Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Birds

PPA31 has an Inspirational Challenge based on birds. While a certain one of my regular class attendees will groan at my mention of birds, I happen to adore them and love that they are all the trend right now!! As soon as I saw displays from Leadership, I knew I had to kreate this idea from Patty Bennett. A little birdhouse from the New Milk Carton Die (approx 3in h x 1.5in w). Now don't fret if you love this but don't own the Big Shot (what are you waiting for??!), you could use a handmade version/template with the same concept, using these directions.
* Run your cardstock through the Big Shot with your Milk Carton Die.
* Take your 1-1/4" Circle Punch for his front door. TIP: You may want to make a template and mark off on your carton where you'd like your 'door' so it isn't too close to a corner
* Using Sticky Tape, you want a strong hold to keep your carton together, adhere the side and bottom. Squeeze together the top to 'close' the carton. If you are using these as decoration, you can Sticky Tape the top together. For funtion (so I can add a few candies later), I slipped a paper clip on sideway. It will be hidden under my roof, but allow me to open it for goodies sake :)
* Using the New Large 2-step Bird Punch, from the Occasions Mini, I added my Certainly Celery stem, and Night of Navy bird with a Bashful Blue wing
* Added a cute little flower from the Egg-cellent Eggs Kit also in the Occasions Mini
* The roof was kreated with a 2x4 piece of Kraft cardstock. Giving the roof some flair, I used the Scallop Trim Border (available only in the SAB brochure with an order of $50+) and distressed the edges with a Sponge Dauber and Soft Suede ink. Another piece slightly smaller was given the same treatment for the roofline.
* Since my Egg-cellent Eggs Kit was out, I used a few of the Rub-Ons to accent the roofline.
* I used my bone folder to give the roof a good crease to lay on top of the carton. A little Dotto Removable adhesive would work to keep it intact if giving it away with some goodies and it won't get ruined. If just a decoration piece, use some adhesive on your roof.
I can't wait to get those little speckled egg candies that come out around Easter to put inside!! Cute right?!

IF you saw my 'Love Bird' post yesterday, I mentioned how I made samples for my dad to give my mom for Valentines day. Nothing elaborate as he gave me VERY short notice. I thought in my rush that I had forgotten to take a photo, it was just still on my camera! So this is the one he chose as my mom loves cardinals. Just thought I'd share since we are in bird mode :) Hope the birds are getting you inspired. Hope on over and Play at PPA

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Cards by Gina said...

Oh, too sweet! Great job on the challenge! I adore your work...always!

Cards by Gina said...

Ooops, I pressed Send too fast and forgot to comment on your mom's valentine card. Gorgeous! What a great job...and on short notice, wow!

Linda Callahan said...

Beautiful work! I love how you put "nesty stuff" in the birdhouse - please note that is spelled "ne" not "na"! Anyway - it is adorable and definitely ready for treats!

Patti MacLeith said...

Kim, you really went above and beyond! I don't know which is more kreative! Lovely.

Regina (TheStampin'Bean) said...

Wow, Kim, this is spectacular! What a cool, fun, and wonderful project. My mother-in-law loves birdhouses and this will make a perfect gift for her! XO

Carla Bazhenow said...

I so love your birdhouse and your cardinal... awesome!!! I love the colors in your redbird. Perfection! Hugs,

Tiffany said...

I've been dying to try these birdhouses. I've seen a lot of them, but yours is the cutest!

Ann Schach said...

Yours is by far the best birdhouse I've seen! Beautiful job with the challenge, Kim!

Mary Fish said...

Charming . . . love the tip about the dotto so that you don't ruin it when opening! Hugs, M

Kris Kilcoyne said...

Adorable bird house.

I better start cranking the Big Shot and make a few of these myself. :)

I love the roof detail.

Anne Beale Yancey (mukibug) said...

I love love love your birdhouse. It's so soft and inviting, not to mention authentic. You do such beautiful work. Thanks for sharing!