Garden shrine

Whilst I am out and about in Seville there is a new challenge getting underway over at Anything But A Card. The theme for the next three weeks is “Out and About.” Celebrate nature, your favourite place, World Environment Day,  seasonal colours, or having fun outdoors – the possibilities are endless as long as it is anything but a card!

I am not a fan of gardening, but I do like a nice garden, especially one that has lots of treasures and secrets – statues, sculptures, gnomes, fountains, mazes, follies, mirrors – I love them all! My DT piece for the ABAC challenge, a little shrine, reflects that love:


We are lucky to have the fabulous house and gardens of Chatsworth  just a short drive away from where we live. The gardens are endless an include a maze, a squirting willow tree and a spectacular cascade that you are allowed to paddle in. This little shrine is just the sort of thing that you might find tucked away in corner as you wander round on a sunny summer’s day.


I created the shrine from chipboard using my Sizzix Alterations dies – Altered Dwellings and Rectangles – and building up the sides with extra strips of chipboard cut by hand. Once assembled, I gave everything a coat of gesso and then acrylic paint, using sage green, chocolate brown and black to create a stone effect. I inked all the edges and added a delicate spritz of Picket Fence distress stain for good measure.


The green man is a bead that I picked up from Ebay. I cut lots of fronds of ivy from some card that was coloured with green distress inks – Crushed Olive, Mowed Lawn and Shabby Shutters. The die is by Marianne Creatables.


I’ve added little wisps of gauze, tiny berries and some little yellow flowers. The latter were once big paper flowers that I crushed up to make small!


To enable the shrine to stand, I added some olive green beads to act as feet.


As you know, I am currently on holiday and last night Mr Beez and I were due to visit the gardens at the Alcazar Palace where I believe some of the scenes were filmed for Game of Thrones. Although not a fan of the show, I am hoping there will have been lots of secrets and treasures to discover. I will let you know when I get back!

Thanks for buzzing by.


Garden shrine — 12 Comments

  1. I am in awe, where did you come up with this totally inspired concept. Amazing and beautifully made, you little niche is awesome.

    Dionne xx

    • Thank you – first think of the idea and picture it in your head, then attempt to make it and..ta da…. it turns out completely differently!!! 🙂 xx

  2. I am such a bad blog reader, have gotten further and further behind. Don’t know where days go anymore. I need a vacation away from this house badly. Grand daughters are flying to San Diego for oldest daughters’ b/d for July 10th. she’ll be 55. I’ll be 75 just few days after her b/d. Where have the years gone? How did I get so durned old?
    So glad to hear you are on holiday, good for you, not that you and your hubs need it or anything huh?
    Your little shrine is incredible, that bead for the head is wonderful, what a find. You are just too clever and talented. Love the little ivy leaves all over and little flowers. I love everything you do.
    Am so behind reading blog posts, shameful.
    We got a new pc router this past week, had been having problems with old one for long time, kept telling hubs needed new one so we went to Sam’s Club last Sunday, I talked to knowledgeable guy about it and he suggested I buy new one on Amazon which I did, half what Sam’s club wanted. Got it on Wed. works great. Now if I could just get my 8.1 working, lol.
    Better get myself to bed, have good book to read. Get books at our local thrift shop, 25 cents for paperbacks and 50 cents for hard backs. Been donating some back to them tho, hubs keeps complaining about my books all over. Have great vacation and talk to you soon.

    • I always enjoy your visits and hearing what you have been up to! Shame you are not nearer, I am now trying to re-home lots of books as I can no longer keep the massive number I have built up. Glad you got your router sorted – got my son to donate his when he left home, couldn’t bear the thought of getting to grips with anything new 🙂

  3. Gotta love this little shrine! You certainly get your use out of those Altered Dwelling dies of Tim’s. I love that set and haven’t even used it yet; is that sad or what? You did a great job of making a stone finish, and that bead is perfect for a garden shrine. My very fave element is all that ivy–so lovely and lush. Your placement is perfect!! Super!!

    • Once you get it out of the package I am sure you will use it tons. I wish he would bring out a second set, slightly larger and with some quirks like slanted roofs. Although, if Alpha Stamps were over here, I would be buying up their stock of shrines!!!! 🙂

  4. Lisette this would look beautiful in my garden… lol I have never seen that die from Sizzix, I am going to have to look for it… What an adorable idea and it’s hard to believe that isn’t stone… Great job !

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