Friday, 1 June 2012

It's a Royal Affair!

Good morning, it's time for another challenge over at Polka Doodles. Now as it's the Queen's Diamond Jubilee weekend we want you to make a project to celebrate that, you can use anything that suggests royalty. Wether it be colours such as purple, red, gold or gemstones such as diamonds, or even using the union flag you decide!

I wasn't really sure what to do for this weeks challenge, but after a long hard think I decided that I wanted to make a fun project that I could use for my Jubilee party. So I've made a birdhouse, this photo heavy so be warned!

The birdhouse template has been taken from the Candy Doodles Collectors Edition CD. As the template is a bit bigger than I wanted for this project, I simply copied the image, pasted it into a Word document and resized it. The template was then printed onto cardstock. I placed the roof part of the template back into the printer and printed the free Polka Doodles Blue Jubilee paper on the opposite side. 

Once all of the house pieces had been cut out, I poked a hole in the centre of the roof and in the bottom of the floor. Gold thread was then passed through roof to make a hanging loop - I used a dot of hot glue on the knot to ensure that it was secure. I then passed a length of gold thread through the house floor and again used a dab of hot glue to secure the knot. The house was then assembled as per the instructions with the exception of cutting out a window at the front of the house.

The bunting was made using another free Polka Doodles paper that I resized and printed out several times before cutting down into triangles and gluing onto twine. I used the left over scraps of blue paper to create the heart shaped windows.

The hanging hearts and crown were made using an image from the same set as the papers (this was a freebie set that Nikky Hall created for this months challenge over on our Facebook page Polka Doodle Dandies). I simply resized the images in my graphics programme, coloured them with Promarkers, chucked a bit bling onto the crown and then hot glued them in place.

The little mouse image has been taken from the Sugarplum Daisy CD. She normally wears a pair of dungarees and a flower in her hair, but I have made her a new set of clothes especially for this project! The ER has been cut from a Tim Holtz/Sizzix Market Place Die. I've finally got around to using my Memory Box Wrought Iron Fence Die! I finished the whole thing off with a bit of organza ribbon from Crafty Ribbons and computer generated dates.

So if you've got this far well done!!! I hope you all have a fantastic Jubilee Weekend, and I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that the sun shines forthe duration of it!

Thanks for stopping by today

Claire xxx

I'd like to enter the following challenges:
Kuretake - Red, White & Blue with a bit of bling
My Mum's Craft Shop - Red, White & Blue
Crafts & Me - Ribbon
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
 I ♥ ProMarkers - Use a digi
Cooking It Up With Katie - Celebrate with ribbon & a die cut
Divas By Design - Anything goes
Just keep On Creating - Anything goes
Penny's paper Crafty - Anything Goes
Creative Craft Challenges - Red, White & Blue
Everybody Art - Anything but a card
Bunny Zoe's - Anything goes
Cupcake Craft - Royalty
Make it Monday - Anything goes
OSAAT - Red, White & Blue
Pan Pastel UK - Diamond Jubilee
Craft Your Days Away - Red, White & Blue


  1. Ooh yes it´s lovely!
    Hugs nicolet

  2. O my goodness I love it! I have just been admiring your exploding box card with the little bird house in it. I love pretty bird houses.

  3. So cute! Your birdhouses are always adorable!

  4. This is totally cute sweetie. Thank you so much for joining us at Craft Your Day's Away this time and good luck.


  5. Fabulous creation. Enjoy your Jubilee weekend. Thanks for joining us at Divas this week

  6. Super project thanks for joining in at PanPastel uk this week.

    Kerry DT Leader

  7. What a fantastic use of the theme and CDs, Claire - I love your Jubilee project. Thanx for your comments on my blog, hun. Enjoy your weekend too - I know you know what I'm doing - bet your doing the same! Lol. Hugz, Jan xx

  8. Absolutely stunning Claire, it's just gorgeous! Hope you have a fan time at your party x

  9. oops, fan is supposed to read fab ;-)

  10. What a fab creation, love that gorgeous little image, Thanks for joining our challenge at Craft your days away, hope to see you again soon, Gaynor DT xx

  11. This is great! Thank you for sharing your lovely card at one Stitch at a Time and good luck with the challenge. Judy x DT

  12. Another fabulous creation :) I imagine your garden to have trees crammed with little magical houses :D

  13. So adorable and so cleverly made Claire.Brilliant work.

    Thanks for sharing with us at ‘Make it Monday’

    Luv CHRISSYxx

    Don’t forget. .if you leave a comment on another entrant, mention that you saw their card on ‘Make it Monday’ for a chance at second prize.. the more you comment on and mention MIM, the more chances at winning second prize.

  14. Simply gorgeous Claire...and enjoy the weekend too hun..:o)

    big hugs Vicky xx

  15. Hiya love

    this is soooo cute - just love it!


  16. Lovely birdhouse. Birds are a sad subject for me though as the blackbird who built her nest in my garden abandoned her 4 eggs, never to return. :( I am sure this is a colourful addition to your garden. Thanks for joining us at I ♥ Promarkers and good luck.
    Tine :)

  17. What a fabulous project, such detail I love it. It looks fabulous in your tree. Hope the sun shines for your party x

  18. That is fantastic Claire, created brilliantly and with so many beautiful details, I love your little 'Guard' on sentry duty.

    Heather xx
    Thanks so much for joining the Simon Says Stamp challenge

  19. Hi Claire, I adore your birdhouse, it's so sweet and I love all the details you've put on it. Thank you for joining us at OSAAT with this gorgeous creation. Jennie (Wifey) DT

  20. Das ist ja genial, tolle Idee und so super umgesetzt. Wow.
    Danke, dass du bei uns mitgemacht hast.
    Viele Grüße Doreen EAC-Team

  21. What a fantastic project and so different, brilliant idea and I love the little mouse guard. Thank you for joining in with the PanPastel challenge blog
    Lindsay xx

  22. This is fabulous, so cute...Thanks for joining us at Divas by Design this week.
    Wendy xx

  23. Love how fun this is...what a fun way to celebrate too. Saw you on MIM and glad I did.
    Hugs, Heide

  24. Absolutely adorable! Thank you so much for linking up with us at MIM this week and good luck!
    Rene ;D

  25. What a gorgeous bird box. Thanks for joining us at Cupcake. keeley

  26. Claire this is just wonderful and so perfect for the Jubilee with all the fabulous detail just love it! Hope you have a great Jubilee Weekend Love Chanelle xx

  27. Fantastic project! Brilliant design and I love your image! Thanks for joining us at Cupcake and good luck! Delphine xx

  28. Look at you Girl, such an awesome project. Oh i love it. Thank you so much for playing with us at OSAAT.
    Hugs Nat

  29. oh wow Hun,this is brilliant or what gosh just love bird houses anyway but oh Hun,you have done this too perfection,the detail is just amazing,brilliant sweetie love it too bits,hugs Cherylx
    oh bless you too Hun for playing at Creative craft challenge too,hugs Cherylxxxxxxxxxx

  30. he-heeeeeeee...I LOVE that busby hat!!! You are so clever. This really made me smile. All the bunting and the ER....fabulous additions.

  31. A fantastic project. Thank you for joining us at Creative Craft.
    Nikki x

  32. O wow this is stunning, love your project and gorgeous colours. Thank you for joining us at I ♥ Promarkers and OSAAT this week. Good luck xx

  33. You've made such a lovely bird house project. Thanks for joining us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge. Good luck and hope to see you next time.
    Diane x

  34. Ohhhhh, that is adorable! Too cute!! Thanks for joining us at Pennys Paper Challenge. Hope to see you for the next challenge!!


  35. Wow, such a lovely birdhouse !
    Thanks for joining Craft Your Days Away.
    Hugs Berit

  36. stunning project thanks for joining us at MMCS hugs Jill xx

  37. OOps I missed this one! Love the mouse guard, you are SO clever at 3d stuff, unlike me.

    Nicky x

  38. lovely project!!!Thanks for joining us at Creative Craft Challenges!!

    you can visit
    for my free digis!!

  39. Such a cute project! Love your take on the challenge :) Good luck!

  40. Awwww, that mouse guard is too sweet! Love this birdhouse!

  41. this is just adorable, I love the overall design.

    Thanks so much for sharing your creation at Anything goes, Just keep on creating, I hope you will continue to play along. Sorry about the the delay in leaving my comment I have been overseas and then got sick, I will be announcing the winners and will have the next challenge by 01/09 :)


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