Happy as a Lark!

Posted on Sep 4, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Hello everyone, Erin here! We took a day trip to the Austin Aquarium. It has two rooms filled with birds. One room had parakeets, which are smaller and ate seeds, and the other had lorikeets, which are a bit larger and ate nectar. You could go into the room, purchase a food cup, and sit and feed the birds. They flocked to you, and you could have up to 15 birds on you at one time; it was just so cool. Morgan and Catherine liked the parakeets the best, as their little claws did not hurt as much as the lorikeets'. But you had to be careful of the little guys, because they were all over the floor and you could step on them. Brandon loved the lorikeets, even with their bigger claws, and they flocked to him like honey. This was such an amazing experience for my kids, and for me, too!

Happy as a Lark- Erin Reed

I have been hoarding my Paper House bird papers and stickers for a bit, not because I knew we were going to feed birds, but because they were just too pretty to use. Once I had these pictures, though, I had to break out my bird stash and put them to good use! Sometimes the theme and the pictures just work; this is one of those magical times!

Products Used:

Paper House Backyard Birds 12x12 Paper
Paper House Sing Your Song Canvas Art Stickers
Paper House Birds 3D Stickers
Paper House Birds Cork'd™ Stickers
Cardstock - Canvas Home Brands & Bazzil
Mists - Tattered Angels
Chipboard - Want2Scrap
Pen - Tombow
Ink - Prima
Adhesive - Xyron


1) I first misted and splattered the paper with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists in Sunflower, Mountain Mist, and Navy Blue.  

2) I cut the bird paper to 11.5x11.5 and placed it over kraft, yellow, and olive cardstock as shown.  

3) All papers and pictures are inked in brown.

4) I placed Want2Scrap Nestaboard doily chipboard sprayed with Tattered Angels Mists in the same blues as the base paper, plus Carolina Blue.

5) I then layered the pictures as shown and arranged the journal strips and stickers around them so as not to cover up the birds on the background paper.


 Paper House - Erin Reed

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Wishing Well - Joann Larkin

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 2:36:14 PM


Today we would like to share this gorgeous Wishing Well by Joann Larkin.  Joann was inspired by the wishing well outside her back door.  She says:

             " I was wishing that summer was still here..." 

At Paper House we do to, we got the first snow fall of the year today.  It was just a dusting but it's just glimpse of what is to come to New York's Hudson Valley.  

No fear, just looking at Joann's Wishing Well will make you sunny.   The warm tones of paper in browns, orange and green and the bright orange Baltimore Oriole remind you of summer.   


Wishing Well - Joann Larkin


Joann made her own wishing well cut file, but she says that many are available online. 

Here are the instructions to create this project for yourself!

To Make this you will need:

• 1 sheet Sweet Roses (P-0662E)

• 1 sheet For the Birds (P-0665E)

Backyard Birds 3D Sticker (STDM-0157E)

• 1 sheet from the Garden Paper Pad (PP-0031) for the top and another sheet for the sides

• Glue Stick, Double Sided Tape, or your favorite adhesive


1.  To make the base of the wishing well, cut a strip of paper 9.5 x 3.5 and score every 1.5 inches and also a half-inch along the long side.  Place a relief cut on the half-inch fold so you can form the base and glue a piece on the bottom for the base.

2.  The sides are a simple triangles with a rectangle on the bottom, something like this.  


Hint: I usually cut these several times for some strength and can be sized as desired.

3.  The roof was made using a scalloped edge cut file.  I simply cut 5 layers per side, each with a slightly different width.

4. Create your own dimensional flower using flower dies, add embellishments and 3D stickers.   

Thanks for stopping by! 
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Laser Cut Birdhouse by Linda Auclair

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 12:11:31 PM



Today we are sharing another project using our Backyard Bird Collection,  with this charming decorative birdhouse by Linda Auclair.  This lovely birdhouse makes the perfect home decor project for any bird lover.  Linda's birdhouse measures 9" tall x 7" wide x 3.75" deep, but any birdhouse around that size will do, check your local craft stores to see what's available.  

Laser Cut Birdhouse by Linda Auclair


Materials needed for this project include: a wooden birdhouse, our For the Birds patterned paper, our Birds 3D sticker and Backyard Birds Chipboard stickers, some white paint, cochet trim or ribbon, and a resin flower for an accent on the peak of the house.    

Bird 3D Sticker

Linda's instructions follow.  Happy crafting, and thanks for stopping by! 



  1. Temporarily remove perch and set aside. Paint birdhouse white.
  2. Measure and trim “For the Birds” patterned paper to cover roof and to wrap around birdhouse base.  Adhere to birdhouse.
  3. Trim “For the Birds” paper slightly larger than main section of the birdhouse. Adhere and trim away excess with craft knife.
  4. Embellish with 3D stickers and chipboard birds as shown.
  5. Adhere crochet trim to peak of the roof and around the base.  Adhere resin flower to roof.
  6. Replace perch.  Hang and enjoy!
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Happy as a Lark Layout - Dana Tatar

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 3:45:18 PM

Happy as a Lark Layout - Dana Tatar


 Thanks for stopping by.

 We wanted to share this beautiful layout by Dana Tatar today.  Even though the weather is getting chillier outside this layout looks like spring.  The soft coloring of the cherry blossoms with the contrast of the brightly colored birds accents this great black and white photograph nicely.  

Photo with Cherry Blossoms


For this layout Dana used our patterned papers from our Backyard Bird Collection and three of our 3D stickers, birds, backyard birds and our Sweet Birthday Girl.   Dana says about this project:

"I layered patterned paper, paper flowers and 3D stickers to make a fun dimensional layout. The glitter and rhinestones from the 3D stickers add the perfect amount of sparkle."


Dana added more dimension by cutting the branchs and blossoms  from our For the Birds paper and secured them with foam mounting tape and used the bird 3D stickers as accents. For the directions and a complete list of materials needed for this project click here.  

Happy as a Lark Layout - Dana Tatar 

 Please stop by tomorrow to see a great lasercut birdhouse by Linda Auclair.  This week truly is for the birds!  


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Backyard Birds Box - Michelle Mc Clure

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 1:09:08 PM

Backyard Birds Box - Michelle McClure


Need a gift?  Michelle McClure did, so she made one!

 Michelle says "I wanted to give a jewelry box for a birthday present and decided to make my own. I took a dark brown wooden cigar box and altered it to make a gift for a young girl."   

Cigar boxes are great for altered craft projects, make a jewelry box like Michelle did or use them to store recipes , tea,  a gift box,  or for any keepsakes you want to keep in a safe place.  

Michelle used our Backyard Birds 3D sticker , Backyard Birds 12" paper and stickers from our Birds 3D sticker.  

Backyard Birds Box - Top


For the directions please see below.  

1. Sand the outside of the box with a rough sand paper. This will let the paint or adhesive adhere better.
2. Paint the box with craft paint. You can just paint along the edges so any exposed parts of the box will not be noticeable, especially the seams.
3. Trace each side of the box onto scrapbooking paper and cut out the pieces.
4. Spread a layer of Mod Podge onto one side of the box. Place the corresponding piece of scrapbook paper onto the box. Try to lay the paper onto the box as smooth and flat as possible so it will not have air bubbles.
5. Spread another layer of Mod Podge onto the top of the scrapbook paper. Let dry.
6. Continue process with each side of the box. I left the bottom unaltered.
7. Decorate the box with embellishments and stickers. 

For a downloadable PDF of Michelle's project visit her blog for the instructions and supply list. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope to see you back again tomorrow.  

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Summer CHA '13 Sneak Peeks - Day 2

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 11:33:40 AM

Another day, another collection - well, 2 more collections actually! We can't wait to debut our sweet, new backyard collections: Rose Garden and Backyard Birds. These collections just seem to say "Summer is Here," and hold all the beauty that can be found right in your own backyard! Each collection is complete with two high-quality, 12" papers and a detailed 3D sticker. The Backyard Birds collection also includes a larger, 5x12" 3D sticker filled with beautiful feathered friends!

Backyard Birds Collection

Rose Garden Collection

We're happy to feature another beautiful project by Linda Auclair, using the new Rose Garden Collection. Check out this lovely box she created with the papers and stickers. This would be perfect as a gift box, a jewelry box, or just a small present to tell someone thank you!

Along with sneak peeks here, we've been updating our Facebook albums with lots of projects in tons of themes, so make sure to stop by there for some crafty inspiration!

Rose Project - Linda Auclair

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