Summer Birdhouse & Giveaway

Hello there! Alice Golden with you today sharing a bright and colorful project that was also really inexpensive to make. I found the birdhouse and Adirondack chairs at a craft store in the unfinished wood section and spent less than $5 for all three (gotta love coupons!). A little paint and “wallpaper” turns them into a cheery birdhouse retreat that can add a bit of summer fun to your home décor.

The paper and stickers are from Me & My BIG Ideas. This little set made its way across the country to be displayed in their booth at the most recent Craft & Hobby Association show in California. Today, the folks at Mambi have generously offered to give one lucky reader a chance to win a variety of summer-themed products, including those used to create this set.

To be entered in the drawing, simply leave a comment telling me about your favorite summer spot by Monday, June 24, 2013. Winners will be announced here on June 25th.

In our backyard, we have two Adirondack chairs that sit under a willow tree that we planted when our boys were babies. The tree has grown right along with our kids and is now over 30 feet tall and provides just enough shade on a hot summer day to make the perfect spot for sitting with a cold drink and good book.

Just thinking about how much I love sitting outside on a beautiful day with a great read almost makes me want to stop what I’m doing and head out there now… but I guess I should finish this blog post first.

After painting the chairs and birdhouse with acrylic craft paint, I cut strips of paper to fit the various sections, inked the edges, and then adhered them to the painted wood using découpage glue.

For the front of the house, I created a template out of printer paper in order to figure out where to cut the circular opening and then used this to cut the patterned paper. I added a few additional die-cut pieces to decorate the opening and embellished it with dimensional stickers. I also cut a piece of paper to use as a welcome mat on the front step.

Using papers from the same paper pad meant that all the colors and styles went together, but this would also be a fun project to make using assorted paper scraps. The edge of the roof is finished with strips of paper that I trimmed with my pinking sheers (an old pair of sheers that is used for paper only - I have a newer pair for fabric). Couldn’t resist adding a tropical touch with the glittered palm tree sticker.

Even the back of the house gets jazzed up since I thought this would be a fun centerpiece for the table on our porch and wanted it to look good from all angles.

The roof sections took a bit of extra time because each strip of paper had to be cut on an angle at each end, and they all turned out to be slightly different sizes, so had to be measured and cut one at a time.

The top of the house was painted yellow, and I wrapped orange-and-white baker’s twine around the base where it met the pink section. This provided a nice transition and also helped cover up any painting imperfections. A bright, glittery sun sticker tops it off.

Originally, I was just supposed to make the birdhouse for Mambi, but when these adorable mini chairs caught my eye at the craft store (for only $1 each), I couldn’t resist.

One piece of paper was used for the back of the chairs, and then that piece was cut into strips to fit the slats.

Supplies

  • Me & My BIG Ideas Sunny Summer Days PADX-231: paper pad and assorted stickers
  • Wooden birdhouse and chairs (available at craft supply store)
  • Plaid Mod Podge Découpage Medium
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Spiced Marmalade Ink Pad

Here’s to spending lots of time in our favorite spots this summer!

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (www.alicegolden.com)

A Face Without Freckles Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Create a one-of-a-kind card for your favorite little freckle face using an adorable stamp set and a variety of fun die-cut shapes.

Materials

  • Cardstock: My Favorite Things Hot Fudge, Whip Cream; X-Press It Blending Card; scraps of gold and yellow
  • October Afternoon 8”x8” Paper Pads: Sasparilla Collection, Farmhouse Collection
  • American Crafts Brown Brads

Tools

  • Die-cutting system and My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Circle STAX 1 and 2, Woodgrain Fence, Notched Tag
  • My Favorite Things Pure Innocence Collection Freckles Stamp Set
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
  • .Too Marker Corp. COPIC Markers: E00, E11, BV000, R20, YG93, YG95, Y21, E31, E35, W1, W3
  • Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write Marker
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive; X-Press It Foam Tape, 1/2”

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, detail scissors, ruler, pencil, paper piercer and mat

Directions

STEP 1

Make 4-1/4”x5-1/2” brown top-fold card.

STEP 2

Cut three 1-1/4”x3” strips of blue diamond paper and adhere evenly spaced across top half of card front.

STEP 3

Cut and adhere 4”x1-1/2” striped paper strip to bottom of card front.

STEP 4

Die cut 2-7/8” STAX Circle from brown cardstock and 2-3/4” STAX Circle from yellow patterned paper; layer and adhere over blue diamond strips.

STEP 5

Die cut two Woodgrain Fence pieces, one from brown cardstock and one from woodgrain paper. Adhere woodgrain fence to cardstock fence, slightly offset. Trim to 4” long and set aside.

STEP 6

Die cut three yellow flowers and two gold flowers using Notched Tag die set. Position flowers on fence and pierce holes through all layers for brads; insert brads. Using a ruler and Chocolate Chip marker, draw stems and leaves for flowers. Set aside.

STEP 7

Stamp sentiment onto cream cardstock; trim and mat on brown cardstock. Adhere strip to card as shown. Adhere fence to card.

STEP 8

Stamp girl image onto Blending Card. Using photo as guide, color skin, hair, hair clip, and shoes with markers. Stamp pants onto denim paper; detail cut pants and adhere to main image. Stamp shirt onto floral paper; cut out and adhere to image. Detail cut entire image and adhere to card over fence and circle, placing foam tape beneath head to level layers.

Tip

  • Look online for COPIC coloring tutorials for different skin and hair color combinations.

by Michele Boyer (www.papercuts.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com)

To Honor Mom and Dad

Two very special holidays are celebrated in May and June – don’t forget to create special cards to honor mom and dad for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

It’s Jill Cornell here today to share a card idea for each holiday. For this Mother’s Day card, I created with bright colors in mind and let pretty teacups and flowers take center stage. Although Mother’s Day is now behind us, you could make this card for Mom’s birthday, too.

A few glittery accents in the form of pink sequin trim and a gold sequin help give the card a little glitz and glamour for mom. All supplies are from the Soho Garden collection by American Crafts.

And for Father’s Day, honor one of dad’s special skills or hobbies by creating a themed card. I created this card for a dad in mind who loves to grill! Other ideas might be camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, sports, reading and more!

There are some easy ways to make a card more fitting for dad: 1) create with masculine colors like orange, green, navy and brown; 2) use “earthy” embellishments such as stars, buttons, twine and staples. All supplies are from the Take a Hike collection by Simple Stories.

Whether you are creating a gift or buying a gift, a handmade card will show you put a little extra thought into making Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, or their birthdays, just a little more special!

Happy crafting!

Jill Cornell from Blessed Scrapper (www.jillcornell.blogspot.com)

Retro Thanks Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Express your gratitude to someone who made you feel special with a fun retro “thanks” card.

Materials

  • Cardstock: pink, blue, purple
  • Coordinating patterned paper: floral, stripe
  • Blue flower brads, large

Tools

  • Stamp: thanks
  • Clearsnap ColorBox Lavender Fluid Chalk Ink
  • EK Success Paper Shapers Whale of a Punch Retro Flower Punch, Large
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Make 5-1/2”x4-1/4” pink top-fold card.

STEP 2

Cut 4”x5-1/4” piece from blue cardstock; adhere to card front. Cut 2-1/4”x5-1/4” piece from floral paper; adhere to top portion of blue cardstock. Cut 1-5/8”x5-1/4” piece from striped paper; adhere to bottom portion of blue cardstock.

STEP 3

Punch two flowers from pink cardstock and one from purple cardstock. Adhere flowers centered on card front over paper seam as shown, starting at left side. Attach brad to center of each flower.

STEP 4

Stamp sentiment on pink cardstock; trim and adhere to bottom right corner of card front.

by Melanie Douthit

Harmony Bird Sanctuary

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Transform a STYROFOAM Brand Foam egg into a charming, vintage-look accent for your springtime home using tissue paper, stickers, and petite embellishments.

Materials

  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Egg, 4”
  • Advantus Tim Holtz idea-ology Composer Tissue Paper
  • K&Co. Brenda Walton Flora & Fauna Collection Birds and Leaves Grand Adhesions Stickers
  • Prima Marketing Cradle Robin Mini Nest with Eggs
  • Excelsior moss
  • Grapevine bird nest, 3-1/2”

Tools

  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Antique Linen Ink Pad
  • Flat paintbrush, 1” wide
  • Waxed dental floss
  • Adhesives: gloss-finish découpage medium, white craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, cosmetic wedge sponge, metal teaspoon, wax paper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Using pencil, draw vertical line from pointed end of foam egg, down around base, back up to tip.

STEP 2

Cut length of dental floss twice lengthwise diameter of egg. Wrap floss around egg on line, cross ends, and pull to cut completely through egg. Set aside one half-egg for future project.

STEP 3

Using metal teaspoon, remove inside of foam half-egg, creating recessed area within egg.

STEP 4

Using brush, coat inside and cut edges of egg with découpage medium; press music tissue to surface. Apply medium to outside of egg; continue pressing tissue to surface, overlapping edges and applying additional medium as needed. Trim excess tissue and découpage edges to egg. Let dry.

STEP 5

Using sponge, apply Antique Linen ink over surface of egg; let dry.

STEP 6

Using craft glue, adhere egg base into small nest. Place excelsior in nest in front of egg, spot gluing here and there. Adhere mini nest into moss at center of egg.

STEP 7

Cut desired bird from dimensional sticker and adhere into nest as shown.

STEP 8

Adhere sentiment sticker to top of egg; secure with drop of craft glue.

Tip

  • Use remaining tissue sheets and three-dimensional stickers to create coordinating wall art panels from sheets of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

by Rebekah Meier for The Dow Chemical Co.
(
www.CraftsnCoffee.com, www.StyrofoamCrafts.com)

Congratulations Class of 2013

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Use leftover pieces from a graduation-themed scrapbook kit to create cards or photo gifts for your favorite grads. This card design would make a fun mini album cover, too!

 Materials

  • Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper Starburst Metallic, Papertrey Ink Stamper’s Select White
  • Me & My BIG Ideas Graduation mambiKIT
  • Therm O Web Gold Glitter Dust Photo Corners

Tools

  • Papertrey Ink For The Graduate Clear Stamp Set
  • Acrylic block
  • Ink Pads: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Black Soot, Tsukineko Memento Paris Dusk
  • Therm O Web XL Permanent Tape Runner

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, scoring tool, sponge dauber

Directions

STEP 1

Make 5”x5-1/2” Starburst Metallic side-fold card.

STEP 2

Cut patterned paper slightly smaller than card front.

STEP 3

Use Paris Dusk ink to stamp “Class of 2013” onto White cardstock; see Tip at end of instructions. Trim stamped image to width of paper; adhere strip. Sponge panel edges with Black Soot ink. Adhere panel to card.

STEP 4

Adhere “Congratulations” sticker to card as shown. Trim glittered photo corner to fit end of sticker, creating arrow shape. Adhere chipboard stars and graduation cap stickers as shown.

Tip

  • Stamp numbers individually to make them fit within brackets, and use school colors for background cardstock and stamping. Most papers in kit are neutral and will work with any school colors.

by Alice Golden (www.alicegolden.com)

Wishing You Happiness Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Create this elegant, embossed greeting to express graduation or wedding wishes.

Materials

  • White cardstock
  • Brown button
  • Cream embroidery floss

Tools

  • Sizzix BIGkick or Big Shot Die-Cutting System or Texture Boutique Embossing System
  • Sizzix Textured Impressions Doily & Lace Embossing Folder Set
  • Stampin’ Up! Heard from the Heart Stamp Set
  • Rubber brayer
  • Ink pads: dark brown, aqua, metallic gold
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, craft knife, ruler, pencil, stamp cleaner

Directions

STEP 1

Make 5-1/2”x4-1/4” white top-fold card; set aside.

STEP 2

Cut 3”x4-1/4” white cardstock panel.

STEP 3

Using metallic gold ink, ink recessed side of Lace embossing folder. Carefully place cardstock panel cut in Step 2 onto inked surface. Close folder and follow manufacturer’s instructions to run folder through machine; remove cardstock and let dry. Immediately clean embossing folder with stamp cleaner.

STEP 4

Ink brayer with aqua ink; gently roll brayer over raised surface on cardstock panel and let dry. Clean brayer.

STEP 5

Adhere embossed panel to card ½” from left edge.

STEP 6

Stamp dark brown sentiment onto white cardstock. Trim sentiment to 5” long and adhere to card, aligning right edges.

STEP 7

Cut tiny slit in card fold 1” from left edge using craft knife. Insert embroidery floss through hole and wrap around card twice, running floss through button; cut and adhere end inside card.

Tip

  • For another look, emboss pearlescent white cardstock panel and adhere to card base for tone-on-tone texture.

by Debi Adams for Sizzix (www.sizzix.com)

Ruby Rock-It Kinda Krafty Winner!

Alice Golden here with you to announce the lucky winner of the new Kinda Krafty Collection from Ruby Rock-It. This prize includes an assortment of their fun printed papers, as well as some terrific embellishments.

To be entered in the contest, all you had to do was leave a comment on my 5/7 blog post describing your ideal Mother’s Day celebration. From breakfast in bed, to time with family, to time locked away in your craft room, it sounds like you celebrated in style.

This lucky winner will be adding some style to her creative time with this fabulous and fun collection. The winner, as chosen by Random.org, is: Karen Ladd.

Karen told us that her ideal Mother’s Day celebration would be “sleeping in late and then getting my favorite dinner of crispy fried chicken and a strawberry custard cake for dessert!”

Congratulations, Karen! I will be contacting you by email for your mailing address.

Until next time, Happy Krafting!

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (www.alicegolden.typepad.com)

Flowers For Mom Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Stamp and watercolor a masterpiece for Mother’s Day or Mom’s next birthday.

Materials

  • Stampin’ Up! Cardstock: So Saffron, Chocolate Chip
  • STAEDTLER Watercolor Paper
  • My Mind’s Eye Indie Chic Ginger Collection 6”x6” Paper Pad

Tools

  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System
  • Spellbinders Edgeabilities Classic Scallop Die
  • Our Daily Bread Designs Stamp Sets: Happy Birthday, Mom
  • Ranger Ink Pads: Archival Jet Black, Tim Holtz Distress Gathered Twigs
  • STAEDTLER Ergo-Soft Aquarell Watercolor Pencils
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Acrylic Grid Blocks
  • Scor-Pal Scor-Pal Scoring Board
  • Ranger Inkssentials Tools: Ink Blending Tool, Craft Nibs, Craft Nib Holder
  • Inky Antics Gamsol (odorless mineral spirits)
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, foam dots, Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, stamp cleaner, non-stick craft sheet

Directions

STEP 1

Make 5-1/2”x4-1/4” gold top-fold card. Sponge edges Gathered Twigs using Ink Blending Tool.

STEP 2

Cut smaller panel from desired paper, sponge edges Gathered Twigs, and mat on brown cardstock. Adhere to card.

STEP 3

Cut paper strip same width as patterned panel, sponge edges Gathered Twigs, and mat on brown cardstock. Die cut brown border strip, trim, and adhere to back bottom edge of layered strip. Stamp Jet Black sentiment and adhere strip to card.

STEP 4

Stamp Jet Black watering can image onto watercolor paper. Using photo as guide, outline individual sections of image using watercolor pencils. To blend colors, dip edge of blending nib into Gamsol, then pull color into desired areas using circular motion. Repeat until entire image is colored.

STEP 5

Using paper trimmer, trim image down so only a few portions extend beyond edge. Detail cut those portions of image.

STEP 6

Sponge edges of image panel Gathered Twigs. Mat on brown cardstock and adhere to card with foam dots.

Tip

  • Create a coordinating fresh floral centerpiece for Mom inside a new watering can. It’s always fun to have new garden tools.

by Lisa Somerville (www.lisasomerville.com)

Happy Mother’s Day

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Today, I am sharing a Mother’s Day card made for my mother-in-law. I was playing with my sprays and decided to create a shimmery background.

1. Make dark brown top-fold card. Cut slightly smaller white cardstock mat; distress edges with distressing tool. Set pieces aside

2. Working on non-stick craft sheet, spray second sheet of white cardstock using yellow, green, and blue shimmery sprays. Let dry completely.

3. Use excess spray ink on craft sheet to dye seam binding ribbon to match. Let dry.

4. Follow diagram above to stamp Coffee butterflies randomly over background paper. Color images with STAEDTLER watercolor pencils. Start with one color and then apply second color. Blend with water brush; let dry. Highlight images with white gel pen; let dry.

5. Add shading around butterflies with brown or gray tones. Soften with water brush.

6. Sprinkle white spray across surface to add white spots; let dry.

7. Sprinkle Goosebumps spray across surface to add look of water drops; let dry.

8. Trim panel to fit card, slightly smaller than white mat. Distress edges and sponge with Toffee ink. Adhere panel and mat to card front.

9. Stamp sentiment near one edge of remaining misted background sheet using Coffee ink. Trim sentiment into small tag; distress edges and sponge with Toffee ink. Mat tag on dark brown cardstock. Punch hole in left end of tag; thread with brown twine.

10. Tie seam binding into loopy bow. Adhere bow and flowers to card. Tie tag to ribbon; adhere to card.

Products

  • STAEDTLER Watercolor Pencils
  • Stamps: Hero Arts PapillonsOld French Writing; Stampendous! Happy Mother’s Day
  • Petaloo Premier Spring Darjeeling Collection Seaside Mini Daisies w/Leaves
  • Tattered Angels Chalkboard Spray: Teal High Heel, Sprout, Decadence
  • Heidi Swapp Dijon Color Shine Spray
  • Studio Calico Mister Huey Opaque White Color Mist
  • Tsukineko Goosebumps Clear Texture Spray
  • Ranger Ink Pads: Archival Coffee, VersaFine Toffee
  • Paper distressing tool
  • Water brush
  • Ranger Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool and Foam
  • Small hole punch
  • Brown twine

Happy Stamping!

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (www.suzzstampingspot.blogspot.com)