Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Winter Birds


I just HAD to make something out of the empty beer cans that OH has been obligingly supplying me with - it was a real labour of love for him as you can imagine - (lol!).

Inspired by Jan (and encouraged once again by Maureen re using alcohol inks) I completed this wall hanging this morning.

The beer can was embossed with the cuttlebug die and then coloured with alco inks (-Burnt Orange colour mostly).

The bird image I printed onto cotton fabric paper. I added some feathers and a couple of 'eggs'. The leaf arrangement on the right is made up of a large leaf that Maureen cut out and embossed for me (from yet another beer can OH donated - LOL) as I don't have a leaf die - (something else for the shopping list!) and two smaller fabric leaves and a couple of sparkly flowers from my stash. The beading at the bottom was a gift from Maureen and I thought it co ordinated well with the piece and finally I added an antique look chain to hang it with.

My other half appears to be delighted that I have taken to wanting metal to work with....... can't understand why!!!
I have submitted this piece to Gingersnap Creations whose challenge this week is to use frames.

21 comments:

Renee (nayski) said...

well how generous of your hubby to try to keep you happy with art supplies! Viv this is just the coolest!

Clarky J said...

Just had a fab time not only looking at your blog but listening to the brilliant take that thrack everything changes! Good job you couldnt hear me singing too! Love this wall hanging and what a fab recycling idea - inspired - must have a bash myself - wonder if my OH will oblige.......... Janet x

June Nelson said...

Like Wow Vivvy!!! you have excelled all this from a beer can, makes me wanna take up the drink lol, joking aside it is so beautiful xxxx

Deborah said...

This is brilliant and beautiful, Viv. How did you get the can to stay so flat?

Faye said...

Viv, how very grand!!! Your wall hanging is so gorgous. So I looked back into your blog and discovered that your Christmas cards you have posted are just top notch! What a delightful time I have had visiting your blog today.

Pia said...

This is just fantastic, beautiful image and colours wow

Jan said...

Told you you could do it lol! Fabulous!

Vanja said...

Wow, this is absolutely stunning, Viv! And what a great idea! I love the birds and all the details.
Hugs, Vanja

Sherry said...

Brilliant Viv it's absolutely gorgeous!

having a {me} day said...

Oh wow! What a fabulous idea! This is awesome! kxx

Flippinpest said...

I think all the other bloggers have said it all.Superb work, Viv :-)

MrsETaylor said...

This is just absolutely stunning. What an amazing project. Thanks so much for the inspiration and for being a part of the Red Head Challenge here at Gingersnap Creations.

Anne said...

Wow this is amazing, love the embossing, love the leaves, any particular beer?

Lynn said...

Wow, from a beer can? This is just gorgeous :) I bet you will be making a lot more out of those cans too.

vintage wil said...

Wow this is brilliant! what a gorgeous colors!!!!!!

Maureen said...

Bea - utiful!! I knew it would look good with birds in the frame, OH says it would maske a lovely calender!!

Debby said...

Viv this is stunning! So glad you are playing along at GC! What does OH mean?

Renee said...

Viv, I cannot believe that was once a beer can! You can make anything beautiful :)

I save my beer bottles and use them as caroler bodies... That gives me an excuse to keep Red Stripe in the house ;)

Renee

Gingersnap Stampers said...

Absolutely breathtaking, Viv! Thanks for playing the Gingersnap Creations Frames Challenge!

DF - Heidi said...

totally awesome, love visiting your blog

Astrid Maclean said...

Congratulations on having your blog linked from the Crafty Individuals website Viv. It encouraged me to come and visit your blog which I had not done for a while.
You have so many gorgeous pieces, but this is my favourite, simply stunning!!!

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas
Hugs
Astrid/Dirtsa