Monday, August 29, 2011

Blumenthal Lansing giveaway!

Well aren't I a terrible tease....I somehow forgot to post the pic of the great giveaway from our featured tutorial last week.  Well here is the button-tastic giveaway!


I'm actually kind of sad to have been the blog writer on this tutorial because I looooove buttons!  This is a great giveaway.

For a chance to win, make sure to stop by the Featured Artist post and leave a comment.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Today's Featured Artist: Helen Slabodukh

We are so excited to bring a new "type" of tutorial to you this week.  We know that many of us (including our very own Elena) dabble in the super fun world of jewelry making.  Well, check out this super cute tutorial from Helen Slabodukh, Craft Project Coordinator for Blumenthal Lansing that combines paper-crafting and jewelry-making for a fabulous final result!

Button Charm Frame Pendant

I  was going through my box of jewelry components and for the longest time wanted to create a frame pendant  and now I have and I'm going to share with you the steps so that you to can create your own button charm frame pendant.  It's easy!

 MATERIALS: La Mode® #5125 - 2 buttons
                      La Mode® #49158 - 5 buttons
                      la petite #26 - 1 button

1 - Connector fame 3/4" x 1
4 - 4 mm jump rings
3 - 7 mm jump rings
Jewerly tools - flat nose & round nose pliers
wire cutter
rhinestone dangling earrings (16 pcs)
scrapbook papers; scissors
Epoxy 6000 glue  

I happen to have from my younger years a mismatched pair of rhinestone earrings  which of course came in handy such as today!  If you don't have a dangling pair - I'm sure there are many inexpensive pairs in jewelry shops...


With wire cutters - cut 16 rhinestone squares - trim if necessary.

Next - locate your glue - for this project I used Epoxy 6000 - now remember you will have to allow this to set for 24 hours before wearing. 

Before you begin make sure you have your 16 rhinestone squares - 8 for the top and 8 for the bottom.  Since these stones are small I relied on my flat nose pliers to help me.  

Run a small beam of glue along top - make sure to close the top of the tube it has a tendancy of being very potent!

Dont' worry you will have enough time to realign your stones if they seem a bit off!

Repeat the same procedure for the bottom.

If there are any loose threads of glue at this point pull them off.

One more step before you let this set dry. On my charm there happen to be a clear film strip so I opted to glue ontop my mini buttons:

With your Epoxy 6000 glue 4 buttons to acrylic film.  Remember 24 hours to have it dry.
Next step - pick your background for your pendant.  Trace, cut and slide under acrylic slide.

So now you are about to add your button charms.  Locate all your jump rings.  Using your jewel tools split apart your jump rings. You will use your 4mm jump ring with the La Mode#49158 buttons.  Use 7mm jump rings with the La Mode #5125.

Attach jump ring to top bail, add your favorite chain and you're ready to wear.  Make sure all your jump rings are all aligned properly  - before you put away all your tool ( I see that I will have to go back and fix that jump ring!). 

So start creating your own button charm frame pendant.  We invite you to post your photos on our facebook page! If you have any questions, comments email me and I'd love to hear from you.


Check back tomorrow for details on Helen's giveaway!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Jennifer Priest and The Hydrangea Hippo

Today we are featuring scrap booker extraordinaire and all around talented crafter, Jennifer Priest of  The Hydrangea Hippo.  Jennifer said to just grab a tutorial off her blog so I chose her tutorial on altering garage sale frames.


I bought some frames at a yard sale earlier this summer and finally got around to washing them off. I spray painted them black and then started decorating the insides. Here's the result:

Then I added paper to Chipboard to insert into the opening in each frame.

I added foam tape between layers of chipboard to make them thicker so I could tape the insert in place on the back of the frame. I could have used cardboard instead too.

And here is the final result, in my daughter Katie's room:

At some point I think I might add some ribbon roses or those rolled felt flowers but for now, I am happy with these simple graphic frames. The paper is Teresa Collins' Chic Bebe Girl Line, leftover from the Divaliscious albums kits I had sold in my etsy shop earlier this year. The K was cut with my Silhouette from SEI suede paper--I love the rich black it is!



Project 12x12 Class Kit -  Ribbon - 6 LayoutsJennifer would like to giveaway, to one of our lucky commenters, a 12x12 Project Class Ribbon kit.  This kit contains everything (plus) you need to make 6 12x12 layouts.

Jennifer’s project kits include detailed instruction sheets.  You can view all of her kits in her Hydrangea Hippo Etsy Shop

To qualify for the giveaway, comment below and “Like” the Hydrangea Hippo Facebook page.

Christmas in July Tutorial Winner!

Our very talented featured artist, Linda Auclair, is pleased to announce the winner of her Christmas in July tutorial.

Congratulations to Kim!

Please forward your contact information to Nubia at  We'll pass along the information to Linda for you blog candy!

We also have five blog winners from the Lily Pad Cards tutorial that have yet to claim their prizes!

  1. LadyBird
  2. Lynette Evans
  3. Chris
  4. BreAnn
  5. H Barnes

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbook Software plus a giveaway!!!

My Memories digital scrapbooking kits and scrapbook softwareA few weeks ago I was approached by Liz from My Memories about hosting a review and giveaway!  How great is that!!!
The software came with over 30 templates.  The one I chose to use, All About Funk, came with 5 pre-designed pages plus a number of fun embellishments and papers.
BestSoftware-420x170Use promo code MMS4Blog to receive a $10 discount.
I made a short album entitled “My Life in Photos.”  I wanted to put something together quickly so that I could show how easy this product is to use.  As soon as I got the product downloaded, I started the clock so I could see how easy the software is to learn and to use.  I was happily surprised.  From start to finish, this book only took two hours to complete!!!
I have virtually done no digital scrapbooking.  I have made a few layouts using Photoshop but was so overwhelmed that I was just happy when things looked good enough to put on the blogo and have never printed any of the layouts.
Here’s what I created with My Memories Suite!  Everything but the paper came with my initial download.
my life in photos-001The hardest thing about this project was finding my photos.  I use my Kodak software and Photoshop to upload photos and they both kind of hide them.  I’ve located them before but had forgotten where they were.  I gave up and definitely plan to find them soon and put them all in a better location.

my life in photos-002I used an album template and added a few elements and making other modifications along the way.  It’s so easy to add embellishments and text, and you can  add shadows behind the text and embellies with just a few easy clicks.

my life in photos-003With this page, I pretty much left everything as the were on the template, just adding the text and changing the photo mat sizes.  Now that I see it on the screen, I wish I would have added some ribbon or rick-rack at the bottom.  That would have only taken a few seconds and I will go back and add it later since it’s so easy.  (Our very own Elena took that top right photo.)

my life in photos-004Isn’t this page gorgeous?  Once again, I pretty much used the template as is.  I added the title, changed the photo mat sizes and moved the embellishments around.

my life in photos-005Last but not least,  an album wouldn’t be complete without pictures of my fur babies.  I’m in love with the paper as well as the stitching around edge.  The only thing I did with this page was to add the title.
Then, after you finish with your newly created scrapbook, you can order a photo book online!
I will definitely be using this often for my digital scrapbooking.  The company has a lot of beautiful Digital Kits (some are even free) on their website but there’s definitely enough included in the software to get you started.
Here’s a informational video from My Memories Suite.
My Memories Suite
Now, please comment below and you’ll be entered to win your own free copy of My Memories Suite!!!
Get10off-200x100If you like see and want start digital scrapbooking right away,  follow the above click on the  graphic above to go their website get your own copy. 
Just use promo code MMS4Blog to receive your $10 discount!!!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Don't forget about the giveaways!

Don't forget to leave a comment in our new Christmas in July tutorial from Linda Auclair for a chance to win some blog candy!

Also, we are still waiting to hear from our winners from the Lily Pad Cards tutorial.  Email your contact information to Nubia at so that you can receive information on how to redeem your prize.  Here are the five winners from that tutorial:

  1. LadyBird
  2. Lynette Evans
  3. Chris
  4. BreAnn
  5. H Barnes

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Today's Featured Artist: Linda Auclair

This week's featured artist is the incredibly talented, Linda Auclair.  We were supposed to publish this post last week, but we didn't want to forget to thank all the sponsors and volunteers from CHA!

Linda wrote a special post for us assuming that her piece would be published in let's just pretend summer isn't almost over and that it is still July so we can enjoy a little
Christmas in July!

Make sure to read the whole post....there just might a be a little surprise at the end!

It’s 93 degrees outside this afternoon, but here in my craft room I’m dreaming of a white Christmas!  The holiday season will be upon us before we know it, so beat the heat and do a little crafting with me to get a jump on your holiday crafting.  It’s Christmas in July – craft along with me!

What you’ll need to complete the project as shown:
  • A small, lidded candy tin.  (I used one from my favorite Cinnamon Altoids)
  • Crate Paper’s Snow Day collection patterned paper (Flakes )
  • Crate Paper “Snow Day” collection Chipboard Accents
  • Crate Paper “Snow Day” collection Phrase Stickers
  • Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio Round 14 tool & epoxy stickers
  • Queen and Company self-adhesive Pearls
  • Ranger Glossy Accents and Stickles Glitter Glue
  • Colorbox Chalk Ink – Dark Brown
  • Glue Arts Foam Squares & Extreme Adhesive Glue Squares
  • Corner Rounder (I used the large Squeeze Punch corner rounder from Fiskars)
  • Favorite adhesive (I used my Xyron, but you could use any liquid adhesive as well, just adjust for drying time.)
  • Lace Scrap (Mine is from Prima)

How to:
1.   1.  Cut 4 rectangles from the Flakes paper, approximately 2.5 x 3.75.  You will need to trim each piece slightly to fit inside the tin and on the bottom without any overhang.  Using the corner rounder, punch each corner so it will fit.  Ink around the edges of all 4 pieces.  Cut one long strip 12x.5 inches to wrap around the lower portion of the box.  Ink the edges of this as well.

2. Adhere the inside papers pink side up inside the box lid and box bottom.  Adhere the top and bottom papers tan grid side up on the outside of the box.  Wrap the long strip around the bottom of the box, trimming small notches to allow the hinges free motion.

3. Begin adhering chipboard elements.  I used the Christmas tree and one of the snowmen from the Chipboard Accents sheet layered with stickers from the Phrase Stickers sheet.  

4. Create a custom round epoxy using the Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio tool and the “Merry” sticker from the Phrase Stickers sheet.  Adhere to the snowman’s hand.

5. Accent the chipboard stickers with Stickles and Glossy Accents.  Allow to dry thoroughly.

6. Wrap lace scrap around the bottom of the box, adhering with Extreme Squares.

7.  Embellish with pearls.

8. Fill with gift card for your  favorite person and make their day!

This project is great to do with kids, too, so if you are looking for a fun summer vacation project, you can adapt the box lid embellishments any way you choose.  How cute would this be filled with seashells or beach glass from a trip to the ocean?  Or decorated with birthday-themed embellishments for a friend’s birthday party?  The possibilities are endless!

Hope you’ve enjoyed a break from the summer heat!  Leave me a comment, and I’ll choose one winner at random for a cool treat!