Saturday 23 May 2015

Crazy bird moves in .......

Hello and Welcome 
Little ol' me back again to share with you my latest piece of creativity! This month I decided I wanted to join in with A Vintage Journey challenge as I had in mind an idea that I thought suited the 'Spring colours' theme chosen by the the very talented Astrid who's work you can see here

I chose to work with a colour palette of delicate tones of yellow, blue, green n creamy browns as they for me are what come to mind when I think of 'Spring colours'. I have also aimed to retain a crisp, clean fresh to my little project that I personally think comes with 'Spring'.
I created a bird house using Tim Holtz Vintage Cabinet Card dies (Bigz and Mini) and two side panels that I created freehand so the birdhouse, when built would stand independently. 

A few of the die cuts were adhered together for sturdiness n left for inking later (the back wall) Taking one of the dies I emboss it using Tim Holtz Wood Grain embossing folder n then adhered it to another . I created an aperture in them using the mini cabinet card die making sure it didn't cut perfectly down each side. I scored down each side to create two doors. ( the front) 
All the die cuts n side panels were inked lightly using Antique Linen , Scattered Straw , Gathered Twigs Distress Inks. I stencilled n stamped the back wall using Tim Holtz dots layering stencil, a number stamp from the Tim Holtz Bitty Grunge stamp set and a speckle n script stamp using DI's (bundled sage, scattered straw) n archival inks (cornflower blue n black).
Before constructing the birdhouse I needed to find a resident n there was only one place to look - the fabulous Tim Holtz CraZY bird stamp set. I opted for the one that's won many hearts over out there I'm sure - the cute little chubby bird with the little curly tuft ! 
I stamped him using Black Archival, painted him using DI's ( squeezed lemonade, tumbled glass) n dropped some glossy accents into his eyes to make them shine. I then cut him out before stamping my sentiment.
I die cut one of the leaves from Tim Holtz strip die Spring Greenery n painted that using DI's ( Bundled Sage,Cracked Pistachio,Mowed Lawn n Gathered Twigs adding some fine detail to the leaves .
Now it was time to build! I created a perch for Mr CraZY using a wooden skewer cut to size n inserted into holes that I'd made in the two side panels. Mr CraZY was positioned on his perch to get comfy . I then adhered the panels n die cuts together n positioned the sentiment in place, before adorning the birdhouse with the leave die cut, some blue gems n a metal flower and finally making two door handles using washers n brads.

Do hope he's gonna enjoy his new humble abode as much as I did creating it for him! 

Thanks so much for stopping by - as always your visits n all your lovely comments mean alot. Until my next post which I hope will be sooner rather than later I wish you all a lovely weekend n if ya here in the UK a lovely Spring bank Holiday .

As well as entering this project into
I would also like to enter it into 

Hope to see be back soon but until, then 
keep on the happy side 
Take care 


  1. Lovely Amanda, love the dimension you have created and the little house for,the bird, lovely piece . Tracy x

  2. Oh this is so sweet Amanda! A fabulous 3D piece of art. Xx

  3. Amanda, this is such fun! I just love the little house and perch you created for him - he is just adorable - he is my favourite of all the crazy birds!

    Thanks so much for joining in our Spring Colours challenge at A Vintage Journey. Hugs, Anne xx

  4. Amanda this is so sweet! i love the idea to create a dimensional card with Bird crazy! wonderful! barbarayaya

  5. Oh wow, this is so very clever! I just love the way you put the bird house together, so inventive! The colouring is just perfect too. Such a fantastic way to use that bird also (he is my favourite too!) love the idea of adding the glossy accents to his eyes! A brilliant make! Thanks so much for adding it to our latest challenge at A Vintage Journey!

  6. So adorable yet he looks so sad, bless the little birdy.
    Big hugs to you from Poppy and me xxx

  7. This is just so very fabulous! Thanks for sharing it with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! - Ashli :)

  8. What a fun and greatly designed piece x I love the way you have created the dimension with the doors , it looks great xx hugs

  9. love it Amanda. I have this set of stamps too and this little bird is my favourite one. Fab project xx

  10. A stunning make and I love all the details. Those Crazy Birds are wonderful and I love cute

    Thank you for joining in with us at AVJ this month, hope to see you again

    Best wishes

  11. DOH - its a great fun creation LOVE IT xxx Take care and have a lovely day xx

  12. This is fab ..... I love the little house you've created for the bird. Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper Challenge ... good luck! Linda xx

  13. LOVE the beautiful stamping ! Thanks for joining in the TIMI challenge at the Craft Stamper!
    xxx Ellie xxx

  14. So fun and quirky! Thanks for joining us in the TIMI challenge at Craft Stamper!

  15. Brilliant, just brilliant Amanda! I'm so glad everyone gets to see your creative genius at work again here with this little gem of a 3D piece, and I continually marvel at your care and attention to detail. Thank you so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey. Jenny x

  16. I love love love this birds little face. Gorgeous creation too. Thanks for entering the challenge at ASOI this time.

  17. OMG! This is soon cute that I have to make something similar :-) Congratulations!!! Very inspiring!


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