Dollar Tree Halloween Haul & Ideas 10-17-2015

Hello Again,

Haul number two coming at you! Now this one is a little different because I have some ideas you can do what you get at dollar tree right now. Now mind you Dollar Tree changes there stuff all the time you must get these items when they are available or supplies last.

Okay one with the show!


 

Orchard Moving Sale 10-17-2015

Hello All,

I went on an outing with my husband today to pick up a few things. To my surprise we went to Orchard Moving Sale, which is like going out of business but your favorite store is not long gone.  I had my reservation since you know most of the good stuff is gone but I was wrong, so so wrong.

I was able to find 15/32 or 1,1 cm Screw Eyes Pins in silver and gold, various size of cork tops, metal handles, and a decorative nob. Now mind you we were in that store for like 20 minutes, if I had a full hour or more I am sure I would have come home with a lot more.  But as luck would have it we had to be back home to meet the cable guy.

One thing I forgot to mention in my video is that while I was there we got a $10 dollar coupon so really out of pocket was just $1.25. But even if we did have to play for the full $11.25 that was a really good deal.


Why You Should NOT Join Crafty Amino

Hello Crafters,

Can I ask you all when did (DIY) or Do It Yourself become a bad word in the crafting community yet saying Crafting Tutorial is not DIY?  In addition what do you as consider crafting? By definition it’s 1. Exercise skill in making (something). 2. An activity involving skill in making things by hand.

Are these definitions not the same as DIY? I’m sure your all wondering what I am getting at. I had a conversation with a fellow crafter on Crafty Amino. The conversation was “what is deems as crafty?” And you bet there where “RULES” and Guidelines, terms and conditions were thrown back and forth. But once I sat down and read the so call “guidelines and terms” they didn’t match up with the “RULES” these crafter were spitting out as truth.

Why is this a problem? Really it’s not until you get people band, have their artwork taken down, or just felt small under the wave of comments of “why this is not crafty relevant”.

As I dug a little more I found out there are other crafters bashing other crafters because they didn’t follow these made up rules that no one seem to know where they came from. No Link, no author of who made the rules, not even a contact from Crafty Amino. Just a lot of re-hashed post going nowhere.

It gets worst, after looking at the reviews for Crafty Amino the list goes on and on of crafters taking on dictatorship on what is and is not crafty. Sending other crafter to other Amino sites or just telling not to bother crafting.

When I saw Crafty Amino being hyped on YouTube by SoCraftatsic I was really excited to post my work and see what other crafter where doing. You know, get inspired make what they are making, check out new tutorials.

Man I was so wrong. So very wrong….

I had made two spiders out of polymer clay that I saw on YouTube by SugarCharms. Now My spiders where different from hers and I had learned some things that SugarCharms didn’t cover in her tutorial.  And I thought “Hey let me make a tutorial that’s different from SugarCharms since I was inspired from her original design.” And I posted this small bit of info on Crafty Amino. And that when it happened I started getting comments on why not put up SugarCharms tutorial instead of making your own, that I should be aware of copyright on videos if I copy someone else stuff. At every turn I was defending something that I made with my own two hands. It’s not like I robbed this woman and put a stake through her heart and claimed it as my own.

That got me really thinking, is this happening to other crafters? And sure enough it is. Someone posted a DIY Hair tutorial with the title Bad Crafters. With 27 comments on why this person account should be deleted. Now mind you this crafter didn’t handle herself well and was using foul language trying to defend herself. And frankly that a big no no. You can never get your point across with foul language and that is what got her band.

You should have seen the comments on why she needed to take down her DIY because it was NOT considered crafty or crafty relevant. That she should show her work on her own blog and not on Crafty Amino or  better yet try to put it under Make Up or Health Amino. The same conversations went for nail art, drawing/sketching, recipes, and you guess it DIY. With each crafter calling for heads to roll for even considering posting such things.

Geez why did I even join up in the first place. If I knew then what I know now I would have never done it. Now I have to figure out how to delete my account.

Update On What I’ve been Working On!

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Hello Crafty People!

Well I know I have  been silent since September. But a lot has happen, first I had to make two set of birthday invitations for a LEGO themed party. Why two set? Well the first set were “lost” by my nephew. His young so I forgave him. Then I had to make Ninjago Stickers for the balloons, straw Lego heads, LEGO treat bag faces and Masks, and LEGO cupcake holder (which were scraped). Oh well all fare in love and parties.

I have been working on ornaments as well for Christmas. These little guys I know will be selling out fast when I post them on Esty. They always do.

I have also been working on Spider Charms. These guys look super realistic. So much so, my little girl wouldn’t touch them for fear that it was going to jump out at her. I will be posting a tutorial on how I made them on Friday.

A Little Quite But Still Here.

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Hey Crafters and Fellow Gamers,

I just want to let you know that although things seem to be a little quiet at the moment here, it’s far from it. I am working away a busy beaver coming up with new stuff you guys might like. I  should be able to make an announcement shortly but please be assured that I am working towards something and I will let you all know as soon as I can.

If you are on Facebook, be sure to head over there and like my page. You can keep tabs on things that I am doing, photos, and other news, as I tend to post there. https://www.facebook.com/UniqueDesignsByMonica?ref=aymt_homepage_panel 

Minion Cake Box

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Hello All,

It was my husband aunts birthday so I made her some minion items. I made three different projects. One is this minion on a cake box and two earrings. I don’t have the photos ready for the earrings so I will showing just the box.

 

The supplies I used:

  • Craft Smart – Espresso Paint
  • Sculpey – White
  • Craft Smart – Yellow, Black, Blue
  • Scribbles – 3D Fabric Paint In Glitter Silver
  • Sculpey – Bake & Bond
  • Dollar Tree – Rectangle Wooden Box
  • Fine Grit Sandpaper
  • Small Screwdriver
  • Razor or Knife
  • Rubbing Alcohol or nail polish remover
  • Q-Tips or baby whips
  • Clay Tools

 

With the wooden box I first sandpaper some of the areas. I didn’t want to go too far in my sanding since it’s such a thin box. I took off the hinges then I painted it with the espresso paint. It’s super important to take off those hinges in order to get an even coat. After painting and letting it dry I did a second coat.

 

Then I moved on to make the cake part. I looked at a lot of Pinterest and Google photos of Minion cakes. I settled on a combination two cakes and started kneading my clay.  I used El Arte de PAU to properly make the minion which I am posting below:


Then I rolled out some white clay and layered it on top of the box. I then took my razor and started cutting away at my clay. Making up and down waves giving it cake like appearance. For the second layer I just did a roll of white clay then added bake and bond on the box and attached the clay. Using my clay tools moved the clay in to lumps giving it a creamy look.

This is where the rubbing alcohol, baby whips, and Q-tips come in. I had to really be heavy handed since dirt wanted to stick to the clay. I tried super hard but I could see some areas just didn’t work. But I bushed on baked everything.

I then grabbed my puff paint and went to town.

August 2015 – Villains 2

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Hello All,

This box was large and heavy! Even thought it was a day or two late I couldn’t help but to open it ASAP. When I did open it I noticed a bright red Marvel box taking up almost all the space. Which I found odd since my husband Venom mug is much smaller.

Inside was this scary yet beautiful mug. Having a Carnage mug is a little weird cus it almost looks like a red Spawn doppelganger. Giving it a more demonic look. I know about carnage back story but his comics was very short lived I think. My husband and I had a debate on who was bigger Venom or Carnage. My husband sill insist Carnage was bigger thus the bigger mug. I however disagree.

I was not a big fan of the Joker toy, yet my husband love all things wood. Especially wooden toys Post and Pre War II. If I should give this to my son, I can only see my four year old playing with it loosing parts and becoming a forgotten memory in his toy box or under the couch. I just can’t see doing that to Joker. Maybe my husband can find it a good home….. OR I could do it as a give-a-way….. If I should hit 100 subbies that might be a possibility.


Dollar Tree Halloween Test Tube 2014

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Hello All,

Last year I took photos for my Halloween Test Tubes. I made a video about them but I didn’t post any photos. I posted them for my Etsy store and not one sold, so sad boo hoo. I think what I need to do is make them SVG only and maybe that will sell… Hopefully!

However this year I know for a fact that the dollar tree will having “test tube” again and I thought I let you all know to pick them up.

This is what you guys can make:

I have found a few wonderful tutorial you can make on YouTube:

If you have a Cricut check out: www.youtube.com/watch?v=blZTzFvzGQg


If you have a score board check out: www.youtube.com/watch?v=


Inspired by Lori Whitlock Pencil Shaped Box

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Hello All,

I have been seeing a lot of back to school stuff for teacher such as card, and treat bags, mini tote’s, and boxes. But to be honest after seeing the cost of just buying something for my son teacher. I thought it best to make it at home then going to the store and making it.

So I looked on line for inspiration. I came across these picture online and thought to myself I can totally make this on my silhouette.  It took me a bit but it didn’t come put half bad

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My first prototype didn’t come out quite like hers . I had the closer on the bottom which I thought was fine,  but after some time opening and closing I figured the teacher would have a hard time keeping any treat in if she lifted up.

 

My second attempt looks more like Lori Whitlock image. Now I know the paper looks flimsy. That because I used plain copy paper. I didn’t want to use up my good card stock on a project that didn’t line up or one side was higher than the other.

 

As you can see the one left looks slightly taller then the right that because if I wanted to have the box open up from the eraser part, I need to make the base bigger which made the pencil a little taller.

As always I wouldn’t leave you guys hanging. if you want to make something like mine I have found this free printable online. http://www.linesacross.com/2014/08/free-printable-no-2-pencil-gift-boxes.html

Art Nouveau Inspired Deviantart Charm

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Hello All,

Let see it’s been about a year that my husband took me to SCRAP in San Francisco. This is where I found my super cute mini bottles for under a dollar. I hope to go there again but since my husband has informed until I use up all my supplies there is no need to go get more. Bummer!

So I decided to do just that. I looked on Pinterest as it seem to be my go to place for inspiration. I found myself looking at two things, Art Nouveau and charms. Since I never really worked with small mini glass jars before I thought it best to search the topic. What I found was a borage of images that had my mind going 20 different directions. My mind was in a state of orgasmic explosions that it literally was bursting full of ideas. (he he he…) But in all seriousness I had to turn away from the computer and relax my mind otherwise I would be in a fetal position.

So I turn off Pinterest and went on to deviantart.com, which had a better direction on what I really wanted to do. After scrolling down a bit I found what I was looking for I found an artist called ArchanSoul. Who had posted this:

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http://archandsoul.deviantart.com/

I was stunned at how simple and beautiful it was, I was inspired to make it! But since this artiest didn’t have any description on how to do this I just went on sight alone. And this is what I came up with.

 

Once I’m done painting it and adding glow-in-the dark clay or paint I will post it. I love how this turned out. I going to rummage through my supplies to see if I can find more mini charms and see what I can come up with.