Thursday, March 13, 2014

March Madness Week 2!

MAD I tell you! We're all going MAD! That is...MAD for Dreamweaver Stencils! Lol. Welcome to week 2 of our "March Madness" challenge! Anything goes, and the more outside-of-the-box, the better. This year, we're aiming to play with non-traditional challenges whenever possible. So, break out all of your I-never-quite-knew-what-to-do-with-these-products stash, look at your Dreamweaver stencils in a whole new creative light, and get crafting! Oh, and don't forget to link those creations to the linkytool on the Dream It Up! blog for one of THREE chances to win the stencil of your choice!
PLUS, you won't want to miss your chance to join the Dreamweaver Design Team. Here's the link to find out how you can become a DREAM TEAM member too!

DREAM TEAM call for new members!!! See the DREAM it UP! blog for details!
This week I am in Cincinnati visiting my darling granddaughter and celebrating my son's birthday. It was sunny and warm Tuesday afternoon when I arrived, a welcome change from the winter storm warning I left behind me in Illinois! But unfortunately, I brought the cold weather with me and it has been rainy and cold since Wednesday morning! Oh well, it still feels like spring here.
Today I am sharing a project I created a while back. If some of you have seen, sorry, but it never hurts to see it again! Our challenge is to use our stencils in unusual ways this month, so this project incorporates stencils, distress products, and a plain wooden birdhouse. Here's my personal act of madness:

How to do it:

  • Use Distress Stains and inks to add color to a natural wood birdhouse
  • Let it dry or use a heat tool to dry it
  • Stain 3 6"x6" pieces of Tim Holtz's grungepaper with peeled paint Distress Stain
  • Let dry or heat dry
  • Place the Leaves stencil (LX7007) on one piece of the green grungepaper and trace all the openings using a Micron 01 Black pen
  • Repeat on the remaining two pieces of grungepaper
  • Cut the Leaves out, leaving them connected just in the very center
  • Stain a small piece of grungepaper with Distress Stain worn lipstick
  • Use just the one whole flower from the Dogwood stencil (LG668) and outline the flower 3 times on the pink grungepaper
  • Cut out the flowers
  • Use hot glue to attach one whole set of leaves over the top of the birdhouse
  • Cut the remaining two sets of leaves into 4 fronds each, set two aside
  • Glue the individual fronds around the roof of the birdhouse, staggering them in between the leaves on the top
  • Place the two fronds you set aside under the perch near the opening of the birdhouse
  • Add the three flowers
  • Put some Distress Stickles mustard seed in the centers of the three flowers and dry well
That's all there is to it! A great little decoration for those bird lovers you know.
Need some more crazy ideas? Check our "B" team

Happy Creating and Happy St. Patrick's Day (a little early)!
LS58 - Clover - Dry embossed and lightly brushed with green ink
LJ909 -Cathedral windows small - overlayed and brushed with more green ink



Amante del Papel said...

wow is amazing, I love this bird house!

LynB said...

Love your personal acts of madness Louise!

Janis said...

Love this....looks like a tropical getaway for birds!!
<3 J

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rose s. said...

what a sweet birdhouse :).the pink flower sets it off perfectly.