Thanks a Bunch!!

Hey everyone! I have really been challenging myself lately to breakout some of the “new” crafty items I’ve purchased… but let sit untouched for longer than I would care to admit! I absolutely fell in love with the Magic Iris Birdhouse Add-On by Lawn Fawn when it was released earlier this year, and when I saw the Kindred Stamps Monkey Around Day set, I got an idea for a shaker foiled card!

First, here are the products I used to create this card:

Kindred Stamps Monkey Around Day Stamp Set
Lawn Fawn Magic Iris Birdhouse Add-On Die Set
Lawn Fawn Stitched Woodgrain Backdrop Die
Lawn Fawn Finley ABCs Die Set
Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Border Dies
Lawn Fawn Outside-In Stitched Rectangle Stackables
Laura Kelly Chunky Checks Toner Sheet by Therm O Web
Laura Kelly Foil Transfer Sheet- Parakeet Green by Therm O Web
Eggnog with Nutmeg Sparkle Blend by Doodles Paper Playground
Copic Markers
Distress Inks: Kitsch Flamingo, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, & Vintage Photo
Distress Oxide Inks: Crushed Olive & Forest Moss

I wanted to turn the birdhouse into a treehouse shaker card! I colored up my Monkey Around Day monkey images with Copic Markers, fussy cut them out, and set them aside.

Taking the Laura Kelly Chunky Checks Toner Sheet, I blended it with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink, and then ran it through my laminator with the Laura Kelly Parakeet Green Toner Transfer Sheet. I’ve found that ink blending BEFORE running a transfer sheet through my laminator works better, because some time the foil will flake off if ink blending after! I also die cut the toner sheet with the largest size Stitched Outside-In Rectangle Stackable.

I wanted to make a little bit of a jungle scene, so I cut out a piece of green cardstock with the largest Stitched Outside-In Rectangle Stackable (to perfectly fit with the Chunky Checks piece). I then also used the Puffy Cloud Border Die to make the green cardstock look like a tree canopy. I used Forest Moss Distress Oxide Ink to give the tree canopy a nice ombre. I adhered it directly to the top of the Chunky Checks panel.

Next, using the Woodgrain Backdrop Die, I die cut a piece of chipboard, and a piece of kraft cardstock. With the woodgrain kraft cardstock panel, I die cut out the birdhouse from the Magic Iris Birdhouse Add-On Die Set. From the excess woodgrain kraft cardstock, I also cut a think strip to act as the pedestal for the treehouse (birdhouse). I also die cut a birdhouse from dark brown cardstock, and then trimmed the dark brown birdhouse so that the roof piece and the bottom ledge were trimmed off.

I distressed the edges of the birdhouse with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, and then ink blended some Crushed Olive and Forest Moss Distress Oxide Inks to add a mossy-look to it. I adhered the roof and ledge piece to it. I cut a piece of acetate to size to fit over the circle, doubled up foam tape for the back, and poured some of my Eggnog with Nutmeg Sparkle Blend to act as a shaker! I removed the backing of the foam tape, adhered some dark brown cardstock to the back to seal up the shaker. I also distressed the edges of the treehouse stand with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I die cut a handful of little leaf and flower embellishments using the Magic Iris Birdhouse Add-On die set as well. I die cut the leaves and vines from light green cardstock, and then die cut the little flowers and hearts using pink, orange and yellow die cuts. Then, I began distressing the edges of the little embellishment pieces with Distress Ink: Kitsch Flamingo for pink pieces, Carved Pumpkin for orange pieces, Mustard Seed for yellow pieces, and Mowed Lawn for the green pieces. I also added some white gel pen embellishments to some of the green pieces.

I prepared some yellow cardstock, ink-blended on the bottom with Mustard Seed Distress Ink, and then die cut out the letters to spell out “BUNCH” 3-times from Finley’s ABC dies. I then stacked the die cut letters on top of each other, with the Mustard Seed ombré layer on top. I also used the sentiment “thanks a bunch” from the Monkey Around Day stamp set, masked it to just read “thanks a”, and stamped it onto kraft cardstock. I lightly ink blended the bottom of the sentiment strip with .

I finally began piecing the whole card together. I adhered the monkeys and bunch of bananas to the treehouse piece, and then used the little flower and vine embellishments to decorate the tree, treehouse and background. I adhered the treehouse stand to the panel, the treehouse on top of the stand, and then both the sentiment strip and “bunch” die cuts! I finished this card off by adhering the panel to the A2-sized woodgrain chipboard panel, and my card was completed!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope this project leaves you inspired to break out your new, but still unused, craft stash and create something!

Happy Crafting!


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