31 March 2013

Happy (Chilly) Easter

Happy Easter everyone from a very chilly Staffordshire. Took my photos outside this morning - not a good idea as I am now typing with frozen fingers... I hope you are all warm, happy and indulging in a little of what you fancy (well not everyone likes chocolate, hard as that may be to believe!) I'm going to get on with this (mostly photos rather than blurb) as today is going to be something of a blur of visiting rellies and getting stuff done. And so without further ado...


This is my take on a cuckoo clock and has been created so I can enter Sandee and Amelie's brand new Steammpunk Challenge - Cuckoo Clocks Go Steampunk.
It is also my entry for Hels Sheridan's Sunday Stampers challenge - Nature,


I started with a paper substrate mini birdhouse and went to town with Distress Paints (Weathered Wood/Bundled Sage/Frayed Burlap - restrained for me:)

The corrugated card had some its backing removed roughly for a distress feel. Then I covered it in the same DP's as above (spritzed with water to allow them to blend/run) and then gave it all a good mist with Cosmic Shimmer Silver mist. It was then die cut into a range of cogs to be added to the base.

Next came the stamping - some directly onto the base and some onto tissue to ensure it would bend around corners more accurately. I used my favourite Coffee Archival Ink. And to finish I added some MOP buttons and leafy die cuts (inked to remove the white edges of course Hels!)

So that's it from me for now. Have a wonderful Easter wherever you are and whatever you are up to. Hugs, Jenny x

39 comments:

  1. ...this is way cool Buttons, so much detail and thought has gone into this piece, I think you'l have birdies flying in from all over town to see this new accomadation...love it...Melxx :)
    Easter blessings to you :)

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  2. Gorgeous ickle birdyhouse.. love it... Happy Easter to you and yours ... Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

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  3. What a fab project Jenny, a designer bird house. I love everything you have created the roof is spectacular. Have a Happy Easter with all the family.

    Annie x

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  4. A stunner Jenny. The alteration looks just amazing and the neutral colours are fabulous.
    Happy Easter and hope the fingers have thawed out now!
    Hugs, Fliss xx

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  5. You were brave going out this morning, Jenny. I opened the door to throw some birdseed (appropriately) on the ground and that was enough!

    Your steampunk birdhouse is wonderful. I love how the cogs decorate the roof.

    Happy Easter!

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  6. Hi Jenny, this is the kind of piece that makes you want to reach out and touch it, it has so much texture. A truly wonderful creation! Hope you enjoy your chocolate and the rest of the Easter break. Hugs, Anne x

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  7. Love it Jenny, it's really cute and I love your stamping, colours and design. happy Easter. Chris x

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  8. Wow, this is brilliant, love every detail.

    Happy Easter

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  9. Hi Jenny, Your house is so lovely, If you had left it outside much longer, I think a little birdie would have helped himself to a new home:) Love the textures and depth you have given it with the cogs buttons and chains. Happy Easter Hugs Mo x

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  10. Wowser!!! what a stunning project I love it
    Happy Easter

    Patricia xxx

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  11. WOW, Love all the fabulous textures & stamping, die cuts,embellishments...Buttons This is AmAzing....Wonderful creation... Happy Easter! Hugs May x x

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  12. Hi Jenny
    Not sure if my comments are coming through so typing this one again.
    This is inspirational art. Amazing texture, stamping and colours - so fabulous.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  13. The nicest cuckoo clock I've seen in years - just love it. Great choice of colours and embellishments etc. Hope your weekend is good despite the cold weather

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  14. Sooo pretty, Jenny!

    I already was afraid you had not found enough time to complete your cuckoo clock as I remember you mentioning it last Workdesk Wednesday.... now here it is and what a brilliant take on our challenge!!!

    Love the gear glued over the edges!! An amazing effect. Colours and textures are brilliant as usual! ;)

    Thank you so much for joining us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!!!

    (belated) Happy Easter (even though the weather is sooo terrible...snow storm here in Vienna...)

    Hugs,
    Claudia x

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  15. Wonderful clock-such lovely colours to chose.

    Very cold here as well in East Yorkshire brr.

    Hope your day went well

    Love Chrissie xx

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  16. This is SOOOOOO Steampankalicious! And super gorgeous and way cool! I love every detail and the roof looks amazing :) xx

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  17. This is so cool, Jenny - thank you for all the close-ups so that we can get a real feel for all the details and textures... a fabulous make! Lovely to have you play along at eclectic Paperie!
    Alison x

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  18. Great birdhouse Jenny, love the steampunk elements, you should enter your birdhouse over at Craft room Challenge, where our theme is In The Garden- anything but a card. you creation is Perfect :-)
    Debi x

    http://craft-roomchallenge.blogspot.com

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  19. Hi Jenny
    This is so pretty, I love those soft colours.
    Happy Easter
    Rosie x

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  20. WOW Jenny, this is fabulous, love your choice or images and colours, but very brave going outside for photos!!!

    TFS - Sam xxx

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  21. I am Cuckoo for this birdhouse! Love all the design elements in your very unique project! Happy Easter and I wish it were a warm one! Hugs!

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  22. Happy Easter to you Jenny.
    Wow..stunning work, loving all the textures!!!
    So glad you joined us over at eclectic Paperie Jenny.
    Hugs
    Tracy
    Xxx

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  23. What a fab idea!!! This looks fantastic, - love everything about it, what a gorgeous clever make!! Great colours too, just up my street!

    Have a great Easter, despite the chilly weather!

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  24. Jenny, I can only imagine how long this delightful creation took! Wow!
    Your textrues and restrained use of colour is totally beautiful!
    Not a piece of chocolate passed my lips yesterday neither Jenny. I only favour rich, very dark and expensive chocolate so it is a rare indulgence for me!
    Your art Jenny is growing developing and thriving - I love visiting you!

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  25. What an awesome birdhouse. Love it!!

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  26. What a fabby birdhouse!!! Love the images on it, and vintage brown coloring!!!

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  27. jenny this is absolutely gorgeous full of texture and your usual eye for detail and design! Gorgeous hugs trace x

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  28. WOW, WOW, WOW, Jenny, this is awesome, LOVE IT, you are so imaginative and inspirational. Stunning.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  29. What a stunning piece! Truly inspirational. Chris xxx

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  30. Pin!!! What a stunning birdhouse Jenny...what a great idea to use the gears on the roof..love the details and use of colours! Great artpiece!

    kind regards, Alie :-)

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  31. Wow what a beautiful project Jenny, gorgeous subtle colours and such attention to detail. love it! hope you've enjoyed your day with the rels. Thanks for joining us at PanPastel UK
    Claire xx

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  32. Fabulous Jenny, love the shape of this project and great colours. Hope you enjoyed Easter.
    Have a good week.
    Hugs Brenda xox

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  33. BRILLIANT! I love it! Hope you are keeping well and looking after yourself! Cxx

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  34. A fabulous idea, your bird house looks fantastic.

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  35. Hi Jenny, this is a fabulous cuckoo clock, love the natural/gentle shades. I'm always impressed by the use of corrugated card, I want to have a go using it... I spent ages yesterday peeling bits of paper from a cardboard package :)
    Suzi B x

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  36. Ohh my, what a wonderful bird house! It fits perfectly in your backyard! Love the roof! And also the little stick beneath the entry is briljant! Hugs, Sandra

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  37. What a delightful birdhouse! Great choice of images for stamping. The roof is amazing with the gears, chains, and buttons. I love the texture all over this piece. Thanks for joining our corrugated challenge at eclectic Paperie. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to your blog.

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  38. Yay... just seen the news at eP - have you?! Congratulations!
    Alison xx

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  39. wow! What a fantastic make, I love the shape and the stamped images and die cuts and the chains look fab. Thank you for joining in with the PanPastel challenge blog
    Lindsay xx

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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