Friday, 5 June 2009

A thousand thanks to Carol for her inspiration.....

My lovely sweet friend Carol from Australia sent me the Collections Elements Villages and some beautiful miniature detailed papers also made by CE. Check out her Blog Header to see an awesome example of a village and her latest stunning vintage canvas.

These villages are huge in Aussie and the kits and the workshops sell like hotcakes!! The company also make tiny elements like wings and owls and the trend is to run them through a cuttlebug and emboss them then distress them with paints and rubs.
(Sue you would love these!!)

Normally made with lots of altered and grungy elements mine is a bit different in that it's all girly and flowery. Fortunately Carol sent me two packs so I promise the next one will be grungy and cool!!

" If I can't afford to live in the house of my dreams then I'll just have to build a village of dreams!! "

I used a combination of Papermania's new papers and Panduro/Tilda bird-houses and Home Sentiments rub-ons.
I used corrugated cardboard, distress paints and a 12x12 watercolour fence paper covered in rambling roses. (make unknown)
I think on the next one I will cut more windows out and cover the insides as it creates more depth and interest to each house. I was wondering if I could put dolls house chandeliers inside them or is that taking it just a bit too far?

I'm not very happy with this flower in the corner but sometimes you just get stuck and can't change things no matter how hard you try. A bit like the tiles in the bathroom, you liked them at the time but now wish you could change them but you know you will have to wait another 10 years!!

A Melissa Francis resin frame and a touch of Glossy Accents. I used some SEI iron on fluffy borders on this house.

Maxine Hazebroek and Audrey have some asweome examples from the classes that they teach, check out their links if you are interested.

The latest trend of canvasses covered in chicken wire is also very cool and about to be replicated in England as soon as I can get my hands on some!!

I have always loved those French chicken wire linen cupboards but thats another story...... for now I'll just have to love the miniature versions!

Once again with love and gratitude thankyou so much Carol for your generosity.

Love and "all good things come in small packages", especially from Australia!!

Ruth xxx

ps: For those of you who have asked the canvas is 8x8 and the houses are set into the reverse side of the canvas.


sam21ski said...

Fantastic Ruth

What is the overall size of it?

It's lovely to have such caring friends isn't it


ullpurka said...


What a fabolous piece of altering this is. I am stunned!
You truly are an artist.

Thank you for your kind words in my blog.

Hope you will have a great weekende.

Love from Norway.

Carol T said...

Dear Ruth...
Soooooo....beautiful....I love the pearls and tulle, and the vintage MF frame.....I knew you would do something amazing with them.....Just let me know if there is anything you need sent over to Uk...Thankyou for showing me your wonderful creations...And yes...chicken wire is definately on the go !!! Have just purchased some myself, as we dont have any just lying look out on my blog....Take Care ,Ruth....And thankyou for your lovely comments...
Always your friend
Carol x x x

Sue Abbott said...

Well Ruth, What can I say? You just keep amazing me with what you are creating! I absolutely love the (this next bit is especially for Sam, lol) soft pinks, and delicate embellishments. I am so into these colours and style, oh what more can I say, it's just LOVELY!
Sue x

Gez said...

Its stunning Ruth! It looks great fun to make. I love all the soft colours. Its perfect in every sense.:-D

Margie said...

Hi Ruth, I found your blog on Elly's My Everyday Things and am so happy to have taken the time to visit you. I love your little houses and your work is so inspiring and creative. hugs Margie.

courtneyannb said...

This is so freakin adorable! I love the soft color combos and cardboard adds an awesome touch!

ARTful Wings said...

Wow WOW WOW - this is absolutley gorgeous Ruth - its like a fairytale page!!! So much detail - beautiful.

Would love to take part in the inchie challenge - thank you

Polly xxx

Karen said...

I so WANT this one Ruth!!! Its utterly fantastic! XXX