Monday, September 08, 2008

Fairy Wands



I am very proud to say that I am the guest host at Mixed Media Monday this week, and the theme is "stars"
This is an idea I originally had when a friend asked me to "do something" to a toy wand to make it look a bit better for her daughter to carry as a bridesmaid. I didn't stamp on it, I managed to resist, but it gave me the idea of making my own wand that could be sent as a greeeting. The back of the star is left blank for a message. I also thought that it would look nice as a tag tied to a gift wrapped in silver paper. The stamp is by paper artsy and the background paper is by papermania. I cut two stars using a fiskars shapecutter template, and I sandwiched the handle between. The handle is made from rolled up paper, but I have put some floristry wire inside to in order to prevent "wand flop". this allows the roll of paper to be squashed between the stars for a smoother finish. I'm really hoping that my wand will inspire others to have a go at wand making, I'd love to see what other people do. otherwise I am just looking forward to seeing everyones' "star" creations.

I have also made this gold one for the One Powerful Hour challenge. I love these colour challenges as I get everything out of that colour and just play! I even used some gold zuzu paper (I don't know what it's called, but if you are a regular on louise crosbie's blog, you'll know what I mean). even the handle is just made from gold paper. All stamps are by Inka

33 comments:

  1. FANTASTIC! well done Joanne. I've always loved that PA stamp and it looks really good on the wand. The gold version works just as well.

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  2. Fabulous Joanne - what a great idea. PS check out inchy blog this week!

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  3. Great challenge Joanne - I might try and give this a go later today - so does your wand work?? :0))))

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  4. Oh, the other one is gorgeous too, Joanne! Thanks for being guest host this week! Diane

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  5. Congrats on being guest artist!
    lol @ zuzu paper...not heard that expression for a while :0) This is a brilliant idea Joanne...they look magical.

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  6. It was a wonderful challenge, thank you! Your wand is magical.

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  7. oh they are simply fabulous...I love how you combined so many different gold elements onto one small star and the ribbons and phrase are just marvelous!

    Thanks for taking the challenge

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  8. these are both gorgeous, but I do love the gold one. I'd try it if I had a proper star shape, but freehand cutting/drawing I'm just no good at! lol

    the paperartsy stamp was perfect fot the white one, great ideas there Joanne, as always a great inspiration.... and lol @ zuzu paper, I think that should be what it's called anyway!! :-)

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  9. Joanne that previous comment was me, in the wrong account....lol

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  10. this is so cute. cute angels on it.

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  11. I love these wands infact I think I want to become a fairy so I can wave one. Lovely images and so simple yet effective. Pascale :)

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  12. The star wands are awesome! I love the theme this week! Thanks for the fun!

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  13. I love these.. something very christmassy about them for me.. especially the gold one.. and lol and gold Zuzu paper. Its just plain old crinkle mulberry paper (in gold). I cant seem to get it any more its always sold out lol.

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  14. Congrats on your guest hosting of MMM. Not only are your wands gorgeous, but useful too :)

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  15. these are lovely - I love the magic of fairies

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  16. Great idea Joanne, congratulations on being guest artist. Love them both.

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  17. Love both the fairy wands Joanne, brilliantly created, a fav Paper Artsy stamp of mine.

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  18. Love your wands Joanne! They sound fairly straightforward to make too! Thanks for sharing your technique!

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  19. Great challenge Joanne!! Lovely work for this theme also :-)

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  20. Love these wands Joanne, perfect as an alternative card.

    Congrats on being guest artist.

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  21. What a wonderful idea, and they look absolutely beautiful, Joanne!

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  22. Joanne, fantastic theme! Adorable wand! I enjoyed your description of how it came to be and how you made it.

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  23. It was a wonderful challenge, love your work.

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  24. Oh no! Fairy wands could become my new obsession. I love what you did with them.

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  25. These are just beautiful--just lovely!

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  26. What a fantastic original idea Joanne - LOVE it and a very worthy guest artist! :)

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  27. This is one of my favorite projects that you have done! You can just feel whimsical the magic!

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word verification is off! thanks for all your lovely comments, they mean so much to me!