Monday, January 30, 2012

New Free Graphic 45 Project Sheet

I am really enjoying all of the pictures from the CHA floor, and love seeing random pictures of some of the things that I had the chance to create coming through with all of the other inspiring projects. It makes me feel better about not having the opportunity to go this year.

This particular picture is from the fantastic people at Paper Crafts, I handmade all of the hibiscus flowers and leaves for the Tropical Travelogue line, and even though they were difficult, I am so pleased with the results!

Graphic 45 is giving people a chance to win their favorite collection before it is even in the stores, go check out the details at their blog, and while you are their, pick up a really fun Le Cirque Project Sheet for free!!! Doing a little creating is a nice way to spend our time if we can't be in Anaheim!

I have spent quite a few hours doing searches for this particular type of domed lid rustic lunch pail, but didn't have much luck with retail. But what I did find might even be a better fit for truly special family memories. If you have a relative with a pail that has a story to tell, perfection! If not, I did do an search and there are some spectacular vintage pieces there, or maybe a trip to your local thrift or salvation army shop will result in a delightful find. The pail needs to be at 10 1/2" on the width or at the diagonal for this project to fit inside.

I am working on a fun tutorial with the newest metal butterflies from Graphic 45 and hope to have that ready to share soon! In the mean time, I hope everyone is enjoying their winter crafting time!!


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

All of My CHA Projects Are On Their Way!

Oh what a relief it is!!

Project sheets, booth samples, and eye candy all either left last week in crates or tomorrow in suitcases with the fabulous Diane Shultz! There have been some really long days/nights to get everything prepared to Diane's exacting standards, but trust me when I say that the Graphic 45 booth is going to be "the place" for eye candy and inspiration! And I am not just saying this because I am biased, having the insider track on what happens and how with the in house team is amazing! I seriously feel like the luckiest girl in the world that I get to work and be mentored by Diane, she is class, grace and genuine kindness rolled into one itty, bitty, elegant body!

Over on the Graphic 45 blog they are sharing a project sheet that I designed for them. ABC Primer is one of my all time favorite releases, and I had a blast creating this project! And with the new releases coming out this show I have a couple more all time favorites! The Olde Curiousity Shoppe is clever, witty and a wonderful color combination, and the Kraft Reflections just makes me weak in the knees it is so beautiful!! All of this is why I am THE luckiest girl in the world!!

(I did not cover this clock, but I did get to add the butterflies on the spiral wires to embellish it. Not sure if it was James or Briston who covered it, but it is perfect!)

Signed with much sincerity,
(aka the luckiest girl in the world!)

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Stamp It! 3 Ways is Moxie Fab!

Do you ever visit Moxie Fab? You know, the trends blog written by the delightful Cath Edvalson? The one with exciting challenges, gorgeous eye candy and inspiring projects? If you don't, then trust me and head there at least once a day for a large does of chirpy and cheeky crafty happiness, you won't regret it.
Today one of my projects from Stamp It! 3 Ways was featured, and I am thrilled to be included with the other Moxie-tastic people who were highlighted as well. Even though I really like my card and it is one of my fave color combos, you have to head over to see Julia Stainton's, it is divine!!

Also on the Ruby Rock-It blog there is a fun challenge to use old and/or new elements in a project.

Head on over for the details, and some more great inspiration from the team members.

I am off to go catch a few zzzzzzzz's before tackling a busy Saturday, but thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Oh my!

Just a few minutes to share something fun between crafting my little heart out, eating a few bites for sustenance and closing my eyes so they won't bleed when I start crafting again tomorrow.

I made this gorgeous mini album with Graphic 45's Tropical Travleogue. I can't wait to put pictures in it from the trip the hubbers and I took to Jamaica a couple of years ago. The pages are made by covering chipboard with paper, punching holes with a Crop-o-Dile and then threading it all together with a beautiful Graphic 45 Doorplate as the binding.

I wish like crazy I could share what I have been making, but it is all headed to CHA with Graphic 45, and I haven't even had time to snap a few pics for sneak peeks! But if you are interested, and you happen to be going, stop by the booth and ask Diane for a tour, she knows every detail of every little thing in that will be on display. It is going to be a beautiful booth, very worth a looksee!!

And with that I am off to read the road maps on my eyes!


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Paper Craft Reject

Even thought they weren't picked up for publication, they sure are fun!!

All of the product is from Tropical Travelogue. I really wish I could take a trip to the sun and sand right now, but since I can't get away, dreaming and playing with paper so lush and beautiful gets me pretty close  :o)

It is a bit of a cheeky card, but the stamps made me do it   ;o)

I wish this frame had photographed a little better, but the dimension in real life is wonderful. The picture is from our honeymoon in Jamaica almost 25 years ago. I looked so much better in a swimsuit then, lol!!

If you had a project that didn't get selected, leave a link to your blog and I will be sure to come by and leave some love!!

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Pretty Little Card with Tropical Travelogue

I am neck deep in crafting for CHA, and one of my favorite lines right now is the Tropical Travelogue from Graphic 45! It is so lush and elegant but has a wonderful casual feel to it as well, so versatile!!

Some Memory Box and Spellbinder dies, a Prima flower with Midori ribbon and my Tropical Travelogue paper has turned into a pretty little card that is ready to head out the door to brighten someone's day in the middle of winter!!

There are also some very fun releases from Ruby Rock-It that I am loving!

Having a lot of fun creating, and my studio is beckoning, so off I go!


Friday, January 06, 2012


Okay, 2012 has come out swinging, and I have been dodging and diving while trying to get my to do list done!
The week has been filled with work on CHA projects a class at Heartland and even a little tennis so I can claim to have exercised at some point during the new year!
I have a ton of things to share, so hope you are willing to stick with me!!
First, Ruby Rock-It is sharing sneak peeks of their products that are set to debut at CHA at the end of this month, and having this product in hand to play with I can assure you that it is must have stuff!!

If you are interested in winning it before it is even released, go to the blog and leave a comment on one of the posts from the week, if you want to improve your odds substantially leave a comment on all of them! The team has worked hard to inspire and intrigue, so why not share a little love with all of them? <3

Also, I taught a really fun class at Heartland last night and am so relieved to be done with it! It was nuts of me to schedule a class right now, but we all had a great time and everyone's projects got completed and were all fabulous!!!

And the newest special issue of Paper Crafts is called "Cool Tools" and I had the opportunity to contribute five projects to it! One of my faves was a calender made using Hambly, Studio Calico and a Bind-It-All for this year. I am excited to have something on my desk that I love so much that I made!!

Of course the pics in the magazine are so much better, but in this one you can see a little more detail on the inside. I designed it so the page opposite of the calendar can be used for pics, notes and organizing memorabilia! I plan on using Hambly's washi tape to attach stuff, and tying a fun pen to the binder so it will be ready to use at a moments notice! I highly recommend purchasing Cool Tools if you have tools at home that you had to have because they looked so useful, but haven't used because you aren't sure where to start.

Lastly a quick thanks to all of you that stop by to see what is up! I love that my life is filled with creativity, and having others join me for the journey makes it so much more interesting and enjoyable!!!