Have had a lot of fun making this little project - it made a great change from the Christmas cards as I was definitely beginning to get all Bah Humbug!
Am not really a Christmas person anyway - just cannot get excited about it at all and although I like making seasonal cards I needed something else to do in between all the snowmen and glitter.
Warning now - this may be a rather picture heavy post -
My altered spool is a Studio 490 Art Part.
I started by covering the two bases and cylindrical stand with paper from K and Co 'Madeleine' paper pack and then stamped it with Peeled Paint DI and a 'crackle' stamp.
I made the two similar coloured flowers from grungepaper cut out with nesties, colouring with Barn Door, dried Marigold and Mustard Seed DI and using black this time on the 'crackle' stamp, before giving them a coat of Mod Podge. The flower centres are two buttons from my stash.
The other flower was made using a flower stamp which I have owned for eons from the Stamp Bug. Stamped it, cut out and assembled together with a black dew drop in the centre, then a liberal coat of glossy accents.
The flowers were then stuck onto coffee stirrers ('obtained' from a well known high street coffee store- LOL) which had been coloured with Walnut Stain DI.
The leaves are Maya Road chipboard pieces again painted with Peeled Paint DI.
Out with the metal next - stamped the words and large flower using Stazon then cut out the flower. The birdhouse is a Marianne Die.
No birdhouse can be left without an occupant! The little birdie is from the same die set and I coloured him with distress inks too - tried to make him look like a robin!
Finished off with a ladybug from my stash and some fibres which during my recent 'tidy and clear out' I found in a small jar which had less than a teaspoonful of 'flower soft' in it - so before the jar went in the bin, it's contents were glued onto the fibres so that birdie can keep his feet warm!
My little creation is now sitting on one of my newly put up shelves and I hope you like it!
Even with all the Christmas stuff going on I DID manage to find a couple of challenges -
TIOT - Lets Get Inky
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes
Crafty Bloggers Network - Anything Goes
Crafting 4 All seasons - Flowers
Totally Stampalicious - Anything but a Card
Am glad you found time to pay me a visit today - enjoy what is left of your day! x