Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Festive Fall Wreath

I have a festive wreath to share with you today. I pulled out lots of Robin's Nest papers in fall colors and started cutting them with Filigree Fall Leaves die by CottageCutz. To give you an idea of the size of this piece, it is laying on a 12 x 12 sheet of paper - so it's pretty big. After I cut them all out, I put Scor-tape on a chipboard ring, and started attaching each leaf by the stem, and alternating leaning to the left, then to the right.

I finished the wreath off with a box and an Acorn Leaf Vine flourish.

Isn't it fun seeing all of those Robin's Nest papers together?

Here's a list of the ones that I used:
Distressed Honeycomb
Green Stencil
Glitter Leaf
Fleur Tropicana
Red Paisley
Glitter Brown on Brown

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Snow, snow , snow in.. Jerusalem.. Once in a lifetime..

Hello dear Robin's Nest friends! Irit is here again with my second winter page.
As I already said in my previous post, snow in Israel is rare, but not impossible.
So here is the last snow we had, about 12 years ago and most probably the only photo I have of my DD making a real snowman. So those gorgeous Robin's Nest products were just perfect for this page too.
I used a blue textured AC cardstock as my basic one, Glitter Snowflakes Stripe  cardstock as the second layer, border punched with Marta Stewart punch. A snowflake sheer ribbon from Blue Frosted Ribbons pack  was added between the cuts and White Snow Glitter cardstock as the third  layer , under my photo. The matting was done with Teal glitter chipboard and then made a title from Glitter Winter Words cardstock by hand cuttung all possible Snow words from it- there were 3, so I have this triple title.
Glitter chipboard snowflakes were added randomly and as I just used most of them on my other projects, I added the negatives too. The glitter snowman was  made with 2 layers and I tied the ribbon scarf over his neck.
The Silver glitter journaling spot was filled with some handwrite journaling about this most unusual snow in Jerusalem. As my last touch I used Marvy snowmaker pen and I need to say it's just like any other puffy powder, don't run to buy.

See you  in two weeks with some new winter altered project

Monday, November 28, 2011

Holiday Cards Holder

Hello everyone,
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration.
I can't believe that Christmas is fast approaching. As a matter of fact, it is less than a month away.
Last night my kids and husband put out the Christmas tree and decorated it. I, on the other hand, decided to make something to share it with you.

So, here it is....

This is  a Holiday Cards Folder.

One thing that I'd like to do in this busy month is to stay organize, and I believe this cards folder will help you and myself.

Here's the list of products I used on this project:
- Red Snowflakes Cardstock
- Glitter White on White
Fairy Dust Dew Drop
Chipboard Snowflakes

I'm working on a video tutorial on how to make this easy cards holder. I will link it up on Robin Nest Facebook Page. Be sure you "LIKE" the page and check it out.

Thank you so much for stopping by.
Have a wonderful week.


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Good-bye to Germany

Today is our last day in Germany. We have spent the last 4 days shopping the Christmas Markets, one of the items on my bucket list. This has been so much fun, bundled like snowmen, because it is all outdoors, and cold. You can purchase food, crafts, anything Christmas you can imagine, clothing, knives, candles, jewelry, and just about anything you can imagine. Each market we went to, all in different towns and cities in Germany have a different theme, Baroque, Mid-evil, chocolate and the list goes on. The tops of the "mini-house" shops are decorated to the hilt, so cute, that just seeing the roof tops is pure joy.
Back to the States tomorrow to see our kids, and grand kids. I am so excited, it has been 2 years since we have had hugs and kisses from them.
Happy Christmas Shopping for the next few weeks. Totally enjoy those Christmas lights on all the houses, I am so looking forward to the traditions of America at Christmas time.


Friday, November 25, 2011

Giving Thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! I love the good food and family and NO presents or pressure. I am always grateful for the many blessings I have, and love to share them with my loved ones. So, this page had to have lots of love in it!
The title is cut with The Robin's Nest Brown glittered cardstock, using my SCAL2 and a font called Edwardian Script ITC. It is too fine to cut it well, so you will need to use make a shadow of the actual font. I did this using the SCAL2 Style dialog box and changing the Appearance box to Shaddow Black Out Rounded. I love this tool, because it allows me to make a black out mat for any title or make a very fine font cuttable!

The Robin's Nest Turkey Paper is beautiful, but I am afraid of white space! So, I fussy cut a circle frame using a kitchen plate, and working around the turkey and the glitter swirl on the paper. This is a wonderful techinque to turn a paper with lots of white space into a custom die cut! Here's how I got the look: using a pencil, I traced a kitchen plate. I then used my grade school compass to make a second circle inside the plate circle. For both circles, I did NOT trace over the turkey or swirl images. I then fussy cut around the circle and the swirl using my scissors and Exacto knife.

I hand cutting the swirl pattern in The Robin's Nest brown glitter paper. I clipped into the bottom side and carefully worked it around the underside of my circle frame.
I punched some leaves using the Creative Memories leaf punch. I cut a photo mat with The Robin's Nest Brilliant Brown Glittered Chipboard. Since, it is difficult to adhere on top of glittered paper and chipboard, I punched the corners of my mat using the EK Success corner heart punch.

Supplies Used
The Robin's Nest Brown on Brown Rope Paper (background in circle detail & border around circle)
Jolee's Boutique Parcel Embellishments (Pinecones)
EK Success Heart Corner Punch
Creative Memories leaf punch
SCAL2 or other digital cutting software (Optional)
Hand crocheted flower
Vintage button

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Festive Christmas Card Blog Hop

Here we are, the last Christmas card for this hop. I wanted to do something extra special, so I made a ornament card using a Iris Folding technique! I don't have a tutorial for you just now, as I'm still in the learning process, but here's a link to visit if you want to try it out. :)

I used the following Robins Nest papers to create this card....
 Classic Glitter SwirlOlive Fleur, Silver Glitter Dots, and Glitter Red Paisley.
Now please go onto Carol Berns for some more creative inspiration!

Winter Wonderland Picture

Hello all my Chattering Robins Friends!
I have a picture I made for you today....I love to repurpose things, and this is no exception...does anyone know what Freecycle is?  I will tell you, an AWESOME group that recycles! Anyway...I got these clear acrylic frames from someone in my local Freecycle group and had an idea of what I wanted to do, but just wasn't really feeling it...if you know what I mean :)
Well, when I got my box from The Robin's Nest I was SO EXCITED!
I saw this patterned cardstock and KNEW what I wanted to do with it!
It really is a very easy project and just really came together for me.
I used the patterned paper from The Robin's Nest. I cut apart the words from the Glitter Winter Words and attached the Falling Snow to the back of the Glitter Trees.

I punched out the Glitter Snowflakes and adhered them with some strong liquid glue. I used a few no name large snowflakes for the corners.
I finished it off by putting a Cotton Candy Dew Drop in the center of each snowflake.

This was a lot of fun to create! And I love that I made a piece of artwork from a frame that needed a new home and a new purpose!
Thank you so much for joining me!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving in Germany

The last few weeks have been such a joy. We visited Triberg, Germany in the middle of the Black Forest, where you can find the most beautiful cuckoo clocks are made and sold, they are amazing. We also visited 3 more castles, one with a hike up the mountain that could give anyone a workout. Of course we aren't in very good shape, but did make it to the top. Zurich this last Saturday, a beautiful city in Switzerland, and with the most contemporary life we have ever seen.
Last night we went to dinner at the spaghetti ice restaurant. Here are photos of the ice cream. It looks like spaghetti, with strawberry topping, or chocolate spaghetti ice cream with chocolate everything on it. Sinful really. It filled us up so much, who needs real food? Desert is perfect for dinner.
I can't wait to scrapbook this.
One of my bucket list items will be crossed off tomorrow, we will start shopping the Christmas Markets here in Germany. Stuttgart tomorrow, and 2 more days of shopping. Dana isn't so excited, but I cannot wait to see the treasures that people have to sell. Of course the camera will be close at hand so we can take lots of photos of this shopping experience in the open doors of winter. We have purchased thermals, gloves, and will borrow warm coats for the shopping experience.
This is going to be so different, for Thanksgiving day, but the turkey is in the oven tonight so we can eat early and head off to see the wares.
What a change from living in Ethiopia for 2 years, it is such a blast.
Remember the black Friday sales on line at the Robin's Nest, and our special for purchasing at small businesses on Saturday. We love America and small businesses. This is one of the things that makes America great. Happy shopping all, and have a great Thanksgiving Day.


Monday, November 21, 2011

Christmas Star Door Decoration

One of my favorite holidays to decorate for is Christmas.  Years ago, I made a wreath for the front door, but it has seen better days and needed to be replaced.  I recently got a paper crafting tool that allows me to make ornaments and I knew that I had to use paper from The Robin's Nest to do it because it is such gorgeous paper.  I assembled several ornaments and then combined them into this one large one.  Ever since I received the Santa Clippie I was excited to use it, but wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it.  It had to be something really special as the Clippies are special little works of art. I just love them to use them!  When I finished creating the ornament I knew that Santa had to be the center of attention. I was, also, thrilled to be able to use the Natural Twine that Robin's Nest carries to use as the hanger for this piece. It is a really sturdy twine and will hold the ornament, as well, as look great on it.   It Now, with the help of  The Robin's Nest, we will have a gorgeous new door decoration to hang on the door this holiday season.  

Robin's Nest Products Used:

Saturday, November 19, 2011

December 25

Hello Robin's Nest fans!  Jan here to share a December 25th wall hanging.  The Robin's Nest has so many beautiful glitter papers and themes to choose from.  This is one of my favorite sheets so I've used the front and the cut out December 25.  I've added Dew Drops around the oval frame.
I started with a Dollar Store Metal Frame and removed the decor that was on it.  I painted the entire surface with burgundy paint.  Let dry.  Once dry, I placed a snowflake stencil in the center and applied Glass Bead Gel Medium over the entire frame.

 Lift stencil and let dry overnight.  Next, apply Glitter Glam to the inside of the snowflake.  Let dry.n  Using a sheet of White Snow Glittered Cardstock, mist with red and green mist.

 The glitter will resist the mist  so the snowflake design really stands out.
  Cut the misted paper paper in 1.5" strips.

Crinkle and then straighten back out.  Adhere the misted strips to the back of the metal frame, pleating it around the frame.

 Add Dew Drops to the outer edge of the frame.

  Hot Glue a glittered deer toward the left side of the frame.

  Cut out December 25 and paint the outer edges.

 Let dry and adhere to the center of the snowflake.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Turkey Elegance

This week for my project I thought to make a nice elegant lay out.
I started by cutting a large layout sized circle from Glitter Brown Rope. I covered the edges with pieces of strong double stick tape. Then I used a Recollections scalloped border punch on Getaway Swirl. I ran the scaollped strips through a Fiskars paper crimper attaching it to the edges of the layout in a ruffled pattern.
Next I used a Fiskars threading water border punch on the back side of Autumn Orange Fleur. I ran these thin strips through the paper crimper as well. I used thin strips of clear tape to secure the final ruffle in place.
I cut the floral design and turkey from Glittered Turkey with fine precision scissors and set aside. I layered a variety of  Glittered Chipboard Leaves  onto the layout with strong tacky glue. Then I inserted the floral design where needed. The center photo spot is made up from both sides of Gold on Creme. Once all the elements were in place, I attached the turkey with strong glue.
I embellished the turkey and floral design with a collection of colored glitter glues. Then I applied Tombo glue to the still exposed tape areas and filled in the spaces with Flame Dew Drops.
Thanks for stopping by!
~Michelle Frae Cummings

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Here Come the Holidays!

Are you starting to get in the holiday spirit? I'm trying to get geared up for it - so I thought a wintery card might be just the fix. I love how the diamond shaped Dew Drops are the perfect accent for my snowflake.

The Robin's Nest - Pink Coral, Winter Snowflake, White Snowflake
Dew Drops - Ace of Diamonds, Primary

Monday, November 14, 2011

Holiday Collage: by Becky Conley

Hello all! I'm feeling very festive with lots of help from the Robin's Nest gorgeous papers and embellishments! This collage is created mostly out of paper and measures 24" x 30" on canvas board.

Red Paisley Glitter Card stock, Calamity Jane Stripe Card stock, (large bird)
Getaway Glitter Leaves on Linen Card Stock, Glitter Clover Border (Tree)
Glitter Sepia Trees o Linen Card Stock, Glitter Blue Trees on Linen Card stock
Glitter Brown on Brown Vanilla Card Stock, (Deer and Pine Cones)
Red Glitter Paisley Card Stock. (poinsettia) Water Swirl Glitter Card Stock
Glitter Iridescent on Blue Swirl Card Stock, (birds and snowflakes)
Glitter white on white, (Snow)
Glitter Black Starfish (poinsettia and Holly)
Sunflower yellow dew drops
Freedom Dew Drops
Early Dawn dew drops
Chipboard glitter snowflakes
Felt snowflakes

Other supplies;
Acrylic paint, Cricut Joys of the Season and Trim a Tree cartridges, decorating chalks, green marker, adhesive and clear coat.

The glitter card stock really makes this project "pop" in person, chalk and markers add details to flat die cuts and the dew drops give dimension to the holly clusters, the poinsettia and the large tree. The sky and large branches were hand painted with acrylic paint. The project is sealed with glossy clear coat.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Thanks ~ A Gratitute Mini Journal

Hi Robin's Nest Fans....

November is the busiest month of the year in our family.
We have a total of 4 birthdays and an anniversary, and lastly, lets not forget the Thanksgiving.
There were lots of time when I was busy planning and preparing stuff...I forgot to take time and jots down what I really thankful for.

So, this year...I decided to make a mini gratitude journal.
Just a little something where I can write down all the blessings that my family have received.

I used the most beautiful paper from Robin's Nest.
Well, without further ado, here's my mini album.

And here are some of the inside pages,

So excited about this album.
I can add some pictures and journal.

This the list of products I've used:
Autumn Leaf Paper
Fall Rub-on
Flame Dew Drop
Red Glitter Letters

Well, I hope you do a gratitude journal this year and remember those blessings you have received.
Thank you and I hope you have a wonderful week.


Germany is a delight. The lake picture is Chiemsee Lake, where one of King Ludwig's castles is. built after the pattern of Versailles. The scenery is spectacular, and we are loving every minute of our time here.
The next photo is in Dresden, with me on the side. Freezing day for sure, we were all bundled up, and walking through the city snapping photos of everything. I am loving all the architecture. It is so fascinating that Dresden was leveled during WWll, and now it has been rebuilt since the war. It is so beautiful, and what an incredible city to take photos of. I cannot wait to print the photos and start scrapbooking all of these.
We are so excited about the new products coming out at CHA. We will be "ON TOUR" with our new catalog. We will be giving little tips the weeks before CHA, letting you know the fun new products that are coming out at CHA. Watch for the new tips, a new Robin's Nest is about to unfold.


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Icy Winter with Robin's Nest - My DH is freezing in China

There is no snow in Israel(OK, once in  about 10 years we have a bit of it, but not more). There is no winter in Israel, we only have  warm summer and a very hot summer-LOL.
But we travel a lot, so we  have some winter photos to scrap and this lo was made with my DH China December 2009 photo- and it was so cold there that  my fingers couldn't even take  a proper photo.
But those Robin's Nest papers and die cuts were just perfect for any Winter lo, so here is my first one.
As this page will be published in Ready- Set- Create web magazine in December, you only have 2 weeks to see it and then it will be out for publication for a month. So if this page gives you some inspiration- lift it or get an inspiration now.
And here is a bit about how to make this  page:
Use the Stripes with snowflakes  paper as your basic one.
Cut 20*20'' piece from Glitter Winter Snowflakes paper  for your second layer.
Make  your photo mat with Winter Fresh white carstock, staple it and glue your photo.
 Make a border punched strip from White with snowflakes cardstock, insert a thin light blue ribbon and glue it as shown inder your photo.
Hand cut a tree from Blue Trees  cardstock and glue it on  the left of your page. Cut your title from Glitter Winter Words  paper, ink the edges with blue ink, make the flag shape  and glue them near the photo.
Add the shiny sparcle ribbons around the title.
Add your Glitter Snowflake die cuts as shown, use one to  add some doodled snowfalkes on the basic paper by outlining them with a blue pen.
 Embellish the ornament on the dark paper with  Sea Glass and Early Dawn dew drops- you can add more , up to you. Enjoy your page!

Product list: Winter fresh white cardstock, White with Snowflakes cardstock, Snowflakes die cuts, Dew Drops- Sea glass, Early Dawn, Stripes with snowflakes paper, Blue trees paper, Glitter winter snowflakes paper, Glitter Winter Words

Friday, November 11, 2011

Advent Calendar

I love making advent calendars! This year I am using The Robin's Nest Paper to embellish one. I just cut squares to fit the box drawers (1 1/2") and punched holes for the top of the drawers. I inked the edges, added some stickers by The Robin's Nest for the dates. I ran out of stickers and cut some letters using The Robin's Nest Rebellious Red Glittered Chipboard and my Mickey Font Cricut Cartridge. On the back of the advent calendar I used The Robin's Nest PoinsettiaDew Drops to make a light garland and cut the title December 25 from The Robin's Nest
Sierra Pacific Advent Calendar
I love to use this for sharing small trinkets with the children during advent. Along with Lego Mini figures and small candies, I like to add scripture versus to some of the boxes and keep the focus of the Holiday fresh in the children's minds!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Festive Christmas Card Blog Hop!

Thank you for joining us for a another Festive Holiday blog hop!
So much inspiration month after month.
I made this card with supplies from The Robins Nest Christmas Glitter line,
I love all their Holiday goodness!

Please go next to Carol Berns, to find more Holiday Inspiration!
Thanks for hopping by!
~Michelle Frae Cummings

Monday, November 7, 2011

Give Thanks

Sometimes I have so much trouble cutting a beautiful sheet of paper to make into a card and yet I don't have pictures for it to be a layout so that's when I take a different route and use the entire sheet for a home decor project.  This was one of those times I just couldn't cut this gorgeous paper from The Robin's Nest.  I had the burlap canvas piece in my stash for a while and thought it would be the perfect base for this paper because it's kind of fallish.  I trimmed the paper just a little so I didn't take off much of the beautiful design to leave an edge of the canvas showing on each side.  Then, I placed the various Dew Drops around the fleur and on the turkey for his eye.  I used the "Give Thanks" rub-on in the corner and then adhered the paper to the canvas.  I, then, added the pumpkins, the Dew Drop leaves and the the Dew Drops to the corners for an extra bling.  I am so happy with this piece because I love to decorate for the holidays, but really didn't have a lot for Thanksgiving and now I do. 
Robin's Nest Products Used:

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Winner from our First Design Team Blog Hop

We are so excited to see so many people becoming new follower of our amazing design team and of our blog too.  Big Thank YOU!  - well, here are the Winner of the Hop - to claim your prize please email Terri Sproul at - with "winner" in the regards to get your coupon to our store. 
Winners of the $15 shopping spree at our on line store
From Terri Sproul Blog:  Chelsea Harmgton
From Iris Blog:  Trisha
From Jan Blog - Janice A
From Tenny Blog - Cathie W.
From Gini Blog - Viji Sidharth
From Becky Blog - Jeryl
From Clare Blog - Lillian Child
From Peg Blog - Sher
From Michelle Blog - RosenRobt
From Kristin Blog - Babe OMara
From Robin Nest Blog - Kelly Sas

And Our One Grand Prize Winner of a $50 Shopping Spree in our Store is

Thanks again for stopping by and become fan of Robin's Nest.  
Hope you all might consider apply to be apart of our Design Team. 
Winner to claim your prize remember to contact Terri Sproul at with "winner" in the regards- expires on November 26, 2011.

Proud As A Peacock

Hello Robin's Nest fans!  Jan here to show you just how easy it is to alter a frame with some of the beautiful Gliiter Writing paper offered by the Robin's Nest.  The frame was a thrift store find and I simply misted the matte board with Turquoise Glimmer Mist and added three 5.25" x 5.25" pieces of the Glitter Writing cardstock to the matte board.  I then reassemble the frame and hot glued the glittery peacock in place.  Check out the Chattering Robin's blog to see some more fun ideas!
Close up of the Peacock

Friday, November 4, 2011

"Thanks Giving" Paper Bag Album

This is the time I start thinking of making gifts for people. For everyone appreciates a hand made treasure anytime, don't you agree? This "Thanks Giving" mini book was created by placing 3 brown paper lunch sacks on top of each other, folding in half, then stapling it to make the base of the book.
  I cut and distressed various Robin Nest papers and attached them to the albums pages.

Rubons, punchies with foam tape and dew drops added elegance.
 Tabs were made using a punch, then distressed with ink before attaching to the pages.
 I distressed the papers with dark ink.
I trimmed the top of the album to create pockets for the tags and stapled bag openings on the sides.

I decorated the tags and front of the album with rubons, stickers and an assortment of ribbon/ fibers.
Materials used to create this album:
Glitter Gold Journal tags, Discovery Girl rub on, rusty hing and walnut distress ink, SU tab punch.
Thanks for coming by, see you next Friday! :)
~Michelle Frae Cummings

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