Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Sacrifice

Hello Chattering Robins Readers!

Robin posting today.

This is part 2 of Josh and Robyn's Military Photo shoot.

There is nothing in the world that gives me more respect for 
 women than those women who have supported 
their husbands through a deployment,
Robyn has supported Josh through 3 deployments,
2 to Afghanistan, and one to Iraq, and the Iraq 
deployment was for 16 months, the soldiers of that 
striker unit were required to stay 4 extra months without
a furlow.

So this picture brings tears to my eyes, as I know
the love each of them have for each other,
and yet for our country as well.


These are trying and hard times, and sacrifice is 
the best word I could come up with to represent what 
this photo is all about.
Sacrifice for us, for America, for their family, and their relationship.

We have 3 sons in the Army, they combined have served 7 deployments to 
the middle east, and many other times away from 
their families for months at a time to schools, other countries
where the family cannot go, and short deployments,
which I have not even included in the above deployments.

Yes it is a Sacrifice!




I used these Robin's Nest Products

Blue glitter cutout stars
Blue burlap
Silver mesh
Heart dew drops
Blue Fleur Linen CS
Blue Glitter stars on red paper
Flag paper (I used the uncut version which is available)

Furling Flag Specialty PaperRobins Red Dew DropsRubber Ducky Mini Dew Drops

I love to share these things with you,
they are very personal to our family, and it is
such a great thing that our sons do for
us as an American people.

This is a tribute to Josh and Robyn,
On some other posts we will salute our
other sons as well.

Have a great day!
You can find all these products on our website


Ciao,

Robin



Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Part Two of the Creepy Creaky China Cabinet for Halloween


Hi, I'm veteran design team member Betsy Skagen of Paper Calliope back with Part Two of the Creepy Creaky China Cabinet for Halloween. If you missed it, you can see how to begin the cabinet in Part One.




Decorating the Top of the Creepy Creaky China Cabinet

Adhere Stitched Leaf Ribbon to top of cabinet.

Glue spider to silver Glitter Mask. Create two tabs out of cardstock and glue behind mask. Then glue tabs to top of cabinet so mask sits at 90 degree angle.

Attach Ceramic Gargoyle Beads to top corners of cabinet.





Print a vintage Halloween advertisement, cut out and attach to top center of cabinet. Balance a large glitter spider at an angle and glue in place.





Decorating the Top Shelf



Print spooky labels and cut out. Ink edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Adhere labels to miniature bottles. Glue bottles to top shelf. 




Glue Miniature Rustic Broom to corner of top shelf.

Thread thin wire through the Long Antique Bronze Skull Spider Pendant. Punch a hole in the top shelf. Thread wire through shelf and secure so that pendant hangs below.

Paint wooden spool with black acrylic paint. Let dry. Cut a small rectangle of black cardstock, fold in half and glue half to back of silver skull and half to top of spool in order to hold skull upright. Glue spool to shelf over the place where wire is secured. 




Print vintage Halloween graphics, cut out and place along back wall. Print out vintage owl. Fussy cut and hang from top of cabinet.



Decorating the Bottom Shelf




Cut off a small piece of miniature plastic fern and paint with black acrylic paint. Let dry. Cut a couple bones off a skeleton--muahahahaha--glue the bones and fern upright to the cork piece of a corked glass dome. Put glass dome in place and glue cork to the corner of the bottom shelf.




Ink the page edges of a miniature glitter book with Vintage Photo Distressed Ink. Glue the book upright on the bottom shelf. (Sorry, I have no idea where I got this book since I have had it for years. All I remember is that it was once on a keychain).

Glue skull to bottom shelf. Glue glass pumpkin to bottom shelf. Adhere bats to back wall. Print vintage Halloween graphics, cut out and place along back wall.




Decorating the Drawers




To make eyeball knob, use a red permanent marker to draw broken blood vessels on white Curio Knob. Use black marker to draw pupil in center of knob. Attach knobs to drawers fronts.

Use STRONG adhesive to glue skeleton hand to skeleton forehead. Temporarily hold in place with masking tape until dry. When dry, place skeleton into drawer.


Decorating the Cabinet Doors



Attach doors to cabinet with miniature black hinges. I chose to glue mine, intentionally making the doors non-movable. However, you could also use tiny screws.

Apply adhesive to black paper ribbons and apply to window edges. 

Print vintage Halloween graphics, cut out and glue in window corners. Print vintage skeleton graphic, cutout and glue to edge of door.





Glue black raven to top of door.

That's all there is to it. Thank you for dropping by to see this tutorial. I hope you have a crafty Halloween!

-Betsy






Fantastic stuff to use

Gina's Design China Cabinet
Plum Fleur (and stripes on reverse side)
Plum Purple Glitter Cardstock
Purple Bats Glitter Cardstock
Black Bats Glitter Cardstock
Spiderweb Glitter Cardstock
Purple Crackle Glitter Cardstock
Light purple cardstock
Black cardstock
Glitter Mask
Halloween decorative ribbon
Tim Holtz idea-ology Curio Knobs
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distressed Ink
Alpha Stamps Small Amber Bottles with Corks
Alpha Stamps Stitched Leaf Ribbon
Alpha Stamps Miniature Rustic Broom
Alpha Stamps Long Antique Bronze Skull Spider Pendant
Alpha Stamps Ceramic Gargoyle Bead
Alpha Stamps Skull Charm
AlphaStamps Corked Dome
Spooky Labels
Miniature glitter book
Miniature Black Hinges
Black paper ribbon
Plastic fern
Vintage Halloween images from personal collection
Halloween skeletons, spiders and doo-dads from personal collection
Wooden spool
Black acrylic paint
Red permanent marker
Black permanent marker
Assorted adhesives

Monday, September 28, 2015

Make this Creepy Creaky China Cabinet for Halloween--Part One




In my kitchen I have a floor-to-ceiling distressed white hutch that I religiously decorate for each season. For Halloween I fill it with fun mid-century Halloween items. The only problem is, the decorations, along with the painted white cabinet, are so darn-tootin' cheerful, that they are not a bit spooky. 





Hi, I'm veteran design team member Betsy Skagen of Paper Calliope. When I saw the China Cabinet from Gina's Designs, I just knew I could make a miniature hutch that included spooky Halloween colors and creepy crawly doo-dads, yet still sport some fun mid-century graphics. 


Tutorial to make the Halloween China Cabinet

Begin by attaching the striped side of Plum Fleur and Purple Bats Glitter Cardstock to the china cabinet back with a matte medium. Leave a narrow gap where the shelving will connect. Trim the curved top with a utility blade.



Adhere Plum Purple Glitter Cardstock, Spiderweb Glitter Cardstock and Light purple cardstock to the top and bottom of the shelves with a matte medium.

Adhere Plum Fleur to both inside and outside side pieces of the cabinet with a matte medium.

For the inside drawer sides, adhere the stripe side of Plum Fleur. Glue light purple cardstock to the inside drawer base. Adhere Black Bats Glitter Cardstock to the outside drawer sides and adhere Purple Bats Glitter Cardstock to the outside front of the drawers. Seal the front of the drawers with a gloss medium.



Use a matte medium to adhere Purple Crackle Glitter Cardstock to the outside front doors of the cabinet and trim with a utility blade. Finally, adhere black cardstock to the back of the cabinet and the inside of the front doors. Trim with a utility blade.



Assemble cabinet, starting from the inside and working out. Hot glue pieces in place. Adhere decorative Halloween ribbons to shelving edges with adhesive. 

Come back tomorrow for Part Two of making the Creep Creaky China Cabinet for Halloween!





Fantastic stuff to use

Gina's Design China Cabinet
Plum Fleur (and stripes on reverse side)
Plum Purple Glitter Cardstock
Purple Bats Glitter Cardstock
Black Bats Glitter Cardstock
Spiderweb Glitter Cardstock
Purple Crackle Glitter Cardstock
Light purple cardstock
Black cardstock
Glitter Mask
Halloween decorative ribbon
Tim Holtz idea-ology Curio Knobs
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distressed Ink
Alpha Stamps Small Amber Bottles with Corks
Alpha Stamps Stitched Leaf Ribbon
Alpha Stamps Miniature Rustic Broom
Alpha Stamps Long Antique Bronze Skull Spider Pendant
Alpha Stamps Ceramic Gargoyle Bead
Alpha Stamps Skull Charm
AlphaStamps Corked Dome
Spooky Labels
Miniature glitter book
Miniature Black Hinges
Black paper ribbon
Plastic fern
Vintage Halloween images from personal collection
Halloween skeletons, spiders and doo-dads from personal collection
Wooden spool
Black acrylic paint
Red permanent marker
Black permanent marker
Assorted adhesives

We are so happy!

We are so happy

Sharing a new layout design for Chattering Robin's. 




A very happy Monday morning to you all!  Kathleen here to share a new layout I created with some inspirational papers from the Robin's Nest Store!  I have been waiting to scrap this picture of my sweet Eloise and myself sitting in the Texas Blue Bonnets for a couple of years now.  This gorgeous The Robin's Nest-Khaki Glitter cardstock, and it truly does glitter, was a perfect background to create my long awaited layout.


To start my design I began by tracing lightly around a doily then came back using a stencil and mask to create my design.  I repeated on the side of the paper.  I covered the paper in a thin coat of gel medium to prevent the paints from soaking into the paper. 


I selected this neutral Khaki Glitter cardstock paper with tiny flecks of gold sprinkled all over the paper.  The paper has a more greenish tint rather than grey as seen in the store.   Simply divine!  It has a nice weight to it that hold up to any paints or mixed media you throw at it and believe me I threw a lot of mixed media at it!  lol!!  I cut out  several cards from the Wedding Cut Outs Cardstock and arranged them as shown below covering them with a thin coat of gesso.

Next I released my inner child and began to paint!  Such fun OMG!!  I started by applying green paint first then layering one blue after another down and around the masked area.  When you are satisfied with the effect come back and flick some white and black paints around the perimeter to accent your creation.  Then I came back and applied various stamps.  Then finishing up with these gorgeous coordinating -Dew Drops, Safari randomly place around the layout.


I clipped a couple of sections from gina's designs-Collage Border Spring and embossed the butterfly and bird in blue and painted the honey comb green.   I love to use dry wall tape for added texture as seen below.

Thank you for stopping by and having a peek.  I always enjoy your visits and encourage you to let your own creativity take flight.  Don't forget to check in and see what's happening with the Chattering Robin's here.  Also, pop into the Robin's Nest store to see what is new here.


Papers
 The Robin's Nest-Khaki Glitter cardstock
The Robin's Nest-Wedding Cut Outs Cardstock

Embellishments
The Robin's Nest-Dew Drops, Safari
gina's designs-Collage Border Spring
Petaloo flowers
Kaisercraft-Clear Stamps, butterflies
Prima-Shabby Chic Treasures, leaves
Creative Embellishments-Chipboard, flourish

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Scary, scary, oh so scary Halloween Night

Hello crafty friends, Giorgia here.
If you remember my previous post, you should know I love Halloween! I love to wear costumes and wigs, I love pumpkins, spiders and scary parties: this layout is about one of them.
The Robin's Nest has tons of Halloween themed items and also non themed products that can be easily used for your scary pages:



This is how I made my layout and some close up.
  
As background for this layout I chose the beautiful Orange Bones cardstock. On the right side I added a strip of Pumpkins glitter cardstock. I wanted to add another strip of paper, so I hand throw the Orange bones cardstock in the part which was covered by the glittered cardstock - you can see it in the second picture - and glued it as shown. I love hand tiering papers, it adds so much texture!


I created layers on my picture using Witch Accessories glitter cardstock and Saffron Diamond cardstock and glued it down:



With a cutter, I created holes in Pumpin glitter chipboards
Silver Castles cardstock then I glued them down where shown:


I added some amazing rubons, I love rubons, they are so easy to use and they are such a great accent!


I added 3D and puffy stickers to create dimension:


And finally I added dew drops: I LOVE dew drops, they always add an extra touch to each project!


Product used




I hope you liked my project, thanks for stopping by today. Remember to take a look at the shop to see all the amazing Robin's Nest products and take also a look to our monthly challenge: you could win an awesome package of yummy products!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Life Is good By Cindy Brown



Hello Today I present a Layout creation for The Robin's Nest scrap. I liked using the news collection of Paper. You know I adore being inspired by all thning to entour me especially of the nature. I adore the season of the summer because there are many flowers.

Be sure to watch my video below







I love having fun with The Robin's Nest Products



Supply List of Products used in Project


Other products:
Finnabair Art Basics Heavy Gesso White
Finnabair Art Basics Soft Matte Gel
450 quick Dry Adhesive by Helmar
Radiant Rain Apple blossom by ColourArte
irRESISTible Tuxedo Black









I thank life for allowing me to be inspired by this wonderful company The Robin's Nest. 
Instructional Video by Cindy Brown 





I love using new products to discover. 
You will see in my video which he made for all the stages for realized a page.

Remember to come and participate in a magnificent challenge every month from 10th to 9th of each month .. There are beautiful sketches that are prepared for you. It is here. 


Thank you for visiting. I love your comments .
Please feel free to visit my blog for regularly projects and videos.

Have a nice day, Cindy Brown

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