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Altered Bird Cage

For Christmas I received an ornamental bird cage; I’ve wanted one of these for quite some time so I was both delighted and surprised to actually receive one as I hadn’t realised anyone had heard me!

It is constructed from metal with both an opening domed top and a small doorway. Around the sides are vines and flowers and it was painted a boring cream colour so I just had to change that. Using alcohol inks and Goldfinger (a product similar to rub ‘n’ buff ) this is how it turned out:

Inked up bird cage

The bottom vines were coloured with Ranger’s Denim alcohol ink applied with felt; the door way and inside perch bar also had Denim patchily applied. The sheaves of flowers in the middle section and the vines in the top section had a mix of Bottle and Terracotta alcohol inks dabbed over them and the flowers amongst the vines in the top section had a smidgeon of Orange Sunset dabbed into their centres and then Copper Goldfinger smeared over the petals. Green-Gold Goldfinger was rubbed over all the bars with Denim alcohol ink smeared over the top of the green-gold on the domed portion.

One thing I knew that I didn’t want residing in my bird cage was birds! I hate the thought of birds being trapped in a cage so I used butterflies – as Rod said butterflies can easily get out of the cage if they want to. Kath from UK Stampers kindly sent me some beautiful die cut butterflies and I painted them with Twinkling H2Os to make them shimmery.

‘Caged’ butterflies

Initially I had hoped to suspend most of the butterflies with one or two settled on the perch bar but no matter what was tried these butterflies would not suspend without tipping to one side or almost upside down so I had to rethink. Finally I came up with the idea of sticking two vellum rosettes back to back with thread sandwiched between them and adhering a butterfly on either side – hey presto! Suspended butterflies. Two more rosettes had smaller butterflies attached to them and then magnets adhered to the rosettes and then placed either side of the bars. A ruffled flower had a magnet attached to its reverse side so it would ‘stick’ to the perch bar and a butterfly adhered either side of the flower and, finally, a flower and feather placed into the bottom of the cage with a butterfly adhered to the flower! So it was completed. Our daughter who gave me the bird cage fortunately loved what I had done – expected her to be horrified!

Some close ups of the butterflies:

butterfly on floor


butterflies and flower on perch bar


butterflies either side of bars


Many thanks for taking a look x




Challenge card

Leslie over on her blog challenged us to make a card using embossing folders/dies/punches and there is a sketch for the challenge.

The challenge called for the use of design papers and certain placement of items which sat uneasily with me. I know of card makers who can pull out sheets of dp, ink, stamp(s), embellishments and make a card very quickly..I don’t work like that! I am an organic or dynamic crafter – great technical term! This term covers up the fact that I haven’t a clue what I’m going to do until I get there. So I tend to stamp an image or images, create a scene or whatever on a piece of cardstock (usually white) and then hope that this will serve as a spring board for a cohesive card. Lying in a box are several panels of stamped and coloured pieces ready for an idea to come forth; quite often an idea may come to mind as I am busily stamping, inking and colouring, sometimes that idea firms up or it may expand or, even, change shape completely.

Anyhow here is my card for the challenge, make of it what you will but this card took me a great deal of time lol.

Challenge card

Materials used:

White cardstock from own stash, card panel embossed with TH Texture Fade folder Damask coloured with Aloe Vera VersaMagic chalk ink and edged with Impress Chocolate. DP from Paper Cellar Victorian Classic; scraps of cardstock, stamps from Crafty Individuals; acetate panel from stash; handmade rosette.

Thanks for looking x

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