Friday, December 31, 2010

Year End Goodies

Hello ladies---Tami here.

Okay this challenge junkie just wanted to remind you that you have til tomorrow at midnight to finish up this months challenges. Remember the prize is a gift certificate to the store--now how about that, you can spend your prize the way U want too. Here's the place to be-

And remember if you complete my "reason" challenge you will also be eligible for a special drawing from me. I mean this is my first ever DT challenge so I gotta give something away. So come on over and join the fun and while your there you need to check out the sale Jill is having in the store. Can you say CLEARANCE-WHOOP WHOOP!!
I just adore that word. The best part she has alot of recent product in there-you better go snatch you some goodies before they are gone-and YES I promise I left some stuff for ya--hehehe!
Happy New Years everyone be safe!

Be on the lookout for our next crop-its coming ur way REAL soon!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Beth's DT Challenge and a Flower Tutorial too!

Everyone needs a little "Round TUIT", especially after the holidays and you can get one of your very own right here!  Once you have it... you won't have any reason not to join us at the Memorable Seasons forum for the "Round TUIT" challenge.

Here are the details of the challenge... 

Almost all of us have them… that group of photographs that we’ve been meaning to scrapbook but just haven’t gotten “Round Tuit”. You probably have a variety of reasons you haven’t scrapped those photographs yet, perhaps you haven’t found the right paper, embellishments, you lack inspiration or just haven’t found the time. Whatever the reason, close your eyes (no peeking!) and pull out one photograph (or more if you are exceptionally brave) from the pile. Consider this the moment you finally got “Round TUIT” and scrap that photo(s). Then choose at least two of the following additions:

1. On your layout, journal about the reasons why you haven’t gotten around to scrapbooking this photograph yet.
2. Use the “Round TUIT” graphic (right click on the graphic above to save to your computer) somewhere on your page.
3. Use the words “Procrastinate” or “Round TUIT in your title.
4. Use at least two different color cardstocks or patterned papers on your page.
5. Use products on your layout that are at least six months old, that you haven’t gotten around to using before now.

To complete this challenge, I first started by sticking my hand in a ziplock bag of photographs I had waiting at the ready to scrapbook (but hadn't yet, because I didn't have my "Round TUIT" yet!). I also decided to take on all the additions to this challenge by writing the journal piece about why I hadn't yet scrapped the photo (before now), used the "Round TUIT" graphic, added more than two different patterned papers which also happened to be papers that I've had since this past spring but just hadn't gotten around to using them yet.  You can buy them right here at the Memorable Seasons online store! (tip: see the complete supplies list at the bottom of this post that I used to create this layout, I've included links to the Memorable Seasons store to help find the supplies you need to create your own layout.)

Here's a close-up of the journal block, you can click on it for a size large enough to read.

I also incorporated Plaid (Mod Podge Sparkle and Pop Dots).

Both of these photos (above and below) provide a better look at the flower embellishments I created using Mod Podge Sparkle.  See all that pretty glitter? I have to tell you that I have never gotten along so well with glitter until I used in this form! Plaid created a real winner with this product! Below, I'll show you how to make these easy layered flowers in five steps.

I created the flourish that you see in the above photograph using my Cricut and the Accent Essentials cartridge. I also used my Cuttlebug to add the embossing on the leaves, I love how it provides subtle dimension to the project.

Here is how I created these simple glitter flowers with patterned paper and Mod Podge in five easy steps...

Step One:  Die Cut various flower shapes to create multi-layered flowers.  I used Sizzix Flower Layers and Beautiful Blooms Die Cuts from Papertrey Ink. "Paint" each flower front with Mod Podge "Sparkle" and let dry.

Step Two: Carefully crumple up each flower layer to create texture and then smooth back out for layering.

Step Three:  Assemble layers using Pop Dots.

Step Four:  Add rhinestones to the top of each flower layer.

Step Five:  Die cut and emboss leaves (I used my Cuttlebug) and attach to flowers when you assemble your project.

I hope you join us for this fun challenge at Memorable Seasons blog and forum this week. 

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Discount Cardstock: "Brilliant White 80# 12 x 12"
Adhesives: Plaid: "Mod Podge Sparke", All Night Media: "Mini Pop Dots" and "Pop Dots"
Patterned Paper: Jillibean Soup: Coordinating Egg Drop Soup Paper "Ground Ginger", "White Pepper", "Sesame Oil", "Egg Yolk"
Embellishments: Studio Calico Kit: Japanese Tape, My Mind's Eye: Fine and Dandy "Tickled Pink Bling", American Crafts: Thickers "Delight", Dear Lizzy and American Crafts: Remarks "Dimensional Stickers Flutter", Hero Arts: Pearls
Other Tools: ProvoCraft: Cuttlebug and Embossing Folder, ProvoCraft: Cricut Expressions Electronic Die Cut Machines with "Accent Esentials" cartridge, Making Memories: Paper Reveries "Butterflies", Sizzix: Die Cut "Flower Layers", Papertrey Ink: Dies, "Beautiful Blooms", "Delightful Dahlia"

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

December Sketch Challenge

This month the wonderful and very talented Susan Stringfellow had sketched us this fun holiday sketch to play with this month ...come and play along and you might win a gift certificate to the Memorable Seasons store cool is that!!!
Here is a link to Susan's sketch blog ....sketch savvy
And here is this months sketch

You have a chances to win a gift certificates to the MS store. If you complete a layout using this sketch and post it in the gallery and this thread, your name will be entered for a $10 gift certificate to the store. Wow! How about that for exciting! Deadline is Friday, December 31th at midnight!!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Megan's DT challenge: Making Your List and Checking it Twice

If you are anything like me, you like to make lists to keep everything organized. With Christmas coming up next week, I've been checking my list several times a day so I don't forget anything that needed to be done.

One of the items on my list was to put together some teacher gifts. Between both of my kids, I have 13 teacher gifts to prepare. That could quickly get pretty pricey, so I came up with a fun idea that also helps to quickly cross the teacher gifts off my list!
 I am giving the teachers a decorated brown gift bag filled with a dinner that is quick and easy to fix: spaghetti noodles, spaghetti sauce, green beans and a package of brownie mix. All they need to do is add bread and meat to the sauce and they will have an instant meal ready for their family. Because, let's face it, our schedules get busy during this season, and who doesn't like an easy meal you didn't have to plan out? :)

I included the brownie mix directions and a card that explains the purpose behind the gift:
"This time of the year is always so busy,
and we wanted to bless you with a dinner that’s easy
so you can spend more time with your family.
Thanks for all you do and enjoy!"

My challenge for you this week is to create a customized gift for someone on your list. It can be store bought and decorated with a card to match, or you can do a hybrid gift...partly store-bought, partly homemade. Just remember to keep it easy so you have more time to mark off other things on your to-do list! :)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Sketch Artist this Month!!!!

This is my friend Susan Stringfellow and I just love using her sketches ....she is very talented and you can see her work in many different scrapbooking or card making magazines is her bio .....
I think I have been scrapbooking since about 1997. I have been writing and designing in this industry since 2002. Recently I have been involved in product development and design. Before I started working in this industry, I enjoyed cross stitching, quilting, and crochet, so I often have stitching and textiles in my projects. My style has changed dramatically as trends have changed and I am always looking for fun new techniques to try in my projects. I totally LOVE patterned paper! I am not the best at clean graphic designs, I tend to lean more toward the layered and embellished styles such as a shabby or boutique look and I really love participating in challenges. All of this has led me to designing sketches that incorporate my style.
Here is a link to her sketches ...Sketch Savvy