Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Making Time for Crafts

Hi all! I'm enjoying a nice break from the regular day to day life stuff. My hubby has some time off work so he's sharing the "home" duties. That has given me a chance to get in my studio and play with some items I've had on hand, but haven't gotten around to using yet.
I was chatting with the girls during last nights Live with Prima class and Tim Holtz Rock Candy Crackle paint came up in the topic. I had bought a jar of it some time ago but never tried it out and really wasn't sure what to do with it. Well Cari and the other ladies said I really must give it a try so I promised that I would play with it today.
So I decided to start a mini album just so I could use the product. This is the cover of the album. I used some of my most favorite (and hoarded) Prima products on here. The paper is from the Pastiche collection- it's called Quirky. The flowers are Prima mini roses and fairy tale roses (which started out white and I colored them to match my project) and a Prima Lilliput rose (in yellow, but looks more like a cream). I also used some rose leaves as a foundation for the flowers. The lace trim across the bottom is from Prima too. It is also a creamy white and I colored it with antique linen and tea dye distress inks to get the desired color for my page. The magnifying glass is a Tattered Angels nature glimmer chip.It has an embossed design on it and I sprayed it with glimmer mist for color and shine.

For the "glass" of the magnifying glass, I used the rock candy crackle paint and then when it cracked and dried, I rubbed some broken china distress ink into the cracks for more definition.

I'm not sure what this mini album is going to be for yet, but I think it's off to a lovely start.
I hope I've convinced you to use some of those cherished supplies you've been hoarding and turn them into something even more beautiful.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Seasonal Cards

The title of my post is because I expect there to be lots of post of other Christmas cards I make and I don't want the title "Christmas Cards" to be over used ;)
While these are both indeed Christmas cards, I think they could also be used for other occasions by adding the appropriate sentiment.

For both of these cards I used the same basic supplies, I just changed a couple of things.
The stamped image is the Unity Itty Bitty Songbird stamp. The textured background was made using a Tim Holtz wood grain embossing folder (which works perfectly in my Cuttlebug) I further enhanced the texture with some distress inks. The background paper/card base is the DCWV Handmade Christmas Stack.
To stamp my images I used Stazon (in timber brown and blazing red) I prefer Stazon when needing a clean crisp image and because Unity stamps have such amazing detail I wanted it all to show. The flower and leaf on the second card are both Prima, I just added a little bit of red glitter to the flower to make it a bit more festive.
Thanks for stopping by today.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Handmade Holiday Gift Hop

Hi everyone! Hope you're enjoying the hop. If you've been following along the path you should have came here from Kim's blog. If you get lost along the way, just head back to YMH Designs to get back on track.
My handmade gift to share with you is a Christmas photo frame

To make this frame I used a blank frame I purchased at Hobby Lobby,

I took a sheet of Prima Christmas Fancy paper and cut it to approximate size of my frame.

Then I covered the whole front with Mod Podge and glued my paper to the frame.
Then I used my craft blade to cut out the picture opening.

I sprayed the frame with some Santa Baby Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and glued some Webster's Pages Winter Trim around the picture opening.

To finish it off I decorated with tons of Prima flowers, Prima vines and Prima pearls and crystals. Oh and the stamp is a Unity Stamp.

I hope you've enjoyed my frame and if you have any questions just ask! Now you're off to Leah's blog to see what she has made.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Blog Hop

Hey everyone! Just wanted to let you know that Your Memories Here is hosting a blog hop TOMORROW! But don't fret if you can't make it, you'll be able to visit all weekend and we'll pick the winners on Sunday night.
The YMH Design team is going to be sharing some handmade gift ideas just in time for the holidays.
I sure hope you'll come back tomorrow (or sometime this weekend) and see all the great projects our team has created to share with you.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas Cookies (take two)

Yesterday I posted this layout on the YMH Designs blog and the photo was just horrible. Well, I'm back with more (and better) photos.

Here is my two page layout using 2 Sketchy Thursdays sketches.

On this page you can kinda see the glimmery sparkle of the Tattered Angels New limited edition Santa Baby glimmer mist. We have several of the new winter colors in stock at Your Memories Here. I sprayed it on the solid red background paper of both pages.

I also used the same patterned paper on both pages to to keep them similar while using two different layouts for each page. This page is based on this weeks current Sketchy Thursdays challenge.

I just love the little cookie cutter embellies that I found, they are so perfect for these pages.

The title letters on the banner (and Cookies on the opposite page) are velvety flocked stickers. The beautiful green Prima lace trim has a nice Christmas feel to it. And the bright cheery colors are perfect for the fun photos and activity.
I know I say it all the time, but these sketches really help me get caught up on my scrapbook pages. It seems like the only time I'm creating layouts for my own personal use, is when I'm participating in one of these challenges! These photos are from 2008, so it looks like I have a lot more catching up to do!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

December Tag Swap

Hi! I have a tag to share with you today. I made it for the KinderStampO tag swap. The theme this month is "Wishing you a Pink Winter Wonderland" and your tag needs to have some pink on it. It can be just a little bit of pink or like mine, a whole lotta pink!
I had so many ideas in my head on how I wanted to decorate the tag so I decorated both sides.
On one side I decorated it with a jingle bell I cut out on my Cricut (which I just love this cut and didn't even know it existed till I saw it on FlowerDisco's blog) and I embossed it in my Cuttlebug with the D'Vine swirls folder. I also added a real jingle bell to the center of a Prima flower that I coated in UTEE. The little stamp is a studio g from last year (I believe).

The other side of the tag is a snowy embossed background stamp and a snowman Unity stamp (which is so much more glittery and shiny in person).
These will be going out in the mail this week, but you still have time to join in if you like. Your tags must be mailed out no later than December 15.
See you Tuesday for my YMH Designs post!


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Is It Too Early?

Hey everyone! I have been seeing some really great Christmas decorations, cards and tags lately. I keep telling myself *it's not too early to 'make' Christmas themed items, as long as I don't display them until after Thanksgiving.
So here is my first Christmas themed project for the season:

This is a wall hanging/wreath type decoration. I was inspired by the ornament made by Lolly (she gives an amazing tutorial for it HERE) Lolly's is ornament sized but I made mine slightly larger using 3" squares for the cones and a 5" circle for the center(which I sprayed with Snow Queen glimmer mist, one of the new winter colors) . The completed size of it is about 9". For the entire project I used only 3 sheets of double sided paper, 2 of the "Snow Day" and 1 "Winter Wisp" Both available at Your Memories Here with lots of other fabulous double sided papers.
I used thick chipboard letters to spell out the word "JOY". I painted the edges of each letter with purple acrylic paint first, then glued the patterned paper to the front. I added a coating of Mod Podge to each letter to make sure the paper doesn't lift up. Then I inked all the edges in dusty concord distress ink and added some icicle Stickles around all the edges too for a frosty ice look.

The letter "J" is embellished with some tiny jingle bells strung on light blue fibers, wrapped around the letter. I used a little dab of hot glue to keep each little bell in place.

The letter "O" has a few purple and aqua rhinestones embellishing it.

And finally for the letter "Y" I used some snowflake shaped brads, cut the prongs off then I smooshed (yes, that's a technical term) them into an embossing ink pad to get them well coated and sprinkled them with a light purple (Thistle from American Crafts) embossing powder and heated carefully with my heat gun. I used some hot glue to attach each one.

To attach the letters to my cone wreath base, I used the hot glue again. It seems to be holding up pretty good. Since the letters are made of chipboard they're pretty lightweight.

When it was all finished I proudly showed Kevin and he asked "Is that for someone named Joy?" Gosh he can be such a smart arse sometimes!

I hope to be back later this week with some Fall themed projects that I've been working on in my head :) I just got to get them out and onto paper!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tag Swap Video

Hey everyone, no I haven't lost my marbles, I know it's November. But we just finished up revealing the tags for the October KinderStampO tag swap so now it' safe to share the video without ruing the surprise :)

You can watch it in HD over on YouTube if you prefer.

You apply the techniques used in this video to any theme project, just change up the colors or stamps. Speaking of colors, we had a new shipment of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist arrive over the weekend and there are some new colors in the store (like some of the limited edition Winter 2010 colors) So pop on over to the web site and check them out, they are all on sale ;)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Flowers and Butterflies Mini Album

Hi all! Today I have a bright cheery mini album to share with you.
It went together quite quickly because I used coordinating papers from the DCWV Blossoms and Butterflies stack.

The Prima flowers are the perfect embellishment for each page.

I also used my Cuttlebug embossing folders for some of the photo mats and it gives them great texture and visual appeal to the solid colored card stocks.

I misted some of the papers with Glimmer Mists so they have a beautiful shimmer, I only wish the camera could catch all the sparkle on these pages.

Layering different colored and shaped flowers is also a great way to add impact on the pages.

For the centers of the flowers I used rhinestones from the Prima Pearls and Crystals e-line collection (psst... you get 60 in a package for only $1.49)

Visit Your Memories Here for some awesome supplies to get started on your next paper crafting project.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Magnetic Memo Boards

I'm so excited to share these. Not because I think they are something spectacular but because they were so simple and inexpensive that I hope everyone will give them a try! I found some steel baking sheets (it has to be steel so that the magnets will work- no aluminum) at my local dollar store. The round ones are 12" pizza pans and I also bought a couple of 9"x13" cookie sheets.

I used Mod Podge to adhere down some patterned paper that I cut to fit in the pans, then I embellished each one. I cut out the word "enjoy" on my Cricut in cream card stock, then sprayed it with sugared maple and a little pomegranate Glimmer Mist. I added a couple of Prima leaves too.

On this one I used Prima lace trim that I dyed with sugared maple Glimmer Mist and hot glued it around the edge.

The note holders are some regular clothes pins that I glued magnets to the back of, then I used some hot glue to adhere velvet ribbon on them. I made little grape clusters with some grape dew drops and a Prima rose leaf.

This one has a bit of a glare from the camera flash because the word is covered in glossy accents.

I painted these clothes pins black before I glued the ribbon on and added white Prima roses.

More Prima flowers and pearls accent this one.

I used Mod Podge to decopage the same patterned paper onto the clothespin magnets then added some Prima flowers and the Prima pearls.

I used Prima pearls and roses swirls to accent the swirls of the patterned paper.

You can cut the swirls apart very easily to get more out of a package!

This last one isn't finished yet, but I wanted to show you one of the rectangle sheets I've been working on. Since it is 13" long I had to use 2 sheets of paper. I used two different coordinating patterns and then covered the seam with some ribbon. I also used that ribbon on the clothes pins. But I've still got some more embellishing to do :)
I hope you've been inspired to give these a try!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Another Post it Holder

So I'm back at it with the Post-it notepads. This time note stands.
I got the idea from HERE and it seemed so simple and easy I had to give them a try.

I made these two using some patterned paper from my stash of scraps! Then to dress them up, I glued some layered Prima flowers and a little button center to the acrylic stand.
Easy peasy, right? I also made matching pens too!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Another Digi for Sketchy Thursdays

I just got some new digital scrapping software and had to try it out. I find the best and easiest way to work in a digital layout is by following a sketch. So of course I turn to my favorite sketch site, Sketchy Thursdays, for their latest sketch.

Now, I will NEVER trade my traditional paper and scrappy supplies in and go completely digital, but every now and then I just like to play around on my computer and get caught up on the overwhelming amount of photos I need to get scrapped. Plus there are a lot of good freebie design kits out there that are just so fun to play with and you could even do a little hybrid scrapping with them if you like.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Post- it Note Pads

I have been making Post-it note holders lately. Once you start it kinda becomes an obsession. There are just so many wonderful patterned papers to use I just want to make more.
Here are a couple I've made but trust me, there are even more that I haven't photographed!

On this one I used the Prima hydrangea as my inspiration for the colors.

I found the instructions HERE. It's really quite simple, cut a piece of cardstock 3 1/4" x 7 3/8" and you score at 3 1/8, 3 1/2 and 3 7/8 fold on the scores and then snip a little piece out of the middle to make the pen spot. Then decorate the front piece and ta da!
Thanks for stopping by today!