Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Graphic 45 Design Team Introduction....

Its is that time again...
...the time of year when Graphic 45 introduces the NEW Design Team! They have spent the past few weeks introducing the Team and the Ambassadors, now it is time for the Special Project Designers! I am so proud and excited to be, once again, counted as part of this amazing company and team! Myself, along with Annette Green, Maria Cole, and Robin Shakoor, make up the Special Projects part of the team. Basically, the four of us are given the task of creating workshops, classes, make-n-takes, tutorials, and samples for Corporate Graphic 45, Retailers, and Customers to use as an aid for making AMAZING G45 projects.

This year, I am once again creating project sheets. Click THIS LINK and go to the bottom of the linked post for a list of the currently available 2016 printable sheets.

My latest project sheet is a mini album project and set of three cards using the NEW Voyage Beneath the Sea Collection

There is also a matching project video!

I am so excited to continue my journey with Graphic 45. I started with them in April 2010 and spent three years on the design team, and then I was asked to stay on as a Special Projects Designer for 2013, 2015, and 2016. (I took a ten-month break in 2014 to heal from a hip injury.) I have created LEGIONS of projects with G45 papers and products! Here are a few of my favorites from the past 12 months. Grab a drink and snack, put your feet up, and enjoy!

Phone Charging Station - Communique and Typography (this is a brand NEW project, just posted yesterday).

Voyage Beneath the Sea - 8" x 8" home decor "card."
Enchanted Forest - scrapbook "card."
 Communique 8" x 8" card
Children's Hour Christmas Card
Time to Celebrate card
Configuration Box with various G45 Christmas Collections
Time to Flourish - this is part of the 2015 Class Series. Click the link to find project sheets for monthly cards and tags.

French Country - card and tag set
Another card in the Time to Flourish series
World's Fair paper bag and tag mini
Steampunk Debutante altered composition book
A Christmas Carol card
World's Fair card
Mon Amour book box and tags

And that brings us full circle to this time last year! If you wish to have more Graphic 45 overload, do a search of the blog for Graphic 45 and it will bring up all projects using G45 paper and products! Get ready to drink from a fire hose! {giggle}

Thanks to all my faithful Readers, who have supported me and cheered me on over the years. Your love for Graphic 45 has been fuel to my fire! I truly and honestly do this for YOU! When you email me to tell me that one of my tutorials helped you to create something, it makes my soul sing! Keep reading. Keep creating, Keep loving G45! 

Here is what is coming from the monthly project program...
...have fun while you wait! 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Phone and Tablet Charging Station Tutorial

Good morning! I am up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog today, sharing a "super cool" phone and tablet charging station tutorial. While I only have a "dumb" phone, the rest of my family has smart phones, and I do have a tablet that is need of charging. Who wouldn't want a pretty charging station?! When GSL came out with the Tablet/Ipad/Phone Holder, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it!

I combined the NEW Tablet/Ipad/Phone Holder with the Hidden Drawer Book Box to make a storage and charging station.
I used GSL chipboard elements (see supply list at the end of the post) along with Graphic 45 Communique and Typography collections to decorate the station. Since I am not planning to use the project as a viewing station, I decided to decorate the front as well as the back.

A Graphic 45 drawer pull made the perfect handle for my (not so hidden) drawer!

I attached the Tablet/Ipad/Phone Holder to the Hidden Drawer Book Box with strong glue so that it would be very stable. 

The Miniature Photo Reel makes a great rotatory telephone piece!

The back of the station is also decorated. Plus, the station is raised up on 4 little feet, made from bingo tiles!

I love this quote by Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th President of the United States, who said, "The telephone is an amazing invention but who would ever want to use one?" I used the lightbulb with my "fake Rutherford" inside to make a joke about "great ideas."  
I used a chipboard decoration to act as the cord holder for when the phone or tablet is charging. 

You simply feed the cord through the holder and around the side to the phone. I love how pretty AND functional this project is!

The charging station can hold two smart phones, or one smart phone and one dumb phone, as shown here.

The station also holds my Ipad Air. My Ipad is in a case, but there is still enough space in the holder part to accommodate it!

For the step-by-step tutorial, visit my Snapguide below.

Thanks for looking! Find all these wonderful chipboard items at the GSLCuts Store! Find amazing Graphic 45 papers HERE.

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts: 

Graphic 45:
Typography Paper Collection (retired)

Ink: Ranger Distress Gathered Twigs
Mini brads: craft supply
Bingo tiles: Tim Holtz
Tools: Circle punches, Crop-a-Dile, bone folder, sanding block, sponge dauber
Adhesive: Gel Medium, Ranger Glossy Accents, Scor-tape

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Graphic 45 May Project Sheets - Voyage Beneath the Sea

Hello, Readers and Graphic 45 Fans! It is time to share the May Graphic 45 monthly project sheets!

This month we are using the Voyage Beneath the Sea Collectoin, along with the Kraft Square Tag and Pocket Album. This amazing mini has tons of pages, pockets, and tags for all your photos! 

To print the step-by-step directions for the altered project, click HEREThe project sheet includes a full supply list, plus directions for the optional Metal Staples package! Each month, you will be able to create a mixed media project for an approximate retail cost of $30. 

The metal staples option will be about $10-$15 more. The directions explain how to create the project, and then show you how to add the optional Metal Staples items! This month we are splurging and using both the Metal Clock Keys and the Metal Door Plates and Knobs!

I have a bonus for you this month! A video tour of the finished album!

We always have a card class for you, too!
You get a chance to use up your left-over supplies with a second project sheet for creating three cards! If you want to "add-on" the card class, the cost is around $5. If you wish to make ONLY the cards, the retail cost is around $20, plus any Metal Staples you wish to use.

The goal of the card class is to show beginners how to create cards with minimal product and without using a lot of special tools. Plus, this is a great way to show experienced crafters how to use up the scraps and left-overs from the larger class.

Don't miss out on any of the FREE project sheets this year!

I will be back in August with the July project sheets! Here is a sneaky peeky of what I am working on next....

Friday, June 17, 2016

Friendship Photo Folio

Hey, Gang! I am up on the CutCardStock Blog today! Our theme for June is "Friendship" and our product focus is Pop-Tones Cardstock. I have created a 7" x 5" photo folio tutorial to share.
The folio folds up to 7" tall by 5" wide and is 1/8" thick. I have added a magnetized band to keep the folio closed. I paired the bold Pop-Tones Cardstock with pretty decorative paper to make a fun gift, perfect for your best friend!
The folio opens to 11" wide and contains space for a large photo, plus there is a pocket where you may add more photos or journaling cards. I used photos of "found relatives" for may sample! I love these ladies! My daughter said the gals who are full-on laughing are all me! {giggle}

Let's get started on the tutorial. 
1. Cut Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock to 7" x 11" and score at 1", 1 1/8", 6 1/8", and 6 1/4" on the 11-inch side. Fold on all score lines.
2. Cut Pop-Tones Berrylicious Cardstock to 6 7/8" x 7/8" and attach to the 1-inch tab. Cut Pop-Tones Wild Cherry Cardstock to 6 3/4" x 3/4" and attach to the top of the Berrylicious Cardstock. Cut decorative border to 6 5/8" x 5/8" and attach over the Wild Cherry Cardstock. (I simply love the names of the Pop-Tones Cardstock!)

3. Cut shells decorative paper (Graphic 45 By the Sea) to 6 7/8" x 4 7/8" and attach to the middle panel. (This panel will become the back of the folio when folded.) 

4. Cut Berrylicious Cardstock to 6 7/8" x 4 7/8" and attach to the last panel. (This panel will become the front of the folio when folded.) Cut Wild Cherry Cardstock to 6 3/4" x  4 3/4" and attach to the top of the Berrylicious Cardstock. Cut plaid decorative paper to 6 5/8" x 4 5/8" and attach over the Wild Cherry Cardstock.
5. Fold the folio so that the 1-inch tab is on the right side of the project as shown. Burnish all score lines.
6. Cut a border strip from decorative paper that is 1 1/4" wide by 12" long. Place a magnet under the right edge of the border strip, then wrap the strip to the left edge and around to the back of the folio. Place a second magnet onto the back of the loose end of the border strip.
The back of the folio will look like the photo above.
7. Glue a decorative chipboard element to the top of the border strip. Stamp word art onto Solar White Cardstock with black ink. Cut the image into a banner shape. Cut Wild Cherry Cardstock into a banner shape, slightly larger than the image. Mat the image and attach to the upper left corner of the folio. Embellish the image with sticker corners and fussy cut shells.
8. Open the folio and cut plaid decorative paper to 6 7/8" x 7/8" and attach to the 1-inch tab.

9. Cut Berrylicious Cardstock to 6 7/8" x 4 7/8" and attach to the center panel. Cut Wild Cherry Cardstock to 6 1/8" x 4 5/8" and attach to the top of the Berrylicious Cardstock.

10. Cut a photograph slightly smaller than the Wild Cherry photo mat and attach to the panel. (The photo shown was printed onto the Solar White Cardstock for a matte finish.)

11. Cut plaid decorative paper to 1/2" x 4 5/8" and attach to the bottom of the Berrylicious Cartstock mat. Add a decorative sticker strip to the center of the plaid paper.

13. Cut blue checked paper to 6 7/8" x 4 5/8" and attach to the first panel.
13. Create a pocket for the first panel. Cut Wild Cherry Cardstock to 2 3/8" x 4 5/8" and attach it on three side to the bottom of the first panel. Trim Berrylicious Cardstock to 2 1/4" x 4 1/2" and attach to the center of the pocket. Trim plaid decorative paper to 2 1/8" x 4 3/8" and attach to the center of the pocket.

14. Cut a strip of Wild Cherry Cardstock to approximately 1" x 4 5/8" and punch one edge with a scalloped border punch. Attach the strip to the top of the pocket. Cut a decorative border to fit the scalloped border strip and attach.
15. Stamp a sentiment onto Solar White Cardstock with black ink and cut into a banner shape. Attach the sentiment to the left side of the pocket with foam adhesive. Place photos and journaling spots into the pocket.
16. Mat photos onto Solar White Cardstock, if desired. Write notes on the back of each photo. 
17. Stamp a sentiment onto Solar White Cardstock with black ink and cut into a banner shape. Attach the sentiment to the upper left corner of the photo with foam adhesive. 

Thanks for looking!

Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock
Pop-Tones Berrylicious Cardstock 
Pop-Tones Wild Cherry Cardstock 
Double-sided Foam Adhesive Squares
Tombow Mono Multi-purpose Liquid Glue

Paper, stickers, chipboard: Graphic 45 By the Sea
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps: Verve Stamps (Proverbs 31:25), Stampin' Up (funny friendship)
Dies: My Favorite Things Fishtail Flags and Stax
Magnets: Basic Grey (small discs)
Tools: Fiskars scallop border punch, Stampin' Up 1 3/4" circle punch, Martha Stewart score board
Adhesive: ATG tape

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

By the Sea Altered ATC Box

Good morning! It's my turn on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog and I am sharing a little altered box (ATC shrine) with you today!
I used the sea-themed ATC shrine box (coming soon to the store) to create a little tag "hide-away." The little box is 3 3/4" x 2 3/4" x 1 1/4" which is perfect to sit on your desk. 

I used the ColorArte daubers Nutmeg Radiant Rain Dauber and Copper Metallic Radiant Rain Dauber to get some great rusty shapes. Do you LOVE the Undersea Steampunk chipboard shapes! (They will be NEW in the store in July! I got a preview of them, and used them "by accident"!)

I made the door look all rusty, too!

Open the door, and find three ATC tags! The Graphic 45 ATC tags fit perfectly inside!

Follow the Snapguide below to find out how to make your own altered box!

Thanks for looking! Find all these wonderful chipboard items at the GSLCuts Store! Check out ColourArte for some fantastic color products! And, find amazing Graphic 45 papers HERE.

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts: 
(all coming soon!)
By the Sea ATC Shrine
Months of the Year Set
Undersea Steampunk Shape Set

Matte Gel Medium: Liquitex 
Ink: Ranger Distress Gathered Twigs; ColourArte Ratiant Rain Daubers (NutmegCopper)
Paper and stickers: Graphic 45 By the Sea
Tags: Graphic 45 Ivory ATC
Embellishments: Tim Holtz hitch fastner and bottle, compass, beads, shells, sea glass
Tools: 1/2" hole punch, Crop-a-Dile, Corner rounder
Adhesive: ATG tape, white glue, Ranger Glossy Accents