May 02, 2021

Spellbinders: Birdhouses Through the Seasons Collection

Hello there.  It’s been a rough week.  My father passed away this past Tuesday.  I have several scheduled posts starting with this one, and will be taking a breather from blogland... so sorry I won’t be visiting your blogs.

So today I am excited to share a couple of cards made with the Spellbinders Birdhouses Through the Seasons Collection designed by Vicky Papaioannou.  There are four birdhouse die sets for each season, a birds die set and a sentiment stamp set in the collection.  All sets are adorable and can be used interchangeably.  I have two of the sets and since Christmas cards are my favourite to make, I started with the Build a Winter Birdhouse.

Here is what is included in the set.

The birdhouse was die cut from white Woodgrain paper by Memory Box.  I used my scoring tool to score it every half inch before die cutting it out. The roof part was die cut three times from blue paper, cut out with scissors then stacked for dimension.  The bells were also die cut from the same blue paper while the mistletoe and berries were die cut from X-Press It cardstock.  All colouring and/or shading were done with Copic markers.  The bird (retired) was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on X-Press It cardstock, coloured with Copic markers and fussy cut out.

I pictured this as a birdhouse ornament hanging from a Christmas tree, so created the background by ink smooshing Evergreen Bough and Peacock Feathers distress oxide (DOx) inks onto Bristol paper.  Dried it with my heat tool after each colour, then dry embossed it with a pine branch embossing folder.  Stamped the sentiment from My Favorite Things Bitty Holiday Wishes with Salty Ocean DOx on Bristol paper and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Assembled the card onto a white card base and added Crystal Glaze on the berries and highlights with a white gel pen to finish.

Moving onto the opposite end of the season, my next card features the Build a Summer Birdhoude.  I had something else in mind, but it didn’t work out, so I went clean and simple (CAS).

Here is what is included in this set.

On a Bristol panel, masked then ink blended Shaded Lilac, Spun Sugar, Squeezed Lemonade and Salty Ocean distress inks to create the ocean background scene.  

All the die-cut elements on the card were die cut from various scraps of cardstock, trimmed and pieced together as needed.  The sentiment 
from Poppy Stamps Birthday Blowout was in my stash.  It was white heat embossed on black cardstock.  Popped the panel up with two pieces of thick white card stock for a little dimension to finish.

And here they are again.

A tweet collection, don’t you think?   Fun new products are always being added at Spellbinders and you can check them out HERE.  Thank you for stopping by.

The winter birdhouse card is heading over to the Alphabet Challenge - B is for Birds 



Loll said...

So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing Trina. Sending love and hugs to you!

Beautiful work with both birdhouses, Trina. Always inspired by your designs and beautiful mix of colours. xx

Christine Alexander said...

Trina my heart goes out to you and your family ♥, So sorry to hear you lost your father.

Love both cards, you sea inspired one is amazing XX

Susan said...

So very sorry to hear about your father, Trina.

Beautiful cards, especially the Christmas one with the mistletoe and gorgeous shades of blue.

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Oh no... Trina, I'm so so sorry for your Dad! I know how difficult is this time, I lost my beloved Dad four years ago.
Sending you biggest hugs!
Your birdhouse cards are both so cute and sweet! A lot of work but the effects are so special!!

Maria said...

So sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad, Trina. I’ll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Your birdhouse cards are so pretty! The color and design are perfect! Love the texture and sweet bird on the first card. And, the second card is a lovely scene with the gorgeous sky! Take care, hugs!!

Bonnie said...

Awesome birdhouses, Trina! So many fun details in each card! I pray time brings you peace, my friend!

Witchcrafted Life said...

Sweet Trina, from the furthest reaches of my heart, I am truly sorry for the devastating loss of your father. Thank you for sharing such a profoundly intimate facet of your life with us. May serenity be with you and your loved ones as you begin the grieving process and moving forward in the wake of this immeasurable tragedy. Please know that my thoughts, condolences, and understanding are with you around the clock - and that I am always just an email away if you ever need/want someone to talk to about anything that you're thinking or going through.

Immense hugs,
Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

Papercraft Boutique said...

Both birdhouse cards are beautiful, Trina! Love your gorgeous coloring and excellent details.

I'm so sorry to hear that your Dad passed away. Sharing your sorrow with love,
Hideko xx

Rachelle Oltean said...

You have my deepest condolences Trina. I'm glad that you will have some time to take a breather for a bit. This birdhouse card is truly lovely. Thanks so much for sharing it with us at the Alphabet Challenge Blog "B" is for Bird!
Rachelle - DT : )

Brenda in IN said...

Oh Trina, I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Great birdhouses on both cards.

Mac Mable said...

Dearest Trina, I am thinking of you and sending tons of love and hugs x.
Both cards are fabulous, with wonderful designs and colouring x.

Dawn Phillips said...

Such beautiful cards. I adore your little birdhouse. You colour so beautifully. Thanks for joining us at The Alphabet Challenge. Love Dawn x

Billie A said...

Beautiful cards. Love the images and colors and that light house die is awesome. . So glad you shared over at Alphabet challenge