Friday, August 31, 2012

Time For Tea - Your Memories Here

Supplies:
Paper: Prima
Chipboard: Prima
Lace: Prima
Flower: Prima
Rhinestone Clock: Prima
Ink: Ranger
Other: Twine
 
I'm sharing a card today for Your Memories Here Designs.  The Florida panhandle has had a lot of rain this week due to Hurricane Isaac and I've been curling up with some good books and plenty of hot tea, trying to keep warm and dry.  All my tea drinking has inspired me to create a card with the Prima Almanac collection.  I love this tea cup chipboard piece!  I made a little tea bag tag with some twine and a letter ticket to embellish the tea cup.  The rhinestone clock adds a fun bit of bling.  They say the best sweeteners of tea are love and scandal, so I think I'll use this card to invite a girlfriend over to catch up on the latest gossip over a cup of tea!
 
Thanks for stopping by today! Prima Pre-Orders are available in the Your Memories Here Store! If you have your eye on 1, or 7, of the new Prima collections, get your order in now for a significant savings. Grab Bags are available again in 3 sizes. If you're running low on embellishments from the last Prima release, there are still Winter Grab Bags available in 3 different sizes. If you like to make mini albums and off-the-page projects, be sure to check out the selection of Live With Prima Kits!

The new YMH DT has been announced!  Please visit this post to meet the new team!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Southern Belle - SNR Magazine

Supplies:
Paper: Studio Calico
Letters: Studio Calico
Fab-Rip: Studio Calico
Stickers: Studio Calico
Chipboard: Studio Calico
Mist: Studio Calico
Ink: Ranger
Tattered Floral Die: Sizzix
 
I created this layout for the Studio Calico sponsored event at Scrapbook News and Review Magazine last year.  I love this green floral print! 
 


I had a lot of fun running a Fab-Rip through my Cuttlebug to create some houndstooth flowers. I added stickers and misted chipboard to the flower centers.

Now that school is back in session, I like to reminisce about some of my favorite things about the lazy days of summer. My daughter Scarlett in her watermelon hat is definitely on my list. Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Tando Creative Blog Hop - Flourishes

Supplies:
Paper: 7 Dots Studio
Chipboard: Tando Creative
Stickers: 7 Dots Studio
Flowers: Manor House Creations, Prima
Leaves: Prima
Trinket: Prima
Mask: Tando Creative
Ink: Ranger
Other: Book Page, Doily, Flowers 

It's time for another Tando Creative Product Focus Blog Hop!  The product from the Tando range featured in this hop is flourishes. The fabulous Tando Design Team members have created stunning projects using these products. If you leave a comment on every blog in the hop you will be entered into the prize draw to win some of these flourishes! If you have arrived here from Caro's Blog, you're on the right track.  If you're visiting my blog today for another reason, and you would like a chance to win some fabulous Tando Creative chipboard, please join the hop and start back at the Tando Creative Blog

Tando Creative has a fabulous selection of flourishes.  My favorite design is this corner flourish and I used the mask to make a photo frame and both the large and small chipboard corner flourishes in my flower clusters on this layout.  Several of the Tando chipboard designs come in a white or greyboard finish and I used both on this page.



Thanks for stopping by today!  The next stop on the hop is Gez.
Here's the order of the hop if you get lost along the way:
IRIT > ZOE > CARO > DANA(You Are Here) > GEZ > KAREN > KAZ
Commenting is open until Sunday.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Road To Recovery Keychain - Moxxie

Supplies:
Sticker: Moxxie
Flower: Making Memories
Trinket: Prima
Rhinestones: Momenta
Keychain: Fancy Pants
Other: Keyring, Pearl, Ribbon


Moxxie released the Road To Recovery collection, an elegant, beautiful, and poignant line designed for people fighting long-term illnesses, in July. Moxxie thought it was time to create a beautiful line that focused on healing, but also encouraged the writer to be honest about what they were really going through. The designs of this collection are versatile and can not only help a patient document their recovery, but it can also be used for get well, thinking of you, and sympathy cards, as well as to create layouts on just about any topic. 



I really love the inspirational quotes printed on the Sticker Sheet from this line, my favorite being one by Dylan Thomas; "Do not go gentle into that good night...Rage, rage against the dying of the light."  I scanned and resized the sticker for this keychain.

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to visit the Moxxie Blog and facebook page for inspiration from the rest of the Moxxie Muses.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Notes - Your Memories Here

Supplies:
Paper: Prima
Flower: Prima
Leaf: Prima
Trinket: Prima
Wood Button: Prima
Other: Twine
 
I'm sharing a dressed-up envelope today for Your Memories Here using the new Prima Romance Novel collection.  The line is my favorite of the new Prima releases.  The collection is full of wonderful vintage images, romantic floral designs, postal elements and some really cool text.  Several of the patterned papers have designs that are ready to cut out and fold, like this envelope.
 
 
I love the pop of bright pink from this Cabaletta bloom!  The printed leaves, Vintage Trinkets and Wood Buttons are a great way to add both texture and color to projects.  I love that these embellishments are small enough to use on the flap of an envelope.
 
 
I cut two small envelope closures from the patterned paper and attached them to this envelope with an eyelet.  The envelope opens by untying a piece of twine that is wrapped around the closures.  The small cards inside the envelope were cut from the small piece of patterned paper and are perfect for writing a message to someone special.  This envelope would be great to give as is or along with a gift.  It's small enough to use as an embellishment on a card or on a layout for some hidden journaling.
 
Thanks for stopping by today! Prima Pre-Orders are available in the Your Memories Here Store! If you have your eye on 1, or 7, of the new Prima collections, get your order in now for a significant savings. Grab Bags are available again in 3 sizes. If you're running low on embellishments from the last Prima release, there are still Winter Grab Bags available in 3 different sizes. If you like to make mini albums and off-the-page projects, be sure to check out the selection of Live With Prima Kits!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Makin' Music - Scrap It With A Song

Supplies:
Cardstock: Wausau
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey, Nikki Sivils, Teresa Collins
Transparencies: Creative Imaginations, Hambly Studio, Fancy Pants
Letters: Glitz Design, Jenni Bowlin
Photo Credit: Rosie Highers
This month Scrap It With A Song is taking our act out on the road with travel-themed songs! On the playlist this week is "On The Road Again" by Willie Nelson. This song was perfect for this photo of my husband's rock band.  I used some of the song lyrics for a long title.  The Rock Chicks would love to see how you interpret this song! Link up your project by the end of the month for your chance to be named one of our Play List Favorites and a Guest Designer for September! 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Hadassah Canvas - Momenta D-Lite

 
Momenta Supplies:
Creative Canvas - 17381
Graceful Decor Stencil - BL-799
Baby Steps Paper Pad - PK-2146
Baby Steps Vellum Message Stickers - ST-2997
 
Other Supplies:
White Texture Effect: Martha Stewart
Flowers: Prima, Webster's Pages
Photo Credit: Nick Karr
 
I was thrilled to get a phone call from my sister yesterday telling me that my new niece was born!  I went to work right away and created this canvas with my Momenta supplies.
 
 
I love the star pattern that is printed on this canvas and I didn't want to cover them up.  I thought it would be fun to add some texture and movement to this piece so I used the Momenta Graceful Decor Stencil and some White Texture Effect to add the flourishes.


The Baby Steps Paper Pad is full of wonderful die-cuts.  The "brand new" sentiment was perfect!  Also included with the paper pad is a full sheet of letters and numbers in several sizes, colors and fonts.  The yellow letters and numbers were a perfect match to the yellow stars on the canvas.


Momenta has a fabulous collection of clear and vellum stickers.  I cut a portion of one for use here.

I'll be making a lot more baby-themed projects over the next couple of months using the Momenta Baby Steps and Cuddle and Coo collections.  They're perfect for both boys and girls.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Sing ATC - SNR Magazine

Supplies:
Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee
Notecard: Pink Paislee
Ink: Ranger
Paint: Tulip
Mica Flake: Golden
Song Lyrics: The Walkmen
Other: Sequins
Sketch: Lucy Chesna


I created this ATC with the Sketch of the Week from Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.  If you're looking for inspiration the SNR Blog is a wonderful resource!  There are sketches, color palettes, tips, inspirational quotes, special projects and tutorials.  This artwork and information is offered for free! A subscription to the magazine is not needed to view the amazing content on the blog!  If you like what you see on the blog, a subscription to SNR Magazine offers access to more artwork, product reviews, articles, featured artists and more in-depth tutorials.  If you're looking for a fun place to share artwork and chat, join the SNR Challenges Group


Here is the sketch that I used for inspiration. Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Make Waves - Tando Creative

Supplies:
Cardstock: Close To My Heart
Paper: Pink Paislee
Die-Cuts: Pink Paislee
Chipboard: Tando Creative (Anchor ANC1)
Tag: Avery
Rhinestones: Kaisercraft
Ink: Ranger
Texture Paste: Martha Stewart
Other: Twine, Doily

I'm sharing a layout today for Tando Creative.  The theme this week is Sun, Sea and Sand.  I love living on the Gulf Coast!  There is never a shortage of sun, sea, sand (especially sand) or photos from our trips to the beach. 
 
 

I covered the larger of the two anchors from the set with White Texture Effect to create a salty aged-by-the-sea look.  Once that dried I added some Distress Ink. If you'd like to win some Tando products, check out the Tando Creative Challenge Blog. Each month is a different challenge theme and the chance to win!   Thanks for stopping by today!

Pace of Nature ATC - Your Memories Here

Supplies:
ATC Base: Ranger
Sticky-Back Canvas: Ranger
Chipboard: Words Or Whatever
Flower: Prima
Butterfly: Prima
Rhinestones: Prima
Stamps: Prima
Paint: Kaisercraft, Ranger
Gelatos: Faber-Castell
Ink: Ranger
Gesso: Golden
Quote: Rhalph Waldo Emerson

I'm sharing an artist trading card that I created for Your Memories Here today.  I started with a Ranger Manila Card and piece of Sticky-Back Canvas.  The Sticky-Back Canvas is unprimed, so once I stuck the canvas to my manila card, I added several light coats of watered-down gesso to the canvas surface.  I used Kaisercraft acrylic paint in Yellow to color the background of my card.  I created a subtle ombre effect with the paint, adding a thicker layer of paint to the right-hand side of the card.

I wanted to add more color to my ATC so I brought out my set of Faber-Castell Gelatos.  I used a Prima floral stamp from the Meadow Lark collection.  I rubbed several colors of Gelatos (Red Cherry, Tangerine, Metallic Melon and Chocolate) directly onto my stamp, spritzed my stamp with water, and then stamped onto my ATC several times.



Several stamped images can be produced with one application of the Gelatos to the stamp.  I used the address stamp, also from the Prima Meadow Lark collection, and some Ranger Archival Ink to add another layer of color to my background.

I used a Ranger Paint Dabber in Espresso to add color to a piece of chipboard.  To finish my card I added some Prima embellishments and a quote.

Thanks for stopping by today! Prima Pre-Orders are available in the Your Memories Here Store! If you have your eye on 1, or 7, of the new Prima collections, get your order in now for a significant savings. Grab Bags are available again in 3 sizes. If you're running low on embellishments from the last Prima release, there are still Winter Grab Bags available in 3 different sizes in the YMH Store.

**Your Memories Here Designs is having a DT Call!**

If you are interested in joining our fabulous team of amazing, creative, inspiring designers, here are the details:

To be a designer for Your Memories Here you need to have your own blog. You will be required to post once a week on both your personal blog, and the YMH Designs blog, a project featuring products that can be found at Your Memories Here. We also have a facebook page that we’d like you to post to (not mandatory). If you belong to any other forums or message boards and can help spread the word that way, even better! The design team term will be for 6 months, September 2012 - February 2013.

What does Your Memories Here have to offer you? Exposure to hundreds of fans on facebook and blogger and generous product discounts! While we can’t afford to give you all the materials for your projects (wouldn’t that be nice) we do offer an “employee” discount for all items at Your Memories Here as well as access to make discounted purchases from our suppliers.

This call is open to everyone, everywhere around the world. scapbookers, card makers and mixed media/altered art artists are all welcome to apply.
To apply:
Send an email (please put YMH DT Call in the subject line) to krissy@yourmemorieshere.com and include:
  • Your name and where you’re from
  • At least 3 examples of your work
  • Your blog address
  • A short bio
  • A list of any forums or message boards you belong to
  • Please visit YourMemoriesHere.com so that you are aware of the products we sell and let us know if you currently own any of the products we offer. You are not required to make a purchase.
The call is until midnight August 18th. We will announce the Design Team on August 25, 2012. The chosen design team will post their submission project for their first post in September.
Good luck to all those who apply! The YMH Team is a lot of fun!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Portlandia Tag - SNR Magazine


Scrapbook News and Review Magazine recently had a Favorite TV Show Tag Call. I love the show Portlandia starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. One of my favorite episodes included this sketch where Fred and Carrie put birds on things.  I had a lot of fun putting a bird on this tag!


If you like making tags, SNR Magazine puts out a call for tags every other month.  Look for the September Call soon!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Joy of Fussy Cuts: A Webster's Pages Layout Tutorial - SNR Magazine

My favorite way to add detail and embellishments to my layouts is through fussy cutting. I love to cut papers apart and rearrange the pieces into my own design. Before buying any piece of paper, I always ask myself, 'Can I cut this paper?' One of the features that I love most about Webster's Pages papers is that I can always answer my question with a 'Yes!' When looking over the papers from the All About Me collection, I had two favorite patterned papers. It just so happened that my favorite patterns where the A- and B-side of the same piece of paper! This problem happens frequently for me. With a little creative fussy cutting, I was able to use both sides of a single sheet of paper to create a design that I love! I created this layout tutorial for the Webster's Pages sponsored event at Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.

Supplies:
1 Sheet of white cardstock
1 Sheet of Webster's Pages "Look Within" patterned paper
Embellishments
Scissors
Craft Knife
Border Punch
Adhesive
Optional: Charm, Gems, Glaze



This is my favorite patterned paper from the Webster's Pages All About Me collection. The soft floral and damask patterns, the beautiful script and the romantic silhouettes contrast wonderfully with the circle, black linear frames and the lattice shapes. I thought that a mix of soft and hard lines would create a unique design.


Step One: Cut the floral element and damask pattern from the patterned paper. Also, cut the embellished bottom left corner from the patterned paper. Note: Cut as close to the printed pattern as possible.



Step Two: Carefully cut the floral and circular design element from the damask print. Use a border punch to create a decorative edge on both sides of the damask patterned piece of paper. Note: A craft knife makes removing the small areas of paper from between the flower stems and petals much easier.


Step Three: To make a small banner from the bottom left corner of the patterned paper, cut a small triangular piece from the right-hand side of the paper strip. Add a decorative pin to the left-hand side of the paper strip.



Step Four: Flip the remaining piece of patterned paper over and cut the silhouettes from the lattice design of the patterned paper. Note: I first used a pair of scissors to cut all the partial silhouettes from around the edges of the paper. I used a craft knife to cut the silhouettes from the rest of the lattice design.



Step Five: To make a small charm, gather two of the silhouettes cut in the previous step, a small charm, gems, scissors, adhesive and glaze. First, cover the inside of the charm with the cream-colored A-side piece of patterned paper. Next, cut the small silhouette from the B-side piece of patterned paper and adhere to the center of the charm. Cut two small strips of gems to size and attach them to top and bottom of the charm. Finally, fill the charm with glaze and set aside to dry.


Here is the assembled charm.


Step Six: Attach the piece of lattice to the cardstock. Note: I cut away a small portion of the lattice to make a more interesting pattern for my layout.



Step Seven: Attach the small piece of damask patterned paper to the right side of the layout. Note: The uneven edge of this piece of paper will not be visible on the finished layout.


Step Eight: Add a photo to the center of the circular floral piece and attach to the upper right corner of the layout, slightly overlapping the end of the lattice piece.


Step Nine: Attach the small, feathered corner design to the bottom of the circular floral element. Note: I cut this piece from the top of the circle. I aligned this piece with the black border on the bottom of the circular floral element to make a decorative corner. Again, like before, the uneven edge of this piece of paper will not be visible on the finished layout.


Step Ten: Add the banner created in Step Three and an embellishment of your choice to the layout just under the photo. Note: These two elements hide the uneven edges of the fussy cut pieces, leaving only the finished decorative edges of the papers visible.


Step Eleven: Add the charm created in Step Five to the layout. Note: I also added the three small red flowers that I cut from the paper as well as some diamond-shaped gems.


Step Twelve: Add a title to finish the layout. Note: I was inspired by the name of the patterned paper and chose to use that as the title of this layout. I hope I have inspired you with this tutorial! With a small pair of scissors and a little bit of patience, you can create a unique one-of-a-kind design for your projects.

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Webster's Pages; Alpha Stickers: Webster's Pages; Gems: Webster's Pages; Princess Petal: Webster's Pages; Pin: Webster's Pages; Metal Charm: Fancy Pants; Punch: Martha Stewart; Glaze: JudiKins; Other: Twine

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

School Days Mini Album - Moxxie


I love the end of summer. The weather begins to cool down, I get back into a more organized routine and my daughters get to return to school and reunite with the friends they missed over the summer vacation.

This year is extra special because my oldest daughter will start Kindergarten! I do not know who is more excited, her or me. As I was checking off each item on my daughter's school supply list, I also picked up the Moxxie School Zone Collection. The patterned papers are full of fun designs like pencils, crayons, rulers and calculators, and the fresh, bold color palette really captures the joy and excitement of school.



I had a blast creating this School Days Mini Album. This album has two pages for every school year from Preschool to 12th Grade and an extra two pages for extracurricular activities. Each page of the album has a pocket that can hold school photos, awards, report cards and other souvenirs collected from each school year. I added a photo mat for each grade and used the coordinating stickers and rub-ons to embellish each page of the album.

Each school grade has a designated patterned paper in the collection that features a fabulous corner flourish design and the name of the school year. I used that portion of each patterned paper for my album pages. I used the other half of each page to cut photo mats and cover shipping tags.


If you would like to make an album like this, here is what you need to do:

Step 1: Cut a piece of 12x12 cardstock in half. Take one piece of 6x12 cardstock and score every 3/4 inch. Fold the paper back and forth on the score lines to create an accordion fold. This piece of cardstock will be the mini album binding. Reserve the other half of the paper for use in Step Four.

Step 2: Cut eight pieces of 12x12 cardstock in half. Place two 6x12 pieces of cardstock together and fold in half, creating a 6x6 square. Repeat for the remaining seven groups of 6x12 pieces of cardstock. Using a sewing machine, stitch four of the grouped 6x12 pieces of cardstock along the top and bottom, creating pockets that open from the side of the page. Stitch the remaining four grouped 6x12 pieces of cardstock along the bottom and two sides, creating pockets that open from the top of the page. Note: I decided to make both top pockets and side pockets to keep my album balanced as items are placed into the pockets over the years.

Step 3: To attach the pages into the accordion folds of the binding, place the folded edge of the page against the matching fold of the accordion panel. Pierce three holes through the two fold lines simultaneously at 1-inch, 3-inches and 5-inches (measuring from the top of the page). To secure the pages in place, use a pamphlet stitch. Using embroidery floss and a needle, bring the needle from the outside of the fold and through the center hole, leaving a 3-inch tail on the outside of the binding. Carry the floss along inside the fold and out through the top hole. Carry the floss along the entire length of the accordion binding on the outside of the book, creating a long stitch, and then thread the needle through the bottom hole to the inside of the fold. Bring the needle out through the middle hole. Your starting thread and ending thread should be on opposite sides of the long stitch on the outside of the binding. Tie the ends of the floss in a square knot, making sure to tie the knot around the long stitch. Repeat the pamphlet stitch to secure the other seven pages into the accordion binding. Note: I arranged my album pages so that every other page had a top pocket opening.

Step Four: Take the piece of 6x12 cardstock leftover from Step 1 and score every 3/4 of an inch. Fold the paper back and forth on the score lines to create an accordion fold. Cut a strip 2 1/2 inches from one end. This piece of cardstock will cover the stitching that holds the album together. Glue the piece of cardstock to the front and back flaps of the binding.

Step Five: Cut two, 16-inch pieces if ribbon. Glue one end of a piece of ribbon to the center of the front page of the album. Flip the album over and glue one end of the second piece of ribbon to the center of the back page of the album. Cut a piece of patterned paper to 6x6 inches. Add the piece of patterned paper to the front of the album, under the flap of the album binding. This piece of paper covers the ribbon and makes the front cover of the album. Repeat for the back cover of the album.

Step Six: Glue the flap from the binding down on the front cover. Repeat for the back cover.

Step Seven: Add a border sticker along the edge of the binding down the front cover of the album. Repeat for the back cover.

Step Eight: Glue down the tabs from the accordion binding, found on every other page of the album, to the album page beneath it to give the album stability. Cut patterned papers to 5 3/4 inches square and add them to each page of the album.

Step Nine: Embellish the front cover and inside pages of the album with stickers and rub-ons. Add 4x3 inch photo mats every other page of the album. Optional: Using leftover pieces of patterned paper from the collection, cover several shipping tags. Randomly insert the tags into the pockets of the album pages.

Thanks for stopping by today! If you've been creating with Moxxie products, please visit the Moxxie facebook page and share your work with us!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Scrapbook Steals Blog Hop Winners!

I want to thank everyone who participated in this hop and that took the time to leave a comment on my blog!  I had a great time reading all the comments and plan to visit you all to return the love over the next couple of days.  I had such a wonderful time with this hop and received some really heartfelt comments that are very encouraging.  As a way of saying thanks, I'm giving away an extra RAK!

The winner of the 4x6" Huey's Mask and set of Heyday Mistable Thickers is PjP!

The winner of a seat in the Mists: Not Just Point & Shoot Class by Heidi Myers is Brenda Smith!


The winner of a 4x6" Huey's Mask is Abbey!


Winners please contact me at serordan@hotmail.com so I can send out your goodies!

Perfect Harmony - Moxxie

Moxxie Supplies:
Musically Inclined - Orchestra
Musically Inclined - Brass
Musically Inclined - Percussion
Musically Inclined - Strings
Musically Inclined - Cardstock Die-Cuts

Other:
Flowers: Prima
Trinket: Prima
Ink: Ranger
Photo Credit: Wayne Maki Photography

Thanks for stopping by today!  I'm sharing a layout I created with the new Moxxie Musically Inclined collection.  This collection is my favorite from the new lines released in July.  If you love music or play an instrument, this collection is for you!  I'm looking forward to digging out my old high school band photos!  You'll see a lot more of this collection in my future projects.  Be sure to visit the Moxxie Blog and facebook page for inspiration from the rest of the Moxxie Muses.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Clockwork Heart - Tando Creative

**If you're here for the Scrapbook Steals Blog Hop, please scroll down to the previous post!**

Supplies:
Patterned Paper: Graphic 45
Chipboard: Tando Creative
Metal Stickers: Momenta
Trinkets: Prima
Butterfly: Pink Paislee
Paint: Creative Inspirations, Ranger
Perfect Pearls: Ranger
Tinting Solution: Triangle Crafts
Ink: Ranger
Other: Charms, Chain, Findings, Foil
Quote: Dru Pagliassotti

I'm thrilled to share my first project for Tando Creative today!  The theme this week at the Tando Creative Design Blog is Arches, Tags and ATCs.  Arches and ATCs are my new addiction and I had a lot of fun creating this arch with a Gothic Arch Layered Frame and pieces from the Heart Cog Pendant.


I glued chipboard pieces from the pendant and some metal embellishments to the bottom piece of the arch frame and then covered that with a layer of aluminum foil, a couple of layers of paint, tinting solution and Perfect Pearls, to make a grungy background.  I covered the top layer of the frame with some patterned paper and added a quote and a chain of trinkets to finish the piece.  Tando chipboard is thick and sturdy and I could have piled on more embellishments and mediums without any worries that my project would fall apart.

If you'd like to win some Tando products, stop by the Tando Creative Challenge Blog. Each month is a different challenge theme and the chance to win!

If you want to try the technique I used on the base of my arch, check out these videos by CapricornArtist73 and RachO113!  Thanks so much for stopping by!