- Cricut Expression Machine
- Straight From the Nest Cartridge
- City Park American Crafts Cardstock
- Jenni Bowlin Seed Packet Dye Ink Stamp Pad
- Jenni Bowlin Brown Suggar Dye Ink Stamp Pad
- Jenni Bowlin Cough Syrup Dye Ink Stamp Pad
- Lyrical Letters Cartridge
- Earth Tones AC Cardstock
- Scor-Bug Embosser Rotary Tool
- Fruit Punch Stickles
- Lime Green Stickles
- Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
- Carstock that I used was various 12” x 12” American Crafts – City Park patterned Cardstock & the tan color from the Earthtones pack. Ink colors that I used- Jenni Bowlin, Seed Packet, Brown Sugar & Cough Syrup Dye Ink Stamp Pads.
- Before you start, choose a craft/acrylic paint similar to the background color (make sure it’s sprapbooking safe) and paint the paper…not perfectly. I also went over that after it dried with some clear glitter paint. Set aside to let dry.
- From The Cricut Machine Cartridge Straight From the Nest cut the Phrase (A Little Birdie Told Me, pg. 29) at 1” in one piece of pattered paper, then again using the Shadow Phrase in a contrasting patterned paper. Once cut, layer together and then use a dauber or sponge to add some color around the edges with Brown Sugar stamp pad. I also added a dot of Stickles Platinum to the “…” & the “I’s”.
- Cut the branch (pg. 43) from a brown piece of the pattered paper at 10”. Use the Border Shift feature key to cut extra flowers (pg. 43) for layering on the branches, you can use any kind of paper. Use some white buttons & pre-made white paper flowers and you can dye them with some of the Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist colors – Starfish, Meadow Green, Sun Sister & Marmalade. I used my I-Rock and put some jewels on the center of the flowers & buttons. Then added a touch of stickles on the flowers - Fruit Punch & Lime Green. You can also use pop dots to add dimension to some of your flowers.
- Then twist a pipe cleaner around your branch. This will give it some stability and dimension as well. You can add glitter if you like to make it sparkle.
- The bird was cut at 1-1/2” (pg. 29) use the Layer function key to make multiple wings (pg. 29) in different color patterns. You can use a dauber or sponge to put some color around each one, using the Jenni Bowlin stamp pad Brown Sugar & curl the ends so they stick out. Then you can use a brad to attach them to the body of the bird. Gave her a googly eye and drew on some eyelashes.
- The nest (pg. 37) was cut at 1-1/2” as well, added some moss & some white feathers to make it more life like. Then you can make the baby birds out of some scrap orange paper, so you can see just a little bit of their beaks. CUTE!
- For the Banner Flags (pg. 65) you can cut 3 of them at 1-3/4” and then using the Layer Shadow feature key cut 3 more in a different patterned paper. Dauber around the edges with Seed Packet ink pad, then glue the layers together. Punch a hole in each of the corners, string some fiber through the holes to the length you would like, you can use brads in the holes here too, and add more stickles to the top of them. Then tie them to the branch and using pop-dots adhere them to the page to make them look like they are actually hanging from the branch. Using the Cricut Machine Cartridge Lyrical Letters, I cut the I, heart & U at 1”, using various feature keys. To add a little extra you can wrap a thin wire around the heart, and glued them on the banner flags.
- At this point lay everything that you have on the page to make sure everything looks nice. Tear your pictures down to the size that looks best on the page, then take the tan paper and with the picture on the top tear that down so it looks like it’s layered & then crinkle them to give the distressed look. Dauber around both layers and use a small amount of tape layer them together. You can stich them together by hand or with your sewing machine…does not have to be perfect!
- You can use a Scor-Bug Embosser Rotary Tool to punch the holes around the edges (again does not have to be perfect. Then took the same fiber that I used on the banner and hand stitched around going in and out of various holes. Again using a dauber around the outside of the page I used Brown Sugar stamp pad.
- For the last touch I had taken a close up of the heart my son made with his hands and tore it down to a heart shape. Used Cough Syrup ink pad around the outside of the heart, punched holes around the outside and strung the same thin gold wire, (that I used around the other heart) through the punched holes.