Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Are you ready for some football?

In honor of football season winding down I thought I'd share a favorite diorama I created in 2009.

Da Bears Den
(yes, that's how we refer to the Chicago Bears around here!)

Want to know how I did it? Well...that back wall is a large piece of cardboard covered in scrapbook paper. The bar is from the Bratz London Pub playset, I just covered the beverage dispenser with beer labels printed from the internet.

Barbie says hello..and welcome!

The wooden shelf was a thrift store find. Bears helmet from a gumball machine. Liquor bottles courtesy of the Gloria bar playset found on the auction site.

These fabulous little chairs were from the My Scene Mall playset. They were in the food court. Love the style and shape of these. Bistro table is a candle holder with a wooden coaster on top. Sandwich and soda are from a Barbie set.

There is an abundance of artwork to be found on-line. If you are planning on using these in your own dioramas you may print for personal use but I do not recommend printing art images and selling them. That would be copyright infringement.

This stone wall I created using a foam core base and hand cutting "stone" out of egg cartons! (the paper kind-not foam) I applied with regular old white glue, used spackle for grout, white washed then sealed with three coats of poly. 

Scrapbook embellishments make great decorative frames. (see picture at top)

My middle son loves football and collects mini figurines. This is one of his treasures that I borrowed for my photo shoot. You can get a better look at the beer labels in this photo.

That's it! Cheers..and thank you for visiting. What are some of your clever recycling tips for creating fun and fabulous dioramas? Do share! I'd love to hear from you.

Happy Crafting!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Featured Fan:

You have to check out this amazing Barbie dollhouse makeover by one of Inside the Barbie Craft Room readers. Amy from PA has transformed a High School Musical playset into a fantastic rendition of  Monster High. 

  Amy designed all the graphics herself. I love how this is so unique, colorful and ties in so well with the running on-line episodes of this popular new doll line. Aren't the wooden doors such a fun touch? Oh, and you have to look closely at the coffin-bean vending machine! Too cute! This lovely playset is currently on auction. Hop over & take a peek!

Amy also sells her graphics in wallpaper form so that you can transform an ordinary bookcase into a OOAK Monster High playset of your own. Check out her other items while you are there. 

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Happy Crafting!
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