Monday, September 26, 2011

Halloween Time and a blog hop to get Started

Graphic 45 is holding a Halloween Trick or Treat Bag blog hop with all the design team.
Each day you'll see a sneak peek of a fantastic Graphic 45 trick-or-treat bag designed by our design team members. Just click on the link to their blog and you'll be transported to a magical world of craft bliss! See the full unveil the trick-or-treat bags on our featured design team member's blog each day and get inspired by their amazing projects! We are offering two awesome Magic of Oz gift packs as prizes this week! Want the opportunity to win? Just click on over to our featured design team member's blog each day and leave a comment. We will choose two random winners from our design team member's blog comments and announce them on Friday, September 30th! Sound like fun!? You bet it does! Check out this amazing prize! A Magic of Oz 12x12 paper pad, Chipboard Button Staples, 3 chipboards from Imaginarium Designs, and some beautiful bling by Want2Scrap! Remember, there's two chances to win this week! Wow!
This should be great fun with lots of wonderful ideas and creativity to see. Make sure you follow the blog hop each day and leave comments. The more you leave the more chances you have to win. I would love to see lots of comments on my blog for Graphic 45 to choose from. To see all the teams work just click on their name.
Lynette Carrol:
Laura Denison

Robin Shakoor:

Tara Orr:
Sherry Cheever:
Jack & Cat Curio:
Nicole Eccles:
Nancy Wethington:
Hilde Janbroers:
Yuka Hino:
Melanie Forbes:
Goria Stengel:

I was disapointed with how mine photographed. I cut a hole in the middle of my bag so as you filled it, you could see how many sweeties (candy) was in the bag! I used lots of chipboard from Imaginarium Designs. I love the house on top of the Witch, don't forget to leave a comment to win.

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

I am a bit behind and can't seem to catch up!

Graphic 45 and Fiskar are having a blog hop and the Graphic 45 design team have been posting projects using Fiskar products on the blog all week. Please visit Graphic 45's blog and Fiskars and see the wonderful projects been showcased. Today it was my turn along with two of the other wonderful ladies on Graphic 45's team. I decided to do a layout using "once upon a Springtime" papers. I love this collection, the colours are so soft and delicate.
I was wrapped to receive from Fiskar’s some of their punches for a blog hop. I am a big fan and love the border punches. They kindly send me two borders and a squeeze punch. The squeeze punch was in the shape of a postage stamp. Perfect for me as I love stamps.
First I used the ribbon threading punch, I punched a strip of paper 12 inches long and threaded some apricot satin ribbon through it. It was so easy to do.
I got a bit carried away and ended up with two more punched border pieces. The punches work so well and are easy to line up, allowing you to create a continues line of bordered edges on your papers. I love the way using border punches allow you to add lots of detail to your layouts without bulking the page out too much.
I used Enchanted Forest for the base of my layout. I layered all the punched strips on the page. I added more ribbons to hide any joins.
I love the “once upon a springtime frames” . I matted one of the big frames on some cardstock and over the top of my photo. I added a heart topped chipboard fence from Imaginarium designs.
Another frame to the right of the layout balanced it nicely. I added some Prima pearls to create a flight path for the butterflies!
The smaller frame gave me a foundation to build all the other elements on. I added a large chipboard Butterfly with some flowers. I love these butterflies from Imaginarium Designs. They are so tiny and delicate. I used a square from “Enchanted Forest” for a journaling block. I used the photo squeeze punch from Fiskar for my title squares. It nearly fitted the” tiny treasures” postage squares printed on the paper perfectly. I added smaller square of pink “Spellbound” in the middle and some chipboard alphas to spell Anna’s name.
This is one of my favourite photo of Anna. It takes me back many years. At nine months old she could just hold her head up and roll over. My husband took this photo of her and it reminds me of how tiny she was and how clever she thought she was at the time. She has grown into a lovely woman and a much love and valued member of our family. Life would not be the same without her.
Materials used
Graphic 45 Papers
Tiny Treasures
Enchanted Forest
Woodland fantasy
Once upon a springtime
Once upon a springtime Frames.
Fiskar punches, ribbon border, embossing border and squeeze punch
Colourbox inks Olive pastel liquid chalk
Imaginarium deigns
Heart topped fence
Melisa Frances vintage embellishments.
Prima say it with pearls and lace
And don't forget to swing on by the Graphic 45 Facebook page and the Fiskars Facebook page to see more wonderful crafts. Leave a comment on both pages for your chance to win a spectacular prize this week! Just write "Graphic 45 + Fiskars=______" Fill in the blank with your own words and you'll be entered to win! They will choose two random winners from Facebook and their blog and announce them this Friday!
Thanks for looking

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Graphic 45 has just announced their Halloween Rejuvenaiton Challenge! Here is what they had to say about the challenge.
"Fall and Halloween are definitely on the way and we thought it would be fun to have an altered art challenge that's inspired by this colorful season. We're asking you to take an old object and bring it back to life with Graphic 45! We've all got stuff around the house that could use a little dressing up. Maybe it's something you found at a garage sale, thrift store, or even an old item that's been sitting in the basement since forever. We want you to create a beautiful Halloween or Fall-themed altered art project from any old, random objects you might have using Graphic 45 products. It's the perfect craft challenge to jump-start your holiday crafting!
The submission deadline is September 25th. Email submissions to On September 26th all of the submissions will be uploaded to our Facebook photos and you will get to vote for your favorite submission by "Like"-ing it! Voting is from September 26th to 7am on Septmeber 30th. The TWO projects with the most likes win! Winners will be announced on Friday morning at 8am on our Facebook and on our blog.
The prize? You could win our entire Christmas Emporium collection! A 12x12 and 8x8 Paper Pad, both coordinating chipboard die-cuts and one of each cling stamp! That's a $76 USA value! Wow! We can't wait to see what you create!"
What a wonderful prize and having just received the new Christmas Emporium Collection myself to play with, I can tell you the best Christmas collection I have seen so far. So have a go, Graphic 45 and myself would love to see what you come up with.

Halloween is not realy big in Australia, but is catching on!

Sorry for not posting but I have been so busy doing Graphic 45 projects for the blog and classes at Seriously Scrapbooking. In regards to my book I will be teaching here on my blog, I can tell you at this stage the first page will be using the new primer range. I hope over the weekend to finish the page and post a list of materials you will need to have on hand to make the page.

I am featured on the Graphic 45 blog today, so pop over there for a tutorial by me. I hope to post the project and tutorial on my blog tomorrow.

thanks for looking