CMCC#47 – Winter Bird House

Cards, Challenges, Holiday Card, Non traditional

Well, it’s official: winter is here! I live right next to Georgian Bay so we always get snow a little earlier than many but since it started last Thursday, the snow hasn’t stopped coming down. My small town has already transformed into a majestic winter wonderland.

I was so excited when I saw the challenge colours over at the Colour Me…! challenge blog this week: warm brown, grey, and red tones.

I love browns and greys (my two favourite colours!) so the challenge was right up my alley. Here is the project I created:


As I pretty much always do, I started my card in Silhouette Studio. I traced a free clipart tree and created the frame and mat. I had the birdhouse cut file from a project I did earlier in the summer, but it was a free file from Birds Cards.

I used piece of My Mind’s Eye scripty patterned paper for the frame, a piece of Recollections cardstock for the terracotta birdhouse and frame mat, and SSS Dark Chocolate cardstock for the trees. I also used a piece of Bazzill vellum over top of one tree to soften the background.

Using my Zig 2-Way glue pen, I sparingly applied a light touch of glue along the birdhouse roof and in some spots on the front tree. Next I sprinkled on some snowy glitter that I got at my local dollar store. I set those aside to dry while I assembled the rest of the card.

I cut my cream cardbase to an A2 size (11 x 4¼”, scored at 5½) and another panel to the same size as the frame, 5¼ x 4″. Using Ranger Multi-Medium glue, I adhered the background tree to the cream panel and then with little drops of glue around the edges (where the frame would eventually cover) I adhered the vellum. I used the same glue to assemble the frame with its mat.

Once the snow was dry, I adhered down the front tree over top of the vellum, leaving the branches to stick up a bit, and used a piece of grey bakers twine to hang the birdhouse and bring in the last challenge colour. For some extra dimension, I used clear foam squares behind the birdhouse .

Finally, I used more clear foam squares to adhere the frame to the cream panel, and then my tape runner to adhere the panel to my cardbase.

I used the Winter Sparrows stamp set from Lawn Fawn to add my sentiment (‘Season’s Tweetings’) to the inside of the card.

Thank you so much for dropping by! Stay tuned for a Twelve Days of Christmas feature coming up on my blog. Have a great weekend!


Colour Me…! Challenge Blog CMCC#40

Cards, Holiday Card

I’ve kind of been out of my crafting mojo recently. I feel back in the swing of things this weekend and my first crafty stop was to the Colour Me…! Challenge Blog for a kickstart. This week, The CMCC#40 is to create a project using only neutral colours and coral.

I kept my card very neutral with just a splash of coral. Here’s the card I created:


As I normally do, I started in Silhouette Studio and cut the grey stitched background and the vanilla banner (it has stitching as well but the camera couldn’t pick it up). Using three different snow flake stamps from the Lawn Fawn Deck the Halls set, I stamped the snowflakes with Versa Mark ink and then heat embossed with a white pearl powder.

I used a piece of heavy weight vanilla cardstock for the card base and then cut a piece of the same cardstock to stamp and colour my sparrows.

I am brand new to colouring with alcohol markers and purchased the Bic Mark-it markers to get my feet wet. These markers are inexpensive and come in 36 colours. Not all of them are very good at blending, but some do a pretty good job and they all have the cutest names! I don’t have a black ink that’s ideal for stamping the images I was going to colour, so I used a black pigment ink and embossed with Super Fine clear. The embossing really helped the ink stay put. The sparrows are stamped from Lawn Fawn Winter Sparrows set and coloured in with Peach Parfait, and Pink Flamingo markers. For the accessories, I used Cloud Nine Grey, and for the beaks I used Tiki Hut Tan.

To create the branches, I stamped first with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and then again with SSS Khaki ink to add some shading and dimension. Both Lawn Fawn sets I’m using come with a branch stamp. To finish the branches I used Glossy Accents, spreading it irregularly to add some ‘branchy’ texture. While I had it out, I added some Glossy Accents to the beaks.

I stamped the sentiment from the Deck the Halls set onto my banner and then used some grey string and three tiny stitches to attach the banner to the grey background. I used a Micro Glue Dot to stick down the other end of the banner and curled the tips to create a little dimension.

To finish the card, I positioned my sparrows on the card base and adhered them down using my tape runner then used foam tape on the grey background and positioned it in place.

There you have it, my first ever attempt at colouring with alcohol markers! I look forward to playing around with these markers in many projects to come!

Thanks for dropping by!