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41  Re: Fill-a-mug swap in New Swap Theme Ideas by lindsycarranza on: November 17, 2008 05:22:42 PM
Thanks for answering my questions Smiley
I'm excited!!!  I really could use another mug Tongue Mine seem to always be dirty when I need one LOL (I have maybe 5 and I have to share them with my DH)

Heh...I feel you there.  Except we have about 20...but DH claims them all as "his" or else too sentimental to use and risk breaking.  Such the pest!  (Okay, except that last bit is fair...I broke the handle off a mug that was very special to the both of us, so I don't argue that point, anymore...)

Oh I understand that. My favorite mug got put in the dishwasher by accident and cracked Sad
I tried to find a replacement but it's hard to come by because the only place that sells it only sells it in packs of 100 or more, and well I don't need 100 mugs LOL!

The reason I loved it so, was because it was the perfect shape for my hands and the bottom of the handle had this curve where I could put my pinky for more support (I'm a natural clutz). It's made of corn plastic so that's why it cracked. Here's a pic:

Mine was just like this only blue with a silver logo, I got it a long time ago from someone.
It's one of those companies that puts your logo on something and you buy a bunch, called Quickpoint.

Sorry to get a bit off topic!
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42  Re: I need new ideas!--please post your homemade ornaments in Winter Holidays by lindsycarranza on: November 11, 2008 10:55:36 AM
Here are some ornaments I made last year for an ornament swap and then I made some for most everyone in my family.
These are a bit heavier than your typical ornament but will hang fine on a sturdy branch. Some of my family hung them on doorknobs etc...

I made quite a variety of colors.
Materials: flat back marbles
                hot glue and hot glue gun
               pipe cleaners

Now you don't necessarily have to use all those items but here is a general tut on how to make them.

First take you styrofoam ball and use a pencil or awl or screwdriver to poke a hole all the way through trying to stay as centered as possible.

Second insert your pipe cleaner leaving about an inch or two sticking out of the bottom. Thread that through the the styrofoam to secure it (not through the hole you made but beside it, actually stick it through the foam) Now fill the hole with some hot glue around the pipe cleaner on the top and bottom. OH I almost forgot You want to create a loop at the top of the ornament once you glue it in there, just twist as close the the styrofoam as you can.

Now you can either leave the styrofoam ball white or paint it. I personally think painting looks better. You can use glitter paint, whatever you want. The cool thing about the marbles (clear ones) and the glitter is it creates a very cool magnification look and make the ornament pop that much more.

Glue marbles on being careful not to burn yourself Smiley The hot glue melts the styrofoam helping aide the marbles in sticking to the ball, believe me it's not easy to pry them off after the glue has cooled.

Finally attach ribbon if desired and voila!

I hope this all makes sense this is really my first tut.

I think I'll try to make a step by step tut with pic's soon, I think this could be a fun project for many Smiley

These were a BIG hit with my family last year Smiley
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43  SRV in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by lindsycarranza on: October 10, 2008 11:20:03 PM
This is an illustration/drawing of Stevie Ray Vaughn I did for a friend....it's way overdue (3-4 years overdue)
He did a wonderful thing for me back when I was in college and helped me pay my rent one month and in exchange I would do 3 drawings for him. I've done Jimi Hendrix and a larger SRV and finally this one.
You can see the others at www.artwanted.com/lindsycarranza.

I tried really hard on this one and there are parts that aren't perfect but I think it turned out reasonably well.

This is a scan and not a perfect one. It's hard because I have to scan it in in pieces and then put it back together with photoshop. It's about 13" by 16". Okay enough blabbing here is the pic Smiley

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44  Re: My Craft Space in my Bedroom (Lots of pics) :) in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by lindsycarranza on: September 12, 2008 10:59:17 AM
Well I've decorated a bit and decided to share some updated pics Smiley
There are still a few things I want to do, right now mainly the craft area is decorated.
Some of the things I still want to do to the craft area is cover my chair, paint the stand by the chair, hang a few more pics, get a piece of glass to cover my craft table etc....
And then I can get to decorated the bedroom part.

So here are some pics :
Whole Area

And here are some close ups on some of the projects I did to decorate Smiley
Everything was done with things I already had with the exception of some ribbon and buttons.

Desk Organizer-made out of Pringles cans a sawed shorter and covered with scrapbook paper and ribbon

My blue folders I covered them with bits of fabric I had and then used buttons to label them

This is my reading nook Smiley I LOVE IT

And here is a close up of the pillows I made, I love them also Smiley

Here is my plastic small drawer organizer that hold buttons, jewelry findings etc... I decided gray was boring so I painted the front blue and the surrounded the side with blue, gree, and brown ribbon but you can't see that is this pic
I also decorated all those vases except the white striped one and I used an old mayo jar as a candy dish Smiley

And I also cut some contact paper into circles and painted them blue, green, and brown and put polka dots on my pegboard because I needed to be more fun I thought, and I LOVE polka dots!
The edges come unstuck every once in awhile but that's not big deal to me. And I couldn't find my single hole punch so I just ended up poking holes with a awl but once I find the hole punch or buy a new one I will do that.

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45  Re: Some of my Swarovski Crystal Creations in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by lindsycarranza on: August 24, 2008 04:15:58 PM
i love the crystal in the last picture.  how big is it?

Here is a picture for size reference, I don't have the measurements and I don't have the necklace anymore but I hope this helps Smiley
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46  Re: Marble Pendants in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lindsycarranza on: August 18, 2008 09:47:50 AM
Oh I wanted to show these as well. I made these quite awhile ago last fall.

I wear them ALL the time, they are simple, cute, and go well with certain outfits. I still need to find a brown marble to make another one. They are just solid colored flat back marbles.

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47  Broken Art-What should I do??? in More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions by lindsycarranza on: August 07, 2008 07:56:16 PM
Okay here is the back story first. About 4 years ago (yes it's been THAT long) I was working on this piece that I was planning on putting in my portfolio (to try to get into some studios, that venture has been put on hold).

I worked PAINSTAKINGLY on this piece for 3 months. That was the LONGEST I've ever worked on a piece (I can usually crank one out in a weekend or a week, depending on the time I have available). Well back then I had this table that was apart of a piece of old furniture that I would use to sit on my lap while I sat on my bed to draw.

Well while working on this piece one night I had to pee so I put the table on the floor and proceeding to get off the bed. Well in the process I tripped over the table causing it to flip over. Well that little accident ended up splitting my piece in half!!! I said MANY choice curse words and started to cry just staring at my work. Well then I couldn't decide what to do with it so it's been sitting in my closet for 4 years. I just came across it again while unpacking and decided I should do something with it already. Well I have been thinking about doing a few ATC's or ACEO's and I thought maybe I could cut it up into those. Do you guys think that would be a good idea?

I have thought and been told other ideas such as finishing it and framing as two to four separate pieces. Which still might work but there is more than one crack. In the pictures (which I took right after it happened with my crappy camera I had back then) you can only really see the one main crack. But after it happened and I tried to pick it up it cracked in other places too. I use colored pencils and I can't really fill in the crack with colored pencils.

I will NEVER buy the board I used for this piece ever again either!

Okay well on to the pics.....

So what do you guys think should I make ATC's or ACEO's?
Should I attempt finishing it and framing it separately?
Trash it LOL

Oh and one thing I thought of framing it separately brings another problem--since it's not a clean break I would either have to make it clean and risk losing some of the picture or leave it unclean....

Thanks ahead of time for reading all that Smiley
And for any suggestions!
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48  My Colored Pencil Art-Britney Murphy, Jimi Hendrix and a Portrait in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by lindsycarranza on: June 05, 2008 07:47:12 PM
It's actually been a long while since I've done any drawing so I thought maybe if I shared some with you all I might get motivated to do some. I've been crafting so much I haven't had much time for drawing. Time is limited It's a constant battle Smiley But these are some pieces I've done in the past. The Britney Murphy piece is one of my personal favs, some of the shadows are a bit wonky but still one of my favs. Then the second one is a piece I did of my Sister in Law Jessica, I did it as a bridal shower gift and she loved it. I was up until like 3 AM the morning of her shower finishing it LOL, I matted and framed it myself also. The third is a piece I was commisioned to do for a friend of Jimi Hendrix. Well Enjoy Smiley The most recent is the one of Jessica and that was done last August. It's been that long since I've I done any real drawing.
These are all done in colored pencil and for larger pics and more of my art you can see it on www.artwanted.com/lindsycarranza

Britney Murphy

Jessica Carranza

Jimi Hendrix
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