Tuesday, August 23, 2016

G45 Voyage Beneath the Sea mini

The most fun thing I've done this year is go on a cruise with the Graphic 45 crew and a lot of fellow .  It was so fun to meet everyone and of course, I had to create a mini to memorialize my trip!  I used Graphi 45's Mixed Media Album  and bits and pieces from all the offerings in the Voyage Beneath the Sea collection.

Here's the cover, I fussy cut some pieces and tucked in around the center section and used Creative Embellishments seaweed and gears to enhnace my underwater scene.  On the left side, I tied up some charms and ribbon and let that just dangle over the side.
I did a Snapguide tutorial of how I did the front cover for you and in the Snapguide, you'll find a list of the products I used for the cover.

I made a quick video walk through so that you could how I did all the pages.  Most of the photos were taken  by me or my cabinmate, Kathi, but I did "borrow" a few from Facebook that fellow cruise mates posted.  I'm not sure who I borrowed from, but thank you for your photo!

I did just a quick image paste on the spine and back cover.  I like to keep those kind of simle so that the mini will store easier.

I'll share a few of the interior pages with you.  This is the first page and I've used the pocket page that comes with the Graphic 45 Mixed Media Album to make a place to store memorabilia from the cruise.

The ephemera card that I used on the right, opens up so you can put a photo there or some journaling.

The right page also has an opening flap.

One of the really fun things we did on the cruise was have a Roaring 20's dress up affair!  That was so fun.  This is a photo of me with feloow designers Tatiscraps and Yumi.  It was so great to meet them!
Now this should make you laugh, this is probably my favorite story from the trip.  It was at breakfast on the morning we were leaving the ship.  You need to know that I do not drink coffee, coke is my morning "coffee".  I'll share my journaling with you:

As usual, I asked the server for a chilled coke, in a can or bottle. No coke over ice for this gal, I like my Coke pure. Unfortunately, she didn't speak much English and didn't understand, and brought me a fountain soda. Now that would not do, as I don't like fountain soda, so I repeated my request. Next she brought me a coke in a can, but it was warm. Argh, we were not communicating very well! I let it go but then another server happened by, so I asked him if it were possible to get a cold coke in a can. While he was off in search of that, I went to get my breakfast. When I returned to my table, I burst out laughing, for there it was, my coke, iced down, in a bucket, as if it were a fine bottle of champagne. Now that's what I call service and thinking outside the box!

Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath the Sea collection
12 x 12 Paper Pad
8 x 8 Paper Pad
6 x 6 Patterns and Solids
Sticker Sheet
Decorative Chipboard
Journaling Chipboard
Ephemera Cards
Mixed Media Album - Ivory
Graphic 45 Cityscapes Collection:
 8 x 8 Paper Pad
Ephemera Cards
Journaling Chipboard
Tags and Pockets

Creative Embellishments Steampunk Mermaid 2
Creative Embellishments Seagrass
Creative Embellishments Seaweed
Creative Embellishments Seaweed 3
Creative Embellishments Gears
Petaloo Botanica Blooms Teal 1102-104
Petaloo Botanica Minis Teal 1101-104
Lindy's Frosty Forest Green, Cajun Carnelian Red, Creme Brulee Cream
Silks - Teal Zircon , Bolivian Blue, African Jade
Stampendous Aged Gold Embossing Enamel
Black Acrylic Paint
Seam binding ribbon

Thanks for joining me today!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Voyage Beneath the Sea Shadowbox

I needed somewhere to display the way cool Graphic 45 button that I got on the first ever Graphic 45/Craftours cruise, so I thought a Graphic 45 shadow box would be perfect for my button and as a reminder of my great vacation!  I love how this turned out, it's my reminder of island paradise!

Graphic 45's shadow boxes come with two pieces of acrylic backing which made the perfect media for me to create my sea.  I used Ranger alcohol inks in blues and greens to swipe color onto one of the acrylic backs.  After that dried, I placed the acrylic in the shadow box frame.  Next I adhered the fussy cut mermaid to the side of the shadowbox and acrylic so that she would not slip down.  Then I added the 2nd piece of acrylic and the mermaid is nicely sandwiched between the pieces and I've created the look of water in my shadowbox.  It looks really great sitting in front of a window where light can shine through the inks.

I used foam tape to attach the man riding the fish to the back of the window so that it appears the fish is swimming in the sea.  Then as a momento, I put some sand from some of the beaches we visited in my vials.  Thank you Patti and Sarah for that!

For a finishing touch, I added pretty Petaloo blooms and fussy cut pieces from the collection.

Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath the Sea Collection 12 x 12:
Voyage Beneath the Sea
Neptune's Adventure
Steampunk Splash
Decorative Chipboard
6 x 6 Patterns & Solids
Staples Window Shadow Box - Ivory
Staples Claw Feet
Graphic 45 Cruise Button

Petaloo Botanica Blooms x 4 Teal
Petaloo Botanica Petite's x 11 Teal
Petaloo chantilly Mixed Blooms x 6 Blue/Green
Petaloo Mixed Textured Blossoms x 4 Moss Green
Art-C glass vials
Creative Embellishments Gears
Sand from San Juan, Labadee, and St. Maarten :-)
Viva Stone Art
Shells from Michaels
Ranger Alcohol Inks:  Meadow, Oregano, Stonewashed, and Stream

Monday, August 15, 2016

Music note canvas w/ Enchanted Forest

Ok, it was playtime in my craft room and this is what I came up with.  I started with a blank canvas and just started adding color to it, then some stamping and masking. It was just so fun because I usually know where I'm going with a project and this one was truely "free form".  I used a few pieces from Graphic 45's Enchanted Forest Collection, some Lindy's mists and lots of Creative Embellishments chippies and stamps.

I wanted the music notes to be the focal point so I heat embossed them with black embossing powder so they would really stand out.  The background was first misted with Lindy's mists.  After that dried I added some stamping and then masked on the stars using Creative Embellishments Fairy Dust Stencil.
The hearts are colored with Lindy's mists too.

Petaloo Bontanica and Darjeeling blooms add a pop of yellow to the canvas.

Creative Embellishments Supplies

Other Supplies:
Lindy's Starburst Mists-Rhododendron Red Rose, Jack in the Pulpit Teal,
Winter Jasmine Gold, Grab a Guy Gold
Graphic 45 Enchanted Forest collection
Stampendous Detail Black embossing powder
Viva Modeling Cream-Mother of Pearl Champagne
8" x 10" canvas
Petaloo Botanica Blooms x 4-Soft Yellow
Petaloo MIni's x 11 Soft Yellow
Petaloo Mini Mix x 8 Teastained Yellow

Be sure to take a look at our August challenge, you could win a prize so check it out!  Nicolle always has great designs in the Creative Embellishments store and there's always something new.  

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Flying Unicorn more August kit work

Here's a simple layout for you  using papers from the August Flying Unicorn KOM, just a couple of layered papers, a pretty Creative Embellishments circle frame and some gorgeous Petaloo flowers for pop.

Petaloo's Botanica blooms are some of my favorites, love these coral ones.

I love to use words for titles  This one is from Creative Embellishment's Girl Word Set heat embossed.

I die cut Prima doilies and layered at opposing corners.

Supplies from the Flying Unicorn August KOM:
Studio 75 Alice's Dream - 02, 04, 06
Studio 75 6 x 6 pad Alice's Dream

 Other Supplies:
Prima La Fleur Doily Die
Prima Leaves Die
Petaloo Botanica Coral 1102-105
Petaloo Mixed Textured Minis Apricot 1263-208
Creative Embellishments Circle Vine Frame
Creative Embellishments Beautiful word from the Girl Word Set
Ranger Embossing Antiquities California Stucco

I love making tags!  I used Studio 75 Alice's Dream to make the tag.

I always use lots of cardboard and foam tape to pop up layers on my cards.  I've used a Sizzix frame for one of my layers.  the pretty corner piece is a diecut from a Cherry Lynn die, Victorian Romance Flourish Die.

Here's a cute way to top off your tags - just a simple ribbon pulled through to both sides and then tied up with a bit of string.

Supplies from the Flying Unicorn August KOM:
Studio 75 Alice's Dream 6 x 6 pad
Prima Aire Collection flowers 549558
Petaloo Butterflies and Blossoms lavender 1203-207

Other Supplies:
Petaloo Birdsnest Flowers pink 1207-211
Prima  Cork Stickers Forever Green 576189 (from earlier Unicorn kit)

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Tutorial for a Double page layout with Botanicabella

Today, I've returned to my roots and created an almost clean and simple double page layout!  When I first started scrapping, I usually did 2 page layouts and I always included journaling.  I must admit, I have missed the story telling and the creation of layouts that serve to preserve a memory so here I am today returning with a double page layout and a Snapguide tutorial BAP (build a page).

I want to share with you my journaling in hopes that it might inspire you to include your stories on your layouts.  You've probably experienced looking at an old photo and wondering who's in the photo, or perhaps what the story is, behind the photo.  I urge you to leave that legacy for your heirs so they will know your story.  You know, 30 years from now, you might not remember the circumstances behind every photo, so there's another reason to journal.

My journaling:
The last leg of our 2010 Alaska vacation was a drive down the Cassiar highway through Canada.  We had to be escorted in a caravan down part of the highway  as there had been forest fires all along the highway.  We could see fires still smoldering here and there.  The Cassiar is a magical drive through pristine forest with very little civilization around you.  It was sad to see the burn from the fires but really,  fires rejuvenate the forest and I know that in a few short years the forest will come alive again.

On our way through Canada, we took a side trip to HyderAlaska, the eastern most Alaskan town.  It's a small (population less than 100) town completely surrounded by Canada on the coast and has no roads that connect to any other part of Alaska.  You can fly in, come by sea, or drive through Canada to get there.

Our reason for going to Hyder was to observe bears at the Fish Creek Forest Service Observation Site.  From July through September, Fish Creek is a spectacular spot to view black and brown (grizzly) bears in their natural habitat, feeding on spawning salmon.

We spent many hours on a viewing platform observing a Mama bear and her spring cub.  Oh my gosh, that cub was just the cutest.  She was teaching him to fish and so far, he was not having a lot of luck.  The fish were quite large and he just couldn't catch them.  At one point she caught a fish and gave it to him to wrestle but the fish won and got away.  Then, I guess he was being a bad little bear cub 'cause she hauled off and smacked him on the nose, LOL!!  I guess kids will be kids no matter the species.

Now, I'm thinking, that if you had not read my journaling, you might have thought my photos were stock photos that I had no emotional attachment to.  Now you know, I walked among the bears!

Supplies List  -
Graphic 45 Botanicabella Deluxe Collector's Edition:
Secret Garden
Birds in Paradise
Summer Sonata
Botanical News
Ode to a Butterfly
Decorative Chipboard
Cardstock Stickers

Other supplies:
Petaloo Mixed Texture Flowers - Amber and Mocha
Petaloo Sugared Minis Mocha
Petaloo Chantilly Velvet Hydrangeas Red
Creative Embellishments Pine Cone Branch
Prima Marketing Metal Embellishments 583552
Darice metal trees

Thanks for visiting, I appreciate it.  

Thursday, August 4, 2016

OTP project with the August Flying Unicorn kit

The Flying Unicorn kit always include and off the page project that is sure to put your creativity into motion!  The August kit includes an adorable little row boat for the OTP.  Also included in the kit is an 8 x 10 canvas, so I decided to combine the two to make a fun beach scene using Graphic 45's By the Sea collection.
I built a base for my sand with crumpled paper towels and plaster cloth which is a product that you soak briefly in water and lay over a structure, in my case paper towels, to create dimensional objects. When the plaster cloth dries, it is rock hard.  It's something I had from my model railroad days and its the easy version of paper strips and plaster of paris.  After than dried, I covered it with a thin layer of Viva Stone Art to create my sand.

 In North Carolina, our beaches have lots of sea oats and sand dunes so I made sea oats using a Spellbinders Cattails die and glued microbeads to create the seed pods. 

I painted the row boat white and then dirtied it up with some ink.  The paddles are just inked.

 row boat
8 x 10 canvas

Other Products
Petaloo Darjeeling Dahlias Teastained Spice1467-108
Petaloo Mini Mis Teastained Blue 1462-103
Viva Stone Art
Plaster Cloth
Fish Net
Antique Copper microbeads
Spellbinders Cattails die

Thanks for stopping by today.  I appreciate it so much!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

A Canvas with Graphic 45's Ladies Diary

Ladies Diary is such a fabulous collection and I was so thrilled to see it come back as a Deluxe Collector's Edition. I built a fun 8" x 8" canvas using Ladies Diary and a great stamp from the Cityscapes collection using lot of layers to create dimension. I also added in some chipboard pieces to embellish and of course, lots of pretty Petaloo flowers!
The quote is G45 Cityscapes stamp, love this sentiment! 

I started this piece by adhering a distressed paper cut to fit the canvas.  Then I masked on a pattern using super heavy gesso.  Next I added some Creative Embellishments chipboard pieces, page corners, clockface and flourish, that I heat embossed.

Now you can layer on your papers and fussy cut pieces.  I used Spellbinder's dies to cut a couple of layers for my sentiment and popped them up.  Rather than use foam tape, I used scrap cardboard to pop up these layers, it gives a really sturdy surface and it's free!   I'm sure you know that foam tape can get expensive if you use it alot as I do.

Graphic 45 Supplies
Graphic 45 Ladies Diary Deluxe Collector's Edition:
Signature Page
Lasting Impressions
La Gazette
A Moment in Time
Timeless Memoir
Picture Perfect
Graphic 45 Cityscapes Cling Stamp 1

Other Supplies
8" x 8" canvas
Stampendous Shabby Blue Embossing Enamel
Stampendous Aged Gold Embossing Enamel
Prima Stencil
Liquitex Super Heavy Gesso
Liquitex white gesso
Sizzix Alterations Holiday Greens Thinlits die
Spellbinders Card Creator A2 Valiant Honor die

That's it for today.  I sure appreciate you stopping by, have a great day and get creative!


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