Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 1 – Killer Coo Coo Clock



After spreading out the pieces of the house die I was not  sure of what it was going to become I did not want to glue it or decorate it without getting a good feel for it.  As I started folding it into shape I knew instantly what I wanted to make.  A coo coo clock of sorts.  I have a thing for clocks.  My family room has almost a dozen clocks in it.  None of which tell time.  I took all of the batteries out of them.  The tick tock would drive me nutso.  (Not that there is much driving to do. LOL)  I wanted to give it a kitschy look and decided to go with a faux wood grain.  I used Helmar Textured Effects to create this look.   I applied it on with a sponge brush in long strokes and left it streaky on purpose.  Then painted it with 3 different colors of brown paint using the brush on wipe off technique.    Then decorating the house fell into place.  I added Vintaj accents for the finishing touches.  If you have never used Vintaj before they have great stuff that can be found at Hobby Lobby, and other craft stores.  Now on to the fun stuff.  The blog hop.  The master list is

But for ease of use, since the hop is so large Jen Goode designed the blinkie to the left that is really neat.  If you start with me then you can go forward and backward by clicking on the link in the box.  If you want to start at the very beginning the press the link in the center.

Tools : foam brushes, crop-a-dile, scissors, bamboo skewer, mini-mister

Materials :                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sizzix Scoreboards Pro Die – House, 3D, by Eileen Hull
Sizzix 12×12 matboard, white
Sizzix Big Shot Pro die cutting machine

Helmar Textured Effects

Helmar 450 Craft Glue

Prima – Say it in bling

Vintaj-  clock , chain

Brown cardstock and Pink Paislee pattern paper


Apply Textured Effects on sides of the house according to manufactures directions.  Apply lightest color of brown paint and wipe off.  Let dry then repeat this step again with a the medium color then with the darkest color.  Fold the edges in and touch up any missing spots. let dry.  Assemble main house according to directions

Add the pattern paper to the front of the house and adhere to main house.  Then cut small strips of paper to fit across roof and scallop the edges by placing in die and cutting at varying lengths.  Spritz edges with water and curl with a bamboo skewer and let dry.  Adhere as shown.

Using the Crop-a-dile punch holes in the bottom piece for metal chain to run through and also a hole in the back of the house to hang.

About nikimeiners

Friend, Wife, Mom and an all around crafty old soul. Artist, Writer, Creative Director and Style Maker. Lover of old, fond of the new. Craver of excitement, establisher of the calm. My website Bio- Growing up in a small mid-western town, Niki Meiners was surrounded by a modest, resourceful and very entrepreneurial family. Her simple upbringing spurred her "Can do" attitude and gave her the confidence to try any challenge placed before her. She knew there was more out there than just her small town and set off after high school to explore the world. It was through these travels that she discovered her love of art and her desire to make the world a prettier place. It was not until she suffered a paralyzing illness that she realized she wanted to reconsider her corporate career as a Chief Paper Pusher, and her thoughts immediately turned to her first passion, art. In 2003 she began an odyssey that would take her from product design to publication and everywhere in between. She is known for her distinctive, high quality creations that feature a diverse mix of styles and highly creative approach to even the smallest detail. Niki is an Idea Architect, easily outlining every project from concept to completion. Her creations are simultaneously beautiful and functional and her in depth knowledge of the industry allows her to produce projects with a specific understanding of both the consumers and the manufacturers. This knowledge has allowed her work to be featured in the industries leading craft and lifestyle publications and manufacturers’ websites. nikimeiners at
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34 Responses to Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 1 – Killer Coo Coo Clock

  1. Chris says:

    Wow, very creative. Great job.

  2. Oh no she did not! This is extremely creative niki- it looks just like one of those vintage clocks I have been drolling over !

  3. denise says:

    WoW Niki! My son, who is in Love with Germany culture and taking the language, would Love this…so Cute….and I have tons of pinecones in my yard…thanks neighbors tree! :O)

  4. eileen hull says:

    Niki- I swear I thought this was wood! Love the curly roof and the idea of making it into a clock! Thanks for working with my die 🙂

  5. Karen B. says:

    This looks just like the cuckoo clock in my grandmother’s house and brought back some fond memories. Your detail work is stunning. Clever, clever, clever!

  6. Candice Windham says:

    Great idea, Niki!

  7. Plaid Crafts says:

    That is absolutely awesome – what a great idea! Mod Podge Amy

  8. Beth W. says:

    Niki – So very fabulous! Love this idea, the sparkly bird and the chain with the pine cones!

  9. SO clever! LOVE the roof detail – and that wood effect is amazing! Great design!

  10. Jen Goode says:

    Such an awesome design… the texture and details are fabulous! You done good, girl – love it!

  11. colleen says:

    what a cool idea!

  12. what a beautiful looking clock! I have a real one and you nailed the detail! I also love the folding up detail on the shingles! so clever!

    ~Michelle Cummings

  13. Debra Quartermain says:

    What a clever idea! So wonderful!

  14. Ann Butler says:

    This is very creative, love it!

  15. Madeline Arendt says:

    Clever idea for the die. The way it is finished is fantastic! The perfect little cuckoo.

  16. Cheryl says:

    This is amazing! Great idea!

  17. Roxi Phillips says:

    I think I already left a comment/compliment, but I have to say again how clever this is! Curly roof shingles, pinecones… all so creative!

  18. This is such a wonderfull idea. I love it!!!

  19. nikimeiners says:

    Thanks everyone. You all sure know how to make a gal feel great!

  20. Cherish says:

    Niki you are amazing, what a fun twist on the original die. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

  21. How original! I love the idea of making a coo coo clock out of it. The pine cones are just the perfect added touch.

  22. Jessica says:

    Again thinking out side the box! Very well done, I love the way the shingles curl up from the roof! Very cute. Well done

  23. WOW. Thanks for being part of the hop
    Rebecca Minor

  24. Rexann says:

    Love your project, it is very cute!! TFS!!!!

  25. Lyneen says:

    WOW…. it looks just like a coo coo clock. You did an AWESOME job on this house… what a great idea. TFS!

  26. corinna says:

    Absolutely AWESOME, Nicki!
    Warm greets from Hamurg/Germany
    and Corinna

  27. alwayscharlie says:

    Love it!! I can’t wait to try one of my own!!

  28. Niki — This is so cute! How did you think of this? I love the whole idea! The roof shingles and the pine cones are wonderful. Great job!

  29. HawaiianLibrarian says:

    OMG, OMG you made a cuckoo clock that is funtabulous! Mahalo for your amazing design!

  30. gscrapbooks says:

    Holy goodness! This is amazing!!!

  31. Vidette B. says:

    This is so amazing. Wow!!!!

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