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!