Sunday, May 20, 2012

Disney Pixar Hop - Day #2: Capturing the Magic of Tinker Bell!

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Welcome back to Day #2 of the Original, fantasmic Disney Pixar Blog Hop.  There are many imitators of these Disney hops, but none is finer than this series, originated by Shawn and Melissa.  Melissa finds herself super-busy at this time of year, so I volunteered to step in to assist Shawn this time. She's my "Scrapping Sistah" -- such a sweetie, and the genius behind the "My Cut Search" team.

I always have super-fun trying to come up with something a little "different" to feature on these hops.
This about explains my brain.

"Different" -- that'd be among my least favorite words, don't you know?  "You know that new girl in homeroom?  Well, she's different."  "Yes, we got the gift you made, Ellen. Sure is different."  Said that way, the word takes on negative connotation. 

Conversely, isn't it better to be diFfeReNt, as opposed to "same old, same old ... run-of-the-mill ... nothing unique to that one."  Yes, I'd rather be diFfeReNt ... and I do spend considerable time "Catching the Muse," or "Capturing the Magic."  Thinking about that is how I came up with this project:

That's Tinker Bell in there,
caught like a firefly on a warm summer's night.

To make this project, I cut Tink at some ungodly tiny size (3.5" I think) ... terribly difficult because there are itty-bitty pieces to place.  I used the Cricut Tinker Bell & Friends cartridge to cut Core-dinations cardstock. Tink's dress and wings have been sprinkled with pixie dust Stickled for extra magic.  To cut the wee thin-stemmed leaves, I turned to my Silhouette Cameo which I demo'ed at last month's crop I hosted in suburban Philadelphia.  (That's where I made this project.) 
Tink is stabilized by a leaning post (a thin dowel) which has been poked into a half-round ball of moss-covered styrofoam that's glued into the lid of a 6" high clean jar that I inverted to make it look like a terrarium. I tried other things with this -- glitter in the jar, a Magic Kingdom sticker in the back -- but none of it looked as nice, clean and crisp as the unadorned jar.

Did you know that Tinker Bell is one of the four main spokes-icons for Disney, opening up Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Disney on Sunday nights when I was a kid, with a dash of pixie dust?  (The other three characters who are "franchise reps" for Disney are Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Winnie the Pooh.)  In 2010, Tink earned her own star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. 

Left: Tink in "Peter Pan's Ride"; Right: Tinker Bell in "It's a Small World"

And she's a featured character in one attraction/ride in every Disney Theme park but one (Hong Kong)... do you know which ride?  Yup, you guessed -- "Peter Pan's Ride" in Fantasyland.  Can you guess in which other attraction she appears?  * . * .  * My hubby's favorite:  "It's a Small World."

Oh, blog readers, that's an inside joke. My hubby John HATES that Disney attraction! We got stuck in it once when the cable system on the boat snapped. Sat there, floating for well more than an hour. Yes, with that insipid song running over and over and over and over ......    Life has never been the same since then, LOL.  John was about to swim ashore on the 128th go-round of that song. No kidding. For him -- in honor of his 58th birthday celebrated this week, I've put the song on Playlist here, so he'll hear it during this blog hop. 

Hi, honey.  I love you.

So now it's time to move you onto your next stop on this great blog hop:  KIM at UScrap2!

Be sure to visit Shawn's starting post, where you'll see the grand prize being offered for this hop -- a Scrap'N Easel-Ette, perfect for us cardmakers! 

Also, if you leave a comment on this post and are a CardMonkey follower, you can win the Making Magical Memories journal I showed yesterday.  (If you comment/follow on yesterday's post, you might win that "diFfeReNt" Disney t-shirt I made with Grumpy's image -- by the way, that's GRUMPY, not my hubby John, on the t-shirt, LOL!! Hi, honey. I still love you!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed your stay as much as I enjoyed making my projects for this hop.

OH, and in case you need the full list of blog stops, I'll post it below.  This is your DISNEY PIXAR BLOG HOP Day #2 "Easy Pass" -- click on the names, and you'll go right to their Disney Pixar post for today! 


Thank you again for visiting ... Now go forth and create!

Make every day a "diFfeReNt" kinda day

DeFiaNtLy DiFfeReNt & CreAtiVeLy Yours,

P.S.  If you just can't get enough Disney, here are pictures of projects I made for previous "Disney Pixar Blog Hops":

September, 2011 - Pooh's Hundred Acre Wood 3-D box

November 2011 - Wall art for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Close-up views of each vignette

Ariel birthday card - front here, and inside below

Cards by Mickey - Christmas

And here are links to Disney Pixar Blog Hop's Day #1 posts. DON'T confuse these with the links (above) to Day #2's posts. Be sure to "capture" them all to stimulate YOUR Muse!



Scrappin Rabbit Designs said...

Ellen I absolutely love that you captured Tink in a jar!!! This would be so cute in a little girls room. I may have to scrap lift for my grandaughter. I know that took a lot of patience pieceing Tink together cause I've cut her out at 4.5" and thought the pieces were way too small. Amazing job!

Scrappin Rabbit Designs

Desi @ Wee Share said...

I absolutely love your project! My little girl loves Tinkerbell and I just know that she would love for us to make one :)

I liked your project yesterday too-- how generous for you to give it to someone!

Follower :)


Shawn Mosch said...

You amaze me! Tink is WONDERFUL! Thank you for being my co-host in this hop!

Love ya sistah!

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rlovew said...

Love your Tink in a jar- fabulous. The story about small world was great as well. I love having special Disney memories to share. I am a follower by email. rlovew1976 at

Lynne said...

This is absolutely adorable and a great project and inspiration!!! I just may have to "scraplift" this idea!!!!
Sew glad I checked out this project!
Hugs, Love, and Pixie Dust
Her Craftiness

Miranda said...

What an adorable DIFFERENT project! I love different it's what sets us apart from the rest of the world! Enjoyed the Disney story! The extra projects are wonderful as well!
Miranda :)
miranda at nanasscrapspot dot com

Beckie said...

Fabulous job. You rock these cuts. I love Disney....hate their Cricut cuts.

Be blessed, Beckie

Liz said...

Too adorable! My daughter in a Tink fanatic and would love a project like this, but 3.5 inches? Don't think I can manage that LOL love this

silvia said...

I't a small world after all~OMG... I couldn't Imagine being trapped in there for an hour. My boys HATED the ride because of the song.

Your Tinkerbelle Fairy jar is DA BOMB!!!!

sillyscrap at aol dot com

Sugarlips said...

This is so unbelievable creative. I love how you made it and love tink's sparkly wings.
Great job.


Unknown said...

TINK IN A JAR! I love it! My daughter is talking about having a tink party in September... mind if I scrap life this for decorations? It is the sweetest thing! I love it. I also share in your husbands thoughts of It's a Small World. I have been stuck on that ride myself. Thankfully for no more then 15 minutes but that is enough! ;) Love your projects. You have an amazing talent!!

angie ashuk said...

Tink in a jar!!! My 5 year old would love that!!! She is the fav in our house!!! What an amazing job you did!!!

jennyplace2 said...

I don't know what I liked more???? Your stunning Tinkerbell project or just reading your post. Your post are always so fun to read, you must have a million friends! TFS and for helping with this terrific blog hop. I love Disney and always will.
Hugs Jenny

Marissa said...

What a perfect way to "showcase" Tink! It turned out beautiful!!!

rissaflor atyahoo dotcom

Gloria said...

Ellen the way you captured Tinkerbell in a jar is just breath taking. It is so beautiful and anyone would love this. I can see this in a garden or patio. I have to say that I love going on Peter Pan’s ride and never get tired of it. The last time we where there I found a hiding Mickey while we were waiting in line. As for you’re poor hubby being suck on It’s a small world for over an hour I would not wish that on anyone. Happy 58th Birthday to you’re hubby. Thank You for sharing your projects yesterday and today. As well as the past Disney Pixar ones. I love the word different! disneynut 4 life 22 at yahoo dot com

Caryn S said...

Heheh! So glad to see I am not the only one that likes to torture their loved ones!;)
I enjoyed seeing all of your past and present projects, they're all wonderful. The Tink trivia was very enlightening, I can't tell you how many times I have been on "It's a Small World" and never saw her. BTW, I did get stuck on it too once, but I still like it!

Aim said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww... Yeah, this is just the COOLEST thing EVER!! Another use for my stash of jars waiting to be up-cycled!! :) YAY!!

Soooooo... Your small world story made me laugh hysterically -- We too have been stuck on that ride long enough to want to become small-puppet-serial-killers (ya know?!?!?)... Heck, the ride ALONE without getting stuck gives you enough of that song to want to scratch your eyes out and poke through your eardrums, yet, somehow, we always manage to ride it anyway!! HAHAHAHA!! Do you happen to remember the SNL skit where the peeps got stuck in that ride and they all chose to electrocute themselves rather than listen to the song??? At least, that's how I'm remembering it now (and probably what I would choose over listening to hours of the song...). Well, that was FUN!! :)

Thanks so much for sharing your talent in the hop!!

Amy :) at

D- said...

Wow I love your Tink in a jar project. Wish I had that cart. TFS. Your journal yesterday was gorgeous.
dmcardmaker (email follower)

Mommy's Crafty Creations said...

great project!! Love it!!

mommyscraftycreations at gmail dot com

Sherry D said...

I love this idea! I'm a big Tinker Bell fan. Would make one of these to keep for myself. :) Enjoyed both days projects!

Debbie Bonczek said...

Oh my gosh! I too was stuck on that ride. I love that you attached the music. As I read your post it really brought back memories of being stuck for nearly 45 minutes in one spot! Crazy.

Girl, you are so creative. I love Tink in the jar! Fabulous, and then all the additional pictures of your work were wonderful as well. Such an inspiration! Kudos.

And thanks for bringing back an interesting memory for me.

Lara said...

Wow, hilarious story. I adore the work that you did here! You did an amazing job! Thanks for the inspiration! lclass003atgmaildotcom

Tami B. said...

Another great project Ellen. As much as I love it, an hour+ of "It's a Small World" would drive just about anyone insane.

TinaGAle said...

I adore this! I so wished my daughters room was still tinkerbelle cause I would so make this. I may just have to do it for my studio.
Tina gale

Creations by Zajc said...

Love your Tink project! Who would of thought?! YOU DID! ;) Gives me many of other ideas with the same concept. Yes, cutting out those Disney characters at small sizes is NOT an easy task; job well done! :)


Unknown said...

Ellen I just LOVE your Tinkerbell in a jar project!!! It is so cute and will look very sparkly on a shelf in your scrap room to help bring you inspiration for your crafty and colorful brain!!!

Love seeing your older Disney posts ~ a great trip down memory lane :)

Brenda "Disney Girl" said...

This Disney fan is loving this hop! All the projects are amazing!

Kathy said...

Love your Tinkerbell! I think my 5 yr old daughter would love to "catch" Tink in a jar. I'm just not sure I'd love to cut her out that small :)
Thanks for the great project!

Jenscrapstoo said...

I just adore the Tinkerbell Jar!! You are so clever to cut her out so small!! Simply Adorable......I also got stuch on Its A small World after I had conned my hubby onto this ride!! Only lasted 10 mins not an hour!!
Cheers Jennie
jendewar at

Melissa said...

HUGS to you again Ellen for stepping in for me, love you for it! This jar would be a great idea for my boys firefly catching jar! How cute would Tink look all lit up by the fireflies?!?! Stealing this one!


Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

My gosh your Disney projects are awesome, clever work.

Crafty Moni said...

OMG that is so adorable. I love it and want to make one for myself. You have given me a great idea, for an upcoming project.

Peace, Love, & Cricut Hug's!

Monica L.

monita23 at ca dot rr dot com

Anna said...

Wow what amazing projects you do. I love your Tink. She is one of my favorites. I am a follower.
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