Monday, January 17, 2011

BBTB2 Armadillo (or Whimsical Bird) Challenge



What? You've never seen an armadillo purse/basket? Really? LOL Well, this week at BBTB2, the lovely Krista chose the armadillo cut from Birthday Bash. Because it's a fairly new cart, a number of the DT sisters didn't have it, and surprise, surprise there is no armadillo on any other regular Cricut cart so Krista included the whimsical bird from Birthday bash or any other whimsical brid from any other cart. Got it?




Okay, when I think of armadillos I always think of my BFF from college, Becky, whose grandmother gave her the funkiest basket made out of a real armadillo complete with head, feet, little nails...you get the picture...eeewww!!! She's an avid knitter and used to keep her yarn stored in it. It actually was kinda cool in a really creepy sort of way, and being that that's as close to an armadillo as I've ever been, I set out to recreate it. (I know, sorta warped, but you know I NEVER really like to use the cuts exacty like they are on the carts.)


I welded 2 of the shells and the face to the purse card from Create a Critter. Had to do a bit of manipulating it in DS but it sorta worked. the stripes on the tail and armor were cut free hand. I used the Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles folder for embossing, stuck a few flowers, beads and a gingham bow to gussy it up a bit and called it done (after about 7 hours of screwing around with it... LOL) I was a bit out of mojo after my Macabre Monday card which also has a ton of Cricut manipulation so be sure to scroll down to see why I was SOOO tired. Be sure to hop on over to BBTB2 and check out the adorable projects this week and we'd love to see your armadillo (or whimsical bird) so why not come and play along?

45 comments:

  1. What an adorable armadillo :D. I think your friends dead armadillo purse would have freaked me out, but I love yours! Love the gingham bow. TFS!!

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  2. Oh my word..... didja ever???????.... this is just precious, absolutely unique...and I loved your story.
    Oh Donna, you are so imaginative and talented.
    Hugs
    Carole

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  3. I actually had a purse made from an armadillo that my boyfriend at the time brought me back from a trip to Mexico! Thanks for the memories-yours is much cuter! Nancy

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  4. That armadillo bag is just so cute and creative! Great job!

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  5. you got it down D, that is just the cutest A I have ever seen, Hugs

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  6. I LOVE THIS!!! Especially since it has a story to go along with it. It seems when we have an inside joke to go along- the projects are just that much better. I always look forward to seeing your take on the BBTB2 blog-thanks for all the wonderful inspiration!

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  7. Donna, I can't say I have ever seen an armadillo purse, paper or otherwise, so this is a first. It really is much cuter than the real ones. I've only seen one live armadillo in my back yard. Yep, we have them in southwest Missouri. Interesting tidbit: armadillos can jump straight up as much as 4 feet when startled, which explains why many of the poor dead creatures on the roads look intact. They literally jump up and get hit by cars, not run over. I know, eewww. Your cutie looks fearless, tho'.

    Hugs,
    Barb

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  8. OMG! This is THE cutest armadillo I've ever seen, and being from Texas...I've seen many! LOL! Love it girie! HUGS!

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  9. Oh Wow! This is amazing! I've never seen anything like it before! Love that armadillo and the fact that you turned him into a basket! Fantastic idea!!!

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  10. This is just way too cute Donna!!! Love how you think outside 'the box'....or in this case, 'the bag'!!! TFS
    Hugs,
    ~Terry~

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  11. OMFG!Donna!!! I used to collect armadillos as a kid. Well, not real ones, but I still have a doorstop, pins, stuffed ones, ceramic, but I never was able to procure a real taxidermied one! My new fav show, "Oddities" has one of the basket/purse ones in their shop and I totally covet it from afar!
    Long story short, how do I get this card from you? I LOVE it!

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  12. This is the cutest purse I've ever seen!! Love it:) Too clever!
    ~Kim

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  13. This has got to be one of the cutest cards ever!! What a lot of work you did to make it just right - but it's perfect - right down to those tiny little gem-claws!! Wow!

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  14. Hi Donna,
    Another wonderful creation. One of the many unusual shaped cards you produce regularly. You really are so imaginative. Great crafting.
    Hugs,
    Fiona x

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  15. Who never heard of an Armadillo basket..I ask you now??? Donna, girlfriend....only you could pull this off. Great great great job with the armadillo!

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  16. Oh wow what a beautiful creation I love your way of working.
    Hugs Linda

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  17. That is just the cutest and no armadillo was hurt in the making of that bag!! You are like me, love using cuts away from the expected. Thanks for all your comments on my blog. You are so close to 1000 followers! Any wonder though, your work is amazing.

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  18. NOW...I can finally say I've seen it all! LOL!! This is so stinkin' cute!!

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  19. OMG...you're a genius, again!!! This is absolutely amazing. I'm almost speechless from the fantasticness of it. (I know...me speechless. LOL) I just can't get over it. If I even had half your creativity, I'd be set for life. Way to go girlfriend!!!

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  20. love it donna---you really rocked this one gf--;p

    i really don't understand what was so creepy about your friends basket--especially from you my froend of creepiness and all those creep-adorable dolls you make--what is the difference??????????/lmbo here.

    hugs!

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  21. Once again... you pull off an amazing card. And the flowers make it so girly and cute.

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  22. OMG Donna I always look forward to seeing what you are going to come up with each week and again you knocked it out of the park here! Too Too Cute! You know you have a vivid imagination when you can go from Peggy Loves Vintage to Macabre to Armadillo, I'd love to just get in your head for one day, lol!
    ((Hugs)) Theresa

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  23. Donna he is so adorable, I am going to have to take another look at Birthday Bash thanks for the inspiration

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  24. Donna, I really can't get over your creativity. This purse card is amazing:)! I have to tell you that I have spent hours exploring your blog over the past few days, and I LOVE every single one of your creations. You definitely have a new fan.

    Hugs,
    Stephanie

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  25. Girlfriend, I really needed the "chuckle" I got from your adorable bag!!! As tickled as I am, it's is sooooo cute -- again you've outdone yourself!

    Love-love-love it!!!

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  26. Very cute. I haven't seen an armadillo except in books and I can't imagine carrying a real armadillo basket ...yeeks! :D

    Hugs,
    Smita

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  27. Love it! Only you could make an armadillo cute! Thank goodness you didn't have any real body parts to go along with it, because you would have incorported them "somehow"! ewwwww....lol!

    :D

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  28. Now if this isn't the cutest thing I have ever seen.. hugs

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  29. This is so adorable! The original inspiration is a little freaky - but your version is cute.

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  30. Just for one day I would like to be in your imagination--outstanding take on the armadillo!
    Maria :-)

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  31. Well I never! It's amazing the things I learn in these blogs! They actually make armadillo purses and baskets? How strange!!!!!!! Love your take on it though. Hugs

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  32. WOW. Just wow. You did an amazing job manipulating these cuts. I love this!

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  33. This is amazing I love it. I really wonder how you come with such adorable projects at times lol.
    Kim xXx

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  34. LOL! The only thing wrong with this is that it doesn't have "X"s for eyes. This armadillo is clearly still alive.

    Love this, Donna!! You always make me smile. :D

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  35. Eeeekkk!!! But yours is just adorable girlfriend.

    Hugz, xx

    ~L~

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  36. girlie as always you amaze me! loved the fun story too :)

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  37. LOL Only you could pull this off !!
    Adorable !!!
    xoxo Joy

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  38. this is so cute. I love what you did with the challenge. great job always.

    hugs

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  39. OMG...I thought I had seen everything but this is tops! Awesome card Donna!

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Thanks for making my day!