Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Not Your Average Pumpkins

Happy Thursday!

I know that Halloween was yesterday but I wanted to share my version of pumpkin decorating on the blog today.
 I wanted something super glam and I knew in the beginning that I wanted it to be monochromatic so I tried to stick with silver tones.

To start I washed and dried each pumpkin (each a bit bigger than a baseball) then spray painted them with Krylon chrome spray paint. One coat of that stuff was enough to cover the pumpkins nicely! I let the pumpkins dry for about half an hour before I started handling them. 

The second step was painting the stems with glitter. I mixed one part Mod Podge with 2 parts fine silver glitter. I used a very small brush to paint the stems with 2 coats of the glitter mixture so I could get into every nook and cranny. 

The next step was BLING! I used clear rhinestones in assorted shapes along with Robin's Nest dew drops. The dew drops came from the fairy dustmen's, and classified collections. 
All dew drops and rhinestones were adhered using HELMAR Gemstone Glue and it worked really well. Very strong bond!  I loved that it dried clear so it was hardly visible when I made a mistake. ;)

I did use real pumpkins...and looking back it probably would have been more sensible to use fake pumpkins so they could be reused each year...hindsight. :)

Thank you for checking out the blog today! 


Halloween at the O'Crowley's

Halloween at the OCrowley's

Come into my house my little pretties!

I wanted to share with you our home at Halloween.  I have always done some extra decorating for the seasons.  This October we went to visit Dana's brother Andy for an evening, his wife Stephanie had decorated the entire house so cute, and she inspired me so much!  I had decorated this back door and placed a hat on the coffee table and that was it.  When I left their house I had a changed attitude and decided to do a little more.  So just for fun I am sharing with you some of the vignettes.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012




Hello Robin's Nest Readers,
Today I finished this layout so I could share it with you.  It has been a blast to create this page.  We left Ethiopia just 2 days short of a year ago, doing Humanitarian work for our church.  We spent 23 months there serving the people of Ethiopia.  Sooo, when it was time to head home, we decided we needed a little vacation before we came home to the United States.  Our stop was Stuttgart, Germany where Dana's sister and her husband are living.  We toured Germany, and a few other countries close to it.  Here is one of my pages showing our visit to Saltzburg.  My aunt and uncle live just an hour from here.  We took a train to Chiemsee to visit them, and one of our days with them, they took us to Saltzburg, Austria.  This was our second visit to Saltzburg, but not boring by any means.  We love this beautiful country and the great culture they have there.
This Church is the one that Mozart played the organ in for years during his lifetime.
I created this page which I just love and feel like you really could be back in Saltzburg again just by looking through the pages I created of Austria.
I used Glitter Calamity Jane Roses, Baroque, Robin's Egg Cardstock, and brown cardstock, Paris Sticker (old and new), Time Rub on, Brown mini dew drops, mullberry cream flosers.
It is easy to put the dew drops down with Helmar glue.  I just draw the line with the glue tip on the bottle, the glue flowing out in the swirl shape as I draw, and then slide the dew drops on the glue.  Easy and fast.
Such a fun layout with fun papers, enjoy!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Halloween Treats

Halloween Treats

Such a fun time and season.  I always love making fun treats for the "special" kids visiting my home on Halloween.  They are my grandkids, and close friends who bring thier kids, and there are a few who come to my back door for a special treat on Halloween. 
I missed this for the last 2 years while we were on our mission in Ethiopia.  So this year is extra special.  I have been purchasing goodies to make those special treats this year.  Here are some ideas from the past Halloweens.
I made this envelope with spooky eyes linen paper.  The envelope is just a little bigger than a candy bar.  Just fold glue, add a cute saying, tie it with a bow.  Slide the candy bar inside the envelope, and you are ready to go!  It's a great gift for the people who work for you too, or for adults on Halloween.  We all love a treat!  This is pretty fast and quite easy.

While I had my store, we owned an Accut die the shape of this cute bag.  I die cut this bag from the Glitter Black Spiderweb Cardstock.  Then I cut a shape out of orange that looked like a spiderweb's outside edges.  I used a spider ring for the spider, and tied the top with sparkly black and white yarn.

These turned out to be such cute treats, and I always love to share such simple and easy ideas with you.  Look at your local scrapbook store to see what bag dies they have to use, cut your bag out, and fill with fun Halloween treasures! 
50% off of all Halloween Products today through November 15.  Use code 50hall

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Honeycomb and Chocolate

Hi everyone its Danie here today with a scrapbook layout for you.   I don't use brown/orange tones much but when first I saw the Distressed Honeycomb Paper from The Robin's Nest, I fell in love. So much so that I had to add to my honeycomb addiction and get more of the wonderful Robin's Nest paper variations in this color such as Glitter Brown Daisies on Honeycomb and, Honeycomb Linen Fleur both of which have stripes on their reverse sides.

Just like the honeycomb you eat its a perfect match with chocolate.  This combination is perfect for a male themed scrap page, mine today is some photos from my hubby's 45th Birthday earlier this year.

For my layout my background is a piece of Distressed Honeycomb Paper and I have used the other papers I mentioned above for accents.  I have stamped and stencilled and scribbled over the background using ink and my Gelato Pens, and a combination of stamps from the Unity Stamp Company's SMAK Kits and a piece of Punchinella. The two little banners were made by punching hearts in the striped and fleur papers and threading them on some paper cord.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Time Flies Before You Know It

It seems just like yesterday that our son was born.  He has grown up so quickly.  Sadly, I don't have a lot of pictures of him when he was very little as we couldn't afford a camera or the film for it.   Remember the days when you had to use film and have it developed? We had a camera when he was first born so we have a few pictures of him as a newborn, but after a while that camera became old and no longer worked.  I believe Josh was about 8 when we were able to get another camera and I've been taking a lot of photos of him since.  He has been homeschooled and is now moving onto the next part of his and college.  This picture is one that I took because it was important to me to have some pictures of him as a "senior." 
 His favorite season is the fall and this paper from The Robin's Nest was the perfect choice to do a layout with one of the pictures.  I love how the colors in this sheet of Autumn Leaf paper bring out the colors that he is wearing.  I added the tag from the chipboard shapes with his name and the date to take the place of journaling to keep the focus of the layout on the picture and the embellishments.  I covered it using the Autumn Sticker tag piece and a couple of the leaf circles and the "Enjoying Fall" tab. Then, I added the glitter letters and some of the Black Forest Mini Dew Drops to complete the tag and the border around the leaf sticker in the left hand corner.  I, also, added a couple of them to the corners of the photo mat that I created to finish off the look of it. 
I plan on doing something a little different with this layout and instead of putting it away in an album I'm going to put it in a frame and display it proudly in honor of the great young man that little infant I once held in my arms has grown to be. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Festive Friday #20 - Button Christmas Tree Card

Hi! Welcome to another Festive Friday Christmas Card!
 All you need to make this Button Christmas Tree card are the following:
red and green buttons, green ink and adhesive- I used one called 
"Best Glue Ever"- and it is!
I made a tree/triangle shape from the silver glitter chipboard and covered it with a assortment of buttons, overlapping some to fill in gaps. I added the silver bells mini dews to the buttons and set to cure while I worked on the rest of the card. I used the red rope paper as a mat for the inked edges of the glitter white on white. Added the tree and was done! So easy, so pretty! Thanks for coming by and seeing my card. I hope you are getting lots of inspiration from the rest of the cards on the list below. :)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Halloween card

Halloween Card

Hello all,

First, our winner for the free gift from my last post is Michelle Hodges.  Watch and read my posts, because I will start asking you to comment, with your email, and when you do, we will put your name in a pot and draw for a free prize! You will have to read the posts, and the post will tell you when to comment for a free gift.  Whoo Hooo Michelle!  You WON!

This is such a simple post for me, a cute halloween card, great for my grandkids far away!

It is made with the Black glitter trees, black cardstock, orange cardstock. black and orange checked ribbon 1/4", and a bat brad.

Just cut the Black glitter trees to 4x5 or the size of your standard card, rip the edge so the white shows, then glue on to your black cardstock, tuck in the orange square, that is corner rounded, and the bat brad is attached at the corner.  Tie your ribbon, and add your saying, I wrote this by hand. 

Finished!  So easy, so cute!




Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Framed Pumpkin Pie

Let's hear it for DEW DROPS!
I scream, You scream...
We all Scream for Dew Drops! 

You know it!
Here, I used Helmar's 450 Quick Dry Adhesive for this project.
(Thank you Helmar!)

Want to know about the papers?  I used 
Glitter Gold on Creme Swirl for the background. But then, I cut a pumpkin shape out of Glitter Orange Crackle
to fill in spaces behind the dew drops.  That's a secret now. B/c you can not see 
the paper in real life.  And the pumpkin is gorgeous!
Yes, I'll be keeping this piece for myself!

A simple dollar store frame redone!
And so much better, don't you think?

Monday, October 22, 2012

Zombie Layout

Here is my pre-Halloween Zombie layout of my son from many years ago.
The Robin's Nest has the best papers and embellishments for Halloween layouts, cards, and other projects.
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - iced spruce
Thank you for visiting,

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Cowboy Up Mini Album

I created this mini album as an insert to my travel journal from our summer road trip to South Dakota (Deadwood).  We had so many pictures from this little photo shoot, I couldn't decide on just one or two.  By creating a  mini album insert, I was able to use 10 pictures!  Here's what I did:

Halloween Leather Binder

Halloween Leather Binder

Hello again Fans,

Robin's Nest has the greatest leather binders, not fake leather, real leather. Each binder is foil stamped with a gold swirl design. The binders come in black and navy blue.

I decided that as I was working on this incredible Halloween project, which will be on next weeks blog post, I wanted a binder to match the cute book and page layouts I was working on.

I used the Black leather binder, then I used gray May Arts ribbon tied at a bow down towards the bottom of the binder. I then cut the word Halloween with my Cricut, which I designed with my Gypsy. I then just added a Large Glitter Bat cut from the Glitter Black Chipboard. And Whala, here is my Halloween binder.

I love to have a bit of elegance with anything I do, just my style preference. So this is an elegant looking Halloween binder.

I am doing something different today. For everyone who publishes a comment with your email, we will put your name in a bowl and draw a name for a free gift! POST a comment, we want to hear from you!

Hope you enjoy!

Here is a peek of the halloween pages inside the binder. This is the binder for the halloween book I posted on the 17th. I hope you loved it, I am so very excited to share it with you!



Thursday, October 18, 2012

Happy Halloween Boo Banner!

 Happy Halloween! It's almost here! Can't you just taste the "spookiness" in the air?
For this week I made a "Boo" banner.
I used the following materials:
Black Glitter Spider Web Cardstock, Glitter "BOO" words,  Glitter Orange Crackle,

Glitter Pumpkin Cardstock, Glitter Purple Bats cardstock, Haunted House cardstock,
Halloween Dew Drops. Orange Bones Cardstock, Pumpkin Heads cardstock,Classified cardstock,
Foam tape, adhesive, black crepe paper, Halloween embellishments, gold glitter glue, purple fringe trim, scalloped border punch, fringe scissors and vintage clip art.

I made the house shape from  cereal box  cardboard. Then I detail cut the papers you see here. I layered them with glue and foam tape, adding dew drops, trim, glitter glue and fringed crepe paper.
I like how the bones created a 'perch' for the crows!
Thanks for coming by, I hope you liked my Halloween creation!

Please remember to join is for The Home for The Holidays blog hop on November 3rd!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Glitter envelope.

Happy Thursday Robin's Nesters!

I'm excited to share this page with you today:

A few weeks ago my boyfriend drove 9 hours each way just to spend 2 days with me and it was a complete surprise. Thankfully my sister was prepared and snapped a picture of my reaction. :)

To start off with I layered tropical voyage paper (love the woodgrain!), some smoke cardstock and a piece of ordinary burlap behind my 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 photo. 
I made the mini envelope using brown glitter cardstock and my ScorPal . Super easy to make and the cardstock is already embellished with glitter so it's a great timesaver. I tucked a special note to my boyfriend into the envelope. 
The blue paper layered beneath the photo and envelope is actually damask black and white paper. The embossed finish makes this paper IDEAL for misting as the black sections resist the colour and the white sections absorb it. I sprayed a little bit of blue mist over the paper, dried it with my heat gun, and had perfect patterned paper for my layout! There is also a bit of white glitter swirl paper scattered throughout the page. 

I used gold dew drops and fairy dust dew drops to make flower embellishments to scatter across the layout. Dew drops are so versatile!

Thank you for visiting the blog today and I hope you have an amazing Thursday!

Haunted House Book

 Haunted House Book

Hello Robin's Nest Followers,

This week my creation is the Ultimate Halloween Haunted House Scrapbook!  I created these pages to interact and to be Elegantly Scary!  This has been such a fun book to create, and my photos from this year will be printed fast and added to the pages.

My cover page for the  book is interactive.  The fence to the right is separate and lays on top of the bottom of the haunted halloween page, thus you can turn it as a mini page.  I didn't put a frame on this cover page for a photo, but at the bottom where the glitter pumpkins are, under the fence photos can be added.  I so love how this cover page turned out.  This will be the first page you see as you open my Halloween Binder that I created, and will be posted on October 20th's blog post.


As you see my page it is a combination of several of our cardstock papers to create this really haunted look.  I used Haunted House CS, 2 sheets, Glitter Black Trees CS, Halloween Sticker sheet, black diamond drops are added to the roof line and the picket fence, white gauze for the ghosts, orange and black dew drops (spooky).  The bottom page under the fence I used the Orange Bones CS, and Glitter Pumpkins CS (I cut each pumpkin out separately, but you could just trim a strip off the CS and add it to the bottom of the page).  I cut haunted out with my cricut.
The Haunted house is cut out, and so is the raven and tree limb cut out separately.  This page is actually 10x12, as I wanted my book to have graduated pages inside.  I'm thinking I might add more black diamond drops to the bottom of each layer of roof line, they look so cute there.
As you open the book to the first page we are in the cemetery!  It looks scary here with our Glitter Purple Crackle CS tombstones.  I used yellow burlap for the moon, a purple glitter chipboard bat, Pumpkin Heads CS (the back side) for the dirt around the tombstones a strip from the back of Orange bones CS at the top right corner, with a sticker from Halloween Sticker sheet on top. A black journaling tag is distressed with brown ink at the bottom. Each tombstone is distressed on the edge with a pair of open scissors, this makes the white edge of the paper curl up a little, then I also distressed them with brown ink. The background is Glitter Ghosts CS.  Black diamond drops edge the bottom of the tombstones and the journaling tag.  Don't you feel like you are in a cemetery!!!  Photos are to be put on the tombstones!

Our next page is opened to the Glitter Spooky Eyes Linen CS.  This page is created with many different facets.  On the left side of the page layout is a strip from the Glitter Black Bats CS,  The frames for our photos are the Pumpkin Heads CS, all distressed with a pair of scissors for the torn edge look, these too are distressed with brown ink.  The big frame on the right side of the layout is layered with black CS, and Orange Circle vellum punched on the edges with a Martha Bat border punch also on top of the Pumpkin Heads CS.  Black CS strips are  added above and under the large frame with a glitter chipboard pumpkin at the top, 2 stickers from the Halloween sticker sheet, and a orange journaling tag at the bottom distressed with brown ink. I cut a pair of eyes from the Spooky Eyes CS for the journaling tag.  Attached to the top of the large frame is a clip from the spider clippies, and bones cut from the Orange Bones CS.

Our next page in the book is all about BATS!  I used our Glitter Black Bats CS for the banner, bats are die cut from a Spellbinders Bat die and an old book, and letters die cut from a Quickut font.  The background is Glitter Purple Crackle CS,  black CS squares border the bottom of the page with a black journaling tag at the top of them on the right.  2 round stickers are added to the sides of the journaling tag.  I also put a tag on the edge of the page from the Halloween sticker sheet.  Any BAT can enter this page.  We so love it!
Our next page in the book is spooky for sure.  The background is the back side of the Pumpkin Heads CS.  It just has a scary look all in itself, I love it.  Photo frames are from the Glitter Orange Crackle CS that just adds to the scary look.  Pumpkin Heads CS on the edge of the large photo frame with orange bones cut out to edge the frame and the corner of the same page.  These bones are cut from the Orange Bones CS.  I used the oval and round stickers from the Halloween sticker sheet, spider corner and green lion on right are clips from the spider clippie package, and the fleur cut from Autumn Fleur Linen CS.  I also edged the right side of the layout with a strip from the Glitter Black trees, and another strip of bones cut out.  The frames are distressed with scissors as is the edge of the entire layout.  I cut the top with a round punch and put a hanging spider from the Halloween rub on sheet there.  More bats cut from a spellbinders die out of old books, orange die cut bats from Martha border punch, and my title Haunted House cut with my cricut in black CS. Orange dew drops add depth to the page layout too.  Love the Elegant Scary Look!

Our next page layout is about spiders for sure!  Background is Glitter Orange Crackle CS, the right side stripe is the back side of the Glitter Camo Ghost CS.  Spiderwebs are cut from our Glitter Black Spiderweb CS, Title from Halloween words, Halloween Rub on on the corner of the white frame, black CS for frames on the left side, and glitter spider ribbon with 2 plastic spiders complete the page.  I love the spider look!!!!!

Last but certainly not least is our Camo Ghost page.  I love to bring elegance into any page, and the Autumn Fleur Linen CS does this to this page layout.  I used it for my frames, and then also cut out the fleurs separately for the embellishments.  Halloween is from the Glitter Halloween words sheet, Tag from the Halloween sticker sheet, black burlap, orange dot mesh, and the Glitter Pumpkins CS also used for the frame on the left side. Orange dew drops edge the photo frames and the mesh.  Background is Camo Ghosts CS, and Camo Ghost die cut stamp with black CS behind it.  Love Halloween with a fun twist to it! 
Remember I told you all the pages are 10x12, but this last page with the Camo Ghost die cut Stamp is 12x12, so when you open the book, the front page with the Haunted Halloween is 2 inches shorter than this page, and it peeks out from the back of the book.  Soooo Cute!

I just love love this layered look, This book turned out so cute, Haunted Halloween cemetery and all.  Hope you enjoyed these ideas.  These pages are for sale on 

Halloween Ciao!



Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A little bit of sparkle

Hello all.

Well this month proves to be a busy month in our household on the birthday front.

Two of my children celebrate their birthdays this month along with 5 other people in our family.

So bearing that in mind I have gotten in super early this year with my card preparations.

However this year has been super easy with all the yummy goodies that came in my Robin's Nest Design Team pack.

This time around I have played around with the following goodies

Viva la France Stickers

So using all these goodies I set to work creating a sparkly girlie card for my nieces birthday at the end of this month.

Certainly didn't take long to create and love the end result with the glittered cardstock.

Why not have a play around with some products from The Robin's Nest today.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

A Frightfully De"light"ful Halloween Card

Hello to all you Robin's Nest fans, and welcome to my Halloween-inspired project.  For this, my second post of the month, I made a card for The Robin's Nest.  I absolutely love the spooky, even macabre genre of Halloween.  I am just a freaky kind of ghoul... I mean girl. 

As you can see, I kept it simple for this card.  I started with a piece of black card stock, cut to 10" x 6-1/2", folded in half to form a 5" x 6-1/2" card.  I die cut a shape using Glitter Orange Crackle card stock and inked the edges with Black distress ink.  To add some dimension to the card, I used foam tape to adhere it.  I used Scraperfect Best Glue Ever to adhere the Candelabra from the Glitter Halloween Chipboard Shapes.  I absolutely love these shapes.  They are so much fun   to use.  And if you have not used this glue before, you are in for a treat.  It is absolutely the "best glue ever".  It really does stand up to its name.  

I also adhered these cute glittery Bats Chipboard pieces around the candelabra as though they are attracted to the light.  I glued the corner web from the Spider Clippies set to the upper left hand corner of the card.  Clippies are fun little printed corner embellishments that can be clipped onto anything, but I trimmed the clip portion off and glued it down directly to the card.  What fun to be able to change it up and use these in different ways.  

I further embellished the candelabra using my favorite dew drop adhesive, Dew Dew Glue , and the Scraperfect Embellie Gellie tool to pick up each Fall Foliage Dew Drops to mimic the flames, as well as decorating the base of the candelabra with Dark Vanilla Dew Drops.   I added a couple of Halloween Dew Drops to each bat's body, and Aqua Marine Dew Drops to the three remaining corners of the card. 

I love to continue the theme and/or colors of my card to the inside, for several reasons.  In the case of a dark card, such as this, it is hard to see what you stamp and/or write inside.  However, using a piece of lighter card stock, such as this orange paper, it is much easier to read.  It also gives you another opportunity to embellish the inside of your card a bit more.  I punched the edges with a spider web punch, which helps tie it all together.  

And don't forget to sign your work on the back.  Hallmark does it ... so should you.  I really love how this card turned out.  Of course, The Robin's Nest papers and embellishments always make it so easy to look so good.  I hope you will visit The Robin's Nest Online Store to see all of the new papers and embellishments for October, as well as those used for this project.  

I also want to let you know that The Robin's Nest will be hosting a blog hop right here on Saturday, 3 November, featuring projects created by The Robin's Nest Design Team.  The theme will be Home for the Holidays, with prizes and so much fun that you will not want to miss this event.  So mark your calendars and be sure to join us.  

As always, it has been a pleasure to visit with you today, and I hope you will return for more inspiration from the other very talented designers working here for you at The Robin's Nest.  If you get a chance and would like to see more of my work, please click here to visit my blog.  

Thanks for stopping by.


Thinking Pink!

Not only does October mean Halloween but it is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I have been thinking pink a bit this week with lots of my creations and have just recently heard that one of my crafting friends who is currently battling this awful disease has had some rather bad news. So my project today is inspired by her and all those currently fighting Breast Cancer.

It's a card and gift box made with Pink Glitter Swirl Paper from The Robin's Nest and some pink cardstock I had in my stash.

I found a free awareness ribbon cutting file on the internet so downloaded and cut out one of these which I have adorned with some paper roses and Metallic Pink Dew Drops to use as an embellishment for my card along with a inspiring sentiment from Unity Stamp Company's 2011 KOTM.

The gift box is also a cutting file. The lid has simply been adorned with a punched border strip, some ribbon and a paper rose to match the card.

I have inked all the edges of both projects with some Pink Ink!

Robin's Nest Items used for this project!

Glitter Pink on Pink Swirl

x metallic pink dew drop dd-44 1oz bottle

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Danie xx

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