Prima Product Pick - March, 2015

I absolutely love the colors in the Prima Product Pick for March. I created my entry using various colors of soft green and blue. To see my layout and to read more click on the "Read More" button below.

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Altered Metal Frame

Hi everyone! I created several new projects for the 2015 Graphic 45 design team call. This altered frame is one of the projects I featured in my audition post. To take a closer look click on the “read more” tab below. Thanks for stopping by.

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"Hello Friend" Card

I created this card using the “Botanical Tea” collection from Graphic 45. There is fussy cutting, inking and layering all around! This has to be one of my favorite Graphic 45 collections ever! The colors, design and femininity of this collection is absolutely stunning!

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Prima 2015-2016 Design Team Call

I have posted my design team audition entry for the 2015-2016 Prima Design Team. It's been busy, busy, busy here in my craft room these past few weeks but I love it! Click the "read more" button below to see the post.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Prima 2015-2016 Design Team Call


Hello and welcome! 

This is my submission post for the 2015-2016 Prima Design Team Call.  

I have selected three craft arenas that really reflect my style.  I like to do a little bit of everything and love to explore new areas of crafting.

Please enjoy my submission projects and thank you for visiting with me today.

Craft Arena 2 - Layouts  

I have three layouts to share for this section.  The first was created for the Prima March Product Pick challenge.

I used soft blues, yellows, and greens to create a soft and airy feel for my layout.  I framed my photo using a Prima frame and a single piece of Prima patterned paper.  I created a textured background using a flourish stencil and light molding paste.  I then lightly sprayed my page with green and blue inks.

My second layout was created using Prima's beautiful Butterfly collection.  I added texture using molding paste and a large flourish stencil.  I then used an additional stencil to add soft circles around my page using ink.

Here you can see lots of fun layers and texture.

This next layout was fun to create.  I used Prima's Romance Novel collection which has deeper beautiful colors.  I added layer after layer of Prima goodies such as flowers, leaves, lettering and  Junkyard Findings Vintage Trinkets-Typo Zipper Pulls.

Craft Arena 3 -  Altered Projects, Home Decor, DIY Projects

I love to transform ordinary everyday items into something special.  My first altered project is an ornate picture frame.  I painted the inner portion of the frame using a mix of soft pink and cream acrylic paints.  I used the Fairy Belle collection to create embellishments to accent my photo.  I finished my design by adding a variety of Prima flowers along with a sweet metal sentiment from the Junkyard Findings collection.

My next project is a Prima altered metal stand.  I painted the stand white, then added liquid pearls and an array of embellishments.

The Butterfly collection provided the perfect color palette for my frame.  I cut several images from the patterned paper and used them to add bits of whimsy to my design. 

I created a textured background using light molding paste and a brick wall stencil.  Once dry, I applied pink and purple sprays then finished the look by applying diluted gesso to the wall, flowers and photo. I used silver micro beads to add texture to my Prima rose at the top of my frame.  I also added lilac colored liquid pearls around the outside of the frame. 

I added a sweet fairy right below the frame to make it appear as if she is floating.

The base of my next project features Prima's altered metal frame.  I fell in love with the shape of this frame and couldn't resist altering it even further.  I adorned my design with Prima flowers and a Junkyard Findings zipper pull.

Craft Arena 4 - Cards & Tags

I love making cards and tags and consider this one of my strongest areas.  I love to add dimension and interest to my projects and cards and tags are my mini canvases.  

I used the Prima Bedtime Story collection to create this one of a kind greeting card.  

This card is layered and here you can see how I used foam squares to pop up the paper.  I cut the diagonal pattern from the paper, saved the pieces and used them to create a third layer to my card.

Here is a close up of both the bottom layer and upper layer of the card.  I added liquid pearls to both to add interest.

My card base uses the Prima Fairy Belle collection.  I just love the soft pattern of the paper. I love lots of layers and here I used doilies, die cuts, a resin embellishment, flowers and ribbon to add feminine touches to the card design. (Card Sketch: Cardabilities)

This tag was created using the Fairy Belle collection.  I layered flowers and embellishments around my fairy to make it appear as if she is coming out of a secret garden.

My final project is lovely tag with layers of flowers and embellishments.  I call this one mixed media light.  It has inking, watercolor paint and texturizing.  

I added jewels as well as a spool with pink and white twine.  I cut the spool in half, painted it white, then wrapped it with the twine.  Here you are able to see the textured flourish which I applied using molding paste.  I then  applied watercolor paint in a soft pink to make the flourish pop.

My sincerest thanks for visiting with me today.  I hope you enjoyed my submission projects and I will chat again with you soon.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Artisan Style - Greeting Card

Artisan Style!

Just a quick little post to wish you a happy Wednesday!  Today I am sharing a card I made using the Artisan Style collection from Graphic 45.  

This collection has really interesting images and gorgeous colors.  I wanted to use only papers from the collection to create my embellishments.  I did so by creating a 3-D bow which really gives the card a sophisticated look.

I cut an image from the papers to use as my focal point.  This was a tricky fussy cutting adventure, but I loved it!

As always, thanks for visiting with me today. Please leave me a comment to let me know how you enjoyed your visit. If you have any questions, please click on the "Contact" tab at the top of the page.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

All You Need is Love and a Dog


Hello everyone!  

I am extremely excited to share my latest project with you entitled "All You Need is Love and a Dog."  I hate to admit this but my little dog is starting to age.  He is now starting some joint supplements now to ward off problems later.  He's my little old man. 

I had been absent from crafting for a while and I hadn't seen the Graphic 45 "Raining Cats and Dogs" collection until recently.  All I can say is WOW!  The images and colors are amazing and I just wanted to keep going and going.  I feel a mini album in my future.

Here is a closer look at the flowers that I cut from "Cat's Meow."  I added red pearl drops to the centers of the yellow flowers to add more dimension to my project.  It is really a lovely little touch.

The banners in the collection are beautiful as well.  Here I used them more as a background accent under my title.  I cut the title from the "Raining Cats and Dogs" paper.  To add even more dimension I added 3-D flowers here and there throughout the page.

Graphic 45 - "Raining Cats and Dogs" Collection - Papers, Banners, Ephemera Cards
Recollections - Flowers
Viva Decor - Pearl Pen - Red

Well that's it for today.  I want to thank you for visiting with me. Please leave me a comment to let me know how you enjoyed your visit. If you have any questions, please click on the "Contact" tab at the top of the page and I can write back to you.

Monday, April 6, 2015

"Hello Friend" Greeting Card

Hello everyone!

Here is my latest card created using the "Botanical Tea" collection from Graphic 45.  I love the roses in this collection and I used them as my focal point in my design.

I added a few layers using chipboard and a sweet little ribbon.  

Here you can see the roses that were cut from the papers.  I inked the edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink to give it a bit of an aged look.  I added banners from the collection and added a pearl between each piece.  I love the look of pearls on my projects.

Thanks for visiting with me today. Please leave me a comment to let me know how you enjoyed your visit. If you have any questions, please click on the "Contact" tab at the top of the page.

Have a great week!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments - Altered Metal Frame

You may have seen this as part of my Graphic 45 Design Team Audition post but I just had to give this project a special spotlight.  

This is probably one of my favorite altered projects to date.  The design of the Prima Metal Frame inspired me to create lots and lots of lovely layers.

Here you can see the detail of the layers and how I nestled the photo just inside of the frame.  I used the "Sweet Sentiments" collection from Graphic 45 because of the gorgeous images.  They fit perfectly with the photo.

I used a water distressing technique to turn my paper into draping for the inside of the frame.  I inked the edges with white liquid chalk ink.

I applied white liquid chalk ink to the frame to add highlights.  This is now one of my favorite new techniques to use on my projects.  I added a touch of glitter to the outside edges of the hearts just for a touch of shine.  I finished the frame by applying liquid pearl around the front edge of the frame.

Graphic 45 - Sweet Sentiments Collection, Botanical Tea Collection
Prima - Metal Frame, Flowers, Vintage Trinket
Petaloo - Small Flowers, Leaves
Zva Creative - Pearls
Viva Decor - Pearl Pen - Ice White
Stickles - Diamond
Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap
Fiskars - Scallop Edge Scissors
Helmar's 450 Quick Dry Adhesive

Thanks for visiting with me today. Please leave me a comment to let me know how you enjoyed your visit. If you have any questions, please click on the "Contact" tab at the top of the page.

Friday, March 27, 2015

"Believe" Layout - March 2015 Prima Product Pick

This is my take on the beautiful Prima Product Pick color palette for March, 2015.  

I created lots of pretty layers using an assortment of Prima flowers and embellishments.  I used a 12x12 sticky back canvas sheet as my base.  I stamped my title as well as script to give my page extra special touches.

I sprayed my canvas then applied light molding paste to apply a textured flourish to my page. My photo is mounted on double layers of foam tape to allow for extra lush layering.

Here is a close up of the layers and textures.  I used an Anna Griffin Flourish Medallion die to create pretty paper flourishes around my frame and under the flowers as you can see above.  

Here are the wonderful colors in palette for March.

Prima - Flowers, Vintage Trinkets
Claudine Hellmuth Studio - Sticky Back Canvas
Anna Griffin - Flourish Medallion Die
Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist - Dragonfly, Key Lime Pie
Golden - Light Molding Paste, Glass Bead Gel
Ranger - Distress Ink - Peacock Feathers
Viva Decor - Pearl Pen - White
The Dusty Attic - Paint - Alabaster
Graphic 45 - Stamps

Thanks for visiting with me today and I hope you enjoyed my project. Please leave me a comment to let me know how you enjoyed your visit. If you have any questions, please click on the "Contact" tab at the top of the page.

Happy crafting!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Graphic 45 Design Team Audition 2015

Hello everyone!

I am so pleased to have the amazing opportunity to audition for the 2015 Graphic 45 design team. For many of you who know me you know that there is a special place in my heart for the Graphic 45 family.

We were asked to show several projects that represent our design style.  It is always such a hard question for me to answer because I am not quite sure that I have one particular style. I like a little bit of everything but in the end I want everything to be pretty with an elegant touch.  I will be sharing some of my favorite Graphic 45 projects from the past as well as several new designs.  Let's get started.....

1.  "Beautiful" - Layout

This layout was created using the "Botanical Tea" collection by Graphic 45.  I cut and inked several images from this beautiful collection to use as embellishments.  I also used the coordinating chipboard and tags and pockets sheets to bring more dimensional elements to my page.  

2.  "Springtime" - ATC

I wanted to give this ATC a different shape and feel.  Yes, I broke some ATC rules, but oh how fun!  I used the "Once Upon a Springtime" collection from Graphic 45.  I also added chipboard which I altered by applying crackle paint, ink and glaze.  I finished the design with two small flowers for added dimension.

3.  Christmas Emporium - Card

I have many favorite cards that I have created over the years but this is by far my fave!  The gorgeous images of Santa and Christmas goodness inspired this design.  I used a stair step card base to create 3-D layering and movement.

Here is a detailed photo of the card opened.  This really shows the 3-D movement I mentioned.

4.  "Birdsong" - Altered Boxes

Who doesn't love the "Birdsong" collection from Graphic 45?  I loved, loved, loved the two birds that I featured and I created the design of this tiered storage box just for them.  After all, birds should have a pretty place to hang out.  

5.  "You" - Layout

Here's more beautiful "Botanical Tea" goodness featuring a stenciled background.  I used a pink spray ink along with a honeycomb patterned stencil to create a custom background for my page.  I then added lots of pretty layers of fussy cut flowers, butterflies, birds, bees and that fabulous tea pot. 

Here is a close up of that fabulous G45 teapot.  I added a bow just for fun.

6.  Springtime Birdhouse

This is one of my earlier altered pieces which still makes me smile.  The design is clean and simple while showing the pure beauty of the "Once Upon a Springtime" collection.

 7.  "For You" - Card

I love the new "Artisan Style" collection as it is truly a fussy cutters dream!   I love using unique card bases and here I used a front stair step base.  I fussy cut flowers and layered them at the base of the card.  I used embellishments from the tags and pockets sheet as well as the chipboard sheet.  I stamped a sentiment on my chipboard tag and adhered it to the top corner of the card.  Of course I had to add a few flowers around the tag to finish the design.

8. "The Clock"  

One of my most beloved treasures is affectionately know as "The Clock."  I have not let this one out of my sight since first designing it using the "Olde Curiosity Shoppe" collection.

9.  "Sunshine" - Card

I love how just a few simple elements can create such a lovely design.  This is a light and airy card I made using the "Secret Garden" collection.  

10. "Steampunk Spells" - Altered Box

This is an altered 12x12 Graphic 45 kraft box.  I painted the box black and added feet so it could be elevated.  I love using fan fold techniques with paper so I decided to place a large double fan in the top corner and adorn it with flowers and feathers.

11.  "Oh So Sweet" - Altered Metal Frame

I just love the "Sweet Sentiments" collection.  The images are just lovely.  I used tons of layering, painting and fussy cutting to give my project just the special touch that it needed.  I added pearls to the flower centers and mixed 3-D flowers along with those cut from the papers. Inside of the frame I used a water distress technique to create a drape using paper. To finish my design I added highlights using white chalk ink and small touches of glitter.

Here is a detailed look at the pretty little touches.  

12.  "Josephine" - Layout

One of the reasons I was drawn to Graphic 45 was my love of vintage papers.  The images call out to me in such a way that no other papers have done.  What better collection than "Couture" could capture the beauty of Ms. Josephine Baker?...None!   I couldn't resist fussy cutting and using my beloved circle cutter to create lovely layers to frame Ms. Baker.  The letters from the alphabet sticker sheet were absolutely perfect.   

Oh no! We are at the end of this fun journey.  I think these projects truly represent my style and love of Graphic 45 goodies.  It is such a pleasure to create with Graphic 45 and I hope you enjoyed your visit with me today.

Here is a video with some of my favorite Graphic 45 projects from the past.  Enjoy!