Monday, January 14, 2013

Graphic 45 Secret Garden - CHA Sneaky Peek

Good morning everyone. By the time you read this, I hope I am over my CHA illness and my extreme disappointment at having to leave the show! Anyone who knows me personally knows how much I hate to disappoint people and how much I pride myself on my reliability. Getting sick during the most important event in my field sure knocks the pride right out of a person!

Today I want to share one of my Graphic 45 CHA creations using the NEW Secret Garden collection.

I love the rich pastels of the Secret Garden Collection. Nothing "Easter eggy" here! The colors are so vibrant, but still have the vintage feel we have come to expect from Graphic 45. I used the purples and greens in the collection to highlight this photo of the Misty Fjords in Alaska. This collection works perfectly with the green and the purple-gray in the photo.

I painted my metal Staples with white gesso to give them a more feminine look. You can see the key peeking out here. And who doesn't love a doily?!

Again, I painted the metal with gesso. I inked the chipboard letters with gray ink, then embossed them with clear embossing powder.

I love creating little scenes on my layouts. I used flowers, metal, and crystal swirls, with a few of the postage stamp images cut from the paper tucked behind.

I have had this Sizzix clock die in my stash for over a year, and somehow had never used it! What?! I cut the clock from chipboard, then inked it with lavender ink. The look of the weathered clock and the weathered rock in the photo, paired with the vibrant green in the photo and the colors of the paper and embellishments just makes my heart sing!

Here is another view of all the layering. Alaska was so beautiful and it really is a garden! It is not all ice and snow! I mean, who knew that Alaska had a temperate rain forest?! 

I have more CHA reveals, plus an exciting announcement this week, so stay tuned!

Graphic 45 papers:
Secret Garden: Meadow Lark, Springtime, Beautiful Blooms, Sun Kissed, Pretty Primrose, May Flowers, Seed Fairy

Graphic 45 Staples: Ornate Metal Key, Ornate Metal Key Hole, Ornate Metal Doorplate

Graphi45 Stamps: Secret Garden

Clearsnap Inks:
Colorbox Chalk Lavender
Colorbox Pigment Antique Pewter, Sky Gray
Colorbox Archival Seattle Sky

Hampton Art:
Clear embossing powder

Cardstock: American Crafts
Ribbon and twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts, Prima, The Paper Studio
Crystal flourishes Zva Creative
Crystal tear drop: Connie Crystal
Die Cuts: Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Weathered Clock
Chipboard Alphas: Maya Road
Tools: Bow Easy; Sizzix Big Shot
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares; Aleene's Tacky Glue
Other: Doilies, Gesso, Brads


  1. Wow, Gloria! It's GORGEOUS! I love the combination of elements you've used, and that collection is so very pretty! I look forward to seeing more!...Nancy :o)

  2. Absolutely stunning Gloria! I am sooo in love with the Secret Garden collection!

  3. Its a beautiful layout.

  4. Stunning! Amazing details & layers Gloria!