Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Coffee Loving Cradmakers~ Merry Christmas

Welcome to Robyn's Nest
What's brewin??
I know you don't have much time today to surf the web, but thank you for coming by my blog...I'll get right to my card for today!!

I used Super Sponsor Unity Stamp Company stamps for my card! 
These 3 cups are in the this Kit of the Month for December 2019

^^^close up of the sticker from Jolee's and the tiny tag I made using the sentiment in the kit 
I used Always Artichoke SU! card stock
Lawn Fawn pattern paper
Waffle Flower scalloped die
Large snowflake die is from Sizzix
I love to use burlap when possible, and this little banner from Jolee's has a tad bit of it under the letters in "Holiday", so I used a larger piece under my cups
I sure hope you have had a Merry Christmas!!!
Thanks for stopping by!!

Inky Hugs, Robyn

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Growing In Unity Winners

Hey everyone!
I'm popping in here to announce the winners from my GIU week, plus 2 winners that I have chosen from comments for a little Unity love from me, too!!
The Winners of the GIU grab bags are

Debbie Dekock

Please send me your address ASAP so I can pass it onto Kelli~ I am a week behind, and apologize for that. 

Next are the winners from my own giveaway
(US only, sorry) 
Karen Grayson
Vanessa Osborun 

Please contact me through Facebook messenger
email me at 
since this is Christmas, please allow me some time to get MY winners packages in the will be worth the wait
Thanks so much
Inky hugs, Robyn
Merry Chritmas everyone

Friday, December 13, 2019

My Growing In Unity Week~ Day 5

Hey there!!!
Welcome back to Robyn's Nest for
 Day 5 of my GIU week
Confession time...
I was very unsure of myself for this week.
Being picked last year, gave me 13 months to prepare my cards, and my blog posts, and I did nothing.
I was worried I'd be too boring, or too chatty.
 I worried I didn't share enough about my cards this week, because I don't list what products I use all the time... among other things that crossed my mind.
....but last week we all met Gigi, from
 Gigi Zone Paper Crafting
I sure hope you were able to read Gigi's posts.
I think me, following Gigi, and her "week of empowerment" was meant to be! 
I felt encouraged by her posts. Like "you've got this, Robyn"
Thank you for the encouragement Gigi!! You helped me to gain more confidence. 
If you missed Gigi and her week of empowerment, click the link below for her Day 1 as the GIU gal

I cherish my on line friends that I chat with daily. 
Crystal Minkler and Eileen Mathys walk me through most of my days. 
They have been a huge source of encouragement to me for over 3 years.
 Thank you ladies for getting me through every day life ~ hugs

OK...that's enough of that!!

Now, onto this last card

I used a sentiment from the September 2019 KOTM (again)
It is second under the Santa/sleigh..
Poppy red card stock from PTI is my base, then a layer of white card stock from PTI, cut with
 Gina Marie rectangle dies.
the pattern paper is from the same GinaK paper I bought last year!!
 I wish I had gotten 2 packages LOL


Close up of the loopy flower..this is a die from my stash that I have had for years and recently found! I love when that happens :) 
I have no idea who makes it...sorry..if I had to guess, then I'd say Sizzix
a shinny brad in the center holds the sentiment in place.
I love how this turned out and I will probably make a few more in different colors.
oh, the glitter paper is from Lawn Fawn 

below is the kit I used
I want to thank each and every one of you who have followed my week!!
I will also be sending out a thank you to one or two commenters myself.
Unity stamps, of course..
I will announce the winner/winners 
when I announce the winners of the grab bag here on my blog.
 Be there or be square 😊 
Merry Christmas 
Inky Hugs, Robyn

Thursday, December 12, 2019

My Growing in Unity Week~ Day 4

Hey there!!
Welcome back to Robyn's Nest !!
It's day 4 of my Growing In Unity week!
Recently, I needed to make a sympathy card for my older cousin.
I made this card for Libby
First I stamped the image
 Then I colored this her with Copics.
Her hair was so fun to color...
I fussy cut her out trying to get the little bits around her in without having to mask it off....
(I'm lazy)
I heat embossed a maple leaf onto white card stock.
(can you see it??)

It was so pretty, and this 1/2" sheer ribbon from 
Close To My Heart really sets off whatever card I add it to!!
Beautiful card that never made it to her.
I have misplaced it.
How does one misplace a sympathy card???
I've searched high and low.
It will turn up, but in the meantime, I'm glad I took these couple pictures ahead of time.
All Kinds of Holiday Love {kom 9/19 
 All Kinds of Holiday Love {kom 9/19}
Ok, well, this is almost the end of my week
I hope to see you all back tomorrow for my last day as GIU gal
If you have any questions about products used, ask me in comments.
I read them all 
Thanks for stopping by!!

Inky Hugs, Robyn 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Coffee Loving Cardmakers and My Growing In Unity Week~ Day 3

Hey there!!
What's brewin'?
Welcome to Robyn's Nest!!
Today my blog is doing double duty with my monthly post in Coffee Loving Cardmakers
My Growing in Unity week!!
I am honored to be representing both today!! 
When I saw this stamp set released, I had to have it right away!
I need all the Angie's girls whether they have a given name or in a set like this is..again, a nameless Angie Girl, but she is from the set 
It was going to be my Christmas card image and I'd add different sentiments to it. Well I am so behind in my cards this year that I may have to just send Winter cards to make up for the missing Christmas card ...HaHaHa 
ok, enough chit chat from me!
Let's get to my card for today 
I started by stamping the image onto Copic friendly card stock, and letting it dry in for about 20 minutes..then colored it with Copics in blues and browns. I colored the coffee to go cup in green. At first I was trying to match a piece of pattern paper, but then found this small piece of white and blue pattern paper, so I switched up the's ok, right? 
Here is a close up of the sentiment that I stamped onto a piece of vellum I had already cute out with my
 deckle blade (from Martha Stuart) 

Below is the image

Also, I used one of the sentiments from a Graciellia Designs for Unity
Sorry if this is blurry to you...
I use my iPhone to take pictures..
I would also like to mention that my teamie over at Coffee Loving Cardmakers Lisa Bzibziak is having a month long challenge featuring Unity Stamp Co
  Use a Coffee, Tea or Cocoa product from Unity Stamps on your project and have an extra chance to win this month’s prize which is a small prize pack from me that includes this adorable Planner Girl Stay Cozy stamp set along with a few other things:

That's it for me for today!!
Thank you for coming by my blog today!!
I hope to see you back tomorrow for my Day 4 card for GIU

Inky Hugs, Robyn

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

My Growing in Unity Week~ Day 2

Hey there!
Welcome back to Robyn's Nest
How are you?
Did you stop by here yesterday for Day 1 of my GIU week?
I sure hope so, and I hope you left me a comment, so you're entered into the giveaway

Today is day 2 of my Growing in Unity week.

For this card, I stamped the pine cone image from Unity's Kit of the Month for 
September, 2015 called From Our Hearts to Yours
After stamping the image, I colored it with Copics.
I added some white gel pen as snow and highlights.
I added more pine boughs from my stash behind the image and popped it up with a couple dimensionals 
I used the Cable Knit embossing folder from Stampin Up on the very vanilla top layer, then I used the Tim Holtz tool to drag the edges for a shred or distressed look. I actually use this little tool a lot.
The sentiment is from this same KOTM
Pretty, but simple card.
I CASE'd this card from one I made last year with mostly dies. 

Our Hearts to Yours {kom 9/15} 
Be sure to come back tomorrow as I am pulling
 double duty!! 
Tomorrow 12/11 is my once a month blog post with
 Coffee Loving Cardmakers, from the 
Coffee Loving Papercrafters FB group where I am a FB Ambassador, and Moderator in the group.
Unity Stamp Co. is always a huge supporter of our blog hops. 
I am so happy to be representing both of my very favorite groups on Facebook
 (pinching myself)  

Inky Hugs, Robyn

Monday, December 9, 2019

My Growing in Unity Week~ Day 1

Hey there,  welcome to Robyn's Nest!!
I am very honored to have been randomly picked from a slue of applicants for a week as a
 Growing In Unity gal/guy
I will be featuring cards I made with my absolute favorite stamp company
Unity Stamp Company
Since my week is in December, I will be making up for lost time and creating a few Christmas cards. I usually make about 60 cards a year, down from over 100
How many do you make each year?? 

I wondered which card I should start out with, and I decided to start with my newest Angie girl. 
She has no name, but, you can find her in the
 Kit of the Month from October. I've added the link below
This card actually started out with the paper.
I bought several packs of Gina K paper last year. As usual, I didn't get right into them until now, and oh my word I love it!! This paper is the glossy kind and I am really becoming a big fan of it.
After deciding on the paper, I stamped the image onto Copic friendly paper.
Colored her with Copics, and then used my flat bottom die to cut her out. 
Then added that panel on top of the pattern paper...
Later I decided that her hat needed some fluff, so I used my snow pen. Then the OMG moment "snow" pen had lost it's white, and turned into an off white or ecru color. 😒 Well too late now, so I added some white glitter real quick, and I think it helped...a lot
I had the pine boughs and Mistletoe already stamped and colored, ( I like doing that when I can)
they are also in this same KOTM-
so I fussy cut them out and added them with a ribbon bow I tied and a tiny Christmas ball from a sticker pack from Jolee's ..behind it is that awesome silver thread from Stampin' Up
I really love how this one turned out!! 
Well that's it for me, for today.
I look forward to reading your comments
Remember, you get to be entered to win your own grab bag of Unity stamps just for commenting. 
Thanks for stopping by

Inky Hugs, Robyn


Saturday, December 7, 2019

Friends of Unity December 2019


Hey there! Welcome back to Robyn's Nest!
This month marks our Friends of Unity Blog Hop's 2nd anniversary!! 
I can't believe how fast the time has flown!!
To help us celebrate Angela and Unity Stamp Co have generously offered up 2 HUGE giveaways for our blog hoppers!!

  Be sure to comment because there are other ladies in the hop having a giveaways, in addition to the 2 large prizes 
Crystal (our fearless leader) asked a few of the ladies from Unity Show n Tell Facebook group to guest design with us this month and they have accepted Yay!! More the merrier!
Thank you for joining us  
Donna Baes ,
 Shannon Edwards
and my friend Jessiac Pickeral 
Welcome ladies!! 

Our cue this month is 
All Is Calm
Fitting for the month of December
I absolutely love making Christmas cards and sending to those who appreciate all the work that goes into making a single card, let alone 60 or more per year.
This is probably one of my favorites!! 
For this card, I stamped the image onto PTI white cardstock. It is very Copic friendly, with no bleeding, or drinking up the ink in the markers!
Using poppy red cardstock as my base, I dug around through my pattern paper for some plaid!
 Plaid just says Christmas to me! #madforplaid
See the top left corner?? I found a pine bough, and a mistletoe branch. I stamped, and colored them, then fussy cut them out to add some dimension to this first, I was going to use the sentiment on the inside, but when I "tested" it out on front, I liked it right there! 
(yes, it barely fit on that die cut)
I added some silver thread from Stampin' Up, and some Prima red flowers~
I also added some Wink of Stella clear glitter to the snow, the smoke, and the clouds.
Below is the kit I used and a link to Unity's website so you can check it out for yourself. I have to say, that since I joined Unity's Kit of the Month I have not been disappointed. 
We don't get a preview of the upcoming kit before it is sent, but I know I'll just love it!!
Have you seen the December KOM?? It looks like Unity made that kit just for me!! It's perfect!! 
Monday December 9th thru Friday the 13th starts
my Growing in Unity week
I'll admit, I am terrified!
 I won't have techniques, or anything fancy, but I will share an array of cards, not just Christmas
 I really hope you join me and comment, because I'll be drawing 2 winners for a grab bag of stamps from Unity just for commenting on my week..

We would love for you to start from the beginning of this hop over at 
Crystal Minkler's Blog <<< here's the link
I hope you arrived here from 

and next after me is

 Guest Designer, Donna Baes 
Link below

 I want to thank you all for coming to my blog, and supporting us at Friends of Unity
You mean the world to us!! 

Inky Hugs, Robyn 

 Friends, please know that our hops are not sponsored. (Although, we know Unity Stamp Co. lovingly approves) Because your support is so valuable and so appreciated, prizes are given from the creators own private stash of Unity stamps.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Coffee Loving Cardmakers Collaboration Hop with Not 2 Shabby

Hey there and welcome to Robyn's Nest!!
We are super excited to be collaborating this weekend with the folks at Not 2 Shabby!
 They have a few new Fall/Coffee themed digi's 
I chose this cutie pie called
Pumpkin Spice Everything
I absolutely LOVE how this card turned out!
These images were very easy to color, and because it's a digital image, you can resize this to what suites your needs!
I had so much fun with this one, that I used the same image for this next card, too
These colors a more muted than my first card. 
I tired matching my colors to the pattern paper..I love the blue sheer ribbon, that ties 😉 it together

 Leave comments along the way for a chance to win one of TWO $15 Gift Certificate to be selected from participating blogs (comment on all). Must comment by November 29th at 11:59 PM PT. Winner will be announced the following week on the blog.

Below are the links to the beginning of the hop and to Not 2 Shabby

Did you arrive here to my blog from 
up next in the hop lineup is

That's it for me!!
We really enjoy reading everyone's comments, so be sure to leave us all some lovin' and get yourself in the running for one of the two giveaways!!

Inky Hugs, Robyn

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Coffee Loving Cardmakers Fall/Winter 2019 Blog Hop Day 5

Hey there and welcome back to Robyn's Nest!!
Can you believe it is Day5 of the Hop?
Time has flown by, even with the extra hour of sleep ..
If you just landed here from someplace else, click the link below to start Hopping with 
 Link up your own card using the hashtag

For this card I used mostly 
Paper Sweeties products.
I am in love with the crisp images from Paper Sweeties! 
I usually only ink their stamps once!
No double/triple inking and pumping on the MISTI for me!
I used 

I started with red cardstock
Embossed the paper with the cable knit folder.
Next I used the Scalloped Circle Frame Dies
 from PS to cut my pattern paper..
For the coffee cup, I stamped and heat embossed it with white ink and powder.
Fussy cut it out (I don't have the dies :(  ~
Stamped the peppermint stick (dies make life so much the dies) 
Yes, I fussy cut it, then I cut a tiny slit in the cocoa for the stick to slide through.
I did the same with the cupcake  (stamped/colored/fussy cut)
I used white seam binding and Sweet Borders,
 Sweet Cuts/ Circle Scallop Frames,
Sweet Cuts/ Happy 
All the above items can be found with this link

I am having a giveaway here on my blog!
I have an extra set of these dies, and I will be drawing a winner at the end of the CLC Hop
Just comment and Follow my blog to be entered 
Be sure to leave a way to contact you, ok.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!!
Inky Hugs, Robyn 

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Friends Of Unity~ November 2019

Hey there! Welcome back to Robyn's Nest!
This months cue is Giving Thanks

I made this card pretty quickly at first. I try really hard for a CAS (Clean and Simple) card, but I just feel like they need something rigghhht there! In that blank spot. LOL
Only one pop dot was used this time 😉 on the cute little coffee cup
Kraft paper and twine are from Papertrey Ink
A few shiny little leaves from a sequins pack from my stash. 
 I used the Kit of the Month from 
September 2018 called (blessed fall)
 for this card..and these others

    Thanks for stopping by!! 
if you arrived here from someplace else, I have a list of the blogs you can visit! 
Leave a comment, and Follow 
You can start here from the beginning with
up next is

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!

I am also playing along over at 
Coffee loving Cardmakers blog, (of course ;) 
Below is a link for you to play along. Details on the blog.

Inky Hugs, Robyn

 Friends, please know that our hops are not sponsored. (Although, we know Unity Stamp Co. lovingly approves) Because your support is so valuable and so appreciated, prizes are given from the creators own private stash of Unity stamps.

Friday, November 1, 2019

2019 Fall/ Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

First thing I'd like to do is mention that 
Suzanne Reynolds 
won the graphics contest over at Coffee Loving Cardmakers with this gorgeous cuppa... I love it!
Congratulations Suzanne!

Well today is the BIG DAY!
Start of the Coffee Loving Papercrafters Fall/Winter Blog Hop!
We have over 80 Super Sponsors all signed up and ready to go with all the fun and inspiration these fun and exciting blog hops bring!! 
All the fun starts right here with this link below!
Did you arrive here from 
Up next in the hop line is
Lori's blog  << click this link
 Do you like to make coffee/tea/cocoa/cider/hot beverage in a cup. Or even cold/iced? 
Feel free to join in on all the fun!! Grab your stamps, and link up! You don't need a blog to play.
You do need to be a member of our Facebook group, so send us your request to join!
 You can link up using your Instagram or even Pinterest, using the hashtag
 Easy peasy! We hope you play along!
I can't tell you how proud I am to be  part of this amazing group! 
It has been almost 2 years since I joined the design team. Since then, I have all but stopped shopping at the big box stores. I am in love with small businesses and their products!
My very first small business stamp was from Unity Stamp Company.
I have been a fan for over 12 years, and still going strong! 
Unity is always SO generous with their Hop prize
Look at this haul you could win, just for commenting!!
$189.00 retail value
Thank you Unity Stamp Company 

My card uses the cup with heart steam from their Kit of the Month membership for August 2019
I colored this cup lightly with Copic's  E40 and E41 then used E33 for my creamed coffee. I'm sending this to my brother, so I kept it "manly'ish"
I used Papertrey Ink Kraft paper, and twine.
The background is stamped using one of the Brutus Monroe/Unity collaboration stamps! these background stamps are just amazing!! I hope you check them out sometime
If you have gotten this far, I think you deserve to be entered to win some Blog Candy from Me! (hint..its from my Unity stash)
Just comment on my card, follow me if you don't already, if you do then awesome.
 Leave me some way to contact you, either here, or on FB messenger, or email me at  

Inky Hugs, Robyn

up next is 


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Coffee Loving Cardmakes Collaboration Hop with Paper Smooches

Hey there and welcome to Robyn's Nest!!
The Coffee Loving Cardmakers design team is collaborating with Paper Smooches featuring their newest coffee stamp set called 
I have to say, this set has SO many uses! 
Err Mah Gerd - lol too funny!
Look who discovered filters on PicMonkey! 
I love this spotlight photo so much I decided to use it on my blog...I have the original, but liked this, too!
Since this set has matching dies, it was easy to have a lot of those little cuties on my card..
The clouds and bird are from PS set called

For my second card, I paper pieced the coffee sleeve with pattern paper. I added some fun coffee beans and the cuties. The sentiment has a slight bow in it for dimension
I hope you are having fun Hopping with us!!
Check these out!!
^^^FUN HUH?? ^^^ 
below are the links to take you back to the beginning of the Hop if you arrived here from someplace else 😉
Paper Smooches is having a giveaway for one lucky commenter! 
 Leave comments along the way for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to be selected from participating blogs (comment on all). You must comment by November 6th at 11:59 PM PT. Winner will be announced the following week on the blog.


Here is the complete lost for the hop

Inky Hugs, Robyn