Monday, April 30, 2012


We had so much fun on our 
Earth Day Blog Hop
I hope you check out all the amazing project
on each of our Design Team Blogs

The winner for the Leather Binder is
Bethany Becker

Please contact
Terri Sproul
to claim your prize...

remember to check the other blogs to see if you won

Friday, April 27, 2012

Lucky Me Mini Album

This month The Robin's Nest is swapping product with Want2Scrap. So, I got a package with some goodies from both companies and had to make this adorable Lucky Me mini album! There are a lot of items on the supply list this time, so I will be high lighting the items from The Robin's Nest and Want2Scrap. If you see something that I haven't listed please let me know and I will get you the details. I started with Want2Scraps Me Tabbed Album and covered it with The Robin's Nest Classified Card stock. To highlight the motif in the Classified card stock, I colored it with Copic markers. The Lucky was cut with Cricuts Indie Art in The Robin's Nest Lime Glitter Chipboard, using the deep cut blade with a multicut of 2. I love how easily The Robin's Nest Chipboard cuts and how well it matches my projects. I added the Want2Scrap Shamrock Chipboard Embellishment, covered with The Robin's Nest Glitter Black Starfish (green paper) and colored it with Copics again. I added the rolled rose from My Favorite Things in felt, a punched leaf, some rubons and a button with string to finish my cover.
Pages two and three were covered with The Robin's Nest Glitter Black and White Animal Stripe, and Red Sorbet Glitter Card stock. The Queen title was created with Microsoft Word using the Word Art function and then cut in Sure Cuts a Lot using The Robin's Nest Gold Glitter Chipboard. The crown is Want2Scrap painted with gold wash. I then used some embossing paste, with a stencil I cut with my Cricut and Sophisticated and glittered with Art Glitter.
Oh, I will be using this technique again! I added some Golden berry dews drops from The Robin's Nest
On pages 4 and 5, I used The Robin's Nest Black and White Clock paper with a title from the Storybook Cartridge from Cricut. The pink glitter is also TRN Shocking Pink Sorbet Glitter Card stock. The heart is made with Want2Scrap Chipboard Shapes Style D. All I did is overlap the bottom of two swirls to form the bottom and glue. I painted this with Terri Sprouls Mixers in Rose Pearl mixed with Crystal Lacquer by Sakura and added a few pearl dew drops by TRN and I have a beautiful embellishment for less! The swirl was created with Black/White/Silver Dew Drops and some black stickles. Oh, and that fabulous paper, also TRN, is Glitter Black and White Glitter Swirl.

On pages 6 and seven the papers are TRN Silver Fleur de-lis and Glitter Letter paper. I made another flower using the TRN White Flowers and pink dew drops. The sewing machine was cut with the Heritage Cricut cartridge and I stamped the dress form. The Create is cut in TRN Glitter Silver Chipboard with my Cricut using Home Decor and the scissors is from Wall Decor. The Everyday is from Creative Memories and is on top of the TRN black glitter Journaling.
And the last page was cut with TRN Silver Paisley on Black. Love this fabulous paper! I then used some glitter chipboard letters from my stash, but these cut be cut with TRN glitter chipboard too. So, next time your working on a mini album and your wondering how to pull together all your photos and their colors, give this black and white look a chance with beautiful papers by TRN!

Supply List
 The Robin's Nest Classified Card stock
The Robin's Nest White Flowers
The Robin's Nest Silver Fleur de-lis
The Robin's Nest Black Glitter Journaling
The Robin's Nest Glitter Black and White Border Swirl
The Robin's Nest Glitter Black Starfish
The Robin's Nest Lime Glitter Chipboard
The Robin's Nest Shocking Pink Sorbet Glitter Card stock
The Robin's Nest Silver Paisley on Black
The Robin's Nest Glitter Black and White Animal Stripe
The Robin's Nest Red Sorbet Glitter Card stock
The Robin's Nest Black/White/Silver Metallic Dew Drops
The Robin's Nest Glitter Silver Chipboard
The Robin's Nest Golden berry Dew drops
The Robin's Nest Glitter Gold Chipboard
Want2Scrap Me Tabbed Chipboard Album
Want2Scrap Shamrock Chipboard Embellishments
Want2Scrap Chipboard Shaped D
Terri Sprouls Mixers Rose Pearl by Sakura

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Festive Friday Blog Hop - #8 "Musical Angels"

 This week for my Christmas card idea, I came up with not one, but three cards to show off some Robins Nest papers and dews and these beautiful Angel stickers. I simply folded a 12x12 sheet of yellow paper in half. Then I used my paper trimmer to cut it into 3 - 4X6 folded cards.
 Next I added smaller than 4x6 rectangles of Purple Fleur,  and then a even smaller piece of Olive Fleur.
I added some detail stickers and my Angels which due to their transparency, adhered them to white paper, cut them out and added them with foam tape.
Lastly I added Red Dew Drops and Ornament Mini-Dew Drops for the final effect.
Musical Angels are part of psxdesign.

Thank you for coming by and seeing my cards! Here is the list of the Festive Friday participants so you can hop along and see more amazing creations!
~ Michelle Frae Cummings

~ Michelle Frae Cummings

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Album

Teacher Appreciation day is right around the corner, this project is a fun way to say Thank You and to get the whole class involved with saying Thank You too.  I sent a very simple email to all the parents in the class stating I was making an album for the teacher and I would love each student to draw a picture to put in the album.  Much to my surprise the response was overwhelming almost every parent sent in a picture created by their child.  My job was to put them all together in an album I wanted something simple but practical so I decided to create my own album to showcase the children's work. 

Mat Board or Chip Board (11"x 12" for and 8 1/2"x11" Pages)
Beacon 3 in 1 Glue
Linen Ribbon
Exacto Knife (MUST BE SHARP!)
Hole Punch
2 Sheets of Aquamarine Glitter - The Robin's Nest
Build a Banner - HOTP 7380
Inspirations - Earth, Wind & Fire (Blue Odyssey)
Letter Template
Tim Holtz Distress Ink™ Faded Jeans
Plastic Page Sleeves

1.  Cut a 1" strip off the Mat Board.
2.  Glue Linen Ribbon or Book Binding Tape to wrap completely around the length of the book (both front and back).  Glue in place leaving a small gap so the "spine" can bend.
3.  Punch holes on the mat board (the thin strip) about 1 1/2" from the top and the bottom.
4.  Glue paper to the front side of the mat board (piece one) and to the backside of the mat board for the second piece.  If desired you can also glue paper to the inside as well (I did not do this).
5.  Trace and cut out flags for the banner.  Ink the edges with ink pad before gluing the pieces down.
6.  Arrange and glue down the flags.  Add Title and other embellishments to the book.  Place plastic sheets and tie together with ribbon.




Inside with plastic sleeves 

School Logo

How the album was bound.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Germany Framed Shadow Box

Germany Framed Shadow Box
Hello Robin's Nest Friends,
Remember my Germany Trip?  The month we spent in Germany on the way home from our misson was such a blast. So to be able to go through some of the memorabilia that we brought home and create this fun framed 3 dimentional box was a blast.   I have done a tutorial for you showing what I have done to create this great project.
I started with the box from Kristi Parker Van Doren.  I love her boxes by the way, they are so awesome!   It finally is time that I started showing some of my work.  It is so nice to pull up my chair in the scrapbook room, and work.  I so missed my room while we were gone to Africa for 2 years.  But now life is somewhat back to normal.  The green house, it is still going, warm here these days, but I don't trust taking the plants out of there until I know for sure there won't be another freeze.  In Vernal, that is after Memorial Day.  Hard to believe but true.  So far I haven't killed anything in the green house, but the banana tree has had a few bumps, and it has 2 new sprouts from the bottom.  Still trying there.                  Well, back to the project.  I new exactly what I wanted to put in it when Rachel gave it to me to work on.  So Germany it is.  Enjoy!
The box has 6 rectangles in it, and I painted the box in greys and rusts.  Then went out to the garage and found an old frame, it's original photo is shown, and painted it in grey, gold gleam, and rust ( all Delta Paints).

                                                              original frame, and painted box

  Here is the painted corner of the finished frame, I added gold dew drops to the corner swirls.

I then cut Robin's Nest papers to fit the rectangles.  I used:
Eidleweiss paper
Honeycomb fleur linen cardstock
Red glitter classic swirl cardstock
Gold glitter fleur de li cardstock
Gold on Black classic swirl cardstock

I glued these in, then began adding the fun things we brought back from Germany inside the rectangles.  A small post card folded book, a castle picture, a coaster, an eagle cut from a flyer, a post card, and real eidlewiess.  I popped some of these with pop dots.

In Germany, the crafts we saw at the Christmas Markets had ribbons and wires wrapped around the finished flower arrangement or craft that we saw.  So I decided to incorporate this as part of my shadow box.  I added ribbon with journey written on it from 7 Gypsies, and copper glitter ribbon.  I wrapped these ribbons around the outside of the shadow box.  I twisted them to as I wrapped them, and then just adhered the ribbons to the outside back of the box. Then on top of the ribbons, and on the top edges of the shadow box I added 2 glitter chipboard stamps (spellbinders), and a German flag (Robin's Nest), and then the letters spelling Germany. (letters Quickuts and Honeycomb fleur linen cs), then of couse nothing is complete without dew drops.  There are a few swirls die cuts also Quickuts.  I think I might still add a little ceramic pot too.  I also wanted to show that you don't have to just work inside the perimiters of the rectangles, you can add things on top of the edges of the box as well.  That is what I did with the grouping of the "Germany" title.  So here again is the finished box.

I then attached the frame to the shadow box, making it a beautiful framed project.  So I am so excited how this has turned out.  Memories of our time in the Stutgart area of Germany.  It was pure joy to put this project together, and really didn't take me that much time.  Ok, maybe a half of a day on and off, as I was doing other projects at the same time, coming back to this one trying to decide how to arrange everything. 

Have a great week.


Tag! You're It!

I've been enjoying creating tags lately.  They make fun late night projects when I'm too tired to start a big one or when I need a quick gift tag or even bookmark.  The whimsical pattern on these summer stickers inspired me to use it for a bookmark.  I couldn't resist adding some of my favorite Dew Drops to the pattern and this rub-on saying just seem to complete the whole whimsical design.  I know I will have fun using it to keep my place in one of my favorite books, wouldn't you?  Have some fun and create one for your favorite girl to use in her book and don't forget to create one for yourself!  Create more than one and enjoy using them for the upcoming reading programs for your kids this summer. The Robin's Nest even carries stickers and rub-ons that boys will enjoy, too, so don't forget to create one for them so they have something to mark their place in their books, too. 

Robin's Nest Products Used:

Summer Stickers
Discovery Girl Rub-On
Chipboard Shapes
Sunkissed Tear Drops
Dew Stackables
Cherry Chocolate Dew Drops

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Robins Nest Earth Day Blog Hop

Welcome to our Earth Day blog hop!!

This is going to be such a fun hop!
I thought, and thought, and thought about what I could do for Earth Day...
Here is the result!
A be-dew-zzled Earth!

I used a Styrofoam ball from "Make it fun" and some craft glue from Aleen's glue.
Free hand drawing the shapes of the continents with a pencil, theses abstract places came alive.
It only took about 4 hours total of gluing the dew drops on the ball, so not as big of a project as it looks.

The glitter chipboard is cut using Spellbinder's dies and glorified by the yellow flowers from our flower packets.  These are super easy to use, and a great way to make any scrapbook project more than 2 dimensions.  I added more dew drops and some mesh from our texture packets to give a "grassy" feel.  I just had so much fun bringing all of these elements together.  Lastly, I graced a Robin's Nest leather binder with these 3-dimensional "earthly" crafts!

I am going to use this book for my dried flowers.  I like to pick them whenever a spontaneous day in the mountains happens.  I date them, and, sometimes, find the names of them.  The journaling of the trip with The Boy is actually what makes the book so fun!

I hope that you enjoyed this project and am hoping that you on to see the other projects!  These lovely designers have awesome projects that I cannot wait for you to see!!

The grand prize for the whole project is one of these leather binders (the earth is not included, sorry).  Each of the other blogs will be giving away their own prizes, so check them out!

1. The Robin's Nest (you are here)

Have a fabulous day!
Don't forget to leave a comment on each blog and become a follower!  This will put in the running for the prizes :)!

Clovers, Dew Drops and Butterflies-Card by Erika Taylor

The grass is finally starting to turn green here and after so many months of brown or white, I'm looking forward to Spring.

Hello everyone, Erika Taylor here today to share with you a card I created using Family Glitter Getaway card stock, Glitter Clover Border paper, leaf Stripe card stock and Glitter Black and White Swirl paper. First I used the Glitter Clover Border paper for the background and started adding my layers to that. I distressed some of the edges for a little more texture. I also used a fair amount of In Love in Italy Dewdrops on the card.

To create the flower, I punched out 3 daisies from the Glitter Black and White Swirl paper and colored them using Tattered Angels Glimmer mist.Once dry, I twirled the edges and added a brad and a few more dew drops.

To finish the card I added a small fussy cut butterfly, rub-on, tag and Stickles. The contrast between the browns, greens and orange is just perfect. Here is the finished card for you.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Make sure you pop in tomorrow for our Earth Day Blog Hop. There are some mind blowing projects the Robins Nest Design team have created. Until next time

Erika Taylor

Friday, April 20, 2012

Explore your life's journey

Hello, my dear Robin's Nest friends! Irit is here again and this time with a fancy lo all about me.
This is my kind of a lo: about my hobbies and my addiction to keep our family memories. It's my Life's Journey scrapped here.

I used Robin's Nest products and  A2Z Scraplets title. All chipboards were covered with Wow Embossing powders, the tags and clocks hand cuts were red embossed too and I added some like " Blood" drops using RN Dew Drops. A lately I am deeply in stamping- I also added some stamped images here: the old clock and a vintage camera (TRC)

Sometimes memories  are painful and we bleed. We still have to keep them.

Robin's Nest  products used here:Glitter  Brown on brown cardstock,Red on  Red rope  Cardstock, Glitter writing, Glitter Teal Daisy and Black and White clock  papers, Chipboard shapes tags form the set, Viva  Rub- ons,Forbidden Love Dew drops.
I really feel this page describes me.
I hope you like this page as much as I like it.
See you in 2 days on our Robin's Nest Earth Day blog hop! Great chances to win some goodies too!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Life is Good - Shadow Box

 I'm in the process of spring cleaning my art studio and in my quest to purge, I did not see this box lid as merely a "lid", I saw it as a decorated "Shadow box"!
 To make this, I used the following from The Robins Nest:
Glitter Gold Creme Swirl, Calamity Jane Roses, Glitter Write, The striped side of Cowboy Cardstock, Brown RopePink Glitter Chipboard,
 Princess Chipboard, Viva Rub-on, Silver Bells dew drops,
Hydrangea dew drops,  Sea Glass tear dropsSilver Journal cards, a paper doily.
You will want to use precision scissors to detail cut the glitter write paper to fit your lid. Same with the journal tag, doily and any other details you want to add. I used a butterfly punch for the pink glitter chipboard. For the layering effect, bits of foam tape add dimension. I put the Fleur rub on onto a bit of paper, cut it out with precision scissors and then used foam tape to place it at the top of the lid. Silver bells dew drops gave it the "chandelier" look.
I hope you like my creation!
I bet you won't be looking at your box lids the same again! :)
~ Michelle Frae Cummings

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Elegant Card with Matching Presentation Box

I love bling and shine and glitter—and I got to combine them all with this project! The materials that I started with were Robin's Nest Gold Fleur-de-li cardstock, Goldenberry Dew Drops, Daughter Mini Dew Drops, and chipboard embellishments from Want2Scrap.

I started by coating the chipboard crown and flourishes with a thin coat of Duo Adhesive by USArtQuest. This special adhesive dries clear and tacky enough for gilding and glitter applications. Here are the crown midway through the gilding process and the flourishes coated with adhesive awaiting glitter.

I used a precut black greeting card base and added a mat from the Gold Fleur-de-li cardstock. After gilding the crown I used a variety of Dew Drops for the gems on it. I used a quick drying liquid adhesive to attach the Want2Scrap chipboard pieces to the front of the card.

I made a matching presentation box from the same Gold Fleur-de-li cardstock and embellished the lid with a glittered chipboard flourish.

Visit my blog on the Create & Craft site to see more of my projects.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Let's Play Chess

Hello all,
We spent the week with our kids in Salt Lake most of last week. Dana helped our daugher Jessiciah build a niche in her kitchen, a big niche to put her refridgerator in. Well, maybe Dana did the building work, she did a lot of clean-up work.
I spent time at Rachel's working on new kits for a boutique she is having in Layton on the 28th. It will be fun, and we talked and talked. Even on friday, spent the morning filling dew drop bottles with her. Now that is a big change for me, as I have always been the boss, not the helper. So over the years things have changed, and I can even fill bottles when needed. I sure love The Robin's Nest. It just has become such a part of my life, and 2 years away, well, I really missed it!
I was looking through the second hand store to find "something" to multimedia on. Ha, and found this chess board. Well, what about it? I don't have a tutorial to share with you, but it really was fun and quite easy to create, and I think it will be a fun addition on a small easel in any room.
I used all Robin's Nest products. Around the edges is the glitter letters paper, in black and rust. It really stands out nice. Then I just used a ton of different things to create this fun look. They are: Red glitter letters, string and salmon velvet ribbon, safari sticker, Paris sticker, Vintage Travel sticker, silver glitter fleur de li paper, England Sticker, (I punched out with a stamp punch from the Tropical voyage paper), Classy ribbon, Large clear dew drops.
Such a fun project and done in less than an hour!
I also made a cute Easter book, that is now on the website, and I will fill it with photos of our grand daughers hunting Easter eggs at our house, and coloring eggs. We had a blast, and the littlest one Kaydence this was her first time. She was so cute with the egg on the spoon, I thought for sure it would end up on the floor, but alas, the eggs were all safe. Here is the cover to the book, it has 12 pages of crackle egg, and sorbet egg pages. I think it will be best to print the pictures in wallet size to fit the sizes of the photo rectanges, but turned out to be such a cute book!
Here is a peek at some of the pages. They are so simple, yet have some great features and textures.
Well, these are just a few projects in my life the last few weeks. The greenhouse has been taking much of my time. I need to replant from small containers to larger containers tomorrow again. It is the first year we have the greenhouse going, and what a fun it is. Planted veggies, and just a few days ago, planted flowers for my flower boxes. I have never had a green thumb like my Mother, but this year is a big step to try and get the garden started all from scratch. Will let you know if I'm a complete dunce at this or not. Time will tell.
Till next week.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Spring-Time Gift Box

Hello Crafty People!
Welcome to my Robin's Nest blog post.

Today, I've created a cylinder gift box for spring-time gifting, perhaps even Mother's Day.

Bunny Stripe Card Stock
Pink Zebra Glitter card stock
Spring Stickers
Pink Diamond Dew Drops
Dew Drop Glue

Other Supplies:
Super Sticky Tape
"Summer" Punch it! by Purple Cow
ribbon, fabric flower

1. The base was 8 1/2 x 12". Score the 12" end at 2" and applied super sticky tape then cut "fringes" at 1/2" intervals. Apply super sticky tape to the vertical edge that would create the cylinder, overlap approximately 1" and secure. Fold the fringes to the center to create the bottom of the box.

2. Cut the lid: 4 1/2" x 12". Use the Purple Cow Summer Punch It! to create a lacy border. Trim excess triangles from the design. Apply super sticky tape to the remaining 12" edge and fringe at 1/2" intervals. Create the cylinder the same as step 1. Overlap slightly, be sure to check sizing so your lid fits over the base. Fold the fringes to the center to create the top of the box.

3. Cut four 3 1/4" circles from corresponding card stock to adhere to the top, bottom and inside each cylinder.

4. Cut the Dew Drop Glue into strips, apply to the lid and affix the Pink Diamond Dew Drops

5. Peirce a line 1/2" through the center of the lid. Push an 8" strip of ribbon through the hole in the lid and a fabric daisy with a Spring Stickers center. Tie a knot inside the lid so the ribbon is secure.

I hope you enjoyed this project. Thanks for visiting the Robins Nest Designer Blog: Chattering Robins. Become a follower to get updates, project ideas and inspiration.

Craft on!
Becky Conley
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