Thursday, October 31, 2013

Oldies, but Goodies!

Welcome Back, Memory Bound Friends!

We have LOADS of new ideas and kits available this weekend at our Open House, but we have also brought back a few favorite kits that are in high demand from last year!
Santa Countdown
In this kit, you will receive all that is needed to create this Santa countdown. Last year, my boys each created a Santa and it was a HUGE hit!! My youngest has actually put in a request for another Santa countdown for this year!

Santa Owl
This is one of our best selling kits! So easy to put together...all you need to add is colorful Christmas candy!

A Santa twist on the Hershey candy bar!

Remember, if you can't make it to our Holiday Open House, these kits, and others, are available on-line for purchase. Just click here to place your order! How easy!!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Holiday Crafting with Dawn

 Hello from Dawn's craft room!
Our store owner Dawn has been busy in her craft room making a few new projects for Christmas. Dawn reports that she LOVES her new space! (Click HERE for pictures of her craft room transformation.) As you can see, she is putting it to very good use!

 Dawn just finished four beautiful holiday projects: JOY tri-fold, BELIEVE Santa Canvas Board, Snowflake Frame, and Monogram Canvas. You will find pictures and instructions below. Stop by Memory Bound to see Dawn's projects and pick up everything you need to make your own. Each one would make a wonderful holiday gift!

JOY Tri-Fold
This fabulous holiday decoration can be customized to fit your home's decor! Start with the hinged tri-fold and add your own flair!


JOY Tri-fold Instructions:
1. Paint the tri-fold white.
2. Trace around the paper of your choice and adhere to  tri-fold with multi medium - matte.
3. Sand edges of paper and ink with Antique Linen  Distress Ink.
4. Adhere Merry Christmas ribbon to the tri-fold allowing  enough “slack” so you can bend the tri-fold.
5. Cut and adhere the burlap over top of the Merry Christmas ribbon. I used multi medium - matte.
6.  Adhere the cardstock letters on top of the burlap.

 BELIEVE Santa Canvas Board
This piece would make a beautiful vintage wall-hanging or mantel decoration for Christmas! Transform a blank canvas board with a sheet of holiday paper.

BELIEVE Santa Canvas Board Instructions:
1. Paint edges of canvas board black.
2. Spritz paper with water.  Scrunch the paper and then lay flat.  Allow to dry.
3. Sand the paper and brush very lightly with a dry foam brush dipped in black paint.
4. Adhere paper to the canvas board using multi medium – matte.
5. Paint with a coat of Ranger Distress Crackle Paint – Rock Candy.
6. Distress a small doily using Distress Ink in Peeled Paint.  Dry brush edges of doily with the black paint.
7. Cut holly and twig from Tim Holtz die.  Brush with Ranger Distress Crackle Paint – Rock Candy.
8. Adhere doily to the corner of the canvas board using multi-medium – matte. 
9. Adhere the holly and twig on top of the doily using a glue gun.
10. Adhere bells by the holly.
11. Emboss some of Santa’s beard, fur, and the snow on the tree using Stampendous Aged Ivory embossing powder.

 Snowflake Frame
This festive frame would make a wonderful holiday gift. Just add your family's photo!

Snowflake Frame Instructions:
1.  Cut snowflakes from chipboard and adhere to old frame.
2. Cover snowflakes and frame with Ranger Metal Tape sheets cut the right size.
3. Using and embossing tool, rub into the corners of the snowflakes and any other design you wish to put on the frame. 
4. Distress the frame using hammers, combs, any tool you can find. 
5. Lightly brush black acrylic paint over the frame and while it is still wet, rub off the paint with a paper towel.  You can add more black paint or wet your paper towel to remove the paint until you get the desired look.

Monogram Canvas
This elegant canvas would be perfect on a mantel or in an entryway!

Monogram Canvas Instructions:

1. Paint part of the canvas with white paint and some with brown paint.  Allow to dry.

2. Paint a layer of black paint over top and allow to dry.

3. Sand edges and top of canvas until some of the lower layers of paint show through. 

4. Brush Tea Dye Distress Stain over the whole canvas.

5. Apply a thick layer of Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint if you want the aged cracked look on your canvas.

6. Paint your wood letter with Silver paint.  Apply it very thick in some areas.  Keep some of your brush strokes because that is what makes the ridges in the letter giving it a more metallic look.  Allow to dry.

7. Apply a thin layer of black paint and immediately try to wipe some of it off with a damp paper towel.  The black paint will stay in the valleys of your paint.  Keep applying and wiping off the black paint until you get the desired look.

Copic Christmas and Golden Oldie Cards!

Hello, Memory Bound Friends!

Welcome back to day three of sneak peeks from our Christmas Open House this weekend! Today is all about the card kits!
Each kit contains everything you need to make four Christmas cards! All you need to do is supply the Copic markers! 
Check out these Golden Oldie cards!
The lucky person that receives one of these card is guaranteed a good belly laugh!  

Katie created some fun Copic Christmas cards that are perfect for giving during the holiday season!

The snowman kit includes paper to create a card, but it can be left as is and then used on a tag or scrapbook page!

If you can't make it to our Holiday Open House, these kits, and others, are available on-line for purchase. Just click here to head over to our on-line kit page!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Holiday Project Kit: December Journal

Hello, Memory Bound friends!
It's Day 2 of our SNEAK PEEKS into just a few of the fun ideas and projects you'll find at our Make it Merry Holiday Open House. Stop in Friday-Sunday, November 1-3 for all kinds of holiday inspiration, including lots of project kits like the one we're sharing today!

December Journals have become super popular in recent years! The idea behind this concept is to create a fun album to document your holiday activities for the month of December. You make the album in advance, then each day add a photo, recipe, shopping list, school program....anything you'd like. By the end of the month you have an album you'll treasure for years to come!

This year, we've made it easy for you to participate in the fun! Our December Journal Kit contains everything you need to create the album, including step by step instructions and color photos. It has space for anything you'd like to add, and the rings allow you to incorporate even more pages and larger memorabilia.  Keep it for yourself or give it as an early holiday gift!

I had lots of fun putting together this project and I know you will, too! Here's a peek at the cover and some of the pages in the album:

Stop by the store to purchase your album kit for just $34.99. It's available now and at our Make It Merry Holiday Open House November 1-3. Or click HERE to buy it now and we'll ship it right to your door! 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Make Christmas Cards with Katie & Janet!

 Merry Christmas, 
Memory Bound friends!
It may be Halloween week, but at Memory Bound we are already in full Christmas mode! Katie and I are busy getting ready this year's Christmas Card Extravaganza classes! In these annual fun-filled classes, we make LOTS of cards to send to the special people on your list. This year we are making 18 cards using the new Simple Stories holiday line. It's the perfect blend of traditional colors, with the popular chalkboard color mixed in for fun! 

We hope you'll join us for this year's fun! And remember, you can always order an extra kit or two if you can't make it to class or would like to make extra cards. Give us a call at (515) 965-1102 to reserve your spot or kits! We hope to see you in class!

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 Christmas Card Extravaganza
Saturday, November 9, 9:30am-12:30pm
Monday, November 11, 9:30am-12:30pm
Sunday, November 24, 12:30-3:30pm
 Instructor: Katie Belding & Janet Petersma
Fee: $35 / Skill Level: Any  / Bring Basic Class Kit, pop dots, Glue Dots, corner rounder, Clear Glaze Pen, Gelly Roll Stardust pen, Stickles: Christmas Red and Stardust 

Katie and Janet are ringing in the season with our annual Christmas card class!  Make 18 cards in class perfect for holiday giving!  Expect a fun-filled time, holiday carols, and awesome cards.

November Scrappin' Kidz Class

 Hello, Memory Bound friends!
Do you know about our monthly Scrappin' Kidz classes? Each month, Diana designs a unique, seasonal project for kids to make. It's always a great time for the kids, and they learn new skills each month. I recently ran across some information about how exposure to art actually helps children in all aspects of their lives. Research shows that, beyond being just plain FUN, participating in arts and crafts has the following HUGE benefits for kids:

  • Stimulates and develops the imagination and critical thinking 
  • Refines cognitive and creative skills
  • Strengthens problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, adding to overall academic achievement and school success
  • Develops a sense of craftsmanship, quality task performance, and goal-setting—skills needed to succeed in the classroom and beyond 

Our adorable November Scrappin' Kidz project will strengthen kids' creativity and develop their imagination! Give us a call today at (515) 965-1102 to sign your kids up for our next class. You'll find details below!

 Scrappin' Kidz Class - November

Monday, November 11, 4-5pm
Instructor: Diana Tuttle
Fee: $12 / Skill Level: Ages 8+ or younger with an adult or older sibling.Bring Basic Class Kit and Tombow liquid glue.

Drop the kids off after school for an hour of creativity! In November, we'll make a fall sign with die cuts and other goodies