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31  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Tip Top Dolls! on: October 09, 2007 07:28:06 AM
Back in July, I was making some ATCs for a swap...and created, the TIP TOP DOLLS! 

Here are the first 3 I ever made:

Inspired by these sweet little guys, I made a LOT more.  I kept drawing them, collaging, etc., etc., making more ATCs, and journal pages, wall art, etc...


For a bunch more 2-D art I made, check my Flickr Pool!  I'm not going to put any more here, since this is ALREADY too image obese...

and then I started making up little stories about them!

Here is a bit more about them:
The Tip Tops are simple, happy little creatures, who love pattern & texture, but have no arms or legs. I guess that's how they live such simple lives! The dolls are whimsical creatures of mystery, who love color, adventure, & general tomfoolery.  Sassy, spunky, sweet, & sometimes snarky,  each doll
is given has her own 3 phrase personality; as well as her top favorite activities.

So, the dolls had to become real....just like pinocchio!  I drew some little pics, grabbed a hod podge of fabric and trims, cuddled up with my sewing machine and made me some TIP TOP DOLLS!

For the interest of the challenge, I had to pick one... Which is NOT easy, it's like choosing favorites of your CHILDREN!!!  Okay, I finally settled on this lovely girl,

Tip Top Doll # 8

flickr link

She is created from lovely bits and remnants of fabric, including a piece of Geisha fabric I got in a supply swap with Alwayinmyroom AGES ago!  Hand dyed purple on her hat (and the back), as well as dyed fabric on the bottom.  A sweet removable lace scarf polishes the look.

Her face is hand drawn and colored, and she is stuffed firmly with batting, and slightly weighted at the bottom, so she'll stand up. She stands just over 12" tall. 

Anyways, thanks for looking!  I LOVE my dolls!  Oh, and she has a family, a wee group of 15!  Tip Top Dolls will take over the WORLD!

32  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Graphic Design / Editing / Image Re-design advice needed. on: October 06, 2007 11:35:29 AM
I need some graphics/editing/image help, please!
I'm trying to make my own business logo, and actually have gotten quite far with the process.

I started with this sketch:

and turned it into this:

In my scanner software (ArcSoft PhotoStudio). 
I'm pleased with how it looks, but now I want to be able to use that logo just as a ROUND circle (not with the white square behind)... so, can anyone tell me how to do that?  I've tried searching the program, but I'm not sure if there is a specific term I should be using...

Also, I can't have the DOT COM part on it if I use it on my photos when posting projects to Craftster, right?  I have another version, assuming that this is the case.

Thanks to anyone that can help!

P.S. I'm assuming that since this is simply in the business discussion, it's okay to post...if not, let me know and I will edit as needed.  Thanks!  Technically NOTHING is for sale at that address, if that makes any difference...
33  COOKING / Dessert / CHAI MILKSHAKE! quick, easy and delish! on: August 30, 2007 01:36:32 PM
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this new creation, and it's so easy:

Things you need:

CHAI (I use liquid concentrate, Oregon Chai, cause I get it CHEAP!) 1/2 cup is good (more for creamy, less for thicker shake)
ICE CREAM (vanilla is bestest)  3 scoops!
Cinnamon and Nutmeg (just a pinch of each)

Glass/spoon/scooper/hand mixer or blender

Put all the yummyness in your glass and BLEND!

EAT it!  So amazingly yummy!

I'm sure someone somewhere has done this before, but I 'made it up' last night and think I'm a genius now. Smiley
34  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Turquoise-a-licious tip-in art journal of LOVE! (updated 10-13-07) on: August 27, 2007 04:12:34 PM
I had to have a Fun topic name, for a fun book.

This is the book I created for (and with) the tip-in journal pages from swapping here!  Here's the swap gallery that inspired the book: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=173711.msg1786655#msg1786655

and ROUND 2 is signing up NOW!: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=192665.0

I made pocket pages; for the tags created by other artists:
There are 3 pages (6 sides) like that, for LOTS of things to tuck in.

the page I made (my turquoise Tiptop Doll)

open, with spreads by Aliastriona_Angerboda and AlteredMommy:

Laid flat, spread by Katxena:

Top view of book standing:

Cover, made from HEAVY cardboard (from sketch journal pad) and wrapped and decoupaged...1 1/2" rings for binding.

The best part is there are 2 more spreads coming for it!  I LOVE all the variations in the color and theme.  Hooray for monochromatic art swaps! Cheesy  CRAFTSTER GIRLS rule!

HERE IS THE UPDATE, now FULL (almost 4" thick!) with pages, in an entire FLICKR FOLDER!  CHECK IT OUT!:
35  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Wonderful Ribbony lamp of rainbow goodness! on: August 25, 2007 09:12:21 PM
My daughter turned 4, so we are redecorating from her toddler room to a new 'big girl' room.  Here is one of the completed projects.

I bought an adorable white marble lamp 2nd hand, but haven't wanted to permanently alter it.  I had the random idea to cover it with ribbon fringe! I started collecting misc. bright colors and patterns of ribbon around town, and when I had a big ol' bag, I went for it!

The strips of ribbon are sewn with a zig zag stitch to thin elastic, which slides over the top of the lamp.  There are 2 different tiers of it.  The one on top has a 'finished' edge, by folding the turquoise ribbon in half over the top of the elastic and stitching around again!  Perfect!

She loves it, and it's quite festive, while not permanently altered the lamp or shade.

Light on:

Light off:

LOTS more projects to come in the next month...Curtains and pillows are done too....

But the best part is the quilt....here are squares in progress:

just wait for it! Cheesy

36  COOKING / Dessert / Little Mermaid Birthday Cake on: August 12, 2007 06:08:19 PM
My DD turned 4 too, and she chose Ariel for her princess party.  Here's the cake.

It's Funfetti (vanilla with rainbow sprinkles) with a Lemon Supreme Filling and Vanilla Cream Icing. I baked 2 boxes, and put 1/2 in a 10" Wilton round cake pan, and 1/2 into my largest stainless steel mixing bowl.  They fit perfectly together to make 2 layers!  I put the lemon supreme icing on when it was still a bit warm, so it oooooozed into the cake.  For the blue, I added a bit of blue at a time, and swirled it loosely onto the cake, adding blue sugar sprinkles.  I finished it with a bit more of the white as 'waves'.  I used a small Mermaid Figurine (with Flounder too) for the top, and made her a little rock to sit on, using some of those 'fruit slice' candies.  The 'seaweed' is sour green licorice, cut into different lengths, with more fruit slices along the bottom of the 'ocean'.  I used yellow sugar for sand too, but you can't really see it. Delicious!

This is party on a MAJOR tight budget, but the kids had a blast.  Sweets inside, then outside to play in the sprinklers, sandbox, and slip-n-slide, woohoo!  They had blue jello in little cups (like jello shots! Cheesy ) to help them cool off outside.  FUN!
37  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / 24 hours of ATC mania (pic obese!) on: August 05, 2007 11:30:14 PM
....well, I got my ATC mojo back.  It returned to me full swing on Saturday, and I worked it for all it was worth until now, late Sunday evening.  I knew I was on a roll, but wasn't sure how much of one til I added up the cards tonight.

Any guesses?  6? 8? 14? Keep going.

Here are the cards that I made last night and today:

Black and White Swap cards, and a Bat. Smiley

Misc themed cards....

Skullies, Lady of Guadalupe, Crayon TipTop Dolly (for a 4 cheap-o CRAYON only 'dare'), 2 Fridas, and one Postal Poppy

4 marriage cards (top row), and 4 TipTop Dolls Taking over the WORLD!

Hellboy swap, and Vintage Paris Swap:

Plus, there is another that didn't get scanned.  What is that, 30?  Gee whiz!  I'm sure that's a record for me. 
I actually made the first 6 (black and white only) cards last night, almost all the others I made today.  I made at least 20 cards in 11 hours.

So, that's why I hadn't been joining many swaps lately, I didn't have my mojo.  It came back...don't know for how long, but I got some stuff done in the meantime! Cheesy  Who says the mania can't be productive?

Oh, and I didnt just make ATCs straight for 24 hours.  Here's a brief rundown:
Saturday :
9pm,  Put the kids to bed, start making ATCs.
9-10, ATCS
10-11:30, watch a movie
11:30-12:30am, ATCS
Morning Routine
1:30-3p ATCS
3-5p ATCs/play with kids
5-7 Make a homemade pizza from scratch, make ATCs in free time, eat the pizza
7-12 midnight, ATCs

So, maybe 10-12 hours or so?  I guess that is a lot.  I'm chasing kids, changing diapers and checking email in the meantime, as well as tucking kids in bed, picking up toys off the floor, filling sippy cups, passing out snacks, talking on the phone, scanning ATCs, reading stories to kids, etc.  I didn't do any dishes or laundry though. :eek:


Obsessed?  Who, me???

Guess I should get some sleep now, right? Grin

But first, which card (or set)  is your favorite?
38  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / TipTop Dollies, an ATC collage walk through on: July 11, 2007 12:58:20 PM
Hooray!  My scanner finally arrived yesterday, and works!  In honor, I made some cards this morning, and scanned them in steps along the way, to help those less collage inclined to figure out the steps to mixing and layering papers.  I know this is a rather simple demo, but I'm not in the mood for 'serious' artwork. Cheesy

Here's the finished project, 3 cards for a 'bright and colorful Whimsical swirl swap'.  It's a pretty open theme, so I made up these little girls, which I am affectionately dubbing, the TipTop Dolls!  I'm sure there will be more of them to come. Cheesy

First, gather some colorful paper scraps...printed or plain, large or small.  Also, for the faces, I used some white oval labels someone had given me (in the center, you can see I started to draw already!).  Feel free to use use paper (white or otherwise) for these instead.
You also need some ATC blanks, colorful is great!  Mine were shiny bright blue (2) and one white one.  The white one I quickly colored yellow and orange with markers.

(backgrounds in bottom left corner).  I used a lot of this stuff, but not all of it.

First, I made the backgrounds special, with swirly marker lines. (top part)  Be free with it, most will be covered up in the end.

Next, I made my little tiptop dollies!  (bottom 3, L to R)
1: First, I cut a white oval in 1/2, and pasted that on paper for a little face. 
2: I cut a simple shape for the body, around the head, and a pointy hat!  I started drawing a stylized face on it, as well as swirls on the face and body...
3: Next, decorate the dolly!  Facial features, ink on the outlines, a pocket, hat, and little details.

Next, I finished all 3 dollies, and glued them (off centered) on the backgrounds.

I added a wavy line of patterned paper, which I added more swirlies too with markers.
I drew around the lines and borders with a sharpie to make them stand out a bit!

Lastly, I used my stamps to add the word 'swirly' to each card, and drew on them a bit more. Added a few more details (clothes, hats, faces) and I added more contrast with black AND white, which helps the colors actually pop more.  The whites of the eyes, and borders on the cards with ink, and dotted backgrounds.

Voila, done!
Silly fun little dolly girls. Cheesy

ETA: More doilies posted below in the thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=182522.msg1902812#msg1902812
39  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jeans to Cuffed Capri's, with simple tutorial on: June 25, 2007 10:26:56 PM
I've been wanting some summer jean Capri's and when I found the STEAL of a century on Jeans today (brand new Calvin Kleins retailed at $69.00 for $5.00 on clearance!!!!) I bought 2 pairs, one for fall and one for butchering.


Yeah, they're pretty much just jeans, I know we've all seen that before!  I adjusted the legs to make sure I liked the length though.


Ooops!  Yeah, I actually sewed them crooked.  D'oh!  Such a craftster thing (cut first, measure later!)


And After:

Happy me!  Now I have to finish packing my stuff for my trip.
Tutorial (for those who need one) on the next post.

I'll try to upload a decent pic of them tomorrow in the daylight.

Sarah / OY
40  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Simple Purple Halter Dress on: June 02, 2007 05:33:17 PM
Here's the latest for my silly goose.

2 pieces (one front, one back) of fabric, plus a bit of lavendar bias tape for the trim and strap.  SIMPLE, easy peasy.  A quickie headband to match, and out the door!

Full length:

Notice, I use the selvage edge for the bottom hem so I don't have to hem anything!


elastic at the top, and a tie-back...gives it a sort of 'bustle' back to it, kind of poofy. It was a bit big, so I stitched the top into a pleat.  I can take it out next year so she can wear it like a tunic, and It'll grow well with her...

Are we excited or what???

Hope you guys like it! It was SUPER simple. 
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