Friday, July 9, 2010

Summer is here and I think it's Delovely!

It's hot, hot, hot and so I'm indoors scrapping away.  The girls have been begging me to decorate a bird house for them and I've been so inspired by bird tags my friend Donna has been creating, so I paired this wooden birdhouse with the Cosmo Cricket Delovely Deluxe kit from Lil' Lambs Boutique and stayed up until 3:00am to finish it.  I know...I just couldn't stop once I had started.  The bright, vibrant, Summer colors in this kit were perfect for our Avian Abode. Thanks to my lovely daughters for the use of their "peepers" for the photo shoot.

To create the roof shingles, I punched the small floral paper with the Threading Water punch by Fiskars.  The edges are inked with Distress ink (Worn Lipstick used here).  Tip...Tip...Tip...I got this awesome tip from my Swirly Sister Jan on using border punches in a circular pattern. I can't believe I never thought of this. You can read her full tip here.  Basically, I snipped the back edge of the border punch so I could slightly fold the scallops as I adhered around the circular roof.  Thanks Jan!  I plucked the birdie from the die cut card sheet, backed him with the yellow floral paper and attached him to the roof.  Isn't he so whimsical?

The bigger scalloped roof shingles are made using template packaging of all things.  You never know what you can reuse.  I grabbed the packaging and traced the edge onto the small floral paper, cut and inked the edges.  This line has wonderful floral patterns and I used the big floral pattern to cut out flower flourishes.  They are backed with the yellow floral patterned paper and then pop dotted to the walls of the bird house.  

The tiny fence  was created using a border punch by Martha Stewart.  It made a wonderful bottom border for my faux bird bath.  The kit comes with Doodlebug Sugar Coating that I used to create my sparkly water around the bottom.

Finally, to finish off the project, I grabbed this Summery sentiment from my JustRite Seeds of Kindness stamp collection.  To create the dual tone impression, first place your sentiment on the JustRite Wood Block stamper and ink with Black Archival ink.  Next, place your border onto the Wood Block and then ink with Prussian Blue Chalk ink being careful not to touch the center.  Stamp your impression and there you have it...dual colors.  I attached a sparkly dragonfly charm and the JustRite tag to the roof with jump rings.

I'm not done with this kit yet.  I sitll have plenty left for several more projects which I hope to get put up this week.  Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. I'm totally drooling over this birdhouse. You did such a fabulous job on it!!!!! *love love love*

  2. This is soooooo cute! Love it Cheryl. That paper line is just gorgeous. I am just waiting to get my hands on it.

  3. Hi! Your birdhouse is simply gorgeous! That lime green is so cheerful and your use of scrapbooking papers and embellishments is so inventive. You've inspired my 10-year-old son and I to create our own "Scrapbook" birdhouse. Thank you for such a wonderful idea!
    My son has autism and he's non-verbal. Thankfully, we've made a deep connection through crafting together. Our summer days have been spent creating. He stays focused and happy for hours and he's very proud of his work. We do structured crafts...mosaic pictures and cardmaking. But, for the painting I just let him go footloose and fancy free and splash on colorful paint every which way. He LOVES painting the mini-birdhouses and he paints 3 every day. So, now I have 40 Pollack-style mini-birdhouses adorning every room of our tiny apartment. So, your birhouse idea is quite refreshing! We painted ours a solid red and we decorated the roof with strips of red ribbon and layered paper flowers. We also "wallpapered" two sides of the house with scrapbook paper and embellished with buttons and punched out birds. We also painted a little wood fence to go around and embellished with punched out flowers. It is so adorable!
    I'm thinking that if my son makes the birdhouses this way, people might like them as gifts. I've asked my hubby to try drilling holes in the roof so that they can serve as pen/pencil holders.
    Thank you so much for sharing your ideas and inspiring us!

  4. Josie - I think it's incredibly special that you and your son share crafting together and that he can express himself through his work. If you ever post them to an online gallery, leave me a link. I'd love to see your creative collaboration. The pencil holder idea is a great one.

    Thanks again for your sweet comments and sharing your son's passion. It's heartwarming.
    Blessings, Cheryl

  5. I love love love your birdhouse. I have been painting these as a means to decorate but now I think I might try using scrap as you did. Do you mind telling me what you used to adhere the paper to the birdhouse? Thanks!

  6. Siobhan, I would recommend Fabri-Tac for big areas (it has a big tip). For smaller areas, I personally use Ranger Inkssentials glossy accents dimensional glue. For tiny areas, the pin point tip worked best for me. I'm sure there are other tiny tip glues that would work just as well.