Builder Birdcage Hello Tutorial

What could be better than a blinged out birdcage?  

The versatility of the new Builder Birdcage stamp set has my creativity going wild!   

The set includes different birdcages, chains, birds and a beautiful vintage looking stand.  You know I love vintage!  

This card was so easy to create yet stunning to look at.  The stamping is done right on the designer paper.  The layered greeting adds to the vintage frilly flair.  

I'm including a PDF tutorial below for you to download. I've also pasted the instructions for those on a mobile device.  

Give this new Occasions Catalog stamp set a look. You'll find it on page 36.  The 16 photopolymer pieces are easy to align and it's only $17.00!  

The vintage flair of the Birdcage Builder stamp set. Add a little blind, too!, Lisa's Stamp Studio 


  • Stamp SetsBuilder Birdcage (142891)
  • Cardstock –Very Vanilla (101650); Sweet Sugarplum (141418); Basic Gray (121044)
  • Stamp Pads – Memento (132708); Basic Gray Archival Stampin’ Pad (140932)
  • Misc. – Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper (142778); Big Shot (143263), Magnetic Platform (130658), Layering Ovals Framelits (141706); Falling Petals Textured Embossing Folder (142761); Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)


  • Sweet Sugarplum cardstock (base): 5 ½” x 8 ½”, folded in half
  • Very Vanilla cardstock (layer): 5 1/4” x 4
  • Very Vanilla cardstock: scrap for sentiment
  • Basic Gray cardstock (panel): 2 ½” x 5 ¼”
  • Basic Gray cardstock: scrap for scallop oval
  • Designer Paper (gingham pattern): 2 ¼” x 5 ¼”


  1. Emboss Very Vanilla layer using the embossing folder. Adhere it to the front of the card base.
  2. Stamp the images for the birdcage using Memento ink on the designer paper. TIP: Start with the images from the bottom and work your way up as shown.
  3. Adhere the designer paper to the panel. Adhere the layers to the Very Vanilla cardstock.
  4. Stamp the greeting using Basic Gray ink on a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock. Die cut the greeting using the ovals framelit that measures 2 ¼”.
  5. Die cut one scallop oval using a scrap of Basic Gray cardstock. Use the scallop oval measuring 2 3/8”.
  6. Adhere the Very Vanilla greeting layer to the Basic Gray scallop oval. Adhere the greeting layers to the card using Dimensionals.
  7. Add rhinestones to the bottom of the birdcage as shown.

Click here for a free project tutorial,, Lisa's Stamp Studio

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Quick Crafting Tip - Features of the Stampin' Up! Paper Trimmer

Our production of handmade cards is stunted without a good paper trimmer.  

My Stampin' Up! trimmer is a beloved tool in my stamp room.  I use it daily. I have 4 of them. I keep 2 in the studio, one in my stamp room and one by my computer.  

The beauty of this trimmer is its amazing features.  It cuts, scores, has a storage compartment, non-skid feet, a non-marring measuring surface, clear graph lines, a clear cutting guide and extends to accommodate 12" x 12" cardstock. This trimmer has the best of the best features!

I want to also provide you with an additional tip that's not in today's video.  

I cut a LOT of cardstock.  Hundreds of sheets a month!  With all that cutting I notice small pieces of paper fibers in the cutting mat.  To insure a clean cut, be sure your cutting mat/track is clear.  Cleaning out those paper fibers is simple.  Remove the replaceable cutting mat from the trimmer.  Using the straight edge of a piece of cardstock, carefully slip the cardstock through the track to dislodge and fibers.  Replace the cutting mat back inside your trimmer and you're ready to cut again.  The cutting mat is double-sided, too.  When one side is worn, flip it over.  Replacement cutting mats are available, too.  I've included the supply information below.

I also have a video on how to change the blades in this trimmer. You can view that video HERE.  Never handle your trimmer with the cutting arm open and do not underestimate that tiny blade.  It's sharp!  When the blade no longer cuts through your cardstock easily it's time to replace it.  I've also included supply information below on the replacement blades.  

Take a look at the fabulous features in today's quick tip video.  

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Ahoy, It's Time to Warm Up!

Our Florida weather has been incredible.  We have enjoyed temperatures in the upper 70's and low 80's for a majority of our winter.   

Many of you live where the weather is still cold so I thought this would be a good time to change things up!  

Instead of sharing a creation from the Occasions Catalog or Sale-A-Bration brochure, I decided to "warm you up" by using the Seaside Shore stamp set.

Seaside Shore braided anchor, Lisa's Stamp Studio,

Before you ask, yes, I created the braided rope using strands of Burlap Ribbon.  It's easy and therapeutic!  
Seaside Shore braided anchor, Lisa's Stamp Studio,

The Seaside Embossing Folder was used on the By the Shore designer paper. I added Mint Macaron ink to the raised lines using a Sponge Dauber.  It worked out nicely with the wavy pattern of the designer paper.
Seaside Shore braided anchor, Lisa's Stamp Studio,

Here are the cutting dimensions:

  • Mint Macaron card base is cut 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
  • The anchor image layers are cut:
    • Very Vanilla cardstock: 2" x 2"
    • Mint Macaron cardstock: 2 1/8" x 2 1/8"
    • Dapper Denim cardstock: 2 1/4" x 2 1/4"
  • Embossed designer paper layer is cut 2" x 5"
  • Layers for the designer paper are cut:
    • Very Vanilla cardstock: 2 1/8" x 5 1/8"
    • Dapper Denim cardstock: 2 1/4" x 5 1/4"

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Hey, I'm Crazy About You

It's officially the day of LOVE.  

Happy Valentine's Day, my friends!

Speaking of loves - Bob the Builder is doing incredibly well.  His rotator cuff surgery was 2 weeks ago today and he's become more independent as each day passes.  He has had no pain!  The nerve block lasted 24 hours!  He had the most incredible surgeon.

The night of surgery, I had a need to make a call to the phone number listed on the hospital discharge papers.  Imagine my SHOCK when the doctor answered the phone!  He had provided his cell phone number on the discharge papers!  When is the last time that's EVER happened?  Huge kudos to Lt. Col. Chris Linberg of MacDill AFB for his bedside manner, skill and genuine concern.  

When it comes to the ones we love, we want only the best to care for them.

Hey Chick, Crazy About You, Lisa's Stamp Studio,

 This loving chick is from the Hey, Chick Sale-A-Bration brochure.  This is one of the many free selections when placing a $50 product order during this annual sale.  

Did you notice the background? 

You might think it's an embossing folder - and it is - of sorts.  

I inked up the raised side of the Hexagons Dynamics Embossing Folder using Memento ink.  I placed the cardstock inside and lightly rubbed, transferring the impression to the paper.  I wasn't careful about where I pressed or how hard. I was after a vintage, rough look.  

Hey Chick, Crazy About You, Lisa's Stamp Studio,

I colored in the chicken using the So Saffron marker. Afterwards, I went over the feather lines with the Crumb Cake marker.  I used the Sahara Sand marker for the head and tail, outlining those areas with the Crumb Cake marker.  The Real Red marker colored in the comb.  

The small 'smudge' of ink you see under the feet were created by scribbling the Crumb Cake marker on my clear block.  I then picked up the color using my Aqua Painter and washed a little color on the cardstock.  I wanted there to be a little "ground" for my chicken to stand on.

Hey Chick, Crazy About You, Lisa's Stamp Studio,

Right now, I'm headed to the kitchen where my heart-shaped box of chocolates await.  Bob the Builder had Boo drive him to the store so my traditional Valentine gift was waiting for me this morning!  Smart man...he's got to take care of his nurse, right? ((wink, wink))

Happy Valentine's Day!

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