Hi everyone - sorry I forgot to update Friday with the prize winners. It's been a busy week. DH had his birthday on Friday so we took him to the Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe for dinner and celebrated there. Alekha enjoyed the game room afterwards and it was sweet to see dh "losing" to her at nearly everything from Air Hockey to skeeball, and so fun to hear her delighted shouts everytime she scored over Daddy! She reminds me what it's like to be four -- though she is approaching the age where she is going to have to start learning about losing as well as winning, soon!
Now onto the prizes! This is the first time I didn't use the random number generator - I literally printed and cut apart all the comments and stuck them in a box to draw from to make sure we weren't repeating any entries.
The winners of the books are:
Carrie from Seattle, Wa.
Danielle Barton (location unknown)
Vivianne (location unknown)
and the Cricut cartridge winner is:
Jen 1230 from PA.
Just for fun, I picked an extra prize winner for a book and that prize goes to:
Valerie C. from New York
Thanks to all of you for posting and please email me with your addresses so I can get these out to you. I hope all your wishes come true!
Speaking of wishes, today's project is about a fictional girl whose wish came true - Cinderella. I have been working on some projects for the Alpha Stamps guest designing stint and I couldn't wait to show you this one. It's a Cinderella Coach, created with the collage sheet titled The Ball #1 and to create it, I used a faux carveable pumpkin (the kind you get at Halloween from the craft store). Mine was a white carvable pumpkin that I painted with acrylic paint and glittered up to look like a real Cinderella Coach. If you have one leftover from halloween, you could use it (if you have an orange one -- just prime it with gesso first before painting). Project instructions are as follows:
Using a pen, trace an opening in the pumpkin (I used a template - you can trace out a paper template by hand to use so that you can use it on the back side as well to get windows of identical sizes on opposite sides of the coach). Also, this makes it easier to get the artwork inside (from the rear of the coach) and you can set a mini strand of lights inside if desired. Carve out the openings with a craft or xacto knife. The pumpkin will have a stem on top - carve it off but don't cut into the top of the pumpkin yet. Paint the pumpkin with pink acrylic paint, let it dry. Add a layer of decoupage glue and Martha Stewart clear glitter. Using a Fiskars craft drill, drill an opening in the top. The top of the pumpkin that looks like a finial - that's actually a glass cabinet knob - I picked it up from Hobby Lobby. I just inserted it through the top and screwed it in on the bottom. I mounted my pumpkin on a round cardboard base - it was just the bottom of some roundish cardboard packaging from Target that I covered in paper and lace. You know, those little embellishment boxes full of scrappy goodies that they sell at the dollar spot? One of those. I used a screw and bolt to attach the base to the bottom of the pumpkin, again, using my fiskars drill to drill into the bottom. After that insert your collage image, cutting it to size to fit the window, hold it in place with small thumbtacks on the inside. Then have fun decorating the outside with trims and ribbons, buttons, tulle etc. For the banner, I used a K&Company La Boutique wedding metal hanging rod bar attachment and hot glued it into the top of the pumpkin, after digging into the pumpkin part way with my drill (you don't want to push the bar all the way through). I printed out the happily ever after banner on my computer and cut it into the banner shape, then glued the edge of it to the bar. The wheels were made with the lids of Maya Road tins - I goldleafed them and then added text punched in a circle shape for the wheel, held that in place with brads. Hot glued the wheels to the coach. I think that's about it. If anyone has specific questions, let me know -- but I really love how it turned out -- the Cinderella sheets are so inspiring and I just had to do something befitting of how beautiful they are!
The second project for Alpha Stamps is a Trash to Treasure project. Awhile back, Target's Dollar Spot had these little wooden boxes with sliding tops - the top was a checkerboard and it came with little pegs to use as checkers. Basically, travel sized game boxes with built in storage for the checker pegs. Anytime you see a little container like that that can be altered - it's good to pick it up -- they lend themselves well to collage sheet images because of their size. I used mine to make a "Cinderella Secret Box". The front of the box shows the scene with Cinderella's fairy godmother, and it slides open to reveal the coach leaving for the ball with fairy godmother looking on. All I did was cut and adhere patterned paper to the box, trim the collage images to fit on the front and inside, added some text and glittered up the outside edges. I used a sharpie gold pen to color the edges where you slide the top out -- I didn't want to paper those edges where it slides because that could prevent it from sliding easily. I added some eyehooks to the top for hanging, some ribbon and a beaded flower and it's a sweet little fairy tale box. I plan to do another three Cinderella themed projects shortly. Simultaneously working on the spring banner as well. You don't even want to see what my desk looks like. (!!) Enjoy your Sunday!