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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Celebrate

Hi Everyone!  I am thrilled to be a pinworthy Vintage Journey Guest Designer for their challenge this month which is Baby You're a Firework!


Here is my fairy tree houses created for the challenge.  Now you might be thinking what does that have to do with fireworks?  Well I searched pinterest for some fireworks inspiration and found some adorable little firecrackers made out of toilet paper rolls.  I saw that and though what about little houses that could be hung on a tree branch.

So these little houses are inspired by the firecracker model.  Here are a few steps on how to create them:
I took a paper towel tube and cut it into three uneven shapes.  You can see I didn't get clean cuts which I loved as it gave it an uneven feel like a tree would have.

next I cut out some tops and cut a slit into the center and punched a little hole for my twine to pull through.

Next I painted the tubes with gesso and then tried a bit of color on a few of them. Then I decided I wanted that bark effect and knew the crackle embossing paste would be just the effect I needed.  So I lathered up the tubes and let them set and dry. I came back in and finished the drying with the heat gun which added a whole other layer of bubbling and texture.

The roof on my this house was a leftover background that I cut up with the Sizzix Autumn leaves and layered them on the roof.  I mixed in the same colors on the house to match with my roof.


This little house has the pinecone die sprayed with a mix of yellow, green and brown and the outside received the same treatment. I also used a shimmer spray of gold to add a little sheen.  After everything was dry I added a bottom circle and touches of rocky sand around the bottom and moss around the opening.
 I wanted one of my houses to look like a birch tree and I used a mix of the black soot, pumice stone and yellow to try to get the grey color tones in the cracks. I finished the opening with the sand as well as the base.



 My last house is the glitzy fairy house and she had to have flowers in a deep purple with a touch of gold.  I also used the glitter to frame her door and her base of the house.

Products:  Products: Ranger Distress Stain Sprays - Tarnished Brass, Seedless Preserves, Fossilized Amber, Pumice Stone, Black Soot, Peacock Feathers, Vintage Photo, Forest Moss,  Dreamweaver Cracked Embossing Paste, Stampendous Gold Crushed Glitter, Heidi Swapp Gold Lame, Sizzix Tim Holtz Pinecone, Sizzix Thinlist Autumn Leaves.

Thanks for stopping by!

Suzz

15 comments:

  1. These are so adorable. I'll be looking at my paper towel rolls in a brand new way now! :)

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  2. These are too cute, Sue! I would love to have these hanging on my Christmas tree!

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  3. What a fabulous creation! Too cute!!

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  5. Oh Suz I absolutely ADORE your little fairy houses!! Such a super idea and the crackle and way you have finished off the roofs is absolutely brilliant!! I love how each little house has its very own character. I can just imagine different types of fairies living in these houses, so clever. I now feel inspired to make some of these for my grand daughter. I just love them so much!!

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  6. Oh Suz I absolutely ADORE your little fairy houses!! Such a super idea and the crackle and way you have finished off the roofs is absolutely brilliant!! I love how each little house has its very own character. I can just imagine different types of fairies living in these houses, so clever. I now feel inspired to make some of these for my grand daughter. I just love them so much!!

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  7. These are amazing and very pretty :)
    I wonder what you will do with them?

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  8. Congratulations on your Guest design spot ! Suzz Your little fairy houses are so cute . Love all the texture and the way you've used the dies so cleverly . Inspirational makes for sure x

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous Suzz, the crackle and the colours are absolutely fantastic and I love the rustic appearance and shape too, brilliant interpretation of the theme and a wonderful piece of recycling too. Tracy x

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  10. Congrats on your Guest spot Suzz and I just adore your interpretation of the theme...toilet paper rocket birdhouses, genius!! Love the crackle textures and the glitters together, just fabulous! hugs :)

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  11. Stunning! I love these, so whimsical. Could you hang them on the Christmas tree? Or have a whole nature themed tree? Hmmm.

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  12. What a wonderful and inventive interpretation of the theme Suzz, I love your delightful firework fairy tree houses! Amazing texture and love the colours, thanks so much for sharing them with us and congratulations of your guest designer post at A Vintage Journey! Deb xo

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  13. I had to come back. :-)) I love how you made each one with a different roof and slightly different on the outside. Also, I forgot to congratulate you on your guest designer post.

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  14. I had to come back. :-)) I love how you made each one with a different roof and slightly different on the outside. Also, I forgot to congratulate you on your guest designer post.

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  15. I saw these gorgeous little houses on Pinterest this morning and had to make time to come and look at the details. They are wonderful and I've saved them to have some crafty fun with my grandchildren next time they are here. Congratulations on your very well deserved GD spot too!

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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