Friday, June 29, 2012

Button Star

In honor of Independence Day next week, today I'm going to show you an easy tutorial on how to make a button star.  (I'm using the star shape and red, white, and blue buttons for the Fourth of July, but you could easily adapt this to any shape and colors.)

The first thing you want to do is sketch or print out your shape.  I used an 8x8 canvas and created a star that was slightly smaller using the Shapes Tool in Word.

The majority of this project is very kid-friendly, except for this next step.  You need to cut out your shape.  I used a ruler and x-acto knife, but you could also use fine-tip scissors.

You now are left with a star stencil.  The star shape can be used for another project; you will only need the negative space that's remaining when the shape is removed from the sheet.  Place the shape where you want you star to be on the canvas.  I ended up cutting a few inches from the bottom of my 8.5x11 sheet to allow it to lay flat on the canvas.  You may also want to tape the paper down to keep it from shifting.

Finally, the fun part!  Add buttons to fill in the star-shaped hole.  We used red, white, and blue for Independence Day and for my son's bedroom (where it will live most of the year).

For the next step, you want to make sure you have lots of adhesive!  I used several sizes of glue dots and my boys and I started adhering buttons.  We roughly went row by row, and cut away the template as we moved down the star. 

When I'm working with my boys, I'm not super fussy about everything being perfect, so the star shape ended up being slightly modified from the original template.  I'm ok with that, but if you're more of a perfectionist than me, you may want to do the outline and let your children fill in the middle.

When we were done, we used some Glossy Accents to adhere a line of baker's twine around the perimeter of the star.

And it's done!

Here it is with the super easy framed "C" we created yesterday:

We're in the process of redecorating my son's bedroom...there's a definite theme happening.  :)

I think this process would be equally adorable with a heart, or a flower, or the same star shape but in Christmas colors.  You could make a pumpkin in the fall, or an Easter egg with pastel colors...the possibilities are endless!

Have you done any Fourth of July crafting?  Or projects with crazy amounts of buttons?  I'd love to see them!  You can post to our Facebook page, or even link in the comments here.

Have a great weekend!

P.S.  It's Chick Mary Jo's birthday today.  Be sure to wish her a Happy Birthday!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Key to My Heart

Cheryl is our card expert, but today I wanted to share a little card I made recently...
All product is American Crafts which includes the Studio Calico wood veneer people. If I understand correctly, American Crafts actually handles the product production for Studio Calico's scrapbook lines now.
This card will go to Mike one day of course. Either for our anniversary or Valentine's Day I am sure.

Have you made any cards recently? Are you a card maker or do you prefer layouts only?
I have found that after making a layout or two, especially if I use a coordinating line, I like to also make at least one card. It's a great way to use up scraps!

If you would like to share any of your favorite cards, or make a new card from the scraps of any layouts you are working on, you can post them to our Facebook group found here! :)

Monday, June 25, 2012

A Hybrid Card Challenge

Happy Monday to all of you!!  It's Cheryl, your "Card Chick", with a hybrid card challenge for you this week.  With the 4th of July fast approaching, I thought I'd show you a card that I put together in time to send out for the holiday.  I recently fell in love with digital scrapbooking and that led me to hybrid scrapbooking and card making.  Hybrid is simply the combination of digital AND paper.  It can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it.  Let me show you what I created.

As the holiday got closer, I realized that I didn't have any paper left over from last year.  I saw the Echo Park 4th of July digital collection, loved it and bought it online.  One of the things I REALLY love about buying digital supplies online is the "instant gratification".  You pay for it, download it and you're creating with it right away!!  Gotta love that!!

Using the 4th of July digital collection, I created this digital card in Photoshop.  Because my card is going to be a square card, I created it just as if I was creating a 12 x 12 layout.  (You don't have to limit yourself to a square card.  Just change the dimensions when you start a new document.)  We'll go into the printing particulars in a minute.  Here's a screenshot of the finished card that I created in Photoshop:

I don't want to get technical, but a lot of people don't realize that you can print out a square format on a standard printer.  How do you print out a square 5 x 5 card?  You set your printer to print out a 5 x 7 size print but wait before you click on "print", click on "shrink to fit".  Voila!  You have a 5 x 5 square print!  Now if you're really organized, you'll wait until you have two cards to print and you won't waste a half of sheet of paper.  (Unfortunately, I'm not always that organized and I figure I'll use the smaller pieces of cardstock for something else.)

So now you're ready to print.  You'll want to print on cardstock because if you print on regular copy paper you won't like the way the colors look.  Then, using a paper cutter, cut your "card" out and attach it to a cardbase. You can add some embellishments to your card, as I did.  I tied some gingham ribbon into two bows and glued one of each end of the banner. You can add as many embellishments as you'd like, or just stick with some bows. You don't have to add ANY embellishments if you don't want to.

Here's my finished card:

I used the high drop shadow effect to make the firewords look like they're popping right off the card.  I personally love using the high drop shadows on just about everything.  But that's just me.  I feel like it makes the card look so lively.  I especially like the way it makes the banners look.  Here's a side view of the card:

I think this is such a different way to make a card.  Especially since I waited until the last minute to realize I didn't have any patriotic paper and didn't really have time to run around looking for it, or waiting until an order was shipped to me.  As I said earlier, "hybrid" can be any combination of digital plus paper.  If you download or buy a digital stamp, for instance, and color it in and then use that image to create a paper card, you've created a hybrid card.

My challenge to you is to create a hybrid card.  If you don't have any digital images handy, here's a wonderful website called Free Vintage Digital Stamps with amazing FREE images just waiting to be downloaded.  Some of them are even already colored in.  All you need to do is download them, print them out, cut them out and attach them to your card.  I'm warning you, this website is highly addictive.  LOL

You can upload your hybrid cards to our Facebook Group Page.  We'd love to see what you come up with!!  See you next Monday!

Friday, June 22, 2012

My Nest

Today I'm going to take y'all on a video tour of my craft room.  We moved to our house last September, and I just got everything put away where I want it.  It's sad, I know.  So, before it gets too messy, I wanted to take a video to share where I craft.

Before you watch the video, I want to share a couple things:
  1. I say "um" WAY too many times (I'm working on it, I promise!)
  2. I talk with my'll notice the shadows in some of the angles
  3. I took this video while my three boys were watching a cartoon in my bedroom, so you may hear them in the background
  4. My cats totally hijacked a couple scrap room is also their favorite napping place
So, without further ado, here is my scrap space.  And after watching this, you'll totally understand why I started Craft Your Nest!

Now, it's your turn!  I'd love to see where you create.  You can post pictures and/or video on our Facebook Group or email me at if you'd like your craft space featured on Craft Your Nest.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Scrap Your Friends!

Today I wanted to share a layout I created about three of my best friends.
I realized after making this layout that I definitely have not made enough pages about my friendships.

This layout actually came about for two reasons. I found the quote you see on my page on Pinterest one day, and knew I needed to use it. When the theme of the kit over at Scrapbooking From the Inside Out this month was Truth, well it seemed like the time was now!

The journaling reads:
This quote reminded me of a night about a year ago when I received a not so nice email from someone I had once considered a friend.
Thankfully I was in the car with three of my best friends coming home from a fun night of celebrating my birthday.
I had pulled out my phone to check the time and saw that I had a new email. After reading it, I showed the message to my friends. They immediately reassured me that it wasn't worth thinking about or reading. They knew this former friend was wrong in so many ways.
But the truth is, I know I am not perfect. I am human after all. And I know there are moments in my life when I  could have handled situations better.
But what I have also discovered through these women, my friends, is the meaning of true friendship. A true friend will accept you flaws and all. A true friend won't try to bully, manipulate or control you. A true friend will stick by you through the good as well as the bad.
These women are true friends! They are my village and I am a part of theirs. And they encourage me to be the best friend I can be.
We are raising our children together. Supporting each other in any way we possibly can. And I am and will always be so, so grateful for the gift of their friendship!

So my challenge to you is Create a layout about friendship!

And if you are looking for some more challenges, Scrapbooking from the Inside Out has two new challenges for the month of June up already. You can see them here!

Monday, June 18, 2012

"Fussy Cutting" Challenge

Hello and Happy Monday.  It's Cheryl again, your "Card Chick" and I have a brand new card challenge and short tutorial for you today.  But first, let me ask you a question.  Have you ever had patterned paper that you loved, but it was so busy that you just weren't sure what to do with it?  Kind of like this, maybe?

This is one of the sheets of patterned paper from the Pink Paislee Soiree Collection.  Busy, busy, busy, right?    I love paper like this because it's so full of possibilities ~ possibilities to cut it up.  "Fussy cutting" sounds much more dignified than "cutting it up", don't you think?  When I look at this paper, I see all kinds of elements, as well as sentiments, for card making.  Here's a picture I took of some of the elements that I "fussy cut" from this sheet of paper:

All kinds of goodies!  Before I continue, let me say that there are unlimited possibilities in even a small piece of patterned paper ~ especially if it has flowers on it!

This is also Pink Paislee and here are some flowers that I cut from this paper:

Aren't these just beautiful?  As you can see, there were lots and lots of flowers on that paper, just waiting to be cut out.  Before I make this post too long, here's the card I created using some of these wonderful elements that I "fussy cut":

I started out by attaching an embossed layer of paper to a cardstock base.  Then I went to town with all of these fun elements.  I took two close-up pictures so that you could see how I layered the elements.  I almost always use lots of pop dots on my projects.  I really should start investing in pop dot stock.  LOL 

I used one of the cake stand embellishments and attached it with pop dots and tucked a flower underneath.  You can also see the adorable banner.  Here's my last close-up:

Lots of layering and pop dots going on here.  Don't be afraid to bend your flowers up for added dimension and it also makes them look real.  I thought the leaves were a great addition, too.  I wasn't sure if I was going to use them, but they turned out to be just the right touch.

I hope you've enjoyed my little tutorial and we'd love to see your cards, using "fussy cutting".  You can upload your creations at our Facebook Group Page.  We look forward to seeing you there!!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Father's Day Word Art

To wrap up Father's Day week here at Craft Your Nest, I'm going to share a canvas piece my boys and I created for my husband.  A couple weeks ago, we got him an early present - an iPhone - when his phone died.  For Father's Day, I wanted to give him something more "from the heart" as well.

To start, I had my boys brainstorm some words that they felt described my husband.  I then chose five of those words, each containing one letter from the word "daddy", to use for our canvas. 

The longest part of the process was going through my chipboard alphabets and choosing letters for the words.  My alphas are stored in a couple drawers and are completely unorganized, so this step consisted of dumping dozens of letters on the floor and sorting by font.  I don't have a picture of this step, but I'm sure you can imagine the mess.  :)

Once we got the letters chosen, we took them outside with several bottles of Mr. Huey's Color Mists.  At this point, the letters were roughly placed on the canvas - just to make sure everything would fit.

I then pulled off the letters that would spell daddy:

After putting the rest of the letters in a shallow cardboard box, my 8-year-old misted them with Mr. Huey's "Overdue".

He took his misting seriously and did a very thorough job.  :)

With the help of my six-year-old, I misted the letters in the word "daddy" with Mr. Huey's in "Heirloom Blue".

We then moved inside because I live in south Georgia and it was getting crazy hot outside.  I misted my 8x10 canvas in "Manilla" and splattered a few drops to give it a worn look.

I brought the letters back to the canvas and played around with them until I found a spacing that I liked.  Because of the size of the letters combined with the size of the canvas, I knew the letters in "daddy" wouldn't line up, but I'm ok with that.  I think the blue is bold enough that it works, but you could certainly use smaller letters or a larger canvas if you wanted the letters to align perfectly.

After adhering the letters with my trusty E-6000, I used some Diamond Glaze to accent the blue letters.

And in less than an hour (including the time spent hunting through chipboard), the canvas was complete.   My husband has to work on Father's Day, but my boys and I are going to suprise him with lunch and they'll present the canvas to him then.  I have a feeling it will go on display in his office.  :)

Are you making anything crafty for the Dad in your life?  I'd love to hear about it!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Layouts About Dad

Father's Day is just a few days away
and I thought I would share a few layouts I have done in the past with a "dad" theme.
Wow, can you say older layout :)  And I know this because my son in this photo just turned ten! I still can't get over how small he was in this photo.
And here is one from five years ago, when our daughter was born. That seems like just yesterday as well!
This layout is from Valentine's day a few years ago!
These are just a few examples of "daddy pages" I have done.
And seeing that they are all older, it makes me realize that I need to add a few more recent pages about Mike to our albums!

This is my most recent dad layout about my dad

I wanted to scrap this small photo booth pic of the two of us, but of course I don't remember anything about when it was taken. So the journaling talks about some of my favorite memories with my dad :)

 Have you done any pages recently or in the past about a daddy in your life?

Monday, June 11, 2012

Let's Hear It For The Guys!

It's Cheryl here with my very first post as a Chickadee.  If you want to read a little bit more about me, click on "The Chickadees" link over on the right hand side.  I'm thrilled to be a part of the Craft Your Nest Team and since I'm the "Card Chick" this is a card challenge.  Father's Day is in six more days, so my challenge is called "Let's Hear It For The Guys".  Your card doesn't have to be a Father's Day card, just make a card that's suitable for a guy.

My card could be for Father's Day, birthday, or some other occasion.  I just love this collection by Echo Park.  It's called Times & Seasons.   I used two different patterned papers and some of the "Elements Stickers".  I'm going to have a couple of  tips for you along the way, so be on the lookout for them.  First, let me show you my finished card.

Here's one of my tips: try turning your second layer at an angle.  It just "jazzes" your card up a bit and makes it more interesting.  Here's a close-up of some of the detail:

The antique car is one of the "Element Stickers" and I added a bow, made with jute string, just to give it a masculine touch.  The car is attached with pop dots to give it added dimension.  Here's another close-up picture:

The sentiment is also an "Element Sticker" and is attached with pop dots.  As you know, mustaches are all the rage right now and guess what?  There are some mustaches on the "Element Stickers".  So I just had to use one.  I wanted the mustache to be higher than the sentiment, so I attached it with "double pop dots".  Here's a close-up shot:

Here's my second tip: If you've ever worked with stickers (like these), you know that they're SO darned sticky!!!  If you sprinkle the sticky side with baby powder - voila!  the stickiness is gone and you can do whatever you want to do with them!!  (Your card smells good, too.  Haha)

Here's my finished card again:

You can enter the challenge on our Facebook Page.  We'll be looking for your awesome cards and can't wait to see what you create!!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Ribbon, anyone?

For this Friday, I've got a quick and easy challenge for the Nesters.  If you're anything like me you've got an abundance of ribbon and twine and fibers.  I've got a basket full of them, and I sometimes even forget what I have (eeks!).  I've started to re-organize all my supplies so I can better see (and use) what I have, but for now, it's sometimes a bit like "Where's Waldo?" in my craft room.  :)

Today's challenge is to pull out your ribbon, or twine, or fiber, and use one or more on a layout!  It's so easy - a perfect challenge for the weekend.  :)

Here's my sample layout:

I used some herringbone ribbon and baker's twine on this layout about my boys and their "shared" clothing.

I'd love to see your ribbon (or twine) bedecked layout.  Please share on our Facebook group (and if you're not already a member, just ask and I'll be glad to add you!).

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Double Inspiration :)

While visiting the manufacturer blogs last week, I came across a great sketch on the October Afternoon blog. I love using sketches as a starting point for my layouts sometimes and this one is just my style.
In fact, the sketch reminded me a little bit of another layout I made last year using some October Afternoon product and a sketch by Kelly Purkey!
Similar, right. I have always loved the colors in this layout and
for some reason, I was set on using this photo...
that I had taken with my phone in March and played with in Instagram. Since the colors in the first layout would go with this photo, I decided to scraplift myself :)
Basically, I found inspiration from the sketch and my older layout. So double inspiration :)
By using the similar papers and alphabets, I came up with this layout in less than thirty minutes! Plus used tons of product from my stash. The only "new" product are the wood veneer butterflies by Studio Calico (two of which I misted to change their color).

So my challenge to you is to either use the October Afternoon sketch OR scraplift yourself!
And if you are up to a double challenge, try both. Use the sketch but lift the product you used on another layout :)

Would love to see any layouts or cards created using this challenge! You can link here or post in our Facebook group - link to the right.

Monday, June 4, 2012

May Picks & a New Chick

Happy Monday!  Today is a great day here at the Nest...I am going to be sharing a couple layouts that were shared on our Facebook group plus introduce our newest Chickadee!

For my first bit of news...starting next Monday, Cheryl Caldwell-Nyboer will be posting on the Craft Your Nest blog!  I'm so excited to have her on board as a Chickadee!  Cheryl is going to be the Card Chick here, but she'll also be sharing layouts and other paper-crafted creations.  Plus, Cheryl does hybrid/digital work, so she has lots to share with us here at the Nest!
You can read more about Cheryl and link to her blog on The Chickadees page.  On that page, you'll also see a bio for Mary Jo, our first Chickadee at Craft Your Nest.  :)  Mary Jo does beautiful layouts and I have enjoyed her posts already here on the blog.
Mary Jo will be posting on Wednesdays, and I'll finish out the week on Fridays.  (We'd love to have two more gals join us; if you're interested in being a Chickadee, you can read more about it here.)

And now for sharing time...May was our launch month here at Craft Your Nest.  I'm so excited for the gals that have started on this journey with me.  I really believe that spending time being creative is good for the soul, and I'm loving the time I've been spending with my scrapbook husband is thankful that my many purchases are finally getting put to good use.  ;)

Without further ado, here are two layouts that were shared on our group:

Wanda (who happens to be my aunt and part of my inspiration for the Nest) shared this layout as part of the button challenge.  She pretty much had me at the buttons, but my boys love that yellow truck!

Jenny posted this next layout of her handsome little boy.  Isn't his expression adorable?  Also, I think Jenny wins for post of the month on our Facebook group...on Friday she posted: you made me craft ;)

If you'd like to be featured on the blog next month, make sure to join our group and post some layouts!  I'd love to see what you'e been crafting in your nest!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Layer Up

Happy June from Craft Your Nest!  Even though summer is in full effect here in south Georgia, today I want to talk about layers...layers of patterned paper, that is.  For the first challenge in June, I'd like to see your layouts with 4 or more layers of patterned paper!

Here's my sample:

This layout was completed using a couple Scarlet Lime kits that I had on hand and it has five layers of patterned paper, plus some border stickers and tag elements.

Here's a close-up:

Those butterflies really make me happy.  And even they're layered!  ;)

I'd love to see your layered scrapbook page.  Just upload your layout to our June Challenge #1 album in our Craft Your Nest Facebook Group.  We'll be choosing some layouts at the end of the month to be featured on the blog.

Speaking of featured layouts, I'll be sharing May's picks on Monday.  I also have a new Chickadee coming on board, and I'll be introducing her as well!  :)

Have a great weekend!
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