Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Feb. Craft & Crop at the Bird House Craft Project

Here is the craft project we will be working on. I found this on line and tweaked it. It was a very simple project and I made it thicker so we could add more photos. So not only do you have more room between pages, you have pocket in the top of each page to put more keepsakes, or photos or you could journal about your photo and slip it in the pocket.

 Here you can see that I made it thicker. You can decorate the binding if you like. I chose not to at this time, I may change it later. This is made from wooden sticks glued to chip board and painted white with acrylic paint
 Here is a view of the front and binding.

 And a view of the finished project.

 I made you a kit with everything you see on these pages.

 Here I just fuzzy cut flowers from some of the Graphic 45 paper I used for this project and made a tuck a way to stash stuff behind.

 You can put a photo behind each of the tuck a ways on each page.

and the finished project again.
Hope you will join us for Feb. 17th Craft Night, if you would like to reserve a seat text me at 817-999-8223.
Marye Bird

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Craft project for January at "Craft & Crop at the Bird House

Here is the cutest craft for January. This is mad with three nesting hat boxes and was so much fun to do. I hope you will have a blast!

 This is the finished project. I can't wait to gift it to someone special. Or maybe keep it for may self!

 Here is what it looks like with the first lid off. you can fill it with candy for Valentines Day or some other surprise. Maybe cookies you have made. Or just give it empty and let your special friend decide what they want to put in it.

 Here is what it looks with the second lid off. You can also put a lining inside the boxes it you wish.

 Here is what it looks like with the last lid off

And back together again. I love how sweet it turned out. Hope to see you there. Remember to text if you want to reserve a seat. 817-999-8223

Marye Bird

Thursday, December 14, 2017

December "Craft & Crop" at the Bird House

This month we will not be making a Scrapbook kit, instead we will make our usual craft and 8 Christmas Cards for you to send to friends and family. Please Text me so I can have a count for a gift I want you to have. 817-999-8223
 Here are the cards, they are created with card stock from Heidi Swapp and Echo Park designer Lori Whitlock.

Here is the a front view of the Craft we will be making. This sweet Album is crated with Graphic 45 "A Ladies Diary" card stock.

Here is the back of the album.

When you first open it this is what you will see. Belly bands on either side that holds cards for pictures or journaling.

When you open further you will have pockets and places to slip more photos and even more pretty photo cards

Here is another view fully opened.

Can't wait to see you before the Christmas Holiday. Be sure to text me so I can get a count. Don't want to miss anyone for a gift. Looking forward to our time together.
Marye Bird

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

October Craft & Crop at the Bird House Card Project

This is called the accordion card. Here is what it looks like from the front.

When you open it this is what you see. You can make these for any occasion.

Here is a view from the back.

October Craft & Crop at the Bird House craft project.

 I started off with a 12" wire form I purchased at Walmart for 1.77 and I chose some Christmas theme paper. You can create this wreath for any holiday or season.

 Next you will need to cut the large patterned pieces at 4 X 4 and then solid at 3 X 3

Then you will glue the 3 X 3 solid squares one on each of the larger 4 X 4 squares placing them in one corner leaving 1/4 in showing.

 You will then shape and hot glue them into cones. Once you have enough to go around the form you will fold the tip of the cone around the second wire and hot glue it in place. You will cut patterned pieces 3 X 3 and solid pieces 2 X 2 and do the same with them. When they are done fold the tip of the smaller cones over the center wire of the form and hot glue them in place. 

This is what your wreath will look like. I added medium size red bells to the center between every other cone. It came out real cute

Here is what it will look like from the back.

 And from the front.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

September "Craft & Crop at the Bird House Card Project

I found the idea for this card when I worked at Brookdale in some really old craft stuff that was being thrown out.  It was the size of a gift card, but I decided with some tweaking, I could make a regular card from the design. I wish I could give credit to the designer, but have no idea who this person was.  

The card base for this project is an envelope. You can use any size, that will determine what the end size will be. I used an 8 3/4 X 5 3/4 envelope. I purchased these a couple of years ago from Walmart. They were boxes of wedding invitations you print your info on. They were in the clearance Isle. I saw some there a few days ago but, I still have plenty. I have used these a couple of times for projects and I paid $1.50 for 50 ct. boxes. 

Starting with the envelope I scored in on each side, then cut the sections at the left and right top of the flap just into the score mark, at a angle. then I cut 2 pieces of patterned paper in a square, and lining them up one on the bottom of flap and one on the top of flap. Then I cut one piece of white card stock into a square 1 /8 inch smaller and centered and layered it on the top. I had stamped Celebrate across it and added some rhinestones. I took the envelope and stamped here and there all over. And then cut a piece ribbon and attached to the back of the envelope making it long enough to bring around the card and tie in a bow. Now cut a piece of patterned card stock 1 /8 inch larger than the folded card and attached it. 

Next I took a piece of patterned card stock and cut it 4 X 5 and a piece of white card stock cut 1/8 smaller and stamp my sentiment on it and layer it on to the patterned piece. This will slid right into the center of the envelope. 

Now just fold in the gate fold flaps inward and fold over the top flap and tie your bow. You have a sweet card to give someone you care about. 

This was a nice way to use these envelopes. You can make it any theme you need.
Can't wait to make this with you. Sept. 16 at 6:30 pm. at my house. Remember, if you have signed up and can't make it for some unforeseen reason, please text me so I can move someone on the waiting list into your seat.  See you then!
Marye Bird

September "Craft & Crop at the Bird House Craft Project

I have seen a lot of Paper Bag albums, and I have never made one before. They always made me think of a kids craft project. Something that I would have done with my Girl Scout Troop in the past. Then a new friend of mine said that she wanted to learn how to make one. So I went on line and watched a couple of videos and still was not happy with the way they looked. I have made lots of albums in the past and decided to add the chipboard cover to one and so glad I did. This looks so nice for a paper bag album.

To decorate the cover, I used a Stampin' Up set that I purchased from a friend (Candi). I stamped the flower on teal and rust card stock and then fuzzy cut around it. I did the same with the stamp used for the center of the flower and then attached them with foam squares to give them and the quote I framed that 3-D look. I also used a stamp (Camera) I purchase from the $1.50 bin at Micheal's Crafts. I stamped the camera on white card stock and then cut around it, chalked it and framed it. I printed the quote on my printer and cut around it and then framed it multiple times with different color card stock scraps and attached to the front.

Here is an over view so you can see the bags and how I used them.


Here you can see that the album is about 2 inches thick.

 This is the first page as you open the album. You can see where I glued the bags together at the bottom flaps, I attached only the top and bottom so that I had a pocket for a photo mat.

Here is a view so you can see inside the bags where I have slipped photo mats in each page.

Here are the pages after I decorated each one.

 The theme was Selfies, and I found some sweet quotes to go along with it.

This would be a great album for a teen starting High School or Junior High, all the photos that they take together with their friends.

I used K&Company Paper packs that I picked up last year from Tuesday Morning, one of my favorite places to shop for craft supplies.

Here I tried to show you that you can slide a photo mat in each fold of the album pages where the bags are attached. There are places for 29 photos, you could even add more if you wish.

I also used my the Stampin' Up flower kit to stamp this little butterfly here and there.

I used this cute flower stamp that I decorated the front cover and stamped it here and there.

The flower stamp is in two separate stamps and I used just the flower center stamp here.

This was a really fun project for me. It is very simple to create. I hope those who have signed up for Sept. "Craft & Crop" will enjoy making it.
Remember, if you have signed up and decide you can not make it, text me so I can move someone on the waiting list into your seat.
Can't wait to see you all.
Marye Bird