Sunday, August 30, 2009

Those Were The Days

I finally got my hands on the new Graphic 45 CHA Summer papers. :) Love them! These ones are from the Renaissance Faire collection. I scrapped an old photo of my school days. The original photograph is that faded vintagey shade. Hhhmmm.... either the original print was of an inferior quality or I'm really that old. :D

The chipboard butterfly from Tattered Angels was originally pristine white. I glimmer misted and stickled it to get the shade I wanted. I also distressed and inked the fabric alphas from Thickers. Very smudgy inky fingers after.

I complemented the chipboard butterfly with some handcut butterflies from Graphic 45's debut Ode to Butterfly papers. Can never get tired of those. And dug into my stash of old and new Prima blossoms.

I cut a couple of border strips, inking and distressing them. Also popped up the photo with 3D foam dots for more dimension.

While making this layout, I was thinking the papers have a bit of a Peranakan feel to them. Is it just me?

Friday, August 28, 2009

I'm in the Spotlight at GCD Studios!

I'm featured at GCD Studios! Here's the link to the GCD page: GCD Studios Spotlight

And here's my featured layout, An Evening in Paris:

I can't resist patterned papers with images of Paris in them and the Paris Nights collection from GCD just caught my eye immediately. I love the classic black and white look and the collage of Parisian images. I wanted to keep this layout relatively clean to allow the collage from d'Orsay to shine through. As the papers were in varying shades of black, grey and white, I chose a coloured photo of my daughter and me in Paris and complemented the photo with a similarly-hued bloom from Prima.

One of the beauties of GCD papers is that they look so beautiful cut out. Here I cut out the flocked swirls from Louvre and layered them one over another to create more depth and texture.

For the title work, I again cut out designs from flocked paper, Chapelle and Louvre, popped them up with 3D foam dots and layered the title "An Evening in Paris" over them.

Here's another something I did using GCD papers that was picked up. It's a Fathers Day Card that won a contest over at GCD Studios in June:

I handcut the designs from the GCD Studios patterned paper and added in splashes of crimson and lime for extra pop. :)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I {heart} New York

This is another layout I did for Graphic 45 for CHA Summer. These are photos taken on the ferry to the Statue of Liberty in New York. I like that the Transatlantique papers with the Statue of Liberty sketch in the background complemented the photos which also have the statue of liberty in the background.

A die cut tag from Graphic 45 sitting atop some Petaloo flowers:

Keyboard alphas from Graphic 45, popped up with 3D foam dots, and a little red crystal heart from Prima:

Monday, August 24, 2009

Set of Cards

I made a set of cards using the October Afternoon Road Map papers from My Scrapbook Nook's August kit.

Brought out my Big Shot and Sizzix dies to play with as well.

This next card has a little tag which I will be writing the sentiment for the greeting card later:

The set of 3 cards with the rounded corners:

This next card didn't quite fit into the set because it didn't have rounded corners and also I decided to distress the edges of the patterned paper.

This is probably the most number of cards I've ever made in a day. It was fun using up some of my scraps from the My Scrapbook Nook's August kit. And there's still lots of kit leftover. :)

Patterned Paper: October Afternoon Road Map
Flowers: Prima Marketing Costa Bright; Got Flowers Ivory
Buttons: From My Scrapbook Nook's August kit
Ribbons: Own stash
Others: Rangers Distressed Stickles

Friday, August 21, 2009

Rose Card

I was in a flower-making experimenting mood so I made this paper rose out of October Afternoon's Road Map paper. Quite nice, if I do say so myself. :) So now that I had a rose I had to make a card to stick it on, so I whipped up one using more of my October Afternoon Road Map stash and a Purple Onion Designs Date Me Seasons stamp. Fun!

Here's a close-up of the rose:

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Every week, Graphic 45 puts up sketches to inspire our readers and the DT gets a go at it too. This week I got to create with this great sketch:

I like this photo of my daughter at the stables, taken in the early evening. I decided to play with some of the papers from the very first Graphic 45 collection, the ones with a botanical-nature feel to match the photo.

I adopted the circle element of the sketch and changed it up into a scalloped circle, then layered another circle on top of it to give it more interest. All the edges were inked and distressed.

For the title, I stamped a beautiful ornate frame from Purple Onion Designs on a patterned paper matching my photo matt. I placed my title on it and adhered the title work to the layout with 3D foam dots so it would stand out. I also shifted the title to flush with the edge of the layout because I felt it balanced off the circle element better.

My interpretation of sketches never turn out looking like the original sketch and this one was no exception. Instead of the corner flourishes in the sketch, I replaced them with more pronounced torn edges off the corners as that complemented the mood of my layout better.

Finally I finished off with some beautiful lace from Prima and some hot new CHA summer Prima flower releases. I'll be adding some journalling to the layout later. Or rather, I'm getting my dd to add the journalling later. :) To see more of the sketch and layout, visit the Graphic 45 blog.

Patterned Paper - Graphic 45 Botanicabella, Times Nouveau & Playtimes Past
Stamp - Purple Onion Designs Flea Market Set
Flowers - Prima Camelot Roses, Wilwood Collection & Festive White
Lace - Prima Marketing
Alphas - American Craft Thickers Hat Box

Monday, August 17, 2009

Ready, Set... Go!

One more for the road! October Afternoon's Road Map papers, that is, from My Scrapbook Nook's great August kit. :)

I thought this photo of us having fun on the luge in New Zealand went well with the bright primary colours of the Road Map papers, and that traffic light die cut was just perfect too, for the layout and the title. I played with three colours and fonts for the title of Ready, Set... Go! I chose red, green and yellow to match the colours of the traffic lights.

The red car die cut is from October Afternoon. I popped it up with 3D foam dots over the black and grey ribbon. Doesn't the car look like it's taking a drive on the road (ala the black ribbon with grey centre divider?) Leah has a great knack for choosing embellishments that are perfect for the kits.

I popped up the green polka dot arrow and traffic light die cut for dimension, and also inked and distressed all the edges of the patterned paper to give it that rugged look.

List of Supplies:
October Afternoon Road Map patterned papers (Vacationer Motel, Blue & White Motel, Shady Lane RV Park, Skyline Motor Inn, Dew Drop Inn)
October Afternoon Road Map Die Cut Shapes
October Afternoon Road Map Word Stickers
October Afternoon Road Map Alpha Stickers
Other Alphas - AC Thickers Lullaby & Forever in Time Flocked Chipboard Fonts
Ribbon - American Crafts

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Off Roading

A second layout from My Scrapbook Nook's August Kit using October Afternoon's Road Map collection. I cut out a die cut in the shape of a road sign and outlined it in white paint for definition. I thought it was a lark because my subject and title was Off Roading, in direct contrast to the road sign and the name of the collection. To borrow a phrase from my dd, I'm funny that way. :D

Did a mini collage here. Inked the chipboard using distress ink in red and brown, stamped an October Afternoon road sign stamp and layered various die cuts and stickers embellishments with 3D foam dots.

Buttons from My Scrapbook Nook's kit.

The layout from a different angle to show the distressing and dimension.

Patterned Paper: October Afternoon Road Map (Skyline Motor Inn, Vacationer Motel, Shady Lane RV Park, Dew Drop Inn, Blue & White Motel)
Stickers & such: October Afternoon Road Map Word Stickers & Shapers
Stamp: October Afternoon Road Map stamps
Chipboard: American Crafts
Alphas: Colorbok Mini Alpha Sticker Stax
Flower: Prima Island Pastel
Ribbons & netting: own stash.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Sun, Sand & Sea

This is a layout of my daughter's 12th birthday party, where the girls had a blast at the beach and lots of fun canoe-ing.

I used October Afternoon's Road Map collection on this layout, from the fantastic August kit by My Scrapbook Nook.

I placed a circle of crystals around the number 12 on a strip of Skyline Motor Inn patterned paper, because it was my dd's 12th birthday.

The journalling sticker is also from Road Map and sits atop some Prima Caboodles flowers:

The layout from a different angle, where you can see more of the distressing:


Patterned Paper: October Afternoon's Road Map collection (Skyline Motor Inn, Blue & White Motel, Vacationer Motel)
Alphas: October Afternoon Road Map Schoolroom
Journalling Stickers: October Afternoon Road Map Label Stickers
Flowers: Prima Caboodles
Crystals: Prima Say It In Crystals & Kaisercraft Rhinestones
Cardstock: DCWV Glitter Cardstock & Bazzill Scalloped Circle Cardstock

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Thank you card

A Thank You Card I made using Graphic 45 papers and butterfly stamps from Purple Onion Designs.

A close-up:

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Take A Bow

Another Graphic 45 CHA project. This time an altered wooden scalloped page which I can hang on the wall. And what do you know, I found the perfect ribbon to go with these Fashionista papers.

A close-up of the little tag and ribbon embellishments:

A dash of Prima Windsor rose, some lace trim and Basic Grey crystals:

Another view of the project:

And here it is at CHA, along with another of my layouts:

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Basic Grey Gallery

My Ice Cream Card using Basic Grey's Lemonade papers and woolies was recently added to the Basic Grey Gallery.

A close-up:

Saturday, August 1, 2009


Here's one of the layouts I created for Graphic 45 which was displayed at CHA Summer '09. I used the Fashionista line on this. Lots of cutwork and dimension, interspersed with flowers and lace. The title "Go!" sits on a stamped journalling tag from Purple Onion Designs, which I cut out and mounted on foam dots.

A close-up:

The Graphic 45 booth looks really lovely from the photos I've seen. The team did a fantastic job decorating the booth, as always. Here's the section featuring the new CHA Summer releases, which the US girls got to work with. Mine's coming in the mail. :)

Here's the layout section of the Graphic 45 booth:

That's my layout in the bottom corner.

For more photos on the Graphic 45 booth, take a look at the Graphic 45 blog.