Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Paper Carousel and a Dancing Hippo

These are my entries for Melanie's Guest Designer contest. First is the carousel. I have had this idea in my head for awhile now and I was finally able to make it happen since Melanie has created quite a collection of great animal stamps now. Once again I waited way to long to start it so I worked like crazy the last two days to get it done. I finished it just in time though.
I started with a search for something that would make it really move. Music boxes came to mind so I started searching for music box parts. My search lead me to a man name Tony in California who sells them. He put together a platform with carousel music for me to use as a base. I found a template for the middle column and top edging and traced the outline of the patterns on white marker paper and cut them out, then I airbrushed those pieces. After that I created the design for the column and edging with stamps from The Angel Company and freehand then I colored the finished design in with my Copics. I used my Cuttlebug and oval dies to cut mirror images from silver Shimmer Sheetz. I did the same thing with red cardstock for the mirror borders. I used red plastic plates for the top and bottom of the carousel punching holes in both plates to put the straws that I covered with ribbon in. I colored all the animals with Copics and cut them out then attached them to the straws. I used stickles for decoration on the bottom of the plates, some of the animals, and the edging. I finished it off with ribbon tied onto another straw on the top. Below is a video that shows the finished carousel in motion.

This is the dancing hippo card. I have had the idea of a dancing hippo for awhile now too. It was suppose to be a tilt card originally but I couldn't get it to tilt so I just glued the back part of the hippo on to the cardstock to make it look like she was dancing thru the tulips. As you can see she is wearing a tutu too. The background is a past TJ technqiue called Magic Pattern from the Feb/March newsletter.
Finished card is 41/4x41/4.

Hopefully these projects are enough to give me the opportunity to be Melanie's guest designer. In the meantime I will working on finishing up my PTI guest start stamper entries and other design team obligations this month.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great night.


Linda said...

That is the cream of the crop of all creations in crafting!!!!!
Let's not forget the hippo....she has a fine dancing back-end.

Ret said...

TERRI!!!! I love, love, LOVE this paper Carousel!! What a wonderful idea & it actually works!! Wow that is an awesome idea you came up with. You are a hard act to follow, no doubt about that!!

You tip toeing thru thetulips hippo is adorable. love the tutu!! How funn she is!!

You have really outdone yourself with these projects. Best of luck in the contest, I would think you have a very very very GREAT chance in winning!!!

Melyssa R. said...

Wow, that is very very cool!

Beth said...

Well Terri I am even more impressed now after seeing it in action you did a awesome job on that carousel and if you don't win something is wrong.
Alos love the Hippo

Barefootstamper said...

What an amazing project! I love it! You were the "Project of the Week" today over at www.CardOfTheWeek.com. You can check out the post at http://www.cardoftheweek.com/2008/06/card-of-the-w-1.html

Thanks for sharing!

Allison said...

That is super cool...what a neat idea for sure! You have to win!

Melanie said...

This carousel was amazing I was especially impressed with the mirrored panels, it was so realistic!

Dr Sonia S V said...

What a wonderful project--I would not have thought of making it on a music box-- very creative idea!
Cheers from Bangalore, India