Sunday, March 30, 2014

Garden Bunny Basket

Hi everyone! First off I would like to welcome you to the Robin's Nest Garden Blog Hop! Second off please make sure to stop by each of the blogs and leave a comment, follow each blog and follow our FB page.  We are giving away a prize on each blog.  It is a $15 butterfly kit full of Robin's Nest butterfly products, perfect for the garden. :-)
Now I would like to share a quick project that is originally something that you would use to start plants in your garden with. When I went to Lowes I found two sizes of peat pots but I went with the larger size I figured it was the prefect size to alter and create an adorable basket.

I had very little Caribbean Blue acrylic paint leftover from another project so I mixed that paint with white and painted the peat pot. I let dry and then I used Antique Mod Podge to seal it.

I punched holes on either side of the pot and I run an iridescent pipe cleaner through each hole to make the handle. I adhered half of a doily and ric rac around the top of the pot. I created a banner and a rosette and glued on top of the doily. Next I fussy cut from the Vintage Easter Greetings  sheet a bunny. I punched a circle from the Moss Green Glitter Cardstock and adhered on top of the banner and rosette.

I cut four flowers from the Pink Glitter Cardstock using the Flower #3 die and I used green scraps of cardstock to cut the leaves out. I used a stylus to give the flower petals and leaves shape. Then I adhered together and added buttons, sequins and a Pearl Dew Drop (Crimson Mini Dew Drops). I glued it to the side of the handle.

That's a pretty easy project, huh??? Now all I have to do is add some more goodies. :-)

Supplies Used:
Caribbean Blue and White acrylic paint
5" Peat Pot
Iridescent pipe cleaner
Antique Mod Podge
Bottle Cap Hole Punch
Ric Rac
Paper Doily
Sizzix: Rosette, Flower #3 and Stampin' Up Little Leaves
Circle Punch

If you have any questions about this project let me know.
Remember to stop by each blog and leave a comment, follow each design team member's blog and like/follow the Robin's Nest Facebook page for your chance at winning a $15 prize package.
Thanks for stopping by, hope  your day is awesome and enjoy creating!!!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Easter Bluebird Cup

Hi everyone! I'm here to share a super fun project I created for the Robin's Nest using the Spring Collection which is 20% off this month and we are also cross promoting with Altered Pages too.

I love creating these little tea cups and saucers. They are quick to create and makes a fun gift to give to someone that collects tea sets or it could make the perfect place setting at a party.  All you will need to do is print off the Paper Tea Cup and Saucer onto Spring Flower Glitter Cardstock and then cut out and ink the edges of the saucer before adhere together.I spritzed a doily from Gina's Designs with Tattered Angels Lemon Zest Glimmer Mist once dry I glued it to the saucer and then adhered the cup on top of the that.

I next fussy cut from the Sweet Easter Cards printout the little bluebird. In the bottom of the cup I wadded up a piece of tissue paper and glued inside. Next I adhered the bluebird to the tissue paper.

Next I added Easter grass around the bird to cover the tissue paper.

Now all you have to do is add paper flowers, mini eggs, lace, ric rac and anything else that is Easter related. See super easy and cute to boot!!! :-)

Robin's Nest: Spring Flower Glitter Cardstock, Dew Drops and Purple Flower Glitter Cardstock
Paper Tea Cup and Saucer
Altered Pages: Sweet Easter Cards
Gina's Designs: Cardstock Doily Set 1
Tattered Angels Lemon Zest Glimmer Mist
Sizzix: Rosette Diecut
Ric Rac
Paper Flowers
Flower Punch
Easter Grass

If you have any questions please let me know and remember to stop by the Robin's Nest and check out the Spring Collection and while you are at it stop at by Altered Pages too.

Thanks for stopping by, hope your Saturday is awesome and enjoy creating!!!

P.S. Remember to check out the Robin's Nest blog hop this Monday, March 31st for awesome ideas from all of our designers and some really cool blog candy!!!  

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Fairy of Spring

 Hi everyone!!! I'm here to share a project I created using the Eileen Hull: Food Jar, 3-D and Spoon Diecut which is for the New Beginnings-Art with Heart Challenge.  This die has so many possible uses. I wanted to create something with a whimsical vintage Springy theme and this is what I came up with. 
The jar base is cut from mat board which I inked all of the edges and then adhered together. I dressed it up with cardstock from the Lost and Found collection from My Mind's Eye. I added a little bit of tissue paper into the "bottom" of the jar. I fussy cut the Flower Fairy Vintage Graphics out and adhered to the tissue paper, added moss and then proceeded to add lace and the flowers that I had punched/cut out and shaped. 

The butterfly and the little birdie is fussy cut from theVintage Spring Printable-Country Living Project sheet. For the butterfly I added a little Stickles and an antenna made from 24 gauge bead wire which I wrapped with Tim Holtz Elements Tissue Tape. 

The little spoon is cut from mat board and to get its shape I dampened the bottom half of it. I used the largest stylus to make a "bowl". I then used an actual baby's spoon to finish shaping the "bowl" and the handle. Once dry I inked and adhered cardstock to the front and back of the spoon and inked it again. :-)

I added a bit of moss, little birdie and a punched flower, sequins and dew drops to finish off this adorable spoon.

Also some other challenges I would like to submit my little Spring Fairy to:

Cut It Up Blog Challenge: National Craft Month, Anything Goes! Challenge #41


Supplies Used:
Eileen Hull: Sizzix ScoreBoards Die - Food Jar, 3-D and Spoon
Other Sizzix Dies: Flower, 3-D Rose, Sizzlits: Flower #2 and Sizzlets: Stampin' Up Little Leaves
Flower Punches
24 Gauge Bead Wire
Tim Holtz Elements Tissue Tape
Versa Magic Dew Drop: Aquatic and Oasis Green Chalk Ink
Crystal Stickles
Mat Board 
My Mind's Eye: Lost and Found Collection 
The Robin's Nest: Pink Glitter Cardstock, Dew Drops 
Eclectic Anthology: Flower Fairy Vintage Graphics
The Graphic Fairy: Vintage Spring Printable-Country Living Project

If you want to play along with these challenges be sure to stop by Eileen Hull's blog, Paper Sweeties and Cut It Up Blog Challenge for more details. Also if you have any questions let me know.
Thanks for stopping by, hope your Thursday is awesome and enjoy creating!!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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!!!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Easter Bunny Altered Egg Carton Swap

Hi everyone! I'm here to share another egg carton that I altered for Esveyde in a swap that was over at My Scrap Room site. The requirements the carton had to be decorated in a Easter theme, three cups filled with Easter candy and three with craft goodies for a total of six cups. Since I couldn't find a half carton either at Walmart or Target I cut a dozen egg carton in half which I had found at Target. It had an indention in the center of the lid which made it a lot easier to cut in to. 
First I gessoed and painted the egg carton. Then I fussy cut a bunny from the Vintage Easter Images from Altered Pages. I used a combination of dew drops and cardstock from the Robin's Nest to decorate the top of the carton along with paper flowers, store bought and handmade, and lace and trim to complete this adorable container.

A close up of the inside lid and this image is from the Vintage Easter Images too.

I included an assortment of candy and crafty embellishments  so my sweet partner could eat chocolate while she works on a project. :-)

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

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Do You Hear Spring Calling?

Hi everyone and Happy Spring! I'm here to share my project for the Robin's Nest. This month I used the Spring Collection which is 20% off  this month and I might say it is simply springy.  Also we are cross promoting with Altered Pages which has some awesome vintage collage images.
I have an over abundance of buttons, lace, ribbon, charms, ephemera from swaps and I really want to get it contained into one storage container. Well, this is what I came up with…an altered egg carton!!! It has 18 cups to put away tidbits of crafty goodness.

I started with gessoing the egg carton inside and out. Once the gesso is dry paint with acrylic paint. I didn't paint the top or inside of the lid because I would be covering it with cardstock.

Next cut two Green Butterfly Glitter Cardstock (I used the backside of the cardstock) to fit the top and inside of the lid.

Adhere to the top of the lid.

Also to the inside lid…I inked around the edges of the cardstock to add more color.

I added Moss Green Glitter Cardstock to the top along with Purple Ants Glitter Cardstock and Spring Stripe Glitter Cardstock which I made banners out of and adhered to the lid. Next I glued lace around the outer edge of the egg carton.

I used this Metallic Blue Christmas Trim that I got on clearance for 40 cents at Hobby Lobby…I love a great deal! :-) I glued it just above the lace all the way around. I then added sequins and Beach Dew/Tear Drops to ever other "bead".

A close up of the bow with stacked buttons and topped off with a Beach Dew/Tear Drops.

I fussy cut from the Little Spring Birdies collage sheet a bird and nest with baby birds and adhered them to the corners of the lid and then decorated with paper flowers (some store bought and some handmade), dew drops, gems that were rescued from a damaged prom dress and mini Easter eggs. I also added Stickles to the images.

The most time consuming part of altering this egg carton was the gessoing and the painting. Other than that it is easy peasy to decorate. :-)

I have already added my collection of goodies to all the cups. Now I will be able to have them at my fingertips when I need to add the right little something to one of the many projects I have going on. 
Also notice I added a dew drop to each "tip" of each cup. :-)

Supplies Used:
Empty 18 count egg carton
Green Butterfly Glitter Cardstock
Purple Ants Glitter Cardstock
Spring Stripe Glitter Cardstock
Moss Green Glitter Cardstock
Beach Dew/Tear Drops
Water Dew Drops
Cherry Chocolate Dew Drops
Altered Pages: Little Spring Birdies
Christmas Garland
Paper Flowers
Flower Punches
Crystal Stickles
Mini Plastic Eggs
Ceramcoat Caribbean Blue Acrylic Paint
Sizzix: Sizzlits Little Leaves

Be sure to stop by the Robin's Nest and check out the sale that is going on this month and while you are at it stop by Altered Pages too. If you have any questions give me a holler and I will do my best to answer.
Thanks for stopping by, hope your Sunday is wonderful and enjoy creating!!!

P.S. Be sure to stop back on Monday cause I have a "mini" altered egg carton that I want to share… it's an adult version of an Easter basket. :-)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A Little Birdie Told Me…

Hi everyone!!! Spring is almost here!!! Days are getting longer and a little bit warmer which has got me in the mood to create something fun  and springy. :-) I have a card I created for the Crafty Card Gallery and this month is something  birthday related.
I stared with cutting a card base using the Sizzix Card, Scallop #3 die from Moss Green Glitter Cardstock. Next I gathered up my card stock scraps, two stickers from the Robin's Nest: Spring Sticker and White Dew Drop  to use on this adorable card. The little birdie is from the Little Spring Birdies college sheet from Altered Pages. I fussy cut one of the bird out and added a sequin, Crystal Stickles and a little party hat that I cut from my scraps. The birthday is sentiment is from the Stampin' Up Simple Sayings II set. 

Isn't the little birdie just festive???

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

Friday, March 7, 2014

Spring is Here Matchbox

Hi everyone! I'm here to share a quick post of  a 300 count matchbox that I had altered over a year ago for a magazine call. It wasn't selected so I put it back to share at a later date and since I have Spring fever…lol…I thought I would share. :-) 
I used scrapbook paper, a variety of flowers, gems, dew drops, seam binding, and a "Spring is Here" sticker to create this vintage Springtime matchbox. Also I had found the little ceramic dove when I was cleaning so I added Crystal Stickles to it to glitter it up.

If you have any questions about how to alter a matchbox please let me know.
Thanks for stopping by, hope your Friday is awesome and enjoy creating!!!