Monday, April 7, 2014

Crafty Secret's Design Team Challenge and Linky Party!

I hope you all had a great weekend! The weather is finally feeling a bit spring like! Today is the Crafty Secret's Design Team Challenge and linky party. The challenge this month is to create something Easter or spring like. 
I was in the mood to redecorate a bit and bring in elements of spring to my living room.
I had a stash of paper mache eggs and thought I would like to alter them.
I have 3 here, but have a couple more that just aren't quite finished yet. ;)
I nestled them in some moss and a bird's nest I purchased from Hobby Lobby. 
So here's the scoop on how I made them. I printed the paper from Crafty Secrets that I liked on regular printer paper.  The thinner the better for Modge Podging. (Yes, I totally made that a verb!)
Tear little pieces and start gluing it right to the egg.  You want to be generous with the Modge Podge....under the paper, and over the paper. (On your hands, on your jeans, on your sweatshirt...pretty soon your hands start sticking together....OH! Wait! That's just me!)
I wanted my eggs to have a realistic speckled appearance so I grabbed this.....
I placed my egg on the glass bottle.........in my bathtub. Yes, I said, bathtub. (It was raining and dark when I was taking photos....so one has to be creative in situations like this!) ;)  Then I sprayed.....and made a mess. 
And yes, I DID have to clean my bathtub afterwards.... 
I printed the carrots from the Bunny Hop Digital collection.  I cut them out by hand.
I wanted to give them a bit of color, so I pulled out my distress markers. 
After coloring them, I covered the tops with glossy accents and sprinkled them with Flower Soft.  The carrot was also given a coating of glossy accents for more dimension. 
Here are some close ups of my finished eggs..... 


Be sure to stop by the other DT ladies' blogs for more inspiration!

13 comments:

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Michele, these are the cutest ever! And what dedication to the cause to spritz the ink in your tub....and then clean it! I'm really impressed! LOL Those carrots are darling...you are just one amazing artist!

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

Oh my stars! These are so adorable Michele! LOVE the speckles ... really did give it a more realistic appearance! (though I'm sure it was a messy project) FANTASTIC creativity my friend ... WOW!! You always inspire me! Well Done!!!

Vicki Chrisman said...

These are totally Adorable Michele!
I'm in love with those little carrots!

my cup of tea said...

Very CUTE and CLEVER!
~Donna~

Teri said...

Love them!!!! And you're not the only one who gets Mod Podge all over themselves!! Depends on what time it is, sometimes it's on my jammies too!!! LOL!!!! And props to you for cleaning the tub when you were done... mine would've been dirty for awhile!!! LOL!!! They really are beautiful!!!
Hugs,
Teri

Elizabeth said...

Love the eggs Michele. They were a lot of work but if one had the patience wouldn't it look gorgeous to make a whole bunch of these and attach them to a moss wreath?

Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Co. said...

Hi Michele, your decoupage eggs are adorable and they look so cute with the green Flower Soft carrot tops. Liz is right, they would also be great on a wreath!

Thanks for sharing in our April Linky Party
Sandy

cjgusloff57 said...

Your eggs are so CUTE! I just love your post today....you tell it like it is! Sometimes one(Me) tends to think that they are the only one who does "oopsies"! LOL!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

omigosh these are the most adorable little eggs I have ever seen...I love your soft approach to things!

Cynthia said...

Adorable! It was worth all the mess, Michele.

the primitive country bug said...

These are just so darling!!! You really are an amazing designer.

Sheila Rumney said...

Michele, these are just too cute! The speckles just make the eggs. Thanks for sharing!

Linsey said...

Oh my goodness Miss Michele! What a delightfully clever girl you are! These eggs are SO GORG! OH gosh, your carrots are amazing--that was a fussy cutting for sure! Such a charming presentation :) And I really appreciate your marvelous tutorial on how you created these little beauties! You make me want to give it go myself--that equals SUPER INSPIRING!!! Thank you my friend!