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1  Robert Burns Artist Trading Block in Completed Projects by rackycoo on: January 25, 2016 02:18:52 PM
Robert Burns, the national poet of Scotland, was born January 25, 1759. Tonight is Burns Night, and people all over the world will celebrate his birthday with traditional Scottish fare. My next door neighbors invited us to share in their Burns Night feast tonight, and insisted that we bring nothing. We can't go over there empty handed, so since they are such Burns fans, I made them a little R. Burns birthday souvenir, using the best known portrait of Burns by Alexander Nasmyth. Added a little party hat and some fireworks, and there you have it.


The back, featuring a blessing he wrote.


Not sure what my friends will think of this little gift, so we're also bringing Champagne.  Cheesy
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2  Zebra Circus Wagon in Completed Projects by rackycoo on: January 04, 2016 10:56:52 AM
One thing I really love about the Alpha Stamps' monthly kits is how versatile they are. This month, the design team's stated theme was "Valentine Paper Theatres", but when I saw the square shrine and the wonderful stripey papers, all I could think of was "circus"! So, circus it is. The cardboard shrine was the perfect size to transport a zebra to the big top.


The square shrine is designed to have a taller facade on top, but for the circus wagon, I used the shrine upside down. I added extra cardboard on the two sides and the back in order to make a good base for the wheels. Here's a picture of how the back looks with the 1" of extra cardboard on the bottom. The wheels come with the pieces shown here painted black. Once they're in place, it's easy to thread the axle through them and attach the wheels. Just make sure you have them lined up properly; I first put my wagon together without gluing it to make sure that these axle holders were on straight.


I got the zebra from my local Michaels store, and then dressed her up for her circus debut. I painted her hooves glittery red with Stickles, and then gave her a ruffle made of pom pom fringe. I also used Stickles to create little red jewels on her crown. She's so fancy! I added a little 3D trim to the Cirque facade; here you can see some black and white braid and some gold star studs.


Back of the wagon, an advertisement for the act:


The rope in front was added to make this a pull toy. I punched a hole in the cardboard and threaded the cord through it. I tied a big knot and glued it to the wall of the side to keep it firmly attached. The end of the cord is glued into a small wooden finial, which I painted black and gold and then glazed. The back step was an old wooden block I happened to have, cut to size. Matchsticks make the perfect flag poles.


Huzzah! The circus is in town! For a list of supplies, click here.
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3  Tin of the Month Club 2015 in Completed Projects by rackycoo on: December 08, 2015 01:06:53 PM
I've been holding on to a set of 12 tiny tins forever. At the beginning of this year, I decided to set a goal to alter one tin a month, to represent that month. I've been posting them here, in sets of three, but now that I'm done, I thought I'd post them all together. 2015 is almost over! Here's what the year looked like in tins:


And a larger photo of December's tin. Ho ho ho!


The last two months were posted here, and if you want, you can follow the links to see the rest of the individual tins. Hope your year was crafty and good!

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4  Santa's Sleigh in Winter Holidays by rackycoo on: December 02, 2015 08:16:31 AM
Alpha Stamps has two little kits to make sleighs this Christmas. They're so quick and easy to make! Here's the smaller size. I designed it in hopes that it would look like a vintage decoration from the 50's or 60's. Lucky me; I found the perfect little chenille Santa in an antique mall last weekend. Score! I painted the sleigh eggshell white, and distressed it with ink to make it look old. Blue Waterfall Stickles were used to make the wooden snowflake and the outer scrolled part of the sleigh glittery. I used some thin cardboard to make a little seat for Santa up front, and then filled the cargo space with a bottlebrush tree, some packages made using the Holiday Bags, Tags & Boxes collage sheet, and the cutest miniature wooden toys. From this side you can see a little wooden airplane, the sail of a toy boat, and a couple of the boxes made from the collage sheet.


It may seem like a lot for Santa to haul around, but look how small that sleigh actually is: it fits right in the palm of my hand.


The sleigh may be small, but it packs in a lot of Christmas goodies!


Ho ho ho!
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5  Christmas Placeholders/Ornaments in Winter Holidays by rackycoo on: November 27, 2015 10:40:28 AM
I like to set my Christmas Eve table with placecards for everyone, preferably one that doubles as an ornament they can take home. This year, I found a great little ceramic snowman at Michaels, and at 60% off, they were only eighty cents apiece! I'm hosting a dinner in December for my book club, so they'll be getting these too.


All you need to personalize these is Sharpie pens and/or paint pens. I used a Sharpie for the nose and to write the names and dates, and a paint pen for the buttons, eyes, and red band around the hat. Tie a scrap of ribbon around the neck so your snowman stays warm, and you're done! I like to use different ribbons for members of the same family for more variety on the tree. HELPFUL HINT: Write the name and date on the ornament first, and then you can center the buttons and face so they'll be perfect every time.  Smiley

Here's what the ornament looks like undecorated. His little bottom is not flat, so I purchased a bag of miniature wreaths for the snowmen to sit on when they're being used as placecards.
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6  Kindling Bundle: the Perfect Man Gift in Completed Projects by rackycoo on: November 27, 2015 09:35:18 AM
What do you get the man that has just about everything? If he likes a nice fire, and you're lucky enough to have a wood worker in your house, make a bundle of kindling for him! I got a nice selection of wood scraps from our shop, rubber banded them together, and then wrapped them with a piece of burlap (this is from a table runner sold at Michaels). Then I put a bright red ribbon around the bundle, stuffed in some holly clippings, and added a cute tag (also from Michaels). This was so easy to do, and cost next to nothing, but guys who love making fires will really appreciate it.


Here's a little details of the wrapping. On the back of the tag, we wrote "Here's to you, Hot Stuff!" with a metallic silver Sharpie.  Grin
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7  Halloween Tic Tac Toe in Halloween Decor and Parties by rackycoo on: October 22, 2015 07:14:25 AM
There are two things in this crafty world that I really love: Halloween, and toys. Oh, and peg dolls, so make it three. Here's a little combination of them all: it's a haunted house box that holds pieces for a tic tac toe game.


The lid of the box is the haunted house part, which can be used as a decoration if you don't feel like playing the game. I kept the top relatively flat, but it does have some fun dimension, like the cat eye on the turret, the fuzzy felt bats, and the acrylic black cat on metal fence at the front. The fence is attached with some foam tape so it stands away from the house a bit.

Who's that looking through the window? Looks like a tiny vampire.


Here's what you'll find when the haunted lid is removed: the "Boo Crew", a set of five wrapped up zombies and five crazy vampire bats. Honestly, I spent the most crafting time in this project making that box insert to hold the pieces.


The tic tac toe letters on the back of the haunted house were cut from scrapbook paper using a Silhouette Cameo. The cat in the pumpkin and the spooky words are stickers that came with the scrapbook paper. The bottom of the box is the game board. I used some spiderweb paper and a painted chipboard skeleton to jazz it up a bit.


Let's have a game! It looks like the vampire bats will be victorious in this round. Tricky little buggers.
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8  Retro Halloween Houses/Treat Boxes in Halloween Decor and Parties by rackycoo on: October 12, 2015 10:51:40 AM
I have fallen in love, and it's with a Halloween paper pack: the Trick or Treat 12x12 Collection Kit. It's weird to be in love with paper, I know, but I just love the colors and retro patterns. I got a few paper mach houses and set about to use just about every single pattern of each side of these great papers to create the five little houses you see here.


Look at those adorable trick or treating kids! I fussy cut them so they can cavort freely on the front of each house. These boxes are so easy to do; I just mixed and matched patterns to my heart's content, and glued them in place. Every side got a different pattern.


The backs feature some of the stickers from the sticker sheet that's included with the papers.


These fun little boxes are perfect for giving Halloween treats...or tricks, if you've got 'em! Pictured here: fall colored Peanut M&Ms. It's lucky they made it through a photo session. Cheesy
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9  Tin of the Month Club, October and November in Completed Projects by rackycoo on: October 08, 2015 11:00:51 AM
I can't believe it's the last quarter of the year. Where has the time gone?

Short story: I've been decorating tiny tins all year, one for each month. I've been posting them in four separate posts, one for each quarter. The October tin was actually the first tin I completed. I originally planned to do several Halloween themed tins with my set of 12. But after completing this one, having 11 tins left gave me the idea to do one every month, and there you have it. So, here's October.


November is more than halfway over and I'm just now getting around to posting this. For shame! I struggled with this one, and I think it shows. I even had a hard time getting a good photo of it. Tom Turkey is hiding in the foliage and hoping no one spots him with dinner in mind:


To see the last three months, click here. Smiley
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10  Boo Witch with Cat and Pumpkins in Halloween Decor and Parties by rackycoo on: September 29, 2015 08:28:08 AM
One of my favorite swaps this time of year is the OTT October Holiday swap. Of course I was thrilled to be partnered with pottermouth. Since she claims she loves peg dolls, I decided to make her a couple, along with some little Boo blocks. The only rule of the OTT swap is that your swap item has to be under 4". These blocks are 3/4" square, and the little cat is 1" tall, for reference.


All the pieces are separate, so pottermouth can move them around and arrange them however she likes.


Here's a picture she took for the swap gallery:


Tiny Halloween fun for everyone!
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