Rusty Gear Decor

Hello friends! Do you love rusty gears and junk? I do!!! I love grungy, rusty no good junk! Sometimes you just don’t have the right rusty piece you need, with Little Birdies Chipboard Gears you can make your own RUSTY GOODNESS!

Here is what you will need:

  1. Gather all materials. Adhere paper onto wood. Using a palette knife add texture paste over the Little Birdie Brick Wall Stencil. Let dry.

2. Dab on texture sand paste over all gears.

3. Crush up some Frisco Flakes and adhere randomly to gears. Let dry.

4. Lightly add some Paynes Grey to gears and let dry. Dab some black on randomly. Let dry.

5. Lightly brush on Quinacridone Gold and watch the magic. RUST! I love the way the Frisco Flakes looks like the rust is chipping off.

6. Add Titan Buff over the dried textured paste. Let dry just a bit and wipe back with a baby wipe. Wipe Distress ink pad over the top and blend with sponge or paper towel.

7. Adhere paper door and gears, flowers. Add miscellaneous brads. Distress edges.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my Rusty piece!

Donna

Refresh Your Home for Summer with these Chic Denim Pillows

Summer has arrived, yay! With the arrival of summer you may be wanting to refresh your home and bring a cool, casual element into your décor.  Denim is a timeless, classic and totally on trend choice!

Denim pillows and furnishings are an easy way to create a welcoming, fresh summer vibe. For a bold, bohemian look, revamp your pillows with fabulous denim accents from Little Birdie Crafts.  Their range of dark blue through to white washed denim flowers and other embellishments are sure to give your home a relaxed sense of calm and serenity.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Little Birdie Denim Accents

*Denim Beaded Butterflies 6pcs are also a pretty alternative to flowers

**I also chose one with a simple indigo wash line down the middle

Step 1: Gather your materials, and start by pressing/ironing the pillow cover.

Step 2: Decide on the placement of the denim flowers and/or denim strip on your pillow cover. I suggest smaller flowers on the outside edges, larger in the central portion of the design.

Step 3: Peel off any sticky foam backings (some flowers have these for easy attachment to paper, we are going to attach more permanently)

Step 4: Once you are happy with the layout, use fabric glue to adhere the flowers and/or strip of denim to the pillow cover. This will create a solid lasting attachment.

 

The denim strip can be glued (for an easy no sew option) or stitched onto the pillow.  I left mine without a finishing hem, retaining a more distressed, casual look.

Step 5. Fill the cover with a pillow, if any part of the pillow looks too empty, add additional flowers with fabric glue.

You may also wish to create a design on the reverse side of the pillow.

Consider other fun denim accents like butterflies for a whimsical look!

Vary the shades of denim you use to subtly adopt the trend without overwhelming the space. Then, layer the finished pillows with more neutral and indigo accent pillows, choose contrasting stripes, faux fur textures and quirky patterned blankets for a true boho look!

The finished pillows are just the right accessory to a seating area or bedroom. Prioritize comfort and cozy! All the supplies you need to create these beautiful denim pillow accents are available at Little Birdie Crafts.

Stay on trend this summer, and enjoy this fun and easy refresh! – Natalie

Handmade Art Journal For My Budding Artist

 

Hello, Friends!! I am so happy to be doing my first official post for little Birdie Crafts today!!

I have been on a journal making kick lately, So much so my daughter has been eyeing out every journal I’ve made. She has on more than one occasion expressed how much she loves my journals and if I could make her one. Well, today is that day and I have made her a special journal of her very own.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Arielle Ivory
  • Serenade Blooms French Carnival
  • Journal Die (I used one from Eileen Hull by Sizzix)
  • Cameo Frame Die (from Tim Holtz by Sizzix)
  • Chipboard Sheets
  • Patterned Paper ( I used paper from DCWV’s Mariposa Stack)
  • Burlap Sheet (DCWV’s Gold Threaded Burlap)
  • Brown Cardstock
  • Adhesive (I used my Xyron Creative Station)
  • Glossy Accents
  • Elastic
  • Traveler’s Journal Inserts
  • Picture of your choice (I used a baby picture of my daughter)
  • brads

Step 1: Trim patterned paper and chipboard and cut them into 6″ x 12″ pieces.

Step 2: Run paper into the Creative Station adhesive machine and attach patterned paper onto both sides of the chipboard pieces.

Step 3: Assemble Journal die by die cutting 2 book cover pieces using the journal die and die cutting machine.  Then fasten spines together with liquid adhesive. Attach elastic strands through pre-cut holes to hold journal inserts.

Step 4: Die cut 2 cameo frames (one from burlap and the other from brown cardstock).

Step 5: Run die cuts through the adhesive machine and attach to the front cover of the journal.

Step 6: Attach leaves from the Arielle Ivory Set onto burlap die cut using Glossy Accents.

Step 7: Trim flower stems and then glue onto cover over leaves.

Step 8: Attach flowers from the Arielle Ivory and Serenade Blossoms sets.

Step 9: Attach 3″ x 2″ photo of your choice. Since this journal is for my daughter, I decided to use one of her baby pictures to place on the front cover.

Now my budding artist has her own little art journal to create in! After all, we as parents should encourage our children as much as possible. Supporting their interests helps motivate them and builds confidence.