Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Totally Guy

Hello! I'm excited to share today's post with you :) Your Memories Here is now carrying Tim Holtz and Ranger products and I had so much FUN playing with them! I've always been a fan of the Distress Inks and my love of them keeps growing with each project I make.

Here is a picture frame I decorated. It started out as a plain MDF frame that holds a 4x6 photo (the same on I used here) I covered it with some fabulous patterned paper from DCWV using my Helmar Acid Free glue to adhere it down (because that stuff will hold it FOREVER) and then got busy "decorating".

I used Vintage Photo and Black Soot Distress inks to grunge up the edges. Then came the really fun part, making those gears! I cut out the gears with the Tim Holtz Sizzix die and then embossed each one using the Distress Clear Embossing pad and various metallic finish embossing powders like gold, silver and a chestnut brown color. Then I got inky with them using the Vintage Photo, Tea Dye and Black Soot Distress Inks to achieve the desired old/grungy/rusty gear look. I gave them a quick shot of heat to set them a little before I coated them. Some I used Rock Candy Distress paint(coming soon to the store) for a crackled finish and some I used glossy accents on (but I hit those with the heat gun before they were completely dry to make the finish bubble and wrinkle) I was ecstatic with the results! Before I glued the gears down I used the negative of the chipboard from the Sizzix cut is a mask and sprayed it with a little Sugar Maple Glimmer mist for a rusty/graffiti look. Then I adhered all the gears down with Helmar 450 Quick Dry because it dries fast, clear and holds STRONG.

To finish it off I hammered a few over sized metal eyelets into the frame and added a chipboard bookplate frame that I distressed the same as the gears, to hold a title for whatever photo my hubby decides to put inside (still not sure if it will be a picture of his motorcycle or our girls ;0 )

Just a reminder, this is the last week to submit an entry for the YMH Design Team call, if you'd like to post your creations on YMH Designs every week and get awesome products a wholesale cost then this call is for you!
Also this is the last week to use the coupon code SUMMER to save 10% off your entire order at Your Memories Here.com

Have a great week!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

My Take on a Topiary

Hi all, hope your week has been off to a great start. I'm here today to show you a project that I have been wanting to make ever since I returned from my trip to Disney (more than a month ago!)
They had the most gorgeous topiaries and floral displays at the parks, especially Epcot because it was during the International Flower and Garden Festival that we were there.
So here is my tiny topiary:

Cute right? I made it with gorgeous Prima roses. Do you want to know how? Well, I'm going to do a LIVE class on it Wednesday, June 22 at 9:00pm EST on our Ustream channel! So you can watch and see (and chat too) and if you can't make it for the live show we'll record it so you can watch later.
There is also a kit for this so you can have everything you need to make one in a convenient bundle :) Check out the kit HERE and don't forget to watch the show next Wednesday evening!

Don't forget about the Your Memories Here DT call that we have going on right now. Enjoy the rest of your week!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Birthday Card for GG

Hi All! Feels like I've been away forever (OK well, at least the month of May) So much to do and so little time, I'm afraid my crafting suffers the most from it.
Well, last Friday was my grandma's birthday ( I won't say how old she is but if you saw her, you wouldn't believe me anyway) So I just HAD to make her a special birthday card. I was reading my sweet and incredibly talented friend, Karli's blog where she made this card and said it was so easy! I thought 'really? easy? OK I gotta try it.' You know what? She was right! Now some of you are probably thinking, "duh I knew that already Krissy, I've made tons" Well, I've always been too lazy to try because I though it must be a lot of work. I was SO WRONG. So if you've never given these tri-fold shutter cards a try, please do. You'll be thanking me just like I'm thanking Karli now!

*Disclaimer: I must apologize for the poor quality of the photos and the distracting backgrounds (I tried to edit the best I could) but I had taken these photos at my Mom's house, with my cell phone, right before we left to go to my Grandma's*

The details: This card is ALL Prima!
I used the Sparkling Spring 6x6 paper pad for the patterned papers, the flowers are assorted Prima's the lace trim is Prima Alencon and I even cut it apart to use the individual flowers as centers for the hydrangeas! There are also a couple of Vintage Trinkets on there.

Wanna know a little secrete? I decorated this entire card while driving from central Ohio to Pittsburgh PA!
Here's the proof:

Yep, that's Helmar 450 Quick Dry you see sitting in my cup holder!

So go try something new today!