Pinterest is so inspiring! I have always loved this Pin:
My cousin, who just joined Craftster, loves butterflies. He's also crazy about peanuts. Today is his birthday, so I just had to figure out how to combine his two loves into one. Here's what I came up with:
The plaque on the bottom is a Tim Holtz word band. It reads: "reality has limits, imagination is boundless", which I think is perfect for this piece!
I think the peanuts make the paper wings so much more real looking, being 3D and all. Here's a closeup of a couple of my favorites, where you can see just how realistic they really are. Floral stamens make perfect antennae.
And, one more for the road. Oh look, there's a little caterpillar joining the crew. He's dreaming of the day he too, can fly free.
I hope my cuz loves this. I think it will be perfect in his office!
What's new this month at Alpha Stamps? Vintage albums with a beachy vibe! Here's a little souvenir album I created with all the fun new products. Hopefully it brings to mind someone's long ago summer fun memories. This book has so many pages that I'm just going to post a couple of my favorites here.
The cover. Can you believe it's made from a collage sheet image, just glued to shirt cardboard? I think it looks like real leather! All the inside pages are made with 7Gypsies scrapbook paper, cut to size and sewn together in a single signature.
A great old photo of two couples on vacation, and some vintage tickets. I found a whole set of these photos of Maddie, Al, Irene and Gus on a roadtrip in 1933. I love them! They look like they had the best time.
The paperclips are decorated with little washi tape flags. So easy to do and so cute! I love using tiny glassine coin envelopes. Hole reinforcements make a great grabby spot for some baker's twine so you can pull the tags out.
Another photo of the vacationers, plus some collage sheet images and vintage stamps.
That's a little taste of it.
If you want to see all the pages or get a link to all the supplies I used, you can find them on my blog. Thanks for taking a look.
I just participated in the Terribly Important SOB swap, where participants all pay homage to each other's importance. My partner, noooitaremybirhtday, chose to be referred to as "The Ultimate Winner". One thing I made her was this toy with a banner, to head any parade that might crop up in her honor.
noooitaremybirthday is expecting a Very Important Baby soon, so the ultimate use for this toy is a photo holder. I hope it will make a cute addition to baby's room. (Note: her baby will most likely not look like this photo...this is an example only! )
We've had such fun in this Terribly Important Swap! Check out the gallery!
Have you sent something awesome to a swap partner lately? I know you have! Was it posted in the swap gallery but you still haven't given it its own thread? Enter it now into the Swap & Share Challenge! Get that project recognized, and win a great prize!
When I saw this month's new collage sheets from Alpha Stamps, featuring corsets, for some reason I thought of baseball cards. Wouldn't it be funny if young girls in Victorian times collected and traded corset cards? With that in mind, I designed a set of cards to look as though they had been handled and poured over, and perhaps traded with friends. This photo shows a box I made for storage, the fronts of four of the cards, and the back of one. I used the same corset ad on the backs of all the cards.
Making the cards was fun. I started with cream colored card stock, cut it to ATC size (2 1/2" by 3 1/2"), and slightly rounded the corners. I dabbed the top with Antique Linen Distress Ink, and then roughed up the edges using a Paper Distresser. After I layered on the images from the collage sheets (plus a measuring tape and a number for each card), I bent corners, folded edges, and sanded down the images.
The finished cards. Not only do they look old, they actually feel old!
I felt they needed a special box for storage, so I decorated a 3" Chipboard Memory Box using a pretty striped paper, pieces of a doily, and some pearl garland. The top finial was made with an old toy wheel I had, plus a painted wooden ball. Some painted wooden finials made perfect feet.
A pretty little scene cut from scrapbook paper makes a nice surprise on the inside of the box. The cards fit the box nicely, if you store them at an angle. If you'd like a complete list of products used for this project, click here.
Corset trading cards: collect them! Keep them! Trade them with your friends!
It's all about birds this month at Alpha Stamps! This month, the design team members were all given a bird shrine, and since I've been having so much fun making toys lately, I couldn't help but make this shrine into a toy as well. My goal was to make it look like a well-loved toy from years gone by; you know, something you'd pick up at an antique shop or, I guess, at a thrift store.
The shrine comes with a front and a back, a plastic disk for the window, and two pieces for the inside. I used both of the inside pieces of the shrine to make a deep niche, and added some mini bird eggs and some micro beads to achieve a snow-globe affect. On the outside, I covered the shrine with black and white polka-dotted paper and colored it with Copic markers. It was way too bright and new looking, so I sanded it down quite a bit, and then brushed on some Cognac colored ink to make it appear aged.
After gluing all the pieces together, I drilled a small hole in the back to insert the winding key. It may look like it, but this is not actually a working toy. I used two sizes of wheels, 3/4" and 1 1/4". I painted them black, and then added a little turquoise to the inside. Once the paint was dry, I sanded them down and added an axle. Dowels would work best for this, but I didn't have any at the time, and I was impatient. I used the handle of an old paintbrush that just happened to fit. The wheels are attached with some E6000 glue.
The eyes are bead caps, and I just had to add a little crown on her head. I love these little crowns. I need to stock up on some more!
If you want to make a bird toy of your own, click here for a link to the supplies, including those awesome crowns.
I picked up an old rack with spice drawers at a thrift store not too long ago, and have had it sitting around unused. The little drawers are so cute, though, that I decided to use them to display some of my tiny treasures. I call this one "Baby Buttons" because of the old button card I used for the background. It was a perfect fit! The little china doll just seemed to need a friend, so I added in the dog, which was a carnival prize from long ago. I think they make a cute little vignette.