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.