Friday, March 6, 2015

It's Time for a Vacation!

Hello Everyone!

No, I'm not going on vacation.  Wish I was, but for the time being, I'm stuck here in chilly New England.  The current Frilly and Funkie challenge theme is "It's time for Vacation".  When I think of getting away, I often think of the coast of Maine.  It is one of my family's favorite spots. 

I created this coastal cottage to help me to dream of warmer, sunnier days to come.

I cut the house components with my Silver Bullet Professional digital cutter, using a cut file from SVG Cuts, Inc.  It was marketed as a Christmas file, and I've made it that way in the past.  But for this project, I think it looks like the perfect little beach cottage. 

I cut the entire house from the same piece of cream colored cardstock.  I added color to the pieces with Distress Paints.  I swiped the paint on the house piece in horizontal stripes to replicate siding. (I used Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky, and Pumice Stone.) I enhanced this by drawing on and smudging stripes with a charcoal pencil. 

The roof was painted with black Distress Paint, and embossed with the checkerboard Tim Holtz Embossing folder. The porch roof was painted with Stormy Sky, and the door with Chipped Sapphire.  Everything was assembled using my favorite glue for dimensional pieces, Scotch Quick Dry paper adhesive. 

Every beach cottage needs wild beach roses, and I couldn't resist making some for mine.  Again using my Silver Bullet Pro, I cut the bushes and tiny little roses.  The roses were scaled at .3 inches, and the leaves are even smaller!

 I cut these elements with from white cardstock, and inked them with Distress Inks (Forrest Moss and Peeled Paint for the leaves) and Distress Stains (Worn Lipstick and Faded Lilac for the roses.)
I also added a bit of brown to the stems with a Bic marker, and yellow to the rose centers.  I shaped the roses using a round stylus and a cushy mouse pad.

I placed my beach cottage in my rustic little curio shelf in the dining room. 

Unfortunately, its neighbors are not feeling so summery!

Methinks it's time to pack away the snowmen!

I thank you for stopping by my blog today, and wish you a wonderful, craft filled weekend!



  1. What a clever little cottage! I love all the flowers and the cottage is soooo inviting. Where are the Fairy's ;) Thank you for sharing with us at Frilly and Funkie :)

    1. Thanks, Nicole! I afraid that fairies didn't even enter my mind!

  2. That is a wonderful display box for the seasons. My step-mom changes out pictures in her hallway of the seasons, but I like this box much better! :)

    1. Thanks, Lisa! I love it too. It was given to me by my daughter's sweet boyfriend.

  3. What a beautiful cottage Elizabeth ! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

  4. WOW Elizabeth! That's such a beautifully detailed little cottage. I love the 'tiled' roof and the way the flowers creep up the walls. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  5. Oh my goodness, Elizabeth, your beach cottage is amazing. I am drooling over it. Totally cute and it has so many wonderful details. I agree with Jenny, love the tiled roof and the flowering shrubs. I'm delighted that you shared this sensational piece with us over at Frilly and Funkie!



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