Wednesday, February 27, 2013

How Do You Add Color and Sparkle?

Michelle, our Guest Blogger for the month of February, is back with a little bit of color and sparkle today!

 Hi, CYN Fans! Hope you're having a great day!!

Michelle here today to share some fun projects with ways I like to add color and sparkle
to my projects!
What is your favorite way to add color and sparkle to you projects?! I love to use paint, glitter, embossing powders, and embellishments!

Here are a few projects I created using some of my favorite bling!
On my altered burlap bag, I used glitter for the sentiment, paint for the
flowers and leaves, and embossing powder for the swirl.
For the first tag I used glitter on the heart, and some distressink with added drops of paint for some extra color on the background.
On the second tag, I used embossing powder on the heart. I then added two different colors of paint
by using a straw to blow a design. For the sentiment love I used a little more paint.
For my altered journal page I used stamps, a mask, paint, and mists. I also used
metal and embossed it for the heart. The purple tissue paper I added some doodling on the purple tissue paper. And for the canvas flower, I inked the edges and added some doodling.

I hope I have inspired you to try some other techniques or ideas with by adding color and sparkle to you projects!
If you have any projects you would like to share, feel free to post them on the Craft Your Nest facebook page.

Have a wonderful day!


I live in South Texas.  My husband and I have a eight year old daughter.  I’m a SAHM and I help with various volunteer work at our daughters school.   When I’m not scrapping I enjoy spending time with family, being outdoors, Church activities, and traveling. 
 My scrapbooking style is shabby-chic, artsy, simple with clean lines and some vintage.  My style changes depending on what products I’m using and the kind of project I’m working on.  I feel I’m very versatile when I scrap because I enjoy creating, trying new techniques, and using new products with keeping up with the latest trends!
 I love to add stamping, embossing, misting, and adding paint to my projects.  When I’m not creating LO’s, tags, and cards I love to alter items, create Mixed Media projects, and I love to use my Cuttlebug!
Thank you Craft Your Nest for having me as your Guest Designer!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Ears to You

I want to share a little spring home decor project with y'all today.  I live in south Georgia, where we've been having massive amounts of rain, but I know that many places are still dealing with snow and ice and crazy cold temperatures.  So today, I'm going to share a little bit of spring with you (unfortunately, I can't share our 70-degree temperatures through the internet as well).

Lately, I've been so busy with work and homeschool and house stuff (we're in escrow to buy the house we've been leasing for a year-and-a-half), that my craft room has been neglected.  I haven't figured out a way to add more hours to the day, so my craft time has been scarce.  I know that there are a lot of folks just as busy (if not more so) than I am, and I'm hoping this quick - but quite adorable - project will inspire you to get crafting too.

I used just a few supplies:

-stampin' write markers from Stampin' Up!
-white cardstock
-a clear mount stamp, also from Stampin' Up! + acrylic block
-some patterned paper (I ended up only using 2 sheets, but pulled out several choices)
-a Virserum frame from Ikea (they're only $1.99 - I buy these in bulk!)

Here's a better picture of the stamp's cute is that?

First, I got to work coloring the image.  I used the brush tip of the markers to color the bunnies and sentiment, but you could use ink pads (though you'd probably want to use post-it notes to mask the different portions of the image...I'm just not neat enough to master this).

After the image was thoroughly colored, I blew on it a couple times to re-moisten any ink that may have dried, and stamped it on the white cardstock (and it came out perfect the first time - I surprised myself!).

I then trimmed the cardstock to a 2 1/4" by 3 1/4" rectangle.  I cut a 1/4 inch mat with Jillibean Soup's Creme Fraiche patterned paper (from the Dutch Mustard line):

 Finally, I cut a sheet of October Afternoon's Gooseberry Falls paper (from their Woodland Park line) down to 5" x 7".  At first I was afraid the floral pattern would be too busy: I also tried the chevron-print on the b-side of the paper:

But ultimately I went back to the floral.  I love the way it matches the colors in the stamped image.  Once it was matted, I think the busy-ness got toned down quite a bit too.

Now, this happy little spring frame is sitting on my fireplace mantle.  And I'll be honest, I smile every time I walk past it.  :)

Are you still in winter mode, or are you ready for spring?  If you've been working on any seasonal decor, I'd love to see it!  You can share in our facebook group, or link in the comments.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Digital News & A Winner

Hello and happy Friday, Nesters!

I'm so excited!  Did you know that Webster's Pages has digital products now?  I just had to get some of their fabulous digi papers and embellishments.  I own lots of Webster's Pages paper and embellishments, so their digital line is a great addition to my "stash".

I bought (among other things) some of the digital products from the Celebrate line.  It's so much fun to create with in paper, so I knew I'd love it in digital.

Here's a layout that I made, using some digital papers and embellishments from Celebrate.

If you recognize that paper, it's one of my favorites.  I just love the topper and the cake and flowers all around the edges.  This is a picture of my parents dancing at a wedding.  It's one of my favorite pictures of them and the last event my dad ever attended.

The embellishments are actually buttons.  Some of them are fabric buttons and I just resized them to fill in where I wanted them to be.  I kept this layout pretty simple and let the photograph and the embellishments "tell the story".

Here's a tip for you ~ if you go to the Webster's Pages digital page, there are lots of "freebies"!  Who doesn't love free??

I promised you that I'd announce the winner of my Photo Inspiration Challenge today.

Congratulations to Agnieszka Bellaidea!!!  Please PM me on Facebook and let me know your mailing address!

Here's the prize that Agnieszka wins:

It's a package of gorgeous Webster's Pages trims!  Thank you so much for taking my challenge!!

We'd love to hear from you!  We love to read your comments both here and over in our Facebook Group.  Thanks for stopping by today!

~ Cheryl ~

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Modeling Paste Technique and Ideas!

Today we have guest blogger Michelle to share some great modeling paste techniques!

 Hi, CYN fans! Michelle here today sharing some techniques and ideas using
modeling paste which is one of my favorite ways to add texture to my projects!

Here are a couple facts about modeling paste:
You can find them in thick or light consistency.  But if you want a quick and fast project to complete,  then I would choose the thicker modeling paste because it doesn't move as much when you are creating with it.
For smaller areas I would use the lighter modeling paste because it's easier to remove and move around. Either one can be used though for various project using stencils and masks. 
The thicker may take longer to dry. Although, it is possible that it might take longer for the lighter to dry depending on what manufacturer or brand you used?
You can use a heat gun on low setting to speed up the drying time, however be careful because too much heat can crack the modeling paste design. I would not recommend using the heat gun on the lighter modeling paste. Most of the lighter pastes are not thick enough for a heat gun.

My suggestion would be to buy a small container of both to decide for yourself which one you prefer to use. If you tend to use a lot of the paste, it is better to go with a larger container because it is more cost effective. The smaller containers are cheaper in price, but they go much quicker. And before you know it, you have run out!

Here is a mini tutorial about how I used the light modeling paste to create
a Winter Theme LO!

Step 1- Supplies: paper, modeling paste, wipes or damp sponge or rag, painters tape, stencil or mask, and a craft knife. ( You can use a simple plastic knife or butter knife too!)

Step 2- First make sure you add any paint, misting or stamping to the background. You can still add misting and painting once your stenciling or mask has dried, however you do take the chance of some of that ending up on your modeling paste designs.

Tape off the area you do not want to apply paste to so that item will not appear on your paper. I used a metal stencil for this part of the Layout. As you can see in the picture I used green painters tape. You can try masking tape if you prefer. I have never tried it but it might work. After you apply the tape add your modeling paste.

Tip: if you do not want your design to have a rough look to it make sure the paste is even and smooth before you remove the stencil. Now you can remove the stencil and work on the rest of your LO or project!

Step 3 - I'm using a thin flexible plastic stencil for this part of the LO, so you can see how I added the pine needles to the upper right top of the layout. I angled the stencil as you can see in the photo. After the first one is dry I added another pine needle design below it. And a third one after the second had dried. Each time I added the needles I angled the stencil in the place I wanted the needle design to appear on the layout.

It is very important you move the stencil or mask around before you apply the modeling paste because if you add the paste to the wrong spot, you can remove the paste but a residue will be left. I have not tried this but you might be able to lightly wipe it with a damp rag or wipe and see if it you
can remove everything and then maybe use a heat gun to dry the area. Or after the mistake dries layer the stencil over the area where you have residue, and just keep creating. See if you can add a title, journal card or embellishment to cover the area if you can't layer over it or around it.

Step 4 - After your last mask or stenciling has dried, look at the layout or project, and see if you want to add any more to the project? If not then, you are ready to complete your project!

Step 5 - Finishing your project! Now it is time to add color to your masked or stenciled designs.  Once that is dry you can finish designing the rest of your layout or project.

I would also like to share a tag. I used modeling paste to add a sentiment! I used a thicker alphabet stencil for the sentiment since it is not as flexible. I bought the stencil at Walmart found in the school department.
For some of the thicker stencils, especially the alphabet ones, I cut them in half so it is easier to use the letters when creating sentiments and words.
I typically prefer using thinner stencils because they are easier to work with and are much more flexible when wanting to move a design around on your project!
because they are much more flexible with when you are wanting to move a
design around on your project!

I hope I have inspired you and that  you have enjoyed learning a few tips and techniques about
modeling paste.  If you have created any projects using modeling paste we would love to see them! You can share them here in the comment section or on our Facebook group page found here!

Have a wonderful day!


Hi, I am Michelle Hodges!

I live in South Texas.  My husband and I have a eight year old daughter.  I’m a SAHM and I help with various volunteer work at our daughters school.   When I’m not scrapping I enjoy spending time with family, being outdoors, Church activities, and traveling. 
 My scrapbooking style is shabby-chic, artsy, simple with clean lines and some vintage.  My style changes depending on what products I’m using and the kind of project I’m working on.  I feel I’m very versatile when I scrap because I enjoy creating, trying new techniques, and using new products with keeping up with the latest trends!
 I love to add stamping, embossing, misting, and adding paint to my projects.  When I’m not creating LO’s, tags, and cards I love to alter items, create Mixed Media projects, and I love to use my Cuttlebug!
Thank you Craft Your Nest for having me as your Guest Designer!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Fry Box Freebies

Happy Monday!  I'll be double-posting this week (I'm going to share a couple peeks of our Valentine's Day celebration with y'all).  Today, though, I've got some more freebies from our friends at My Memories!

They have put together some really cute Fry Boxes that you can download, print, and craft at home.  You can download the tutorial for creating the boxes by clicking here.

The first set is the "Boys" set (and since I have three fellas at home, I'm a bit partial to this one).  You can download this set here.

The second set is called "Classic Pink" and may be downloaded here.

And the third one is titled "Peppermint Basics" (I love the polka dots!); this set may be downloaded here.

I hope you enjoy!  And if you have kids off school for President's Day, this may be a fun project for the afternoon.  :)

Friday, February 15, 2013

An Arched Dimensional ATC

Happy Friday!  It's no secret that I love making ATCs (Artist Trading Cards).  These little pieces of art are only 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" inches and can be either vertical or horizontal.  Did you know that an ATC can also have an arched top?  Let me show you one I made that's both arched and dimensional as well.

You can get a lot of impact from a dimensional ATC and it's a lot easier than you might think.  To make this ATC, I used some of the Graphic 45 Communique collection.  I also used Mod Podge and a pair of very sharp scissors.

First thing I did was make my ATC base with an arched top.

To make this dimensional ATC, I used 4 identical images.  The first of the four images will be attached directly to your ATC base.

The other 3 identical images are going to be cut out.

I fussy cut 3 of the images, as shown below, and coated each one with Mod Podge.

After these images were dry, I turned them over and attached Zots to the back of each one, for dimension.

All you have to do now is "stack" the three identical images on top of each other.

Here's another view of the "stacked" images.

Now, just attached the 3 "stacked" images to the front of the ATC and you're all done.  I also "sanded" the edges for a more distressed look.  Here's my completed arched ATC once again.

If you enjoy fussy cutting as much as I do, give dimensional ATCs a try.

Thanks for stopping by today and stop over and chat in our Facebook Group.  There's always room at The Nest.

~ Cheryl ~

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Valentine's Day Traditions!

Today I want to share a layout I created last Valentine's Day about one of our favorite traditions. Baking sugar cookies :)
At the time I was given an acrylic heart keychain mini album in a kit to use. I decided that instead of using it as a mini, I would use it as a mist mask.
I ended up just tracing the plain and not the scalloped heart on a scrap of kraft cardstock to make my mask.
I knew I wanted my title to work in with the hearts, so I placed the mask where I wanted my title to go and sprayed it with Studio Calico Mister Huey white mist.
I thought it worked well for a page about baking. Almost has the look of flour or powdered sugar :)
And to me, the large white ric rac reminded me of squiggly frosting!

So that is our big Valentine's Day tradition in our house.
Do you have any special Valentine's Day tradition? Have your ever created a scrapbook page to document that tradition?
If so I would love to see it! And if not, I challenge you to create a page to share with us. You can link in the comments or share with our Facebook group (link on the top right)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A Little Valentine Banner

Today, I want to share a kid-friendly Valentine decor project with you.  (And even if you don't have kids, this is still a fun little project!)

I cut patterned paper into 4 in. by 6 in. rectangles (this is thinner weight paper, from a My Mind's Eye paper pad).  I then cut the hearts with a punch - though you could freehand them if you're so inclined.

This is where my boys come in the picture.  I set out a stack of papers and a stack of hearts and had them mix and match the pieces.  I then glued down the hearts (I'm very protective of my ATG).

The next step is to fold back about 1/2 inch of the top of each rectangle.  I used a bone folder to keep my crease straight.  My boys supervised.  

I then grabbed some baker's twine and adhered the flap over the twine.  By this point, my boys were engrossed in Lego Batman on the was fun while it lasted.  :)

Here is the finished product:

The entire project took about 30 minutes.  Quick and easy!

Have you been making any Valentine decor for your home?  Or crafting any Valentine's Day cards?  I'd love to see your projects - you can share them on our Facebook page!

Next week, I'll be back to share the Valentine's scavenger hunt/party that I'm planning for my boys.  Until then, happy crafting!

P.S. I linked this post to Bower Power.  :)

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Love is in the Air

I love decorating my home for holidays.  I have bins in my garage for Valentine's Day, Easter/Spring, Halloween/Fall/Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Birthdays.  Pretty much any time of the year, you'll see some sort of themed-decorations adorning our walls or tables.

One of my favorite ways to decorate is by changing out the prints in my Ikea picture frames (I have both Söndrum and Virserum).  My favorite free printables are from Persnickety Prints - I think that any of these would look adorable in frames.  

The first is a simple print from last year; I think the clean-ness of this one makes is sweet:

This year, they have prints in multiple sizes for even more options!

I'm having trouble picking a favorite!  But I think the yellow and gray "love you" print will become a permanent fixture in my bedroom!
In my house, we're also having a Valentine's Day party.  Snapfish has these really cute party printables and kid-friendly valentines:

Paper Coterie also has some adorable valentine cards:

And I think these cards from Webster's Pages are gorgeous - perfect for tucking on to layouts or cards:

Speaking of layouts, Echo Park has a free ebook with Valentine's Day projects:

And one last idea from Echo Park - this little hanging bag project:

I'll be back next week (and the week after) sharing how we celebrated Valentine's Day this year.  

I hope you enjoyed this week of freebies and printables here on the blog.  I hope some of these projects and prints inspire you to Craft Your Nest!  :)
Images by Freepik