Saturday, 27 March 2021

* AALL & Create: Nature Artist Trading Cube


First, please let me welcome Liz McGuire, my latest follower. Thank you for sharing my artsy journey, Liz!

Today is my GDT day at AALL & Create and as it is mixed media week, I have an artist trading cube to share. I had a lot of fun working in miniature as the cube is only 2.75 inches cubed. The images are a reminder that spring has arrived in the northern hemisphere and we can look forward to warmth, colour and new life.

The cube has four different scenes and a bird in a nest on top.

It has tiny wooden bobbins to act as legs, lifting it off the surface.

The elements are not glued on flat, but allowed to lift to create texture and dimension.

The wire bird in the nest was stamped twice, once in reverse, using a gelli plate, so that the two pieces could be glued together and the bird is visible on all sides.

Here are close up photos of each panel:

Work in Progress:

1. The panels were coloured with Distress Oxides using the smooshing technique. Scripted Semicircles were heat embossed with Distress Glazes and some of the wildflowers from In the Bucket were stamped.

2. Reverse Semicircles were stamped in black around the edges of each panel and texture paste was added through the Lotza Dotz stencil.

3. Small elements were stamped onto watercolour card and coloured with Inktense pencils and a water brush. They were fussy cut.

4. Words, wire birds and a butterfly were stamped onto card.

5. The cube was painted with black acrylic paint. Wooden bobbins were adhered for legs.

6. All elements were glued in place along with natural dried flowers, sisal and florists moss. A sisal birds nest was coloured with Oxide sprays, filled with moss, the large wire bird was stamped twice (one in reverse using a gelli plate) and adhered together, and confectionary eggs were added. Wire was twisted to creat a banner for hanging the word 'bird' and 'fly'.

Stamps Used for this project:
#326 Garden Tools
#449 Through the Meadows
#451 In the Bucket
#458 Hibiscus
#469 Scripted Semicircles
#487 Reverse Semicircles

Stencil used: #39 Lotza Dotz

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That's all for now.
Thanks for stopping by today.

I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Creative Artiste #66 Mixed Media 28/03 TOP 3
CRAFT Challenge #592 Spring/Easter 31/03
Star of the Month
Top 3
Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday Spring Colours 31/03 TOP PICK
Scrapping4Fun Challenges #188 Easter/Spring 1/04 WINNER
Creative Moments €211 AG 05/04
The House That Stamps Built #2421 AG 06/04
Thes Sisterhood of Crafters Easter/Spring 12/04 TOP 3
* Uniko Studio Challenge #64 Signs of Spring 24/04


  1. Oh wow Carole this is just amazing. I love it. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  2. What an absolutely stunning creation, Carole! Amazing details, gorgeous colors and just so beautifully done!
    Thank you so much for sharing this month at my Crafty Wednesday challenge! Hope to see you back again soon!

    Ellibelle's Corner

  3. Fabulous 3D project.
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge this week at CRAFT Challenge, looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Hugs Sheryl xx CRAFT DT

  4. This is so good Carole are so good at mixt media Scares me ... sent for the cats and the men ...can you make a card using either of them xxx
    Hugs Sylvie xx

  5. An adorable little cube Carole. Each panel, including the top, is bursting with gorgeous colour fabulous texture and amazing detail.
    Thank you for joining in with our March challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media. Good luck x

  6. WOW! This is amazing and beautiful!!! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Sisterhood of Crafters challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

    Please stop in for a visit!

  7. Oh this is lovely. I am always amazed at how much detail you can add to a small space.
    Hugs Monica

  8. This is amazing, so much detail in a small space. Glad you joined us at The House That Stamps Built!

  9. Wow this is amazing!!! Thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge.  Please join us again real soon!
    Hugs, Joy
    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Owner and Coordinator

  10. LOVE this wonderful piece of home decor! Such a great spring creation. Thank you for playing with us at the Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge and hope you can join us again soon.

  11. Gorgeous Easter creation! Love all the detail!
    Thank you for your entry at Scrapping4funChallenges.
    Rachelle DT

  12. Beautiful creations
    Thank you for participating in our challenge.
    Big hug Bianca

  13. This is beautiful!! All the details are fabulous and amazing!! Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built.

  14. Congratulations Carol you are our star of the month at CRAFT challenge.

  15. Hi Carol, can you please follow this link to Scrapping4funChallenges, before the 14th of April 2021. Thanks
    Rachelle DT

  16. Magnifique cube de Pâques.
    FĂ©licitations pour ce magnifique travail si minutieux.

  17. WOW! What a beautiful and amazing creation. Thanks so much for sharing and joining in on the Uniko Challenge. Hugs Bev x

  18. Carole, you made an amazing piece of Art! Never saw a trading cube before (only trading cards) - what a great idea! Love all the details you added.
    Thank you for sharing your creatvity in the Uniko Spring Challenge #64!
    Greetings from Wiebke (Uniko Brand Ambassador)


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