Thursday, October 27, 2016

Elements of Nature and Guest Designer

Hello y'all! Happy day to you and what a good one it is so far. I am happy and excited to share some news with everyone. I am a guest designer today over at Stamps and Stencils. Hehe! The very talented team has been challenged to design something inspired by the Elements of Nature! Hop on over to check out what they have created, you'll enjoy looking at everyone's creative talents. I decided to make something that features moss, bark, sticks, rocks, butterflies, paints, and a secret door. Here is my mini garden top hat.
If you would like to see more details and close ups head on over to Stamps and Stencils where I do a step out about the process. 

I used so many materials and tidbits from nature, even some coffee beans for the dirt. The hat is made from crafters foam (that's how all my hats start out). 
And here are some pictures of the sides of the hat. The door was made with polymer clay that was stamped into. The brow edging around the door is leather and the door itself was painted with about 3 colors of brown paint, a white wash and some Emerald Green Viva Decor. 
I wouldn't mind living in this hat! The "feather" looking piece in the picture above is made with polymer clay and an Iron Orchid mold #6. Then it was distressed with the same paints that were used on the door. 

Thank you to the entire team for letting me share in such a wonderful challenge theme! You all rock! Carpe Diem!

I would love to share this top hat with these lovely challenges:

Always use Rubber Challenge #2-Winter/Spring
I used Spring. Flowers blooming, gardens growing, butterflies out and about.

Creative Artiste Challenge #19-Anything Mixed Media Goes

Mixed Media Place #21-Paint the Sky, Make it Yours!
I totally enjoy making mini hats and this design is my new favorite. Anything mini makes me smile and laugh.

Mixed Media World #19-Assemblage/Altered Art





23 comments:

  1. What a FANTASTIC project! Hugs, Valerie

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  2. Niki, this is stunning! I want to live in there too... I love all the little elements you added - off to have a closer look! Hugs, Anne xx

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  3. This is a work of art! It must have taken you some time to get this so detailed and perfect. Congratulations on your guest spot and thank you for sharing with us at Always use rubber. We really are a rubber/polymer stamp challenge you say the door was stamped into so I think you qualify. XOXO

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  4. Stunning!! Just had to start following you
    Love
    Amanda x

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  5. Niki, this is an amazing assemblage top hat! I love the spring nature theme with the added bonus that it's someone's little home! I wish it were mine! Your door and 'feather' are gorgeous and what a clever use of a stamp! Well done and huge applause--a new Punkin' favorite! Hugs!

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  6. OOPS! I was so excited, I forgot to say congratulations on your GDT with Stamps and Stencils! they are so lucky to have you design for them!

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  7. Oh my gosh, I wouldn't mind living in that hat, either, Niki!! It is absolutely spectacular!! Gosh, the details are just amazing!! I love every single thing you added!! The polymer clay door looks amazing!! I'm off to read more details on this masterpiece!! Huge congrats on your so-deserved guest design spot!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  8. EEEK! You nailed this and I am over the moon excited and inspired! Thank you thank you! I love this! Hugs, Autumn

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  9. Wow that is fabulous, made with lots of natural materials. I love it much. A fairy home in a hat. I am thrilled!
    Dear greetings
    Sabine

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  10. What a beautiful, beautiful creation, a real breath of spring, and a brilliantly creative use of stamping. Thank you for showing it to us at Always use Rubber
    Jane

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  11. Wow Doc, I would have to agree with you, I want to live inside your hat! It is just so magical and reminds me a touch of the Hobbits Shire, which you know how much I adore! lol. The birch base is brilliant and I just love the little wooden stumps around the door. Coffee beans as dirt, how freaking brilliant are you! Love the clay feather, and all the wonderful greenery! Those bits of blue really add a touch of magic to your fantastical hat! Super congrats on your Guest spot, well deserved my friend. happy weekend, sending hugs :)

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  12. Absolutely unbelieveable! This is one of the most amazing 3D pieces I've seen, Niki! I adore every single detail! So many amazing techniques and fabulous ideas! I am completely impressed by this spectacular piece of art! Congratulations on your GDT spot at Stamps and Stencils, my friend! What a feast for the eyes! Lots of love to you! Branka xx

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  13. Niki this is so beautiful and so everything, really really awesome work huni. It's the first thing that has made me smile in a while. I think you know I lost my wee dog and it's broken my heart, so much, but I have to say your project has put an awesome smile on my face so thank you xx

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  14. A gorgeously pretty creation. It makes me think of a fairy garden with all the wonderful natural elements you've incorporated.
    Thank you for joining in with the October challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media and good luck x

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  15. Thus is so cool, I've looked at it twice now... if you move into this hat, please invite me over! So original, creative, unique... what a fun little slice of fairyland.

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  16. Absolutely beautiful! Wow, you certainly put a ton of work into this Spring hat - all of it very well worth it! Thank you for playing with us at Always Use Rubber! Christi DT

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  17. Interesting work , really eye catching ! Thank you for joining us at MMP.

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  18. Amazing again thanks for playing at Mixed Media Place Challenge!!!!

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  19. Well, first AMAZEBALLS, girl!! And second, sorry i've been MIA in blogland... but happy to see you have not!! LOVE your hat - reminds me of the fantastic Alice in Wonderland with Mr Depp - one of my faves! Keep up the great work, and hope to follow more closely! xxx Lynn

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  20. Oh I love fairy houses!!! At this one is stunning!Thank you for playing along with Mixed media Place!xxSylwia

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  21. Love this fairy house! Thank you for participating in the Mixed Media Place challenge!

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  22. This is beautiful sweetie, just adore your work! Thank you for joining at MMP x

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