Thursday, February 23, 2017

Creativity is Contagious with Graphic 45!

Today I'm sharing a canvas I made from the new Midnight Masquerade collection to hang in my studio. I love sharing my art with others and I hope that I inspire you, so I find this to be a perfect quote, "Creativity is Contagious, Pass it On."

I fussy cut a lot of pieces for this canvas and used a lot of foam to pop up the pieces. Instead of using commercial flowers, I fussy cut some of the great flowers in this collection to use as embellishments.
The creativity quote is a piece from Creative Embellishments.  I heat embossed it with embossing enamel and powder.

Tip: Pull out your Stickles and add some sparkle to your project. Midnight Masquerade is the perfect collection for this. I added little dabs of Stickles in the flower centers and on the green letters. Too bad the camera doesn't pick up that sparkle but its there and it's a great subtle enhancement.

Graphic 45 Supplies:
Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade Collection 12 x 12:
Midnight Masquerade
Music Makers
Deliciously Decadent
Romantic Rendezvous
Irresistible Intrique

Other Supplies:
Creative Embellishments Creativity Quote
EK Success Fleur de Lis border punch
Stickles - crystal, star dust, yellow, tropical tangerine
Stampendous Shabby white embossing enamel

Lindy's Fiddlehead Fern Green embossing powder

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Creative Embellishments canvas with G45 Vintage Hollywood

I love this photo of my husband driving his 48 Ford convertible just after he got the engine up and running.  I thought that Graphic 45's new collection, Vintage Hollywood, would work in a great fun way with this photo, and I love how it came out.

To begin the canvas, I tore some strips of design paper and glued to the canvas.  Then I used black modeling paste to stencil on some grungy spots.  They look kinda  like grease spots, perfect!  After that dried I misted with Lindy's in different colors and added some orange paint splotches.

Recently, Nicolle added these really fun Washi Tape Clusters to the Creative Embellishments store and I am just nuts about them.  I painted the stars with gold paint and lightly stained the "washi tape" with brown mist.

I used pieces from the Car Part Set, they're perfect for this canvas.  I colored them with gold mist so that the etchings in the chipboard would remain visible.

I created lots of dimension by popping up various elements of my design with foam tape and cardboard.  The fun florals are fussy cuts from the Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood design paper.

There is a Infinite Circle Frame hiding under the car, it's painted black and is peeking out here and there.

Other Supplies:
Graphic 45 Vintage Holly design paper
Studio 490 Embossing Paste
Prima Junkyard Findings key

Be sure to stop by the store and see what Nicolle's been creating, she is always adding new designs.  And don't forget our monthly challenge, you could win a $50 gift certificate.  Details on the challenge can be found in the first post on the blog every month.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

My Sweet Furbabies

Today I'm sharing a layout I did of my sweet furbabies, Nika and Tisha.  They love each other so much and they're always together, sleeping, playing or begging!  🐩 😍

While I was at Creativation in Phoenix I stopped by the Fabscraps booth and visited with Bea and Cait.  Knowing that they are dog lovers like me, I showed them this sweet photo and  they said you and must scrap this photo with our new collection, Lavender Breeze.  And WOW, it worked so perfectly with my photo!

Even better, Petaloo's Briar Roses look fabulous with this collection.  I tucked in some Cheery Lynn Designs diecuts to finish off my clusters.

These hearts are diecuts that are included in the collection and I thought they looked really great nestled in with my Petaloo blooms.

Petaloo Supplies:
Craft Trim - purple
Mixed Texture Mini blossoms lavender

Fabscrap Lavender Breeze paper collection
Cheery Lynn Designs Flourish #7
Lindy's Gator Gumbo Olive Starburst Mist

Thanks for visiting me and the poodles on my blog today!

A card with Cheery Lynn Designs and Maja

Love love love this image from Maja Designs Summertime collection. It is just perfect to dress up with some Cheery Lynn Designs die cuts!
I started with a white card base (4 3/4" x 6") and topped that with a pretty floral print diecut with Royal Scandinavian Boutique Stacker A2 Frame 4 Piece Die Set.  Then I added a pretty dotted scalloped layer cut with A2 Frames Rectangular Scalloped 7 Piece Die Set.

Of course for this sweet feminine card, I need flowers so I made a rose with the Medium- Rose 7 Piece Die Set.  I love that die set because it cuts all the pieces you need to make a flower at once.  The larger flower is made with the Judy's Blooms Die.   I cut some flourishes with Flourish #11 Die and tucked pieces of that around my flowers.  I cut a tiny tag for my sentiment using the smallest die from the Pierced Stacker 2 - 6 Piece Die Set.

Then, a cheerful seam binding bow, just sets it all off.  

Cheery Lynn Designs Dies Used:

This was really a quick and simple card to make, just diecut a couple layers, stamp and sentiment and make a couple flowers.  Easy peasy!  Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate the time you take to visit.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Petaloo Loves Pets - Save Them All

Petaloo loves pets and an organization that is dear to our hearts is Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.  I made this canvas thinking about them and the good works they do saving animals all over the US.  

I used Tim Holtz's Crazy Dogs and Crazy Things stamp sets and coordinating dies to make all these silly pups.  They are just so fun and of course while I was working away, some of them acquired names.  Ha, that dachshund there at the bottom is Kiki, named after a friend's pup.

And that cute little pink bull dog, why that's Petunia, she's been a project star before.  I just adore her.  Isn't she so chic in her shades?

I really don't know why Tim didn't have a poodle in his crazy dog collection so I had to make my own, she's not too crazy but she's a cutie nestled in there with those mini Darjeeling flowers.

Creative Embellishments has some great flair that I used on this canvas.

Petunia has a couple of cousins hanging out on the canvas today, 😊, Spike and Fred.

Did you know that Darjeeling flowers are paintable?  I painted some of these the same color as the Creative Embellishments scribble heart.

Petaloo Flowers Used:
Petites x 24 Teastained Pink 1465-110Dahlias x 10 Teastained Pink 1467-110
Mini Mix x 8 Teastained Pink 1462-110

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Beauty Layout Portrait of a Lady

The Portrait of a Lady collection is everything that defines grace and beauty.  The pinks and greens of this collection  are so beautiful, and the vintage images so dreamy, well,  I had  to do a layout featuring the elegant lady on the signature page.  You can go wild with flowers on this collection too!  Tip:  Fussy cut some of the gorgeous roses in the collection and nestle them in among 3D flowers for a dynamic floral cluster.

Graphic 45 Supplies:
Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady Collection 12 x 12:
Portrait of a Lady

Other Supplies:
Green cardstock
Petaloo flowers

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Graphic 45 Love Candy Bucket

Graphic 45's Alpha Banners are really fun to work with and there are a lot of things you can do with them.  I 've used them for cards, tags, banners and even on layouts.  Today I have a Love Candy Bucket to share with you.

To make the banners:
I used the ATC size banners and first glued them onto wooden skewers.  Then I cut a 2.5" x 3" rectangle to go on the back of the tag.  I adhered the rectangle with foam tape that is the same thickness as my skewer and that way it creates a dimensional and shadow effect for the letters.  That looks cool right?  Tie a fun ribbon to the tag and decorate with flowers, fussy cuts and chippies.

For the bucket:
I cut a 3" styrofoam ball in half and glued the two halves  to the bottom of the bucket.  That gave me something to hold my banners.   On the outside I added a felt heart and daisy trim along with a pretty organza ribbon.  I cut a little piece from design paper and glued under the ribbon and added a couple flowers.   It is simple, but pretty, and I wanted the banners to take center stage.

Now stab your banner skewers into the styrofoam and fill the bucket with chocolates!  It's a great centerpiece or gift for friends, neighbors, teachers or your sweetie.  You can easily do something like this with any kind of container.

Graphic 45 Supplies:
Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Collection 12 x 12:
Diary of a Botanist
Monarch Majesty
Seasonal Splendor
Wildflower bouquet
6 x 6 Patterns and Solids
Journaling Chipboard
Staples Alpha Banner - ATC Red

Other Supplies:
Galvanized tin bucket
Wooden skewers
Petaloo Darjeeling Mini Daisy x 7
White organza ribbon
Green Felt trim
McGill small Retro Flower punch
McGill Floriano flower punch
Foam tape

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Cheery Lynn Designs Valentine with new Bohemian Dies

The new Bohemian collection of dies is just fantastic.  I've used several of the dies from that collection to create this Valentine card.

The black and white overlay is the Paisley Frame - 2 Die Set.  On the right I added a diecut flower using the Indie Bouquet die set.

 I also made a pretty rose using the Large rose dies.

It's alwyas nice to do the inside of a card too.  I diecut flowers, again with the Indie Bouquet dies and I stamped a sentiment onto the smallest diecut from the French Flair Pierce And Cut Tool - LG Silver Pierce Tool 6 Piece Die Set.

Thanks for joining me today!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Valentine Cards with Creative Embellishments

The day of love is fast approaching so I've made a couple of Valentine cards for you.  This first one is a stepcard.  These card are so great for display because they stand up by themselves.

Here's a side view, you can see the mechanism that makes it stand.

I used a Creative Embellishments Oval Frame  to accent my oval diecut layered beneath the Carte Postale pocket.  The oval diecut and the oval frame make a pretty pair!

I heat embossed the frame with Stampendous aged ivory embossing enamel and added some sugared Petaloo blooms as the perfect accent.

Inside the pocket is a tag where you can write a personal message.

Inside the card is a large space where you can write a nice love note to your sweetie!

Next up, a simple layered card  I added 2 paper layers to my card base and then topped that with a Cheery Lynn Designs diecut.  That makes a great background for Creative Embellishments' Love Heart Flourish Corner.  I love the scroll work on this chippie and it looks so pretty on the paper layers.
Some tiny Petaloo blooms along with a bright red anemone add just the right finishing touch to that pretty swirly chippy!

Thanks for joining me today.  Be sure to stop by the Creative Embellishments store and see what's new. Nicolle is always adding new designs!


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