Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Birthday Birdhouses

2/17/2016 Update: Winner in the Top Three at AHSC!

Lots of spring colors going on for the sketch challenge card at Atlantic Hearts #146 this week. I was going to make something else until I viewed a Design Team card that resembled what I was going to do. I followed the old adage, "When life gives us lemons, we make lemonade!" So here's the colorful card I squeezed from the lemons...


I made the birdhouses with a ruler, pencil and scissors and then added a black roof to each, decorating them with white ink. Some little circles were punched and adhered for the holes. A panel of white cardstock was dry embossed and sponged. The remaining elements were die cut and all adhered to a white card base. The birdhouses, birds and sentiment panel were popped up on foam for dimension. The inside of the card was decorated with die cut branches and a bird. The leafy branches are only adhered at the stem end.

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Techniques: Stamping, sponging, die cutting, punch cutting, fussy cutting, dry embossing
Size: A7 (5" x 7")

Materials are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:

Stamps: Sassy Salutations
Inks: So Saffron, Pool Party; Color Box Fluid Chalk Rose Coral & Wisteria; Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Whisper White, Perfect Plum, So Saffron, Pool Party, Basic Black, White Vellum
DSP: scraps from stash
Dies: Spellbinders "Wonky Rectangles", Simon Says Stamp "Leaf Column Background and Outline"; Memory Box "Nestled Bird"
Punch: 1/2" circle punch
Misc.: Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (retired), Dimensionals, Uniball Signo White Gel Pen


  1. Melanie - I LOVE this! The birdhouses are incredibly colourful and so whimsical. The whole card reminds me of a scene from Dr. Seuss and it's great :) It just makes my heart happy. Thanks for sharing your awesome talent with us at Atlantic Hearts. I want to follow your blog but there is no way other than by email... and there is no way to contact you either...

  2. Wow Mel, don't you never run out of ideas...such vibrant colors and so adorable with the bird houses and birds. Love the frame you put behind the houses, unique not just a square panel...you are so clever.

  3. I was so excited when I saw your card, I had to comment before I read the blog...great that you did our own die-cuts for the bird houses...but just to remind you, you do have a cricut you could have used :)

  4. Oh, I love this! So awesome that you created the birdhouses without a die...mine would be all lopsided if I tried. :) Great colors and design!

  5. I love the bird houses! & that you made them with a pencil & ruler! I think sometimes we forget we can create our own images.

  6. Wow!!! Your card is so pretty and I love the bright Spring colours. The birds will be singing before we know it.

  7. Melanie, I love this card! It's so colorful and original, I am definitely going to try to copy this, though I doubt I will do it justice. Thanks for sharing with us this week at AHSC.

  8. LOVE it!! Love the colors and love what you did with the sketch! Very cool!

  9. Oh-so-precious, probably the most fun and beautiful card I have seen in AGES. Love the brights, the patterned papers and the leafy effect of the branches you added. WOW. :) Thanks for playing along at Atlantic Hearts! ~ Ali (AHSC DT member)

  10. Those birdhouse' are beautiful!!! Thanks for playing at AHS Challenge!!!

  11. Just love your distinct and beautiful take on this sketch! The frame and bird houses are fantastic. So much color and texture here. Thanks for sharing at AHSC this week.

  12. I love the bird houses, so cute. The colours are great, they are so fun and vibrant, awesome job! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Brandi R
    DT member AHSC

  13. This is such a fun and colourful card! I love anything bird related so this brought a smile to my face on a day when I am feeling a bit down. Thanks for joining us at AHSC.