Tuesday, 1 March 2011

March on Springtime!

Hello my lovelies,
The month of march is upon up and with it brings the start of a new challenge and later in the month my birthday!
So as a little thank you to my followers i'm having a little

The only rules i have for this is..
You must be a follower and post at least 2 comments on my work this month.
That way the people who really do follow me may be rewarded.
So no advertising on your blogs is needed this is just a thank you to MY followers x
{not sure what the prize will be yet but i'm sure whoever wins will be happy}
Right now for the new challenge
Over on The Artistic Stamper team blog the theme this month is
And what signifies spring better then new life... captured in this altered frame.
I started off by covering an old wooden frame with brown paper.
I then got the a piece of the plastic packaging from one of tims idea-ology packs, i think i used the time pieces one.
I got a piece of green paper and stamped the distressed background all over it in pine needles distress ink.
I then placed it over the plastic and carefully cut out holes where the plastic circle dips of the packaging were.
I attached the paper to the plastic
Then it was time to fill the holes
 I stamped the large bird directly onto the plastic from the back using stazon, i then stamped 2 of the little birds onto white card, cut them out and placed them in the circle with some old string to look like nest material.
 More little stamped birds for this window but with some punched out branches, i used the MS branch punch.
 Same as above only this time i stamped the little bird onto sticky back canvas
 More punched branches, and the little bird house gathering made from shrink plastic
Another big bird in sticky back canvas coloured with distress inks, and more string bedding, which i placed by his feet so it looks like he's been out collecting for the nest!

Finally i stamped the saying onto a scrap of paper {i like the shape of it!} and added a teeny tiny real feather i found and had been saving for a special project.
All the bird stamps used were from either the Birds of a Feather or Free as a Bird sets.
The last thing i did was to mount the finished plastic onto another piece of paper, this time kraft coloured {which i had also stamped with the distressed background to see a contrasting colour through each window} and placed into the frame.
I hope you've enjoyed my project today, sorry it's been a bit of a long post. Hope you didn't nod off lol
I look forward to seeing all your 'spring' creations!
♥ HUGZ ♥


Caroline Hallett said...

very pretty piece of work you have there my dear - loving it and thanks for all the details on how you did it, saves me squinting at the photo and puzzling! Lol

Cameron said...

That is beautiful....maybe you should link it to the Creative Everyday site...the Theme for March is NEST :)

I think more people should see all the detailed work involved!

Lori said...

Love this Minxy, those birdies in the circles are fab, love them!

E Makes Art said...

Wow, this is fantastic! I love all the details you added! I really does remind me of Spring.


Julia Dunnit said...

Oh it's gorgeous...I was just thinking this morning that I'm going to have to start on cat watch for the new birdies in our big hedge!! Love the idea of 'wrapping' the frame..how cool.

Charli said...

Lovely piece of art Minxy, great idea to recycle the packaging to get the little recessed circles!

When abouts this month is your birthday? Mine is right near the end of the month on the 29th!

Charli x

Helen said...

It is so much lovelier - if that's a real word!! in close up here. I have been saving idea-ology packs for a while, and think this is fantastic how you've used them here. Happy birthday later this month, too - but I am sure I'll be back before then!

Sharne Gregory said...

What a great way to repurpose packaging. I love it!

Titbelsoeur, mixed-media addict said...

Hi, I am sure it will be a wonderful prize !!! I wish I won it !
thanks for this pretty idea and for your very nice blog !
greetings from France !

Artyjen said...

Ingenious (is that how you spell it? LOL)
I was nodding off but only because I'm pooped from the weekend! ;)
xoxo Sioux

Tracey said...

Gorgeous Nicky and it's like spring here today, well it's looks like it from the office window LOL.

Jingle said...

Yay! for birthday months!!! Your frame is absolutely delightful! The circles are so perfect for the birds! I love this!

Lululiz said...

Pretty clever way of making this Spring beauty.

Siobhan Brignull said...

just noticed your cute link and went to have a look, defn cute but with a little minxy twist, if you dont mind me saying so, LOL
cute is still good when its needed but altered is so much more dontya think :)

Anonymous said...

Awww! It's so tweet! I just became a follower! Lol! xxx

Jennie -The Artistic Stamper said...

I am a folllower :)) I love giveaways, and just adore your spring piece too :))
Hugs x

okienurse said...

Very nice altered frame! Love all the birds.

karen said...

What a beautiful and creative piece of art you have created! I love the detail you have gone into to fill the circles! Especially the tiny bird feather!
xoxo Karen

paintedlady89 said...

This is very clever! I watched a tutorial with Tim reusing the the package, and this project really turned out well!
Please come and visit me as I have a 200 post givaway!

Ann said...

Aw Minxy this is just sooooo cute & beautiful, I love it xxx

Anonymous said...

Dear Minxy

Ohh this bird project is wonderful. Its so nice I nearly cried. I love birds so much and the vintage look you created with them is amazing.

Must go and check out the stamp sets you mentioned.

Thanks so much for the inspiration, I must make more regular trips here, you make such lovely things.

Best wishes

Billie :)

(sorry for the essay!)

salamanda said...

A wonderfully inspiring spring project, love the use of plastic packaging and weathered feel.

Barb said...

Just found you today for the first time..... I was looking at some of the Simon Says Stamp with some metal and yours stood out so I hopped over to take a look at your blog... love your header and this piece reminds me of birdwatching with binoculars... it is so neat!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

That's a wonderful piece.