Springtime Birdhouse

Good afternoon!  So here's another accomplishment!  I have been taking FULL advantage of my Graphic45 and altered birdhouse mojo rush!  I finished birdhouse numero dos today!

This birdhouse is different than the first one.  I used Graphic45's "Once Upon A Springtime" collection.  I loved the fairies and the Beatrix Potter inspired storybook style of it.  Not to mention, my youngest's favorite color is pink.  I thought this would be the perfect house for her.  Instead of going with creams and vanillas, I decided to go with white gesso, Tim Holtz crackle paint in "Picket Fence", and Adirondack paint dabber in "Lettuce Green".  In my opinion, the white ages it down considerably and in just the right way without it being overly babyish.  This birdhouse would also be a nice baby gift and would look great in a girl's nursery. 

This birdhouse has A LOT more cutwork involved than the "Steampunk'd" house.  It was nice to use a technique that I don't use all the time.  A really simple way to dress up the cut pieces is to use Stickles and highlight certain areas.  For me, I used them on the Momma Rabbit's apron and sleeves, the bunnies' capes, the flowers and on the fairy.  It's subtle detail and understated but boy does it catch the eye.

To keep the house from being too nursery-like, I used a Tim Holtz fancy key hole, a twisted petal rose from Recollections, and a Tim Holtz chain tassel.  These are some very versatile embellishments to have in your stash.  If you have seen my first birdhouse, they you have surely noticed that I used the with the steampunk style as well.  The metal filigree butterfly is by BoBunny and was part of their "Gabrielle" line.  The trinkets with that line go beautifully with this one, but I just didn't have "that perfect" place to put it without looking like an afterthought.

I really love subtle details and a great one to use is a border punch.  Instead of covering the house in paper, I decided to accent the trims.  I wanted it to have a picket fence inspired look so I used Martha Stewart's "Lattice" border punch along the bottom and her "Cherish" punch for the trim along the roof.  Since I am one for edges, I also chalked the edges of all of the trims.

Pop Dots are great way to add dimension and texture to any project.  I don't like the flat look.  So I regularly use them.  When you are putting a project together, compare the two looks, one with pop dots and one without.  The difference is dramatic!

Like the Steampunk'd birdhouse, I did the backside as well.  Because you rarely see the back,  I always keep it simple.  When people pick up the houses to look at them, they always turn it around.  Why not take advantage of that space and their curiosity.  Once again, pop dots, more cutwork, and Stickles add the perfect touch to an otherwise hidden side.  Here, you can really see the punchwork I used for the trims as well as the chalking.

Once again, thanks for stopping by and taking a look.  I still have two more houses coming so stay tuned!