Friday, May 30, 2014

Faerie ATC's

I am hosting my first "Faerie Garden Swap" this month and along with the miniatures we are swapping, I've asked everyone to make ATC's too.

 ATC's or Artist Trading Cards- they are 2.5" X 3.5".
 The same as any baseball or other trading cards.
What I love about ATC's, is they take up very little room and are just as delightful to look at as full sized cards.
You can read more about them here.

These are the cards I will be swapping with my Faerie Garden Miniatures.
 I used the following materials....
Write Glitter Cardstock
Gold Classic Glitter Swirl Cardstock
Metallic Dew Drops
Blue Green Dew Drops
Assorted vintage female clip art, butterfly images, paper trimmer with a ruler, scissors, adhesive and something to write your swap info.
 Using the ruler guide on your paper trimmer, cut your papers to be 2.5" X 3.5". Do as many as you need for your swap. I like to make extras to swap at rubber stamp conventions and creative gatherings.
 My butterfly's are actually cut from hand made wrapping paper from a independent art supply store.
By cutting one butterfly in half you now have a set of wings for your faerie!
 Glue your wings to your trimmed out female clipart. I purposely sorted through my stash looking for mostly 'side view' images so I could just use one wing. Try to squeeze them, wing and all onto your card. Trim off any over hanging clip art, 

Add your dew drops then your card and info on the back.
You can use free print outs from the web, rubber stamps or just write your own.
You always want to include the following with your ATC:
  • The name of the swap
  • Date
  • your name
  • Blog or email address
  • Series number...1 of 10, 2 of 10, 3 of 10....
  • optional- your city/state.

Hope you enjoyed my craft, thanks for coming by!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Dad in the 60's

Hi Everyone,
Robin here today,

There are still lots of 
photos of my dad that I am working through.

Here are some more of his photos
that I have been working on 
for a 8.5x11 book for him.

Each of us has that one thing that made 
us so extremely happy.
My Dad's was this little MG
that he would drive to work everyday.
I was about 5 during this time in his life.
As I was working on the photos
I wondered, what happened to that MG.
Why did he get rid of it?
As I went through more and more papers sorting 
and reading, I found a paper that showed a
primitive drawing of the MG and a big
diesel truck smashing the back of the MG.  I
found out that it was quite a smash and a miracle
that dad came home that day.
But Alas, no more MG.
So here is a page for him to remember that dream car: The MG

Robin's Nest Products I used:
Nautical Stripe paper
Clouds paper
Canada Stripe CS
Lodge cut out
Gina's Designs cut outs 
Blue Mini Dew Drops

Of course family came along the way,
and here are some of the few family pictures we have,
also in those days, not many pictures of 
Mom and Dad together.

So these are pretty fun for us.

I used Robin's Nest Black Herringbone CS
Black Dew Drops

Same year this picture was taken, all of us 
wearing something different,
but Mom and Dad look the same!

Robin's Nest Paper:  Embrace Life Linen CS/front and back.

You can find these papers on our

Have a wonderful week!

See you next Wednesday.


Monday, May 26, 2014

This Way to the Beach

This way to the Beach
I'm pretty sure most of you can tell just how much I love the Beach Collection, the blues and teal colored papers, the gorgeous stickers and theme just make my heart skip a beat when I look at them.
I really wanted to incorporate these papers into something for my home, so that I could look at them often and be reminded of my favorite place to be....the beach.
Here is that reminder

This wooden banner hangs in our back porch and I know its a hit, as I heard my son say to his friend today that "my mom made that" when they were walking in.
This delightful piece of charm, will now greet me and my guests as we come in and I'll be reminded of where I want to be each time I see it.
Here is the how-to video. Go ahead and make one for yourself. You'll love it as much as we do.
And REMEMBER you to can get these papers and embellishments (Beach Collection) for 20% off for the entire month of May - you will want these papers for this project!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Amazing Box full of Cards

Hi... it's Bev here today to share a Robin's Nest  Project. 
I am using their products to make this fun box using 
our co sponsor for the month.

Here is the front of my box.. see more details below.

Side view of slightly open box... all trimmed.

 Supply List: 
Robin's Nest Products:
Khaki Green Glitter Letters
Other: Starform stickers, misc cardstock, P-touch title

Now I'll share the cards I made to go into the box.. for a great gift.

Supply List:
 Robin's Nest Products:
Chocolate Brown Classic Glitter Swirl
Nature Stickers
Other: punchinella, cork, stitching, twine, burlap

Supply List:
Robin's Nest Products:
Other: Punchinella, stitching, washi tape

Supply List:
Robin's Nest Products: 
Other: base card, embossing folder, ink, staedtler black pen, twine

Here is the finished box with the cards and envelopes inside. 
Be sure to stop by the Robin's Nest Blog daily to view amazing creations by all the DT. 

A Day at the Beach

Hi everyone! It's me, Tonya and I'm here to share an Altoid tin I altered using the Beach Collection from the Robin's Nest which is 20% off this month. I was at the beach a few weeks ago and let me tell you I didn't want to leave. The weather was perfect…sunny with ocean breezes. My type of weather for sure. :-) So I wanted to create something using the mini seashells I had collected while walking on the beach and this is what I came up with.

For this project you will need an empty and clean Altoids tin.

I sponged gessoed over the whole tin. Let dry and added a second coat.

Next I painted Americana Spa Blue Acrylic Paint around the outer and inside edges of the tin and let dry. Then  I painted over that with Ranger Picket Fence Distress Crackle Paint and let dry. You can speed up the process by using a blow dry. The paint should start cracking once it starts drying which gives it an old weathered look.

I cut from the Water Glitter Swirl cardstock four rectangles a little bit smaller than the tin, rounded, distressed and inked the edges. I adhered the striped side to the outside of the tin and water and wave side I adhered inside the tin.

I cut from the Sizzix Scoreboards XL Die Box Square three "frames", two from Glitter Starfish Cardstock and one from the Vanilla Fleur Glitter Cardstock. I adhered the two to the outside and one to the inside of the tin.
The outside I fussy cut one of the images from Before Bikinis Collage Sheet and the bathing suit girl I found on the internet. Adhered to the tops of the diecuts and then added  sea life images I fussy cut from scrapbook paper, gauze, sequins, dew drops and real seashells. If you don't have seashells the Robin's Nest has them in their shop for purchase.

I used some old alphabet stickers I have had forever to create the saying. Then I added sequins, dew drops, twine, gauze, cut outs, mini jar and real seashells to make the beachy little scene. 

I fussy cut another bathing suits girls from the Before Bikinis Collage Sheet and used pop dots to adhere to the inside of the tin.
I fussy cut "waves" from the Water Glitter Swirl Cardstock added Stickles and stacked one in front of the other and glued down to give depth.

I adhered a small seashell, sequin and dew drop to the top of the tin to finish it off. This was an easy project to complete and I have plans to create another one in the near future. 

Supplies Used:

Crystal Stickles
Mini Glass bottle
Americana Spa Blue Acrylic Paint
Ranger Picket Fence Distress Crackle Paint
Ocean Chalk Ink

 Be sure to stop by the  Robin's Nest and check out the Beach Collection that is on sale this month. If you have any questions please let me know. Thanks for stopping by, hope your Sunday is wonderful and enjoy creating!!!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Old Fashion, Old West

Hello again everyone, it's been a little while since my last post and I am excited to share these simple yet cute pages with you all.
About two years ago my husband Jeremiah and I decided to take our kids to what is called Territory Days here in Colorado.  It takes place in Old Town Colorado and goes on over a weekend in May. We decided to surprise the kids and get our pictures taken, you know the fun old fashion, old west style ones!?!
The boys all had such a great time dressing up as cowboys, wearing the hats and holding the guns.  They were all so cute and all the pictures we took turned out great. Well these pictures have been sitting in our house and I decided it was far past time to put them on some pages and get them in a scrapbook.

Here is the first page I wanted to keep things simple and not take away from the photo itself. I love how all the boys are focused on dad looking like the bad guy!!   I used The Robin's Nest, Cowboy cardstock and just used the side with stripes. 

And this how can you not just love that everyone is actually looking at the camera and happy!  To accent these pages I stamped and embossed a few images from an old west stamp set I had.  I used some mailbox letters for my words and really love how these pages came I am overly fond of all these cute boys.

Here is a close up look at the heat embossed embellishments, I stamped them on cream cardstock, heat embossed with a copper powder, carefully cut them out, and sponged the edges with a brown ink to distress them before I put them on the pages.

And here are the two pages side by side. 

Hope this post finds you all well, until next time
Happy Crafting, 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Summer Keepsake Box

Can you believe its almost Summer?
 Next month School gets out and I wanted to have something that was attractive yet practical and ready to hold movie tickets, sea shells and other bits of this summers memories.

 I created the above keepsake box from a deep cigar box. Most cigar shops will sell the empty boxes to you for a couple of dollars. I prepped the box by peeling off any loose stickers.
 Then I played around with the following Robins Nest "Beach Collection" to create this one-of-kind treasure box.
-Aquamarine Sorbet, Blue Raspberry Sorbet, Calamity Jane Stripe, Pink Glitter Coral, Seashore Glittered, Water Glitter Swirl.
- Beach Rub-Ons,  Beach stickers, Water stickers.
- Mini Pearl Drops, Gold Metallic Dew Drops.
I also used Blue Inka  mousse, wrapping cellophane, gold wire trim, glitter glue, clear tape,  lace, and a Journal tag.

 I used the blue mousse to cover part of the box that could not be covered with paper.

 The hinge of the box was thin paper. So I reinforced both inside and outside with the clear tape.

For the inside of the box, I folded my paper in half and glued the crease perfectly in the corners of the box for a clean finish.

 I covered gaps in the paper with sea shells- rubbed onto onto scraps of paper.
I love how the compass makes this box the perfect travel accessory!

For added fun, I placed a few sea shell stickers on the back hinge.
 I plan to take this box with us on our few trips this summer, so we will have a sturdy place to hold our summer memories.
What would you put in a box like this?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

My Parents Wedding

Hi again,
Robin here.

I am still sharing the photos
from my dad's book I have been working on.
After working on these photos
I decided to make a book of just the photos of
mom and dad together.  So these
are the beginning pages of them at their wedding

Unlike weddings today,
there are only a few photos of my 
parents on their wedding day.

They are quite precious photos.

They were married in December 1950

I decided to do all the wedding photo's in Black and white papers
with gold and silver paper for the accents.  I know mom would love
the gold, and dad would love the silver.
So I incorporated both colors, and the pages have 
turned out awesome.
I look at them all the time,
what a treasure trove of photos for our family.

This 8x10 photo is the only large photo
they had made.  I wanted to use product on top of
the photo but not stick anything to the photo.

So I used a sheet protector and cut it apart,
so I have 2 sheets, at 8.5x11 of clear sheets, I then glued the
embellishments on the clear sheet protector.  You 
can do this with a transparency sheet too,
I just didn't have access to any and used 
the sheet protector.

I used:
Glitter gold dot CS
Robin's Nest Wedding Sticker (retired)
Glitter Gold chipboard die cut
White glitter Classic Swirl CS.

Here is an introduction to a new paper.
Wedding Writing.
I framed this photo which I enlarged from a very small
photo, framed it 
on white and then on the Wedding Writing CS.
Silver Glitter Dot CS is background, with Gold 
Glitter Dot Cs as corner frames.
Glitter True Love is Robin's Nest Retired Vellum

Now why there is a photo of the groom by himself
and not the bride, I don't know.
It usually isn't the case, I also enlarged this photo 
from a small photo.
In all the photos of our family, there are lots of photos of mom,
but not so many of dad.  Dad was usually the
person behind the camera.

I used 
Silver stripe CS  (Retired)
Black Marble CS (Retired)
Wedding Writing CS  NEW
Every Girl saying (Retired)
Black 6mm Dew Drops

Some of these photos I didn't even know existed!
I love this one with them kissing!

I used:
Gold Glitter Dot CS
New Wedding Writing CS
Pearl Mini Dew Drops
The Sign at top is from the
back side of New Wedding Writing CS
Wedding Sticker (Retired)

Isn't this so sweet!
They were married by the Justice of the Peace
 with only their friends with them.
Just the 4 of them.

I used:
Glitter White on White Classic Swirl
Pearl Dew Drops
Wedding Sticker (Retired)

This is the original photo of the big one I had 
This page will go in my Dad's book,
I am doing a book of them together as well.
But I decided, I had to show in his book that
they did get married.

I used:
Glitter Silver Dot CS
Wedding Writing CS New
LOVE Word comes from the
back side of the Wedding Writing CS
Black Marble CS (Retired)
Pearl Mini Dew Drops

Well there it is,
the wedding of my parents 
in 1950.

Not a lot of photos,
but enough none the less to have some
great memories of this special

When mom died they were married 62 years!

So Wonderful!



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