Friday, December 15, 2017

Come to my Graphic 45 class on March 24!

Hi crafty friends!

It's been a little while - I've been busy cooking up a very special project; I will post about that hopefully within the next few weeks. :)

In the mean time, I wanted to let you know about a fun event I will be teaching at in the spring of 2018!

I'm honored to be a guest artist representing Graphic 45 at the 2018 Create-Your-Retreat event about three hours south of Portland, Oregon. This annual two-day expo runs from March 23rd to the 24th and features classes, crops, and vendor booths. It will be held at the 7 Feathers Casino in Canyonville, OR right off I-5.

Here's a sneak peek at the class I'll be teaching on Saturday, March 24th: a photo stand decked out in Graphic 45's Seasons paper line. This fun project doubles as a pretty home decor piece and a functional album to help you showcase some of your favorite year-round photos!

Cost is $40 per person and you can sign up here. Note that seating is limited, so if you'd like to come, be sure to sign up soon! And yes, lodging is available at the event.









Here are those details again (and some more):

Class: Four Seasons Photo Stand
Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $40 per person
Location: 7 Feathers Casino, 146 Chief Miwaleta Ln, Canyonville, OR 97417

Tools and supplies to bring: 
Paper trimmer, ruler, hole punch, detail scissors, craft knife, craft mat, wet and dry adhesive, 3D foam adhesive. Optional: one to two 4” x 6” photos in portrait orientation per season (spring, summer, autumn, winter).

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland Album

Happy Tuesday!

I'm sharing another project I made for Graphic 45's booth this summer - a rectangle tags & pocket album decked out with Winter Wonderland!


Friends, I think this may be one of my favorite Christmas collections. I love the Scandinavian designs   and woodland animals throughout. And you can't beat the traditional red and green color scheme! 


For the cover, I used some beautiful Petaloo flowers that I got for Christmas last year. My hubby did well. ;) 



I couldn't resist making a shaker window emphasizing a snowy scene.


Even though I kept the album fairly simple, I pretty much used nearly all of the sample paper that Graphic 45 gave me. Whenever we make special projects for the trade shows, we usually only get a limited number of the new designs - hot off the press - so it's crucial to get the most out of the papers we receive! And to try and limit re-dos. ;)


I added some fun Graphic 45 Staples that coordinated quite well with Winter Wonderland, such as the red policy envelopes and alpha tag banner.





Well there you have it! Thanks so much for stopping by. This project will be on the Graphic 45 blog today, so be sure to head over there for more inspiration! 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Graphic 45 Baby Banner and Tag

Happy Solar Eclipse Day, crafty friends!

Where were you today when it happened? Did you travel far for it, or was it rather close? We happen to live in the path of totality, so all it took was a few steps outside to see it! Too bad our iPhones didn't pick up how amazing and perfectly intense that ring of light was surrounding the moon ...

That's why this blog post is happening later in the day than planned. (Well, and I also had another fun G45 monthly class project to wrap up!) I have some fun projects on the Graphic 45 blog today - you should stop by and leave a comment to be entered in a fabulous Midnight Masquerade prize package!

Here are the projects we shared today - a baby shower banner and a new baby gift tag, both made with G45's new Penny's Paper Doll Family collection!


What I love about this new paper line is that it can work for all age groups, including the littlest of little ones! 












And, a gift tag: 







Be sure to leave a comment on Graphic 45's blog to be entered for a fun Midnight Masquerade prize pack! Thanks for looking! 



Sunday, April 30, 2017

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Card

Happy Sunday!

Today I am sharing a wedding shaker card I made using one of Graphic 45's newest paper lines, Vintage Hollywood!

This beautiful collection is all about glamour and stardom with some tributes made to early film stars like Mary Pickford. But did you know, Vintage Hollywood also makes for a wonderful wedding card?

I have this special friend I made through Instagram. We share a love for Parson Russell Terriers, so naturally that's how we met! Anyhoo, she got married recently so I wanted to make sure she had a special card from my PRT Archie (@archie_prt on IG) and me.

My friend loves Disney. And I remember that she loves cheetah print. So I was in a bind because 99.99% of my paper is Graphic 45 (actually - who's calling that a bind? That's more like the world's best blessing, right? ;) and with Disney being licensed, we don't have such paper.

But I got to thinking and remembered there is a beautiful cheetah print design from Safari Adventure. And then there were those fabulous star and couple designs from Vintage Hollywood ... oh, and some beautiful red Petaloo flowers I got for Christmas.

Here's where I landed:



What a fun collection to honor the next "it couple." :) So I made a shaker and added some sequins and gold glitter for an extra celebratory touch. The "congratulations" die is from Avery Elle


The coordinating "you two" stamp is also Avery Elle. I have my lovely friend Lauren to thank for my new obsession with Avery Elle and Lawn Fawn. :)


Any black and white striped ribbon is a winner in my book. May Arts is where this lovely ribbon is from.


Inside the card, I used some of the matching ephemera cards. They are so beautiful. On one side you have a design and the back features an area for you to write on. You'll see that I also added some matching chipboard from Vintage Hollywood.



Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade Layout

Happy Monday!

Tonight I'm sharing a layout I made for Graphic 45's Creativation booth. (You can also see my layout on the G45 blog today - along with a gorgeous project by Pam Bray!)

This photo is from a trip we took to New Orleans back in 2009. My husband and I were definitely feeling the jazzy vibe ... especially him. I can't think of a better paper collection to bring this memory to life than Midnight Masquerade!



No layout is complete without some gorgeous flowers. I'm a bit biased towards anything Petaloo. These beautiful purple blooms were a Christmas present from my air trumpet-playing husband. :) 







I thought it'd be fun to add some piano keys, so I used teal and purple designs to create this musical look. 





Thanks so much for checking out my project! I hope you all have a creative week as we transition from February to March. This year is going by so fast already!