Saturday, June 25, 2011

Robin's Nest Design Team!

I'm so excited! I found out earlier this week that I am part of the first ever Robin's Nest Design Team! I'm sure you are quite familiar with their gorgeous dew drops, but they also make a lovely line of papers. If you haven't seen all of their products, be sure to check out their online store.

There will be plenty of inspiration on the blog, by a fabulous line-up of talented ladies! Here's the full design team:
Becky Conley
Clare Dempsey
Gini Cagle
Irit Shalom
Jan Hennings
Kristine Keller
Peg Rounds
Tenny Kusuma
Terri Sproul - DT Coordinator

Chattering Robins Blog
Robin's Nest Online Store

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Making Embellishments with the Beary Scrap

We have a really fun challenge going on over at the Beary Scrap. We want to see you make your own embellishments. All of the DT has been trying to come up with fun ways to inspire you, so you will really want to keep checking each day to see what we've got in store for you.

This week, I decided to make a flower for you, using the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die. What might surprise you, is what I used to make the flower. I'm sure you probably have some baby wipes lying around your studio. Well, here's something new you can try with them. Use your Glimmer Mists to color the wipes. I don't even clean up where I have colors on my mat from other projects - just lay it down, and let it absorb what's there, and then keep spritzing to completely color it.

Dry the wipes thoroughly with your heat gun (they will feel rather stiff). Then cut 3 sets of the flowers with your die. Stack the flowers, and add glue or a brad in the center. You will be surprised how much this actually feels like fabric.

Papers: Bo Bunny Timepiece, Bazzill
Alpha Stickers: Echo Park For the RecordLinkRibbon: Seam Binding Latte
Pearls: Kaisercraft
Tickets: Maya Road
Glimmer Mist: Tattered Angels
Dies: Tattered Florals
Punch: Martha Stewart
Epoxy Bubbles: Epiphany Crafts

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Robin's Nest Layout

I always knew that the Robin's Nest was known for their Dew Drops, but really never knew that they have some gorgeous sparkly papers too! And, you know, I love anything sparkly!!! So today, I have a layout that I wanted to share with you that shows some of the Robin's Nest papers as well as their famous Dew Drops.

I began my project by water distressing a piece of Green Stencil Linen. I then adhered that to a piece of cardstock. (My layouts tend to get heavy, so I always have a good solid base). Next, I added ribbons and machine stitched some lines, so I could add some Dew Drops at the end of some of my thread lines.

I cut a circle from Olive Linen and inked the edges with distress ink. I placed this over my intersecting lines. I fussy cut some flourishes from Great Catch. I used Punch Bunch punches and Tim Holtz tattered florals to cut flowers from a mix of Time, Calamity Jane, and Brown on Brown Rope papers. I stacked and shaped the flowers, and of course added Dew Drops for the centers. The swirly leaves were cut from a Heartfelt Creations/ Spellbinders die.

The title was made from Dusty Attic Chipboard, and was painted with two colors of Ranger's crackle paint.

I hope you will check out all of the Robin's Nest goodies at their online store and for more inspiration, be sure to check out their blog - The Chattering Robins.