Sunday, April 14, 2013

Soaring ... my first blog post

Hanging out in my craft room keeps me sane. I can get away from the world and lose myself in ink, paper, paint, beads, brads, glue and even power tools on occasion. So here I am ... opening my craft room door and welcoming you. I would like to share my work and thoughts and hopefully have some company along this journey ... my walk on the creative side of life.

Over the last couple of weeks, I've been working on a project in honor of the warm spring temperatures that have finally made their way into the mountains of North Carolina. It's an altered bird house with bird that has just taken flight. After seeing the Simon Says Stamp & Show Fly Challenge for this week, I thought it seemed a perfect fit for this little project of mine.

Hopefully I will get better at photographing my work as the adventure continues. In the meantime, let me show you around some of my birdhouse's details. The bird in flight is attached to the birdhouse with a little strip of plastic that I recycled from one my Tim Holtz Ideology packages. The bird itself was made by tracing a cardstock bird embellishment that I had on to a piece of folded manila card stock. When I cut it out, I ended up with two identical bird bodies. I embossed opposite sides of the two birds using a Darice "Falling Leaves" embossing folder. I then pasted head and tail of the two birds together (embossed sides out). I then free handed some wings (also embossed with "Falling Leaves" folder) and cut some slots in the bird bodies to insert the wings and securely tape them to the inside of the bird. I finally glued the remainder of the bird together, leaving a little pocket to insert the end of the plastic packaging strip. The bird was colored using Picket Fence Distress Stain and Forest Moss, Walnut Stain, and Frayed Burlap Distress ink.

This project started out as a little fiberboard birdhouse that I picked up on the clearance rack at Michaels a few weeks ago.  When I thought about covering the house, I found Washi tape and some scraps of paper that coordinated in blues and browns.  Some of the scraps of paper were inked with  Distressed Ink in Broken China to give them a little more blue color and some were stamped.  All were then adhered on to the sides and roof of the house with Rangers Glue N' Seal.  The house's surfaces were then sanded and I used some Walnut Stain, Frayed Burlap, and Vintage Photo Distress Ink to give the house a "grungy" feeling.  I finished the house's surfaces with a glaze made with   Claudine Hellmuth's Multi Medium in Matte and a mixture of Wild Honey, Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.  The front is embellished with some jewelry findings and Tim Holtz ideology leaves held together with a cute button brad.

Ok ... I admit it ... I love shrink plastic.  There are some many cool things you can do with it.  The sign holder and "SOAR" sign on the front of the house are both made with shrink plastic.  I cut out a rectangle of shrink plastic and stamped the word "SOAR" and the flourish with StazOn Jet Black ink before I baked it.   I die cut the sign holder out of shrink plastic with Tim Holtz's Hanging Sign Sizzix die.   After it was baked, I colored it with black alcohol ink and some black acrylic paint.   It is tacked on to the front of the birdhouse with a small Tim Holtz grungeboard hinge. 
This hinge is great.  It actually allows me to fold in the sign if I'm moving the piece.  I have a small tack nailed into the left side of the birdhouse that I can catch and hold the sign when it is folded back.

On the back, I created a "feather" tag with jewelry findings, Tim Holtz wings and cute feather from a Mark Richards feather sticker.  (Some other feathers from the this sticker adorn the top of the birdhouse.)  The tag is tie on with some twine.

On the last stop of our tour, you can see some metal tag letters spelling "FLY" on the right side of the birdhouse.  I definitely feel this way now that Spring is finally here :)

Thanks for dropping by to check out my inaugural blog and sharing in my first steps on this journey.

~ Mary Elizabeth


Suzanne C said...

So charming! Love the bird house and the sign hanging off the side is brilliant! Lovely steampunk bird house! Glad you joined us this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

Mary Elizabeth said...
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Candy C said...

Mary Elizabeth...I love your altered birdhouse! It's just awesome! That hinged "Soar" sign is outstanding! I love that idea...well, I love the entire house! You did a gorgeous job of crafting this and I know it brings you joy just to look at it! Glad the temperatures in North Carolina are finally starting to warm up. I am in southern Missouri and we're finally feeling like spring, too. I also wanted to thank you for the lovely comment you left on my blog about my vintage album. Your thoughts are very much appreciated. <3 Candy

Mary Elizabeth said...

Ohhhh! Thank you so much for your kind words as well Candy. I really am enjoying the process of trying new things and being creative again. I really do appreciate the DT at Simon Says Stamp Vintage Challenge and Simon Says Stamp for a giving all of us a chance to be a part of community like this. FYI -- today the sun is out, the birds are singing, and highs in the 70s (degrees F). I hope things are as nice in Missouri today. -- Mary Elizabeth

Mary Elizabeth said...

Thanks a bunch Suzanne. I'm enjoying the journey:)

Godelieve said...

A gorgeous project, with lots of pretty details! Such a wonderful first blogpost!!