Saturday, August 1, 2009

Memories Always-Forever Blog Hop!!!


Welcome to our first Memories Always-Forever blog hop!! We are so excited to introduce our site and our Design Team to you!!

Memories Always-Forever (MAF) has been created as a place where members can rally together as a crafting community, showcase their crafting talents, share their ideas, learn, and participate in exciting challenges. Our Design Team is here for you - to provide inspiration, to answer questions, or even just chat!!

My name is Heidi and I am elated to be on MAF's inaugural Scrapbooking Design Team. In the coming months I hope to inspire you with my layouts (with a card or altered item thrown in there periodically, too!), tutorials, and challenges. For those of you who may not be familiar with me, I'm a challenge and technique junkie. I love the way a good challenge (or 2 or 3 or 4 or...you get the picture) pushes my creativity down paths I may not have trekked left to my own devices.





AND, I am a sucker for learning and sharing new ways to use all that wonderful papercrafting accoutrement we all collect but may not use often (such as embossing powders, paints, alcohol inks, etc.). Be sure to join me on the first and third Tuesday of every month in the MAF challenges forum for my Technique Tuesday Challenge. The first challenge begins this Tuesday, 8/4!!


You may already have been familiar with the projects I've shared thus far (you can click on any pic to see the original post), but this next one is new just for the Hop!



I thought it would be fun to make a layout using one of my all time favorite songs, "One Step Beyond" by Madness. If I could've figured out how to attach the song to this post I would've. It's just such a cool, get-off-your-butt-and-dance-already song!


I'm a big believer these days in making as many of your embellishments as you can out of what you already have. For this layout, I made the record by strategically brushing paper glass finish over some cardstock to imitate the grooves. (It's hard to see on the close up but the effect really shines through on the full layout pic above.)



And, since I didn't have any matte silver paper for the "hardcore" cross, I changed a black diecut to my desired color with some embossing powder.

This is a taste of the type of challenges I'll pose to you on MAF's Technique Tuesday Challenge.

Which brings me to my little blog hop mini challenge. Show me what you can do...alter the color of an embellishment on your layout or card. Get creative! Use embossing powder, paint, alcohol inks, whatever!

Then, go post your creation in the gallery at MAF with "Technique Tuesday Preview" in the title. Link your gallery post back to the comment section on this post by midnight EST Sunday night to win this blog hop candy!! (Be sure to leave me a way to contact you on Monday...an email or blog addy.)


Lots of yummy alterable goodies including some chipboard flowers, twill and ribbon, a complete die cut alphabet (Cricut Storybook Font) and a few shapes, some buttons (including some vintage ones), some aged dictionary pages, and a mini stamp set to aid in your altering endeavors.

BUT WAIT!! That's not all! The winning entry will be featured in MAF's FIRST Technique Tuesday Challenge coming to an internet near you this Tuesday!!

OK, I'm going to send you on your way now through the rest of the blog hop. There is some serious talent on this design team and you will not be disappointed. Be sure to make your way to the end of the hop where you will end up in a discussion on the MAF forums. Leave a comment about what you thought of the hop and you will be entered to win the BLOG HOP GRAND PRIZE:

Did you see ALL the stuff??!! AWESOME!

Thank you for starting your hop with me. If you weren't already a member on MAF, you will want to be after seeing all our Design Team has to offer you on this hop!

So, go! Hop on over to the next talented girlie on the list: the wonderful Miss Diana of Design by Diana!!

If at any point on the hop you happen to get lost or off track just check back on the MAF home page for the hop list.

Have a great weekend, a wonderful hop, and I hope to see all your amazing crafts linked up for my challenge!

Heidi

p.s. I promise not everyone in the hop is as chatty as me so don't let my long post keep you from hopping!!

Details: Paper - American Crafts, The Paper Co., Bazzill; Stamps - Technique Tuesday, Making Memories, Autumn Leaves, Studio g; Ink - StazOn, VersaMark, ColorBox, Zig Millenium pen, Marvy marker; Cricut Die Cuts; Creative Memories circle cutter; Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist; Folk Art Papier Glass Finish; Stampin' Up! Crystal Effects; Embossing Powder - JudiKins, EK Success; Making Memories screw eyelets.

21 comments:

Diana Fisher said...

Here I am doin' the hop! And I LOVE your new page, soooooo AWESOME! I want to win that candy, too! :)

Lailani said...

I'm starting my hop!!! Your work is amazing! Can't wait to see more and learn some new techniques!!!

Heather the Mooselover said...

I'm hopping. You picked some of my favorite layouts.

connie said...

I'm hopping too! Love your blog and techniques. I will be back to your blog.

Kim said...

Great post, and yummy candy, Heidi!

Charisma3103 said...

Hopping around I may take the challenge hmmm

ToccaraFeliciano said...

Love your blog! on to the next hop!

Beth S said...

Great layouts. OK off for the rest of the hop.

Mary said...

i'm'a hoppin!! here's the link to my creation! i altered the seashells and the "sun" with markers :D

http://alwaysforever.ning.com/photo/3364653:Photo:11061?context=album&albumId=3364653%3AAlbum%3A8730

Sandy said...

very nice blog!

kath said...

nice projects! I'm ready to hop!
Kathy Williams

Okispice said...

What an awesome challenge you've come up with! I did not even know there was such a thing as paper glass finish!
I'm hopping!

Terria said...

Oh I think this is going to be fun , I off to hop so more!!

Luisa said...

Heidi!!! Your creations rock!!! I will give a try to your mini challenge...

HazelQ said...

WOW! Cute layouts! I love the cupcakes one, that bite in the corner is soo cute and creative :P I'm sure going to have fun hopping around :)

Tonya said...

Wow, these are some really fabulous creations!! I adore the first one and love that each has it's own style and creativity. Super job!!

Bhane said...

I am hopping around. http://alwaysforever.ning.com/photo/heidis-challenge-alter-an

Bhane said...

I am hopping around. http://alwaysforever.ning.com/photo/heidis-challenge-alter-an

kathy williams said...

here is a link to my entry on MAF for your mini challenge. Thanks for the chance at an awesome prize.
http://alwaysforever.ning.com/photo/technique-tuesday-preview?context=user
Kathy Williams

KarenSue said...

http://alwaysforever.ning.com/photo/heidis-challenge?context=user

above is a link to my attempt at your mini challenge.

thanks

NancyJones said...

awesome pages I love the one that looks like it has a bite out of it lol