Friday, November 30, 2012

Ribbon Spool Ornament - Your Memories Here

I'm sharing a fun up-cycled Christmas ornament today for Your Memories Here.  I've been busy crafting and wrapping up holiday gifts and have quite a few empty ribbon spools laying around.  I had a lot of fun decorating this spool with some Webster's Pages goodies.

The Webster's Pages Designer Trims are gorgeous and made covering the inside and outside of my spool quick and easy.  I lined the inside edges of the spool with Gold Stickles.

Here is the back of my ornament.  I used some patterned papers from the Webster's Pages Home For The Holidays and Waiting For Santa collections.  I used a Tattered Angels Snowflake Glimmer Screen from the Vintage Ice Set as a stencil to cut the blue snowflake from patterned paper. I finished off the edge of this ornament with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Thanks for stopping by today!  If you're looking to pick up some sparkly supplies or pretty trims for your holiday crafting, be sure to check out the Your Memories Here Store.  There are plenty of deals to be found in the Sale and Clearance sections.  There are also new Live With Prima Kits available which make fabulous holiday gifts!

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Webster's Pages; Stickers: Webster's Pages; Trim: Webster's Pages; Flowers: Webster's Pages, Prima; Silhouette: Webster's Pages; Crepe Paper Snowflake: Girls' Paperie; Stickles: Ranger; Ink: Ranger; Snowflake Glimmer Screen: Tattered Angels; Other: Ribbon Spool, Twine

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Pure Joy Wall Hanging - Tando Creative

I'm sharing a fun and festive wall hanging today for Tando Creative.  The theme this week is Deck The Halls.  I created this wall hanging by mixing two non-holiday paper collections and using a chipboard album page as the base.  I embellished this piece with flowers, stickers, ribbon, festive greenery and some gorgeous Tando Leaf Branches.

I colored my leaves with Dylusions Fresh Lime Ink Spray and Tattered Angels Blizzard Glimmer Glam. This leaf set comes with leaf branches as well as loose leaves, which I love, and is available in both greyboard and white-lined board.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies: Album Page: Little Yellow Bicycle; Patterned Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle; Doily: Hallmark; Sticker: Little Yellow Bicycle; Chipboard Leaves: Tando Creative; Fabric Embellishments: Little Yellow Bicycle; Flowers: Manor House Creations, Prima; Paper Leaves: Prima; Ribbon: Maya Road; Ink: Ranger; Glimmer Glam: Tattered Angels; Other: Branches, Pine Cones, Bells, Twine

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

1 Little Indian - Creative Inspirations Paint

I'm sharing a layout I created for Creative Inspirations Paint today.  I had fun playing with a neutral palette for this page, but I also wanted to add some fun pops of color.  I cut out several chevron shapes from my background paper and then backed the empty spaces with painted pieces of cardstock in some of my favorite colors; Burt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Burnt Clay and Chocolate.

I love that I'm able to add color and a fabulous shimmer in one step with Creative Inspirations Paints. Creative Inspirations paints are an iridescent water-based paint that will add brilliance and sparkle to any of your creations and are available in 55 vivid colors.

If you haven't tried this paint and would like a chance to win some for yourself, join in on any one of the weekly challenges each month.  You don't need to use Creative Inspirations paints to play along, but if you do, you double your chances of winning! Also, don't forget about the 10% off all marked products going on this week! Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, November 26, 2012

New Baby - Momenta D-Lite

I love using die-cuts on my projects. Many die-cuts on the market are brightly colored and glittered, embossed, stitched or flocked, adding wonderful interest to projects with very little effort needed on my part. One drawback to die-cuts is that they are flat. Die-cuts are easy to layer to create dimension, but they are usually cut from cardstock and are not soft to the touch, which is a feature I look for when creating baby-themed projects. I thought it would be fun to use some Momenta die-cut images to create soft pillow embellishments.

Thanks for stopping by today!   I love the soft touch these die-cut pillows add to my layout. Try using this same technique so make small stuffed toys or gift toppers.

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Momenta; T-shirt Transfer: June Tailor; Die-cuts: Momenta; Chipboard: Momenta; Stickers: Momenta; Rhinestones: Pink Paislee, Prima; Beads: Cousin; Pearl: Prima; Pin: Teresa Collins; Ribbon: Offray; Thread: Iris; Other: Fabric, fibers, lace, pin; Photo Credit: Sarah Seror

Friday, November 23, 2012

Time Flies - Your Memories Here

I'm sharing a layout that I created for Your Memories Here today.  I mixed two collections for this page, Pink Paislee's Nantucket and London Market.  I think the patterns and colors really work together and using these papers together gives these older lines a freshness that has me wanting to craft with them more.

I used a Prima Wood Embellishment for the title.  I thought the frame on the Pink Paislee Collage Sheet was the perfect spot to add this tag.

If you're looking for some Pink Paislee products, be sure to check out the Your Memories Here Store.  Also available are the Declarations, Indigo Bleu and Spring Jubilee collections.  YMH is also offering some fabulous Black Friday Deals!

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee, Collage Sheet: Pink Paislee; Ephemera: Pink Paislee; Wood Tag: Prima; Doily: Hallmark; Distress Ink: Ranger; Other: Twine, Flower, Heart; Photo Credit: Sarah Seror

Family Is Gold - Scrap It With A Song

It's time to add a new song to the playlist at Scrap It With A Song. In the spirit of the recent Thanksgiving holiday here in the US, this week's song is "Keep It Together" by Madonna.  I was inspired by the  song lyrics "family is gold" for this card.  The Rock Chicks would love to see how you interpret this song! Link up your project to the SIWAS Blog by the end of the month for your chance to be named one of our Play List Favorites and a future Guest Designer! All those who play along will also have the chance to win this 6x6 Simple Stories Harvest Lane Paper Pad!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Echo Park; Tag: Elle's Studio; Ribbon: Offray, Webster's Pages; Flowers: Manor House Creations, Maya Road; Lock: Prima; Stamps: Studio G; Ink: Ranger; Stickles: Ranger; Embossing Folder: ProvoCraft; Other: Cardstock; Song Lyrics: Madonna

Monday, November 19, 2012

Fall Fortune Cookies - Momenta

Have you tried any of the Momenta Design + Print templates?  I've designed several projects with them and they are super fun!  I chose a beautiful fall color palette for these fortune cookies that I designed, printed and folded in about 10 minutes. 

I plan on serving these cookies to my family and friends on Thanksgiving.  Even after a full day of feasting, there is always room for a warm hug and a note of thanks. 

Thanks for stopping by today!  You can view the full Design + Print line here.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

DIY Fabric Leaves & Thankful Card Set - Moxxie

I'm sharing a fun fall-themed DIY project for Moxxie today. There is something about the cooler fall months that prompts me to incorporate more fabrics into my craft projects.  Several patterned paper collections would make gorgeous fabric prints, the Forever Family collection being one of them.  The flourish, hound's-tooth and striped patterns are some of my favorites and the color palette is fantastic with warm oranges and browns being set off with a beautiful pale teal.  To satisfy my need for Forever Family fabric, I printed my own at home in a few simple steps using my home computer and printer/scanner, some t-shirt transfers and muslin.

To begin I selected several sheets of pattered paper from the Forever Family collection.  I chose the beautiful flourish pattern in several colors.  Note: If you would prefer a less subtle design for your project, the B-sides of these papers feature wonderful multicolored stripes and hound's-tooth patterns. The coordinating stickers and die-cuts could also be scanned to create fabric embellishments.

I scanned each patterned paper using my home printer/scanner and computer and then printed the images onto t-shirt transfers. Note: Be sure to select "mirror image" or "T-shirt mode" from your printer menu before printing any pattern with text so that the design will be in the proper orientation on the final project.

Preheat an iron to the highest setting and empty any water that may be in the iron. Do not use steam. Iron the project fabric, if necessary, to remove any wrinkles. Position the transfer image side down onto the project fabric, and using firm pressure, iron over the entire transfer in a circular motion. Remove the transfer backing from the fabric and have fun creating with your new custom fabric!

I used several leaf dies to cut my fabric into embellishments for my card set. I have so much to be thankful for this year and wanted to let my family and friends know how much they mean to me with a handmade card.

I'm thinking about making several more card sets for use as hostess gifts for the upcoming holiday season.  If you've started your Christmas crafting already, try using this same technique with the Moxxie Winterland, Party At The Pole, and/or Faith collections.

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to check back here often, and also visit our facebook page, for inspiration from the rest of the Moxxie Muses.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Unforgettable - Your Memories Here

I'm sharing another layout today that I created with the beautiful Prima Rondelle and Romance Novel collections for Your Memories Here.  I love how well these lines complement each other.  The orange, grey and pink color palette of this patterned paper caught my eye and paired beautifully with this photo of my niece.  This patterned paper combines many of my favorite design elements, lace, polka dots, text, script and plaid in a fabulous way.  I wanted to play up all those feminine designs so I added plenty of flowers, a vintage book page and lace.

These butterflies come in a multicolored package of 6 and add a fabulous shimmer to any project.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  If you haven't stopped by the Your Memories Here Store be sure to check them out.  The Prima Grab Bags are a wonderful value if you're looking for a great mix of Prima products at a excellent price. Pick one up before they're gone for good!

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Prima; Flowers: Prima, Manor House Creations, Recollections; Butterfly: Prima;  Other: Lace, Book Page, Muslin; Photo Credit: Sarah Seror

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Ride - Moxxie

I'm trying to create a few more fall-themed projects before I dig into my holiday supplies.  I've used the Moxxie Forever Family collection for most of my fall layouts.  I love the color palette and mix of patterns and I tried to incorporate them all on this page.

One of my favorite things about fall is the crunch of leaves under my feet. I used some Spellbinders dies to cut the leaves, spritzed them with water, scrunched and dried them, and then added a touch of Distress Ink to give an aged weathered look.

I based this layout on the November Scrap That! Sketch by Amarilys Doria.  I swapped the flowers for leaves.

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

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Bird House - Creative Inspirations Paint

Bird House: Michael's
Flowers: Manor House Creations, Petaloo, Prima
Crackle Paint: Martha Stewart
Paint: Creative Inspirations Paint
Gesso: Golden
Ribbon: Offray
Embossing Folder: Provo Craft
Other: Bird, Moss, Acorns, Twine, Aluminum Can

It may be hard to believe, but this is my first altered bird house.  I wanted a nice fall-themed home decor piece and I had a lot of fun altering this bird house.  I tried to make this piece unique by incorporating a lot of different textures in a pretty fall color palette.

My daughters found this set of acorns on a walk through the woods and said that I must use them on a project.  I think they are a fun addition to this flower cluster!

My favorite part of this bird house is the embossed roof, which started out as a soda can.  I carefully cut the top and bottom from the can and ran in through my Cuttlebug in an embossing folder.  Once the roof pieces were cut to size and attached to the house, I painted it with my favorite color of Creative Inspirations Paint, Mocha Latte.


Thanks for stopping by today!

Life Is Good - Tando Creative

For the Month of November the Tando Creative Team is challenging you to create projects using wings. Each week a member, or two, of the DT will share their project to inspire you to join us.  Today is my turn to share and I chose some of the Tando Mini Butterflies.  I love to mix colors and patterns and had a lot of fun putting this page together.  I decided to keep the butterflies natural, so they would stand out and added some dry embossing for a bit of fun texture.

Up for grabs this month are 4 pieces of Tando chipboard of your choice!  All you have to do is create a piece incorporating the monthly theme and link to the Tando Creative Challenge Blog. You don't have to use Tando products, but, if you do you'll be entered into the draw twice, doubling your chances to win. We don't have many rules, as rules spoil the fun, but in order to be in with a chance of winning we do ask that your project is entered for a maximum of 5 challenges, including Tando. Thanks for stopping by today!  We can't wait to see your creations.

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Heidi Swapp, Pink Paislee, Rose Moka, Lucky 7 Factory, Close To My Heart; Flowers: Little Yellow Bicycle, Manor House Creations; Leaves: Little Yellow Bicycle; Chipboard Butterflies: Tando Creative; Journaling Card: Webster's Pages; Banner: Heidi Swapp; Mask: Studio Calico; Mist: Studio Calico; Swiss Dots Embossing Folder: Provo Craft

Monday, November 12, 2012

Tar Gel Flourish Tutorial

Dried Tar Gel Flourish Tag Tutorial by Dana Tatar

Flourishes are one of my favorite embellishments to add to projects, but the designs, materials and colors of flourishes on the market are similar across many manufacturers. I like to add unique embellishments to my projects but I'm left with limited options with store-bought flourishes. Using clear tar gel, I was able to design and decorate one-of-a-kind flourishes for my project.

Dried Tar Gel Flourish Tutorial Supplies

Clear Tar Gel
Craft Stick

Clear Tar Gel Flourishes

Step One: Dip a craft stick or palette knife into the tar gel and quickly swirl the gel over a nonstick work surface. Let dry. Note: Tar gel has a cloudy appearance when wet and becomes clear when dry.

Painted and Glittered Dried Tar Gel Flourishes by Dana Tatar

Step Two: Paint the flourishes. Add a light sprinkling of glitter to the flourishes before the paint is completely dry for a little extra shine. Note: Several coats of paint were necessary to cover the flourishes evenly.

Dried Tar Gel Flourish Embellishments by Dana Tatar

Step Three: Carefully remove the flourishes from the work surface and trim any dried paint from the edges.

Embellished Dried Tar Gel Flourishes by Dana Tatar

Step Four: Add rhinestones to the end of each flourish and attach to project.

Dried Tar Gel Flourishes on Finished Wish Tag by Dana Tatar

Supplies: Tag: Avery; Tissue Paper: Pink Paislee; Ticket: Webster's Pages; Flower: Prima; Rhinestones: Kaisercraft; Glitter: Martha Stewart; Ink: Ranger; Paint: Making Memories; Clear Tar Gel: Golden; Other: Twine

Dried Tar Gel Flourish Embellishment Tutorial by Dana Tatar

Friday, November 9, 2012

Best Friends - Your Memories Here

I'm sharing a layout today that I created with the beautiful Prima Rondelle and Romance Novel collections for Your Memories Here.  I love how well these lines complement each other.  The oranges, yellows and browns that are featured in both of these collections are perfect for fall layouts.  I faced a common dilemma when choosing what patterned paper to use as the base of my layout.  I liked both the front and back designs on this "Cabriole" sheet equally well.  I resolved my problem by tearing the sheet of paper in half and using both sides of the paper!  I trimmed about 3/4 of an inch from one side of the paper and stitched them together with some jute twine for the base of my page. 

Once again, the focal point of my floral cluster is a gorgeous Bravo bloom.  I filled out my flower arrangement with smaller flowers and some leaves.

This friendship charm is gorgeous and helps to pull out some of the pink that dots several of the patterned flowers.

These butterflies come in a multicolored package of 6 and add a fabulous shimmer to any project.

I wanted to help draw the eye around my page, so I added some Say it in Crystals embellishments to the flowers printed on this patterned paper.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  If you haven't stopped by the Your Memories Here Store be sure to check them out.  The Prima Grab Bags are a wonderful value if you're looking for a great mix of Prima products at a excellent price. Pick one up before they're gone for good!

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Prima; Flowers: Prima; Leaves: Prima; Vintage Trinket: Prima; Butterfly: Prima; Crystals: Prima; Sticker: Prima; Journaling Card: Prima; Packaging: Prima; Die: Lifestyle Crafts; Other: Cardstock, Twine; Photo Credit: Sarah Seror