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Back to the Beauty stitch

Well a month has passed so I'm back on the Beauty and the Beast stitch. Here's a couple of pics

Here is where I got to on the Middle Earth stitch. It's probably about a third of the way into page 2.

Here's the little bit I have done so far on page 3 of the Disney stitch. The rainbow isn't glittery (hate glittery thread) but otherwise it's faithful to the pattern.
I have admittedly spent a little more than I was going to this month. For my monthly treat I bought a couple of books (a Victorian death photo book - don't judge, and a writing tips book) and a couple of Tim Holtz job lots on ebay. It's got a lot of stuff in it! I've also got another distress spray, but this one was free! Turns out I was sent the wrong colour (didn't realise for a couple of days myself) so emailed the company and they were nice enough to send a replacement free of charge.
Now for what I've been making today.
I got a bit stuck for ideas for my first birdhouse, so turned to my second. I started off by spraying it with distress sprays, then using a stencil to add some texture paste in a few places. I sprayed some colour onto a piece of card, added water droplets, spritzed some metallic paint onto it, then used it to cut out some tattered flowers and some flourished edges for the roof. I also sprayed some more card with lime lustre spray and cut out some foliage.

I spritzed some distress inks onto a ribbon and attached a key to it. The lock was coated in picket fence paint, then distress powdered with walnut stain powder, then a bit of green alcohol ink and some perfect sparkle mica powder was added.

Here's a closer look at the lock. You can also see I've used a white pen to add some squiggles to the flowers.

This bunting was a happy accident. The die I used has three different edge patterns (used one on the back of the roof, one on the front and one on the top of the roof. There is also a little bit between two of the edge patterns that comes out looking like this - ready made bunting!

I also used a bit of walnut stain distress pad on the fence  - gives it a little something.
Here you can see the texture paste. I inked it a little with a distress pad to highlight the difference.

A closer look at one of the flowers. This is easily one of my favourite dies. So versatile.

Finally I took a fragment, glued on a pair of wings (it is a birdhouse after all) and a pen, glued some spare paper (the flowers/edging paper) onto the back and glued it onto the rear of the house.
I've got a small idea for my next project, but it depends on when the Beadhaul box arrives, and also how much work I have got on.


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