Monday, 9 April 2018

Magic House Hanging by Julie Ann

Hello, it's great to be back at Calico Craft Parts blog. I hope your Easter was a happy and relaxing one. I've been having lots of fun being inspired by the versatile tag designs Calico have introduced. Not only do the individual tags come in all kinds of exciting shapes and sizes, but the sheets of mini tags have so many possibilities.



 I grabbed a handful of tags and shapes and started to let my imagination run wild! This is what I came up with - a magic house hanging/art doll!




This project all began with one of the pointed top MDF Tag shapes, which really reminded me of a tall house!



The quality of these beautiful tags is such that you can paint straight onto them and create excellent effects. Before doing that, though, I wanted to experiment with arranging different elements onto the tag.


Here is one of my faces glued onto a birch plywood heart-shaped plaque. The pair of Paperclay hands are created from moulds taken from metal matching hand charms.



These tiny tags from the sheet of mini tags looked so much like little doors! Although Calico has a sheet of tiny doors and windows, these will also work equally well on house projects of all kinds. I've combined them on this project with one of the incredible Calico door designs and a couple of miniature windows to show the possibilities when you mix and match Calico Craft Parts. A tiny silver bead becomes a giant door handle for a fairy!



Returning to my pointed top tag, I blended different shades of blue acrylic paints before stencilling in cream and brown through a doily style stencil.



I was pleased with the effect of stamping some script and some lace onto the painted tag with a brown Archival Ink pad. A few, old gold sequins and a scrap of lace provided my heart lady with her pretty collar.



I'd been waiting to use this lovely sunburst door for some time. I decided to crackle glaze over it with DecoArt One Step Crackle and then age it with some antiquing medium blended with a chocolate brown acrylic paint. A quirky flying house goddess seemed to be taking shape!



Meet Melissa, the domestic goddess of hearth and home! She flies towards you with open arms, offering you iced, heart-shaped cookies; the birds are always singing outside her windows and she invites you in to her cosy haven of kindness, comfort and magic.



The 2 tag doors are attached by copper wire, threaded through a couple of holes I drilled into the bottom of the tag. You could create a tag like this to attach to a 'Good Luck in your New Home' gift with a special message written on the back. It could even make a hanging in its own right for a cosy nook.



With birds building their nests and new beginnings everywhere, it's not surprising that Spring is traditionally the time for moving house. If you know of anyone moving at this time, you might like to create a tag or a hanging to wish them happiness in their new home. I hope this spring will be a time of opportunities and doors opening onto new vistas for you too. Have a lovely fortnight until we next meet at the Calico Craft Blog.

Calico Craft Parts Used
MDF Tag with Pointed Top
Sheet of Mini MDF Tags Classic
Sheet of Mini MDF Tags Rounded Top
Standard Heart Birch Plywood plaque
Door MDF Style 11
Mini Wings Style 3
Sheet of tiny doors and windows
Songbirds in Spring Branches

19 comments:

  1. oh, what a gorgeous hanging this is Julie Ann! the sunburst door is fabulous!

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    1. Thanks so much, Helen. These little doors are fabulous to work with and you can have lots of fun with the windows that go with them too. x

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  2. I love how this developed Julie Ann. I was intrigued by the heart holding hands, and cookies are a great welcome. So much attention to detail as usual. The crackle on the sunburst door is delicious. A gorgeously creative piece. Xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Hazel. I had such a lot of fun creating this piece. x

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  3. This is most definitely magical! I love the idea of the tag house and doors and the beautiful painting and your welcoming face and generous hands are so perfectly fitting. Thanks for sharing! xo

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment, Ann and for dropping by today. x

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  4. The stenciled doily on the house, -and the feet of tiny tags, Julie so very lovely, also amazing crackled door , and you know I love your beautiful faces .A gorgeous Goddess for house and living -
    Hugs Dorthe xox

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Dorthe. I think you and the goddess would get along really well. x

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  5. Another gloriously imaginative project, Julie Ann - I love that doily background, so fabulous with the text stamping over the top, and the crackled door frame looks amazing. Beautiful work, as ever.
    Alison x

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    1. Thank you so much for dropping by, Alison. Your kind words and encouragement always make my day. x

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  6. Beautifully done, and so sweet! Very clever to use the mini tags as legs and connect them with wire.

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    1. Thank you so much, Linda and June. I really love using the tags. xx

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  7. Quirky, fun, creative & welcoming!

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  8. This really would make a lovely welcome gift! The door looks amazing! Hugs,Chrisx

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  9. Thank you so much, Chris. I'm so glad you like it. xx

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  10. This is absolutely gorgeous, Julie Ann. The face is beautiful and fhe hands really bring her to life,

    Lucy x

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    1. Thank you so much, Lucy. It was lots of fun to create her. xx

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