Fresh Cut Studio

Tips and Project Ideas for the Build a Birdhouse Crafting Dies

Hi everyone. This is Bev. I have been having a lot of fun playing with the Build a Birdhouse crafting dies and I have so many tips I want to share with you for using them. You can watch the video, or keep reading to make sure you see all the project ideas and see all the tips too!


Tip 1: Don't Cut Apart Your Dies!

Now my first tip may seem a little odd. I recommend that you leave these dies connected. In other words, don’t nip apart the connectors between each of these dies. Here is why. First, some of these dies are small and easy to lose. Second, these birdhouse pieces are designed to be mixed and matched in a bunch of different colors. Since none of these dies are nested just leave the dies connected and make lots of die cut roofs, perches, and birdhouses. And don't forget that in addition to cardstock and patterned paper, these dies will cut out felt, thin chipboard, cork, thin wood paper, fabric, and more. Those unusual materials make great birdhouse parts!

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Tip 2: Keep All the Extra Die-Cut Birdhouse Pieces!

My next tip is don’t throw away the extra birdhouse pieces. Instead keep them together for future projects. Here at the Technique Tuesday offices, we keep the dies in a plain envelope and we keep all those pieces in that same envelope with the dies. Having all these extra birdhouse pieces in one place makes it easy to create a quick card, gift tag or scrapbook layout later.

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Tip 3: Use a Glue Pen or Fine Tip Adhesive Applicator!

Once you’ve picked out the pieces you are going to use for a specific project, you need to adhere them together. If you are working with paper, I recommend using a glue pen to adhere small, die-cut pieces together. I prefer this Quickie Glue Pen. A high-quality glue pen lets you add a small amount of glue right where you need it and dries clear too.

If you are working with more porous materials, like felt or chipboard, you’ll need a stronger adhesive and more of it. For these porous materials, I prefer this On Point Glue. Now the first thing I like about the On Point Glue is that it has a very fine tip that lets me get the glue where I want it to be. It also has a little pieces of metal, really a pin, inside the lid that slides down into the tip to keep it from clogging. And the adhesive is pretty strong so it will keep these heavier materials together better.

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Tip 4: Make the Entrances Look Dark and Shadowy!

Once you have those pieces adhered, you need to decide what to do about the hole in the front of the birdhouse. Now, one option is to leave the hole open. But I wanted it to look dark and shadowed, so here’s how I do that. I cut out a piece of black or dark shadow colored cardstock. Then I adhere it to the back of the birdhouse. Not only does this provide the shadow color, the dark piece is actually behind the birdhouse so it adds just a bit of dimensional interest too.

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Tip 5: Cut Down Your Birdhouses!

Another tip is that these die-cut birdhouses are designed to be cut down. We made them this way so that you could adjust the size to fit better on your specific project. Plus being able to make different sized birdhouses lets you make more visually interesting projects. To make different-sized birdhouses, just trim off the bottom of the one-hole or three-hole birdhouse die cuts. Then add roofs or perches!

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Tip 6: Cut Out Some White Pieces and Add Patterns!

My final tip is to also consider die-cutting out some birdhouse pieces from white cardstock or watercolor paper. You can use a fine tip pen to add a wood grain pattern or some other pattern to your birdhouses. Or use your favorite coloring medium to add shadows and highlights. For example, Tam used Copic markers to make it look like there are red shingles or corrugated steel on the roof of this die-cut birdhouse accent.

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I hope you enjoyed these tips and projects featuring the Build a Birdhouse dies. And I hope you are inspired to go make some cards, gift tags, or accents for your scrapbook pages using some of your own die-cut birdhouses.

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PS: The Build a Birdhouse dies are part of our Fresh Cut Studio Collection of Crafting Dies which are all less than $10. And if you become a member of the Fresh Cut Studio auto-ship program, you'll pay even less!

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New projects, a new video and the March blog hop!

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Hip hip hooray... it's reveal day! That means it's time to share some fresh flower cards, a cute new raccoon, and memory keeper projects that celebrate what it means to be home.

To kick things off, I'd like to invite you to watch this quick, 3-minute video. In the video, I'll show you each of the new stamps & dies, and a project idea or two for each new product.

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Plus, Don't Miss Today's Blog Hop!

Our creative team, plus several guest designers, have a bunch more projects that they are sharing, too. I hope you'll visit each of their blogs and leave some comments for them along the way!

 

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Ana Anderson
Dana Joy
Dana Kirby
Daniela Dobson
Emily Leiphart
Kymona Tracey
Yasmin Diaz


I hope you enjoyed watching the video, and seeing all the projects along the blog hop. If you saw some new stamps or dies that you like, you can order them now. I've included the links below!

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March Memory Keepers Studio Stamps & Fresh Cut Studio Dies

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It's the last day of sneak peeks, so today you get a two-fer. This month's theme is House and Home for both the Memory Keepers' Studio stamp set and the Fresh Cut Studio dies

Like all the Memory Keeper Studio sets, the Love Home Stamps are designed to help you make great scrapbook layouts and project life pages. This brand-new set is perfect for recording and celebrating the place you spend most of your relaxing time - home! You'll find so many ways to use the hand-drawn images and phrases to create accents for your photos, or to make journal cards. The photo captions and embellishments you make will be perfect for projects about your current home, your childhood homes, grandma's house, or even your favorite home away from home. Plus make sure you watch Bev's release video tomorrow to see how these stamps can be used to make amazing cards too!

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Are you a member of the Memory Keepers' Studio auto-ship program? We'll be shipping this stamp set to your home-sweet-home in March.

Not a member? Not to fret, you can pre-order your set starting tomorrow, March 1st. You may also want to look into becoming a member of the Memory Keepers' Studio yourself.


The Fresh Cut Studio dies for March are named The Build a Birdhouse Crafting Dies. They're super-cute on their own, but why stop there? These dies also pair beautifully with the Love Home stamp set. These are the kind of cute little birdhouses you don't need to get out your hammer and nails to build!

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We will ship the Build a Birdhouse Crafting Dies to the homes of all Fresh Cut Studio members in March. If you're not a member, don't worry, you can pre-order starting March 1st. Or check out all the benefits of becoming a member of the Fresh Cut Studio yourself.

I hope you enjoyed the last day of the March Sneak Peeks. That means tomorrow you get to see the whole shebang. See you here for the big reveal and the new release blog hop!

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February Blog Hop Day 2 + a Giveaway!

Wow... weren't the projects the Design Team members shared yesterday awesome? If you missed it, please just take a minute and go back. We'll wait here for you. Now guess what... today the Design Team is doing it again. They have another round of amazing projects to share with you.

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So let's get going and do today's blog hop. (Don't forget to leave comments as you go for a chance to win one of three $20 gift certificates we will be giving away!)

Dana Joy

Heather Hoffman

Amy Kolling

Daniela Dobson

Emily Leiphart

Jill Dewey Hawkins

Kymona Tracey


More Ways to Enter This Giveaway!

Okay, so you've left comments on the Design Team members' blogs. Awesome! But now you're wondering, "Are there any ways to increase my chances of winning??" We're so glad you asked!

  • We want to hear from you! Leave a comment on this blog post telling us which project or color scheme or unusual design was your favorite.

  • Want to see more projects every single day? You're in luck! Jump on over to our Instagram and follow us now. Then leave a comment back here on this blog post to let us know we're Instagram friends!

  • Do you prefer seeing new projects on Facebook? Go like and follow our Facebook page. Then leave a comment here so we know to watch for you out on Facebook.

You probably should also know that your last chance to comment is at midnight tonight. We will announce 3 lucky winners here on our blog on February 5th!


See something you need (or just want)?

Here are links to each of the new stamps and dies. Plus you can see more project ideas over on each product page!

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Thanks for joining us this week for all the sneak peeks and the blog hops. I really hope you saw something here that inspires you to go make some projects of your own!

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New Release Video + Blog Hop + a Chance to Win

Hang on to your hats... today is going to be action packed!

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First up is the new release video where I share a quick look at each of the new products. Then you're going to want to hop on over to each of the Design Team members' blogs to see their latest projects. (Leave them some comment love for a chance to win!) And finally don't forget to come back here to learn how you can increase your chances of winning one of three $20 gift certificates we're giving away this month.


Watch the New Release Video!

We'd love to hear what you think of these new products and the projects too. Which one is your favorite? And why? Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win one of the three $20 gift certificates we're giving away this month!


Hop Along and Comment for More Chances to WIN!

The Design Team members have been busy making new projects and can't wait to show you what they created. Just click on each of their names and leave a comment on one, some, or all of their blogs!

Dana Joy

Daniela Dobson

Amy Kolling

Heather Hoffman

Jill Dewey Hawkins

Emily Leiphart

Kymona Tracey


Ways to Increase Your Chances of Winning!

Here are three more ways you can enter for a chance to win!

  • Want to see more project ideas? Follow us on Instagram. Then come back here and leave a comment letting us know you're part of our Instagram community.

  • If you prefer Facebook, go like and follow our Facebook page. Then leave a comment here to let us know we'll be seeing you out on Facebook.

  • Tomorrow we're going to be having another blog hop. Come back here for more chances to win plus you'll see more project ideas!

We will announce the winners here on our blog on February 5th!


Thanks for joining us for day one of the new release! If you want to see all the new products, visit the New Products section of the Technique Tuesday store. Plus I hope you'll join us here on the blog again tomorrow to see more projects from the Design Team!

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Project ideas for Valentine's Day...

Hey friends, it’s Shelley! Have you started thinking about your Valentine's Day projects? While I was out packing some orders in the warehouse today, I noticed lots of loved-themed stamps and dies that have me inspired. Here are some project ideas to get your creativity flowing! (Clink on the project pictures to learn more about the featured products. Or see them all in the Love Collection!)


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Shake things up! Although it’s hard to see in this photo, the die cut Love Puzzle pieces on this card are raised to make a shaker box filled with sequins. Interactive cards are such fun to receive!


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Create a sweet paper airplane border inside and out: Cut a border along the outside edge of your card using the Paper Airplane border dies. The pink airplane and heart-trail are glued to the inside so when the flap is lifted the plane is sailing across the inside of the card as well. (Tutorial Coming Soon! Sign up for our newsletter to see it first!)


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Just Charming: There are 6 different dies in the Charming Hearts craft die set and it’s only $9.99! These delicate dies are great on cards or tied to packages. Cut them from shiny metallic gold or silver paper and they almost look like jewelry!


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Sassy Sentiments: Valentine messages don’t have to be sentimental. If you’re looking for a sentiment will a little attitude, add some humor to your cards with the Love Stinks or You’re Not Normal stamp sets.


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Piece it together: This unique card combines die cut puzzle pieces from the Pieces of My Heart craft die and a stamped image. Stamp and color the Cherry Blossom stamp set on white cardstock. Then position the puzzle die over the cherry blossom image and run it through your die cutting machine. It’s also fun to stamp a message and put the loose puzzle pieces in an envelope for the recipient to put together!


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Punny Valentines: Remember the Valentines you received in school with adorable animals and punny sayings? You can re-create the nostalgia using your favorite critters from stamps in the Animal House collection, like Frederick and Fiona Fox.


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Send Some Love: Consider sending Valentines to someone other than your sweetie. Brighten the day of an elderly friend or reach out to someone you haven’t seen in a long time with an unexpected card. This cheerful greeting features the Sending Love craft die and Love is in the Air stamp set.


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Lots of Love: This card goes together in a heartbeat! Just die cut the word “Love” from the Long Love craft die set in a rainbow of colors, add a couple hearts and there will be no question how you feel!


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One die, lots of impact: The Cascading Heart border die is sized perfectly to create a border down the edge of an A2 card in one quick cut. You can keep your project time to a minimum by cutting the border and letting the hearts fall out, then place a piece of red paper inside to shine through the open hearts. Or fill in the hearts by cutting the die on various colors of cardstock and piecing it back together.


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Love takes flight: The new Love is in the Air stamp set makes my heart happy! The simple images lend themselves to all kinds of coloring mediums, but won’t take a lot of time to finish. I also like the versatility of the set as I can use it for cards but also my scrapbook layouts.


After looking at all these projects from our creative team, I can’t wait to get started on some cards of my own…I just have to decide which I LOVE the most! Which card inspires you?

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P.S. Congratulations to Sue D., who won the $20 gift card from the January 2019 Reveal Day post by commenting on Amy Kolling’s blog post. Sue, please check your email inbox, your gift card is on its way!



It's January Reveal Day!

The Design Team is here to help celebrate the January new release! They've put together some amazing new paper crafting projects to share with you.

Please consider leaving a comment on this post, or any of our design team members’ posts, between Jan. 1st and Jan. 4th, 2019. (We really love hearing from you!) We'll select one person from all the comments to receive a $20 gift certificate for the Technique Tuesday website. The lucky winner will be announced on Jan. 5th on this blog. 

Stop by these amazing designers' blogs:

Dana Joy

Heather Hoffman

Kymona Tracey

Jill Dewey Hawkins

Amy Kolling

Daniela Dobson

You'll find all our new products right here. Whether you're a card maker, a scrapbooker or an all-around crafter, this release has something for you.

Want to see projects that will make you swoon? Bev's new video includes inspiration for Valentine's Day cards, everyday scrapbooking and memory keeping, and projects perfect for the people you love any time of the year!

 

Is there a product from the January New Release that inspires you? Is there something you are already thinking about using them for? We always love to hear from you! Tell us your favorites and what crafty ideas you have for all these new stamps and dies. Leave a comment, we always love hearing from you!

Watch our blog and social media channels throughout January for even more inspiration for these new products. Plus be sure to keep an eye on the video page on our website for new videos featuring these products. We've got projects waiting in the wings for the Beautiful Narcissus, the Paper Airplane on the Border, and more!

Don’t want to miss anything? Sign up for our Technique Tuesday Newsletter!

 



New Decorative Divider Dies

You know how sometimes there's too much white space on your project and you want to break it up? Or you need to delineate between a phrase and some other element? Or you want to draw attention to a photo or sentiment? Good news... the Decorative Divider dies are designed to help you with all those situations on cards, layouts, project life pages, and planner spreads!

 

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December Release Day!

Hi, friends! Bring on the fun! It's Release Day at Technique Tuesday! 

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And the Design Team is here to help celebrate! They've put together some amazing new paper crafting projects to share with you.

Stop by the blogs of:

Emily Leiphart

Dana Joy

Heather Hoffman

Kymona Tracey

Jill Dewey Hawkins

Teri Anderson

Amy Kolling

Daniela Dobson

Talk about some awesome ideas! 

Remember: You'll find all our new products right here. Whether you are a card maker, scrapbooker or DIY'r, this release has something for you.

Want a closer look at the new goods? Watch this month's New Release video. Bev will show you the products, plus share even more ideas for using them.

There's really no better way to wrap up 2018 than with some awesome new stamps and dies. You are going to love this month's GNAW-some Beau and Beatrice Beaver stamps. If you like to make cards with lots of coloring, these stamps are for you. If you like classic stamps, you are going to love the Joyous Juniper stamps. Memory keeper? Check out the 365 Days stamps and coordinating Decorative Dividers crafting dies. 

Is there a product from the New Release that inspires you? Is there something you are already thinking about working on with new goods? We'd love to hear from you! Tell us your favorites and what your crafty plans are for all these new stamps and dies! We always love hearing from you! 

Watch our blog and social media channels throughout December for even more inspiration for these new products. Plus be sure to keep an eye on the video page on our Website for new videos featuring these products.

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Dec. New Release Countdown Day 1

Happy Thursday, friends! We're so excited to have you back with us today as we get a little closer to the December release of stamps and paper crafting dies.

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You are going to see some full reveals today of our new products for hand-made cards, scrapbook pages and other DIY projects. Plus our Design Team is here to show you some super projects they've been making with the new stuff. Talk about a lot of great inspiration!

Let's get this party started by taking a look at some of the new goods. On your mark. Get set. Let's do this!


Meet the newest members of the Animal House collection, Beau and Beatrice the Beavers. These adorable critter stamps can be used on their own or with the matching dies. Or pair them with our previously released Henrietta the Hedgehog and Dani the Deer stamps and dies to create fun scenes straight out of the forest!

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Like to use die-cuts on your paper crafting projects? This American-made set of steel dies will help you create the perfect divider or accent on all your cards and scrapbook pages. Cut them from cardstock, patterned paper and even foil or cork! If you belong to the Fresh Cut Studio auto-ship program, these are your dies for December. Not a member but want the dies? No worries. They'll be available for purchase without joining the club!Decorative-Dividers-Fresh-Cut-Studio-Crafting-Dies-Technique-Tuesday


All of these new products will be available on our website on December 1st! You'll find them in the New Products section. Want some tips for using these new scrapbook and paper crafting supplies to make cool projects of your own? Be sure to check out the blogs of these talented Technique Tuesday Design Team members.

Emily Leiphart

Daniela Dobson

Dana Joy

Heather Hoffman

Latisha Yoast

Jill Dewey Hawkins

Teri Anderson

Kymona Tracey

They will knock your socks off! By the way, be sure to leave them a little love! It's such a treat for them to hear from you.

Please stop by our blog again tomorrow for more full reveals of our new products. And get ready for more inspiration from the Design Team as they'll be here yet again to show you even more cool projects. 

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