Friday, July 3, 2015

Home of the Brave ....

Fourth of July 2015 altered Magnetic Board.

For my first Design team project I decided to alter my (Embellish your Story) Rodea Magnetic Board. Nothing tells a story like elements that pop and with color. My inspiration for this project was my paternal grandfather.


Here is the Supply list :

Old Glory Diamond Dew Drops

Star RN Paper Clips

Star Border Glitter Cardstock

Rusty Rose Straw

Red Glitter Stars on Blue Specialty Paper

Periwinkle flowers

Step by Step instructions:

 Layer your 12 *12 pattern paper first. Then add the solid cardstock, it should measure 8 x 11 for your bottom layer , and then add your top layer with a pattern paper that measures 7.5 * 10.7/8. Add your layer piece on the right side of you 12 x 12 pattern paper.
Add your embellishments to your taste. I created a rosette flower and add the Robins Nest flowers onto the center of the rosette flower. You can add any embellishment your wish for the center of the rosette flower, mine was the glitter heart.

Create frames with your solid cardstock or with pattern paper (just make sure it doesn’t blend in). My frames measured 3 x 3 and 3.5 x 3.5 . Add and scattered the frames to your layout.

For the final touch add dew drops or sequins to your layout.

I hope you enjoy this simple and patriotic layout that I created for you. Please stop by the Robins Nest !


Top of Form

love card for gentleman :)

Hello my crafty friends :)
Frezja here with new love card, this time with non tipical colour combo :)
This card is intended for a one gentleman, so I decided to use color sea mixed with brown, few embellishments and I put mini doil paper by The Robin's Nest, that give a touch of sweetness :)
yeeeey :)

First step:

put paper doiles..

..chipboard by Gina's.. :)

From a piece of ribbon cut strips to put inside flower..



Thank you for watching :) Have a nice day all :)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Adventure By Kim Kendell

Hello everyone my name is Kim Kendell and today is my 1st blog post for the amazing The Robins Nest I hope that I am able to inspire you with my designs.

For my layout I used pieces of Brown Animal Glitter Cardstock, Gold Glitter Cardstock, Brown Glitter CardstockHoneycomb Fleur Cardstock Metallic Silver Dew Drops, Christmas Tree Tear Drop  Rusty Rose Straw, Flourishes are from Gina's Design

So if you would like to create my LO here are my basic steps.

You will need additionally a stencil some dark brown ink a makeup sponge and a mixture of flowers to suit and you can also find the papers in other colours so why not try that as well. A round stencil will allow you to do the same sort of pattern with the dew drops as I have used.

All measurements are in inches, I have used foam mounting tape in between all my layers but you don't have to do that if you don't want too.

Photo Requirement

1 Black and White portrait photo you could use colour then needs to be trimmed to 5.5 x 3.5

Step one

Take your Honeycomb Fleur Cardstock and cut down to measure 11 x 11
then take your Brown Glitter Cardstock and cut a piece that is 7 x 5
now take your Gold Glitter Cardstock, and cut a piece to measure 6 x 4
Take a cut off strip of the Honeycomb Fleur paper and make sure it is the one that will have the stripes running horizontally and cut to 7 inches

Step 2
Take Brown Animal Glitter Cardstock and adhere your  Honeycomb Fleur Cardstock to the center of it

Step 3
Take your stencil of choice and brown ink and stencil approx where I have in the images I used the brown ink and the makeup sponge for this

Step 4
Take your 
Brown Glitter Cardstock and adhere approx 1/2 inch from the left hand side your strip of  Honeycomb Fleur Cardstock stripped side up the add your Gold Glitter Cardstock and finally your photo see the image above to use as a placement guide.

Then adhere this to your LO as per main image of LO

Step 5
Add your flourishes as per image and also your flowers and finish off with the gold piece from the Rusty Rose Straw
also place your flowers and adhere, then take the Metallic Silver Dew Drops and Christmas Tree Tear Drop  and decorate your stencil area as per image of LO you can now add a title of your choice and even tuck a journal block into the flourish area.

Thanks for your Looking at my blog post! Kim Kendell

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Alaska's Clam Gulch

Hello Readers,

Robin posting today.

I am again sharing our clamming day with you
at Clam Gulch, Alaska.

Our adventure started early in the morning,
and driving an hour from where we were staying
to Clam Gulch.

We arrived just as the sun was rising up above the water.
Beautiful colors in the sky,
I showed those last week!

As we hiked down to the beach with our
buckets and shovels, we discussed how to find 
the clams.  Now this sounded much
easier than what it really was.

See us looking at the sand?
We are looking for bubbles in the sand, or 
what it looks like when a bubble pops, little holes
in the sand.
When you find some you dig.
Now... we learned quickly that these clams are FAST!
One person digs, the other reaches with their
hands to get the clam.

Here is one of the razor clams.
they can move speedily through the 
sand when they feel danger.

Here is the sand, clam in the sand, clam in 
Gabe's hand, and Dana and Gabe working together as
a team to find the clams.

Once we discovered how to find the 
bubbles/holes in the sand.
it was easy and fun!

When the morning find was over, the guys went fishing,
us girls slept in the car, and shopped, we drove home,
and of all things made the very best ever
clam chowder!!!!! 

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Have a great day!



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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Birthday Cards

Hello Robin's Nest Readers!

Today I am sharing some Birthday Cards I have made for a Birthday Bash.  If you can believe it, there are four birthdays ~ two sets of twins ~ for this birthday party!  There are 3 boys and 1 girl, all pre-teen and teens, so I decided to create these cards... a little glam, a little darling, a little boyish, and little celebration!

I wrote on each of these cards "happy birthday" in cursive.
Here, I used the Ebony, Pink Grapefruit, Limoncello, and Blue Glitter 8.5"x11" Cardstock.  I used my dies and cut out a star and a black shape.  I drew with a fine point black sharpie a dashed line around the black shape.

I used the Birthday Paper Clips and clipped them to the star.
I cursive I wrote "happy birthday superstar".

With this card I used the Green Grass Glitter Cardstock and die cut out a large shape.  I then used the Boy Birthday Sticker and popped it in the middle.

A cursive "happy birthday" is added to the bottom.

Blue Glitter Crackle makes the silver fireworks pop!  I then added a Candy Apple Red Heart to the center.

I wrote Happy Birthday, It's Your Birthday, You're One Year Older around the fireworks.

For this card, I used Teal Waters, Candy Apple Red, and Blue Glitter Cardstock and die cut stars from them.  I used the same Birthday Boy Sticker from the Green Card.  The circles are from that sticker.  I used the foam pop up stickers and popped up the stars.

And of course, the handwritten "happy birthday".
I hope that you are inspired because every summer there are lots of birthday parties.  Creating your own cards makes it more awesome!

Until next time, 
Happy Crafting!
Rachel O'Crowley
The Robin's Nest

Monday, June 29, 2015

Documenting a Young Adults Phone Pics

Welcome Back Robin's Nest Readers!

Recently, I showed you an Art Journal that I started for my son using the pics from his phone.
Continuing with this book, I am showing you some more pages.  
These are in a 40 page Mixed Media book.  I like the grungy style of the book.  

Jordan has a great artistic eye.  This is a picture of one of his dogs: Staley.
To offset the puppy pic, I used our Black and White Paw Cardstock and inked around the edge for more depth.

I have to say that I use glitter on boy projects all of the time.  Glitter can be masculine too.
Here I made a cluster using our Animal Ribbon, Gold Glitter Chipboard, and the stars and straw from the Leafy Green Straw packet.  I adhered these with The Best Glue Ever.

To bring the page together, I added 5 gold dew drops from our Goldenberry Dew Drop mix.  I love handwriting notes (even though I really have a complex about my writing), so I wrote "Staley" with a fine point Sharpie, and some added doodles.

What do you think of this picture?  It was from his vacation trip to Oregon.  I added fishnet then stapled the photo on top of the fishnet.

Since it is a water page, I added Bubbles Mini Dew Drops so that it forms bubbles in the fishnet and the side of the page.

Another close-up.

I cut out part of an Orange Journal, inked it, and journaled the location of the picture.  I also added mini paper clips to add more dimension. 

This photo totally explains why his truck is broke down all of the time.  Our stickers are wonderful for so many reasons.  One being the tags that you can make like a file, or reference page.  I stuck them together and wrote "mudding" on them.  This one is from the School Sticker, the round stickers at the bottom are from this same sticker.  

I added a Leafy Green Card, the weather card and then adhered "Enjoy" from the Azure Die Cut Set.  Mini Green Dew Drops are added to the bottom of the stickers for the "pop" on the page.

I cut the background strip and the mini banner from the Black Thermal Animal Cardstock.

This is a photo of his shoes flying off of the roof.  I have no explanation as to why he would do this, but the picture is a good still-action photo.  I cut out the Letters Cardstock into the shape of a mountain to accent the mountains in the background in the picture.

I cut a 1/4" strip of white cardstock so that I could journal something.  Stapling it down for the grunge effect.  The clown clippie is from our Birthday Boy Clippie Set.  It slides onto the photo without having to add adhesive.  So fun to add to a page.

And of course, the journaling of the adventure.  

I hope that this has inspired you to scrap some of your young adults phone adventures.  Jordan has given me his stamp of approval so far. 

Until next time,
Happy Crafting!
Rachel O'Crowley
We Create to Inspire

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A vintage look to charging your phone

Remember those massive phone directories? We relied on them daily to look up telephone numbers and addresses of friends, acquaintances and businesses. Now they are mostly a thing of the past--facing the same demise as corner phone booths and rotary phones. Perhaps phone books will make a comeback of sorts with this creative station for charging a mobile phone.

It's Betsy Skagen of Paper Calliope here. And unfortunately, I am old enough to remember all of those. In fact, I still remember the day when my niece came over to my house and had no idea how to use a rotary phone--and that was ages ago!

Awesome Stuff I used

Leaf Stripe Cardstock
Green Cardstock
Plastic stencil sheets
Paper mache book
Texture paste
Copper glitter
Acrylic paints
Matte medium
Sticker letters
Vintage telephone die
Brown ink
3D foam adhesive

Vintage Cell Phone Charging Station Tutorial

Step 1  Cover the entire paper mache book with a coat of pale yellow acrylic paint. Let dry.

Step 2 Using the Creative Versa-Tool and some stencil plastic, cut out a stencil of a tangled lot of phone cords--the same kind of cords that used to dangle from kitchen phones--at least until they tangled into baseball-sized knots.

Hard to believe that someone would not wash her stencil in a timely fashion. Tsk tsk. 

Step 3 With dry and roughly bristled brushes, apply acrylic paint to the portions of the book that you will not cover with paper. Coordinate your colorswith the paper. Use a heat guy to dry the paint between colors.

Step 4 Cut Saffron Honey Cardstock and Leaf Stripe Cardstock to fit the inside and outside of the book. Make sure to use both of the unique sides of the Saffron Honey Cardstock.

Step 5 Using matte medium, adhere the cardstock to the book. Coat the outside of the paper with matte medium also. Let dry.

Step 6 Cut a 6" x 6" piece of Saffron Honey Cardstock, coordinating solid green cardstock and chipboard. Cut all three pieces with a vintage telephone die.

Step 7 Adhere the telephone die cuts to the chipboard die cut. Distress the edges of the phone with brown ink.

Step 8 Lay the stencil flat on the front of the book and apply texture paste. Lift up and carefully reposition the stencil to cover the rest of the book and again apply texture paste. Liberally sprinkle the texture paste with copper glitter. Let dry.

Step 9 Distress the edges of the book with brown ink.

Step 10 Cut a hole in the bottom of the book, close to the binding. Make sure the hole is large enough to allow the end of the charging cord pass through it. Since the ends of these cords vary in width, you may want to find one as small as possible.

Step 11 Adhere the telephone die cuts to the front of the book with three-dimensional adhesive. Raise the rotary part of the telephone higher than the rest of the phone.

Step 12 Use three-dimensional adhesive to adhere "p-h-o-n-e-b-o-o-k" beneath the telephone.

That's all there is to it. Now all you have to do is plug in the charger and connect your phone inside your book and you have the cutest vintage mobile charge station around.

I hope everyone has a lovely week ahead. For those of you in the U.S. celebrating the 4th of July, I hope you find next weekend to be fun-filled, colorful and safe!

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