Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Altered Altoids Tin Ornaments


Alrighty then, let's all grab some Red Bull and start this post! :)
Lots of pictures in this one as I'm just getting caught up to six challenges all in the same place.  You may know of Linda Coughlin over at The Funkie Junkie, if you don't, you're about to get a preview of her very cool challenge called 12 Tags Of Christmas. Her wonderful boutique, The Funkie Junkie Boutique is also hosting the prizes for these challenges! She did this last year and I'm soooo excited she's running it again for 2012.
 
Looks nothing like a tag, but that's okay, it doesn't have to!  It only needs to draw from Linda's tag, the inspiration you derive and place it on whatever item you desire.  I desired Altoids cans!

Linda's tags are oozing with inspiration and gushing with glorious textures.  So, rather than reinvent the wheel, I decided to pull almost all of the elements from tag 1 and incorporate that onto my tin.  By the way, the tins will be used for the 12 days before Christmas as they hang on the tree. Each night the kiddos will open one and retrieve one little gift from Mom and Dad...awwww, isn't that sweet??
Looky who's coming to town...it's Steampunk Santa! 


 
Here you will notice Linda's inspirational tag two with Jolly and cogs and metal galore. It's fairly apparent the inspiration I drew from it as you'll see the base of my Altoids can has been (best I could) duplicated to look like riveted metal.  Simply done with double layers of white cardstock cut into various shapes and foil tape applied over that and then tons of inking and globbing and whatnot.
Here's the sculpy again...
Steampunk Santa complete with a black metal screw for one eye and clock parts for a makeshift monocle on the other. OH, figured he needed more metal so I added a little link from a chain and gave him a nose ring..hee hee...how hip is he now?
The backside
 
Taking inspiration from every bit of Linda's tag three, I duplicated my version of the snowman, blue background, snowflakes, mesh and white bow.  Following Linda's lead really makes it easy for creativity to come out and play.  Here's my little Frosty all made up with Gesso, twine arms, black hat and frosted glittery snow.  You'll also find glitter on my chair, floor, outfit, carpet, face, car, blankets...but man o' man, do I love that shimmery stuff!
 
This is the daughter's favorite so far.  I think I'm pretty fond of it too; especially the coffee part!
Each time I made one of these, the entire can was smothered with Gesso inside and out.  This particular can I decided to make a gingham base pattern.  By cutting strips of tape and layering them in a gingham pattern, I then inked the base and pulled the tape off.  If you look at the very outer edges you'll see the pattern.
    




 

 Linda's tag four of inspiration on the left has just about every scrumptious country-ish detail.  Looking at her tag made me think of a front door.  I drew inspiration from the gingham, rich embossed red wording, the greenery, post card lettering and the vintage advertisement. Now if you were to come to my house (note the little green monopoly house in the greenery arrangement?) you'd be served up a nice cup of hot coffee or tea.
 


Another Altoids tin that is encased in sheet music.  Like the title? Reminded me of being at home with family on a cold winter's night.  Chipboard powder embossed lettering, a few gadgets from my stash, and a black and silver shimmery rosette complete this tin..well, almost...

Linda's tag five on the left has the most wonderful vintage appeal. All the rustic and antiqued hues with tiny snow flurries.  Absolutely love the script on Noel.  Figured why not use the inside to capture more of the elements I loved on Linda's tag.  Emboss resisted snowflakes atop the musical folder embossed paper. 
Below is the back of the tin.
 
Do you love that clock? It was a POC (piece of crap) that I found at the thrift store for a few pennies and threw it in the "I'll use this for something later" drawer. Today was that later...YEAH!  Notice the "Naughty, bad, nice, perfect" lettering?  Those were rub on letters I added to the center of the clock piece and then aged it up a bit.  Ok, moving on...



Here is the latest tag challenge STILL happening over at the Funkie Junkie and would you look at Linda's beautiful tag on the left?  I took from it the vibrant reds, the clock piece, the tree (greenery) and bows and the brownish background and the additional tag.   Above you'll notice the incredible awful picture of the before clock picture.
Below is the back of the tin.
And just because I thought you'd like to see them all together as one happy family.  Had to stack them on my cabinet because it's still waaaaaay to early to get that ol' Christmas tree out yet.
Phew!!! High five to you for hanging in here until the end. If you haven't passed out, I would like to say thank you SO much for the visit and all your awesome and inspiring and comical comments. As you can see by this project, I've been up to my elbows the past 2 days in Gesso getting all these done, but I'll be making my rounds tomorrow to stalk you all! 
Hugs n ' Happy Crafting 
Remember, The Funkie Junkie and the 12 Tags of Christmas...
Each tag title is linked to the individual challenges if you'd like to read more.
Hope to see you there!!
Lisa xx
 
Challenges I would like to enter:
ABC Christmas Challenge - U for Up To You
Frilly and Funky - Anything But a Card; Hidden Compartment
 

38 comments:

butterfly said...

I'm lost for words... took me a good minute to start typing! Lisa, you've taken the game to a whole new level... what astounding transformations to each and every tin.

I love Linda's challenge, and I'm also in the process of catching up, but all 6 in one go is quite something!! Amazing, amazing work...
Alison x

Kathleen said...

Hi Sweetie! OMG!! How long is it since I have been by!!! I am so sorry I havent been visiting, life just got in the way and there are just not enough hours in a day or days in a week!
Anyway, enough of my whinging, my oh my! These are just fabulous, I have been scrolling up and down looking at them over and over, getting every last detail! They are out of this world! Just stunning
Lots of love n hugs!
Kat xx

Kelly Neis said...

Wow Lisa, I am tired just trying to keep up with your creativity! Your brain is working non-stop and I love what you did with the altered boxes and showing us how you got the inspiration, I love it all together on your table!
Every time I get a update from you, I am so excited to open that email as you never know what to expect. I love that about you. Your work is awesome!
Hugs
Kelly

Tammy said...

Oh wow, each one gets more amazing than the last! Absolutely fantastic what you've done with the Altoid cans!

Anne Temple said...

Fabulous creations!! Tammy sent me over and I became a follower. (Saw your card on Dr. Digi's this morning and loved it.)

Sue said...

A for amazing.... you made us all wait, I knew you would be stunning us with your creativity soon, and you have come out with these Tins, which are so wonderfully YOU!
Fantastic creativity Q
Smiles:)
Sue

Sue said...

A for amazing.... you made us all wait, I knew you would be stunning us with your creativity soon, and you have come out with these Tins, which are so wonderfully YOU!
Fantastic creativity Q
Smiles:)
Sue

Chrissy said...

All your altered tins are fantastic Lisa, I love the idea of them hanging from your Christmas tree...[I bags, what's in the snowman tin]...all of them a brilliant.

Luv CHRISSYxx

Shahrul Niza said...

Good heavens! I'm awestruck!!. These are amazing, beautifully textured altered altoid tins ever!!!. WOW. You're making 6 more, right?. I'm going to stock up little tins now :). You are so addictive, Lisa. LOL. I'm so inspired and you know how I LOVE LOVE all your altered projects!. I'm ALL giddy now :).

Tracy said...

Only you would give Santa a nose ring! LOL These are priceless Twang. Each and every one is so creative and imaginative. You so excel at this kind of art. Hugs!

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Holy moly, Lisa, you have blown me away!!! What an incredible job you have done with the Altoids tins. Every one of these is so incredibly special. I love that you are using the challenge to make special Christmas gifts for your children same as you did with the milk cartons last year. And you have inspired me - I have had a tin sitting around forever and now you have me revved up to get going on it!

So great to have you joining in the fun with us again this year with the 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie style.

Sonia said...

Just fantastic tags dear Lisa^_^
I don't know your different technique,can you teach me^_^?
Uff,I'm so far:(
Brilliant works dearest^_^
Sonia

Alyce said...

woah!!! lisa you have outdone yourself!!!! what incredible works...so super duper talented you are. love the whole lot. loving the new background tooo :D

Astrid Maclean said...

Wowsers, these are amazing, I totally love your take on these, - they are going to be sooo much fun when all done. I love all of them really, but I have to say, my absolute favourite is number 1, LURVE those wings!!!!

Bettina L. said...

You make me absolutely speachless Lisa. Love your altered altoid tin ornaments. Superb projects Lisa, I am in awe. You never stop to amaze me. Thanks for your lovely comments in my blog. It is really appreciated. Have a lovely evening. Hugs Bettina xx

Patricia St Martin said...

Lisa, WOW!!!!WOW!!!!WOW!!!! These tag are not just tags they are works of art, everyone of them are just stunning. They each have their own distinctive creativity. How much fun you must of had making them but I also bet you had a mess also. I love your inspiration.
Hugs, Patricia

Samantha said...

Fiddlesticks!............!>>>!!!!!
what the heck do I say! you have me GOB smacked! totally AWESOME and so much to see and look at Lisa you have out done yourself! LOVE all your creations and LOVE the way you have done them all different toO! and what's brilliant too is I see you have joined in at ABC Christmas Challenge too! yay!! hugs me xx

Lisa S. said...

I absolutely LOVE these L2!!!!!!! Each one is a treasure in itself but the post you created to explain the process is priceless. It is wonderful therapy to visit your blog because I never come away without a smile, chuckle or outright belly laugh. Believe me, I got a few belly laughs out of this one. POC-piece of crap was too funny. Your kids will cherish these forever and what a cool idea to hang them on the tree!!!
Have a super weekend and thanks again for all of the creativity and laughter. :)
Big Hugs,
L1

Anita Houston said...

OH MY GOSH !!!!!!!!
I'm totally blown away! I've pinned and can't wait to pin the last 6! I would never have thought to make tins using her tags. My idea is that I still haven't even attempted yet is piddly...just piddly....compared to this! The fact that these will be used as sort of an Advent is gobsmackingly enough, but the art that is on them is crazy fabulous! Oh the work, and you are caught up!!! The Santa face really made me drop my jaw! The texture on all of these is unsurpassed and just incredible! I'm not worthy to see your blog!!! LOL!!! I'm totally amazed, and FOR SURE, this is my new favorite of yours! LADY YOU ROCKETH AND ROLLETH!!!!

Marjie Kemper said...

Lisa, these are incredible! So much amazing detail on each one... Santa was killing me with his monocle but then the nose ring took me over the edge... hilarious! You have so many gorgeous techniques included on these... fantastic work! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Frilly and Funkie.

Anita Houston said...

OH....and Thank you so much for playing along with us at Frilly & Funkie this fortnight!!!

Margaret said...

Oh, good grief...where to even begin???? Each one of these is absolutely fabulous and a brilliant use of the inspiring tag! I am torn on picking a favorite too! I love them all!!
After last years milk cartons and this years tins, I'm really thinking that I need to check into the legalities of being adopted by two different Lisas... I'll even share with the other kids!

Annie said...

Lisa what are you eating these days !!!! You crafting is always fantastic but your Halloween makes and these Christmas Makes are just stunningly beautiful gf. I love them and know your family will have such fun.


aMAZING

Annie x

Karons Krafty Korner said...

Oh Geessshhh! These are just super amazing. WOW! WOW! WOW! Fabulous, wonderful, beautiful!

Terry said...

Oh my! These altered tins are spectactular! I love each one and can't believe all the luscious details! Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie!

Zw@@n said...

Wow, these tins are stunning!!!! Thank you for playing along with us this time at ABC Christmas Challenge. Love, Wilma

Suzanne C said...

Oh that is just brilliant! What a fab set of tins! Love how you took the inspiration from Linda and turned it into a beautiful collection!

Sandy said...

I have to go upstairs and eat my lunch before I can comment on this one. This is gonna be long I can tell.
Sandy

Paper Profusion said...

Good Golly Miss Molly!!!! Sheer utter brilliance. I can't get over these at all - will have to keep checking back! Fantabulous Lisa! Nicola x

Sandy said...

That was certainly worth the visit. You and Linda get me sooooo excited. By the way Lisa -- we should all be so talented that we could fine a "POC" and turn it into a real jewel. Love it "piece of crap" .........
Sandy

Sandy said...

ONE MORE THING! What in the world did you do to my sweet Sandy Claus!!!!
Sandy

Melisa Waldorf said...

WOW!!! These are stunning!! I love to do altered altoid tins, but haven't done one in a while. None of mine were this fabulous! Have a great week!

Jeanne J said...

OMG Lisa! You are a mixed media genius - how the heck you turned an altoid tin into something I would treaure forever is beyond me. Each one is a bitty work of art - Amazing that you use everyday household items and dollar store finds and you turn them into something amazing - simply brilliant!

Lori said...

The altoid tins are a wonderful idea! I can see how you were inspired by the tags in each one. These are over the top wonderful - all the texture, elements, coolness (you know what I mean!)

Susan said...

WOW!!!! These are the best. I love the detail and the great photography. Thanks for sharing.

Evelyn S. said...

As one who has altered Altoids tins in the past, I can only stare in amazement at your art!!! The detail is so wonderful...the creativity behind it all just boggles my mind. Absolutely fabulous work!

Shell said...

Oh My! Your tins are so incredibly beautiful! Each one is uniquely different and the workmanship is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing artwork :)

Shahrul Niza said...

Yay, Lisa ... you've won!!!. I just found out like 2 minutes ago, LOL. Happy day :).