This file was used for an April challenge in on the paper crafting groups on Facebook. Thought I'd better get it done early in the month since the rest of the month has filled up fast with other crafting makes and a little bit of re-organization and some yard work thrown in as well.
The paper for the basic structure is from AC cardstock and the digital Teal damask paper is from a NitWit Collection called Porch Swing. The diamond pot file is not available outside the challenge group... all pieces were cut using the Sizzix eclips 2 and eCal3
Hoping you have scheduled some time in your creative space this week and for the coming week. And thanks again for stopping by.
Take a peek at this new share on The Artistry! Perfect for some Spring or Summer decor. Lightweight stenciled clay ornaments using doodles and mandalas as stencils...
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But the flowers and buds on the trees are still a bit slow in blooming. Probably a good thing since there's a frost expected on Monday. What has been fun is creating this series of vintage postcards. Stop by the Artistry to take a look at the full article. Even the frames are paper!
Not quite finished yet, but getting there. The last post for this birdhouse featured adding the color to the roof. For this post, I added a bright cheery yellow Ohuhu marker to the house in hopes of bringing some cheer to what is normally a pretty dreary January around here. More details and the final project coming soon.
Once again, I used the eBrush and the hacked adapter. If you're a copic marker user, make sure that you have a second adapter on hand.
Need to hack an adapter? This youtube video that Mitsyana (UpOnTippyToes.com) created is a super reference video. You'll find more helpful hints on the eBrush page on Facebook. Link below.
Craftwell, is offering a special deal this first week of January! If you've been wanting an eBrush, now's the time to get it!
Head over to the Facebook eBrush, AirBrush Fun page for all the details. The special is only good until January 9, 2021! This is a fabulous deal, so don't miss out. Order yours today!
And while you're waiting for your eBrush to arrive, hope you have some creative time set aside for some play time. I'm looking forward to sharing more eBrush fun with you in the weeks ahead as well as other fun ideas that have been filling my mind in recent weeks.
It's been a couple of weeks and a trigger thumb flare... so working on this project has been a bit of a hit and miss as far as crafting is concerned.
The new markers posed a bit of a problem in that they didn't fit into any of the adapters made for the eBrush, however I was able to hack one of the Copic adapters to work. You can learn how to hack the adapter in this youtube video The barrels of the markers are the same shape as the copic markers but differ just enough not to fit into the adapter.
The markers are from Ohuhu. They're a good price for the larger bundles and are juicy from the get go. The only drawback to using them is you would need to buy bundles in order to replace individual markers once the color was used up in an individual marker. They aren't refillable and the nibs cannot be adjusted like some other brands.
The color I got while spraying was perfect with a limited amount of fiddling to find the sweet spot for each of the pens I used. This is a sneak peek of the roof after using the eBrush and a warm gray to color.
More to come as I continue to work between the flares.... In the meantime, I hope you're carving out some creative time and nurturing that part of your being this season.
Stress relief -- played with the clay for a couple of hours and it was so much fun. I'd forgotten how much good it does! :)
I conditioned the clay (warming it up a bit and making it more pliable. I used a pasta machine setting of 5 for the sides, roof and stones.
I covered all but the base of the birdhouse with the clay. TIP: Use Bake and Bond on the wood to secure the clay. Lay the clay gently to make sure you don't get any bubbles. Trim as needed with your clay blade or an exacto knife for those tight spots.
Texture the clay here and there as desired and then following the manufacturer's directions the project was baked at 275 for about 20 minutes since I did have some spots that were slightly thicker than 1/4 inch.
thatched roof view
Next up is adding color. I still haven't quite decided on the medium yet... acrylic paint with a brush, eBrush with markers or paint or the airbrush. Might need to play a little and see which one I like best. I see a little more clay play today to test the best color application.
Yep, this is a teaser... we'll see how it turns out.
The gathering of the basic materials... all from the stash. Birdhouse is from Darice. the circle is from Wood Hollow, Sculpey clay (yep, I bought it in bulk a couple of years ago... so good!) the dowel was originally used as a "fishing pole" for my Sunday School class. Being upcycled a bit.
My craft dedicated pasta machine is at the ready as are my other clay crafting tools. Let's get started!
Hoping you'll enjoy some creative time this coming week! I'm really looking forward to some fun with this project.
We've turned another page on the calendar.... yep, we still have a paper calendar hanging on the wall in the kitchen. I know, it's old fashioned with all the electronic calendars AND planners out there... but it works for us.
Last year, we made Venus Flytraps for our big Halloween projects. Remember these?
You can find the blog post here. And that project set another in motion at Simply Crafty SVGs -- Sandy did an amazing job creating a 3D paper project in a smaller version!
While on the hunt for something fun to make this year..... Les Pensees en Papier Etsy shop had the perfect solution.
A Haunted House explosion box! And there are interactive elements -- such as the 2 waterfall slides (pumpkins and skulls) on 2 panels of the second box! The "attic" holds a couple of surprises too!
The SVG files cut neatly with the eclips and eCal3. Directions were clear and easy to complete (link to a youtube tutorial is included with your download). I used AC Smooth Cardstock in black and white. Colored paper is Bazzill. Some is textured and some pieces are smooth. The roof is all one piece and is easy to attach and I love the texture!
My finishing touch was to add the Light Activated Sound Module from InviteByVoice. Music is "Haunted House on the Hill" from MelodyLoops.com. And when the light filters through to the sensor, well, let's just say, we've been surprised a couple of times with music playing without lifting the roof off!
Thanks for stopping by... Nurtured your heart and soul doing a little creating. Have fun and we'll be checking back in soon.