Wednesday, July 30, 2014

My Heirloom Watch Clock

Hello Everyone,
It's Wednesday Again!

Wednesdays seem to come by faster and faster.
I have been thinking, and collecting for this
project for the last few months.
When we went through my mother's
jewelry there was a stack of watches that no one
claimed.  I saw a cute idea on Pintrest
with watches glued to the glass of a clock.

I've been thinking, how can I do this.  
I first asked my Dad if anyone claimed those watches,
of Moms? No one had, so I went and gathered them up, 
and counted, eight.  Not quite enough.  I then
told Dad what I was going to do with them
and I thought I might have a few of my own.
He went into his bedroom and a few minutes later
handed me a pile of his old watches!


I certainly now had 12! plus a few!
So the project can begin.



Well here is phase 2 of my Watch Clock project.

I will show you a few steps of how I arrived to here.

The original clock.
I had 3 left from my store, no
one liked them I guess, so I ended up
with 3.  I looked for a cheap clock at 
a second had store, and thought, why am I buying
a clock, I have 2 left of these!

I chose my paper, the
new writing paper from our 
wedding line.  

I traced around the clock
and had to use 3 pieces of the paper
to cover the entire edge of the clock.

I then wanted to distress the 
paper and give it a well worn look,
as though it has been hanging on our walls 
for longer than I am old.
 I used Black paint and Pinata grey Color Paint
to achieve this look.  I tried a brown also, but
decided against using the brown.  So I splattered the
black and grey with a small paint brush to achieve the affect
of distress below.  I also painted the edge of the
clock with black.


On the clock face, I wanted a black and white/cream affect.
I was wanting to put this clock in our guest house, and
these are the colors of the guest house.

I used French Vanilla Glitter Fleur Linen CS,
I cut the glittered shapes out and glued them to the inside
of the clock face.
Black Glitter Chipboard (large bird and fleur de lys)
Black Glitter Letters (time)
Wedding Writing Cardstock


I just used the original face with the roman numerals
and then glued on top of it.  This was also
flecked with black and grey paint.
The grey paint flecks make a great difference
in the look of the clock.  It give the aged
dimension that I was really looking for.


I then took apart the watches,
all the watch bands came off, and glued them
onto the outside of the clock area with E6000.


Every other watch is Mom's then Dad's.


I love this watch,  it was the watch my dad wore when I was a young
girl.  It is probably the one I remember the most out of all
of the watches on the clock.  It is scratched and worn, and 
I just so love that I have it to see everyday!


Of course, no project is complete without dew drops!
I tried all different ways of putting them on here,
in a circle, around the edge, inside the clock, but this is what
I finally liked the best.  Just a scattering of 
brown 6mm and tan 4mm dew drops.


Whala,  I am now done!


The finished Clock!
I am loving it so much, I think it isn't going
out in the guest house, 
it needs to stay in the house.
The Kitchen!
so I can see it every day more than one time a day,
often!  Great Memories!

You can find the papers and dew drops on 
our website

Until nest week!

Ciao,

Robin

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Little Notes

Hello everyone Tara here, I am excited to be back again today and sharing another one of my fun projects with you all. Today I am sharing this cute little covered notepad and will be giving you simple instructions with measurements so you too can recreate these at home!!


I started with a simple 5x7 lined notepad, I only had the yellow ones kicking around my craft room but it worked perfect with The Robin's Nest, Daisy Stripe Teal cardstock.  I cut my paper to measure 8x11.  I then scored it at 4 7/8, 9 7/8, and 10 1/4.
Scoring at these points will allow you to fold the cardstock from the back around the front and create an inner pocket.



The second picture here shows the inner pocket, I ran a strip of glue across the very bottom and the edge of the cardstock to keep the pocket securely closed. (don't attach this to the notepad just yet...)  Next I added a small strip of cardstock across the top of the notepad to cover the blue where the brand name was showing, and to give this notepad a finished look. This piece is 2 1/4 x 5 and scored at 7/8 and 1 1/8. This allows you to wrap it up over the top.


Here is a picture showing the back where the two pieces of cardstock are attached the the notepad. I recommend adhering the small piece of cardstock over the top first so that the larger one then covers it and it looks more complete. I also punched two holes in the back and ran ribbon through them and wrapped it up around the top to keep the notepad closed tightly.


Here is another picture of the front, showing the ribbon tied in a nice bow.  I added a few flowers using tear drops and a small dew drop in the center of each one.  I love the added touch these gave.  I plan to attach a pen and give these to a few of my friends as a little gift.
Thanks so much for checking things out today.  Until next time!
Happy Crafting!!
Tara




Sunday, July 27, 2014

Loving the Outdoors using Lodge Collection


Hi Bev here today.. using this amazing Lodge Collection has been awesome this month.
It's fabulous for so many outdoor pages.... 
whether it's camping, hunting or just doing a rustic outdoors page.
First I will detail the background cut accents.... but don't miss viewing the many amazing 
layers using the wide variety of colours, glitters, prints, plaids and fun stripes.


I am using my A Cutt Above cut files to make the background circles. 
When cutting some of these great files you can use the positive and
the negative section as an accent on your pages.

This detail photo above shows the positive cut ..
 then taking the fall away pieces I arranged 
them on the lower left setion. (see below photo)

 

This photo gives a better view of the great layers, fun accents.. 
some clustered accents and the fun inked edges and some stitching.
The extra corrugated corner border is added to show a touch more texture.


This section highlights the amazing sticker and the accented paper straw.

Thanks for viewing and come back again soon as the rest
of the DT shares new projects with you daily.

There's "Gnome" Place Like Home

Hi everyone! It's me, Tonya, and I'm here to share not one but two projects I created using the Lodge Collection that is one of the Robin's Nest featured products this month. This collection has a real woodsy outdoor feel and I decided since I had a leftover gnome printout from a previous project I was going to do something woodsy and whimsical. 


For my first project I took an empty spool that lace had come on added a coat of gesso let dry then paint with brown crackle paint.


I placed the spool on the backside of the Wrap Glitter Cardstock and drew two circles. I then cut out adhered to the top and bottom of the spool. Next I cut from the backside of the Lodge CutOuts Cardstock (its double sided) a strip which I adhered to the base of the spool.


From the Lodge CutOuts Cardstock I cut out the trees and sweet home cutouts. I adhered the trees to the top of the spool. I punched three leaves from Wrap Glitter Cardstock  and shaped and then adhered to the top corner of the trees cutout. Next I fussy cut a gnome out for the top of the spool and glued off to the side of the trees. I added moss around the top of the spool, punched flowers from Pink Glitter Cardstock and Wedding Swirl Glitter Cardstock shaped and  some of the flowers I topped off with Vanilla Dew Drops. The other flowers I added stickles to the center and I added a stem of mini leaves cut from a diecut to complete the look. I used White Dew Drops as little eggs  which I glued inside the nest and then covered with stickles to give the eggs a glittery look.


The sweet home sentiment I glued to a scrap of  Mens Plaid/Compass Cardstock and I adhered some moss to the base and then I glued the corner of the sweet home sentiment to the backside of the moss and I also glued more moss to the other side so the little sign wouldn't flop around. I added flowers I had punched out, Vanilla Dew Drops, stickles and a little red bird from my stash to finish off this whimsical piece.



My next project I used the Wrap Glitter Cardstock Mens Plaid/Compass CardstockVanilla Fleur Glitter Cardstock and various bits of cardstock and cut from the Country Cottage 3D diecut this adorable gnome cottage. I assemble according to the directions. But if you can't find this diecut I have also found a template for the village houses in the Amy Powers' Inspired Ideas online magazine (which is free) that you can printout and use. Also all the templates are in the very back of the magazine.


I fussy cut another gnome out and adhered to the base along with moss, punched out flowers, leaves and dew drops. I added some scraps of Irrecescent Classic Glitter Swirl Vellum to the inside of the windows.


Here's a little surprise…I added a battery operated candle inside the cottage so it looks like the lights are on inside. Pretty cool huh? :-)


If you would like to create either the altered spool or the mini gnome cottage please be sure and stop by the Robin's Nest and pick up the Lodge Collection  which was used on both of these projects. Also if you have any questions about either project please let me know.


Supplies Used:

Robin's Nest: Wrap Glitter Cardstock Lodge CutOuts CardstockMens Plaid/Compass CardstockPink Glitter CardstockPeach Glitter CardstockVanilla Dew DropsWhite Dew DropsVanilla Fleur Glitter CardstockIrrecescent Classic Glitter Swirl Vellum
Altered Pages: Gnomes and Trolls Printout Sheet
Gesso
Distressed Vintage Photo Crackle Paint
Flower and Leaf Punches
Sizzix: Brenda Walton-Country Cottage 3D and Sizzlets-Little Leaves Diecuts
Diamond Stickles
Moss
Mini Bird's Nest and Red Bird
Empty Lace Spool

Thanks for stopping by, hope your Sunday is wonderful and enjoy creating!!!



Saturday, July 26, 2014

Outdoors

This past March we took the kids to Pedernales Falls just outside of Austin, Texas.  My husband remembered going there as a child and since moving to the Austin area we took the first chance the weather gave us to go.  It was beautiful, domes of limestone caved out by the water creating pools that gathered water and spilled out over more domes of limestone.  You could not go in the water as there was no easy way to rescue anyone if they were in trouble, plus flash floods can happen so fast.  We hiked all over the domes, but the boys favorite part was to throw rocks into the pools at the fish, and some were huge!!


I used the wonderful Lodge Papers from The Robin's Nest.  The colors and texture of the papers and embellishments are perfect for outdoors layouts, it really helps balance the tones of the picture.

  

I layered the background Khaki Glitter Cardstock paper from Robin's Nest on top of soild tan and brown cardstock, these matched up perfectly.  I then added in splatters of stain and a chain stencil with ink in dark brown.  I also added in one of the wonderful banner stamps in black ink around the page for more dimension.


I took a few of the cutouts from The Lodge papers from The Robin's Nest and inked them in dark brown.  I also painted the chipboard with distress stains, and cut up the Outdoors stickers from The Robin's Nest.


Now I start to layers all the Robin's Nest Cardstock and Cutouts from the Lodge Collection and place the embellishments around the picture.  You can also see some of the beautiful Dew Drops!! 






I used journaling strips to add to the feel of the layout - layers, layers, an more layers!!  I used the Outdoors words Stickers from Robin's Nest cut up and place around all the layers, here you can see the word "dirt".  You can also see a little piece of the Birch Straw from Robin's Nest flattened out and inked in dark brown tucked behind the picture. 



The kids has so much fun playing in the outdoors, looking for bugs, throwing rocks, hearing all the sounds, and just being kids.  It is those small things I love to capture!!

Supplies Used
Ink/Stain - Prima and Ranger
Trim - Other
Adhesive - 3M
 Enjoy!!

Friday, July 25, 2014

My Summer Smash Book

I'm sure many of you remember this Summer keepsake Box I created back in May of this year. Since then, every time we go somewhere or experience something great, into the box goes the receipts,  cutouts, brochures and some funky treasures!

 I keep scissors, glue and a pen in there as well along with journal cards. Anything too big for the box gets put underneath. Then once a week, I sit down and tape, glue, cut, tear and smash in our summer memories.  People always expect me to create everything from scratch, but sometimes I like to take the easy way out. A smash book has pockets and big sturdy pages for me to add to and alter. I have one for special events and one for my art line portfolio.


Today I'm showing you a few pages I made in my smash book for a upcoming summer trip. I used much of the same techniques that I did in this Forest Mini Book!


My uncle lives on 80 acres of redwood forest land up in Northern California.


I'm looking forward to filling these three pages with family photos, pressed leaves, flowers and stories to tell.  :)

I created these pages from the following:
Birch Tree Paper Straws
Forest Trees paper
Lodge Cut-outs
Mens Plaid/Compass cardstock
Glitter Wrap Paper
Camping Stickers
Black Forest Mini Dew Drops
Wood grain washi tape

Here are some pages -work in progress from the summer happenings so far...Photos to added later.
To keep movie tickets from fading, coat both sides with mod podge, let dry before adding to your memory books. 
So what would you put in your smash book?

-Michelle Frae Cummings
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