A warm welcome to all of and a happy new year for those of you have joined me recently.
Am here to share with you an altered project that I have been challenging myself to do for the past 6 mns! Yes, the hidden element here is just something you cannot imagine can be re cycled! It was one of the first things that I bought when I set up my home after marriage..about 19yrs ago! It has seen many good days and lately has become defunct and I really dint want to throw it…blame it on the recycle bug...but it was a bit of a challenge to me itself as to how I could alter it. I am NOT going to reveal so early…you got to wait for that , dearies!
Here is how it looks after the alteration…I doubt you can guess it.
Let’s start with beautiful cottage, the lovely over hanging on the roof…looks like it needs some cutting! But I love it…the roses hanging from the lush creepers. The flowers are all made using TH tatterd florals.
The front arch door is made with faux weathered white wood panels! How cool is that! I dry brushed black and white acrylic colors on white CS and then ran it thru a wood grain embossing folder and then cut it into strips, inked the edges and then built the door. Phew! That was some work, but I knew I wanted only this door for the house! Just look at those textures…
I cut out the window using IO dies and have heat embossed the pane in with WOW white embossing powder. The hardware hinges are cut from canvas cloth (for flexibility) using TH die and is also heat embossed in white. The metal pull out has been painted white and distressed to give the worn metal look and held to gether with silver brads.
I wanted some warm and inviting quotes on the door and so again heat embossed the sentiments on black CS and mounted them on my faux wooden plank too!
You are now cordially invited to view the inside and all around the house!
Are you still keeping your eyes open for the hidden element??? Keep guessing…
A look at the house shaped accordion album which can be taken off the main décor…how cool is that. This helps for easy viewing. I have use Prima “something Blue” paper pack for the entire mini. It can hold upto 15 pics and I plan to put all family pics here.
The papers are too good, I dint want to touch them, I just stamped in a few ivy’s using my new Paper Artsy stamps and let the paper and pic do the rest of the talking.
Once the album latches on to the main deco piece, this is how it looks from the side. There is more garden space on the back yard and look that tiny back door with a wooden knob. I was so reminded of snow white and her dwarfy friends who would have easily fitted in there!
More creepers climbing with lots of flowers and a lovely little bird who dint mind having a house of hos own on the roof!
The roof is a folded cardboard piece, which I have torn in places to reveal the corrugation and dry brushed using Gesso to give the weathered white washed look. I think the bird looks pretty sitting out there. I still miss a butterfly though!
Have you guessed yet…this pic should make it easy, here…
No, than this is it, the FINAL REVEAL…ready…here we go…
Yes, my good old iron! My friend for so many years…how will I let you go? I wanted to incorporate this little thing in my home décor and have been challenging myself with this thought for the past 6 months and a eureka moment happened!I had a tough time pulling the wire and knobs out , lol! That’s it I started work 2 days back..building this HOME plank by plank, page by page, leaf n by leaf and flower by flower!
This is how it looks without the album. the albu, sticks to the iron with velcro strips!
I am so so so satisfied as a re cycler and a crafter to have done this. My house is 10yrs old and am planning a painting and make over session starting next month and this little deco piece is just the start to it…it is going to find a prominent place and a constant reminder of “lasting friendship” Lol!
I am very eagerly waiting for your feedbacks on this…I just love to read each and every word of it. Thank you so much for stopping by and hope you had a pleasant stay in my house. Welcome again.
I would love to have my “cottage” enter the following challenges…
CraftHoarders Anonymous Challenge- recipe challenge, have used DI, acrylic paints, seam binding, jute twine for creeper, wet and dry embossing, die cuts , wooden knob and loads of flowers!
InspirationDestination – Anything Goes
SOS – hidden element ( I hope you liked mine! )
Alphabetchallenge blog – ‘X” for experiment…it was more than that working with the hidden element here!
WOWembossing challenge blog- DIY décor
Crafting byDesigns – Anything goes
Not JustCards Challenge – Anything Goes Re Cycle, Re purpose and Re invent- Anything goes but re cycle
613 Avenue Create- Anything Goes with techniques( wet, dry embossing, hand made flowers, altered item, stamping, distressing, faux wood panels, dry brushing, scoring and folding for accordion album, stamping on metal)
ArtistTrading Post- New beginnings ( new lease of life to an old iron, new stamps, brand new home
décor piece for my house!)
Craft forthe Craic- favorite word ( I have fav phrases!)
Until my next creative journey,
Happy Crafting and Re cycling.