Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Monday, February 23, 2015
Lisa here today to share a layout with you.
Our quote to use this month is "Life is like photography, use the negatives to develop" I decided to use that as my title along with some negatives to base my photo on.
Cut Red Plain Linen Cardstock 4 1/4x 5 3/4".
Cut Red Glitter Paisley Cardstock 4x 4 1/4".
Cut negative diecut out of black cardstock.
I hope I have inspired you in some way today.
Enjoy your day!
Saturday, February 21, 2015
If there is one common denominator among crafters, it is that we are all hoarders. It is sooooo hard to throw away a scrap of paper--especially when the paper is as beautiful as a Robin's Nest product.
For me, Betsy Skagen, the trouble starts when I begin a project and automatically go to look in my stash of new papers, (which happen to be carefully organized by color, pattern and even brand), instead of digging through my box of scraps. Pretty soon, the scraps are overtaking the studio.
The other day I saw an article in Country Living magazine about using up wrapping paper leftovers, and it inspired me to try doing something similar with one of my favorite Robin's Nest Papers. I hope you will agree that the results are delightful.
Tutorial: How to make paper tapeYou only need four items for this quick, easy and frugal project. In addition to your leftover Robin's Nest paper, you need to get some double-sided adhesive that has the protective liner on both sides of the adhesive, a pipe cleaner and a wooden spool. You can find all of these here, or at many craft stores.
Using a paper trimmer, cut 12" strips of your Robin's Nest Cardstock so that is just slightly wider than the width of your double-sided adhesive. I used the fetching Classic Roses Cardstock.
Working in small sections, peel off one side of the adhesive tape and adhere it to the back side of your cardstock. When you reach the end of a 12" strip, line another strip up so that the ends are flush and repeat the process.
After making several yards of paper tape, cut the end of the adhesive tape, leaving a one-inch tail.
Adhere the tail to either a new or a vintage wooden spool. Wrap the paper tape around the spool.
String a coordinating pipe cleaner through the spool and twist it once or twice so that it holds the tape in position.
when you are ready to use your paper tape, just unroll some from the spool, pull of the remaining adhesive liner and adhere to your desired surface. I'm sure you will discover many uses for this pretty paper tape, including scrapbook layouts, crafting projects and gift wrapping.
What you need
- Robin's Nest cardstock, such as Classic Roses Cardstock
- Wooden spool
- Double-sided adhesive with liner
- Metallic pipe cleaner
Betsy Skagen (Use your noggin and realize it rhymes with toboggan), Artist, writer, editor and designer
Last year I took a plunge. After spending decades as a professional writer, graphic designer and business owner, I took a deep breath and formalized my long-term love affair with paper crafting and altered arts by forming Paper Calliope.
Some of my loves include vintage circus, mid-century graphics and plenty of whimsical kitsch. I am passionate about writing from the heart to illuminate and overcome the anxieties of life, helping kids with special needs and lots of belly laughs. Oh yeah, i also despise the Oxford comma.
I have been named to the international design teams of the Robin's Nest and Whisker Graphics. Please drop by my blog at www.PaperCalliope.com.
It started off as a very plain unfinished wood tree with round frames for holding pictures. Then, with some paint and Hillside Dew Drops from The Robin's Nest I transformed the plain tree into something nice enough to display.
I painted the tree with a specialty paste in a chocolatey brown coloured. Let it dry.
I used a good strong liquid glue to adhere the blue and brown Hillside dew drops.
With the "Family" rub on sheet AND the actual packaging I created a sign to hang from the tree. I pierced two holes and added eyelets through which I strung a piece of cord.
Hillside Mini Dew Drops (Cowboy Collection)
Family Rub On
Friday, February 20, 2015
Thursday, February 19, 2015
I love how the blues are so striking against the glittered cardstock and white background. The list of supplies used is at the end of this post.
To start, cut 4 pieces of white cardstock to A2 size (8.5" x 4.25", fold in half). For the top layers, cut 4 pieces of blue glitter cardstock (2 Teal, 2 Ocean) to 4 1/8" x 4 1/8". Then cut 4 pieces of the wedding glitter cardstock to 4" x 4".
Adhere the layers together and attach them to the card base toward the top of the card. Die cut and stamp four feathers each from Teal and Ocean Glitter Cardstock and attach to the card. Add three Dew Drops and stamp the sentiment.
For the inside of the card, ink up the feather stamp and stamp off once on scratch paper, then stamp on the card. This gives it a lighter touch and enables the sender to write on the inside without the background getting in the way.
These cards were so quick and easy to do. I simply stamped them with four different sentiments and bound four of them together with a ribbon. They make great gifts for shower prizes, hostesses, or for craft fair sales.
I hope I inspired you to try mass producing some easy, yet beautiful, cards. All four cards only took three pieces of cardstock to decorate the card bases. See you soon!
The Robin's Nest Supplies Used:
Other Supplies Used: Hot Off the Press Feathers Stamp Set, Hot Off the Press Feathers on the Wind Dies, Stampin Up Tempting Turquoise Ink, Memento London Fog Ink, Hello Stamp from Rubber Stampede, Congrats Stamp by Koletta Hall, Thank You Stamp from Stampendous, With Kind Thoughts Stamp from Rubber Stampede, White Cardstock, Adhesive.