 AM
I had spent a long time away from screen printing.  I was really struggling with the photo emulsion technique and I hadn't really enjoyed it.  However, recently I've been able to connect with a bunch of fantastically talented local printers and they've shared some of their mad skills with me.

So I've been building screens and pumping out prints like crazy.  I work with The Sally Ann so I get fantastic discounts at my local thrift shops.  I can't leave the store without a cart full of stuff.

I use public domain graphics and hand drawn images for my prints.  There's definitely no shortage of cool stuff out there.

Enjoy and let me know what you think.  Just remember that these are some of the first pieces I've done in quite some time...

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / FOUND Swap Gallery on: March 26, 2008 07:17:36 PM
Post them when you get them!  Can't wait to see what everyone found!
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / FOUND Swap (Send Outs 3/31/2008) <CLOSED> on: February 11, 2008 08:03:05 AM
Swap name: FOUND Swap - Lovers of the Lost and Forsaken
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Scatter Kincaid
Sign-up date range: February 11 - February 20, 2008
Date to send item by: March 31, 2008

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): Nope

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? Nope

All ages allowed? Or 18+? If under 18 please contact Scatter Kincaid.

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: NO
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: NO

Details of swap:

This swap is for anyone that finds joy in those little lost notes found on sidewalks and old library books.  You can learn more about the FOUND phenom here.

What I'm asking participants to do is to create something with things they have found.  Use photos, notes, mittens or anything else that you have stumbled upon.  Please keep in mind that some pretty nasty things can be found on the curb, so please don't send your partner anything you think could be offensive.  If you have questions please contact your partner or the swap moderator.

Each participant would be expected to make 7 points worth of items.  Large items are worth 3 point, medium items are worth 2 and small items are worth 1 point.  This allows people a little more room to be creative.  Please keep in mind an item doesn't have to be physically 'large' to be considered a BIG project.  What I'm considering is the time and energy put into a project.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?



Scatter Kincaid <-> the franz
Ms Marple <-> Ralph
sugar-magnolia <-> the_dez
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Fabric Prints on: January 13, 2008 11:04:24 PM
I just wanted to show off some of my newest crafts.

I've been cutting/carving lino stamps for just over a year now.  I'm no master, but it's fun low impact crafting for me. 

Generally I use my stamps on stationary or journals, but this time I decided to put paint to fabric.  I used Speedball screen printing ink/paint. 

I think I may have come up with some pretty cute prints!  Let me know what you think!

With Teeth

Mannequins and Machines

Blue TV

Played Out Dots

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / FOUND Swap?? on: January 08, 2008 08:14:30 PM
Hey Everyone!

I was wondering if anyone would be interested in a swap inspired by  the FOUND website and magazine.

You can check out the site at www.foundmagazine.com. There's some pretty interesting stuff.

How the swap would actually run would be up for discussion.  There's lots of possibilities.  I was thinking of crafting with 'found' things (ie found on the streets, found and purchased in a thrift store, found at the dump).

Give me a shout if this sounds like something you're interested in!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / reCooled Neck Ties on: December 31, 2007 02:54:00 AM
I can't seem to get to sleep tonight, so I'm doing the next best thing - posting projects!

I whipped up a couple of appliqued ties for Christmas gifts this year.  My DH has a cousin that loves to wear neck ties every single day. 

Ties are cool (and sort of unorthodox every day wear for a 15 year old), but they could stand to be spiffied up a little.  Both ties were bought for a dollar each.  I also bought a black leather jacket to cut up for the applique material.

Without further ado, here are my lightening bolts and a lone crow.  I'm quite please with them!

That's right.  I don't know how to tie a tie.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / The Bird - Mature Scarf Content Ahead! on: December 31, 2007 02:31:05 AM
The was one of the many handmade items I gave out for Christmas this year.  I made a couple of reverse applique scarfs for friends and family.  One day I challenged my supervisor to pick a silhouette to be integrated into such a scarf.  After he didn't come up with much I told him that I could get a middle finger in one.  He didn't believe me so I told him that i would be his Christmas gift.

Here she is.  All fired up and ready to flip!

I hope this doesn't offend anyone.  It was a fun project to work on and completely in jest. 

Happy New Year everyone!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Thanks Trees! on: December 06, 2007 10:28:38 AM
This is a project that I finished up a couple of weeks ago.  It's one of the many handmade gifts that my husband and I will be giving this year.  This particular piece is for my BIL.

He's an outdoorsy kind of fella and I thought that something with a tree would suit him.  He actually had a shirt made up a while ago that said "Thanks Trees!"  I imagine it's about oxygen, pretty leaves and such.  That's half the reason I added the little stencil in the corner.  The other reason it's there is because I (foolishly) applied the iron to the cheap fleece the top side is made of.

The bottom of the blanket had an embroidered tree in the corner.  I used an image that I found on DeviantArt to create an embroidery pattern.  You can see the image here.  My rendition is not absolutely the same, but I think it turned out well nonetheless.

I backed the fleece with a piece of jersey that I've had around forever.  I'm glad I finally found a project for it that worked so well.  To keep the two pieces together I used some antique shell buttons from my collection.

I also added a little tag so that the blanket can be hung up on a hook if need be.

Here's some pictures:

If anyone has any questions or comments I'd love to hear them!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Record of Personal Brilliance & Personal Reflections! Spiral Bound Journals on: November 11, 2007 02:21:02 PM
Here's some pictures of my latest journals! 

I designed the pages using a bunch of different computer programs (Paint, Word, Photoshop and my trusting old scanner).

I laminated the covers myself, but the binding was done at the copy shop.  I would love to get a machine of my own, but they're a little out of my price range for the moment.  If anyone has advice on where to find a reasonably price machine I'd love to know!

So, the backdrop on the covers is vintage wallpaper with illustrations are from vintage ads.  The fonts were added using Photoshop.   ***To the best of my knowledge the images used on the covers are either allowed to be used and/or are in public domain.  Please let me know if you have proof to the contrary:)***

You can click on the link below the photo for a larger shot.

Record of Personal Brilliance cover:


Personal Reflections cover:


Inside Detail:


Let me know what you think!

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