Monday, January 27, 2014

# Birdhouse # Fanciful Flourish

Dreaming of Spring with Rhonda

Happy Monday to you!  Rhonda here today to host the blog for you.

My project today is inspired by my dreamy thoughts of Spring. It's been a very cold and difficult winter where I live and all I can think about is how nice it will be to see pretty flowers and birds flying around again in the Spring. So, I decided to go with a dreamy springtime card today.

"Springtime Dreaming"

Isn't the new Classic Birdhouse so sweet? I love the details and wanted to feature it!

I've had some questions about what kind of adhesive that is used on my projects for the dies. I thought it might be helpful today to do a step by step of how I created this card and share which kind of adhesives I used along the way. 

I always use my Tape Runner/ATG for layers, Glossy Accents, Glue Dots in various sizes, and Foam Dimensionals (you can get squares, dots, circles, etc.) in various depths.  

  • To begin, I folded my paper and cut the base of this card using the 5th Scalloped Rectangle Die.
  • The folded card size is 4.5" x 5.5"
  • Next, I cut my Fiona's Magic Mirror layer, and scored it to fold and wrap to the back. I attached this layer with my tape runner leaving some open space on the top to tuck and layer other elements.
  • Cut the Concentric Circle Mesh, trimmed it, touched a bit of Glossy Accents on the bottom edges and tucked it behind my Fiona's Magic Mirror layer.
  • Cut the birdhouse, inked edges of cut pieces and attached pieces with Glossy Accents.
    • Adhered some glassine bag paper behind the bird hole to soften the look with Glue Dots.
    • Cut one Concentric Circle Mesh and attached on top of Bird House opening using a very little bit of Glossy Accents. (You can use a Q-Tip or your fingertip to do this.)
  • Cut 2 Princess Trees from 2 paper designs, cut the branches.
  • Add Foam Dimensional to back center section of Classic Birdhouse.  This is important so you can tuck and layer other elements as you go.  
  • Tack on the Princess Trees to the Foam Dimensionals until you are happy with the arrangement.
  • Cut 1 Sentiment Frame 1, cut it in half and adhere under your birdhouse on both sides.
  • Attach Classic Birdhouse to card, aligning bottom with bottom of the Fiona's Magic Mirror.
  • Do not glue down Princess Tree Branches, leave them so you can still move and layer them.
  • Cut 1 set of Quills, tuck them under the birdhouse at angles using Glossy Accents or Glue Dots.
  • Tie wax string around base of Classic Birdhouse and make a bow. Curl tails with dowel.
  • Cut one Dancing Doily Lace Border segment and wipe a bit of Glossy Accents on back to attach. Add pearls if desired.
  • Cut Mini Fanciful Flourish Right, layer under the birdhouse (may need to trim a bit of the tail), tacking down the leaves with Glue Dots or touches of Glossy Accents.
  • Cut Cherry Blossoms (3 large and 2 small), shape and attach with a brad in the center.  
  • Cut 2 sets of Medium Roses, shape and stagger your layers using a brad . I touch my centers with a bit of Glossy Accents to make them appear more budded.
  • Cut smallest 2 Rose Leaf Strip Leaves 2 times, ink the edges and cut tail off. Layer and attach under the Roses using Glue Dots.
  • Cut 2 Olive Branches and attach on either side of your Cheery Blossom.
  • Adhere flowers to card using Glue Dots
  • Cut Bird from Birds of Earth and Sky, ink and attach with Foam Dimensional. Add a pin dot of Pearl Pen for the eye. (Or a mini gem.)
  • Tack down any Princess Tree leaves if desired with a tiny amount of Glossy Accents.
  • Cut Tiny Fanciful Flourish, use a small touch of Glossy Accents and tuck under the bird.
  • Cut Clouds from Glassine Bag, layer under Princess Tree, House and Fiona's Magic Mirror Frame. Use a very tiny amount of Glossy Accents on the area that will be layered and not visible.
Cheery Lynn Designs dies used:
Olive Branches - B147
Rose Leaf Strip - B241
Cherry Blossom - B129 
Tiny Fanciful Flourish (Left and Right) - B387
Mini Fanciful Flourish Right - B291
Medium Rose - B154
Birds of Earth and Sky - B349
Sentiment Frame 1 - B189
Quill and Ink Pot - B369
Dancing Doily Lace Border - DL134
Clouds and Rain - B320

As always, please let us know if you ever have any questions or would like tips or tricks.  We love working with these beautiful dies and are happy to help!

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Thanks so much for stopping on over to the blog today!
~ Rhonda 


  1. This is so pretty..I can almost visualise the spring scene here!

  2. This creation is just beautiful !

  3. this is gorgeous Rhonda, love all the layers and mix of patterns.

  4. Gorgeous!!! Fabulous die cuts!!!! Wonderful birdhouse!

  5. Love that birdhouse!! Gorgeous card Rhonda!

  6. A wonderful card, with of magnificent dies in blue tones quite soft, a small jewel!!

  7. Very pretty card, Rhonda. Love the layering of the die cuts and the beautiful flowers.

  8. What a wonderful card and tutorial! I love all the pretty details. So cute how you cut the concentric circle to make a fancy birdhouse door!


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