Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Zoo Animals - Gina K Preview Day 2

Today I am previewing Asela Hopkin's newest stamp set, Zoo Animals. This set is filled with whimsical zoo critters and they are so much fun!

I was inspired to make this straw toppers using some of the images from this set. Wouldn't these be great at a kid party? You could make place mats, wrapping paper and decorations. My daughter is sixteen now and I miss doing those fun kid birthday parties. When I was a kid, I hated to drink my milk, and drinking it throgh a straw, especially a funky straw like this, always made it taste better. LOL

I have a little step by step guide on how to put these together that follows, but don't forget to see what the other designers have to show you! (psst, I think there are chances to win at a few stops along the way, so look closely!)

Gina K.
Asela Hopkins
Carolyn King
Donna Baker
Erika Martin
Jessica Fick
Joanne Basile
Kurtis Amundson
Melanie Muenchinger

Sharri Seffens (Spotlight Designer)


I started by coloring my image and cutting it out. I used Copic markers R21, R23 and R25.

Then I layer the elephant on three different sized oval, cut with my nestabilities. You could do whatever shape suits your fancy.

For the back, I cut a strip of cardstock, 1 inch by 3 inches, then scored at 1/2, 1, 2, 2 1/2 inches.

Used a standard hole punch in two places as shown.

Made the folds and placed heavy tack tape as shown.

Then I adhered the strip to the back of the oval. One thing to keep in mind when place the strip down, is how loosely your straw fits through the holes. If it is nice and snug, no worries, just make nice right angles. If the straw slides too loosely, then it will slide down into the drink. To prevent that, change the angle of the folds so that they are spread farther apart. This will provide some tension and hold the topper in place when it is on the straw. Hope that makes sense.

Here is what it looks like finished.

Close up of the giraffe.

And the lion.

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to check back tomorrow for a preview of Melanie's latest and the new "free with three" set.

Have a great day!

34 comments:

Carolyn King said...

omgosh--total cuteness...i am so making these for my kiddos!!! They are adorable!

Susan White said...

Those are so cute thanks for shareing how you made them.

craftimamma said...

What a fab idea Theresa. My 'kids' are much older than yours but ..... I have 2 little 1 yr old granddaughters so they'll be drinking out of straws soon.

Thanks for showing us how. Your tutorials are great.

Lesley Xx

Diane said...

Cute stamps, very cute idea!

Chelsea said...

Theresa these are sooo cute ... I could totoally see a kid's birthday party all made out of this set ... invites and all ... GREAT idea!

Toni K said...

How cute! Love these!

catdidit said...

OMG! Hoe stinking cute are these! What a wonderful idea Theresa! And your coloring on them are just awesome! My grandson will just love these...although, being 2 yrs old, he would probably just rip them off...terrible 2's for sure! LOL!

I was the same way about milk, lol! Do you remember them swirly straws???

Kurtis said...

What a great idea! and that pink elephant is adorable!

buggin2stamp said...

Theresa, these are fabulous! Thanks for sharing the instructions on how to make them.

BTW: I never drank milk as a kid or even now. I love everything made with milk, but I refuse to drink it. Yuck! :o)

Donna said...

oh my word, Theresa! this is THE cutest! I can't wait to make some for my niece, she will LOVE this! TFS your stamping genius with us

Melanie said...

these are adorable! what a lot of work!

Cindy Lawrence said...

What an AWESOME idea, Theresa!!! How flippin' ADORABLE too! You DA BOMB, girl! :)

Giulia said...

Very nice idea! Thank for share!

JessicaK said...

OMG, how cute are these! and thanks for the step-by-step tutorial.

JessicaK said...

OMG, how cute are these! and thanks for the step-by-step tutorial.

JessicaK said...

OMG, how cute are these! and thanks for the step-by-step tutorial.

JessicaK said...

OMG, how cute are these! and thanks for the step-by-step tutorial.

asela said...

Brillaint! These turned out so cute

Helena said...

Ahhhh so cute!!!

Carol said...

Cuteness!!! My grandkids will just love them! Thanks for the tutorial!

Carol said...

Cuteness!!! My grandkids will just love them! Thanks for the tutorial!

Elaine said...

These are so cute! What a great idea!

Tamara said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE these. growing up "fancy" straws were one of my favourite things. I *still* have a jar of curly straws at my mom and dad's house.

6 wacky women said...

These straws are just adorable.
Such a great idea.
I love them!!

Karen x

Elena said...

What a fun idea! I think each kid will love it! Theresa, thank you so much for sharing it! And thank very much for your tutorial!

Mary said...

I have made little staw holders before but nothing as adorable as what you have made. Wow! You have a 16 year old daughter. You look too young to have a teenager.

Mary

Sharri said...

Woozer! These are so stinkin cute! My daughter would love these. Girl you rock!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

OMGosh Theresa!!! What an absolutely adorable idea for some little gifts for kids or parties!! Great photos too....I think I can do this!!!! LOL

Ifat Art said...

Super cute idea!
Those stamps are sooooooooo cute!

Thanks for sharing,
IfatArt

Antje said...

Great idea! Thanks for showing and thanks for the tutorial... one more question only, would they slip down? I mean, they have nothing to stop them to drop e.g. in the milk? what is your experience? or do you have a trick?

Carolina said...

Oh Theresa - this are adorable! I just finished making some of these and just LOVE what you've done with this set and all that sponging is just the perfect touch!!!

Shirley said...

How pretty, clever, cute and so fun too!

Shirley said...

How pretty, clever, cute and so fun too!

Deb Neerman said...

Omigosh, how adorable and clever are these?!? You're a flippin' genius, Theresa!!