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1  Bride and Groom Day of the Dead Miniature Box (IMG heavy) in Completed Projects by gwennie363 on: January 04, 2012 04:46:52 PM
Okay, so ages ago my sister and I visted Mexico and she had her eye on some of the crafty boxed minatures that we saw in a lot of places. She didn't really have the money to spring for one so I fiiiinally got around to making her one for Christmas.

Its made out of that Crayola foam clay stuff (can't remember what its called), an old el paso taco box (accidentally themed - it was the first thing I saw that would work), some frabric scraps, acrylic paint, and lots and lots of glitter.

I made the figures removable so that she could get a closer look at their cute little costumes Wink


Close up of their rings (the diamond is a nail gem I glued to a small piece of wire I wrapped around my pliers)

Another close up of the rings (click to enlarge)

For a sense of the scale (click to enlarge)

The colours look a bit off since I hurredly took the pics against a white background and I had to adjust the colours

Smiley Crits and comments welcome!
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2  Miniature Jersey Christmas Ornaments in Winter Holidays by gwennie363 on: December 30, 2011 11:30:59 AM
Every year at our staff Christmas party I make ornaments for all of us who work at the small independant business at which I am employed. This year I made small jerseys with the first letter of the name of the business (and coincidentally the name of the boss/owner). On the back I put the year each of us started working there. (At the moment there are only four of us starting in 1981, 1994, 2004, & 2006). I picked jerseys since we all get along/work as a team etc etc. I'm not the most deft with fabric/sewing etc so I'm pretty happy how these turned out. Smiley

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3  Day of the Dead Watercolour Portrait in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by gwennie363 on: November 05, 2011 08:59:28 PM
I've done a few of these watercolour stencil portraits based on this (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=301135.0) thread. I was inspired by some of the day of the dead art pieces floating around and decided to do some more of the stencil portraits and add some embellishments.

My sister and I.

Here is another stencil portrait based on the same photo to give an idea of what the picture looked like without the DOD details.

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4  Pilot Retirement Party Placecards [pic heavy-ish] in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by gwennie363 on: October 07, 2010 02:58:50 PM
My dad just retired from his job as a commercial pilot this fall, and so for our family dinner I made little name card holders using each airline he has flown for during his many years in the air. They're about 4" x 2" (folded), made out of a single piece of card and painting using Derwent Inktense pencils. The wings and tails are cut out and folded up to give them a 3rd dimension. The cotton ball 'clouds' and name tags are removable, since I was considering framing the planes in shadow boxes as a nice reminder.

Thanks for looking! Smiley

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5  Re: Recipe Gallery in The Swap Gallery by gwennie363 on: June 02, 2010 10:11:07 PM
Recipes I received:

- lovely custom made recipe cards
*Healthy Chipotle Cream Pasta
*Green Tea Cupcakes - I'm really excited/curious to try these!
*Beer Cheese Spread - combining two of my favourite things! Wink
*Salsa Chicken with Corn Salad
*Gourmet Jalepeno Poppers - one of my favourite appies

*Peanut Butter Chili - really curious to find out how the flavours work in this one Cheesy
*Curried Potato and Vegetable Soup
*Irish Beef Stew
*Baked Brie - YUM
*Maple Pumpkin Pie - my sister is supremely excited to try this one
*Rhuberry Jam

slingmomma -

spoiled by so many recipes and some pretty earrings added in as extras! Funnily enough, we both used the same backing for our recipe cards!
*Lemon Chicken
*White Wine Salsa Chicken
*Roasted Vegetables
*Garlic Butter Vegetables
*Hamburger Soup
*Potato Leek Soup
*Crushed Tomato Chops
*Cheesy Smashed Potatoes
*Garlic Butter Pasta
*Stuffed Peppers
*Crispy Peanut Butter Balls - Excited to try these..
*Applesauce - I love apple sauce Cheesy
*Chocolate Chippers
*Mint Chocolate Bars
*Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

eko -
she was kind enough to send a sample of her all purpose cleaner, which she also included as a recipe!
*No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Cookies - i love oatmeal cookies
*Shake and Bake for Any Purpose
*Three Sisters Stew - Mmmm!
*Cheese n' Ham Spirals
*15 Min Paella - excited to try this one and see how it goes
*Cheddar Chowder - YUM
*Home Made All-Purpose Cleaner

Recipes I sent (4x6 laminated recipe cards, unless otherwise requested) - I ended up sending out 9 recipes to each person, as I had picked specific ones to cater to their individual tastes and after going through the trouble of hunting specific recipes down and typing them up, I figured that even if they didn't like a particular ingredient in the recipe, they could easily substitute it for another ingredient /omit it.

*Dutch Pancakes
*Wild Mushroom Risotto
*Moong and Masur Lentil Curry
*Chicken Curry
*Smashed Spiced Chickpeas
*White & Orange (drink recipe)
*Quick Marinated Red Snapper Salad
*Moorish Crunch Salad
*Taglierini with a Simple Sweet Tomato Sauce and Shrimp

These are all recipes that I cook quite often and are (to my palate) DELICIOUS .. I hope eveyone enjoys them.

I also sent along three extras in each package - A recipe divider, a measurement converter, and a liquid measurement converter that will stick to a fridge/metallic surface for easy reference Wink

Here are some pictures of the recipes I sent - I haven't had a chance to make any of the ones I received, but I will post pictures when I have them!

Sweet Tomato Pasta

Moorish Crunch Salad

Smashed Chickpeas

Snapper Salad


Recipes on this board that want to be in my tummy:

korok: Mujadarra
paper rose: Stout Gingerbread
DesignVigilante:No Pre-Packaged Taco Meat, Authentic Chile Verde
MandyHello: Best Pumpking Cookies
Oyhana: Chilled Blueberry Soup
murbeck: Turkey Chickpea Chili - thanks!
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6  Re: Aquarium Birthday Card [img heavy-ish] (updated: Images fixed) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by gwennie363 on: May 10, 2010 11:08:12 PM
DawnsTrees I took a few quick pics to show a few different views. You can see how messily and quickly it was put together now, hehe, but hopefully it will answer your quesiton. It woudl have looked nicer as a "true"(?) tunnel book! Cheesy

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7  Re: Day of the dead painting in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by gwennie363 on: April 22, 2010 10:09:40 AM
Pretty, reminds me of this painting:

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8  Re: Shrinky Dink 3D 'Diamond' Ring in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by gwennie363 on: January 28, 2010 06:05:15 PM
Okay, so I've never done a tutorial, so if something is unclear lemme know. Its a pretty simple process so everything should be alright Tongue

So for the first step, you want to know what the size the finished product should be. ShrinkyDinks (SD) come with a little scale ruler so you can find out what size in inches you need to make the prebaked piece in order for it to end up the right size when shrunk. I usually do a rough little sketch or random shape of the final size that I want the piece to be, and then measure it with the SD ruler (which as you can see I have drawn onto my regular ruler becaus I'm perhaps a little obsessed with SD at the moment). That number then translates into how many 'real' inches you need to make the piece. In this case, it was 1".

Using the measurement from the little blob (1") we'll draw the outlline of the diamond as well as a little channel running through the middle. We need to make one piece with a channel cut through the top half and a 'tail' on the end and one piece with the channel cut through the bottom half. This way when they're shrunk, one diamond piece will interlock with the other one, which in turn will stick into the band. I outlined one shape with purple, and the other shape with green so that it is more clear. Below the template piece is another drawing with the lines that we will draw on the pieces once they are cut.

We'll also draw the band to the specifics of your ring size. To find out how big I needed my band to be, I slid a ring that already fits down a tapering Covergirl mascara tube (I also used the mascara to shape the final piece once it was baked). In the middle of the band we'll cut a hole so that the diamond will fit in it. I used a hole punch.

Cut out the two pieces and then trace the lines in Sharpie.

To colour my diamond, I used my  Prismacolour markers. They don't hold up as well as sharpies (they tend to stain the glaze a little bit, but in this case it doesnt matter as the diamond is all the same colour), but much better than cheap waterbased markers. I coloured the band with coloured pencils.

Put the pieces in the oven and bake to the temperatures/times specified in the SD package. Pull them out of the oven and quickly pick up (careful, its hot, but cool enough that I pick them up almost right out of the oven) the band and bend it around whatever object you found that will work for you. If you dont get it right the first time, you can put the cooled SD back in the oven until it softens and try it again.

Take the two diamond pieces and fit them together. I put a little bit of E3600 glue to keep them together, but regular white glue would probably work too. Then put a little glue on the hole of the band and fit the diamond into place. I find that the fit is snug enough that you don't even need glue, but wear and tear throughout the day may shake it loose. You could made different coloured gems and switch them up if you don't glue the diamond in.

 I tried a more elongated diamond shape as well. Don't know which one I like better.

Tips etc..
*to figure out the width of the channel in the middle of the faux-diamond, I measured an already shrunk piece of SD and then converted that number back to 'real' inches. A channel of 1/4(real)" makes the pieces fit perfectly, however if you are unsure at your measuring skills, just cut one channel a little bigger. The glue will fill in the difference.
*To check if your diamond will fit in the band, place the tail inside the hole before baking. Does it fit? Then it will fit when it's shrunk since SD shrinks uniformly. Again though, if you're unsure, cut the tail a little thinner and the glue will make it work.

I just whipped this up, so if you guys find errors or something doesn't make sense, please tell me and I'll fix it Smiley

Happy crafting Wink
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9  Shrinky Dink 3D 'Diamond' Ring [UPDATE: TUTORIAL ADDED on pg 1] in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by gwennie363 on: January 26, 2010 11:38:22 AM
I saw some shrinkydink rings from other Craftsters and they inspired me to try one of my own. It was kind of a silly quick project, but I like how it turned out.. I think I'll try a 'gold' band next time..

From above:

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10  Shrinky Dink Necklace - Skull/Sacred Heart in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by gwennie363 on: January 25, 2010 10:34:26 PM
So, made another shrinkydink creation - I love this stuff! Not much to say about it .. so .. voila Smiley

All big!:

All tiny (I'll never get sick of that!) Wink:

Thanks for taking a peek Cheesy
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