Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fairy Tale Shoes

 Charity here from Scrappin' Chaos.
I am one of the new designers for the Robin's Nest and my specialty is Altered Items. I also happen to have a serious thing for dragons and mermaids. I don't have a lot of practice drawing, but I tried my hand at it for today's project.
I began my project with a white pair of tennis shoes, 
a tracing book by Chris Down, and a pile of Dew Drops!
 I chose a long tailed serpentine dragon for the right shoe and a mermaid with flowing hair for the left shoe. I am not to fond of how her face turned out...but her tail makes me VERY happy! LOL!
On the toe of the dragon's shoe I marked out a treasure pile.
On the mermaid's shoe I colored a treasure chest.
I added dew drops to the toes to give my fairy tale shoes live detail.
Artist Tip: Choose a glue that will move with the shoes or you will be scattering treasure as you walk!
 To finish my side designs I added pearls to the mermaids hair and a gem at her throat. I also adhered a few dew drops to her tail. The Dragon has black diamond dew drops on his wings and a green eye.
The dew drops are SUPER easy to use and so much fun.
My fairy tale shoes sparkle and shine with these perfect additions.

Metalic Gold Dew Drops

Thanks for stopping by to check out my work!
Be sure to post your interpretations of this project on our Facebook page!!!

Scrap On!


Diamond Dew Drops (AKA: My new best friend)

I wanted to do a project using lots and lots of Dew Drops. Usually, I use them as random accents or for the center of flowers. I want the Dew Drops to be the main attraction and star of the show. I noticed that I had been solely focused on the round Dew Drops and hadn't given the Diamond Dew Drop its fair appearance in my projects. When I realized how many colors they come in, I knew I had to make a rainbow of beautiful Diamond Dew Drops.

Robin's Nest Supplies: Fall Gems Diamond Dew Drops, Old Glory Diamond Dew Drops, Precious Boy Diamond Dew Drops, Dew Dew Glue

Other Supplies: white cardstock, Argyle Border Stamp -N156 (Stampendous), Archival Black Ink (Ranger), VersaMark Ink (Tsukineko), Black Embossing Powder (Stampendous), Heat Gun (Ranger), Celebrate Stamp -Wonderful Words Set (Stampin Up), card base (4v8.25"), 3D foam pads

1. Stamp the argyle design using black ink. Carefully continue stamping the pattern until you have filled the paper. Trim the page to fit the card base leaving a thin border around the edge.

2. Use VersaMark Ink to stamp 5 extra images and then heat emboss with black embossing powder. Cut out the designs and attach them to the stamped background paper using 3D foam pads.

3. Stamp a sentiment onto white cardstock using black ink. Next, trim along the top of the word following the curve of the letters but leave the bottom edge straight. Attach the sentiment to the lower left corner of the stamped background.

4. Arrange the Diamond Dew Drops into an appealing placement by incorporating them into the background design. I selected a full rainbow of Diamond Dew Drops in every color and applied them in a random scattering without aiming to make a perfect uniform pattern.

5. Finally, adhere the Diamond Dew Drops into position and attach the embellished stamped design onto the card base.

TIP: If you don't have the right color Diamond Dew Drop, you can use a permanent marker pen to color them. Doing this will intensify the color so you can get a variety of shades within the same color. It works best to color the lighter Diamond Dew Drops such as the transparent baby blue and blush pink. The white opaque Diamond Dew Drop is the most suitable for coloring.

A Closer Look:
This project is very versatile because depending on the colors you choose and the placement of the Diamond Dew Drops, you can create a wide range of looks. You may do variations of this card by using a single color and placing the Diamond Dew Drops evenly spaced in a predictable pattern. There are so many possibilities for building interesting argyle patterns. The best part is that this technique is suitable for masculine or feminine cards. Keep this little gem of a design in your back pocket for when you are in desperate need of a card and are lacking inspiration.

To purchase the supplies for this card, please visit The Robin's Nest.

For more beautiful paper-craft projects from the Design Team, be sure to visit us at The Chattering Robin's Blog

To learn more about our designer Karen, take a peek at her blog, Art & Soul

                                                                Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Meet our New Design Team

The Robin's Nest is so excited to introduce each of its new design team members to YOU!

Now let's meet each member.

Terri Sproul - Our Team Leader

Bev Code
I was new to online scrapping since Apr 2009. There were so many amazing sites that were my learning curve to this amazing world of scrapbooking. My name is Bev Code and I have been scrapping almost 7 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 Blog is :

Joanna Solecka

My name is Joanna and I create under nickname My paper world. I was born and raised in Poland but 9 years ago I moved to Ireland.

I live in Dublin with my husband Luke and cat Phoebe.
I started crafting from decoupage almost 15 years ago and I tried different techniques.I love all types of crafts, mostly based on paper. It's my hobby and takes all my free time. I'm also addicted of buying new supplies :) My craft room is getting bigger and bigger.

Marie-Christine Denis
My name is Marie-Christine, I am 54, I live in France in a small town in Brittany with my husband, my son and my little dog.

I started the scrapbooking for 6 years now. I love used a lot of papers and embellishments on my cards and others creations. I also like to make Art Journal with collage and my own designs.

I am happy to be part of this great team and look forward to introduce you to my world.

Karen Sessions

My name is Karen Sessions and I am an American currently living in London, England.  I spent most of my life in California where I worked as an elementary school teacher.  After marrying, I moved to the UK with my husband twelve years ago.  My two loves are scrapbooking and card making but I have enjoyed a lifetime of creative hobbies including: sewing, ceramics, jewellery making, knitting, calligraphy, embroidery, and mixed media.  My soul longs to create and I hope my love of crafting is obvious in every little detail of my projects.

Blog -

Charity Hotrum

My name is Charity and I have been scrapping since 1997. I have three teen/tween children, 2 cats, and a cozy home in Washington state.  I work for the school district as a para-educator and volunteer with developmentally disabled adults through Parks and Rec. On sunny days you can find me gardening or soaking up the beauty at one of our nearby parks. On rainy days I curl up with a favorite book or fill the house with the scent of fresh baked cookies. As a paper crafter I work best in the morning hours. I love to wake up early, put  on the coffee, and create glamorous off the page projects from ordinary items. 

Debb DeFord (Clickersister)
Hi! I’m Debb (Clickersister)! I started scrapbooking in ’98, and since then my interests have run from cardmaking to 3D projects with my Zing, to dimensional scrapbook pages, or even clean and simple, and I like to try and add a touch of whimsy to some of my projects. My favorite items to make are things that make my friends happy. I love giving them away as gifts! I like to push myself out of my comfort zone with my creations, trying new techniques and new products.
My sweetie and I have been married for 40 years, and we have a daughter, son-in-law, and 4 grandkids, plus a few furbabies. It’s a joy and honor to be on the Robin’s Nest Design Team!

Michelle Wells

Hello Everyone.
Welcome to Chattering Robin’s (Blog for The Robin’s Nest).
My name Michelle Renee’ Wells, and I am so delighted to be here sharing creativity with you.
I just want to share a bit about myself. I am a 47yr old, wife and mother of four fur babies I just adore, from a small rural town in Southwestern Ohio.
I have been crafting since I was a teenager, at which time crafting was very limited, but that didn’t keep me from succeeding in my crafting goals. Upon graduating from high school, I had found a great admiration of canvas arts.
Since then, I can safely say there is very little I have not tried in crafting, ranging from jewelry, clay/ceramic, paper arts, and my greatest love, mixed media and altering arts.
I have loved every bit of the creative journey. I suppose I am an eclectic crafter, my style ranges across the board, with vintage, shabby, grunge & whimsical too.

Veronika Galenko
I am 33 years old. I live in Russia. 
 I am also a happy wife and mother of little boy.

I am really enjoy playing with The Robin's Nest products and  I choose cardmaking team. Also I would like to do only "how to" videos!!
You Tube channel

*My creative resume you can see here

*Current DT*
The Robin's Nest  - July 2013  - present time
Meg's Garden (Australian manufacturer of paper and retail shop) - September 2014  - present time
Guest designer in DCWV - December 2014 - present time
Scrap Plezier (retail shop) - May 2015 - present time

Angela Tombari 
Hi! My name is Angela Tombari, I'm a working mom of two wonderful boys and I'm married with an handsome lovely and supportive man.
I've been Scrapbooking for four years, but I'm a whatever crafter since ever. When I'm not working or cooking you can find me in my tiny messy scrappy room. I'm so thrilled to start this new adventure as part of The Robin's Nest Design Team, and I'll do my best to inspire you and get you excited about this amazing Scrapbooking world.
Tracy Feeley

My name is Tracy Feeley and I live in Central Florida with my husband. I have 3 stepchildren and 3 grandchildren. Most of my scrapping is about my granddaughters. I have been scrapping for 10 years now and I love preserving memories for my family. I also make all my own cards and enjoy working with mixed media and altering items. I love being inspired by other scrapbookers and I hope to inspire you as well.

Shelly Hein-Simmon

My name is Shelly Hein-Simmons and I am from sunny Southern California!  I share my home with my husband, 2 dogs, 1 cat and Sheldon the Wonder Turtle.  I have been scrapbooking my life and “altering” things since childhood - always gluing pictures and memorabilia into some sort of album and  personalizing every item I owned.

Colleen LoVette

Hi, Colleen from the beautiful state of Michigan.  I am a mother, wife and grandmother to 5 very active kids. I have been scrapping for about 15 years but seriously scrapping for about 6 years. My style is eclectic and evolving. I love to make cards and make quite a few.  I make them for myself, my mother and for my daughter. I loved altering boxes that I fill with my cards and give them as gifts.

Layout "Wild & Free"

Hello everyone!
Today I show you a LAYOUT where I decorated a photo of my brothers at the seaside. The layout is very simple, the only peculiarity is that I used a needle and thread to create the background. The idea was born after I partecipated in a worksohp held by Paige Evans, a fantastic teacher. Since then, I find that sewing is extremely relaxing and I want to do it all the time! I hope you like the result! They are my first experiments! Bye bye!

DewDew Glue
Water dew drops
Smoky Chevron Cardstock
Sea glass tear drops
Discorvery Girl glitter cardstock
Glitter Cardstock

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Special Gift Box

Have you ever been in a pinch and needed a special small gift box?  If you have 12x12 cardstock and a few embellishments you have your special gift box right under your nose!

Snow Strip Glitter Cardstock 2 sheets Back side
Arrows Teal Glitter Chipboard
Paris Fleur Glitter Chipboard
Double Sided Tape
Glue Stick

I love the back side of the Snow Strip Glitter Cardstock!

Rough draft of the box plan!

For the box base: Score a 12x2 sheet at 4 & 8 inches turn and score the other direction at 4 and 8 inches.  Fold on the score lines.

For the box top: Cut another piece 6 1/8 by 6 and 1/8, score one inch from the edge on al four side. fold on the score lines

Cut to the center one side of each flap on the top. Use double sided tape to adhere flaps.

The finished box top. 

Pictured how the box bottom should be cut.

Double side tape applied to the flap and inside of the box as pictured.

Remove tape one corner at a time to create corners of the box.

Ready for the second corner.

Work around the box until all corners are taped

  HERE IS THE FINISHED BOX  before embellishments!

  HERE IS THE FINISHED BOX  before embellishments!

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