Friday, July 18, 2008

Rock Star

Calling all rock collectors! This altoid tin is the perfect container for small rock finds! The background DP is an ancient piece I made years ago. But the colors and leaves are perfect for this idea and image. The leaves are watercolored with reinkers and the entire piece ran through the xyron, one side laminated, the other with permanent adhesive. The adorable stamped Exploring Nature image is from the GinaK Designs Kindred Kids Collection and is colored with Koh I Noor pencils and blended with odorless turpenoid and stumps. I cut the little guy out and adhered on two layers of Prism cardstock. I distressed the card stock quite a bit for a dirt effect! The Rock Star sentiment is computer generated, cut, distressed and adhered using the xyron.
The inside of the tin has the same DP. Laminated to withstand rocks and whatever else is placed in the tin! Kids love to write on the rocks to decorate and or to place a date and the location where the treasure was found, so a mini sharpie fits the tin perfectly for that task.
Notice the twill ends inside? Using a Cropadile, a hole at each end was punched. I measured and tied knots on the ends of the twill leaving a small amount of slack on the backside of the tin. This allows the user to thread tin on their belt, or back pack strap. The top opens and closes with a snug fit. So it can be upright without opening on its own.
The two stones you see were treasures my daughter found years ago on a family vacation to the northern lower peninsula of Michigan. We have dear friends who have a cottage and would visit every year! One is a Petoskey stone, the official Michigan state stone. Does every state have an official state stone?
Speaking of Michigan and its peninsulas, my husband and I will be traveling to Michigan's upper peninsula in two weeks! I am participating in the first Michigan UP SCS gathering! And guess who lives in the UP? Sharon Johnson, yep the one and only, known on SCS as Notimetostamp, former dirty dozen girl, and now one of the Flourishes stamp company owners! I look so forward to meeting her and all the other participants!
Looking ahead, Mark your calendars for July 24, GinaK Designs will be releasing 4 new stamp sets! You will not want to miss one of the most creative sets Melanie Muenchinger has designed to date! In my humble opinion! I am so excited using this set, I have lots to show you! I will posting some previews but will only be able to pop in at the tail end of the party, as it is my birthday on July 24 and I have been told I have dinner plans! Keep checking Gina's blog for all the details!
Take good care, and thanks so much for stopping by! Until next time,


Lee said...

Oh what a KIDtastic idea!!!! How totally fun!! And have fun on your trip!! I'll be waiting........impatiently of course............for those sneak peeks!!!!! LOL

Julie Koerber said...

Barb--- this is perfect! Living near a river, rock collecting is a weekly thing in our house. Can you deck out a coffee can!?!? LOL! I love this - way cute! And, "rock star" -- too fun!

Anonymous said...

Oh Barb... that is my son! Rock collector (and thrower) extraordinaire... hahaha
Great project. I can always count on you for imaginative and creative projects/cards.
happy Saturday!

Niki Estes said...

Such a cute tin, Barb!! Did you get my email I sent you? Thanks so much for the cute card you sent!

Linsey R said...

Oh, this is just the cutest idea, Barb! I love it! How perfect for this darling image--rock star, hehehe!

Have a most fabulous time in MI and say hi to Sharon for all of us! I would be just as excited to meet you irl as her! What fun! hugs and smiles!

Allison Rankin said...

Brilliant Tristan would love something like this!

Donna Baker said...

oh, this is so cute, Barb! can't wait to see what you come up with on this next release...your birthday? Dinner plans? Awesome - hope to hear more about it!

Rose Ann said...

Super cute tin, Barb!! I love how you've colored those leaves!!