Thursday, November 14, 2013

Designer Challenge featuring the The Robin's Nest and Smoothfoam

"May Your Holidays Be Bright" home decor

Tis the Season!  It is almost time to get out the decorations and start the countdown to Christmas!

I am a big believer in enjoying every day and celebrating each one as a gift!  I am starting to feel the anticipation of family and friends spending time together, delicious meals and treats, and beautiful lights and decorations all over the house!  Part of my enjoyment comes from making decorations for the house and for gifts.

The Robin's Nest sent me some lovely cuts of Christmas cardstock and a package of their colorful flat beads for this Designer Challenge.  The beads are perfect for embellishing many things from the ornaments we create, to home decor, or paper crafting. The decorative piece I created can be hung on a wall or set on an easel.  I prefer the easel, somewhere that the light can shine on the glitter.  It lights up!

Supplies you will need:

The Robin's Nest:  two 5-3/4" squares of winter cardstock; assortment of colored beads
Smoothfoamtm:  One 12" square scrapbooking mount board
Glitter cardstock:  one 12" sheet silver (Cut two 6" squares)
Red cardstock:  one 12" sheet (for cutting letters)
Die-cut machine  *optional
Die-cut cartridge with alphabet *optional
Snow Tex, craft stick
Adhesives:  (I recommend 3 in 1 glue and a Dimensional medium for adhering beads)
paper cutter


1.  Apply Snow Tex to the Smoothfoam wall mount using the craft stick.  Spread it as thin as possible,
     allow to dry.

2.  Cut out the letters with the die-cut machine.  The larger letters are 2-1/2" high.  The smallest are 1" high.
     (Another option is to purchase die-cut letters)

3.  Glue the beads to the winter scene on the cardstock as shown in the photo given; allow to dry.

4. Adhere the embellished cardstock squares to the right side of each silver cardstock square.

5.  Arrange all of the elements on the wall mount as shown in the photo given and adhere to secure.

*Oops!  Almost forgot to show you some frame options!  I used a wooden frame with a 12" square indent.  Perfect fit for the Smoothfoam scrapbook mount.  I painted the frame and added 1" letters that I cut.  Purchasing letters are good too!  A second option is to paint your frame and leave it plain!  Take a peek!

Bonus Project

I also created a mini journal with some of the other pretty Christmas papers from the Robin's Nest.  The pages are little pockets and I punched a couple of holes on each page for the binder rings.  The little pockets are for mementos, messages, gift cards, etc.  You can use pretty die-cuts, photos, dimensional punches (such as the mini envelopes), and beads from the Robin's Nest!  I applied minimal embellishment to this mini journal....I am sure you will have lots of your own ideas!  

If you have any questions please message me.  Thank you for stopping by!  
Wishing you lots of inspiration and a blessed Holiday season!

Happy Crafting!
Live Life with a Flourish,



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  1. Great idea for a home décor project for the Holidays!

  2. awesome colors and cute little journal

  3. so so so pretty! love this wall hanging/easel!

  4. wow, I love what you made. thanks for join our hop

  5. Very cute project... love the day to night :)

  6. fabulous and so creative.. great projects

  7. What a clever projects! Love all the little details!!!

  8. Your two projects are really nice. Great idea for a wall hanging.Your little journal is so cute!!!

  9. very nice wall hanging - but I really LOVE the mini-album - just the perfect size for gift giving - thanks for the ideas!

  10. Beautiful projects love the colors and the papers are Stunning. I love the embellishments thanks for sharing.

  11. Beautiful love the details and the layering. and I love the embelishments. thanks for sharing

  12. Great projects. Love both the wall hanging and mini journal. Each would make wonderful gifts.

  13. Great projects, Marilyn! I especially love the little album!

  14. Thanks for a great tutorial, now I want to try that snow texture stuff! :)

  15. Very unique project. Your mini is so cute. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Wonderful projects, love all the fabulous details, such a fun hop

  17. Love the wall plaque... with all the "bright" dew drops!!! Super cute little journal for gift giving!!! Both are great projects.