Friday, February 25, 2011

Let it Roll with Graphic 45

This is a layout I did for the Soul Scrappers Challenge : Use a train song / Let it Roll and make it reflect the style of Alternative.  This is what I came up with and was picked as one of their top three winners.  All the paper is from Graphic 45...I love that stuff, along with the flowers.  The metal adornments are from Tim Holtz.  I also used Fleur De Lis Die from Spellbinders for the boarder and of course my handy dandy foam tape to bump it all up. 

This picture is so precious to me it's my youngest son and hubbie in front of the Chattanooga Choo Choo in TN.  That's a great weekend trip if you want to take the kids.  The train cars have all been turned into hotel rooms and it's so much fun to or two tops (LOL) night on a train car.  You can also check out places like Rock City, Ruby Falls and The Lost Sea (a little ways a way) from Chattanooga...

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Graphic 45...My Favorite Paper Company

Graphic 45 Stamp, Graphic 45 Ribbon and Various G45 Papers
 I can't tell you how much I LOVE Graphic 45's my favorite. They have such a distinct style about them, that you just have to adore.  I must say, my two dream design teams are Spellbinders (which I almost made this year, but I'll go for again next) and Graphic 45.  When I heard G45 was doing an open call I just about jumped for joy...wish, wish, wish.  This is a collection of some of the Graphic 45 projects I've done.  It's a real mix from layouts, to altered item to cards...a little something for everyone. 

G 45 12 x 12 Layout.  Various G 45 Papers and Graphic 45 Flowers

Once Upon A Spring Time Canister

Metal Brooch /Renissance Paper Leaves

Joy Fold Card

Interior Of Joy Fold Card
12 x 12 Layout Using Various G45 Papers

Various Graphic 45 Papers with metal accents

G45 Card with Handmade Metal Leaves

12 x 12 Layouts Using SteamPunk by Graphic 45


G45 Christmas Tag

G 45 Mini Book with Tags

Tags from Mini Book


Graphic 45 Altered Canister for ABC Designs

Good Morning.  Well I've been busy in my craft cubbie coming up with some beautiful creations with Graphic 45. I just love all of their fact you should see there brand new paper packs that are just rolling out ...YUMMY! 

For Christmas my husband gave me a bottle of my favorite perfume and the container that it came in was just to good to throw away and last night it transformed into this beautiful canister.  I love the way it turned out.  ABC Design Blog is having a Design Team call and I thought this piece would be perfect to enter. 

To create a project similar to this one here are some general directions and links to ABC's store where you can have the supplies shipped directly to you:. 

Cover your base box/canister with Graphic 45 "Once Upon a Springtime" designer paper. Be sure to use a sturdy glue so it will really adhere. 

Use Spellbinders Label Seventeen to cut your front motif out.  Ink the edges with sponge daubers and glue together using EK Success 3D Dots to give that dimension and pop! Pierce a small hole in the bottom middle and add jump ring and pearl bauble to dangle and finish off with ribbon. 

For your top, cut various sized Blossoms from Spellbinders Daisy Heads.  Ink all the edges of the petal and cut in towards the center on some petals and curl with a pierce or other tool, or even between your fingers to give some interest to your layers.  Pierce the center with a hole and attach all the layers together staring with the largest layers on the bottom and working up.  I used a large pearl brad from Kaiser Kraft for the middle of my flower. 

Cut a thin strip of paper and create a loop/circle just a bit smaller than the cap of your canister.  Adhere various sized pearls around the rim for a jeweled look. Glue to the top along with your flower. 

Finish off with ribbon and before you know it you have a beautiful gift. 

Thank you so much for stopping by and please be sure to check out ABC Designs for a Spellbinders, Stamps, Paper and so much more...DISCOUNTED.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Until Next Year, Spellbinders

Last night I received the email I didn't want to and didn't get the I did not make the Spellbinders Design Team.  I have to say I was so disappointed, but I can look at my work and see how much this experience has made me grow.  My work continues to get better and better and next year, I can't wait to try it again and hopefully make the team. 

I'll be sharing my projects that I submitted over the next several days and I'd love to hear your feedback. 

This was my first project.  It's a metal formed pin using thin sheets of metal that I cut with Blossom die and then colored with my copics.  I manipulated the metal to give it it's form...The leaves are chipboard covered with Graphic 45 paper and then inked on the edges and the pearl bauble is from Tim Holtz. 

Thank you so much for all your support, prayers and encouragement during this process.  It's been amazing the friends that have rooted me along...thank you.

Hugs, Lori

Modeled can really tell the size of it from this photo.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Heartfelt Tag

This is a tag I created for Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge.  I first created the base of the tag by cutting 1/2 inch squares and making a mosaic background .  Some of the squares are applied with foam tape and some were glued directly on the base there is a lot of dimension.  You know I love that dimension.  Next I made my flower by using Heartfelt Creations sunflower stamp and versa mark, I embossed in black the images.  Next they were cut out using Blossom #2 Spellbinders Die.  Once the layers were all cut out, I slit each petal so that I could bend and shape each one for a more realistic look.  They were all joined together with foam tape.  Next I stamped my sentiment from the same Heartfelt stamp set and embossed it.  I then used a labels set from Spellbinders to cut it out and then cut one of my Fancy Labels dies from Spellbinders to back it. I punched a hole in the base of my sentiment to attach a jump ring and crystal bauble.  The bauble is from Tim Holtz and I stamped the seed from the Heartfelt set and then glued it on using Liquid Glass from Close to My Heart, then dipped it in some glitter to finish off the background of the crystal.  Lastly I had some Webster's crochet ribbon and attached that to my tag along with a plain black ribbon at the top for a hanger. 

Tags are so much fun and really are so cute to attach to gifts, give one a try today.

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