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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A Little Birdie Told Me ...

I have been busy using Sewing Box Hugs (Waltzingmouse) for some of 
my cards this spring. I love the hand stitched effect of the images ...
they really speak to the sewer and quilter in me!!  Earlier I made 
this card - a watering can shaped card with flowers from the stamp set. 
I then decided to use the same idea to make a birdhouse for the little 
birdie from Sewing Box Hugs.

I created a template for the birdhouse using graph paper. 
This allowed me to cut various pieces for the card front.  
The card front was cut from Harvest Gold card stock and then the lower
portion was cut a second time from yellow patterned paper. A circle was punched into the paper to create an 'opening' for the bird house. An
orange piece of patterned paper was cut to create a frame for the opening.

 The gable end of the bird house was created by cutting lots of strips from the Heart Border die (Papertrey Ink). The paper strips were positioned to create a small scalloped effect (like shingles). Two pieces of orange paper were 'wrapped' around the edges of the roof line. A little copper coloured pearl was placed on the top point of the roof.

The bird, branch and flower were all stamped and hand cut using the Sewing Box Hugs set. Another little pearl was added to the center of the flower. A strip of Harvest Gold card stock was stamped with the sentient and attached to the lower edge of the card. All edges were sponged with Tea Dye Duo - Chamomile and Chai inks

A portion of one of the Photo Finishers die was cut from Harvest Gold card stock. The sentiment on this strip was created by combining "it's your" (Fillable Frames #8) and "birthday" (Tag-Its #10)  The second sentiment is from Flower Fusion #1.

Card Details
Stamps - WMS: Sewing Box Hugs; PTI: Flower Fusion #1; Fillable Frames #8, Tag-It's #10
Inks - Memento Tuxedo Black; PTI: Tea Dye Duo
Papers - My Mind's Eye Fine & Dandy: True Blue; PTI: Harvest Gold, Fine Linen; various blues and greens from my stash.
Dies - PTI: Photo Finishers die; Heart Border
Other Supplies -  Kaisercraft pearls; circle punches

A Decorated Envelope!
I decided to add some fun to the envelope, since I am going to hand deliver this to my niece on her birthday. I used a combination of stamps, inks and copic markers.
Waltzingmouse: Sewing Box Hugs Close to My Heart: Polka Dot Alphabet; Papertrey Ink: Postmarks.

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.


Joyce said...

This is one of the most darling things I have ever seen. I've been drooling over this set for a while. In a million years I would not have thought of something this cute. Great job.

Cathy Weber said...

One of my all time favorite WM sets, use it all the time, but never as cute as this! I love your sweet birdhouse and you used the branch too, I have never been able to figure out how to use it properly. Joyce sent me a link to your card and I am so happy she did!

Anne B said...

What a great idea to use a template. This is such a sweet card - love the colours you chose and the whole 'package' with the decorated envelope.

Tina said...

Oh my! Your birdhouse is precious. Thanks for sharing.

Tina said...

Oh my! Your birdhouse is precious. Thanks for sharing.

Mayol said...

This is so adorably brilliant! I love it!

Mandy said...

I am very impressed! You did a fabulous job!

carol (krillsister) said...

WoW! Love that birdhouse. So colorful. You did a fantastic job.

Lorraine said...

Wow, what great artwork! I love your birdhouse and the stamped images! So creative and beautiful!

Carolyne Aarsen said...

This is so, so cute! Thanks for sharing.

Mad for Paper said...

This is so cute. Your little house goes perfectly with that stamp set.

Michelle said...

Oh my word all your markings for outlining are fantastic! And on the watering can card too. That's crazy good and fun and colorful. And you with your thoroughness with the envelopes - -so envious of your patience and skill!

Camilla said...

What a wonderful card and envelope.
Great job :-)