Thursday, 19 June 2014

I have News!

Hi Everyone,

For the past 2 weeks I have been somewhere on cloud 9....and to date have not been able to get back to earth...

I'm THAT happy!!!


It's official.....
I have been accepted as a member of The Robins Nest Design Team....whoop whoop!

This is the first time that I will be a part of a design team so you can imagine my excitement....
I am a bit nervous TBH....but my excitement 
I cannot wait to start working with all the wonderful products from The robins Nest and share all my creations with you here (my blog) and at The Robins Nest blog

My hope is that you will accompany me on this new endeavour by stopping by here and at The Robins Nest.

Looking forward to sharing this journey with you!


Monday, 16 June 2014


You know, for the longest while ever, I have always admired other people's tags....some people make such pretty tags and the detail is amazing......

I've always wanted to try it for myself but I guess I was just afraid to...mainly because I had no idea what I was doing....

Then one day I said to myself....'Self, you've got to try this! The worse that can happen is nobody will know that you did any or if you messed it up...right...' 

So self did listen to me....and here's what very first tags ever....can't say that I'm displeased....

This was the start of a whole new journey of tag making for me....and since then have made a few...

Here's just a few samples

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Delicate Strong Rose

So last night I was going through my files and thought I'd share one of my poems with you....enjoy... 

A delicate rose stood all alone
With no-one she could call her own
A gardener came and tended her
His touch dispelled her every fear

He watered her and nurtured her
And for a while was always near
Barely in bloom, the rose did bud
As the gardener left his stain of blood

As winds assailed to tear her down
Intense torrents threatened to drown
At times she’d bend and sometimes shake
But all in all she did not break

Each raindrop on her pretty head
Ripped soft petals with claws of lead
And though the forces battered her
The sheltered bud grew without fear

The gardener gone, without a trace
A stranger tends the forsaken place
Supports her weak and worn out stalk
And guards and shelters like a hawk

But now the weather-worn rose stands tall
Though briars prick and eons maul
The sun and gardener gone too soon
Yet glistens in the silvery moon


Sunday, 1 June 2014

Cherished Smile

Hi, Penny here just sharing some of my work for The Robin's Nest.

 The Robin's NestMy tradition is to create a scrapbook for each of my children for their 21st birthday. The scrapbook is filled with pictures and stories from their past 21 years which so far, has always brought a tear to their eye.

My youngest daughter doesn't like photos of herself where she's smiling, she 'hates' her smile... so there are very few photos of her smiling. Although she is only 18 at the moment, I decided to preserve this one for her scrapbook so that it doesn't go 'missing'.

This layout combines her love of pink and all things girly with my love for black. 

How it came to be:

  • First I used the embossing paste through a diamond shaped stencil to add some texture to the page 
  • I then splattered some spray mist over the page
  • Next, I mat and layered the photo with black card and patterned paper
  • Used white and teal tule as a backing for the matted photo
  • Layered some card and papers on each side of the photo
  • Added some paper ribbon and lace to the sides as well
  • Layered the paper flowers, added pearl dots in the middle and added to the page
  • The Sissix tattered leaves die was used to cut leaves from patterned paper. These were then distressed with Tim Holtz walnut stain distress ink
  • Paper ribbon and frames were added to the top and bottom of the page and finished off with pearl dots, flowers and washi tape
  • Alphabet stamps, Versamark ink and embossing tinsel were used to create the title
  • Finished off the layout by adding some pearl flourishes, stickers, wording and finally some liquid glass to the leaves.

Supplies used: