Category Archives: Builder Bird

Back to Black twinchies

So as per usual I made twinchies for the coin swap peeps… and kept to the same Back to Black theme. This first set of four was using black cardstock and the baked texture embossing powder in Deep Sea to add the dictionary stamping in the background and the butterfly embellishment. Also added the punched leaf from black cardstock and kept it plain as contrast. Then edged the pieces in black embossing powder to finish off.

Second set of four was another scrap piece of black cardstock and this time heat embossed with the handcarved stamp although didn’t ink it fully so it meant it was more of a loose stamping.Then I heat embossed the white splodges on top. Next I coated some cardstock with sparks paint and then heat embossed one of the Watercolour wings stamps before using a punch to punch out the butterfly.

I then used the Tap Tap Tap sentiment which I heat embossed in white and then finished the twinchies off with white gel pen doodles.Pictures don’t really show the sparkle and shine on these but they are fab in real life.Then another pair of twinchies…

Next a set of six…More embossing and this time one embossed background with white craft ink stamped and embossed which created cool effect on the leaves. Then punched and stamped butterflies on top.

Next up a set of eight. Again an embossed background this time using the world map stamp and then the simply sketched leaves using different powders.I found a butterfly in a magazine stamp set and embossed them onto the black card using white powder.Finally two using scraps of patterned paper, and embossed flower and embossed details on punched butterflies.Some fun twinchies … all back to black but also with butterflies thrown in for this month’s theme too!

Happy crafting!


Catch up from Tuesdays art journalling session


Whilst I may be back in the craft room I am far from back in the usual creative place due to a zillion things going on for me at the moment.  I was really happy to spend some time creating with my friends on Tuesday night in my junk journal and so can share with you what I made.

I managed two pages both for the theme of Wishes.

First a fairy page…


Just love the beautiful gold and rich colour tones with the little fairies.


This is also a lovely page and really happy with how this worked and came together quite quickly. 

Hoping to grab some crafting time in the room soon and get myself back into the zone properly.  I also have a new obsession that I will share with you soon… bullet journalling… couldn’t be more different than this mixed media art but it is my current obsession. Anyway more about that another time.

Happy crafting!


Engagement fabulous news!

One of my friends at work got engaged last week and so of course I had to make her a special card.

I decided on classy and to let the words speak for themselves but also to have some flora/fauna as otherwise it wouldn’t be them!


So white punched leaves were the starting point. 


Enough to make a circle wreath.


Drew a circle on the card blank.  I used a coaster as the template. Then used a 2 way glue pen to add the little sprigs around the wreath.  Next I punched the Bird twice and inked the edges and then set to with the letterbox set from clarity to design the sentiment.
Of course I forgot to take in progress photos… so here is the final card…


I used liquid pearls for the little dots and foam pads for adding the dimension.


Really pleased with how it came out… almost like I imagined it which is quite rare.

Congratulations Sue and Steve.  Wishing you both a smooth wedding planning period! 


And sue loved both the card and her basket of plants. Horrah!

Happy crafting!


Art journalling … Birds and bleeding tissues … With Fairefoxes

Yesterday I shared the page I made when inspired by my friend Rae and her Art journalling blog series… Well I was that inspired I started another page which I finished off today! Yes two pages in one day!

Rae’s prompt was “birds with clipped wings can still sing” and her technique she tried was the bleeding tissue paper one… But she creates her own tissue substitute using kitchen roll and Dylusions. So I had a go at this too!

Unfortunately as I was too lazy to walk down one flight of stairs for the kitchen roll, I just grabbed some toilet roll instead! This of course was incredibly flimsy once pulled apart and sprayed… So I ended up just spraying a few pieces, letting them dry and cutting them up to create a border on the page. I then wet the page, put the little pieces down and sprayed them with water again. This had the effect of soaking the paper. Now as I mentioned yesterday the sketchbook I am using as a journal is not good quality… So there has been a bit of bleed through, even with two pages glued together, ah well… That’s the joy of Art journalling… It doesn’t really matter!

So I didn’t let them stay on until dry… Had to take it off sooner to get the excess liquid… But it still created a border so it works… If you use the right tissue and then journalling base paper… So I know for another time!

Anyways… I then created a tree out of book paper, and added leaves, using a stamp I carved myself. I added some more spray using a mask, and then gave the whole page a coat of gesso… Why? To tone down the colours and blend the picture a bit. Next I added more colour and definition to the tree and leaves and added some background colour to the sky.

I decided it needed some depth and so added the stamped World Map using Inktense to stamp with to remove the definition. Next I created my bird cage from another piece of paper and hand cut it with the craft knife, painted it roughly using silver paint. The bird I created using the Builder Bird punch, and coloured it using the Inktense blocks.

Once I had stuck down the bird in the cage, I added a silvery border around the page and then grabbed some alpha stamps and stamped out the quote.


The finishing touches were some doodles to define some of the images and adding the date… Realised I put the wrong year on yesterday’s too so had to quickly amend that!

Happy crafting!


Happy wedding day Mr & Mrs Smith

Yes my friend really has gone and become Mrs Smith!

Today my friend got married. Unfortunately the trip to Devon (where she upped and moved to just over a year ago) for one night was a little too much for me to undertake so I didn’t make it to see her in person, so instead made a card on behalf of myself, and the other two friends in the team who will be raising a glass to her from afar!

Just like yesterday’s I tried to do a step by step approach!

The card itself is inspired by so many I have seen before … I went for white on white, but then decided it needed some champagne throwing in!

I started with the Petite Petals stamp set and heat embossed lots of flowers using both the clear and champagne coloured embossing powders. Then punched them out. Next I dry embossed some scraps of the cardstock using a few different embossing folders and punched them out. Then I drew a circle (I used the bottom of my paintbrush jar to make sure it was a circle, and stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from a Papermania set and then stuck the flowers down layering them up as I went.

Next I took some more white card and punched out the birds and then embossed them using the Beautiful Brocade folder. Then added them to the bottom of the circle along with the leaves which I didn’t emboss. I also used dimensionals whilst doing this to ensure I had some depth to the artwork.


I then realised I needed to mount it as it didn’t look right without an edge of some kind, but I don’t have suitably coloured ink or cardstock. So I made a mount using the same embossing powder and the Hardwood background stamp. You will see here I didn’t emboss it entirely, only the edges as that is all that would be on show.

Final touch was to add a champagne coloured ribbon in a bow and mount it onto the card blank.



So I hope that Mr and Mrs Smith have had a wonderful day … Wishing them all the best for their married life together! Congratulations Caroline and Dave!

Happy crafting!


ATC swap… July … Summer

Today I went back to work after about 7 weeks off sick. I can’t say that I was looking forward to getting in but my team made it easy for me to adjust to work again.

Anyway… As back at work I have a catch up post for you!

Last month I shared with you my Birds ATC’s made for a swap amongst friends… This months theme is Summer … And although the swap was for July I actually made these in June as I enjoyed making the June ones so much I was inspired!

I started in much the same fashion, with using a playing card as a template onto watercolour paper, and some watercolour paints… But this time a sunny yellow sun!

… Well ok, more of a sunny yellow corner!!!

As I was doing this, I was losing confidence in my watercolouring skills … Mainly due to the tools I had to hand, so when I got back to my desk, I grabbed stamps instead!

Out came the fabulous hello Doily stamp, and some Daffodil Delight ink… And a pretty patterned sun was born!


I added the random summer word stamping along the bottom in the Calypso Coral and cut out the little topper.

Next to think about a base. I decided on this fabulous Gumball Green patterned paper from Print Poetry DSP stack which I have had for a while and not touched!


I thought the addition of the washi tape also added a little more to the topper. Then to choose the feature. Well flowers are always fun, but though rather than plumping for my current favourite flowers … Petite petals … I would use the ones from Language of Friendship with the Boho Blossoms punch as I rarely use these and they are cute. I also punched the leaves with the Builder Bird punch.


I finished off with a dot of stickles for the flowers and then mounted them onto Pumpkin Pie cardstock and rounded the corners (& of course added the ATC stamp on the back for the title).

The next months theme is time so going to try different techniques this month… No watercolour paper in sight!

Happy crafting!


Wreath of loveliness!

I spotted this lovely little wreath in Hobbycraft and decided it would look fab with some flowers added and last night decided it was time to do this!

With coordinating stamps and punches this is such an easy transformation and a few little pearls and some ribbon and jobs a good un!

Stamps used:
Language of Friendship
Petite Petals
Blooming Marvellous

Punches used:
Builder Bird
Small flower
Small butterfly

Inks used:
Crisp Canteloupe
Calypso Coral
Poppy Parade
Certainly Celery

Happy crafting!


Thursday Treasures! Time for a Prompt!

Evening all! It’s Thursday Treasures time!


This weeks prompt is an interesting one. I wonder what Thankful will mean to you? I am thankful for a lot of things. Health, love, friendship, happiness! I know not all of these things apply to everyone and so I am thankful that I have them. This is what I decided to do with the prompt…


This is actually a page I started months ago at a crop and have only just got round to finishing. It made me remember how poorly I was at the time, and how the gift of the scarf made me happy at the time. The gift was from my friend Caroline who was leaving the area to live in Devon with her new found love, and soon to be hubby! It brought me comfort partly as it’s such a soft fabric, but also it felt like I was getting a hug from a friend when I wore it … I have a few scarves that I feel like that about because they remind me of friendship and the people who gave them to me mean so much to me! Anyways … When I look at the picture it certainly makes me thankful!

Now about the page. The scarf reminded me of Zentangle, and the doodled flowers cut from some dsp also reminded me of Zentangle so this is the direction I took the page in! The layout started at a crop months ago has changed very little, except due to some scruffy edges to the Wild Wasabi cardstock, I ended up trimming it, and then using my distressing tool to scruffy up the edges properly before mounting onto some Early Espresso cardstock as a base. I decided to add some more texture by adding in punched leaves using the Builder Bird punch and keeping them quite loose, and some candy dots to ground the green part of the layout.

I also added frank and honest journalling about my mental health at the time the picture was taken. Scrapbooking should not just be about good times and happy times. I also need it to help tell the story of me. And the bad time I was having at the time the photo was taken is part of what makes me me … So it had to be scrapped too!

So although the picture and page don’t mention thankful … This page does make me thankful. Thankful for friendships, my improved health and my art. All things I hope never to take for granted!

I wonder what you are thankful for?

Happy crafting!


My Mother’s Day bouquet!

I decided for this Mother’s Day that I would attempt one of these “oh so popular” pop up box cards. I happened to catch the talented Nikki from Polkadoodles fame on C and C and she showed how she makes no measure pop up boxes… Will I figured this was my best chance.

So this is what I did and I made this lovely creation for my Mum and brought it out to Spain this week for us to celebrate Mother’s Day a tad late!




Such a simple but impressive creation to make! May well make some more for some other random occasions over the next few months… Only thing I have to remember is not to make the items in the box overlap too much or the box won’t fit in the envelope!

Happy crafting!


Happy Birthday Princess!

Today my little baby is 8!!! I can’t believe it! Doesn’t seem long since she was a babe in arms … But given she is a tall girl, and I am a shortie, it won’t be long before she is towering above me I know! Goodness help me then!

So of course, my princess got made a special card!


Packed full of Petite Petals with a cute bird (Language of Friendship) and butterfly (Papillion Pot Pourri). With some nice texture in the background using both Hardwood & Woodgrain.

Love how it came out! Almost as much as I love the girl herself!

Happy crafting!


Ps little update photo that shows all the dimension in the card!