Tuesday, January 31, 2012

CHA Tuesday Morning

So I forgot to bring the camera down to the cafe this morning, sorry.
It was a great day yesterday. We connected with many companies that will become feature artists or companies/guest companies during the year. I am so excited for this. We have product that connects with thiers in wonderful ways.
Talking to old friends has been wonderful for me, after 2 years in Africa. I can see such a huge change in the industry. The big companies are no longer focusing on scrapbooking, but other crafts instead. This is nice for the smaller companies like us. We love to bring you wonderful designs, and new looks.
Flowers of course are a huge hit, and have been for a while. Spellbinders has some wonderful dies that create the base for your flowers. It is so fun to use thier dies with our papers, and their dies also cut through our glittered chipboard. I made a wonderful top of a box full of flowers using thier dies and large punches. I promise to post this later.
Probably the greatest need I see in the industry after 2 years of being gone, is the need to go back to the basics. Simple layouts, simple looks, simple papers. We carry these items. Not many companies do anymore. There are those layouts that are so full of "stuff" you wonder where the picture is and what it really is we are trying to accomplish on a page. The photo is the most important thing on the page, next to the journaling information about life, and feelings. Those are the real reasons we scrapbook!
We will be posting journaling books made with our journaling tags, with pics attached it brings your feeling and photos together for your children and extended family member to read about you and them.
We love to continue to show those simple layouts and needs. On our website there are small books and layout kits that fill these needs. They are for sale, and we will continue to add to these layouts for you the consumer to be able to purchase and complete pages in no time.
This morning gives me time to reflect on these things, the love I have for my family and the need I always feel about putting into my pages "history" as you might say about them.
We love sharing these ideas with you too. Keep plugging away at this beautiful hobby. We are creating great history books for our children and grand children, and thier children. This is the only way they will remember the wonderful times in thier lives with and without you.
Hugs to all of you today,


Monday, January 30, 2012

My Black and White Love

Hello, my dear Robin's Nest friends! This is Irit here again and this time with my non traditional Valentine project.
Sometimes I am just in love with  some colors or designs and this post is all about it. I am in love with Black and White (also I don't craft a lot in those colors, but my outfits are mostly B/W), and I am also very much in love with Tando Creative mini chipboard printers trays. And this time I combined both my loves ti make this altered project for you to see.

Product list:
Robin's Nest products: Black glitter cardstock,  Glitter Black and White Border  swirls , Glitter Black and White Animal printGlitter White on White Very Black Glitter Chipboard, Dew drops Black, White, Silver collection, Pearl White Diamond Dews, White Alphabet
Tando creative tray and all small chipboards
Creative Inspirations Paint embossing powders and paints
Prima flowers, Black Alphas  and lace
You don't need a tutorial to make this project, just to cut all possible B/W Robin's Nest cardstock and to arrange them under the  chipboard frame. Then embellish each section with whatever  you fancy: stamped vintage images, small  covered chipboards, flowers, lace, metals. I even painted small spools into black and white , covered the bird with some sparkle glitter, die cut black chipboard swirls, covered the sewing machine with black embossing powder and made this heat embossed frame.
Dew drops in black and white are  just perfect for this project! Make shapes with them, add them over the frame or swirls. you can go a bit crazy here, but remember that it's a very small (6*6'') item, so there is no space for big items to use.

Now you have a perfect Valentine gift in those non traditional colors.
Hope you like this project and see you again in two weeks

CHA Monday Morning

Good Morning Bloggers,
Yesterday was an amaising day! Here is our booth. We are upfront showing our Classified line, all in black and white. Then back farther you can see the other lines on thier boards. We are "ON TOUR" so each line comes from a different country. Love it. So does everyone else.

Soo Exciting!

I appologize I didn't get all of the photos on the blog yesterday. I am still a little old school, have an iphone, but don't know yet how to get the photos from it to here, will learn that when I get home. So have been waiting to get the photos off my camera. We didn't get back to the hotel until after 8, and then I was so tired Rachel brought dinner to the room. Mmmm, I must be getting old.

Here is the display on the end of our booth showing ideas using our products. Thanks to our design team this has turned out soo wonderful. Thank you for all your hard work. You can see that we have used papers to show how to do scrapbooking pages as well as boxes, books, paint cans, and memory boxes.

We started the day with Teri in our booth with Charity Wings filming a cute book she made using our new Classified line. Clock paper and Classfied sticker and chipboard tags, and she showed the NEW paper clips, you will love these!!

You can see this on Charity Wings blog and web site.

Last for this morning, I want to share from the Zimbabwe line, the world paper, and travel stickers. I love this paper, one of my favorite, oh, goodness, they all seem to be favorites, but this is the world paper!

This is my favorite layout I did for the show using our new world paper, and new stickers. I will post how to later, just tell me if you really want to know how to do this.

We have a line of stickers that matches chipboard die cuts, so they can be teamed together to make great layers on your pages, and be used on thier own as well. Isn't Rachel so cute!

Well, good-bye for this morning. We are off to another day at the show!


Sunday, January 29, 2012

CHA Sunday

We are set up and ready to go. The booth looks so fun with Michelle and Teri here, there will be make and takes today in the booth. Cute luggage tag to attach to your handcarry bag. I will post a photo today.
It will be fun to tell you the products ordered the most. So far the Classified line hits the mark, and everyone loves black and white. We have the cutest dew drop display which we will post today too.
It is fun and exciting to see old friends and meet new ones. That is my favorite thing to do when I come to show. There are no better friends that we have than the ones here. Over all the 10 years we have come to show, I am so very impressed with the Scrapbooking and Stamping store owners. This has to be the friendliest industry in the world, where friends stay friends forever. I just talked to one of these friends this last week. Tammy, my very special friend will always be just that. Her store is closed, and she is living a new adventure, even though scrapbooking is one of her favs of the day. But after all these years, we still hold our friendship close. She has been to my home and Dana and I to hers. We have a bond, kindred spirits for sure, that will last forever, and we met right here at CHA years ago.
We know that as the show opens today we will meet you again and hug and enjoy a catch-up. We will also meet new people too, we can't wait to form those new friendships too. Come by, we want to see you!
Well, I'm ready to put on my Robin's Nest shirt, and off to the show we go!

Happy Scrapbooking!


Friday, January 27, 2012

Wild About You Wall Decor

Sometimes it's great to scrap something that you can display on the wall and include all sorts of bulky embellishments and goodies! I just finished up this page which I
will hang on the wall and had a lot of fun with it!
I started by making my rolled roses. Both roses were made with paper printed on my Cricut Imagine. The large rose was cut with the CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge and the small rose with My Favorite things mini rolled rose die. I made another mini rolled rose with the same die out of felt in hot pink and inked the edges in red to give it some depth.
The base page is The Robin's Nest Lobster paper. I actually wanted a Valentine's day paper and thought that the lobsters look like lips! On that I added The Robin's Nest Animal stripe paper. I used the Martha Stewart Loop Border punch on The Robin's Nest Red Paisley paper to make a border stripe at the bottom of the zebra mat. I also used the Robin's Nest Velvet Ribbon at the top of the white stripe at the bottom. And can you see the quote? It says, "There's no place I'd rather be, than with you." Isn't it perfect for a Valentine's day page or card?! It's from the Robin's Nest Time Flies Rubon. v
I also used the small swirl by the small rose from this rubon set. For the large rubon, I used The Robin's Nest Viva la France rubon.The leaves near the large rose are Creative Memories punch and near the small rose the EK Success Dahlia Border punch was used. I added some of The Robin's Nest Dew Drops after Still and in the center of my roses. I am just crazy for the Fairy Dust Dew drops. The pearlized silver ones are so fab!

Supply List
The Robin's Nest Lobster paper (black and glitter red background)
The Robin's Nest Glitter Animal Stripe
The Robin's Nest Fairy Dust Dew Drops (after Still)
The Robin's Nest Primary Dew Drops (center of flowers)
The Robin's Nest Time Flies Rubon
The Robin's Nest Viva la France Rubon
The Robin's Nest Ribbon Velvet Ribbon
The Robin's Nest Red Paisley paper (at the bottom of the zebra stripe mat)
My Favorite Things Mini Rolled Rose die
Martha Stewart Loop Border punch (under Zebra mat)
EK Success Dahlia Border Punch (leaves for small rose)
Cricut Imagine and Imagine More Cartridge (patterned paper on Rose)
Cricut, Close to My Heart Art Philosophy Cartridge (Large Rolled rose)
Close To My Heart Chipboard Alphas (S)
Anna Griffin Peyton Collection Chipboard Letters (black letters)
White Heart Doily Target
Making Memories Sheer Frame Flower Black
White Card Stock
Red Card Stock
Black Card Stock
K & Company Glitter Letters (Wild)
Creative Memories Leaf punch

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Festive Friday- Blog Hop #2

Welcome back for the 2nd Christmas card of the year!
For this creation, I kept things simple. I used Black and
and Blue Dew Drops from the Hydrangea bottle.
I also used a heart scalloped punch, circle scalloped punch, red and black ink,
and chipboard letters from a $1 bin.
Thanks for coming by!
 Please visit the rest of the artist to see their creations and check out some blog candy!
~ Michelle Frae Cummings


Double Scrapbook Layout with Page Maps

By Amanda Marks

Welcome to my second Robin's Nest Design Team Post.  Today I will be sharing a double scrapbook layout - I did Page Maps for both 8 1/2" x 11" and 12" x 12".

2 Brown Pieces of Card Stock (Mine is The Paper Company Natural Pack)
1 Sheet of Orange Crackle from The Robin's Nest
Scrap White Card Stock
Craft Knife
Glue (Herma Glue Dots and Zig Memory System® 2 Way Glue)
Brown Ribbon
Dew Drops - I used Brown and Yellow
Favorite Font (I used Pablo - You can download it here)
Bic® Mark-Its™ (Sunset Orange and Woodsy Brown)
Zig Memory System® Millennium 05 Red Pen (For Journaling)
Antique Linen Tim Holtz® Distress Stain
Spiced Marmalade Tim Holtz® Distress Ink™
Walnut Stain Tim Holtz® Distress Ink™
Ridge Scissors

Page Maps - click on the photos to download PDF Page Map:

8 1/2" x 11" Page 1 

12"x12" - Page 1

8 1/2"x11" - Page 2 Outside

8 1/2""x11" - Page 2 Inside

12" x 12" - Page 2

My pages (my daughter loves them!)

Notes about the pages:  The Journaling Sections are white card stock cut out with Ridge Scissors.  Antique Linen Stain applied to the full space, the Spice Marmalade was rubbed around the edges and very thin layer of Walnut Stain was also applied to the edges.

The Title was typed into Word and printed out, colored with Bic® Mark-its™ and cut out with an Exacto (Craft) Knife.

The ribbon was applied with the Zig 2 Way Glue (I got it from my grandma - no spool so I don't have a name brand I used).

I personally like to handwrite my journaling because it makes it a tad more personal.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Tie that Binds- Glitter Papers

Valentines Day is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with a little GLITTER!!! Hey there everyone, Erika Taylor here today to share with you a Valentines card I created using some amazing papers from The Robins Nest.

For this card I selected Teal Glitter Card Stock, Glitter Cream Animal Print and Red on Red Rope papers. I'm adore the combination of creams, whites, reds and teal here. With that hint of black for contrast. To add a little bling to the card, I used Metallic Red Dew Drops. I love how well the glitter papers adhere together using Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive. The Dew Drops are adhered using Helmar Gemstone Glue.

 And now for the full card. I love how that little Metallic Dew Drop makes the perfect "O".

Perhaps a little unconventional for a Valentines card color wise, but I know that my husband is going to love it.

Thanks so very much for stopping by today. Don't forget, if you are attending CHA this coming week, stop by The Robins Nest at booth #1656

Until next time
Erika Taylor

Monday, January 23, 2012

Treasure Chest of Dreams

 There are only a few more days before Winter CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) where all of the new crafting supplies we use and love each year are first revealed to the craft world and it has always been a dream of mine to be able go or to have some of my design work there to share with everyone.  This year thanks to The Robin's Nest some of my projects are there! The theme for the booth is "travel" so I used the fabulous papers and embellishments from The Robin's Nest to create this treasure chest.  It will be on display in the Robin's Nest booth (Booth #1656) so if you are going to CHA this weekend be sure to stop by and check it out and check out all the wonderful creations of the amazing Robin's Nest design team.  If you can't go to CHA be sure to check out the projects of the team here on the Chattering Robin's Blog.  It's just as exciting as being there! 



Robin's Nest Products Used on the Treasure Chest of Dreams:

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Robin's Nest Shadow Box

Well this is my second installment as Design Team Member for The Robin's Nest. I wanted to do something other than a scrapbook or card so this is what I came up.  This project will be on display at CHA in The Robin's Nest booth #1656.  Hope you come by to check it out along with my first project!  Let's get started.  I start with a blank box by McGuffey Woodworking.  I really like these boxes because the back comes off so you can design on a flat surface.
Next I decide which way I want to use the box.  For this project I turned it so the three small openings are in the upper right hand corner.  Then I use a pencil to trace all the grid marks.  This allows me to have a guide.  You can go a little over the lines and they are covered by the dividers!  No curling paper or pieces coming up!  Now I find all the papers I want to use and cut them to size.
Then I glue them in place.  I place the grid over the top just to make sure I have cut everything correctly.
I like how it looks so I remove the grid and start to decorate the sections.  I start with some stickers and great rub-ons.  They work really well and get a wonderful image.  Afterwards I add a touch of glitter.
Next I went to the trusty Tear Drops and made some very colorful and dimensional flowers.
I just continued to add embellishments until all panels are filled.  I will go through them so you can see what I did in each one.
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I used a Peacock Feather stencil from Dreamweaver with Blue Glossy Paste. On the next on is a paper flower.  I added glitter on the feather and the flower.
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Rub-ons were used for the words and the dragonflies.  I added glitter to the vines of the paper and to the dragonfly wings.  I used Diamond Glaze from Judikins to do this.  In the 3 small boxes I used Glossy accents and diamond shape Tear Drops to make the designs.  I added a round Tear Drop in the centers.
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I loved this western theme paper and had a couple of stickers I used to give it a layered look.
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The top portion is the flowers I made and the horses are from Dreamweaver.  I embossed them with Black Glossy Paste.  I sprinkled a little bit of glitter over the horses and added some black Dew Drops just for fun.  The black paste holds them in place. Otherwise I used Glossy Accents as my adhesive.
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Again, I had some epoxy stickers in my stash and used them.  The leaves are some outline stickers in copper.
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The top is a sticker and made it look attached with Dew Drops.  I did add Diamond Glaze over the sticker for dimension.  The leaf is just applied and I added some random "bling" just for fun.
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More bling, a flower, a rub-on & Tear Drop for the grouping of three.  For the panel with the stag, I cut out the tree sticker then used the stag stencil from Dreamweaver Stencils in Copper Embossing Paste.
And the finished box....
I hope you have enjoyed this post!  Happy Creating...

Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Wild & Sassy - Scrapbox!

This, my dear friends, is a scrapbox. Fun to make and fun to give. It's a "mini-book" contained in itself. Eons ago, when I first started selling my hand made crafts, I sold these. I called them "exploding" scrapboxes, because that's what they are! You see before you a little gift and when you take off the lid, it "explodes" with color and personality, waiting to be adorned with precious memories.

This particular box is just one of my creations for The Robins Nest, booth #1656 at CHA! I will be there  Sunday, January 29th 11:00am- 4:00pm. If you are going to be at the show, please come by and say Hi!

The following materials were used to make this box.
Black card stock, black ribbon, eyelet setter, 2 medium eyelets, 8 brads, Paper Trimmer with score blade, scissors, adhesive, decorative border punch, glitter glue, background stamp, pink and black ink.
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Lets get started shall we?

Choose a  12 x 12 sheet to be your outside and set aside.
Choose a 12 X 12 sheet to be the middle section and cut to a 10 ½ " x 10 ½ " square.
Choose a 12 X 12 sheet to be the inner most section and cut to a 9" x 9" square.

*Tip- Double sided papers work best, but you can always cover up blank spots with background stamps like I did.

Score the 12 x 12 square at 4" from all edges, creating 9 squares.
Score the 10 ½ x 10 ½ square at 3 ½" from all edges, creating 9 squares.
Score the 9 x 9 square at 3" from all edges, creating 9 squares.

With your scissors cut off the corner squares, on each sheet leaving the middle square and one square on each side of the middle.

*Tip-  If you want to create pockets, only cut 1 side of square, and fold on score line into a pocket. Save cut squares for photo mounts on the saved squares. Alternate designs for a nice effect.

Fold the score lines on each sheet creating the inside of a box look
Place middle sized box on the out side of the smallest and the largest on the out side of the middle. (Like stacking the boxes)
Adhere the middle squares (only!) to each other (Stacking them).

*Tip- The animal print papers are just right for inking, so sassy! Add any punched borders and stamped backgrounds while you fit the smaller squares into the larger ones.

Cut your last sheet of cardstock down to 8 ½ x 8 ½
Score it 1" and 2 1/8 " from all edges, creating a 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" square in the center.
With your scissors cut on the top and bottom (only)  2 1/8 " lines down to the 2 1/8 " lines from the side.
Fold all scored lines and pinch the corner score toward the inside of the lid.
*Tip- Secure the corners of the lid with brads, staples or adhesive.

Place the lid on the box. A perfect fit!
Keep the lid on the box and mark 1/2" down from the bottom lid with a pencil on both sides. Take off lid and carefully punch and set hole with a eyelet setter. Tie and knot your ribbon from the inside so it can loop around the box like a big bow on a a pretty present. Fill squares with photos, recipes, or favorite sayings. Add a ornament or extra gift inside the center and suprise a friend or family member.

To see some of my "past" scrapboxes, please visit here.
If you have any questions in making your own, feel free to contact me here.

~ Michelle Frae Cummings

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Love Scrapbooking

I logged on 3 times today waiting for the new post. Ok, Hello Robin, it's my turn to post. Serously, you would think I would know what day it is today. I finished my last task today for the CHA booth. I have been arduously working on the displays for the booth since Christmas, does that mean that designing isn't fast or I'm just slow. Not sure which it is but, I am excited to be working on pages with the new products. I am so excited for the new products to show. I especially love the Classified line. I have never been a black and white person with clothing, but over the last 2 years black became a part of my wardrobe, so it must be rubbing off. There are such cute things to go with the papers, new stickers, paper clips to die for, and rinestone ribbon. You will love it.
The other thing I really love from the Robin's Nest line is the glitter chipboard. It comes in 6x6 squares, and is perfect to run through the die cut machines with out having to cut it first. It makes such a cute addition to the pages we make, the die cuts, but also if you use the entire square and cut a cute edge on it, it helps the pictures pop. Try it, you will fall in love for sure.
I just signed on Pintrest this week. Wow, what a great place to find ideas. Who needs to go shopping for the things you need. You can find it, pin it, and go back to you personal pins, and use the ideas over and over again. Awesome. I am a believer, especially since I live in a small town and the variety of stores in a small town isn't quite there. I found so many things I loved right away. What a great site. I have pinned some of the designers ideas on there too, and within minutes they were being repined by others who saw them. Sooo Cool. Valentines is coming close, so I am posting this layout with our Hears paper and stripe. All our product lines have a classic that goes with it, so here is Classic red swirl on this page, with glitter chipboard die cuts in heart shapes. Dew drops are the finishing touch. This is Becca Ann one of our grandaughers.
We look forward to sharing more and more with you of the new products we have created. Most of them have already been put on the web site. I know the site is a bit hard to manuver, we ask to be patient with us on it, currently we are working with a web designer to make it better and easier.

Happy Scrapbooking,


Monday, January 16, 2012

Mini Album w/ Becky Conley

Hey all you crafty peeps! This week I created a mini album with some gorgeous Robin's Nest papers. It's simple but yet so pretty when you see the gorgeous papers in person. I started with a board book from Kaiser Craft.

Robin's Nest Supplies:
Brown on Brown glitter snowflake
Glitter Daisy Honeycomb
Glitter Reindeer stripe
Belgian Chocolate Glitter
Brown on Brown Fleur
Brown Dew Drops
Brown Velvet Ribbon

First, I cut the Belgian Chocolate Glitter to the size of the cover, then painted with acrylic brown and bronze. The recessed area is filled with a heart that is a wood shape I covered with dimensional blue paint, I accented the empty areas with Brown Dew Drops and then filled in with golden mini beads.

The bindings are tied with Brown Velvet Ribbon and some brown gross grain ribbon. The overall size is 6.5 x 7".

I used many Robin's Nest papers to create pages inside.

Thank you so much for stopping the Chattering Robin's blog, please become a follower for project ideas and crafty inspiration!


Saturday, January 14, 2012

My glitter garden

Hello, my dear Robin's Nest friends ! Irit is here again with my first post during my second term on this fantastic team.
This time I decided to show you how you can make your own glitter garden, using Robin's Nest most gorgeous glitter cardstocks and glitter chipboards.
The base of this project is this cheap acrylic frame and I actually covered it with home die cut flowers and leaves.
Products used here:
Acrylic frame
Robin's Nest products:
Glitter Chipboards:red lime green, pink, yellow
Other products: Sizziz flower and leaves dies, EK Success flower and leaves punches
Chipboard butterfly (A2Z Scraplets)
Creative Inspiration Paints: Mellow Yellow, Sunshine, Rustic Red, Evergreen, Citrus
Fancy Pants swirl and flowers stamps
Staz-on white ink
How I did it:
1. Stamp some flowers and swirls with Staz- On over acrylic frame top. As you can see only the small portions of it are seen after I covered it with all flowers and leaves.
2. Die cut and punch lots and lot of flowers, leaves and swirls  from all papers and glitter chipboards. Use dies to cut your glitter chipboards and punches for cardstock and paper, as chipboards are too thick for punches. Assemble your flowers and begin to glue them over the frame. First glue the swirls, then some big flowers, then add  leaves and small flowers and try to make  it to look as a random collection.

3. Glue dew drops as your flower centers: make a small center flowers over the big flowers and add just one drop over the small ones. Add  Tear drops as your leaves over the small leave branches.
4. Now for the painting. As the glitter was too bright, I decided to soften it with a bit of water colors, so I added some light paint layer over the chipboard flowers. The white glitter cardstock was just perfect for resist painting, so I painted  over the white flowers and then  cleaned the paint from the glitter parts using a baby wipes.

Finally I added this chipboard huge butterfly, painted and glitter covered  and my shiny garden was done.
And a finished project

You can do the similar project too: just go to Robin's Nest shop, pick some glitter products and Dew Drops and give yourself a freedom to be a bit crazy.
See you in two weeks with another glittery project.
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