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Thursday, 6 December 2012

Simon Says Stamp and Show - house rules

Hello Friends and Fellow Bloggers

Well it is a while since I entered a challenge where there is a prize on offer but when I saw the challenge over at Simon Says Stamp and Show and saw all the inspiration from the design team I thought I would have a go.  The challenge this week is - house rules.  The prize offered by Simon Says Stamp is an amazing $50 - who wouldn't love to have that just before Christmas!

I have had a wooden birdhouse for about a year now, just waiting to be altered but I have never had the inspiration to get me going on it before now.  So, here is my entry:


As I said in my last post, I was so lucky to win the monthly kit over at Snazzys.  The kit contains Teresa Collins beautiful Christmas papers, stamps and embellishments.  Since I have made all my Christmas cards for this year I wanted to use the papers to make something special to keep.

The base is a wooden bird house from the Craft Barn.  I covered it with Gesso and then painted the bottom section and the little step with white acrylic paint.  The walls are covered in the gorgeous TC papers.  For the roof I wanted a corrugated look and I used my ribbler to 'corrugate' some silver mirror card.  I used the roof as a template and cut pieces for each of the four sides and glued them down.  I added some glue and some Polar White Flower Soft to give a snow like effect.  Here is a close up to give you a better view of the roof and snow.


I also added some Flower Soft to the base and to the little step.  The tree and the wreath are from Tim Holtz's Idea-ology Woodlands set.   I put some Silver Metallic alcohol ink into a plastic bag, put the tree and wreath in and shook it to coat them in the silver and once dried I glued on red gems and white pearls and added a red bow to the wreath.  Around the edge of the roof I added some of Tim's tinsel in red to give the whole piece a more festive feel.  The little knob at the top of the house was painted with silver acrylic paint.

I also covered a little bird with the TC paper and inked the edges with distress ink and added wire legs.  Putting the bird on the little step was just a bit too much, but I didn't want to leave him out  - so he is sitting at the side of his house, just for show!

Finally, I added the number 25 brad which is also from the TC kit.

If you do visit I hope you will leave me a comment, I do love to read them all and I thank you in advance if you do leave one.  I always do my best to return the compliment.  Hugs, Anne xx


37 comments:

  1. Oh, how could this not win? It is the sweetest thing ever and very, very clever, Annie. I love how you did the roof, just brilliant! Ribbler is new word to me and I have a feeling it might find its way into one of my posts ...

    Hope you continue to feel like crafting and blogging! Love, Darnell

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  2. Hi Anne,
    Here I am again sweetie. Wow, I really have some catching up to do here on your blog. Your little Christmas Bird house is really cute. Love that stuff you have put on the roof of the house. Love all the tags you have made especially that Toy Soldier one. Happy to see you are using brown paper bags in your art. I love using them too. If you have time, please visit my blog. I have added lots of new Christmas things and I think you will enjoy my brown paper hand drawn and painted ornaments. Please leave a comment too.
    Lots of hugs

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  3. Wonderful project Anne - the flower soft on the roof looks fantastic. What a great idea you had for coating the tree and wreath. I don't know why I cannot think of things like that. Will you PLEASE send me your snail mail address!!!
    thanks
    sandy

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  4. Anne this is gorgeous the bird house looks fabulous. Caroline xxx

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  5. ...how adorable Anne, loving your festive Birdie house, the snow on the roof looks like it's just fallen and the ideaology pieces are a great addition, fab Mr Birdie too...a beautiful make...Melxx :)

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  6. Hi Anne...your birdhouse is adorable...love the flower soft on the roof and that sweet birdie...sending hugs kath xxx

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  7. Morning Anne, your birdhouse is simply gorgeous. I love how you've done the roof and the Christmas decorations look fab. The little birdie looks so proud of his festive home. xx

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  8. This is wonderful Anne. I love the detailing. The flower soft on the roof looks so effective and the little bird is gorgeous.
    Good luck in the challenge
    Sue

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  9. what a wonderful make, simply gorgeous and a great way to have some of your winnings to keep..this is beautiful Anne and will be much admired I am sure trace x

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  10. A fabulous and stunning Christms bird house.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  11. This is stunning Anne! I love the way you have done the roof, that was inspired, it is truly a lovely thing to have made and will give you joy every Christmas. Congratulations on winning the Snazzie prize, how awesome, you have put it to good use. I am also impressed that you have made all your Christmas cards, wish I was so organised! love and hugs x

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  12. Gorgeous Anne ....lovely details and fab papers,very original.xxx

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  13. What a Wonderful creation Anne. It really is stunning and I love the corrugated roof. You go girl and win the prize. Hugs Rita xx

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  14. Hello Anne! I love your little Christmas bird house! What a great way to use up some of your winnings from your Snazzy's win! Your TC house is darling! I love how you've "corrugated" the roof with the silver mirror cardstock. It really turned out so pretty. Your touch of Flower Soft snow is perfect...not too little, not too much...just right! Fabulous job! Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

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  15. Congrats on your win and your birdhouse - it looks so sweet! Love the corrugated roof -it's a great idea to give it dimension and then add snow!

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  16. Love it Anne...great way to use your prize papers too. Love how you have corrugated the roof and adding the flower soft really gives in the finishing touch. I too have a birdhouse and several other items waiting to be altered..oh where is the time? Good luck with the challenge, Carole Z X

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  17. Delicious altered birdhouse, Anne - I love your snowy roof, and the little bird is so adorable!
    Alison x

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  18. I can imagine you working away on your little birdhouse Anne, it's lovely. The roof looks fantastic. Fingers crossed you are on to another winner.
    Lynn xx

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  19. You lucky duck having all your Christmas cards made! I love your birdhouse - the 'ribbled' roof is fabulous. You've used the papers to perfection and the little birdie is very sweet. Nicola x

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  20. Oh Anne - I do love your little house - its sooooo cute - I'm so glad you got around to altering it - its wonderful! Love the little birdie too! Big Hugs xx

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  21. Lovely decorated birdhouse. The corrugated roof is perfect and I love the adorable bird. Great way to use the papers you won . Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

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  22. Love your bird house and congrats on winning the Snazzys candy ! I have had some little bird houses for a while,must get round to doing them,yours is a great inspiration.

    Joan

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  23. What a great little house for a cute bird or two Anne!
    Congratulations on your recent win too!

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  24. I love your little bird house, Anne! It's really pretty, and I like the touches of red with the silver.

    Thanks for your return visit, and for the info about Crafts-U-Like - I spent ages this p.m. browsing the site and it looks brilliant! Great to find a source of bags for albums at last - thank you very much. I've bookmarked the site for future reference.

    Shoshi

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  25. Your bird house is fabulous! I love the roof! WOnderful!!!

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  26. Fabulous bird house Anne,the flower soft really adds the touch of 'snow' to everything doesn't it. I love everything about this esp the wreath - nice touch.

    Thanks also for your kind comment on my latest tag, I feel honoured to get such a great accolade from you as I reckon you are the tag queen!
    Here's to a great crafty weekend.
    Cheers,
    Elaine

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  27. Love your birdhouse and that little bird is so sweet he couldn't possibly be left out! Glad you are enjoying your prize xx

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  28. Gorgeous birdhouse Anne, Beautiful design & that roof is amazing... Love it all... Hugs May x x x

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  29. This is so beautiful Anne. You clearly had a ball making it as it oozes with care and attention to detail. Love that roof and the little bird, and I hope it gets a prominent position at home as you decorate. It also deserves to win that competition. Crafty hugs, Jenny x

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  30. Anne this is a fabulous alteration. It is fun but also beautifully executed with all those details.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  31. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous Anne!! I have fallen in love with these little bird houses and I totally love what you've done with yours. Sorry to gush but you know how I am when I love something - gushing!! Hope you are well.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Juliaxx

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  32. Hello Anne, I love what you've done with your Snazzys win. Your little birdhouse is gorgeous and the snow effect on the roof is lovely. Cute little bird too!

    I wanted to say a thank you for the lovely comments you leave us over on the Snazzys DT blog. It's so nice to receive encouragement that you like what we are doing. I'm off now for a wander back through your posts a little way. Good luck with the SSSS Challenge.

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  33. This is so cute, I love the texture on the roof. Nice snow effect too! Hugs,
    Barb

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  34. Love this little bird house! I like the way you've used the flower soft ,it's perfect for a light dusting of snow x

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  35. What a fabulous little bird house! I love the "snow" and the roof! perfection!

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  36. What a lucky bird to have such a grand house! The snowy rooftop is magical, and I love the little wreath and tree you've given him for decorations. So creative!

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  37. Totally gorgeous and beautiful Anne, I just love your imagination and your makes are always so inspirational. The little house is so cute and I love the snow on the roof! Hugs, Chris xx

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Thanks so much for visiting, I love reading your comments! Hugs, Anne x

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