Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Graphic 45 Special Projects Designer!

If you are looking for the Heartfelt Creations Wednesday post, please click HERE.


Graphic 45 has just finished up announcing the NEW 2015-2016 Design Team! Today they are introducing the Special Project Designers, Annette Green and little ol' me! 

If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you know that I LOVE Graphic 45 papers! I started out with Graphic 45 on the 2010-2011 design team. They kept me on for the 2011-2012 and the 2012-2013 design teams! In the spring of 2013 I was asked to become a Special Projects Designer. I had to step down from my position in December 2013 due to a back injury, however in November 2014 they once again asked me to come on board as a Special Projects Designer! I have been working "behind the scenes" since then! Oh Happy Day!



For 2015, my job is to create a project sheet each month using the Time to Flourish Collection. I create step-by-step directions for making two cards and two tags each month! These sheets go to the Retailer Market to enable your local stores to teach Graphic 45 classes for their customers. Once the current month has passed, I am able to share the project sheets with my Readers! For the currently available project sheets, see the list below.


April
May


June will be coming shortly! The Retailers already have the July projects, and I just sent in the August tutorials on Monday! I am sure you will have fun creating! 

Here are a few highlights for you of the January - May projects: 

  
 

Graphic 45 does ask me to create other things from time to time, when they need something extra. Here is a peeky at a few more things I've made so far this year.



For details on this Raining Cats and Dogs paper bag mini, click HERE.
I created this card and the next three for Winter CHA using the new lines released then, Home Sweet Home, Precious Memories, and Artisan Style.

This spring, I "re-imagined" the two baby cards and taught them as a charity card class, along with two cards using the Mother Goose Collection. I taught a total of 63 ladies and gave out 12 additional kits...yes that is 75 kits!

Graphic 45 sends me the odd box of goodies now and again, to enable me to create projects for my blog or to design my own classes, and so forth. 

 Mini using the Once Upon a Springtime Deluxe Collection.


Mini using the Raining Cats and Dogs Collection.
Layout using the Come Away with Me collection.

Graphic 45 is a wonderful company to work with and the whole team is awesome! I cannot say enough good things about them! I am blessed to be able to work for them in this capacity. Just so they know...I am NEVER leaving! 

To see more projects and tutorials, just use the SEARCH box and search on "Graphic 45" or "G45" or "Graphic45"!

Thanks for stopping by! Head on over to the Graphic 45 Blog to meet Annette and whole G45 Team!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday - Poppy Pocket Pages!

Welcome to another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday! I have created a double-page scrapbook layout for you today (don't faint) using the We R Memory Keeper pocket pages. This style of scrapbooking is very popular, but I have only made a few of these types of layouts. I decided to give it a try with the fabulous Blazing Poppy Collection! You can get the Essentials Kit until July 3rd!



I gathered some photos of my "found relatives" that seemed like the same little, old couple...if you squint, and created a 50th anniversary spread. I love the black accents paired with the bright poppies!


The left-hand page contains one vertical 6" x 12" pocket and three horizontal 6" x 4" pockets. (My pockets were slightly "off" in the measurement, so I had to trim the cardstock mats and the decorative papers a bit to get them to fit.) 

To decorate pocket #1 (6" x 12"), trim black cardstock to 6" x 12". Trim Blazing Poppy arch paper to 5 7/8" x 11 7/8" and attach to the cardstock mat. Mat two small photos, approximately 2 1/2" x 3 1/2", with black cardstock. Attach the photos to the decorative paper, to the right of the arch decoration. 

Slip the panel into the pocket. Use the ticket die from the Luggage and Tags Die set to trim out the "special day" sentiment from the Blazing Poppy paper. Attach the ticket to the top of the pocket with foam adhesive.


Use the Cut Mat Create 2A Die to trim the large vine from a scrap of green Blazing Poppy paper. Glue the vine to the lower left corner of the pocket. Create a large dimensional flower by stamping the Blazing Poppy Petals Cling Stamp Set twice onto white cardstock. Color the flowers with markers and inks. Use the Blazing Poppy Die to cut out the flowers. Shape the petals and assemble one large flower by gluing the layers together. Add a black gem to the flower center. Glue the flower to the pocket as shown. Glue two rhinestone rings under the left edge of the flower. 



For pocket #2, trim black cardstock to 6" x 4". Trim the 6" x 6" "beauty" Blazing Poppy paper to 5 7/8" x 3 7/8" and attach to the black cardstock. Slip the panel into the pocket. Use black glitter mist to spray a chipboard phrase. Allow the chipboard to dry, then glue the phrase to the top of the pocket. 


For pocket #3 trim black cardstock to 6" x 4". Trim a piece of Blazing Poppy paper to 5 7/8" x 3 7/8" and attach to the black cardstock. Trim a decorative border from the paper and attach it to the top of the panel as shown. Mat a wallet-sized photo with black cardstock and attach it to the right side of the panel. 

Use the scalloped tag die from the Luggage and Tags Die set to trim out the decorative tag from the Blazing Poppy paper. Attach the tag to the left side of the panel with foam adhesive. Use the oval label die to trim out the "with love" label. Attach the label to the tag with foam adhesive. Slip the panel into the pocket. Glue a fem to the top of the pocket, covering the hole in the label. 



For pocket #4 trim black cardstock to 6" x 4". Trim a piece of Blazing Poppy corner paper to 5 7/8" x 3 7/8" and attach to the black cardstock. Mat a wallet-sized photo with black cardstock and attach it to the left side of the panel. Fussy cut a section of the flowers and attach with foam adhesive, overlapping the photo. Slip the panel into the pocket.



The right-hand page contains one horizontal 6" x 12" pocket and three vertical 6" x 4" pocketsTo decorate pocket #5 (12" x 6"), trim black cardstock to 12" x 6". Trim Blazing Poppy "one in a million" paper to 11 7/8" x 5 7/8" and attach to the cardstock mat. Mat two photos, approximately 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" and 4" x 5", with black cardstock. Attach the photos to the decorative paper as shown.


Slip the panel into the pocket. Use the Cut Mat Create 1B Die to trim the small vine from a scrap of green Blazing Poppy paper. Glue the vine to the upper left corner of the pocket. Make a small dimensional flower from the left over Blazing Poppy Petals created earlier. Add a black gem to the flower center. Glue the flower to the pocket as shown. 

Stamp the Time Sentiments Cling Stamp Set onto white cardstock with black ink. Use the Once Upon a Time Die to trim out the "Time to Remember" sentiment. Color the sentiment with ink and attach to the right side of the flower with foam adhesive.


For pocket #6 trim black cardstock to 4" x 6". Trim a piece of Blazing Poppy decorative photo mat paper to 3 7/8" x 5 7/8" and attach to the black cardstock. Mat a wallet-sized photo with black cardstock and attach it to the panel. Slip the panel into the pocket.


For pocket #7 trim black cardstock to 4" x 6". Trim down a 4" x 6" photo and attach it to the black cardstock. Slip the panel into the pocket. Trim the phrase from the Blazing Poppy paper and attach it to the top of the pocket with foam adhesive.

For pocket #8 trim black cardstock to 4" x 6". Trim a piece of Blazing Poppy decorative paper to 3 7/8" x 5 7/8" and attach to the black cardstock. Mat a wallet-sized photo with black cardstock and attach it to the panel. Slip the panel into the pocket. Make a small dimensional flower from the left over Blazing Poppy Petals created earlier. Add a black gem to the flower center. Glue the flower to the pocket as shown. Stamp the leaf from the Botanical Rose Cling Stamp Set onto a scrap of white cardstock with black ink. Color the leave with green ink. Us the Botanical Wings Die to trim out the leaf and attach it to the left of the flower. Trim the phrase from the Blazing Poppy paper and attach it to the top of the pocket with foam adhesive.

Thanks for stopping by! Visit the Heartfelt Creations Blog for more inspiration!

Products Used:


Other products used: 
Pocket photo sleeves: We R Memory Keepers
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Black, Copic White
Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Marigold Pigment, Clearsnap Colorbox Warm Red Chalk, Ranger Distress (Shabby Shutters, Fired Brick)
Markers: Cpic alcohol markers (R02, R11, R20, R22, R24, R27, R32, R35, R37,  R39, colorless blender)
Mist: Tattered Angels Almost Black Glimmer Mist
Chipboard phrase: Imaginarium Designs
Gems: Want2Scrap
Rhinestone circles: craft supply
Sizzix Big Shot machine
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape and foam tape, Scor-tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue

Monday, June 29, 2015

Spellbinders' Partner Blog Hop!


Good morning, Blogger Peeps! I have the amazing honor of being one of the featured Graphic 45 Designers in the Spellbinders' Summer Road Trip Partner Blog Hop! Spellbinders is featuring the Spellbinders Sapphire Mini Die Cutting Machine and dies, sold ONLY at Jo-Ann Craft Stores and online at Joann.com!  

For this hop there will be 3 daily winners chosen and 1 Grand Prize winner! The daily winners will receive the featured product from each of the companies featured on that day! To see the Blog Hop List, scroll to the end of this post. To participate in today's Graphic 45 Give Away, please click THIS LINK.

I was given the Spellbinders Sapphire Numbers and Letters One die templates set and the Fancy Corner set to work with, but this little machine can cut thin dies up to 2 1/4" wide! I decided to use the Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs Collection for my project, which is also available at Joann.com right now!   



I decided to create a little mini album from two paper bags...and to make it a brag book for my cats! This album is approximately 3 1/2" x 7" and is adorable in a black, red, and teal color scheme!


Here is a another view, with the cover "untucked." I just adore how this turned out. It is perfect for adding a few photos and some journaling. This is the sort of project that enables you to change up the theme and use any papers or colors. I love the Spellbinders Sapphire letters that I used to spell out my album title. The capital "M" is approximately 1/2" tall, making these the perfect size for cards, mini albums, and other small projects.


The gorgeous Graphic 45 papers, paired with black accents and the black die cut shapes make for a stunning project! With products like these, how can you make a bad project?!!

I bet you want to know how I made this guy, right? Well, here goes!


You need two black treat bags, approximately 3 1/2" x 6 3/4" each. You can purchase these bags at your local chain craft store in the gift wrap section. They have lots of colors, but black is almost always out of stock, so if you see them, grab them!

Lay Bag #1 so that the bottom fold is to the left. Place Bag #2 so that the bottom fold is on the right. Score Bag #2 at 1 1/2" and 2" from the bag opening. Score lightly, as you will GENTLY fold the bag to make the right-hand "spine."


Place some double-stick tape on the back of the opening of Bag #2. Slide Bag #2 into the opening of Bag #1, up to the first score line. Use a circle die or punch to cut an opening into Bag #1 as shown.) I actually went back with a Spellbinders Circle Die and cut a larger opening, as you can see below.)


Gently fold the bag on the score lines. The end of Bag #2 will tuck under the left flap to form a closure.


I needed to add a bit more to my bag book, so I created a flip page from some black cardstock. Cut black cardstock to 3 3/8" x 5". Score on the short edge at 1". Place double-stick tape on the small flap. Tuck the cardstock flap into the opening of Bag #1 to form a flip page.


Cover all surfaces with Raining Cats and Dogs papers. I used the 8x8 paper pad for my project. The open mini measures approximately 3 1/2" x 12 1/2". 


I decorated the "flap" of the cover with Spellbinders corner dies, flowers, and Raining Cats and Dots chipboard and a sticker. I topped the chipboard tag with a twine bow. 


I decorated the cover with more flowers and chipboard, plus a few items from the Raining Cats and Dogs Banners set. I spelled out "My Cats" with the Spellbinders Numbers and Letters One die cuts. 


With the cover open, Bag #1 becomes the fist page, and it is also a pocket page. You can see that I used the Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Small Dies to cut out the opening on the bag. I used the Sapphire Fancy Corner Set to create corners for the journaling tag. 


I tucked a few Graphic 45 Black Artist Trading Tags into my bag pocket. I covered the tags with paper. I had a little fun by trimming out the word "cats" and cover the word "dogs" so that my second tag reads "raining cats and cats"! {giggle} You can tuck some photos into the bag pocket as well. 


The next page is the cardstock flap that I made. The chipboard element holds some tags, or it could hold a photo.


I used foam squares to pop the cat chipboard tag off the page. Place the adhesive on the left side only so that the tag can act as a holder for your journaling tags and photos. 


I created another tag holder by popping the mini tag with foam squares. I tied another twine bow to decorate the tag. I used another of the fancy corner die cut shapes under the mini tag.


The last page is actually Bag #2. The bag bottom creates a flap, which I used as a journaling spot and photo holder. I "crowned" the chipboard piece with one of the Spellbinders fancy corners. 


This paper is just beautiful! I love the red and teal flowers, and the black accents. There is also a lot of paper in this collection that can be used for projects NOT about pets! I love how versatile Graphic 45 papers are! 


I trimmed one piece of paper to cover the back of Bag #1.


I hope you enjoyed this little project. It is a cute and easy project that you can make in a few hours.


Here is a photo of my two, very spoiled cats. Milo is the big, gray and white kitty (over 16 pounds and nearly 3 years old) and Molly is the little brown tabby (6 pounds and 1 1/2 years old). They love to sleep on the chair in my studio. 


Spellbinders' Partner Blog Hop

Mon, June 29th

Tues, June 30th
Xyron

Wed, July 1st


Graphic 45 Products:
Artist Trading Tags - Black
Raining Cats and Dogs 8x8 Pad
Raining Cats and Dogs 6x6 Patterns and Solids Pad
Raining Cats and Dogs Tags and Pockets
Raining Cats and Dogs Decorative Chipboard
Raining Cats and Dogs Journaling Chipboard
Raining Cats and Dogs Stickers
Raining Cats and Dogs Alphabet Stickers
Raining Cats and Dogs Banners

Spellbinders Products:
Sapphire Dies: Numbers and Letters One, Fancy Corner Set
Nestabilites Dies: Standard Circles Small
Grand Calibur 

Other Products:
Paper treat bags: craft store
Flowers: Petaloo, Wild Orchid Crafts
Leaves: Prima
Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon red and black jute string
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon 1/4" black grosgrain
Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, Scotch 3M ATG tape, Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue, hot glue

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday - Purple Poppies!

Welcome to another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday! Today the Heartfelt Creations team is participating in a blog hop with Art Anthology! I was given the Art Anthology Colorations Spray in Wild Orchid to work with. I used the spray to make some pretty, purple poppies!


I sorted through my Heartfelt Creations papers to find papers with the same color tone as the wild orchid spray, and created this dimensional card. The purple poppies literally pop off the page! 

Start by creating a 5" x 6" card by trimming black cardstock to 5" x 12" and scoring at 6" on the long side to make a 5" x 6" top-fold card. Trim border paper from the Cut Mat Create Paper Collection to 4 7/8" x 5 7/8" and wrap a length of white satin ribbon around the paper on the lower section of the pattern. Attach the ribbon at the back of the paper, and adhere the paper to the card front. 


Trim floral paper from the Cut Mat Create Paper Collection to 3 7/8" x 4 7/8" and mat with black cardstock cut to 4" x 5". Attach panel to the top of the card front at an angle. Trim purple text paper from the Butterfly Medley Paper Collection to 2 7/8" x 3 7/8" and mat with black cardstock cut to 3" x 4". Attach the panel to the right side of the card at an angle. Trim purple and green print paper from the Cascading Fuchsia Paper Collection to 1 7/8" x 2 7/8" and mat with black cardstock cut to 2" x 3". Attach panel to the left side of the card at an angle.


Stamp the Blazing Poppy Petals Cling Stamp Set twice onto white cardstock with gray ink. Color the flowers by spraying the paper with the Art Anthology Wild Orchid Colorations Spray and allow paper to dry. Use the Blazing Poppy Die to cut out the flowers. Shape the flowers and assemble one large and one small flower by gluing the layers together. Stamp the leaves from the Delightful Daisies Cling Stamp Set several times onto white cardstock with black ink. Color the leaves with distress ink and use the Delightful Daisy Die to cut out the leaves. Assemble the large dimensional flower and the leaves on the lower center of the card. Add a white satin bow to the left edge of the flower. 


Stamp the sentiment from the Heartfelt Sentiments Cling Stamp Set onto white cardstock with black ink. Use the large tag die from the Luggage and Tags Die to trim out the sentiment. Sponge the edges of the tag with Thistle pigment ink and attach the tag to the right top of the card with foam adhesive. Cut the small vine from the Cut Mat Create 1B Die out of a scrap of green paper. Attach the vine and the small dimensional flower to the tag as shown.

Decorate the inside of the card by cutting white cardstock to 4 7/8" x 5 7/8" and stamping the corner image from the Poppy Corner and Border Cling Stamp Set with Thistle pigment ink onto the upper right corner. Trim Cut Mat Create paper to 4 7/8" x 1 3/4" and attach to the bottom of the white panel. Use a border punch to create a decorative border from black cardstock. Trim the border to 4 7/8" wide and attach it to the top of the printed paper. Attach the panel to the inside of the card. 

Thanks for stopping by! Visit the Heartfelt Creations Blog for more inspiration!

Products Used:

Other products used: 
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Black, Stampin' Up Whisper White
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black Instant Dry Pigment, Stampin' Up Going Gray Dye, Clearsnap Colorbox Thistle Pigment, Ranger Shabby Shutters Distress, Art Anthology Wild Orchid Colorations Spray
Ribbon: Really Reasonable 1/4" white satin ribbon
Tools: Sizzix Big Shot, My Sweet Petunia MISTI, Fiskars border punch, hot glue gun
Adhesive: Scotch ATG tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, hot glue sticks