Saturday, May 23, 2015

Brie by the Sea

Just like for Robin O'Crowley, a good box is just too hard to throw away. Unfortunately for me, Betsy Skagen, that means I have several tubs full of cute little boxes just waiting to get altered into something creative.

Take for example, this brie box that has been sitting around my house since Christmas 2005, when I made a stunning brie appetizer for Christmas Eve. I can say stunning without sounding like a snob, because that was back in the day when I still created meals that rivaled Martha Stewart. Nowadays, the family is lucky to get a frozen lasagna for dinner. Sorry family.

If you look close you can see the expiration date Of course the appetizer I made was unforgettably wonderful as well.  

The Beach Shape Set from Gina's Designs further inspired me.

And so there I was making a nautical decoration.

First I traced around the bottom of the brie box onto Blue Fleur Cardstock. I cut it out and adhered it to the inside bottom of the brie container.

Then, I divided the box into six sections and using a ruler painted white lines to mark the sections. After the paint dried, I made two additional lines over the white paint with a black pen. I purposefully made the black lines off-kilter from the white lines.

Then I adhered pieces of the Beach Shape Set to assorted yellow-toned Robin's Nest papers using Beacon Zip Dry Glue.  I then cut out each piece using an X-Acto blade. It's important to use a new blade for this step because some of the cuts are very small and defined.

I inked all the edges of the Die Cuts with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and a blending tool. Then, I glued the pieces into each section.

Finally, I adhered Blue Skies Archival Seeds in a scattered pattern around the die cuts.

That's it. Now it's time to hit the beach! If you are in the U.S., have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Great Stuff I used

Beacon Zip Dry Glue
Hot glue gun
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
White acrylic paint
Brie box
X-Acto knife 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Mixed Media Cigar Box Art

I am excited to show you how I transformed a plain wooden cigar box into a work of art. 

Here is what you will need:

 Gina's Designs® 
-Textured sheet called flourish 

 The Robin's Nest® 

-English red oxide and Carbon black
-Transparent Red Iron Oxide
- Carbon black
- Titanium white
-Matte medium

Other supplies
Aleenes® tacky glue
Unfinished wood cigar box
Various sizes of paint brushes
Baby wipe
Corner punch
Trim cardstock to fit cigar box and use a corner punch to round the corners 
   Apply thin coat of matte medium to cigar box then add paper to cigar box   

Glue the texture sheet on top

Cut texture sheet to fit box and paint black.

Paint on antiquing cream, when dry wipe off edges with a baby wipe. 

Paint chipboard with media paint, let dry

Paint wooden charm, and wooden plaque. Glue charm and dew drops on wooden plaque.

Paint the cigar box edge turquoise. Attach the dew drops to the birds on key and then attach birds to the cigar box. Attach the dream wooden plaque.  

I just loved working with the products from Gina's Designs®. So many cool items in her store to choose from. The pieces really held up well when I added  my mixed media products to them.

Thanks for stopping by!

I have been creating art for as long as I can remember. I studied graphic design in Portland,Oregon before moving to Denton, Texas and putting all my focus on mixed media art. In addition to being on The Robin's Nest Design Team, I am an article writer for mixed media art, on the Creative Paperclay Design team, and an Outside Artist and blogger for DecoArt. I strongly believe in giving back. I volunteer at Scrap Denton Creative Reuse Center where I teach workshops, art camps, and perform art demos. I am very passionate about mixed media art and helping others discover their creativity. 
 Follow more of my creative life at My Altered Life's blog page and My Altered Life on FB

Silent night-layout by Elena Lishchenko

Hi everyone! Elena's here and today I want to show you my new layout. I played with my son's photo.

I use Admiral Fleur Glitter Linen Cardstock - one sheet for my background. And add some gauze.
 Add black spray and glitter
 Some splash of white spray.
 Then I add some die-cuts (I use Sparkles Glitter Cardstock) and pieces of Ebony Glitter CardstockWedding Cut-Outs CardstockSaffron Sunshine Cardstock.
 And finally, silver cord and Grape Seeds Archival Seeds

Thursday, May 21, 2015


I must apologize for my post going up daughter had her baby two weeks early and threw me off my schedule. But all is well and I'm happy to share this with you now.  -- Ro

Back To Our Regularly Scheduled Post!

Since the weather has warmed, my thoughts go to the beach. This absolutely AMAZING cardstock has me dreaming of oceans blue, tropical breezes and umbrella drinks.  So I thought I would make a couple of cards with an ocean theme!

The is the cardstock as a full sheet (who says you can't use beautiful 12x12 paper for cards!):
Pink Glitter Coral
Along with the cardstock and a nice assortment of Dew Drops, here are the basic supplies I used to make these two cards:

I started with a white base card at 4" x 6". I added a layer of Pink Coral from the corners of the 12x12 cardstock and used the solid portion (or back side) for the inside of the card. I opted to not use any type of saying or greeting on the card at this point so I can use it for any occasion.

I stamped all my images using a grey ink (although I used black for demonstration purposes so it would show better). By using the grey, I was able to get a better show of color from the inks. After I stamped my images, I used a sponge dauber and some Distress Inks to color in my images.

I then cut out the images and added some Glossy Accents to give them some stability and a gorgeous shine. Be sure to let this stuff dry thoroughly or you will end up with impressions on them from your fingers!

After all my fishes and shells were dry, I added some foam adhesive to the back to pop them off the coral on the cardstock and give the card some dimension.

After the images were in place, I added some random Dew Drops on the card with the shell and seahorses, and as bubbles and gravel on the card with the fish.

I absolutely love how these turned out and can't wait for a special occasion (Best Fishes maybe?) so I can share them with someone.  Here are a few more closeups.

Well, that's it for today!  Head on over to The Robin's Nest Shop and see what amazingly beautiful products they have there. I'm sure you will find something you love!

See you soon!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Evil Minions

Evil Minions

Recently, my daughter came over, she calls it gracing me with her presence.  I told her about some of  the ideas that I was trying to promote with our new products.  My creative child, Chelsea, immediately started thinking of something that she could create.  She is a thinker.  This really doesn't have anything to do with the ideas we were talking about, but this is a cute project that she created.

Honestly, I know that I should know what a minion is, but I do not.  I said "Chelsea, please get me a definition of a minion."  I was thinking it would be something in her own words, but this is what she gave me from Google, lol.
"Evil Minions are Minions that are at the state of extreme mutation caused by the PX-41 serum entering their blood vessels.
The Evil Minions are for all intents and purposes, made to be indestructible: they are immune to weapons like flamethrowers, guns, axes, and undercover police cars; and are able to withstand the explosion from swallowing a bomb.  The will devour and destroy anything that gets in their way, including the above-mentioned weapons.  Evil Minions can also repair themselves, and they are very dangerous.  
The Evil Minions are very different from the regular Minions; having purple skin, long hairy arms, wild frizzy hair that spreads out like a mane, and big sharp crooked teeth.  As they are wild and their appearance is in a feral state, they don't usually speak; rather they scream, roar, growl, and snarl most of the time."
The last part totally makes sense why she made the Evil Minion before the "normal" Minion.  She will share the other one next week.

Instructions to create you own Evil Minion:
1. Gather you supplies, which are,  Limoncello Glitter Cardstock, Royal Purple Glitter Cardstock, Very Black Glitter Cardstock, Silver Glitter CardstockPurple Hair Dew Drops, A Black Dew Drop, White Rick Rack, Empty Paper Towel Holders, The Best Glue Ever, and Ribbon to tie the back together for stability.
2. Wrap the Purple Passion Glitter Cardstock around the Paper Towel Holder and glue.
3. Punch a hold in the top and bottom of the back of the tube and tie a ribbon.  This helps hold it together while the glue dries.
4. Cut 1/4" strip of Silver Glitter Cardstock.  Bend around your finger to get it into a circular shape.  then adhere to the Silver Glitter Swirl.  (perfect for a crazy eyeball).

5.  Glue a 1/2" strip of Very Black Glitter Chipboard around the center of the tube.
6. Glue one Black Dew Drop in the center of the Silver Glitter Swirl.  Then glue six Purple Hair Dew Drops around the Black Dew Drop to finish off the crazy eye.  Adhere the whole eye to the Very Black Glitter Chipboard.
7.  To make the crazy mouth, cut a thin strip of the Royal Purple Glitter Cardstock.  Cut tiny triangles, in different sizes and adhere to the back of the Glitter Purple Cardstock.  Adhere the mouth to the tube.
8. To make the hair, we cut a 1" strip of Royal Purple Glitter Cardstock and glued it to the inside of the top of the tube.  We glues rick rack in strips to this piece. 
9.  Adhere more Purple Hair Dew Drops to the Rick Rack and viola, we have an Evil Minion.
A very special Thank you to Chelsea Harmston for showing us how to make this very cute thing. 
It has popped up at my house in many different occasions over the last couple of days.  I think it might need a little coffee.  Tune in next week.  A normal Minion just might appear.

Rachel O'Crowley
The Robin's Nest
We Create to Inspire.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

If Friends were flowers....

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today and I LOVE this new Rose Euphoria line from the Robin's Nest.  It's pretty, it's funky, it's sparkly!!

Have you tried making different sized cards?  This "legal" sized card is perfect for the Prima Doll stamps.  After coloring her in gray and pink Copic Markers, she coordinated well with the Rosy Chevron Cardstock.  Since the cardstock is double sided, I used the chevron side for the card base and the floral side for the top layer of my card.
My elegant lady was fussy cut and added to the card with foam adhesives for dimension and a small sentiment was slipped under her legs.
Thanks for stopping by today.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Ancient doors

Hi, everyone!  
Today I would like to share my new layout for  The Robin's Nest

inspired by doors of  the ancient city  - Tauric Chersonesos, which founded by Greek colonists in southwestern Crimea more than 2500 years ago. Its archaeological ruins are presently one of the main attractions of the Crimea.

 First of all I choose  Teal Glitter Cardstock paper for background and used a texture paste to make a brick wall, then I used paper doily, yellow and blue distress inks  to create Byzantine patterns and
pagan symbols.
Then I usedMoss Green Glitter Cardstock,
Boo Words Glitter Cardstock papers to create much layers effect
  Also I used some stickers from Water Sticker
To decorate my layout I choose embelishments in ancient style
and of course Hillside Dew Drops
 For my LO I used:

Also I used
Gina's Designs Cardstock Doily Set

Have a nice day!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...