Saturday, January 28, 2012

Love is in the Air Blog Hop and Giveaway.

Welcome to the Love is in the Air blog hop hosted by Paulette from Around the Block with Scrapalette! You should have arrived here from Danas Crafty Corner. If you didn't, you can go back to Scrapalette's blog and start at the beginning.

Today I wanted to share with you a cute little snowman I created just for the hop.
I discovered the idea when I was surfing the internet and ran across the Glue Arts Blog and an awesome designer Linda Albrecht.  I fell in love with her little snowman.  When I finished my little guy, I showed him to my husband and he looked at me funny because I paired a snowman with Valentines day.  I said when you think of Valentines day, don't you think of Snowmen?  He shook his head no with a scared look on his face, and I said in my world, snowmen and Valentines day go together.

Ok, so started with a 2,3, and 4 inch stryofoam balls, I mashed both the tops and bottoms slightly so when I fit them together, the would look like they were sitting on top of each other instead of just some balls stuck together.  I also followed Linda's instructions and used my fingers to slightly indent the balls all over so they would look natural.


I then cut a piece of coat hanger slightly shorter than the balls stacked on top of each other.
I then fed the balls on the wire and hot glued them together.

Notice the indents I made with my fingers above.


After his glue dried, I painted him white and then took TH vintage photo ink and went lighlty over the whole snowman after the paint was dry.

I took a piece of soft wooden dowel and widdled it down to be the nose, which I then inked with persimmon TH ink. 

I used pink chalk for his cheeks. 

For the eyes I used brads.  They weren't the right color so I took black acrylic paint and colored them.
Below is before and after. 

After coloring 
I used Black stickles for the mouth and gave him a smile.

After everything dried, I coated the whole snowman with dimensional adhesive and sprinkled coarse glitter all over him.  My top was glued shut on the adhesive so I cut the tip off and gave it a big squeeze, Big mistake.  It shot up like a volcano all over my craft room.  You would think I would learn not to do things like that.

I used a paper mache box I bought at M's and covered it with paper. 


I added a hat, pompom, and silver tinsel. 

My husband cut me some arms which I coated in places with Snowtex.
I also added pink buttons and twine to his front.  My daughter was playing around cutting pop cans with my big shot and thin die and she cut me some teeny tiny hearts that I glued all over his body and his hat.


I cut the rosette from Ribbons and Rosettes Cart and added snowtex to it and the box.  It looks like he is melting.  I cut the heart from Victorian Romance, and added a key so the box looked like it had a lock on it.

The snowman is just hot glued to the top of the Rosette.  Hot glue is my friend. 

The banner was cut from Victorian Romance and one of the font carts. 

Here are the hearts my daughter cut. 

Inside the box I added a mini album.  I used Tim Holtz instructions on how to make a mini out of one 12x12 sheet of paper. Really fun stuff.







I hope you are enjoying the Hop and the next stop is Papercraftscissors.  Before you go, I am giving away Nursery Rhymes Cricut Cart to one person who is a follower of my blog and leaves a comment on this post.
Here is the list in case you get lost.


Until next time, Beth.

64 comments:

Bunnyfreak said...

Love the snowman.

trentfamily said...

OMGosh! That is so adorable! :)

Scrappin Dhilly said...

Absolutely amazing! I just love your projects and this is no exception. All of the extra details you add to your creations are just amazing. I'm just wondering how much time it takes you to do your projects? My projects are so simple and it still takes me forever to complete them!

scrappindhilly at gmail dot com

Carolyn/MamaC said...

This is absolutely adorable! What a wonderful project!
Carolyn
http://cccscraproom.blogspot.com

Newbie2crafting said...

I just love this project, I may have to try to make a snowman like this! Thanks so much for sharing.

Dana
Danascraftycorner.blogspot.com

Sis Patterson said...

Wow, Beth!

I definitely think snowmen and Valentine's go together - this is such a darling and detailed project. Simply divine!

Beth said...

I'm living in the same world as you...snowmen and Valentine's Day go perfectly together! I love this project. You have a new follower :)

Scrappin with the bug said...

Wow that is so adorable. I love that snowman. I remember in TX on Valentines day it snowing and hubby and I making snowmen. This brought a huge smile to me. I love the little box so pretty. Great great job.

Terri

Kathy213 said...

This is the cutest snowman!!!! I just love snowmen. I wish I could keep them around the house year around. This is a great way to extend his life a bit longer. I love it. I' going to try making one today !!! Thank you.

Amy said...

This is fabulous! All the detail work, and then to add a mini album as well that is just beautiful. I hope that one day I have an excuse to scraplift this and give as a gift.

Brenda said...

Love the snowman and the mini album! You do amazing work!

http://happyscrapper64.blogspot.com/
HappyScrapper64@bex.net

Rebecca W said...

Adorable snowman! Thanks for sharing! rlovew1976 @ yahoo.com

swiagal said...

So cute. Love your commentary, too. I'm a follower now.

Deb said...

Such an adorable little snowman! I never would have thought to do something like this. WoW!

cathy said...

Just "pinned" your guy - so cute. Just became a follower too after checking out other projects on your blog - Great Work!!!!!! Plus I really appreciate that you use spell checker, or at least proof read before you post!!!!

Sara Andrews said...

I can't tell you how much I LOVE this!! Another fabulous project!

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Beth you Valentine Snowman is just too cute. Love the details you added to this. Amazing. TFS

Tanya said...

Fabulous! Thanks for the tutorial!

Tanya
phenis2031 at yahoo dot com
http://scrappylandusa.blogspot.com

Brenda said...

What a cute snowman!!! Great projects!!

Brenda Z.

cdm317 said...

OMG! This is the cutest! I am in awe of your creativity! Love it!
Colleen (Gonescrappin' CC)

PolkaDotPrincess said...

This is too stinking cute! Skip the cart, send me this!!! lol!!! I'm a new follower!

Diane said...

What a neat project and yes, I agree Snowman and Valentine do go together. I am going to try to make one, and thanks for the tutorial. I always enjoy seeing your projects.

Julia said...

Adorable idea's and fun projects!

barbarastewart1 said...

You are an AMAZING CREATIVE TALENTED person and I ALWAYS enjoy what you post. This SNOWMAN has captured my heart for sure.
P.S. In my world: Snowmen GO with EVERYTHING...

Lisa B said...

I like how your snowman turned out - he's very cute and the little touches do add a more realistic look to him. It's still cold and snowy in February, at least where I live, so I think snowmen and valentine's day go together perfectly!

Sheila said...

What a great project - love that it even includes a cute little mini.

pattyk said...

I love Snowman and now I Love snowmen and valentines.

Angie said...

cute snowman!!

bird said...

Very cute and I like the snowman tell your hubby you were thinking outside of the box. And that is what makes our creations so awesome.TFS

Paper Memories4u said...

Love the snowman, the details in your project are great. Dana
papermemories4u@ yahoo.com

Stampin' Meg said...

Such a fun idea of a valentines snow man! It turned out beautifully!!!

Lizzie said...

I love your projects...always amazing!

scrapaholicjen said...

Love your snowman and mini- great work!

Ohhh Snap said...

Fabulous snowman! I think snowpeople and valentine's day go together very well :D. Great mini-book too :D.

Michele Green said...

Wow a snowman and a mini album! Both are very cute.

Michele
michelegreen120 at gmail dot com
www.michelegreen.com

Mona said...

Love the Valentines snowman! Yes, I think of snowmen when I tink of Valentines Day! Thanks for sharing!

Gina piazza said...

I love the Valentine Snowman! And that mini is super!

Gail said...

nice blog

CottageRose said...

What an awesome project; the snowman is just too cute!
Deb, qoq_1athotmaildotcom

Crafty Teacher said...

I love it! I can see snowman at Valentine's if you're in a cold cold area :) Cute idea for holding the mini album too.
:)Khrista

Tammy said...

WOW thats all I have to say. That is sooooooo WOW. ;)

Stefani said...

This is so cute! It doesn't really snow here, so that would be a great addition for the season. Thanks for sharing! New follower - stefanichastain@hotmail.com

Crafting Teacher said...

This is an amazing projects. The mini is a great idea for a valentine.
I am now a follower and looking forward to more of your projects.
.gail
g_fessler@msn.com

marg0006 said...

Great projects.
marg0006@verizon.nt
Loving Scrapper101

Kathy said...

Your creation made me smile! GFC follower.

jordanbev5 said...

Fantastic job! Your snowman is just adorable and your mini valentines book is so wonderful surprise!!

jjlarson said...

Beth, this is absolutely adorable! I saw something like this on a catalog cover and thought it was so cute. Love that you added a album in the box. Great job!
jjlarson@nvc.net

Josie0602 said...

I love your Valentine's snowman! He is so fabulous!!
Tracy
http://scrappininthewoods.blogspot.com

RockinRenee said...

Your snowman and mini are awesome as usual! I already have the cart so please draw another name if I should win. It's been great hopping with you!

Simply Sweet by Sharon said...

I so so love your snowman!! This is a fantastic and amazing project. I bet this project took a long time to finish. But, in the end it is so worth it.

Latinacreativa said...

This is so adorable! Thanks for sharing such detailed instructions. I hadn't seen a project this cute in quite a while!-Raquel @ Raquelsdesigns.blogspot.com

Beth said...

Your snowman is so cute. I love him! Thanks for a chance at the cartridge. :)

Beth
baby.cowgirl88 at yahoo dot com

Sandy S. said...

I am a sucker for snowmen. Absolutely love it!

Sandy
http://thecraftycreationspot.blogspot.com/

Wende said...

CUTE, CUTE, CUTE!!!!

swatts66 said...

The snowman is adorable. Great idea!

Karen S. said...

This is beautiful! What an awesome idea! I found your blog from your Cricut mb post where you showed the snowman... I'm a new follower! Thanks for the chance to win!

karenskapin at yahoo dot com

GinaBeana87 said...

What a great project! Very cute :)

senditagain said...

He's really cute!
I'm so excited I just became you 300th follower!!!!

LorraineB said...

I have been following you for sometime. I love your work, and your snowman is so adorable. Thanks for a chance to win a cart I don't own Yet.LOL
Lorraine

Georgia said...

What inspirational ideas!! Beautiful work!!
Thanks for a great giveaway :)
Georgia
ms.georgia.forever AT gmail.com

Lillian Child said...

Seriously DARLING snowman project. Love the tip about using stickles on the brads to make the eyes and mouth. I just found your blog on this hop and am now a follower. So very nice to meet you. Stop over to my blog sometime and give me a shout out!

http://lillianchild.blogspot.com

Kauaimelody said...

I am in love with your snowman. I have used love and snowman in the same sentence so I guess it is plausible to have linked your snowman with Valentine's Day!

Anonymous said...

Love this project! New to your blog but I know I'll be back! thanks for sharing! Cindy Hoffmann Smith

Nadia (WithGlitteringEyes.com) said...

I am coming late to the party, but so glad I got to see this awesome project! Why aren't you grabbed up and published??!! All of your projects are just amazing! This one is no exception! I love the nostalgic feel of this project with the textures, materials, and colors you have used! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!