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11  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Winter Ideas--Snow Sculpture, Gingerbread House on: May 09, 2005 12:03:57 PM
I think that when winter comes around, we should have a snow sculpture contest! It's crafty... especially when you add embellishments and food dye! The only thing is that I know some members live in sunny places, or on the other side of the world, when winter occurs at a different time then here. Just a thought, though.

Also, a Gingerbread house contest might be cool. No matter WHERE you live, you can do this!
12  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / [ACCEPTED] Board Game Challenge on: May 09, 2005 12:00:10 PM
There are so many board-game related crafts on here! There's that Twister clock, Scrabble jewlery, Scrabble message board, Scrabble journal, Twister mat totebag, and a Monopoly table. Without copying some of the stuff that's already posted, I think this could get some really creative results. There are so many board games out there that the possibilities are pretty endless!
13  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / What is Grocco--I DID read posts! on: May 05, 2005 02:55:29 PM
Okay, so I read posts on Craftster and I looked at a Grocco website. I can't figure out what it is! To me, it looks like a "fake" silkscreening method. i use what I'd consider "real" silkscreening. I have a frame, some silk, rope, a mallot, and a tightening tool. For the ink, I use some that comes in a jar, a cardboard stick, and a squeegie. It's messy, it's fun, and it's pretty limit-less. I use water-based stencil which I cut BY HAND.

So my question is, what exactly is Grocco? I can't figure it out. Can someone please give me some hints? Thanks!
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Sweet Sixteen Party on: April 14, 2005 06:25:27 PM
This isn't a wedding or shower... but I didn't know where else to put it.

I'm turning 16 next November! I want to have an eclectic tea party in a garden where everyone dresses up in fancy, lacy clothes with gloves. But hello... it's NOVEMBER and I live in New Jersey!

What did you/ do you want to do for your sweet sixteen?

EDIT: I just saw that there's a party forum! That's new right... please tell me I'm not that blind. Could someone move this for me? Thanks!
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Star Wars Light Saber thingie... on: April 04, 2005 02:43:43 PM
My friend was joking about owning her own Light Saber. So I figured it would be funny and unexpected if I made her one. I thought I'd get a flashlight and maybe some colored, flexible plastic. I was wondering, though, what kind of plastic I should get and where I should get it. Had anyone got any ideas?
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Twister Mat Tote Bag--Tutorial with A LOT of pictures! 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

17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Sewing Plastic--Thread Question on: March 30, 2005 07:08:13 AM
I'm making a tote bag for my cousin using a Twister mat. I'm pretty sure I'm supposed to use that clear "invisible" thread, but I was looking at the plastic/vinyl case on my sewing maching and it's sewn together with regular thread! Can someone help me?
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Twister Mat--What to make out of it? 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?
19  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Some photos I entered in a contest on: March 25, 2005 03:32:33 PM
For my school's literay magazine, I submitted the following:
Since I am a literary editor, I was excempt from winning a cash prize.

I entered the following in a photo club contest, and the results didn't come in yet, but the president passed me a note saying she loved my work, so, uh... I think I may have won. Also, only like, three other people entered. lol.
I also entered the picture you can see part of on my icon (as long as it still says version 1.5: wheaton villiage under it), but I didn't put that on my site yet. I have more photography on my site.
20  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Photographs, Art, and Contests, too! on: March 24, 2005 12:08:27 PM
Please check it out and tell me what you think of my work!

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