Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Deb Riddell: Trio of Sweet Life Stenciled Birdhouses

Hello, it's Deb Riddell here with you today and I am thrilled and honored to be guest blogging here at StencilGirl Talk! A huge thank you to Mary Beth Shaw and her amazingly talented team for asking me to create a project to share with all of you. I used a whole bunch of StencilGirl Products stencils and Tim Holtz's Tiny Houses die to create a little trio of Sweet Life Stenciled Birdhouses.
I started out with a piece of unloved 12" x 12" scrapbook paper from my stash, covered it with a thin coat of white gesso and then stenciled the paper randomly through the Rectangular Patterns For PlayCircular Patterns For Play and Doodle It Bigger stencils with three transparent colors of DecoArt Media Fluid acrylic paints (Cobalt Teal Hue, Green Gold and Quinacridone Violet).
More stenciling followed through the Tropical Floral stencil with Yellow Green Light acrylic paint and through the Rembrandt's Words Small stencil with Prussian Blue Hue.
Three houses were then die cut with the Tiny Houses die (two small houses and one large house)
from the stenciled scrapbook paper.
I scraped some shavings of Dry Ice Gelato into Ranger Opaque Matte texture paste, mixed it well with a palette knife and then stenciled some birds onto the fronts of each of the die cut houses. I used the Black Birds In TreesSong Birds and Nature's Gathering stencils. Once the texture paste had dried, the stenciled birds were outlined with a black Micron pen and a white Dylusions paint pen.
Three sentiments from Tim Holtz's Quotations Metallic Stickers were chosen, adhered to each of the houses and outlined with the same two pens as above.
On the back of each die cut house, Transparent Alpha Tiles were sewn on with a sewing machine.
Some words were chosen from Tim Holtz's Words Remnant Rubs and added above the tiles.
And finally, a Philosophy Tag was colored with Picket Fence Distress Crayon
and added to the top of the largest house with a brad.
The houses were then assembled, a line of glitter glue was added underneath the eaves of each little house and the Sweet Life Stenciled Birdhouses were complete!
I hope that you've enjoyed seeing how my project came together and a huge thank you again to StencilGirl for inviting me! I had so much fun playing with all of their wonderful stencils! Thanks so much for stopping by today to see my project and happy creating!
Deb xo
Deb Riddell of Paxton Valley Folk Art lives in British Columbia, Canada on a small acreage with her hubby and their beloved rescue dog. She started her creative journey as a watercolor and decorative painter but since discovering mixed media and paper crafts she's been hooked and is having great fun exploring these art forms. Deb has been published in several crafting publications and is currently on the design team for Emerald Creek Craft Supplies, Southern Ridge Trading Company and Therm O Web and is a Creative Guide at A Vintage Journey challenge blog. You can find her at the following links:


  1. Congratulations on your GDT spot Deb and what a wonderful project you have created! I love your little houses, those stencilled birds are beautiful! xx

  2. Great project, loving your little houses. Happy crafty week, Angela x

  3. Love these! I'd move in, if I were a little paper bird 😀

  4. Wonderful layering of the stencils and gorgeous colours Deb, the perfect background for these cute bird houses xxx

  5. Absolutely delightful tiny houses - such pretty backgrounds, and those birds are adorable.
    Alison x


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