Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year

Happy New Years Eve!

As I reflect on the last year,
what great people have crossed the pages of 
the Chattering Robin's Blog.

Thank you for all your hard work,
 the endless nights you have spent in our behalf,
in sharing your ideas with the readers on this 
blog.  You have done a wonderful job!

Happy New Year

I found this picture while I was surfing the web, 
and wanted to share it with you.
I wish I had prepared other things with my
creative mind, but for some reason,
just haven't gotten everything done that I wanted
to do.  Admit-tingly I would love to get so much more done!

We wish you a very Happy New Year.

From all of us here at
The Robin's Nest 
and the
  Chattering Robin's Design team.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Happy New Year

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today and as we approach the New Year a New Year's card is in order.

But why stop there?  Why not create a coordinating tag and wrap for that bottle of cheer that goes along with the card?

I created a gate fold card from black cardstock.  Using the beautiful Snow Covered Trees Cardstock, I cut it to fit the outside flaps as well as the interior of the card. 


I stamped Happy New Year inside, then placed Irredescent Snow Glitter Vellum on top.  Love how it tones down the sentiment, but emphasizes the paper underneath.

Die cutting 2 black labels using Spellbinders dies, I adhered the largest to the left side of the card and added the smaller on top with foam adhesives between for dimension.  I had this amazing stamp from Stampendous which I stamped and colored with Copic Markers.  I then fussy cut the image and added it to the labels.   White Dew Drops were added around the image.

As I had some left over papers, I decorated a bottle of cheer by adhering a band of around the tissue wrapped bottle.  I then created a tag from black cardstock, placed a layer of  Snow Covered Trees Cardstock and stamped "Holiday Cheer" randomly on top.  I placed a layer of Irredescent Snow Glitter Vellum on top and scattered a few White Dew Drops around the snowflakes. Then I simply tied it to the bottleneck.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!!!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Winter house

Happy holidays!  
Hope all of you have fun winter days!
Veronika here 
and I want to share my last project 
for  The Robin's Nest...

...this year)

and video tutorial

For my card I use amazing Winter Collection. Irredescent Snow Glitter Vellum

Blue Glitter Chipboard

Silver Glitter Chipboard

I hope you will like  my card and video with Winter Collection of The Robin's Nest paper! 
And see you next year!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Meet our New Design Team

Now here is our amazing team:  Each name is a Link to their personal blogs, stop by there too and congratulate them

Terri Sproul is a Mixed Media artist who like to think out of the box and off the page.  She has a live Art Show on Google Hangout/youtube on Tuesday Nights.  As a CHA designer she has lots of experience in lots of different products.   

I am a wife, a mother of 7, an artist, photographer, and business woman.  I love to create, and share my creations along with loving my camera, and taking way more photos than I will ever use.  2 of my daughters, now angels living in heaven, touch my life.  I love to share about them, and as I create bring them into my style.  I have 14 grand children, who touch my life everyday, there are many photos of these little angels of everyday life. 

Hello! My name is Veronika Galenko. I am 31 years old. I live in small town Simferopol in Crimea (now it is Russia). It is the most beautiful place in the world! I am also a happy wife. My husband give me a great support in my creatively life! In scrapbooking I came 4 years ago. And now it is an important part of my life, as a hobby and a style of living. My love are bright cards and layouts with many details, I love to use a lot of dew drops of The Robin's Nest in my work and it makes me really happy. And I am proud to create as a part of International Team of The Robin's Nest and stay here for a third term!

Shari Welch
I have been creating art for as long as I can remember. I studied graphic design in Portland,Oregon before moving to Denton, Texas and putting all my focus on mixed media art. In addition to being on The Robin's Nest Design Team, I am an article writer for mixed media art, and a blogger for DecoArt. I strongly believe in giving back. I volunteer at Scrap Denton Creative Reuse Center where I teach workshops, art camps, and perform art demos. I am very passionate about mixed media art and helping others discover their creativity.

My name is Kasia, but  I use a nickname Frezja.
I fell in love with scrapbooking and mixed media almost 2 years ago. I
create  mixed media on canvas mostly, but I do like smaller projects too.
I like contrasts, mess and many details.:) I'm glad to be on Robin Nest   DT

and I hope I'll share with you my love for these products!

I was new to online scrapping since Apr 2009. There are so many sites. My name is Bev Code and I have been scrapping about 4+ years. I am a wife, mother and gramma that loves being retired and now have time to scrap to my heart's content. I love scrapbooking along with fun things it entails with online friends, forums and FB. The learning process has been interesting and creative also. Other crafts I love also are needlepoint, sewing, knitting, crochet and taking lots of photos. Family and friends are the subjects of my scrapping along with nature, ancestry and vacation sites. I live in Conestogo, Ontario and spend some time in Florida where I take my scrapping with me for the extended time.

My name is Steph Ackerman and I live in New York with my husband, our son and one photogenic pup.  I have been creating for as long as I can remember.  I got involved in all things paper related 20+ years ago and I haven't looked back.  I enjoy creating cards, mini albums, scrapbook layouts and off the page projects.  My day is jut not complete if I haven't spent some time in my studio creating.  I discovered a number of years ago that I love to teach and I now teach a wide variety of projects and techniques at my local store as well as in my home studio.  I have a great following of students who seek me out because I challenge them to create projects they have never attempted before and create with products they may have never used before.

I am a CHA Designer Member, am Copic certified, Zutter certified and Ranger certified.  I have had the privilege of being on a number of design teams and have been published in a number of magazines.
I am thrilled to be designing for the Robin's Nest.

Betsy Skagen (use your noggin and remember the name rhymes with toboggan) is a paper crafter, altered art artist, writer and graphic designer, who brings a fresh approach to the crafting world by infusing her blog--Paper Calliope--with  slightly irreverent humor and a little bit lot of angst. In her more grandiose moments, she thinks of Paper Calliope as the impossible love child of Tim Holtz, Jenny Lawson and Oprah Winfrey.

Jessica Madaglia

Hi, I'm Jess. I love to craft. I bead, solder, scrapbook, rubber stamp, and alter pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I am also voracious reader. I live in Arizona with my husband, daughter, and four cats. 

Lisa Moen
My name is Lisa Moen. I have been scrapping over 17 years. My husband, Greg and I have 2 teenagers- Sierra, 17 and Austin, 15 1/2. We have a rambunctious yellow lab named Bender. These 4 are the subjects of most of my layouts. We live in central Wisconsin. I work outside the home at the kids school. I really enjoy my summers off!
Besides scrapping I enjoy camping, watching my kids school activities and gardening.
I am excited to be joining this wonderful team and gaining new friendships.

Ann Strecko Koeman
Ann is a Mixed Media artist who lives near Ottawa, Ontario Canada,  mom of two terrific teens, wife of a very busy businessman, and servant to one fluffy cat.  From sewing and most needle crafts, stamping, scrapbooking and a lot of paper crafts, to drawing, painting and working with inks, Ann is multi skilled and never bored . She had some formal training with a short stint in fine Arts in College, many many workshops, and a lot of self learning.  She also has experience working  as a consultant, teacher, and writer of various crafts. Her style is eclectic and vintage, inspired by nature and her collections of found objects and ephemera.  She loves to scour the internet, magazines, and flea markets for ideas which she collects in her various notebooks and takes lots of pictures with her I phone.  Her favourite place to be is in her home studio with her beloved family nearby.  Her family motto is : Live well, laugh often, and love much.  Her blog is:

Hello, my name is Ro Donner and I am an addict.  Yes, I am addicted to paper, my Silhouette Cameo, Cricut, rubber stamping and all things crafty.

I am a married mom of three grown children, four furry kids, and five grandpuppies (4 of whom live with me!). And a happy "Gammy" to Kaileigh Jo and Koralee Rose (and another on the way, ETA 6/1/15).  

I work full-time as an Administrative Director for an emergency medicine practice.  I love to read, golf, camp and make jewelry.  But my true passion is paper crafts!  And participating in blog challenges, especially the ones that give you a sketch to follow, has become a staple in my crafting regime.  It sure helps get the creative juices flowing.

My small craft room is where I practice my "addictions".  It's where I have my "therapy".  And it's where I go to hide from the world and immerse myself in the pleasantries of crafting.

I have had several cards published in Stamp and Scrap Arts Magazine and Just Cards Magazine. I have also been a guest designer for Getting Cricky and Drunken Stampers Challenge and have served on several Design Teams, including Fantabulous Cricut, Action Wobbles, Sketch~n~Scrap, and The Robin's Nest.  

Unfortunately, due to a femur fracture in May, I had to resign from crafting for a while (almost 6 months!), but I am back and raring to start creating and sharing. And I'm very happy to announce that I will be serving on my third term for The Robin's Nest Design Team.

I am very much looking forward to crafting and sharing with the new Design Team and all the fantastic followers.

Elena Lischenko: 
Hello! I’m 31. I  love my family - my husband and two sons; they bring me joy and new ideas for my projects. Even though my profession is an engineer, I’ve always been a creative and art loving person. I really love scrapbooking and card making. I have been scrapbooking for more than a year. I enjoy making layouts, cards, and other art objects.  I love trying new styles and techniques.  One of my favorite styles is MixedMedia.

Tara O'Crowley

Congratulations, again, to this fabulous team!! Be sure to stop by and let what they are creating.
As always, 
Happy Crafting
We Create to Inspire.

Snowman Sleigh Ride

Hi everyone! It is Tonya and I'm here to share this month's project I created for the Robin's Nest using the Winter Collection. I cut a sleigh (Sleigh Favor Box die from Brenda Walton) out of the Winter Retreat Swirl Cardstock and put together according directions. You can find the how to video on YouTube here.

I prepped a 1/2" and 1 1/2" SmoothFoam balls by sanding with a finger nail file, applying gesso and allowed to dry. I painted with an off-white paint, let dry and pounced white paint over the top of the off-white paint. I then cut a 1 1/2" piece of jewelry wire, applied Mod Podge to area that is considered to be the "neck" of the snowman. I stuck one end of the wire in the 1/2"ball and the other into the 1 1/2" ball and held together until the Mod Podge dried. I then painted eyes, mouth and pounced a little paint on for the cheeks, baked a "carrot" nose according to the Sculpey clay direction which only takes a couple of minutes to do. I glued the nose to the snowman and then applied Mod Podge to the whole snowman and then sprinkled with glitter and let dry.

Once the glitter dried I glued the little fellow into the sled. I created a cone shaped hat, added tinsel and a pipe cleaner which I curled to the hat and then adhered to the snowman. Next I cut two small pieces of wire, curled the ends for his hands and then stuck on each side of him. I added two Dew Drops to his front for buttons.

I then added lace, tulle, pearl sprays, a mini bottle brush tree and flowers that I punched and shaped from the Snow Angel Glitter Cardstock which I topped off  each with a Goldenberry Dew Drop.

I added a Winter Snowflake Glitter Chipboard to the front and back of the sleigh and finished off with a button and a Goldenberry Dew Drop.

I finished off both sides of the sleigh with sequins and Beach Dew/Tear Drops and Goldenberry Dew Drops.

There you have my first project and I hope you enjoyed it. Now my second project which is a card. :-)

Also this is my last post as a design team member. I want to say thank you to the Robin's Nest, Robin, Rachel and Terri for letting me be a part of the design team for these past two years. It has been an amazing journey and I have really surprised myself with the type of projects I have been able to come up with to show case the company's many products they have to offer. The good news is I will be back as a guest designer so be looking for me. :-) 
The card base is a folded 6"x6" piece of Deer Glitter Cardstock and I used an assortment of Silver Glitter CardstockIrredescent Classic Glitter Cardstock and a Dew Drop along with using punch, diecut and embossing folder to finish off this card.

If you have any questions please let me know. Also be sure to stop by the Robin's Nest shop and check all the assortment of wonderful product they have in stock.

Supplies Used:
Other Supplies: Sizzix: Brenda Walton-Sleigh Favor Box, Tim Holtz-Reindeer Flight Diecut and Snow Flurries and Dot-Matrix Embossing Folders, Martha Stewart Punch, Sequins, Buttons, Twine, Lace, Tulle, Wire, SmoothFoam 1/2" and 1 1/2" Balls, Silver Tinsel, Pearl Spray, Mini Bottle Brush Tree, Pipe Cleaner, Sculpey Clay, Antique Mod Podge, Acrylic Paint, Chalk Ink, Glitter

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

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Snow w/Diamond Snowflake Tutorial

A friend of mine asked me to make a page for her about her daughter's first time in the snow.  She loved being int he snow, but hated wearing all the warm clothing.  Below is a picture of her family all bundled up in the snow outside watching the snowflakes come down.

I used the wonderful papers, dew drops, and rub-ons from The Robin's Nest.

I first laid out most of the base of the page of papers from The Robin's Nest and then wanted to use the I flourish stencil with Snowtex to give it that snowy feeling.  I also added the Snowtex randomly around the page to give it a even snowier feeling.


See the beautiful Snow rub-ons from The Robin's Nest, I used the word snow and some of the snowflakes.

Here is some of the beautiful papers from The Robin's Nest that I then added silver Detail Sparkle Glitter in Silver to the swirls to give them even more sparkle!!

Here you can see some of the trim I used around the edge of the picture.  I had this wire covered glitter with a few acrylic drops on it in my stash forever, I then added in a ton of extra Dew Drops from The Robin's Nest in silver, light blue, clear, pearl, and white to enhance it.  I also added in some the wonderful chipboard snowflakes to the corners.

Throughout the layout I created snowflakes from the diamond dew drops in Pearl and Aquamarine.  

Diamond Dew Drop Tutorial

1) Supplies - Dew Drops, 6 petal flower punch (tiny), cardstock, and clear drying glue

2) Punch a flower in paper matching the color of the dew drops and count out 6 diamond dew drops per snowflake.

 3) Apply glue to the petals of the flower and glue down dew drops.

4) Enjoy to completely snowflakes and apply to your projects!!  The fun part about the clear colored dew drops is you can see the flower punch below so it creates a more 3D snowflake!

Supplies Used
Patterned Paper - The Robin's Nest
Cardstock - The Robin's Nest
Metallic paper - DCWV
Rub-ons - The Robin's Nest
Glitter Chipbaord - The Robin's Nest
Dew Drops - The Robin's Nest
Snow Tex - Decoart
Mediums/Glitter/Mica - Imgaination Crafts
Stencil - Imagination Crafts
Spatula - Imagination Crafts
Glittered Wire - Recolletions
Adhesive - Beacon & Tombow
Punch - EK
Circle Cutter - Kreaxions
Trimmer - Fiskars

I really enjoyed working with The Robin's Nest for the past few months.  Thank you everyone for a wonderful experience and I hope you enjoy my last entry.


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