Sunday, 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!
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 on the YMH DT Blog so make sure to check it out too. Hope my LO inspires you to scrap those treasured Christmas photos as well! Happy Christmas Craftin'!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Shabby Chic Sachet Gift Set & Blog Hop Candy!!

Happy Friday y'all & welcome to the Your Memories Here Handmade Holiday Blog Hop! If you arrived here from Cassie's blog then you are in the right place! If not, simply hop back to Cassie & get started there. I am so happy you to decide to stop by...there will be fabulous gift inspiration along the way & an amazing prize package from the YMH Store after you are done hopping! Woo-Hoo! For my holiday gift idea, I decided to share a super easy, shabby chic potpourri sachet that features Prima & Tattered Angels products you can purchase in the Your Memories Here Store.

Paper/Lacey Ribbon/Pearls/Flowers - Prima
Glimmer Mist/Canvas Ribbon - Tattered Angels
Crepe Paper/Adhesive/Eyelet/Distress Ink - Stash

I do have to give credit where it is due & must say that I got this fabulous idea from Amy at Then She Made. I loved her cute sachets & decided to make some of my own for my mom -it's such a simple & pretty holiday gift...maybe for a teacher, friend, or to accompany another gift you are giving. The only thing I did a lot differently is that instead of sewing the sachets as Amy did (just check out her post HERE for the tutorial,) I simply used hot glue. It worked wonderfully & was more convenient for me. I also picked up several sachets from $ Tree & then snipped them open to pour into my sachets. So essentially, this holiday gift could cost you no more than $2 for the sachets if you already have the other items on hand, like I did!! Besides, any excuse is a good excuse to pick up more crafty goodies from the YMH Store! To finish it off, I made a simple shabby gift tag to go along with the sachets.

Here is the hop order:
Crystal (you are here!)

In order to win the fabulous candy, you must visit each DT blog & leave a comment. When you are done visit the YMH DT Blog & leave another comment. And don't worry if you don't have time to do it all right away...we know how busy everyone is at this time of year so you have until Sunday to leave all your comments. With products from Prima, Tattered Angels, Webster's, Pebbles, Imaginisce, & Cuttlebug, you definitely don't want to miss out! For another chance to win a special surprise item, visit our Facebook Fan page and "like" us, then post a comment (such as "Crystal sent me from the blog hop" or "I found you on the Handmade Holiday gift hop") to be entered to win.

So now you have twice the opportunities to what are you waiting for? Get to hoppin' with us & enjoy some holiday fun along the way! Happy Christmas Craftin'!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

2 Cute Woven with Love Tag!

Align CenterHello once again! It's my second post for today & this one is for the 2 Cute Rubber Stamps DT. I decided to create a friendship tag for a Christmas present using the adorable Cat Knit digi! This little critter is just too cute (wink, wink!) & is perfect for so many different types of projects. You can grab your very own instant download of Cat Knit right HERE!!

Cat Knit digi by 2 Cute Rubber Stamps
Coloring - Prisma Pencils
Cardstock - The Paper Temptress
Paper - The Paper Studio, American Traditional Designs
Ribbon - Michael's
Ink - Target $ Spot, Staz On
Sentiment/Background Stamp - Mark's Finest Paper Two Boxers Collection

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by my blog & check out my second holiday creation for the day! I hope it inspires you to whip up your own handmade gift tags this makes every present extra special. And, if you would like some more inspiration, don't forget to check out the 2 Cute DT blog HERE! Plus, there is a brand new little angel digi stamp that has just been released for Christmas & you can find it right HERE. Be sure to check back soon as I will be participating in the YMH Handmade Holiday Blog Hop & you DON'T want to miss it...especially the goodies!! Happy Christmas Craftin'!

Christmas Card featuring NEW AiFactory Release!

Hello there everyone! As Christmas gets closer, the Christmas projects just keep coming...including this card which is my first official post as part of the AiFactory Design Team!! I am so excited to be part of this fabulous team & have the opportunity to showcase their awesome line of digital stamps & digital products. This adorable little digi stamp, & can be found HERE, is from a brand new line being introduced today, Holiday Birdy in a Cage! There are several coordinating stamps featuring this pretty bird & you can check them all out HERE in the AiFactory store.

Coloring - Prisma Pencils
Pens - Sakura White Jelly Roll & Sharpie Black Fine Tip
Paper - DCWV, American Crafts, Tattered Angels, Stampin' Up!
Bling - Prima
Pearls/Hat Pin/Flowers - Stampin' Up!
Ribbon - Upcycled from last year's Christmas present

Thanks so much for taking a peek at my card! I would love it if you hopped on over to the AiFactory blog & checked out the current challenge. If you play along, you have a chance to win an amazing prize...however, from now until Christmas, if you participate in the challenge AND post about it on your blog, you will have the opportunity to win the entire Holiday Celebrations Stamp Set! Here is a cute pic of it:

Wouldn't it be perfect for so many Holiday projects?! So check it out the site, play along with the challenge, & chat it up on your blog! It's that easy! Happy Christmas Craftin'!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Holiday Cheer Money Holder for PIO!

Happy Holidays everyone! Well we are right in the thick of things & boy, have I been busy. Not only buys, but sick as well. It seems I get sick every single Christmas but I am thankful to at least get it out of the way early this year! And, this is why I am late with my Pile It On! post. I hate being late but I was feeling so bad over the weekend I couldn't even get online, but enough about me. Let's talk about this elegant money holder card you can whip up in a flash & the fabulous challenge going on right now at PIO!

This week the team is challenging you to create a project that deals with tags or wrappings...a multipurpose present such as gift card or money holder, boxed set of cards, fabulous tag that converts to an ornament, any little thing your heart desires to create! All you have to do is pile on the challenges!!

Cardstock - Bazzill
Paper - The Paper Studio
Ink & Sentiment - Stampin' Up!
Pearls - Prima
Ribbon - Offray
Snowflake Ornament - Wal-Mart

So what are ya waiting for? Hop on over & visit the PIO blog to get inspired by some amazing holiday ideas...& join us in our challenge too. There are always fabulous prizes to be won!! And remember we are still searching for a few more DT members so make sure to play along! As for me, I am also entering my card into the following challenges!! Happy Christmas Crafting!

Pile It On - It's all in the Wrapping!
Crafty Calendar - Sketch
Crafty Creations - Gift Holder
Penny's Challenges - Inspiration (Christmas)
Catch the Bug - Anything Goes
Stamp Something - Christmas Card or Colors
Dutch Dare - Christmas Card, Tag, or Ornament
Cupcake Inspirations - Christmas Inspired
Your Next Stamp - CASE Challenge (used Crystal's GORGEOUS all the black!!)
EIC - Inspired by Christmas feel of Paper Seeds' Darling Wreath
Ginger Loft - Bows
Totally Stampalicious - Wrap It Up!
Paper Issues - Holiday Hookup
Card Makin' Mama's - Anything Goes

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Fabulous Crafty News!!

Guess what my crafty peeps? You are looking at the newest Design Team member for AiFactory! Woo-Hoo! I am so totally psyched to finally share this great news with you because I have been holding it in for a few days! I felt so blessed when the rockin' Tammy contacted me & asked me to be part of their fab team. I have played along with their challenges for quite awhile & it really is an honor to design with a group that you admire so much. AiFactory Challenges has such a creative & inspirational team that I am looking forward to getting to know better - not to mention the opportunity to play with all their fabulous products such as digi stamps & paper, graphics, clip art, photoshop brushes, & more!!

If you haven't ever visited AiFactory before, please take the time to hop on over to their site & see the latest challenge, as well as check out all of the other DT members & their work, as well as grab you some FREEBIES to play with. Plus, if you visit the AiFactory Store, you will find amazing stamps & fab prices too! Make sure to check back next Thursday for my first official crafty post as a AiFactory DT member...we're gonna highlight an amazing new holiday stamp line you will love! Happy Craftin'!

Holiday Cheer w/2 Cute Rubber Stamps!

Hi everyone! Hope y'all had a fabulous Thanksgiving feast with family & friends last week! Do you realize that there are only 24 days until Christmas? Woo-Hoo! I am so excited this year I just can't stand I wanted to share another holiday card with you featuring a 2 Cute image that you can whip up in no time. My card this week features the versatile Kitty Suprise digi stamp that you can find HERE. I love this little kitty because you can use it for birthdays, holidays, invites & so many other creative ideas!

Kitty Suprise digi by 2 Cute Rubber Stamps
Coloring - Prisma pencils
Patterned Paper - American Tradition Designs
Cardstock - The Paper Studio, The Paper Temptress
Ink - Stampin' Up
Ribbon - Dollar Tree
Glitter Sentiment - Walmart
Stash - Pop Dots, Bling

Don't forget that Heidi is having a fabulous sale going on right now in the 2 Cute Store! All cling cushion stamps in the Etsy Store HERE are 50% off! Plus, if you buy 2 digi images, you get 1 cool is that! Make sure to check out the store HERE for all your digi image needs. Thanks so much for stopping by & taking a peek at my card this week...I really appreciate it! And if you would like, take a moment and stop by the 2 Cute DT blog HERE. I would love for you to visit! Until next time, Happy Craftin'!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

DIY Be Merry Sign!

Happy Sunday y'all! Did you make through Thanksgiving without gaining 10lbs? I don't think I! But now that Thanksgiving has passed & we have all lived through another Black Friday to tell about it, that means Christmas is upon us! Woo-Hoo! I am soooo psyched for Christmas this year, probably since I have more time than ever before to really focus on the holiday. And since I have some more time on my hands, I figured I would whip up a little Christmas cheer with an easy to craft (you can find most of the products in the Your Memories Here Store!) sign & share it with y'all!

This little sign, believe it or not, was a mere dusty leftover cabinet door sitting in the garage until a few days ago! I simply dug it out, unscrewed the handle & hinges, and then spray painted it black everywhere but where I knew my paper would be. After it was completely dry, I Mod Podged this beautiful diecut piece of Prima paper (which I had used black ink on to distress the edges) to the board. Next, I used some Prima crystals to outline the bird & a swirl to define a branch. Then, I used some black Tattered Angels cardstock (from the Spooky Findings kit) & my Cricut to cut the phrase. I used some silver ribbon to tie on some vintage jingle bells & then hot glued some black ribbon to hang it up with. I added a vintage black button to the center of the bow & for the finishing touch, spritzed it with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Pearl for a lovely, subtle shimmer. I just loved how it turned out!!

So, do you have some old boards or cabinets lying around your house? If so, dust them & create a simple but fun Christmas sign. It's so easy & will add the perfect touch to your holiday themed decor! And, if you want some fabulous holiday inspiration, make sure to check out the Your Memories Here DT blog!!

Make sure to visit the Your Memories Here Store for all your crafty needs...right now there is a fabulous clearance sale going on plus some awesome holiday/winter themed products you'll love! You can even add some of them onto your Christmas list! Until next time, Happy Craftin'!!

I'm also linking my crafty holiday decor up to some linking parties that check them out!



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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving Crafty Peeps!!

I just wanted to take the time to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that it is filled with many wonderful blessings of faith, happiness, laughter, & love....and plenty of good food, too! I would also like to share with you a little Thanksgiving poem I found & fell in love with! Have a fantastic day!! Lots of Hugs!!

Thanksgiving by Edgar Albert Guest
Gettin' together to smile an' rejoice, An' eatin' an' laughin' with folks of your choice; An' kissin' the girls an' declarin' that they Are growin' more beautiful day after day; Chattin' an' braggin' a bit with the men, Buildin' the old family circle again; Livin' the wholesome an' old-fashioned cheer, Just for awhile at the end of the year. Greetings fly fast as we crowd through the door And under the old roof we gather once more Just as we did when the youngsters were small; Mother's a little bit grayer, that's all. Father's a little bit older, but still Ready to romp an' to laugh with a will. Here we are back at the table again Tellin' our stories as women an' men.

Bowed are our heads for a moment in prayer;
Oh, but we're grateful an' glad to be there. Home from the east land an' home from the west, Home with the folks that are dearest an' best. Out of the sham of the cities afar We've come for a time to be just what we are. Here we can talk of ourselves an' be frank, Forgettin' position an' station an' rank.

Give me the end of the year an' its fun
When most of the plannin' an' toilin' is done; Bring all the wanderers home to the nest, Let me sit down with the ones I love best, Hear the old voices still ringin' with song, See the old faces unblemished by wrong, See the old table with all of its chairs An' I'll put soul in my Thanksgivin' prayers.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Gobble, Gobble, Gobble...Pumpkin Bread Goodie Tags!

Are y'all ready for the big day tomorrow? The big eating day that is!! I am so ready for Thanksgiving & have already started by baking early so I could get some goodies to our neighbors. And, I wanted to share with you a super quick & easy, not to mention cute, idea that you could also share with friends, family, & neighbors if you wanted!

To make it easy, because Lord knows we have enough to do at this time of year, I just picked up a couple of Pilsbury Pumpkin Bread mixes at the store & grabbed some mini loaf pans (5 for $1). I whipped up the pumpkin bread (it's soooo good & I had enough leftover for a few muffins for home), tossed on a few walnut pieces & drizzled it w/some of that new Duncan Hines glaze. After they cooled, I simply wrapped them up in some plastic wrap, tied them w/some orange raffia from the stash & added a cute tag. I made the tags by using some leftover Martha Stewart leaves that I spritzed w/Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist from the Your Memories Here Store & then stamped w/an SU! sentiment/image. I just love it how they turned out & they took me less than 2 hours, start to finish for everything!

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at my quickie gift. I hope you & your family have the most wonderful Thanksgiving ever! Make sure to check back Sunday for my regular Your Memories Here DT post where I will be sharing some sweet Christmas home decor with you. Until then, Happy Craftin'!!

I'm also entering my crafty yummies in the following link parties:

Show and Tell Green

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Create a Blessings Board w/YMH!

Hey y'all! I am back with my second post for the day & this time I'm really shaking it up a bit by going out of my comfort zone! This week I am gonna share with you an easy to create Blessings Board featuring some yummy products from the Your Memories Here Store. Not only this is a great decor item for Thanksgiving, you can also change it out a little as far as the background goes to make it suitable for Christmas Blessings, Spring Blessings, etc. All you need for this scrappy little project is an old frame, a little spray paint, hot glue, some scrap fabric, vintage buttons, Prima pearls & bling, & some amazing Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist & Glam. The great about this project is also that it is a great one for recycling...items you can repurpose from around the house or pick up at your local thrift store.

I started with an old framed print - I took it apart & spray painted it a lovely yellow with some Krylon I had in my stash, but that I picked up for $2 at Hobby Lobby. Next, I used some Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam in Copper to rub in the crevices & add a little sparkle, as well as depth. While that was drying, I used some lovely blue glassine paper from Martha Stewart (picked up for $1 @ Hobby Lobby awhile back) to cover the cardboard & simply used tape to adhere so it would be easy to change out when I'm ready. Next, I gathered up scrap fabric & ribbon, then simply rolled them into rosettes while hot gluing along the way. After the rosettes were done, I gave them a good spritz of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Pearl & then added some Prima pearls, Prima crystals, & vintage buttons from my stash. I adhered the rosettes with hot glue to the frame (after reassembling it & adding the glass back in, of course) and then spritzed some Martha Stewart (picked these up for 50 cents last year!) leaves with some more Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Sand & Fall Breeze. I adhered those with hot glue as well, tied on a pretty ribbon, & hung it in my newly painted hall below THIS PROJECT of me & the hubby. Easy peasy my peeps!

Now, I can simply write on the glass with a dry erase marker & wipe it away whenever I want to change it! I love having this where I can always see it...making me that much more aware of how much I truly have to be thankful well, it makes it easy to write down a blessing as soon as I get the urge - or for anyone else in the family to do so, too. These have been popping up all over the web lately & I am so glad I gave one a go! I hope you pop on over to the Your Memories Here Store to pick up some awesome Prima & Tattered Angels products, as well as check out all of the other rockin' products. And definitely check out the clearance/sale items...they are awesome! You can also visit the YMH DT blog HERE. Thanks so much for stopping by & I hope to be back soon with another crafty post! Until then, Happy Craftin'!

I'm linking up my blessings board wall decor to:
EIC - Inspired by Queen of Arts Romantic Roses Cookies

I'm also linking up my blessings to the following link parties...check out for fab inspiration!

Show and Tell Green

DIY Club

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