Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Falling Leaves

Hi Everyone... 

It's Penny here.....wishing you a happy end of the month to you...

The other day as I walked home from the station, I was startled from my daydream by a leaf which fluttered down right in front of me....as if to remind me that autumn had arrived.....
I noticed how the leaves had started to change their colour and it made me think of the countless leaves of previous autumns that graced our footpath every day...and the frustration of keeping our garden clean....

To be honest, I do prefer the summer months......but there's something special about gazing into a garden filled with the rich tones of autumn and a ground covered with dancing leaves...but then there's the dreadful clean up chores which nobody wants to do.....

My three girls had the enviable task of sweeping up the leaves with their dad...and they loved every minute of it.....NOT....

This scrapbook layout shows my middle daughter in the throws of sweeping up the leaves....I chose this photo because I don't think she would have been impressed if I chose the one of her pulling faces.....

For the background, I chose the Orange Crackle Glitter Cardstock from the Fall Collection.

I matted and layered my photo with the reverse side of the Boo Words Glitter Cardstock and the Witch Accessories Glitter Cardstock from the Halloween Collection and used the same cardstock to cut leaves. Additional leaves were added using the Fall rub-on stickers. 

Next, I die cut the 'Autumn' part of the title and the film reel from the reverse of the Boo Words Glitter Cardstock and cut swags from the Witch Accessories Glitter Cardstock and the reverse side of the Honeycomb Daisy Glitter Cardstock 

I painted and added some dimensional words for the title and finished off with white paint splashes.

Thank you for stopping by and have a lovely day.... 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Halloween Treat Box

Hello!  I am happy to be back and sharing this little craft with you all today. I can't believe it's been yet another month since I last posted!  
Today I have taken a simple kraft square box and covered, decorated and filled it to make it more fun and a lot less simple looking.

Here is what the finished treat box looks like.  

Here is the simple kraft square box I started with.  I think these boxes are so cute, but I wanted to make it more fun so that I could give a few of these to teachers and friends this Halloween.

And here is the box all done up cute and festive!  I used just the plain orange side of the Glitter Orange Crackle cardstock to cover the box. I then cut a spiderweb out from the Glitter Black Spiderweb cardstock, and attached it to the bottom left corner.  I stamped and embossed a red spider into the web. I also tied some bright polka dot ribbon around the box for a final touch.

Here are a few up close pictures of the cute red, embossed spider sitting in the web and also the little "boo" I stamped onto the clear window part of the treat box.

Here is one more look at the finished treat box.  I really love how this turned out and I am excited to give these as little gifts this Halloween.  Thanks for stopping by today!  Until next time!
Happy Crafting,

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Creepy Haunted House

Hi everyone! It's me, Tonya! The nights and days are getting cooler and Fall is finally here!  Even though I'm not a big fan of cold weather I do love all the fun holidays that are coming up in the following months. I'm here to share a mini junk journal I created for the Robin's Nest using this month's featured Halloween Collection
I started out by cutting out one House Gift Card Holder which I cut from Pumpkin Head Cardstock (one of my favorites!) with the flap and four houses from the following, Camo Ghost GlitterHalloween Stripe GlitterOrange Bones and Spiderweb Glitter cardstocks without flaps and I punched holes with the Bind it All for the o wires. The house diecut with the flap I adhered the flaps for the "roof" down to create a pocket. I decorated with one of the Glitter Pumpkin die cuts, leaves punches, dew dropsdiamond dew dropsrub-on and various bits and pieces of cardstock and embellishments.  I cut a tag for the pocket from the Haunted House cardstock and added a pull out tab on the side. If you can't find the House diecut google house templates or you can freehand your own house.

This page is actually the packaging from the Ghost Little Friend. All I had to do was add some cardstock and a punch to the front and back of the packaging. :-)

I cut an old vintage page down and added the Halloween night rub-on to the page for instant spookiness.

The tag I added another rub-on down the side. Also I cut matts for the houses from the Purple Crackle Glitter cardstock and embossed with the Cuttlebug Demask folder.

I cut one of the Green Glitter Journaling cards in half to give me two spots to journal on. Behind the journaling card you can see the mini paperbag which I added another rub-on.

I created the pocket from a junk mail envelope. I sealed,  folded it slightly off center, inked the edges and cut the top end off to make a pocket, covered with cardstock both sides of the pocket and glued two sides of the of the smaller flap down to make another pocket. Now just add tags.

I created a little video for a view of the inside of the junk journal. :-)

Be sure to stop by the Robin's Nest and check out the Halloween Collection and if you have any questions  please let me know. 

Supplies Used:

Ribbon, Lace, Fiber, Ric Rac, Buttons, Sequins, O wires, Bind it All, Various Punches, Twine, Mini Paperbag, Post Card, Old Book Page, Shipping Tags
Eileen Hull: House Gift Card Holder and other various Sizzix die cuts 
Cuttlebug: Demask Embossing Folder

Thanks for stopping by, hope your Sunday is wonderful and enjoy creating!

Saturday, September 27, 2014


In 2012 my son Brandon was 2 at Halloween and he fell in love with this spider costume.  We showed him a ton of costumes, they either scared him or he seemed completely uninterested, and the spider was the only one that he did not try and tear off, so the spider it is!!  He was so cute, my little fuzzy purple spider!!

I used the wonderful Paper, Dew Drops, Rub-Ons, and Glitter Cardstock from The Robin's Nest to create this layout. 

Here you can see some of the beautiful papers from The Robin's Nest, the Spiders Web Cardstock I used on the background, Purple Glitter Chipboard I cut into a semi-circle, and the backside of the Purple Crackle Glitter has this beautiful purple color and you can see a strip here.  I also used the backside of the Orange Bones Cardstock, it has this wonderful orange and grey stripe I used in the top cluster as well.  I also used the black, orange, and purple diamond Dew drops on the edges of all the spiderwebs just to make them pop!!



Here you can see the Purple Glitter Chipboard again cut into another semi-circle on either side of the two pictures.  I then took orange tear drop Dew Drops and lined them along the edge of the purple glitter to make it look like claws hanging on.  You can also see the black diamond Dew Drops along the edge of the larger circle and the Purple Glitter chipboard again under the "Spooktacular" title as a frame.  I used the front and the back side of the Purple Crackle Glitter Cardstock in the layers below the pictures, and then added in some of the wonderful Halloween Rub-On swirls and pumpkins on the plain purple side, and I also added the little spiders around the pictures.  You can also see another strip of the backside of the Orange Bones cardstock in the layers below the picture as well.  I also used just a hint of the Purple Bats Cardstock as a mat to both pictures, so there is just a bit of purple glitter peaking out here and there to add to the purple in the layout.



Supplies Used
Cardstock - The Robin's Nest
Patterned Paper - The Robin's Nest
Glitter Chipboard - The Robin's Nest
Dew Drops - The Robin's Nest
Rub-on - The Robin's Nest
Foil Paper - DCWV
Alpha Stickers - Momenta
Stickers - Paper House Productions
Spiders - Recollections
Circle Cutter - Kreaxions - Just Imagine
Ink- Prima
Adhesive - Beacon & Scotch


Friday, September 26, 2014

Spooky Trick-Or-Treat Containers!

Hi Everyone!
     Michelle here with some "Spooky Trick-Or-Treat" containers for you!
So easy and so 'wicked' fun to make with The Halloween Collection from The Robins Nest!
To make the treat containers, you will need::

A paper trimmer, double stick tape, glue, decorative crepe streamers, a stapler, scissors, Spooky toys, washi tape, assorted embellishment, Dew and Diamond Drops.
1. Trim your cardstock to 5"x 5".
2.  Place the double stick tape along the edge.
3. Roll and overlap cardstock onto tape to create a 'tube'.
 4. Trim crepe streamer 5" long, twice per container.
5. Fold  and place half way into container- folded edge outside of tube.
6. Press flat and staple shut, securing crepe streamer.
7. Fill with Spooky toys.
8. Place 2nd crepe streamer into open end, press flat in opposite direction as the other end, and staple shut.
9. Cover staples with washi tape.
10. Cut slits into crepe streamers with your scissors.
 Decorate as desired.
These make great classroom goodies or a nice suprise in a teacher lounge and office break room.
 You could even number them and have your child open one each day for a "Spooky" countdown till- Halloween!
The above treat containers were made from:
Orange Bones, Camo Ghost GlitterOrange Crackle GlitterPurple Crackle GlitterHalloween Stripe Glitter.

Thanks for coming by, I hope you've enjoyed  my Spooky Trick-Or-Treat Containers!

 Don't forget to enter The Robins Nest - Witch Hat Contest!
Post your project here.

~ Michelle Frae Cummings

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Autumn & Halloween Go Hand-In-Hand

Autumn breezes are in the air!!   Hi Consuela here and I have created 2 cards from the "fall and Halloween" paper line from the Robin's Nest.  The first card is a standard 4 1/2 x 6 1/8 size.  I used black card stock as the base and covered the front with the beautiful Spider Web Glitter card stock.  I rolled up the right corner and fussy cut the word "BOO" from the Boo Words sheet and fixed it to the card.  I also fussy cut out a "ghostly" figure from the paper stack.   I added a sticker behind the "gauze ghost" to make the card complete... 

Ghost Glitter Paper (cut out ghosts)
Boo Words
Spiderweb Glitter Card Stock
Gauze Ghost

The second card is also a 4 1/2 x 6 1/8 card size.  The base is created with orange card stock and layered with the Orange Crackle Glitter paper. The reverse  of the black bat paper was used as the base for the Fabulous Fall rub on.  Chipboard pumpkins, dew drops and a touch of raffia bow in the corner finishes this card. 

Dew Drops
Orange Crackle Glitter Paper
Fabulous Fall Rub-On
Reverse of Glitter Black Web Paper
Pumpkin Glitter Chipboard

Fall is a wonderful time of the year to begin to create your holiday cards. Be sure to stop by the Robin's Nest store for your fall paper goodies...
I'd love for you to stop by and visit my Blog.   Wishing you a marvelous Fall.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Halloween Tombstone Part 1

Hello Readers,
It's Wednesday
and I am so excited about my post today
and for the next few weeks!

Hey returning designers,
do you remember the cool stuff we
got from Gina's Designs?

I was sooo jealous when I saw what you received 
and then tried to figure out what to do with what I received!

A TOMBSTONE with a fence!

Well, it is now time to share with you my take 
on this tomb stone, I have waited for Halloween to come closer
so I could use this fun chipboard cutout from Gina"s Designs.

Here are my pieces.
The tombstone, 2 fences, and a base.

I painted the fence and base black,
I then glittered the fence with black glitter and glue.
Then I covered the tombstone with Black glitter trees.

Here are the beginnings of the tombstone scene.

After I had it glued together I thought,
mmmm, I have enough room inside the fence to create a book.
So here is the project completed.
I will use 3 posts to show you all the steps to get
to this cute Halloween scene starting with the 

Here is the completed Halloween scene.
Inside the tombstone garden area is the Wicked mini book 
I created.

Close up on the book inside the fence. and the decorated fence.

Close up of the front of the book.

When you take the book out of the fenced in area,
here is what the finished tombstone looks like.

Soooo Halloween!

I chose only 4 colors to work with on this book.
Black, orange, white, and grey.
So, I went through my Halloween file and pulled out anything I had in just those 
colors, I also pulled out my black and white file,
so I could integrate any papers that may work with just
those colors.
You may not use all the things you pull out,
but it is so helpful as you work your project to pull everything 
out that could be used on your project, having it all close
to your fingers and inspiring you to design a great project.

I also purchase a Halloween embellishment every year that is 
new to the industry, Usually, it is an EK Success embellishment 
that is very 3 dimensional.
Here on the front of the fence is the white pumpkins, 
(I purchased them several years ago)
They just work so good throughout the whole project.
I also chose papers that make you feel like you are in a graveyard.
Glitter Black Trees is one of my single favorite papers 
for Halloween.  This paper has been with us for years
and is a Halloween staple in the Robin's Nest Halloween grouping.
Black Glitter Trees is covering the tombstone and
 is the cover for the mini book.

I also embellished the tombstone with
Black 6mm dew drops
Black diamond drops
Orange Glitter Crackle CS (rosette)

I cut out the lettering on Cricut.
Isn't that so funny!
I maybe should add a R.I.P. too.

Of course we need a witch for this tombstone.
Here are the products I used to create her.

Black burlap
orange and black stripe ribbon
Black sparkle ribbon for her boa
Gina's Designs dress form (very thick wood)
Black thin ribbon

Our witch is such a fun addition to our Halloween scene.
I cut the burlap into a strip and gathered the top edge,
I also sewed a orange and white ribbon around the bottom edge of 
her dress.  Then I tied the dress onto the dress form after I painted
it black.  I tucked a corset into the top of the dress 
and glued it onto the dress form.
I forgot to tell you that the corset and the dress form are also
from Gina's Designs.  
I used the black sparkly ribbon as a boa,
added a few spiders, a Robin's Nest hat sticker
and a few brads to the dress as embellishments.
She turned out pretty cute!

Here she is in front of the Wicked mini book.
I will show the mini book in one of the next 2 posts.

So here again is the finished Halloween scene.
Tombstone scene, with a
Wicked Mini Albun
a witch
and a framed back ground behind the 

Are you getting ready for Halloween?
This really makes me want to pull down those 
stored away boxes and bring out

Robin's Nest Papers and Embellishments are found
on our website



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