Monday, May 30, 2016

Little Nature Lover Layout

Hi Robin's Nest Fans,

Karen here to share with you a happy springtime layout. We visited a botanical garden with my little nephew and he just adored walking the trails and exploring the flowers & plants. Prepare for an overload of cuteness!

Here are the products I used!

5x6", 2.5x2.5", 3x3", 2.5x3.5" (3)
1. Attach Cloud Cardstock to a 12x12" white cardstock. Cut a strip of Ivy Trim Cardstock 3" wide and adhere it 2" from the bottom edge of the layout.

2. Matte the 5x6" photo with yellow glitter cardstock.

3. Cut two photos using a circle paper punch. (2.5" & 3") Next, use the 2.5" punch to cut a circle from the 2.5x3.5" photo but do not discard the frame. Use a nail file to sand the edge of the circle photo to reveal the white core. To add stability to the frame, attach a piece of cardstock to the back. Then, carefully align the circle into the original position within the 2.5x3.5" photo and reattach it using 3D foam tape.

TIP: When using a paper punch to cut photos, turn the punch over to the backside so you can see the blades and center it perfectly. Insert the photo into the punch so that you can see the image in the window. When you are satisfied with the placement, press the lever while the punch is still upside down.  (Note: only top photo has a sanded edge)
4. Gently sand the edges of the circle photos to give them a thin white edge.

5. Adhere three photos overlapping in a row underneath the main photo. (2.5x3.5")

6. Use a Postage Stamp Paper Punch to cut out the base for the letters on white cardstock. Select the most important word in your title and adhere Blue Glitter Letter Stickers to the white postage stamps.

7. Next, adhere Round Dew Drops to the centers of the wooden flowers, add glitter glue to the wings of the dragonflies, and set aside to dry.  Use small alphabet stickers to complete the rest of the title.

8. Adhere a scattering of Dew Drops on both sides of the trio photo cluster. Finally, embellish the layout with 5 wooden flowers, chipboard wildflowers, a denim pocket, and 3 dragonflies.

A Closure Look:

Robin's Nest Supplies:
Clouds Cardstock
Limoncello Glitter Cardstock
Ivy Trim Cardstock (stripe on reverse side)
Blue Glitter Letter Stickers
Round Dew Drops
Dew Dew Glue

Other Supplies:
white cardstock, wooden flower embellishments, denim pocket embellishment, 3 dragonflies, liquid adhesive, alphabet stickers, chipboard (Basic Grey), Stardust Stickles Glitter Glue (Ranger), Circle Punch 2.5" & 3" (Marvey Uchida), Postage Stamp Paper Punch (EK Success)

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Friday, May 27, 2016

"Sea Glass" Flip Flops

Summer is fast upon us....need a cute teacher gift, birthday gift or maybe just something cute for your own feet?

Well, here ya go....

I love when I can create something really beautiful, quickly and on a budget!  And this project is all that!

What you need:

Step 1:  Gather all of the Dew Drops,  Mini Dew Drops, Tear Drops and Diamonds you own, and pour a small amount of each into a bowl -- mix them up!

Step 2:  Apply a small glob of adhesive to band of flip flop and spread using your stiff paint brush.

Step 3:  Apply Dew Drops selected randomly from your mixed dish and apply to band using tweezers or fingers (I find it easier to use my fingers - - always have wet wipes handy, though!)

Designer tip:  To get the effect of sea glass, do not apply your dew drops flat -- push them up against each other, with some being adhered on their makes a beautiful textured effect!

Picture this:  Your beautiful sea glass flip flops packaged with a bottle of sunscreen and a beach towel inside a sand bucket with shovel - - and then add that fabulous sunglasses shaped card Colleen showed us yesterday - summer gift perfection!

Thanks for stopping by today - - hope to see you post and tag Robin's Nest with your own fun flip flops!


The Good Life

Colleen here with a different shaped card.  With summer fast approaching here in Michigan, we will be needing our sunglasses so I figured why not make a card like that.

I started my searching the internet for a sunglasses template.  If you are interested you can find the template here but feel free to find your own template.

Next I folded the paper in half so that the top of the sunglasses is where the fold is.

I used Diamonds paper.

This is what is looks like cut out.  Now you are going to want cut out the holes where the glass portion would be and you are going to want back the open spaces.  Don't adhere anything down until you have decided how you want to embellishment the pieces.

I used Gelatos to color the back of each of the glass pieces and use a punch to punch out the sun and added a button.  I used a punch for the wave and the rest are stickers that I cut to make fit in the spot.  You can any bling to your glasses because you know a girl needs some bling.  I used Handsome Boy Mini Dew Drops along the top and to represent the screws in the glasses I used Daughter Min Dew Drops

Thank you for looking.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Dinosaurs at the Robin's Nest

Hi .. it's Bev at the Robin's Nest today. I am having fun with Dinosaurs. It's super fun to create a boy layout page, card or tag. This is my eldest son when he was little.. he now has his own family with 2 girls who are all grown up now. I still think it's good to share my sons memories as well as my Grand kids too.

Supply List:
Robin's Nest Products
Rubons: Dino 
Ink: Sew Easy ink roller
Other: paint, stencils, cardstock, black pen

1. Prepare your background with stenciling in estimated upper diagonal section
2. Add paper prepared on the angle.
3. Mat your photos

4. Place your photos

5. Use the rubon accents and work them into the allotted section.. have fun...
6. I used the Sew Easy ink roller and added some circular lines
7. All anything you like to complete your page.


Thanks for stopping by .. see you again soon.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Layout Remember

Hi! Monia here! Today I show a mixed media layout with a motorbike trip photos made last year... in Italy we have a large number of castles and fortresses, a delight for tourists!
For this layout I chose a frame sketch,i hope you like it!

First we need to work on Rocking-Horse-Specialty-Paper

I added some old book paper stripes and Blue Daisy Stripe Cardstock.

I added some white gesso with a stencil

...some color sprays

I created a frame with  Black-Cardstock and I distressed the edges
   I left more space below to insert title

I also added some Blue Daisy Stripe Cardstock stripes and white gesso randomly and some little drops of acrilic paint

 some frame details...

applied double-sided adesive in the back of cardstock

I fussy cutted the  Clock-12x12-CanvasStock-can-clock-12  I sprayed canvas clocks with ink sprays then I added white chipboard gears and Remember-White-Glitter-Chipboard title
I also added the photos! :)

this is the finished project

The Robin Nest products:

acrilic paint
white gesso
ink spray

With Heartfelt Sympathy

Hello, creatives!

Today I show you how to create 

an elegant greeting card using few materials.
I really hope you like it!
See you with my next inspiration!!

Saffron Honey Cadstock
Rosy Ribbon

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Wise Guys

These wise owls would make a great center piece for a party for that person that loves owls!!!  I had a lot of fun making them!!!  Today I decided to pull out some of my old dusty paper punches and give them a work out!

Rosy Diamond Cardstock
Pink Glitter Swirl
Honeycomb Fleur Cardstock
Honeycomb Daisy Glitter Cardstock
Blue Fleur Cardstock

Honeycomb Fleur Cardstock
Honeycomb Daisy Glitter Cardstock
Rosy Diamond Cardstock
Pink Glitter Swirl
Blue Fleur Cardstock
Diamond Dew Drops Orange
Pearl Dew Drops
Double stick tape
Tacky Glue
Gold Pen
Black marker
Circle Punch 1 1/2 inch
Oval punch 2 inch
Heart punch 1 inch
Large Paper reinforcements (old stock in my stash)

Punch 8 to 12 hearts, depending on the size of hearts you use.  For the lighter color hearts I outlined them with a black marker.

Cut beak from scraps of the Honeycomb Fleur Cardstock after the hearts were punched.

Punch two eye for each owl with 1 1/2 inch Circle Punch 1 1/2 inch.  For the white of the eye around the pupil I used large paper reinforcements (old stock in my stash).  You could punch a smaller white and black circles.

Punch two ovals for wings.

Then start to assemble using tacky glue.  On the Pink Owl the first row of hearts are behind the beak... you will notice on the other two I put the beak behind the first row.  This is a fun project, there isn't a right or wrong way to make your owls!
Here is the pink owls feathers ready to attach. 
Measurement of the three owl bodies are:
8  x 6 inches
7 x 5 inches
4 x 6 inches 
To create body cut desired body size... with double sided tape on one of the short sides adhere to the other end to create a tube. 

With the seam side closest to you, pinch the sides as pictured above.

Fold down the seamed side as pictured above.

Turn the tube around and fold the other side.  You have just formed the owls head!!!

Pictured above are all the parts.... the tube (or body), eyes, wings, beak, and body feathers (hearts).  Now you are ready to assemble. 
Once all of the hearts are glued together attach them to the body with tacky glue, then eyes and wings.
Adhere the bottom outside hearts to the body so they don't stick out like a dress!
Aren't they the cutest!!!!

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