Just joking…my neighbour’s daughter dropped off some lovely homemade truffles today as a little Christmas gift.  This is a fairly new neighbour and we are still in the “getting to know you” phase of our relationship.  Luckily, I had already planned a little gift for her and had to quickly get it completed so I could reciprocate.

When buying my wooden totes last month I noticed some sweet little wooden birdhouses that were on sale at M’s.  I’m not a bird fan myself but my neighbour definitely is and I’ve seen some amazing birds flying through the ‘hood since she moved in as she has plants and feeders that attract lots of interesting birds into her yard.  I knew that an altered birdhouse would be a perfect little gift so I bought one and have kind of been staring at it ever since wondering just how I was going to decorate it.

I started off with a beautiful sheet of Basic Grey paper from the Cupcake line.  I do actually have some BG Christmas paper but I wanted a non-traditional colour and this blue paper jumped out at me (make a wish).  I’d already decided that I was going to paint the roof black so I went ahead and coated the whole house in black and then cut out the paper for the sides of the house.  I had a “let it snow” oval left over from another project and thought I’d try to incorporate that along with some Anna Wight inspired snowflakes.  Have I mentioned lately that she is a card making goddess?  If I had half her artistic talent I would be pretty darn happy!  Here is the end result:

I’m really pleased with how it turned out.  I even used one of my precious jeweled SU brads (from a sampling my demo gave me with my last hostess order) on a snowflake.

Of course, I had to make a card to go with the gift.  I decided to use the birdhouse that came in the set that the little bird was in (Hero Arts) as the focal image and took another Anna Wight idea by using a banner on the card.  It turned out pretty well too…bonus for me as I was having a super busy day preparing for company and time was precious.  Here’s the card:

And, just because the picture came out decently, here’s the card and gift together:

Merry Christmas everyone!  I’m writing this late at night so I still can’t share what goodies Santa brought but I’m looking forward to playing with some new toys in the morning.

Supplies used:  Basic Grey patterned paper, black acrylic paint, foam brush, wooden birdhouse from Michael’s, ruby red and chocolate chip cardstock, Hero Arts stamps, dye ink, water brush, paper piercer, oval punches, nestabilities rectangles, snowflake punches, Martha Stewart Glitter, MS glittering glue, Tombow Mono Multi glue, SU brad, “dew drop”, ribbon from M’s.