A bit of crafty fun

Tim Holtz Crazy Birds JOFY stamps Clare Charvill My Creative Spirit
Helllooooooo there and a very happy Bank Holiday Monday if you're here in the UK.  I was really inspired to get inky after two crafty days away at Birds in the Barn and with an afternoon all to myself yesterday I got out my distress inks, crazy bird stamps and my ever increasing collection of JOFY stamps.  After a lot of stamping and cutting out that seemed to go on for ever lol! I chose my colour palette and got inking.  Here's how the project came together 

I used Antique Linen as my base colour, inked all the white card frames and stepped centre pieces, then highlighted the frame with brick wall detail in the same colour before sticking the pieces in place on the frame. 
I inked up all the images I'd chosen to go in the frame. Jo's stamps are great for inking......... 
Tim Holtz Crazy Birds Clare Chervil My Creative Spirit

and then started to build up the scene starting from the left of the frame.  I use stacks of tiny chipboard squares on the back of the pieces to lift them up from the base of the the frame.  
I stamped the house out twice. cut the roof off one and cut out the windows and door from the other, inked everything and then stuck the windows and door back in place and raised up the roof on chipboard strips before sticking it into the frame.
Tim Holtz Crazy Birds and JOFY stamps Clare Chervil My Creative Spirit
Tim Holtz Crazy Birds My Creative Spirit
 I used Ranger black and white enamel for the birds eyes and loads of chipboard squares to hold up all the pieces as I added them into the frame.
Tim Holtz Crazy Birds Clare Chervil My Creative Spirit
To finish I added 'Birds in the Barn' lettering - the frame's for Janet and her Birds in the Barn shop 
Tim Holtz Crazy Birds Clare Charvill My Creative Spirit
Its amazing what you can fit into an A4 frame lol!!!!! 
Here's the supply list if you fancy making one yourself. 

A4 Shadow Box - My Creative Spirit 
Smooth White A4 Card - My Creative Spirit 
Black Paint 
Tacky Glue 
Chipboard offcuts 
Distress Inks 
Ranger Black & White Enamel Accents
Glossy Accents 
White Gel Pen 
Stampers Anonymous Crazy Bird Stamp Set 
and the following JOFY stamp plates 
JOFY Mini 34, JOFY 11, JOFY 14, JOFY 21, JOFY 26, JOFY 29, JOFY 33 , JOFY 35
Paperartsy Squiglgly 16

Annie (my little sis) is arriving later, we're all out for a big family meal tonight and then after a quick catch up with Dad in the morning, it's off to Falmouth, Cornwall tomorrow to take Annie home, meet up with cousins and Uncle and then home in time for the Daisy's retreat at the weekend which I"m really looking forward to. No peace for the wicked ehhhh!!! lol.  Have lovely rest of your day, thanks for calling by and look forward to catching up again soon 


  1. What a fun way to use the crazy birds! Now I am inspired to try my hand at a shadow box with a scene. Might be just the ticket on a rainy, drippy day like we are having today. thanks as always for sharing.

  2. this is stunning Clare so beautiful made and fantastic colours.
    Gr Karin

  3. Wow, awesome creation! I really must get myself some Distress Markers. Sounds like a buy weekend. Creative Blessings, Tracy x

  4. Fantastic Love it Hugs Sandra xx

  5. This little project is so cute...and lots of delightful work! Love your suggestion to layer up chipboard to create dimension...works quite well. Keep on crafting!

  6. Fabulous, utterly fabulous, Love it. So much dimension,colour and fantasy - lots of fun. Great Job!

  7. Morning Clare, Wow !! Wow !! Wow !! this frame box is absolutely stunning !! the scene is amazing, and those crazy birds are amazing, especially with the enamel eyes (what a great idea). You never cease to amaze me !! Stunning, stunning, stunning.
    I hope you are having lots of fun with your Sister, Dad, Cousins and Uncle, you are certainly a very n 'busy bee', enjoy.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

    1. PS Clare, Your colouring is amazing, I would love to watch a video of you doing your colouring, it is fabulous xx

  8. Where do you get all of your wonderful ideas from Clare as well as the energy to make something as fantastic as this after working as well. You never cease to amaze me with your projects. I love those little birds and they would look lovely made up in material too.... maybe I'll have to have a go. Hope you enjoyed your time with the family over the weekend and have a good week. Hugs Pauline A xx

  9. Looks like a really fun project - the birds are very cute!

  10. I just love this Clare love what you have done with the cheeky birds.xx

  11. I think you all have had a lot of fun this past weekend with this project. Very cute and I am sure it will look great hanging in the Birds In The Barns establishment!!!!
    Thanks Clare.
    Judy in Arizona