Saturday, April 24, 2010

Birdhouse - Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

Hero Arts Monthly challenge is home or mother. I don't have any of their cute house stamps so I decided to go with one of nature's homes.

and create a bird house!  This was really fun to create. If I had spent a little more time I would have created a tag to slide into it. It is bowed to create a rounded front and roof and a tag would have fit beautifully on the inside.

Here are the details on how to create the birdhouse:
  1. Spray three sheets of white cardstock with yellow glimmer mist and orange glimmer mist. (Shake well until all sediment raises from the bottom.) Dab up excess with paper towel.
  2. Cut 5 x 7” from glimmer mist background.
  3. Measure 2 ½” from the top on both sides and mark.  
  4. Measure from the side to the middle 2 ½” across top and mark middle of paper.
  5. Cut on diagonal from mark on side to middle. Repeat on other side.
  6. Create roof by cutting out a 4 ½” by 5 ¼” piece from glimmer mist background. Measure to center at top and mark with pencil. Measure 1 “ from bottom on side and mark.
  7. Create punched border using edger.
  8. Cut from marks on side to top center on both sides to create roof.
  9. Emboss roof with embossing folder in die cut machine.
  10. Sponge orange dye ink around edges.
  11. Sponge brown dye ink around edges and lightly on embossing.
  12. Punch tag from glimmer mist background. Stamp sentiment using brown pigment ink. Sponge edges using orange dye ink and brown dye ink.
  13. Cut 5 ¼” x 4 ½” from glimmer mist background.
  14. Punch circle ¼” from bottom in center.
  15. Lay front of birdhouse over back. Sponge orange dye ink inside and around the edges of the circle
  16. Sponge edges of circle with brown dye ink.
  17. Move front of birdhouse and stamp branches along bottom using green dye ink.
  18. Attach flowers onto branches and accent with pearls.
  19. Stamp birds on glimmer mist background using brown pigment ink.
  20. Shade using watercolor pencils and orange dye ink.  
  21. Accent birds using white gel pen.
  22. Cut out birds.
  23. Punch hole under circle opening.
  24. Run tape along sides of back of birdhouse.
  25. Attach one side of front of birdhouse along edge. Bend the front slightly and attach right side of house.
  26. Attach bird inside birdhouse peeking through opening on right.
  27. Attach bird on outside of the birdhouse on left side.
  28. Find tiny stick and put in hole through front of birdhouse under bird. Attach using glue dot on inside of birdhouse.
  29. Tie twine with tag attached around rough of house.
  30. Attach roof by applying glue dots on left and right side of top of front of house. Bend slightly to get dome effect.
  • Sparkle Clear – My Art
  • CL428 – Earth Flowers
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Lemon Zest, Tuscany Sun
  • Rangers Distress Ink – Wild Honey
  • Tsukineko Sponge Dauber
  • Memento – Rich Cocoa, Bamboo Leaves
  • Twine
  • McGill Tag Punch
  • Marvy Uchida – Circle Punch
  • Hole Punch
  • Prima Flowers
  • Versafine – Vintage Sepia
  • Signo – Uni-Ball White Gel Pen
  • Light Green Pearls
  • Martha Stewart Edger
  • Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Forest Branches
  • Hero Arts – CG152 – Two Birds

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  1. Oh Suzzzzzzzzz, its a beauty! You are clever, Jo x

  2. This is a stunner, Suzz! So creative. I love it!

  3. Beautiful!!! Love your natural creations... They just make me smile!

  4. Wow! This is just gorgeous, Suzz! Love the birdhouse and the little birdies.. you've created a perfect home for them!!

  5. So creative! Just beautiful! Love the sentinment and the flowers in front.

  6. Such creativity!
    I love all the details! :)

  7. (GASP)You are--A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! Thank you for the inspiration, Sue! Congrats on the HA Twitter! Way to go!

  8. I am speachless Sue- This is such a clever design - LOVE the way the bird is peeking out - and the colors are so warm and beautiful!!!!!

  9. Oh Suzz, this is soooooo pretty. Thanks very much for taking the time to list the instructions. I'd love to have a go at this one.

    Lesley Xx

  10. Oh, this is too cute and clever! I love the peeking birdie on the inside! Perfect little home....

  11. Too cute for words Suzz. thanks for the details.... it is lovely to get such good instructions when it something cool like we can make our own version!!!

  12. awww.... LOVE that it's 3D and so pretty! love the little birdie inside and those tiny flowers are too cute! LOVE everything about this!

  13. oh, that is such a sweet birdhouse! I just love birdhouses and this is one really, really cute and beautiful one!

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  15. Wow, that is one beautiful birdhouse, I love all the perfect little details. As always I'm so inspired.
    (I deleted my comment above after I realized it was my son who was signed in and not me, sorry)

  16. So pretty Sue, really so creative and just love that pop of rich color!

  17. Wow..Just Gorgeous,Sue! I love every detail in it!

  18. so, so pretty!!
    and i love how you've given us the instructions ~ thanks so much for sharing. :)

  19. Gorgeous Suzanne!! Love it! :o)

  20. Love the bird house with the pretty vines and flowers growing up over it. The birds on it are cute the way they are peeking around.

  21. This is STUNNING! The birds look like they are alive!

  22. Wow! Fabulous project!!! I love your ideas!

  23. ACK--this is BEAUTIFUL! LOOOOOOOOOOVE it--love the colors and the whole thing! Birds are so pretty:) Great job!


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