Monday, April 12, 2010

PTI: Boys to Men

It's been a fun month with the whole masculine theme over at PTI. I like referring to Matt and Hank as "my boys" and have designed all my projects thinking of them. This little project today I created just for Hank. He might only be 26 months old, but I've got his 3rd birthday card all done for him. Never have I been so prepared.

Hank LOVES airplanes. He is constantly searching the sky when he hears one overhead. And once it flies away, he asks me for more. Melts my heart. If I could put more airplanes in the sky for him, I'd do it. A little out of Mama's control, however. How about a cookie instead?

Creating for Hank using the Fly Away set was just a pleasure. I took a stamp package and made this little card/toy combo. Everything is glued down except for the airplane. Instead, I opted for a magnet on the back. The little wand I created has a magnet as well. Hank can make the plane move through the clouds and over the map by placing the wand on the back of the box. Total two-fer. He'll have more fun with this than a regular card, hands down.





A couple little design ideas to pass on:

1. The edges of the stamp package are covered with dotted ribbon. Fits the $15 stamp boxes perfectly.




2. Wand is made of a dowel. Actually had to use Matt's table saw to cut it. All by myself, thank you very much. I told him I used it and was told it wasn't a table saw but a Dewalt Compound Miter Saw. Snort. You probably don't need one of those to complete the project.



Before I covered the dowel with patterned paper, I wrapped Scor-Tape around the dowel and then wrapped Rustic Twine around it several times. Sticks like a dream.

Double sided tape also used to secured the wand to the back of the package before I covered it with Pure Poppy cardstock. Holding up nicely. In fact, this project couldn't have been brought to you without massive amounts of Score-Tape. I should have asked them to be an official sponsor:).



3. Basic Grey Magnets on the back of the plane and on the end of the dowel. Really nice adhesive already so it was easy-peasy.




Be sure to check out what the other girls are up to with their Boys to Men projects. I can't wait to see myself. They always blow my mind.

Betsy Veldman
Dawn McVey
Debbie Olson
Heather Nichols
Lisa Johnson
Melissa Phillips
Michelle Wooderson
Niki Estes
Kim Hughes
Maile Belles


Supplies:

Stamps: Fly Away (available April 15th), Birthday Basics, Big and Bold Wishes
Patterned paper: Pretty Pastels and Men of Life by PTI, cloud print by American Crafts
Ribbon: Pure Poppy Dotted Satin
Perfect Match Cardstock: Pure Poppy, Spring Rain
Punches: Daisy Punch and Circle Punch by EK Success
Vintage Buttons: Pure Poppy and Summer Sunrise
Copic Trios: Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, Spring Rain, Smokey Shadow
Font: Geobats for North America Continent
Other: Wooden dowel, Basic Grey Magnets

39 comments:

  1. Such a cute idea Erin...I'm in awe and just love your creativity!
    Melis

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  2. Now, why didn't I think of that?? This is a fabulous idea. With two little men of my own I now have a wonderful new idea for travel toys!

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  3. Okay, that's just brilliant and a darling design. Reminds me of toys from when I was very little (a long, long time ago {smile}). I love your creations, Erin, really glad you've joined the PTI team!

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  4. Wonderful idea! Love it!!!

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  5. That is so clever! And what a great implementation of the idea too - the N.Am. die cut in the back is a pretty cool detail.

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  6. What a fabulous idea Erin - I'm sure this can be adapted for other sets too - like a bee or butterfly for a little girl, or a sun rising over the horizon, or a fish swimming - can't stop thinking of other options now!!. Thanks so much for sharing your talent - I'm off to find an empty box right now!

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  7. Wow Fantastic idea Erin so creative and I bet Hank has many hours of pleasure from your card/toy! Thanks for inspiring HuGs Kim :)

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  8. GET OUTTA HERE! This is the coolest interactive birthday card EVER!

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  9. Stunning! as always! Love this - just wish my fellow was little enough to play with this.

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  10. Fantastic idea, Erin! I can't believe it! I WILL try this for my 24-month old granddaughter!

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  11. Oh my!! This is just a brilliant idea!! And it's adorable! I will have to try this out myself!!

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  12. Shhhh. Don't tell anyone I said this... I dig yours the best! So very clever. Shall we say "Out of the box"?

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  13. OH MY GOSH!!! If this isn't just the most creative thing I've ever seen!! Brilliant! Your son will LOVE this :)

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  14. You are a genius. Soooo perfect!

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  15. I absolutely love your ideas! This is amazing and oh so cute!

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  16. Such a great idea. So creative! I love it lots and lots.

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  17. How clever is this project!!

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  18. Wow! This is wonderful! Thanks for giving a few tips on making it!

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  19. oh, erin - this is just the cutest! so creative. i love checking to see what you've come up with. great pics to explain the process. i know your son will love playing with it!

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  20. love this idea and thanks for explaining how you did it.

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  21. Erin, you are brilliant--as in WAYYYY past just creative, as if that weren't enough! You seriously rock.

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  22. This is awesome Erin! Pure genius!!

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  23. Wow! This is great! Nice way to use a PTI clear container, too.

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  24. TOOOOOOOOOO STINKIN CUTE. I still want to come and pick your creative brain. Just how do you come up with these wonderful creatiions

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  25. Erin, this idea is brilliant!!! Love it!!!
    So cute!
    Sandra :-)

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  26. That is absolutely adorabele! You are so creative, way to go Mom! :)

    Thanks for sharing your creation with us.

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  27. This is a fabulous idea! I am visiting your blog for the first time; it's great! I love the photo of you and your little boy.

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  28. You are so darn clever!!!! love, love, love this idea!!!

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  29. All I can think to say is "Wow...Wow, Wubbzy!" So cute! I just love this idea. And I can totally identify with the plane fascination. My 4-year-old Riley and I have visited the little Observation Park at our airport so often in the last few years that I think Homeland Security has a file on us.

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  30. That is so sweet! I would never have thought of doing a plane that way!
    Hugs, Pat Smith

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  31. what an amazing idea - your son must be thrilled!

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  32. OMGosh, that is GENIUS! What an awesome card/gift for your son! I am VERY impressed. It is just TOO COOL FOR WORDS!!! You are amazing! :D

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  33. I don't usually post to blogs, but I had to comment on this card. It is just adorable. I love it to pieces and I'm inspired to make my tots a couple cards like this too! Thanks for sharing.

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