Monday, October 5, 2015

Art-C's Groove Tool and Graphic 45

Art-C so kindly sent the Graphic 45 design team their new Groove Tool for a "test drive."  It's a great little tool and was so fun to use with inks and paints.  I used it on the black cardstock layer of this layout.

I started out with the October Time to Flourish collection which is my favorite of all the months.  The image with the pumpkins and crow totally speaks to me, so of course, I had to fussy cut it.  That was the beginning of the layout.  I dug around in my photo stash and found the two Harvest images and they go so nicely with these October papers so there was the foundation for my layout along with the orange print for my base.

Now there was too much orange going on so I picked up a piece of black cardstock and decided that was just what I needed to give my layout some depth.  But oh, and there's always a but, the black was so harsh.  Enter Art-C's Groove Tool.    It's a battery operated tool that applies media so neatly and evenly.  It comes with several applicators useful for applying paint or ink.  I used the sponge applicator and applied  Mix'd Media Inx in pewter over a stencil.   I love the nice even application and it softens the black without being too much of a contrast.  I did a quick video demonstration showing you how the Groove Tool works.

Here you can really see the inked pattern that I masked on with the Groove Tool.

I love this image so much!  I fussy cut it and popped it up so that it would really catch your attention.

To finish up my layout, I added some fussy cut flowers from the May Flourish and a bat from Steampunk Spells. 

Supplies List - Graphic 45
Time to Flourish Collection (12 x 12):
October Flourish 4501048
October Cut Apart 4501047
May Flourish 4501038
March Flourish 4501034
Steampunk Spells Mechanical Marvels

The Groove tool

Other Supplies:
Black Cardstock
ColorBox Mix'd Media Inx - pewter
I am Roses Gardenias purple and green
Prima Mask
Martha Stewart Cherish punch around the page
Distress ink - black soot, ripe persimmon

Thanks for stopping in!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Quick and Easy Card Tutorial with Graphic 45 Time to Flourish

The Time to Flourish collection can be used for so much more than calendars.  I have sen the most gorgeous layouts done from this collection and it is perfect for making seasonal cards.

Today I want to share with you a quick and easy flat card that is therefore easy to mail!  I confess, I have a hard time doing flat, y flower stash always seems to be calling to me and before I know it, a half dozen flowers have landed on my project...bye bye flat!  But today I smacked those flowers back into the drawer and came up with this simple but pretty card.

I did a Snapguide tutorial for you.  How do you like the Snapguide tutorials?   Do you like these better than a written tutorial with photos on my blog?  Leave me a note in the comments section and tell me what you like best.

The weekend is almost here, hang in there!  I think we're going to be rain drenched all weekend so it'll be  perfect stay inside and play with scissors and paper days for me.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to leave me a comment telling me what kind of tutorials you like best.

October challenge at Creative Embellishments

Are you scared yet?? LOL! This is the inspiration photo for the October inspiration challenge. Do stop by the Creative Embellishments blog and see the spooky projects that the design team has done to inspire you!

I was inspired by the creepy Halloween photo itself and decided to make a scene on canvas,  I'm thinking this ghoulish fellow fellow would be right at home on my canvas! I used lots of mists, chipboard pieces, and a metal fence for the twist. I used pieces from the Halloween Scene Set 1 and Halloween Scene 2 for the houses, pumpkins, title, graveyard, and bats. I also used pieces from Creepy Trees, Owl on a Branch, Seagrass, and Halloween Witches.

 The houses and are just misted with black mist and then I added a little walnut stain to them and put dark gray cardstock behind the windows.  I cut the cats from black cardstock on my Silhouette and then covered with Ranger Glossy Accents. 

And finally for the twist, I used a metal fence and painted it with a Ranger silver paint dabber as well as a few dabs of espresso and copper. Then I rubbed some black ink over it to dull the silver color a bit.

 The trees were embossed with Ranger Distress embossing powder in Walnut Stain. The owl and bats are embossed with Stampendous aged black embossing enamel. 

I used Stampendous Spice Aged Embossing Enamel on the title and pumpkins and then hit them with a touch of orange ink for good measure!

I used Ranger Antiquities cement embossing powder on the tombstones.

I used fine detail black embossing powder on the witch's dress and Lindy's Midnight Gold embossing powder on her hat. Of course, I painted her face green 'cause in my mind all wicked witches have ugly green faces!  I glued on some jute twine for her broom.

Our challenges run all month and there is a $50 gift certificate up for grabs for the challenge winner.  How awesome is that?  Our challenge is awarded by random selection so everyone has a fair chance of winning.  You can do any kind of project you like, you just need to use at least one Creative Embellishments product.  

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Graphic 45's Mon Amour collection mini album

Being on the Graphic 45 design team has been such a thrill for me and it has exceeded my wildest dreams in every way possible.    Diane, Aimee and Charee have got their very classy act together as G45 is such a fantastic and well run company!

The biggest thrill so far (other than seeing my name on the design team roster ) was when I received my shipment of all the new collections so that I could create projects for the summer Paper Arts show.  It was so exciting to be on the "inside" and  see Mon Amour, Worlds Fair and Christmas Carol up close even before sneak peeks were shown on the blog.  Along with those new collections came the reissued deluxe versions of Botanicabella and Steampunk Debutante.  My imagination had to go into overdrive since I had around 2 weeks to get a lot of  projects done and mailed to the offices in Oregon.

One of the projects I completed during that time was this mini album.  Now you know, it usually takes me nearly a week to make a mini album so I really had to push through this but oh gosh, these papers are so divine and romantic.  I loved every minute of that two weeks and ssshhhh, don't tell, but my husband was out of town so it was perfect.  No one was home wondering when dinner would be ready;  I could just play with my glue and scissors all day and night!

I built the mini from scratch using chipboard and followed Kathy Orta's binding system.   I didn't make this mini for anyone in particular but was thinking of a wedding album.  With that in mind, I made sure there were plenty of pocket pages and tags,  perfect for storing photos and other memorabilia.

The front and back cover are coated with Matte Medium to protect the covers and help keep them clean.

 I love all the beautiful floral imagery in this collection and so I went crazy on the cover with flowers!  There's a  Prima vine and Prima roses there along with roses from I Am Roses.  I used a G45 lion's head door knocker on the spine along with roses wrapping around to the front.

 Some of the pages are pocket pages that load from the sides and some load from the top.  I included G45's large tags in the top loading pockets.

The right page features waterfall photo storage and on the left is a pocket with a Graphic 45 regular sized tag.   You could put photos and/or journaling on the tag as well as tuck photos and notes in the pocket.

"Girly" pages for photos of the bride or maybe the bride's maids.

These pages are a bit more masculine for the groom's photos.  The page on the right has a little mini booklet with pages to store photos and journaling.

The page on the left opens up to reveal two large pages where the bride and groom can record their story and memories about their special day.
I always keep the backs of my minis simple so that they can store flat if desired.  This paper needs no decoration, the script writing on the black background is so elegant on the white cardstock binding.

Supplies List

Graphic 45 Mon Amour collection (12 x 12):
Mon Amour 4501203
Dearest Darling 4501204
One and Only 4501205
True Love 4501206
Heart's Desire 4501207
My Beloved 4501208
Precious One 4501209
Forever Mine 4501210
Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Key Holes
Graphic 45 Door Knockers
Graphic 45 Regular and Large Tag Albums - ivory
Graphic 45 Artist Trading Tags - ivory

Other Supplies:
Bazzill French Vanilla cardstock
Paper Studio black cardstock
Core'dinations G45 Signature Series cardstock Precious Pink, Vintage Rose, Spring Green
Grafix medium weight chipboard
Prima Le Mia flowers
Prima resin cherub
Prima vine - Divine
I Am Roses pink and white roses, carnations,  gardenias
Wild Orchid Crafts pink salmon seam binding
Zva pearls
Kaisercraft pearl strips black and white
Liquitex Matte Medium
Spellbinders Nestabilities Opulent Ovals
Martha Stewart Flourish Lace punch
EK Success Pointed Flowers
Colorbox Ink - Fireberry, Rose Coral
Distress Ink - Black Soot,
Zip-Dry Glue
Foam tape

I hope you are inspired to create a project with these fabulous papers!  If you know me at all, you've heard me say that my favorite colors to design with are black, cream and red.  True, there's a lot of pink in this collection, but really it's a peachy pink blending with a lovely red.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I loved sharing this project with you.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Fabscraps Country Kitchen card

Country Kitchen, one Fabscrap's newer collections, is such a fun collection and it's perfect for making cards, tags, cookbooks, and other homey kind of projects.  I sized this card so that I could write a recipe inside.  I love to cook and share my recipes with my friends.

 I popped up the layers to give the card some dimension and interest.

For This Project You Will Need:
·    FabScraps Country Kitchen Collection C76:
·        1  Sheet C76 001 Hot Chili
·        1 Sheet C76 002 Food & Friends
·        1 Sheet C76 007 Pomegranate
·        DC76 011 Die-cut Gray Rooster
·        Journal Die-Cuts Pack MC76 001A
·    Other:
·        1 Sheet ivory cardstock
·        Embellishments of your choice, flowers, etc.
·        Border punch, I used Martha Stewart's Fleur de Lis
·        Spellbinders Decorative Labels 27

  1. Cut a piece of ivory cardstock 6 x 10" and score at 5".  Make a card by folding at the 5" score line.
  2. Cut a piece of 001 Hot Chili 5.75 x 4.75" and adhere to the front of the card.
  3. Cut a strip of 002 Food & Friends 5.75 x 1.75" and border punch both edges.
  4. Cut a strip of 007 Pomegranate 5.75 x .625 and adhere to the strip in step 3, then adhere both to the middle of the card.
  5. Cut a shape approximately 4 to 4.25" square from 007 Pomegranate.  I used the largest die from the Spellbinders Decorative Labels 27 set.  You could cut a square and punch the edges or leave it plain if you do not have a similar die.  Adhere to the left side of the card, centering on the center strip.
  6. Cut another shape approximately 3.25" square.  I used the 2nd largest die from the Spellbinders Decorative Labels 27 set.  You could cut a square and punch the edges or leave it plain if you do not have a similar die. Cut a piece of cardboard or use foam tape to pop this up and center on the shape from step 5.
  7. Remove one of the rooster die-cuts from the Country Kitchen Journal Die-Cuts Pack MC76 001A and adhere it to the corresponding rooster, DC76 011.  Attach this over the layered squares from step 6.
  8. Cut out a sentiment from 002 Food & Friends.  I chose the words "Food & Friends".  Use foam tape or something similar and adhere to the bottom right of the card.
  9. Now add flowers or other embellishments and that's it!  You have a pretty card all ready to give to a special someone.  I'm going to make a dish for a friend and  add this card with the recipe for the dish inside!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The cutest little cookbook from Fabscraps C76 Country Kitchen!

Fabscraps new collection, C76 Country Kitchen, includes the cutest little cookbook headed by a jolly little cook that I've affectionately named Guido!  Guido is all ready to share your favorite recipes.

I've used a recipe paper from the journal pack for each set of pages; perfect for recording your favorite recipes.

On this page, I added milk can and welcome stickers which I first attached to white cardstock and then fussy cut out and adhered to my page.

I added more stickers to this page and some fussy cut elements from the design papers.

 On these pages I added a Cuisine sticker and  die cut sign and fleur de lis from the Journal Pack.  Then I added some flowers that I punched from the design paper.

 More stickers and diecuts!

Here I've added fussy cut flowers and a rooster along with a sentiment, all from the design papers.  On the right I created a pocket to hold some 4 x 6" recipe cards.  The rooster is a diecut included in the Journal Pack.

 The back cover is just some simple layered design papers.


Fabscraps Country Kitchen collection C76:
  • 001 Hot Chili
  • 002 Food & Friends
  • 003 Masterchef
  • 004 Masterchef 2
  • 005 Sunflowers
  • 006 Tea Lovers
  • 007 Pomegranate
  • 008 Pomegranate Check

DC 76 001 Chipboard Recipe Book
ST76 001 Stickers
ST76 002 Stickers
MC76 001A Journal Pack

  • Paint
  • Ink
  • Small buttons or bling
  • Silver embossing powder
  • Embellishments of your choice:  flowers, ribbons, fiber,  etc.
  • Cream cardstock
  • Spare Parts metal charms - utensils
  • Distress ink walnut stain


  1. Trace the cover front and inside onto patterned paper, cut out and adhere to the front and inside cover.  Ink as desired.
  2. Trace the chef's hat, pants and jacket onto 006 and 008 and cut out and adhere to the cover and the inside of the cover.  Ink as desired.  Add small buttons or bling to the represent buttons on the chef's jacket.
  3. Heat emboss the domed serving dish with silver embossing powder on both sides.
  4. Select paper and cover each of the cookbook pages with paper of your choice or follow along with each of my pages.  Ink as desired.
  5. Use the Recipe pages included in the Journal Pack MC76 001A, ink,  and adhere to the center of selected pages as per the photos.
  6. Embellish the pages with the stickers from ST76 001 and 002.  Stick the stickers onto white or cream cardstock, cut them out and then adhere to your selected pages.
  7. Create a pocket on the inside back cover to hold blank recipe cards.  Cut a rectangle 5.25 x 6" and adhere to the inside back cover with 1/8" thick foam tape.  This creates a pocket that will hold a number of blank 4 x 6" recipe cards.
  8. Layer papers and a diecut rooster on the pocket in step 7 to give it some interest.
  9. Use the die-cuts from Journal Pack MC76 001A for additional embellishments on the other pages.
  10. You can embellish with fussy cut images from the patterned papers.  I fussy cut roosters from 003 and flowers from 008.
  11. Add flowers, bling, etc of your choice.
  12. Tie ribbons, flowers, and some utensil charms onto the binder rings to add a festive touch to your cookbook.
Thanks for visiting today, Guido ;-) and I appreciate it!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Fall Layout with Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale

Happy Fall!  I am so glad those hot, humid summer days are behind us, I am not a fan of summer at all.  Here in the south, summer is misery in my book though I do enjoy my garden in the summer.  Even then, I avoid the heat as I am usually out in my garden by 6:30 and back inside in the wonderful AC by 9 am.

I'm celebrating fall today with this layout of my cutie pie great nephew.  I used Graphic 45's An Eerie Tale papers for this.  Though this collection is a Halloween themed collection, it's colors and images work with a fall layout too.

I did a tutorial for my sunflower vine a while back but I'm sharing it with you again in case you missed it.

This vine is really easy to make, I use a leafy branch diecut as the base to build my vine.  Give it a try, it's really simple!

This cute little witch is fussy cut from the G45 Happy Haunting collection.

 Graphic 45's chipboard pieces are perfect for adding little details that help give your project BIG impact.  I love the 3 small circle chippys and the 2 larger button chippys, together they help  focus on the photo.

Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale Collection (12 x 12):
An Eerie Tale 4500930
Enchantment 4500931
Unsolved Mystery 4500934
Wicked Whimsey 4500941
Run and Hide 4500935
Decorative Chipboard 4500948
Journaling Chipboard 4500949
Happy Haunting Collection (12 x 12) - Jolly Jack O'Lantern 4500528

Distress Ink black soot

Be sure to stop by the Graphic 45 blog and see Robin's beautiful World's Fair layout AND for a chance to win a Steampunk Spells collection!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Tranquility - A new collection from Fabscraps

Well here it is Monday, again....  LOL!  Since I am retired I don't have those Monday blues but I do remember it so well from my working years.   Here's a little Fabscraps beauty to cheer you up and hopefully chase those Monday blues away!

Fabscraps has several new collections out now and this one is Tranquility.  It has such pretty soft greys and blues.  My photo her is a Tim Holtz found relative.  I used a Spellbinders diecut frame to accentuate the photo along with lots of pretty blooms from Prima, Petaloo and I Am Roses.  I fussy cut some flowers from the paper collection and tucked those into the clusters.

For This Project You Will Need:
·    FabScraps Tranquility Collection C75:
·        1 Sheet C75 006 French Lace
·        1 Sheet C75 005 French Rulers
·        1 Sheet C75 002 Misty Floral
·        1 Sheet C75 007 Sewing Pattern
·        Tranquility Journal Die Cuts MC75 001A
·    Other:
·        1 Sheet white cardstock
·        2 x 12” piece white corrugated paper
·        Lace and ribbon
·        Assorted flowers and leaves
·        Mask & white masking paste
·        Clear or white gesso
·        Music stamp and black archival ink
·        Lavender or pink mist – I used Lindy’s Saltwater Taffy
·        Distress ink – Color of your choice.

  1. Cut a 1 x 12” strip of 007 Sewing Pattern and adhere to the right side of the white cardstock.
  2. Tear the right edge of the white corrugated paper and adhere, overlapping the strip of Sewing Pattern as shown in the above photo.
  3. Glue a 12” piece of lace on the left side of the white cardstock.
  4. Tear about a 2 in piece off the side of 006 French lace. Use a border punch on the other side of the paper.  Distress and ink the edges as desired.  Adhere this paper to the white cardstock so that it overlaps the edges of the white lace and white corrugated paper.
  5. Paint over 006 French Lace with clear or white gesso.  I mix the two together and that allows some of the pattern of the paper to show through.
  6. Do some masking on the background using white masking paste.
  7. Do some stamping on the background with a music or texture stamp using Archival Ink.
  8. Add some mist to the background.
  9. Diecut a frame from 007 Sewing Pattern  that fits your photo nicely and ink it to add some color.  I used Spellbinders Gold Labels Four.  Adhere the frame over your photo.
10.   Cut a rectangle that is larger than your frame in step 9 from 005 French Rulers and round the corners.  My rectangle is 4 x 6.25”.  Distress and ink the edges as desired.
11.   Glue a piece of cardboard (or use foam tape)  cut to fit under the rectangle from step 10.  Adhere to the right side of the layout.
12.   Glue a piece of cardboard cut to fit under the frame from step 9.  Adhere the framed photo over the rectangle.
  1. Remove one of the diamond shaped flourishes from the Journal Die Cuts MC75 001A and cut in half.  Tuck under the rectangle at the top and bottom centering on the rectangle.
  2.  Fussy cut one of the labels from the same pack, I used Cherish.  Adhere to the left side of your layout.  Layer some scraps extending from the edge of the label underneath the photo stack.
  3. Fussy cut and ink  some flowers from 002 Misty Floral.  Now arrange your flowers as desired on the layout tucking in the fussy cut flowers here and there.  Add whatever embellishments you like.
The soft greys and blues of this collection pair so easily with other colors.  In the layout above I chose to add soft lavenders and purples.  In this next layout, I went bold with bright red.  The photo is another Found Relative from Tim Holtz.  Those photos work well when I feel like scrapping but can't find a photo to use.  I used alot of white paint on this layout to give it a work appearance and to soften the red just a tad.

All these pretty roses are from I Am Roses and  I have just dry brushed them a bit with white paint.

One of the things I love in the Fabscraps collections are their diecut paper pieces that perfectly fit on their diecut chipboard pieces.  I love this window box that I've accentuated with small red roses.

 For This Project You Will Need-
FabScraps C75 Tranquility collection:
  •   003 Gentle Flowers
  •   005 French Rulers         
  •   006 French Lace
  • DC75 011Diecut Gray Chipboard Window Box
  • MC75 001A Journal Diecuts Pack
  • ST75 002 Vinyl Stickers

Other Supplies:
  • Red cardstock
  • Red corrugated paper
  • Clear gesso
  • White paint or gesso
  • Mask
  • White masking paste
  • Green and red mists

1.      Paint the paper, 006 French Lace,  with clear gesso and allow to dry.  Cut the paper down to 11.5" x 11.5" and distress the edges.  Dampen the edges and crinkle.  Dry and then ink the edges if desired.
2.      Add some random masking to the background of the paper using white masking paste.
3.      Cut the center out of the red cardstock leaving about a 1" frame.  Adhere the paper from step 1 to the cardstock as shown in the photo.
4.      Tear off enough corrugated cardboard to fit under your photo as shown above.  Paint over the cardboard with watered down white gesso or paint to dull the bright red color.  Distress and adhere to the upper left corner.
5.      Cut a rectangle from 005 French Rulers about 1/2" larger all around than your photo.  Distress and ink the edges.
6.      Cut a rectangle from 003 Gentle flowers about 1/4" larger all around than your photo.  Distress and ink the edges.  Adhere to your photo.
7.      Pop up the photo and mat from step 5 with cardboard or foam and adhere to the rectangle 005 from step 4.  Adhere this to the layout over the red corrugated paper as shown in the photo.
8.      Border punch a strip of 003 Gentle flowers and fit on the right side of the photo mats as shown.
9.      Adhere a die-cut window box from the MC75 001A Journal Die-cuts Pack to the DC75 011 Die-cut Chipboard Window Box.  Adhere to the lower right corner of the layout using foam to pop it up.
10.   Take a  ST75 002 vinyl sticker and stick onto a white paper scrap and then cut the sticker out.
11.   Add flower clusters of your choice to the layout and then tuck in the sticker from step 10.
12.   Paint a little red (or the color of your chosen flowers) and green mist underneath the flowers creating a shadow effect.
13.   Add a perky ribbon or other embellishments of your choice.

14.   Dry brush some white paint or gesso over the flowers.

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