Cherry Blossom Birdhouse

Well, spring is almost done and summer is almost here! I finally glazed up a birdhouse that has been bisque fired and waiting for glaze for almost a year! Sometimes I am just not brave enough. I love how it turned out! It was hand-built with coils in a style that reminds me of an old fashioned beehive. A jaunty  looking lid covers the top opening.  There is a drainage hole in the bottom. Trailing cherry blossoms and little blue butterflies wrap around. The red flower seems to sprout out from the 1 1/4″ hole in the middle giving the perfect size for a special backyard bird to make a home. It’s about 8″ tall and 7″ wide at the base.

Supply list and directions to make your own are below! If you are interested in purchasing this particular one, please go to my etsy shop, hydeparkhill.etsy.com where you can find this and many other lovely items to beautify your life!

Enjoy your cheery, cherry blossom spring morning!

Eileen

Supplies: Clay: speckled cone 5 clay for main body, b-mix 5 for flowers, leaves and butterflies, Other supplies: cherry blossom fondant mold, leaf shape cookie cutter, 5 petal flower cookie cutter, leaf or petal vein press mold (I used Wilton’s fondant flower molds & vein mold), parachute cord for hanging it up.

Glaze: Laguna White, Yellow, Clear Bright, Amaco Celebration Pink, Potter’s Choice Seaweed; Velvet Underglaze: electric blue, black, bright red, orange

Directions: Roll out a 1/4″ thick slab and cut your circle shaped base and cut an uneven wavy shape for the top- curve the sides with your fingers and use newsprint or paper towels to help the up and down curves to keep their shape, cut two holes for the cord about an inch or two apart. Set the top aside to be soft leather hard. Cut a hole in the bottom slab with a 1/4″ hole cutter for drainage, slip and score around the edge and roll out your first coil. Attach your coil and continue to roll and attach coils all the way up to the top- slowly bringing in shape to be more narrow at the top. Let it firm up a bit. Cut a hole 1 1/2″ in the middle of the side of your birdhouse. Cut two holes- one on each side at the top for the cord to be strung through and then through the lid- make sure everything lines up well. Roll a small slab and cut a 5 petal flower, cut the petals apart and give the petals veins with a texture tool or a leaf vein tool. Slip and score and attach your petals around the entrance hole. Using your flower mold and cornstarch, make flowers, branches and leaves attaching them wherever you want all the way around the birdhouse and on the lid. Slip and score and attach butterflies. Cover with plastic and let it sit for a few days. Slowly dry. Bisque fire to cone 05, glaze and fire to cone 5. I used black parachute cord for hanging it up!

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Poppies & Birch Bark

Good morning everyone! It’s finally a beautiful spring day! I have had these poppy flowers on my desk for a while now, at least a year! And I have had a bunch of birch bark  pieces for at least that long too! Similar to the card I made last year, Birch Bark and Roses I decided the poppies would look also look amazing with a birch bark piece and here you are! Supplies and Directions are below!

Happy Spring!

Eileen

birch bark poppy full front

Supplies: Heartfelt Creations Poppy Flower Stamp and Dies, Heartfelt Creations Classic Rose leaves stamp and dies,  Distress Ink- Barn Door, Lemonade, Candy Apple, Moss Green, Lawn Green, Walnut, Memento Ink Tuxedo Black, Copper stamp paint, embossing folder, 110# black card stock, black craft foam, 140# cold press watercolor paper, kraft paper, adhesive, hot glue gun, white card stock, black glass glitter (or some other kind of embellishment for the center of your flowers)

Directions: Stamp your flowers and leaves on the watercolor paper, color them with the inks and sponge daubers, die cut, shape and layer, using a paint brush or fingers add some sparkle to your flowers with the copper stamp paint. Add black glass glitter to the middles of each flower. Cut a card base size 5.75″ from the black, cut a piece of black craft foam 5.5″ square, adhere the craft foam to the front of the card base, cut a 5.5 piece of black paper to cover the foam. Cut a kraft paper square 5.5″ and emboss, distress the edges with walnut DI and distress a bit. Layer the kraft piece on top of the black piece on the card front. Adhere your piece of birch bark with hot glue. Arrange flowers and use hot glue. Matt the inside with a piece of 5.5″ square white card stock. Done 😀

 

On Your Special Day

Here is a lovely easel card for celebrating a special event. It features Elizabeth Craft Designs Modascrap “Romantic Bouquet”, vellum, some mulberry paper flowers and two handmade stick pins.

vellum peony 6 x 6 easel card full front 3

Supplies: Modascrap Romantic Bouquet Die, vellum, mulberry flowers, cardstock- #110 for base and pale pink for accent color, stick pins- made with pearls and seed beads and stick pins, gossamer ribbon, pearl button embellishment.

Enjoy more pictures below 🙂 This card is available on my Etsy shop- HydeParkHill.etsy.com.

Happy Crafting!

Eileen

 

 

Wildflowers

It’s a cold, dark January folks! brrrr….. but my garage is warm with my glass kiln going! Here’s hoping spring is here soon!

Supplies: White opal glass, icicle clear glass, silver foil, Tim Holtz wildflowers dies, Justrite paper craft butterfly die, die cutting machine – I used the Grand Calibur- and a glass kiln 🙂

Directions: Cut your white opal glass into 5.5″ square, icicle clear 5.75″ square. Cut your wildflowers from silver foil (NOT silver leaf). Layer your project- white opal glass, wildflowers, arrange your flowers in a pleasing design. Cap with clear and full fuse. Once it has cooled, slump into a dish form. Enjoy!

If you don’t like wildflowers, use a heart, or any other paper crafting die that will fit on your silver foil page. Experiment. 🙂 Silver reacts differently with different colors of glass. With the white glass it turned a pale yellow gold color. With blue glass it turns a pinkish iridescent color. Some samples of mine are below.  They are available for purchase on my etsy shop, hydeparkhill.etsy.com

Happy Crafting!

Eileen

Doodle Art Vase

Wow! I can’t believe Christmas has come and gone already! My husband completely surprised me this year and bought me a pottery wheel. I mostly hand build and the wheel as been a challenge to find time and let’s be honest —it’s a bit intimidating at first. So now at my house I have a pottery wheel I can use whenever I get some time and don’t have to worry about driving to the studio in town to use one there. It was in my kitchen for about 2 weeks -I know, bad idea-now it’s in the basement in a small space I made by relocating several filing cabinets, more about my small space pottery studio in a future post.

About a year and a half ago I did a doodle drawing for a church art event. This month I carved the same flowers into a leather hard vase I threw on my wheel! I love the results. I love doing something on paper and being able to reproduce it in clay or glass.  Paper, pottery and glass, it’s a fun mix and what I do here at Hyde Park Hill!

Below are pictures of my verse doodle along with my pottery and glass inspired by my doodle!

Enjoy! and happy creating in the up coming new year!

Eileen

 

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! I love Christmas! I love decorating and preparing and visiting with friends and family and the wonder of watching it through the eyes of my young son!

Here is a lovely Christmas card made with unexpected colors of “cranberry” and “light blue”. Always, supplies and directions are below!

Have yourself a merry little Christmas this year!

Eileen

Supplies: Heartfelt Creations Poinsettia & leaf stamp and die, Cherry Lynn “Merry Christmas” and “Holly” die, Sue Wilson holly leaf embossing folder, Sue Wilson pine bough, white feather, faux rhinestone swirl, 6″ x 6″ white card base, 110# white cardstock, cranberry cardstock, 65# white cardstock, adhesive, bling for middle of flower, Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink, Memento Light Blue ink.

Directions: Cut a 5.75″ square of cranberry cardstock, 5.5″ square of light blue. Emboss the light blue piece in the folder using letterpress style- rub light blue ink on one side of the folder put in the paper and emboss, layer both pieces with adhesive and attach to card base. Cut “merry Christmas” from 110# white cardstock three times and adhere together- this will thicken the piece and make it stand out. Stamp the poinsettias both the large and medium/small set on cranberry paper with rhubarb stalk ink. Die cut poinsettias, shape and layer. Cut leaves, pine bough, and holly pieces from white cardstock. Assemble the card flower and embellishments! Double matt inside with cranberry and white. 🙂

cranberry poinsetta christmas card front

 

Zinnias

I love Zinnias! They are my favorite annual flower to plant in my front yard. They grow and bloom all summer long until a hard frost. I decided I wanted to capture their beauty by making a stoneware clay dish- a shallow dish, great for use and display. I used my paper crafting zinnia stamp along with a dragonfly stamp, a leaf stamp and a doily all pressed into clay to make this beauty. It was bisque fired to cone 05, glazed with colorful underglazes and coated with clear glaze and fired again up to cone 5.

Enjoy the beautiful pictures and a sad farewell to fall as frost and winter are soon to arrive.

 

As you can see, you don’t have to use all bright colors, just using royal blue underglaze to highlight all the outlines makes for a pretty bowl and plate.

This idea of stamping onto clay can work with already made bisque at a “paint your own pottery” place too. Just bring your stamps and stamp on a piece of bisque they sell! They will clear coat it and fire it and there you have your own unique piece!

Have a beautiful weekend crafting and don’t forget you can use your paper crafting stamps for more than just paper!

Eileen