Sunday, July 19, 2015

My Other Creations: Smarty Pants Trophies

I often run the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog's weekly themes past my husband and parents to get my creative juices flowing.  This week's theme is the letter "I."  When I asked my mom what came to mind for the letter I, the first three things she said (and I kid you not) were: isotope, ibis and incarceration.  This is the problem with having a genius mother!  I didn't even know what an ibis was (apparently some type of long-legged bird) and I certainly didn't have an isotope stamp handy.  But bless her, my mom did inspire my "I" craft after all because I wanted to pay homage to her intelligence!  So I made a little trio of trophies to celebrate the lovable smarty pants's in my life.


I started out with Tim Holtz's trophies, which are a shiny silver.  I Gesso'd the heck out of them, then painted them with Dina Wakley's acrylic paints and Tim Holtz Distress paint.  While they were drying, I went looking for bases and decided to use some old ugly wooden stamps that I'd kept for just such a nonsensical purpose.


I cut out squares of paper from Prima's Garden Fable collection and glued them onto the wood stamp blocks.  I also stamped out the sentiments and glued them on as well.


To fill my trophies, I used two girl images as well as one from Tim Holtz's Found Relatives cards (the girl with the turquoise crown).  I glued a wooden spool into each trophy, then glued the girls to the tops of the spools and wrapped a "yarn nest" around each.


I added some oomph to the trophies by gluing on some Washi tape (which wouldn't have stayed put without the glue) and adhered my trophies to their bases.  Done!

Sometimes we tease my mom about how smart she is, but it's more of an "in-awe" type of teasing.  I grew up with a set of encyclopedias in the front room which, though now is at least 20 years out of date, still sits in my parents' house to this day.  Whenever my mom doesn't know the answer to something, or wants to learn more, she'll drop whatever she's doing and look it up in the encyclopedias.  She raised me to love learning and I owe her for keeping that love of learning alive in me.  In addition to mom, my dad and my older brother saved me from a dark and dreary death in math while growing up, so I pretty much hit the jackpot with a super smart fam.  I'm so grateful to all of them for teaching me that learning is cool and that it never has to stop.

For my trophies, I used the following supplies from Simon Says Stamp:



I can't wait to see what inspires you and what interesting and inventive things you come up with for this week's "I" theme (see what I did there)?  Be sure to upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for the rest of us to see and to give yourself a shot at winning a $50 gift voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.
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14 comments:

  1. Fantastic trophies celebrating learning and intelligence with great wit! They're brilliantly quirky - as any great mind is - and I hope to see the isotopes and ibises soon!
    Alison xx

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  2. Oh my goodness Andrea -- what a wonderful story for this week's SSS inspiration piece. Your mom truly is a wonderful "smarty pants" ... really?!?! ibis, isotope and incarceration. That is so cool. I would so love to meet her :) ( and you too, my amazingly creative friend :) ). To take that response and run with these insanely creative trophies is just pure genius ^ 2 as well. Love the colors and the old stamps as bases. The adorable little ladies on your trophies add such a touch of whimsy. Fantastic make with a story that just made me smile. Give my best to you Mom! Hugs -- Mary Elizabeth

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  3. I love these! I have a thing for these tiny trophies. I also happen to adore Lisa's Altered Art. She has some awesome graphics.

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  4. love these - they make me happy! and your mother sounds like she has a great sense of humor or maybe those were serious answers for crafting projects... either way it's funny and made me smile.

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  5. Just brilliant Andrea...love them totally

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  6. Gorgeous pieces, Andrea! Your mother is so cool! Love the random words she came up with an 'I'. Love the homage to her! Hugs, Sandra

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  7. Such a creative project! Love these beautiful trophies. :)

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  8. How fun these must have been to make! The "knower of all things" trophy would be perfect for my hubby but my favorite is "brilliant since birth." What a great sense of humor you have!

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  9. What a wonderful story and such fabulous inspiration behind these adorable little trophy cups ~ you've done your Mum proud, Andrea and I'm sure she will love them just as much as I did! Stunning creativity as always.... :)

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  10. First I have to say I love love love your trophies! Secondly your mom is a hoot! I would struggled with the ibis as well and the isotope... hmmm...:) She is a genius and raise a smart and talented daughter! Beautiful trophies!

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  11. Oh my gosh, I love your trophies Andrea and sounds like your Mom deserves all three of them, love her answers to your query!

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  12. Isotope? Now I love her, too!
    You own this challenge. The fun colors and whimsical imagery are all yours. You are the one person on the team whose work is immediately recognizable...yet each week, you surprise me with your creativity. I really admire you for that.
    I think you deserve a trophy, too!

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  13. Love how ur brain works.... Love your style.

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