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Wishing that Spring would come with Dew Drops

Is anyone beside me thinking ahead to spring?  We’ve had a mild winter here in the Northwestern US.  I thought for today’s project, I would tackle a cute little bird house.  You can make this as small or as large as you wish.  The tear shaped dew drops make an awesome “tiled” roof, don’t they?

Ingredients:
Wooden Birdhouse – I used a small $1.00 size, but this could be made much bigger
Acrylic paint – pink and off white
Elmer’s School Glue
Tacky Glue
Dew Drops in Light Blue, Blue and Light Purple  Dew Drops Tear Drops (they look pink on the paint)
Vintage Lily of the Valley
Sheer Fuchsia Ribbon – 1 yard

First paint the birdhouse.  Paint with the base color.  I used pink (Hydrangea Pink).   Let the base coat dry.  Paint the entire house with Elmer’s School Glue and allow to dry until the surface is tacky.  Lightly paint over the glue with the off white paint (Antique White).  When it dries you have instant crackle paint.  Of course you could do this with you favorite crackle paint.  If you intend to use your birdhouse outside, you will need to finish your base surface to “weather proof it”.

Adhere the Dew Drops with an appropriate adhesive for the use.  I plan to use mine indoors so used Tacky Glue.  If you are using outdoors please use a water resistant glue.  Do one side of the roof at a time.  Keeping the roof as flat as possible (mine is propped up on a ribbon spool here).  This will keep the Dew Drops from sliding.  Let dry and do the other side.

 

Adhere the flowers to your house, keeping in mind whether it is to be used indoors or outdoors.  Finally add the ribbon.  Find the center of the ribbon and wrap it around the birdhouse, beginning at the front and ending with the ends in the front.  Tie a double knot tightly.  Wrap three lengths of ribbon loosely around your four fingers.  Pull off of fingers and twist in the middle.  Tie to the base wrap with another double knot.  Trim ends of ribbon used to wrap the base to the desired length.

 

Hope you are all having a blessed New Year and I’ll be back with some Valentine’s Day ideas on the 18th.

With my best wishes ~ Victoria

Knotty or Nice CAS Card

Hello Crafters,
It’s Karen here to share a little Christmas inspiration.  This is a great card to make for that last minute function because it is super quick.  CAS is best if you plan to give handmade cards for the holiday season and have a long list of family and friends.  This is a good design to mass produce efficiently and requires relatively few supplies.   Let’s get stamping!

Directions:
1.  Use black ink to stamp a random collage of swirls & flourishes onto a white card base. Make sure to rotate the stamp and overlap the edges with the design. If you plan to include a sentiment, make sure you leave some empty space for it. 

2. Stamp the sentiment with black ink. Set aside to dry.

3. Next, plan the placement of the Tear Drops (aka light bulbs) evenly spaced along different sides of the swirls. This is a temporarily step for placement only so no glue is used at this time. When you are satisfied with their positions, mark each light socket lightly with a pencil. Next, carefully remove the Tear Drops and use a fine tip black marker to draw a small rectangular socket where you left each pencil mark. Sketch them extending on one side of the wire only. Also, tilt them and vary the angle of the sockets for a more realistic appearance.

4.  Add Tear Drops in primary colors to the sockets with liquid adhesive.  To finish off, draw plugs at the ends of the strings of lights.


(TIP: Attach some Tear Drops away from the flourish to appear as loose spare bulbs.  Use a silver gel pen to draw the metal base of the light bulb.)




Supplies:
white card base
black ink pad
flourish stamps
sentiment stamps
fine tip black marker
liquid adhesive
The Robin’s Nest Shop
If you’d like to see more of Karen’s original projects, visit her blog Art & Soul.

Thanks for visiting!
Come back soon!

Art Journal with Dew Drops

Hello Crafty Friends,
Marie-Christine with you today with a page in my Diary Journal, very easy and very quick to do!
I used mini and original pink Dew Drops on it.
How to do
 
 
First, this is the original background before I added Distress Inks, I chose 2 green colors.
Then, I used a floral stencil from TCW with purple Distress Inks on the background.
 I found a vintage image on Pinterest, I adhered it on the right, and I colored the leaves on the top with markers. I printed my title on a white paper and stuck my mini and original pink Dew drops.
 That’s all, very easy and quick page, do you love it?
The robin’s Nest Products I used
Thank you for visiting!
 
Marie-Christine
Design Team