176 posts categorized "Birds"


Tue 25

Pop Up Sea Scape Card
by Sara Cook

Wondering what your friend is up to?  How about creating a pop up card with a sea scape view to get back in touch with an old friend.


Card Layout:

Take heavy card stock, at least 110lb, and cut 2 panels to 5 1/2" x 6 1/4".  Score on the long side at 1/2" and 1" on both ends of the panels.  For all scores, fold the outer 1/2" score up and over and the inside 1" score inside.  

Front Window:

Cut the blue/green stripped paper from the Garden Folly pack to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". Use the 4th largest die from the Nested Globes die set and die cut a winder in the middle of the paper.  Take 1 of the card panels and secure, with removable tape, the patterned paper to the middle of the card and align the Nested Glade die in the cut out.  Run through the die cutting machine.  Take the 3rd largest die from the Nested Globes die set and the 4th largest and tape together to create a window frame.  Die cut the frame from the white Woodgrain Paper.  Color the paper with Distress Ink Antique Linen and then lightly with Vintage phot.  Adhere the pattern paper to the panel and then the frame.


Sea Scape:

Embossing a light mid tone blue paper rom the Ocean Blue paper pack with Waves 3D embossing folder.  Take sand paper and lightly sand the top of the waves.  Lightly add Distress Picket Fence ink over the waves.  Blend lightly with foam pad.  Let dry.  Fussy cut around the waves about half way down.  Die cut the smallest post from Marina Sailboat dies.  The sails are from Fresh Aqua.  The base of the boat is from Kraft Woodgrain Paper (lightly add Distress Vintage Photo to enhance the wood grain).  the Pole is cut from silver card stock.   Die cut the Oceanside Lighthouse from white and dark blue from Ocean Blue paper.  Cut off the top of the Lighthouse under the railing and glue on the white die cut.  Die cut the Waves from white and same blue of the embossed waves and glue together.


Ink plend a white 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" panel with Distress Squeezed Lemonade from the bottom and Broken China from the top and lightly blend in the middle.  


Stamp "water you up to?" from the Oceanside Typewriter Sentiment stamp set with a light blue ink on white card stock.  Trim down to the  1/4" tall.  Adhere under the window frame.

Flying birds:

Die cut the Flying Gulls birds out of white card stock.  Cut 2 strip of acetate to 4 1/2" x 1/4".  Adhere 1 bird to end of each strip.  Save 1 bird to adhere to the back panel.


Take the back scored and folder panel and adhere the sky panel in the center.  Adhere the 3D embossing waves at the bottom of the panel.  Adhere the lighthouse and wave to the right hand side, tucking it behind the waives.  Make sure you can see the lighthouse through the window.  Adhere the sails boat on top of the waves slightly off center to the left. Ahdere 1 bird in the sky.  Take the 2 bird acetate strips and adhere them with tap on the 1/2" score section of the back panel.  Add strong glue to the outer 1/2" score on both end and add the front panel on top creating a tab. 

Pop Up:

Push the tab into the card and slide into an envelope.  When you pull the card out it will pop up.






Sat 22

Shell by the Sea Shore Card
by Sara Cook

Hello everyone. I have a sea shore inspired card using the new Under the Sea release dies. Perfect card to send to someone you have not talked to for awhile. 



Emboss the Grand Tulip Shell outline die on cream card stock then use the base die to cut it out.  This will help in the coloring of the shell.  Die cut the out line out of the same cream card stock. Ink blend the shell and out line all over with Distress Oxide Antique Linen. Then ink blend Distress Oxide Tattered Rose all over the outline die cut and on the shell around the areas that were embossed with the outline. Add more ink in the smaller sections of the shell.  For the opening of the shell ink blend Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry at the top of the opening and blend down.  Glue the outline to the base shell.  To set the color and add a gloss to the shell apply a layer of Distress College Medium Matte and let dry.


Standing Birds

Use the Graceful Ocean Birds to die cut 2 birds out of 110lb card stock.  Color the feet and shade the underneath of the birds with Distress Oxide Antique Linen ink. Ccolor in the beaks with a yellow/orange watercolor marker.  For the eye use a fine tip black marker and add a dot.


Need 2 wood planks.  Check out my blog post on how to make wood planks (insert link).  Trim 2 pcs of mounting tape to 1/8' think and 1" tall and 1/4" think and 1/2" tall.  Peal off the backing and center the wood plank on the tape vertically.  Wrap the edges of the wood plank around to the back side.  Secure with glue, if needed.  Color any white showing with a alcohol based dark brown or black marker.  Color the bottom with the marker and blend in the color.


Die cut the smaller Cheerful Crab out of heavy red card stock.  Add 2 layers of Glossy Accents to the crab, drying in between each layer. 

Rope Boarder:

Die cut and emboss the boarder die from the End of My Rope die set twice, 1 form cream card stock and 1 from dark brown card stock.  Glue cream card stock on top of the brown.  Ink blend Distress Antique Linen all over die cut.  Use the die as a stencil and putting it over the die cut and ink blend Distress Brushed Corduroy on the cut out areas.  Take the Brushed Corduroy and add a little to the sides of the boarder die cut.



Sandy Beach:

Use a tan colored card stock to make a 4 1/4'x5/12' panel.  Use a small fan brush to splattered ink on the bottom portion of the panel.  Use the following inks, IN THE FOLLOING ORDER, to create the beach, Distress Ink: Brushed Corduroy and Vintage Photo, Oxide Ink: Tattered Rose, Antique Linen and Picket Fence.


On 110lb white card stock, ink blend from one end to the other, wide wise, with Distress Oxide Ink Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon.  Use a narrow blending brush to add waives out of Tumbled Glass and Picket Fence.  Let dry.  Stamp the Long Time No Sea with dark blue pigment ink from the Oceanside Typewriter Sentiments.  Tare from the front side of the paper 1/2" ~ 3/4" off the bottom to show the white card stock to make the look of water crashing on the beach.


Adhere the ocean/sky panel to the beach panel.  Adhere the pilings, cutting off any excess, and then set the feet of the standing birder into the pilings. Adhere all the other elements to the card.  I also added a Flying Gulls cut from white card stock in the upper sky area.  Adhere to a A2 size card.






Thu 13

Grand Scallop Shell and Graceful Ocean Birds by Jean Okimoto


Opposites attract in a pastel beach scene here. The bold Grand Scallop Shell, delicate Graceful Ocean Birds, matte cardstock from our 6x6 Collections, and sparkly Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad accent strips, soft colors and  bright birds create a medley of contrasts.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another Under the Sea Collection design for you.  Not sure if a scallop shell and these flamingo-wannabe birds belong together - but here they are!


Cut pastel-painted watercolor paper with the solid Grand Scallop Shell.  I've used a stash scrap colored with diluted Kaleidacolor ink refills. Pressure-emboss the shell with the detailed Grand Scallop Shell die - use the rubber embossing mat and other plate(s) required for your machine.  Leave the shell in the die.  Use the die as a stencil and sponge VersaMark onto the open areas of the shell.  Remove the die and heat-emboss the shell with Imagine's Iridescent Mboss Powder.  Clean the die with a damp washcloth.

Cut the blue sheet - from the 6x6 Fresh Aqua Collection - with the detailed scallop die.  Attach the diecut to the embossed shell.  

Cut white cardstock with the 3" x 8" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.

Cut the pale aqua 6x6 Delicate Pastels Glitter Pad sheet with Vertical Line Collage.  Attach the 5 offcut strips to the rectangle.

Cut Graceful Ocean Birds from the pink-coral 6x6 Berry Red Collection sheet.  Mask the adjacent areas with a Post-It Note and color the beaks and legs with a marker.  The pale gray Zebra Mildliner over the pink-coral cardstock created a dark taupe/brown.

Attach the diecuts to the rectangle - use foamtape for the top of the shell.  Attach the rectangle - at an angle -  to a white slimline card (3-⅝ x 8-⅝").  Add jewels from the Open Studio Pastel Jewels - I used the color in the first column.



Thanks for visiting...see you again next week!





Tue 11

Birds of a Feather
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a fun flock of birds! I used the Graceful Ocean Birds Die, die cut them two times and added some color with Copic Markers. I used the Wrapped Stitched Die and die cut the panel. Than I used the Jumbled Line Collage Die and secured it to the center of the die cut stitched panel. 


Using the card base, I inked up some rainbow colors to show through the Jumbled Line Collage.  Adhere the die cut panel to the rainbow inked base.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set, All the Happiness. 

I adhered the birds than added some Bright Jewels.

Hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Michellesignature (1)





Tue 20

Porthole Sunset Birthday
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Have you had a chance to check out the new Under the Sea collection released yesterday?  Like the Spring collection, it’s amazing!  And it looks like I’m ready for summer with this sunset scene birthday card I’m sharing today.

Started by die cutting the porthole twice from thick white cardstock and once from silver Polished Foil paper with the new Ocean Porthole die and stacked them for dimension.  Next, a circle panel from mixed media paper and a sun mask from masking paper were die cut out using dies from Circle Basics.  Masked then ink blended Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and Black Soot distress ink (DI) on the circle panel to create the sunset background.  I did the sky first.  Added water ripples with a white gel pen to complete it.


The pelican from the new Graceful Ocean Birds and the log from the new Wood Grain Planks (couldn’t capture the woodgrain detail in the photo but it’s there) were die cut from black cardstock.  Assembled the card onto a Mixed Media panel that had been dry embossed with the new gorgeous Waves 3D embossing folder (EF).  Love this EF btw! 


To finish, white heat embossed the sentiment from Birthday Blowout by Poppy Stamps on a strip of Bristol paper, then ombré colored it with the same DI as the sunset.  And that was it.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day.






Wed 03

Love Under the Cherry Blossoms. by Sara Cook

Hello everyone.  I have a Valentine's watercolor project featuring the Cherry Blossom Wreath with a heart opening to the inside of the card.

Front cherry blossoms

Cherry Blossoms:

Gold emboss the Cherry Blossom Wreath on Membory Box Watercolor paper.  Watercolor with Zig Real Brush pens.  Use 025 and 026 for the cherry blossoms.  Use 041 and 047 for the leaves.  Apply clean water with a water brush and apply the lightest color to a non porous surface and pick up with the water brush and add to the image.  Add the darkest color direct on the image where the shadow should be.  To color the background apply grey blue, 092, to a glass surface and pick up with the water brush.  Apply to the background of the wreath.

Heart Cut out:

Take the 2nd smallest die from the Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart Cut and die cut out the center of the wreath.  Save the heart die cut. Die cut the full wreath with the Cherry Blossom Wreath die cut, making sure the center part of the die is tucked behind the heart cut out.  Use a light blue A2 card base and temperarilly center the wreath to the card base.  Temporarily glue the heart saved from the wreath back into place.  Remove just the wreath, keeping heart die cut in place.  Position the 2nd smallest Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart die over the heart die cut, make sure to have the card open, and run through the die cut machine.  Glue the wreath on the front of the card base, centering the hearts.  Cut off the excess of the wreath hanging off the card base.

Supplies cherry blossoms

Inside of Card:

Gold emboss Happy Valentine's Day on the inside of the card toward the top center using the Big and Little Valentine's stamp set.  Make sure it cannot be seen through the heart cut out.  Die cut the 2nd smallest Scallop Pinpoint Heart from vellum. Addd glue to the areas that will be covered by the birds.  Glue the heart through the front of the closed card.  Die cut Poppy Stamps Little Hummingbirds from white card stock.  Glue the birds over the vellum heart, positioning to see them through the heart cut out.  Gold emboss 2 of the full cherry blossoms on Memory Box watercolor paper.  Color the same way as the wreath and die cut. Glue them to either sides of the bottom of the vellum heart.  

Inside cherry blossoms







Sun 13

Build a Pop-Up Easel Bird House with Memory Box 6x6’s by Jean Okimoto

P1001657 4

Showcase your construction skills with Memory Box 6x6 papers and the Poppystamps Bird House Pop-Up Easel Set.  The bird house is designed to fit into an A-2 envelope but we're adding it to an A-6 card.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here on a cold winter weekend that's perfect for cardmaking.


Cut the easel base from red cardstock and fold the tab backwards.  Cut the house background from dark olive cardstock and attach it to the folded tab. 


Cut the house from the Garland 6x6 poinsettia print.  Cut the door frame from chartreuse cardstock.  Cut the roof trim from the chartreuse striped Garland 6x6 sheet.  Cut the snowy roof accent from the pale gold Holiday Glitter Pad sheet.

Cut the cardinal from red cardstock. The face and beak are embossed for coloring on the cardinal.  It was easier for me to cut that section again from orange cardstock and use a black Sharpie to color a portion of it.  Attach the cardinal with foamdots.


Cut the short pine branch and one of the long branches and attach them at the bottom of the easel.  Add ¼" dots punched from the pale gold glitter pad sheet.  The branches and dots will support the house when the card is displayed.  Attach the house to a dark olive A-6 card.  (4-½" x 6-¼") 

Stamp the greeting - from the Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamp and Die Set - on bright chartreuse cardstock with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then cut the greeting with the coordinating die.  

Have fun mixing and matching our glitter, foil and holiday prints to create a card that will be enjoyed and appreciated more than ever this Christmas.

Thanks for visiting...see you again on Thursday!











Thu 03

Add Sparkly Texture to a Stitched Tree by Jean Okimoto






Wed 25

Christmas Cardinal
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Today I wanted to share a Christmas card using the Memory Box cardinal stamp.  Although the cardinal is my state bird, I realized I wasn't really sure of the coloring.  When I did an image search, I found this photo on dictionary.com:


I was surprised by a couple of things.  First, there was more of a blue/black to the wings that I would have thought.  I also noticed some areas that had a little orange to them.  The cardinal wasn't as bright red as I thought.  Second, I wouldn't have guessed that there was any pink to the beak.

I used the photo as a guide for my coloring and chose to use my Zig Clean Color Real Brush makers.  As I have said before, the brush nib allows you to take a lighter pen and go over a darker color without ruining your light colored nib.  With that in mind, I added my blue grey pen to the outside edge of the bird and then blended the color out with some of my red pen.  I added a little mustard to the center of the bird and then blended everything with the flesh colored marker.  Sometimes I use a waterbrush to blend the colors, but I decided to just use the markers themselves so that the color would remain bright and vibrant.

Here is a close up:


To finish the card, I added some decorative Memory Box paper and a popped up sentiment from the same clear stamp set as the cardinal. 

These are the colors of Zig markers that I used:

Bird- Red, Mustard, Flesh Colour, Blue Grey

Beak- Orange, Yellow, Pale Rose, Flesh Colour

Thanks for visiting today!







Thu 19

Build a Pinpoint Burst Plate Birdhouse by Jean Okimoto


The Pinpoint Burst Plate creates a dramatic background for any occasion.  Take it a step further and add texture to the Poppystamps Bird House Pop Easel Set.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a shaped card featuring great designs from Memory Box and Poppystamps.  My stash includes the Poppystamps dies and stamps I buy for my class kits - and I love sharing ideas for using them.

First - a sideview of the Poppystamps Bird House Pop Up Easel Set card - using the basic construction pieces and some extras.  A portion of the packaging shows the pieces included in the set.  It includes a cardinal, but we're using the Memory Box Singing Birds here.


Cut the smoother side of Patina cardstock with the first die shown on the package.  It embosses wood panel lines too, but we don't need the lines - so turn the diecut over to the backside where the embossed lines are less visible. Cut it with the Pinpoint Burst Plate.

Cut the textured side of Navajo cardstock with the largest die and crease it backwards on the scored line.  Cut kraft cardstock with the second house layer.  Cut the snowy roofline and the entry ring from a white glittered cardstock sheet in the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad.  Cut two sets of the pine brances from minty-green cardstock.

Attach the kraft house to the folded tab on the easel.  Add the other diecuts.

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to red felt and cut two of the Singing Birds.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt.  Attach the birds with foam tape - use two layers of tape for the bird on the right.  Add ¼" punched dots of the red glittered cardstock from the Holiday Glitter Pad.


Stamp the greeting - from the Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamp and Die Set - with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Cut it with the matching die.


Cut the narrow "snowline" from the same white glittered cardstock and trim it to form a "stopper" to support the birdhouse.


Here's the finished easel card, perfect for an A-2 envelope.  Hope you like it!  

Special thanks to Ann at Impress Cards + Crafts and Roxanne at Stamps + Memories for buying my COOL WINTER WISHES Class Kits for your stores. Thanks also to everyone ordering their kits for holiday crafting.

Keep warm...thanks for visiting, see you again this weekend!