December 29, 2010

Making Time for Crafts

Hi all! Just stopping by to share a project, we'll be resuming normal daily posting after the new year.
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.

December 19, 2010

A Little Break

Hello all - you may have noticed this isn't Cassie posting this Sunday ;)
It's Kristina, letting you all know that I gave the team some time off to enjoy with their families and get caught up on the busy things we all have going on at home this time of year.

You may catch a post or two from us anyway since we do love to craft but for the most part, regular posting won't resume until next year! (wow that seems so weird to type that)

For those who subscribe to the monthly newsletter, I will probably be sending out January's news in late December to let you know of some changes we have coming in the new year.
Also, our winner of the blog hop, Lori, hasn't contacted us with her mailing information yet. So we may be picking a new winner tomorrow - we'll see?

December 16, 2010

Paper Star Ornaments

 I saw this the other day in an email and I recognized it was the same concept as the Marion Smith Mini Pocket Book so I wanted to try it. I had this gorgeous paper from Studio 8 called Evergreen. I cut 6 strips 1"x3" and 6 strips 1"x4". Then glue the edges together of a shorter piece inside the longer piece and set aside to let dry. The glue the other edges together. Next glue all the pieces together and this is what you get.
 I used Prima lace to hang it on the tree. I like the antiquey look. I also used brown corduroy distress ink on all the edges to cover up the white paper and grunge it up a bit.
 I think I'll make some more with the girls and use lots of colors and glimmer mist. You could make a super cute garland out of these and if you changed the length of you paper you can make your stars any size you want. Just make one piece an inch longer.
I hope you give it a shot. They are sooo easy and super fun to make. Check out YMH store for your supplies! Happy Holidays!

December 14, 2010

Silhouette Song Bird Card

Here are a couple of seasonal cards I'd like to share with you today.
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.

December 13, 2010

Handmade Holiday Gift Hop Winner

Good Monday Morning! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Hopefully you all had a chance to visit the blogs in the Handmade Holiday Gifts hop. I just finished visiting all the blogs in the hop, and read every comment to verify that everyone played by the rules ;)
Soooo are you ready to hear who is the winner of this prize:
Our Lucky Winner is Lori! but she did not leave a way for us to get a hold of her :0 So Lori, if you are reading this, please send me an email at with your mailing address.
If we don't hear from Lori within a week, we'll pick another winner.

Don't forget to scroll down and check out Leah's post for today. She had made a lovely card to match her blog hop project :)

Special Friend

Hi! It feels like forever since I've posted something new:) I'm all moved into our lovely home and am so thankful to be getting all settled right before Christmas. I have my craft area up and running and it sure does feel good to be creating again! For my share today I created this card that will go with a gift package I am making for a friend. It coordinates with the mini pizza box I made for the Handmade Christmas blog hop. My friend loves tea (as do I) and I thought this paper and Prima goodies made it perfect. The paper is from SEI, the pretty ribbon and lace trim and rose is from Prima and of course I had to use a few Dew Drops. I also used a Cuttlebug embossing folder to one of my mats that I cut using my Cricut. I hope you are enjoying all the things that go along with the holiday season...remember the true reason for the season! Hugs....

December 12, 2010

A Wish Come True LO & Blog Hop Candy Reminder!

First, if you want to get in on the fabulous YMH blog hop & candy, visit this link HERE or simply scroll down to the post below!!

Happy Sunday everyone....hope you are all having a fabulous & crafty weekend! I'm back again to share with you a LO I created using some wonderful Prima & Tattered Angels products from Your Memories Here. I simply love the YMH Store, especially all the fabulous Live with Prima & Tattered Angels Kits that Kristina has to offer...and all at amazing prices! This LO features last year's Christmas photo of our family, minus the fur baby, & is my favorite holiday photo by far. For me, my family is my wish come true & I can't wait to finish journaling on this LO!

Paper - STUDIO 8 (Noel)
Bling/Flowers/Lace/Transparency - PRIMA
Pearl Glimmer Mist - TATTERED ANGELS
Letters/Ribbon/Journaling Tag/Adhesive - Stash

Now, don't forget that the Your Memories Here Handmade Holiday Blog Hop is still going on! You have through today (Sunday) to visit all the blogs & leave comments for a chance to win the amazing prize pictured below...and trust me, it is fantastic & filled to the brim with Prima, Tattered Angels, Webster, Cuttlebug, Pebbles, and so many more rockin' products!!

So visit this link HERE & get to hoppin'! Kristina will announce the winner Monday right here on the YMH DT Blog, so make sure to check back. And, if you'd like to visit my blog HERE, it would make my day! Hope my LO inspires you to scrap those treasured Christmas photos as well! Happy Christmas Craftin'!!

December 10, 2010

Welcome to the Handmade Holiday Gift Hop

Hi, so glad you could join us for our first blog hop on the YMH Designs blog. We have some great ideas to share with you for gifts you can make and give for the holidays.
Of course with a blog hop there is going to be candy, but you'll have to visit each blog and leave a comment to be entered to win the candy (yeah, we're tricky like that!) But we're also giving you till Sunday to complete the hop, because we know everyone is so busy this time of year.

So first up on the hop is Cassie

If you get lost along the way you can come back here to get back on track, here's the hop order:

When you're all done with the hop, come back here and leave a comment for a chance to win this:

Here's a list of all the goodies you could win:
Snow Fun kit from Pebbles
Set of Pebbles Chalks
Pebbles Chalk Eraser tool
Cuttlebug Embossing folder
Prima Glistening Vines
Prima Poinsettia
Prima Jenuine Collection tissue/crochet flowers
Prima Say it in Studs and Pearls embellishments
Imaginsice Snowy Jo Stocking stamp set
Imaginsice Snowy Jo Happy Holiday stamp set
Imaginisce Snowy Jo Believe stamp set
Webster's Pages Petite Papers Waiting for Santa/ Sweet Season combo pad
Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze in Champagne

You don't have to be a follower to win, but we hope if you enjoy or are inspired by the projects we've shown you, you'll come back and visit us again.
For another chance to win a special surprise item, visit our Facebook Fan page and "like" us, then post a comment (such as "Kristina sent me from the blog hop" or "I found you on the Handmade Holiday gift hop") to be entered to win.

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.

December 2, 2010

Christmas Candy Bucket

 Remember when I made the candy corn Halloween bucket and said wouldn't this be cute for Christmas with mints...well here it is! I love it! I love the red and white and all the sparkly. The Prima branches with the bling are perfect and the Prima flowers and Felt were a must have! I used Candy Apple Red, Marshmallow, and Peppermint Stick Glimmer Mist. It was super easy to put together. Go to to get your goodies and get busy! :)
Thanks for looking and I hope you all have a fabulous day!

December 1, 2010

Christmas Cookies (take two)

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.

Don't forget to check out Jess' Christmas tag post from today too, it has a wonderful vintage Christmas look to it.

Christmas Tag

Hi everyone:
It's Jess from KinderStampO. Christmas is my favorite holiday and there is nothing I love making more than tags and mini albums. So here goes one of the many tags I will be making this season. I used some papers I picked up from Your Memories Here and some icicle Stickles. The stamp sets are from Unity Stamp Co and the Santa image is from

I hope you enjoy it as much I did making it : )