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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Baby Bombs (got a Yudu for Xmas!) on: December 31, 2010 01:51:02 PM
My mom got me the Yudu for Christmas, which was really sweet. I was on the fence about buying one for various reasons, but for free? Heck yeah!

I designed this in MS Word using their shape drawing tool - very primitive, I know - but it made the design I was looking for.

I printed on an adult sized T-shirt first, hated the adhesive platen and just started printing on kids' clothes with just some paper inside to prevent bleeds. I have no trouble with things moving around, but I'm not doing multi-color designs or trying to keep track of register marks, either.

2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Hand-Carved Baby Panda Stamp on: November 10, 2007 01:16:44 PM
I posted a tutorial for how I go about carving these things here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=205507.msg2193799#msg2193799

aaaaand - here's my latest venture!

Pandas are a near perfect subject for a one-color project becuase the white can be represented by negative space. I was very pleased with the way the fur-face turned out and I put a border in place to counter the fact that I was doing more of a panda portrait than a whole panda.

I love pandas!  Grin

My sister and I are sharing a birthday party tomorrow, so I'm including a package of these in her present. Hope she likes them!

Here's the stamp I carved:

And here's the whole project, drying on newsprint:

3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Hand-Carving a Snowflake Stamp - "tutorial" - step-by-step process (IMAGE HEAVY) on: November 04, 2007 06:28:46 AM
When I blog about these projects or just post up pictures somewhere about my stamps, I get asked several questions about the process.
This post will hopefully inspire anyone curious about the process to Go For It! (it's so easy) and I'll also be able to refer to it in the future if someone would like to know how it's done.

Without further ado - the birth of a handcarved stamp.

1) I start with a search on the internet, or in magazines, for an image of what I'd like to carve - I use it as a general guide.

2) I gauge how big I want the stamp to be, and draw my cutting lines on the carving block (Speedycut was used here).

3) I use my way-nifty Speedball cutting multi-tipped tool to slice that sucker up.

4) I don't even have to cut all the way through - a deep enough cut will give me a clean break.

5) Then I sketch, generally in pencil, what I'd like to carve. I have to be careful not to create grooves or nicks in the block with the pencil tip, however.

6) I start carving by cutting around the picture with a larger tip.

7) Then I start carving out the details with a smaller tip.

Cool Sometimes I take breaks...

9) But finally, I complete the stamp.

10) I mix up the color I want to use with Speedball ink and use a brayer to roll it across the stamp - I'm looking for anything that's picking up ink that shouldn't be.

11) I make a lot of prints, trying to get the balance of pressure and ink right.

12) Finished!

For these more delicate designs, I think I need to pick up some ink-drying retarder - the sticky nature of the ink does not lend itself well to small lines.

Still, I'm happy!

4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Hand-Carved Sea Turtle Stamp on: November 01, 2007 06:33:55 PM
This is my third attempt to manipulate that wonderful medium called Speedycut!

I looked at a photograph and sketched it with pencil, then I carved using Speedball cutting tools. The finished stamp makes a print that I was so happy with I was actually dancing!

The scratches on the shell were actually intentional, because mighty sea turtles do see their share of shell-wear in a lifetime, but in retrospect I probably would have preferred the print without them. Still, I'm mighty happy.
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Is there such a thing as a small-scale letterpress machine? on: October 28, 2007 02:18:40 PM
Maybe my question betrays my complete ignorance of the topic, haha - but is there such a thing?

I see beautiful handmade letterpress stationery out there and long to make some of my own, but my rudimenaty searches online yield nothing but massive machines priced upwards of a grand.

Yeah... I didn't find that much in the 'ol couch cushions.

So - does anyone here use one? Own one? Have an answer for me?
6  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / My first beads! on: February 21, 2006 07:24:39 AM
I was inspired by the threads on this forum, to give yet another craft a try - felting! I purchased little packets of wool roving from the craft store and a needle and gave it a go.
I stabbed myself a bunch, and the cats keep trying to steal my work, but for a first-timer, I think I did "ok".
The top three were my first attempts, and the one with the criss-cross design was my VERY first bead. I'm happy with the little swirly one, too.  Grin
The bottom three are from my attempt to Felt The Universe - you can see here Mercury, Venus and Earth - can't wait to make Saturn!

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / What would a dominatrix use to grocery shop in China? on: January 11, 2006 09:04:13 AM
This bag!

You know how when you go to your craft-corner, or workspace, and you just need to dig around and feel your supplies before something comes to you? Yeah, this came to me when I pulled out the red fabric, which I was never wild about, but grew to love when paired with black. I modeled it after a grocery bag, only about 1.5 times as wide. The vinyl is for the sides and back, inside and out. This was made completely without a pattern because I was trying to develop a prototype for future bags - the only thing I'd add would be a second layer of interfacing and perhaps some interior pockets or a clip for keys.

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Pin-Up Girl Placemats - with Tutorial! on: January 09, 2006 07:32:57 AM

Fabric and matching thread
Muslin and matching thread (muslin comes in black and white)
Grocery bag
Pencil or dressmaker's marker
Sewing machine

1) Pre-wash your fabric and muslin to shrink it.
2) Iron your fabric and muslin
3) Cut one panel from a standard grocery bag
4) Quadruple your fabric, matching selvages. Iron again. Place paper bag panel on wrong side of fabric and trace the perimeter. Pin your fabric together close to the corners. Cut along your traced lines through all four layers of fabric. Go slowly!
5) Do the same for the muslin, but cut 8 pieces, not 4.
6) Lay two layers of muslin on top of the right side of each fabric piece and pin.
7) Sew a 3/8" seam around the outside of each mat, leaving approx 3" open at the top of each placemat in the middle, not a corner.
8.) Trim seams and corners and turn the mats right side out. I use a chop stick to get my corners to pop out all the way, just be gentle. Don't trim the seam where the opening is!
9) Press from the center out to the edges and corners with your iron, tucking in the opening to match the rest of the mat.
10) Top-stich your mats with the fabric colored thread on the spool and the muslin-colored thread in the bobbin.

Now you have fully washable, ironable, BEAUTIFUL placemats!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Making Christmas crafts with my daughter! on: December 16, 2005 07:05:19 AM
This year I wanted my kids to be able to give gifts, so I picked three projects out and this is what my 5 year old and I put together for her to give.
This was a simple kit from Michael's, but I'm sure you could find the components at any craft store. The kit contained (5 of each):
cardboard (graham cracker)
thin brown foam (chocolate)
white wooden beads (marshmallow) - 5 plain, 5 w/ faces
leather thread (sticks)
black washers and black beads (hat)
red pipe cleaners (scarf)
white pipe cleaners (to hold it all together)
silver thread (for hangin)

We used a hot glue gun, that's why mommy was involved, on a low setting. We glued the chocolate to the graham cracker, then cut the white pipe cleaners into 3" lenghts and put a bead of glue on the end and threaded the plain white bead onto it - the glue caught it at the end. We put a drop of glue on the chocolate and set the little "post" we'd made on the glue. Then we cut the leather thread into 4 or 5" lengths and tied them around the post.
Here were are at that point:

Then we put glue there to secure the white beads with the snowman faces. Then we put more glue on top and threaded the black washers on for the hat brim. Then more glue, and the black beads for the top hat.
Next we used a pliers to curl the remaining white pipe cleaners down to make a loop and put glue on the top of the hat to secure. We cut the silver thread into 8" lengths (my daughter had a great time measuring all this stuff) and threaded them through the loops at the top and knotted them to make hangers.
Finally, we cut the red pipe cleaners into 4 or 5" lengths and wrapped them around the snowman necks above the arms to make scarves, and curled the ends with the pliers again.

Here's the finished product!

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / I need to create this dress! on: June 02, 2005 08:33:17 AM
I've been asked to re-create the dress below (worn at the Oscars) for a friend to wear at her wedding reception this July. She'll be about 4 months pregnant at the time (she was married last January, but they're having the party this summer, in case that matters  Roll Eyes ) and I've searched all over the net for similar patterns using "empire waist bridal gown pattern" in various combinations in countless search engines.

I don't draft patterns, so I need to secure something that I can at least alter to match this as closely as possible. My main concern is the bust-piece. Obviously it needs to be sturdy enough to stay up without the support of a fitted waist and that will be my main obstacle. I could perhaps convince the bride to allow some spaghetti straps or some clear ones. I don't know.

Any feedback/suggestions are welcome.

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