Monday, July 1, 2013

Altered Eclectics Challenge #1 - Anything Goes

Hello Crafters!

Whoo Hoo! I have a wonderful announcement! Altered Eclectics (sister blog to Eclectic Ellapu) is now up and running and I am on the Design Team! Uh huh, that's right. I am so looking forward to this new adventure. The blog is entirely created just for altered projects. Isn't that cool? That means, no cards or layouts. I have to tell you, the other DT's have created some awesome projects. So you should get over there and check them out. After you've taken a peek here of course.

I really like altered projects but haven't had a lot of time in the recent past to work on them. Now, I have a good reason to make time for them. As a DT member I will have one new altered project for you each month along with the rest of the DT. Completely doable. Here's my first project:
Warning: I am posting this as a tutorial so it will be a long post, complete with pictures.
The first thing I did was paint a 1/4" x 12" dowel and wooden spool (separate parts glued together). I also added an office clip at the top of the dowel to hold a wedding picture as this is for my oldest Goddaughter who will be celebrating her 1st year anniversary in August.
Using metal roof flashing which I have horded forever and the Bigz Bird Die from Stampin' Up, I cut two bird bodies and 2 wings then inked up with Stazon jet black ink and let dry.

Once dry, I ran each piece through a leafy embossing folder (Cuttlebug I think) and sanded the raised parts to look like this:

First I shaped the body and wing parts using the end of my marker as a stylus. when you do this, rub lightly so as not to smash what you have embossed.

Now it was time to start gluing the wings together leaving the feather section and the flanged section open and inserted little tufts of tulle with wired beads (purchased) into the feather section. I had to ink the stems a bit as they were white to begin with. It was all glued into place with 3M glue and clamped until dry.

The body section was next. I started by cutting a couple pieces of Styrofoam to fit the body and head and glued them in place to one of the back sides. Starting with beak and working around the top of the head, glue the two sides together adding in the wings and the tufts of tulle while making sure the clip on top of the dowel stuck out just below the wing top. Then I close off the the belly of the bird around dowel.

Next, I die-cut two flowers from the metal roof flashing and inked up slightly then glued a medium silk ribbon flower to the center. I wrapped about a 12" piece of tulle around the spool and scrunched it together in the front. I didn't tie a bow here as I needed it flat so I could attach the flower. Attach your flower with glue and add extra tufts of tulle with beads behind the flower.
With about 24" (at least) of tulle, I tied a bow around the top of the dowel at the bird's belly allowing the tails to come down behind the spool. Add a touch of glue if desired to hold in place. Tuck jeweled wired spray up under the knot of the bow and glue in place. Arrange as desired.

Lastly add a bling dot for the eye and some pearls at the neck to finish off.
Sorry for the long tutorial but I wanted you to see all the steps I took to make the finished project. It really was a labor of love. Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to head over to Altered Eclectics and check out the projects from the rest of the DT. They are AWESOME! I know you will be inspired to make your own altered project and I hope you will link up to show us.

I have entered these challenges: goes 7/2 #172 wedding.html 7/2 #23 anything goes 7/4 #9 take flight 7/4 Me Fridays 7/4 #104-freestyle 7/5 #45-anything goes 7/5 #39 7/6 but square 7/6 challenge-wings 7/6 get messy 7/6 goes-or int colors 7/6 #148 7/7 7/7 -#48 anything goes 7/7 7/13 #19 bling 7/23
 http://sparklensprinklecreativechallenges-july 7/31

Happy Crafting!


  1. This is absolutely stunning and so unique. I am in awe of your project hunnie. I loves ya xx

  2. Wow, so beautiful! Thanks for joining Rhedd and Rosies challenge, good luck! Wendy (DT) x

  3. Oops! Just noticed you haven't linked to us yet hunny! Please add a link to Rhedd and Rosies challenge, thank you! xx

    1. Sorry for the oversight. Got it in there now. Thanks for letting me know.

  4. This is such a gorgeous project!

    Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!
    Laura :)

  5. Hi Tricia, stunning project, it appears, you haven't linked this back to us at Zoe DT xxx

  6. Oh my word that is stunning! Thanks for entering the Rhedd and Rosie's Challenge and good luck! Melissa (DT) xxxxxxx

  7. Oh my word this is stunning. I just love it. Such an awesome idea and it has turned out just spectacular. Great job.

    Thank you so much for joining in with our 'Take Flight' Challenge over at Rhedd and Rosie's Anything Goes Challenge Blog.

    Great Big Huge Hugs

    Becca xxx (Rhedd and Rosie DT member)

  8. Fantastic work, just fabulous.

    Thank you for joining us at Rhedd & Rosie Challenge Blog. Hope we see your work again.

    Moira DT

  9. Stunning project, love it. Hope you are doing ok, glad I can still keep in touch hugs txx

  10. Stunning project and great recycling project! Fantastic idea! thank you for sharing with QKR Stampede this week.

  11. WOW, what a great project. Thanks for all the pics and the tut. Thanks for joining us at Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenges this month.
    HUGS, Barbara -SNSCC

  12. This is wicked cool love love it. Awesome idea and tutorial... thanks for joining us at CI Paints be sure to come back for the next challenge.

  13. This is gorgeous sweetie. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at Creative Card Crew.

    Cathy DT

  14. This decorative piece looks absolutely fantastic! Love your attention to details - well done!

  15. Hi Trisha,

    I saw your post on the playroom...I see you project there. What a great use for roof flashing! You are awesome with your diecuts and folders my friend!

    Bev, your sister DT member at Altered Eclectics

  16. Fabulous project Trisha and great tutorial - thank you.

    Thanks for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  17. Wow: very lovely creation, well done! Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenge.

    groetjes, Ellen

  18. What an amazing project, Fabulous!!Thanks for joining us at Hiding in my Craft Room
    Cheers Jennie DTM

  19. Really love this project Patricia! Thanks so much for joining us at Anything But A Card. Juliax

  20. Fabulous project, love the coloring job and all the details! Thanks for playing with us at Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge