Wednesday, January 20, 2010

New Birdhouse

Ever since I saw the new punch with the 2-step bird and branch, I've had this little idea floating around in my brain. Today it came home to roost. Or something like that anyway!! LOL I love birds and birdhouses as decorating accents, so I thought I would make a cute little birdhouse card. No problem - an easy afternoon project. It took me awhile to put together a card that would actually fit into an envelope that we sell. I didn't think that would be much of a problem. But when you're engineeringly (is that a word?) challenged, it's the little things that cause all the problems and take up all my time. A little trim here, measure again, another snip off that edge, measure again, and so on. Good grief! Almost 4 hours later I finally have a finished card! Hallelujah!!
And after all that, here's my masterpiece. Well at least it's my finished card even if it isn't quite a masterpiece! Hope you like it...
Stamps: Baroque Motif
Cardstock: Kraft, Taken with Teal, Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Cameo Coral cardstocks with Welcome Neighbor Designer Series Paper (SAB freebie!)
Ink: Chocolate Chip for sponging, VersaMark pad, and Basic Black Marker
Accessories: Stampin' Pastels, Scallop Border Punch, Small Heart Punch, Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, White Gel Pen, Dimensionals, and a sponge quarter
Well, what do you think? The final dimensions let the card just barely fit into a 5 1/2" square envelopes that Stampin' Up! sells so it can actually be mailed. So that's good.
The swirly design is so soft because I used the "poppin' pastels" technique. It's been ages since I cracked open my pastels, but they worked very nicely on this card. This is one of those techniques that seem to be forgotten most of the time, but always look lovely when used.
And in case I forgot to mention, half of the punches are all new ones from the Occasions Mini Catalog. I just love all the new products that are available. If you don't have the mini catalog yet and would like to see one, you can click on the button to the right to see it online right now, or contact me and I'd be happy to mail you one. Either way, you'll be impressed by all the new stamps and accessories that are now available!
Well, that's about it for today. I hope the next project I tackle doesn't take quite so long to finish. But sometimes what you get is worth all the extra effort. Thanks for stopping by. And leave a comment 'cuz I just love reading them!


Anonymous said...

Sharon - I love your birdhouse card; it would be neat to have the dementions to it exactly. I am glad that it will fit into a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 card; I have a SIL who loves birds and I want to send this to her for her B'day.
Thanks for sharing - Sheila

Connie said...

Your bluebird definitely brought me some happiness. I got the punch and have to try it. What about final dimensions to save us the 4 hours or more...

Anonymous said...

Sharon, I was looking for a Birdhouse card this morning and found your card. It is adorable. Would you be willing to share the measurements?
Thanks for Sharing. Sue

Sharon Carr said...

Hi Sue- I looked around for my old birdhouse card and couldn't find it in my patterns. So my best guess is that I mailed it and didn't plan on making any more. I wish I could help you out with this! So sorry!!