Member Monday with Jennifer Longenecker

Sorry I'm a bit late posting this. We've been at the lake house this weekend and got back in time for a quick Memorial Day party.

This week I got to chose the LO of the week. I chose this fabulous LO by Nayda Rocha.

"Sou Coruja" by Nayda Rocha

I love everything about this LO. Especially the colors, texture and photo sizes. Thanks for sharing your work with us Nayda.

You are going to be seeing a few things change here on the blog. One of the changes we will be implimenting to make things a little easier on our design team will be the dates we post our tutorial projects. Our tutorial projects will now be posted on Wednesday and Friday.

May Design Team Challenge Update

It's time to check in with all our fabulous members and see what y'all have been creating for the May DT challenge.

This month's challenge is to create a LO based on this sketch by Jennifer Longenecker ...

... and using this color scheme.

Check out this fabulous LO from Nayda Rocha.

Design Team Inspirations

This LO by Deanna was chosen for our April Design Team Inspiration LO, but things got really hectic for each of our design team members so I haven't been able to post this until now. The team chose to lift this super fun LO by Deanna Misner.

"Girls, Giggles, and H2O" by Deanna Misner

and here's how Deanna's LO inspired our design team...

"Best Friends" by Marie Ramirez

"Sweet Boy" by Ro Philippsen

"The Beginning of Forever" by Jennifer Longenecker

Technique Tuesday with Ro Philippsen

OK, you know I love trying new and interesting materials in my designs. So today I'm going to show you how to use cupcake liners to make cute embellishments for your projects.

Lets go! I used two white cupcake liners, so I can paint it whatever color I want.

Step 1: Fold the cupcake liners in half, like the picture.

Step 2: Using Maya Mist spray each one with one color.

Step 3: Glue trim to the inside. And the two liners will look like this:

You can use this embellishment on cards or pages, as I did this.

Be creative and Enjoy!

Ro Philippsen

Member Monday with Marie Ramirez

This weeks Layout of the Week was chosen by Marie Ramirez. She chose this gorgeous LO by Nayda Rocha.

"AMO Scrapbooking" by Nayda Rocha

Here's what Marie had to say: "This layout has beautiful colors it flows nicely and love the layers."

Little Something Sunday with Jennifer Longenecker

These little achievement medallions have become all the rage this last year at CHA so I thought I would show you how to make one using cupcake liners and an American Crafts Flair button.

I worked with the American Crafts Campy line, but here are a few others that have buttons:

October Afternoon 5& Dime Tin Pins
October Afternoon Rocket Age Tin Pins

Grab your supplies:
cupcake liners
Flair button
scrap paper

Step 1: flatten out the three cupcake liners that you want to use as the back of your medallion.

Step 2: Use a circle template and draw a circle on the second set of cupcake liners, then cut along the line. Make sure you keep the scraps, because you will use them in a later step.

Step 3: Take your scrap piece of paper and draw a circle on the reverse side just slightly smaller than the cupcake liners you just cut. Cut the circle out and then draw another circle with-in that circle.

Step 4: Take your scissors and cut slits to the inner circle to create a fringe effect.

Step 5: Glue your flair button to the front of the scrap piece of paper.

Step 6: Glue the piece you just worked on to the smaller cupcake liners.

Step 7: Glue what you have finished so far to the final set of cupcake liners.

Step 8: Grab your ribbon and the excess from the second set of cupcake liners and staple them together to form a tail.

Step 9: Glue your ribbon tail to your medallion with a hot glue gun and then attach another circle from your scrap paper and attach a metal clip.

New in Store - October Afternoon Rocket Age

Head on over to the A Million Memories store and check out this ultra fun new collection from October Afternoon.

Rocket Age:

May Design Team Challenge

You may have noticed a few changes going on around here. Don't panic we are just working on making AMM even better. One thing we are going to do is move our challenges to the middle of the month. Challenges will be posted on the AMM board on the 15th and will run for 21 days.

This month our host is Marie Ramirez and our sketch designer is Jennifer Longenecker. So here's the sketch ...

... and Marie's twist is to create a LO based on the sketch and using the following color pallet.

You have until the 5th of June to post your LO in the AMM gallery and leave a link to it in the May Challenge thread.

Technique Tuesday with Staci Taylor

Today i'm going to show you how to give chipboard embellishments a face-lift using decorative tape. The tape I used is self-adhesive (by Tim Holtz), but you could use your own adhesive on yours if it doesn't already have some.

You will start out with a chipboard embellishment that you want to cover. Mine is naked, but it could be painted and/or decorated already, too.

I wanted to cover my chipboard in ruffles, so I began at the bottom of thechipboard. I put down a small section and then overlapped the tape upon itself, making a ruffle. As I completed a row, I made the next row above the completed row, making them slightly overlap.

Continue layering your tape until the entire chipboard is covered.

Now, flip your chipboard over, and get out an exacto knife. You are going to trim the tape all around your chipboard so that the pieces do not go past the edge of the chipboard.

Now, flip your chipboard back over, and have fun using your newly resurfaced chipboard on a layout. :-)