Monday, April 02, 2012

Bathing Beauties - Graphic 45 and Paper Crafter's Library

This is my second post for today. To read about my BIG ANNOUNCEMENT, scroll down or click HERE!

The other big news is that Graphic 45 is teaming up with Paper Crafter's Library this week! There are projects, prizes, tutorials, the works! Stay tuned to the Graphic 45 Blog and to Paper Crafter's Library to see all the action! You will be blown away by the material on the PCL blog today! Just wowza!

Graphic 45 showed this layout of mine on their blog today. I created this layout for  the Graphic 45 booth, Winter CHA. The photo is a vintage image from Magic Moonlight Studio. For design work, I am not ashamed that I use "fake" photos. I am a crap photographer and have no shame about borrowing photos from other people!

The Tropical Travelogue collection is filled with vibrant colors. I love tropical flowers and the Paradise Postage paper is my favorite! I used a craft knife to trim all around the postage to create a frame for my photo. Then...what better way to showcase the paper than to create flowers out of it?!

I used Spellbinders die templates, Graphic 45 Flower Staples, and a few paper flowers from my stash to create this floral masterpiece! I used ink and mist to change the color of the Graphic 45 flowers. To make the yellow hibiscus (the ones with black centers) I inked WHITE paper flowers with yellow and orange ink, then added a black brad to the center.

I used Copic Markers to change the color of the Metal Door Plate and the Metal Button Staples. You need to go over the metal a number of times, letting the ink dry between each coat.

The last bit of "beauty" is the chipboard elements. I inked them with gray ink, and then sprayed them with mist to turn them silver.

I loved making this page. Making flowers makes me HAPPY! And this is a whole lotta happiness!

Supply List:
Graphic 45 Supplies:
Graphic 45 papers:
Tropical Travelogue: Tropical Travelogue, Garden Isle, Paradise Postage, Oceania, Hibiscus Haven
Graphic 45 Staples: Metal Buttons, Ornate Metal Door Plate, Metal Flowers
Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Chipboard Tags

Clearsnap: Colorbox Pigment Ink: Orange, Marigold, Canary, Pink, Coral, Apricot
Clearsnap: Colorbox Archival Dye Ink: Seattle Sky
Clearsnap: Smooch Spritz: Ice Rink
Imaginarium Designs: chipboard clock, word
Spellbinders: Bitty Blossoms, Grand Peony Creations, Rose Creations
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: foam squares

American Crafts: pink, black cardstock
Copic: Markers
Prima: vines, leaves, hibiscus flowers, crystals
Craft supply: mini brads
Adhesive: white glue, Scotch 3M tape runner


  1. Wow to the Flowers!! - and I really like that chipboard piece. Very nice!

  2. OMG! That's just gorgeous! Love all the yummy flowers!

  3. Beautiful layout. Thats a lot of work to trim around all the postage to make the frame but wel worth it.

  4. Gorgeous layout!! Thanks for the explanation about the beautiful photo. I was very jealous that you
    had such a gorgeous picture!!!LOL
    Your work is so stunning and you always manage to think outside of the box. Well done!

  5. love the colrs and creativity! Weather forcast is snow... glad to have a spring inspiration via your blog :-)

  6. Love your work! So glad you made the design team again!!

  7. these flowers are marvelous thank you
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  8. Love your collection of flowers - they look so tropical!


  9. So v v happy I rediscovered Graphic 45 papers again after a while away. GORJUS

  10. Amazing, beautiful. New follower.

  11. Absolutely love this layout and the use of the stamps for the border.