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Thursday, 29 November 2012

The return of the mousetrap


Out of a Hat Creations set a Challenge a while ago  to alter a Mousetrap. At the time  I couldn't find a trap anywhere, the shops I went to only sold the humane ones and were shocked that I wanted to buy the 'old fashioned' type. I managed to track one down  as the girls had by then promised  to hold another challenge at a later date.

I made this a few weeks ago so it would be  ready for
'The Return of the Mousetrap'.

First of all I painted the whole trap with acrylics, took a piece of the mechanism off to make space to  for my mouse image, which is part of a  larger  La Blanche stamp.

I added scraps of muslin, putting them behind the cuttings from Graphics 45 papers.

A piece of the discarded metal became the hook to hang it up.



To finish  my altering and make it  useful,  I covered a small  ' post it',  note  pad with  a pretty paper, this is placed  under the spring .

All the shading is Antique Linen and vintage photo distress inks.

Thank you for stopping by to take a look. Your comments are always appreciated.














22 comments:

  1. I never thought I'd say that a mousetrap was "cute", but it IS! I love it!

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  2. HA! I love it, I've seen these altered before and was thinking of trying one myself. I have to say I got a chuckle out ofyou using a mouse image!! So they are hard to find, huh? That's a shame :( Where did you end up finding yours? wavig hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

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  3. This is fantastiic Yvonne. New ideas as well like using the bit of metal to make a hanger and the attached notepad-just brilliant.

    So pleased you had this ready to join us at the Hatters for this challenge

    Love Chrissie xxxx

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  4. I love it! Saw a mousetrap notepad somewhere recently & the idea tickled me, it did not however have a mouse on it...
    We have traps, but use them for the real thing unlike a guy I was chatting to last week who uses the humane variety which he then places in a backpack, cycles to work 3 miles away & releases his mouse !!!!! I think think your way of using a mousetrap is way more fun :-D

    Sally

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  5. So much nicer to find a note pad and not a squished mouse! Fab piece of altered art Yvonne:)
    Val x

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  6. Love what you have made! Hugs, Valerie

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  7. Very cute alteration!! I have a spare trap myself, hmmmm a new gift perhaps?! Thanks for sharing and for the idea!!

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  8. That's cool, your altered mouse trap looks fabulous.

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  9. Love your mouse tray Yvonne :)
    Von ♥

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  10. Oh Yvonne I just love this he is so cute. It looks fabulous. Thanks for joining in with us at OOAH. Hugs Sandra XXX

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  11. Oooh, what a fun alteration Yvonne! Great idea adding the pretty post it note too x

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  12. Loving your fun and cute alteration. Annette x

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  13. Great idea , love the vintage images too trace. X

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  14. Great altered mouse trap. Lovely vintage feel. Tracy x

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  15. now that is different, an altered mouse trap with lots of great details
    hugs

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  16. An altered mouse trap with a mouse, great idea!!

    Sam xxx

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  17. Love this Yvonne ! great idea, I need to find a mousetrap now

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  18. Yvonne,your mouse trap is Fantastic, love your mouse image.
    Thank you for sharing with us at Out of a Hat
    Janet x

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  19. I agree with Val about better to find a note pad rather than a squished mouse. This is truly amazing I absolutely adore how you did this. The images are fabulous and I love the non-squished mouse !

    Marie

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  20. What a delight... I completely forgot to get my mum to bring me mousetraps back from the Czech Republic, so I'm just going to have to visit and admire this time round! Gorgeous transformation...
    Alison x

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  21. Its great! I had to shop around as well for the old style wooden traps, but its such a great challenge that it was well worth it. Love what you have done! Cx

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  22. Oh Em Gee! Glad I didn't come on here before I made mine - this is fabulous. Love those papers you have used - what a gorgeous composition.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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