Wednesday, March 2, 2016

ICS Blog Hop - Welcome Spring!

Hello and welcome to the March Inspire, Create & Share Blog Hop!  This month's theme is Welcome Spring and I can tell you I am ready to welcome it!   If you've been hopping already, you should have landed here from the fabulous blog of Jen Guarino!  Jen is super talented and I'm sure you've loved her projects!   When I think of Spring, I think of flowers and birds so that's what I went with for my card and project this month.  

For my card and project, I used the new Grateful Bunch Bundle along with Hardwood and the Bird Builder Punch.. oops and the the sentiment is from Honeycomb Happiness :)

My card base was an 11 x 4" piece of Tempting Turquoise that was scored at 5 1/2".  My next layer was a 3 3/4" x 5 1/4" piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock.  I stamped around the edges with the leaves stamp from the Grateful Bunch stamp set in Garden Green.  I used my aqua painter and Old Olive Ink to watercolor in the leaves.    For my birdhouse I stamped piece of Sahara Sand Cardstock with the Hardwood Stamp in Tip Top Taupe ink.  I cut the body of the birdhouse 2 1/2 x 3 1/4".  I also cut a 5/8" strip to use for the roof.  The hole in the birdhouse was punched out using my large oval punch.  I adhered the piece that was punched out to my Very Vanilla leaves layer and then popped the rest of the birdhouse up with dimensionals to look like it was the opening of the birdhouse.  I used my piercing tool to punch a hole in the top of the birdhouse and ran some linen thread through the hole and knotted it and then ran the long end behind that layer to appear that it was hanging.  I then began punching out some Mossy Meadow leafy branches with my bird builder punch and adhered them to various places on the outside and inside of the birdhouse.  I stamped the flowers from the Grateful Bunch stamp set on Tempting Turquoise cardstock with Tempting Turquoise Ink and punched them out with the coordinating punch.  I added Very Vanilla candy dots to the centers of the flowers.  I layered them with dimensionals and adhered them in various places on the birdhouse and hanging above and below the birdhouse.  My bird was punched out in Soft Sky cardstock and the edges were sponged with Tempting Turquoise Ink.  I adhered the bird's body with glue and the wing with a dimensional.  I used a small pearl for the eye.   The sentiment "Oh, Hello" from Honeycomb Happiness was stamped in Tempting Turquoise on a strip of Very Vanilla cardstock and the end was cut with my Banner punch.  I layered the Very Vanilla sentiment banner on a wider Tempting Turquoise strip that was also cut with a banner end.  I used my bone folder to put a wave in the banner and attached it with dimensionals.   

For my 3-D project I made a Birdhouse Curvy Keepsake Box.    It was cut out of Sahara Sand cardstock and stamped in Tip Top Taupe ink with the Hardwood stamp.  A small oval was cut for the birdhouse opening with a small oval framelit die.  I adhered a piece of window sheet to the inside so that the treats wouldn't fall out of the birdhouse! :)  I used my bone folder to curve the curvy keepsake box prior to adhering the two pieces together with tear tape. I added some Mossy Meadow leafy branches and Tempting Turquoise flowers and a bird just like the one on my card!  

For the inside of my bird's nest, I used some scraps of Mossy Meadow cardstock to cut some grass using my Fringe scissors and then of course, I added some foil covered chocolate eggs!  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you'll continue on to Terri Takashige's Fabulous Blog!!

The Stampin' Up! Products used were:

The Grateful Bunch Bundle (stamp set and coordinating punch)
Hardwood Background Stamp
Honeycomb Happiness Stamp Set (Sale-a-Bration)
Bird Builder Punch
Curvy Keepsake Die
Sahara Sand Cardstock
Tempting Turquoise Cardstock
Mossy Meadow Cardstock
Soft Sky Cardstock 
Basic Pearl Jewels
Neutrals Candy Dots (Very Vanilla)
Tempting Turquoise Ink
Garden Green Ink
Old Olive Ink
Tip Top Taupe Ink
Tombow Multipurpose Glue
Stampin' Dimensionals
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  1. Tina, you are just on top with this project!!! You always inspire!!!!

  2. super cute!!!! love the bird nest also!

  3. Absolutely gorgeous!!! I love the colors.

  4. GORGEOUS! I love the birdhouse box!

  5. Super cute projects...the birdhouse is ADORBS! Thanks for hopping with us this month!

  6. Very pretty Tina, I love the color combo with the blue flowers on the pale woodgrain, very striking! And your little bird house with treats inside is really a cute idea!

  7. Very pretty and so detailed! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Soooooo adorable! Love that Hardwood stamp & the blue color combination!

    1. Thanks my friend! :) I loved the color combination too.

  9. I love the set but that bird house is too cute!!!!!! Nice texturing on both!!!!

  10. Using the hardwood stamp to make a birdhouse was genius! Love your projects!!

  11. You are so talented girl!! Always love what you create!

  12. These are stunning! I especially LOVE the birdhouse curvy keepsake box! Onto my pinboard it goes!