A is for AIRPLANE

Sunday, January 19, 2014

At the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog we are challenging everyone to use the letter "A" for their project this week. Adhesives? Art? Archival? American Craft? Anthropomorphic Animals? hmmm....
For my project, A is for.......AIRPLANE!

I love postal themed projects and was trying to come up with ideas when I saw this in my kitchen...
The bottle was plastic and had an interesting shape. I recalled that my design team teammate Ashli used paper mache last Autumn to create a cool mixed media pumpkin.  (You can see that post here.)  It was then that I decided to make a paper mache airplane.  
After taping cardboard wings to the clean plastic bottle, I began the paper mache process.  I created my own paste by combining 4 parts water to one part flour and cooking it until it was boiling and had a custard-like consistency. I don't have any photos of the actual paper mache process.  My hands were coated in goo. It was just like grade school all over again. Fun! I let the plane dry completely overnight and then began painting and creating a mixed media surface. I used several vintage postage stamps from my personal ephemera collection.  The stamped flowers are from the Hero Arts "Sunshine" Clear Stamp collection.  It coordinates with the new BasicGrey Fresh Cut Collection that I used. I stamped the flowers on tissue paper, colored them with colored pencils and then adhered them with matte medium.  I created a little paper pinwheel for the propeller.


Now it's your turn.  A is for.....??
Show us your project at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog and you could be our next weekly winner of a $50 gift voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.  Your could also be chosen to be one of our featured designers.


27 comments:

  1. I am completely in awe of this fabulous creation!

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  2. OMYGOSH!!! I just love love love love love this!!!!!! WOW!!! Pinning!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. Brilliant! I definitely wouldn't have thought airplane from that bottle and you are brilliant! Love the pretty papers and your unique airplane!

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  4. Fantastic idea for the letter 'A' and what a transformation from the plastic bottle. Very creative way to transform a plain simple bottle into an aeroplane. I love the propellor too. Tracy x

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  5. Okay, this is amazing! so fun to use the pinwheel!

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  6. WOW! WOW! WOW! This is one AMAZING project. You are so talented Michelle!

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  7. This is fabulous!! Also thank you for stopping by blog and leaving such a sweet comment on my Journal page...much appreciated!!
    hugs and xxx
    Gemma

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  8. Wow. WOW!!! You are amazing. Period. WOW!!!!!!!!

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  9. Oh.. Michelle, this is such a fun and fabulous project! What a creative way to alter the bottle into an airplane. Love your wesome design! :)

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  10. What an adorable design, Michelle! I love the pretty patterned papers you used!

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  11. SUPER cute! LOVE that you reused and upcycled that bottle! And I LOVE the use of the PS stamps (you should enter this in the PS anything goes challenge!)!! FAB x10000:)

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  12. Wow Michelle! What a fantastic and clever project! Love your cute airplane! The pinwheel propeller is darling!

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  13. aren't you just the most clever thing? this is so cute! Great idea for the letter A :)

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  14. That is an altered bottle and a half!! What a brilliant creative leap, Michelle - I love it!
    Alison x

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  15. Michelle your creativity is endless! This airplane is totally amazing and beautiful! I love it! BArbarayaya

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  16. Ahhh...how clever. Only you can see the airplane in that bottle. :) What a fabulous creation Michelle!

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  17. This is so cool! Love your airplain,Michelle! Love the propeller and the whole design of it! Amazing! Hugs, Sandra

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  18. You come up with such great ideas Michelle! LOVE this sweet airplane. The flowers are so pretty and the pinwheel perfect.

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  19. Wow! How creative is this???? Love it!

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  20. Oh my gosh!! That last photo is amazing ... it really looks like it's flying right at us through the clouds! I can't believe you saw the olive oil bottle and thought, "airplane" ... so very creative! The pinwheel really sends it over the edge. Awesome!

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  21. I love your fabulous airplane! I can just imagine all that goo and how much fun it must have been creating this little work of art. Wonderful and imaginative! Anne x

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  22. My oh my, this is the cutest thing, you are just brilliant Michelle!

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  23. Very cool and super creative, Michelle!

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  24. You kill me Michelle, crafty goodness all over the place, WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  25. A . as in awesome! What an original project! I used to make a pinata for each of my kids for their birthday parties every year. Gotch on the "goo" factor (I used watered down wallpaper paste).

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  26. Holy cow! This is ALMOST too cool for words...but I'm a fan of words, so of course I have to give it a try! All I can say is off-the-hook-creative-genius! How clever are you to have re-purposed a bottle so brilliantly? And as always, I seriously get such a kick out of your staging and photo backgrounds. I love how you made this look like it was flying through the clouds!

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