Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Fashion Forward Album Tutorial is Ready!

Hey everyone! The tutorial is up and ready in my Etsy shop for this lovely and cheerful Fashion Forward Monthly Journal project. I've created a companion video to give you a walk-through of the project as well as some information about my SVG files I've created especially for the Graphic 45 travel album. The file is included in the tutorial and also listed separately in my Etsy shop if you want to purchase only that.

I hope you take a moment to watch this quick video. It's a great way to get a visual idea of the details and some other little tips before beginning the tutorial which you can find here.

Monday, December 9, 2019

2020 Mini Calendars FREE Printable!

As I do every December, I've created these great little monthly calendars for you to use as you wish. Many of you continue to use the desktop calendar project I designed years ago. I still use mine! So these are perfect for that project, but also for planners and all sorts of other projects. Just trim them out and go!

Copy and paste the URL below and it will take you to the two-page PDF you can print out. If you have any problems or questions about accessing the file, just let me know in the comments below.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Creative Mountain Retreat 2020 Dates and Details!

It's that time again, crafters! We've selected the dates, confirmed the costs, and are ready to share all the details about our next (4th Annual!) Creative Mountain Retreat. This is a super popular event hosted by me and my "sister" in crafting Ginger Ropp. It's a fun-filled, crafty retreat featuring six wonderful classes, amazing food, and a gorgeous view from the Echo Mountain Inn in Hendersonville, NC. There's plenty of time for relaxation and friendship, too. We hope you can join us this year. Make sure to read through all the registration details carefully to ensure successful registration on January 11th. We are limited to 30 crafters and it's first-come, first-served.

Click here to go to our official Creative Retreat website for all you need to know to be ready to register in January. Hope to see you next fall!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Fabulous Fashion Forward by Graphic 45!

Fall is most definitely here and even though it's already Thanksgiving, you still have time for making some Fall/Thankful cards with the new and fabulous Graphic 45 Fashion Forward collection. Here's a speedy-style video of the two cards I created in less than 15 minutes each. Hop over to Graphic 45's blog to see details and to order YOUR Fashion Forward goodies.

AND, I couldn't resist creating a Monthly Journal with Fashion Forward as well, since it's a calendar collection. This will be a project tutorial I'll be listing in my Etsy shop starting December 10th, so be sure to click my Etsy link in the lower right of my blog page, "favorite" my shop and watch for that next month. Meanwhile, here's a peek and more photos plus details on the Graphic 45 blog Thanksgiving Day as well.

I am truly thankful to all of you who share in my joy of crafting, who take the time to comment, follow and enjoy the projects I so love creating. It means the world to me that I might be a bit of inspiration to you. Have a lovely Thanksgiving Day, my friends!

Monday, October 14, 2019

Lawn Fawn & Prima - Lovely Fall Card

Hi Everyone. I've got a super simple, lovely Fall card tutorial for you today. It combines "cute" Lawn Fawn dies and beautiful Prima papers and embellishments. I'm not a "cute" crafter, but some of those Lawn Fawn dies are just so great, I can't pass them up. I'm here to show you that just because everyone else makes cute things with Lawn Fawn products, it doesn't mean we HAVE to. So here we go...

The Lawn Fawn dies I used are "Stitched Pumpkin Frame" and "Outside In Stitched Pumpkin." The added stitches in these dies are what make them extra special. To create the shaker, first die cut the Stitched Pumpkin Frame once from Prima paper ("Autumn Sunset" by Frank Garcia) and five more times from heavyweight ivory cardstock. Use the "Outside In Stitched Pumpkin" to die cut Prima paper and a piece of clear acetate.

Adhere together five ivory pumpkin pieces. Trim the acetate pumpkin to the solid line and adhere on top of the stack. Hold with clips until glue dries.

Ink the Prima paper pieces with a coordinating ink. I used Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge Disress Inks.

Once you shaker layers are dry, flip it face down with acetate on the bottom. Sprinkle in glitter, sequins, small beads, whatever you like. If you want to see that pretty Prima paper in the background, don't fill the shaker up too much.

Glue the Prima pumpkin piece to the back side of your shaker and let it dry. Meanwhile, you can plan out your embellishment pieces. I used Prima's coordinating flowers and crystals and some cut-aparts from the paper pad. I also die cut a pumpkin stem and two curly vines, both from the Stitched Pumpkin Frame set.

Once your shaker is dry, flip to the front and add the stem and vines.

Make a 5" x 7" card base from heavyweight ivory cardstock. Cut the checkered paper 4 3/4" x 6 3/4", then the pretty border paper to 4 1/4" x 6 1/4". I made sure to include the birds up in the right corner, but this particular sheet also has a really sweet fox and fawn in the lower left. Just pick what you like.

Fan out three cut-aparts in the upper left, fussy cut two butterflies and shape their wings, then add 3D foam to the back of your shaker.

Adhere the shaker first, then fill in your card with flowers, gems, fussy cuts, and twine. 
If you like, dress up the inside of your card as well. There's so many pretty images in the Prima collection, you'll want to make a bunch of these Fall cards.

Here are some links to products I've used:

Thanks for stopping in for this tutorial. Let me know if you try it!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Field Notes Journal with Eco Printed Pages

Eileen Hull is having a BIG BIG release party, showcasing her newest Sizzix die, The Pocket Notebook, and I’m honored to be one of the many designers sharing a project with this great new die. You can view the new die and each of the designers’ creations on Eileen’s blog here.

Mine is a Field Notes Journal and I’ve created a video tutorial on both the making of the journal and a bonus tutorial sharing how to eco-print papers. Something my daughter Jamie and I did over the summer together.

The link to my video is:

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Holiday Workshop 2019 - 5 spots left!

**Only 5 spots left!**

13th Annual Holiday Workshop
Saturday, November 9th, 2019
11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Viera Community Center
2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way
Viera, Florida 32940
$125 (includes lunch and all supplies)

For registration and all other information, go to my full post.

(Check out my cute little video on Instagram to see everything we'll be making!)

Saturday, August 31, 2019

2020 Planner with ECD Planner Essentials

I'm a nut for making my own planner every year. I've done it for years. and this year is no exception, especially since I've discovered the "Planner Essentials" line from Elizabeth Craft Designs! You can check them all out here

As you'll see in my detailed video below, there are many beautiful planner cover options to choose from, as well as LOTS of dies and coordinating stamps.

I thoroughly enjoyed making this 2020 planner with Graphic 45's pretty Garden Goddess papers; a truly joyful collection I will surely enjoy throughout the year.

I use my planners not only for daily reminders and scheduling, but also for highlighting moments with photos throughout the year. I can't wait to fill this one up!

Here's a video walk-through of the entire planner, the supplies I used, and some tips about die storage too. Grab a snack or cup of your favorite beverage and enjoy!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

LAST CALL for Lost In Paradise Class!

We have just a few spots left for my Lost in Paradise Paper Bag, Tag and Envelope Album this Saturday, August 17th. You'll learn how to construct an album from scratch and incorporate bags, tags and envelopes to create fun pages with pockets and tuck-spots. Perfect for summer photos, vacation or travel. Sign up here with Cupcakes and Unicorns! Hope to see you there. Not able to attend? If there are any prepared kits left, I will list them in my Etsy shop Monday, August 19th, as well as tutorials for those of you who already have the materials for this project. (Etsy link in the righthand column of my blog page.)

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Graphic 45's new "Dreamland" collection

Today is Day 3 of the new Graphic 45 Summer releases and it's all about "Dreamland." Talk about dreamy! This collection is filled with beautiful blues and golden yellows and the imagery is fabulous. Sweet little children in jammies, tiny fairies, winged unicorns, child mermaids and mystical sailboats make this a very versatile collection for Baby, Children, Fantasy, or Birthday themes just to name a few.

Graphic 45 fans will be reminded of Mother Goose, Once Upon a Springtime and Fairie Dust in this precious collection, but with a different mix of colors. I created this fun home decor piece with a mini album tucked inside. Wouldn't this be great displayed in a child's bedroom? I've taken the ATC Matchbook Box and transformed it into a base and housing for the ATC Rectangle Tag & Pocket Album, then added a custom lid for the top. Ribbon and springy gold twine add to the dreamy feel.

Adding the Metal Ornate Corners and the Clawfeet to the base takes this piece to the next level as a home decor piece. You can even paint the metal pieces if you want a lighter feel.

I popped some sequins and little stars onto the front of my matchbook box to give it even more of a dreamy feel. And as you can see, the mini album fits inside and shows through the opening perfectly!

Just lift the custom lid and pull out the album.

I love the small size of this album. Perfect for popping in small photos and some journaling.

This collection releases this September, but you can win it before you can buy it by going to Graphic 45's blog and other social media and leave a comment to be entered for the random drawing.

I will be listing a tutorial in my Etsy shop in a few weeks, but in the meantime you can start gathering your materials you'll need. Here's a list to help you out:

Graphic 45:
Dreamland 12 x 12 collection (to come!)
ATC Rectangle Tag & Pocket Album - Ivory 4501813
ATC Matchbook Box - Ivory 4501814
Ornate Metal Corners 4501810
Large Tag, ATC Tag and Flower Dies 4501687
Antique Brass Metal Door Plates & Knobs 4501295
Antique Brass Claw Feet 4501027

Ribbon and trims, May Arts
Cardstock: ivory, yellow and blue
White Chipboard

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Graphic 45's Le Romantique Returns!

Day 2 of Graphic 45's Summer Releases is under way! Today is all about the return of the classic collection called "Le Romantique." You can view all the papers, chipboard and stickers in this Deluxe Collector's Edition on the Graphic 45 blog today. Be sure to check out Sandi Nagel's gorgeous Folio Secretary. It's stunning! And don't forget to leave a comment on the Graphic 45 website, as well as their Facebook and Instagram so you can be entered to WIN it before you buy it!

I've created a vintage style Book Frame (shown above) with Le Romantique and am sharing a tutorial on how you can make your own. Scroll past the photos to watch my video. I hope you enjoy!

Monday, July 29, 2019

Life's a Journey - a new travel collection by G45!

Hello all, and welcome back. Ooooh, this is gonna be a good week for Graphic 45 fans! The new Summer 2019 releases are coming and Graphic 45 is showcasing them today, tomorrow and Wednesday on their blog. Today, it's all about the new travel-themed collection called "Life's A Journey." Be sure to check out their blog today for photos of all the papers in this collection, along with the coordinating stickers, chipboard, ephemera cards and NEW die-cut assortment!

You're gonna love the bold colors and vintage travel imagery in this fun collection. I like it because it's not all "matchy-matchy" but, rather, a fun and eclectic mix. I've got a tutorial for this too, so scroll down to the video to check that out. Meanwhile, here's some more photos of the details. Enjoy!