Nesting Bird

Fall is among us, the wind is chilly and Thanksgiving is just days away….but I’m not quite ready to let go of summer.  I know I’m not alone, summer always seems to go too fast.

When I sat down at my table to create a project for today’s post I thought of all the amazing fall inspiration I’ve seen lately and even some Christmas crafts are showing up around the web.  But with my mind wishing for warmer temps I decided to forgo the norm…so today I’m bringing you a little bit of summer sunshine.


When the idea for this project first popped in my mind I wanted to create this on one of the 5×7 Tim Holtz Burlap Panels…but sadly I’d run out of that size.  I’m hoping Lori can get some more in…hint, hint Lori. 🙂   I moved on to option two and used some plain chipboard for the base of my project which I covered with a piece of Tim Holtz paper.


I’d had these fun shutters in my stash for….well not sure how long but quite some time, and I really wanted to use them so I pulled out the Tim Holtz Window Box and Pediments dies.  Both die cuts were covered in Distress Embossing powder, Walnut Stain for the Pediment and the Window Box, and Broken China for the Window itself.

As you can see the Window had a facelift as the color wasn’t quite right so I covered it with Copper embossing powder then sanded some off to distress it and show bits of the Broken China Distress Embossing Powder.


A window wouldn’t be complete without a bird so I pulled out the Dina Wakely Scribbly Bird stamp set and stamps this cute little fellow on some Watercolor paper with Ranger Archival black ink.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Broken China and Tea Dye mixed with water to paint the bird.


Of course the bird needed a place to rest so I added a branch using the Tim Holtz Bird & Branch die which was coated in Vintage Photo Distress Embossing powder….I love the texture it adds!  A few flowers & a vine die cut and my bird was perfectly nested!

I hope this project gave you some warm fuzzy feelings as we enter this new season of chilly winds & cool temps!!

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