Friday, August 5, 2016

Anything But Cute August Challenge - Shabby Garden

Happy Friday!! I hope you have fun plans for the weekend!! I will be glued to the television watching the Olympics :) I am so excited to be the hostess for this month's challenge at Anything But Cute!! I hope you will join in!!


For the theme of this challenge, I chose Shabby Garden, using the following Mood Board:


For this challenge, we are asking you to take a stroll through a romantic shabby garden. Create any mixed media project strongly inspired by the mood board. Think flowers and plants in cracked pots, peeling paint bird feeders, distressed timeworn furniture, crumbling statues, soft pastels and feminine accessories. Don't forget to tell us how the mood board inspired your project and have fun!!


I was inspired to create a mixed media birdhouse dripping a carpet of flowers and vines.


I purchased this wood birdhouse at Hobby Lobby (with a 40% off coupon ;) I painted it with Raw Sienna acrylic paint.


Next was Andy Skinner's Mega Crackle Technique. I'm so in love with this technique!! The crackle is amazing :)


To add a bit more texture, I created stencils with an Elizabeth Crafts Design brick die, and then cut them to fit the front of the birdhouse. I covered the bricks with DecoArt Crackle Paste.


For the roof, I used DCWV's Corrugated Paper and cut the edge with a Spellbinders  edge die.


I wanted my birdhouse to have a carpet of flowers and wasn't sure how to do it. I decided to try a length of cheesecloth and then started hot-gluing flowers in a random pattern.


I used several different leaf and stem dies to add greenery to the blooms and fill in any gaps between the flowers.


I mixed Lettuce Adirondack Ink with water in a Mini Mister and spritzed the leaves, patting them dry for a soft green hue.


To add a bit of color to the birdhouse, I added drops of Spun Sugar Distress Ink with water in another Mini Mister and spritzed the bricks to highlight the cracks on the bricks.


I grabbed my Prima Moulds and used air dry clay. I wasn't sure which one I wanted to use at this point, so I made a few different ones.


Once the clay dried, I rubbed DecoArt Burnt Umber Antiquing Cream over the pieces and then wiped it off, leaving the cream in the nooks and crannies for a weathered look.


I decided on the angel above the opening, welcoming the birds home :)


My house needed a bird, so I found this wood one at Hobby Lobby (yep, another 40% off coupon ;)


I spritzed it with DecoArt Violet Shimmer Mist, covered it with Nuveo Embellishment Mousse (from Sparkle N Sprinkle) and then covered it in crackle glaze. Once it cracked and dried, I used DecoArt Antiquing Cream in Titanium White to highlight the cracks.


I had to attach a wood peg for my bird to perch on. You can also see the cracks in the bricks in this pic.


One side of the roof had flowers so the other needed something. I painted Tim Holtz Butterfly dies pink and used the Mega Crackle technique. The bottom butterfly layer was stamped with a crakle stamp.


I added pearl strands from Wild Orchid Crafts and some glittered butterflies to the flowers.


To finish the edge of the roof, I added strips of lace.


For the porch, I used more corrugated cardboard paper cut with an Impression Obsession Beach Fence. On the corners, I used Frantic Stamper Garden Birdhouse dies for the climbing vines.


I'm entering my birdhouse in the following challenges:

1) Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Fabulous Florals
2) Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes Mixed Media
3) Love to Create Challenge - Anything Creative /Mixed Media
4) Rhedd's Creative Spirit - August Challenge
5) Things to Alter - Anything Goes
6) Decorate to Celebrate - Anything Goes
7) Love to Scrap - Take Two
8) Emerald Creek Dares - Get Outside and Play (birdwatching is a sport, right ??!! ;)


Now it's your turn!! Head on over to Anything But Cute to see the amazing projects my design team sisters have created for today's challenge!! I guarantee you'll be blown away!! Then I sincerely hope you will link up your Shabby Garden mixed media project!! I can't wait to see what you create :)

77 comments:

  1. WOW Lisa this is amazing I just love everything about it and your design is simply wonderful Well done.

    Debs xxxx
    {Debs Cards}

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  2. Wonderful garden bird house decor creation. Especially like the crackle. Have a Bee-utiful day from Central TX!
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  3. Oh Lisa, your bird house is gorgeous! I enjoyed seeing the process of how you created it. I love the crackle and your carpet of flowers and embellishments!
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  4. Oh My Gosh!! Lisa this is absolutely gorgeous and I would buy this to have in my family room in a New York Minute! You have really outdone yourself with this beautiful birdhouse! I used to paint birdhouses, now I make cards, and I have birdhouse all over in my family room but none of mine compare to this beauty! You are so very talented and gifted! I LOVE this project!

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  5. Lisa I am at a loss of words to describe how amazing this is, the process you used and how you came up with this idea, wow! This is just so absolutely gorgeous, you have really outdone yourself! Happy Friday!

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  6. Lisa I am at a loss of words to describe how amazing this is, the process you used and how you came up with this idea, wow! This is just so absolutely gorgeous, you have really outdone yourself! Happy Friday!

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  7. I wish I could shrink myself down so that I could live in that birdhouse Lisa! It is ultra posh with the carpet of stunning flowers, the superb brickwork (love how you did that) and the beautiful little fence... I love the corrugated roof and the gorgeous lace trim! I enjoyed seeing how you brought this beautiful project together too. Hugs, Anne xx

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  8. WOW you have really done it this time.... one beautiful bird house. Very elegant and shabby chic. Love the flowing flowers and crackled finish. Love it my friend.
    Have a creative day.
    Hugs Nana
    ♥ My Crafting Channel ♥

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  9. Well, Miss Mermaid, you certainly have outdone yourself here, especially with the gorgeous cascade of flowers and amazing molds! Beautifully done, and makes my heart melt, Lisa. Thank you for taking time to show your step by step creative process - I've learned so much from you each time you do that, and want you to know how appreciative I am at the amount of time it takes to share like that. Hope you enjoy a great week-end! Thanks again for the inspiration, sweet friend! hugs, de

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  10. Wow you really turned that birdhouse into one fantastic art piece.. Very lovely and lots of pretty intricate detailing to it. I don't think I would have the patience to do what you did, LOL! I'm in awe just starring at it, I'm sure it must be so pretty right now sitting outside in the sunlight.

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  11. Oh my goodness Lisa, what a beautiful piece! Love the crackled surface and all those blossoms! The molded pieces add such an old world touch! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  12. OMG, Lisa! This is so gorgeous! You have put in so may fabulous details here. Love the floral cluster you've created..Simply amazing!!

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  13. Awesome..A dream house !! Filled with pretty flowers ..and gorgeous details !

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  14. Wow, Lisa, this looks amazing! I am in awe at what you've done here! Absolutely stunning!

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  15. Oh my word Lisa, it's like I've died and gone to shabby chic heaven!! In my heaven the world is filled with the colour pink, lots of birds, lots of foliage and tons of character... your birdhouse has all of those things and more! I am thrilled to get to see your process on this project, so many wonderful techniques! Adding the flowers and foliage to the cheesecloth was pure genius, love how the arrangement just flows down off the roof! Beautiful angels, what a lovely addition to any garden, and all your crackle elements are so wonderfully rustic!! Just an incredible project from end to end my friend, you have totally blown my hair off with this one!! Thank you so much for a great theme and for your amazing talent and inspiration! sending hugs :)

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  16. Oh my sweetest friend, this is gorgeous beyond words! What am I to even say?! You know my love of birdhouse projects and this is the most spectacular one I have ever seen. What an incredible design. The birdhouse itself, with the crackle and brick, is just beyond inspiring.. the lacy trim is always one of my favorite parts of projects.. and the carpet of flowers is majestic. The sweet fence is darling and oh how I adore the birdie and butterflies. This is one of my favorite ever masterpieces from you, my dearest Lisa! Stunning work. I hope you have a beautifully blessed weekend. :o)

    Hugs and blessings,
    Karen

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  17. WOW WOW WOW!! Oh my goodness Lisa sweet friend! What can I say? I am lost for words! Words cannot express how I felt when I saw this! Unbelievable! All I can say is, lucky, lucky, lucky birds ... their house is grander than mine!! Have a wonderful weekend my talented friend! Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

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  18. Wow wow wow - love love love everything - I see all the love your put into your work great job as always and I will also be glued watching the Olympics - have a great weekend my friend!!!

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  19. Oh, Geez, Lisa! You have totally blown me away with your shabby birdhouse! I'm not sure where to start to gush over this, because there are so many lovely details to delight the eye! First it's a birdhouse, so I'm completely bowled over with that, and then crackle on top of that, which is just amazing! The crackle is everywhere I look, yet it has a fresh look at every turn--on the house, the bird, the butterflies and even on the clay pieces. That carpet of blooms is just stunning and so perfectly done! Lisa, you have outdone even YOU! Exceptional detailing and truly my favorite piece of yours! Big hugs!

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  20. ohmy WOW! that is so beautiful! thank you so much for the step by step photos. i loved seeing those and how it went from start to finish. your work is AMAZING! :)

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  21. Stunning make Lisa! That is a lot of work that surely paid off with this amazing display!
    Hugs
    Samra
    Paper Talk with Samra

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  22. So pretty. Any bird would be lucky to live in that house. I really like the effect of the crackle paint. Have a great weekend.
    April

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  23. Wow, Wow, Wow!! This is fabulous, and I love the tutorial!!! I have never heard of the majority of these products..but that crackle paint is one I would like to give a try!

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  24. OH MY GOODNESS...THIS IS EXQUISITE! I am at a loss for words on how beautiful it is. What an amazing piece of art. I would love to see you enter our challenge at Love to Scrap https://lovetoscrapchallengeblog.blogspot.com/. This deserves prizes! Lots of hugs, Robin

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  25. I can't even. I just can't even. Seriously. I can't even imagine how your creative mind got to be SOOooooooo stinkin' genius. Every detail of this is sheer perfection and it's absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Wow! That's all I have to say!

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  26. Well holy toledo Batman! This is Fantabulously shabbyliscious and then some. Genius idea to use the die and create the bricks not to mention that awesome sauce crackle!!!!! Gorgeous! What a brilliant idea to use the gauze as the binder for all of those lovely and luscious flowers, you totally nailed the cascade part of the cascading flower idea. Wowzers and Wowzers dearie! Thank you for such an whopping good challenge dearie! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

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  27. OMG Lisa this birdhouse is magnificent!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE your creativity! Have a great weekend!

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  28. For this project I am stealing a phrase from a friend of mine. THUD!!!! That is the sound of me hitting the floor. Thank you for sharing your creative process with us Magnificent . !!!

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  29. I'm pretty well speechless here! WOW!!!!! Sensational project and beautiful beyond words
    Lynn

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  30. OMG, a masterpiece of art from the shabby queen itself! All I want to do is to touch this brilliant creation, Lisa! I am totally impressed and I am keep styding your photos! I adore everything about this, from that spectacular floral carpet to your genius idea to use a die for the bricks! Those mega crackles turned out perfectly and your clay pieces are simply stunning! Ooooh, what a spectacular 3D shabby project, my sweet friend!
    Have a wonderful weekend! Big hugs to you! Branka xx

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  31. Hi Lisa! I pinned this tutorial, I want to make something like this for Christmas. I am so glad someone else is watching the Olympics! I LOVE the girls volleyball!

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  32. OMGosh! This is just amazing! So much detail and I love the colours. xx

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  33. Your bird house is pick me up off the floor jaw dropping amazing!!! Wow!!!

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  34. Over the top my friend! This is absolutely stunning and so gorgeous with details! The cracking is beautiful and the way you did the roof and the amazing trail of gorgeous flowers! The butterflies are so pretty~ All I can say is, WOW!!! So spectacular Lisa!!!
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I think we are going to take a small ride up the south shore Sat/Sun! We could use a little down time and just get away and enjoy the weekend! It is suppose to be in the mid 70's which isn't so bad especially after the high temps and high humidity we have been having.
    Hugs my friend,
    Sherrie K

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  35. Oh my!!! I'm speechless!!! Breathtaking birdhouse!!! Awesome stunning project!!!
    How many amazing details on it!! A true masterpiece full of interest!! Pinned immediately!!! Love how you covered the birdhouse with some different materials and technique, thank you very much for sharing all the steps!!! Amazing big crackle, looks really great! Fabulous textures and dimensions!! And the carpet of flowers.... oh, it make me really dream!! So sweet, full of elements, delicate and feminine!! Great idea using the cheesecloth for the base!!! All the greenery and the flowers are so lovely!!! Fabulous details of the butterflies and the porch the fence and the wines make me blow up! You have put a lot of care and attention to all the details... and how many of them!!! Love very much the spectacular look of this birdhouse!! Amazing lace on the roof, so sweet!! Any part of this project is FABULOUS!! Vey very well done!!!
    You are a supertalented lady!!
    Hugs

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  36. OMWORD! LISA!!!! This is GORGEOUS!! Simply Stunning and I read all the details too... :) Stunning... You did an amazing job decorating this shabby chic birdhouse... I'm in LOVE with it.... The flowers are beautifully done up along the one side and the butterflies... WOW! So cool with the crackle look on them... the porch you added was just so clever & cute... and I LOVE the way you created the brick..... Just so amazing! LOOOVE this project 10 fold!!! :) Have a Fabulous Weekend!

    Theresa
    Theresa’s Crafty Creations

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  37. A Big Wow!! What a gorgeous piece of decor! Fabulous details and flower arrangement! I love the crackle background too! And beautiful butterflies and handmade clay embellishments! A fab project!
    Big Hugs!
    Priyanka :)

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  38. A stunning project and one which I just might have to try myself! Gorgeous texture to your birdhouse and fantastic florals cascading from the roof. I love the welcoming angel and the bird who lives there is just too cute. Amazing work. x

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  39. Amazing project. Great job!
    Valerija xx

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  40. Really a wow project Lisa! I adore your thought process of gluing the flowers onto cheesecloth. So smart and really a great focal to this amazingly textured birdhouse. The crackle blends so beautifully and the molds and bird are fabulous accents! Thank you so much for your clever and inspiring challenge. Hugs, Autumn

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  41. WOW!! This is gorgeous beyond words, Lisa!! My goodness, you are talented and have a wonderfully creative mind!! Just stunning!! The carpet of flowers is fabulous and the angel accent - I love it! So wonderful!!

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  42. WOW!! This is gorgeous beyond words, Lisa!! My goodness, you are talented and have a wonderfully creative mind!! Just stunning!! The carpet of flowers is fabulous and the angel accent - I love it! So wonderful!!

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  43. wow! wow! wow!
    amazing work!
    love it!
    so beautiful!
    love all flowers and al details!
    AMAZING!
    have a nice day
    lots of hugs

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  44. This is one adorable and pretty creation. I have been blown away all the way to you to pick up this stunning work of creativity...wowowow....never seen any thing as beautiful as this. Those colours are fabulous as is this design.xx
    Enjoy your weekend.xx {aNNie}

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  45. OMG!!! This is stunning!!! I love everything about it. Absolutely awesome project :)

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  46. I love altered birdhouses and yours is absolutely stunning - all those gorgeous flowers yummy.Thank you for sharing with us over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month and hope to see you again in future challenges.

    Handcrafted by Ellapu
    Mother Hen for Altered Eclectics
    Mother Hen for Eclectic Ellapu
    DT Rhedd's Creative Spirit


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  47. This is gorgeous. I love all the flowers.

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  48. Absolutely stunning home decor project. Love the beautiful flowers paired with skeleton diecut leaves adorning the roof.

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  49. A carpet of flowers...so so pretty. A really magnificent creation Wow!! Happy weekend to you Lisa

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  50. This has to be your most beautiful creation yet! I love everything about it. So much went into making it and everything just went together beautifully. I'm with you watching the Olympics. I love seeing the competitions but I hate it when they don't do well. It can end so fast for them but the winners are spectactular.

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  51. Wow, wow, wow!!!! I'm stunned on how beautiful this birdhouse is! Love the crackle finish, the bricks, the carpet of flowers-omgosh the flowers are amazing!! Everything on this birdhouse is amazing Lisa! That bird is awesome and I so love the color you made him. Well, I just don't even know what else to say, this is just stunning and probably your best project to date!!! Are you going to hang/sit it in your craftroom?!! You certainly got the shabby chic down pat!!! Hugs, Brenda

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  52. Oh my goodness Lisa, this is beyond stunning! It's so kind of you to take the time to show us how you created this masterpiece. There's just so much detail and the cascading flowers give your bird house the perfect finish. I really love your cards Lisa but the has to be one of my favourite pieces. Such a lot of hard work has been involved in creating this but definitely worth every minute of your precious time. Crafty hugs, Sandra X X

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  53. Oh my goodness, Lisa!! This is absolutely Amazing! I love that you shared every detail of your gorgeous creation. I love how you detail of gluing the flowers onto cheesecloth...Very creative!
    The flowers are simply beautiful. The beautiful butterflies add such a elegant detail.The fence, bird and the clay embellishments are just so beautiful!I absolutely adore the crackle finish!!WOW!! This is truly a masterpiece!! Stunning creation my friend as ALWAYS!!
    Have a wonderful day,
    M'
    Crafting with Creative M

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  54. Your birds will think they have checked into the Ritz or some other grand hotel! This is just about the most amazingly beautiful birdhouse I've ever seen! Loved reading how you started with the plain wooden house, and ended up with such grandeur. All the vintage colors, the bright floral colors, the texture and the use of the products...such imagination to know how to use, and end up with these fantastic results. Just so gorgeous. Spotted this on FB, but didn't have time to visit just then. TFS & enjoy the Olympics. Hugs

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  55. Wow! All I can say is that this is the most stunning project ever! I absolutely love all of the gorgeous details from the pretty butterflies to the fence, bird and extra textures you added! The flowers are my absolute favorite and they look amazing! Your project is just magical and I love everything about it! Hope you are having a great Sunday and enjoying the Olympics!

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  56. Wow!! What a beautiful birdhouse. I love this and what a great way to use the cheese clothe for the cascading flowers, wonderful idea. Love the crackled look too. Just gorgeous.

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  57. Your birdhouse is beautiful. I love the color and the cascading flowers. Very creative, my friend.

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  58. Totally stunning! Love your crackle and the carpet of flowers is beautiful. Thank you for joining in at Altered Eclectics this months, Jane (DT) :) X

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  59. WOW what an amazing project Lisa...simply love all the crackle and you rock at mixed media my friend
    Pinning it
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia

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  60. Oh wow, this is simply stunning! Thank you for sharing with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month. Sammy-x

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  61. Oh wow Lisa your birdhouse is so beautiful. I love all the details you've added and the carpet of flowers looks wonderful.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

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  62. Lisa, on the G+ blogs, I know to click the link and get to the 'original blog'. I can get to the comment section. But when I try to comment, it brings up a page wanting me to create a plus id and I don't want to do that again. I can't leave a comment unless I complete that area. Try to bypass that part and comment, but what I've tried - is not working. I feel so badly I can't tell the person how much I enjoy what they've done. Thanks for any help. Hugs

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  63. Dear heavens..... I love seeing your step by step pics. I really like the crackle paint effect, the idea of the stencil, the butterflies and mostly- the shower of flowers! Wowza- this is so amazing!

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  64. Holy smokes is this fabulous or what!! What a gorgeous and creative project, one to be proud of for sure! My granddaughter is to come over and we are making a birdhouse but nothing as gorgeous as this one...wow...I will have to show it to her though and I am sure she will love ti as much as I do!!

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  65. Absolutely gorgeous birdhouse! Such beautiful details. Thanks for joining us at Love to Scrap! Challenge Blog
    Tina dt

    Due to this project not having any stamping, it will not be eligible for a prize, but it is perfect for our sister blog, Love to Craft! Challenge Blog....no stamping required and any craftiness allowed :o)

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  66. As I went through each picture I exclaimed with each, Oh! I must tell her I love that! So rather than write an incredibly long comment, I will tell you I love everything about this!!

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  67. WOWZER!!!!!!! super duper adorable, all the time sure was worth it I love every aspect of this birdhouse. I can not wait to try my own. The prima moulds are a must have-- you are such an enabler.
    Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.

    DL.ART
    DL.ART DESIGN TEAM MEMBER
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  68. Oh my goodness...your birdhouse is just so stunning!!
    I love birdhouses and have been repairing some around our cottage.
    My dad would make birdhouses and I would decorative paint them...then he would sell them at his craft sales.
    I was thinking of displaying some of mine on the tops of our cupboards in the kitchen..your post is perfect timing :)

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  69. OMG Lisa this is by far the most beautiful project that you have made so far! One of my most favorites! The texture and crackle is just perfect and I love that you chose to go the shabby route when creating this! I adore that perfect crackle and thank you for the link to Andy! I love your roof and beautiful draping of roses. All that texture and soft color is just so beautiful. This is stunning and has definitely inspired me to want to try something like this. I love all your touches and detail and the end result is absolutely stunning!
    Hugs,
    Jo
    xox

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  70. Wow, that is fabulous! Amazing attention to detail and those textures, gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining us at Emerald Creek Dares (and yes, bird watching is most definitely a sport ;O) Deb xo

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  71. Seriously...I am totally blown away my friend! This is super duper gorgeous. And I love that you made all the fabulous elements too. Stunning work. LOVE it!

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  72. Lisa, WOW, WOW, WOW, this is absolutely stunning!! love your step by step, you really put alot of work into your projects!! And this is so perfect with all the beautiful birds you have in your yard!!

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  73. Stunningly beautiful! Thanks for the detailed tutorial and awesome inspiration! Great work! We are so happy you shared this with us at Altered Eclectics!
    Hugz,
    Chana, DT

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  74. Such a lot of work has gone into this gorgeous project, it's so pretty. Thank you for the run through, it's always nice to see how it was made. Hope to see you again at Altered Eclectics.

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  75. Oh so FABULOUSLY GORGEOUS Lisa. Your crackle is STUPENDOUS. What a BEAUTIFUL creation. WOW. j.

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  76. Wow! What a fabulous creation and wonderful tutorial! Thanks for taking on our Emerald Creek Dare! :)

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  77. What a fabulous bird house! The wonderful texture you created on the birdhouse is only topped by that gorgeous spray of flowers growing along the roof and side!

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