Friday, April 14, 2017

Graduation Creation

I wanted to share this with those who like me get angry with the studios who charge so much for Senior pictures, announcements and invitations. My anger is when I have to buy more than I want, to get the ones I do want, and the unreasonable prices they charge. I decided for the second year in a row, that I would create my own and save money that could go towards gifts for my graduate. So Here is what I did. 
The first photo is the Graduation Announcement. I chose the words and numbers from my computer and printed them out, cut them and framed them with the school colors. I used my texture tool and my Cricut die cut machine, and a little ribbon and a small rhinestone. 

On the inside is the second photo. I printed out the Graduation invitation information, framed it with school colors and attached it to the inside, then I cut pieces of Velum and a cute photo that I printed at CVS pharmacy.

The fourth photo is the her Graduation Announcement information. 

The last photo is her Graduation Invitation. I used some of the same materials to create this and it came out so cute. So you can save money, and create something unique. When you receive these you know you are special. 

Congratulations to all those who have a student or special person in their lives that will be graduating Class or 2017. "-)

Marye Bird

Monday, March 27, 2017

April "Craft & Crop" at the Bird House

Here is the card we will be creating April 8th 6:30pm to midnight.

 This is a combination of a tri-fold card and a Gate card style in one
I cut the cute flower from "Flower Shoppe Cricut Cartridge and the leaves from the cartridge Creative Cards. I put a little rhinestone in the center and used foam squares to add a little 3-D. The quote I found online printed it on white card stock, chalked the edges and matted it in black. This card was created using scraps I had laying around just waiting to become something pretty.

The inside of the card has been matted and I found another sweet quote to use. Remember when you use a quote and the author's name is provided, you must give them credit. This card was fun. I hope you think so too. I wander who I will send it to.
Remember to reserve your seat for this event. You can even invite a friend. Can't wait to see you.
Marye Bird

April "Craft & Crop" at the Bird House

Here are the Pages we will be doing for April 8th "Craft & Crop" at the Bird House.

 Here are our April pages. I chalked every thing. I used a bunch of really cute paper. If you are new and don't know what to bring, just bring some glue, scissors, foam squares, and brown chalk. If you are not sure, come anyways, we love to share.

 I have always wanted to use this jar cut and they were cut at different sizes with my Cricut machine using Doodlecharms cartridge.

 I also cut the different size circles and small heart with my Cricut using Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge.

 The word enjoy, was cut from Graphically Speaking Cricut Cartidge.

The word Smile was cut from Going Places Cricut Cartridge.
The quotes I got online. I printed them on white card stock and framed them in black.
The rest I got from looking at bunches of examples and taking something I like from where ever I saw it.
These were so fun to make. Can't wait to share them with you.
Make sure to text 817-999-8223 to reserve your seat.
Marye Bird

April "Craft & Crop" at the Bird House

OK, ladies it is time to reserve your seats for our April "Craft & Crop" at the Bird House. Here is our Craft that we will be making.
We will start off with a copy of the Graphic 45 Mixed Media Box, you can purchase this box in black and beige, maybe white I have not checked. I made these myself using black card stock and recycled chipboard. With a Girl Scout Leader background, I am always trying to fine ways to recycle and save money too. You can purchase these at most craft stores. has the cheapest I have seen.
 This will be our finished project from the top view. You will be using different paper that I will provide.
This is Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary Collection. But I have cut yours from Graphic 45 Artisan Style Collection. Very pretty paper. I love Graphic 45.
Here is the box from a side view.

When you open the box, I have made for you a small photo album and two Recipe cards and mats. This way you can decide how you want to present your box.
Here are the finished recipe cards
Here is the small photo album. I decorated mine, You will be on your own to decide what you want to use to decorate yours.
pages 1&2
Pages 3&4
Pages 5&6
Pages 7&8
I made pockets and belly bands to slip pictures or journal cards into.
I had a blast making these boxes knowing how much money I saved doing it myself. And the finished project was so cute. I can't wait to do it again with you.
Remember I have limited seats so text or call ASAP to reserve your seat. April 8th 6:30pm to Midnight, crafts fun and food. We always have a great time, see you there!

Marye Bird
Text 817-999-8223

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

March "Craft & Crop" at the Bird House (Card, and pages

March 11th at 6:30pm to Midnight we will be making this card and these pages along with the purse shaped Album.

Here are the pages and our theme for this month is Spring.
 I used a lot of different techniques on these pages.

 These cute flowers where made with my Cricut die cut machine and I rolled the petals and layered them to give then that 3-D look, then put a rhinestone sicker in the center. 

I used a burlap braided ribbon I bought at Walmart for the banner rope.Then I hand cut different size strips of card stock and cut the bottom to look like flags, then layered them and used foam squares on the last layer to create this pretty banner. I found this quote on line and printed it on white card stock, cut it out and layered it with coordinating card stock and used a foam square to pop it out. The word "Spring" I cut from my Cricut die cut machine and added a little yellow flower I bought at Micheal's in a package of 15 or so, from their $1.00 ben.

On the second page I used a Martha Stewart punch. The paper I used for these pages is a K&Company card stock pack of two sided paper. I added flags that have been framed with black card stock. Then I took squares of paper and layered them for a cute design. You can see this design on the front of the paper pack. I added another quote from the Internet. When you used someones quotes if they have their name on it be sure to give them credit. If not your free to use it without the authors name.

I used pearl stickers to bling this page and I purchased them at Walmart. They are attached in strings so you can line them up easily.

Here is the cute spring card. I used white card to make my card base, layered with solid purple 1/4 smaller then the size of my card base. Then I chose this design from the same K&Company paper pack and cut it 1/4 inch smaller then the last layer and attached my ribbon first so I could fold the ends under and then attach it to the purple layer.  I found a small flower stamp I had and stamped purple flowers and on white card stock scraps. I cut squares around them and then glued them on purple scraps and cut 1/4 around them. I added a rhinestone to each flower and then attached them with foam squares. I also found a cute quote and printed it on white card stock, cut around it and then cut the end to look like a flag. Then glued it on purple scraps and attached it with a foam square and there you have it.

 Here I tried to show how the foam squares make the design of the card look 3-D.

Well hope to see you this Saturday at my house. Here is a list of the  seats reserved, if your name is not here text me please I have a couple of seats left. Can't wait to see you!
Rita, Sue, Carmen, Melissa, Merlene, Buffy, Janie.
Text me at 817-999-8223 so I can reserve your seat.
Marye Bird

Saturday, February 25, 2017

"Craft & Crop at the Bird House" March Project

It's almost time for March "Craft & Crop". I wanted to post our craft project so you can plan to be there.
This time we will be creating a sweet 5 X 7 Album in the shape of a adorable purse.
 I added these little keys and beads when I finished to add more bling.
 Than I put this little metal bow in the center of the front flap of my purse for even more detail.
 When you open the purse you can see that you have lots of surprises inside.
 Lets take a look at some of them.
 Pockets and tuck spots all through this album. You can make as many as you please.
 I really filled my album and still have lots of room to fit in my photos.
 Here I have shown one side of one tri-fold page
 And there are two sides to every tri-fold.
 So many ways to decorate your album. I used flags to create a tuck spot. You can use anything you like to make these simply place to tuck a photo or journaling card under them.
 Here are some more samples of tuck spots.
 Here you can see that all of the 4 Tri-folds have pockets for inserts that side in and out. I put little tabs on them to make it easy to slide in and out.
 Here is more samples of pockets and Tuck spots.
 Here you can see that pages have pull outs and pockets.
 And more pockets and Tuck spots.
 This one came out blurry, but I wanted to show you how you can decorate with scraps of paper. I made this flags with black scraps and decorated them with more scraps.
 More tab inserts and side pockets and pockets on bottom of pages.
 This is the inside of the back of the album. The front and back inside have these pockets.
This is the front of the purse when open, It has a pocket and insert. I used a round Velcro sticker for the closure. This was so much fun to make and simple. I can't wait to make another one with you. 

This will be our project for March 11 "Craft & Crop at the Bird House". If you would like to join me call or text to reserve your seat, I have only 12. So call or text me at 817-999-8223. For those of you who are new to our event, we meet at my home the second Saturday of each month at 6:30 with a dish, $20.00 and the expectation of having a great time.We will also be creating a two page scrapbook kit and a card kit. I will post them as soon as I create them. Hope to see you there.
Marye Bird

Monday, February 6, 2017

February 2017 "Craft & Crop at the Bird House" Scrapbook Pages

This is our two page scrapbook kit I made for each of you. It is different than usual. These pages were created to display as decor in your home, then with you get tired of it you can add it to your family scrapbook or give it as a sweet gift. Page 1 has a waterfall design photo holder for 9   6 X 4 photos.

 I cut this Chevron pattern from my Cricut using Creative Cards cartridge.

This is my favorite way to create my own flower embellishments. I cut these two sizes from Cricut cartridge Plantin Schoolbook and the center is the same cut using the grey bottom Italic for the centers, the leaves I cut from Creative Cards cartridge. I chalked and curled the petals.

You can find the perfect quotes on line, print them, chalk and layer them and they look so cool.

This is the Water Fall style photo mat that will hold 9   6 X 4 photos.

Page 2 has a full page pocket that holds three 6 X 4 photo mats you can put photos on both sides and hold 6 photos. Plus there are three journal tags.

I added more of the same style flowers

and another quote,

Then I made three 6 X 4 Photo mats you can put photos on both sides getting 6 photos on this page, and three journal tags.

At the top I used the scraps from cutting the Chevron pattern for the first page.

 I have 12 seats available, we would love for you to join us. Text or call for reservations "Craft & Crop at the Bird House" 817-999-8223 Hope to see you there.
Marye Bird