Wednesday, January 4, 2012

{Be Mine} Birdhouse

Hello! Happy Wednesday! I am officially freezing now. The temperatures here have suddenly taken a turn towards deep winter and I cannot seem to keep my hands warm! (But the kids are loving it!)

I was at home the other day and decided to play around with Echo Park's Valentine release called "Yours Truly." I truly love this collection. Since I was kind of looking to alter something---I want looking in my stash and found a wooden birdhouse I picked up a few years ago.

I took the little dowel out of it and decided to make it a cute Valentine decoration--to bring me out of the winter doldrums :)

Here is what I ended up with:

I painted the birdhouse with white acrylic paint and then after that dried, I covered the sides of the house and the roof with Helmar Premium Craft Glue and added the patterned paper. (I sponged the edges of all the patterned paper with Ranger Antique linen distress ink before gluing!)

I wanted to suspend the little clear heart from the top shingle over the love birds so I used my paper piercing tool (yep, I got a new one as my other one broke when i jammed into a locked bathroom door :) to make a hole up under the shingle. Then, I inserted a finding into it and the heart charm hooked onto the end.

I used some Maya Road felt birds to add the the Echo Park Yours Truly heart sticker. I also added some tiny rhinestones all along the outside part of the heart to dress it up a bit.
The bottom of the house is lined with some Twinery baker's twine. I used some Helmar 450 Quick Dry glue to adhere the buttons along the front of the house and to attach the lace to the roof. After adding the lace, I put a small row of pearls on the top edge of the lace.
The final touch was the little {Be Mine} tag courtesy of a SRM sticker.
Feminine and simple. Definitely helped to lift my mood a bit.

Supply list:
Wooden house (Hobby Lobby or craft store)
White Acrylic paint
Helmar Acid Free Glue, Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Ink-Antique linen distress (Ranger)
Baker's twine- (The Twinery)
Patterned paper and stickers- Yours Truly collection (Echo Park Paper)
Sticker- {Be Mine} (SRM stickers)
MicroFelt birds - (Maya Road)
Rhinestones/pearls - Recollections, Michael's
Buttons- (Papertrey Ink)
Heart jewel
Paper piercing tool
Pink glitter- Doodlebug
Lace ribbon - Michael's

Thanks for stopping by!


Erin Smetak said...

Aw! How cute is that?! LOVE this!!!
I hear you on the cold! I can't wait til it warms up at the end of the week! I think it was in the teens yesterday??!! Too cold for me!
Stay warm!

Trisha said...

What a sweet altered bird house, Cammie. Love those papers so much.

Patti J said...

14 degrees here yesterday...brrrrr! I'm still on crutches tho, so couldn't get out! Lovin' your birdhouse, Cammie - so 'tweet'!!! Have a great day!

Donna said...

So adorable! Love the valentine theme. You have tooned me into Echo Park paper and I love it! Very chilly here too but we are supposed to be 50 by Friday.

Dawn Easton said...

eek! I'm in LOVE with this! So cute, Carolyn! That designer paper HAS to be one of my all time fave's from EP!!! Can't put it down these days!!
Hope it warms up for you!
We are having unseasonably warm weather this winter here in Calgary...think today it's going to be in the 50's! Normal is in the 20's so it' wonderful!

Pumpy said...

Love your Bird house, I think it is jolly cute and very clever of you to think of it. We are roasting here, I live in South Africa, and do not really have such cold weather, cold for us though. xxxx

Amy Johnson said...

Such a fun and creative way to decorate those wooden birdhouses! Love it!

Basement Stamper said...

Your bird house turned out wonderful, I love the mix of the papers you used. The black on the sides and the red on the front looks great and love the buttons! Beautiful altered piece!

Gloria Westerman said...

This is so adorable.....and I'm too looking forward to spring....warmer's in the 20's here....

Lynette said...

Oh my gosh - this is so awesome!!! Love everything about it!

meredemaison said...

I'm in love! Just the right thing to bring a little bit of celebration back into our lives after a few days off (was it really only New Years days ago?) TFS!!!!

Charlene Merrick (LilLuvsStampin) said...

So cute and beautiful at the same time, Cammie! Wonderful detail work. Happy New Year, dear girl!

Michelle said...

What a sweet decoration!

lisa808 said...

This is adorable! Love the papers you chose and your embellies, especially the hanging one.

animal emblems said...

That is so cute cammie.. I haven t seen a birdhouse like this one before.. nice work..

Notes by Nina said...

Wow, this is adorable. I love all the wonderful details.

Traci Godbee said...

I love finding cute things in my cupboard to alter!! So cute.

mandysea said...

wow! how cute and adorable! Its bright and happy... love the paper!

catdidit said...

This is just too stinking cute Camster! I love your decorated houses and stuff that you do, you rocketh!