Thursday, March 1, 2012

Olde Curiosity Shoppe altered birdhouse :)

I knew exactly what I wanted to do when I spied this birdhouse in our local hardware store Bunnings (for those of you in Australia who are inspired to try your own - $20.00 each and 3 designs ;) ) It was screaming at me to alter into my own little Olde Curiosity Shoppe. (thanks to Cassie who emailed me her "Before" photo as I simply jumped in like a bull at a gate!!!

So how do you scrap an altered item..... first of all I chose the papers and then simply grab out the modpodge and start... I cover each wall simply by measuring each side and either lining the paper up against the birdhouse wall and using a ruler.....take it in little baby steps - cut out a rectangle first if it is an unusual shape then narrow it down side by side.... I ALWAYS ink every edge before any project or LO..... then I simply paint on the modpodge then stick the wall paper to the wall (or roof or floor!) and modpodge again.... I will say if any of you buy this birdhouse - a coat of gessos first would be handy as it sucked up the modpodge and I had very sticky icky fingers for an hour or so whilst coaxing the paper to stick!! :P

Then I let it dry completely...... whilst twiddling my thumbs I start to pull out whatever I think will match in with the project - in this case - glass vials full of clock bits, pocket watches, birds, chains, bells, clock hands, seahorses, emu feathers etc.....and then I simply sit and play and see what works before sticking it all down with a mixture of Helmar Scrapdots (thick paste - perfect for wedging stuff in!), foam dots and Helmar 450...

Enjoy - I believe the new ranges of G45 paper have hit our shores and a few Perth stores now have it in stock so I can finish this off - the towers need some more paper on them and perhaps a tag or two... Plus the back still needs livening up hehe!!! PS As much as it did look good hanging in the tree outside It will be staying inside with me!!! Lots of photo's just so you can see all the little details!! Enjoy :) PS Good luck for all those who have entered the G45 DT application for this year - roll on Friday (or Sat our time) to find out!!!

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe
Olde Curiosity Shoppe, Mercurial Masterpiece, Counting Down, Exquisite Motif, Optical Oddities, Race for time, Apothecary, Genuine Article, Bazaar of Wonders

Tim Holtz metal feet, assorted metal embellishments, clock hands, seahorse, emu feathers, pocket watch, light bulbs, florist grass, zip, chain, metal hooks, pen nibs, chipboard bird, german scraps, wire, gauze, cotton reel.
Mod Podge
Birdhouse from Bunnings


Jenny said...

Love this Mel !!! - the birdcage is awesome !!!
and I agree roll on Saturday LOL

Georgia Heald said...

OMG this is breathtaking! So many amazing details, what a talent you are! Love every inch!

cat lacigale said...

oooh this is fantastic ! Unqiue !

Nancy Wethington said...

A gorgeous work of art! Each time I look at this I see something else. Absolute beauty!

Donna said...

LOVE it!! wow just wow!!

Donna said...

LOVE it!! wow just wow!!

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