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!

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.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Card Tutorial with Graphic 45's "Communique"

Hi everyone! Today I've got a special card tutorial for you. It's special because it's not only dimensional and interactive, it's for a very important and amazing person at Graphic 45. (Shhh...more at the end of this post on that.) It's a 5" x 7" shutter card using "Communique" which is available as a Deluxe Collector's Edition (DCE) from Graphic 45.

Shutter cards are fun, easy and quite impressive when opened and displayed. I've used an SVG from but you can find many versions and instructions for shutter cards all over the internet. I made some adaptations to Lori's cut file as you'll see in the tutorial. Here's how I made it...

A little birdie told me that this person's favorite color was red and one of her favorite collections was Communique, so I proceeded to cut the red cardstock base and the paper pieces on my Cricut machine. 

I chose to add another panel for my card front to make the open card even more impressive. I simply cut an additional piece of red cardstock 5 1/2" x 7" and scored down the left side. This will be an attachment point, as you'll see. I adjusted the cut file in my Design Space software to cut an additional red cardstock piece for added support to the card "back". This is optional, of course. I like to make good, sturdy cards. Nothing flimsy.

This is how it looks with the cover piece attached. The other piece is attached to the back on the far right end, like I said, for added support.

Attaching the paper pieces is super easy. They are designed to "nest" inside the cardstock areas with a 1/8" border of red showing. This frames it out nicely.

In the Communique DCE, you not only get the paper collection, but the chipboard and a 12 x 12 sticker sheet as well. I layered stickers and some cut-aparts inside the card. I always start with the inside of my cards so I can later work on the front where most of the bulk and dimension come into play. If I did the front first, I'd have to battle with the bulk while working on the inside. Not cool.

Next, I cut papers for my cover, and worked in some May Arts ribbon and a scalloped border sticker. I mailed this card away before jotting down the measurements, but hopefully you can figure them out by looking at the grid in the background. (Each square = 1/2")

I layered these elements as a unit before adhering them to the card front because the border strip (with ribbon) wraps around everything. Below the scalloped border sticker, you can see that I  scalloped the bottom of the black paper, too.

I selected chipboard pieces, then layered a die-cut lace doily behind the large chipboard and tied an antique key to the button chipboard with some red twine. The lace doily is from one of Graphic 45's new die sets. 

I've used the Square Tag & Clock die set on the right. These new dies are all so versatile to use with not only Graphic 45's various tags, but to add embellishment to your projects.

With the card folded flat, I assemble the layers.

I decided the chipboard needed something more, so I die-cut the clock out of ivory cardstock, trimmed away the inner circle and layered it onto the chipboard piece. 

To dress up the inside a little more, I fussy cut the gramophone and layered the alphabet stickers to spell out my words.

I used thin strips of black cardstock to layer the letter stickers and keep them together until time to adhere them into place. I used scrap pieces of black chipboard rather than foam tape on the back of my gramophone.

I added them to the inside flap of the card like so.

And the card is finished.

And the inside looks impressive when opened up.

Communique is still available! It's one of those classic collections that represent Graphic 45 perfectly. You can find it here.

So, whose birthday card is this? 
It's for Aimee Filimoehala, Graphic 45's Director of Operations. Her birthday is this Wednesday, the 18th of April, so be sure to hop over to the Graphic 45 blog or her social media this Wednesday and wish her a happy day. Aimee does an amazing job at keeping Graphic 45 current, developing new product ideas and designs, and has about a million other responsibilities for which we should all be eternally grateful.

Happy Birthday Aimee! And thanks for all you do!