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Wednesday, 14 September 2011

WOYWW #119 - Tim Holtz Birdcage Swap Results

It happened, and without too much of a hitch!! One poorly person, and one person away because of a new-born, but otherwise I have not heard of any problems... I expect not everyone has received their birdy cage yet, as many were coming from overseas, but hopefully they will all show and tell about the one they made, here today, via the linky thingy at the bottom of this post... They could be tags or postcard sized. So here is the one I made, and sent to Hels...

 Yup!! Guess what??? It's a tag!!! Hels VERY kindly called me the "Queen of Tags" and said I do the most AMAZING taggy art, on her blog!!! WOO I was SO pleased... but, you are now asking yourself, but where is the birdy cage, arn't you?? Well, you see, the truth is I CHEATED!!

 Yes, I made a tag, but also made a 6"x4" postcard, so I could fill up all the spaces with the ideas I had for this piece!! So above, and below, are both pieces in process of being painted, ready for thier embellies...

 I used some acrylic paint in brown first, then a layer of pva glue with another layer of paint on top, then dried to get these fabby crackles. The thicker the glue, the bigger the cracks so I went for a mixture...

 I had several ickle birdies to make and here are two of them - the larger one was for the front, as you can see below...

 So how did it work with two pieces then?? Well, I decided to fasten them together with some hinges. I would have liked to have real hinges, but don't have any just now, so I made them by cutting a TH die top on each end of the grunge paper, then painted...

 So this is how it stands up to be displayed. It was great having 4 sides to deorate!!

 Here is the inside, showing the bird letters, which were TH alphabet pieces fixed to the grunge blocks, painted and distressed...

 I used rub 'n buff and Viva Inca Gold pastes to colour over the paint...


 Voila, finally, my birdy cage, complete with ickle bird, who sits outside, looking at the bits and pieces... the "lock" diamond is a Vintaj filigree, distressed with paint and paste. Hung from the holes is a chain with a pen nib, bead, metal disc, light bulb and tiny penny farthing!!  At the top is a hitch fastener for the cage to hang from. I also added a spinner and gears and a pocket watch I made from an idea-ology type tag... the 300 is to commemorate my 300 blog posts to that date...

Just a small view to show the key, lock and metal tag on the right hand side... I put the tag through a folder, then shone it up... well thre HAD to be a tag somewhere, eh??
 And now for the back of the project... one of the ickle birdies has sat on the clock hands, mounted on to a large rosette, escaping from his cage beneath!!


 I embossed with several different powders, as on the large one... the green is a wonderful verdigis one I have had forever, it's wonderful stuff... oo I do love embossing... I pressed a stamp into the birdies whilst they were still hot, to make the illusion of feathers... I think embossing powder is like using alchemy...

Hurrah, you shout, this is the end... well yes, this is the last photo of the piece. I think I have showed you most of it... and I hope you liked it. I LOVED it and Hels tells me she loves it too!! Most people who have contacted me say they really loved doing the swap, and want to do another one, so I shall organise that soon... not sure whether to do another birdy cage or to do a different die?? Let me know what you think, if you are interested at all. I would like to put this piece into a challenge or maybe two, so I have chosen

Shopping our Weekly Stash - vintage/distressed/shabby
Make it Monday - anything goes
Gingersnap Creations - crimping/pleating

Now for the real reason for WOYWW - chez Julia (who joined the swap, so that was gudd!!) there is an admirable opportunity to snoop around others' workspaces and stuff, so hop over and take a look... below is my disreputable desk!!!


However, it's full of good intentions, as I am sorting my stamps into disc cases... found LOADS in Pete's cupboard, so I am turfing out the discs, and popping some stamps in... this set on the left is from the ineffable Wendie Rhodes in conjunction with Kanban... so glad to see her back!!

So that really IS the end... Thanks for coming to look and getting here, because it has been a marathon!! I am thrilled that so many of you visit me these days and I look forward to seeing your work too...
Love and Light
Frankie
xx

53 comments:

Sarah said...

Firstly what a totally glorious creation you brought to life for Hels - beautiful.Of course you both lurve it! Secondly thanks for a fab idea and lots of swappy fun! You're a star!

Jen said...

Fabulous bird cage swap Frankie, beautiful pages.
Thanks for organising it all, look forward to the next one.
Jen x

Helen said...

Thanks for hosting this swap, Frankie it was great fun.

ElizabethR said...

Again, again, again LOL. Fab swap Frankie, yours is just gorgeous no wonder Hels crowned you xxx

Jennie -The Artistic Stamper said...

Great bird cage tag :)) would love to join in the next one please? Great idea to use CD cases for your staorage but don't put Kling-On or Ez Mount stamps into them as the acid in the cases disintegrates the foam :(((#justsaying

Happy Woywwing
Jennie#11

Sunshine Girl said...

Wow Frankie that is fabulous - you have given me the urge to get out my embossing stuff now!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Frankie, I'm missing words, your tag is outstanding, really fantastic. Hels is right in saying you did an amazing job !

Tuire Flemming said...

Great bird cage! That bird will never left her cage...
Love those stamps, too!

Laura said...

This is truly amazing tag/ piece of art. Some very lucky person who is in receipt of this. Sooo lush in every way!

Hels Sheridan said...

YOU ARE THE QUEEN OF THE TAGS!!! So there lol LOVE my gorgeous birdycage... it looks so much more amazing in the real too... LOVED the swap... how about... a Brolly Man swap? Now he has to be a fave don't you think? My two birdycages are linked now... I remembered rofl x

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I loved all the different sides of this work of art, all the details are exquisite. I love the little bird on the clock. Just gorgeous :D xx

Sandy said...

Stunning art on your desk.
Love all the details. Great work.
Happy WOYWW. Sandy #1

CRAFTY WOMBLE said...

Wow that is one tag and a half (or 4) I bet Hels was absolutely thrilled to bits and it looks like you had a lot of fun making it to :) I think I would interested if you organised another one although I am bird cage less in the die stakes.....

Neil said...

That is one AMAZING tag Frankie! I love everything about it! thanks for starting such a great swap! Enjoy the rest of the week!

Ann B said...

Wow that is fantastic! Have just spent 5 minutes looking at all the different elements and still not finished.

JoZart said...

Really enjoyed browsing through your post. It was as pleasurable as reading a good craft magazine, in a comfy sofa, with a glass of good red wine. Bliss!
Love JoZarty x

Shazsilverwolf said...

That tag is amazing, and I love all the info you gave on how to do it. I am going to save this and have a go myself.Happy WOYWW,Shaz

jude said...

Thanks Frankie for organizing the tag swap.All the tags are fab love your tags the bird is absolutely beautiful love the colours.
Have fab wednesday
hugs judex22

Ta Da! Crafts said...

Stunning tag, I think people will let you off for 'cheating' when you come up with a creation like that! Have a happy Wednesday! Mel #51

NatashaMay said...

Wow! I love all those bird cages. Love how you distressed yours and all the emebelishments.:)

Mrs A. said...

Gosh your tag is just wonderful. Lots and lots to see on it. Would love to do snother swap.
Hugs Mrs A.

butlersabroad said...

Wow, that tag is absolutely stunning! Hels is right, you are the Queen of Tags! Just beautiful.

Hugs
Brenda 88

SueH said...

Oh wow Frankie, that tag is simply beautiful!
It’s no wonder Helen called you the Queen of Tags, there’s so much work gone into it I’m surprised you can part with it.
Love the new stamp storage but a quick word of warning………………make sure you don’t have the stamps where the little half circle tabs are because if you do it will ruin your stamp. I found out the hard way and messed up several stamps before I realised what was causing them not so stamp a full image.
Happy Crafting!
Sue
x

Twiglet said...

Really lovely artwork Frankie - clever you!

Sherry Edwards said...

Your birdy creation is amazing!!! I love all the texture you've created with the embossing - and the hinges too - brill!!

I haven't received my cage yet, but have linked my one above (it's linked to my original posting of it - hope that's ok).

I'd definitely be interested in doing another swap - perhaps with a different die next time, but either way I'm fine with whatever you choose.

Angie said...

So lost for words ...except WOW ...that is amazing ...every little step from that wonderful crackle background.

Cardgenie said...

Frankie your birdcage project is amazing - I always love reading your blog - so full of fun and life. Keep up the great work. Jean.xx

Tertia said...

WOW!! How I wish I was Hels! Your tag/postcard is beautiful! I am having issues with my card reader today, but will edit and put the final product on as soon as I can.
Happy WOYWW

Elizabeth said...

Hi Frankie, Hels is not wrong, you are he queen of tags indeed - this is stunning. Love the verdigris EP and will be doing a search to source it for myself. I've not posted the tag I made yet ... I don't think DeeDee has received it over in the US yet ... hopefully, I'll be able to post it next Wednesday. Wishing you a good week. Elizabeth x #50

DeeDee said...

This is just absolutely gorgeous.. and very out of the box!! Super fab job! Just linked up but I'm feeling a bit out of the group as mine ended up much more victorian in color and style rather than grungy -- Hope it's enjoyed by it's new owner!

Kezzy said...

Oh wow wow wow, your tag is amazing and thank you for a great swap I really enjoyed it. I think it would be nice to choose a different Th die, this would mean that the swaps could last for a year or lots more lol, and at the end we all will have a selection of artwork to see what others do with the dies. Love your desk full of stamps. Kezzy x

Rainbow Lady said...

Thanks so much for organising this swap.... even though mine not arrived yet....
Can't wait for the next one love and hugz xx

Leslie Hanna said...

Wow. Just wow. I am stunned into silence with the awesomeness and DETAIL of this project. I love it. Just love it.

And I'm totally going to try that paint + glue + paint = crackle thing.

Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

Dawn said...

this is just an adorable piece I love all the heat embossing very metallic and shiny its just all round super Dawn xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Lovely tags. I agree with Hels. You are the queen of TH! dies, too I believe. Happy belated!

Danni said...

Truly stunning!! Just fabulous! Thank you for playing along with Shopping Our Stash!

donna said...

I soo love what you have created. Amazing. Hels is so lucky...Donna

trisha too said...

What a fabulous pleaty creation, Frankie--thank you for joining in the Spicy Supply Challenge at Gingersnap Creations!!

:)

voodoo vixen said...

Oh my Frankie... that tag (it does it an injustice calling it a tag) with the bird cage is beautiful indeedy!!

PS... I just got umbrella man.... just saying...

Rene said...

This is AMAZING!!!!! Thank you so much for joining us at MIM!
To be in with a chance to win this week's prize all you need to do is leave a comment for one or more of the entries this week and let them know you saw their creation on Make It Monday. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning!!!!
Rene :D

Shoshi said...

That is truly gorgeous. I adore the colours - so subtle and blended. I've never thought of mixing embossing powders like that... What is the verdigris one? Just getting really into rust so i'm interested! I also love your crackle effect - I'm in the middle of some atm and am intending to put the top coat on before bed!

Sue said...

This is absolutely amazing Frankie - definitely the Queen of Tags and more!!

Ali Manning said...

Wow - this is an amazing project! Thanks for entering it into the Gingersnap Creations crimper challenge :)

Alison Horne said...

That is the most beautiful gift, no wonder Hels was so chuffed and effusive with the praise, you deserve it. Afraid I've been a lazy blogger this week, will post and link my birdcage tomorrow, thanks again for hosting swap,x

Debbie said...

Oh My Soul! I had to look at it more than once, because there is so much to see! Your crackle is awesome! Amazing tag Frankie! LOVE it! You are QOT!
Wishes
^..^

okienurse said...

Just wanted to pop by to visit your blog this week and say hello and see what you are up to! Didn't have the time to post(except about newest Doswell addition) or craft the past two weeks due to being in Virginia visiting with the son's family to see the newest granddaughter born. Definitely a fun time none the less. Hope you have a great week. Vickie aka okienurse

Neet said...

Gorgeous double tag Frankie. What a joy to have something like this. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Neet

Deb (dcorder) said...

Absolutely stunning! WOW! The texture. The color. Fabulous! Thanks for joining us at Gingersnap Creations.

Shelly Hickox said...

Totally gorgeous works of art! The way you've used the embossing powder is sheer creative genius. I'm with you - I think ep is amazing and you've certainly proved that! Wow!

Ally White Cat said...

Frankie you are a amazing artist. your work is stunning.It has been a wonderful adventure to visit here.

Marjie Kemper said...

Wow, this is absolutely stunning! Congrats on being chosen GG... you should win EVERYTHING for this gorgeous creation. Have just become your newest follower...

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