Tuesday, May 9, 2017

May 2017 "Craft & Crop" at the Bird House

I wanted to share with you the 2 page Scrapbook kit we will be creating for May, the theme is "Spring".

 I wanted to use more of this beautiful Graphic45 "Time To Flourish" Collection. Our pages have 6 spots this time for photos. I have created 3-D flowers and embellishments with my Cricut Die Cut machine. Some blue ribbon from my stash and some rhinestones to add a little bling. This page was simple to make, and looked a little boring till I added the embellishments and bling.

 I cut the word "Spring" with my Cricut and used the shadow button to give it a little pop.

 Here is just one of the embellishments I added. I used some little square foam stickers to make the flowers 3-D and the little blue and yellow design is layered. then I added the leaves and rhinestone.

 I found this scripture on line and printed it using the font I liked and cut it out and added layers in the contrasting colors I needed, then I used foam stickers to make it 3-D. the flower, leaves and blue and yellow design have foam too to give it that 3-D look.

And finally these are done in the same style as the other flowers using foam squares oh, I chalk most everything. I love the way it makes things look. If you are not familiar with using chalk or ink. Make two of something and use it on one and not on the other and you will want to chalk everything. "-)  I added the rhinestones to finish it off. It came out so cute.
Hope you will join us for food, crafts and fun.
Don't forget to text me for your reserved seat at 817-999-8223.  See you there.
Marye Bird

May 2017 "Craft & Crop" Card Project

Here is the card project we will be doing. It was requested that I do a "Spring" theme. So all of the May projects are bursting with flowers, scripture and quotes about Spring.

 This a simple stair step style card. I used my Cricut die cut machine for all the flowers and the center card holders. It makes little cut outs to slip in the cards and hold them in place. You could even change the quotes if you wanted to say something different. Perhaps a Birthday or Friend sentiment.

 Here is a side view so you can see how the card is folded

I added a ribbon and bow from my stash, and some different size rhinestones to add some bling. Then last I added some leaves also cut with my Cricut die cut machine. I love this machine!
Remember to text for your reserved seat. 817-999-8223  for May 13th, 6:30pm to Midnight. We bring a dish and eat, craft and have a wonderful time. Can't wait to see you!
Marye Bird

2017 May "Craft & Crop" at the Bird House

Ok ladies, here is the craft we will be creating.

 This is a sweet 6X6 photo album with multi folds, multi pockets, and multi tuck spots. This album has a ribbon closure. I have used some beautiful glossy papers, some of my favorite papers from Graphic45, and more that I purchased from Tuesday Morning, I love that store!

 Here you can see the variety of page and flaps, a pocket and tuck spot for you to add your photos to.

 Here I have you can see some of the wonderful Graphic45 paper from their "Time To Flourish" Collection. I have also added some 7Gypsies paper.

 I am partial to birds since I married one, and 7Gypsies has this cool paper with birds that I have used here and there throughout the album. That cool paper with the butterfly is glossy and I added that tuck band using the "Time to Flourish"  from Graphic45.

 From the left to right, I used 7Gypsies with the pretty bird cage, Graphic45 " Time To Flourish", then on the center flaps I used 7Gypsies cut in half so when the flaps are closed you can see the whole picture, and behind the flaps is glossy green design and I created a pocket for photos with Graphic45 "Time To Flourish", next is glossy paper with yellow flowers and a tuck spot, then again on small flap I used 7Gypsies.

Here is a better view of the center with flaps open so you can see the pocket.
This was a fast project and fun to create, you could whip these up in a pinch to give as a gift or use in a craft class.
Hope you will join us to create this pretty photo Album.
Remember to text me if you want a seat reserved, 817-999-8223. We will meet this Saturday May 13th at 6:30pm to Midnight.
Marye Bird

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