Friday, June 25, 2010

Happy Camper Camporee Tag Swap

You may remember that I signed on to swap vintage camper tags on Paula Clare's blog. Well, my tags are on their way to Paula's campground and will soon join the other campers for a fun time.
As I wrote to Paula, I've spent hours on these tags and I loved every second, from the first rough sketch to the last glue dot.
I started with these papers and images as my inspiration. I knew I wanted to make a teardrop camper but I didn't know much of anything about them. I found that from the 1930s to the 1950s, there were a number of publications with plans for building your own teardrop. They were most popular following WWII.

Some minor things were changed when I put them together but I made my pattern from this final sketch.

I love detail and because of that, I seem to always have a realistic style in my crafts. For each tag I cut 20 separate pieces. For a while I was seeing spots!

Decorating the back of the tag was another story. I wanted to show the inside of the camper. I made a few sketches and had to admit that if I attempted this, I may not ever get these done. I had to simplify. Here's the back, all 12 finished!

And TA-DA!!! Here's the tag front. The flower print paper was glossy and I loved that, but I didn't love my plain aqua card-stock with it. The color was perfect, so I applied 3 coats of glossy sealer to one side of the card-stock. (It did curl the edges a bit.) I also wanted to include some sewing on my tags since my blog is mostly about sewing, so after cutting my pattern piece I stitched each one on my sewing machine. I used double stick tape to secure the threads to the back of the piece. My favorite part is the 'chrome' trim. Boy, was I glad to find that package of stickers. It was the perfect detail.

And now I am in love with vintage campers. After so much time working on my tags, I still wanted more. So I stitched up a souvenir tea towel to send along for our lovely campground host. (This design is from Sublime Stitching.) Now I will patiently wait for a package in the mail. In the meantime, Paula is posting each camper as it arrives. Pop over to her blog and take a look.


~~Carol~~ said...

Those tags are so cotton pickin' cute! And I'm over the moon for that towel too. I really should get off the computer and make something!

Jeannie said...

Oh my gosh!! Everything you do to begin with is amazing but I think you have out done yourself with this one.hah.h.a.a.a.

Cindy said...

Linda Ruthie..Hi I'm snowcone camper Cindy. I do love the detail on the teardrops!! Excellent girl..excellent!!
The Tea towel is also very cute!!

Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

barncat said...

Oh! These are wonderful! I love your chrome trim too! And your tea towel is so cute, just perfect for Paula!

Cindy said...

Hey girl..send me your email so we can talk!!I will swap a vintage apron spot with you..I signed up for

cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

Cindy said...

Linda can disregard first mesage..I started a new extension of the apron will be a new ME group..check out my site.

Hugs..Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

Sandy said...

Hi Linda,
I just love these.....everybodies turned ut great, not crazy about mine, a little too simple, but I was really blocked! LOL Could you please email me, I have a questiona bout your flickr acct? Thanks for making me a contact! :)

Patty said...

Very cute indeed. I especially like the stitchery.

craftyles said...

Linda Ruthie,
Wow-You did an awesome job. Those are the cutest tags I've ever seen! Makes me want to go campin.

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Linda, those tags are so cute and I love that tea towel! Have a great week! Twyla

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

So cute! The tags AND the towel! ♥

Home and Heart said...

They turned out VERY cute!

Creative Breathing said...

Linda, Your camper tag is beyond wonderful! The tea towel such a special gift! This is such a fun swap, I can't wait to get them! Elizabeth

Mary said...

Your tags are darling. LOVE them!!!!