Monday, May 25, 2015

Enjoy Today

Hey there scrappy friends!
Lisa here today to share a layout I created  using Robin's Nest awesome products. Last year at this time my youngest sister was going thru chemo for breast cancer. I love the pinks in this new line from Robin's Nest- perfect for my Breast Cancer layouts.
I started out using the Men's Plaid/Compass Cardstock for my background. I then cut Rosy Chevron Cardstock, inked and distressed it and placed on top. I tore and inked a piece of Red Brick Cardstock and added that on top. I tore a few spots and rolled them up. I added a few pieces of the opposite side of the Rosy Chevron paper to these spots and to the upper left hand corner and lower right hand corner. Then I added lots of stitching:

Here you can see the folded back Red Brick Cardstock with the Rosy Chevron under it:
Here you can see the fun tag I fussy cut from the Lodge Cutouts Cardstock and some scattered Dew Drops from the Rosy Mini Diecut Shapes

 I fussy cut the "Together" sign from Wedding Cutouts Cardstock and popped it up with foam tape:

This card (Enjoy Today) from the Rosy Cards was perfect for my title because that is what we did that day. I also added Rosy Ribbon in the shape of the Breast Cancer ribbon:

I hope I have inspired you some way with my post today.
Until next time- happy scrapping!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Brie by the Sea

Just like for Robin O'Crowley, a good box is just too hard to throw away. Unfortunately for me, Betsy Skagen, that means I have several tubs full of cute little boxes just waiting to get altered into something creative.

Take for example, this brie box that has been sitting around my house since Christmas 2005, when I made a stunning brie appetizer for Christmas Eve. I can say stunning without sounding like a snob, because that was back in the day when I still created meals that rivaled Martha Stewart. Nowadays, the family is lucky to get a frozen lasagna for dinner. Sorry family.

If you look close you can see the expiration date Of course the appetizer I made was unforgettably wonderful as well.  

The Beach Shape Set from Gina's Designs further inspired me.

And so there I was making a nautical decoration.

First I traced around the bottom of the brie box onto Blue Fleur Cardstock. I cut it out and adhered it to the inside bottom of the brie container.

Then, I divided the box into six sections and using a ruler painted white lines to mark the sections. After the paint dried, I made two additional lines over the white paint with a black pen. I purposefully made the black lines off-kilter from the white lines.

Then I adhered pieces of the Beach Shape Set to assorted yellow-toned Robin's Nest papers using Beacon Zip Dry Glue.  I then cut out each piece using an X-Acto blade. It's important to use a new blade for this step because some of the cuts are very small and defined.

I inked all the edges of the Die Cuts with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and a blending tool. Then, I glued the pieces into each section.

Finally, I adhered Blue Skies Archival Seeds in a scattered pattern around the die cuts.

That's it. Now it's time to hit the beach! If you are in the U.S., have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Great Stuff I used

Beacon Zip Dry Glue
Hot glue gun
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
White acrylic paint
Brie box
X-Acto knife 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Mixed Media Cigar Box Art

I am excited to show you how I transformed a plain wooden cigar box into a work of art. 

Here is what you will need:

 Gina's Designs® 
-Textured sheet called flourish 

 The Robin's Nest® 

-English red oxide and Carbon black
-Transparent Red Iron Oxide
- Carbon black
- Titanium white
-Matte medium

Other supplies
Aleenes® tacky glue
Unfinished wood cigar box
Various sizes of paint brushes
Baby wipe
Corner punch
Trim cardstock to fit cigar box and use a corner punch to round the corners 
   Apply thin coat of matte medium to cigar box then add paper to cigar box   

Glue the texture sheet on top

Cut texture sheet to fit box and paint black.

Paint on antiquing cream, when dry wipe off edges with a baby wipe. 

Paint chipboard with media paint, let dry

Paint wooden charm, and wooden plaque. Glue charm and dew drops on wooden plaque.

Paint the cigar box edge turquoise. Attach the dew drops to the birds on key and then attach birds to the cigar box. Attach the dream wooden plaque.  

I just loved working with the products from Gina's Designs®. So many cool items in her store to choose from. The pieces really held up well when I added  my mixed media products to them.

Thanks for stopping by!

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, on the Creative Paperclay Design team, and an Outside Artist and 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. 
 Follow more of my creative life at My Altered Life's blog page and My Altered Life on FB

Silent night-layout by Elena Lishchenko

Hi everyone! Elena's here and today I want to show you my new layout. I played with my son's photo.

I use Admiral Fleur Glitter Linen Cardstock - one sheet for my background. And add some gauze.
 Add black spray and glitter
 Some splash of white spray.
 Then I add some die-cuts (I use Sparkles Glitter Cardstock) and pieces of Ebony Glitter CardstockWedding Cut-Outs CardstockSaffron Sunshine Cardstock.
 And finally, silver cord and Grape Seeds Archival Seeds

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sweet LO with Frezja

Hello crafty peeps :)
How are you?
I do not know how you, but we are in May and Italy it rains.....
That bad weather....
Summer arrives this year or not? and when we go to sea??
Waiting for when it comes out beautiful Sun, I show you a new layout with my daughter :))

how I make this LO?

some other piece of washi tape, some circle stamps and voila :))



Thanks for your attention :)


I must apologize for my post going up daughter had her baby two weeks early and threw me off my schedule. But all is well and I'm happy to share this with you now.  -- Ro

Back To Our Regularly Scheduled Post!

Since the weather has warmed, my thoughts go to the beach. This absolutely AMAZING cardstock has me dreaming of oceans blue, tropical breezes and umbrella drinks.  So I thought I would make a couple of cards with an ocean theme!

The is the cardstock as a full sheet (who says you can't use beautiful 12x12 paper for cards!):
Pink Glitter Coral
Along with the cardstock and a nice assortment of Dew Drops, here are the basic supplies I used to make these two cards:

I started with a white base card at 4" x 6". I added a layer of Pink Coral from the corners of the 12x12 cardstock and used the solid portion (or back side) for the inside of the card. I opted to not use any type of saying or greeting on the card at this point so I can use it for any occasion.

I stamped all my images using a grey ink (although I used black for demonstration purposes so it would show better). By using the grey, I was able to get a better show of color from the inks. After I stamped my images, I used a sponge dauber and some Distress Inks to color in my images.

I then cut out the images and added some Glossy Accents to give them some stability and a gorgeous shine. Be sure to let this stuff dry thoroughly or you will end up with impressions on them from your fingers!

After all my fishes and shells were dry, I added some foam adhesive to the back to pop them off the coral on the cardstock and give the card some dimension.

After the images were in place, I added some random Dew Drops on the card with the shell and seahorses, and as bubbles and gravel on the card with the fish.

I absolutely love how these turned out and can't wait for a special occasion (Best Fishes maybe?) so I can share them with someone.  Here are a few more closeups.

Well, that's it for today!  Head on over to The Robin's Nest Shop and see what amazingly beautiful products they have there. I'm sure you will find something you love!

See you soon!

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