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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Mirror Pumpkin Recon on: November 17, 2019 12:51:18 PM
I had wanted to make a faux mercury glass pumpkin from a plain glass thrift find, but I overdid it with the paint! Still it's pretty nifty!




I used Krylon's Looking Glass paint and tried to follow a couple of different online tutorials for DIY mercury glass.  Roll Eyes



I am considering redoing it... someday. In the meantime it's part of the Thanksgiving decor in a little cabinet in our main bathroom along with a geometric plaid pumpkin I made last year.





Boy, was this difficult to photograph! I actually finished a few weeks ago and took it outside in the snow to capture and it was just a blinding sphere of light! Plus with all those pumpkin-y ribs, it's almost impossible to not get a reflection of me (in my bathrobe!) in the surface.
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Lipstick-shaped Gift Box! on: November 17, 2019 12:18:49 PM
I immediately thought of one of my girlfriends when I saw this svg set on svgcuts.com and I finally got to make it!



It will hold a xmas gift so I used a evergreen print paper for the base and red-red for the lipstick.



It will hold a lipstick-shaped glass ornament, so I had to modify the interior lid to fit it by cutting a little hole.





This was pretty quick and fun to make so hopefully I'll find another reason to make one.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Decoupage Foam Pumpkin on: November 17, 2019 07:22:11 AM
I finally put to use one of the "Funkins" I have picked up at thrift stores! And I put to use napkins I bought over a decade ago to decoupage with!



I painted the stem first with red oxide, then with brass paint.



I don't think I've ever decoupaged with napkins before, so I learned some things that might help me like future results more. Still, it's a colorful addition to the pumpkins decorating the house for Thanksgiving and for now I'm going to roll with it.
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Mini Gift Bags on: November 03, 2019 03:48:32 PM
One of my oldest friends has a birthday and these mini gift bags (free svg files from svgcuts.com) were just the right size for his gifts! The cardstock is printed on both sides so I made each have one side as the exterior. I used stamps from my stash to add a little bit to the front of each and a chenille stem for the handles.





I have some airmail striped bakers twine so used that to tie the tissue the gifts are wrapped in.



The pair go nicely with the card I made awhile back. FINALLY I can send it all off!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas Countdown - A Sackful of Pics on: November 01, 2019 08:34:34 AM
This year all the Christmas cardstock pads at Michael's have a couple of sheets with 25 numbered 2.5" squares. I bought a few different pads (buy 1 get 2 free!) and decided one design would make a good countdown for my mom!



I used my Bind-it-all to assemble it. The "cover" is from a sheet of tags in the same pad. All the printed papers are from the same pad.











I mounted all the numbered squares to a slightly larger red or green cardstock square and then mounted them to one of three printed cardstock rectangles. Then I embellished most of the numbered squares with bling and such from my stash. I got lazy and didn't take pictures of them all.  Roll Eyes



















I've been making a lot of paper projects lately using my Cricut, so it was fun to get back to a hand cut project. I was lucky enough to be partnered with rackycoo a few years ago in a swap and received a wonderful Halloween countdown from her magical hands. I use it every year! It was also made using a Bind-it-all and that inspired me to try that method on this one!

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Hail Santa - Holiday Fun with Anagrams! on: October 31, 2019 07:36:57 PM
When I spotted this pattern from Witchy Stitcher on Etsy, I knew I was going to stitch it up for The ManFlesh.



Here it is complete with embellishments front and back.





Some details: I stained the bamboo hoop with an ebony acrylic "stain", painted some silk holly leaves with acrylic paint, glittered the plastic berries. To finish the back I cut a circle of printed cardstock with my Cricut Explore and added vintage ric rac around the seam. The "believe" came from a Christmas cardstock pad and cracks me up in this context!





Fun bits: the red is DMC 666 (Christmas Red) and I decided to use GITD floss for the skulls!

7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Ruby Slippers for Doroth-me - UPDATE: Full Costume Picarooney. on: October 30, 2019 01:04:49 PM
I made some old beaded flats into ruby slippers for my Dorothy (Wizard of Oz) costume!



I masked off the back, sprayed them with an oxide red primer that sticks to cloth, plastic, and glass.





Then I used the Krylon red glitter spray paint which seems to have worked a treat!



I didn't use the prescribed glitter topcoat, because I want to keep this cheap so we'll see how they look at the end of the night.

I made the dress a couple years ago as a muslin to test a pattern.

UPDATE: Here's the whole kit and kaboodle! And Toto and The ManFlesh!







8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Paper Geometric Pumpkin on: October 26, 2019 09:06:58 PM
When I spotted this cardstock at a local office/art supply store I knew immediately I had to have it to make another geometric pumpkin! This pattern and colorway coordinates really well with the shower curtain in our upstairs bathroom and pumpkins are a big part of my Thanksgiving decorating so I guess I'll be bringing the festive decor into that room now.  Roll Eyes



I went back and forth between this mustardy yellow and a light blue grey for the stem, but once I had the pieces for the body cut I knew it had to be the former.



For some reason I felt compelled to do one.more.thing to this project, so I added the stamp on the bottom at the end.



Of course, I still have Halloween decorations in that room, but I removed some of them to get a pic of the new pumpkin in its November home.





I used my Cricut Explore to cut it; the svg files are from svgcuts.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Abominable Snowman Gift Card Holders/Ornaments on: October 22, 2019 11:58:57 AM


When I saw this pattern in the Cricut Design Space last year, I knew I needed to make it! First I made it in a different colorway to make a Bigfoot, then I made it these two yeti style guys to hold the teen nieces' gift cards this year.





While assembling them I looked over to see this which gave me a giggle!

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Mittens Gift Card Holders on: October 18, 2019 02:20:41 PM
Winter is coming and that means Christmas is also coming. So I made some gift card holders to get a head start.



I used svg files from Lori Whitlock and my Cricut Explore to cut the papers. Then I used my Sizzix Big Shot to emboss the knit texture on to the front piece.



The For/Froms are on the back.



I'll add a ribbon on the loop should the recipients want to hang them on the tree instead of under it or keep them as ornaments for the future.

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