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11  Twister Mat Tote Bag--Tutorial with A LOT of pictures! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by candycanechild on: March 30, 2005 11:37:32 AM
My cousin is turing 13 in May, and I wanted to get her something really special. Twister is sort of a shared obsession, so I wanted to do something with that. I saw these adorable Twister PJs in Kohls, so I got those and then thought of the Twister clock posted here on Craftster. I got a brand new Twister game at the toy store... and then felt guilty about not using the mat for anything. Well, problem solved!

I first cut two rectangles roughly the same size.

On the bottom, I put two pins about an inch apart. I only sewed what was in between the pins.

Once I had that sewed, I put them on the ground. I put the bottom one face down and the top face up.

Since there was a slight fold because of the little stich I sewed in step 2, I pinned those edges together.

Here's what I mean... sorry it's such a bad picture.

Once I had that part sewed, the bottom of my bag was done. Here's what it looked like when I put each edge out to the side.

Then I sewed up the sides!

Then I cut two long and narrow strips nearly the same size. These will be the handles.

Then I made small hems on the sides of the handles. Even though the vinyl won't fray, I just thought it gave it a more finished look.

Then I began sewing on the handles.

Here's both sides finished

And here'a a REALLY bad picture of me modeling it. I'm in my PJs. Hey, I'm on spring break!

Well, what do you think? It's seems to be holding up well, and it's water proof. I could've gotten the wrinkles out, but I thought the i-just-finished-playing-twister-and-then-i-took-scissors-to-the-mat-and-made-a-tote-bag look was cool. I even got the copyright statement on the handle. That way Milton Bradley can't come after me with a giant Monoploy piece or somthing. By the way, this is the first tote bag I've ever made and I didn't use a pattern. Oh, and if you're careful and you plan ahead, you could probably make 3-6 totes. Do you think this crosses any crafty lines?

edited to fix spelling mistakes

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12  Twister Mat--What to make out of it? in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by candycanechild on: March 26, 2005 08:19:46 AM
My cousin Kasey is turning thirteen in about a month! I saw these adorable PJs in Kohls:

I decided I needed to get them for her. You see, whenever she and her little brother come over, we always have to play Twister. Kasey and I are terrible; her brother always wins. Anyway, since this is such a "tradition," I decided to make her a twister clock (see featured projects) to go with the PJs. I know my mom won't get me a brand new Twister game unless I can justify using EVERY part of it.

So, I plan on using the spinner to make the clock, the box to hgold the PJs, and I'm thinking of using the mat to make some kind of tote bag. Does anyone have any other ideas for the mat?
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13  Altered Valentine Cards in Valentine's Day by candycanechild on: March 09, 2005 05:41:13 PM
Yes, I know Valentine's Day has been over for almost a month, but I took this pics and didn't put them up yet. Here they are!

The one on the left was for my friend Cate. It says "Key to a Heart" and has a key sticker with a piece of red hemp tied around the hole. It's a post card, really, my message is on the back. Erica's is on the right. It says "UR" and the faucet sticker says "HOT." She loved it, lol. It's a post card, too.

This one has a sticker with the meaning of love on mulberry paper. Another post card.

I hope this gives you ideas! I hated the typical valentine and wanted to be different.
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14  Re: Great Danish Heart Tutorial - Perfect for Valentines! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by candycanechild on: March 09, 2005 05:36:42 PM
I did this. Thanks for the idea. I saw this thread and put it in the back of my mind and then I got a copy of that Nicole Crafts magazine (it's only a dollar... how could I resist?), and they had the same thing! I used their pattern and made two as valentines. I made this one with mulberry paper.

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15  AOLTin Turned Hide-Away in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by candycanechild on: March 09, 2005 05:30:35 PM

I finally got one of those infamous AOL tins! I decorated the front of it and then wondered what to do with it. So, I hammered the back part into my wall and then slid on the cover. So basically, it makes a little "secret hiding place" where I can put small slips of paper (maybe combinations to my locks or something), small amounts of money (vacation fund), etc. Here it is with a Listerine Pocket Pack and a Girl Scout patch. They were on my dresser...

And here it is amoung my other wall things. It looks like an innocent piece of art. Ha!

This could be done with bigger tins, too!
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16  Candy Cane X-Mas Mouse- Easy and Quick! in Winter Holidays by candycanechild on: December 02, 2004 02:37:58 PM
My friend makes these mice and gives one a day to people during December to remind her that Christmas is about giving, too. I think it's adorable. Not only is it a good way to use up extra fabric scraps, but they'd look cute on a tree and young kids could make them easily. Basically, she cut two pieces of fabric (see the bottom pic), made slits in the "body" and added the "ears." The candy cane becomes the "tail."

It remindes me of the sugar mice given to little kids at Christmas time during the Victorian Era. These mice add a modern twist to that old tradition.

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17  Channukah Dreidle Magnets! in Winter Holidays by candycanechild on: December 02, 2004 02:17:22 PM
Please excuse my spelling as I am not Jewish and do not celebrate Channukah.

I made a set of Dreidle magnets for someone I know who is Jewish. I bought a package with 4 dreidles in them and glued magnets to different sides so a different symbol showed up for each magnet. They turned out cute and I even thought of keeping one for myself! Haha.

Just thought I'd share, since I know there are VERY few Channukah decorations on the market.

OOPS! I forgot the picture! Duh.

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18  12 Little Cards for 12 Special People in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by candycanechild on: November 01, 2004 12:29:20 PM
I was on my highschool's JV tennis team and our season just ended. Cry We had a party at one girl's house to celebrate the end of our great season. (9 wins-4 losses) Our captain suggested that we each write a "love letter" to each person on the team saying nice things. I'm just the kind of person who goes above and beyond with everything I do. Most people used looseleaf... I made little cards. The reason I put them under this thread is that I used materials I had laying around to make them.

Left: black paper with three flower stickers. Right: green polka dot paper with a diary key tied to hemp.

Left: paisly paper with a button flower. Right: mulberry paper with a dangling charm.

Left: Purple paint splattered onto the card with a faerie wallie. Right: Googly eye card (see Halloween thread)

Left:Plaid paper with wood ladybug. Right: Mulberry paper with rhinestone star.

Left: Bamboo paper with paper seashells and one real shell. Right: shaving cream card (see paper crafts/featured projects)

Hope you like them!
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19  Creepy Halloween Cards (Pictures!) in Halloween Decor and Parties by candycanechild on: October 18, 2004 01:43:07 PM
I bought a pack of googley eyes... no craft area is complete without them. So, I was thinking about nice invitations or greeting cards I could make for Halloween. I also had some black computer paper and neon orange cardstock. From them, I created this card.

And since one isn't enough, I made several more, this one being different from the rest. (sorry about the black spot. I think my scanner is plotting against me.)

What I did was this (using the first card as my example):
1. I took one sheet of orange cardstock and two sheets of black computer paper.
2. I put the orange card stock in between the two black sheets and folded the papers together. I glued the black paper that was the inside of the card to the orange paper. This made the orange paper glued on top of the black with another black sheet leftover.
3. Using my 1/2" hole punch that is usually for marble magnets, I punched random holes in pairs along the loose black sheet. I punched one hole and then another slightly overlapping the first.
4. Then, I glued the black sheet with the holes on top of the orange sheet, so the holes appeared orange.
5. In the holes, I glued googley eyes.
And volia... a googley eye Halloween card.
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20  Three Notebooks Decopaged w/ Magazine Clippings! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by candycanechild on: October 17, 2004 05:07:28 PM
I have two plastic freezer bags that I use to keep magazine clippings in. One holds letters, phrases, quotes, and other verbal things. The other has random snippets from fashion spreads, advertisments, and even colourful backgrounds. Every so often, I sit down and play with the pieces to see what I can create. Here are some of my creations....

I found the picture from a CoverGirl ad. I used glittery modgepodge to seal it. By the way, I have those socks! The words read "Boogie on Down."

Not much to say about this one. It says "follow your own path."

I like the way this came out. It's pretty funny. The girl on her phone is saying "No pookums, you hang up first." "Come on, you hang up first." The people around her have disgusted or sick looks on their face. The little blue box reads "I always try my best to make everyone around me nauseous." I got kind of lazy background-wise on this one. Regardless, I like it.

I hope you like them!

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