Thursday, December 19, 2013

Pop-Up Christmas Card

Here's the Graphic 45 Christmas card I created for Paper Crafter's Library in full.

The cover of the card with the Twelve Days of Christmas lyrics.

Opening up the card...

A holiday greeting behind the pop-up elements...

Pears, partridge, geese, doves, swans, lords and ladies...

List of Supplies:

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas - Twelve Days of Christmas, Holly & Ivy, Pear Tree, My True Love
Ribbon - May Arts

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Paper Crafter's Library Feature Artist

I'm the featured artist over at Paper Crafter's Library today, thanks to Graphic 45. Here's a sneak of what I created for the feature.

With Christmas upon us soon, I created a 3D Christmas card using Graphic 45's Twelve Days of Christmas collection. For the full reveal, check out Paper Crafter's Library blog by clicking the link here: Paper Crafter's Library blog

Happy Christmas crafting!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Dream Card

This is a sweet little card created using mostly Graphic 45’s Mother Goose collection. The card is accented with Mother Goose die cut flowers which I’ve layered with 3D foam dots to give them more dimension. Some fussy cut flowers add to the colourful floral cluster.

                                                                Mother Goose Alphabet Stickers

Steampunk Spells Handbound Journal

I've been away on holidays in England and Scotland, which explains why I haven't been updating the blog. But I'm back. :)

I'm going to start by updating the blog with some projects which have gone up in the Graphic 45 blog.

I had a great time creating this Steampunk Spells handbound journal from scratch. The signatures are stitched onto the spine in a buttonhole bookbinding method, using two-toned twine. The Steampunk Spells patterned papers from the inside pages peek out through the buttonhole on the spine, while a Staples ornate metal key and chipboard dangle from the stitches. One of my favourite parts of the journal is the closure I created using a Staples Ornate Metal Key Hole, through which I threaded a couple of strings of suede which end in two little Staples ornate keys. These suede ties hold the journal shut and can double up as bookmarks as well.

Steampunk Spells Patterned Paper - Totally Wicked, Frightful Folly, Tick-Tock
Steampunk Spells Chipboard 2
Steampunk Spells Alphabet Stickers
Graphic 45 Staples - Ornate Metal Keys
Graphic 45 Staples - Ornate Metal Keyholes
Timeless Twine

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Graphic 45 Staples Bookmark - Tutorial

Here’s a pretty yet practical gift you can make for friends who love to read. It’s a bookmark made from ribbon and some Graphic 45 Staples, chipboard and diecuts. The best part – it’s easy to make and you can get one made really quickly.

Here’s what you’ll need:
Graphic 45 Staples Ornate Metal Key Holes
Graphic 45 Staples Ornate Metal Keys
May Arts ribbon
Jump ring
Stud or brad

  1. Cut your ribbon to desired length and thread it through the top of your Staples Metal Key Hole.

2.  Attach the Staples Ornate Metal Key to the Ornate Metal Key Hole using a jump ring.


3. Secure the end of the ribbon using a brad or a stud. I added a Steampunk Spells Chipboard and Flower to the stud. Done!


Saturday, November 2, 2013

Third Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop

Welcome to the Third Annual Handmade Holidays blog hop!! The best crafters, designers, and makers have come together to create and share  a series of thoughtful, handmade gifts for the holidays during this 3 day blog hop. Our goal is to inspire you to create something from the heart this holiday season as well as share how to use our products in fun, innovative ways. We intend this hop to serve as a resource to you for this holiday season and for years to come.

Hop along to each blog in the list. Each day, from November 1 through November 3, 2013, we’ll be posting a brand new list of blogs to hop to. Comment on each blog, share your favorite posts over social media, and then use the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of each post to enter to win the Grand Prize, a gift basket filled with crafty swag from the companies on the hop! We’re ready to inspire, share, and create – are you ready to hop?

So here's my handmade holiday gift idea. It's an altered candy jar with a Christmas scene at the top of the jar, which you can fill up with your favourite candy for your friends and family.

Want to learn how to recreate this at home? Just read on.

List of Supplies:
The Twelve Days of Christmas collection - 12 Days of Christmas, Christmas Rose, Calling Birds, Swans A Swimming, Joyeux Noel
Twelve Days of Christmas Stickers
Velvet Ribbon
Glass Jar 
Paper flowers

1. Gather your supplies - a glass jar, a couple of doilies, a velvet ribbon and some patterned paper from Graphic 45's The Twelve Days of Christmas collection.

2. Cut two circles from your Graphic 45 patterned paper 12 Days of Christmas. Adhere these to your doilies.

3. Score both circle pieces in the middle, fold and attach them back to back as shown.

4. Place on top of the candy jar lid. This will form the base structure for you to build your candy jar topper on. Adhere a length of velvet ribbon around the side of the lid.

5. Cut out the flower bouquets from Graphic 45's Christmas Rose patterned paper and adhere to the circular base structure. 

6. Attach more flower and other images as desired on the circular base.

7. Attach a strip of Joyeux Noel on top of a strip of Swans A Swimming and adhere this to the middle of the glass jar. Select your favourite sticker from the Twelve Days of Christmas and adhere over the strips.

8. Add some paper roses in matching colours to your candy jar topper and you're done! Now fill up with your favourite candy.

Here's the list of all the other talented creative designers on the blog hop for today. Happy hopping!

Craft Attitude
Donna Salazar Designs
Walnut Hollow
100 Proof Press
ICE Resin
Sizzix – Eileen Hull Designs
Graphic 45 – Romy Veul -
Clearsnap – Steph Ackerman
Sizzix – Tami Mayberry
100 Proof Press – Vicki O’Dell 
ICE Resin - Cindy Cima Edwards
Donna Salazar Designs – Nadia Canizzo
Graphic 45 – Susan Lui  <-- are="" br="" here="" you="">Sizzix - Lorine Mason
Smoothfoam – Lindsay Obermeyer
Donna Salazar Designs – Tracey Sabella
Clearsnap – Meihsia Liu
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Maste washi taped altereds

An altered photo frame and lotion bottle using Maste washi tape. Available at PaperMarket now. :)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Typography Mini Album Tutorial

Here’s a mini album I created using envelopes and Graphic 45’s new Typography collection. The mini album has lots of pockets for you to insert journaling, notes or little mementos from a vacation.

Want to know how to create the mini album? Read on for the tutorial. :)

List of Supplies:

Graphic 45 Typography Patterned Papers – Typography, Inspire, Celebrate, Create, Inscribe, Dream, Journey, Imagine.
Graphic 45 Typography 8x8 paper pad
Scor Pal
Scor Tape

Tutorial Instructions:

1.     You’ll need 6 long envelopes for this mini album. My envelopes measure 9.25” by 5”.

2. Slice the closed end of your envelope off so it measures 9” in length.

3. Score half your envelopes at the 3” mark, and the other half at the 6” mark.

4.  Fold the envelopes at the score lines and line them up alternately to give a semblance of the mini album pages. My mini album pages measure 6” by 5”, folded.

5. Place Scor Tape across the inner edges of the pages, where the binding will be. 

6.  Cover the envelopes with Typography patterned papers. As you can see in the photo, I extended the length of the flap on my envelopes.

7.  Adhere the envelopes together to form the inside pages of the mini album. The mini album will have alternating large and small pockets.

8.  Cut two chipboards measuring 6.25” by 5” for the front and back covers and adhere them to the inside pages.

9.  Cover the front and back chipboard covers with patterned paper. 

10. Cover the spine with burlap. Patterned paper will do just fine too.

 11. Decorate the cover and you're done. :)