As my chicks grow...

And as I find more time to get creative, I thought I would share some of my creations, as well as my time with others. Hopefully I will make new friendships and create lasting bonds over paper, adhesive, and embellishments. So sit back, relax, and let's share...have a cup of coffee, or tea, or in my case a and let's just have a blast creating, finding new projects to make together, and gathering our supplies for future endeavors!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Project for DT tryouts!

 The Robins Nest

I am trying to get on the DT for Robin's Nest. Would LOVE to work with them! So, I made this mini album for my project! AND as it turns also qualifies for the Decorate to Celebrate Blog Challenge
Made It Myself Mondays
I used one of my favorite PP collections, We R Memory Keepers, Old Glory for all of the pages.
I repurposed a plastic Sizzix case for the mini case...gotta love recycling (or in this case, upcycling!)
I used 2 sheets of red cardstock from JoAnn's. I measured the width and the height of the box and subtracted 1/4 inch for each page. I cut the paper into strips that were almost 5 inches high.I scored the paper at 3 inches. Every 3 inches in width. I attached 2 sheets together to get one long sheet. 

The front is covered with the 4th of July from the Old Glory collection. I sanded, then inked (with Tim Holtz, Old Paper) all the edges.

I did the same with the back.

For this page I used a sheet from the Old Glory collection. I rounded the corners with the 1/4 inch We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper. I then inked all the edges and mounted them on a the second rectangle, or page, as the first is attached to the inside of the box. I tore a page from an old dictionary keeping Freedom as one of the central words. I tore all edges. I inked all edges with first, Old Paper, then Brushed Corduroy. I crumpled and reinked the paper to get all the wrinkled inked. I sprayed it with Tattered Leather Glimmer Mist, Sapphire Glimmer Mist and Scarlet Glimmer Mist. I also sprayed a scrap piece of lace with the Tattered Leather Glimmer Mist and the Sapphire Glimmer Mist. I attached the lace into a loop with a piece of Scor-Tape (LOVE this stuff!)

I used a piece of PP from the same line, rounded the corners, inked all edges. Mounted to the base page. I used a journal page from the coordinating 4x6 pad (albums made easy pad). I tore the page in half and inked the edges and into the white part of the page with Old Paper ink. I inked the ribbon with Old Paper ink to age it.

I am not sure why the last pic turned out so dark here...all were taken in the same lighting and at the same time...working on fixing that!
I inked the edges of the main page, and rounded the corners (rather, rounded the corners, then
I used a sheet of paper from the same 4x6 pad as used above, tore it into 3 pieces (not the same size, just eyeballed it!) Inked the edges of all with Old Paper ink, sprayed one half of the first 2 with Tattered Leather Glimmer Mist, one page on the bottom with Sapphire Glimmer Mist, one page on the top with Scarlet, and the 3rd page with all three. I sprayed the flowers with the same Glimmer Mists to match.
Again, not sure of how the lighting made it look orange...LOL..but this is the other side of the mini album.
I tore a page from an old book, in the back that just said NOTES at the top. I stamped it with Allegiance To The Flag, but all my stamp says is H in a, not sure the company name. I stamped it in Brushed Corduroy.I inked with both Brushed Corduroy and Old Paper. I sprayed it with both Scarlet and Tattered Leather Glimmer Mist.  Mounted it on a PP from the same collection by We R Memory Keepers.
I again, mounted, rounded and inked the PP. I took a cream colored Prima Flower from the Neutrals pack and crumpled, inked, and sprayed it with the same inks (Brushed Corduroy and Old Paper),and  Glimmer Mist (Sapphire, Scarlet, and Tattered Leather). I attached small rhinestones (blue) to the center of the flower and mounted it with dimensionals.

For this page, I used a small piece of coordination PP from the same collection to make a pocket. I inked it with Old Paper. For the tag I used a page from an old book (page is blank). I inked the edges with the Old Paper ink. I sprayed it with the Scarlet, Sapphire, and Tattered Leather Glimmer Mist. I also sprayed the ribbon with the Sapphire and Tattered Leather Glimmer Mist to age it.
For the last page, I used a page from a Thesaurus (chose American for the central word) and inked and crumpled and sprayed it (this time ONLY with the Tattered Leather. I used off white mulberry flowers from Petaloo and sprayed them with Tattered Leather and either Scarlet or Sapphire.
I sprayed a piece of lace with the Tattered Leather and the Sapphire to age it.
Thank you so much for stopping!
If you would, leave me some love!
Mama Hen


  1. really cute project. thanks for your submission for the Robin's Nest Design team.

  2. Thank you for checking it saw it right after I posted it, wow! Thanks again!

  3. fantastic job on your mini. good luck hope your wish comes true. hugs

  4. thank you for entering your wonderful mini on our challenge blog decorate to celebrate. thank you hugs Rhonda

  5. Great job on the mini! Good luck with the DT entry to Robins Nest. I got some wonderful papers from them recently.

  6. Great Job on your mini! I just love it!


  7. great job! Love it!

  8. Nice job on the mini! I hope you become a member of the design team!

  9. Thanks you all! I hope I make it too! Will let everyone know when I find out!

  10. Very Cute Mini Album! I'm peeking in from You Had Me At Craft!

  11. Great Mini! I love the colors, papers, and all the details you added!! Thanks for playing with us at Decorate to Celebrate. ~ Guest Designer, Star

  12. Thanks for stopping by my blog, it's great to find new crafty bloggers! I love that you used a sizzix case to base your album in. It is a very very gorgeous mini! And good luck with the DT!


  13. Beautiful Mini. TFS. Hugs -- Tenny

  14. Very nice mini album!
    Thanks for sharing at Decorate to Celebrate

  15. I love a mini album and all your ideas are great! I love your idea of the Thesaurus! Clare

  16. This is a fantastic project!! I just love that Old Glory paper (been saving it, but now I love using it!)... You did a wonderful job... :)

    Thanks so much for decorating your celebrations at the Decorate To Celebrate! Challenge Blog!

    Amy :) at
    and Decorate To Celebrate!

  17. I love each and every page of the accordion card. Fantastic!!! Stopped over from the MIMM Link Up @ You Had Me at Craft.

  18. This is a great Mini!! Good luck with Robin's Nest!! You would do them proud. ; ) ~~Julie O.~~~

  19. Great mini Album. If I was picking I would definantly choose you. Good Luck!

    I have an award for you over on my blog.


  20. Hi Kristin,
    Super cute mini, love it! Just wanted to let you know that you won the blog candy @ my blog from the Cupcake Birthday Blog Hop. Email me your address so that I can get your goodies out to you soon. Good Luck on making the Design Team :0)

  21. Wow! This is adorable. Good Luck trying for the DT..xx

  22. Fabulous mini the colors!

  23. What a great job on your project! Good luck! I left you an award on my blog!

    Emily (

  24. Wow, this is so fabulous! I LOVE that paper and each and every page is just fantastic! What a creative it :)


  25. I am so glad that you mentioned all of the details that you used in creating your project. I was impressed that you even chose the word america for your thesaurus page. (very thoughtful).
    I am visiting as part of the decorate to celebrate challenge and followed the blog link to your site. Great blog by the way.