Saturday, April 18, 2015

Altered Thermometer

Hello, it's me Ann from AnnMakes and the Design Team here at the Robin's Nest Blog.  Today I have this altered thermometer project to share with you.  Now I have to confess that I had original intentions to bling out this baby a lot more.  But then I wanted to let the wood shine through, if that makes any sense.  So I ended up going with a 'Less is More" look.  I hope that you like my modestly altered project.

To make something similar you will need:

An unfinished wooden based thermometer (I had bought mine at a Dollar store a while back)
Some really strong and probably smelly adhesive that can withstand temperature changes and the outdoors.
A piece of metallic cord.
Also some felt flowers and permanent ink markers.

The Robin's Nest products I used are:
Butterfly Dew Drops (available here)
Cherry Chocolate Dew Drops (available here)
Christmas Dew Drops (available here)
Azure Mini Die-Cut Shapes (available here)

To make this:

1.  Colour the white felt flowers with permanent ink markers.

2.  Glue a Chocolate Dew Drop for the bird's eye.

3.  Attach a piece of fibre or metallic cord around the butterfly and put a small piece of tape on its back to keep its antennas in place.

4.  Adhere the flowers, bird, and butterflies.  Add some Dew Drops to the flower centres.

Thanks for stopping by and please stop by my blog at for more crafty goodness.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Spring layout :)

Hello crafty peeps :)
Frezja here with new layout :)
I chose a very cool, spring and colored cardstock so I put white all additional items, so it not becomes too heavy.. Right? :)



 Thank you for attention, have a great afternoon :)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

May Flowers

April showers bring May flowers. Well, so do I! lol

It's Ro back again to share a card I made using the absolutely gorgeous Plum Fleur cardstock from The Robin's Nest.

This paper has rich purple and lavender hues and makes a beautiful background for a card or scrapbook page. Here is the card I designed.

This was a super simple card with a stunning result. I took an A2 card base and added some green textured paper corners to set off the cardstock and accent the flowers.

I then added the Plum Fleur panel.

I then attached my stamped and colored panel and added a couple of Dew Drops to add some interest. The stamps are from The Garden Society and they are colored with Spectrum Noir Colored Pencils. The cardstock really makes these flowers pop.

Hope you were able to find some inspiration today. I had fun sharing. Thanks for letting me into your blogosphere.

See you soon!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Home Mini Album Cover


My Home Mini Album is finally done!

I have been working on this for a few months on and off.
I started it with the cover of the album and the
clip board, then stopped. 
Somehow could not get myself to keep going
until I had some actual pictures of the house.  I had some
but not the ones that could get me inspired to
get to the next level of finishing the book.

Here is my cover to the album, and the details.
I am so pleased with how it has come out.
Love the colors of these papers, because,
this is the color of my European inspired home.

I'm sure that it is hard to believe, that I did this finish on the 
stucco of our home long before it became the thing.
Dana put scaffolding around the house, and as I 
had time in the summer, I would take a day (and it took
many, many weeks) and paint the
finish by hand, every inch of the outside of our home.
So there is a lot of love and time put into this silly idea.
Now I know you can do this with a sprayer, and get a more even
look.  I was trying to mimic houses that I fell in love with,
in France and Italy.

The idea of this book is to have that European look,
but because we live in the country with an acre of land
I wanted it also to have the look of country,
I love Nests, thus the focal point of the front of the book.

So my mini album about our house had to have that same look.
European Splendor
a nest for me, and the look I love.

I used these papers.
Honeycomb Fleur linen CS, Cathedral Paper,
Honeycomb Daisy Linen CS, Mocha Daisy CS
Coffee Cream Classic Swirl
Honeycomb Fleur Cardstock
Honeycomb Daisy Glitter CardstockMocha Daisy Glitter CardstockCoffee Creme Classic Glitter Cardstock

I started with a frame cut from mat board.  It doesn't matter what color,
you can use an old mat board frame.  I then covered it with the Cathedral
paper.  The pattern for this paper does come from a trip we took
to Italy, I found it in a paper store in Florence.

I have been saving this nest picture for at least 10 years.
It is from the artist Marjolean Bastian.  I love her
work, I have several of her books, and cards, and this 
picture.  She is an amazing artist.

I put this picture in the frame, then added glued the word home to the top edge
of the frame.

Orangy colored ribbon, a fleur de lis book mark in silver top the
book.  I hand cut the "home" letters from the honeycomb fleur,
and also from our chipboard, and covered the chipboard with the fleur home cuts. 
I wanted them to be very sturdy.

I then went through my stash of scrapbook stuff,
made flowers with punches, then sprayed them with water, crinkled 
them in my hand and let them sit overnight to dry.

Then, I just started adding items as I liked.
Even used a pin from my mother's jewelry to the book.

This is the edge of the mini with all the pages stacked on top.

More close ups of the mini.

Close ups of the hand made flowers.

I used dew drops and tear drops on the flowers.
Tear drops make great leaves.

This is the tag on the top of the clip board.
And a picture of the side of our house of the door we use the most.
It is the only picture of the house that you see
on the cover of the book,
because the rest is in the inside pages of the book.

I am so excited to share this treasure of a book with you.

I hope you enjoyed it.
Next week I will share the inside pages of the book.

Have a great day,
remember you can find these products on our website.



Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Pillow Box Treat Hoders

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here with some little treat containers to share today.

These pillow boxes are not only fun to make, but they are quite easy.  I've used the We R Memories Pillow Box Punch Board with these gorgeous papers from the Robin's Nest.  These papers are perfect because not only are they sturdy and can withstand scoring and folding, but they are also double sided.

All 3 boxes were created with the Punch Board simply by cutting the papers 6" wide and whatever length you wanted.  2 are cut 6" x 8" and 1 is cut 6" x 12".
I've used Rosy Chevron cardstock for two pillow boxes.   I wrapped some Rosy Ribbon  around one box and added a die cut bird and dew drop from Rosy Mini die cut shapes.  Around the other I wrapped Rosy Straw and tied on felt flowers.  The third pillow box was created with Discovery Girl Glitter Cardstock.  Around the outside, I added a sleeve of the reverse side of this cardstock and clipped on a felt heart.

These are perfect little treat containers that would look perfect on the table for any occasion.  Just fill with your (or the recipient's) favorite treats.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sunshine Is Delicious!

Hey there!
Lisa here with you today.
Our theme this month is a quote from John Ruskin: Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces up, snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather just different kinds of good weather.
I loved the first part of the quote and decided to use that as my title for this layout of my son on the beach in California:

I used Sky Blue Glitter Cardstock for the base of my layout. I then took Saffron Honey Cardstock and used a stencil to cut rays from it:
Distress the edges
Here is a photo of the cardstock with the rays attached:
Stitch in place. I used a scalloped circle punch to make the face for the sun and stitched that in place as well. I used Cream Animal Print Cardstock, sprayed it with mist and wiped. I love that the glitter part resisted the ink. So cool! I added it to the bottom of my page to mimic sand. I then added my 4 wallet sized photos and fussy cut the chalkboard sign out of the Wedding Cut-Outs Cardstock.
I added the gorgeous doily and turquoise bike from the Azure Bike Die Cuts package.
I cut the chicken wire in half from the Saffron Bee Die cut Package and added it to my page. I also used the Dew Drops and wood veneer bee from there as well. The shell stickers are from the Beach Sticker sheet, I just fussy cut it and popped it up using foam tape.

I also added bits and pieces from the Azure Mini Die Cut Shapes package. I added some Tender Teal Archival Seeds throughout my layout. I cut my title using Glitter Starfish Cardstock and my Cameo.

Here are a few more close ups:

These are the products I used:
I will share later this month what I did with the rest of the starburst I fussy cut the rays from.
Thanks for sharing your day with us!

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