Thursday, November 27, 2014

Birds Of A Feather @ A Vintage Journey

Hi all my blogger friends,

Our lovely host, Chris, at A Vintage Journey has chosen "Birds of a Feather" as her theme for this fortnight.  Not only is Chris a very talented crafter, she is our go to gal for all the techie stuff on the challenge blog.

When I saw the challenge title I started out by looking in my box of "unfinished projects".  Admit it, we all have them!  Anyway I knew this would be a good chance to finish a project that I started a few months ago while I was crafting over at my friend Susie's house with our WOW (wild old women) group.  I had all the sides done and the wheels on so just needed to add the finishing touches.  It is easy to see Tim's influence here with all the goodies I used from his collections.  The bird stamps are from Hampton Arts.
I just love these wheels, they are real antique furniture wheels that I found on one of our summer trips.  We like to visit all kinds of shops and flea markets while we travel around the country in the summer. The block is wood that I painted with Distress Paint.  I knew I was going to patina the cage and wings, using the method shown to us in Tim's Creative Chemistry 102, so stayed with a coordinating color combination.  Sorry I don't have a complete tutorial for you today but I have a few photos below that show some of the process.  I used manila cardstock, tore the edges, inked, stenciled, embossed and stamped.  Not necessarily in that order. 
Below are photos from each side and from the top-

I had this little top hat charm in my stash so colored it black with a Sharpie and then added it to this bird who I thought was very Regal looking. I added an eye hook and hung a musical clef from it.
For the flower on the top of the block I used a beautiful Prima Flower, I did take it apart so I would have more space in the center to add my wood piece, deconstructed. 
I added a feather charm with a jump ring.

For the cage on the top I used two cages back to back and two sets of wings all glued with E6000.
I really had fun with this and know I will be doing more blocks, hope you have enjoyed!!
Have a wonderful and crafty weekend,



  1. What a wonderful box you created Sandy! LOVE the wheels - they are so clunky and cool! and the winged cages on the top are perfect for the theme! Each of your panels has so many interesting pieces on it - a feast for the eyes!

  2. Wow Sandy, this is such an amazing project!!! Love how you put it together, the cage and wings on the top are inspired!!

  3. Such a creative and inspiring 3D project S@ndy, I love all the embellishing you have added and those wheels were such a great find.
    Have a great weekend.
    hugs Brenda xxx

  4. It's completely whacky but I love it, the patina really stands out x

  5. Completely fabulous, S@ndy! I love the various bird stamps you've collected for the sides, and the winged cage on top is a wonderful touch. Those wheels have me craving some fleamarket actions!! Brilliant.
    Alison xx

  6. Fantastic S@ndy - wonderful design and amazing embellishments! Just love the top hat! Nikki x

  7. Fabulous Sandy! What an amazing array of embellishments and bird stamps and I love the wings on the top. Just stunning x

  8. Those wheels are amazing S@ndy and so is your whole creation! Love the birdcages and wings on top too and the box is wonderful. Anne xx

  9. This is such a fun box, Sandy! Love all the details and the back to back boxes with the wings is so cool! Love this!

  10. Beautiful box, love the colours and the stamped panels of birds

    The cage, wings and wheels are wonderful

    Jools x

  11. Wow, this is amazing, love every detail

  12. Wow Sandi what an amazing piece of art - love it

  13. Beautiful piece Sandy! The wheels look amazing and the bird with his cute top hat is one of my favourites. The addition of the flower on top is very creative, love it! Karen.x

  14. This is spectacular Sandy! Such an inventive idea beautifully executed. Jenny x


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