Thursday, March 29, 2012

"Hippity, Hoppity...Hop!" ~ A Easter ATC

 " Hippity, Hoppity...Hop!"
 I wanted to make something cute, yet collectible.
So I created this egg shaped ATC.
 In case you are new to ATC's they are mini works of art meant for trading, only.
Also known as Artist Trading Cards. Like baseball or Pokemon cards! ATC's need to be 3.5" x  2.5" or smaller. I just drew a egg shape onto a existing card, cut it out and now had a template.
I began by tracing the egg onto the back of Green Butterflies cardstock.
 I also traced the egg onto Glitter Spring Stripe cardstock. I cut bunny's from Easter Bunny cardstock and the words from Bunny Stripe cardstock. Sprinkles  is the name of the mini dews that I added for the Wow effect!
 After I cut the design from the Green Butterflies, I adhered it to the striped egg with foam tape. Then  I added the bunny, words and lastly the mini dews! Cute, huh? 

If you want to make some ATC's to trade, always make a extra for your self in case you don't get one back in a by mail trade. You can find plenty of  ATC  trading sites on Yahoo groups.
Many will have a theme so you can choose the swap that is right for you.
Always add your information on the back of each ATC:
Name of the swap, your name, your contact info/blog, date made, and series # -1 of 6, 2 of 6, 3 of 6....and so on. Then put your ATC into same size sleeves or zip lock baggies. These can be found anywhere baseball trading cards are sold.
For more information on how to make & store your ATC's, please visit this post, and for more ATC "eye candy"...go here.
Thanks for coming by!
I hope to have inspired you to try making some ATC's of your own. :)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Royal Vacation with Royal products

Hello, My dear Robin's friends!  It's Irit here with my  new Royal page made with a mix of royal Robin's Nest glittery products.
I used Little Girls Crowns as a basic cardstock, added the Ancient Map over ( kind of a strange geography there, for sure). Then I hand cut a lot of pieces from Glittery Palm Tree  cardstock and added some matting from Tropical Voyage paper. The rub- ons from Palm tree gave me this " add red" color. I also used some clippies from  Ancient Clippies and the Star Fish as my major embellishment.
The glitter red  Shimmering Straw  ribbon was just perfect around this Tando Creative compass painted with Ranger distress paint. Glitter chipboard  strip was added under the photo and I used AC letters for my title.
Hope you like this page and see you next time with more Robin's Nest projects.

Eggs, Eggs, Eggs

Hello Friends,
Easter is around the corner, and we all ready ourselves for this special season. Today we are showing styrofoam eggs covered in Dew Drops. I personally cannot take credit for these beautiful eggs. Rachel's mother in law Chris Case made these. She used Helmar gem glue and The Best Glue Ever.
I have been so taken by the beauty of these eggs that I wanted to share them with you. They are simple to make, just using different colors of Dew Drops in your design, and adhering them to the egg. She used the round Dew Drops but also used the Diamond Drops for a special look all of its own.
Dana and I are back home again, working in the yard now trying to recover it from 2 years of growth. Our special friends kept the lawn watered and mowed. Dana trimmed the trees this week and last week, we have 3/4 of an acre of property, so lots of fruit trees. We have piles of branches and huge limbs now cut from the trees before the sap flows. We also decided to get rid of some trees that I have never liked. Nice thing on a few of them, the lilacs came up in the same spot on thier own, so they will take over the space of the discarded trees. Makes me happy. We live where the elevation is higher, so no blossoms have popped from the trees yet. However, when we trimmed the apricot tree that is in the front of our house, I cut a vase full of branches and the vase now sits on the island in our kitchen. Blossoms should start popping today or tomorrow, they were so close last night when I checked them. Love having early blossoms in the house. One of the reasons spring is so much fun. Under the blossoms is my big Easter bunny with these beautiful eggs in her basket.
Pastels all around just bring so much joy, and such a beautiful change from winter. This is the one thing I missed the most living in Africa, the change of seasons. Fall to winter, winter to spring. My tulips have started popping from the ground, I am anxious to see thier blooms, it will still be a while, we are probably a month away from those blooms.
I have spent the last few days catching up on layouts for the website. Today I plan on starting to put them on the web. We have such a beautiful collection of papers and new stickers. The paper clips have become one of my favorites, such fun things to do with them. And of course, how can I finish a page without dew drops. It feels naked without them. This is what happens when you are so hooked on them!!!
Enjoy your week!
Ciao.... Robin

Monday, March 26, 2012

Exercising The Right To Vote

I was sitting on the floor the other night looking through all of the wonderful Robin's Nest papers I have deciding what my next project would be and listening to my son talk about getting to vote for the first time in the primaries that were coming up in a few days.  As I looked through the papers I found this fun flag paper and embellishments and knew that my project would have to be a layout of my son voting for his first time.  We are lucky to have the polling place right across the street from our house so I was able to take a picture of the sign outside of the building.  After my husband and I had voted we were talking to some of the polling officials and they even said it would have been ok for me to take pictures of our son casting his vote...wish I would have know that sooner to bring the camera, but oh well.  I love how this layout turned out anyways. Since the Robin's Nest Design Team and Purple Cows teamed up together this month, I used the new Purple Cows Roll It Pattern Stamp Brayer with the star roller to do the background behind the "Vote Here" sign.  I love the new Purple Cows tools!  They are so much fun! 

Robin's Nest Products Used: 

Furling Flag Paper
USA Stickers
Hillside Mini Dews

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Blast From The Past with The Robin's Nest

I was going through some photos trying to figure out my post for this week and I really wanted to use the pretty glitter papers and the cut out print paper. These papers from The Robin's Nest really work well with this layout. I love all the delicate flowers on the cut out layer. I also had some really fun products from The Purple Cow to play with for this post! So let's get started.
I used the repositionable punch from The Purple Cow to punch all 4 corners of my base paper. You and make designs or rows easily with these punches but for this design I opted for the corners only.
I added the pre-cut layer over the glittery page. I know that if covers a lot of the glitter but for now I just wanted a hint of sparkle.
Next I used a different punch to decorate one corner only of my photo. I liked how this punch also looked a little "crown" like. It seemed to go well with princess theme.

I love the way the corner looks! It has such a pretty look and gives just a little extra something to the photo. I did the same thing to the other photo on the opposite side.
Now for some more creative fun. The Purple Cow has a very cool product. It is a rubber stamp roller! It has interchangeable designs and is so fun and easy to use. Ink it up and roll!

I did three separate pieces as I wanted to use one on each of the three photos I picked to use in this project! ALSO many of the papers from The Robin's Nest, like this, it is pretty with sparkle on one side and solid royal blue on the back so it was perfect for layering the photographs.
I wanted the paper to have the same affect as if it were ribbon. And the extra sparkle on the paper makes it pop!

Here I added a beautiful Crystal from Connie Crystal. It gives extra sparkle and shine to the project. I made sure the point of the crystal hit the point of the paper.
Now for a little chocolate and some lettering! I LOVE the glitter letters for titles on my pages. They are not over-powering but give just enough sparkle. And while you are creating who doesn't need a Sixlet!!!
Yes, it really does say 1979! Yes, a very long time ago, but that is OK. And no making fun of my home town name either. I am very proud that I was Miss Knob Noster of 1979! And the glitter letters make it even better!

Now to add the Tear Drops to add that special little something. I framed the names of my good friends that were 1st & 2nd runner up. What good memories. I also accented the centers of the little flowers on the paper along with the corners and various other areas. I finished this all off with three, 3D stickers from K & Co. I had them in my stash and they just seemed to fit. So here is the finished project.
I love that all the little details just add to this page. So glad I had the perfect papers and accents from The Robin's Nest for this fun page. This was one of the best memories from my high school and it was fun to go down memory lane. I remember my sweet friends, the town that was a special place to grow up and holding the title of Miss Knob Noster!

Happy Creating,

Friday, March 23, 2012

Using Square Punches on Circular Paper

Once again The Robin's Nest has teamed up with Purple Cows to share fabulous products and projects. Today, I am sharing how to use a "square" punch with paper circles. The Purple Cows punch is actually not limited to squares, but the guide lines on the punch might lead you to think so. So, I'm sharing my tips on getting the best looks when working with these punches and circles.
1) Always practice on scrap paper! I keep a purge pile handy for such practice punches filled with paper that I will never use on pages. These usually come from paper stacks or kits that I purchase.
2) Use regular intervals. On the page at the top, I centered the Purple Cows Craft Geek Winter Punch It in the middle of the cogs on my cut from the Cricut Elegant Edges. For the circle quilt medallion, I drew lines on the back of a circle in the middle and then in between. I lined the punch up with the lines and punched around the circle, I flipped the circle and lined up my original punches with the mirror image guidelines on the punch. I love how the image created looks like a quilt block!
3) Be Consistent in your placement from the edge of the motif.

To finish the medallion on the scrap book page, I added The Robin's Nest Dew Drops to the Purple Cows punched motif and sewed a circle in the center (hard to see sewing after adding pictures). I added the title from the Martha Stewart Season Cricut Cake Cartridge, cut with more of The Robin's Nest Paper.
For the background paper, I used plain white card stock and The Purple Cows Roll it Dots ball, in three ink colors to pull together the three colors of The Robin's Nest paper I used. It also helped my white card stock to not look so stark against the other colored papers. I love this tool and the space filler in me will definitely be using it again!
The eggs were cut with the Cricut Easter 2010 Cartridge, and then punched with the Purple Cows Punch it Winter tool. I played with the white egg to make it look like the fabulous Ostrich eggs we once saw in Switzerland. On top of the eggs, I added some more of The Robin's Nest Dew Drops.
Supply List
The Robin's Nest Distressed Honeycomb Paper
The Robin's Nest Shocking Pink Sorbet Glitter Paper
The Robin's Nest Glitter Blue Raspberry Sorbet paper
The Robin's Nest Pink Coral Mini Dew Drops
The Robin's Nest Under the Sea Dew Drops
The Robin's Nest Cotton Candy Dew Drops
The Robin's Nest Hydrangea Dew Drops
Purple Cows Craft Geek Punch It Winter
Purple Cows Craft Geek Punch It Spring (Quilt block)
Purple Cows Roll It
Fine point pen
Cricut Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake Cartridge
Cricut Easter 2010 Cartridge
Inkadinkadoo Mindscapes Stamp (Butterfly)
Journaling block (I got this from a swap so no source known)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Festive Friday Blog Hop - #6

Angelic card and matching envelope.

For this weeks blog hop, I wanted to make a card with a matching envelope, while showing off more of The Robins Nest glittered papers!
I used a generic 3.5" X 6.5" envelope,   Glitter Snow Angels cardstock,  White Snow Glitter cardstock, Glitter Trees cardstock, a Fiskars  border punch, scissors and a glue stick.
As you can see, it was rather easy to construct this card.
I added a bit of the border and a Angel to the front of the envelope.
For the inside , I traced the envelope to the back side of the glitter tree paper and cut it out smaller than the traced outline. Then I cut it at the crease of the envelope and glued it in place. One more Angel cutout was added for the final touch. :)

Thank you for coming by and checking out my Festive card, next on this blog hop is Cheryl Lindsay.
If you are coming by for the first time and would like to start from the beginning, please visit Terri Sproul.
Happy Blog Hopping!
~ Michelle Frae Cummings

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

My New Frame/Desk Storage

Don't forget to check out the Page Map Challenge and enter your projects to win a great prize!

I really wanted to make something for my desk especially when I realized my desk is seriously lacking in storage and pictures of my children so that had to change.  My husband brought home a wooden box from work and I knew that was going to be my "new" storage for my desk.

Wooden Box
The Robin's Nest is Glitter Copper Butterfly Paper
Mod Podge®
Apple Barrel® Black Paint
Folk Art® Metallic Antique Copper
Elmer Glue-All
Chip Board
Metal Ruler
Plexi-Glass (I break real glass)
Purple Cows® Winter Punch-It
Dew Drops
3D Crystal Lacquer
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Dusty Concord
Tsukineko #11 Iridescent Embossing Powder
Brown Card Stock

The Wooden Box - my husband brought this home from work for me.

 1.  Take box trace around the outside on the backside of the paper.  Cut out the paper.

 2.  Ink the edges of the paper.

 3.  I painted the box black and added the Elmer's Glue-All and painted the copper paint over the glue.  This created a crackle effect on the inside cover and on the edges.

 4.  Add the Mod Podge® to the box and to the back of the back of the paper, be liberal with it.  It will prevent bubbling on the paper.

 5.  I added the Mod Podge® to the outside as well to help smooth the paper.  Once the Mod Podge® is dried I too the Tim Holtz Dusty Concord Ink Pad and went around the edges and blended it with my finger.  Cutting the glitter chipboard to 1 1/2" height I punched the squares.  I added the punched squares to chipboard.  Note:  I would recommend punching the chipboard on a very sturdy table for leverage (I used my dining room table).

 5.  Cutting the chipboard with an Exacto Knife to form a frame.  I used the Dusty Concord as the Embossing Ink and poured the Embossing Powder over the frame.  Using a Heat Gun set the Embossing Powder.  The spots that were missed I covered with the Metallic Copper Paint.  I glued Plexi-glass  to inside of the frame and added a piece of brown card stock to cover the back, leaving the top part opened to slip a photo in.  I added the paper to the frame to make gluing the frame to the box easier.  I added the Dew Drops center of the square to complete the box.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Summer Scrapbook Layout

Hello and welcome to my Robin's Nest post. It's barely spring but I'm yearning for much warmer weather :o) I pulled out some of the summer pool fun photos and had a great time creating this very layered scrapbook layout.

Teal Stamp card stock
Daisy Stripe card Stock
Glitter Wedding Swirl card Stock
Teal Woven Mesh
Glitter Chipboard: Teal, yellow and gold
Blue Glitter Card Stock Letters: Classic
Fresh Mowed Grass Dew Drops: yellow ones

Other Supplies:
gold embossed card stock, Star Punches (3 sizes), Teal Color Wash (Ranger Ink) Circle punches (2 sizes and traced a CD as large circle template) Embellie Gellie (ScraPerfect)

I used this sketch as my inspiration for the layout but changed a few things. I "liked" it on it belongs to Susan Springfellow at

Tip 1: Add color to embossed papers with ink or color washes. I tinted the Glitter Wedding Swirl card Stock with teal color wash so it would compliment this layout.

Tip 2: I cut the Daisy Stripe paper nearly in half and turned the second piece 90 degrees to create a side and bottom border.

Tip 3: Use Embellie Gellie to pick up and accurately place small embellishments such as the Fresh Mowed Grass Dew Drops.

Thank you for stopping by. I challenge you to use this sketch to inspire you to create a fun layout too. Please visit often and become a follower for more project ideas and inspiration.

Scrap on!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

St Patricks Day Card and Gold Dew Drops

Today is a day filled with leprechauns and gold. A day to give Irish Blessing to others and of course have a pint of green beer or better yet Guinness. Hello everyone and Happy St Patrick's Day to you! Erika Taylor here today to share with you a St Patrick's Day card I created using a few beautiful papers from The Robins Nest.

For this card I used a combination of Glitter Gold on Cream Swirl, Glitter Clover Border and Glitter Copper Butterflies papers. I added a smidgen of orange card stock to give that Irish flag flare and finished the card up with a few gold mini dew drops from the Regency minis.

Now you may be asking, where the Glitter Copper Butterflies paper is? The beautiful green damask circle on the top of the card is the b side of this paper. I LOVE IT!!!!

I think the Classic Glitter Swirls papers are so stunning, and really can add a bit of elegance to any project.

Here is the finished card full of Irish wishes and luck.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. i hope your St Patrick's Day is filled with good luck and great memories. Until next time I leave you all with an Irish Blessing

A Wish for a Friend Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

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