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Sunday, January 13, 2013


My crafting buddy Lynda, sent me this adorable little bird house as part of my secret santa.....

 .....so, using a combination of Marianne & Cheery Lynn dies, Americana paints, crackle mediums and distress inks, Promarkers and Marvy's..this is my altered version.

The house was painted with Americana Milk Chocolate acrylic paint.  When dry, a coat of Americana Weathered Wood Crackle medium was applied.  When that was dry, a coat of Buttermilk was applied and when that was also dry, I inked it gently with Walnut Stain distress ink.

The bird on branch is a Marianne die.  I cut them on Grungepaper and then inked the bird with Fired Brick distress ink.  The branch was coloured with a brown Marvy pen and the leaves with a Forest Green Promarker.  The fence and flower are Cheery Lynn dies.  The bird at the front has been doubled up, cut off the branch and then attached with a double height foam square so he's 3D'd.

To do the roof, I painted it with a couple of coats of  Deep Burgundy.
  When the 2nd coat of paint went on, I used my heat gun to help dry it and blister the paint in places.  

When dry, I applied a small amount of Ranger Picket Fence crackle paint and finally swiped with Walnut Stain ink when it was all dry.

I really enjoyed doing this.  It's not often that I actually use my crackle mediums but I might use them more often now.  I really like it.  Hope you like my little house.

Entering into:
613 AVENUE CREATE #2 - Anything goes.
ANYTHING BUT A CARD #10 - Things with Wings.
CHALLENGES 4 EVERYBODY #11 - Anything goes.
DREAM VALLEY CHALLENGES #48 - Anything goes.
THE SQUIRREL & THE FOX #35 - Anything goes.
ALLSORTS #189 - Dies and punches.
INSPIRE ME FRIDAYS #91 - Anything goes.
DIVA'S BY DESIGN - Anything goes.
CRAFT MY LIFE #3 - Anything but a card/LO.


As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

Wow!! this is brilliant you have done a spectacular job on this looks just fabulous. Ginny xx

Arnhilds Kreative hender said...

Wonderful:) Hugs Arnhild

Wendy L said...

How adorable, thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week, xxxxx

Anonymous said...

I love your little bird house. It turned out great! :) Thanks for playing in our neighborhood at 613 Avenue Create. We look forward to seeing you again.

Michaela said...

OH WOW, what a stunning bird house, Lorraine. Absolutely adore this one. You have decorated it to an absolute perfection.
Michaela xx

Anonymous said...

Wow, you have made a fabulous job, it looks brilliant!
Helen x

Chana said...

Beautiful work! So much attention to detail. Every element is perfect and executed perfectly. Thanks for playing on our street at 613 Avenue Create. We look forward to your next visit!

inkypinkycraft said...

Great little house ..love how you have achieved the texture on the roof! Hope things are settling down for you now ! Trace. X

Eileen said...

Wow Lorraine what a fabulous project. Such attention to detail and all details perfect. Amazing work
Eileen x

coops said...

oh wow this is stunning lorraine.really gorgeous :D

xx coops xx

Edie said...

After seeing that beautiful birdcage, I can't wait to see more of your work. Thanks for playing along with us at 613 Avenue Create.

Tracy said...

This is fantastic! I love all the layered mediums. Using the heat gun to bubble the paint always gives a great effect and I LOVE the crackle finish. You dressed that birdie house up beautifully! Hugs!

Joan Macdonald said...

What a fabulous project the design is gorgeous. Thank you for joining us at Challenges 4 Everybody.

Joan x

Jayne A said...

Oh wow what a beautiful bird house. Thanks for joining us at Diva's this time.

Lisa S. said...

This is fantastic Lorraine! TFS

Judy said...

Ut oh...now I'm going to have to tell my hubby to go buy me a birdhouse, so I can craft with it..lol I love this! You did one fabulous job on it too.


MagsB said...

Wow, this is just fabulous! I love all the details, especially the weathered look on the roof! Thanks for joining in at Dream Valley!

love Mags B x

Helen said...

Absolutely gorgeous - you've painted it beautifully and I love all the details on the front.

Thanks for joining us at The Squirrel and the Fox.

Helen x

Diana Fernandez said...

Awesome creation!! Thank you for joining us at Anything But a Card!

coldwaters2 said...

Wowzer Lorraine this is awesome what a transformation, brilliant colours fabulous use of so many wonderful die cuts, I really love that crackle effect, stupendous project
lorraine x

Christy said...

Oh so cute! I love the look of the finished product :) Thanks for joining us at Anything But a Card! :) :) :)

sparklingblackrose said...

Wow Lorraine, youve done this proud! Its stunning, well done :-) I will feature you on my next featured crafters post from my All crafts challenge :-) Elaine-xxx-

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