Monday, 17 June 2013


Our happy little boy (20 months old) became a bundle of screaming misery a few weeks ago.  Everything seemed to make him upset but one thing left him particularly inconsolable.  Vehicles.  If we saw a tractor, plane, car, train, boat, digger, or motorbike, he wanted to get in or on it, but it wasn't confined to real ones.  He would try to get in toy ones and even ones in pictures, and then be very upset that it wasn't possible.  Our nerves jangled every time he picked up a book for us to read.  Luckily, we discovered that if we said something was Bob the Builder's quad Scrambler, then it was Scrambler, so we decided to press a few cardboard boxes and random bits of furniture into service as surrogate ride-ons.  I got a bit carried away with the box nominated as 'tractor', until I remembered that everything would get pulled to pieces.  As you can see from the piccy, it had already been repaired before I got a chance to photograph it.  At one point, I was sticking paper to one side while Bob pulled it off the previously covered side.  As you can imagine, it's not my best work!  However, it made him happy for a while until his scale crisis passed.  I'd love to see other parents' cardboard box creations, so please get in touch!

The box is covered with wrapping paper.  The wheels are the polystyrene 'plates' that supermarket pizzas come on (kept because I thought they'd be handy one day), the exhaust funnel is a toilet roll inner tube, and the engine is made from a stack of cardboard vegetable punnets.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Crafting Cafe June Challenge - Here come the boys!

The theme for June over at the Crafting Cafe is "Here Come the Boys", and the prize is provided by Delicious Doodles.  I've chosen their exquisitely detailed Vintage Spitfire image to work with, vintage planes being a bit of an obsession for me.  It's a great image if you're not that keen on colouring in, as all the shading's done for you.  I've added just a hint of colour to mine using my beloved watercolour pencils.

My project is a circular easel card inspired by the WWII RAF roundel.  I say 'inspired by' because I've taken liberties with the sizes of the circles - err, I did mention my aircraft obsession, didn't I? :-)  The red circle is larger than in real life, something I did to make the background to the Spitfire less cluttered.  The blue circle is too small too, and this just came down to how large my circle dies were.  The yellow circle is hand cut to fit the card blank, but hand cutting the blue circle would have looked less clean against the yellow.

I've attached the spitfire using a curved piece of acetate.  It's a really simple way of getting nice movement and depth into a project without adding thickness for postage.  You need to use thin acetate, as the thick stuff won't stay curved, and if your attachment is light, you might need to add a couple of light folds in the acetate, as I have here.

The base of the easel card is covered with a map of the area around Eastleigh, which is where the Spitfires were built.  Hmm, perhaps I should have kept that bit of geeky obsessiveness to myself...

I hope you like it.  Happy crafting!

Challenges entered:
Milk Coffee
Joanna Sheen Challenge
Pattie's Creations
Creative Belli
The Stamping Chef
Anything Goes Challenge Blog
Creative Craft Challenges2
Cuttin and Stampin
LEJ Designs
Stamping with the Dragon
Simon Says Stamp
My Craft Creations
Scrappers Delights (S is for Spitfire)