Tuesday, January 25, 2011

"March of the Snowmen" Blog Hop!

**** Winner for Blog Candy has already been drawn for my blog, but some of the others may have extended their deadlines for commenting, so check them out ***

Good Morning Papercrafters and welcome to another "March of the Snowmen" Blog Hop.  We had so much fun doing this last year that we decided to do it again.  We hope that you enjoy it as well.  We know the one thing that makes any blog hop sweeter ...  is BLOG CANDY!  And we have lots of it.  Over 1/2 the designers are offering up blog candy this year.  So read through each blog post carefully.

The official start time is 9am EST.
I love snomen and created 2 projects for the hop.

This is an altered sled photo frame I found at a local craft store.  It came as bare wood and I disassembled it by removing the brads and leather strap at the top.  I painted the wood and sprinkled with Diamond Dust.  I found the "Let it Snow" with a button pack at a local craft store.  The snowflakes are stamped in blue and embellished with jewels and manufactured white glitter snowflakes. The cute vintage image is by Crafty Secrets.


Recently I was hopping around and came across a project that had paperclay snowmen on it.  I made a mental note that I wanted to give it a try for this years blog hop, but now I can't find the link.  So whoever you were, thanks!  This launched me on a hunt for photo's of paperclay snowmen for inspiration, and in the process I came across a fabulous mixed media artist, Sue Pelletier.  She has a wonderful collection of paperclay snowmen that were published in Cloth, Paper Scissors!  Sue also teaches mixed media techniques.  I recently purchased one of her videos from Cloth, Paper Scissors and it was fabulous.  HERE.


Flicker is also a great resource for inspiration.  I have started my own little photo gallery of some of my favorites HERE.  One in particular that I fell in love with is this one.


Created by a wonderful artist Linda Silverthorne.  Her gallery is HERE.  And I was able to track down her Etsy store HERE.

And here are a few close-ups of my snowmen.
If you can roll a piece of clay into a ball, you can do this!
The hat was challenging though.


I covered mine with glitter.  I feel like this one needs a hat or something, but the project was already so tall ...

This hat was a challenge as well.  I had a hard time fitting the top of his head up into it.  But I was able to widdle out some of the inside until it fit on.


To learn some of the techniques about working with paperclay, I watched several video's over at YouTube HERE.  Now I did mine a little different because I didn't use the styrofoam, but I learned some things about working with the paperclay.  It takes here a total of 5 videos to finish the snowman ornament.

I'm the last one on the list, so if you haven't finished, then hop up to the top of the list to finish.
All links have been updated directly to the participants post.  So feel free to check them out anytime.
Melisa Waldorf - YOU ARE HERE

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You can view all of my Altered Projects HERE

Thank you soooo much for stopping by.  Please join me friday.  I will be posting another cardboard art project for the Layers of Color Faith Art Friday.
Melisa

60 comments:

ferrellgraph-x said...

Gosh all of your altered projects are just fabulous! I can't pick a favorite. So paperclay? Tell me more....
kind regards,
jennifer

Laurie said...

Melisa everything looks beautiful! You have been one busy girl!! Your snowmen are all adorable!!

StampinCarol said...

Wow! I LOVE your sled!! And as for a favorite.... well.... I can't! They're all great!

Betty Benton said...

You're number 1 in my book and you're also my first stop along this hop! Your projects are awesome; when do you find the time, my friend? You must never sleep!

lisa808 said...

Love your pretty altered sleigh. Adorable snowmen. Thanks for the chance at your two give-a-ways. I'm off now to work my way back through the hop.

Yvonne Russell said...

What clever and fun 3D snomwman projects. Love the altered sleigh creation.

Seleise said...

cute stuff!

Sudha - Art Admirer said...

Wow Melisa. Lovely projects. Love the snowman. Thanks for sharing.
Count me in the blog candy too.

Kay M said...

Really cute ways to use snowman. Thanks for the ideas!

Sudha - Art Admirer said...

Melisa I post ur blog candy on the side bar of my blog. Check the link dear -

sudha-kalra.blogspot.com

Hugs
Sudha

AZviaTx said...

So cool! (Sorry for the obvious pun)! This is a fun hop. Thanks for sharing. I love the paper clay sculptures. I've never tried using paper clay. Might need to give it a go seeing how beautifully you've crafted with it. Thanks, Tina

Mel said...

Love your snowmen bottles...fun!

Jen Carter said...

Oh goodness! Your clay snowmen are so cute!! I especially like the one with the stocking hat!! Super fun!

Patti J said...

Melisa, you have left ME speechless...imagine that! I so totally LOVE your clay projects!!! Do I see an upcoming tutorial soon? Absolutely love your projects today! Hugs...

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

EEK! Each little snowy creation is cuter than the next! What a happy stop on this hop, Melisa!

Lori said...

Oh, the sled is my absolute favorite thing on this hop. Thanks for sharing. So pretty!

Lynn Stevens said...

Melisa, Your snowman are so awesome, Now I'm going to have to watch those videos!and your sled frame is adorable! Great hop.
Your the best !!

hugs Lynn

MariLynn said...

Melisa, wow! Your projects are amazing!! I love your altered sled. My favorite is your little snowman on the spool of thread. How adorable!!!!!!!

Simply Debbie said...

This is my first time to your blog Melisa. that is one thing I have so desired to learn how to do is make whimisical things out of clay and foam, etc.
Your snow people are adorable...you did an awesome job
I would love to win your give away because my parents just bought me a sewing machine for christmas and I am going to try and teach myself to sew and I participate in the Blissfull atc swap.
Have A Sugar Sweet Day
Simply Debbie

kssdesigns said...

Oh Melisa! WOW! You really have a knack for altered projects! Your things are really inspiring!

Angela K said...

Great projects, the little snow person on the spool is my favorite!

Josephine Cox said...

You are so very talented and all the projects are so beautiful.

Barb said...

Seriously stunning work as usual, girl! The glitterines just makes me smile, and the 5 cent snowflakes bottle is freakin' perfect :)

Gail said...

Oh my - these are just beautiful. I especially love the one with the sled. You can only imagine how done with snow we are in Canada. Bring on summer.

Auntie Em said...

I just adore your little sled frame. It's so precious and sparkly!
And the paperclay snowmen are so fun. I will have to put these on my list of must do crafts now too!
Thanks for sharing! :o)

Julie Ranae said...

Really enjoyed participating in the Hop, Melisa...thanks so much for the invitation.

Your projects are so beautiful and inspiring...as always : )

Lillian Child said...

You can really tell you LOVE snowmen - these projects are fabulous and so creative! Thanks for sharing them with us!

laurlynn said...

Great snowman... more projects ideas for my "some day" list!

Denise said...

I LOVE your snowman creations! So much character! They look so fun to make.... I'll have to check out the videos to get some tips!
DeniseB

Bumblebee said...

Loved the "let it snow" button. Thats why we stash anything and everything, because one day we find the perfect project!

Jo said...

this is my first time to your blog, and it is delightful! love all of your projects, especially the snowmen bottles!

ShirleyC said...

All of your projects are A-dorable! I'm so intrigued!

Justine said...

lots of fun going on here on this post. Wow, the snowmen are outstanding! your sled is amazing!!! and CANDY, yummo hope your evening is good

THE HOOSIER STAMPER said...

Last but not lease dear friend, enjoyed your artwork, all the blogs today. Thanks for sharing! Hugs!

Angella D. Crockett said...

Wow, wow, wow!!! Your snowmen are absolutely amazing!!!! What a way to end the hop, which was so fun and so fabulous! It's been an absolute pleasure.....hope to be invited again next year!!! Hugs and much love, Angie

Ola said...

Everything is just gorgeous!

Thank you so much for sharing!!!

~Ola
okj83 at live dot com
zloe.blogspot.com

Glittered Paws said...

Love the altered sled - very nice and the snowmen are awesome. Very creative.

Stacy said...

So, so, so cool & cute :) Girly you really know how to rock the altered art too! Thanks for sharing the links & video tutorials. I just commented on Sue's blog that I wish I could learn to create altered art like her snowmen. I had no idea she has DVDS so yay for that! Your snowman hats turned out great btw :)

Kim said...

Wow!!!! Your altered sleigh is just stunning!

And those paperclay SNOWMEN are the coolest!!!

Great projects Melisa!!!

Jnett's Place said...

Such inspiration, but my favorite is the sled. It's great.

Joan Ervin said...

Your little sled is adorable, Melisa, but the snow men are over the top gorgeous...WOW!!!! You put a lot of work into these fabulous creations....thanks for all the inspiration!!!!

Stampin' Pam said...

Melisa these are beyond fabulous - I love the altered sled but the 3D snowmen are SO fun! Great job - thanks for organizing another fun hop!!!

Becky Dunham said...

Melisa - these are so fun! That sled is darling (I love Crafty Secrets vintage images). Those snowman are so sweet! thanks for sharing your talents and also for sharing all those great links! I am definitely going to do some extra hopping around on my computer tonight :)

rdunham at q dot com

Vic said...

Your snow people are adorable!

iamvictorias at gmail dot com

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

That is just toooo cute!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Fun Hop Melisa- love your snowmen- the sled is darling and the snowmen- too cool- looks like you put lots of love into your post- love the candy too! Hugs
~Shelly

Natalie said...

That sled is a delight!! Love it! What a fabulous array of snowmen!! Too cute! Thanks so much for sharing and this has been such a fun blog hop!!

Amy said...

Hi Melisa! I love snowmen so this hop has been soo much fun! Oh my where do I start with all your wonderful projects?? Your little sled is just adorable and I love all the TLC you gave it. Then your altered snowmen? Too darn cute! Thanks for sharing all these projects with us!

NancyD said...

For snowman lovers like me your examples are a treat!!

WW said...

OMG! I love all your snowmen shown. Very different to create the sled.

Swedie said...

Love your fun snowmen and how you use them. My favorite is the one sitting on the thread spool!

bernietom47 said...

I LOVE your sled!! Blessings Your snowmen are all adorable!!
Blessings Bernie

barbara's paper treasures said...

Melissa I love the snowmen esp. the jar of snowflakes, very creative. The sled and the snowflakes make you feel winter just with the color and the display. Very Nice. Barbara W.

jeanette janson said...

I have 1 more set of snowflakes to give away! The next person who contacts me will be last of 10.
These are perfect for any winter project you do!
Check them out here:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/64733233/copper-snowflakes-with-a-rusty-patina

connie said...

thanks for sharing all the projects!

Amy Johnson said...

Such super cute snowmen!

Laura - Layers of Color said...

Ah, your snowmen are burr-u-ti-ful! So Cool! Great blog hop, Melisa! Thank you for doing this and giving us more fresh as snow ideas!

CuddlyBunny said...

Your snowmen creations are wonderful, and I really so much appreciate you sharing the paperclay creations (I'll be checking those out more closely when time allows). :)

Have a great week!

imsteelefullofscrap said...

Oh my goodness love each of them they are just adorable!!!
What a fun blog hop this was thank you...

Deb said...

Love love love all of this sparkle and altered gorgeousness! I have looked forward to this hop, and it certainly lived beyond all of my expectations! So much fun! Thanks for all you do for us! Love ya!

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