Saturday, July 30, 2011

Falling in love with fall

Hello!  My name is Irit and  this is my very first post here as a DT member.  I decided to do  a lo this time, as I am mostly a scrapper, but there are a lot of techinques used here and  everyone can find the one they  love and to use it on OTP projects or cards too.
For a long  period of time I wanted to use this "Falling in love with fall"  title and to add " with you" for my dear hubby,  but I didn't find any fall  photo  that fitted this title.  Then I found a good photo of him and after my  Robin's Nest DT box came,  it was like " BINGO" for this title.  So here it is- my fall love page.

First of all I made a hand cuts around this glittery Autumn  Leaf  Paper- keep the inside for the future use. Then I glued the light yellow  Tropicana Fleur patterned paper behind.  Now the big circle was cut from the inside piece of cardstock we kept from the previous step, actually there were 2 circles made and adhered- one for the title and one as my photo matting, using both sides of them.  I trimmed the 4*5 photo to the size I wanted and my basic page was done.
 Now the real fun begins: embellishing is my  very favorite step and I feel free to do whatever I want  when I do it.
First I  made some dry embossing with the Woodgrain CLD embossing folder, then made some free cut trees of  this dry-embossed paper- the brown cardstock used here was the leftovers from the circles we did before- I always try to be frugal with my stash. Then I die cut some scalloped inverted circles and  some regular circles using my CLD dies and Robin's Nest glitter chipboards in yellowlime  and brown  colors and made  both trees, using 3D foam glue.

 Some clouds were die cut using a Bubble die and inked them a bit with blue ink to get some mute color and glued with the same 3d foams.

The picket fence was die cut  from  yellow Glitter Daisy Honeykomb   paper as well,  glued over the trees and.painted with Ranger White Fence crackled paint for this old vintage look. I know, the daisy side  of this paper is just gorgeous, but I needed some wide stripes here, and I just used a small piece of this paper for this project.
Last, but not the least, I die cut some fall leaves  and glued them randomly under the photo, using Robin's Nest Olive Fleur On the Linen paper, but as it was too bright, I decided to  add some distress inks and by the way I inked the glitter trees as well.
Now  it was a title time and as you can see I did it with mixed alphas, using some old Prima chipboard alphas with some less old  MLS mini  alphas and added the Fall from the Robin's Nest Fall rub- on set.
 The fall leaves from the same set were the perfect add- ons over the photo. But after all this was done the F letter from the rub- on set was not so visible- so I added another foam letter from AC foam set and now  the title was all done.

The nest step was to add the Dew Drops and  Tear  Drops, and as you can see they were just perfect over the trees and around the clouds. 4  sets were used here: Sunflower Seeds  Tear drops over the largest tree, Christmas Tree Tear Drops over the medium tree, Mocha Trail Dew Drops over the last tree; then Early Down Dew Drops were added over the clouds.
And as I can't see too much " white space",  even if it's yellow this time, I added this cute chipboard bird on the branch (Tando Creative ) and glittered it with Ranger glitter glues. The bird's eye is  this small brown Dew Drop and a bit of a black paint on it- you can use Enamel paints over our plastic drops without any  extra glue- it just sticks and stays there forever.
And now for my special tricks here:  The mini alphas are not so adhesive after all, so I just made a thin line of Ranger Glossy Accents  over the words and let it dry a bit. I also used this glaze to glue all Drops and Tears on this page- maybe not so frugal, but the best glue for the plastic shapes after all
So here is this page summary: Hand cuts, distressing with a nail and inks, die cutting, 3d layering, mixing alphas, using rub- ons over the photos, dry embossing, covering the bare chips- lots of simple and useful techniqies on one single page done.
And as this is a time for scrapping fall pages- grab yoursef a few Robin's Nest cardstocks, glitter chipboards, some fall rub- ons and a lot of Dew Drops and Tear Drops and you  can do fantastic pages in no time!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Cool off this Summer with a festive fan and pretty Hair Comb!

Summer days are upon us and what better way to enjoy it than with a festive fan and pretty hair comb! For the base of the fan, I used a flat piece of wood that was part of a broken window shade. A paint stir stick would also work great.
The supplies and materials I used to make this fan and hair comb are as follows:
Red Sorbet Glitter paper
Glitter Leaf paper
Poinsetta, Mowed Grass, and Hyacinth dew drops
Dragonfly rubons
Chipboard heart
Threading water punch by Fiskars
Copper, green and crystal glitter glue
1 blank hair comb
Tombo adhesive and foam tape.
I basically cut out the pretty shapes and patterns on the glitter leaf paper and arranged them on the comb and fan. Overlapping to make it interesting and using the tombo and foam tap where needed.

I hope you like my creations and are inspired to make your own!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Christmas in July

It is time, again, for my DT thankful and blessed to be on the team for The Robins Nest.
I love the papers so much, and the dew drops, oh my gosh! These are so awesome!!! The Robins Nest is an incredible store, and they treat their DT so good!!!
OK, on to my layout I made for the day...
Sorry about the glare, couldn't get around it today...
So, for the base I used Red Swirl Glitter Cardstock ....TOTALLY love their CS and Papers!!! The quality is incredible! I trimmed the photo (it was an 11x14...who needs one that big! LOL) to about 11.5x11 and decided not to matte it. I wanted to really make the photo the center of the layout and the Red Swirl really made it pop!
I used one of the Red Glitter Journalling blocks to write my title and added a little more bling (and class ;)) by adding Cotton Candy Dew Drops in pearl to some of the swirls.

For the border on the left I used Velvet Ribbons in Black and attached it right to the edge of the photo. Along the left border of CS I used Ace of Diamonds Dew Drops in Black, Red, and White. I used them to make stars along the left, alternating the colors.

I had so much fun making this! I love that The Robin's Nest papers and CS coordinate, and there are Dew Drops in colors to match them all!!!! So sweet!!!
Thanks for looking!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Back to school time!

Can you believe it's almost that time again? It seems like the kids just got out of school for the summer. In honor of the new school year I wanted to do something related to it. I found this adorable little backpack bag on Splitcoaststampers created by Mary Arima and couldn't resist using the fabulous products from The Robin's Nest to create one. What better way to send your son or daughter off to school than to make one of these and add a special little note and gift or treat into the pockets.

The Glitter Fireworks paper reminded me of paint drips so I decided to use it for the main part of the backpack. The Red Sorbet Cardstock made a wonderful addition for the pocket and flap and of course it wouldn't be complete without some dew drops and tear drops to bling it out more. Then, what says more fun than this glittery "fun" word to add to it.

One thing that I love about this project is that by choosing different Robin's Nest papers, ribbons and Dew Drops you can personalize them for your son or daughter. Be sure to check out the Princess/Girls products for your girls or the Boys/Flames products for your boys as just a couple of ideas for great papers and embellishments that can be used for this. If you don't see anything in those categories there are tons of papers and items to choose from so take a look around The Robin's Nest site to see what you'd like to use.

If you'd like to make one to help start your child's (children's) school year off right you will find Mary's directions and templates here.

The Robin's Nest Products used for this backpack are:

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Home Sweet Home Layout

Hello and Happy Monday Everyone,
This is Tenny, and it's my turn again to share another project with you.

I have a scrapbook layout that I had been wanting to make and finally did it. It's a layout about our {current} home. Are you ready to see it?

Here it is,

It's a simple but bright, glittery and shinny scrapbook layout.

First, lets talk about the flowers. Those beautiful flowers were made from glitter chipboard. I used the gold and Rebellious Red colors. I LOVE these chipboards and I believe you will too. I cut them using a sizzix die {flower #5}, and then curled them using the bottom of my sharpie marker. Lastly, I added Fairy Dust  dew drops on the center of the flowers.
Here's a little close up,

Now, I'll be sharing with you how I made those swirls. It's fun and the result is just gorgeous. If you like blings on your layout...then you will love this technique.
First, after I glued down my flower, I then drew a simple swirl {doodle} on my layout {using a pencil}. Here's the picture,

The next step is to glue the dew drops one by one using the dew drop glue. On this layout, I used Flame dew drops.

So, what do you think? FUN right? and I guarantee that your layout will look beautiful.

The pattern papers that I used on this project are: Distressed Honeycomb and Dark Distressed Red.
Last but not least I used Red Glitter Letters for the title.

Well, thank you so much for stopping by.
I hope you all have a wonderful week.
Happy Scrapping.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Festive Friday Blog Hop & Giveaway!

Time again for another "Festive Friday" Blog hop
& a Christmas Card kit giveaway hosted by The Robins Nest!
(see bottom of this post for more details)

Materials used to make this card:
Green,brown and gold Glittered Chipboard.
Poinsettia and Sunset Dew drops.
Back ground stamp, red ink, tombo glue, yellow stickles, foam tape and a scalloped punch.

To have a chance a wonderful Christmas card giveaway from The Robins Nest, besure to hop around and comment on each of the participating blogs below. Winner will be announced August 12th.

Happy blog hopping and good luck!

1. Terri Sproul
2. Chris Hurley
3. Cheryl Lindsay
4. Laura Davidson
5. Amanda Marks
6. Brenda Lee
7. Angela Bodas
8. Yolanda
9. Becky Conley
10. Leslie Rahye
11. Laura Fisher
12. The Robins Nest
13. Carol Berns
14. Michelle Cummings
16. Diane Tuggle

Sparkly Poinsettia Card

It's Gini, and I wanted to share a sparkly Christmas card with you today.I die cut the Rebellious Red Glitter Cardstock. The main paper for my card is the Classic Glitter Swirl in the gold on black colorway. My stamp is from the Poinsettia Plate set from Chapel Road Stamps. I embossed the image with black embossing powder, and colored it with Copics. I added a little bit of Sunshine Yellow Flower Soft in the center of the flower.The yellow dew drops were the perfect accent to finish off this project. This was a very elegant card, that came together pretty quickly.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

"DAD" Scrapbook Layout

I just LOVE these papers! The colors are so earthy, but there is a copper bling on them!

Papers by The Robin's Nest: Getaway, Mocha Daisy Glitter (backside used for photo mat) and copper flourish
Dew Drops in green tear drop shape, Viva La France Rubon, copper glitter alpha stickers
Walnut distress ink (Ranger)

After losing my Dad last year, I was given this photo of him holding my eldest brother and I when we were itty bitty! This layout is simple, yet beautiful and the perfect tribute to my Dad.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Fresh Canned Cherries

Hello friends! Jan here to show you a great gift idea. We live in the country and often can our food for the Winter months. These fresh cherries were picked from our Cherry Trees and canned. The little red glittered Journal Cards work perfectly for recipe cards. Aren't the little Dew Drops a sweet addition?
Here's how to make your own.
Step 1
Pick and can your cherries.
Step 2
Start with a Red Glittered Journal Card and write recipe.
Step 3
Trim the corners of the card at an angle.
Step 4
Use a Crop-a-dile to add eyelets.
Step 5
Add dew dew glue and 2 red Primary Dew Drops to the bottom of the card.
Step 6
Using a green marker, add stems and leaves to the cherries.
Step 7
Tie with twine in the back.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Create Mini Stained Glass Decorations with Dew Drops!

I don't know about you, but I just LOVE The Robins nest Dew Drops!
They come in all shapes and sizes and plenty of mouth watering colors!
Recently, in the studio, the light from the window came in and hit these bottles in just the right way, inspiring me to make these stained glass beauties!

To get started, you'll need an assortment of Dew Drops.
I used:
Sea Glass
Precious Girl
Mowed Grass
Strong adhesive that dries clear and won't come undone if the window gets hot from outside sun.
(I used clear tacky glue)
Small hole punch, scissors, transparent thread, suction cups.
Clear product packaging.

Cut pieces from clear packaging.

If you are unsure what design to do, trace the packaging on to paper and draw a simple design underneath to use as a template.

Apply your adhesive and add the dew drops. Here I experimented with Tombo glue which does not dry as clear as I would have liked.

So for the rest I coated the entire packaging piece with clear adhesive and just played around with the colors of the Dew Drops.

I like how the glue dried with little bubbles. Reminds me of blown glass.

Thanks for coming by and see you next week!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Altered Box Project-First DT post

I am so sorry this is late...we have had some huge internet issues, and finally got it fixed...this evening.
I do have a project...2 actually I completed for today's post.
The first is an altered "box", maybe more like an altered mail holder.
Anyway, this is the pic of the box/holder before I started.

I wasn't crazy about the decoration, but loved the I tweaked
For this project, I used barn red acrylic paint to basecoat the entire holder. And a second coat. Then, I got to the fun part!!!
I used Autumn Fleur from The Robins Nest on the three panels on the holder. I mod podged them on, this paper is AWESOME it didn't buckle or bubble under the mod podge like some papers do.
After it dried, overnight, I mod podged on top and all over the entire piece.
Then I got to the fun of it!!!
I added rub-ons, The Girls from The Robins Nest and Dew Drops in Sunflower . I adhered the Dew Drops (which I LOVE) with Dew Dew Glue.
These are fabulous! They are the perfect size, and you just press the back of your Dew Drop onto the Dew Dew Glue spot and it sticks, then just stick it onto your project! Easy, peasy!
On to my other project...
It started out like this

Yep, just an ordinary 3.5 inch square block.
And it became....
Here are a few more shots, of different sides.

I painted the block with Barn Red acrylic paint, as a base. Modpodged the same paper to it. Sanded the edges. And added rub-ons, from the same pack. I was able to do both projects from one pack of rub-ons, 2 sheets of Autumn Fleur double-sided design paper, and a few Dew Drops.
I plan to add photos to the block, will make a nice conversation piece!
Thanks for looking!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Altered Letter Tray

Hi! I'm Peg and I am so happy to be one of The Robin's Nest's new design team members .

My goal for this year has been to get organized. I have spent the last 7 months getting rid of things one way or the other. I have found that one area that I have not accomplished much in is my craft area. One of my biggest problems are the papers that I have printed out that show me how to do something or a sketch that I want a copy of to work from. I recently was shopping at our local thrift store and found this letter tray that I thought might help to organize my papers. I knew that it had that blue circle on it that wouldn't come off, but that's ok because it was a bargain. Once I got it home and put it on my craft table it did not seem to fit in at all. It was too plain and a different color than the rest of the room. I knew just how to fix that....use the items I got from The Robin's Nest to give it a new look. Here's the before and after, as well as, the instructions on how I did it so you can make one, too!
Before: After: The side of the finished tray:


Light Grey Watercolor Hammered Paper

Letter Tray--can be found at any office supply store and other stores.

Step 1: Measure the length and width of the tray inside.

Step 2: Cut paper into the number of sections you want to use to cover tray. I used 5 sections (3 from the Green Leaves patterned paper and 2 from the light grey paper) cut into 4" pieces. Trim all paper to the width of the tray.

Using a wavy edged blade, trim 1/4" off of the right sides of all the paper except for the piece that fits at the curve if your tray has this. If your tray has a curve, trace it and cut out with a pair of scissors or trim paper as necessary to fit the shape of your tray.

Cut strips of Green Leaves paper to fit on outside edges of the tray. Adhere to top edge of tray as shown on right side of picture.

Using Family Rubons adhere them to Light Grey pieces of paper as shown in picture. Adhere Fresh Mowed Grass and Sunflower Dew Drops using Dew Glue to inside back, the sides on the outside and the corners on each side of tray. You can take a look at the finished project pictures above to see where I put all of the fun Dew Drops on the one I made.

One of the things I love most about this project is that it can be used on a craft table, on a desk at work or as a safe place to keep those bills and papers at home. A teacher would surely love one for her (or his) desk. You can use it for a place to keep your child's homework, too, just by personalizing it with all of the great papers and Dew Drops that The Robin's Nest carries. The possibilities are endless!
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