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Another box for scrapbooking brads that I did. I love asian themed things so that's how I did this one. It used almost every non-needlework craft I do: scrapbooking, clay, stamping, coloring, stickers, and this weird effect I learned to do with stamp pads (see background for interior buddha). Anyway, I enjoyed it and love it, even if you can't see the bottom stuff when it's filled.

Made with an Altoids tin, stickers, stamps, colored pencils, Martha Stewart microbeads, stickers, and cardstock.
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I recently got back into LARPing (with the reopening of my favorite LARP, Caducus), and have been a crafting maniac making things for my character, Zookie. She's a tinkerer, so a lot of her stuff is steampunk, and pretty much everything has gears. I was looking up ideas and tripped across an idea similar to this on Medieval Collectables, so I took it and Zookie-fied it. I made the slave bracelet with my chain maille supplies, and the leather I had for book binding (whenever I post Zookie's in game book you'll recognize the cover leather). It was my first time working with leather, and also my first time using buckles, so they were an adventure but everything (miraculously) went smoothly.
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This has been a LONG project. In my head for almost a year, and I've been actively working on it for about 2 months now. This is a toiletry box. I travel to see my best friend, who lives out of state, about twice a year and I've been tired of how much luggage I have for a 3 day trip. So I made this to elimate a big part of the clutter, my toiletry bag. This baby holds just enough for 3 days of my shampoo, toothpaste, face wash, moisturizer, and various other "necessities." :)

Anyway, a lot of the parts of this are new for me. It's made of two Altoids tins epoxied together, and secured closed with ribbons with snaps. I've never worked with epoxy before but I like it a lot. One side has a "showa" koi (the orange and black), and contains all the vials. The other side has a "tancho sanke" koi (the white with red spot), and has the tall bottle and various other stuff.

All the blue mottled paper is cardstock that I dyed for this. All the accents (i.e. koi on top; seaweed, flower and silhouette inside; writing on ribbon; stuff on vials) are hand painted. You can't really see it in the pictures, but I painted I <3 Koi on the ribbon closures. Dividers inside are dyed cardstock.

Vials are all themed for what's in them: Sun= Solar Oil (cuticle oil), Olives and leaves= Olive Oil (moisturizer), Sparkly Face= Face Wash, Bubbly Face= Shampoo. The leaves and vines are for peroxide, but what do you do to show that?

Used to make:
Altoids tins x2
Liquitex Heavy Body - Ultramarine Blue (Red Shade) for base color, various for rest
Cardstock - light blue (LOTS)
Various inkpads - blue, purple, green
Snaps
Ribbon
LOTS of glue (E-6000 and Scotch Quick Dry)
Vials - bought mine from here: [link] (the tall bottle was a complimentary one at the hotel from last visit ^.^)
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By far my favorite nails I've done. I spent a lot of time perfecting the leaf shapes and blending the colors, but I adore them. I'll probably redo them in a week or so for Thanksgiving. They take a LOT of time but are so worth it. I'm already getting requests to do them too. :love:

I'd love constructive criticism, this is what I'm going to school for. :)
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My part of an art trade with :iconryuuko-chan: for --->[link]

Okay, lotsa notes for this one: this book was part of an art trade with my sweet Ryuuko. <3 She LOVED the amazing illustrations :iconpyxelated: made of a poem featured in Alice in Wonderland (and they really are dynamic and beautifully done), and asked me to make her a book of it. I got permission from the very kind artist and set to work. As usual, nothing I ever make Ryuuko is easy. She's WAY too picky and always makes me stretch my boundries at least a little bit. Anyway, this is the end result and I'm very happy with it. The cover gears have lots of glitter (pika pika as Ryu calls it) and there are green glitter accents on the creatures on the covers too. The fabric I used (note to self: NEVER use plaid patterns on books again! >.<) is the same fabric that Ryu is using to make a jabberwocky costume for an Alice in Wonderland tea party that she's going to. I think that's about it, I'd love feedback! Thanks!

Size: Quarter page (rougly 6"x4 1/2")
Cover: Black and green plaid material over black painted board
Inside: Jabberwocky illustrations([link])
Accents: Creatures on front and back; gears with title, author, and artist on front
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My masquerade party is in August, so I'm kinda running out of time to finish the 7 masks I need to do (with this one done, I have 4, almost 5 done). I was dreading this one because I had no idea how I was gonna pull it off, and could find no references on the web. My mom, little, old, grey haired sweetie that she is, love skulls. I mean LOVES skulls. Always has. She has a 2" rhinestone encrusted skull that she wears as a necklace all the time. Those badass skull hoodies? She gets them. And wears them. All the time. lol <3 Anyway, of course, she wanted a skull mask. I used a full face mask form from Michael's, and pulled up some pictures of skulls and freehand drew this. The only things I used for it was the form, pencil, erasers (liberally), a blender, and black paint. Oh and polyurethane to seal it. :) I'm very happy with it, and it got the seal of approval from mom today. Can't wait to see it on her. :)
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Interior chibi is :iconryuuko-chan:'s part of an art trade for ---> [link]

My new Altoids wallet, made mostly at the same time as Ryuuko's pirate/dragon one (see link above). Spent a lot of time on this, because Ryuuko insists on freaking challenging me! >.> I was going to go simple until she asked me, oh so innocently, "Why aren't you going to put Rain (from Ninja Assassin) on the cover?" And my answer was, "There's no way I could....do...that........hmmm....how would that work..." Anyway this is the end result. Started with an Altoids tin, lots of painting and scrubbing and getting the colors right and figuring out exactly how to get Rain on there and so on. All my work (except the interior art, that's Ryu's); I'd love comments. *hint hint*
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This close-up is of my purebred GSD, Titan. He's a year and a half old, and is totally my baby. <3
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My Dog, Tiger relaxing on the beach (:

I have no idea what to call this photo! Feel free to leave any suggestions (:
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I've been doing nails for just over a year now, and happily will be doing it for the rest of my life. :) I start school in March! :D Anyway, I loved my first Christmas nails, and my goal this year was to surpass those. Goal accomplished. ;)
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