Make A Little Bird House Favor Box

Lori Whitlock is a crafting genius!  And her latest 3d bird house favor box (available at the Silhouette Online Store) is no exception.

I used some Christmas paper  I found on sale for the red faux bois bird house base (Jillibean Winter Tortellini and Spinach Soup Paper) and My Mind’s Eye Sweetest Thing for the roof.

3d Bird House Favor Box Assembled

The crafty bird is from Lettering Delights Crafty Bird cut it set.  The bird measures about 1.25 inches tall.  I printed and cut two birds with a small offset.  I attached one bird with a thin foam square to the box and placed the second bird directly on top of the first with a thin foam square.

3d Bird House Favor Box

Assembling the box was relatively easy.  After I folded all of the score lines, I cut a 24″ piece of ribbon.  The ribbon keeps the roof attached to the house.

3d Bird House Favor Box Ribbon

Run the ribbon length through the two slits on the box.  Making sure the ends meet, add ScorPal tape on each side of the ribbon (inside the box) and on all of the flaps.  First, adhere the flaps to the right and left of the center.  These flaps should align perfectly on the bottom and completely cover the ribbon loop on the inside of the box.  Next, fold in the flaps and adhere when once you are satisfied that your sides are square to one another.

To assemble, simply put the ribbon through the slits in the roof and tie in a bow.  Trim ribbon as desired.  I also added a small tag (from the Silhouette Online Store).  I used the Print and Cut feature to add the sentiment.

3d Bird House Favor Box Roof

Silhouette Christmas Eye Chart with Eye Glasses

When you have a friend that appreciates a practical gift, it can be a little challenging to come up with a fun and whimsical way to give it.  Fortunately, my Silhouette Cameo answered the call and helped me make this:  a Christmas Eye Chart and Specs card.

Christmas Eye Chart and Glasses

I used Silhouette’s print and cut feature to create the eye chart.  If I was to do it again, I would use a distinct motif for each position on a row (like an eye chart), but I think it conveys the message as is.

The glasses are from Lori Whitlock.  I used the pattern fill feature to flood the glasses with the blue polka dot pattern.  I cut a total of four pairs of glasses and layered them for dimension.  To make the acetate lenses (hand trimmed and glued to the lowest layer of the glasses) more realistic,  I increased the size of the “Mer” which would appear through the lens and made the “y” smaller as it peeked out under the nose bridge of the glasses.  Below is a screen shot which shows how I checked the alignment before printing and cutting.  Note:  I did not cut the glasses on top of the eye chart.  This just shows how you can check alignment before cutting.


For additional magnification for the right-hand lens, I used a 12×12 paper to hand cut the lens shape.  First I determined where the glasses would be attached to show the “Mer”, then I  adhered the larger print to the same smaller pattern from a 6 x 6 paper pad that I used as the first layer of patterned paper in the card.  The glasses are pop-dotted above the chart and the patterned paper.

To finish the card, I added some retro rhinestones, a bow, another layer of patterned paper, and the 5.5″ card base.  The sentiment inside informs the recipient that an optometrist appointment and new glasses are coming.

Cricut and Silhouette Meet Again in a Cookie Cookbook

Welcome to the next stop on the Jolly Holly Blog Hop.  If you are just joining in, you may wish to hop back to the beginning with Kristen’s blog so you can see the whole lineup.

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On to the project – a cookie cookbook using Cricut and Silhouette.  I love combining these two die cutters together in projects as both are unique and offer different capabilities.

Silhouette contributed the album backbone and engineering.  This is a Lori Whitlock file.  I used Papertrey Ink cardstock for the album cover and lined it with Bazzill embossed paper to give it extra strength.  The cover patterned papers are from My Mind’s Eye “Be Merry Collection.”

Mrs. Claus is from Cricut’s “A Quilted Christmas”.  Does anyone else find she bears a startling resemblance to Paula Deen?  Mrs. Claus was cut at 4.5″ tall.  Her stove is from “Country Life” and is cut at 3.5″ tall.  Using the Cricut Craft Room, I extended the stove-pipe by welding a rectangle to the end of the stove-pipe.  I hand trimmed off the coffee pot as I thought it didn’t suit the occasion as much.   I added some Copic shadows to her apron and a little red crystal for a holly berry to her head band.  Her kitchen sign is from a Just Rite Stamp set.  I simply trimmed the paper and added a dark frame.  I made the faux bois floor by drawing in the dark plank first and angling the lines out from the center point.  I then added tans and brown with Copics and some wood grain with a Micron pen.

I will be adding a total of five pockets with cookie recipe pull out pages.  Here is a picture of the first page for Cowgirl Cookies:

I used “Summer Celebration” for the Cowgirl and cut her at 4″ tall.  I hand cut the Christmas tree accents for her boots from the “Be Merry” collection.  Her patterned paper dress is also from “Be Merry”.  I added some hand-cut holly leaves and a Crop-A-Dile berry to her scarf to make her a little more Christmas-like.

Hope this project gave you some ideas for your Christmas projects, and before you hop off to Terri’s blog, make sure you leave a comment to be entered in a drawing for this:

Tim Holtz Christmas Card and Tag Kit!  I will be drawing on winner on Monday 12 November at 9:00 AM EST- so don’t forget to leave a comment.  I will ship to North America, Australia, or Europe.

An October Birthday Card with Cricut

I made this card for one of the loveliest people you’ll ever meet and today is her 40th birthday.

I used a mix of patterned papers and Cricut cartridges to make this card.  The little squirrel, cut at 1″ tall, is from Noah’s ABC’s.  If you don’t have this cartridge, you should buy it for the truly beautifully styled animals.  The chicken, squirrel, and cow are wonderful.

The wheelbarrow is from Walk in My Garden (1.5″ tall).  The rolled flowers are from Artiste (2.25″ tall and 1.5″ tall).  The 40th birthday candle is from Something to Celebrate (1.5″ tall).  The circle cuts, scalloped circle, and pumpkins are from Cricut Essentials.  I cut several layers and adhered them together to add dimension and strength.  The wheelbarrow was cut twice in the woodgrain paper and once in solid gray.  I trimmed the wheel from the solid gray cut and adhered it on top of the layered wheelbarrows.  I used my Copic E59 walnut to add a “stem” to the pumpkins.  The patterned paper circle is adhered to the Bazzill layer with foam tape.

The ribbon is from Paper Trey Ink in Smokey Shadow and the sentiment is stamped in the same color.  The papers are from Basic Grey, My Mind’s Eye, Kaisercraft, and Bazzill.  I used Paper Trey Ink as the base for this card and applied the patterned papers on the front, back, and inside of the card base. Before adhering the patterned paper, I scored the Paper Trey Ink cardstock with a quarter inch wide center fold to allow for some inner depth.  I used Sparkle and Sprinkle glitter in Snow Angel for the candle.  The completed card measures 5.25″ square.

And here is the inside of the card:

The cupcake is from Inky Antics and uses brown and apricot honeycomb paper.  I made a cupcake stand with a circle punch.  There is an identical squirrel to the one on the front perched on top of the cupcake holding a little birthday candle from a Martha Stewart punch.  The inner sentiment area measures 2″ by 3.25″.  I framed it in the Bazzill card stock and attached it with foam tape.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.

A 5.25 inch square card has become one of my favorite chunky card sizes due to Lori Whitlock’s fabulous 5.5 inch mailer available for purchase at the Silhouette store and in her on-line store.  I used Paper Trey Ink for the outer box and patterned paper for the interior.  What a great way to package and personalize your mailer for your cards.

Check your mailbox today for delivery and Happy Birthday, Sherry!