Wednesday, July 18, 2012

CHA Photos, Plus Christmas in July

Happy Wednesday, Blogger Buddies! All this week the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show is going on in Chicago. I did not get to attend this time, but some of my work is there in the Graphic 45 and Hampton Art Stamps booths. If you are at the show, stop by and say "hello" to the gang and check out the projects from me and my awesome teammates!

Here is a photo one of the G45 gals took of my A Ladies' Diary layout, sitting on Jim, the Gentleman Crafter's writing desk! Make sure you check out Jim's blog as he is at CHA and is sharing lots of photos!

One of the Hampton Arts Stamps peeps snapped this photo:

The beach tray is one of my projects. I made a lot of projects for their booth, so I hope someone takes more photos for me. I made mostly projects using the 7Gypsies stamp line, so if anyone is there, and can snap some photos of those displays, I'll be so pleased!

Now, enough of that. Here a few "Christmas in July" projects for you. It is never to early to start getting your cards and gift packaging ready for December!

This  first project is something I made for Spellbinders Paper Arts back in the fall. I love making gift bags. I usually purchase a bundle of these bags at Michael's Crafts and then decorate to my heart's content!

I used Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium papers.

The focal point is this amazing flower that I made with the Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia die template.

I created the little dress using the Decorative Dress Forms die templates. I cut several dresses from thin chipboard, and then one from the printed paper. I stacked them together to give the die cut some depth. I cut out the dress "overlay" from printed paper, then inked it with pigment ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I glued the lace overlay to the main dress image.

The next card appeared on my blog over the winter, but since I used the Layered Poinsettia die template, I wanted to share it again so you could see another way to use the die set.

I love layering, and all the layers on this card make me so happy!

I hope you enjoyed my CHA peekies and a few Christmas in July projects! I am heading off to unload the studio in preparation for NEW flooring! I will be doing a video of my studio next week, for Graphic 45, so stay tuned for that!
Gift Bag:
Spellbinders: Moroccan Motifs, Decorative Dress Forms, Layered Poinsettia, Nested Lacey Pennants, Foliage, Grand Calibur
Stamps: JustRite Christmas Mini Sentiments
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics, Neenah
Graphic 45: Christmas Emporium: Special Delivery, Joyous Noel, Happy Holidays
Bling: Want2Scrap
Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Fluid Chalk Lime Pastel, Warm Red, Dark Moss, Dark Brown
Embossing powder: Cosmic Shimmer
Twine: Divine Twine
Adhesives: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Other: Edge tool, glue, hole punch, paper bag

Spellbinders: Ribbon Banners, Floral Flourishes, Foliage, Layered Poinsettia, Grand Calibur
Stamps: JustRite Christmas Mini Sentiments Set
Cardstock Bazzill Basics, American Crafts, Neenah
Designer paper: Jillibean Soup Christmas Eve Chowder
Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink Warm Red, Lime Pastel, Yellow Citrus; Clearsnap Smooch Spritz Vanilla Shimmer, Spun Sugar; Tsukineko Rich Cocoa Memento Dye Ink
Bling: Creative Impressions Bits of Bling Yellow Gems
Ribbon: Lawrence Schiff Natural Seam Binding
Adhesive: Scotch 3M Adhesive tape; Craft supply Liquid glue


  1. Gloria...these projects are lovely! I especially like the second card...the poinsettia is just fabulous, and the pop of color from the flourish really grabs one's attention! Beautiful!

  2. Great projects Gloria, I really love how your bag turned out!

  3. Love the poinsettia, will have to look for that die. Beautiful projects. TFS

  4. just gorgeous as usual you are so inspiring thank you

  5. What great projects, Gloria! I love your gift bags and need to go buy some from Michael's, too:)

    Thanks for the inspiration.