Friday, April 07, 2017

Follow That Sheep

Hello.  Gail from the design team here today.  I have a friend.  He's a farmer.  It's his birthday next month, and I usually get him a little present.  Usually something silly, but useful, often related to cows or sheep, cos that's what he has.  Well, Rubber Dance doesn't have any cow stamps.  But they do have a sheep.  So here we go.  Practical art staring the Sheep........

I used the current challenge colours, dark brown, pale blue and white with a couple of others added in for good measure LOL.  

I started with a large empty tin.  The kind you get fruit salad or such in.  I used Walnut Stain distress on a piece of copy paper, cut it to size and covered the outside of my tin.  

I cut Poppystamps Boddington Hillside three times from green card.  I removed the house from two of the cuts and stuck them around the tin.  They fitted almost perfectly.  I have randomly left bits of the negative cuts to make it a bit more interesting.   I made my own tape to go around the top of the tin using some painters tape that I stamped with the linked circle stamp and pale blue acrylic paint.  Remember, if you are using paint with your rubber stamps clean them promptly to avoid rubber stamp death.  

This was the point when I realised that it would have been much easier to build my scene on the flat piece of paper and then stick it on the tin!!  This would also have allowed me to take a lovely picture of the whole thing!!  Live and learn eh?   Anyway, two sheep.  The one on the left's head has been adjusted so he is looking at the house.  Hoping for food no doubt.  The one on the right is thinking about following that sheep........

Yeah, that sheep there...........

Which is following these sheep..........

Which are coming round to see this sheep, who is hoping that someone is coming out of the house to feed him.   I would just like to admit that when I was editing my photo's I actually found that I had taken this sequence twice.  Round and round the tin we go......  Actually, I'm going to take you around again cos I thought the 'sky' looked a bit too open.  I did think of adding a sentiment, but my farmer friend doesn't do English, so I opted for butterflies.....

I stamped two of the butterflies from Antique Botanicals with black Archival ink, coloured them with distress inks and fussy cut them.  I made lots of these!

I added them in joyful abandon, flitting brightly over my circling sheep.  Baaaaaaaaa.  These tins are great for pens, pencils, brushes, Sizzix Decorative Strip dies etc etc.  Endless possibilities. 

Thanks for dropping by.  If you would like to join the Rubber Dance colour challenge the linky is open until the 14th.  Hope to see you there.  Hugz

My blog - Crafty Nomad

Joining the fun at
Poppystamps Challenge 30 - Gift It 
Scrapyland Challenge 63 - Anything Goes 
Scrappelyst Utfordring - Gutt/Mann
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Happy Birthday
Scrappiness Utfordring 3 - Mixed Media
Penny Black and More Challenge - All Things Spring


  1. Oh, my - this is SO adorable!!! ♥ Your farmer friend is very lucky to receive this funny, useful and very creative gift!! Love how you adjusted some of the sheeps' heads to bring more life to them. I also think that leaving some bits of the die cut is a great idea, I've never thought of that before. Love the added butterflies, too.
    Thank you so much, Gail darlin'! xx

  2. What a fun make Gail, I love upcycling... I hope it was well received by you friend?? Hugs Tracey xx

    1. Hi Tracey. Thanks. Actually it's not his birthday til next month, but I'm safe, no chance he will see this. I expect he will be speechless!! I'll let you now if that's good speechless or bad LOL. Hugz

  3. This is such a cute upcycled project :) i love those lil sheep and the butterflies. Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Hi Preeti. Thanks for the lovely comment. Glad you liked it. Hugz

  4. Co creative and love how you've adapted the sheeps' head. Such a unique and personal it x

  5. Gail this is brilliant! Such a happy cheerful present and it really makes a new sheep just by'arranging' its head xx

  6. I love this - so cute and witty, Jo x

  7. Wonderful creation, those little sheep are just the cutest aren't they ;)
    Donna xx

  8. What an adorable project! I love the sheep and the butterflies! You have created a beautiful scene! Thanks for sharing with us at Scrapy Land Challlenges!

  9. The farmer friend of you must be overjoyed to get such a cool gift. I love it Gail! You have the most funny ideas :-)
    Wish you a happy and creative weekend.
    Hugs, Anita

  10. Wow, how awesome is this! Love your creative use of die! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Happy Birthday” Challenge! Beautiful colors and design. Well done!

  11. This is so so cool. I love all the sheeps!!!!

  12. Thanks for joining Penny Black & More @ Allsorts challenge with this great entry, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  13. This was a great gift! I love the cute sheeps! Thank you for joining the challenge at Scrappiness, #3 Mixed Media. Hugs, DT Helga 😊

  14. Fabulous project, love the scene you created.
    Thank you for joining us over on Poppystamps challenge blog.
    Pam x

  15. What an amazing way to decorate a tin! Such a sweet scene ! Thanks for joining us in the Poppystamps Challenge

  16. Oh Gail I think this is so cute and clever ! What a fun and thoughtful way to give a gift I know it will be appreciated!

  17. Søtt og vårlig prosjekt :)
    Takk for at du deltar på Scrappelyst sin utfordring.

    Klem DT Kristine


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