Saturday, 30 July 2011

A little different ....birdcage from border punch and tiny,tiny digi roses

Anyone who follows my blog will already know that I love to experiment with my punches and see if I can come up with other uses for them as well as their straightforward punch shape....Well, here's another idea!

I bought a Martha Stewart "String Lace" punch around the page set in Sir Stampalot a couple of weeks ago and got to thinking....
Firstly I punched a "corner "(the top of the cage) and then made a punched line down each side from the top. This left a rather blank looking part in the middle so I made a "ribbon" from the same punch and adhered it to the "inside" of the cage.
I then hung the little cage from a Marianne Creatables branch from which I had removed the bird.
Next, I coloured the bird with Promarkers (Blush and Dusky Pink) and put him on the cage.
To add a little more interest I printed out my Two Roses digi image from A Passion for Stamps and made them  really  small  before colouring them to match the bird. I know it's not perfect...but I like it!!

1.  Punch a corner

2. Measure1.5cm from edge of punched corner on each side and mark.

3. Cut 2 parallel lines from the marks.

4. Punch both sides from as close to the corner punch as possible, then cut across the bottom leaving a little "ledge"

5. Cut a 2.5cm strip of paper and make the "ribbon" part for the inside of cage.

Don't forget to check the blog page "Making the most of your punches" to see more punch ideas.
I will be adding more soon,too. 

Allsorts and easy
Creative Card Crew  ...animal antics
Cupcake Craft  ...shabby sparkle
Divas by Design ...summer is here
One Stop Craft  ...vintage
PaperPlaytime the garden
Passion for Promarkers  ...animals (I hope that includes of the DT cards has birds!)
Totally Papercrafts  ...bling it up


  1. Fabulous card Ruth,love the birdcage,brilliant use of the punch and your little roses are so beautiful.
    Wendy xx

  2. Hi Ruth, wow this is gorgeous, really beautiful card.xx

  3. Absolutly stunningly beautiful! Love the soft colors and lovely details! Thanks for joining us at The Cupcake Craft Challenge this week! Good Luck! Hugs & Sunshine!/Sari

  4. excellent use of a punch and the card is fab,x

  5. Beautiful love the cage great idea Ginny x

  6. Gorgeous card with beautiful details. Love your cage!
    Thanks for joining us at Allsorts for the last free and easy july challenge and good luck!
    Hugs, Jill

  7. Beautiful card Ruth. Thanks for joining us at PfP this week for my animal crackers challenge, good luck.
    Hugs Tracy x

  8. Fantastic!!! What a brilliant way to use those punches!! Absolutely gorgeous card Ruth! xx

  9. Wow Ruth this is fabulous hun..! love the bird cage (gonna give it ago and the flowers are stunning too...

    thanks for joining us at Divas & tpc...and good luck..!

    have a lovely evening...hugs Vicky xx

  10. Fantastic card, Ruth! Gorgeous details and the cage is brilliant! Thanks for joining us at Cupcake and good luck! Delphine xx

  11. wow this is fantastic ruth.i love how you have done the birdcage and really beautiful colours :D

    xx coops xx

  12. Ruth you are such a clever clogs, this is a brilliant tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing. Now I just need to buy these punches!! Wow is me!! Lee xx

  13. Stunning creation thanks so much for playing at Divas hugs Rebekah xx

  14. Just love your card Ruth, Thanks for sharing your ideas with us in such detail.

  15. Lovely work, a great shabby sparkle creation. Thanks for joining us at CCC.

    Liza x

  16. You are clever Ruth that looks gorgeous, thanks for sharing it with us, I need to go shopping for that punch lol! hugs Teresa xx

  17. Gorgeous card Ruth!! And love your use of the punch!! Thanks for playing along with us at PFP this week, Juliexx

  18. You are so clever...what a great tutorial too. Love the card.

  19. Wow clever use of the punch, so inventive, love the finished bird cage and card design too, thanks so much for sharing with us at paper play, hugs Liz xx

  20. What an awesome bird cage. Your tutorial is so easy to follow. I will have to try this.

    Thanks for joining us at Creative Card Crew.


  21. Fantastic card!!

    Thanks for playing in our latest free and easy challenge at Allsorts and good luck in the draw....

    Emma xxx

  22. absolutely beautiful Ruth!!
    Thanks for joining us at Diva's this time hope to see you next time too

  23. You always come up with the most creative ideas for using ones crafting tools! And then make such gorgeous cards from your digis and ideas -- which is why I love stopping by your blog, so much. Thanks for the inspiration!

  24. What a lovely card & thank you so much for the Demo also thank you for sharing with us at OSCC. Janet

  25. Just stunning, thanks for joining in this weeks One Stop Craft Challenge. Hugs Shelley xx

  26. this is beautiful ruth. i love the way you've used the punches so creatively.
    kathleen mc x


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