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.