Friday 18 March 2011

It's a Pirate's Life for me!

The theme for the Polkadoodle challenge this week has been set by Tracie and she wants to see


Nikky is at the Harrogate show tomorrow and Sunday where she is launching a new range of stamps a CD rom containing loads of papers and lots of new bits and pieces.
If you want a sneak peak at the new stamps head on over to the Polkadoodle blog as a lot of the DT have used them for this weeks challenge.

I went for something a bit different - using an old hard backed book picked up cheaply in a charity shop, I stuck the pages together and cut out the middle to make a box, which I then decorated to look like... a book?!!!!!!
I've used a black and white stampie from the Spring section of the Sundae of Seasons CD rom removed the glasses added an eye patch and coloured it in photoshop, also using red polka dot paper from the same CD to piece together a bandanna. I paper pieced the stripe top, jeans and boots from the Not for Girls CD. The skull and cross bones were taken from  the Candy Doodles CD.
At this point I made the mistake of asking Will my grandson, what he thought of it, as I was really pleased with what I had come up with, but not Will no, "he needs a sword nanny, he can't be a proper pirate without a sword" so I had to rack my brains and ended up using a tree stampie (upside down) and two Christmas baubles from Sundae of Seasons winter section to make the sword, which I then coloured in photoshop, - unfortunately not the right kind of sword - according to Will  it should be a cutlass, but you know what they say... to Err is human, to Arrr is pirate! LOL!.
I covered the book with paper from the Paper Boutique Vol III CD and used a sizzix die from The Craft Bug to cut out the label shape using another paper from PBV-III. I printed a burgundy colour onto some leather finish card to make the spine, corners and fastener and used a piece of jute tape behind the pirate to add a bit of texture. Some magnetic tape holds the box closed.

Will thought it would make a great place for hiding his pirates, so that's exactly what we did. Will wanted some of his pirates guarding his 'treasures' when I took the  photographs, so I took a couple with them for him and then some without for blogging, but preferred the ones with the pirates so here they are.

Hope you have a great weekend, I am off to a Clipart Fairy workshop tomorrow which I am really looking forward to and as Meg is in respite for the week we are decorating her room while she is away including replacing her sink and radiator, so we (Eric) have a busy few days ahead. 

This project is suitable for the following challenges:

Charisma Cardz - Use die cuts
Digi Doodles Shop Best - Anything goes
Shelleys Images Blogspot - Show us what you've got
Paper pretties - Masculine
Scrap creations - anything goes
Incy Wincy Designs - for the Boys
Ooh La La Creations - It's a Man thing


Gayle Cook said...

Aaaaar that be brilliant Captain Colette!!

I better not let my son see it or else I'll..I mean YOU'LL be busy making another one!!! ;o)

Gayle x

Fliss said...

Fabulous project Colette and I love the story about the sword and how you made it - very inventive.
This made me think of my nephew last year when I made a card with a Ferrari and a hand doodled checkered background as he likes racing cars - his main comment was that the car was "last years model" -bah, kids!
Have a great time at your classes.

Karen said...

Oh my goodness Colette, this is fantastic! I love to see the ideas you tell me about on the phone come to life. Fabulous as always!!!

Karen said...

What a good idea Colette, it looks brilliant, thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shops Best.

Peggy said...

What a great book!! I love the cutout. Thanks for playing with us at Going Grey with Scrap-Creations.

Unknown said...

Super project Colette. love the hidey place. Thanks for joining in our Man's card challenge at OLL this time. Good luck.
Dawn xx

Flutterby Trina said...

Now that is too cute! Love the image! Thanks for joining us at Incy Wincy Designs this week, Good Luck


Chris said...

what a great creative idea, looks fabulous. thanks for playing with us at Paper Pretties.

Wendi said...

Wow what a super idea very creative I love it
Thank you so much for sharing with us at ooh la la this week

KraftyKoolKat said...

Fabulous. Thank you for sharing it with us at Digi Doodle Shop's Best.


Liz's creative corner said...

Wow what a brill idea, so cool and creative, hugs Liz xx

Unknown said...

:) perfect! What little boy wouldn't love to hide some of his own treasures in his secret book! Thanks for playing along this week at Shelly's Images for our "Show Us What You Got!" Challenge!

FauxPainter - Dee Paramour said...

You always come up with such brillient and different ideas. It's always a pleasure to visit your blog.

Leah l'Orange said...

ha! he's just so cute! and that looks like a great place to hide some secret treasure! :) even your photograph had me giggling as i'm a HUGE fan of lego! thanks so much for sharing your cute creation with the Charisma Gals this week! xo