Thursday, April 3, 2014

Graphic 45 Round 2!

Ohhhhh I was so super excited when I saw my name on the list of 30 finalists for the Graphic 45 2014 design team!  That sure put a HUGE smile on my face! Now it's onward to Round 2 and my video.

Spring is finally in the air here in the south.  We don't usually have much of a winter but wow, this year we had snow, ice, and really cold temperatures and I'm really glad to see spring flowers poking their sweet heads above the ground!  I live about 2 1/2 hours from the ocean and I know that waves and sand will soon be calling out to all of us eastern NC folks.  As I was reflecting on our winter,    inspiration suddenly popped into my mind and I thought, oh what I need to make is a bright and colorful beach hat!

What could be more colorful than Bohemian Bazaar?  This hat is really simple to make and oh so fun.  Below is a video link  that will take you through the process step by step and below is a link to a template for making the hat.

I also show you how to make this big orange flower in my video!

These are the templates for the hat I made in the above video.  Just click on the above link to print them on 8.5" x 11" paper.

I want to share a couple other projects that I made especially for Round 2 and this is my favorite of them all!  I've managed to collect 3 different G45 buttons over the last several years and I thought it would be so fun to make a shadow box for my craft room featuring these buttons!  Here's the result.  I used bits and pieces from several different Graphic 45 paper collections for this, Ladies' Diary, Curtain Call, Couture, Typography and A Proper Gentleman.  The shadowbox is a Graphic 45 8 x 8 Matchbook Box 4500543.

I  particularly enjoy writing tutorials and I'd like to provide you with links to several recent ones that I've done.

Here's a tag, no wait, it's a card!  Well it's a little bit of both and so I have named it a targ, LOL!!  I made this with the so sweet and feminine Botanical Tea 8 x 8 collection.  You can view my tutorial here along with additional photos.

I made this card and the above tag both with a tag from Graphic 45's new large tag album, 4500849.  Here I've fold the tag in half and turned it into a sweet little card with a tag envelope on the front and again, I've used Botanical Tea.  Here's a link to this card tutorial.

And finally a special build-a-page tutorial using Sweet Sentiments.  It is special because the photo is of my parents celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary this past November!  My Mom just turned 92 and my Dad will be 92 next month. They still live on their own and are doing well for their age.  Click here for my BAP tutorial.

Thank you to all my my blog followers and visitors!  I really appreciate the kind comments and encouragement that you have left.  Best wishes to all the finalists, the talent you all have truly amazes me and I am left wondering how I managed to be counted amongst you!


  1. Good luck,Maggi! Your work is exceptional!

  2. Your video is smashingly fabulous. I need to try a hat since you make it look effortless. It is really gorgeous -

  3. Gorgeous entry. Your hat is amazing!!! Maggi, I wish you the best of luck!

  4. congrats my dear, you are rock on G45 papers
    good lucky

  5. Wow, Maggi! Absolutely gorgeous projects! Love what you did with the G45!

  6. Maggi I love your projects! So bright and sassy!

  7. These projects are fantastic, Maggi, especially your summer hat!!! (LOVE the video!!)

  8. gorgeous creations Maggi :)

  9. New follower, and lots of luck. It truly is the Big Kahuna of dt's :D



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