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.

14 comments:

~~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 both..lol

cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

Cindy said...

Linda ruthie..you can disregard first mesage..I started a new extension of the apron swap..it 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! :)
Sandy

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.
Leslie

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!!!!