March 29, 2013

Easter Blog Hop

Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail.....

Welcome to the Easter Blog Hop where we have come together to share some spectacular Easter inspiration with you.

If you arrived here from Rhonda's blog, you are in the right place.  If you just happened to "HOP" in, please start at the beginning with Robin at

Easter says Spring to me....and Spring says Chirping Birds. And I needed something quick and easy these days. So with the help of Graphic 45's A Place in Time Cardstock, here are two Easter cards using bird images. 

These bird cards were made specifically for this Easter Blog Hop . . . but I also want to share with new hoppers my more traditional Easter designs created for The Robin's Nest featuring their Neon Glitter Crackle Cardstock and Dew Drops, as well as Epiphany charms.

Tena is your next stop on the hop  . . . but here is the entire line up in case you got lost along the way:

Have a very Blessed Easter!

March 24, 2013

Teatime Asters

Love Heartfelt Creations Delicate Asters Stamp/Die Set - AND the outstanding Delicate Asters Paper Collection! Here are my first set of cards using both together.  

Step Card - closed ready for mailing
Step Card - Open

March 20, 2013

Neon Easter - at The Robin's Nest

Hi Everyone,

We are delighted this month to share ideas using Neon Crackle Cardstock, Mini Dew Drops, and goodies from Epiphany, this month's partner.  With Neon Crackle Cardstock, you will achieve lovely projects for all occasions.  Both my postings feature Easter, as it's that time of year, but this cardstock is perfect for creating sweetheart, friend, and all-occasion cards - especially with all the bright colors, the sky's the limit!  Of course, Neon Crackle Cardstock coordinates well with Neon Mini Dew Drops, adding even more value to your project.

I recently changed jobs and have been participating in store set-up for the past couple weeks ... then sent out of town for additional training.  My cushy life of having five-day weekends has ended.  So when I was thinking about a card design for this week, I could relate to all of you who have crazy lives with careers, family, and other countless responsibilities that take you away from making fancy cards.  So I thought I'd share an incredibly easy Easter card - taking advantage of Robin's Nest elegant supplies in Neon Crackle Cardstock and Mini Dew Drops. 

Supplies Used to Complete this card
I first folded a piece of Pink Crackle Glitter Cardstock in half.  Using an egg template sized to fit a standard envelope, I traced the image on the back of the cardstock (leaving a bit of the folded edge at the left) and cut by hand. I used Word to create an Easter Sentiment and sized that to be 1" to fit in the Epiphany Round 25 charm.

I punched Doily Lace Borders out of Blue Crackle Glitter Cardstock.  The double border is created by gluing two borders edge to edge on the Easter egg.  I covered the "seam" with thin craft tape and covered that with Mini Dew Drops (pink at top and bottom, blue in the middle).

I finished the card off by inserting the Easter sentiment in the Epiphany charm...and adding a white tulle bow.  Quick and Easy!!!  

Be sure to visit The Robin's Nest all month for creative inspiration from our great design team using Neon Crackle Cardstock, Mini Dew Drops, and goodies from our partner, Epiphany!  Remember, all colors of Neon Crackle Cardstock are being featured this month and are 20% Off.

March 15, 2013

Scraps to Treasure Blog Hop - Anything Spring

Welcome to the Scraps to Treasure Blog Hop. This month's theme - Anything Spring.

Nothing says Spring like flowers! Yesterday I received a great Close to My Heart Stamp Set - prize from Janet's Creative World in the Altered Frames Blog Hop last week. The stamp set, Happy Valentine, has gorgeous roses and sentiments to die for (in particular, a great "Smitten"). When I looked at my calendar and saw I needed to get ready for the Spring hop, it was close at hand and perfect! Thanks again, Janet!

My scrap pieces of paper today came from a dollar-store pack purchased seven years ago! ( I remember this, because neither my husband nor I had jobs and no money for the good stuff!) As you know, I seldom throw anything away. And this is why! Today, I just saw this paper in a different way! Here is a pic of the actual paper. I cut the "stripes" and created two borders - one from the flowers and one from the ornate green patterned striped. 

I used scraps of Buttercup Dot (Bo Bunny) for the roses - and I have a folder full of green scraps that I keep mostly for leaves. I stamped and cut two images on green....and two images on Buttercup. I accented the Buttercup roses with Copic Markers - then popped them up on top of the green leaves, adding a couple extra leaves in between.

Kathryn is the next stop on the hop.  But if you came here first, be sure to "spring" through the rest of the hop. The line-up is below in case you need it. My line up may be just a tad off, as I just started working at Hobby Lobby, and am posting my card early as I know I won't have time this weekend while working. We are setting up the first Hobby Lobby in Tucson....and if any of you have experienced a store set up, you know I'm beat when I get home! Yet, even though, have to admit I am enjoying the experience! However, there is no spring in my step these days - so I will be stumbling through the hop! Anyways, hope you are enjoying the hop!

Pam L. ~

Robin S. -
Lissa Marie -
Robin C -
Paula -
Cicily -
Ellen -
Camille -
Kathryn -

March 11, 2013

Open Floret Collection

Open Floret is another great stamp/die set by Heartfelt Creations.  I love the tattered look it has.  Here are some card ideas showcasing these beautiful flowers.

March 6, 2013

Classic Easter - with the help of Neon Crackle, Mini Dew Drops, and Epiphany - Robin's Nest

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for joining Robin's Nest this month for inspiring projects highlighting Neon Crackle Cardstock and Mini Dew Drops - as well as welcoming this month's partner, Epiphany.

I am spotlighting an Easter card with a Purple Neon Crackle cross - embellished with Epiphany charms and Purple Mini Dew Drops.

Supplies Used to Complete this card

I began with a White Cardstock base measuring 5-1/2" x 11", folded in half.  I covered the base front with Purple Glitter Crackle Cardstock.  Pink Classic Glitter background was embossed with the Scales Texture Plate - then punched on one side with Poinsettia Flourish.

The cross is a Freebie Pattern from My Scrap Chick.  Since my Cricut hasn't been playing nice, I chose to fussy cut the cross pieces. I printed two layers of this pattern on the back of Purple Glitter Cardstock (top layer) and Moss Green Classic Glitter Cardstock (bottom layer).

The pattern includes a decorative lacy top layer, but I like the look of the Purple Glitter Cardstock for this particular card. I cut and layered the cross pieces, then set them aside to work on my charms.  

The Easter Cross file from My Scrap Chick includes three Easter sentiments - all used in my Epiphany charms. I resized the file for the words to fit in the 1" round charms.  I printed each sentiment on a different coordinating color (Pink Classic Glitter, Moss Green Classic Glitter, and Distressed Plum).  

Shape Studio allows you to punch the perfect-sized circle.  Epiphany's Epoxy Shapes fit perfectly and are crystal clear. Since I have never really had luck with liquid products meant for the same purpose, these bubble caps were perfect for me.
I created three charms; using thin pink ribbon, I arranged these on my card before I attached the cross so the ribbon base would be hidden.  I then popped the cross on top of the card front.

I stamped several small-medium flowers from Malabar Clematis on Distressed Plum Cardstock.  Scrap pieces of Getaway Glitter Swirl cardstock made great leaves stamped from Delicate Asters.  I fussy cut all stamped images and crushed them in my hand for texture.
Close Up of
Embellished Cross

These were set just right of the cross center.  Both the Cross and Clematis were embellished with Neon Purple Mini Dew Drops, as was the right border of the card and left corners.  

Make sure you continue to visit The Robin's Nest all month for creative inspiration from our great design team!  Be sure to also visit the Robin's Nest now, as all colors of the Neon Crackle Cardstock are being featured this month and are 20% Off.

March 4, 2013

Craft It Up & Link It Up

Today I'm joining in the fun with Craftin Desert Divas.  There's a party!  Complete with prizes!  So be sure to join us, link up, and visit everyone's links for some classic crafting ideas....theme is Anything Goes!

Just a fun DIVA card!

March 3, 2013

Piano Collection

I think these are a repeat...but I came across these pics and like them so much, I'm good with posting them twice.  If you are scrambling for some card ideas for your favorite music lover, here is some great inspiration.  Have a creative week!