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How about a little project Sneak Peek for Friday?  I’ve been finishing up on a project for my July & August classes at Flossie Scrapper.  It’s a two part class because I want the class participants to actually create and finish the whole project with this paper collection and there’s two items to create, so…….it’s a two part class.  We haven’t worked out the details yet, you’ll have to wait a bit for that.  I think I had shared a sneak peek of part of it weeks or months ago but that had to be changed to make both work well together. I really love how it turned out.  This project uses the unique and gorgeous paper collection World’s Fair by Graphic 45.  For mine I also used these lovely Prima flowers in colors that complimented the paper.  If you think you might want the same flowers, I suggest that you check with Vicky and see if she still has these at the store or buy some that have similar colors as flowers are not included in class kits.

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I’m sure you noticed in the above sneak peek photo that the card with the saying on it is upside down. It is and it isn’t. Ha, ha. There’s a reason why it is upside down in this photo. If you look closely you may also see the latch hardware in the left corner. This gives a tiny hint at what this might be.  If you just can’t wait to find out, stop by Flossie Scrapper on National Scrapbook Day weekend, I plan on having it on display by then.  You didn’t know about NSD?  Call Vicky now and check on availability to attend her event!  She’s having a two day crop with Make and Takes, Prizes, snacks and lunch…the cost is $50/day and I’ll be there BOTH days!  It’s a  celebration for NSD and for the store’s anniversary . The crop will be in her new crop room!   Call 817-295-7100 to sign up!  Dates: May 6 & 7th, 2016

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Have a great weekend and Happy Crafting!

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Well, shut the door! Yesterday morning, bright and early, I got an email.  I had been picked for the Graphic 45 Design Team! Say, what??  Yes, me!!! I and 14 others had made the final cut and will be on the team for 2016-17!  There are some new ambassadors too.  It’s all in an announcement post on the Graphic 45 Blog. Check it out. Plus check out the video links to each Designers’ video audition. So many wonderful and beautiful projects all created with Graphic 45!

So now, I must make some decisions.  First up is to upload to my Designer folder three of my favorite projects that I’ve created with Graphic 45.  Now, that is going to be hard! This is for the post that will introduce me to all of you Graphic 45 fans and followers.  I’m going to try to figure it out and upload my photos in the next day or so.  For sure, I think one will be this Le Cirque wagon that I designed.

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I’ve made circus wagons out of other paper and have even made a gypsy wagon but this one, this was my first wagon that I designed.  I thought of  it and designed it back in the spring of 2014 and my search for the elusive Graphic 45 Le Cirque papers began.  When the paper first came out, I didn’t pay attention and I didn’t buy it!  Here’s a bit of advice from me…never, ever not buy a collection because you think you might not need it.  Some day you may and by then you may not be able to find it!

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Well, it took me many months to finally find enough to buy on Ebay to finish the wagon.  I had to keep searching to get what I needed for the album.  And then in the end, I ended up using a few papers from other Graphic 45 collections to finish the pages of the album. I think I ended up using some of the beautiful Botanical collection. And it worked beautifully!  The colors and designs of some of the Graphic 45 collections can be mingled together for a truly beautiful finished project!  After starting this in April of 2014, it was finally finished in March of 2016!!

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The album fits inside the wagon as shown below.

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And the front of it is kept very simple with no decorations so it will slide easily into the wagon.

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So the first page in the album became my beautifully decorated piece as well as some of the other pages in the book.

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This is an amazing collection and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that some day Graphic 45 will re-introduce it! Wouldn’t that be wonderful?!!

I want to thank everyone on Facebook, my blog and my YouTube channel for their wonderful words of encouragement and congratulations!  And I especially want to thank Graphic 45 for picking me and I’m so excited for the year of creating with this wonderful paper that I’m about to embark on!  What a wonderful opportunity! Thank you, thank you!

Happy Crafting!

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Today’s the big day on Graphic 45! The 2016 Design Team will be announced.  As I type and schedule this blog post, I have no idea if I made it or not.  But you know what?  I will celebrate today either way and be thrilled for everyone on the team.  It is definitely a day to celebrate! But this card is a birthday card.  I made it after I colored up the digi image while testing out my Copic pens and decided to use it for a follow-up blog post for the current Cards in Envy challenge to remind you all that we’d love for you to make and share a birthday card for “Another Year Older.” You have the rest of this week, until Sunday, to make a card, share it on your own blog and link it to our challenge.  We love seeing everyone’s cards and hope more of you will join in on the fun. Remember, cards can now be any size and any shape as long as it’s flat enough to fit in an envelope for mailing.

For this card, I used 6×6 papers from Doodlebug “Take Note” and Bo Bunny “Surprise” collections.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink’s Mixed Messages set and I again used Lilac Posies Memento Ink Stamp pad.  The ribbon is a simple grosgrain from my stash. The image is one that I already had printed up and it is a digital one but I can’t remember who the artist is. If you recognize it, let me know.

Boy, it’s hard to believe that this is the last week of April! This year is certainly moving by way too fast!  I’m off now to go read the Graphic 45 blog post to see who all made the design team!

Happy Crafting,

Earth-Day-Card

Earth Day started back in 1970.  I don’t remember much about it but as the years have gone by I’ve tried to be aware of the issues depleting our planet Earth.  I know what little I do barely scratches the surface.   It has been a challenge for many years for us to just recycle our trash out where we live.  For several years we’ve recycled cardboard and some plastics and glass by taking it out to the recycle dumpsters provided by our county but then they stopped accepting recyclables. So we had to get creative and for now have a way to recycle all paper, cardboard, plastics, glass and tin.  Finally tin. We couldn’t recycle that before!  We don’t use pesticides on our plants and let our grass cuttings go back to the ground for the most part. And we never water our lawn. But as I said, it’s not nearly enough.  But I think if everyone did something. Anything. It might make a big difference in how long our resources will last.  I know that with my crafting that I use a lot of paper that I’ve purchased which means trees have been used for that paper but at least what I make, I keep or turn into a gift for others.  I do have a lot of paper waste or scraps and try to recycle that which is large enough or keep it for other projects.  I’ve also been known to donate paper to groups that need it for scrapbooking rather than tossing it in the trash when I no longer want/need it.  It would be great, though, if there was a company that made their scrapbook paper from recycled paper.  Does anyone one know if any of them do?  It would be nice to know.

But anyway, I made this card for Earth Day.  It was for a monthly challenge for a Facebook group I’m a member of.  We were to use “Earth” colors such as Brown, Light Orange, Light Olive Green, Pale Yellow and Teal Blue. I think I’ve used all those colors! I found the cute digital image and sentiment on an Earth Day coloring page site.  I colored mine with Copic Markers.  The papers are from one of my Simon Says Stamps card kits, 6×6 size.  I also used some May Arts Button twine and a bit of Dandelion Yellow Nuvo Crystal Drops.  The flower on the twine bow is a punch that I have. I don’t know what I’m going to really do with the card except put it in my card stash box and use it here to wish each of you a Happy Earth Day and…

Happy Crafting,

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Saturday I taught my class on the 8×8 album made from an 8×8 paper pad at Flossie Scrapper (scrapbook store).  It was a great class with everyone finishing their album (with patterned papers on it) and even doing a bit of decorating on the front!  This a different type of album than what I usually design and teach.  But it is perfect for those just starting to dabble in paper crafting and it is totally awesome as a gift because you can make it so quickly and use so much less product!  This album shown here is not the one that I have on display at the store but the one that I made the night before the class to show how quickly you can make it.

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When I decided to make it, I grabbed the leftover A4 paper pad I had of Prima’s gorgeous Tales of You and Me collection. (Yes, I had to cut my papers to 8×8 as an A4 is bigger.)  This collection has been SO popular.  It’s a Frank Garcia design and everyone wanted it and it’s so beautiful!  I’m not biased because of the pinks at all—wait, yes I am. Ha, ha. But as I was getting along with the the album I suddenly realized I didn’t have enough of the paper.  Oh well, I just went to my stash of papers and found some that had colors and generic prints like stripes, dots and such to finish it.  I added in a few scraps from the Tales of You and Me collection to those papers and Voila! I love it! That’s one of the prints below that are not from the collection, so I added a belly band made with paper from the collection and it worked together beautifully!

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I took a photo of almost every page in the book so you can see the details of this gorgeous paper.

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For the class on Saturday, each attendee was to choose an 8×8 paper pad from the store as part of their class kit.  And without seeing this album first, most of them picked this same paper! And then they bought the flowers, chipboard stickers etc.  Needless to say, the store is now depleted of this collection.  Anyway, if you are looking for a quick yet beautiful album to make as a gift for one or more people, this might be the one!  It’s made out of two black 12×12 pieces of chipboard for the cover and one 12×12 black cardstock for the hidden hinge (you can find the instructions on how to make a hidden hinge on YouTube by Kathy Orta of Paper Phenomenon.)  The chipboard is cut down to two 8×8  sizes and one 2.5 x 8 piece.  You attach these three pieces together with black Gaffer’s tape or black Gorilla tape (1″ size).  Add in your hidden hinge and then create your sleeve pocket pages out of 8×8 papers!  So simple!!  And what’s great about this design is that you can change the sizes and use a 6×6 paper pad instead for an even cuter little album!  If I get a chance, I’ll do a tutorial video on this the next time I put one together.

We’ve had LOTS of rain this week! Here’s hoping we have a few days now to dry out!  Oh yes! If you are still looking for a place to celebrate National Scrapbook Day, make sure you check out the event planned by Flossie Scrapper!  Vicky has a new crop room and is hosting a special crop for Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7.  It’s $50 each day and you can go to one or both (as long as it hasn’t filled up yet!).  I’m going both Friday AND Saturday! Whoo Hoo! I’d love to see you there if you are local or in the North Texas area.  Call the store for more details and to sign up:   (817) 295-7100  The store and crop room is located at: 3509 S.W. Wilshire Blvd (Hwy 174), Joshua, Texas.  (Between Burleson and Joshua)

Happy Crafting!