Sunday 12 August 2012

Flora and Fauna

Crafty-Emblies are a new company that sell the most scrumptious wooden embellishments.  They have just issued their first ever blog challenge and the theme is - Flora and Fauna.

I love butterflies (who doesn't?) and one of my go-to dies is the butterfly from Quick-Kutz, so I knew it would have to feature in my project.   I had some paper left from my last background-paper-creation marathon (see, I knew the Olympics would get in there somehow!) with Starburst Stains, so that's what I cut the lower layer and the leaves out of.  I attached it to a bit of scrap acetate (packaging - I never throw it away!) so it looked as if it were flying.  If it were to scale, it would be massive, though...Still, this is Art, so I will gloss over that point and move on.

Orange roses are my favourites so I had to make some - I used the Donna Salazar Create-a-Flower dies (Spellbinders).  You can see the technique for making them here- it's one of the easiest and most effective methods for making paper roses I've come across!

The sundial is made from two unwanted CD's and a bit of cardboard tube, painted with Viva Terra paint and a bit of green flock powder for the "grass".  I undercoated the CD's with PVA before I painted them, so there was a good surface for the Terra to cling to.  The dial is a Tim Holtz Alterations die, painted with Viva Ferro paint.  There is a gnomon for the sundial, made from an ornate corner die and gilded with my new favourite Gilder's Paste, but the massive butterfly is in the way a bit!  It all went together with a bit of hot glue, and for once I remembered to wear my gloves and didn't burn myself...I have learned since the time I tried gluing something above head height and the glue dripped down onto my hand...("Oh dear!"  I exclaimed!)

Anyway, thank you for visiting and I hope you like the blog!  See you soon...


PinkyLisasInkyCrafts said...

Thank you so much for entering our first ever challenge 'flora and fauna' over on the Crafty-Emblies page.
What a gorgeous make. I love the bold colours and the big clock face on the top. The flowers are wonderful and the butterfly is stunning!
I hope to see you entering more of our future challenges over on our page.
Huggles Lisa xxxx

Beccalite said...

WOW what a fab idea love it. You are right who doesn't love butterflies and yours is gorgeous. Love the roses too another one of my favs will have to go look for that die now!!!Thank you so much for coming over and joining in with our very first Challenge on Crafty-Emblies.

Great Big Huge Hugs

Becca xxx

Angela said...

Very clever. I like this. Lovely work on the sun-dial and the colours are lush.
Thanks for taking part in the Crafty-Emblies 'flora & fauna' challenge with us.

cheryl said...

oh wow this is just so beautiful,wonderful work,and detail on this,bless you for playing at crafty-emblies this month hugs Cherylxxxx

Unknown said...

BRILLIANT !!!! just love it !! Thank You for joining us over at Crafty-Emblies xxx