Thursday, March 27, 2014

First Round Finalists for the Graphic 45 2014 Design Team!

Wahoooo!!!!!! I was sitting here at my computer watching the time click to 8:00 EST for the Graphic 45 Design Team first round finalists to be announced. Drumroll please…

Top 30 Finalists for the Design Team
This year we had the most amazing applicants, and this was the hardest year yet to narrow down to our Top 30 Design Team Finalists! Thanks to everyone who submitted, and we can't wait to see your next round of submissions, Top 30! Congratulations!
Top 30 Design Team Finalists (in alphabetical order)

1. Andrew Roberts - Australia
2. Angelica Stark - Sweden
3. Annette Green - USA
4. Bobbi Smith - USA
5. Donna Espiritu - Saudi Arabia
6. Emily Martina - USA
7. Erica Houghton - USA
8. Evgenia Petzer - South Africa
9. Ginger Ropp - USA
10. Ginny Nemchak - USA
11. Gunn-Eirill Gjelseth-Rauan - Norway 
12. Jarrier Angélique - France
13. Katie Zoey Ho - Singapore
14. Keri Sallee - USA
15. Lora Mahaffey - USA
16. Lori Williams - USA
17. Lydia Bernard - France
18. Maggi Harding - USA
19. Maggie Armstrong - New Zealand
20. Miranda Edney - USA
21. Nadya Lifa - Russia
22. Nichola Battilana - Canada
23. Raquel Martin Fernandez (Tati Scrap) - Spain
24. Rhea Freitag - USA
25. Romy Veul - The Netherlands
26. Solange Marques - Brazil
27. Song Li - USA
28. Tanya Dudkina - Ukraine
29. Trudi Harrison - Australia
30. Yumi Muraea - Japan
Graphic 45 Ambassadors
31. Jane Tregenza - Australia
32. Laura Denison - USA

Congrats to everyone! Please take the time, if you can, to visit each finalist's blog and leave them some well wishes into the final round.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Good Ol' Sport Hockey Layout and Graphic 45 Give-away

Hello and welcome to a new week. This week is an exciting one over on the Graphic 45 blog because we're celebrating 45,000 Facebook Fans! In celebration, Graphic 45 is holding a huge give-away every day this week with 9 give-aways per day! So be sure to hop over there and leave a comment, then follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see all your opportunities to win.

Meanwhile, I'm also featured on the Graphic 45 blog today with a 12 x 12 layout I created using the wonderful Good Ol' Sport papers and stickers. Here's a look at the layout, and be sure to hop over to their blog to see my tutorial on how easily it came together. This is a tribute to my hockey-playing hubby. Enjoy!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Peace Canvas with Graphic 45's Botanical Tea

Good, happy Saturday morning. I hope your weekend is off to a fantastic start. If you're crafting and need some inspiration, there's lots of it over on the Graphic 45 blog this weekend. Members of the G45 Design Team were invited to create a project of Peace. No rules, whatever we wanted. This all came about due to the current crisis in Ukraine. With fellow team member (and Ukrainian) Olga Struk being right in the middle of this turmoil, we have all connected with her through this terribly stressful, very unpeaceful time via our Facebook group. So several of us team members were happy to join in this opportunity to create a piece that came from our hearts, to say that no matter what happens in the world there is always crafting and the joy it can bring both to the creator and those who view it.

I hope you enjoy all the projects. Today's blog features mine, Rhea's and Nichola's art. Mine is a large canvas and I also share a musical video to go along with it. I hope you hop over there just for a few minutes during your weekend and take a look.

Peace, love and joy to you wherever you are.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Craft Room Organization Video Part 3

Finally it's here. Part 3 of my Craft Room Organization video series. In this video I show how we made my magnetic dry erase board portable so it can hang over a door, how to convert a regular table into a counter top high one, and even more storage tips & tricks for an organized craft room. Enjoy!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Graphic 45 Design Team 2014 Audition

What an exciting day! The final day to submit for the Graphic 45 Design Team. I've been working away on new projects for the past two weeks and today is the day to share. 30 finalists will be announced on the Graphic 45 blog on March 27th, so be sure to check back or sign up for their newsletter so you don't miss it. Please enjoy and let me know what you think. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Good Ol' Sport  5" x 7" card.

Couture  5" x 7" card.

(Love the little scissors.)

I'll call this my Washi Box. It's created with black chipboard and Graphic 45's new washi tape collection. 

The top has a built-in easel to display my calendar pages.

The easel portion collapses down for storage.

Inside the box is where I store the remaining months.

I had posted these back in December. I'm sure going to miss the Place In Time collection.

Place In Time Event Calendar. (or perpetual calendar). This is created using the large and regular ivory tags connected together. The date lines were done on the computer, printed on the parchment pages of Place in Time then matted onto a coordinating card stock.

I told you I was going to miss Place In Time. 

Two ivory jump rings which come with the tag albums are connected together at the top for hanging. Each month will have birthdays and anniversaries written on the lines. I can use this calendar forever!

The new Shabby Chic metal keys were a perfect adornment at the bottom of each page.

Place In Time Book Box for Mom. This is the large book box from Graphic 45. I added feet to the bottom and created a pretty box for my mom for Mother's Day. She loves my handmade cards, so I am constantly making her card gift sets like this.

Top view of box.

Ribbons, lace, chipboard, and metal embellies. 

Graphic 45 metal butterflies nested atop on another.

I created a pen holder for the inside of the lid by inserting a wide piece of decorative ribbon through the paper before gluing it to the box. The pen is clear, so I inserted some coordinating paper inside.

Inside the box are twelve cards, one for each month's theme. Did I happen to mention how much I'm going to miss Place In Time?

Good Ol' Sport 8" x 8"calendar. There's a little secret to this one.

I'll just show a few pages.

Here's the little secret: each month has a clear flap with the month on the front side and imagery from the paper collection on the inside. And underneath the flap are more images to enjoy. The 2" x 3" flap has an opening so you can change out the month when the new year rolls around. (the flaps come from Close To My Heart)

Sweet Sentiments Birdhouse.

Shabby Chic ornate metal door pull turned upside down serves as a nice window box filled with flowers. (I first saw this idea from fellow DT member Olga Struk) The door is made from a Shabby Chic keyhole and brad for the knob. 

Inside the side windows are pleated curtains. I want to live here, don't you?

My Big Fat Botanical Tea album. Measures a generous 8" x 10". The covers are flat canvases, especially chosen to support that lovely ornate metal door knob on the cover.

Botanical Tea flowers, double-sided card stock. Talk about an easy embellishment. Just curve them and layer them up and they turn out gorgeous every time!

Inside front cover and page 1. Fussy cuts, chipboard, cut-aparts, and banners. You may have to click on  the image to see the details better.

Pages 2 & 3. All pages use kraft card stock for a base. A nice, earthy texture to give the piece uniformity throughout.

Envelope closure.

Inside the envelope are four cut-aparts on kraft card stock with postage stamp pull tabs. 

Pages 4 & 5.

Page 5 has a little side pocket with pull-out journaling card.

Pages 6 & 7

Page 7 is three regular tags connected together and accordion folded down.

Pages 8 & 9. 

Page 8 is the back of 7, of course, so the pull-outs are adorned on this side too.

Page 8 is a tall envelope turned on its side. The closure is reinforced with little velcro dots.

Page 9 & inside back cover. 

The album is heavy and chunky and so much fun to flip through. I used my Cinch and a 1-inch coil to bind it. This will make a wonderful gift.

Finally, I'll close with a few of my favorite Graphic 45 projects over the past year that you may recognize.

12" x 12" matchbook box for Dad. Bird Song.

Student's Message Board. French Country.

Fall Centerpiece. Steampunk Spells, Place in Time.

Tag Album. Steampunk Spells.

Not-So-Mini Expanding Tag Album. Twelve Days of Christmas.

Wine Gift Bag. Twelve Days of Christmas.

Policy Envelope Album. Bohemian Bazaar.

12" x 12" Layout. Botanical Tea.

Matchbook Box Display Piece. Couture.

6" x 6" Easel Card. Typography.

5" x 7" Card. A Ladies Diary.

Thanks so much for stopping by, especially today. Have a fabulous weekend!