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51  Re: Tip in with a Twist Gallery in The Swap Gallery by just_lisa on: October 19, 2007 04:37:56 AM
I've got my bookcovers done  Cheesy

The front cover

inside front cover

inside back cover

and the back cover

Pardon the craft table mess and random cat pieces floating in the backgrounds.

This is the first time in a long time that I have made anything for myself that I can actually say I truly love.  Usually when I really like my work I wind up giving it away.

The only thing kinda bugging me is I wish I had made a more graceful join between the two stamps on the inside front cover up by the bird/words.

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52  prayer journal in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by just_lisa on: October 16, 2007 09:11:45 AM
I am in charge of the girls dept. at our church.  We made these prayer journals. 

The cover

We made three different torn edge designs

and we made pockets out of each torn page for notes, thoughts, etc.

Each girl was allowed to decorate with whatever papers,punches, stamps, etc. how they wanted.  They used a LOT of glitter Wink

Of course they said mine looked like a grandma journal Cheesy

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53  Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap 6 !!!!! in The Swap Gallery by just_lisa on: October 16, 2007 08:56:55 AM
Cameras work much better when you put the batteries in correctly! Grin

Here are a couple of pics of my MYB from Babyskilz

everything all together.

The bottle and the cute lil punkin!

Thanks again Babyskilz!
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54  stripey FBB in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by just_lisa on: September 06, 2007 06:46:45 AM
This is a FBB I made for the Tim Burton swap round 2.  I love the stripeyness of it and the little zero pin.


and the lining

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55  Re: Another trashy novel wallet = fun! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by just_lisa on: September 01, 2007 05:50:46 PM
I finally took pics of one of the wallets I made.  Not a book cover, but same technique.  I used elastic for the closure instead of a snap

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56  Re: Tim Burton Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by just_lisa on: September 01, 2007 05:42:58 PM
 Here are some pics of all the wonderful things we recieved from Ralph.  She completely spoiled us.

this is a NBC purse,magnets,necklace,earrings, hand painted box and some charms.  My dd was very excited about the purse, she really needed one, but couldn't find any she liked.  This one she loves. Smiley

The box is really beautiful.

Ralph also sent my younger dd a Wonka pencil case completely stuffed full of goodies.

there is this totally cool book made of envelopes, with beads sewn into the binding.  The envelopes are this awesome textured brown color.  I have never seen envelopes like these in my area. 

Ralph sent all kinds of ribbons, stickers and images to use inside the book along with some bracelets, key chain and barretts, charms and a million other wonderful things.

Then to top it all off, Ralph made a edward scissorshand purse for me.  The image is beautifully drawn.

I also recieved Jack earrings, charms,magnets, a handpainted corpse bride necklace and box,bracelet, Jack figure and a handmade book.

a better pic of book.  The book is Victor's journal and inside are all of his butterfly drawings

another pic of Victor's journal and of the corpse bride box.  Ralph also painted this same corpse bride image on a necklace.

Jack now oversees all of my communications.

Ralph everything is so perfect.  I am still overwhelmed by how creative and talented you are. 

I am also deep in swap anxiety over what I sent.   Embarrassed 
I hope you still like it wooly.

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57  Re: Altoid Tin Theme Swap Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by just_lisa on: July 14, 2007 09:02:33 PM
I finally recovered my camera so here is my wonderful tin from Gwydion.  She did quotes, cats, books, and altered art.  The tin looks like a book, kinda reminds me of the little Bibles you used to  get at Bible School

A close up of the cat reading a book. It's very detailed and very sweet

She made me some really good bookmarks, way better than the junk mail I am currently using Wink  Sorry for the bad pic.  Scrabble letter initials, cute mouse and cat buttons and a green ribbon.

I love the little book of cat quotes.  This one is my favorite.

I also recieved bookplates!   They look just like my own kitties.  They came in a neat little crocheted bag.  I love the fiber she used. 

Gwydion sent me EARRINGS!!!  I honest to goodness can NOT remember the last time I bought myself earrings.  She used my favorite color, green.  I had to wear my hair up to make sure everyone noticed them Cheesy


and the inside of my tin

Gwydion did such a good job on everything, and  made my first swap a great swap.  Thank you Gwydion Grin

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58  Re: altered cooking/sewing books in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by just_lisa on: June 27, 2007 11:49:22 AM
sorry for the long delay in posting this.  Life has a nasty way of intruding sometimes. 

the first thing I did was use a screwdriver to pry the center 3 ring metal thingy out of the books.

then I cut 4 - 3" pieces of ribbon and threaded them through the metal rings on the purse handles.  I used e-6000 to glue the ribbon closed

I stood my book up and traced around the outside edges to make a rough pattern for the triangle side pieces.

EWWW! I spilled my pepsi on my pattern!  sorry  - it looks disgusting!

I cleaned up my pattern, made sure the edges were all straight and even, and added a 1/2" seam allowance to each side.Then I cut 4 side pieces. 

I measured the inside of my book, added 1/2" seam allowance again and cut out 2 pieces

I measured 2" in from each edge of my book and also marked the middle of the book.  I again used e-6000 to glue  the handles on and to glue the ribbon in the middle so I could tie it closed when it is done. 

Sew the top edges of the triangle pieces wrong sides together.  turn the fabric right side out so the seam is inside the two pieces .I usually sew along the edge one more time this way just to make it look more finished.  I don't sew the other sides of the triangle, I just iron on the line where I would sew and use that to glue  the pieces to the book.

  I use e-6000 and get some books or cans of food or something to stack on the outside of the each side of the purse to help hold it in the right place while the sides dry.  I also don't put any glue on the bottom little triangle area until every thing else is dry.

Now the book has the handles glued in, the center ribbon glued in and the triangle pieces glued in.

take the last 2 pieces that are the same size as the inside of your purse and iron your seam allowance towards the wrong side of the fabric.  I topstitch this on one long side and both short sides.  the other long side I leave unsewn because it is the bottom and won't be seen.

glue these side pieces into your purse, covering all of the other little bits and pieces and raw edges.  the unsewn side goes to the bottom.  I cover a piece of cereal box with some more fabric and stick that into the bottom. 

I know this is a lot of info and not many pictures, but if you need any help or if it is not clear enough anywhere let me know, I will be happy to answer or help out.   Now that life is semi-normal for me again it should not take as long for me to reply! Smiley   
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59  recon jeans to skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by just_lisa on: June 13, 2007 08:00:59 AM
Hi guys! wanted to show off my newest recon skirt!  used to be either my husbands or sons jeans. I don't know which, cuz no one will claim them now Grin  I used a bleach pen to outline the flowers, then used a fine tip sharpie to draw them on after the bleach was washed out.  Let me know what you think!

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60  altered cooking/sewing books in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by just_lisa on: June 12, 2007 09:34:17 AM
Hi!  This is my very first post ever! Cheesy I'm so excited!  My mom used to own these books, so when i saw them at a junk store I knew I had to make these purses.  Only thing is my mom and mom in law think they are too small  Undecided  Guess they are used to carrying something more like a suitcase Wink  what do you all think?

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