Thursday, October 29, 2015

Graphic 45's Christmas Carol Tags

Here's a twist on the tag; group 3 of them together as a wall hanging!  I used 3 tags from the G45 Staples Large Tag Album and Christmas Carol cut-aparts to create my grouping.   I tied 3 bows all from the same ribbon and used the same flowers on all the tags to give them a cohesive look.   I also built up the tags with layers of paper popped up with foam tape and cardboard.  Of course, you could also use these tags to dress up a simply wrapped package.

For me, the tag is just a base to build on and I almost always have things hanging off the bottom and sides.  Next time you're building a tag, try this.  Take a Staples Key Hole and glue something small to it and attach to the bottom of your tag.  I did that with the oval Merry Christmas piece and I think it looks great.  It changes the rectangular shape of the tag.

Graphic 45 Christmas Carol Collection:
Christmas Carol 4501185
Graceful Garland 4501186
Figgy Pudding 4501187
Seasonal Sentiments 4501190
Good Cheer 4501191
Scrooge and Marley - 4501192
Graphic 45 Staples Large Tag Album - Ivory

Other supplies:
Core'dinations G45 Signature Series vintage rose, triumphant red
Colorbox ink: glacier lake, antique moss, deep green
Distress ink - victorian velvet
Spellbinder's Decorative Labels 8 die
Sizzix Frame 658948
Stampendous shabby white embossing enamel
I Am Roses - red roses
Wild Orchid Crafts - red bead berry spray clusters
Celebrate It 360 wire edged ribbon
Stickles red

Thanks for visiting, hope you have a cheerful day and most of all, happy crafting!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A Cornucopia full of sunflowers with Graphic 45!

I love sunflowers!  I love how their faces follow the sun throughout the day and love that they provide food for the birds.  It makes me happy to gaze out my window and see a bird clinging to the blossom and plucking seeds from the head.

 I wanted to make a fall centerpiece honoring this favorite flower of mine that is so predominantly featured in Graphic 45's French Country collection.  When I found this sweet little cornucopia basket,  that knew that it would be perfect filled with sunflowers and raffia.  I fussy cut a rooster and sunflowers from the French Country collection and layered them in my basket along with a silk sunflower and some raffia.  I love the result, it is perfect for fall and you know, Thanksgiving will be here before you know it.

When you have fussy cut images that will show from the back like my rooster, paint the back a solid color so that it will blend in. I painted the back of the rooster black and that blends in with the arrangement better than the pattern that was on the back.

Graphic 45 French Country 12 x 12 collection:
A La Carte
Botanicabella Deluxe Collector's Edition - Botanicabella

Prima Mountain Lily sunflower vine
Cornucopia basket from Michael's
Sunflowers - Hobby Lobby
Raffia - Hobby Lobby
Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Birthday cards with Fabscraps Zooty Cuties!

This series of birthday cards has been so fun to make!  The animal images are just so darn cute and make such great cards for kids!  Here's for your 3 year old.

For This Project You Will Need:
Fabscraps C81 Zooty Cuties Collection:
MC81 001A Carder's Pack

1 sheet white cardstock
1 sheet gray cardstock
Embellishments, sentiment, flowers, ribbon etc.


  1. Cut a card base from white cardstock 6 x 12".  Score at the 6" mark and fold card in half.
  2. Trim  the 002 Zooty Cuties (zebra print paper) 6 x 6"  paper from the Carder's pack to a 5.5" square.  Clip the corners if desired.
  3. Cut a 5.75" square from gray cardstock and clip the corners if desired.
  4. Adhere the gray cardstock to the front of the card and then adhere the Zooty Cuties paper from step 2 over the gray cardstock.
  5. Cut a strip 2 x 5.5" strip from 6 x 6" Zooty Cuties paper (the zebra print paper).  Border punch both sides of the strip and adhere to the card centering from top to bottom as shown.
  6. Cut a 4" circle from gray cardstock and adhere to the left side of the card as shown.  I've used a Kaisercraft die to cut my circle.
  7. Cut a 3" circle (also a Kaisercraft die) from white cardstock.  Pop up this layer with foam tape and layer over the gray cardstock circle as shown.
  8. Remove the die-cut 3 from the Carder's Pack and pop up with foam and layer over the white circle.
  9. Embellish with a sentiment, flowers, ribbon, etc.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Fabscraps new Zooty Cuties collection!

Zooty Cuties is just that , CUTE!  It's the perfect collection for crafting cards and layuts for your favorite little ones!

I'm doing a series of cards for a one year old through 6 year old.  Today I'm sharing my one and two year old birthday cards.

For This Project You Will Need:
Fabscraps C81 Zooty Cuties Collection:
MC81 001A Carder's Pack
C81 001 Best Friends 
1 Sheet pink Cardstock
Embellishments, sentiment, flowers, ribbon etc.


  1. Cut a card base from pink cardstock 6 x 12".  Score at the 6" mark and fold card in half.
  2. Trim  the 003 Craft Giraffe 6 x 6"  paper from the Carder's pack to a 5 5/8" square.  Adhere to the front of the card base with the plain print side up (the side without giraffes).
  3. Cut the border from the bottom of C81 001 Best Friends and trim to 5 5/8" wide.
  4. Cut a piece of pink cardstock 1 7/8 x 5 5/8" and adhere the border from step 3 to the cardstock.
  5. Adhere the cardstock and border from step 4 to the card about .5" from the bottom of the patterned paper as shown in the photo.
  6. Remove the 1 die-cut from the Carder's Pack.  Use foam to pop it up and adhere to the left side of the card above the border. 
  7. Fussy cut a small giraffe and two butterflies from the giraffe paper in the Carder's Pack and adhere to the card as shown.
  8. Add a sentiment to the right of the giraffes and some flowers for embellishment.
I really love this cute 2 year old step card.  I have a template you can use to cut this.   Here's the link.

View of the card lying flat.

For This Project You Will Need:
Fabscraps C81 Zooty Cuties Collection:
C81 007 All Ears
MC81 001A Carder's Pack

1 Sheet white cardstock
1 Sheet blue cardstock
Mint green cardstock at least 5" square
Embellishments - flowers, ribbon,  etc.


  1. Cut a step card following the template from white cardstock.  The card will be 4.75 x 7".
  2. Cut two pieces from 007 All Ears 1 5/16 x 1 3/4".  Cut the pieces so that an elephant is at the top and the elephants on each piece when arranged, will face each other.  See the photo.  Clip the corners if desired.
  3. Cut two pieces of blue cardstock 1.5 x 3" and clip the corners if desired.  Adhere the elephant prints from step 2 onto the cardstock.  Adhere to the sides of the step card.
  4. Cut a 1 1/4 x 6 7/8" strip from 007 All Ears.  Fussy cut at the bottom along the wave as shown in the photo.  Adhere to the bottom of the card as shown.
  5. Cut a 3.25 x 3.5" rectangle from the blue cardstock and clip the corners if desired.
  6. Cut a 3 x 3.25" rectangle from the hippo/bubble paper in the 001A Carder's Pack and adhere to the blue cardstock from step 5 after clipping the corners.
  7. Adhere the layers from step 6 to the center of the card as shown.
  8. Cut a 4" circle and then cut our a 3.75" circle from the 4" circle leaving a 1/4" circle frame.  Adhere to the center of the card as shown.
  9. Remove the die-cut 2 from the Carder's Pack.  Use foam to pop up and adhere to the front of the card as shown. 
  10. Embellish with a sentiment, flowers, ribbon, etc.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Altered Box with Fabscraps Jungle Mist Collection

I am kind of a box freak.  I have a big closet upstairs full of empty boxes, big boxes, little boxes, in-between boxes, all kinds of boxes!!!  I love altering boxes and here's a really great box that I altered from Fabscraps that I think will be great for gifting a jewelry set.

The box folds open to reveal three little shelves.  I can just imagine a necklace, bracelet, and earrings tucked onto those little shelves.

I used Graphic 45 Ornate Label Holders on either side of the opening as pulls.

For This Project You Will Need:
Fabscraps Jungle Mist Collection C78:
001 Jungle Birds
002 Jungle Patterns
Fabscraps EC2 03 Off The Page Box with Triangle Opening & Shelve

Lace or trim
White paint or gesso
Ornate metal label holders


  1. Paint all the edges and seams of the box with white paint or gesso so that there will be a pretty white edge showing next to your paper.  Paint the inside of the box as well.
  2. For the outside of the box, use 001, the floral print side.   Cut paper to fit each side approximately 8 x 4 5/8".  You should measure as I find that paper mache boxes vary a little bit in their size.   Glue to the sides of the box, wrapping from the center box seam to the edge.  You will do this for each side of the box leaving the center seam where the two sides are joined free of paper.
  3. Cut two squares approximately 4", from 002 Jungle Patterns  for the top and bottom of the box and then divide into triangles to fit the top and bottom parts of the box.  Be sure to measure.  Adhere the triangle pieces to the box.
  4. Measure the interior box shelves and cut and glue paper to fit each compartment on the outside from 001 Jungle Birds using the same pattern as outside the box.
  5. Cut paper from 001 Jungle Birds using the bird print side  to fit the bottoms and sides of the interior box shelves.
  6. Adhere lace or trim around the outside of the box where the closure band is.
  7. Embellish the top with flowers and ribbon.
  8. I cut the snap from the closure band and added ornate metal label holders on either side of where the box opens to open and close the box.  Since they were antique brass, I used a little white rub 'n buff to color them.
Hope it's a wonderful day for you!  We had our first frost last night, I guess ole man winter is on his way.

Friday, October 16, 2015

A new collection from Fabscraps, Jungle Mist!

Love the summery colors of this collection.  Doesn't Tisha look so adorable?  These papers were perfect to capture her impish personality!

I really love the Fabscraps mask that comes with this collection!

I used a real mix of flowers on this, Primas, a Bo Bunny, and I Am Roses flowers.  Love using up some of  the older flowers in my stash.  The leaves I used are diecut with a Die-Namites Large Ivy die and then dabbled with Lindy's Gator Gumbo Olive mist.

For This Project You Will Need:
FabScraps Jungle Mist Collection C78:
007 Tropical Pineapples - 1 sheet
ST78 002 - Stickers
Carders Pack MC78 001A
DS 036 Mask

White cardstock - 1 sheet
White molding paste
WRMK corner punch
Martha Stewart punch around the page set
Embellishments such as flowers, greenery, etc .


  1. Trim 007 Tropical Pineapples to11.75 x 11.75".  Notch the corners and ink the edges if desired.
  2. Cut an 8" square from the center of the paper in step 1,  007 Tropical Pineapples.  Notch the corners and ink if desired.
  3. Mask a pattern as shown in the photo on the 8" square from step 2 using the DS 036 mask and white molding paste.  Allow to dry before proceeding.
  4. Cut a 8.25" square from the center of a 12 x 12' piece of white cardstock.  Notch the corners and ink if desired.
  5. Center and glue the 11.75" square of Tropical Pineapples to the 12" frame of white cardstock.
  6. Center and glue the 8.25" square of white cardstock over the papers in step 4.
  7. Center and glue the 8" square of 007 Tropical Pineapples from step 2 being sure to use the striped side of the paper.
  8. Remove the 6" Tropical Pattern paper from MC78 001A and border punch all around with a wide Martha Stewart punch if desired.  Center and glue over the 8" square of 007 Tropical Pineapples.
  9. Fussy cut one of the labels from the Carders Pack MC78 001A.
  10. Fussy cut a label from stickers ST78 002 and stick onto a scrap of white cardstock.  Glue this onto the label from step 9 using the white side.
  11. Embellish with flowers and greenery as you wish.
Hey it's Friday, enjoy your weekend!!!


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Creative Embellishments and fun tags!

I love making tags! They are such fun little pieces of art and are great for playing around with new techniques.  Alot of people ask me what do you do with a tag?  The obvious answer of course, is to attach to a gift but there are so many other things you can do with them.  Give them to your special friends, just like you would a card, hang them in your studio so you can see and enjoy them,  attach to a layout, make a card base and attach, turn into an art piece by framing, see the possibilities?

Here's a tag using traditional Halloween colors and Graphic 45's An Eerie Tale.
witch tag

I gave the witch a good spritz with Lindy's mist to color her.
witch tag close

Love the spider webs, I heat embossed it with Stampendous aged silver.  The spider is Jolee's.
witch tag close1

I had so much fun making this tag, it just makes me smile and you know what I'm going to do with it?  I'm going to hang it on a corkboard that I have right beside my desk and enjoy it!  I took our  Steampunk Heart and Wings and heat embossed with Ranger Embossing Antiquities in tanzanite and layered a fussy cut image from Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells collection over it.  Then I did a two part embossing on one of our Steampunk Skulls.  I used Stampendous aged gold for the gears and Ranger Antiquities cement for the face.  I backed the skull with some of G45 paper from Steampunk Spells and layered over the wings.  He's not too spooky, but he sure is cute with his infectious smile!  LOL!

Steampunk skeleton tag

Steampunk skeleton tag close2

Steampunk skeleton tag close
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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Graphic 45 Rare Oddities altered cookie tin tutorial

It's October and it's time for some spooky fun with Graphic 45's Rare Oddities!  Really, what could be more fun than altering a cookie tin and getting all messy?  Believe me, before this project was finished I had paint, glue and mist all over me, my desk, the floor,  and everything near by including the poodles!

Watch my video for the process for creating this fun tin!

To make this tin, I started by painting it with black gesso, then I dribbled on some paint.  Next I applied a lot of different mists and sometimes dried between colors and sometimes not, as I wanted the colors to bleed together.  I sprayed the tin with Krylon Fixative so that the colors wouldn't bleed any further when I painted on the matte medium that I used to glue down the paper strips, frame, and Mr. Bones. 

The frame behind Mr. Bones, is diecut and then heavily embossed with gold and black embossing powders.  I also sprayed the center to make it a darker green.  It really was cut from Articles of Antiquity paper but that's hard to see!

I made all the flowers with the exception of a few small black roses.  I used some scraps and pages from the 6 x 6 Patterns and Solids pad.   You can make your leaves and vines look more realistic by dabbing on some mists or water colors to give them a varied colored appearance as I have done to my vines.  I dabbed on an olive mist and then tipped the leaf ends with a dark red mist.

This is the tin I used; you could use any other tin you have on hand.  

Here is a list of supplies that I used.  It is long BUT, you need not use the exact things that I used.  Whatever mists, paints, etc. that you have will probably give you a similar effect.  The idea here is to get out all those mists and paint and play, have fun, make a mess!

Graphic 45 Rare Oddities collection:
Brews and Potions (12 x 12) 4501144 - bat and book strips
Articles of Antiquity (12 x 12) 4501147 - diecut behind skeleton
Ghostly Greetings (12 x 12)  4501148 - flowers
Cabinet of Curiosities (12 x 12) 4501149 - skeleton fussy cut
6 x 6 Patterns & Solids 4501151 - flowers and vines
Tags & Pockets 450160
Decorative Chipboard 4501154
Journaling Chipboard 4501155

G45 Staples Claw Feet 4501027
G45 StaplesDoor Knockers 4501028
G45 Staples Stamped Metal Brads 4500422

Pepperidge Farms cookie tin
Black gesso
Izink opaline, gold
Shamrock green acrylic paint
Silks Vavoom Red
Heidi Swapp Chartreuse mist
Prima mists:  Empress Gold, Pressed Petal
Dylusions Funky Fuschia mist
Lindy's mists: Cajun Carnelian Red, Golden Lump O' Coal, Gator Gumbo Olive
Shimmerz Vibez Snow Storm
Liquitex Matte Medium
Krylon Workable Fixatif
Prima Static stencil
Art-C Gold embossing paste
Stampendous embossing enamel: aged gold, aged black
La La Land large rolled rose die
Spellbinders Romantic Vines die
Sizzix Alterations Tattered Floral die
Paper Arts Bodacious Blooms die
Tim Holtz Ideaology corked vials
Prima Glass Beads - plum
ColorBox G45 Decades Antique Moss ink
Ranger Distress Ink:  Rusty Hinge, Black Soot
Really Reasonable Ribbon green gingham check

Every year I host a mini camp at my house and have a project for everyone to make.  This year the girls made this cookie tin.  Here is Kathi's tin.

Here's Peggy's tin!  Love that the girls were able to follow the video tutorial and create their own tins!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I know this was an extra long post, hope you enjoyed it.  These tins were so much fun to make, give it a try!


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