Thursday, September 13, 2018

Frilly & Funkie Challenge - All Creatures Great & Small

Hello and happy Thursday! I am honored to be a guest designer on the Frilly and Funkie blog for their new All Creatures Great and Small challenge. The projects must have animals as the focus - no humans allowed. ;-) I have created a little decor piece that features a forest mouse (and has a little bird on top. Double whammy, woo hoo!! lol)

Here's a closer peek inside:

and a view of the top:

It was pretty straightforward to put together. The graphics came from two vintage books that I recently found at a thrift store:

Book lovers, do not worry, no books were harmed in the making of this project! I scanned the book cover and the mouse and printed them out for it. ;-)

My biggest tip comes from a rookie mistake that I made. I added all sorts of lovely crackle paste to the little house's bare metal and it promptly fell off when it dried. Oops! I forgot the number one rule of needing to add something like..... clear gesso!.... to the metal first before the texture paste. So I knocked off all the old crackle that hadn't already flaked off and applied a layer of clear gesso. When that was dry I redid the crackle and it worked perfectly! I used DecoArt Media Liquid Acrylics to add color afterwards.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the challenge at Frilly & Funkie. Show them your stuff!

Garden Greens (Sizzix / SB)
Garden Greens Thinlits (Sizzix / SB)
Tiny Tattered Florals (Sizzix / SB)
Funky Florals #3 (Sizzix / SB)
Tattered Leaves (Sizzix / SB)
Tapered Fringe (Sizzix)

Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Falling Leaves
Ranger Archival Ink - Fern Green
Distress Inks - Pine Needles, Vintage Photo, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber
Prima Clear Gesso
Prima White Crackle Texture Paste
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Foliage
DecoArt Media Liquid Acrylics - Geen Gold, Cerulean Blue, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, Burnt Umber, Dark Grey 3, Sap Green, Phthalo Green-Gold
vintage faux mushrooms
spanish moss

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  1. Adorable! The vintage coloring and textures are perfection and it reminds me of art by Beatrix Potter.

  2. This is a fantastic piece Lisa, wonderful wonderful attention to detail. Love . Tracy ❤️❤️😘

  3. Lisa, this is the coolest little house and those vintage images are so awesome! It’s perfect for the challenge, congratulations on your guest designer post, always awesome to see your work!

  4. This is too sweet Lisa! Thank you so much for sharing!
    Jackie xx


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