Monday, April 30, 2012

12 Tags of 2012 - April

Guess what?  It is the last day of April and only a few hours left to post my entry in the 12 tags of 2012.  Tim used the new Bird Branch Die which I don't have yet so I will go with one that I did awhile back but still like.  It has a bird, what can I say?

A Better Mouse Trap

Over the weekend I saw this fabulous idea posted on Shelly Hickox's blog and couldn't wait to make one (or two) for myself.  SUCH FUN!! Yes they are made from mouse traps and rat traps.  As disgusting as that sounds, I think you will agree that they are pretty cute.  I thought it would be fun to enter this one in the Simon Says Stamp And Show for the theme of Anything Goes.

Using some great Tim Holtz Gears, Stamps, Trinkets, Light Bulbs, Paper Stack,Wings, Clock Parts and Distress Stain I let it go any way it took me.

After removing the stickers I removed some of the metal parts that were not needed.  That was easy to do using some wire cutters.  Next was stain and then decorating.  I used some of Ranger's new Glue & Seal to add the papers and stamped image. 

This was such a fast and easy project, I hope you will give it a try.  Go to Shelly's blog to see more wonderful  ideas and tips.

Since I had so much fun with the first one I decided to try a bigger one.  This time I used a rat trap.  I painted the trap with Wild Honey Distress Stain and then used some Steampunk Debutant Paper from Graphic 45.  I added some Tim Holtz Pen Nibs, a Book Plate, some corners and a Word Stick.  I printed my Grandmothers name "Emma" and added a couple pictures of her when she was a young girl.  When it was finished I added a stand on the back cut from the Tim Holt Small Easel Die.  Hope you have enjoyed my journey to "Build A Better Mouse Trap".