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1  Tutorial - An Awesome Box From Recycled Junk Mail! IMG Heavy in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by moxie_d on: September 17, 2009 03:04:50 PM
I love to find new ways to recycle or reuse items and this is one of my favorites!

You will need -
Junk Mail Card Stock (any type)
Exacto Knife
Hot Glue Gun

You can use what ever type of glue you would like or even tape. I just like to use hot glue because it dries the fastest.

Step 1. Measure in 1" from the edge of your cardstock and mark. Do this at intervals around all four sides. You can really use whatever measurement that you would like. Just make sure it is the same all of the way around.

Step 2. Connect your marks so that they make a straight line along each side. Be sure to draw all of the way to each edge so that the lines intersect at the corners.

Step 3. Using heavy pressure run your pen up and down each line a few times to "score" them for folding.

Step 4. Measure the length of your card stock and divide it in half to find the center. Lightly mark a center line.  Now mark a 1/2" on either side of this line. Repeat on the other edge.

Step 5. Connect your marks and use heavy pressure to score these lines also.

Step 6. With the long side of your cardstock horizontal, and using the lines as guides, take your exacto knife and cut the flaps as shown.  Be careful not to cut above your 1" mark.

Step 7. Fold along all of the lines you have made. I prefer to keep all of my markings hidden on the inside.

Step 8. Fold your box into it's basic shape to try it out and see if you have your sides even. This is where you will find out if you can draw a straight line and how good your math was when you found the center of your sheet. If everything is right it should fold up just like a clam shell.

Step 9. You will have 3 open sides and a solid one. Hot glue the side directly opposite of the solid one.

Step 10. Pick one of the other open ends and hot glue that together.

And you should now have a super awesome recycled box!

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2  The non-girlie grad gift! in Completed Projects by moxie_d on: June 07, 2008 09:58:45 PM
One of my best guy friends graduated from college this year. And since he graduated with a teaching degree I wanted to make him something teacher-ish, but not girlie if you know what I mean  Undecided....

So one scrabble board, some tiles, an exacto knife, some sand paper, a little bit o' E6000 and a crap load of mod podge later I came up with this-

Thanks for looking!!
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3  Re: FELT in Craftalongs by moxie_d on: March 20, 2008 01:47:59 PM
I know this one has already been done but I had to add mine too  Grin

Behold the Cupcake iPod cozy with sprinkle bling!

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4  Howie the Turtle iPod cozy :) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by moxie_d on: December 31, 2007 07:15:17 PM
Everyone, I'd like you to meet Howie...

My camera died while I was trying to take his picture, so we get crappy cell pics instead  Kiss

Howie is a present for my friend LJ for x-mas. Yeah... she hasn't gotten him yet because I just finished the little P.I.A....

That's why he has a name already. I figured anything that was giving me as much grief as he was needed a name other than the NC-17 ones he was getting called Wink

I'm not doing a tutorial for this one, because it really needs to be redesigned. He looked nice and easy on paper...not so much when making him a reality...

He's still cute as hell though!!

Happy New Year Everyone Cheesy

Edit: She loved him!! That made it all worth while Smiley

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5  It's Britney Bitch ;) in CHALLENGE 23 ENTRIES by moxie_d on: December 04, 2007 08:46:49 PM
I had a hard time with this challenge... a bazillion trips to the thrift stores and no inspiration to think of! Tons of ugly stuff, but nothing that jumped out and said "give me a makeover" you know  Undecided. So to be honest, I almost gave up..

Then I was doing laundry one day and it hit me! I had just what I needed sitting under my nose the whole time!

To briefly explain -  I'm a Flight Attendant, and have in my possesion at any given time a boat load of used Magazines that get left behind on the planes. We pass them around to each other so some of these are even 3rd or 4th hand. Now I know your thinking "and what is so ugly about a magazine?" Well I just so happen to have the tabloid stash...and guess who graces every single one?

Ms. Britney Spears.

And you can not tell me that you can get any uglier than what that girls life has become.

So I said "Brit Brit lets turn this mess around and bring you back to your former glory!"

I took all of the ugliness in her life that I could find and laid it out...

And with what I saw decided that this girl was in SERIOUS need of a life coach and some counseling. Panties wouldn't hurt either but we will get to those later. So I called in the best help that money could buy. And with their assistance stepped in and took her life apart....

After some very intense moments and amazing break throughs, started getting her back into superstar form..

Then I weeded out all of the enablers and unsavory characters that are always around...

Sent her in to see a team of makeover specialists....

3 types of mod podge, 4 types of glitter, some rhinestones and micro beads later....

I give you the one, the only, fabulous MS. BRITNEY SPEARS!!!!!

 Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

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6  TUTORIAL FINALLY ADDED!!!Happy Star Felt iPod Cozy For 3g (Super IMG Heavy) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by moxie_d on: November 08, 2007 08:57:55 AM
EDIT: I'm finally done with the tutorial!! Yay!! Thank you to everyone for all of the wonderful compliments and for being so patient with me  Kiss

So I got the new nano for my birthday in October and found out that no one makes cases for this model yet Sad So like any good craftster I took matters in to my own hands..

This is a lot of firsts for me...first post , first felt project, first iPod cozy....
I'm so excited with how it turned out that I had to share! I haven't picked up a needle and thread in years so please be kind on the stitching mistakes  Grin

Hope I did this right!


Before we get a move on with this, I wanted to let you know that this version is a little bigger than my first one. I wanted to solve the problem of storing the earbuds inside the pouch.

Problem solved  Smiley

So it's just a matter of preference. For larger go with the 1/2 inch measurement, for the smaller the 1/4 inch.

I use the white glue to tack My knots so they don't come unraveled  Smiley

You will need:

2 Pieces Yellow Felt
1 Piece Pink Felt (or scraps for cheeks)
DMC Yellow #972
DMC Pink #603
DMC Black #310
2 Black Beads or Buttons for Eyes
Embroidery Needle
Quilt Batting
White Glue
Painters Tape
Straight Pins
Your iPod or Mp3 Player you would like to use
2 Snaps
50 Cent Piece
Star Shape

Edit: If you are making this without the aid of an iPod the 3g measurements are as follows-

Height: 2.75"
Width: 2.06"
Depth: 0.26"

Screen- 1.25" H x 1.75" W
Wheel - 1.10 x 1.10 (I noticed that if I placed a quarter flat and traced around it with the pencil straight up and down it was the right size if that makes it easier  Smiley )

Creating Your Pattern:

Print out the star shape and using you iPod/Mp3 player make sure that it is the right size. Be sure you have a minimum of 1/4 inch to a max of 1/2 inch clearance at the bottom and top 2 corners of your iPod

Use your 50 cent piece to round off the corners and cut out the shape

Trace your iPod/Mp3 face down on a piece of paper

Using your ruler, extend the top by 1 inch and sides by 1/4 inch. This will be your back flap. Cut out shape.

Place your iPod/Mp3 Player in the center of the paper star and mark the bottom edge. Lay your back flap on top of the paper star carefully lining up the bottom of the back flapapproximately half way between the mark you made and the bottom of the star.

Tape in place with the painters tape and flip over.  Use the edges of your star shape as a guide and trace along the corners of the rectangle sticking out. Cut off those corners.

Yay! Now you have a pattern  Smiley

Putting it all together:

Using the pattern that you just made, cut out :
4 Yellow felt stars
3 Quilt batting stars
2 Yellow felt back flaps
1 Quilt batting back flap

Center your iPod/Mp3 on one of the yellow felt stars and tape down with the painters tape

Flip over and trace the screen and touch wheel with a pencil. Cut out openings. Repeat this on one more yellow felt star and one quilt batting star.

Take the 3 star pieces that you just cut the openings in and stack together with the quilt batting star in the middle. Using 3 strands Of DMC yellow #972, Whip stitch around the window openings.

Using your iPod/Mp3 as a size reference, cut a rectangle out of your yellow felt that is the same height but 1/4 inch wider on each side.

Pick which side of your star has prettier stitching and mark that as your top with painters tape. Flip over and and place the rectangle you just cut out over you window openings. Line up the top of the rectangle with the top of the screen opening.and tape in place.

Stitch down each horizontal side only going through 1 piece of felt and leaving about 1/8 of an inch between the stitching and the window openings.  Slide your iPod/Mp3 in to check fit and set piece aside.

Take your 2 yellow felt back flaps and starting with either left or right side stitch up, across the top, and down the other side leaving the bottom open. Leaving your needle and thread attached insert your quilt batting back flap.

Take you star piece with the window openings and center the back flap over the windows top side facing the back flap. Be sure to leave enough space between the edge of the star and the flap for your final edge stitching. Stitch together only going through the top layer of felt.

Center one half of a snap over top of window and sew into place. Repeat with other half of snap on back flap.

You have finished the back half of your star! Set it aside and lets get the front done  Smiley

Cut 2 small circles from pink felt.

Take one of your remaining yellow felt stars and place your eyes and cheeks where you would like them to be and mark your places. Use a small amount of glue to tack down your cheeks.

Using 6 strands of DMC Pink # 603 such your cheeks into place.

Now sew on the eyes and mark the outline for your mouth with a pencil.

Stitch your mouth using 6 strand DMC Black # 310

stack your pieces in this order-
back piece with flap side down
plain yellow felt star
2 remaining quilt batting stars
face star with face side up

Pin together ad starting right above the outside edge of the inside pocket stitch all of the way around to the bottom half way point of your star. insert you iPod/Mp3 and check where your earbud cord placement.

after checking placement, continue stitching around the star point stitching together the top side only.

Continue around to the other outside edge of the inside pouch. Leaving thread and needle attached sew in snap. Continue sewing the edge the rest of the way around but make sure that it is only the face side leaving an opening for you to insert your iPod/Mp3 into the case.

Finish by going back and sewing remaining edges at the top and earbud openings.

Now after all of that work insert your IPod and enjoy!!!!! Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

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