Monday, October 10, 2011

Halloween Picture Frames



I'm excited to show you some of my newest creations! These picture frames are a great way to display your Halloween memories! They are perfect for kid's costume photos. You could also display your pet photos if you dress them up! For each frame I started with plain unfinished frames and painted them orange. I added stamped spider webs to two of them. Fun stickers and embellishments were added next. All the titles were designed by me and cut from black vinyl. I also added clear plastic to protect the photos. Please stop by my shop to see my holiday items I have for sale: Blissmade Designs.



Hope you have a fun and spooky Halloween!



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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The My Memories Suite {Giveaway} Winner Is...


Congratulations to Michelle Frame (mframe)! She is the winner of The My Memories Suite Software Giveaway at comment #17. The Winner was chosen by Random.org.



I want to thank all those who entered! You can still get this amazing software for a really great deal! Use this code STMMMS37994 to purchase your own My Memories Suite software and receive $10 off and a $10 coupon.

{The Prize}
There's so much you can do with My Memories Suite Software. Besides scrapbooking, you can also make cards, calendars, photo books, DVD slideshows, and more! It is so easy to use too, you'll be creating projects in no time at all. Click here to read my review of the software and see some projects you can make with it.

To anyone who missed out on this giveaway, please be sure to follow me so you don't miss the next one! You can follow my blog through Google Friend Connect or by email, otherwise follow me on Facebook.

Have a great day!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Halloween Treasury of Handmade Crafts

One of my items was featured in this fantastic Halloween treasury. I just love the selections they chose. The BOO framed art is my item that is featured. It has a spooky webbing background created with paint and black die cut letters. Be sure to click on some of the photos to see their amazing work close-up and to browse through their Etsy shops!   




Don't forget to enter my giveaway for My Memories Suite Software! Ends Wednesday 9/14.
Click here to enter to win!

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Flower Picture Frames


I have two new handmade flower picture frames to share with you today! The first one is a Sweet picture frame perfect for a girl's room. I painted the frame bright pink and then varnished it. Then I added a photo mat which was decorated with punched and spritzed flowers, buttons, a scallop border, alphabet stickers, and flower brads.

The spritzing on the flowers were done with markers and a Spritzer Airbrush Tool (click on photo to see close-up). It is available right now on HSN and Stampin' Up. You can also find it on Ebay sometimes. The spritzer tool is great for adding "spritzes" or small dots of color to paper, die cuts, and cards. You can also use it with stencils for a fun look.



My second project is a Daddy's Little Girl picture frame. This dimensional frame is decorated with ribbon, flower chipboard embellishments, die cut paper, flower brads, and cute sticker images. I used foam adhesive to give the flowers more dimension.



Don't forget to enter my giveaway for My Memories Suite Software! Ends Wednesday 9/14.

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Monday, September 5, 2011

My Memories Suite Review and GIVEAWAY!



Today I'm going to review My Memories Suite 2 Software. If you haven't heard about the #1 scrapbooking software, then you're in for a treat today! I'm also giving away a copy of their software, a $39.97 value! This software can do so many things. Besides scrapbooking, you can also make cards, calendars, photo books, DVD slideshows, and more! It is so easy to use too, you'll be creating projects in no time at all.

I've tried other scrapbooking programs before, but was not very happy with them. They were so limiting in the things you can do. You basically only were able to use what came on the software and and it was hard to come up with ideas, because they only gave a few examples. What's so great about this software is not only do you have a bunch of designer templates, papers, shapes, and embellishments that come included, you also have access to a lot more free elements on their website. Plus, they have tons of affordable kits and elements, many of which are $1 or less. You can also use other digital papers and elements you already have. The My Memories Suite online gallery is also full of fantastic ideas for all sorts of projects.



If you're new to digital scrapbooking, let me tell why it's such a great thing. Digital scrapbooking is an affordable way to archive your memories, because you don't have to invest in a lot of tools and supplies. Plus, you can print them over and over or share them with you're friends and family easily. That way you can easily make multiple albums without having to recreate the pages each time compared to paper scrapbooking. Another plus is that you never run out of things you need for a page, like alphabet stickers or ribbon, because they are digital. My favorite part of digital scrapbooking is you can match the colors in your photos exactly. In My Memories Suite software there is a color picker tool, which you place over your photo and you move it around until you find the color you want. This works great for coloring the background, the photo mat, and the title of your page.

When you want to print out your page, there are a lot of options too. In My Memories Suite you can print them at home in the standard scrapbooking sizes of 6 x 6, 8 x 8, and 8.5 x 11. If you have a large format printer, you can print it out in 12 x 12 inches. You can also make and print other sizes too, which is great for making mini scrapbooks. If you don't want to print at home, there are a lot of online photo sites which will print scrapbooking sizes. If you really like paper scrapbooking, you can use still use this software to help make your pages. Using both digital elements and paper elements is sometimes referred to as hybrid scrapbooking. You can create your photos, photo mats, borders, titles, background paper, or journaling spots digitally; then print them out and add them to your page along with your traditional paper and scrapbooking embellishments. It's the best of both worlds! You can also do this with cards, calendars, and other paper crafts if you're not into scrapbooking.




Check out my very first project (above) created with the My Memories Suite software. This is a quick Fall scrapbooking page that I created from scratch. This page shows some of my favorite things about this software. I started with burlap paper background, added a scallop paper frame with one of my Fall photos. Then I added some leaf, button, and ribbon embellishments. I gave them a shadow to make them look more dimensional. I added a title and put a stroke (line) around the Fall letters. And my favorite part: stitching! I am not a sewer, so it is so fun to be able to use it over and over in no time at all!





My second project (above) was made using a predesigned template. This is a yearly calendar project. It is one of their free kits available on their website. I wanted to try one of them out right away, because it says it only takes one click to install into the software. And it's true, that is a great feature! You do have the option to change or adjust the elements, but I kept them the same. All I added was the blue and purple stitched flowers and a photo of my kitty Cosmo. I think it turned out great and was so easy to make!




This is my third and favorite project I made (above). I made a scrapbook page using one of their photo collage templates. I absolutely love this feature! This would be time consuming to try to do on your own in photo software. Plus with My Memories Suite, it is easy to add and crop your photos into place. I used some of my favorite scenic photos from the North Shore, which is along Lake Superior in Minnesota. I added textured green paper for the background and I put a square scallop shape in the center and added my title. I also added ribbon and stitching. I used dotted circle and flourish embellishments on two of the photos for some nice touches!


My final thoughts on My Memories Suite 2

Pros

* It's so easy to use! I didn't read any instructions, I just started creating on my own. Those new to photo and scrapbooking software will benefit from watching or reading tutorials first.
* I love these digital embellishments and the color choices that are included: ribbon and rick rack, layered flower shapes, stitching, dotted circles, and flourishes.
* The color picker tool to match your photos in a page is fantastic!
* I love how you can go back and adjust your photo cropping easily and multiple times.
* The word art tool is awesome! You can make your words have a gradient, fill it with a photo, or shape them into a wavy line or shape (arch, circle, etc.)
* I absolutely love the photo collage templates! I think I will use those the most.
* Scallop shapes and frames! You can have a scallop shaped photo, mat, frame or background paper.
* Being able to download lots of free and affordable kits on their website, then adding them into the software in just one click!

Cons

* The papers, predesigned pages, and embellishments are more basic. For more themed choices, you will need to get them from their website.
* Some of the processes can be slow moving. For example,  the time it takes to save your page into a JPEG file is rather slow. It may be because you are working with high quality images, it could also just be my computer.
* There is no kerning or tracking feature to adjust spacing between the letters (that I could find). This may not be a big deal to most people, however I use it a lot when making my titles and journaling in other software. You can adjust the spacing between the lines of letters though.

Click HERE to watch a video to see how much more you can do with My Memories Suite


HOW TO WIN THIS SOFTWARE!

The winner will receive a coupon code to download the software for free! There are 5 possible entries to win your own My Memories Suite digital software program! Make sure you leave a separate comment for each entry.

1st Entry- Visit My Memories and come back and tell me your favorite layout or kit.

2nd Entry- Like Blissmade Designs on Facebook

3rd Entry- Like My Memories Suite on Facebook

4th Entry- Follow my blog via google friend connect

5th Entry- Blog, tweet, or post on Facebook about this giveaway


Don't miss your chance to win this fantastic software!

Winner will be chosen by Random.org on

Wednesday, September 14th at 7:00 pm CST

I will post the winner here within 24 hours as well as contact them. The winner will have 3 days to respond. If I do not hear back from the winner, another winner will be chosen in their place.


UPDATE: The winner has been selected, please click here to find out!

If you just can't wait, you can use this code STMMMS37994 to purchase your own My Memories Suite and receive $10 off and a $10 coupon. Just enter the coupon/promo code at checkout and you can have all of this for $29.97 and start creating now! This deal will also be available after the giveaway!


Click HERE to learn more, browse kits, and buy My Memories Suite!

Disclosure: My Memories gave me a free copy of their software as well as one to give away. The opinions are 100% my own and were not edited or influenced by the creators of this product. 



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Sunday, August 21, 2011

My Craft Studio: Alphabet Storage Solution



Check out my fun storage unit in my craft studio! I bought this plastic bin storage container at Kmart awhile ago, I found it in the hardware section. It has so many drawers for storing lots of goodies in it; 60 of them to be exact. I've been storing alphabets and odds and ends in it. I finally decided to label them and just store my alphabets in, and it's been working great! Now I can easily find the letter or number I'm needing.

Each letter has two drawers, the numbers I combined. I used these colorful stickers on the fronts. I didn't have two of each letter, and no punctuation, so I improvised with other stickers. The alphabets stored inside include are: smaller chipboard letters, plastic letters, metal letters, wood letters, and Sticky Stax sticker letters. This was mounted on the wall, but you can also just set it on a desk or table top. I don't have much space in my room, so being able to mount it on the wall worked out awesome! My jumbo punches are stored on top. I will be posting more of my craft studio soon.
 

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Wedding Day Picture Frame


This Wedding Day picture frame is a great way to display your wedding memories! It would also be the perfect wedding gift. I painted the frame dark red and added a sealer. I added a silver ribbon and embellished wedding chipboard images. The picture frame holds a 4x4 inch photo with a clear insert to protect the photo. You can find this frame and others in my online shop: http://www.blissmadedesigns.etsy.com/



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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Green Delight Treasury of Handmade Crafts

I love this "Green Delight" treasury! It features some amazing handmade crafts including my "Life is Good" mini sign. Green is also my favorite color. The treasury was created my maartjejewels. Click on some of the items to see some fantastic work!


Saturday, August 6, 2011

Handmade Twilight Signs

These signs are for the Twilight fans out there! Now I am not much of a fan; I've only seen one of the movies and I haven't read the books. But if I were younger, I think I might be more into them. The signs are painted dark read with black vinyl letters and images. These Twilight signs would make great gifts! So please keep me in mind if you have a Twilight fan in your family. I also can customize them with different colors and sayings.


The Twilight Zone wall sign

Team Jacob sitter block



I Love Edward sitter block


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Friday, August 5, 2011

Dog Lover Place Treasury of Handmade Crafts

One of my items was featured in this sweet "Dog Lover Place" treasury. I just love the selections they chose. My picture frame "You had me at WOOF" is my item that is featured. The frame is a great way to show off your adorable doggy photos! Click on some of the selections to find some great craft artists on Etsy!

Handmade Cabin Decor Signs


I've been working on some new handmade cabin decor! They are rustic signs of different sizes with vinyl lettering. This makes me wish I had my own cabin, just so I could decorate it! I've been using this paint stain finish, which really gives the items a rustic look. I also distress the edges with sanding and/or paint or ink. The items come in browns and greens, but I can also customize them with other colors. This first sign is a 4x4 inch mini sign with the saying "Cabin Sweet Cabin." Check out my other signs:


Welcome to Our Neck of The Woods sign.
16"L X .75"W X 2.5"H.

Welcome To The Cabin sign/block
8"L x2"W x 3.5"H

The Good Life sitter block
7"L x .75"W x 1.5"H

Cabin Sweet Cabin sitter block
11"L x .75"W x 1.5"H


Life is Better At The Cabin sitter block
16.5"L x .75"W x 1.5"H

You can find these items and more in my Etsy Shop!

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Antique Travel Picture Frame


This is a decoupaged antique travel picture frame that I made. The frame is a wood frame which I "stained" brown using brown Distress Ink by Tim Holtz. I used cream colored script collage paper for the background and travel images for the accents. I cut the outside paper paper with deckle scissors for a distressed effect. The travel images were cut with decorative scissors to make them look like postage stamps. I also stamped map images in black across the center of the frame. The Travel title was made with stickers. I gave the whole frame a sepia antique effect with sepia varnish. I really like the way it turned out, it goes great with so many travel photos. This is a photo from my trip to Mount Rushmore a couple years ago. Thanks for stopping by!
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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Summer Blueberry Salad

This is such a tasty and healthy salad for summer! I had a lot of blueberries and I wasn't sure what to make with them. And then I thought, I bet you they would be good in a salad! So using my usual salad ingredient favorites: spinach, feta, fruit, and nuts, I came up with this salad creation!




Summer Blueberry Salad

Fresh Spinach (any kind will do, I usually buy Teen)
Fresh Blueberries
Feta Cheese (I like Athenos or Kraft)
Pecans (toast them for more flavor)
Mandarin oranges (canned)
Marzetti Light Berry Balsamic dressing (in refrigerated section)

The Berry Balsamic dressing goes so good with this salad. It has a great berry flavor, but it's not too sweet. Another great dressing option is Marzetti Light Citrus Poppyseed. I really like them both with this salad! The Berry Balsamic is a stronger flavor due to the balsamic, so if you want a "lighter" flavor then go with the Citrus Poppyseed. All the flavors go really well in this salad. But, If you don't have all the ingredients, you really can't go wrong with substitutions. Replace the oranges with strawberries, the pecans with almonds, etc. I really hope you give this recipe a try, let me know if you do!


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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

U Rock Greeting Card

This is a quick card I made using a die cut shape I designed and some great guitar paper. The shape was designed in Adobe Illustrator and cut with Make The Cut Software. The paper is from DCWV Rock Star stack, which is a premium stack with foil and flocked papers. This one is actually from the 8x8 inch stack, which I just folded in half to make a 4x8 inch card. The U Rock sentiment is a Digital Shape that I created. I cut it out of silver paper to go with the silver foil background images.

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

WOOF Decoupaged Picture Frame

Materials: Paper and chipboard embellishments are by DCWV, mat and plaque are from Dollar Tree,
alphabet stickers are Sticky Stax, the ribbon is by Offray.

This is a decoupaged wall hanging I made, which is also a picture frame. It's decorated with dog themed supplies and features my adorable dog Brittany! I decoupaged two different papers to the background on an MDF plaque. The frame is a 4x6 photo mat which I painted. I attached it with foam adhesive to the back to lift it off the plaque so you can slide your photo into it. I also put a clear plastic piece in to protect the photo. I then added chipboard embellishments on the left side and the photo mat. The "WOOF" title is made with alphabet stickers. The ribbon is grosgrain ribbon, which is tied with a bow for hanging. Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Every Home Needs A Queen Custom Sign

I feel bad about not posting much lately! I'm going to be posting a lot more this summer. I have freebies and giveaways coming up, so be sure to follow my blog and/or Facebook page! Lately I've been busy making new signs with vinyl. I really like how they are turning out! This is one of my newest creations.




It is a custom sign for someone to give as a graduation gift. I love the saying they chose! I hand painted the sign red, adding in some flecks/lines of pink. The edges were painted black using Tim Holtz paint dabbers....LOVE those paint dabbers. Then I hand stamped the background with a filigree type rubber stamp. It wasn't even a clear stamp, but I think I was able to make the rows pretty even! Then I designed the saying on my computer and cut it out on my Cricut using Make the Cut software. I used matte black vinyl for the letters. The sign is hung by black grosgrain ribbon. My customer really liked the sign, I hope the gift recipient does too!



If you would like a custom sign, please contact me at blissmadedesigns@gmail.com or through my Etsy shop.


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