Thursday, January 31, 2013

Valentines Heart Mini Album

Valentines Heart Mini Album

Hi all,  
Here is my Valentines Heart Mini Album.  My intent when I started designing the book was for it to look like a box of chocolates.  You know the kind that your husband is supposed to give you for Valentines,  I think I've gotten one over the years of our marriage,  I prefer flowers for sure, and that is why I added the flowers to the front cover of the album.  Photos and flowers, that is what brings great joy to my life!  Photos of my family I might add.
Here is a close up of the flowers, they are made with flower punches, I have 3 different flower shapes that I have used, one also from Heartfelt Creations Stamp and Die sets. I distress each flower using a small stamp pad, with these flowers I used a pink and a red stamp pad.  I then spray each flower after it is punched with water from a spray bottle and crunch it in my hands.  Then I assemble the flower, gluing about 4-5 punched flowers in a stack, staggering the petals, and crunch them again in my hands to create this look.  I added dew drops, and tear drops to form the shape of  a heart, and tucked them in around the arrangement.  I also added a bird die cut from Spellbinders die, a tear drop for her wing, and lips cut from the glitter lips cs, a felt filigree heart, and swirled leaves.  This is what constitutes my flower arrangement on the front of the book.
I used the Glitter Valentine CS for the cover of the Album.
I cut a tag from cream paper and added the Love filigree felt word, and a heart made of 2 red tear drops.  The tag is topped with a cream ribbon tied with pink string.   The entire edge of the album cover has a fine line of glitter.

Here are the other pages of the book, some pages have journaling tags on them and glitter heart die cuts.  Others are blank to just add whatever size photo you have to the book.  The book measures about 9 inches wide.  Some pages look just as though it could be a box of chocolates.

Have a very Happy Valentines Day!



Products used in the album:

Wild About You Product Line

Glitter Valentine CS
Valentine Stripe CS
Glitter lips CS
Classic Roses CS
Glitter Chipboard Hearts
Glitter Red Journaling tags
Glittter Red Letters
Viva Rubon
Glitter Red Sorbet CS
Glitter Red Classic Swirl CS
Forbidden Love Dew drops
Glitter Gold Fleur
Glitter Brown Chipboard
Orange Circles Vellum
Hunter Green Glitter Dot CS
Kiwi Glitter Sorbet CS

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Recycling with The Robin's Nest

Hello girls!
Here Marilia Lopes again and today I got a tip for recycling.
This is a can of chocolate that I covered with papers and I used to give away.
Inside I put a makeup kit for my goddaughter she is a dancer and loves makeup.
I love to recycle materials!

I used the Blue Fleur  cardstock and Blue PockaDot as background
I made all the flowers roles with The Robin's Nest and the kernels used Dew Drops.
I used Early Dawn Dew Drops.

Below some details:

Hope you enjoy and see you guys next month.
Thanks for the time to stop by here.
Marília Lopes

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Forever Calendar by Rhonda Helm

Good morning crafters. Today I am here to bring you a awesome project. I am a guest designer today for Robin's nest and the Chattering Robins. Boy am I all excited and nervous.

My project for today Is a Forever Calendar. I used a piece of wood that was 6" x 14". The board is a pine surface. I used a lot of Robin's nest dewdrops. Dewdrops are so fun to use and very easy to glue down. I use paper that I got from Robin's nest a few years ago. The green and white mini rosettes are from Micheal's. The word family is from colorboc chipboard alphabets. I painted it in country tan and inked it in blue. I used dewdrops in Crimson – DD 195 on my letters. I put antique lace on the top and the bottom of the plaque. I added sea green string of pearls to the top lace. I used white lace flowers on the bottom of the plaque with flat back flowers in the center. I put 21 green rosettes and 19 white rosettes along the edges of the plaque and the top. I hung 12 chipboard squares sized in 1 inch with 12 gold jump rings and 12 gold eye hooks. I covered the squares with the same paper as I used on the plaque. I inked them in the same color as I used for the letters. I used dewdrops in Pansies and Sprinkles-DD 159 on the top of my squares. I put dew stackables between the white flowers. I used Hillside and Riverside dewdrops as designs on the plaque. To adhere everything down on the plaque I used glossy accents, the hot glue gun, and inkssentials glue n' seal. I found out that using the Marvy  jewel picker was the best option for gluing all these dewdrops down. It was a big help in my project.On the back I put two silver eyehooks and some antique lace to hang it up.

The following is a few photos to show you how I did it and the outcome of my forever calendar.

Monday, January 28, 2013

A Card, Some Tags and Flower Tutorials :)

Hello there everyone! Genevive here feeling overly thrilled for it's my turn to share with you how I turned this Baby Girl Card Kit into a simple but pretty card adorned with handmade flowers with a matching envelope too... plus two more tags. Hope you like what I have made for you. Read on!

"Pretty Girl"

Here is how I layered the flower cluster of this card:
  1. Mat the white card base with Water Color Distressed Lavender.
  2. Paste a doiley die-cut right at the middle of the card.
  3. Layer an organza bow, a stripe strip of paper from the kit, a bit of washi tape, tulle.
  4. Arrange and adhere the 3 handmade flowers on top.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Birthday Wishes and "Tea-rrific" Friends

Hi everyone! First off I want you to know that I'm so excited to be a part of The Robin's Nest Design Team and I have had tons of fun creating these two little projects for my first post on my blog and on The Chattering Robin's blog. So grab a snack and pull up a chair and get comfy cause I'm getting ready to share a lot of creativity with you.
My first project I want to show you that you can use the The Birthday Girl Card Kit for something other than creating cards. I created a mini album and money holder with the kit.

I used a small paperbag (3.5X6.75") which you can find at your locate craft store.
I folded the bag at the bottom and adhered two of the sides to the bag which this should then give you two pockets. I then inked all edges of the bag and scrapbook paper. Added a paper doilies that had been cut in half and glued that and the scrapbook paper down on the front of the bag.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Reverse Engineering: Use your Card Kit Scraps

As a long time scrap booker, I have often used my scraps from making pages to make cards.  This month, I'm shaking things up and using scraps from a card kit from The Robin's Nest to make a page.    I don't often need baby cards, so after I made the cards I needed, I decided to use the rest of the kit to scrap a precious memory from my son's first bath at home.
Along with card kits from The Robin's Nest, I used a stamp and matching die from Heartfelt Creations.  The Robin's Nest and Heartfelt Creations have teamed up this month.  Don't you love the Heartfelt Flowers with dew drop centers from The Robin's Nest?!

So, here is how I created this page.  I started by cutting one inch of the top of the yellow ducky paper in the Baby Boy Card Kit from The Robin's Nest.  I then lined three of the rectangles up on the right hand side of the page to create a larger rectangle.  I trimmed one sheet of The Robin's Nest Water Color Ocean paper to make the blue strip along the bottom, and placed one of the trimmed pieces from above to repeat the baby duck print in the same direction as the blue.
I stamped the flower using the Heartfelt Creation Perfect Petal Medley PreCut Set and then cut it using the Heartfelt Creations Perfect Petals Custom die.  I distressed inked the edges of my petals and shaped them with a ball stylus.  I used mini dew drops included in the Baby Boy Card Kit from The Robin's Nest in the center of my flower.
I used a bronze tag from the Safari Tag Kit and embossed it using Vintage Copper Enamel Powder by Piccolo.  I then used white letter stickers by The Robin's Nest and inked them to match my flower.  I love that I can ink these white stickers to match any color on my page!  The rubber duckies are from the Baby Boy card kit and I used one to cover the corner of a tag from the Safari Tag Kit.  This tag had a map of Africa, and I needed to make it baby boy.  This is a great trick to use items in your stash, just embellish to match your page!  I ran a ribbon from the Safari kit through the Collin tag and adhered it to the page.  A scrap of the same ribbon is used to embellish the journaling tag.
The circle was cut with Sure Cuts a Lot, but you could simply cut a circle and add some of letter stickers to get the same look.  I love the use of the yellow, blue and white on this page!

Now my cards were made with the same kits mentioned above and ribbon.  I used the Elegant Edges Cricut Cartridge to cut the frames and embellished them with the mini dew drops.  I added the stickers from the Baby Boy kit and kept the cards simple but sparkly!
Be sure to check out The Robin's Nest Store this month for specials on their card and tag kits for 20% off.  Here is a link for the sale items.  Use the coupon code cardkitpromo.  There are only a few days left to cash in on this special, so be sure to check out the fabulous kits!
The Robin's Nest Water Color Ocean paper
The Robin's Nest Baby Boy Card Kit
The Robin's Nest Safari Tag Kit
The Robin's Nest White Letters
Heartfelt Creations HCPC 3313 Perfect Petal Medley PreCut Set
Heartfelt Creations Perfect Petal Custom Design Die Template
Teal card stock
White card stock
Vintage Copper Enamel Powder by Piccolo
Enamel Powder Adhesive in roll on bottle
Sure Cuts A Lot Software (Optional-circle and title maybe made with other methods)Stampin' Up Journaling stamp
Close to My Heart inks

Dresden, Germany

Hello all,

Robin posting today.
Dresden, Germany was such a surprise for us!  We were told about this city by some friends before our trip to Germany a little over a year ago.  We thought, well maybe, we will do our best to get there, but we will just see.

It was in the plan to go one very cold week end, and our trip to Dresden became a reality.  This city was totally bombed during WWll, and over the years Germany has rebuilt this city to look like the original city that was bombed.
Here is just one page of the many I have been working on this week on the city of Dresden.  I used  Mens Paisley, Honeycomb solid, and Honeycomb Fleur, Glitter Mocha Trail, Glitter Gold Fleur, and Glitter Red Classic Swirl for papers/cardstock.  I also used the Classified and Wedding Stickers.  Silver, clear, large clear, and gold dew drops were also used. From the Robin's Nest.

This just makes me love this city all over again as I put my pages together with cobblestone streets, beautiful lamp posts and patina colored dome roofs.  This is simply one spectacular city.

Have a wonderful day.



Wednesday, January 23, 2013

On Fire Love Card

Mandi here to help you get a start on  your Valentine's cards.

Here is what you will need:
Dinosaur Rub-On (I used the packaging paper)
Ivory Glitter Stickers
China Fragments PreCut Set
Corner punch
Red Ink
Brown Marker
1" circle Punch

I used the a marker to color in the image on the ribbon. 
The pleated strip in the packaging from the Dinosaur rub-ons.
To make the heart for the seal I used the letters "B" and "V". I just cut them like the bottom image and stacked them onto a 1" circle
Don't forget the coupon cardkitpromo to receive 20% off your card kits and tag kids this month.

I would like to thanks Heartfelt Creations for teaming up with us this month.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A Grandpa's Love

Wanting to use some "love" themed products with Valentine's Day coming up, I found this Loves Me Glitter Cardstock from The Robin's Nest.  And, although I used in it a different way, I really do love it! And . . . because the  Robin's Nest Card Kits and Tag Kits are still 20% off  I wanted to use some more of the tag kit I used in my last post.  January is almost over and your chance to take advantage of this deal is almost up.  Remember to use the promo code "cardkitpromo" when placing your order. 

I decided I wanted to do a layout featuring my grandfather who passed away last year.  Grandpa was loved, to say the very least and admired by his children, his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren, who are truly comforted in knowing that he is keeping Grandma company for us now.

Sooooo, I just wanted a simple layout to remember the joy of a Grandpa who would take us fishing, let us drive his car (um . . . when we were like 11), pile all of the grand kids in his little pinto and head for the zoo, sing at the top if his lungs not worried about who was listening, and most of all who stood as an example of character.

Here is what I came up with:

For this layout I used:

The Robin's Nest Wedding Tag Kit

The paper is so pretty (and glittery!) that you don't have to do much to embellish. I merely added a few flowers and leaves and a tag with a tag sticker from the Wedding Tag Kit.  I inked the edges of both the sticker and the tag just to give it a little more depth and I really like the result.  So far I have used the Tag Kit on two separate projects and I still have a ton of pieces left.  It really is a fun set and goes a long way.

Here are some closer up photos.  I'm not sure if you can see how thick the gold tag is, but it really is a good thick quality without being so bulky that it will weigh down your layout:

Be sure to hop over to their website at The Robin's Nest and check out out the many different Card and Tag Kits for yourself; you won't be sorry you did. 

~ Make Today Count


Tag...You're It!!

Or at least your friends are going to feel like a million bucks when they receive the darling cards you have created using one of The Robin's Nest Tag kits.  

Winter Tag Kit

I received this set called "Winter Tag Kit."
I had a lot of fun using tags on my cards. 
I still have several more stickers, tags, and dew drops left over.
Another fabulous announcement:
These kits are on sale this month!
Use the keyword: cardkitpromo and you will receive 20% off card kits AND tag kits!
Stock up now! 

Using a 12 x 4 inch paper, score every 4 inches. Fold back your corners...
And voila! You have a tri-fold card. Simply embellish the front with one of your tags, dew drops...and yes, a funny furry monster!

A standard card using ribbon, stickers, dew drops and the chipboard tag.  
All of which can be found in the Winter Tag Kit!

Clearly...we can't stop yet. 
I used a piece of acetate for the base to make this floating card.  There are a lot of
paper layers.  But around the edges you can see right through the card.  I love the look of these cards. And they are so fun to make!

To adhere your layers, use plenty of Glue Dots ©.  Here I used Ultra Thin, Pop up, and Mini.

Create a pocket card using The Robin's Nest Papers!
The stickers and chipboard make a great sentiment for any stamped images you may 
want to use!

I sponged the edges to create a little warmth on my winter cards!

Velvet ribbon: The Robin's Nest Crimson Ribbon
Stamps: Starving Artistamps

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Be sure to pick up a few card kits and tag kids using the cardkitpromo for 20% off this month.
I promise that you'll have more supplies in each kit than time to create with them!

See you real soon!
Dawn Mercedes

Monday, January 21, 2013

My glasses

              Hello my dear friends. I am very happy to be part of this team of Robin's Nest. Today is my first post here and I'm very anxious to begin.
     I made this page remembering happy times we spent this year on the beach. Of course I used a photo of my dear grandson found it very funny.
 For this I used the following products

This is a Skecht

 I'm in love with this product



And for this card i used this wonderful collection Hearts card kit 

 Have a beautiful day.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Brenda's Treasures

Good morning Brenda here and welcome to my first project(s) for the Robin's Nest. I'm so excited to be working with them. I cannot tell you how much fun I've had with all her papers and fun embellishments. Today I will be showing you how to alter some very inexpensive (or even free) things. We were suppose to use a few "card kits" that she has and well and you can find them here...this is what I came up with. (Be prepared to sit a while, large post and lots of pictures)

This is the first card kit I received. Now to me while looking at this kit I thought of Valentine's Day for sure. I knew I had just the right project for this special event.
Last year, after Valentine's Day I bought one of these
cute little mailboxes on clearance.
I think I paid a quarter for it.
Everyone has seen these and a lot of you have altered them,
and here is my way of doing it.
I took the lid off and traced around it and cut it out
twice for the front and back since they are identical.
Then I popped the flag off, cuz I could not figure out
how to keep it attached and put the paper on.
I embellished the paper with the "dew drops" and also
cut a tiny heart out of the paper for it's center.
I used another clear dew drop for the "hinge" for the flag.
I also used some ribbon I had on hand that matched the paper
perfectly and glued it around the edges of the mailbox
and added more dew drops around the front rim.
I used the hugs and kisses sticker and attached it to
some of the remaining card stock, inked around the
edges and pop dotted it on the front cover.
Isn't this just the cutest? I love the brown and pinks together.
I plan on filling it with "hugs and kisses" and giving
it to my granddaughter for Valentine's Day.

For the next project I made myself a jewelry treasure holder...
This last summer we went on our family vacation and while on vacation we went antiquing. I love finding treasures as is or to alter. Hubby came upon these cigar boxes from Germany at that. I made an offer on all of them and got them for dirt cheap. I am keeping one as is, but the others I will alter. This is what I made with the first one:

Here is the box with some computer paper wrapped around the lid so that I can get a perfect fit.
Then I cut it out
and laid it on the backside of my paper
This is the tag kit I received from the The Robins Nest for this project

Very ROYAL and I love it
I covered the outside and inside with the different papers
also added a velcro to the top and bottom
I added a paperclay lock and dew drops all around the front
and the Royal tag to the top with a paperclay key and crown.
I also added a dew drop to both the tag crown and the paperclay one.
and since I had plenty of papers and other embellishments left from this paper card kit I wanted to alter one more thing, this is the one project I am most proud of:
I was putting my makeup on one morning and used up most of my creamy eyeshadow from Avon. I love this product and was saddened that I was out. Instead of throwing the container away I knew I could "make" something with it. This is what I looked like before
cleaned out
I took the sparkly paper from the Robin's Nest
and mod podged the paper to the eye shadow kit
I added another layer of mod podge to the top
while that was drying, I added 3 of the fleur de lis stickers
where the eye shadow was and some of the sticker paper inside where the eye shadow brush would have been.
and added another layer of mod podge to make sure it was all sealed

Then I added my initials from the Glittery Letter pack. Love these letters.
and here is the top with some added dew drops.
Now, what do you think I turned this into?
I could put my ibuprofen in it OR
I turned it into a personalized sewing kit.
Now I have to say this is definitely my favorite project.
I loved making them all, but the use of this one is my favorite.
So I hope I've inspired you to turn something old
into something new and useful.
Head on over to the Robin's Nest and check out
all the fun papers and kits they have.
I know I am absolutely in love with all of it.
Thank you for coming and joining me at the Robin's Nest.  Head on over there and use the promo code cardkitpromo for the month of January to get 20% off of your order on these fabulous kits.   As always, have a great day and God Bless. I hope you come back and check out what else I have in store for you. In the meantime you can come see my projects here
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