Monday, November 28, 2011

Another Moxie Fab Champion Award Medallion Entry

Oh happy day, a new baby card to make and another entry into the Moxie Fab World Champion Award Medallion challenge! Yes, a forth entry! How can I resist when Moxie has such fabulous inspiration photos and such wonderful artist who enter their challenges?
So, this time I am making my medallion part of the baby carriage. I cut it with my Tim Holtz Rosette die and clipped out the portion under my baby carriage. The baby carriage was cut with New Arrivals Cricut Cartridge, and embossed with the Provocraft Swiss Dot folder. I cut the rosette and the faux Swiss dot ribbon from vellum because I think it is the perfect touch for a baby card! The stripe paper is on the other side of The Robin's Nest Glitter Boy Star paper.
The sentiment is stamped with Close to My Heart Art Philosophy set and Cricut Cartridge and matted on more Robin's Nest paper with glitter. I also used this glittered card stock in a stripe under the faux Swiss dot ribbon.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Giving Thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! I love the good food and family and NO presents or pressure. I am always grateful for the many blessings I have, and love to share them with my loved ones. So, this page had to have lots of love in it!
The title is cut with The Robin's Nest Brown glittered cardstock, using my SCAL2 and a font called Edwardian Script ITC. It is too fine to cut it well, so you will need to use make a shadow of the actual font. I did this using the SCAL2 Style dialog box and changing the Appearance box to Shaddow Black Out Rounded. I love this tool, because it allows me to make a black out mat for any title or make a very fine font cuttable!
On the left page, I made a journaling box using The Robins Nest Glitter Gold Journaling and a hand embroidered felt mat. I found the idea of a blanket stitch with beading on Pinterest. Love to visit there daily for inspiration.

The Robin's Nest Turkey Paper is beautiful, but I am afraid of white space! So, I fussy cut a circle frame using a kitchen plate, and working around the turkey and the glitter swirl on the paper. This is a wonderful techinque to turn a paper with lots of white space into a custom die cut! Here's how I got the look: using a pencil, I traced a kitchen plate. I then used my grade school compass to make a second circle inside the plate circle. For both circles, I did NOT trace over the turkey or swirl images. I then fussy cut around the circle and the swirl using my scissors and Exacto knife.
I hand cutting the swirl pattern in The Robin's Nest brown glitter paper. I clipped into the bottom side and carefully worked it around the underside of my circle frame.

I punched some leaves using the Creative Memories leaf punch. I cut a photo mat with The Robin's Nest Brilliant Brown Glittered Chipboard. Since, it is difficult to adhere on top of glittered paper and chipboard, I punched the corners of my mat using the EK Success corner heart punch.

Supplies Used
The Robin's Nest Brown on Brown Rope Paper (background in circle detail & border around circle)
Jolee's Boutique Parcel Embellishments (Pinecones)
EK Success Heart Corner Punch
Creative Memories leaf punch
SCAL2 or other digital cutting software (Optional)
Hand crocheted flower
Vintage button

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Scrapbooker's Book Purse

One of the members of my scrap booking guild has been asking me to teach a class on how to make a purse from a book. With Christmas approaching, I thought now would be the perfect time to try this project out. And if you know me, I love purses, Art Glitter and making gifts! I visited my thrift store and purchased some books for future book purses and figure I can make this project for $5.00 or less with careful shopping! I have also been admiring the rose purses on the market, but they are always so big and expensive. So, here is my take on the book purse.

I started by choosing a book, and I chose a scrap book. Now, this might seem to miss the whole book point, but I love a handbag with photos on the outside! And this scrap book from Target had an outside photo (around $15.00). I then Googled Book Purse tutorials and found at least five. My favorite was this one from Hungry Panda Clothing:

I used her instructions for cutting out the insides, adding handles, and added a flap with my Art Glitter embellishment. The purse handles I purchased at Joann Fabrics with a coupon. I like a handbag that is pretty on both the frontand the back. To make the flower, I cut a strip of fabric an inch wide and ran a basting stitch down the center. Using the Art Glitter Dries Clear Fabric glue, I ran a bead on both raw edges of the strip. I added Art Glitter 79 Black Ultrafine Opaque Glitter and allowed it to dry. I then gathered the strip to form a ruffle. Starting in the center of a piece of felt, I hot glued the ruffle in a circle along the stitch line working in small portions at a time (about 1 “). I then hot glued this to my purse flap.

For the book lining piece, I needed access to swap out that photo. I like to change the photo my season. So, I got out my trusty Vogue sewing book and made myself a bound button hole. Yes, that tailoring class I took in my fashion design program helped, but a standard buttonhole stitch would work too! Because I wanted access to change that photo I varied from the instructions on the Hungry Panda by making my purse liner removable with hook and loop tape. And I chose not to make a hook and loop tape closure as I added the flap. Another fun idea, is to make different purse linings for this purse for each season. Because it is held in place with hook and loop tape you can swap it out. And if you need a gift idea for the next holiday, you’re all set! Mother’s and grandmothers are so hard to shop for, but mine love a hand made gift! I am also including a side view of the purse and a view of the purse with it wide open.

Supplies Used
Scrap book (Target)

Art Glitter Dries Clear Fabric Glue

Art Glitter 79 Black Ultrafine Opaque Glitter

Purse handles (JoAnn Fabrics)


Hook and Loop Tape


Sewing machine


Exacto Knife


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

More Moxie Medallions on Work the Stash Wednesday

It's a work the stash Wednesday! And I am in need of a birthday card for my brother, who happens to be a neurosurgeon. So, I got on the internet and searched for free spine images. I found this vintage add and thought it funny! I added it to a stash of Basic Grey I had, but don't worry if you like it, BG offers many of their older papers in digital format!
Now, for my medallion I worked on a star burst I have been wanting for sometime. I actually was inspired by the Allstate TV commercials early in the year. I tried to search for the motif on their site and could only get an insurance quote. So, I took the round star burst in Cricut's Fancy Frames cartridge and stretched it in Design Studio. The stamp is Close to My Heart and came with their Cricut Art Philosophy package. The white card stock was cut first and then I stamped on top. Added to the card, is a slide frame I have had in the stash forever. I think it adds a masculine touch and gives me that rule of three.
I think I will have to play with this star burst look and all of my frame stamps! Maybe, I can work it into the Christmas card...

Monday, November 14, 2011

Thanksgiving Hostess Gift

I love to bring a little something for the hostess on Thanksgiving! I know how much work goes into cooking for this holiday and love to have a little thank you for the cook!This year, I will be bringing a pin I made with Art Glitter and organza. And just so the host does not feel left out, I will pin it to a ribbon and tie the ribbon around a bottle of their favorite beverage!


Art Glitter 343 Chestnut Ultrafine Opaque Glitter

Art Glitter Dries Clear Fabric Glue

Brown Organza fabric cut 3” x 42”


Sewing Machine

Low Temp Glue Gun

Pretty Button

Chipboard 2 inch circle

Brown Felt 2 inch circle

Pin back

Start by cutting your organza. I actually useda roll of organza I found at JoAnn’s and cut it 21 inches long. I then cut it in half lengthwise, so that I had two strips 3 inches wide by 21 inches long.

I overlapped my two strips by an inch and ran a basting stitch down the center lengthwise.

I then added a bead of glue using Art Glitter Dries Clear Fabric Glue and sprinkled on my Chestnut glitter. Shake off excess and allow to dry. I pulled my basting thread so that the finished length of the strip was 14” and folded the strip in half. Insert ruffle photo.

I followed the instructions on the Maya RoadFlower video at this link: Some tips for the organza instead of ribbon:

1) Tie a knot at both ends after to gather and clip off the lose threads before gluing with the hot glue gun.

1) Don’t wrap your center too tight or you won’t have a good space for your button. Use a hole about the size of pencil in the middle of your flower.

2) You will have to fold your organza in half as you go

Here is a close up of the finished flower pin.

I just used more of the organza strip to tie a bow around the bottle and then pinned the flower to the center.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

I love making advent calendars! This year I am using The Robin's Nest Paper to embellish one. I just cut squares to fit the box drawers (1 1/2") and punched holes for the top of the drawers. I inked the edges, added some stickers by The Robin's Nest for the dates. I ran out of stickers and cut some letters using The Robin's Nest Rebellious Red Glittered Chipboard and my Mickey Font Cricut Cartridge. On the back of the advent calendar I used The Robin's Nest Poinsettia Dew Drops to make a light garland and cut the title December 25 from The Robin's Nest

Sierra Pacific Advent Calendar
I love to use this for sharing small trinkets with the children during advent. Along with Lego Mini figures and small candies, I like to add scripture versus to some of the boxes and keep the focus of the Holiday fresh in the children's minds!

Friday, November 11, 2011

More Moxie Medallions!

Yes, I am on a craft binge! But most of my projects are for upcoming hops and design team commitments, so no pictures yet! And, today I found time for another try at the Moxie Fab World Medallion Challenge. I loved the fall leaf medallions and knew I wanted to try a poinsettia version. So, here I used October Afternoon paper, some free sheet music images from the internet, a swirl rub on from The Robin's Nest, an Inkadinkado stamp, some chipboard and a vintage button to make my card. The ribbon came from my sister, she's a quilter and found it at a quilt shop. She's such a generous crafter!
I am loving the trend of images printed and stamped on to text and book pages, so I stamped my sentiment right on the sheet music. I am also loving the off the page look and sewing notions! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Moxie's Medallion Challenge

As usual, Moxie Fab World has put up a challenge I cannot resist trying! This time it's The Champion Awards Medallion Challenge! I love my Tim Holtz rosette die, so I had to try this one!
My idea for the challenge: fill the valleys of the rosette! I used Dew Drops from The Robin's Nest, but your could try beads. The ornament and title are from the Imagine Snow Angel Cartridge.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Harvest/Halloween Blog Hop Winner

The winner for my blog and the rest of the blogs in the Harvest/Halloween blog hop have been picked! The winner on my blog is: Lillian Child! To find out the rest of the winners, please visit the Chattering Robin's blog HERE. And Lillian you can visit there to see how to claim your prize!
Thanks for hopping along with us and look for more beautiful projects with The Robin's Nest soon!


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