Friday, April 8, 2011

The Queen's Royal Birthday Ball Blog Hop

If you're here for the "It's Easter Blog Hop", click HERE to jump directly to that post. Don't miss these fun projects, and CardMonkey's blog candy: a paper crimping tool. 
Without further ado ...

I've drawn the coach, gotten the gown from the tailor's, and the artisan will soon deliver my glass slippers ...

I'm ready for the Queen's Royal Birthday Ball!  You're invited to come along in my entourage to enjoy the show. 

Queen Theresa is of course, The Scrapbooking Queen, and she is one of my very favorite bloggers. She is the generous hostess for a blog hop among her loyal court. I'm the Monkey in the middle at the end!

Yes, despite the lawsuit filed by
ProvoCraft, you can still purchase
SCAL and use it with your Cricut
machine. In fact, it's on sale for
a great price of $59. Get it while
you can ... it's well worth the
investment, and it's easy to use.
For my project, I made this adorable birdhouse fit for a Queen.  For the structure, I used a paper cutting file purchased from SVG Cuts, and cut it on my Cricut using Sure Cuts A Lot.

I first learned of this fantastic cutting file when attending (watching) the fun U-Stream PJs and Parfees hosted by two of the Queen's court, Alex and Ruthie. Thank you to them for their wisdom and lessons!

The box and lid are very sturdy, and can be stuffed with gift items, tea, wrapped candy, a gift card -- you name it!

The generous SVG Cuts file also includes patterns for an adorable bird and flowers. However, I decided to make this birdhouse "fit for a Queen" by adding an embellished crown, a Queen bee and leaves cut from Sizzlit dies, and custom cloth flowers. The roof is shingled with 3/4" hole punches, and the eaves are decorated with strips cut from the double loop Martha Stewart edge punch.

I made and added the pretty cloth flowers to the sides of the birdhouse. To make them, I used standard precut cloth floral embellish-ments, bought in a large bottle at Michael's, in a variety of colors.

To change the colors to have them match the royal purple I'm using here, I made my own Glimmer Mist in lavendar, deep purple and yellow.  I dabbled the centers of some of the flowers with re-inkers and also added stardust Stickles to the centers for shine.

BLOG CANDY!  What's a Blog Hop without candy?  Followers who post a comment here will be entered into a drawing to win some of my Creative Juices CardMonkey Glimmer Mist, as well as an assortment of cloth flowers to try out this technique on your own.  (You can't buy this candy custom Glimmer Mist anywhere!!) 

Please, one comment per day on this 2-day hop.  Don't forget to "follow" and comment!

As this is the last stop on the Queen's Royal
Birthday Ball blog hop, please carefully disembark
your carriage and head on inside to the Ball to
return to visit the Queen.
 Now, it's getting late ... the royal carriage has delivered you to the steps of the Castle where Prince Charming awaits. 

Or it may be your husband, waiting for you to cook his dinner, I'm not sure.  He's drumming his fingers, wanting to know why you're always on the computer!

The Queen would like you to check in with her at the end of the Hop, to tell her you've left comments at each stop.  If you do so, you may join her loyal subjects in winning one of her fantabulous prizes!  (A while ago, I won my fav PINK ATG GUN from Queen-T thereby swearing by the Queen -- occasionally swearing AT the ATG Gun -- as a friend for life!) 

Anywho, click the crown below to be taken back to the Castle.

The Royal Bloggers attending (and hopping) are:

START at the Castle of The Queen:  Theresa @

Next, wearing silk tonight as Ladies-In-Waiting, in case you've gotten caught up in the excitement of your carriage ride, or your driver got lost (MEN! Never stopping to ask directions!!!):


Alex @

Ruthie @

Raven @

Mary @

Liz @

Kassidy @

Kathy @

Cynthia @

Joy @

Julie @

Jin @

Jenny @

Mel @

Gaby @

Cristi @

Rosy @

Gina @

Amanda @

Ellen @
(THIS IS Moi!)

And then return to the Castle of the Queen:
Theresa @


jengd said...

VERY cute birdhouse!

Unknown said...

I love, love, love the bird house. Wonderful job

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

So adorable! Great colors! Already a follower!

LesleyfromWI said...

Super cute bird house! Wonderful....already a follower!

Suzy said...

Thanks for sharing! This is a fun way to celebrate Theresa's birthday. I'm already a follower.

Kimberly said... the colors and added detail...TFS!
kimbob27 at hotmail dot com

Mom of depends on the kid and place said...

Awesome birdhouse.

scbeck3 (at) gmail (dot) com

Gabriela Sandoval said...

What an adorable box.


Ellen Jarvis said...

just me, commenting on my own blog post to show the Queen-T that I obey her majesty's orders to post comments on all of her royal subject's blogs ....

♥ the Queen!

Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

Unknown said...

I love the birdhouse that you created using an svg file. It is too cute.

Bunnyfreak said...

Love the bird house.

Stephanie K said...

What a work of ART!!! BEAUTIFUL!!! The detail is incredible!!! I would love to receive this full of goodies!!! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the chance to win!!

Sunshine said...

That is just adorable!! Thanks for sharing!


Brenna said...

that is a super cute project!! love the cute little bee!! thanks for sharing!

Kaitlin said...

Very cute birdhouse!!:) TFS!:)


FMonty said...

Super cute! TFS such a great project & I love your blog post :)

Glora said...

Awesome birdhouse project. I love the color scheme. Hugs- Glora


Jae said...

Super cute! Great project, TFS!

debbie324 said...

great job on the birdhouse...any queen bird or bee would be honored to live in it!!!

hugzzz and kissesss

Unknown said...

Your box is adorable!
I am a follower!

Carol said...

You did a great job with the birdhouse. Love the colors and all the different parts that made this special to celebrate a royal event for Teresa.
Mahalo for sharing.
Aloha from Hawaii


Melissa said...

That has to be the prettiest bird house ever!


Ashley Nicole said...

I love everything about it. Beautiful.
glamoroussideofscrapping at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Soooo BEAUTIFUL and very well done!!! TY4s

Karen said...

so very nice

Anniebee said...

Your royal birdhouse is just gorgeous, Ellen! I'm sure the Queen will be pleased. LOL Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win some of your homemade glimmer mist.

anniebeescraftroom at gmail dot com

jessica said...

love the birdhouse and your glimmer spray! Would sure love to win some!! TFS and the chance to win :)


Anonymous said...

I absolutley love love your birdhouse...soooo pretty

kathyhungerford said...

Love the royal birdhouse! I might just want to circle the castle one more time in the carriage. Fun hop!

Marilyn said...

Adorable birdhouse Love the colors. Thanks for sharing and I am a new follower
mimicaro9650 at yahoo dot com

Tami B. said...

You are too funny. Love the royal birdhouse, and all the "fun" you put into your post.

Anonymous said...

TY for the chance to win!! I love the birdhouse it is adorable!!!

Cathie w said...

so so cute love it thanks for sharing


pt8597 said...

Custom glimmer mist!! How sweet is that! Thanks!

talmadges at

My 3 E Scrapbooking said...

This is sooo cute! I love that you changed it to a queen bee house instead of a bird house! So creative! Love all the details! I loved seeing your blog and all your wonderful ideas...and yes, my husband doens't understand why I spend so much time on the computer...hehe! I'll be back again!

Robin said...

Such a great project. I love it!!
I'm now a that I can see your awesome projects. (So sorry I missed it somehow the other day.)But, I'm all caught up now lol. Thanks for your comments on my blog and following.

(:(:SMILES :):)

Mary said...

I love that birdhouse, it would make an awesome gift box. Great idea!!

stockg7 at yahoo dot com

Tanya said...

Too cute!! I LOVE that the lid comes off!! How creative!!!


Kristi said...

The birdhouse is so cute and whimsical. Love it.
kidshomelove at

Amanda said...

omgosh I love the bird house. TFS.
ahaynes43055 at yahoo dot com

kathlee said...

How creative that bird house is. So bright and cheerful....totally spring. I bet your royal highness just loved it! Wonderful close to a fantastic Blog Hop. Now to go to the carriage for the final visit her majesty..the Queen!

tandkparker said...

Love your bird house! What a wonderful project. It has been a terrific bloghop.
TFS - Kim - a new follower
tandkparker at comcast dot net

Off to visit the Queen!!

Ashley said...

That is an adorable!! I just love it!

ScrappinAsh at gmail dot com

Madison said...

Love the birdhouse. I have never used SCAL. You did a fabulous job!! TS.
~Madison Funkycards @ charter dot net

Teri said...

I love birdhouse! I think I need to get that SVG file. Your project was fantastic.

SherriC. said...

Hi Ellen, I love your bird house it is super cute!!!!!
I love the royal colours!!!!

brodiec88 at hotmail dot com

Sue D said...

Adorable--love the bee!
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Cathy S said...

Love this adorable bee-house, and did you say it could have candy in it? And the carriage you say there is a prince charming waiting for me...bye thanx for everything!
Cathy S

Kathy said...

Love your bird house! Perfect for the Queen Bee! Thanks for sharing!
kmgillon at yahoo dot com

Theresa said...

such a cute birdhouse! Love the little bee :)

Stuff-n-Such By Lisa said...

Beautiful Birdhouse!
Lisa H.
lisastuf at gmail dot com

Sugarlips said...

I love the little birdhouse! It is adorable.

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dot com

Shelley said...

Awesome birdhouse!

liz at liz's paper loft said...

the card and the bird house are just too cute!
liz :o)