Graphic 45 Botanical Tea

This has to be my favorite Graphic 45 collection ever! The colors, design and femininity of this collection is absolutely stunning!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Crafty Yard Sale!

Hello everyone!

I will be having a yard sale to include many crafting and scrappy supplies on Saturday, May 31 from 8am to Noon.  If you live in the DC metro area take a drive on down to see me.  I am located in Fredericksburg, VA.

I am selling two of my large paper towers, paper trays and other cool stuff.  The towers below are from my craft room.

They are the units on the sides of the middle unit.

Click here to find my sale:  Fantastic Yard Sale!

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Memory Lane

Hello everyone! 

I am so sorry to have been away for so long.  I will soon begin designing again and I can't wait.  I thought I would go back in time and post some of my favorite projects.  I completed it in 2011 and I still have it proudly displayed today.

I wanted the cover of the book to be something special.  I used lots of beautiful Prima roses in a beautiful crimson color to add depth to my cover.  I love the contrast against the kraft colored background.  I also used wooden vines to add texture, as well as a metal butterfly also from the Gabrielle collection.

This side view of the diary shows the chunkiness of the pages. 

The base of the book is the Brag Book from Fancy Pants.  I loved this book because it featured  journaling pages, pockets and photo sleeves.  It is the perfect combination to showcase your photos and keepsakes.

Come inside my diary.....

Aren't these patterns just scrumptous?!!!  The Gabrielle collection from Bo Bunny was just stunning.  I found myself using it over and over again. 

You are going to see me use the word “love” multiple times during this post.  I love each and every page of this book.  I wanted the first page of the book to greet you with beauty and softness.  I used a beautiful journaling spot and I adorned it with flowers and fabric leaves.  I finished my page with a delicate wood flourish vine and liquid pearls. 

Here I am as a little girl in my little garden.  I have already started journaling about all the fun I had watching my flowers grow.

This book has an abundance of journaling pages and pockets.  It truly takes brag books to the next level!  The Gabrielle collection came with stunning metal trinkets which I used throughout the book. 

On the left side of the book I used glittered layered chipboard flourishes to frame my future photo.  I left plenty of space in order to slide my photo in the space. 

Here is my daughter when she was around 8 years old... and of course, she's surrounded by flowers!  I used lace, chipboard, stickers and cameos to adorn my pages. 

On the right side you can see where I used another metal cameo from the collection.    You can also see my favorite lace at the time from Maya Road.  I bought 10 yards of it and 3 years later I still hoard it!  It is soft and dainty and I love it!

Surprise!  Here I am again still tending to my little piece of heaven. I am an only child and I have always found solace in nature.  The "Happy" chipboard banner is from My Mind's Eye. 

I love the simplicity of these two pages.  I used a metal book plate from Tim Holtz on the flap of my envelope.  It lifts up so I can slip piece of memorabilia inside.  I kept the design on the journaling page simple so I would have plenty of space to write my thoughts.

Well, we have come to the end.  This is my favorite page!  

I hope you enjoyed this walk down memory land with me today.  

See you again soon.

Brag Book:  Fancy Pants
Patterned Paper:  Bo Bunny; My Mind's Eye
Inks:  Ranger Distress Ink; Colorbox Pigment Ink
Adhesives:  Glue Dots, ATG, Helmar’s 450 Quick Dry; Foam Squares
Flowers, Leaves and Mask:  Prima
Embellishments:  Metal Butterflies, Cardstock and Chipboard Stickers, Gems, Lettering, Metal Trinkets – Bo Bunny; Ribbon – Creative Impressions; Lace – Craft Supply, Maya Road; Fabric Trim - Maya Road; Chipboard Stickers – My Mind’s Eye; Pearl Pen – Viva Décor; Wood Flourishes - Vines – Kaisercraft; Book Plate - Tim Holtz; Flower Stickers - Anna Griffin

Tools:  Decorative Scissors – Fiskars; Punch – Martha Stewart Crafts;

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Monday, December 30, 2013

The Dusty Attic - White Christmas ATC

I can hardly believe that winter is here.  I loved the them this month and was inspired to create a glittery ATC featuring Flower Layers #4 Mixed Pack (DA1014) and ATC Frame #1 (DA0673).  I painted the poinsettia using Dusty in Color - Navajo White acrylic paint (DA0903) then sprinkled white glitter on top while the paint was still wet.  I painted the leaves using Dusty in Colour - Forrest (DA0919) acrylic paint. 

I used silver paint along with silver Stickles to add super shine to the ATC frame. 

To finish my design, I used silver Stickles to create dots for an extra wintery feel.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Dusty Attic - Minature Christmas Drawer

Hello everyone! 

I hope you had a wonderful holiday.  Today I am pleased to share a minature Christmas Drawer.  I used Dusty's beautiful Branch #2 (DA0882) which I painted using Dusty in Colour - Navajo White acrylic paint (DA903).  The drawer was made using Graphic 45's Matchbook Box and metal pull which I painted white.

After painting the branches, I painted each leaf using Dusty in Colour - Dusty Pink (DA0907) acrylic paint.  Once the paint was dry, I used Diamond Stickles to give the leaves a frosty appearance.

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Scenes of Christmas 2013

Hello everyone! 

I thought I would share some of our holiday décor this year.  I have many favorite areas to decorate but my favorite is the mantel.  I like to incorporate everyday flowers with holiday branches and ribbon.

I have four full size trees and several other smaller trees throughout our home.  This year I have a tree in my nook area.  This tree is on a rotating tree stand which adds movement in the room.

The dining table in the nook is all ready for a holiday breakfast.  Our daughter made waffles for us this year.

I like to add garland and festive berry branches to my light fixture each year.  I have faux pastries as well as crystals which adds both a bit of whimsy and elegance.

I collect Santas and I have about 40 in my collection so far.  I try to pick up a new one each year.

Here is a glimpse into the family room from the nook.

Could it be??? More Santas!

Here is another Santa in the living room.

This is a tree I decorated for my husband in the basement.  I thought it would be fun to do something different for him.  

I have more Santas in my dining area.  I try to make sure they are spread out and not all in one place.

Here is my sweet husband showing off all of his new Philadelphia Eagles loot!  He is a huge fan. 

This is my entry way.  I have a small tree on a table along with garland on the stair rails.

I picked up new pillows with bows from Pier One.  I missed out on them last year so when I saw that they had brought them back this year I could not resist!

This is the living/dining area.

Here is my last photo of little Chance enjoying his day.  He received lots of goodies from friends and family.

Well thank you for visiting with me today.  Here's wishing you a safe and blessed holiday season.

Anna Griffin Holiday Trimmings Card - Day 10!

This is my special card for all of you!  Thank you for following me these last 10 days.

Special blessings to you and your family today and always.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Anna Griffin Holiday Trimmings Card - Day 9!

Well it is Christmas Eve and I can hardly believe tomorrow is Christmas.  Today's design features a decoupage present as the focal point.  I assembled one of the many rosette strips from the kit to place behind the present.  I used a large glittered flourish on top of my card layer to add a bit of sparkle.

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