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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Scaredy Marshmallows and Happy Cloud! on: July 13, 2008 09:46:13 PM
After finding this embroidered clutch on http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=13126311 , I knew I had to make my own version. Here's what I came up with...

Marshmallows running from the eeeeevil FIRE!!


Happy Cloud! Cheesy

Thanks for looking!
12  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / SAW Altered Box w/ Clay Jigsaw and TEETH! on: July 12, 2008 09:18:35 PM
I took a horror movie class (college!) several semesters back because I am a huge horror buff, and, to my great enjoyment, my instructor required two media projects during the semester. I made an altered book with classic horror films (which I will post once I finally get it back from my instructor!), and this altered box themed around my favorite horror series, the SAW films.

I painted the box black and had fun splattering it with red paint to give it a gorey effect. Then, I sculpted four teeth and attached them to the underside of the lid with black string so that they'll dangle when you open the box. Then, I layered the bottom of the box with various, threatening-looking tools, the inside sides with pictures from all four films, and topped it off with a Sculptey version of the super-creepy Jigsaw! I gave him a bow tie, fuzzy black hair, and, yes, a mini saw! I had in-construction pictures of him, but they're on my old phone *rest in peace*, haha.

The overall shot of the box...

The outside... (excuse the glare, it's actually just solid black)

The teeth! (they look much more realistic in person-- my teacher actually freaked when he saw them because he thought they might be real! haha)

Close-up of the little man! (bow tie's there but crooked...)

He's so cute in a super-creepy way! I lurve him  Cheesy (check out his saw!)

Another angle...

What do you think?  Smiley
13  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Pens, the Office Drone! on: July 09, 2008 10:56:00 PM
I am in love with the TV show "The Office," and during a monster-making/movie-watching marathon with my brother the other night (a brother who crafts! How sweet is that?  Cheesy), I felt my little amoeba-shaped monster was destined for boring office-dom! A little on his personality (because a monster without a personality is no monster at all! haha): Pens is the epidemy of an office drone. He works 90 hours a week in a cramped, bland cubicle, slaving over pointless, silly projects at the request of his (idiot) boss. Strangely enough though, Pens loves his work-- he does dream of vacationing to Maui one day, provided he can tear himself away from his mundane career for awhile!

I'm thinking about giving him a little pocket-protector with pens hanging off of it, and a felt donut with little bead sprinkles.  Cheesy
14  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Anatomy Quilt (PIC OBESE)! on: July 09, 2008 10:34:26 PM
Ok, so, explanations first!  Wink Since I can remember, I've always been fascinated with medicine. I recently decided to go for a Bachelors in Nursing from the University of Michigan after I complete my current Bachelors, and I've been so excited about it that I wanted to combine my passion for crafting with my passion for medicine.

I love all the colorful, detailed representations of anatomy (which border on art themselves!) in my textbooks, and had a crazy idea... thus, the Anatomy Quilt! When my fellow nursing students are scrambling through their books to look up the interior vena cava, I'll simply have to glance down at my cuddly quilt! Weird, I know, but hey-- I'm a Craftster; I'm allowed to be a bit quirky, right?  Cheesy

Sidenote: the quilt is comprised of solid white cotton squares and red, patterned flannel. The quilt is not completed just yet; the pictures below are just of the front panel. The images were applied using iron-on transfer paper.

Without further ado...

Some close-ups.....

What do you think?? Lemme know!  Smiley
15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Thriftstore/Dollar Store Swap? on: July 09, 2008 03:27:32 PM
I just finished my first swap which was great, but I ended up spending waaay too much moola on it (try around $65 w/ shipping!!), which gave me the idea for a on-the-cheap swap in which you could only purchase from thrift stores, dollar stores, or one or the other. Also, it could have a price cap; for example, no spending over $15. I couldn't be the moderater, but would anyone else be interested?
16  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Vance, the Lumberjack Monster! on: June 30, 2008 09:32:38 AM

This is Vance, my first monster! As soon as I found this fabric hidden away in my craft room, I knew I had to make a little rugged monster out of it! I purposefully sewed him with the seam on the outside to make him look more 'rough around the edges,' literally  Wink

Then I gave him felt eyes, a goofy grin, and soft, fluffy black hair out of some speciality yarn. And now for the fun part-- his personality!! He's so large that he's a bit of a doofus at times-- he's so kind that he tends to get all weepy and emotional, so of course, he's a vegetarian  Cheesy. He lives in the deep, deep woods where he keeps a pair of rabbits as pets-- bad thing is, they won't stop having little bunny babies, but he doesn't have the heart to get rid of them! Also, he loves marshmallows and warm fires in his cabin!

Here we are...

What do you think??
17  COOKING / Dessert / Cakes! on: August 17, 2007 11:32:59 PM
I work at Cold Stone, and on top of making and serving ice cream, we also make display and special-order cakes. These are my first two medium rectangle special order cakes, and I'm rather proud of them, though I've made more interesting cakes before  Smiley

This first one is a Star Wars cake, and you can't tell due to low-picture quality, but the circle in the lower left of the cake is actually comprised of spikey, multicolored flames, not blobs like they look like here.

A Vader toy went in the middle of the circle, along with a couple other themed toys to fill up space.

I also tried to marbalize the blue to give it more of a spacey feel...

This one is a Mickey themed cake, though you wouldn't know it until the toy was placed on the part where the two frosting bows meet...

18  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / First Stenciling Attempt... on: August 17, 2007 10:01:14 PM

I made this months ago for my ex-- for the Juggernaut, I took a color picture found on the internet, removed the color, printed it and then spent literally 2 hours figuring out how to cut a stencil out of it. The brick wall was partially freehanded and for the rest I used a ruler as a guide.

The lettering is messy, I know-- I was in a rush, so try to ignore it  Tongue

19  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Microbe Plushies! on: August 17, 2007 09:51:55 PM

I fell in love with the microbe plushies I found on one of my favorite websites, ThinkGeek.com (http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/plush/6708/images/)...

And, being a crafter, I of course had to try to save some moola while adding my own personal touch by making my own. The stitching was a bit shoddy since I was rushing when I made them-- originally a present for someone else-- and I plan on making more and actually taking my time next time around. I can take more detailed pictures if anyone would like to see them up close!

The yellow one at the top is an ulcer, the green one is the common flu virus, and the blue one is the clap  Grin

20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Gryffindor Pride! Harry Potter Fleece scarf, hat, & handwarmers on: August 17, 2007 01:48:16 AM

After feeling rather unproductive due to 24 hour tummy flu and in having a day off *gasp!* a crafty urge hit hard, and these were the products: all Gryffindor-themed fleece scarf, hat, and *poorly made* fingerless gloves.

This is my first-ever project that I've posted, so be gentle  Cheesy

Oh, by the way-- the hat still needs to be hemmed *badly*, and the scarf isnt completely hemmed up yet either. But yeah, enjoy!

Ready for fall leaves, cider, and HP in the park =)

Dumbledore Army! =D

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