Thursday, October 27, 2011

Graphic 45's New Collection

Hi Everyone
Have you been keeping up with the news on Graphic 45's blog of late. They have been showing off their new collection called "Tropical Travelogue".

Their sticker sheets look amazing and I can't wait to play with this lovely new range.

Today I am featured on Graphic 45's blog. I made Diane a present for her Birthday and sent photos of it to Graphic 45. I still have it here in Australia as I need to do some more work on it before sending it to her.

It is made up of 144 squares of which 40 are photos. The whole piece is about 19inches by 19 inches. I used lots of Imaginarium Designs chipboard. They will be releasing the mini's next month and I will let you know when. The Eiffel tower and dress form is part of the new collection.
Well that's all for today,
thanks for looking

Friday, October 21, 2011

Two Layouts for Graphic 45

Hi Everyone
Hope Life is treating you well. Another busy month, with another big catering job this weekend. I am a Christadelphian and this weekend we have a big get together. It is my job along with a big group of wonderful helpers to cook a hot meal for the Sunday Lunch. Which is great until I tell you how many I have to cook for! 1400 jacket potatoes with the fillings. So 50kg of bacon later and over 16kg of cheese, 20lt sour cream not to mention, pineapple, beetroot, corn, and coleslaw. I love the challenge of making it all happen. Which I couldn't do without all the people who pitch in and help. But back to Graphic 45. I did a couple of layouts for them this month. This one is for Josh. I will share the second one next week, when I have more time.
The Magic of Oz Collection is wonderful. It works so well on all levels, whether it’s layouts or mini projects. This time I used it for a page on my son. As soon as I saw the Scatterbrained Scarecrow I wanted to use it on a layout. I had some photos of Josh taken when he was 12 years old. He decided to have a veggie garden, so he spent the day digging up a patch of our back yard. By the end of the day he was over it. It took Malcolm one whole Saturday morning to fill it all in. I used a sheet of Yellow Brick Road for the base of my layout mounted on black cardstock. I cut a frame from Domestic Goddess- Happy Homemaker. I added black brads in the middle of each flower on the border and worked the rest of my page with the frame. I cut the scarecrow images from Scatterbrained Scarecrow and used foam tape to build them up. I cut the pipe frame as well. The round scarecrow piece came from an 8x8 Magic of Oz pad as the image on the 12x12 paper was too large. I added another square in middle of my layout mated with black bazzill and photos. To finish my page I added corners and a title from Imaginarium Designs. The title was inked with a mixture of inks to get the right colour and sprayed with Iridescent spray to give it a shimmer. I even managed to do some journaling as well!
Materials used
Graphic 45
Magic of Oz – G45 00341 Yellow Brick Road, 2x G4500342 Scatterbrained Scarecrow, G4500340 The Magic of Oz,
Colourbox – Dark Brown fluid chalk
Imaginarium designs - IDC004 Swirl Corners, title “country at Heart”
Black Brads
Memories Mists - Iridescent
Double sided tape, foam tape, and glue.
So thanks for looking, I am still working on the tutorial for my online book. But still hope to start it before the end of the month (fingers crossed)
thanks again

Friday, October 14, 2011

Something Different

Graphic 45 are having a blog hop with Scrapbooking Adhesive. Seriously Scrapbooking are holding a Girls Night In to raise money for Women's Cancer. The first night is booked out and they are holding a second night. Over 50 women will be attending! Each one has been asked to wear a hat or fasinator. I decide to make my own hat using Graphic 45 paper and Scrapbooking Adhesive products. I am not a hat maker and I now know why hats are made of fabric! The Scrapbook Adhesive tape runner was magic for this project. I couldn’t use glue as it would be too wet and take too long to dry, also it would stretch the paper. The tape runner just made the job so much easier.

I cut a large circle out of the paper and made small pleats in it around the edge using the runner to tape them together.
I cut a strip of cardboard to fit around my head and taped the circle inside the crown.
I cut a brim out of a piece of paper and added some pleats in the brim to make it interesting.
The tape runner came with a custom panel in the side of it so you can put in a photo. I put in some of my favorite Graphic 45 paper. I used the piece of paper I took out to use as a template. I cut three dark pieces and three light ones out of the print paper . Use a paint brush and tightly wrap the first petal around the end of a brush.

Spray around the top of the dark petal with water and fold it. Add some tape to the bottom middle of your petal and add to the first petal. Add another dark petal to make the middle of your rose. Once you have four dark petals, you can start adding pale petals. Put some tape halfway down the middle of the petal and each side of the bottom of the petal and wrap it around the last one. Keep repeating until your rose is big enough. You will need to pinch the petals to help them fit. Don’t worry if they tear as you can touch them up with a bit of ink.
When finished your rose should look something like this! You could keep adding more petals to make your rose bigger if you want to. I made three roses and added them to my hat. I tucked some organza ribbon in green to lift the roses and to hide the end of the roses. I added two peacock feathers from Imaginarium Designs sprayed black and a hat pin to finish it off.
I couldn't’t have made this hat without the tape runner from Scrapbook adhesives. It made the job so much easier and the finished project neater. If I had used glue it would have been everywhere! The tape seem to have lasted forever and I only ran out right at the end.
I will post some photos of the Girls Night In with me wearing my Hat.
Materials used
Graphic 45 Once upon a Springtime- Spellbound, woodland fantasy and fairy folk.
Scrapbook Adhesives – my Stik
Colour box ink – rouge
Imaginarium designs – peacock feathers
Hat Pin.

Thanks so much for looking


Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Wow still getting over all the wonderful and amazing comments you all left for me. How I wish I could visit all your own blogs and leave a message for you. Please take this as a personal thank you from me. Graphic 45 are keeping us all hard at work. This week there is another blog hop with Scrapbook Adhesives. Here is what Graphic 45 had to say.
"Another fantastic week of delights is upon us! All this week and next week Graphic 45 will be having a fun blog hop with their pals at Scrapbook Adhesives. You will see some fantastic crafts from the Graphic 45 design team that combine the beauty of Graphic 45 with the brilliance of Scrapbook Adhesives. Plus there's a great blog contest. You could win this amazing prize pack pictured below! A Curtain Call and Le Cirque 8x8 Paper Pad, Flower Staples, Envelope Tag Staples, Scrapbook Adhesives 3D foam squares, 2 E-Z Dots Minis, and a MyStik! Wow! Just venture on over to the Graphic 45 Facebook Page and leave us a comment. Scrapbook Adhesives is also offering a great prize this week! Check out our Facebook page and tell them that Graphic 45 sent you! You can also see fantastic projects on the Scrapbook Adhesives' blog this week as well! Have fun and get inspired with Graphic 45 and Scrapbook Adhesives"! Blog:
So far Nicole and Tara have had their projects feature on the Graphic 45 Blog and their work is jaw dropping good. I am not sure when mine will be featured but I will let you know, you are all in for a bit of a surprise!
I received a box today from Scrapbooking and Beyond, they have returned my book and a copy of their fall magazine in which they featured my "Moments I want to remember". I will post some photos of it for you all in a day or two.
I am busy at the moment finishing off some work for Graphic 45 and some projects for publication but I will let you know more about that later.

Thanks again for all the wonderful comments. I am doing the catering for a wedding this weekend for a friend. A hot roast meal for 180 people - what fun.

Once this is over I will post the page for the 1st page of my book and a list of requirements.

Once again thanks for all the special comments and thanks for looking.