Wednesday, March 25, 2015

March celebrates Shoes.. and more...

March has been SHOE month at Robin's Nest
Hi Bev here today. So below I share another shoe project with link to
 full instructions with Helen Hustson....  but first up is a card I made to
 share using my sketch from the Turtle Soup March Sketchathon.

Supply List:
Robin's Nest Products: Papers Stripe/ Fleur French Vanilla, 
Dew Drops: Mini dew drops
Ink: Tim Holtz ranger
Sentiment: Adorn It
Accents: Creating with Details
Twine: Bella Creationz Timeless Twine
Chippie: Gina's Design
Sketch: Bev Code

Now I am excited to share this super fun (but fairly easy) shoe.

Thanks to Ellen Hutson for this amazing template to use... here is the link. and Instructions.
I printed it on 8.5x11" .

Supply List: 
Paper: Robin's Nest Winter Retreat Swirl
Glue:Beacon 3-in-1
Misc accents: lace, bling

After putting it all together you decorate it.
A touch of lace, dew drops, some bling and it's done.

Sure happy to have shared with you today. Come back again for sure.

********Be sure to mark your calendars.. and amazing prizes too*********

Recycled Zebra Lampshade

Hello there,

I have been working on a few rooms in the house
that need a little updating, and as I was working on the
guestroom, I sewed new pillows from old
clothes, put them on the bed, put up new curtains, and
thought I was done.
On the end table was a clear bubbled glass lamp with an older
lampshade, it matched, I thought it looks good.

Sat back on the chair in the room, and kept on thinking,
something needs to be changed.
I changed the picture above the bed, added
 dimensional angels blowing horns and sat again and thought
it needs something else.

Then it occurred to me the lamp was still the 
shabby Victorian look and needed to be updated,
so here is what I did.

It needed lightened,
so I chose the Cream Glitter Zebra CS.
I needed 4 sheets to cover the lampshade.

I drew the edges of the shade on the paper, 2 12x12 sheets glued together.

Cut out the shapes.

Then with a glue gun, glued the Zebra CS to the lamp shade.
I did have to do some trimming with scissors to 
make it lay flat.

Here is the covered lampshade.

I then glued from the dress I used to make the cheetah pillows from,
the tie from the back of the dress.
I glued it to the bottom edge of the lamp shade.

I then added dew drops to the top and bottom edge of the lamp.
I alternated colors and shapes.

Here is the lamp sitting on the end table in the corner of the room.

These are shots of the lamp close up, with the dew drops glued on.

The lamp with all the accessories.

The room is so much more complete!
The lamp shade needed to have less of a pattern and color to it
to make the room feel good.

Just a few photos from the guest room again.

The pillows made from a dress and a skirt.

So inviting!

Have a great day!



Monday, March 23, 2015


Hey there Scrappy Friends!
Lisa here today to share a layout I created using some of Robin's Nest new releases! These products are awesome and you are going to want some for yourself!
Here is my layout:

I used the backside of Bunny Stripe Cardstock for my background. The pinks were perfect for my daughter's dress. I printed 2 wallet sized photos. Next take 2 doilies, cut 1/3 off of one and place on top upper right of background. Place the other 2/3 on the lower bottom right and add the full doily to the middle left side. Cut 6" of Rosy Ribbon and stitch in place.

Add the pink diecuts  (paper piece, butterfly & bird) and Dew Drops from the Rosy Mini Die-Cut Shapes. Add the silver swirls from the Rosy Straw packet:

Adhere the pink trim from the Rosy Straw to the photo using Beacon's 3 in 1 Glue (man, I love this stuff!)
Cut the title "Fabulous" from the Glitter Word Titles and add to layout:
Here are the products I used:
Don't you just love all these new products? I know I do!
Just a reminder that we are having a blog hop on March 31st. There will be lots of inspiration and a few prizes! Hope you will mark your calendar and join us!
                                                         Hope you have a wonderful day!



Saturday, March 21, 2015

An Artist Trading Block for Spring

The groundhog never has a chance where I live. Winter almost always lasts well into April here in the northern U.S. For me, Betsy Skagen, that just means I have to work extra hard creating spring inside my home and studio.

To remind myself that spring will eventually come, I made this Golden Spring Artist Trading Block (ATB) using several of the Robin's Nest's golden cardstocks.

How to make the Spring Artist's Trading Block

Use a die cut machine to cut a three-dimensional cube out of chipboard. Use the same die and cut Tropicana Fleur Cardstock (both the fleur and stripe sides), Saffron Sunrise Cardstock and Sun Yellow Glitter Cardstock pieces to cover the cube sides. 

Use adhesive to adhere the paper to the unassembled chipboard cube. 

Create a scene with Gina's Designs Spring Shape Set for each side of the cube, except the top and bottom. Using a blending tool, color the spring chipboard shapes with black ink. 

Select five dragonflies and/or butterflies from the Spring Shape set and coat both sides of these with black ink. After the chipboard shapes are dry, accentuate the shapes with gold and  bronze glitter water colors. 

In a well-ventilated area, spray paint the moss black. Let dry. 

Apply slate black alcohol ink to metal box corners and fasteners. Let dry.

While the box corners dry, assemble the cube. Leave the top open so that you can later easily access the inside for further assembly steps.

Next use the blending tool to distress all edges of the cube with black ink. 

Adhere chipboard shapes to create a scene on all sides of the cube, except the top and bottom.

Wrap gold wire around the five butterfly/dragonfly chipboard pieces and leave a long tail on each. Pierce the top of the cube in the center. Thread the wire connected to the largest butterfly into this hole, wrap the end around a large scrap bead and then hot glue the scrap bead to the inside top of the box. This way the butterfly should "spring up" from the box, so to speak. 

Repeat the process four more times on the top of the box, varying the distance the bug is from the top of the box. 

Cut a long piece of gold wire and knot one end. String the black beads onto the wire, alternating three seed beads with one larger bead. Tie the end of this wire onto the base of one of the bug stems and loosely twist the beaded wire around the stem wire. Secure at the top, where the wire attaches to the bug.


Repeat for the other four bugs. (And to those of you who want to be like the male members of my family and lecture me on exactly what kind of creatures falls into the category of bug or an insect--I hope the biggest, baddest, hairiest spiders hide in the toes of your shoes),

Now attach the metal box corners to each of the cube's corners with metal fasteners. Secure with a little extra Zip Dry. Close the top of the cube and adhere the remaining box corners. 

Sparingly spritz spray adhesive to the top of the box. Adhere the black moss, pressing down firmly so that the moss does not gain too much vertical height. 

That's it! Now just place in a sunny window and enjoy the view until the snow melts.

Stuff I used

Gina's Designs Spring Shape Set
Beacon Zip Dry Adhesive
Spray adhesive
Hot glue gun
Cube die
Dried moss
Metal box corners
Black beads
Black seed beads
Five larger scrap beads of any color
Black spray paint
Black ink pad
Blending tool
Black alcohol ink
Glitter water colors

Mark your calendars!

Altered Shoe Box

Hello,  I m Ann from the Chattering Robin's Nest Altered Items Design Team and the blog AnnMakes.   Before I fell in love with paper crafting and mixed media I used to have a love thing for shoes!  Yup, that was many years ago.  Fast forward a couple of kids and decades later and well I spend so much money on my always growing boys' feet that I just save what I can and put it towards craft supplies instead!

Today I have this altered Artist Trading Block that I made into a small gift box.

I used this chip board Artist Block from.  I painted it a lovely shade of pink on the inside, to match the shoes.

I assembled the block and left the top open.  I covered the block with lovely papers from the Robin's Nest and I used some adhesives to secure it all in place.  I used some metallic dew drops to decorate the flower and the exclamation point.

 I also used four of the same Dew Drops as the little feet of the box.   I used some Rosy straw also available from Robin's Nest, to decorate the flower. I used the same Rosy Straw to hold the shoes together.  To do so I pierced little holes into the shoes with a paper piercer and threaded the straw, then I glued that to the back of the flower embellishment.

Products used from and available at the Robin's Nest shop:
Rosy Straw
Rosy Cards
Rosy Chevron Card Stock
Pink Zebra Glitter Card Stock

Other products:
Beacon adhesives
Acrylic pink craft paint
Chipboard Gina's Designs
Felt flower
Plastic toy shoes

Come back March 31 and see what the Design Team has "Cooked up"!  We are all sharing our takes on "Recipes", it will be fun!

Thanks for stopping by today, don't forget to check out my blog:

Friday, March 20, 2015

Marylin Monroe layout

Hello crafty friends :)
Frezja here with new Layout :)
But first I want to  remind you of the blog hop the end of this month! It will be great fun and I hope you will join us!
yeeeey :) 

And this is my Layout:

Hope you like it :)
How I did my layout? Here's how they came together: 

 add some washi tape..
 put some chipboard..

..some flowers, embellishments, ... and at this point missing only dew drops ^^

olive strip cardstock

Thank you for yours attention :)

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