Thursday, October 9, 2008

{ Flyin' By } LPS release! Tree & Tree House swing card (template & tutorial)

This little bird on a branch is from { Flyin' By } a brand new set soon to be released (on October 14th with 3 other sets!) from Little Paper Shop. I wanted to give this adorable Birdy (& his Owl buddy) a worthy home and I had a blast playing about with the punny sentiments too...

The sign says "Flyin' by to say..." and with a little waxy thread, I turned the birdy's branch into a swing. The tree top that he's playin' beneath swings open to reveal a tree house where the Owl lives:

Birdy & his Owl Buddy...

(or is Owl his Paramour...given the sentiment..."Owl always love you"? heeheehee!) Well, I guess that'll remain their little secret! Regardless, both cute critters are stamped with craft inks: Owl: SU Apricot Appeal & Only Orange. Birdy: Tempting Turquoise & Chocolate chip for his branch swing.

Copics over Embossing:

They're embossed with clear embossing powder & the white details are done with an Inkssentials pigment pen. Then I added colours over the embossing with Copic markers to shade. (Fun to do! I can't wait to try variations of Copics over embossing & share 'em with ya.)

To Make the Tree:

Step 1)
Print the tree template.

Step 2)
Cut the tree tops
(& shade with a marker if you like)

Step 3) Colour & cut the tree trunk
(I've used a combo of CTMH, SU, & Copic markers)
You may want to extend the branches depending on how you wanna use your tree.

The Tree Details:

The Stitching: I layered the SU Bali Breeze Designer Series Paper onto certain celery cardstock & pierced along the edges so that it would take the stitching with embroidery thread nicely.

The Flowers... are punched with SU's Three for You flower punch, shaped & embellished wiht heart-shaped gems in the center. One of them hides the large brad that the Tree top cover swings on.

A cloud-shaped Card Base:

Step 1) Print & Cut out the cloud template

Step 2) Trace the template
(Fold a standard sheet of cardstock in half. Lay the cloud template onto it with the straight edge of the template on the folded edge of the cardstock. Trace the template in pencil.)

Step 3) Cut along the fluffy cloud edges
(leaving the fold intact)

Step 4) Sponge the cloud
(I used white craft ink (SU) and a makeup sponge)

The Grass:

Step 1) Tear some strips of paper/cardstock
(It's a good idea to make them wider than the cloud card base)

Step 2)
Cut a fringe into the grass strips
(No need to worry about being even; it's wild grass.) ;o)

Step 3) Attach the grass & trim it.
(Layer the two pieces on the front of the card & trim from the back of it)

Then stick it all together..... :O)

On Friday Oct 10th, Check out what the rest of the Design Team is making with this cute new set:

Hope your day is Craftilicious!


Julia said...

WOW! Mel this is amazing! You are so talented.

Eva said...

WOW!!!!!! I am amazed!!!! This is so gorgeous and thank you for the templates as well! How sweet of you!

Cindy Haffner said...

OMG girl you are amazing.

Allison Rankin said...

You always go way above the call there girl! Amazing idea and tut!

Kim Etherington said...

OMG. This is so funny cute. I love how the owl is hidden behind. That is just marvelous cute. This card cracked me up with smiles. Too darn creative you are!

Unknown said...


Can I feature this on Inspirational please Mel

Leave me a comment on my Scrapping Away blog to let me know

Julie x

Unknown said...

So very cool!! What a fun fun project!
hugs, Jami

Bonnie said...

Fabulous again Mel! You are amazing!

Anonymous said...

WOWZERS MEL! This so freaking cool! I love it! Thanks for the template too! You ROCK!

Melanie said...

this is so stinkin cute!! I love the reveal, amazing design! (and you're so on top of you templates, too, I posted one today for a card I made a YEAR ago LOL!!) that's me... :)

Anonymous said...

hi mel ,this is a cutsey card bet you had a lot of fun ,love lady

Elena said...

Mel, this is amazing! Very creative! Love the little bird and owl! Card idea is just fabulous! Thank you, Mel, for sharing the templates!

Jessica Diedrich said...

This is a ridiculously cute card, Mel! You amaze me!

Sharon said...

I can't wait for part 2!
You just amaze me Mel!!

Tonniece said...

Too cute for words.
Can't wait for part 2

Happy friday

Renée said...

My goodness, Mel, this is fabulous!

Lorraine said...

Love it Mel you are amazing all the great ards

Annapurna said...

Wow! What a cool idea. You are no where near amazing. You are close to Amazing to the power of infinity. Oh no, am I giving you a head ache :-)

Superb idea. I will have to try this one. Kids will love it and so will adults like me. Does it take 24 hrs to make it? :-(

Have a good weekend chica!

Barb said...

Wow!!! Amazingly cute project! And thanks for the great tutorial!

Shirley said...

Its just too precious for words! I love every little detail! TFS.

Tiff said...

WOW! This project is intense!!!! It looks FABU :)

Lisa Olson said...

Oh my gosh!!! Mel this is absolutely amazing, you are so inspirational!!!

Anonymous said...

Mel - this is totally adorable!!!
You are so creative - I love it!!!

Deb Neerman said...

Hi Mel-a-Licious: This is w-a-y kewl and I {heart} it Big Lots! Ohhhhh, shoppin' ... wait. No. Sorry ...

Could you further expand one the "wild grass" you're using?

Thanks for playin'!

Crystal Ware said...

oh holy moly. This is awesome!!!

Erum Tasneem said...

I am going to try out the tree... I did try the grass thingy, i just have not uploaded it yet. you will be seeing it soon!
This is totally cute! I loove itt

Jennifer McGee said...

Amazing, love the card and Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for the tutorial!

Donna Baker said...

oh my goodness, girl! so CUTE!!

Maria said...

Love the 3d card, Mel! Very, very cool! Love that owl in the tree house. . .he looks so comfortable inside it.

How are you liking your Copic markers? Looks like you're making fabulous use of them!

Thank you for sharing the template.


Amy Teets said...

Wow! Amazing!!

Risa said...

Oh wow....your card is amazing and I LOVE the way you embellished yummy!

Семашко Надежда said...

This is Amazing idea !!!

Savitri said...

Ok, THIS is the CUTEST thing!!! WOWSER!

valita said...

i love all your ideas Mel....thank you for being an inspiration to me and i know loads of others....thank you so much for the encouraging words on my blog they come just at the right times...blessings to you and your blogging...Luv Valita

Галина said...

Very much it was pleasant. Simply super!!!