Wednesday, July 21, 2010

DTGD Day Four: You're Never Too Old for Space Camp!

Does anyone recognize that movie line?  It's from one of our favorite movies, Stranger Than Fiction. I have no idea why we are one of only 17 people that liked this movie[1]; I think it's one of Will Ferrell's best.  So I got it in my head to make a space shuttle for DH, with The Greeting Farm's Space Ian as the star.  This would have been about 4 bajillion times easier if I'd had any sort of skinny canister around the house, but as it was, I ended up making my own cylinder with an inside layer of black and outside layer of white.  I also made the cone by hand, and the wings, tail (with moving rudder), and engines.  The easy part was coloring Space Ian with copics, adding some metal nailheads to his suit and glossy accents on his helmet.  I stamped another image, cut it out, and poked the wire through the back.  Then I adhered the two images together with scor-tape, sandwiching the wire between.  I also put a paperclip between the two at the bottom, in order to offset the weight of the glossy accents so he'd stand up float in space straight. 

I would have loved to fill it with Milky Ways, but that would involved buying some and that would lead to eating them.  I went with a Cookies and Cream bar, which DH likes and I don't. 

Close up on Space Ian adorableness:
I made another card yesterday before my engineering project, playing with some new paper, tools, and stamps. 
This is mostly Stamping Up! except for the button, thread, large polka dot paper (October Afternoon) and ribbon (PTI Scarlet Jewel).  I stamped and embossed the flower from Growing Green twice, cut out, and layered.  I ran some Cherry Cobbler through the Square Lattice embossing folder and distressed, added the Love Letters patterned paper, ribbon, and twine.  The sentiment is from Tiny Tags, punched with the jewelry tag punch.

Now off to get started on today's challenges!!  Wheeeeee!!!!
[1]Shout out to Angela for being one of 23 people who liked Away We Go--I loved that movie!


Angela said...

In addition to loving Away We Go, I also love, love, love Stranger than Fiction. And yes, I got the reference just by seeing the post title. Ferrell's finest work, just as Eternal Carrey's finest, and Greenberg is Stiller's. Lost in Translation is probably Murray's best, but I do love Groundhog Day. Funny guys being unfunny is awesome.
Enough about movies! Holy cow on the project! I'd never have that much patience or engineering skill. Dig the card, too -- that one I could handle :)

Karen H. said...

Oh no you didn't! That rocket is so cool! I can't even imagine doing that myself.

You should have posted your other card separately so it wouldn't be overshadowed ;) It is a beautiful card in its own right.

Emily Keaton said...

Wow! WOW! That's some kind of awesome engineering you did. Bet ya used some math on that :) What an awesome project, cool Space Ian--love how he's tethered. That cherry cobbler/black/vanilla card is so sumptuous. Great combo there. Can't wait to see what you get dirty with next :)

Emily Keaton said...

Hey, Meg! Just saw your question about watercolor paper in the comment you left on my blog. So for both cards, I used Canson brand watercolor paper. For the lighthouse card, I used 140 lb. cold press paper. It's more expensive but thicker and gives the best results, I think. Holds up well to saturation. For the mountains card I used paper from a pack of Canson 100 lb. paper I found in the Michael's clearance bin. That's what I tend to use for clear stamps, both because it has a less pronounced texture and because it was quite a lot cheaper, so I don't get quite as upset if I don't stamp the clearest image on the first try. But it's more lightweight, so it's more prone to warping if it gets saturated. Nothing that a hot iron can't tame (mostly). :) Hope that helps!

Lisa Lara said...

Meg! You have blown me away with that rocket. I am sooooooooooooooooooooooooo impressed. Wow. Jaw dropping. Breathtaking. Amazing. You go girl. And there's even chocolate in there?! Oh my.....

Emily Leiphart said...

This is freakin' amazing! You should be designing templates, Meg!! I LOVE everything about it.

Crafty Creations said...

WOWZERS!!! You are rockin' it out this week with all your challenges! God Bless your patience to make that spaceship!!!

Thanks for your suggestions on the tiedye too!!

Crafty Math Chick said...

WOW! That is WICKED cool Meg! I am really blown away! FAB!

Noelle said...

I absolutely LOVE that rocket! We are space crazy at our house, too!! Very cool, great job:)