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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Beach Hut Artist Trading Block

What do you do when your mojo goes walkabout?  I do hate when it happens and no amount of looking in magazines seems to do the trick for me.  So I build things........ in a fashion... whether it is storage albums, tag holders..... or even a beach hut.

I have wanted a real life beach hut since I can remember, it would have to be blue boarded and up on stilts so I looked at Eileen Hull's fabulous Artist Trading Blocks and thought.... I wonder...

I had seen a fabulous house made by Anna-Karin of Layers of Ink HERE on the Sizzix blog last year.  I think she used a very large block to make it but I have used a 3" block to make mine.   I took some thick card, cut a couple of the large 3" blocks (with one of my lovely new dies!) and set to work with scissors, knife, lots of glue and a score board......

I went from this.......


To this....
Click on the photos for a better view



I cut one basic white ATB for the body and cut a second one in half diagonally to create a 'roof'.  I used Tim Holtz's Movers and Shapers Mini Openings Set of dies to cut the door and windows.  I used the negative part of the die and cut round it to create window frames for the outside

After gluing the base and roof together I cut some Ranger Distress Core'dinations card to fit and then scored the card to give the appearance of wood paneling and glued this to the base.  I cut another piece to overlay onto the roof and added strips of card to form the roof tiles.  The ridge has been made by using the negative cuts from the On the Edge Plaque and Postage die (the postage shape).




This picture shows the detailing a little better.  I created a door (with missing door knob!), a platform, stilts, fence and stairs from plain white card.  The surf board has been painted in Ripe Persimmon Distress Paint and a pattern has been added to the board with a Shapie pen.  I added a charm in keeping with the beach theme.  It is not meant to be to scale, I used a lot of artistic licence here!




This is a view from the other side so you can see the platform, stilts and surf board a little better. I mounted the whole piece onto a square of Kraft card to give a feeling of sand.

So, that's my beach hut, the only one I am ever likely to own, but I am very pleased with it and hope you like it too.  If you have not used Eileen's ATBs yet, I hope you will, they are great fun!  I am entering this into Eileen's Art With Heart Challenge where the theme this month is April Showers.

Thanks so much for looking and I hope to see you again on Friday when the next A Vintage Journey challenge begins.  Big hugs, Anne xx

46 comments:

  1. Fantastic!! Absolutley blimin fantastic! You are a genius Anne and you have a fabulous imagination :D *hugs* Mo xx

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  2. I want one too Anne, this is a fantastic project. Thank you for sharing. xx Flora

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  3. WOW! This is amazing Anne. I love your design and wonderful attention to detail. Yet again, I feel so inspired when I visit your blog.
    hugs Sue xx

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  4. Oh, Anne - it's completely adorable! How clever to create the roof with half a block, and the weatherboarding looks great. So glad you finally have a beach hut of your own, and it's an absolutely lovely one.
    Alison xx

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  5. Wow - if this is what you manage when your mojo has gone AWOL, I can't wait to see what you achieve when it returns! Truly gorgeous! Thanks for sharing, Chris xx

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  6. Anne this is absolutely charming and cute. It really is a stunning project,love how you have put it together, and the colours are gorgeous. Your own beach hut how wonderful is that. Thank you for sharing x

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  7. wow Anne - this really is some transformation - amazing work - its beautiful! Great colours too - perfect for a beach hut! Well done Anne - I adore this! Big Hugs rachel xx

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  8. Hi Anne, this is so sweet. Just like the real thing, you could just imagine lots of them all different colours and all in a row, lovely. Angela x

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  9. Holy cow, Annie! That is so fun! What imagination you have and what creativity! I think I might be getting lockjaw because my mouth refuses to close! This is my favorite of everything you've made. It is so fun and bright. I can feel the sea breezes, smell the salt water, and hear the crash of the waves. You astound me! Love and hugs, Darnell

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  10. Anne this is incredible!! I looked at your pile of bits on the first photo and thought "Where could she be going with this?" and then... you blew my socks off!!! I love the way you've put this on stilts and even added trim around the roof. You are one clever lady. Jenny xxx

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  11. wow Anne...this is fabulous...all you need now is to get your cossie on and go for a dip in the sea...agree with Buttons..this blew my socks off too...clever clever crafter...hugs kath xxx

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  12. Anne this is truly amazing. I love it to bits.

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  13. Wow what a fabulous creation,so clever.xxx

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  14. WOW!!
    this is amazing Anne, only you could come up with something like this from a cube

    Going to have a look around my work room today and see what i can find to send you for a project
    hugs ali x
    ali-craft

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  15. Absolutely brilliant Ann, adore the wood panelling effect. Fantastic use of a ATB I love it.

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  16. I love your beach hut, Anne. I, too, have always wanted one
    Rosie x

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  17. OMG Anne, this is totally amazing and so incredibly clever, wow!!! The paneling looks so totally "beach hut". The detailing is absolutely amazing, the steps, the windows, right down to the surf board, really amazing! It looks as if you had great fun with your beach hut, and at least now you have one! A brilliant project and no way could anyone think that you had no mojo when you started it....

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  18. This is so sweet! You look like you had a great time constructing this and I love the addition of the surf board. Brilliant!

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  19. Oh wow, this is incredible! What a fabulous creation, so beautifully made.
    Rebecca.

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  20. Oh my goodness Anne! this is WONDERFUL! I too, would love to have a beach, lake OR mountain cottage - this is so delightful - just looking at it makes my mind wander to summer!!

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  21. Love it Anne. The surf board is such a nice touch. A little pop of red xxx

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  22. Oh, Anne....
    wie süß ist das denn?!
    Sowas goldiges, einfach entzückend.
    Da würde ich auch gerne drin wohnen, und dann mit Blick auf das Meer :-)

    Schöne Ostertage
    Sophie xx

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  23. That's amazing Anne I thought it was wood. If that's what happens when you lose your mojo I think I better lose mine
    Lynn x x x

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  24. Oh Anne, I have to smile at your MoJo going walkabout! Even then you come up with some fabulous creation. This one is amazing, and such detail. It does indeed look like the beach houses I've seen (think New England Cape Cod for the the USA folks!) and you have so many little intricate decorations to just look & look some more to enjoy. Wish my MoJo would act like this right now! TFS & Hugs - off to enjoy some posts I've missed here.

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  25. I do believe you now own your dream beach hut!
    This is positively charming and incredible to believe that a ATB is the body of the hut.
    Love the stilts and the white wooden steps.
    Anne, I do hope this has pride of place in your home, somewhere that when you see it you can sit and daydream for a little while of white sand and the sea.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  26. Oh my! as they say across the water, your little beach hut is just darlin.
    Seriously though Anne you have created yet another gorgeous piece of art using the must have ATB die. Every detail of your beach hut is perfect I love it. Can't wait to see what you come up with next. The possibilities (when Mr Mojo is away) are endless !!
    Hope you have a great Easter
    Hugs Lottie x

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  27. Hi Anne, Such a beautiful little beach hut you have created. Love all the wee finishing charms around it and the detail is superb. Hope you find a nice place to display it. Julie x

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  28. Wow Anne, this is amazing!! I wouldn't know where to begin making something like this. What a lovely idea. I love beach huts too & all things nautical themed. We always spend holidays by the Dorset coast & love walking past the colourful beach huts peeking inside to see how they've been decorated!
    Amy x

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  29. Oh my word Anne, you never fail to amaze me with your ideas and creations...I think Mr Mojo walked straight back when he saw you at work with this, because it is simply stunning. I love all the details and the colours, right down to the surfboard. I know it's a beach hut, but it really reminded me of my cousin's house in California - the colour of the wood and the surf board propped up outside! Fabulous!!! Hugs Carole Z X

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  30. Who would have thought playing with blocks at our age would be fun! You made a adorable beach hut and your creativity is awesome with the blocks and boxes you do. I feel the warmth and fun thinking of the beach and your hut sure reflects that! Love the surfboard too.
    Have a warm sunny day,
    Kelly

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  31. Oh my, Anne, this beach hut is super cute!!! It's such a great idea and brilliant creation to use the block. Love all the details. What a fun and fabulous project! :)

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  32. This is amazing Anne!! love it such a fab creation. I have always wanted a beach hut too I love to see them along the beach :) have a great Easter huggles Sue xx

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  33. So sorry with my late visit Anne and boy oh boy am I glad I stopped by! This is BRILLIANT! Very very clever and creative - whaddaya mean mojo missing! The scoring really does look like boards and your use of negative diecuts is inspired. I love every little thing about it. That surfboard screams 'take me out to play' and the main colours are perfect Cape Cod! So well done! Nicola x

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  34. This is just too cute! Love every bit of it.

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  35. You are the Queen of Paper Engineering! This is so cute. Love the legs and the stairs for access. Hope it helped with the mojo.
    Love and Happy Easter to you both
    Neet xx

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  36. I saw this on FB and just cannot believe how totally clever you are! This little beach hut is simply amazing and so detailed! Love it much!

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  37. Hello Miss Anne, this is BRILLIANT, turning the block into a gorgeous beach house is so creative, your a building master it's really gorgeous and so realistic, amazing thanks for sharing your brilliance..

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  38. O my word... Anne what a work of art... Adorable beach hut...you clever girl...the attention to detail is outstanding....WOW...Love it....Hugs May x x x
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  39. I did not know that you were a master at miniature makings. The more I learn about you - well what can I say Anne. You are indeed most talented (and pretty too). You have thought about so many details - the flooring on the deck, the trim underneath the eaves. The roof and the siding look great and what a perfect accent piece - the red surf board. Bravo kid - you win the grand prize for sure.
    Sandy xx

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  40. This may be my most favorite ATB ever! I wish it was life size and I lived in it! Gorgeous Anne! Fabulous design!!!! Pinned!

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  41. HI Anne......I don't know how I missed this totally awesome Beach House.....Its very colonial and you have certainly inspired us with this amazing and inspiring creation

    Have a great week my friend

    Annie x

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  42. This is too, too cool! I absolutely love it!!

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  43. Hi Anne, I absolutely adore your little beach hut, I want one too!. Love love love how you have done this, you are so clever and your attention to detail as ever is second to none. Mo x

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  44. Anne, could this be my retirement hut, please? It has every feature I could hope for... you are SO clever and creative to have dreamed it up, on stilts no less.... love it!

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