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31  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Tin of the Month Club 2015 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!

32  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Santa's Sleigh 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!
33  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas Placeholders/Ornaments 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.
34  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Kindling Bundle: the Perfect Man Gift 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
35  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween Tic Tac Toe 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.
36  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Retro Halloween Houses/Treat Boxes 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
37  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Tin of the Month Club, October and November 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
38  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Boo Witch with Cat and Pumpkins 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!
39  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Carmen Miranda and Some Fruity Friends on: September 03, 2015 07:26:24 AM
I can't seem to stop making peg dolls, so when I saw all the miniature fruits and vegetables available now at Alpha Stamps, I had visions of a tiny Carmen Miranda.


Carmen needed some friends, so I made her four little fruity friends, each with costumes based on the color of their fruit. Their hats and capes are removable, so they can switch it up if they're so inclined.


The gang's all here!


Let's make some Sangria and have a par-tay!
40  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Zombie Cars! Scary Fun! on: August 27, 2015 06:54:32 AM
Do you ever just get a weird idea right out of nowhere? It happened to me for this last project for Alpha Stamps. When I saw the included paper mach coffin boxes and rubber zombie finger puppets, for some crazy reason, I immediately thought "soapbox derby cars with dead drivers!" When I told Leslie (fearless leader of Alpha Stamps) my idea, she found me the perfect 1 1/2" spoked wheels for these vehicles.

I removed the top of each coffin box to save for another project. With an x-acto knife, I cut out a window from the box bottom before painting each car. The number 8 car features painted flames and a scary black widow spider on the front. The orange car, number 31, has skeleton arms and some red headlights shining through the eyes of the skull on the front. (There's a view of the underside of this car showing how those lights were installed at the bottom of this post.)


Where would one find a set of zombie cars? Why, nestled in a collector's box in an old creepy toy store, of course! I recovered the top of an old game box with some red cardstock and a new label. I added some masking tape to the sides, because we always ended up having to tape up the corners of our game boxes when I was a kid.


The cars are safely nestled within the box. I used shirt cardboard to construct the box insert (gotta keep those cars from moving around in there!). It seemed a little plain, so I covered the top of the insert with stripey scrapbook paper for more scary fun.


On the underside of the lid is a cemetery backdrop which makes the perfect little playset for the cars. The zombies seem right at home there.


Wanna see the car backs? Car 31 features more bones and a "rancid" license plate.  Car number 8 sports some fangy black fins and a pair of scary taillights (or are they eyes?!?) above a "poison" tag. The zombie finger puppets are stuck down in the opening created by the window cutout.


I'm still a huge newbie at Photoshop, so I was very excited to be able to put together the box top using an image of children from a vintage game of "Winner Spinner" (minus the giant spinner that used to be there) and actual photos of the cars themselves.


As promised, here's a shot of the underneath of car 31. I placed the skull on the front and punched out holes for the lights. Once the lights were inserted from the inside of the car, Apoxie Sculpt was used to keep them securely in place. Apoxie Sculpt also adhered the battery to the top of the car, and the light switch to the side, where it's easily accessible. You can see some masking tape and tiny o-rings on the axle, which keep the wheels from sliding side to side. The zombie driver is simply smashed in there. He's easily removable and repositionable.


There's a complete supply list on my blog, if you feel the need to have one of these freaky things lying around your house this Halloween. Cheesy
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