Tuesday, 24 March 2015


A choccie type post today and not a card!
Saw this  on Pinterest - made these from a template by Mel - found here. She has tons of fab templates for everything imaginable! She made one of these to give to a friend who was moving into a new home - and she filled the inside with bird seed for her friends new bird table - Thought that was a really nice idea and  think that it could be adapted for anything with the right filling.

'Cos it's nearly Easter I filled mine with mini eggs. I sold quite a few at Macmillan Day but have two left - the eggs are looking at me so I'm probably going to eat them........LOL
The 'houses' are made from one sheet of card. The left overs of the sheet after cutting out the basic shape I used to make the 'boards' for the front. The roof pieces are 3" wide offcuts from A4 card which I had used to make a set of small notecards with - so am hopping across to the Playground this week.

I used a crackle stamp on the 'roof' in a sepia colour - it really doesn't show very well in the pics but I didn't want anything too overpowering, but think it would have been OK in a darker colour.
Like Mel advised I ran a white ink stamp along the edge of the 'boards' on the front to give a slightly weathered look.
The sentiment stamp for the tag was a freebie from a mag some time ago and I simply cut it with a label nestie die.
Used a different variety of string, ribbon and twine to make the bows on the tops to secure. 

They were really simple to make and made a change from cards - if I have one comment though - I had a devil of a job making the 'roof' stick properly - tried everything - glue, double sided tape, tiny cut and loop velcro pieces. In the end I stuck (excuse the pun) with the double sided tape - wasn't perfect but I figured that it would be getting ripped off soon enough anyway to get at the contents! (You know your own tricks best don't you???? LOL)

Challenges -
All Crafts - Anything but a Card
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes
Fresh Brewed - Eggs
Challenge up your Life - Easter
Choc, Coffee and Cards - Something Yummy
Simply Create Too - Easter
Dream Valley - Easter
Papertake Weekly - A cut above

It's a really weird day here - rain and grey skies first thing this morning, then sunshine, we have just had a SNOW shower would you believe and now we have a bright blue sky! 
Thanks for looking in - have a great day. x


aussie aNNie said...

Viv, this is just awesome...love this idea.xxx

aussie aNNie said...

Thanks Viv for joining in our challenge of Something Yummy this time....good luck with your fantabulous creation.xx
{Chocolate Coffee and Cards DT Member}

brenda said...

What cute little bird houses Viv and such a fgood idea for Easter.

Apart from that not saying another work about anything !!!!!!

B x

Mrs A. said...

Cute little boxes. Thankyou for the link and your sticky observation. We have just had a hail storm but now back out in brilliant unshine! Hugs Mrs A.

Di said...

Darling boxes Viv! I think you should eat the remaining eggs toot sweet :)


Di xx

SARN said...

I tell you what Viv . . . I'll be a good friend to you and SAVE you from some of those calories . . . just send one of the two remaining birdhouses my way. Yeah, I know, generous aren't I? LOL!

You're welcome!

Seriously though . . .they look great . . . I've just purchased little oblong boxes of mini eggs . . . maybe I should turn them into bird houses!?

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Sue said...

These look gorgeous Viv, such a fabulous design. Thank you for the link, I will be popping over for a closer look later.
Sue xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Redally cute little bird houses Viv and thank you for sharing the link...


Carole said...

These are gorgeous Viv! So cute and the contents?...yummy...one for you and one for me :) Mini eggs seem in short supply round here....must have eaten them all!! All four seasons here today, sun, hail, and a cold wind! xx

Lee said...

Ooooooh my giddy aunt I LOVE these what a fab idea.I have just been crocheting hats for the kids eggs at Easter,but just might have a go at these.You are sooooo clever.Thank you for sharing this.xx

Jacee said...

How fantastic, what a lovely make, gorgeous!
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Suze Bain said...

These look great Viv. I had some mini eggs today, they're so yummy! Xx

Kathleen said...

Fabulous boxes and a real change to give the gift of eggs in.

Kath x

Meggymay said...

Fabulous bird houses and such a great gift idea.
Yvonne xx

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

They are lovely Viv, what a wonderful idea. Hugs Susan x

Jackie said...

They look delightful, and even more so with chocolate in them :o)
Jackie xx

Carol Willis said...

Hi Viv, hope you've been well. Loving your easter houses, they're fab.
Caz x

Pia S said...

Love your idea of chocolate filled birdhouses as little Easter gifts. And that faux wooden technique is awesome!

Ela G said...

What adorable little bird houses.
Thanks for playing along with us at Challenge up your Life1

Sally H said...

An absolutely brilliant design, Viv and so tasty too! I love them! Hope you found your die. I gave up looking for my sentiment - it will most likely show up stuck to the bottom of something else - that is the problem with clear stamps!

Bonnie said...

You can't get more adorable that this, Viv! What a wonderful idea!

Kim Heggins said...

These are just too darn cute. What a fun project! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Simply Create Too.

Irish Cherokee said...

FUN, FUN,FUN Viv. The perfect Easter project. - Jim

coops said...

oh wow these are fabulous viv.so cute and i love the colours ;D

xx coops xx

vic said...

Oohh these are so sweet viv and I absolutely love them :)
Vic xx

Kat said...

Lovely houses, and very good idea for small Easter gifts, thank you for joining the challenge at Not just cards.
Kat, DT