Thursday, May 30, 2013

Graphic 45 Ladies' Diary Card

Hello, dear crafty friends!

I apologize that I've been MIA from blogging. I am definitely crafting my heart out; but pretty much everything I've worked on is top secret until next month when Graphic 45 posts my first design team projects!! You will love the creations that the new design team has come up with so far - so be sure to check out the Graphic 45 blog on June 1st as they introduce each new member of the team! And speaking of design team members, G45 is also doing a beautiful tribute to the 2012 design team members who won't be joining us this year. Check out the blog to see amazing recaps of their designs!

Despite the mystery and intrigue, I can share a tiny non-design team project that I made last night for one of my co-workers. Her name is Julie and she is the sweetest lady! For everyone's birthday, she always makes sure that it is extra special by getting a card, cake, and making sure everyone sticks around to sing "Happy Birthday". Julie is also so cute and stylish, so naturally, Ladies' Diary-themed paper was the perfect choice. I tried not to embellish this card too much, as it will be passing through many hands until it gets to Julie next Wednesday. ;)

Supply List

Graphic 45 Paper:
6.25" wide x 4.5" tall A Ladies' Diary Delicate Details (polka dot side)
5.75" wide x 3.75" tall A Ladies' Diary Delicate Details (flower side) + some fussy cutting
2 7/8" w x 3 7/8" t A Ladies' Diary Fashion Plate (lady image side - your choice)

Graphic 45 Embellishments:
A Ladies Diary Stickers
A Ladies Diary Chipboard Die Cuts 1

Additional products:
May Arts taupe silk ribbon
6.75" wide x 10" tall Bazzill French Vanilla paper, folded in half
Tim Holtz Tissue Tape
Queen & Co. Pearls in Just Peachy
Petaloo flowers

Well, thank you for looking ... I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!



Sunday, May 5, 2013

G45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Layout & Tutorial

Happy Monday, my dear crafty friends!

Here's a layout I made for National Scrapbooking Day! For me, it was more like National Scrapbooking Weekend. I had a ton to do but thankfully, I managed to get a personal project in. I hope you found some time to make at least one thing as well! In case you didn't and would like some ideas, I've included photos and instructions below if you'd like to make a similar project. :)

The photo below was taken back in 2007. It's a picture of me, my sister, and our brothers. (Somehow we were standing in order of oldest to youngest!) We were bowling with our cousin Liz and we just had a blast having fun and being silly. It's not often that you can photograph all 4 of us together - so this is one memory (and photo) that I never want to forget!

I wanted to use Olde Curiosity Shoppe because of the whimsical nature of the designs. My siblings and I can get pretty crazy together, so I felt the papers and color palette matched that moment perfectly. ;) I also wanted to use up some of my scraps and found things to use from a few other paper lines as well. And because I love dimension, I used plenty of foam dots and even corrugated cardboard to pop things up!

Supply List

  • Background paper: 12" x 12" Olde Curiosity Shoppe - Exquisite Motif (teal side)
  • Upper 2/3 paper: 11.5" x 8.5" Olde Curiosity Shoppe - Counting Down (number side)
  • Lower 1/3 paper: 11.5" x 3.5" Olde Curiosity Shoppe - Optical Oddities (stripe side)

  • Large photo mat: 4" x 6" French Country - A La Carte (black border/"carte postale")
  • Small photo mat: 2.75" x 4.25" French Country - Bon Appetit ("bonjour" list)
  • Diamond border: 5" Olde Curiosity Shoppe - Olde Curiosity Shoppe
  • Tiki border: 5" Tropical Travelogue - Tiki Voyager

  • Butterflies: Olde Curiosity Shoppe - Butterfly Specifics
  • Bee frames: Olde Curiosity Shoppe - Parlor Wall
  • Peacock frame: Olde Curiosity Shoppe - Parlor Wall
  • Daisy flowers: Secret Garden - Beautiful Blooms
  • Blue flowers: Secret Garden - Beautiful Blooms
  • Large flourish: Olde Curiosity Shoppe - Mercurial Masterpiece
  • Small flourish: Olde Curiosity Shoppe - Mercurial Masterpiece

  • Black & white banners: (4) .75" x 1.25" Olde Curiosity Shoppe - Mercurial Masterpiece

  • Metal Tag Staples
  • Metal Button Staples
  • French Country Flowers
  • Flowers Staples
  • Olde Curiosity Shoppe Stickers
  • Olde Curiosity Shoppe Alphabet Stickers
  • Olde Curiosity Shoppe Chipboard - butterfly
  • Prima White Mini Rosette
  • Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
  • Glimmer Mist - Pearl
  • Fiskars 1.5" circle punch
  • Fiskars Notebook edge punch
  • Fiskars scallop edge scissors
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Foam dots
  • Adhesive

(Notes: Ink and distress each piece of paper before adhering.
Apply Glimmer Mist to all flowers and butterflies before adhering as well.)

Step 1: Place 12" x 12" Exquisite Motif paper teal side up. 

Step 2: Take 11.5" x 3.5" Optical Oddities paper and apply a round circle punch to lower left and lower right corners. Adhere to Exquisite Motif paper, about .25" from the bottom. 

Suddenly I'm thinking of Spongebob Squarepants.

Step 3: Take 11.5" x 8.5" Counting Down paper and apply notebook edge punch across the top edge. Adhere to page, about .25" from the top. 

Step 4: Take 5" long diamond border and adhere to left side of the page. Adhere 5" tiki border beneath. 

Step 5: Arrange photo mats per photo and adhere. (Don't forget the "Bonjour" piece!)

Step 6: Adhere daisy flowers. 

Step 7a: Locate (2) bee frames and large metal tag. Step 7b: Take your photo and adhere to corrugated cardboard; trim. Step 7c: Arrange items per photo and adhere using foam dots. 

Step 8a: Take (4) .75" x 1.25" pieces from Olde Curiosity Shoppe - Mercurial Masterpiece and cut a pennant shape into the bottom of each. Use scallop edge scissors along top. 

Step 8b: Bend and shape French Country flowers and kraft flower staple. Adhere pieces together per photo and attach small Prima rosette to center. 

Step 8c: Locate small flourish. Arrange banners, flower, and flourish pieces per photo and adhere. Use foam dots to attach flower. 

Step 9: Locate large flourish, blue flowers, and chipboard butterfly. Arrange pieces per photo then adhere with foam dots (adhere chipboard butterfly with regular adhesive). 

Step 10: Arrange butterflies per photo; adhere. Attach alphabet stickers and "Discovery" sticker. Punch holes in lower left and right corners and insert with metal button staples. 

Thanks so much for stopping by - have a great week, and don't forget to visit the Graphic 45 blog and Facebook page to see more sneak peeks of Bohemian Breeze and Steampunk Spells!! The fantastic team at G45 is giving away some fabulous prize packs - visit either link above for your chance to win one of the new Graphic 45 collections!
Many hugs,


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Teresa Collins Blog Candy winner announced! (And a surprise)

Hi Crafty Friends,

I hope you all had a great weekend, and that your week is off to a good start so far! Yesterday, it SNOWED on the way to work - and then today, SUNSHINE and warmth! That old saying "If you don't like the weather, wait 10 minutes" definitely applies to the Northwest. ;)

Without further ado, the winner of this fun Teresa Collins and Impress Rubber Stamps giveaway is:

Anelsie! And the surprise? Everyone who commented will get a little prize, too!!

Will the following ladies please email me ( your mailing address: 

1. Anelsie
2. Kerry McKenzie
3. Melanie Wilson
4. Kim Reed
5. Gail Pellegrin
6. Anne Marie
7. Sandra (Sannie-is your address still the same?)
8. Ellen
9. luv46kdz (Paula)
10. Pam