Tuesday 20 August 2013

A Shabby Little Birdhouse - Something New / Craft Room Challenge DT

Hi, another fortnight has 'flown' by (excuse the pun :-)) and another challenge is upon us over at the Craft Room Challenge.  Your Bingo creations were amazing, I love to see how everyone interprets our challenges so differently.  This fortnight the lovely Debi is our hostess and she has chosen a theme of:

Something New
This is what Debi has to say:

For my theme I got thinking..... and  if you're anything like me, you either have a heap of new stash still waiting to be used, or your Pinterest Boards are full of techniques that you want to try but just haven't got round to it yet lol.  So I thought lets have a challenge that might get us using some new stash or a new technique.

Well, Debi is right - I have loads of new stuff I've not yet used, particularly alterables, so out came a brand new birdhouse which came in a little stash my other half bought me for Christmas.  I thought I may as well try a new technique/product while I was at it - Grunge Paste - I seem to have a bit of a fear of texture pastes, lol, but after seeing one of Alison's fantastic creations over at Words and Pictures I thought it was time to have a go, so thank you for the inspiration Alison :-)

I've undercoated the birdhouse with Gesso all over - the Grunge Paste has been sitting on my desk begging to be used, but being avoided all the time, so out it came - I put it all over the roof with a palette knife like buttercream frosting.  

Once dry I used chalk paints - a little cream sponged over brown - all over, and touched up the roof with some Treasure Gold in White Fire, then did a bit of stamping with an IndigoBlu stamp right around the base.  

I applied Deco Art Crackle all over the house and waited again.....then gave it a good sand down taking some of it back off for a more distressed feel.  I highlighted the crackle a little with some Walnut Stain DI.

Some TH word stickers, a bit of bark from the garden which was cleaned and inked then given the White fire treatment (couldn't find my twigs), a donut charm debossed with 'Happiness', and a couple of Tando birds painted and crackled.
A quote and stamp from Oxford Impressions' 'Birds' Nest' was used on the back, and vintage style lace trim and ribbon around the base to finish - not forgetting even more Treasure Gold White Fire on all the corners & edges.

I'm really happy with the shabby result I got on this - even though the roof does remind me a bit of a chocolate cake!

Our very kind sponsor this fornight is:

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The rest of the Design team have made fantastic creations to inspire you for this challenge, as well as our Guest Designer this fortnight, the very talented Von from Messy Me.  

I'd like to enter my little birdhouse in the following challenges:-

Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes
Country View Crafts - Quotations and Sayings
Vintage Stamping Challenge - Wings and Things
Stamping Sensations - Wings and Things and a Touch of Vintage
Our Creative Corner - Words, Words, Words

Thank you for dropping by, I appreciate your visit and your comments.

Enjoy your week :-)

Maria xxxxx


chriscesar said...

So lovely Maria, i would like the same in my trees for the birds on winter!
Have a good week!

hazel said...

Absolutely fabulous Maria, I love everything about it.
xxx Hazel.

Suzanne B aka brookfies said...

Maria...another fabulous alterable from you. I too have a backlog of "things" to alter ...I can never resist them. Love the grunge paste roof! x

Gio said...

This is truly gorgeous, MAria! And such nice texture you got for the roof!

Anonymous said...

Maria this is absolutely gorgeous. Some time ago I used The Bird's Nest on a wooden birdhouse but seeing your creation makes me want to over haul the house (it has become rather shabby).
This is delightful.

Jean said...

Maria I love your little bird house, great texture on the roof. I also have a drawer full of alterable stash, I really should get round to using it.
Jean x

Paper Profusion said...

This is stunning Maria - so glad you took the texture paste plunge! It's a beautiful little home for those birdies. I hope you are getting on ok. Nicola x

Debi said...

looks so fab Maz!!! thanks for getting out your new stash for my theme ;) Debi xoxoxo

Von said...

It's a wonderful abode :)
Von ☺

Mervi said...

Hi, wow

gorgeous cage, love the roof, yummy;-))m

Vicky Hayes said...

I do love a bird house and this is a beauty! The textured roof is really effective and I wasn't thinking about chocolate cake until you mentioned it lol! Vicky x

brenda said...

Your bird box is quite delightful Maria, so very dimensional and beautifully constructed.

I'm so pleased you joined us at FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping and Stamping Sensations challenges.

B x

Sandra Wright. said...

How fabulous, I just adore it. Love the roof and your embellishing is gorgeous.

Thank you for joining us over at Altered Eclectic Challenge Blog.

Sandie x (Dt)

Zoechaos said...

Fantastic result Maria, will you continue to play with your paste now? Sounds like you have a alterables mountain not unlike my own LOL. Fabulous project XOXO Zoe

Ink Art Designs said...

Hi Maria, your birdhouse looks incredible. The texture really makes it! So rustic and natural looking.
Thankyou for joining us at Vintage Stamping Challenges.
Dot x

Vickie Y said...

Shabby and fabulous birdhouse; love all the texture you used. Thank you for playing along with us at Altered Eclectics.

Margie said...

How nice to see something so different in Our Creative Corner challenge this month! I really like your little birdhouse and thanks so much for sharing it with us. Margie x

Words and Pictures said...

Gorgeous gilded texture... looks like you had lots of fun with the Grunge Paste in the end (thanks for the shout out!). A really lovely piece of altered art - love those meadow flowers around the base, and the words are the perfect accompaniment... Thanks so much for playing along with us at Our Creative Corner.
Alison x

Shirley said...

Oh my Maz such an adorable bird house, so many textures and things going on. Each time I look I see something different. Fabulous.

Thank you for sharing with us at Vintage Stamping Challenges.

Crafty hugs from Shirl x x

Sally H said...

What a lovely creation! Thanks for joining us at Stamping sensations for our Wings and Things and a Touch of Vintage theme. Good Luck!

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Gorgeous, love the neutral colours and the texture of the roof
Lindsay xx