Friday, June 6, 2014

Love the Red, White and Blue

Hi all my blogger friends,

I am just under the wire on this entry for Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 3 but that's not unusual for me.  The challenge for this time is Tim's Faux Tea Roses.  I also think this little guy could fit in with the Country View Challenge this month - 'Only Men Allowed'.  The timing is good since it is between Memorial Day and the 4th of July so I thought I would make something patriotic.

Well, here you have my Uncle Sam/Umbrella Man holding the US Flag with Mini Tea Roses at his feet.  Since we are not suppose to reveal the technique for the tea roses all I will say is that I did not use the entire die cut for the mini roses.  You will have to order Tim's book to get all the instructions.

Once I had the idea for what I wanted to make it was pretty simple and I completed it in a few hours.  I had the container in my stash (a 49 cent find at my local thrift store).  I covered it in red and trimmed the lid with ribbon.  I made a large rosette from red and white striped paper using my Stampin Up Die.

Next I cut out several Umbrella Man die cuts using Tim's Umbrella Man Die, cut off the Umbrella (to be replaced with the flag from the Mini Old Glory Set) and stacked and glued them together.  When the glue was dry I covered the stack with the paper I wanted on the outside.  Blue for the coat and white for the pants.

I then added red strips on the pants using my Barn Door Distress Marker.  I painted some tooth picks with White Distress paint. cut out some small stars.  I glued the stars to the tooth pick and then covered them with Distress Glitter.  I added some Distress Glitter on the edges of the roses and I was ready to glue everything together.

Hope you enjoy and have a crafty day and/or weekend,


  1. It was such a great idea to change Umbrella Man to Uncle Sam S@ndy, I love the transformation. The rosette is beautiful and finishes the box off so well. A very inventive creation! Anne x

  2. STELLAR project!!! Umbrella Man looks amazing here! Love the patriotic theme, just love it! Great sparkly roses too! Thanks so much for joining our rosy challenge at CC3Challenge!!!

  3. I wondered how you made Uncle Sam and hey presto, fantastic explanation for a really clever and inventive idea! LOVE the way you've used the flowers to support him and add a real sense of drama around his feet with the stars. Well done Sandy! Jenny x

  4. OMG! What a stunning project with some very clever and creative crafting S@ndy! I love this, it's beautiful! Chris xxx

  5. Fabulous project Sandy ! Love how you've made Uncle Sam ! Thanks for joining us at CVC. Sue C x

  6. Wonderful piece Sandy! I love the versatility of the umbrella man. Your transformation of him into Uncle Sam is brilliant. I also wanted to THANKYOU for your visit and kind comment on my texture piece. Have a great day! Karen.x

  7. Really cute patriotic box, Sandy. Love your transformation of Tim's Umbrella Man! :) I also wanted to thank you for the very sweet comment you left on my blog. <3 Candy

  8. How clever, S@ndy! If there's one thing better than Umbrella Man, it's LOTS of Umbrella Men! Really fab patriotic make... Thanks so much for playing along at Country View Challenges.
    Alison x

  9. Congrat's on your Top 3 win Sandy, such a beautiful and imaginative make. A very worthy winner. Chris xxx


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