Saturday, March 31, 2012

Spring is in the Air

As soon as I saw the challenge at Stampin' Royalty - "Spring Things", I knew I had to get busy with the project I had planned.....I was inspired by the photo on page 5 of the April Stampin' Success Magazine. 

 I have put this bird cage at our front door for the past two years.  Sometimes it's empty; last year I stuck a chickadee inside (ceramic of course).  When I saw the example in the magazine I knew I had to duplicate it.  I literally had to cram in  the wreath I used as a nest, and the eggs are drastically oversized, but I'm happy with how it turned out.

I've been using pearls or rhinestones as the bodies of my butterflies, but I like the added flowers too.  Linen thread was used of the worked well.

The styrofoam eggs are covered with layers of the Blossom Bouquet Triple flower and then spritzed with Soft Suede.  I moistened the paper a bit to make it more pliable, and attached the layers with a hot glue gun.

These little flowers are standard....the Boho Blossoms punch - largest blossom in 5 layers.  Each layer was spritzed with water first before crumpling it up.  I used sewing pins through the middle to hold them together.

Finally, I used the left over butterflies for a card using the sketch from Stamping 411.

I've been babysitting Elliot the past three afternoons while his mom and dad get moved into their new place.  I'm bushed!  But I had a good time.

Hope your weekend is off to a good start.  Thanks for taking the time to visit.


Tammy said...

WOW!! All of your projects are beautiful!! Thanks for joining us at Stamping 411!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful project, so much detail and it goes so well for Spring. Have to love those Butterflies.
Thanks for sharing your beautiful work and have a great week.
SIU, Seletta

Selene Kempton said...

Wow!! These are all fantastic! i love the flower punches.. my goodness! Thanks for sharing your talents and for playing with us over on stamping 411.

Carrie Rhoades said...

I love the bird cage, I want one to decorate for each season! Thanks for sharing and for playing along with us at Stampin' Royalty!

Mynn xx said... These are STUNNING! LOVE all the butterflies!!! :) The use of the sketch is amazing! :)

Heidi Baks said...

Oh Joan, I'm jealous! I *need* a bird cage!!

Patti Chesky said...

I'm in awe of all your projects! So wonderful!