Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Birthday Cards

Hello Robin's Nest Readers!

Today I am sharing some Birthday Cards I have made for a Birthday Bash.  If you can believe it, there are four birthdays ~ two sets of twins ~ for this birthday party!  There are 3 boys and 1 girl, all pre-teen and teens, so I decided to create these cards... a little glam, a little darling, a little boyish, and little celebration!

I wrote on each of these cards "happy birthday" in cursive.
Here, I used the Ebony, Pink Grapefruit, Limoncello, and Blue Glitter 8.5"x11" Cardstock.  I used my dies and cut out a star and a black shape.  I drew with a fine point black sharpie a dashed line around the black shape.

I used the Birthday Paper Clips and clipped them to the star.
I cursive I wrote "happy birthday superstar".

With this card I used the Green Grass Glitter Cardstock and die cut out a large shape.  I then used the Boy Birthday Sticker and popped it in the middle.

A cursive "happy birthday" is added to the bottom.

Blue Glitter Crackle makes the silver fireworks pop!  I then added a Candy Apple Red Heart to the center.

I wrote Happy Birthday, It's Your Birthday, You're One Year Older around the fireworks.

For this card, I used Teal Waters, Candy Apple Red, and Blue Glitter Cardstock and die cut stars from them.  I used the same Birthday Boy Sticker from the Green Card.  The circles are from that sticker.  I used the foam pop up stickers and popped up the stars.

And of course, the handwritten "happy birthday".
I hope that you are inspired because every summer there are lots of birthday parties.  Creating your own cards makes it more awesome!

Until next time, 
Happy Crafting!
Rachel O'Crowley
The Robin's Nest

Monday, June 29, 2015

Documenting a Young Adults Phone Pics

Welcome Back Robin's Nest Readers!

Recently, I showed you an Art Journal that I started for my son using the pics from his phone.
Continuing with this book, I am showing you some more pages.  
These are in a 40 page Mixed Media book.  I like the grungy style of the book.  

Jordan has a great artistic eye.  This is a picture of one of his dogs: Staley.
To offset the puppy pic, I used our Black and White Paw Cardstock and inked around the edge for more depth.

I have to say that I use glitter on boy projects all of the time.  Glitter can be masculine too.
Here I made a cluster using our Animal Ribbon, Gold Glitter Chipboard, and the stars and straw from the Leafy Green Straw packet.  I adhered these with The Best Glue Ever.

To bring the page together, I added 5 gold dew drops from our Goldenberry Dew Drop mix.  I love handwriting notes (even though I really have a complex about my writing), so I wrote "Staley" with a fine point Sharpie, and some added doodles.

What do you think of this picture?  It was from his vacation trip to Oregon.  I added fishnet then stapled the photo on top of the fishnet.

Since it is a water page, I added Bubbles Mini Dew Drops so that it forms bubbles in the fishnet and the side of the page.

Another close-up.

I cut out part of an Orange Journal, inked it, and journaled the location of the picture.  I also added mini paper clips to add more dimension. 

This photo totally explains why his truck is broke down all of the time.  Our stickers are wonderful for so many reasons.  One being the tags that you can make like a file, or reference page.  I stuck them together and wrote "mudding" on them.  This one is from the School Sticker, the round stickers at the bottom are from this same sticker.  

I added a Leafy Green Card, the weather card and then adhered "Enjoy" from the Azure Die Cut Set.  Mini Green Dew Drops are added to the bottom of the stickers for the "pop" on the page.

I cut the background strip and the mini banner from the Black Thermal Animal Cardstock.

This is a photo of his shoes flying off of the roof.  I have no explanation as to why he would do this, but the picture is a good still-action photo.  I cut out the Letters Cardstock into the shape of a mountain to accent the mountains in the background in the picture.

I cut a 1/4" strip of white cardstock so that I could journal something.  Stapling it down for the grunge effect.  The clown clippie is from our Birthday Boy Clippie Set.  It slides onto the photo without having to add adhesive.  So fun to add to a page.

And of course, the journaling of the adventure.  

I hope that this has inspired you to scrap some of your young adults phone adventures.  Jordan has given me his stamp of approval so far. 

Until next time,
Happy Crafting!
Rachel O'Crowley
We Create to Inspire

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A vintage look to charging your phone

Remember those massive phone directories? We relied on them daily to look up telephone numbers and addresses of friends, acquaintances and businesses. Now they are mostly a thing of the past--facing the same demise as corner phone booths and rotary phones. Perhaps phone books will make a comeback of sorts with this creative station for charging a mobile phone.

It's Betsy Skagen of Paper Calliope here. And unfortunately, I am old enough to remember all of those. In fact, I still remember the day when my niece came over to my house and had no idea how to use a rotary phone--and that was ages ago!

Awesome Stuff I used

Leaf Stripe Cardstock
Green Cardstock
Plastic stencil sheets
Paper mache book
Texture paste
Copper glitter
Acrylic paints
Matte medium
Sticker letters
Vintage telephone die
Brown ink
3D foam adhesive

Vintage Cell Phone Charging Station Tutorial

Step 1  Cover the entire paper mache book with a coat of pale yellow acrylic paint. Let dry.

Step 2 Using the Creative Versa-Tool and some stencil plastic, cut out a stencil of a tangled lot of phone cords--the same kind of cords that used to dangle from kitchen phones--at least until they tangled into baseball-sized knots.

Hard to believe that someone would not wash her stencil in a timely fashion. Tsk tsk.

Step 3 With dry and roughly bristled brushes, apply acrylic paint to the portions of the book that you will not cover with paper. Coordinate your colorswith the paper. Use a heat guy to dry the paint between colors.

Step 4 Cut Saffron Honey Cardstock and Leaf Stripe Cardstock to fit the inside and outside of the book. Make sure to use both of the unique sides of the Saffron Honey Cardstock.

Step 5 Using matte medium, adhere the cardstock to the book. Coat the outside of the paper with matte medium also. Let dry.

Step 6 Cut a 6" x 6" piece of Saffron Honey Cardstock, coordinating solid green cardstock and chipboard. Cut all three pieces with a vintage telephone die.

Step 7 Adhere the telephone die cuts to the chipboard die cut. Distress the edges of the phone with brown ink.

Step 8 Lay the stencil flat on the front of the book and apply texture paste. Lift up and carefully reposition the stencil to cover the rest of the book and again apply texture paste. Liberally sprinkle the texture paste with copper glitter. Let dry.

Step 9 Distress the edges of the book with brown ink.

Step 10 Cut a hole in the bottom of the book, close to the binding. Make sure the hole is large enough to allow the end of the charging cord pass through it. Since the ends of these cords vary in width, you may want to find one as small as possible.

Step 11 Adhere the telephone die cuts to the front of the book with three-dimensional adhesive. Raise the rotary part of the telephone higher than the rest of the phone.

Step 12 Use three-dimensional adhesive to adhere "p-h-o-n-e-b-o-o-k" beneath the telephone.

That's all there is to it. Now all you have to do is plug in the charger and connect your phone inside your book and you have the cutest vintage mobile charge station around.

I hope everyone has a lovely week ahead. For those of you in the U.S. celebrating the 4th of July, I hope you find next weekend to be fun-filled, colorful and safe!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Dreaming of Summer Flowers


Summer is having a little trouble starting in the south right now. I thought I could create some of my own summer by making these pretty flowers.

If you have ventured into any craft store lately I know that you have seen these flowers for sale.  I purchased a new tool will allow me to make these for myself. The curvy cutter spiral maker by ek tools® is simple to use and will have your house full of flowers in no time!

Robin's Nest Supplies
Original Dew Drops
Tulip Wheels Cardstock
Water Glitter Swirl Cardstock
Plum Fluer Cardstock
Moss Green Glitter Cardstock

 After cutting the spiral, use a pair of tweezers and roll up tightly. NOTE: You can open the roll as much as you want when done to create a loose flower.

I created a summer background on a small vertical canvas to add my flowers to. NOTE: I think that using two sided cardstock works the best for the flowers.

I used handmade paper for the stems and lower grass. For the stems I rolled the paper and then twisted it so that I could manipulate it more. Cut out leaves from cardstock and attach them to the stems.

 I used dew drops and flower stamina in the center of each flower. Lastly I painted a bird and added a dream sticker in the sky.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial for making these summer flowers with The Robin's Nest® cardstock.

Sadly this will be my last tutorial for The Robin's Nest.  I have been asked to join DecoArt as a blogger and outside artist. A big thank you to The Robin's Nest owners and the creative team of designers I can now call my friends.

You can still follow my creative journey over at My Altered life blog and My Altered Life on FB.

Now go create something amazing! 

Love you endlessly by Elena Lishchenko

Hi it's Elena here today with new layout about summer time. Here is my father's young foto.

For my layout I used pieces of Saffron Honey Cardstock, Clouds Cardstock, Coffee Creme Classic Glitter Cardstock

A use Love You Endlessly from Gina's Desing as my title. First I covered it with clear medium

Sprinkled it with the flock powder

And finally covered with Silks acrylic paint.

Add one or two pieces of old book pages and three kind of thread

Stick my chipboard title down.

Add embossing paste and Silks acrylic paint to make my background more interesting.

I used:
Saffron Honey Cardstock,
Clouds Cardstock,
Coffee Creme Classic Glitter Cardstock
Thanks for your attention!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Saffron Sunrise at The Robin's Nest today

Hi it's Bev here today with Robin's Nest project. I am using the Saffron Sunrise Collection.


This is one of my favourite collections. What amazing mix of colours!
And the accents add such fabulous texture and design to any project.
In this section I show case layers with many shapes.. squares and circles which I inked the edges..
Accents are octagon and the chippie has major details which I copic coloured.

This close up gives more details from the chippie and also some sew easy roller ink stitches.
I added some accents which included a tied twine bow.

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