Friday, March 8, 2013

Tattered Florals Challenge + a Giveaway!


Hi everyone! I'm sure by now most of you have heard of Tim Holtz' Tattered Florals challenge. I think this was one of the first Sizzix dies I bought and it's still one of my all-time favorites! I love that it can cut anything from tissue paper to Grungeboard to aluminum. With my daughter's upcoming wedding on my mind, I decided to make some delicate, feminine blossoms in her colors using Tim's Tissue Wrap and coffee filters.  Since the die cuts a variety of flowers, it's fun to put together different sizes and styles.

I had a blast creating this little bird house for the flowers to climb. Would you believe it's nothing but paper and plastic? Add a little paint and no one would ever guess!

Aren't those flowers just dreamy?! I love using coffee filters for my flowers because they look so delicate, but the paper is really strong and can stand up to misting and shaping without falling apart. Some of the flowers have Tissue Wrap centers with coffee filter flowers on the outside - I think those are my faves!

The inspiration for this little bird house was a grungy metal and glass display piece/candle holder that I bought at Hobby Lobby last year. I love the look of it and thought it would be fun to try to recreate - with Sizzix dies, of course! I posted a quick (ish) tutorial below so you can make one of your own.

1. Die cut four Cameo Frames out of chipboard. Trim two of them as shown. Those will be the sides.
2. Cut four flourishes out of lightweight chipboard using the Festive Greenery strip die. Adhere to the frame as shown.

3. Paint the front and other pieces with Pitch Black and Silver Dabbers. Add a wash of Snow Cap and Terra Cotta, wiping off the excess, but leaving some in the cracks.
4. Cover the windows with clear plastic. I used Wendy Vecchi's Clear Modeling Film. You could also use leftover packaging. Cut three fleur de lis from chipboard using the Mini Fleur die. Paint using the same technique as the walls. Glue onto windows using Glossy Accents.

5. Die cut paper (from Idea-ology French Industrial) using the Cameo Frame die. Adhere to the inside of the walls so cover the plastic seams.
6. Use folded strips of paper to connect the walls. I used my Scotch Tape Glider for adhesive.

7. Cut a piece of chipboard to fit the inside of the house, cover with paper. This will be the floor.
8. Adhere floor using Beacon 3-in-1 adhesive.

9. Cut a plastic berry basket to size and paint with black and silver Dabbers.
10. Cover edges with paper. Carefully bend and shape as shown. Adhere to box with strong adhesive.

11. Cut four fleur de lis from chipboard using Mini Fleur die. Fold in half as shown. Note - since this die isn't symmetrical, you'll have to flip two of them to the opposite side to make sure they line up with their partner. Paint one side with black and silver dabbers.
12. Glue the four piece together, carefully matching the edges. Paint the edges and give it a light wash of Terra Cotta and Snow Cap paint. Wipe off excess. When dry, adhere to top of house with hot glue.

13. Finally, we can cut some flowers! Die cut Terminology Tissue Wrap and white coffee filters using the Tattered Florals die.
14. Stack about 5-6 flowers and staple together with the Tiny Attacher. So easy!

15. Pull the top layer up, scrunching and crumpling it just a bit. Continue with each layer.
16. Fill a Mini Mister about 3/4 with water. Add a few drops of Distress reinker. I wanted a very pastel look, so I used very little. Mist flowers lightly. I love how this looks with a light misting vs. a heavy application of Distress Stain (the way I usually color my flowers). Very pretty!

17. Add sheet moss to the bottom of the house, using hot glue to secure.
18. Ok, for some reason I totally skipped the flower gluing process when I was taking pictures! So sorry about that. The stand for the house was made with an unfinished wood candlestick and a round wood plaque. They were both painted like the house and glued together and to the house with a strong adhesive. I added a piece of grapevine from my yard to adhere the flowers to. I used hot glue to add them, starting at the bottom and continuing up the side. On the bottom, I added a little Tattered Banner that was stamped with a sentiment from Tim's Simple Sayings set. Finally, the bird was glued into place along with a couple more flowers.

I am so in love with how this turned out! I think my next project will be a banner of these flowers - they are just too sweet!

Would you like to win a Tattered Florals die of your own? Tim very generously sent me a die to share with one of you! All you have to do is leave a comment with your name and email by Sunday, March 17th. On Monday morning, I'll randomly choose a name. I also have a few of the Sizzix Talking Tags to share too! The giveaway has ended - thanks so much for entering!

Don't forget to check out Tim's giveaway  - he's going to be choosing 5 winners who will each receive a $100 prize package - WOW!! 

If you'd like to purchase the supplies I used, they can be found at Inspiration Emporium via the links below. Remember to use my discount code - stamptramp - to save 10% off your order.



Thanks so much for stopping by - have a great weekend and good luck!

204 comments:

  1. Hello Shelly
    I am lost for words with this amazing creation, I was thrilled to see the gorgeous flowers and how soft and wistful they looked, a stark contrast to the metallic hardness of the birdhouse, but as I read on I was even more amazed that you actually made it!!!!! Goodness me this is another inspiring project for everyone. TH and team are going to have a most difficult time in choosing a winner, this Challenge has brought out the best in many artists.
    Wonderful, wonderful work.
    Smiles:)
    Sue

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  2. This is fabulous! The flowers are so pretty and what a great birdhouse!

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  3. Shelly, you just never cease to amaze me. This is incredible! It looks just like wrought iron. And the berry basket...I'm flabbergasted! Ingenious!...only you, lady, only you!

    I, too, am LOVING the coffee filter flowers these days. I'm making oodles for my own wedding this summer. They are wonderful to play with.

    Vicki

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  4. Oh my gosh Shelly, where did you come from? Your truly an alien from the planet "Artist"... Seriously fab!!!!

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  5. Incredibly gorgeous! Love everything about it!

    ~Linda

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  6. My word Shelley you blew this one out of the park...You are inspiring me to get creating again.
    TFS and wonderful tutorial.
    connie paxman

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  7. Shelly, you are a creative genius!!

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  8. Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing!
    Andrea.

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  9. Truly a masterpiece! Really love it!
    Nelda

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  10. This is so fantastic! The flowers are so light and airy. The bird house is just pure genius!

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  11. This is so beautiful, thanks for the great tutorial, I will be trying this one. Your flowers are so pretty, I never would have thought of coffee filters. Shari (cricutrookie)

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  12. Omg! This is just gorgeous! I can't believe you creat the bird cage, amazing! The flowers you made do look so flighty and delicate, I am going to have to try using coffee filters for sure! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  13. A truly stunning piece of art, the flowers are beautiful and the bird box perfect to hold the. TFS the tutorial.

    Enjoy the weekend.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  14. Wow Shelly, what a great idea! Love your cameo shadow box and the flowers are just gorgeous.

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  15. The work that you do is simply FANTASTIC. Thanks a lot for share this for us whit this fantastic step by step tutorial. I can´t believe how it turned in this fastastic bird´s house, and really is like a real one!. I´ll never imagine that using coffee filters will be so kind of flowers, sure I want to try this. Elena.

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  16. Awesome and inspirateing! Amazeing how metallic the cage look, and the flowers are gorgeous! I have that TH flowerdie myself and love it!
    Have a wonderful day :o)

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  17. The top of the bird house is nothing short of flippin' brilliant. My goodness woman how DO you think of this stuff...you are so amazingly creative!! This is drop dead gorgeous.....
    I feel lucky just to have a window into your creative world!!

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  18. So creative!!! Beautiful! Absolutely love it!

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  19. Hi Shelley,
    How inventive and creative! Your flowers are luscious...what a sweet piece of decor for any occasion. Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Absolutely fabulous! Delicate flowers contrasting with the 'iron' cage!

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  21. STUNNINGLY GORGEOUS!!!
    LOVE this so much ..WOW ..it really looks like iron not made from paper..and those flowers so sweet and soft..A MASTERPIECE!
    Love that die would love to have one it is on my wishlist for a very long time...

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  22. What a fabulous creation - amazing what a bit of paint can do! Thank you so much for sharing all those process photos - brilliant to see it all taking shape (and I'm not sure I'd've believed it otherwise!!). I already have the die, so no need to put me in the draw - I just wanted to say how much I loved the birdcage...
    Alison x

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  23. Wow, wow and thrice Wow, this is a masterpiece, the ironwork looks so realistic and the flowers are stunning - I am not surprised that you love it! I too have this die so no need to include me in the draw but just had to comment on your beautiful birdcage. Anne x

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  24. what an absolutely inspired piece of work and it looks amazing! Thank you for sharing this and showing me how to create it. I was aware of Tim's challenge but was unable to participate due to not having the die so absolutely love this opportunity to win one. I look forward to your next project.

    jennysims43@hotmail.com (aka Jassy Veale)

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  25. Wonderful project - love the use of the plastic basket - very inventive!!! luv it xxxxx

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  26. Two words, wow and amazing. Such an inspiring piece and fantastic use of the dies. Your flowers are gorgeous and the perfect finishing touch. You would never knw this was card and plastic. Brilliant. Tracy x

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  27. It is beautiful, as to be expected.

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  28. Absolutely Stunning!! Most especially I love the contrast between the masculine faux metal and the oh so soft and feminine flowers. Brilliant creation as always. Your daughter's wedding will be beautiful I am sure. Thank-you so much for chance to win. Nicola x

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  29. Ok, you totally had me fooled. I saw this project on facebook and I thought how pretty, Shelly, decorated a metal birdhouse with the tater flowers die.

    I had no clue it was made of paper. You are the queen of faux metal in my book. Amazing project.

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  30. this is the nicest and softest you can think of, lovely. Have a nice weekend.

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  31. Shelly this is one of my all time favourite projects ever! I absolutely adore everything about it and your tutorial is so cleverly written and beautifully photographed. The metal effect is amazing, it truly looks like old rusty metal and I adore your flowers!! I have the die already, so don't put me in your hat, but I really wanted to leave you a comment because I so adore this project.
    Hope your daughter will have the most wonderful wedding, how exciting!!

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  32. I am blown away by your creation!!! This is great!!

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  33. Oh my gosh, the flowers are stunning and I can't get over how you created the bird cage!!! It's 100% fabulous, Shelly. I already have the die so don't count me in on your giveaway that someone else may have the chance. Thanks for sharing this fab tute!

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  34. Hi Shelly, this piece of art is so over the top gorgeous. I would not have believed that you made it all with paper and plastic. Thank you for sharing your amazing creativity. I think the flowers are gorgeous and I am going to get out some coffee filters and make some springy flowers! I already have the die but this will be a different kind of paper to use!

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  35. Hi Shelly, this project is simply beautiful.....so elegant and pretty, I love it!

    Lin x

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  36. I love the flowers--whatever you do will be beautiful for the wedding.

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  37. an amazing creation. Thanks for sharing.

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  38. Love the light pastel misting...perfect for a wedding!

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  39. Very pretty, Shelly. Your projects are always inspiring. Love the soft pastels.
    scrappermamo@gmail.com

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  40. Hay Shelly, Your projects are always so inspiring and original, You are a true talent and i'm so glad I get to follow your artistic journey xx

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  41. UBER GORGEOUS!!! Love every milliliter of your design! WOW!

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  42. great project and great tutorial thanks for sharing!
    linda patti tpatti@windstream.net

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  43. wow....you're one of those girls that can build something from a toothpick, any one of tim's dies and a little paint. i am just stunned over this birdhouse. i would LOVE to win one of the flower dies. i've been lusting over these for a long time. thank you for showing us such splendid creations.....i would love to curl up inside your mind when inspiration hits. wow. angelheartcottage@comcast.net

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  44. Sooooooo beautiful! You always inspire with your gorgeous creations. And, thank you for sharing how you complete the process! I appreciate that more than you know. I would love to have that die! Thanks for the chance!

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  45. Oh my Shelly! I can't decide which is more clever..the coffee filter flowers, the bottom of the berry basket cut and shaped, or the marvelous way the distress paints change what is paper or plastic into what appears to all eyes as aged metal! Well done you! Great project!
    Thank you for all the inspiration you provide to others!

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  46. i am in awe - wow!! You are so right---i never would have guessed the bird house was made from chipboard, and the berry basket - genius! Oh, and the coffee filter flowers..i could go on and on. FABULOUS. Thanks for sharing!

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  47. I am continually awed by your work. Your designs inspire me to get out my toys and play. this birdhouse with the floral accent is definitely on my list of projects to try. Thank you for sharing your art. Jo Hilpert
    jo_gene@charter.net

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  48. This is awesome, Shelly. I have a hard time believing that this is not metal. I am going to try your techniques out and see if I can replicate it. TFS. I simply love it!!!

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  49. Just gorgeous Shelly! Beautiful work as always.

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  50. This is beautiful! I love the flowers with the tissue text.

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  51. I was shocked and amazed to see this was just plastic and paper! Wow! I LOVE the paint technique you used to make this look like weathered metal. Simply amazing!

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  52. Wow! Those flowers are beautiful!! Love your project. Thank you for the giveaway :)

    Tanya
    phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

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  53. Wow, I was just blown away by your project....I was impressed...until I read that you made the lantern yourself....wow. The floral die looks like it would do so much. I don't own any of Tim's dies yet..can you believe that? Will they work in my Cuttlebug?
    Lorrie from Michigan

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    1. Lorrie, yes they will! Before I got a Vagabond, I used to use them in my Cuttlebug. :)

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  54. I honestly thought that bird house was real!!! Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial. I really want to try this. Yours is such an amazing piece of art and I totally appreciate your willingness to share your creativity!!!

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  55. How sweet, Shelly. This will be a wonderful addition to the decorations for your daughter's wedding! Love what you do with coffee filters and Distress!

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  56. I think this has to be my all time favorite project because it uses things everyone has around the house. I don't always have time or money to run to the store to buy things I probably won't use again. And thank you for the tutorial, it shows what is possible if we think outside the box.

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  57. Seriously woman!! I was so impressed when looking at the first of this post with what you did with this bird house, but almost fell down when i realized you had made the house too. INCREDIABLE!!! The flowers are beautiful, and they are very delicate looking, would NEVER have thought of using coffee filters.
    I have this beautiful die, but would love to win a day inside your head, as you never cease to amaze with your ideas

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  58. Over the moon fabulous Shelly!!! Every project you create becomes my new favorite :-) I love coffee filter flowers and wondered how they'd take the spray inks..can't wait to try some with it!

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  59. That is a gorgeous project. I can see it gracing a table at your daughter's wedding :D

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  60. Shelly, I've been a big fan your work for some time now, but this piece is truly special. First of all, I'm so impressed that you "built" the birdhouse yourself - it really looks like old metal! Then the cascade of flowers is so lovely & sweet. I've never made the coffee filter flowers, but seeing yours makes me want to give it a go. So, so beautiful!

    Beverly

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  61. PS: I didn't comment to be in the drawing - I already have that die. I just really had to comment on your fabulous work :D

    Beverly

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  62. Again...amazing...i have got to try the coffee filter flowers. they are so delicate. they look like they were just picked from the garden!

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  63. OMGosh! I love it! I've always wondered what I could do with those cute little berry baskets. My husband thinks I'm nuts for what I already stash away for future use. But it all gets used, even if it's decades later! Great job on the faux iron technique too! TFS!

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  64. Shelly this is so beautiful...I read over the details a few times; this is just so amazing ( I like using household things, but I don't think I've gotten as creative as you), the berry basket... I love it ! The softness of those flowers, the color... just beautiful!!

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  65. Just so beautiful. I love the flowers, they just set the whole piece together. You do amazing work. Frances Blackwell

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  66. *Do not enter to win - I already have this fabulous die* I wanted to say how beautiful this center piece is... And the use of the berry box for the top - WOW! Now that is truly being green! Thanks for the tut... off to look for some berry boxes!!!

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  67. This project is amazing! Absolutely love the softness of the tattered flowers.

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  68. WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW Shelly
    This is a great project and very very beautiful.
    Love al the great details.

    Greetings Janny

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  69. I guess I'm going to have to start drinking coffee so I have some filters on hand! LOVE the flowers so much; it would be worth it. They are so light and delicate looking. Shucks--I'll just buy the filters. I'm definitely going to recreate this stunning project because I still can't believe the bird cage is NOT metal. You are absolutely a genius. Thanks for sharing your creativity, Shelly.

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  70. This creation is jaw dropping amazingly, beautiful!!!!!!!!
    The berry basket mesh for the top, perfect. Oh no I had been saving those and then threw them out, what was I thinking, now I will try getting my hands on some and save them. Lately berries just seem to be in those nasty clear plastic containers. Thankyou for sharing your amazing project and the awesome tutorial. I am working on an altered florals project for the challenge. Love the coffee filter flowers, I do save the used coffee filters for art purposes.
    Jacquelene L.
    Canada

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  71. Wow! The flowers are gorgeous! I can't believe that you made the birdcage, too! It's amazing what you can make with Tim's dies (and alot of creativity!!!)

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  72. Shelly this is so wonderful and I love how the box looks like metal. Those flowers are absolutely beautiful too!

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  73. Oh WOW. When you said that birdhouse was card and plastic NO!! Really? Wow. Was convince it was a vintage metal dingsen. Fab painting technique. Thanks for the tutorial you are so creative. The tattered florals are divine. A wonderful centrepiece for any romantic occasion. Thanks for sharing.

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  74. You are incredibly creative, and your project is amazing!

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  75. SOOOOOoooo fabulous!! Shelly this rocks xx

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  76. I think it is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. You are so creative!! Love the cage top LOL Your flowers turned out amazing too! Thanks for sharing and the tutorial, also thanks for the chance to win the die. I have someone who would love to have one!

    Carmen L

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  77. Love how you made the bird cage.

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  78. Amazing project, Shelly! Can't wait to see what else you come up with for your daughter's upcoming wedding. Thanks for the tutorial. You always make the best creations!

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  79. This is so pretty. Difficult to describe it in words.

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  80. Oh dear....what an impressive project you shared with us today. Just LOVE it ! I'm so impressed with your creativity !
    Thank you so much for sharing this very pretty art project. You are so clever !
    Hugs from Spain

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  81. So very clever and beautiful!!!

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  82. Great project. Thanks for sharing

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  83. Your projects are all wonderful. To make such beauty from just pieces of filters is amazing. Thank you for the inspiration. Cindy

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  84. I know I've said this to you before Shelly but I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you show how you make things, this is so gorgeous and when you look at the first pic you think OOOOO I could never do that (at least I do....lol) but then you show how it's done and I think maybe I could give it a go...that's a brilliant thing, to make people want to have a go!!
    Just awesome flowers, my fave are also the ones with the coffee filter outer and tissue inner.
    thanks for the constant inspiration!!

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  85. What a delightful creation! Such a pleasure to look at. And you step by step is great. thanks as always for sharing.

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  86. So creative and cute!

    kind regards, Alie :-)

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  87. Guess I need to start eating berries! Amazing work, as always.

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  88. So gorgeous! I love this flower die! So many things you can craft with it!

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  89. I love your tutorials - very creative!

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  90. Oh my word! That is amazing...awe-inspiring...WOW!

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  91. I love your project. That die is awesome. It makes really pretty flowers.

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  92. Thank you Shelly. I have been wondering what material to use for my daughter's wedding flowers. Coffee filter s look like the perfect item!

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  93. HOLEY MOLEY!!! Shelly!!! Your little bird house is GORGEOUS!!!! I'm going to have to give this a try...thanks for the tutorial on how to make it!

    I already have the die so please don't put me in the drawing...just had to comment because I wanted you to know how much I LOVE this project!!

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  94. So delicate! Thanks for sharing your talent!

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  95. You are a genius! I can't stop thinking about your birdhouse and the delicate flowers!

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  96. I am amazed at your clever use of materials. The berry basket... brilliant!
    Gorgeous project. :-)

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  97. Absolutely love this project.... beautiful!

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  98. I am totally impressed that the roof of your birdcage is a plastic berry basket. I don't even want to think of how many berry baskets I've thrown in the recycle bucket. I like your recycling idea better.

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  99. This is gorgeous! I was so sad I couldn't join his challenge because I don't own the die. I so hope I get it. Such a generous giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win! Rebecca Ednie rebeccacell@gmail.com

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  100. Wow, stunning project! I would have never guessed you used a plastic basket. Very creative. Thanks for a chance to win this beautiful die.
    cardjunkie16@yahoo.com

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  101. cannot get over the project and the fact that a berry basket was used. would love to win the die.

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  102. What an awesome project - I would love to win this die - thanks for the chance

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  103. Love your project! Those flowers are awesome! Thanks for a chance to win this die! I would love to have it!

    Thanks,
    Lori

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  104. All I can say is wow. I thought that was a metal birdcage. My jaw dropped when I saw the step out. Beyond fantastic! Wow!

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  105. Michelle B. BrownMarch 12, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    What a beautiful interpretation of the THoltz Tattered Challenge. The birdhouse reminds me of an abandoned street light with a squatter. Absolutely stunning. Well done!

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  106. I am blown away by how realistic to metal the birdhouse looks! Talk about inspiring me to think outside the box especially with the strawberry basket! It is absolutely beautiful. Good job!

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  107. easy and elegant.
    my email is in my blogger profile

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  108. im blown of the chair, so beautiful this is. Love it.

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  109. How beautiful is that bird cage??!! My mom would flip out!! I would love to have those dies so I coudl try to make a bird cage for my mom. Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  110. Thanks so much for the tutorial but also for the blog. The tutorial is one day of inspiration, the blog is an (I hope) eternal fount of inspiration!

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  111. Love the Tattered Florals dies but don't have any in my die collection...

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  112. You never cease to amaze me. Pure genius! And the painting is perfection! It really looks like metal!

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  113. OMG! Shelly, your project is too cool for words. It is so so pretty & I absolutely love the use of the plastic berry basket. This idea could be the very thing that improves the health of a nation. I for one will be eating a lot more fruit from now on. I need those baskets :-) With love & admiration, Theresa

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  114. Love, Love, Love it! Your bird in it's home made bird house is perfect for a wedding. I hope your daughter loves it as much as I do. Barbara x

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  115. Oh my inky goodness! This is way cool! Talk about being creative! Absolutely love it! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the tutorial & thanks for the inspiration!
    I already have this die so if by some chance my number is picked please re-pick so someone else who doesn't have this die gets the chance to own & play with it!
    Karen M.

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  116. Shelly I absolutely love the coffee filter idea for the flowers. Would love to win this die to make some of my own. Beautiful work!!!

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  117. Yep - genius- even better when you see how you made it

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  118. Extremely creative! I love this. I cannot wait to make this. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  119. I would have never believed that bird house wasn't metal without the tutorial! Just gorgeous!
    Emily Daniels
    davisbabe(at)gmail(dot)com

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  120. You had me fooled! I really thought it was metal! It is so realistic! Thank you so much for the tutorial!

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  121. Such a BEAUTIFUL Creation!! THANKS so much for sharing and for the chance to win!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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  122. Love the realistic look of the bird cage. Nobody will ever imagine that it is made of paper and paint. Great work.
    And of course those beautiful flowers .... love the light and soft colors and also the mixture of coffee filters and tissue paper. Great idea, great work!

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  123. Omg, I just love this project how beautiful no other word could describe this. It is just perfect for a daughters wedding table centre piece, next project I think, thanks for sharing.
    Karen dale

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  124. love it! you are just the best inspiration person to make craft one line:)

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  125. Oh my goodness! What an awesome project. I would love to win so I can join the tattered fun.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Debbie

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  126. WOW! Super wonderful! I can't believe what you can make out of a few bits and pieces ! Never knew what a berry basket could be! LOVE!

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  127. oh, just a quick comment, I need to run to the store and buy some berries! lol, ingenious, I say. You ROCK the faux metal girl!

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  128. Thank you! and so doable! Just a terrific accent piece.

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  129. Wow! I love it. You are so creative! I just may have to try this. I have never used coffee filters for flowers. I am definitely going to do that! Amazing work!

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  130. This is absolutely gorgeous Shelly! I am amazed at the little "birdhouse" that you created with dies - I love this idea! It looks like I shall have to add lots of dies to my wish list :) Speaking of which, the Tattered Florals die has been at the top of my wish list for a while now so I appreciate the chance to win it! LOVE this flowers! I have never made flowers with coffee filters before but I am definitely going to give it a try! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  131. Your project is awesome and so fragile looking. I just love it. Especially since i have a daughter getting married and wouldn't something like this be lovely at the shower in the summer? Alas I don't own this die, but maybe I can borrow it from a friend. Trying not to spend money with all the wedding expenses coming up.

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  132. This has totally blown my mind. for a start, I was convinced the little bird house was metal and shop bought. What imagination. It appeals to me because of the softness you have created with the delicate materials and colours of the flowers. Just a treat to the eye.

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  133. Wow, I can't believe the base for your project is really cardboard; it's amazing. I'm really trying to step out of my safety net for designing projects so here I go forth. Thank you for the opportunity to win something; it's very fun.

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  134. What a fabulous piece. I love the combination of the grungy metal with the delicate flowers.

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  135. Shelly, this is AWESOME. I love the colors!! Thank you for sharing your tutorial and for the giveaway. I would love to win the Tattered Florals die for my collection. I would have SO MUCH fun with this die. I love flowers!!
    territurner07@gmail.com

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  136. the metal looks so real & i love how you used the plastic basket. very inspiring - thank you!

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  137. AWWWWW! I love the bird & birdcage idea...after looking at your quick(ish) tutorial, I realized 'hey, I could do that' ...Bird projects are my fav....and this one is just gorgeous! Your daughter's very lucky to have a creative Mom ...what a gorgeous centerpiece this would make! Love it!

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  138. OMG! I never would have thought you made the bird cage too. Gorgeous!

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  139. Wow! I thought the bird cage was purchased... total inspiration. Can't wait to try this.

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  140. I already have the die, but just wanted to comment and say how beautiful and brilliant this project is! Never would've thought of coffee filters for the die cuts... must try that! I love the way they took the sprays, and how nicely they pair with the tissue. I hope your daughter's wedding is everything she and her intended (and you!) are dreaming of!

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  141. Freakin awesome. I would never have guessed it didn't start as prefabricated metal.

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  142. What a wonderful birdcage you created! I was amazed to see you had put it together from scratch. The flowers look pretty cascading down the side of the cage.

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  143. WOW, what a beautiful birdcage and perfect for a wedding. Love the use of the plastic berry basket for the 'roof' of the cage, who would have guessed?

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  144. There are so many terrific ideas in this project to be used in a million different places. I love the way your project came out, but I also loved all the stuff I learned. the tissue flowers look so beautiful and fragile, but when I saw that you used the tiny stapler together, I thought quick and easy. Thanks!

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  145. This is absolutely amazing. I can't believe that this is just paper and plastic! I'm in awe of the unbelievable things creative people can do. I wonder how much trial and error happened BTS. :) SO gorgeous!

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  146. My word girl!!! That was aomething else. The berry box made me laugh! GENIOUS! tHE PROJECT WAS stunning.

    Karen

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  147. Gorgeous birdcage, really unique and creative! Thanks foe the opportunity to win the darling flower dies!

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  148. Amazing birdhouse and the delicate flowers just set it off perfectly. BJ

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  149. I LOVE your flowers!! So soft and pretty! I have never tried coffee filters but will now. So when hubby wants coffee he will have to use paper towels i guess! Ha. Thx for the inspiration.

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  150. Thanks so much for sharing your amazing talent with this gorgeous birdhouse tutorial. And thanks for the opportunity to win on of flower dies, that's awesome!!! katieprissy@aol.com

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  151. Thanks for showing this beautiful creative way to use the die. I love how soft and pretty the flowers are. I love the whole creation.

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  152. This is beyond stunning! I simply could not believe my eyes when I saw how you made it. At first I thought you had altered a real, metal birdcage. And the berry basket?! Crazy creative!
    Thanks for a chance to win the tattered flower dies...though I'm afraid I'll never use them in quite a stunning manner. ;)

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  153. Beautiful! Tim Holtz dies are so versatile. Thanks for sharing your time & talents with us.

    Barb

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  154. I just love it. It's amazing. Thank you so much. XXX Tineke

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  155. Oh I love how you used the tissue wrap with the coffee filters. Your way is so much easier than a coffee filter flower tutorial I saw on youtube. Your project is lovely and I'm sure your daughter's wedding decos will be the talk of the town!

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  156. WOW! I thought the bird cage was one you already had on hand. i can't believe how awesome this is and easy to recreate! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win Sizzix goodies (LOVE my Sizzix - I don't have the Tattered Florals though)
    memoriesbymanda AT g maildotcom

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  157. Your creation is STUNNING Shelly....thanks for sharing how you created it!!!!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

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  158. Super cool! I just found your blog from Tim's and love this creative birdcage. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  159. Shelly, great tutorial and really appreciate the deets on how to get the look. so nice to see you and tim work together to create lots of fun .
    cottagerca@yahoo.ca
    Ava g

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  160. Shelly, you are so drop dead talented! What a great tutorial. I have saved it for a rainy day......now to get all of those die cuts!!! lol

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  161. I would love to win this pretty diecut, I only own one other one, Tim Holtzs' butterfly!

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  162. Oh My GoodNess! I can't believe your birdcage you created is made out of chipboard and a plastic berry basket! Bravo! So VERY clever! Thank Tim for us for his generous giveaway! Glad he sent us over to visit your blog. Hugs....glanning@msn.com

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  163. WOW!!! I'm blown away with what you've done with this birdcage! What an eye-catcher! Totally love how delicate the coffee filters look cut with this die, not to mention your tip with the water mister! Fabulous new ideas and endless inspiration!

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  164. I never, in a million years, would guess that the birdcage is made of chipboard. Beautiful job, and the flowers are so delicate looking. truffleblack@gmail.com

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  165. This is so beautiful and so clever....WOW!!!
    Thank you for sharing and have a nice day :)
    Hugs Susanne

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  166. O my word but you are so so talented. Absolutely stunning and wish I was so talented. Love it. It is stunning. midre@intekom.co.za

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  167. Ohhhh how nice is this...i would love to win.
    Have a nice day
    Kerstin
    cobblestone-prims@hotmail.de

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  168. So-ooo beautiful! LOVE your awesome birdcage and flower vine...TFS. And as always, you have given us a great tutorial. I don't have that die and would LOVE to use it, thank you for the chance to win it.

    Beth Anne in PA
    woody42997ataoldotcom

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  169. This is one of my favorite dies, and because I already have it, I hesitated leaving a comment. Please draw another name if mine comes up. Your project took my breath away. Some people are so talented, and you are one of those who offers up inspiration for others. Absolutely stunning!

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  170. What a great idea. Thanks for giving the instructions, and the links.

    Beth
    bharple@rcn.com

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  171. WOW, such an incredible project, inspiration & well done video; I don't own this die, but would love to, along with all the other great comments; thanks for the chance to win!

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  172. Wow what a gorgeous piece! I've wanted Tim's tattered florals for years. But always seem to be on a spending freeze. I was pleasantly surprised to see your daughters colors as they are very close to what mine were. Only it was a very long time ago! TFS Hugs, Jess Jazzyjess49@gmail.com

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  173. Hello! This is my first time visiting you and your work is amazing!!! I would never have guessed that the birdcage wasn't metal! Thank you for the tutorial too!! Best wishes to your daughter!!
    xxDaniella

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  174. Hi, I just came here via Tim´s blog and I´m just amazed about your work! That´s so cool. Seriously, if I hadn´t seen the photos I wouldn´t believe that it is only paper, I really thought it´s metal and not even handmade. You are really talented! And I also like how you used coffee filters for the flowers. They came out so great!
    Awesome piece of art!!!
    Best wishes,
    Zoe

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  175. lovely, I need to go play with making some box creations.

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  176. How creative! This is proof you don't throw things away (berry container)! They can always be used to create something beautiful. Thank you, I no longer am worrying about turning into a hoarder! I'm a nifty thrifty creator! What a load off my shoulders.

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  177. Wow This is gorgeous so cute you did a great job. I will have to try the coffee filter flowers If only I have a flower die to use them on, hint hint. no really this is just so pretty thanks for sharing :) Dawn
    dawnfoxlow@btinternet.com

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  178. omg I just lost my post :( I won't be able to recreate it nearly so well. Let me just say major accolades to you and thanks for all of the wonderful ideas and sharing your creativity!!!

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  179. Gorgeous flowers they look so real , oh my on that bird cage I can't beive you made it from scratch it looks like metal or wood, just amazing

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  180. Love this. I am getting more and more into birds. Great way to display felted birds, too. I really like the rabbit card and tag, too.

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  181. AH.MAZE.ING! I love the soft colors.

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  182. This is such a romantic, soft and feminine project - love it!

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  183. This is beyond AMAZING!!! Thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial!

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  184. Very creative and unique creation!

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  185. Ok, I know this is supposed to be about using the tattered floral die, but really the bird house is the winner! Thank you for sharing the idea. It's making me rethink a few of my dies and how they could be repurposed. The flowers are lovely - I like the idea of using the grapevine to get the gentle arch. Oh - I have the die so no need to include me.

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  186. I found it very interesting how you reused the strawberry basket! I thought I was strange and I've been accused of being borderline hoarder because I keep items that I know I will be able to use one day. Not everyone can see the beauty in everyday objects, but I am glad I can, and I am glad for you great artists because ya'll inspire me and I hope one day that I will create art as pretty as yours.

    valeriestarr@ymail.com

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  187. What a clever idea, and it is so lovely. Thanks for sharing a tutorial. You have inspired me to give it a try.

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  188. I never would've thought the cage wasn't real metal, thanks for showing how you did it. raqmason at aol dot com.

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  189. I'm so inspired to start going 3D with my paper crafting. Thanx for the inspiration. Would love to win Tim's die!

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  190. Amazing project! I love the soft pink flowers and amazing bird house! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  191. Shelly, this Birdhouse is amazing! You always surprise me with what you make...you are the Sizzix Queen!
    Thank you for the chance to win a Tattered Floral die and some Talking Tags!
    erin glee at sbc global dot net

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  192. Hi Shelly, I've been a fan of your work for quite some time now, but I must say you've really outdone yourself with this project!! I thought the birdhouse was metal!! and the flowers are just so dainty & real looking. You truly are one of the best in papercrafting!! Thanks for sharing your talents with all of us!!

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  193. Oh boy, this is beautiful! I do love your take on this challenge, it's so very different!

    Majo

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