Monday, August 3, 2015

Old Friends

Hello my friends! Peggie Sue here again - thanks for taking time out to read about my most recent Robin's Nest  Project. When I saw this unique fold card while looking on Pinterest, I decided to create a non-standard card today. By the way, be sure to check out Pinterest for all kinds of wonderful Robin's Nest product inspirations!
Wonderful Robin's Nest Product Links:
Rusty Rose Flowers
Moss Green Glitter Cardstock
Brown on Brown Glitter Cardstock
Rosy Chevron Cardstock (Reversible)
Leafy Green Mini Die Cuts

I started with the largest brown on brown glitter cardstock base measuring 8.75 x 4.25 scored at 2.75".  The second and smaller brown on brown glitter cardstock folded piece is cut to 8.25" x 3" and is scored at 4.25". Next I cut my rosy chevron cardstock to 5.25" x 4" and glued it to the larger card base. Then I cut a piece of white cardstock to measure 3.75" x 2.75" and adhered that to the smaller card base. This is where you would write your little note. The final step in creating the actual card base is to mount the smaller card part to the larger base as shown below.

Now you get to decorate the now put together card! I cut another piece of rosy chevron cardstock to 2.5" x 4", flipped it to this beautiful rose pattern and glued it the larger left flap. I then turned my attention to the front of my card. I cut a piece of moss green glitter cardstock to 3.75" x 2.75", rounded the corners and readied it for layering with a piece of white cardstock measuring 3.5" x 2.5". After I stamped my sentiment I glued it to the smaller front flap. This will be the focal point of the card.

I took a small strip of the rosy chevron cardstock and glued it to the white. I stamped my flower basket image off on white cardstock and colored in with my Copics. I fussy cut the colored image. and used pop dots to adhere my flower basket on top of the white card front.

I decided to use three butterflies from the leafy green min die cuts package. I layer them one on top of each other, folding them upward to add dimension. I added 2 small pearls to set off his little "body".

In the bottom left corner I used a circle punch to cut out a 1" circle from the rosy chevron cardstock to act as a stabilizing background for 2 of the cream colored flowers from the rusty rose flowers package. I used a brown corduroy brad to hold them together. And finally mounted it to the card. I use this embellishment to hold the card "closed" by tucking the top most flap underneath it.

Here's another look at the links of the Wonderful Robin's Nest Products I used:
Rusty Rose Flowers
Moss Green Glitter Cardstock
Brown on Brown Glitter Cardstock
Rosy Chevron Cardstock (Reversible)
Leafy Green Mini Die Cuts

I encourage you to click on over to The Robin's Nest to check out all the wonderful goodies in stock just waiting to be mail right to you! You are also more than welcome to click over to my blog (Maxx & Boo) to see all the fun things I've been up to!

Thank you once again for taking time to read through my posting and for subscribing to the Chattering Robin's blog! Have a super great day!

Thanks and hugs to you!
Peggie Sue

Daisy on card

Today I would like to share my new card for  The Robin's Nest, 
  inspired by sea and sun!

And here is a photo tutorial: 
  2.Then сut paper with fkowers and choose rose trim and cotton lace
  3. Add flowers and silk ribbon
 4. Try to do more natural composition on my card with leaves
5. Add dew drops 

  For my card I used:
The Robin's Nest paper and dew drops  

Have a nice day!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Don't forget to fly

 Hi Everyone,
Jess here today with a Peter Pan inspired wall decor piece.  With the new movie Pan coming out soon I thought this would be a perfect time to make a little something with feathers and Tinkerbell.

Ok. Here comes the tutorial.  There are a ton of pictures today.  
 Take your chipboard base and cover it with a couple layers of gesso.  Once the gesso is dry I sanded it a bit to remove the tooth.  I then used white paint and a stencil in random patches all over the chipboard.  While the paint was drying I placed bits of washi tape on the base. 
 When the paint was dry I used several brown inks to color the gesso.  The paint acts like a resist and you can easily see the pattern.  

I then used watered down black acrylic paint and flicked it all over using a paint brush.  
I used the flowers from the Girl Rub Ons to finish the base of the background.

To make my feather I used a paper wrapped wire stem typically used for floral design.
 I trimmed the wire to about 13 inches and then folded it almost in half.  I twisted the ends together and then glued it on my Wedding Cut Out Cardstock.
I cut the paper into 4 even pieces.  I used one piece for the bottom of the feather and the second for the top.  I tried this a couple different ways.  The first time i glued the paper and put the wire on top.  The glue spread too much and made it too difficult to cut correctly(it didn't have he feathery look I was going for).  The second time I put a bit of glue on my fingers and just rubbed it all over the wire.  This kept the glue where I needed it and kept the two pieces of paper together.  I set the feather aside to dry for about an hour.
Once the feather was dry I traced a rough feather shape out.
I trimmed the paper and then snipped all the way around the edges right into the center where the wire is.

I colored the feather using various ink sprays and shimmers.
The bottom exposed wire is wrapped in the same washi tape I used on the chipboard base.
The feather is topped off with some green jute and a smidgen of Leafy Green Straw.
I printed a quote from JM Barrie, the author of Peter Pan, on plain ivory cardstock.
I inked and smudged the print a tad.  A tiny Tinkerbell charm adds a bit of whimsy to the piece.
Three Forest Brown Mini Dew Drops help draw your eye around the piece.
A big fluffy bow made out of silk sari ribbon completes the wall hanging.
I hope you try to make your own feathers.  I made a brightly colored one too using the same technique and it is awesome! 
Thanks for checking it out and don't forget to pop by my blog to see what else I have been up to!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

**Travel with Me **Journal Kit.

Here is my first summer project for the Robin's Nest.

Summer is all about traveling and getting to know new places. 
I decided to create this fun and retro inspire Travel Journal.

Here are the supplies from the Robin's Nest :

Kiwi Sorbet Glitter Cardstock

Celebration Swirl Glittered

Birthday Stars Glitter Cardstock


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Now Showing...Paper Towns Part Two

Concluding tutorial on how to make the Paper Towns Three Drawer Nightlight Unit

Hi, it's Betsy Skagen of Paper Calliope back again to show you how to complete your Paper Towns Three Drawer Nightlight Unit. If you missed it, go back and visit yesterday's entry to see Part One of the tutorial. 

Making the houses

Step 9 Using a straight edge and a hot knife, cut five 4" x 5" squares from foam core.  For each house, create a sloped roof by marking the spot that is 3 inches from the bottom on both sides of the house. Draw a line from this point to the top center of the square. Cut the roof lines with a hot knife. 

Step 10 Adhere Silver Glitter Cardstock to one side of each of the houses. Use an X-Acto knife to then trim the cardstock to precisely fit the house. This will be the front of the houses.

Step 11 Cut 10 rectangle tabs approximately 1" x 4" of black cardstock. Adhere two tabs to the back of each of the houses so that about two inches extend beyond the bottom of the house. 

Step 12 Make a template of one of your houses on a scratch piece of paper. Use a straight edge to measure and cut out a square window in the house. Place this template over each of your houses (one at a time) and use the hot knife to make identical windows in each house.  

Step 13 Align black cardstock with the bottom edge of each house and adhere to the back side, covering the part of the tab attached to the house. Use an X-Acto knife to trim the cardstock to precisely fit the house, being careful not to cut off the tab.  

Covering the box

Step 14 Cover the sides and back of your box with Airplane Cardstock

Step 15 Covering the top of the box takes a little extra work. Cut a strip of Airplane Cardstock that is about 2" wide and is long enough to cover the length of your box. My box was longer than 12", so I had to extend the strip by carefully aligning the pattern and adhering two sections together. Attach this strip of Airplane Cardstock to the front-most area of the top.

Step 16 Attach three houses in a straight, evenly spaced row toward the front of the box. Use hot glue on the bottom edge of each house, then adhere the tabs to the box. Hold each house perpendicular to the box until it dries.

Step 17 Repeat Step 15, except make the strip a little wider because you may have to do some trimming. Lay this section flush against the back of your houses. Note where you need to trim the strip in order to match the pattern to the piece already on the top. Trim as necessary and adhere the strip to the box, making sure it is flush against the row of houses.

Step 18 Repeat Step 16 with the remaining two houses, placing them in a second row that can be seen between the front houses.

Step 19 Repeat Step 17. In addition to matching the pattern to the existing paper, you will also need to trim it to align with the back of the box.

I added the back covering after making the top, but recommend covering the back first--it will be easier!

Step 20 Insert drawers and add tea lights behind each house.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Now showing at a craft table near you...

...Paper Towns Nightlight Drawers (Part One)

Just one of wonderful things about the folks at the Robin's Nest (and believe me, there are many) is that they are always coming up with fun themes for the Robin's Nest Design Team. This year they suggested we create projects that coincide with summertime movie releases.

John Green's Paper Towns hit theaters earlier this week. Although, I'm not particularly interested in this flick (my teen daughter has informed me we will be going to see it), the title of the movie caught my eye. Paper Towns--could a more perfect title for a crafter exist?

The project, which began as a leftover gift box and some foam core, evolved into a three drawer nightlight unit. It features rows of simple white paper houses--a paper town.

Part One of Two-Part Tutorial to make Paper Towns Three Drawer Nightlight Unit

Good stuff I used

Black Cardstock
Leather buttons
Decorative black tape
White acrylic paint
Duct tape
Assorted adhesives
Five battery-powered tea lights

Step 1 Find a elongated sturdy box. It should be at least as sturdy as and slightly longer than a shoe box.

Step 2 To make your drawer dividers, measure the height and depth of your box. Cut two pieces of chipboard that fit these dimensions. Slide the dividers temporarily into place to ensure you have a good fit. Then measure the length of the box, divide by thirds and slide the dividers into place at the 1/3 mark. Secure using a strong glue and duct tape. 

Making the drawers

Step 3 Measure the length of your box and subtract 3/4 of an inch. Divide that segment equally into thirds. This will be the width of your drawers. Cut six pieces of chipboard using this width times the depth of the box. Mark three pieces as the front of the drawers and three pieces as the back of the drawers. When you assemble your drawers you will be glad you marked each piece because the next set of pieces look pretty similar.

Step 4 Cut six pieces of chipboard that have an area that is the height of the box times the depth of the box. Mark these pieces as the sides. 

Step 5 Assemble each drawer using adhesive and strong duct tape. Insert all drawers into the box to ensure a good fit. 

Step 6 Paint the inside of the drawers with white acrylic paint. Let dry.

Step 7 Cover the outside front and sides of the drawers with Weddings Cut-Outs Cardstock. Trim the edges with a decorative black tape.

Step 8 Warning this includes a very technical term--Drill a hole in the center of a drawer front. Line the hole with a strong adhesive. Insert the knobby-thing-a-ma-jiggity that is on the back of a black leather button (don't say I didn't warn you) into the hole. Repeat for the other two drawers.

Channeling my inner father

There's an interesting side note about this project. Although he never said so directly, it was clear my Dad was not a fan of my art. Endless layers, textures, ephemera and more are the exact opposite of his style. A purist architect, who had once worked for the famed Eero Saarinen, my dad believed that "more did not make better".

Due to both my journalism and graphic design backgrounds, I appreciated, understood and applied this approach in my professional work. However, crafting is my escape from rigid rules and precise measurements. As a result, most of my art has lots of "more".

He suggested more than once that I design sympathy cards because there were none simple enough for his liking. I gave him a couple of samples containing a line art flower surrounded by lots of white space, yet those were still too ornate. At some point I gave up. Honestly though, I think the only card that would have pleased him would have been one teeny, terse phrase written in Helvetica All Caps:

It is safe to say he was a no nonsense man.

My dad passed away in June. As I was working on Paper Towns, my sister noticed it and chuckled, "You are channeling your inner father." She was right. I finally made some art he would have liked.

So, Dad, this one's for you. Thank you for being my night light and unwavering beacon of safety.

Robin's Nest regulars know by now that my posts tend to get a wee bit more detailed. As a result, we are splitting the tutorial up over two days. So stay tuned and come back tomorrow to see how to complete your Paper Towns Three Drawer Nightlight Unit!

Fire pit talks

Fire Pit Talks

One of my favorite things Dana and I do when we visit Rachel
and Cortney is sitting around their gas fire pit
and just visit.

It usually isn't dark when we start, but the evening rolls
on and the night comes, we talk and watch the fire as it flickers
in all sorts of shapes through the blue glass.

One evening, after years of having flame paper,
I thought, we should make a page of this fire, it is just so
very cool!
Thus my idea for this page.

I used:
Flame Glitter CS
Red Glitter Chipboard
Flame Sticker
Flame Die Cuts
Chili Flame Border with matching
Chili Flame Embossed CS
Yellow, Orange, and Red Tear drops
Black Burlap
Black on White Thermal  Damask CS
Hottie Stickers
Honeycomb Fleur Linen CS
Orange glitter Journal tag
Brown Dew Drops

Such a fun and different layout.

I love how the flames turned out,
another idea for orange tear drops, remember
we are wanting ideas for orange tear drops.

Have a great day,
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Chili CardstockBlack on White Damask Thermal CardstockChili Flame Thermal CardstockChili Flame Border Thermal Cardstock
Gum Drops Tear DropsWind Flames Glitter CardstockHottie StickerFlame Die-Cuts

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