Sunday, 26 July 2015

Crazy Birds!

So, as you may have seen on Wednesday, I was expecting the Crazy Bird die set to arrive... and it did.  lots of little pieces, beaks and eyes and wings.. as well as the actual bird shapes... So on Friday I eventually sorted them out and matched them up.. and cut them...

It's a fair bit fiddly lining up the die with the stamped image (and keeping it in place when you put the top plate down on top, so you get them cut properly (legs, especially)... I think I'll treat myself to the magnetic platform for the Big Shot which apparently helps lots ( this may be a cunning sales ploy, but I somehow think it will help!)

This is what I used them for first time out.
 some white bits showing between the legs as you see... used my Inktense pencils to colour them in some crazy colours...

used bits of 3d foam pads to add the wings and beaks and eyes to the bodies.... ( swore quite a lot at this stage!)
 decided on a double page spread, painted with gesso first, then Dolphin, a Deco Art Satin paint.. not used this before, was surprised how thin it seems when it comes out of the bottle..

gave it a good shake though, and it seems to cover quite well.

Stencilled Prawn Fresco through the Finnabair circles stencil, just round the edge.
Left the stencil in place and stamped in Watering Can, the large text-y background from HP1501

laid out the birds... made sure they were "grounded" either on a circle, or another bird...
did some background stamping with the honeycomb from JOFY30 also in Watering Can, just extending a little into the journal
 stamped Dina's sentiment in black archival, then glued the birds down

wanted a few more circles to match in with the stencilling, so inked the single text-y circle from HP1504 in Watering Can , and the row of circles in Prawn Fresco, over the stencilled areas.
had fun with this, not sure I'll be doing much layering with some of the beaks/eyes as they are so small and you need a teeny tiny bit of foam pad to fix them to the body... but I like them!!

22 comments:

jojo79 said...

Looks fab.

I have the dies but haven't used them yet. I also think I have the magnetic plate so will give them a try with that.

Jo
x

Lesley Ebdon said...

Lol! I love these fun pages. Your birds do look fab but I have decided not to bother with the die for how often I would use it but.........crazy birds are in the house ;-)!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

sam21ski said...

Glad I don't like birds, as the die sounds like a right faff. It sounds like they've not learnt anything from the Christmas dies using the snowman as it's the same sort of thing with the arms and the nose xxx

artmadnana said...

Love those crazy birds. Yes I thought the die looked fiddly. You'll need lots of re positional tape then! Sam! How can you not love these wicked little birds? Love what you did with them Helen!!

Julia Dunnit said...

Love this page. Love the birds and what you've done. Love your review of the dies...am less panicky about needing the dies now...I just know that this amount of fiddling won't happen with me! The magnetic platform is another thing....I guess they are suppose that we all own everything. Which in itself is a marketing exercise!

Lin said...

oh look at those lovely little birdies lol..great page Helen..I think I would give a bit of shading to the tops of the circles they are standing on...love it xxx

butterfly said...

Oh yay! They look great... I've ordered the dies, but transatlantically, and have been pondering the magnetic plate. Seems like it might be a good plan from what you say! Fab page spread.
Alison xx

brenda said...

These funky birds are such fun Helen, just love what you have done with them.

B x

snazzyoriginal said...

Love your birdies. Haven't got either and often find the dies take as long to set up and get right on as fussy cutting them out so I'm only going to order the stamps. thanks for the tip off x

Gabrielle said...

Love these birds Helen! Haven't succumbed to the stamps or dies yet but I have preordered the super hero phrase stamps... maybe I need these too... You cost me a lot of money!!!! :)

My name is Erika. said...

Your birds are lots of fun. I am waiting for my die set to arrive, wonder if its going to be too many little pieces for my patience, but anyhow, your page is wonderful.

Carmen said...

Hahahaaaa. They are brilliant! And I love your colouring too. But you have WAY more patience with the fiddly bits than I would. Love these pages - what characters!

Julie Bell said...

Ooh jealous, I can't find the stamps and wants the dies as well. Love your pages x

Steven said...

Brilliant Helen,it's beautiful, can't wait to get mine to do a journal page like this, thanks for sharing and inspiring!!
xxx

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Helen, love this. the birds are ace, aren't they. Just a thought, have you tried Pinflair Glue Gel? It works great for giving some dimension, doesn't have a nasty smell, and not so fiddly as tabs. Hugs, Shaz xxx

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

Fab journal page!

Wanda Hentges said...

This is fun, Helen!! Wonderful page!!! I have the magnetic platform and love it. I'm very glad I got it!!!

Miriam said...

Fabulous.... Mine should arrive over the next few days - can't wait!!

Shoshi said...

Love this, Helen - what fun! The ones standing on the others' heads really made me smile! Gorgeous colour and texture too. A great page!

Shoshi

Etsuko Noguchi said...

What a fabulous pages!! Very interesting layout of the birds too. xxx

craftytrog said...

Gorgeous spread Helen, those birds are fab!

Deborah Wainwright said...

Love these birds Helen and you have created a fab page.xx