Sunday, March 31, 2013


Hello and welcome to my blog!  

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!

Let's see what YOU can do for this Anything Goes challenge!  A card, a scrapbook layout, an altered book, a canvas ... maybe even a Santa plane!?!  Check out the incredible ideas my Design Teammates have waiting for you at Simon Says Stamp and Show.  Then enter our challenge.  You could be the lucky winner of our generous sponsor's 

$50.00 credit voucher.  If you're project is voted to be one of the TOP THREE, you will also receive special recognition for that!  Good luck!!!

Here are the products available at Simon Says Stamp that were used on this Joyful Plane!



  1. I loved Jim's plane, and love your too! I bet all your friends just had the best time! Fun project for a day with friends!

  2. Another fabulous make! Great work as always hugsvtrace x

  3. Wow Candy ! This is amazing, I love it ! The little santa is fabulous and the little tree and parcels are gorgeous. Sue C x

  4. wow, Candy, this is just awesome (as usual, ;)) love it and you can't start early enough with your Christmas present, though? lol

  5. Wow, Candy! This is one gorgeous project! Love that you went Christmas on this one! So many details, I just don't know were to look first. off to visit Jim's blog now. Hugs, Sandra

  6. Candy.....this is are so the Queen of this type of work!! LOVE IT.....and I think I will schedule a play date with my friend today!!

  7. Hi Candy, I just love love love this piece. I love the design, it's so quirky and adorable. Love the use of the label pull used as the wind shield, perfect. Love all the little details and the fantastic creative use of Tim Holtz products. Love how,you added little presents too and the little flag/banner at the back of the plane. I really do need to have a go of one of these. Wonderful inspired piece. Enjoy your week. Tracy x

  8. This is such a cute make, Candy!

    Love the idea and the design and...well..everything!! Awesome!

    Claudia x

  9. Hi Candy, I love this! So adorable and such a unique Christmas decoration! Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving your sweet comments! Hugs, Cheryl

  10. This is so STINKIN' cute! I LOVE it!

  11. Your plane is really a masterpiece...simple breathtaking. I admire your passion and persistence and your sense for perfection...LOVE IT!!! :))

  12. Oh my goodness, Candy - what a treat of a project! This just brought a big smile to my face - such fun, and beautifully crafted as always!
    Alison x

  13. Hi Candy, I really did think it was an April Fool prank! This little plane is fabulous beyond words! I did not see Jim's original so this one just made my heart smile, it is a superb creation and made even better by sharing the day with your crafty buddies - I cannot think of a better way to spend a day. Hugs, Anne x

  14. Brilliant airplane! Santa looks perfect with his sleigh plane full of toys! Love this idea and what a great gift for someone!

  15. I loved Jim's plane when I saw it too, and yours is amazing Candy. Love all the perfect details and the Santa looks so happy there in his plane. Fabulous gifts too! Great idea for this challenge!!

  16. This is just amazing, I love all the details. You could bring this out every Christmas for your festive decorations. Yes, I love a crafty play day with my friends and you are welcome to join us!

    Lucy x

  17. Omg!!!!!!!!!!!! fab airplane!!!!!!!!This is a piece of art!!!!!!!!!!

  18. OMDG (Oh My Dear God) that's what came to my head when i saw this creation…. toooooo good… i'm loving it as always… though you have gotten the idea from Jim, i love the fact that you made it your own… wonderful creation Candy… absolutely love it!!

  19. oh my gosh! what an unique and beautiful construction.. the most beautiful aereplan santa ever took!


  20. Fabulous... Lucky them, they get to hang out with you. I Love this. It truly looks store bought. You rock.
    Hugs, Dangina

  21. This is absolutely breathtaking!!!
    I love your plane with all its funny and beautiful details.
    I also love crafting with friends.
    We meet every month if possible.
    Have a nice week.

    Anke x

  22. What a fun project, Candy! The tree arms are so cute & clever! I love your creativity!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  23. Candy
    this is the sweetest Santa plane ever! Each detail is amazing! It looks like you picked it up at the local antique shop with all the nostalgia you incorporated into it! darling!

  24. Oh boy how your creativity blows me away! This is so cute and it!!

  25. This is so cute! I loved the original one, and now here is yours...time to get flying!

  26. That is the coolest little vintage plane, Candy. I love the unusual way in which you used all the Tim Holtz elements too. Blessings!

  27. Thank you so much for your sweet and kind comments on my blog. I stopped by to see what you were up to, and my word--what a fabulous project--Santa is so modern now, he's got his own airplane!

  28. Thank you so very very much for your lovely comment left on my blog for the Vintage Darkroom Door project I entered for Simon Says Challenge. It was so lovely to read and I was thrilled. All the design team gave so much inspirationand of course your gorgeous santa sleigh was no exception. You have included so much detail and so much to see on this project and described it beautifully in the making. Thanks for sharing and thanks again for popping by my blog
    Carol Tadden xx

  29. Love this Candy. You must have had a blast creating your own Christmas airline with your crafting buddies. Thanks for your lovely comment, hugs Jenny x

  30. Oh, this just puts a smile on my face!!!

  31. Amazing!! So lovely, what a great job. Just love it.
    Have a nice weekend.

  32. It's starting earlyer every year. Now it's christmas in april. How funny. Anyway it's still snowing in germany and this cute plane fits perfectly to my outside view. This brilliant airplane is so you. Expect the unexpected (:o)

  33. What a spectacular Santa airplane! I can't believe all the unique and fun details! My hands would make a mess of all those parts!! Love this! Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my "Top 3" win at SSSS. So much appreciated! Enjoy the weekend!

  34. Simply gorgeous!!!! I don`t know what to say. Your new artwork is really delightful, dear Candy! Great idea!
    I hope you have spent a good Easter and I wish you a nice weekend.
    Hugs MARTINA

  35. Oh candy, I LOVE this! I'd love to have a go at making one of these. I have all the dies but need to come up with a cheaper alternative for the wheels!! Maybe there's something in the garage that would do... Putting Santa in the flying seat is inspired, love that image you've used. Sorry I haven't been around lately, keep getting infections but hopefully I'm on the mend. It's wonderful to see the photo of your crafting buddies. Mine all live too far away, but I have a good friend who I will meet up with at the craft show in Belfast in a couple of weeks. Really looking forward to that! Anyway, thanks for the lovely comments on my blog. Maddy x

  36. What a delight for the eyes...Dare I say eye "Candy" LOL
    I've never seen the little planes before. Now on my bucket list. I'm heading over to watch the video.
    Candy thanks so much for sharing your talent with us all!
    Hugs Lynn

  37. What can I say with each post I look at I'm breathless. You are amazing. Thanks again for sharing. Karen.x


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