Friday 5 August 2011

Beach hut basking by Julie Dandy

The current challenge is "oh I do like to be beside the seaside..." and what do you find beside the seaside??? Colourful beach huts so I decided to get a little bit creative with one of these cute mini birdhouses, Artistic Outpost "Beyond the sea" stamps and some Tim Holtz ideaology :D

I removed the dowel perch and then cut pieces of lightly striped pattern paper, stamped them with coffee archival ink and distressed them with a combo of Frayed Burlap and Fired Brick distress ink pads.

I glued a TH metal corner to the top of the house and the glued the paper in place with a little bit of glossy accents covering the holes, its fabby for glueing paper to this kind of project as it dries quickly.

I made the door by taking a lollipop stick that came with some rub-ons and cut it to the height I wanted with my TH scissors I then cut the three pieces length ways to make it look like old wood.
I coloured them with TH Broken China distress stain and when dry glued them to a smaller piece of paper.
When dry I glued them to the front of the house and coloured the base of the bird house with wild honey distress stain.
I didn't have any sand so I added some distress embossing powders (unmelted) inside my bottle before tying it to the house with garden twine.
To complete the project I added more seaside themed charms and Timmy embellies :D

The houses are so cute and could be used for so much more than just a cute birdhouse - I'm thinking little new home gifts, gingerbread houses, or something cute and Alice themed :D

Here's a few more pics of my ickle beach house :D

If you want to be in with a chance of winning a £15 voucher with free P&P in our August "Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside" challenge you can enter in one of 3 ways:
  • Blog your entry and use the Linky widget in the Blog post HERE
  • Load to the Happy Daze Facebook Page
  • Sent a pic by email to
Closing date is midnight 31 August.

Thanks for looking,
Julie xx


  1. oh that's brilliant, and so dinky!!

  2. This is terrific Julie, love how you've altered the bird house. Annette x

  3. this is really clever...wish I has thought of it, Damn. G x

  4. Wow....thats sooooo cool...I love the stamped crab on the roof!!

  5. What a fab idea, love the rich red colour and the door is brilliant. X


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