Thursday, November 29, 2012

Decorated Address Book

 I don't know about you, but when it comes to the Holidays, Birthdays or other special events...I'm lost trying to find a address! Before Dyllan was born, (he's now 8 1/2), I was on top of everyone's Birthdays and Anniversaries! I bought the cards, wrote in them and sent them off- on time.
Now that I'm a full time Mom and Crafter, I have plenty of time to make cards but often forget to send them!
So here I made up this folder using some of my most favorite Robins Nest papers
I used: Glitter Pink Sorbet, .Blue Raspberry Glitter Sorbet,  
Iridescent Blue Glitter Swirl,  ...

Think of Christmas...

Hello again everyone! After many years of scrapbooking I have found my real love is in making cards. I love giving a handmade card for any occasion, it has so much more meaning behind it than a store bought card in my opinion. I love when Christmas nears, as I am able to start making my Christmas cards for all my friends and family. This card is simple but sweet. I added a nice touch of diamond and dew drops like a holly berry to give this card it's final touches.
Hope everyone's Thanksgiving holiday was just perfect.

Happy crafting!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Dew Drop Tree

 OH Christmas Tree!

I was so excited to make this for the blog hop, but I thought that it would be better to show off our super wonderful designers talents instead, but here I am showing you now.

I bought a cardboard cone from one of my local craft stores and proceeded to glue away.
I used two different glues, Helmar and Scraperfect glue.  The Helmar glue I used to draw the swirls, then in placed the gold mini dew drops on the line. I then used Scraperfect glue in a sidewards motion and placed tear drops from our "river bed" tear drop mix and just filled in the rest of the cone.  
 Here is a close-up pic.
I placed this on my table as my tablescape. I hope you try one of these. They are super easy!
Thanks Robin, for letting me steal your day :).


Dewdrop Tree

After a couple of weeks of non crafting...mostly prepping for Thanksgiving...
I'm so glad to be back in the crafting chair with gluey fingers, inky elbows, and a tangle of ribbons under my feet. (You think I jest, do you!)

Here I used three terrific products from The Robin's Nest to 
create this peppy, lively Christmas tree card!

All the dew drops were adhere using "The Best Glue Ever" by Scraperfect.
Thanks for the cross-promotion, Scraperfect!!

Dew Drops: Metallic Teal, Love Birds, Getaway
Rub-ons:  Dragonfly
Papers: Shocking Pink, Brown daisy stripe

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Christmas Card

Welcome to the Christmas Card made with

The Robin's Nest



Fabulous Dew Drops!

And be sure to check out the rest of the blog to see what others have made as well! :)

Fleur French Vanilla Cardstock 
(also known as glitter vanilla wedding)
Getaway Glitter Swirl Cardstock
Dew Drops - Getaway
Tear Drops - Gum Drop
CTMH Christmas Stamps (Heartfelt Christmas)
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - evergreen bough, iced spruce

Thanks for visiting!

Clearing the Desk for Christmas

Hi Everyone it's Danie here today.  I've been trying to clean up my two desks in my crafting room before  Christmas so I have a couple of Christmas Cards showing some simple ways to use up some of the scrap papers and other bits you may have piling up on your desk.

My first card uses up some strips of the the Classic Glitter Swirl Papers in three Classic Christmas Colors which were off cuts from previous projects.  I have cut the Silver Glitter Swirl on Cream and Gold Glitter Swirl on Cream Swirl Papers into 3 cm strips and simply layered these right across the card base alternately.    You could if you like cut these strips shorter than the width of your card and make a more patchwork effect for a completely different look again.  I have inked over these all  with some Gold Ink.  I have then taken a smaller strip of the Red Glitter Swirl on Red and added this to one side.  Using a larger scrap of the Gold Glitter Swirl I have used the reverse Cream Awning side to stamp my sentiment which I have done using Versamark and brushing over it with some Gold Perfect Pearls Powder.  To finish my card I have used a piece of silver ribbon a Collage Image and three Red Metallic Dew Drops all of which were sitting on my Desk at the time.

My second card uses up some stars I had cut out from the Glitter Snowflake Stripe Paper and some Blue Cardstock  that I had cut for another project which I then decided not to use.  I have taken 3 of the stars cut from each Paper/Cardstock and folded these in half and then layered them back to back to form a 3 Dimensional Star.

This idea also makes fabulous Christmas Decorations and you can take any shape that folds into identical halves to do this.  However I have used mine to decorate my card front today instead.  I have simply flattened it down and stuck it onto my card front which I had already stamped with a flourish and my Sentiment.  I then added a small piece of Silver ribbon to make it look like a hanging ornament and then added some Dew Drops to finish.

That's just a couple of ideas on how to use up your Robin's Nest Paper Scraps, your favorite stamps and some Dew Drops and  I'd really love to see what ideas you come up with to use your scraps.  If you have any why not share them on the Robin's Nest Facebook Page.

Have a great Sunday!

Danie xx

Friday, November 23, 2012

Oh Christmas Tree

I love creating and decorating for Christmas.  It's one of my favorite times of year.  I put up out tree the day after Thanksgiving every year and in honor of it, this year I created this great Christmas tree card to share the holiday spirit.  I folded a piece of Ocean Watercolor paper to make the tree and added some Hillside Dew Drops (DD-166) to soften the edges.  The tree top was created using the Diamond Stack placed in the shape of a star. Once I added the bottom of the tree it was too plain and the lines too sharp so I outlined it using the Winter Retreat Dew Drops.  The Smoke Cardstock has a great texture which helped to bring out all of the details on the tree and card.   I have to admit this has to be one of my favorite cards that I have created.  The glitz and glamour of the products from The Robin's Nest adds a whole new level to any card or project.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Festive Friday #22 - "Iris folded Ornament Card"

 Welcome to another Festive Friday!
For this weeks card I wanted to show you how to do a favorite technique of mine, Iris folding!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Book of signatures

Hello girls!
Today I bring you guys a tutorial of a mini album that is very simple to do.
In fact, it became a book signing.
Do not know how I'll do that, here in Brazil we use centimeters to measure, I think you guys just convert to inches.
1 as paper piece 14 x 20 (used the back side of Classic Glitter Swirl white on white)
Pearl White
Two pieces of chipboard as 15 x 21
Satin ribbon with lace
Double-sided tape

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks
Hi all,
I made this fun Thanksgiving book a few years ago using Robin's Nest papers.  Here is a photo of this book and the paper used is our Honeycomb Fleur for the cover.

I also used our glitter chipboard pumkins and sunflower dew drops.  Other products were used to finish the cover, but I also used brown chipboard to stablize the cover.

Happy Thanksgiving to you!  I used just tan cardstock, brown cardstock, stripped ribbon, a brown dew drop, and Honeycomb Fleur Linen CS, for this simple Thanksgiving card.  Easy to reproduce and mail to family or friends.

As you get ready for Thanksgiving, send a fun card to a friend or drop one off to your neighbor, create a fun book to add your family photos to, or just journal in it about the blessings in your life.  Giving thanks is such a fun thing.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Playing around

Good Morning all.
Back again to share just a little bit of scrapping fun I have been busily creating with a little help from some products from The Robin's Nest.
I am so in love with the quality and versatility of these products. i have been able to create many pieces of work using these products as they suit so many different themes.

This year we went away to the beach for Easter. I had a ball playing around with the camera while we were away. Having a look back on them recently while I was looking for photos to play around with I found that the colours of quite a few photos really suited some of The Robin's Nest paper range.

I liked the fact that the paper range really help make the photo the feature of the layout. I was able to mute the paper down with a bit of stamping and inking quite easily. This also helped to create a bit of depth to the layout.
I must say however the most fun on the layout I had was with the teal flower. Because they are created from a heavy tissue like material they were really crying out to be scrunched, misted with gesso and then given a light mist of glimmer mist to age it a little. In the end the flower held its shape quite nicely. I am most impressed with the flowers.

Products used -
Why not check out the store for yourself and see all the fun products on offer.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Fall Magnetic Memo Board

Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Robin's Nest.

I have a special Fall project I made, and I am very excited to show it to you.  I am always trying to remember things I need to do, especially during the holiday season.  I make lists only to lose or misplace them.  So, what better way to keep track of my "to do's" than to have a pretty memo board hanging where I can readily see it.   All of my notes are in one place and easily removed and replaced with a new note.  You could also use it to hang a few of your favorite holiday photos, too.  So, without further adieu, here is my Fall magnetic memo board using some of the Black Forest collection papers and embellishments.  They are so pretty and speak Fall to me with the dusty greens and the glittery copper accents.  I am afraid pictures simply do not show their true beauty.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

I Give Thanks

I'm not usually one to make cards; in fact, I'm usually lucky (and feeling really on top of things) if I actually have a card with a gift or on a birthday. But I wanted to create a card for my eldest son to let him know how thankful I am for him. I wanted it to look masculine but still pretty (yes, I know that is probably an oxymoron (a pretty, masculine card), but hey, it's what I was going for. How'd I do? My son has been going through some rough patches lately and I just wanted something in which I can write him a little reminder of all of the things about him for which I am truly thankful.

I was going to use scraps from other projects to show how you can use up your scraps (so this is a reminder that you can use your scraps for cards) . . . but uh . . . yeah . . . I didn't do that. I found this paper in my Robin's Nest paper stash and decided that it was the only paper I wanted to use. It is a double-sided paper (Distressed Honeycomb) and has a linen texture to it. One side is more solid and one side is more distressed looking. I really do love this paper; it has such a fabulous, rich feel to it. It's almost like having a nice fabric that acts like a paper. So this was the backdrop for my card. I tried to get a good close-up picture (first picture) so you can see the texture. To be honest, I really didn't even want to cover it up too much. So I added a piece of Glitter Gold on Creme Swirl (I used the back side) and distressed the edges with my scissors. After inking up both the background and the Creme piece, all that was needed was a few embellishments and a hand-drawn border. And I ended up with this fabulous card. The embellishment says "Give Thanks;" and I just added an "I" above it and inside the card it will say "For YOU!" After adding my personal sentiment it will be ready to give to my son.

I hope you enjoy my card and that you have a most wonderful Thanksgiving! Don't forget to check out the Robin's Next website for these and other fabulous papers and products!

~ Make Today Count

Pop Top Gift Box

 This is a very fun little box that is super easy to make. I took a simple box made with beautiful Robin's Nest paper and made it more fancy with some tear drops and dew drops. This year I'm using them as gifts to my neighbors and friends. I've decided to fill them with hand soap as a little gift. They are also great filled with cookies or candies. The picture below shows the box lid open, it stays completely attached which is great.

Happy Crafting,

Thursday, November 15, 2012

"Give Thanks" Fall Leaf Banner

 Hi Everyone!
    I hope you are having a wonderful Holiday and will be spending it with friends and family!
"Give Thanks"... isn't that what its all about? Giving Thanks to those we appreciate and love?
To the make the banner above, I used:
 Orange Crackle and Glitter Leaf.
I used this old shape emboss template that I had to trace and cut out my leaf shapes. Of course if you have a die or other way of  making leaf shapes, you can do that as well.
Once my leaves were cut out, I used  some letter dies to make the golden letters you see you spell, "Give Thanks".I accented the letters with green glitter glue and outlined them with a black marker.
I glued the letters onto the leaves and then the leaves onto some ribbon.
There you have it. A easy yet very pretty banner, just in time to "Give Thanks".
Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Simply Symmetrical

Happy Thursday!

Today I'll be sharing a simple encouragement card with you.

 It came together fairly quickly. I used a plain white card base and decided to stick with a very simple, symmetrical look.
I first heat embossed 2 stamped images using aqua embossing powder, making sure that I left enough room between them for the other embellishments. My next step was backing the sentiment (You're Super Swell) with glitter gold chipboard and adhering it to the card base with Helmar adhesive. This left just enough room to add 2 rows of in love in italy mini dew drops that I attached using dew glue. I then decided that the card was just a bit too plain... so I added 2 small doily edge strips that I attached with my sewing machine.

I hope my post today has inspired you to make something symmetrical or maybe just to make a card to brighten someone's day. 

Thank you for visiting the blog today! 

I Love Fall Journaling Book

Hello Robin's Nest Readers,
Robin Here! 
I created this cute journaling tag book all with Robin's Nest Products.

The book has 25 pages of the reasons I love fall.  I used the Journaling tags from our product line, they look like this. 
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I cut a package of each the teal and black journaling tags.  Just did it one evening while I was watching tv.  It didn't take long at all.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Fall Pillow Box

Here is a fun idea for fall treats...a pillow box. I used a cutting file (Bunny Poop) from The Cutting Cafe.  Love how you can modify and make these cutting files fit your crafty needs.  Here I used papers from The Robin's Nest:  Glittler Leaves, Halloween stripes, Glitter Orange Crackle and Distressed Honeycomb.

Embellish away...
It's a super sweet box, just waiting to be filled!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Altered Mailbox

I made an
Altered Mailbox
Making Memories Sanding Block
Metal Mailbox (Seasonal $1 bin Target)
Modge Podge

1. Figure out how wide your mailbox is and cut the cardstock that wide and then cut that piece in half.
2. Glue the paper the mail box. If you don't cut it in half it will be upside down on the other side. Also you will need to leave a tiny piece between where the flag is in which I used a small piece of the other side of the double sided paper to cover.
3. Cover the lid of the mailbox with the other side of the paper (side without crowns) and you may need to use a sanding block to make sure it is even with the lid.
4. Cover the paper with modge podge so it stays put. (This step I forgot before the picture and have since taken it apart and done so I know it will stay together.)
5. Add the clippie to the flag.
6. Adhere the castle to the front of the mailbox.
7. Adhere the crowns to the side of the mailbox.
8. Use dew dew glue and adhere the dew drops on the front and if you want in any other place, they are great embellishments for any kind of altered projects as well as layouts and cards.
I chose this theme because I am the princess in my castle. :)
I am hoping to try to find a neat way to use it so my son can leave me notes in it and will make him a male themed one to leave him notes in his room!)
There is a cute princess paper if you wanted to use it for a young girl, it is more child-like.
Also may add the word PRINCESS to mine when I can find some lettering that is small enough!
Thank you for looking,

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Cracked Glass Anniversary Card

Tomorrow is my 18th Wedding Anniversary so I thought I would share with you all the card I made for my hubby, which uses the Cracked Glass Technique and the Glitter Black and White Paisley Cardstock  and Black Cardstock  from The Robin's Nest.

I have taken a 12.5 x 12.5 cm White Card Base and then cut a square measuring 12 x 12 cm from the black cardstock.  And two squares from the Black and White Paisley Cardstock.  One measuring 10 x 10 cm and the other 9 x 9 cm.  Taking three colors of my Stampers Big Brush Pens from Faber Castell I applied color to the smaller piece of the Paisley Cardstock and then to this I glued a heart I had cut using my spellbinders dies also out of the Paisely Cardstock.

To achieve the Cracked Glass Look I then applied Versamark Ink all over the colored piece and then applied UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel).  I heated this with my heat gun until it melted as you would any embossing powder and then kept repeating the process by added more Versamark Ink and UTEE until I had built up a thick layer over the colored piece.  I then set this aside to cool/dry.

Once Dry I then proceeded to bend the colored piece back and forth until the enamel started to crack alternating where I was bending the piece so the cracks formed in different directions to give the appearance of the Cracked Glass.  Once happy with the result.  I then adhered this to the other piece of Black and White Paisley Cardstock, then to the Black Square and then to my card base.  To finish I applied my stamped and punched sentiment and a couple of dew drops (from the Mens Collection) to the flower centers of my colored piece.

I love the effect of this technique and the colors are quite rich and perfect for a card to give to a male without being to over the top romantic, don't you think?

I have used this same Paisley Cardstock for another project which is a Cute Christmas Themed Canvas which is my Application Project for the latest Robin's Nest Design Team Call if you would like to take a look, you will find this over on my blog today also.

Have a great weekend!

Danie  xx

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Winner of the Robin Nest/Helmar Blog Hop

Wow, What an amazing Blog Hop
We are so excited to have so many wonderful comments
Now for the best part

for the $10 to the Robin Nest Website
from Terri Sproul blog: Tristan
 from Dana blog: Ava Gavloski
from Peg blog -Janice
 from Barbara blog -Brenda Burfeind
 from Danielle blog - Rhonda Helm
 from Wendy blog: Camille Short
 from Michelle blog  - Tracy M #6773
 from Jamie blog  - Melissa (stampin_melissa)
 from Brooke blog: Clare D
from Dawn blog:  ....Laurenscraft
 from Michelle C Blog:  - Kiki Halbert
Winner of the Grand Prize of $20 to the 
Robin Nest Website


please send a email to 
with WINNER in the regard to claim your prize.

WINNERs for the $10 to the
 Helmar Website  
Please email to claim your prize
   from Amy Lassiter blog: Gloria Westerman
 from JJ Sobey blog:  : Brenda Burfeind
from  Liz Chidester blog:  Robin Horasanian
from Lisa Wilkinson blog:  scrappinmargie Margie
from. Kate Nolan-Denham blog:  Lyneen
from. Lydell Quin blog: Miriam Prantner
 from Beck Beattie blog:  Robin
from Kate Vickers blog:  Canjunstampinqueen .
from Carisa Zglobicki blog:  Rhonda Helmar

GRAND Prize winner for Helmar is
Camille Short

Thanks again for join us, you still can win a prize by liking our Facebook page
if we get 1500 likes we are give away 1500 Dew Drops.  

Friday, November 9, 2012

Winter Is Almost Here

In the part of the U.S. I live in we can cover several different seasons in just hours.  In fact, today it's supposed to be 72 and by Monday we are supposed to have temperatures in the 30's with a chance of snow.  Being the winter lover I am, I'm excited.  I created this card using this gorgeous White Snow Trees paper and chipboard snowflakes in blue and silver from The Robin's Nest to celebrate my excitement.   I added the dew drops (Hillside dd166) along the ribbon to add an extra shine since the ribbon was so plain compared to the rest of the card.  I added another layer to the snowflakes by adding a clear dew drop in the center, too.   Now I can sit back and wait for the snow to begin and enjoy this gorgeous Concertina card thanks to the help of The Robin's Nest!  

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Festive Friday #21 - Ornament Tag/Cards

 Hi Everyone!
     With the Holidays almost here, I thought it would be fun to make up some festive Ornament cards/tags.
I used pop dots, the best glue ever,a scolloped circle punch, a ornament big die by Sizzix and the following from The Robins Nest:
Silver Bells Dew drops, Glitter Red Paisley, Gold Glitter Swirl, Silver Glitter swirl, and
Time Turquoise Glitter.
 This paper by The Robins Nest is just Gorgeous! It makes the ornament tags look so elegant.
These will make stunning gift tags and mini note cards. If you don't have this die, you can make a trace and cut template onto some cereal box cardboard with a cup for the circle shape, hand draw the ornament crown and use a hole punch  for the top.

 I hope you are inspired by my simple idea and now feel inspired to make some of your own!

Merry & Bright

Hello girls The Robin's Nest, Marilia Lopes here again!
You guys enjoy the blog HOP?? I loved it!
I saw beautiful designs! Congratulations to all!
This cardstock is very beautiful and matches perfectly with this photo of my brother who is in his travels around the world.
I hope you enjoy!!
Marilia Lopes

Cartolina glitter branco neve

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Lions are Regal

 Hi Robin's Nest Fans,

I decided to share with you some layouts I did with the Lion Cardstock.  It always reminds me of the Lion of Judah, a very important symbol in Ethiopia.  But these layouts are by far more regal than all the lions we saw there.

I created this page using Red Glitter Swirl, Lion CS, White Glitter Zebra CS, Brown Glitter Swirl, Brown Trail, and Gold Glitter chipboard.  I added red ribbon, dew drops, diamond drops, and my fave the fleur di lys.  The background is red cardstock.  I folded paper and ribbon, cut out  a lion, and just made thei lion as regal as you can get.  This could be a great vacation layout or a great Christmas layout.
I also used the cut out lions on this layout, as well as Glitter Brown Zebra, the back of the lion CS, Gold Glitter Fleur, and black and white swirl. I added rose dew drops and a journaling tag.  I will be using this layout for pages from our Germany trip.

These layouts can be purchased as kits on under Elegant Layouts.



Monday, November 5, 2012

All that glitters

Hello all.

Michelle here.
Wow.. what a start to the month it has been.
With The Robin's Nest and Helmar blog hop things certainly have been very craft inspired that is for sure.

With that in mind I have been busy with birthday cards again. Seems that this month is just as busy with birthdays for friends and family.
This time around it was very close friends birthday that I have been busy creating for. So with a little help from some products from The Robin's Nest I was able to create a very elegant birthday card.

I also played around with some flourish stamps to created my stamped flourish on some recycled card. Then used the same flourish stamp to highlight parts of the heart. Just because your patterned paper is already patterned doesn't mean that you cant mix it up a little to tie it into your design.

The Robin's Nest products used :
I had a lot of fun playing around with this card and it was super easy and quick to create thanks to products from The Robin's Nest.

Why not check out what they have in store.

Happy Crafting, Michelle Wallace x

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Red Flowers Birthday Card

Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Robin's Nest.  I hope you got a chance to visit the ROBIN'S NEST/HELMAR HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS BLOG HOP this weekend, and just in case you did not, CLICK HERE to start hopping.  There is lots of inspiration, lots of prizes being given from each blog, and there is still time to enter to win.  Prize winners will be announced on 11 November.

Now, for my first Design Team Project this month, I want to share this really cute card I made using The Robin's Nest papers and embellishments.  I needed a birthday card for a friend, and I was so thrilled when I came up with this one.  

First, cut black card stock to 4-1/4" x 11" and fold it in half to make a card measuring 4-1/4" x 5-1/2".  Trim Robin's Nest Glitter Letters paper to 3-3/4" x 5" and punch two long sides with a corner and edger punch set.  I sponged Red Brick Distress Ink around the edges, then made a small slit in the paper, inside the letter "h",  before adhering to black card.  

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Pink Zebra Glitter Gift Card Holder

For this post I decided to do a gift card holder. With the holidays approaching and birthdays every month, who doesn't need a quick gift card holder? I chose the Pink Zebra Glitter Cardstock because I love it and you can do so much with it. You can use it in a girly girl album, on a girls night out album, or for something like my gift card holder for a friend's birthday. This paper is so pretty that you really don't need much to embellish it to make it look good. So really, all I did was die cut the the pattern, glue it together and then add some ribbon and charms and voila . . . instant gift card holder! I love it and I hope my friend does too!

Thanks for stopping by to check out my project!  Don't forget to fly on over to the Robin's Nest and check out this paper and so much more!

~ Make Today Count

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