There's a friendly competition going on at the office where the different teams in the Accounting department are decorating the office to see which team can do the best job. It's too bad that my team is swamped right, trying to produce the financial statements on time. We still wanted to do a little something so we headed to the Dollar Store a couple of weeks ago during lunch time to try and see what we could find. I gathered a couple of items that I thought I could make something out of, but my most interesting find what the velvet and feather crows that they had.
Remember the fabulous 3D crow that a SU! Concept Artist had dressed in last year's minicatalogue? Well, you might not remember about him, but I never forgot about that idea. I thought it looked so darn beautiful! Obviously, I wasn't the only stamper who liked that idea because I kept seeing crows pop up on blogs, but I was not finding any crows that were to my liking in my area. You can only imagine how excited I got when I spotted this beautiful crow, and at such an affordable price, too! I told my colleagues I was planning on dressing him up and I could see the look of confusion on their faces...
You should have seen their faces when they saw the finished crow the next day. They couldn't believe it was the same bird we had purchased the previous day!
In all fairness, most of the work had been done for me since I copied a great deal straight from the catalogue, but there was still a bit of fidgeting involved, especially due to the fact that Mr. Crow's head is turned a bit. The collar was what took up the most time. I couldn't get it to sit right and kept making adjustments. The hat, on the other hand, took litterally five minutes to do and worked out perfectly on the very first try. I particularly like the pompon at the top.
For the pedestal, I simply decorated a Decor Element cube with patterned paper and created a base out of chipboard using the Scallop Square Clear Bigz die. I added one of the sticky die-cuts from the Pick Your Poison line from last year, and stamped two words from the Spooky Bingo Bits on it repeatedly to create a pattern. The crow's feet had metal wire coming out of it (might to be used to stick the crow on your lawn, I believe), so I cut those out as close to the plastic as I could using pliers and then I used my glue gun to glue the crow to the pedestal.
Stampin' Up! Supplies
Stamps: Spooky Bingo Bits, Douce douzaine (Delightful Dozen)
Designer ppaper: Pick a Poison, First Edition
Ink: Basic Grey, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Black rhinestones, Neutrals Designer button, Pewter embossing powder,
Pick a Poison die-cuts, Champagne glimmer paper, Circle punches, Scallop Square Bigz die,
Chipboard, Black lace, Mini jingle bells, Little Labels punch pack, Log Cabin Smooch Spray,
Simply Scored, Linen thread, Glue gun, Crow, Decor Element Cube