July 29, 2010
Here's one of those projects I've been inspired to create:
I've been getting pretty messy lately while creating and in the interest of saving my clothes, I decided an apron would be a nice solution. I was inspired by one of our fabulous new DT member Kim to decorate my apron before I totally ruin it with paints, inks and glimmer mists LOL
What do you think? Does it look familiar?
I used regular inexpensive acrylic paints to color it and then added sparkle with Dazzling Diamonds glimmer mist all over and some of the new yummy Pomegranate glimmer mist on the very bottom. I also painted the stars and stardust with silver and frosted lace Stickles. I wish you could see the way it shimmers, it's so pretty IRL.
July 26, 2010
July 24, 2010
As much as I enjoy making the videos, sometimes the quality of the playback just doesn't show all the details of the project as well as photos.
So here are the pics of the album:
I used 3 1/2" x 5" pieces of chipboard for the album and all of the pages are covered in DCWV patterned paper from the 2009 Christmas stack. On the cover I used a Chatterbox Wood Frame that I accented with some peeled paint distress ink and Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist. I made the flower from some Prima 5 petal flowers that were actually an orange-ish copper/ brown color, but once I sprayed them with some Piece of Heart (aqua blue) Glimmer mist it made it more of a copper-y green or verdigris color. I added some chunky glitter to the petals for a frosty/snow effect.
The next page has a tag pocket that I simply covered with patterned paper. The photo mat on the next page was embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder and inked up with some white ink to bring out the texture.
The wreath on the left page is a gift tag that I re-purposed as an embellishment that you could put a small photo inside. The mat on the right page was cut on my Cricut and I just inked the edges with some fired brick distress ink.
The photo mat on the left was also embossed with my Cuttlebug and then inked with white. The photo mat on the right is gold metallic paper with a simple ribbon embellishment.
The photo mat on the left was again embossed, with the Swiss dots Cuttlebug folder and I added a couple of Prima pearls to, two of the corners. The page on the right is my favorite. I covered a couple of Prima flowers in thick coating of UTEE for that "glass flower" look and then glued some rhinestones to the middles.
Here's a close up of the flower, I think it kinda resembles a poinsettia?
And finally this is the back cover page of the album. I almost forgot to mention that I bound the whole album with my Bind-it-All and some 1" O wires. I like to use the extra large wires so there is plenty of room to add thick embellishments to the pages inside.
July 21, 2010
July 19, 2010
I don't have a tutorial of my own to share with you, just search UTEE flowers on youtube. I'm sure you'll find tons of technique videos. It's as simple as inking up your flower with embossing ink or versamark and then sprinkling with UTEE and melt it with your heat gun tool. Repeat until you get the desired finish (I used 3 - 4 coats of UTEE).
Keep in mind they do end up a bit darker then the color you start with. So my brown flowers look more like black now (as seen in the photos)
The light yellow/cream colored flower with the script writing, I actually stamped the script on there myself with some timber brown Staz-on ink and a background stamp before I covered it in the UTEE. If you are going to try that I recommend using the Staz-on so that your ink doesn't smear when you cover your flowers in the embossing ink or versamark.
I was so hooked on this technique I thought 'what can I cover next?' and I remembered how I tried to use glossy accents to cover my paper buttons from my MS button punch and it didn't really work out because the glossy accents made the paper cup as it dried. Well, the UTEE technique worked perfectly!
This one here I coated in the UTEE twice, then I brushed on some pink Pearl FX and then added one more coat of UTEE. I love how it's so dimensional and kinda pearly/iridescent.
July 18, 2010
Without further ado please welcome to the blog:
Crystal and if you'd like to visit her personal blog it's Scrap Candy Designs.
Cassie and if you'd like to visit her personal blog it's Crafty Cassie's Corner.
Jess and her personal blog is KinderStampO.com she also has a facebook fan page that she posts on as well also called KinderStampO.
Kim and her personal blog is Creatively Fabulous she also has a facebook fan page that she posts on also called Creatively Fabulous.
And our incumbent team members also know as my left and right hand or my go to gals or thing one and thing two (OK I'm just being silly now)
Leah and her fabulous blog is Paper Blossoms
Karli and her spectacular blog is Crafting with Class
and last is me, Kristina. I may not be in the same caliber as the above mentioned ladies, but I get a spot cuz it's my store :) My personal blog is Creatively Counting My Blessings
In the next 6 months you'll be seeing some great layouts, cards, tags, altered items, videos, tutorials and probably a blog hop or two with some giveaways thrown in for good measure. If you've got any suggestions on things you'd like to see or techniques you'd like us to tackle just leave a comment on any post or you can send me an email (my address is located on the bottom of the blog page)
Comments and feedback are always welcomed and I assure you we read each and every one.
July 16, 2010
I simply adore Prima for fussy cutting. There are always so many beautiful flowers and other elements. (fussy cutting is the hand cutting of elements out of a larger piece of paper)
For this layout I used the yummy Pastiche papers. The background paper is Seaside. I used some also used stickers from the collection.
Thanks Kristina for letting me share.
July 14, 2010
So any way, enough of my rambling nonsense about the weather (though if the weather never changed, what would people talk about?)
I have been going over (and over, and over, and over) all the fabulous design team submissions. I just wanna know, Why do you all have to be so talented?! I mean really, it's already hard telling anyone that they didn't get chosen this time. Then you throw in the fact that they are so extremely talented (seriously, there isn't a crappy submission in the whole bunch) and tell me to "pick just a few" that's like saying "here is bag full of Prima flowers, but take only 4 to use on your projects for the next 6 months!".
I guess what I'm saying is THANK YOU! for being so fabulously talented, THANK YOU for wanting to design for Your Memories Here. Please know that I am struggling with this decision and if you aren't one to be chosen, it had NOTHING to do with your talent.
So that covers my "Tough Decision" part of this post. Now for an easy decision:
If you've been eyeing any of the Prima kits we have in the store, now is the time to "decide" to buy. We've got them all on sale and they are so full of Prima goodness, even if you don't make the project they were designed for you are still getting a heck of a lot of fantastic items to use however you like at a great bundled price!
Like this Altered Tin kit for example:
It comes with TWO lunchbox style tins full of Prima flowers, a set of TWELVE stamps, a whole 8"x11" sheet of Prima crystals, a sheet of chipboard stickers, a set of 3 dimensional alphabet stickers, one yard of crocheted lace and some fairytale roses. OR how about the 12"x12" Marathon kit that comes with 6 sheets of double sided cardstock, chipboard stickers, Prima crystals and this HUGE container full of flowers (over 600 in there!)
July 13, 2010
I'm popping in to share a card I made with some of the new Prima goodies & goodies in general from the YMH Store.
Here's my card:
Urban Cosmos "Metro" DP. I added a fun fiber from the fibers & ribbon assortment along the edge where the two papers meet and as the "leaf" for my flower. I added Stickles to the open swirls on the paper for that added touch of sparkle. There are 3 little Dew Drops from the Lilly Pad Collection in the top left corner. I also used a sheet from the Beach House Wall Paper collection to create my flower.
Here's a closer peek at that:
Iridescent Gold Tattered Angels mist for a bit of shimmer. I also sprayed the ticket which serves as my sentiment.
All the products used on this card, can be found at the YMH Store along with lots more preeety Prima.
Thanks for peeking!
July 12, 2010
You can capture an entire summer’s worth of memories in this two- ‐hour class! Whether you want to put together an album celebrating summer 2009 or get a head start on creating summer 2010’s album, this class is sure to delight! You’ll learn how to decorate an acrylic album with patterned paper, paint, and a little bit of imagination! Even if you think you can’t draw, learn how easy it is to make a dramatic artistic statement with this lovely album!
Included in this kit is:
• 890025: Build-‐A-‐Book Red Acrylic album
• 890469: Build-‐A-‐Book Butterfly Tab album
I used some gorgeous SEI paper that is so shimmery and lovely in person, some fun Prima trim and Wings stamp set for my butterflies and bird and (of course) some Golden Berry Dew Drops. I used my Cricut to cut the title (Wall Decor) and then embossed it with the Damask embossing folder and used an EK Success punch for the scalloped border.
Take some time to remember all your blessings...especially those little ones in your life because time does fly so quickly.
July 10, 2010
Last Thursday on Live with Prima Marion issued an impromptu sketch challenge. I though it would be fun to play along. The background cardstock is just a solid sheet of pink paper and I layered a sheet of Prima Shabby Chic "my lovely" after I border punched around the edges. I embellished each corner (to hide my funky corner cuts) with a Prima leaf and flowers. The picture is my favorite girls, my daughters and my niece (the baby). I painted around the photo in a heart shape on a transparency (so I didn't ruin the photo) and then trimmed it out in Prima ribbon. I colored the little ribbon rosettes with rose tea glimmer mist (by just dabbing a little on with a paint brush) The title is Prima alpha stickers and the journaling spot is a Prima chipboard accent. For a better look at all the details please click on the photo.
July 9, 2010
July 8, 2010
BUT, starting in August we'll have a NEW design team, a new line up of posts and some awesome new projects to share.
There is still time to submit your application if you'd like to be considered for the NEW design team .Visit this post for the details.
July 7, 2010
I hope that you all had a fabulous 4th of July weekend! and hope you are all enjoying your Summer so far!!!
Bird cut from Create a Critter and a flower on bottom of page.
July 2, 2010
First, if you all are wondering where is the July store newsletter? I haven't composed it yet because so much happens in July (CHA, special offers from our suppliers, etc.) that I want to wait till I've got all (or at least most) of the information to share with you before sending out the newsletter.
So now I bet your saying 'what's this about a giveaway?'
Check out this video it explains it :)
July 1, 2010
Visit Your Memories Here for Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in a variety of colors and Prima Pearls and Crystals (which come in various assortments for only $1.49)