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51  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / [ACCEPTED] Board for Making Designer Clothes, and Stars' too.... on: July 29, 2004 06:57:49 AM
There should be a board where we can discuss making clothes that look like a design off the runway, and where we can do the same for celebrity outfits. There is a thread I keep running into about Amy Lee's clothes, so why not put it there? It could just be a child board of clothing. What do you think?
52  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Shaving Cream Cards-- With Tutorial--MUST TRY! on: July 24, 2004 05:19:42 PM

Halmark makes "marbled" cards, which can be costly. They may look hard to recreate at home, but it's so easy... and you have everything you need to make one-RIGHT NOW!

To make this marbled card, you'll need:
. A shallow baking pan. Even a large plate could work.
. White shaving cream. It can't be gel. I was sad when I realized I couldn't use my pear Skintimate stuff... so I swiped my mom's aloe shaving cream.
. A spatula
. The cardstock or paper you want to make the card out of. Make sure it's white!
. Food colouring
. OPTIONAL: An extra piece of paper
. OPTIONAL: a rubber stamp and ink

Step by Step:
1. Spray shaving cream into pan. Spread it until it evenly covers the bottom. It does not have to be completely even or flat.
2. Add drops of food colouring and fluff it up until it looks like my picture:

3. Take your card paper and lay it flat onto the shaving cream. Push it into the cream until all of the paper is in contact with the cream.
4. Remove the paper from the cream and place it on the table to dry. Make sure you put the cream side up! Here's a picture of mine with the shaving cream still on it.

5. After about 7-10 minutes, take a paper towel and wipe off the shaving cream in one direction. Continue wiping until all the cream is gone. Here's mine after I wiped it:

Optional Steps:
6. Take an extra piece of paper, and stamp a design onto it.
7. Trim off excess paper and glue it onto card.

And you're done!

(For more pics, look through the rest of this thread. I add more cards and envelopes as I go along, so check back often for new ideas!)
53  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Average Booth Costs? on: July 23, 2004 04:48:29 PM
A friend and I want to buy a booth at an upcomming craft fair. I know that they cost money, and since I've never done this before, I don't know how much to save up. Can you please share how much you've paid for booths? I'd love it if you could name some high and low costs you've paid. I just want to get a general idea of how much money I'll need, and I'm sure other craftsters would like the information. Thanks!  Smiley
54  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Bottle Person/Other Bottle Ideas on: July 12, 2004 05:29:56 PM
I made this bottle person at summer camp last year. It was a really fun and inexpensive project that's good for little kids and adults.

Here's What You Need:
A bottle. I used an orange juice bottle.
Crayola Model Magic. Any modeling clay would work, but this is the best type for this project.
Acrylic paints.
Glue. Anything from Elmer's to hot glue would work.]
Paper scraps. The teacher had packages of patterened scraps that were supposed to look like fabrics.
Modge Podge. This is a MUST. You need A LOT of this for this project.
Plaster strips. You know, the stuff that you dip in water and smooth on the surface? Yeah, that. I forget what it's proper name is.

Here's What You Do:
1. Cover the bottle in the plastic strips.
2. Once it dries, paint it.
3. Take Model Magic and design a head for the bottle person. You can also make arms, legs, feet, etc. Be creative!
4. Paint the head and body parts.
5. Once the glue dries on the bottle, glue on scraps of paper.
6. Remove bottle cap. Glue on the head and body parts.
7.Once the glue dries, modge podge the entire thing.
8. Let dry and enjoy!

Some Extra Ideas:
 Smiley I made mine a Picasso bottle, but you can do anything you want!
 Smiley I haven't tried this, but I was thinking that if you make the head on the bottle cap, you can have a bottle that opens. You could store stuff in it, I suppose.

Here's some pics of mine!

55  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Craft/Recycle For Needy Familys on: July 12, 2004 02:26:25 PM
Everyone has soda pop tabs laying around. Well, The Ronald McDonald house gets money for them and donates it to needy families. You can take an old soda can, decorate it, and stash the tabs in them. Collect some from friends and family, too. It's for a good cause, and the can can look pretty neat once covered in paper, glitter, or photographs. You could even get it started at your school or church.

I once made a decorated soda can for girlscouts. We made a whole bunch of them and sold them at a fair. The proceeds went to the charity, and the people who bought them could also contribute more. Just another case where crafting surves a charitable purpose.
56  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Free Map of the World on: July 12, 2004 01:50:53 PM
Not too long ago, I recieved a free map of the world in the mail. It's about 38x25 inches. It's actually pretty nice-looking... I really want to make something with it. Any ideas?
57  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Sunprint Paper on: July 06, 2004 06:53:03 PM
I was watching DYI Network about a month agao and saw them using something called Sunprint Paper to make cool wall hangings. When I went away to the Outer Banks, I saw some of it for $4.00, so I bought it. Have any of you used Sunprint paper before? I understand how to use it ad all, but do any of you have project ideas or tips on usage? If you could share any ideas, I'd apprectiate it.

By the way, for those of you who are wondering what it is, it's basically paper that you stick an item such as a leaf on and expose it to the sun for about 1-5 minutes. Then you quickly rinse it in water for a minute and let it dry flat. It makes the image go onto the paper. (It's kind of like those projects we all made in kindergarten: get a leaf, put it on construction paper, leave it on the window sill for a week. Only, it's more effective (and faster!) this way.
58  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Purse Made From 7" Vinyls with tutorial on: July 06, 2004 06:02:43 PM
Here's a tutorial for a purse I made this morning. It was really easy, and I love the turn out.

What You Need:
Two seven inch vinyls or 45s. I used 45s, but I thought it would confuse people to say "Purse Made From 45 Records." Ha, ha.
Some fabric (I used leftover fleece from my sleep maskhttps://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=6410.0[Mine's on page three, if you're interested]).
An old drawstring bag, smaller than the records. If you can't find or buy one, make one using the directions I posted here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=7377.msg57961#msg57961
Hot glue gun with A LOT of glue. Trust me, you'll need a lot.
A chain necklace or chain link from a hardware or craft store. It makes the handle, so keep that in mind when browsing your house/stores.

What You Do:
1. Take out the string or whatever is in the drawstring bad that is used as the handle. Thread the chain/necklace through. If it's hard to thread through, sew it onto the existing string/handle.

2. Here's a step to skip if your bag is small enough to not be seen in between the two records. Mine was a little bit bigger, so I marked it and folded the showing part in. Then I hot glued it down.

3. If you don't like the fabric of the bag, uses scraps of fabric (like my fleece) to cover the parts that show. The holes on the record, for example, were large enough to see basketballs through, so I used the tan fleece to cover the holes. I cut a square large enough to cover the hole and hot glued it to the back ot the record.

4. Now here's the fun part: Glue the first record to the bag.

5. Once that's done, make a "sandwich" using the other record. Here's a little diagram for you.

6. And you're done!

If you have any questions/comments/compliments/whatever, please share! I'd love to help you out/hear what you have to say.

By the way, here are the records close up, if you're intrested. I used the sides with the song titles I liked best. Oh, and these are WAY cheap, I got mine for a dollar each.

59  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Floral Brooch Pin Tutorial With Pictures on: June 20, 2004 03:20:20 PM

I got this idea from a shirt I saw on sale in a department store. It was a ribbed tank top with a flower on the side of it. I really liked the shirt, but didn't want to dish out the $59.00 for it. So, I made my own, for less than $10.00!
Here's what you do: First, cut off a fake flower that you like. Then, hot glue a pin back the the back of the flower. Finally, let it dry and then pin it to the tank top strap!

Here's me modeling it for you:

Final suggestions and tips:
*Experiment with colours. I picked the white flower with the yellow center because the shirt was yellow, but I could've done any type of fake flower, really.
*Don't put the flower in the washing machine! Take the pin off before washing the shirt.
*This would make a great gift, the whole shirt and flower combination looks designer when done right.

I hope you enjoy it! If you make it, post a picture! I would love to see what you did!
60  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Spruce Up Your Ice Cubes on: June 19, 2004 09:48:11 AM
Here are some of my favourite ways to make ice cubes better than they already are.

Idea # 1: If you will be serving a few types of drinks, make the ice cubes out of those drinks. For example, freeze coca cola to serve with... well, coca cola. Your guests will aprreciate not having watered-down soda!

Idea # 2: Fill ice cube trays with lemonlime soda and plop a grape into each ice cube section. When they're frozen, serve with apple juice or punch. You can also try other combos to see what they taste like.

Idea # 3: When serving milkshakes, leave some shake left over and pour into ice cube trays. Put M&Ms or other small candy in each section. Let freeze and put 5 or 6 cubes in each milkshake. Again, experiment with milkshakes and candies.

Idea # 4: Put water in ice cube trays and put a gummy bear in each section. Serve with water.

Anyone else have ice cube ideas? I love making creative ice cube/drink combos.
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