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21  Re: Stuffed felt monsters - Now with tutorial and pictures in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by candycanechild on: August 26, 2004 03:49:16 PM
Look What I Found!

The website for them, if you couldn't see it clearly, is http://www.uglydolls.com. By the way, that article was from NJ Monthly. Sorry about the poor quality scan.

EDIT: Today, Comcast.net's news page showed three different aites of "quirky toys." Ugly Dolls was mentioned, and so was this site: http://scarystories.com/
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22  The No-Sew "Sweatskirt" in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by candycanechild on: August 26, 2004 12:59:00 PM
This idea came from YM magazine, I must admit. I thought it was cool, so I decided to try it out.

Here's my sweatshirt before:

And here's the skirt after:

And here's how I went from ugly, humungogigantic sweatshirt to cute, tiny, sellable skirt.

You'll Need:
*An old sweatshirt
* Scissors
*A shoelace
* A safety pin
Optional: *Fabric paint, rhinestones, etc. Any other decorative accent.

1. First, I cut the sweatshirt across the middle, just under the armpit. (See picture a.)
2. Then, I cut two little slits in the top of the skirt. (See picture b.)
3. Next, I took a shoelace and stuck a safety pin through the end of it.
4. I then took the safety pin and stuck it into one of my slits and tugged it all the way around the skirt until it came through the other hole.
5. That's it! Unless you choose to decorate it, which I may do later. The skirt is adjustable to your waist (the string can be pulled to make it fit), just like a comfy pair of gym shorts. Enjoy!

Picture A:

Picture B:
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23  Musical Note CD Crate in Get Product and Website Opinions by candycanechild on: August 24, 2004 04:24:25 PM
A.C. Moore was having a killer sale, so I went there and spent 23 bucks. I got these nifty cd crates that look like so:

They hold 25 standard cds... functional, yes, but very boring in plain wood. They were so inexpensive-- 2 for $3.00! I wanted to make some to sell at a craft fair in November, so I got out the paints and got to work!

I wanted it to be a musically-themed antique-looking crate. I got crackle medium... I've always seen it and never tried it. I'm so glad I finally bought it! It works great. What I did was paint the entire thing black. Then, after it dried completely, I painted the medium on. After that dried, I painted the entire thing white. Once it dried, the crate looked like this close-up... except all over the whole thing.

Then, I googled the term "sheet music" and found some great images. After choosing an Italian one, I measured and cut the music to fit the sides of the crate. They're modge podged on. You can feel the wood texture through the paper. It is truely cool.

Closer pics:

Side two:

1. Do you think it'd sell well at a craft fair?
2. How much would you, personally, be willing to pay for this?
3. I have another crate to decorate. Any ideas?

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24  Another Reason to Love Modge Podge: A Notebook in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by candycanechild on: August 21, 2004 01:14:27 PM
Here's a notebook I made with some magazine cutouts, confetti, and modge podge. It's my idea book, where I start at the beginning with character profiles and at the end with names I like. Then, when I go to write something, I've got characters already done and some names for the choosing!

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25  Once Ugly and Cheap... Now a Hip Photo Album in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by candycanechild on: August 21, 2004 11:29:56 AM
When I got some pictures developed, the lady gave me a free photo album. Yay! Actually, I didn't say "yay..." I said "yuck." Here's the before pic:

I threw out that ugly blue paper... though it convienently slid out of place. So, I used some card stock and cut it down to fit the opening. Then, I marbled the card stock with shaving cream (see the featured projects).

Taking some magazine cutouts, glitter, and modge podge, I created the front:

And the back:

Now it's time to say Yay!
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26  My Take On Desktop Zen Gardens in Completed Projects by candycanechild on: August 21, 2004 09:58:22 AM
What do you make with an old candle holder, a dollar store sweet tart tin, a broken bracelet, some toothpicks, a marble found under the couch, and two smooth rocks? A zen garden, duh. The rake is two sharpened tooth picks, the asian charm thing on the closed lid is from an old charm bracelet, and the images were googled and mode podged on.



When I began doing this in science class once, my classmates asked me what I was doing. I told them I was raking the sand. I guess they didn't hear me right, since they all thought I said "raping the sand." Now there are messages in my yearbook saying, "Stop raping the sand!" Try explaining that one to my mother.
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27  Re: Shaving Cream Cards-- MUST TRY! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by candycanechild on: August 18, 2004 11:56:07 AM
this looks like so much fun!
i'm thinking that using heavy watercolor paper would eliminate the warping.

thanks for the ideas-and your cards are beautiful!
Yeah, using thick paper would definatly work. And thanks!

Oooh I like the notebook, but I'm wondering if there is way to mute the colors more so that anything that's written on the page would be easier to read?

I was thinking the same thing. All I could think of was to take a bathroom cup, drop the dye into it, and add some water until it's lighter... and then mix with the shaving cream. Might have to try that.

Or maybe if you add more cream and less dye? Have you tried yet? Let me know. If not, I'll run out and get some shaving cream this weekend and give it a whirl.
Nope, haven't tried it yet... just got back from a mini-vacation. I'm not sure if more shaving cream would work, though...

Ok If someonesaid this i'm sorry, You can use gel just work with it so it's fomy. aslo more cream dilutes the color some.  I just did 3 things, Green is a strong color, so is blue( I have very blue fingers right now) does anyone now how to get it off skin fast?
Yeah, I thought it would work, but my shave gels are different colours, and I wanted a clean slate. The food colouring comes off with soap, cold water, and a LOT of rubbing with a towel. It goes away after a while... Does anyone else know a faster way?

Since this is so incredibly fun, I had to make more.

Here's another card:

How'd you get the top one to turn out that way?? I love how it looks silver!  What colors did you use??  I think this on a big piece of paper would look beautifull as art!
I used red, green, and blue. Yeah, it would look awesome as art.

I did something like this in 2nd grade.  We mixed liquid soap, water and food coloring together in small bowls.  Then we took straws and blew bubbles into the soap untill the bubbles were above the rim of the bowl, then we placed our paper on the bubbles.  You get marbled or tye-dyed circles on the card!

Now I have to live in the past and do this again!
I did something like that, too... I want to try it again! (But with the kid that I babysit. I don't feel like explaining why I'm doing that to my mom. She already thinks I'm nuts because of the shaving cream cards.
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28  Re: Shaving Cream Cards-- MUST TRY! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by candycanechild on: August 13, 2004 11:40:26 AM
I just came across this thread today and had to add my two cents.  I am a director at a summer camp and this is one of the craft projects that the campers do, only they do it on those cheepy pressed cardboard boxes that you can get a Michael's/Hobby Lobby/Walmart.  Everyone loves to make them, from the younger campers to the older boys.  I guess that the boys love it because they can play with the shaving cream after they get done crafting. 

They even did this this year with the special needs campers this summer.  Here are some pictures.

I think that also you can use a spray polyurethane to seal the boxes and give them a glossy finish.

Just another idea for this ultra-versitile and ultra-age-friendly technique.

Ooh, marbled box= tres creative. It looks like the older boys are having fun with the shaving cream in that first picture... haha. Thanks for sharing, pvwon!
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29  Re: Shaving Cream Cards-- MUST TRY! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by candycanechild on: August 12, 2004 03:38:05 PM
I made some more cards! And something new this time! Here it goes:

This card was made with blue and red dye and a rubberstamp of Roadrunner. Then the words "Meep Meep!" Were added. The matching envelope is under the card... it might be hard to see.

The next card was made with yellow and green dye and a sun/moon rubber stamp. Again, the envelope is under it.

I started a new shaving cream project! Based on the thread I came across, I am beginning to dye some pages in a little notebook I found in my room. Everytime I do a card, I'll do another page with the leftover dyed cream.

Oh, and Eva, nice to hear that another person enjoyed a shaving cream card! I'm thinking of selling them at a craftfair I'm joining... do you all think that'd go well?
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30  Re: Shaving Cream Cards-- MUST TRY! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by candycanechild on: August 10, 2004 02:18:04 PM
More cards, please!

Yes, I did this again. The first card I made will be given to my friend for her birthday. It was impossible to craft up something for her (my one friend already made her a tie skirt, she doesn't use a purse, and her room has no theme), so I was forced to buy her something. I chose a really nice (and expensive...) bonsi plant kit. So, I needed an asian-themed card. Hello shaving cream and dragon stamp! Thanks to shortestkitty for the one-colour idea! I love my one-colour card!

Of course, I made a matching envelope...


And, since this is a very addictive activity, I made another one... this time using two colours: blue and yellow. They mixed together to make the green you see. Cool, huh? Oh, and that's a moon stamp in the corner...

Matching envelope:


Anyone else done this and have pics? Please share... I'd love to see your ideas and designs.

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