Friday, September 14, 2018

A very special birthday card for Diane

Dig out your favorite Graphic 45 paper collection and get ready to make an easel card! This one was made especially for Diane Schultz, Designer and CEO at Graphic 45, also affectionately referred to as "Mom" since she is mother to Charee, Aimee and Jeff Filimoehala at Graphic 45.

I'm sharing a tutorial for this pretty Steampunk Debutante card on the Graphic 45 blog today in honor of Diane's birthday. (I was told she holds a special fondness for this collection.) I hope you hop over and take a look, then leave a comment there to wish Diane a Happy Birthday.

If you've ever met Diane in person, whether at a show or on a Graphic 45 cruise or class, you know that she is not only beautiful, but sweet and kind and personable. She always has a smile and takes a moment to get to know you. I always look forward to seeing her and spending a little time with her when I attend Creativation in January each year. I truly feel like I'm part of the family.

Here's a few peeks below. Find out how to make it here along with some tips and tricks.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Cruise With Me in 2019!

I have several major events already on the books for 2019, thus I will be putting my scrapbook store teaching tour on hold until 2020. Three big events already scheduled are my Crafters Therapy Cruise, Creative Mountain Retreat, and my 13th Annual Holiday Workshop. In between, I'll be offering more tutorials and kits via my Etsy Shop than in previous years. So lots of exciting changes coming!

Soooo, how about a creative cruise with me in June, 2019? Make your plans now to join me as I'll be teaching Graphic 45 classes on the Anthem of the Seas out of New Jersey headed to beautiful Bermuda! All the details can be found here.

My first cruise out of Tampa this year was a big hit with crafty cruising friends like these. We had a fun make-n-take project to kick things off, then two different classes shown below.

All projects are designed and created by yours truly and always with beautiful Graphic 45 collections.  Step-by-step directions with photos are included, and I always have lots of exciting give-aways throughout the cruise with great Graphic 45 goodies! 

I'm excited to be working with Crafter's Therapy Cruises this time and can't wait to start designing the projects I'm going to teach with the newest Graphic 45 collections coming out.

So, grab a girlfriend (or boyfriend, hubby, whomever) and reserve your space now. I promise you'll have a great time!

Friday, August 3, 2018

12 Annual Holiday Workshop Time!

It's unbelievably that time of year again where I'm planning for my annual Holiday Workshop. It's a fun-filled day of Christmas crafting right here in Melbourne, Florida. Together we create lots of cards, tags, gift card holders, treat boxes and the day includes lunch, games, prizes, holiday music and treats! It's my favorite time of year to reconnect with my local friends, and those who travel to come join me in this festive workshop. Here are all the details below and how to sign up.

12 Annual Holiday Workshop
Featuring Graphic 45's new "Christmas Magic" collection

Saturday, November 10th, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Rodes Park Community Center
3410 Flanagan Avenue
West Melbourne, FL  32904

Cost: $105.

I don't have the papers yet, but will be designing the projects with the new Christmas Magic collection by Graphic 45. I will have a photo to share of all the projects by the first week of September. If you haven't seen the sneak peeks of this collection, you can view them here.

Until then, I can tell you that we'll be creating the following...

10 large greeting cards (2 each of 5 designs) (envelopes included)
4 large tags
20 small tags
4 gift card holders (2 each of 2 designs)
2 three-dimensional treat/gift containers

And of course there will be games, PRIZES, water, coffee and snacks throughout the day. Lunch is included and details for your lunch selection will come after I get all registrations.

Speaking of prizes, here are a few ways you can earn raffle tickets toward prize drawings:

• Early-Bird sign-up (signing up before you see the project photos)  10 Tickets!
• Sign-up after September 3rd, after seeing photos.  3 Tickets!
• Bring a friend who has never been to my Holiday Workshop.  5 Tickets!
• Brand new attendee to my Holiday Workshop? 10 Tickets!
• Travel more than 20 miles to attend.  5 tickets!
• Bring a 2-liter bottle of soda to share.  3 Tickets!
• Wear holiday attire  (shirt, sweater, hat, whatever) 3 Tickets!

There are several affordable hotels near the community center right off I-95. Address of the community center is above.

For those who can't attend and would like to be placed on the Wish List for a kit, simply RSVP specifying this by e-mailing me at Please know that I am making up no more than 50 this year, so if the attendees don't meet this number, the remainder will be made available as kits. Kit pricing is $105 (free shipping to the contiguous United States) and will include directions and all the pre-cut materials. I'll contact those on the Wish List on October 1 if there are kits available, at which time I will collect payment.

RSVP now to sign up! This is a popular event, so don't delay! Payments secure your spot (first come, first served) and can be made via PayPal to using Friends and Family please. Local friends can mail me a check if you prefer. Deadline to RSVP is September 30.

If you have any questions, please let me know. I'd love to see you there. Every year we have a great time!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Tropical Travelogue Steamer Trunk and Album

Graphic 45 has re-released an old favorite "Tropical Travelogue" in a Deluxe Collector's Edition, which includes not only the beautiful papers, but the coordinating chipboard and sticker sheet. The collection inspired me to make a vintage-style steamer trunk with a mini travel album to fit inside.

I've listed the project itself in my Etsy Shop (there's just one!) plus a tutorial as well. If you teach classes or sell kits, I also have listed a tutorial/commercial use so you can enjoy the project with your crafty friends too! When you view the details in the tutorial listing, you'll see what supplies you'll need for this project.

Here's a walk-through of the project so you can check it out...

Visit my Etsy Shop to get your tutorial today!

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!