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Is it Christmas again ALREADY? I see Santa flying around in a plane! No, it's not Christmastime again. But it is APRIL FOOL'S DAY!
This week, Simon Says Stamp and Show says we're up for ANYTHING GOES! So, I decided to share a play session with my crafting buddies with you.
Ever since I saw JIM THE GENTLEMAN CRAFTER'S Santa Joyful Jetting Plane, I have wanted to make one! Jim is such a huge talent and a visionary when it comes to assemblages! I wish you could actually see and hold this little plane! It really does look like a vintage toy and it is so sturdy.
Imagine how cute this plane would be for Valentine's Day or Halloween. Oh...the possibilities are endless! And yes...I will be making more planes!
Do you have play sessions with your friends? If you don't you don't know what you're missing! It is so much fun to get together with good friends, visit, create and just spend the day sharing that love of crafting together!
Three of my favorite people in the whole world ~ Jeanne, Lois and Glendene
aka "my crafting buddies".
Before we started, we had determined all of the pieces we would need to put our planes together. Between all of us, we had everything we needed to complete our planes. If you guys are Tim Holtz fans, you probably have everything, too!
Check out Jim The Gentleman Crafter's link I provided above for all of the details on creating this little plane. He has put together an awesome video and tells you everything you will need. In my photographs, I will tell you some of the items that I used ... and guess what??! Simon Says Stamp has them ALL ... except the Santa Face.
So, here it is! I sized mine to be 2" and that seems to work great.
The basic plane body is made from one 2" x 3" and one 1 1/2" x 3" Configurations Box compartments. They are painted with a Red Pepper Paint Dabber. All of the die cut pieces are also edged with the paint dabber. The wings for the plane are the rounded top house from Tim Holtz' Artful Dwellings die, cut out of chipboard. For my plane, I used 12 x 12 sheets of Christmas papers from Graphic 45 and the 8x8 paper pad from Kaiser Craft Turtle Dove to cover the plane. Jim The Gentleman Crafter suggests that you use the Sizzix Number 2 Circles die cut for your circle pieces of the plane (the front end, the back wheel and the rudders toward the tail of the plane). I didn't have the die cut but the Grungeboard Plain Shapes has circles that work perfectly.
Here you can see two of the circles being used at the front end of the plane. Isn't the propeller section of the plane cute? Tim Holtz' Ideaology abounds on this plane! You will need two Faucet Knobs; one for the engine cage and one for the steering wheel. You will also need Sprocket Gears for the wheel trim and this front propeller piece. A large Game Spinner and a Hitch Fastener finish off the propeller section. Underneath the plane, are the two Pulley Wheels that are hot glued in place toward the end of the construction.
The wings are the Artful Dwellings houses, cut from chipboard, edged with the Red Pepper Paint Dabber and covered in Christmas papers. I covered all sides. Then, Jim ... that ingenious fellow ... made bi-plane wings by adding skewers to the planes. Paint the skewer with the Red Pepper Paint Dabber and cut them into one inch sections. Then, using the smallest hole of a CropADile, punch four holes on ONE of the wings. Then use that wing as a template for the other wings. Work the skewers into place and I added a touch of Glossy Accents around the skewers to make sure they didn't slip. Attach the wings to the plane using a piece of 3/4" chipboard covered in the same paper as the side of the plane. Leave at least 1/4" of paper at the top and the bottom of the chipboard as a "tab" that you can attach to the wing for support. Then glue the wings in place.
The "windshield" on Santa's plane is actually a label pull glued on with Glossy Accents. The steering wheel is another Faucet Knob. Santa's body is red chenille pipe cleaners bended to form arms and a body that is stuck inside of the front compartment. Behind Santa is a large crown from the Regal Adornments set. Jim had put another large crown in the front of the second compartment, to create a two seater plane.
But, I just filled the back compartment full of little Christmas packages (chipboard wrapped in Christmas paper) and a small Woodlands Christmas Tree that was sprayed with Cut Grass Dylusions Ink Spray and decorated with a little star at the top from Tim Holtz' Adornments. I added some Martha Stewart White Gold Glitter and some Melissa Frances clear Mica Flakes. Then I hot glued a little red shiny garland and some little balls to the tree. On the tail section, you can see the rudders and the "25" Plaquette underneath the rudder. You can also see the back wheel that is held in place with the help of a File Tab. A Clock Key is screwed into the back end of the plane and a pipe cleaner leading to the "Joy" banner is attached to it.
The "Joy" Pennant high flying from the back of the plane is held on with a candy cane pipe cleaner aged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. If you can't find candy cane pipe cleaners this time of year, just buy a package of thin white and red pipe cleaners and twist them together. The pennant is also from the Artful Dwellings die cut. It is the next to smallest house. I cut it out of Manila Cardstock, distressed it with Fired Brick and Vintage Photo Distress Inks, stamped the small Merry Christmas text (in Fired Brick ) on the background from Wendy Vecchi's Art of Making It Merry stamp set and added "JOY" from Tim Holtz' Mixed Minis Grungeboard set. They are painted with Red Pepper Paint Dabber and lightly swiped with a Gold Paint Dabber.
Santa plane all assembled and ready for take off!
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Here are the products available at Simon Says Stamp that were used on this Joyful Plane!