Good Sunday morning and Happy Mother's Day!  I have a fun project to share with you today made using Susan Tierney Cockburn’s Birdhouse and Dogwood along with some step by step photos showing how I assembled and painted the birdhouse.

KC Sizzix Birdhouse right

I cut all the pieces for the birdhouse.  I attached the two house sections together by adhering cut strips to the inside to secure them in place.


I cut an additional section of house, cut it in half and applied ATG adhesive,  


I attached one side of the house to the center of the support piece.


I attached the other side of the house to the support piece to complete the closure.


For a test I painted a scrap strip of cardstock with antique linen crackle paint and allowed it to dry.  I have to admit that I am so impatient that I heat dried it with my heat gun. The antique linen paint was the only color I had so I decided to try my hand at coloring it with Copic markers.  I know….don’t laugh! I wanted my house to look like real wood.  My test worked pretty good so I decided to try it out on the whole house.


I painted the house with crackle paint and allowed it to dry(with the help of my heat gun).  LOL! 


I colored the house with a medium brown marker.


I wasn’t totally satisfied so I colored again with a darker brown.


I attached the roof sections together with the same kind of support pieces that I used on the house.


I painted the roof with clear rock candy crackle paint.  I colored over it with a dark red copic marker to add dimension and texture.


I created three dogwood and leaves and attached them to a branch cut with the bare branch die.  I used my hot glue gun to attach the roof to the house.

KC Sizzix Birdhouse center

I attached the flowers to the branch and hot glued them to the house. Here’s a closer view.

KC Sizzix Birdhouse close

I love how the birdhouse turned out and will definitely make it again.  Next time I will go for lighter colors.

KC Sizzix Birdhouse left



Sizzix Bigz XL Die, Birdhouse, Rounded 3-D by Susan Tierney-Cockburn  Sizzix Thinlits Die Set, Flower, Dogwood by Susan Tierney-Cockburn, 5PK      Impression Obsession Dies, Bare Branch  Distress Crackle Paint, Antique LinenDistress Crackle Paint, Rock CandyCOPIC Sketch Marker E59, WalnutCOPIC Sketch Marker E47, Dark BrownCOPIC Sketch Marker R89, Dark Red  Sizzix Accessory, Tool Kit inspired by Susan Tierney-CockburnAccents, Glossy Glue Dots, 3/8ATG Kit, Advanced Tape GliderSizzix Big Shot Machine, Black & PinkRetractable Craft PickMemory Box Die, Metal Adaptor PlateTeflon Bone Folder Scissors, 5 High Tack Double-Sided Foam Mounting Tape, 1/2Paper Trimmer, Tonic Guillotine 12

Paper:  Kraft Cardboard, Ruby Red, Olive, White Accessories:  Sizzix Birdhouse, Dogwood, Impression Obsession Bare Branch, Distress Antique Linen Crackle Paint, Rock Candy Crackle Paint,  Copic Markers E59 Walnut, E47 Dark Brown, R89 Dark Red, Sizzix Accessory Tool Kit  Hot Glue Gun, ATG, Glossy Accents , Mounting Tape , Glue Dots , Metal Adapter Plate , Paper Piercer , ATG , Refill Tape , Big Shot , Teflon Bone Folder , Snips , Guillotine Paper Cutter