Monday, December 12, 2011
Hello and happy Monday! Thanks so much for stopping back by today. I know everyone is rushing around at this time of year so I am really thrilled that you took the time to stop by to see what I have to share for our Monday Simon Says Stamp and Show project. This week our theme is Through the Looking Glass and we want to see your projects with depth and dimension.
I was probably one of the few crafters left on the planet who hadn't yet done a Tim Holtz configuration box so I thought it was time to get with the program. With a bit of trepidation, I selected the smallest set of configuration boxes and didn't have a clue how I was going to decorate and embellish it. And I've been watching and drooling this past week as the rest of the design team turned in photos of their projects. But I still didn't have a concrete idea of what to do with mine. I searched my closets, shopped at the craft stores, even hit Walgreens and Big Lots looking for tiny figurines. I actually did find quite a few, but nothing that excited me. So I came home and started making my own.
I found a wonderful video tutorial on the web to make a Christmas tree with a flower punch, taking inspiration from Tracy MacDonald, a recent winner over at Our Creative Corner. I used the holly leaves from the new Tim Holtz Festive Greenery die to cut the tree branches and covered tiny wooden blocks with vintage style paper to create the gifts under the tree and used a small spool as a tree stand.
I had some tiny toy blocks that were primary colors. I painted them with white gesso and when dry, inked the edges with Vintage Photo ID. The flower was cut with the Tattered Florals die and run through the Textile Cuttlebug embossing folder, then coated with UTEE. I rolled up a paper cone and added a few tiny Prima paper roses and a bit of eyelash yarn.
I made a little picture frame with Spellbinders dies and added a charming image of a little girl. I wanted it to look like enamel so I ran it through a Cuttlebug embossing folder and double heat embossed it with UTEE. I coated the bronze key with white embossing powder and heated it, then rubbed it off on the wear areas. The bottom compartment has a white pinecone made with the Tattered Pinecone die and I added a bit of sparkly gold embossing.
Each cube was lined inside with vintage style paper gold embossed with different Christmas icons. The outside of each cube was lined with paper stamped with a Tim Holtz music sheet stamp. All that "paperwork" took forever! The main back panel is vanilla cardstock embossed with the Tim Holtz Snow Flurries embossing folder and gold embossed with a sparkly gold EP.
This was a fun project, although a bit labor intensive. And I learned that you don't have to buy a lot of stuff. Just make a little collection of bits and pieces from around your home. I hope you will join in this week with some sort of dimensional project. It's a perfect time to create a little home decoration for the holidays. And of course, there is always that $50 shopping spree in the offing. If you play, you might just be the lucky winner of the random drawing!
Be sure to stop by the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge blog to see what my amazingly talented design team members have to share.
Links/pics of the products used are shown below. The sweet little wooden angel was a RAK from my friend Crafty Chris who sent me a lovely package of crafty goodies for no reason at all except that she is a sweetie! Thanks Chris - the angel worked PERFECTLY here!