#1 Dad Easel Card

Hi everyone! This month over at the Crafty Card Gallery we had to try a new technique. Well, if you know me I love taking a 12×12 sheet of cardstock and making four 3″x6″ cards out of that one sheet. After much trial and error…I tried gesso and a stencil and let me tell you I had a very big mess but I did manage a few gessoed dots on the top part of my card without smearing. I did decided to finally try my hand at a easel card and this is what I came up with.
I cut a 6″x6″ cardbase from Calamity Jane Stripe cardstock and the easel I cut a 6″x11″ with folds at 4″, 4″,1″,1″,1″ from brown cardstock.
The sailors digital image is from Eclectic Anthology. I printed on cardstock and fussy cut out. I cut a piece of cream cardstock and distressed the edges and inked and then adhered the sailor image to the top of it. Next I added gauze, twine around the edge of the cream colored cardstock and then adhered to the base. I fussy cut sea life from a sheet of scrapbook paper that is from Paper Studio. I adhered those along with real mini seashells, dew drops and sequins around the edges of the base.

I folded the brown cardstock and adhered to the back of the card. 

Next I cut the leftover striped and red cardstock and glued three of the sides to the back to make a pocket. It will be perfect to add a small note and gift card. Now I have a father’s day card finished and need to create one more. 🙂

If you have any questions please let me know. Thanks for stopping by, hope your Sunday is awesome and enjoy creating!!! 🙂

Supplies Used:

Robin’s Nest: Brown Glitter cardstock, Calamity Jane Stripe cardstock, Beach Dew Drops, Pearl Dew Drops
Eclectic Anthology
Anchor digital image is from the internet
Brown Chalk Ink
Textured Brown and Cream Cardstock
Red cardstock
Paper Studio: Beach House Collection
Mini Sea Shells

Good News!

Hi everyone!!! I’m here share some fun news today. In January I submitted a few cards to Crafts Ideas magazine. I had one card selected out of the ones I submitted. So when I received an email yesterday with a digital link to the magazine I was one excited to person to see my card on the cover!!! Yes!!! Front cover…I feel like I had arrived…lol!!! Be sure to check the issue out when you get a chance because  it has some very adorable cards along with other craft projects to try.  

Also while I’m thinking about it The Robin’s Nest is hosting a Garden Blog Hop on March 31st. I hope everyone will be able to stop by and check out what each design team member has come up with for this hop. I know can’t wait to share what I have created with everyone! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by, I hope your day is wonderful and enjoy creating!!!

Mason Jar Thank You

Hi everyone and happy Friday!!! I’m back to share a quick card I created for a customer. I used half of a doily, flower diecut, sequins, twine, scraps of scrapbook paper and the Forever thanks rubber stamp from Unity Stamps and the mason jar stamp is from Inkadinkado. I used a 6″ x6″ piece of cardstock and folded to make a 3″ x 6″ card base.

The Forever thanks sentiment I stamped twice on two different colors of cardstock and cut both out and added one on top of the other to make it look like a seal. It’s a super easy card to make!!!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope your weekend is wonderful and enjoying creating!!!

Animal Print with a Vintage Twist

Hi everyone!!! I’m back this month to share a Rolodex holder with cards that I created using some awesome Animal Print cardstock that is 20% off over at the Robin’s Nest.  Also this month we have teamed up with Gina’s Designs to showcase some of their wonderful products too. 
I love to alter Rolodex cards and belong to a few groups over on Swap-bot that are solely dedicated to altering these little works of art. I have a collection of this cards but no holder to put them in. I didn’t want the typical holder that you buy out at an office supply place. I wanted to create one but didn’t know how or what I would use. After much thought and one failed attempt this is what I came up with.

This is what my Rolodex holder started out as before I altered it. I actually used the “drawer” of the matchbox to create the holder…hold onto the “sleeve” because I might just have a project for next month using that in some fun way…wink wink 😉

The front of the box measure 1/2 inch down and mark with a pencil. Cut down to the mark on either side of box. 

Fold down and adhere to box.

Next cut 4 chipboard pieces to 3/4×4 1/2 inches and another 4 chipboard pieces  to 1 3/8×4 1/2 inches. I used a Rolodex card and centered the holes by drawing in each piece of chipboard. Then punch a hole in each one. Line up holes in the the 3/4×4 1/2″ chipboard and adhere all together. Then do the same with the 1 3/8×4 1/2″ chipboard pieces. These will be glued in later on the front and back inside of the box.

 Use a ruler and draw a line at an angle on each side of the box and then cut. 

 Paint the sides of the box in Spa Blue paint both inside and out. Cut a 2 1/2×4 1/2 ” piece of     Dino Feet Glitter Cardstockemboss with the Snowball embossing folder and adhere to the inside bottom of the box. Cut a 4 1/2x 4 7/8″ piece of Teal Giraffe Cardstock and  punch two holes in the 4 1/2″ side of both ends. I used the two pieces of chipboard that I glued all four pieces together as templates for the teal cardstock. Now you are ready to adhere both of the 3/4×4 1/2″ and the 1 3/8×4 1/2″ to the inside of the box. Use either binder clips or cloths pins to hold the chipboard in place while it dries. Next adhere the teal cardstock (as below) starting by lining up the holes and wrapping the cardstock around the box until the other end is folded over and the holes are lined up. Again use either binder clips or cloths pins to hold everything in place until it dries.  

Next cut with a small hand saw two 2 1/2″ pieces from a 3/16″ dowel and paint  both with Spa Blue paint and let dry.
Once the dowels are dry insert into the holes in the box. Below is what it should look like. 

Cut a piece of Teal cardstock 3×5″ and then score a 1/2″ all the way around the holder. This is considered the “skirt” which you can glue trim to. Fold down and cut the “corners” out to were it should look something like this below. Next adhere to the bottom of the holder. Let dry and then glue the spools to each corner of the holder.

Next adhere lace and ric rac to the “skirt” around the holder.

I inked and painted some of the chipboard pieces from Gina’s Design. I let them dry. Then I used The Paper Studio A2 Script Embossing Folder to emboss the butterfly and then inked it in Sahara Sand Chalk Ink.

Cut a small piece of Dino Feet Glitter Cardstock to fit the frame. Emboss and then adhere to the back side of the frame. Since I don’t have any pop dots available I used some of the “extras” that are around a set of  rubber stamps I had just bought. I cut and adhered to the back of the frame and then glued it to the holder along with the butterfly and dew drops. 


Now comes the fun part!!! Decorating Rolodex cards!!! You can either buy the blank Rolodex cards at an office supply place or if you are like me you can either use a diecut and use cardstock like I used the Chocolate Glitter Leopard Cardstock. Or cut them and use a Rolodex tab punch which can be bought at a office supply place too. You can make your cards larger than the standard card…the choice is yours. 🙂

I fussy cut the lion out of the Red Lion Cardstock and used a Crocus Yellow wash on the lion and then let dry. Add bits of scrap cardstock, stamped sentiment and a dew drop.

There is no right or wrong way to decorate these cards just have fun and get creative!!!

You can cut images off of envelopes like I did the sunflower below.

The elephant I fussy cut from the Blue Glitter Elephant Cardstock and I also used some printables from Garden Carnival Composition Book Digital Kit and

Vintage Circus Party Printables to spruces up the front and back of this Rolodex.

I used Brown on Brown Animal Print Cardstock and added some stamped tags which I hand cut out. I received these in a swap so I’m not sure of the names of the stamps??? 

I used the Dino Feet Glitter Cardstock for this Rolodex card. Another stamp image, scraps of cardstock, a Gina’s Design Doily, some alphabet stickers and a birdie image.

Last but not least is a stamp I actually own. This adorable China doll name is Lottie and it is by Pink Persimmon. I added a flower, dew drop, button, Gina’s Design Doily, lace, scraps of cardstock and the stamped word beautiful.

Robin’s Nest Supplies Used:
Gina’s Designs:
Other Supplies Used:
250/300 Count Empty Matchbox
Ric Rac
3/16 inch Wooden Dowel 
Hole Punch
Sizzix Snowballs Embossing Folder and Clear Card, Telephone and Address Diecut
The Paper Studio A2 Script Embossing Folder
Various Stamped Images and found images
Scraps of scrapbook paper
Prima Flowers
Spare Parts Wooden 1″ Spools
Americana Spa Blue Acrylic Paint
Ceramcoat Crocus Yellow Acrylic Paint
Versa Magic Sahara Sand Chalk Ink
Martha Stewart Leaf Bud Chalk Ink 
Ephemera’s Vintage Garden Printables:

If you have any questions about the Rolodex holder or cards please feel free to email me and I will do my best to answer them. Don’t forget to check the cardstock that is 20% off over at the Robin’s Nest and also check out Gina’s Designs for a great selection of cardboard shapes and paper doilies.
Thanks for stopping by, hope your day is wonderful and enjoy creating!!!

Shabby Chic/Vintage Toilet Paper Roll Mini

Hi everyone! I would like to share a mini I created for a swap over at My Scrap Room. We had to use five flattened toilet paper rolls for the inside, a chipboard cover and back, three types of embellishments on each page, tags in each of the “pockets” and last but not least it had to be decorated in a shabby chic/vintage type of theme.

I used a variety of scrapbook paper, My Mind’s Eye: Bramble Rose, Lost and Found Two, Prima, cardstock, embellishments Robin’s Nest Dew Drops, ribbon, lace, buttons, Tim Holtz Swivel Clasp and Tsunami Rose and Ephemera’s Garden printables from their shops and blog. 

The mini is so FAT I had to use a swivel hook to keep the mini closed.


The tags for the toilet paper roll “pockets”. I left them blank so my swap partner, Mesha, can either journal, add photos or decorate the way she wants to. 🙂

Some close ups of some of the pages with pull out tags.

I hope this will inspire you to create something fun for yourself or as a gift for someone special. 
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy creating!!!

The Robin’s Nest Design Team Announcement

Hi everyone!!! I’m super excited to share with you all that I will be altering and creating another six months with my favorite scrapbook company The Robin’s Nest. There is a mix of familiar faces and brand new design team chicks that will be sharing their talents for the next six months.
I hope you will check out the Chattering Robin’s blog daily to see what our talented group of ladies have created. When you get a chance check each design team member’s blog to see what else they are creating.

1.Terri Sproul
2.Bev Code
3.Genevive Rulona

4.Kim Cornwell
5.Tonya Wilson Trantham
6.Marilia Lopes
7.Barbara Rankin
8.Lyneen Jesse
9.Robin Redd
10.Veronika Galenko
11.Ro Donner
12.Dawn Mercedes Barrett
13.Juraci Falcucci
14.Cely Havens
15.Michelle Frae Cummings
Thanks for stopping by and hope your day is wonderful!!!

A Star is Born Altered Coffee Sleeve Mini Album

Hi everyone! I’m super excited to share a mini album I created for The Robin’s Nest design team call that I am trying out for again. When you finish checking out my blog post stop by the Robin’s Nest online store and see what is new in the store and be sure to check out their blog, Chattering Robin’s to check the rest of the design team projects too.

I found on You Tube a tutorial by Simplyshimmeryscraps for this adorable coffee cup sleeve mini that I getting ready to share with you. I have included the link for her directions here. I figure this would be easier than trying to write out a VERY lengthy set of directions. 🙂
You can pick up coffee sleeves at almost any place that serves coffee. The ones I used to create this little mini came from Panera Beard they are slightly bigger than the ones that you can get at Starbucks.

I used the Special Girl cardstock and embellishments that brand spanking new from The Robin’s Nest. The collection is SO girly and cute!!!

Here is a list of supplies I used:

Special Girl Pink Roses on Green Cardstock
Special Girl Brilliant Pink Swirl
Special Girl Special Delivery Cardstock
Special Girl Baby Girl Stickers
Special Girl Little Friends Baby Girls
Special Girl Special Girl Embellies
Dew Drops
Lovebug Creations Sunflower Seam Binding
Jewels (Bling)
Four Coffee Sleeves
Prima Flowers
Scraps of scrapbook paper, leftover stickers, embellishments

First off you will need to trace around the coffee sleeve with your choice of cardstock doing both sides for all four sleeves. Also I inked the edges of all the coffee sleeves. Cut out card stock and adhere to each side of the sleeves.

Cut a piece of cardstock to 6 7/8x 4 inches for the binding hinges. Each end of the cardstock  score 1 inch and then score 3/8 inches till you get to where you scored the 1 inch end.
Fold and adhere each “hinge” in the center. Your binding should look something like this below.
Next use a liquid glue to adhere each sleeve to each hinge.

This is how your pages should look after placed and glued on the binding hinge.
Next you need to cut two 2 3/4 x 5 inches for the front and back and the spine cut a 2 x 5 inches of chip board for your mini. Also please watch the video from Simplyshimmeryscraps which will go into detail directions on how to adhere the hinge to the covers and spine. I did take photos of how to do that but as far as explaining it in writing I think it would be better to watch the video…lol 
Below is the finished cover of my mini.
I punched holes in the spine, added eyelets, chain, lace, ribbon, fiber and charms.

In one of the flowers on the front of my mini I used one of the Special Girl Little Friends Baby Girls and added it inside of the little flower. 

Below is the rest of the photos of the inside of the mini.

I also added inserts to the sleeves. For those I actually made a a pattern of the sleeve and then cut it a little bit smaller.

The Special Girl Baby Girl Stickers where a little bit too big so I cut them down some so they would fit on the pages. I added Dew Drops to give them a little extra zing. 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by!!! I hope this inspires you to create a mini album for yourself. Remember enjoy creating!!!

Daisy Day Blog Hop: Everything is Coming Up Daisies Altered File Folder

Hi everyone! I’m so glad you have taken the time to stopped by and check out The Robin’s Nest Design Team Daisy Days Blog Hop that is happening today. 
First off I would like to thank all the wonderful folks over at the Robin’s Nest for providing the Daisy theme prize pack that is worth $15 that I will be awarding to one lucky person. All you have to do is leave a comment on my blog and your name will be placed in the drawing. Also hop on over to the other design team member’s blogs and leave a comment too because you will have a chance to win a prize pack from each of them also and there is a chance to win a $25 store credit to The Robin’s Nest store. Now how awesome is that?!?!? Just think so many chances to win and you could win several times too! 🙂 Well, the winning does’t end there because I will personally be giving away a pack of goodies. Scrapbook paper, embellishments and a “bare” mini album to decorate with the goodies you receive.
Ok, now I would like to share with with you an altered file folder mini album I created. It was very quick and easy to make. 

Here are the supplies used:

Distressed Honeycomb Cardstock
Daisy Stripe Teal
Calamity Jane Glitter Roses
Robin’s Egg Blue Classic Glitter Cardstock
Spa Journey
Bird Sticker
Angel Sticker
Fresh Mowed Grass Dew Drops
Lakeside Dew Drops
Stampin Up Seam Binding Pear Pizzazz
Beige Lace
Tan Felt
Prima Flowers
Chocolate Cardstock
Industrial Chic Metal Accent
Sizzix Dies used: Embossing Folder Winter Set (Snowballs), Banner Layered Oval Scallop, Tim Holtz Alterations Scallops, Stampin Up Tasteful Trims, Flowers-Daisies #2, Stampin Up Scallop Squares Duo. 

First you need a 8 1/2 x 11 inch file folder and just follow the direction below for folding. 

 I cut two 7 inch pieces of seam binding which I adhered one of the pieces to the top of the inside of the pocket. Two folds over I cut a slit in what I would call the spine of the folder. Run the seam binding through the cut and glue down. This will be covered with card stock.

Then I used two sheets of Spa Journey to decorate the outside of my little file folder mini. I measured and glued each section down. 

The daisies were made with the Sizzix diecut flowers-daisies #2 . For the larger and smaller daisies I used  four daisies a piece which I spritzed lightly with water so I could shape and then I let them dry. Then I glued them all together and added  a dew drop to the center of each of them. 
The little bird’s nest that I created for the front of the folder I borrowed from Melissa Phillips LilyBean’s Paperie blog. You can click on the link and Melissa gives very detailed directions on how to make one. I think it is just super cute 🙂

The inside of the folder I used Daisy Stripe Teal, which is double sided, flowers on one side and stripes on the other side. 

Ephemera Vintage Garden is where I found these cute printable robin and nest and best part it is free. I wound up using them as pockets to hold some mini tags.

I absolutely love the swirls and the soft colors of this card stock!!! 

There you have it…a super simple file folder that is quick and easy to make. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and please remember to hop on over to the other design team members and leave a comment ( leave one on mine too :-)) for a chance to win one of those daisy prize packages. Also if you aren’t a follower of my blog please follow. I will be giving away a goodie package myself to one lucky person that is a follower and leaves a comment too. Good luck and enjoy creating!!!


The Robin’s Nest: Altered Mini Sewing Box Matchbox

Hi everyone!!! What a crazy month it has been!!! I have been trying to get another craft room ready in my soon to be hubby’s house. Packing up stuff to take to Goodwill, pulling staples out of the wall, scraping stickers off of the walls and doors and pulling glow in the dark stars off of the ceiling…can you tell the room belonged to one of his daughters??? 😉 I have paint and laminate flooring bought but I still have to “putty up” the tiny holes in the wall, wipe the walls down and rip the carpet up. Oh so much to do but once it is all done it will be well worth it. 🙂
First off I would like to share with you there is a 20% off sale going on in the Robin’s Nest store on all Tear shaped Dew Drops and we have also teamed up with Mod Podge this month which I will be using Antique Matt Mod Podge on my project that I will be sharing with you.

When I need to sew on a button or stitch up a hem I always seemed to be searching for needle and thread so I decided that for this month project I wanted to create something to store  my needles and thread in.
Below is some of the supplies I used to create my little notions box.

Robin’s Nest Supplies Used:
Tear Shape Dew Drops
Robin’s Nest Straw Velvet Ribbons**
Calamity Jane Glitter Diagonal Cardstock
Distressed Honeycomb Cardstock
Seashore Glitter Cardstock
Moss Green Glitter
Lakeside Dew Drops
Fresh Mowed Grass Dew Drops
Vintage Angel Sticker
Other Supplies Used:
Prima Flowers
Seam Binding
Tim Holtz Label Pulls
Amercana Blue Spa Paint

First off I emptied a 250 count matchbox and then painted the inside with Americana Spa Blue.


Then I lightly spritzed the inside and outside of the tray with walnut ink and then with a paper towel I rubbed and blended it in, let it dry and then measure and cut a piece of Calamity Jane Glitter Diagonal Cardstock to fit the inside of the bottom of the tray.

I then cut two pieces of Seashore Glitter Cardstock for the front and back of the tray. I inked all pieces of cardstock and then mod podged to the tray. I let dry and then punch holes in the tray, add label pull, brads and notions label.   

For the outside cover of the matchbox I measured, cut, folded Calamity Jane Glitter Diagonal Cardstock around the box, inked edges of paper and then after the ink dried I mod podge it to the box.


I then cut a piece of Seashore Glitter Cardstock and folded like the diagram that is below. I inked the edges and used a scallop punch on the folded 1/2 inch end.

I adhered a 10 inch piece of seam binding to the middle of the matchbox cover and then mod podge the 2 1/2 inch and 1/4 inch cardstock that I folded on top of the cover. Once that dried I cut a smaller piece of scrapbook paper, mod podge to the top of the 2 1/2 flap. Let that dry and then I used the gate sticker from the   Vintage Angel Sticker sheet and place on top of that and mod podge over the top and the 1/2 inch scalloped flat too.
I used Texture-Linen,  Robin’s Nest Straw Velvet Ribbons** and Distressed Honeycomb Cardstock to create all the flowers on the front flap except I did use two Prima flowers. Below is an example of how to make the linen flower.
First I cut a small strip off of one of the squares of linen, twist it and glue one of the ends. Start rolling it into a circle and then apply glue to back of it.
I used the Robin’s Nest Straw Velvet Ribbons** to create the dark and light blue flowers. It was really simple to make. First off you sew thread through the bottom edge of the ribbon. Once you have it as long as you want pull the thread to gather it and then tie off. Then shape it the way you want it to look and glue and add dew drops.

Now for the inside flap…I adhered the other 10 inches of seam binding to the inside flap and then cover it with a piece of matching scrapbook paper. I attached on the opposite side a sheet of needles.

Side view of my altered matchbox. Love how the tear shape dew drops colors coordinates so well with all the cardstock I used.

The cream colored mini flowers I used Distressed Honeycomb Cardstock which I used one of my flower punches to punch out a few. I used a glimmer mist to wet them, then placed them on a piece of sponge and used a stylus to shape them. Then I let them dry and wha-laaa instant cute flowers. 🙂

I decided that I wanted to foof up my spools of thread. I used a small circle punch and punched out several circles from the Moss Green Glitter cardstock and glued to the top of each spool and then I decorated with dew drops, buttons and flowers.

Now my little sewing box is finished and if I need to sew on a button everything is all in one place and ready to go.
I hope this has inspired you to create your own sewing box or if you don’t sew…maybe create a little drawer to hold all your scrapbook embellishments…the possibilities are endless. 🙂
Remember to stop by the Robin’s Nest  store and check out the tear shape dew drops that are on sale and while you are there go ahead and pick up some cardstock and embellishments too. 
Thanks for stopping by and as always enjoying creating!!!