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Well, I guess I should have made 4 cards that day I was making cards in advance for future blog posts.  That would have saved me from having to admit that I didn’t get one done this week.  But, instead of just coming on here and making excuses,  I thought I’d quick show you what I did work on this week, which took up the time I would have spent making a card.

We determined this past Sunday that we needed a few more felt banners for Vacation Bible School to cover up some frames on the wall in the craft room.  Nothing we had already made was large enough.  I volunteered to make them, and since the room is called the Craft Courtyard, I wanted to make some banners with flowers on them.

These are big banners, like 31×36 inches, so they took up a lot of space while I was working on them.  And of course, since I work at a job during the day, I could only work on these in the evening.  But when you’re in the middle of a project that is going to last a few days, you tend to not want to clean it all up every night.

The left picture is what I left on my floor Wednesday night, and the right picture was Thursday’s mess.  🙂  At least I got them done last night so I have my living room floor back!  They still need the tabs sewn to the top for the dowel for hanging them, and hopefully that can get done today while I’m at my folks’.

Speaking of which, I should probably get going.  Happy Saturday!

Baby Shower Gift Bags

Hey guys.

So, this week kind of threw a curve ball at me and my family and I didn’t have time to make a card.  Sorry.

But, I did work on another papercraft project that used up a “good chunk” of my stash of paper.  I put “good chunk” in quotes because, you’d think 20 pieces of different papers would seem like a lot, but it hardly made a dent.  But still, it’s 20 pieces that either got partly used or completely used, so, yay for using up bits of my stash!

The Alpha Center, which you know by know I help out there regularly, is having their yearly baby shower to collect items for their baby closet, where clients can redeem points to buy things they need for their coming little ones.  This year they are having an actual event at their facility instead of only collecting items throughout the month and they are putting together some thank you gift bags for the first 20 people that attend.  They asked me to come up with a way to decorate some white paper bags to use for the gift bags.

Of course, I turned to Pinterest for some inspiration, and found this pin which was my starting off point:

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I found a simple clip-art of a onesie online and used it to cut out 20 onesies with the Cricut.

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Like I said, I used 20 different patterns of paper, and I think will be really fun that none of the gift bags will look exactly the same.  Some of the patterns, though, are pretty dark or too bold to put the “thank you” actually on the onesie, so I printed some stickers to put on the bags.

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I don’t have the clothespins with me, so I can’t show you the actual finished bags, but the onesie will be clipped to the bag with the clothespins, which will also keep the bag shut, just like in the original pin.

And that’s it for this week!  Hopefully next week I’ll be back with an actual card to show you guys.  Honestly, though, I used up more of my stash with this than with any single card.  🙂

My “Recent” Craft Projects, Part 2

Happy Labor Day!  The long weekend seemed like a good chance to get this second part of my sort-of-recent craft projects posted.  So let’s dive right in.

We’ll start off with a couple of papercrafting projects I did.

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I bought these little ACEO’s prints from an Etsy store that is sadly no longer in business.  I wanted a cute way to display them but I didn’t want to damage them with double-sided tape or anything.  So I glued down the red cardstock on the snowflake paper then used clear photo corners to hold the prints in place.  The words are a sticker, and I mounted the whole thing in a floating glass-style frame from Hobby Lobby.  I can’t wait to set it up somewhere this Christmas!

More recently, I made this paper cut project from Cricut.

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I really wanted to make it before our trial subscription of Access expired, and I think I got it done the day it was going to expire.  🙂  I found a frame at Hobby Lobby that isn’t technically a shadowbox frame, but I used it as one anyway.  The frame is about 6×6, and the smallest shadowbox frame it would have fit in was 8×8, which I didn’t want to use.  The mermaid is pressed against the glass, but is still 3D, so it works.  The shells and starfish were harvested from a sticker set, since I didn’t want to use all the swirly bits that they were attached to.

This next project could probably have qualified for “steampunk”, but not exactly, so I’m putting it in this post instead.

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I made these “mercury glass” vases after getting inspired browsing Pinterest.  I actually bought the two vases over a year ago at a thrift store and only a few weeks ago finally got them done.  Pathetic.  I more-or-less combined this and this tutorial that I found on Pinterest.  I sprayed the mirror spray paint and let it dry just a bit before following each coat of the mirror paint with the vinegar/water solution.  Sometimes that ate through the paint enough to leave marks, but on the last couple coats I rubbed the insides with paper towels to get more distressing.  For the little votives, I sprayed them inside with a matte black spray paint for the last coat.  For the two larger pieces, I sprayed the black onto a paper towel and blotted it on the insides to make the distressing more obvious.  I’m not sure they look exactly like actual mercury glass, but they still look pretty cool.  Now I just need to find a home for them.  When I was making them, I thought the tallest one was not going to look good at all, but that one turned out to be my favorite of the whole bunch.  Go figure.

 

This next project is one that I am really proud of.  After moving into my apartment, I realized I needed a little end table by my sofa.  Several years ago Jen of Epbot created this penny desk that I thought was so cool, and I always wanted to make a coffee table following her tutorial.  Well, a coffee table wouldn’t fit in my apartment, but I decided to make my end table with pennies instead.

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My dad and I (but mostly my dad) built the table to the dimensions I needed for fitting in the spot next to my sofa.  I painted the table black, then got to work gluing pennies on the top.  I bought most of the pennies from my mom, and even got a few unique pennies, like a couple wheat pennies, to put on the table.

I started by arranging all the pennies, mixing colors and heads vs. tails all over the table.  Fortunately (and completely by accident), the dimensions for the top let the pennies fit practically perfect across in both directions.  I did cut pennies in half for the ends of every other row to fill in the top all the way.  It was a very tedious process super-gluing every. single. penny.  But I finally got them all glued, then used a two-part resin to seal it all in and give it a nice, glass-like finish.

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I had hoped to only do one coat of resin, so I filled the whole top, and it looked great before it cured.  But after sitting for 24 hours or so, you can see in this picture all the little pock marks that appeared between all the pennies.  Grr.  Fortunately I had enough resin left to do one more very thin coat on top to make the surface smooth.  If I would do this again, I would do two thinner coats instead of one thick and one thin, as with the thick coat it was very hard to get all the bubbles out.  I would also get a culinary blow torch to help remove bubbles.

In the picture on the left, with doing the second coat, you can see how the resin did spill out a little from the edge of the table in a couple spots.  Hence another reason to do two thinner coats of resin.

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But here is the shiny table in all its coppery glory.  I can live with a couple imperfections, and am so happy with how it came out.

And last, but certainly not least, I have one picture of a project that has been years in the making.  And sorry for the crappy cell phone picture, but that’s all I had with me at the time I finished it a couple weeks ago.

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I got the fabric for this quilt 10+ years ago, and started the quilt somewhere like 3 or 4 years ago or so.  And IT’S FINALLY DONE!!!!!  I’d made one twin-sized quilt before this, but it was just a crazy, block quilt, so this is the first one I’ve done that actually had a pattern.  I love this fabric, and I love how it turned out, and I’m just so glad it’s finally finished.  I’m not a real big fan of sewing, either, so having it done and not hanging over me anymore is so wonderful.  Of course, now it’s just going to sit in my cedar chest for who knows how long, but hey, at least it’s out of my mom’s sewing room!

And that concludes my craft project round-up posts.  I’ll try to be better at posting projects I get done more frequently so the posts aren’t crazy long like this.  But it does feel good to finally get this up and done.  Kind of like finishing a craft project…

My “Recent” Steampunk Projects

So when I started this blog over a year and a half ago (gosh, has it really been that long already?!), I never intended for it to be solely cards every week.  I had goals of posting craft projects and tutorials as well as sometimes just random thoughts.  Obviously those goals kind of haven’t happened quite as well as I’d hoped.  I’ve been meaning to write a post of the craft projects I’ve completed for a couple months already, but I didn’t have the pictures taken yet, and I kept making more things, and I just kept putting it off and putting it off.  Well, no more, I say!

I was going to put all my projects in one post, but that would be rather long as there are a lot of them, so I’m going to do two craft posts.  And yes, I will actually write them both, I promise!  I’ll keep this first post steampunk-themed, and the rest of the projects will go in the next post.

So without further ado, here are the steampunk projects I’ve done for the past eight months or so.

I’m in the process of re-doing my bedroom in a steampunk theme.  It’s still a major work-in-progress as I haven’t gotten as much done in there as I’d like, but slowly a few pieces are coming or have come together.

I usually work on a craft project during the Super Bowl, the one sports game I watch per year.  And I don’t actually watch the game, I work on said project while the game is on and I watch the commercials.  Last year I worked on my Astrid cosplay; this year I worked on this painting.  I basecoated the canvas in a tan color that I didn’t realize until after the fact is almost exactly the same color as my walls.  Oh well.  I lightly and not very carefully painted a few gears on the background, then hand-traced the letters and filigree that I had previously cut out with the Cricut.  I then painted the traced parts, which all required two coats to cover opaquely.  But I love how it turned out.

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I saw the quote on a print in an etsy store and wanted to make my own version that matched the color scheme I’m hoping to mostly go with.  And no, I didn’t get all that done during the game!  It took several evenings to get it all done.

Next, although I actually think I made this first (it’s been so long I can’t even remember, how pathetic is that?), I made this wreath.

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It’s actually hanging in my hallway, though, and not in my bedroom as it is rather large and doesn’t fit so well.  I got the plain wreath from Hobby Lobby on clearance after Christmas two years ago and the empty wreath hung in my hall for a year as I slowly added to my stash of fun things to stick in it.  Everything is attached by either hot glue or wire.

It was really fun creating or modifying little things to add to the wreath, like the hats, the little ray gun, the sparkly bottles, and the goggles.  I actually made the goggles out of two Coke bottle lids and some fun foam.  I was going to hang my actual goggles from my steampunk cosplay on it, but since they are full-sized, they looked way out of place next to all the miniature items.  So I had to make smaller ones.

Lastly, I actually created this just a couple weekends ago.  I wanted a way to display the steampunk pistol that I modified instead of just keeping it tucked away in a box until the next time I have the opportunity to wear my costume.  My favorite blogger, Jen of http://www.cakewrecks.com and http://www.epbot.com, had created a stand for one of her steampunk pistols a while back and I thought it would be perfect.  So I mostly followed her tutorial to create my own.

I had to make the extra part for the handle of the gun since mine won’t stand up by itself.  It’s a modified water pistol and has a plastic seam down the middle of the handle, making it tip over.  When I get it up on my shelf, I’m going to hold down the back piece of the stand with a bit of sticky tack so it doesn’t move, and then the gun will stand up nicely.

And I think that’s enough for now.  I’ll try to get the rest of the projects up in the next week or so.  Now that I have the pictures I need, it’s just a matter of making my butt sit in my chair and writing the post.  🙂