Sarah [userpic]
How to make tiny text - PS7 for beginners
by Sarah (maidofawesome)
at August 31st, 2005 (10:20 am)
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I wrote this tutorial as an introduction to icon_text, but I figured I might as well post it here, too.

It’s just a very, very simple tutorial for making tiny text (I also include how to prepare a base, too, because I’m anal retentive like that).

How to go from this:



...to this:



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Sarah [userpic]
30 HP1 icons for 100of__ (batch #3)
by Sarah (maidofawesome)
at August 22nd, 2005 (12:58 am)
tired

feeling like: tired
listening to: Nine Black Alps

Third batch of icons for 100of__, from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Any more questions about the title, please see icon #30.

Batch #3: Icons 36-65
Batch #2: Icons 16-35
Batch #1: Icons 1-15

17 are themed, 13 are random. Themes listed under the cut.

Previews:



Rules:

1: Want, take, have. These icons are here to be shared, you don't need to ask if you can take them.
2: Comment if you're taking... please. It makes me happy to see if my icons are popular. It also helps me to see what styles are the most successful so I can keep making them like that.
3: Please credit, preferably in keywords. I work hard on these.
4: NO STEALING UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. This means no passing these off as your own work. No posting these in 'stolen icons' communities. If I discover any of these have been stolen, I will track you down, kidnap you in your sleep, drag you to into the middle of the desert and leave you chained to a tree to be eaten by vultures.

the cut says 'go baby!'Collapse )

Some other recent icon posts you might be interested in:

Harry Potter Icons : One | Two | Three | Four | Five
Narnia Icons
A Series of Unfortunate Events Icons
Buffy Icons: One | Two | Three


x-posted in:

100of__, elitehpicons, good_fanicons, good_hpicons, goodhplotricons, hp_graphics, hp_icons, immobulus_elite, pop_icons, takenote_icons, upthebum_icons, fairy_icon

Sarah [userpic]
20 HP1 icons for 100of__ (batch #2)
by Sarah (maidofawesome)
at August 18th, 2005 (05:21 pm)
cheerful

feeling like: cheerful

Second lot of icons for 100of__, from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Yes, I did get that title right, but if you want me to perform my best demonstration of know-it-all-ism, please, feel free to question it.

Batch#2: Icons 16-35

Batch#1:
Icons 1-15


19 are themed – 1 is random. Themes listed under the cut.

Previews:



Rules:

1: Want, take, have. These icons are here to be shared: you don’t need to ask if you can take them.
2: Comment if you’re taking… please. It makes me happy to see if my icons are popular, and also helps me to see what styles are the most successful so I can keep making them like that.
3: Please credit, preferably in keywords. I work hard on these.
4: NO STEALING UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. This means no passing these off as your own work. No posting these in ‘stolen icons’ communities. If I discover any of these have been stolen, I will ritualistically remove your toes, one by one.

20 icons from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s StoneCollapse )
Some other recent icon posts you might be interested in:

Harry Potter Icons : One | Two | Three | Four | Five
Narnia Icons
A Series of Unfortunate Events Icons
Buffy Icons: One | Two | Three


x-posted in:

100of__, elitehpicons, good_fanicons, good_hpicons, goodhplotricons, hp_graphics, hp_icons, pop_icons, takenote_icons, upthebum_icons, fairy_icon

Sarah [userpic]
15 HP1 icons for 100of__ (batch #1)
by Sarah (maidofawesome)
at August 10th, 2005 (12:46 am)
tired

feeling like: tired
listening to: satc

Ok, here's my first lot of icons for 100of__. It's funny, I was struggling to make 10, and then tonight I went crazy with capping Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone, and made 15! So that's made a dent in the 100.

I have 50 themes, and I have to make icons for all of them. Then I have to make another 50 that are just random. 14 of these are themed; 1 is random.

First things first, if you'll excuse me for a minute. *ahem* OMGTHEYALLLOOKSOCUUUUUTE!!111!

Batch #1: Icons 1-15

Batch #2:
Icons 16-35

Previews:



Rules:

1: Want, take, have. These icons are here to be shared: you don’t need to ask if you can take them.
2: Comment if you’re taking… please. It makes me happy to see if my icons are popular, and also helpsme to see what styles are the most successful so I can keep making them like that.
3: Please credit, preferably in keywords. I work hard on these.
4: NO STEALING UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. This means no passing these off as your own work. No posting these in ‘stolen icons’ communities. If I discover any of these have been stolen, I will hunt you down like a dog and set foxes on you.

In case you're wondering - yes, I did post some of these a couple of days ago. I wanted to stick all the icons together in one post though, so I can link to it.

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Some other recent icon posts you might be interested in:

Harry Potter Icons : One | Two | Three | Four | Five
Narnia Icons
A Series of Unfortunate Events Icons
Buffy Icons: One | Two | Three


x-posted in:

100of__, elitehpicons, good_fanicons, good_hpicons, goodhplotricons, hp_graphics, hp_icons, pop_icons, takenote_icons, upthebum_icons, fairy_icon

Sarah [userpic]
16 ASOUE Icons
by Sarah (maidofawesome)
at August 8th, 2005 (12:58 pm)
creative

feeling like: creative

Ok, I bring you 16 ASOUE icons:

-- 6 of the Happy Little Elf
-- 1 of Klaus solo
-- 2 of Klaus and Violet together
-- 6 of Violet solo
--1 of Lemony Snicket

I’m planning more – I recently took a zillion screencaps from my DVD of this, and this is simply my first batch. There will be lots more Klaus, and I promise that Sunny will get a look in too, because I love Sunny. I’m also going to take a look at my very first lot of ASOUE icons, and remake them so they’re generally prettier.

Rules:

1: Want, take, have. These icons are here to be shared: you don’t need to ask if you can take them.
2: Comment if you’re taking… please. It makes me happy to see if my icons are popular, and also helpsme to see what styles are the most successful so I can keep making them like that.
3: Please credit, preferably in keywords. I work hard on these.
4: NO STEALING UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. This means no passing these off as your own work. No posting these in ‘stolen icons’ communities. If I discover any of these have been stolen, I will not be held responsible for my own actions. But, suffice to say, they will involve something sharp and painful.


Preview:



16 A Series Of Unfortunate Events (Movie) IconsCollapse )



Some other recent icon posts you might be interested in:


Harry Potter Icons : One | Two | Three | Four | Five
Narnia Icons
Buffy Icons: One | Two | Three
OC Icons : One | Two



x-posted in:

___asoue, _asoue, asoue_movie, good_fanicons, mementomoricons, pop_icons, snicket_icons, soue_icons, takenote_icons, the_periscope, upthebum_icons, fairy_icon

Sarah [userpic]
54 Harry Potter Icons (first 3 films + HBP)
by Sarah (maidofawesome)
at August 7th, 2005 (11:33 pm)
creative

feeling like: creative

Ok, finally, I'm posting some more Harry Potter icons. I've actually had a lot of these stored on my computer for a while, but I wanted to finish off a couple of them before posting them. And then last night I was struck by inspiration and made, like, 15 icons. 30, really, as I did them in two different formats for your convenience.

Oh my god, this post is going to kill your dialup. There's a lot of icons in here. A lot. Like, 54.

Rules:

1: Want, take, have. These icons are made to be shared.
2: Comment if you're taking… feedback rocks my world.
3: Credit is my crack. Please credit. I work hard on these.
4: NO STEALING under any circumstances. This means no passing these off as your own work. No posting thse in ‘stolen icons’ communities. If I discover that ANY of these have been stolen, I will abduct you in your sleep, take you to an abandoned warehouse in the dark midsts of Hereford and remove your lungs with a blunt, rusty butterknife.
5: Comment to say how pretty my new layout is. Isn't it pretty?


Previews:


For icons100:
4 Snape Icons for icons100Collapse )

For 100of__:
11 Philosopher's Stone icons for 100of__Collapse )

For icon_crack:
1 Trio, 1 R/Hr for icon_crackCollapse )

General:

7 General HP iconsCollapse )

My response to the HBP 'shipping wank ('shipper spoilers within)Collapse )

The history of the wankCollapse )

DisclaimerCollapse )

13 anti H/Hr icons - format #1Collapse )

14 anti H/Hr icons - format #2Collapse )

Plus...Collapse )


And because I simply have to have the last wordCollapse )


Some other recent icon posts you might be interested in:


Harry Potter Icons : One | Two | Three | Four
Narnia Icons
Buffy Icons: One | Two | Three
OC Icons : One | Two



x-posted in:

100of__, elitehpicons, good_fanicons, good_hpicons, goodhplotricons, hp_graphics, hp_icons, icons100, pop_icons, takenote_icons, upthebum_icons, fairy_icon







That took a very long time. You might have to wait until tomorrow for ASOUE icons.

Sarah [userpic]
Tutorial: How to make a simple blend
by Sarah (maidofawesome)
at July 11th, 2005 (10:23 pm)
irritated
Tags:

feeling like: irritated
listening to: Hard Fi

Ok, this is the second of my 'Back to Basics' tutorials (the first, how to separate an image from the background and outline it, can be found here). Today, we will deal with blending!

This is the finished product:



Please note this is a very simple tutorial, deliberately. It's designed to aid beginners, and so is very explanation and image heavy.

Programme: Photoshop 7

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Please, please don't copy this icon to the letter and claim it as your own. It's unimaginative and unfair, and I learned from others, so you'll be copying other people - not just me. I don't insist on credit, but I will get cross if I see this copied.

Hey, it's happened before.

Sarah [userpic]
53 Lost UK Promo icons
by Sarah (maidofawesome)
at July 11th, 2005 (12:07 am)
tired
Tags:

feeling like: tired
listening to: ASOUE

Ok, finally, I'm posting some more Harry Potter icons. I've actually had a lot of these stored on my computer for a while, but I wanted to finish off a couple of them before posting them. And then last night I was struck by inspiration and made, like, 15 icons. 30, really, as I did them in two different formats for your convenience.

Oh my god, this post is going to kill your dialup. There's a lot of icons in here. A lot. Like, 54.

Rules:

1: Want, take, have. These icons are made to be shared.
2: Comment if you're taking… feedback rocks my world.
3: Credit is my crack. Please credit. I work hard on these.
4: NO STEALING under any circumstances. This means no passing these off as your own work. No posting thse in ‘stolen icons’ communities. If I discover that ANY of these have been stolen, I will abduct you in your sleep, take you to an abandoned warehouse in the dark midsts of Hereford and remove your lungs with a blunt, rusty butterknife.
5: Comment to say how pretty my new layout is. Isn't it pretty?


Previews:


For icons100:
4 Snape Icons for icons100Collapse )

For 100of__:
11 Philosopher's Stone icons for 100of__Collapse )

For icon_crack:
1 Trio, 1 R/Hr for icon_crackCollapse )

General:

7 General HP iconsCollapse )

My response to the HBP 'shipping wank ('shipper spoilers within)Collapse )

The history of the wankCollapse )

DisclaimerCollapse )

13 anti H/Hr icons - format #1Collapse )

14 anti H/Hr icons - format #2Collapse )

Plus...Collapse )


And because I simply have to have the last wordCollapse )


Some other recent icon posts you might be interested in:


Harry Potter Icons : One | Two | Three | Four
Narnia Icons
Buffy Icons: One | Two | Three
OC Icons : One | Two



x-posted in:

100of__, elitehpicons, good_fanicons, good_hpicons, goodhplotricons, hp_graphics, hp_icons, icons100, pop_icons, takenote_icons, upthebum_icons, fairy_icon







That took a very long time. You might have to wait until tomorrow for ASOUE icons.

Sarah [userpic]
12 Narnia (movie) Icons
by Sarah (maidofawesome)
at June 14th, 2005 (04:26 pm)
lethargic
Tags:

feeling like: lethargic

Oh, Narnia. I am so unbelievably excited about this movie, you have no comprehension. I literally had tears in my eyes when I saw the trailer. And then I had to sit through Revenge of the Sith. I swear, it would have been better to watch the trailer for two hours. Instead of wasting it on that tripe. Oh, come on. It was tripe.

I’m talking about Star Wars, here. Narnia? Narnia rocked. These books were my childhood. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that I love with as much ferocity as I love the Chronicles. And believe me, I love books. I’m an obsessive Potter fan. But it doesn’t compare to Narnia. Nothing can.

To display my excitement, I bring you 12 Narnia icons. More will no doubt follow.

Rules
1 – Comment if taking. It makes me look popular.
2 – Credit. Please. I work hard on these, and it's only fair that you recognise that.
3 – Want, take, have. By posting these icons here, I am giving you permission to take them.
4 – No stealing. That includes posting them in stolen icon communities. No. It's NOT ok. Neither is passing them off as your own.

Preview



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I hope these load ok. I’ve been having difficulty with my server recently.

Noms at awards communities make me happy - just let me know where! On that note, I urge you to join iconrecognition. It's a community where you can post your best icons, so that others can see them and nominate them. It is very cool. Go! Join! Now!

Some other recent icon posts you might be interested in:

OC Icons : One | Two
Harry Potter Icons : One | Two | Three | Four
Buffy Icons: One | Two | Three



x-posted in fairy_icon, narnia_icons, pop_icons, takenote_icons, upthebum_icons

Sarah [userpic]
Tutorial: How to separate a background and outline the main focus of the image
by Sarah (maidofawesome)
at June 13th, 2005 (12:30 am)
accomplished
Tags:

feeling like: accomplished

How to go from this to this .

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Please, please don't copy this icon to the letter and claim it as your own. It's unimaginative and unfair. Also, some of the techniques I have used in this aren't just mine - there are elements from many other tutorials included, so you won't just be copying me, you'll be copying others. I don't insist on credit - like I said, I didn't invent the Stroke method - but I will get cross if I see this copied.

Hey, it's happened before.

Sarah [userpic]
58 - OMG! - Buffy icons
by Sarah (maidofawesome)
at June 12th, 2005 (11:55 pm)
tired
Tags:

feeling like: tired
listening to: Magic Numbers

Ah, Buffy. My first love. Not Sarah Michelle Gellar, you understand. The fandom. *sigh* Love it.

Rules

1 – Comment if taking. It makes me look popular.
2 – Credit. Please. I work hard on these, and it's only fair that you recognise that.
3 – Want, take, have. By posting these icons here, I am giving you permission to take them.
4 – No stealing. That includes posting them in stolen icon communities. No. It's NOT ok. Neither is passing them off as your own.



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Noms at awards communities make me happy - just let me know where! On that note, I urge you to join iconrecognition. It's a community where you can post your best icons, so that others can see them and nominate them. It is very cool. Go! Join! Now!

Some other recent icon posts you might be interested in:

OC Icons : One | Two
Harry Potter Icons : One | Two | Three | Four
Buffy Icons: One | Two



x-posted in fairy_icon, buffy_graphics, buffyicons, chosen_icons, pop_icons, takenote_icons, upthebum_icons

Sarah [userpic]
33 HP Icons
by Sarah (maidofawesome)
at June 12th, 2005 (11:31 pm)
tired

feeling like: tired
listening to: Cherry Falls

Well, I'm back, with a new layout (pretty, no?) and a new haircut. Trust me, it's hot. While my website has been down, I have been very busy, and tonight I plan to spam my icon journal - and your friends lists - with many an icon post.

So, first up, is my most iconed fandom... Harry Potter! Hurrah!



Rules

1 – Comment if taking. It makes me look popular.
2 – Credit. Please. I work hard on these, and it's only fair that you recognise that.
3 – Want, take, have. By posting these icons here, I am giving you permission to take them.
4 – No stealing. That includes posting them in stolen icon communities. No. It's NOT ok. Neither is passing them off as your own.

33 icons...Collapse )

Noms at awards communities make me happy. On that note, I urge you to join iconrecognition. It's a community where you can post your best icons, so that others can see them and nominate them. It is very cool. Go! Join! Now!

Some other recent icon posts you might be interested in:

OC Icons : One | Two
Harry Potter Icons : One | Two | Three
Buffy Icons: One | Two

x-posted to fairy_icon, goodhplotricons, hp_graphics, hp_icons, pop_icons, takenote_icons and upthebum_icons

Sarah [userpic]
IMPORTANT: All icons down until further notice.
by Sarah (maidofawesome)
at April 29th, 2005 (02:34 am)
crappy

feeling like: crappy

Damnit, damnit, damnit and other swearwords that I will refrain from writing but you'd better believe I'm thinking them.

My website account for www.wastedfairy.com has run out, and I can't afford to pay it until the end of the month. Which means all the icons that I have hosted on there... are gone. I mean, they're saved, but replacing them is going to be long and arduous and probably pretty impossible, because I have to remember what they were called and in what directories they were posted etc. And god knows what stuff I didn't have backup copies of. I hope to god it wasn't too much. No icons, at any rate.

Anyway, this means, obviously, that this community is pretty redundant until I pay my domain fee. Because there is no way I can scrape together £70 until the end of May, as I just had a very expensive holiday and didn't see this coming.

I'm so due for a lottery win. This isn't fair.


x-posted to personal journal

Sarah [userpic]
A pimp. You should heed me. HEED ME!
by Sarah (maidofawesome)
at April 5th, 2005 (01:08 pm)
accomplished

feeling like: accomplished

Have you ever wanted to nominate for an award community, but have never found just the right icons, or can't find any at all?

Did you just finish your best batch of icons yet, but feel insecure about nominating them, in case someone thinks down on you for it?

Well, that's where iconrecognition comes in. Each week, you can post 10 of your own icons that you think are the best of the best. Then, instead of searching for hours through icon communities, potential nominators can stop by, grab some icons to nominate, and be on their merry way.

At the end of the week, the moderators will announce that the week has ended, and that a new week has begun. Then the process starts all over again.

Think of it as a one-stop shop for the best icons of any fandom, any genre, anything. Period.

You like the idea? Join up and spread the word. Everything else you need to know can be accessed through the community user-info, or you can always contact one of the moderators.




-- wastedfairy and downpour

Sarah [userpic]
Flashing Images tutorial (Buffy/Angel --> Hunger)
by Sarah (maidofawesome)
at March 28th, 2005 (01:16 am)
groggy
Tags:

feeling like: groggy

madelineanne asked me to make a tutorial for this icon, which won First Place (woo!) for the 'Hunger' challenge at whedonosity:



First, I will show you how I made this frame:



And then I will show you how I made this frame:



And then I will show you how I put them together. The fun!

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LARGE INTRUSIVE IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER:



I'm sure most of you know what the purpose of tutorials is. It's 'Hey, I like this effect. You will too. I will teach it to you, so you can learn something new, and interpret it in YOUR OWN WAY.'

It is not 'Hey! Copy this icon to the letter and pass it off as your own.'

You can probably guess what's spurred this on. A friend of mine pointed me towards an icon made in the very image of this one. The only difference is the screencap used. Even the TEXT is the same. I encourage pepole to follow this tutorial, to learn from it, but not to copy it. Use your own text. Experiment with the different effects I've shown you. But for god's sake, make something NEW. Don't copy the words, the pose, the concept, the freaking lighting effects!!

I'm not going to namecheck the guilty party, because that's stooping to a bitchy level that I don't like. No, wait, scrap that. The sheer audacity of this person has pissed me off beyond all recognition. I am furious. Go see why.

I'm proud of this icon. I won first place at whedonosity for it. I wanted to share it with others. But now I'm regretting spending my Saturday hours writing this bloody thing, all for someone to copy my work and pass it off as their own. Maybe I'm being unreasonable, but I don't care, because I think it's pretty damn justified.

FROM NOW ON, I WILL BE INSISTING ON CREDIT FOR ALL MY ICONS AND TUTORIALS.

Suddenly it seems necessary.

Sarah [userpic]
Icon Tutorial: Spinning Buffy Icon (part two - animation)
by Sarah (maidofawesome)
at March 19th, 2005 (10:59 pm)
creative
Tags:

feeling like: creative

Here is the second half of my Spinning Buffy Icon tutorial. We will be learning how to make this icon, which I made for the Drunkenness Challenge at whedonosity, in which I came third (yay!):



You will already have seen how to make the individual bases, here. Now it's the fun part... the animation!

WARNING: HUGELY IMAGE INTENSIVE.

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Sarah [userpic]
Icon Tutorial: Spinning Buffy Icon (part one - bases)
by Sarah (maidofawesome)
at March 19th, 2005 (10:59 pm)
creative
Tags:

feeling like: creative

Ok, this is a tutorial in two halves.



This is an icon I made for the 'Drunkenness Challenge' at the fantastic icon contest, whedonosity. It came third. Hurrah! A few people have asked me how I did it, so I figured, tutorial time! I like writing tutorials. I get to be all pompous and instructy. First off, I'm going to show you what effects I used in Photoshop 7 to make the two bases, these:



Then, in the second half, I will show you how I did the animation effects.

WARNING: HUGELY IMAGE INTENSIVE.

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Sarah [userpic]
13 Spaced icons
by Sarah (maidofawesome)
at March 13th, 2005 (11:28 pm)
creative
Tags:

feeling like: creative
listening to: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

So, while Spaced is by no means a new obsession for me, I have only just started making icons for it. I think it's because suddenly everyone on my friends list has discovered it (it's about time!) and icons are cropping up, and I'm like 'Hey! I liked Spaced first! I should make icons!' So, I did. 13 icons from the first couple of episodes of series 1. More, definitely, to follow.

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Rules:

1 – Comment if taking. It makes me look popular.
2 – Credit is nice. Always nice.
3 – Want, take, have. By posting these icons here, I am giving you permission to take them.
4 – No stealing. Or I will set zombies on you.

Pimps:

Join these wonderful icon challenges! cultfilm_icons, whedonosity and spacedchallenge. Go on. The mods are hot.

Some other recent icon posts you might be interested in:

Shaun of the Dead icons
OC Icons : One | Two
Harry Potter Icons : One | Two | Three
Buffy Icons: One | Two

X-posted in: fairy_icon, pop_icons and takenote_icons

Sarah [userpic]
Tutorial for PS7
by Sarah (maidofawesome)
at March 10th, 2005 (10:58 pm)
creative
Tags:

feeling like: creative
listening to: Phone Booth

So, I made this icon sort of by mistake, and loved it, and desperately wanted to recreate it. So, I did. Which was impressive, because I didn't think I'd know how to. Anyway, it seemed logical to make a tutorial for it. Partly so I could remember how to make it again. But also, cos it's pretty. And I hope you will think so too.



Warning: Image intensive.

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I hope this was helpful! Feedback is always appreciated.

Sarah [userpic]
Se7en and Shaun of the Dead icons
by Sarah (maidofawesome)
at March 9th, 2005 (09:51 am)
bored

feeling like: bored

So, I’m bored. I give you some icons that I made for cultfilm_icons, but didn’t actually use in the end. I liked the caps, so made loads of potentials.

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12 Shaun of the Dead iconsCollapse )

Rules:

1 – Comment if taking. It makes me look popular.
2 – Credit is nice. Always nice.
3 – Want, take, have. You don’t have to ask permission. You should still comment to tell me how great I am, though. If you want.
4 – No stealing. Or I will throw you to the zombies, and they will rip out your intestines, god help me, they will.

Pimps:

Join these wonderful icon challenges! cultfilm_icons, whedonosity and spacedchallenge. Go on. The mods are hot.

Some other recent icon posts you might be interested in:

OC Icons : One | Two
Harry Potter Icons : One | Two | Three
Buffy Icons: One | Two

X-posted in: fairy_icon, pop_icons and takenote_icons