Sunday, 10 October 2010

Alternative Christmas

Time for another Sunday Stamper challenge with Hels and this week we are challenged to use IMAGINE in our artwork. 

I have a set of Nestabilities in my stash that has never been used so this was my starting point today, however, I wanted to try and use them in a different way rather than just layering one on top of the other and leaving it at that. 
I began by cutting the Nestabilities from Tim's Retro Grunge paper stack that I purchased yesterday at Port Sunlight, I really love this pack as it has such a grungy feel to all the papers, however, once I had cut out the Nestabilities I was then stumped as to what to do next so then took a couple of hours break in the garden.  Whilst I was gardening it hit me, I will make an alternative bird house and make an alternative Christmas card for a change.
The birds and the swirl are another new purchase from yesterday, a set of 7 Gypsies stamps VICTORIA.  The images are stamped with StazOn Timber Brown and DI Fired Brick.  I collected a few twigs from the garden and added them to the side and the top of the house, along with IMAGINE from Tim's Idea-ology range.   The heart is cut from mountboard, crackle paint applied and DI Fired Brick rubbed over the top and to complete I have added a Christmas definition and a few punched holly pieces.  Enjoy your day, Tracy x

14 comments:

sweet craf-tea chick said...

oo, i love your birdhouse, tracy! beautiful soft colors. love the layering, birdie stamp, twigs and things from your garden, great details! i think i have that nestie too and it has not been used yet ;p'. thanks for sharing and have a great week! *hugs* steph :)

Joanna K said...

That gardening thing must have been a "Newton" moment, genius hit by an apple/idea ;) to create something that generations will be talking about lol ;-) Stunning bird house Tracy, I love the layered Nesties. I was dying for a fresh idea what to do with my label dies, thanks for the inspiration ;) xx

Willy said...

Love your alternative Christmas card, Tracy. Great use of the nestabilities.

Helen said...

Great inspiration! Enjoy the evening.

Cath Wilson said...

Brilliant idea, Tracy. Love the colours you used and you've made even Nesties look good, lol.

Netty said...

Oooh I love it Tracy, especially how you have used the birds. You obviously had a great time yesterday......Annette x

Lisa Somerville said...

Just beautiful, love the colors and the way you used the Nesties!

Julia Dunnit said...

CLEVER! I thinkyour least used nesties are amongst my most used! Lovely colours you've employed there - I do like a bit of colourful grunge!

Susan Allan said...

This is lovely Tracy, birds, a bird house and those gorgeous dark flowers... a winner
Sue xx

Juls said...

love the soft colours and the bird images! Just fabulous!!! Hugs Juls

Sarah Anderson said...

Gorgeous house! Wasn't it a great day to be out in the garden -sunny, warm, lovely! It definitely worked the magic on your card design too

Cheryl said...

oh this is just gorgoes hun,love that bird brilliant hugs cheryl xxxxxxx

Sue said...

In my book alternative is always good!!! Great idea well executed!!

Hels Sheridan said...

GORGEOUS card Tracy, loving those birdies... thanks for joinin in with the Sunday stamper x