Thursday, October 31, 2013

Pocket Mini

Hello Everyone!  Today I will be sharing a Pocket Mini that I created.  These are great for gift giving.  They are small and will fit in just about anything.  This month we have on sale, over at The Robins Nest, some awesome Christmas Papers.  So let me get started on what I have created.  I took a 12 x 12 sheet of Black and White Holly cardstock to form the pocket mini.  I then took a Black Glitter Snowflake, along with a die cut from Gina's Designs.  I also used a punch by Tonic Studios for a border at the bottom, and I placed some white dew drops as embellishments. The punch I used is called the floral strip punch. On the inside of the mini I used some lace from my stash and made some tags for the pockets, which I also used the border punch to decorate the tags.  I didn't do alot of embellishing with this because I wanted it to be able to fold up flat.  To keep the mini closed I used some black ribbon.  I also used black chalk ink to distress some of the edges.  This is a fun and very easy project.  You can do several of these to make as gifts.

I hope you have enjoyed my post today and check back on Sunday for a very different type of mini!!

Thanks so much and Happy Scrapping!!!


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

All Year Card Organizer

Hello everyone.  I am excited to share today's project with you as it's been one of my most favorite crafts to date.  I have made several of these card organizers over the years, but this one featuring The Robin's Nest papers is the most fun and creative one I've made. 

Let's jump right in! You will need a 12x12 album and 14 page protectors. Each month will have a calendar page with dates to write in birthdays and other special occasions, and a card pocket page.  On the left side will be the calendar and on the right a slit cut in your page protector to hold your cards for all the things celebrated that month. This is a great way to keep up with all your loved ones Birthdays, Anniversaries, Mother's Day, Father's Day, etc. I even made a page in the back to hold miscellaneous cards, for baby showers, congrats, get well, etc.  I personally keep one card per person in each month for the whole year, this way I am covered all year long, and I always know when I need to make more birthday cards.

As you can see above I cut a slit in one side of my page protector, 6 1/2 inches down from the top.  (After doing mine, I would say to go more like 7 inches down, this way you can see the cards in that months pocket)  Be very careful not to cut all the way through the page protector.  I place a piece of cardboard in my page protector then use my Fiskars paper trimmer to make the cut. Now in the pictures below I have taken the white decorated half sheets out of the pocket sides so you are able to see the full sheet of cardstock, but notice above how cute and finished it looks with it in there.  You can choose to do it either way.  
  Let's take a look at the months for my Card Organizer, and Cardstock used for each.....

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

..... More Black n White....

For the month of October at the Robin's Nest we created with this amazing paper line 
and lots of the black n white prints that they carry.

With all the black n white .. and on the opposite side of the colours I thought
the split in the middle to start would be fun.
Then cutting lots of the clocks off the print paper and staggered up the
middle is a great base for more round photos.
Everything started larger at the bottom to
smaller at the top... it was perfect.
With all the black n white going on .. I decided that the touch of red would
be a perfect pop of colour.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Masquerade Contest, Feathers and Medallion or Accordion Flower Video Tutorial

The Robin's Nest is hosting a Masquerade Contest.. it is so much fun.
Create a mask using their products and enter.
Here is my mask. 
Supply list:
Robin's Nest Products: 
Gem Stones: 
Other: gold cardstock, ribbons

I started with just a base shaped mask which I ripped 3 different pieces of papers and layered
them across the base from bottom edge to top edge. I glued them down well and let them dry.
Then following the pattern on the back side and I cut the mask out. 
After that I started to decorate and accent it.. so many options depending
on what you find in your stash.

Belle époque

Hi everyone! It's me Tonya and I'm back to share my project I created for the Robin's Nest using the Black and White Classified Collection which is 20% off this month over at the Robin's Nest shop

I found these little file folders at Target in the dollar spot aisle and, of course, I had to pick up a few. I figured I could use one for a coupon holder and have the other to keep scraps and bits together on the latest project I'm working on. Well, I decided I wanted to decorate the one I was going to keep my supplies in and this is what I came up with.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Damask Black and White

Hello everybody!
Today I'm Juraci who comes to show a new layout for you guys!
I would like to present a video tutorial, but I had some problems and could not finish. I promise the next layout will bring a video ok?

 This layout used background paper Damask Black and White, Black and White Clock
colored with gelato

used in the background a little acrylic gesso

I used black cardstock and mask folder for modeling, the details of watches dew drops 

 Thank you all and having a wonderful weekend


Friday, October 25, 2013

Happy Halloween! - Hanging Frame.

 Last month I made  this Halloween tote for Dyllan's 4th grade teacher and I was wondering what am I going to put into it beside candy and cookies. Then I started thinking she might like a decorated frame. So I found this cheap dollar bin pink frame in my studio stash and just had fun!

 I took out the plastic insert and frame backing. I spray painted the frame and backing with miscellaneous black spray paint, just whatever I had on hand. Later I touched up the frame with black ink. Then I traced the frame onto Black and White Clock - 20% off until the end of October!
I used my fingers to tear at the edges making them uneven. I used a makeup sponge and black ink to further give it a distressed look. 

 I placed a tombstone from this Halloween sticker set onto some Orange Glitter Crackle. I fixed into place with some tacky glue and also added a bit of moss which I buy by the sheet at dollar tree. The moss adds a nice touch to the tombstone and some Spiderweb Glitter Cardstock fits nicely in the top corner.

 Another dollar tree find was a pack of these plastic skeletons! I simply removed his legs and adhered him to the tombstone with E-6000. I gave him a moldy look with some Lime Smooch and glitter glue green eyes.

 Up in the web, a orange spider ring becomes a spooky spider with Obsidian Diamond Dew Drops for the body. Some vintage clip art and Oct.31 by Sin City Stamps added some Witchy flair.

 Pam Brays Beware from Sin City Stamps was stamped onto purple inked paper and added to the bottom of the frame.
I added a assortment of purple, black, orange and green Dew Drops around the frame and tied it up with some pretty orange ribbon!
Now it is ready to add to the Teachers Halloween decor!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Mask and a Card from Ro!

It's a Masquerade Contest!

Hi, fellow crafters!  Ro here again with a couple of projects to share with you!  First up is my mask for the Masquerade Contest at The Robin's Nest.  

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


While we were in Germany 
2 years ago, Dana's sister and brother in law
were living there, took us to Zurich.

The city was intoxicating,
and hundreds of people walk the streets.
I learned while we were there,
that Zurich is the place where, people of
 prestige go to do their shopping,
mmmm, well, we didn't buy anything
just window shopped and took 
lots of pictures.

It was a fun day, 
we were bundled up in our coats, 
scarfs and hats.
We needed all three for sure.

You can see here that the city
is full of homes of great affluence.
We loved the visit, and all the fun things in the windows.
So gold and black seemed fitting.
I used punches with the Gold glitter chipboard, and 
I used the cricut for the swirls and key hole.

I used:
Gold Glitter Fleur on Black
Gold glitter dot
Gold glitter chipboard
Gold Glitter Letter Stickers
Gold Glitter Classic Swirl on Black

This is a simpler and fun layout as well..
It didn't scan in very well, 
because of the black clip I used on the mini vellum envelope.
But none the less, 
I decided to share it anyway.
This is a cathedral on the river in Zurich

I used: 
Brown Paisley
Red watercolor cs
Viva la France Rub-on
Red glitter chipboard
And other products from my scrapbook stash
The ribbon is from a partner this year.

As a note to this post,
The brother in law, that took us all over
Germany, Switzerland, Poland, and France,
was just diagnosed with cancer.

Our prayers are with Mark and Heather
everyday, with this new found 
way of life they are now experiencing.
We so appreciate them, and the many, many places
they have taken us over the years.

Hugs to you all!


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

One Scary Night

 This month,
designers from The Robin's Nest are teaming up
with the designers of Sin City Stamps
to bring you some spook-tacular designs!

Here I created a standing trifold easel card using

I used sickly yellow highlights to give some light
to this somber card.  Don't you just love that dew drops come in 
a rainbow of colors!  I also colored the Gina's Designs laser cut out (after I trimmed it down),
 to make a nice accent element.

Side View

And...yeppers...That's a new Halloween color from Lovebug Creations.
Save those rumble ribbon scraps...and pin them on to your designs!  

For more designs using the fantastic products from The Robin's Nest...
please stumble over to my blog sometime!

Dawn Mercedes, of Sunnyside Up!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Ready for Halloween?

Halloween is almost here! Have you prepared your "trick or treat" costumes yet? I have not, Lol! I find it hard to top what we had last year... Pirates! So while thinking of what to be this year, I spent time making a layout of our photo taken last year using the Classified Collection which is perfect for my red and white photo... 

... I created the  "stripes" background by cutting the papers in random strips.

... white thread on red button and those two cute bats! :) 

... I am not always using medium on my layouts and if  I need to, my go-to product is crackle paint. I dabbed a white chalk ink on to a bare chipboard alphabet and painted it with  a clear crackle paint. 

Here's the finished layout... 

... yes that's a snowflakes you saw :) I don't know why but I like it to be there hahah! The colors compliment the page perfectly. And it's available for sale at the Robin's Nest online store now :) 

And here's my take on the Robin's Nest Masquerade Contest that's still going on right now (check the details below) I altered a $2 mask from Daiso with gold Dewdrops. Easy peasy :) 

Visit Robin's Nest and check out the very pretty papers I used... it's 20% off this month! 

Till next time :) 
Xoxo, Genevive

Sunday, October 20, 2013


Hello to all!!
Today's a beautiful day here in the sun!!
I had prepared a video for you guys this layout, but it was lost on the computer and could not find it.
This layout used background paper Damask Black and White, the losanges to see I cut the Silhouette  in the back side of the paper  Sheasrore Glitter Cardstock .
A thin layer of gesso and then applied stamp letters.
The chipboard I painted with black acrylic paint and chalk used to make a light blue shading.
Some Prima flowers in the corners and  Chipboards leaves of Fall Collection.
A little red spray paint to finish.
I hope you enjoy and have a nice day!

Friday, October 18, 2013


This, here, is my pup, Roxy and my cat, Sam.   
These two were so cute together…the best of buds.   
Sam was an indoor/outdoor cat.  
 In this picture, I just happen to catch him chillin’ outside 
and Roxy chillin’ with him, but inside.
In this layout, I used the Classified Collection from Robin’s Nest, which happens to be on sale this month!  (Now’s the time to stock up on it.) 
The lower portion I cut a wavy edge using the Black and White Glitter Border Swirl Paper  and misted with Heidi Swapp’s Mint Green Color Shine.   Then I went back on colored in some swirls with a 
white Gelly Roll pen.  I used the Gold Dew Drops to border the swirl paper.

In celebration of The Robin’s Nest Masquerade Mask Contest, I, also, made this fun mask.  I used the Black Fleur Glittered White Cardstock and Silver Glitter Swirl on Black cardstock.  

I didn’t have any pink Diamond-Shape Dew Drops, so, I hand-colored about 20 Clear Diamond-Shaped Dew Drops with a Pink Copic Marker, to match!

Have some fun and let us see what you come up with for YOUR masquerade mask!

 ~Robin Redd

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