Tuesday, January 3, 2012

You can almost hear the Wurlitzer Playing.


I had 2 titles for this post.  The first one is above, the second one is "Really, what was I thinking?".  Hi everybody, today I want to share with you a project I made for the Circle Blog Magazine Challenge.  You needed to use the new Cricut Craft Room for your project.  I tried using it with my Imagine, but didn't have much luck.  It kept freezing on me, so I gave up, and connected it wirelessly to me Expression 2, and had much better luck.  In fact is was really easy.

I love Carousels, probably because all of the beautiful horses on them in various state of tossing their heads , they seem so wild and untamed.  Actually every chance I get, I ride the Carousel.  Silly I know, but it's one of my guilty pleasures.  I am probably the only woman in my 40's that still rides them.  It has to be a really cool one though before I will ride.  The smaller ones with lame horses on them just don't do it for me.  My husband just rolls his eyes, but my daughter will always ride.  I wonder how old she will be when it's just not cool anymore.  Hopefully, never.

Anyway.  I have always wanted to make a Carousel out of paper.  When I saw Noah's ABC Animals, I knew it would be perfect.

I started with George and welded a Triangle with a rectangle on both sides for tabs.  I cut 15 of these at 6.014".  I glued them all together to create the roof of the Carousel.  I then measured the roof on the underside across the bottom and cut the largest circle I could on my E2 which was 11.25".  I glued this to the underside of the roof.

Next, I cut out the horses.  I used the 3-D horse on Noah's Abc's.  I cut 5 at 5", each one from different colored cardstock.  I wanted a palomino, black, bay, white and of course pinto.  Below are the photo's of how I made the saddles.  I used Old West for the Western Saddles, and a scrap of matching cardstock for the seat.





When these were all done.  I added bridles out of ribbon and jump rings, and bling.  Several of the horses have breast collars.  Here they are all blinged out.





The pic above shows the "Mirrors" on the center pole.  I researched pics of Carousels on line, and all most all of them had Mirrors all over the place.  I put 2 on the Centerpole.  I used Fancy Frames and George.


 


The Centerpole is just rolled up cardsock.,  I needed to make the base out of something sturdy, so I cut another circle out of thin cardstock and traced on heavy chipboard and cut out with my scissors.


There is a piece under the horses hoofs, and at the very bottom of the carousel.  The one on the bottom is .25" smaller then the top.  I will tell you the reason later. 

Here is a close up of the roof. 

This pic shows where I covered the wooden dowel rods with "silver pieces" 

I did the same with the top of the Carousel.



The reason I wanted the bottom slightly smaller than the top, is because I wanted to hide a mini album in the base.

I have made these star albums before(see this post Star Album), but I googled Carousel Mini, and found a really cool blog where this person added a top to her star album.  I didn't use her pdf file, but just eyeballed it and created the album with my cricut using my dimensions.  Her blog is Andthereweretwobears.













Well I hope you like my project.  I really do.  So what should the post be titled?  Can you hear the Wurlitzer, or What was I thinking?

26 comments:

Lori said...

Your project is so amazing! It just left me speechless. You are very talented - I can almost hear the Wurlitzer playing!

Crafting Katie said...

This is seriously incredible! I am in awe! I had to laugh at your little blurb in your profile on the side of the page. I don't see how this project could have been any better in your head!

Scrappin Dhilly said...

Wow! This is spectacular, I absolutely love it. All of the work and detail you put into this project s is amazing! This puts my first Craft Room project to shame. Good luck on the challenge.

Audrey Frelx said...

Fabulous, yes!!! Amazing, yes!!! But does it look easy? NO!!!

Love your carousel!

Soo said...

That is AMAZING!!!!! Thanks so much for sharing.

Houses Built of Cards said...

Oh my GOODNESS!!! I had something I was going to enter - but how can it stand a chance against this!!! Truly fabulous, that's all I can say!!!

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Anonymous said...

I am blown away, your carousel is gorgeous! Such details, especially on those wonderful horses. And I love that it's also a box.

Cannot thank you enough for the directions.
PJ(Jessie Adams)

Kigz said...

Um, my words have left the building! W. O. W. That is truly awe inspiring!!! First place is simply not enough! :D

Lisa said...

WOW, what a gorgeous project. I hear the music. Beatufiul job.

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Amazing, Stunning, Awesome and Incredible.... oh I forgot Gorgeous! You amaze me with your talent and the projects that you do. So much detail. Love it!
Oh I ride them too!

Anonymous said...

That is seriously unbelievable and amazing!!!
Your project is A~W~E~S~O~M~E!!
Weezie13 from the Cricut Message Boards... ;o)

scrapaholicjen said...

Amazing!!!

Ohhh Snap said...

Dannnnnnng! That is awesome! And you made two things!

Donna Schnees said...

WOW! You did an amazing job and the time you had to spend on it. Good luck on the challenge!

Carrie K said...

OMG! This is awesome!! Wow! I just don;t know what to say. This is the most gorgeous thing I have ever seen made out of paper!! What a wonderful example of what is possible with Cricut!!

GabyCreates.com said...

Amazing!!!...why even enter..YOU WILL win!! LOL I mean it!!! GREAT job!!!

PolkaDotPrincess said...

Nicely done. A lot of work, but I am sure the recipient will absolutely love it!

Nadia (With Glittering Eyes blog) said...

Whimsical, creative, fun project!!

Yvonne said...

What a great project. Hours of work.

cdm317 said...

Phenomenal! I am appraoching 50 and still head straight to the Carousel when I am anywhere near one! Good luck in the contest, but I'm pretty sure you got this won hands down. LOL!

Gina piazza said...

Ohhhhhh...
Really spectacular; love the choice of paper and how cool to have an album tucked away into the base!!
The detail is awesome.

JennyKozar said...

This is amazing!

fgargano said...

What an absolutely FANTASTIC project. I couldn't even being to dream something like this up. Good luck on the challenge! Your choice of title is right on. P.S. I ride them too!

Ladybug said...

OMG! That is absolutely STUNNING! BEAUTIFUL! GORGEOUS! and FANTABULOUS! I'm just in total awe w/ it!!! TFS!

Ladybug said...

OMG! That is absolutely STUNNING! BEAUTIFUL! GORGEOUS! and FANTABULOUS! I'm just in total awe w/ it!!! TFS!

Jackie said...

So Awesome! I'm at a loss for words - your work always amazes me!