Monday, July 16, 2018

Christmas Magic MASSIVE Board Book!

Happy Monday, all! Hope you had a fun weekend. I spent mine at a local 4-day crop and got a LOT of scrapbooking done and met lots of new crafty friends, too.

Today I'm sharing a super thick Christmas board book using Graphic 45's upcoming holiday release called "Christmas Magic." It's featured on the Graphic 45 blog at this link. Be sure to go over and check out more photos and my video walk-through of this entire book, with tips and hints throughout. Leave a comment on the G45 blog as well as their social media sites for a chance to win it before anyone can even BUY it.

If you haven't yet, be sure to visit and subscribe to my YouTube channel where you can find LOTS of videos, tutorials, demo's, as well as projects I'll be listing in my Etsy Shop.

Monday, July 2, 2018

For the past few weeks, Graphic 45 has been introducing the fabulous new team members, who are now called "Brand Ambassadors." It's a great way to get to know each new designer, check out their unique style, and learn something new.

This week we're meeting the Special Project Designers and today I'm featured, sharing my recent go-to technique of building a custom base for any box to accommodate the Graphic 45 metal claw feet. I love altering boxes and sharing this unique way to take it to the next level – literally!

Here's a peak at the project. Then hop over to the Graphic 45 blog and check out lots more photos and my YouTube video tutorial so YOU too can make your own custom base for any size box you have. The math is super easy and I take you through it step by step.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Mix & Match Masculine Easel Card

It's another special birthday over at Graphic 45 today, and this time it's ALL masculine style because it's for Jeff Filimoehala. Jeff takes care of all those project sheets, directions, and making my photos look good when I design projects for them. 

A little birdie told me this is a big one for Jeff. 40!

I created this 6" x 6" easel album for Jeff's special birthday this year. This card layout is one I've used many times through the years with different paper collections. It's a design that always works!

Knowing Jeff's favorite color is orange, I dug into my Graphic 45 collections and found several different ones with orange. Which then gave me the idea, why not mix and match? So, let's see how many collections you can identify on this card. I've used at least four different ones, to give you a hint.

I mixed oranges and blacks and some deep blue for a pop of bold color. The stamps are from Close To My Heart, and of course that die-cut clock is from Graphic 45's new die set.

I used antique metal brad heads to flank the center stamped piece. My Cricut machine was helpful in cutting those nested shapes around the stamped image.

The banner was also on my Cricut and I customized it by adding Jeff's name to the pennants.

This base paper was originally black and tan stripes, which I thought needed more of that blue color, so I cut strips of blue patterned paper and adhered them between the black stripes.

Again, I used the Graphic 45 clock die as well as the gears die to embellish the inside. More stamps from Close To My Heart. You can't see it here, but I also stamped a big 40 on the inside area where I also wrote my personal message to Jeff.

As the years go by and I meet up with Jeff and the whole Graphic 45 family at Creativation each January, I feel more and more like part of the family. Or at least, a good friend. 

So, you wanna know what those collections are I mixed and matched? Then, hop over to the Graphic 45 blog today and check out my post there. And while you're there, you can wish Jeff a big, giant Happy 40th Birthday!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Checking for a pulse...

In the past year, I've noticed that I don't receive comments on my blog posts nearly as much as I use to. I was having lots of issues with spammy commenting so for a while I had to turn on comment moderation. This means that your comment could be left and would be posted once I reviewed it. That's when I saw the comments drop off to next-to-nothing.

I myself don't visit blogs nearly as much as I use to. That's why I love Instagram and all the other "quickie" methods of seeing creative projects. Just a quick hit of the LIKE button and I move on.

So I'm asking you, my creative friends and followers, is this the case for you as well? Or perhaps you've tried to leave a comment and had an issue? Either way, I'd love your feedback.

I'll always keep my blog as my home base. No worries there. Thanks for taking a second and leaving me your feedback on this. It's very important for me to know what's happening, where the comments have gone, and how you're feeling about my content.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Upcoming June classes in Tallahassee, Florida!

I've just returned from Simple Pleasures in beautiful Colorado Springs and it's back to business for my upcoming classes in Tallahassee at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1700 N. Meridian Road.

Here's the details below. Sign-ups are through the website provided, not through me, so be sure to contact them ASAP as these classes are filling up quickly!

Take a look at what I'll be teaching, then click the link below.

Also, here's a link to a little video of tall three projects.

Floral Shoppe Mantel Clock
$45  (3 - 4 hour project)
Friday, June 8, 2018 • 6:00 p.m.

A real working clock made from cardstock, foam core, and beautiful Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe papers and dies. A gorgeous home decor piece that people won't believe YOU made!

Little Women 12 x 12 Layout plus 3 Interactive Card
$65  (3 hour project)
Saturday, June 9, 2018 • 9:00 a.m.

Learn how to take your scrapbook page to the next level with Graphic 45's pretty Little Women paper collection, new dies, clock keys and tags, plus ribbons, stamping and fussy cutting. Then make three super fun, technique-heavy interactive cards that are sure to WOW their recipients. You'll also put together three matching envelopes to coordinate with your cards. Bring a 4 x 6 photo of your choice.

Sun Kissed Summer Album
$75  (5 - 6 hour project)
Saturday, June 9, 2018 • 1:30 p.m.

Oh the fun you'll have making this album! It's filled with technique because the pages are made with paper bags, flat paper sacks, and envelopes! You'll learn how to make a hidden hinge binding, and how to incorporate the Sun Kissed papers, chipboard and ephemera cards. Lots of great tuck spots for tags and places for photos and journaling. The hard fold-over cover secures with magnets. This will be the perfect album for your summer/vacation photos.

Monday, April 30, 2018

New Graphic 45 Collection Sneak Peeks: "Imagine"

Get ready for another fabulous Graphic 45 collection! It's "Imagine" and you're sure to love it. I've created a 12 x 12 layout of our amazing daughter Jamie because it is a perfect collection for an art student with big hopes and dreams and imagination. Check out the photos below, then be sure to hop over to Graphic 45 to see a photo of every page and embellishment pack AND stamp sets in this collection. While you're there, don't miss the uber-talented Kathy Clement's gorgeous card with Imagine as well! Be sure to have a comment on their blog and social media to be entered to win this collection before anyone else can even buy it! GO now!!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Tri-Fold Scalloped Circle Cards with Video Tutorial

Today I'm sharing another fun card tutorial for you. I've used Graphic 45's Little Women collection for three different cards using the same basic layout. I'm always looking for new and unique card designs and found this SVG file in Lori Whitlock's shop, but you could recreate the basic structure pretty easily by subbing a circle for the scalloped circle in her design.

Enjoy the video and hopefully you'll be inspired to try one yourself! Thanks for stopping in.