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by Julie Brooks

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Monday, 9 June 2014

Can't believe it's June already!

Hello everyone
I know from looking at your blogs and Facebook posts that you are busy designing and making lots of gorgeous projects. I love looking at what you've all been making. I can't quite believe it's already June - half way through the year - crazy!

Here at Chez Brooks (aka Beebaab Designs) I have recently made the decision to mothball my crafting materials for a while. It won't be forever, but for now I have other priorities.

So as a result I don't really have much to share with you in terms of crafting, but here are a few pics of two lovely birdcages I put together back in December for a friend of mine for her wedding - they graced her top table and I am incredibly flattered that she liked my creations enough to give them such price of place.

These cage sections were from a kit by Craftwork Cards which came with lots of papers in purples and browns, but I needed a white, cream and silver colour scheme so I sourced some papers with a subtle holly leaf design (to acknowledge that it was Christmas) in white with matt silver and then cut out all the fiddly bits and pieces in the cage sides by hand. The sections are cut out of kraft card so rather than use more paper on the insides of the pieces I painted them all using chalk acrylic paint, several coats on each piece. I also painted the bases. Then once they were dry I fixed them all together.

The back panel was different from the Craftwork Cards design in that I wanted a solid back panel, so I cut the domed shape of the back section but didn't cut any of the fiddly bits out! On the back panel I did cover the inside with the paper as well as the outside, and then stamped a bird cages design on each. This was when I discovered that the matt silver holly leaf design actually acted as a kind of resist to the ink, but I loved the look - kind of distressed and really subtle. You can see if better further down in one of the other photos.

The next step was to add glitter glue around all of the edges of the cut out panels to provide some added Christmas wedding sparkle and I used Stickles Star Dust for this. Then began the task of covering the base with a carpet of flowers in cream, white and silver, and building the flowers up the wall (the back panel). I loved figuring out which flowers to use and it was a bit like a jigsaw puzzle in places, finding the right flower to fit the space. Little spaces were decorated with sparkly gems and pearls.

flowers cascading like a waterfall down the back wall

A carpet of flowers on the base

each was tied at the top with silver velvet ribbon and pretty lace

the finished cages - decorated on the outside with double heart charms, more flowers, lace and pearls

Well, I hope you like these beautiful bird cages. They were an absolute pleasure to create and I was very happy with the end result - as was the bride!

Bye for now,
love from me x