Little Birdhouse Gift Box

Last week, I needed to make a little Easter treat for the daughter of a very good friend.  I like to make a little gift bag or box for her and fill it with a mixture of smaller eggs, rather than give her a commercially boxed egg.  I was going to go down the tested route of bunny or chick shaped boxes until I found a cut file for the cutest little birdhouse by Lori Whitlock in the Silhouette Online store…

birdhouse full

I adjusted the size of the birdhouse slightly, in order to make maximum use of a sheet of A4 cardstock, but made no other changes, just decided on a paper, lined it up on the mat and pressed cut…  Then I filled it with allsorts of Easter goodies!!


I had little trouble finding the perfect ribbon, so I coloured a piece of natural coloured ribbon with my Pro-Markers – I coloured the underneath, so that the colour of the spots was not changed.  A little glue dot added to the underside secured the ribbon in place without needing to tie a bow.

I hope she likes her little birdhouse on Easter morning 🙂


Easter Celebrations With Kitty Bee

Our Easter themed challenge is beginning today over at Kitty Bee’s Aloha Friday Challenge.  We were sponsored by Stitchy Bear Stamp Outlet for this challenge; I chose Easter Bouquet by Stitchy Stamps because the daffodils and hidden eggs are exactly what I hope to see on Easter morning!

stitchy bear easter bouquet 11 apr 14

I coloured the flowers with Pro-Markers, but faux paper pieced the eggs to draw in some of the other colours from the paper stack (Harper Finch’s It’s Easter Solids) that I used for the mats and frames.

stitchy bear easter bouquet 11 apr 14 flat

The layout is based around the current sketch over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2, and I’ll be hopping over there later today to link up to the challenge!

SSW2 April 9 FBD

Kitty Bee’s Aloha Friday Challenge runs for two weeks – make sure you stop by with your Easter themed projects and have a peek at the other DT projects too.

I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 – See sketch above

A Creative Need – Signs Of Spring

A Creative Romance – Eggcellent Spring

 The Alphabet Challenge – E Is For Easter

Crafts 4 Eternity – Easter

Delicious Doodles – Easter

Get Inky – Easter

Jellypark – Easter

Jo’s Scrap Shack – Easter

Stampin With The Dragon – Spring

Unstampabelles GDT

I’m very excited to share one of the cards I made for my Guest Designer Month over at Unstampabelles.  I have been asked to join them for the whole of April, so look out for a couple more posts later in the month too!  The challenge this month is to incorporate an animal or bird into your design, with pastel colours as a twist.  There’s even the chance to win a $15 voucher from Regal Press, so make sure you head over there with your projects – just remember no stamps allowed!

I have deliberately stuck with my favourite CAS style, choosing to have a bold sentiment, with smaller images.  The sentiment is from the Silhouette Online store, but rather than cut it out, I printed it directly onto the cardbase.  The letters have been filled using one of the Harper Finch Sherbet Patterns digital patterns, to ensure that it co-ordinated well with the rabbits below.

unstampabelles gdt card 1st post

The rabbits were also part of a file from the Silhouette store (you’ll see more about the original file in the mid-way post for Unstampabelles!).  I altered the file to show just the rabbits, which I then faux paper pieced with more papers from the Harper Finch Sherbet Patterns collection.  I loved the detail in the pattern, and felt that it lifted the card from a children’s card to a card suitable for an adult or family.  I doubled the rabbits up and stuck them together to make them a bit chunkier, then popped them up on 3D pads along the bottom of the card.

unstampabelles gdt card close 2

Make sure you head over to Unstampabelles to find out what the DT members have been busy creating for this challenge!

I’d like to ebter this card into the following challenges:

Dream Valley – Easter

Alphabet Challenge – D Is For Die Cuts

Brown Sugar – CAS

 Cut It Up – Easter

Simply Create Too – Easter/Bunnies

Totally Papercrafts – Pastels

Wags ‘n’ Whiskers – CAS

YNS – Photo Inspiration

Time 4 Scrap – Easter

The Doodle Garden – Colour Inspiration