Sunday, November 29, 2015

Whip up some easy holiday hostess gifts with these cones


Christmas cones are an easy way to make some holiday decor for your home. It's also a great way to re-use outdated or damaged decorations.

I'm Robin's Nest veteran designer Betsy Skagen of Paper Calliope and I love to whip up these decorations to make fun and unique hostess gifts. 

Tutorial how to make holiday cone decorations

Step 1: Cut a large arc across a piece of Cindy Lou Glitter Cardstock. Roll it into a cone shape and glue it together.

Step 2: Punch a hole on each side, near the top, and tie a coordinating ribbon to it to make a handle.

Step 3: Crumple tissue paper, add a little adhesive and stuff it into the bottom of the cone. 

Step 4: Make two rosettes with the reverse side of Cindy Lou Dots Glitter Cardstock and the Cindy Lou Glitter Cardstock. If you have never made rosettes before, here's a tutorial. Add glitter glue to the edges. After they are dry, layer them atop one another and adhere together. 

Step 5: Fussy cut a present from the Cindy Lou Presents Cardstock and adhere to center of rosettes. Make a bow with gold cording and adhere to the present. 

Step 6: Make the seam of the cone less noticeable by adhering a image that you fussy cut from holiday ephemera. 

Step 7: Add assorted Christmas decorations to the inside of the cone. I created a musical theme by adding a Santa holding a trumpet figurine, brass jingle bells, a miniature horn as well as a white bottlebrush tree, glitter pinecones, lace, berries and flowers.

Step 8: Add a decorative element to the base of the cone.

Thank you for stopping by the Robin's Nest. I hope this helps inspire you to make your own holiday cones. Here's wishing you a happy December!  -Betsy

Great stuff you will need

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Winter wonderland glistens and glows

Sure, I love the presents and the spirituality of Christmas, but being the unique soul that I am, I also love the rich color palettes and wonderful graphics that the holiday season offers.

I'm Betsy Skagen of Paper Calliope and my Winter Wonderland tag reminds me of some of the glowing colors of the Northern Lights on a crisp winter night.

Tutorial How to Make the Winter Wonderland Tag

Step 1: Cut a piece of Silver Glitter Cardstock to fit a manilla tag and adhere to tag.

Step 2: Apply soft gel medium (gloss) onto one the tag through a dots stencil. Let dry.

Step 3: Cover the chipboard snowflake with a couple coats of black gesso. Dry with heat gun.

Step 4: Apply soft gel medium (gloss) onto snowflake chipboard and randomly press Primary Elements onto it. Let dry.

Step 5: When the dots on the tag have thoroughly dried, randomly apply Primary Elements to the tag.

Step 6: Use a damp paper towel to blend the colors onto the tag and wipe the color away from the gloss dots (which will act as a resist and leave the paper white). Dry the tag with a heat gun.

Step 7: Adhere the snowflake to the tag.

Step 8: Paint a silver outline around the snowflake.

Step 9: Stamp an image of a deer using gel medium and Primary Elements onto glitter cardstock. Blend colors together with wet paintbrush. Dry with heat gun, then cut out deer image.

Step 10: Glue loops of the silver Azure Straw to the tag and adhere the deer image with three-dimensional foam adhesive.

Step 11: Add silver stars. Then finish your project by tying blue Azure Straw to the top of the tag.

Great stuff you will need

Silver Glitter Cardstock
Azure Straw
Manilla tag
Black gesso
Snowflake Shape Set
Primary Elements: Firefly Night, Jasmine, Twilight
Silver Bells Silks Acrylic Glaze
Silver Stars
Reindeer stamp
Soft gel medium (gloss)
Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive

Friday, November 27, 2015

Layout of Love By Cindy Brown

Hello Today I present you a small page in colors of love the Red. I had fun a lot with Robin's Nest magnificents products.

Be sure to watch my video below

I love having fun with The Robin's Nest Products

Supply List of Products used in Project



Silks Acrylic Glaze Black Ice
Silks Acrylic Glaze Carmen

Other products:
Small Talk Tim Holtz

I thank life for allowing me to be inspired by this wonderful company The Robin's Nest. 
Instructional Video by Cindy Brown 

I love using new products to discover. 
You will see in my video which he made for all the stages for realized a layout.

Remember to come and participate in a magnificent challenge every month from 10th to 9th of each month .. There are beautiful sketches that are prepared for you. It is here. 

Thank you for visiting. I love your comments .
Please feel free to visit my blog for regularly projects and videos.

Have a nice day, Cindy Brown

Christmas is fast approaching

Colleen here with one of my Christmas cards.

I started with a white cardstock, added white glue to the front of the card and spread it completely around to cover all the front of the card.

Next I used tissue paper to put on top of the glue.  You don't have to be careful if you get wrinkles in the tissue it just gives it more character.

Once that was dry I just painted over it with white paper, being careful not to cover it all just so the tissue color still shows through.

I then cut out 3 squares using Wrap Glitter Cardstock, making sure I had the squares in 3 different sizes.  Next I used Moss Green Glitter Cardstock and cut 3 more square, smaller than the first ones cut so you can layer them.  After I cut out the 3 smaller squares from Moss Green Glitter Cardstock I used embossing folder.  

I glued the Moss Green Glitter Cardstock on the top of Wrap Glitter Cardstock and then layered the 3 squares after inking the top square edges.  

On the top square I used the clock from the Time Flies Rub Ons. I used pop dots to lift the top square up higher than the other 2 squares.

To finish the card I used a Martha Stewart branch punch and Moss Green Glitter Cardstock to cut out the branches and added a little white paint over the top.  Finishing touches were to use the Cowboy Dew Drops and some texture paste to look like snow.

Thank you for looking and I hope you give some of the techniques a try.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Card Box with lots of Cards made from Robin's Nest Products

Hi Bev here. Today at the Robin's Nest I am sharing a box with a lid to decorate and  use it as a gift box to put some assorted cards into for a small xmas token gift... when you don't do a gift exchange but want to share something personal with a dear friend or family member.
I didn't have a set pattern because I just wanted it to hold the cards which had some different sizes. So basically made the  base slightly bigger then the largest card with envelope and then the lid was just a tad bigger then that to close over it.
I will share a link I found though for a stand shape of box with a lid if your interested.

 and here is the photo of it.. for you to view. You would still have to adjust to the base size required.

When my box was made I to try something a cool to decorate it. I cut a base paper just slightly smaller then the lid size. I pencil traced a circle and then drew sun ray lines to the outer edges. This I hand cut and applied to my lid. I added the fun metal accent and made the label.

Supply List:
Other: Momenta metal accent, misc tag

Now I am going to share some of the cards I custom made to put in my card box for a Christmas gift.

I use cardstock base cards and envelopes to create most of these. Sometimes I cut a base front to work on until totally finished so I can wrap around ribbon, twine etc.. and then glue the whole base front to the card front. I am using lots of Robin's Nest scraps from my stash to create my cards and then using the great new accents that I have. 

Supply List:
Ribbon: Azure ribbon
Other: sew easy ink roller, punch

Up next is a Birthday card. Super blue stripes with a great bike die cut and other accent shapes.

Supply List:

This is neutral colour card for a general celebration. I used monochromatic grey combos of prints. added a rubon sentiment with layers behind for pop of colour. I punched a border and added a strip of straw accent.

Supply List:
Rubon : Viva
Accent: straw
Other: misc cardstock,

This card is a congratulations card and I went to dark misc colours so it could be for anyone. I added some additional Kreaxions cut circles to pop on the circular print paper. The sew easy ink roller makes great corners.

Supply List
Rub-on: Viva 
Other: misc cardstock, sew easy ink roller

Thanks for stopping by.. hope to see you again soon.

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