This Valentine card that I designed for Graphic 45 is on their blog today.  I created this with their Off to the Races paper collection which normally you wouldn’t associate with a love or Valentine card but the rose images on the paper are so gorgeous.  Plus the ladies in their fabulous race hats are to die for.  The color palette of this collection works stunningly for a Valentine card.

I also used a different technique to alter just a bit the Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Metal Door Plates and I used the same technique on the oval frame that I purchased at the local trade days.  I share tips on how I did this in the post over on the Graphic 45 blog plus more photos of my card.

I have been really busy in the craft room since Christmas.  I’ve designed several different projects for the Graphic 45 booth at the CHA Creativation show last week in Arizona.  I would have loved to have gone to the show just to meet everyone  and to see all the different projects but I still have other projects to create especially for my Graphic 45 Retreat Workshop in April of this year and it’s not a good time of the year to leave our construction business office.

Anyway, I hope you’ll check out this card over on the Graphic 45 blog AND if you’d like to attend my Graphic 45 Workshop Retreat, I still have some openings.  It will be held at the Crafty Creations Retreat house in Mansfield, Texas on April 6-9, 2017.  You can arrive as early as 10:00 a.m. that Thursday and leave by 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.  The cost per person is $275 with $85 of that payable as a non-refundable deposit to hold your place.  Our first project will be on Thursday evening but you can come and work on other projects that you might want to work on during the times we are not doing a Graphic 45 project.  I have plans for at least 4 projects plus Make & Takes  and the retreat fee includes the Graphic 45 supplies you will need for those projects plus a door prize each day and a goody bag. All meals except for Thursday lunch are also included. Let me know if you might like to attend.

Happy Crafting!


After a day and a half in the office doing fun stuff like Payroll Tax Reports–940, 941, W2, W3, TEC etc.  I got to spend the afternoon today in the crafty room and then I went outside for a walk for an hour because our weather is so nice.  I intended to work on one of the projects for my upcoming Graphic 45 Workshop Retreat but there was an unfinished Gypsy Soul Laser Cut project on my work table and I decided to finish that.  And I did.  It won’t be on their blog or mine until February 1st but I thought I’d give a little glimpse of it to see if you could figure out what it is.

I may to get to work more on projects tonight but for sure tomorrow and maybe I’ll have a rare Saturday or Sunday blog post for you.

Have a great weekend and…

Happy Crafting!

February will soon be here–the month of love and Valentines!  Today I’ve shared a beautiful Valentine Wreath on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog using several of their different chipboard sets and a chipboard wreath base.  I had so much fun creating this and it was really easy.  The chipboard wreath base is wrapped with ribbon and all the chipboard hearts are finished with either embossing powder or Nuvo Embellishment Mousse Rub.  I even found a bit of vintage Graphic 45 paper to use on this!  I know I’ve had this little bag of scrap paper for several years. I’m not even sure when this collection came out but I kept the leftover cut outs and they were perfect for this wreath.

To see more photos of this project, the YouTube Tutorial Video and the Supply List, just click >HERE to go over to the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog<  I’ll be checking to see if anyone goes and takes a look so please do leave me a comment over there.

Here’s one more close up photo:

Happy Crafting!

Graphic 45 Workshop Retreat Update! Scroll Down…

Hello everyone.  If you have already sent in your $85 deposit–thank you so much!!  And if you indicated interest but have not paid a deposit, please note that your place and lodging room is not guaranteed until deposit is received.  Two bedrooms in the house have already been filled!

I also wanted to let you all know that I have put pencil to paper and I’m excited to share that you will be doing FOUR Graphic 45 projects during this fabulous workshop weekend and all of the Graphic 45 supplies for those projects are included in your fee!

  1. Portrait of a Lady Card Folio with 6 beautiful cards
  2. Nature Sketchbook Mini Box Album
  3. Cafe’ Parisian Treasure Box  OR Nature Sketchbook Treasure Box*
  4. Vintage Hollywood Passport Album with bonus Train Case

I will be sharing photos of these as soon as I have the sample projects completed.  I have to wait until I receive the newest paper collections before I can even start on those but hope to have them soon!  The Cafe’ Parisian Treasure Box is shown in the flyer photo above.  *I will have base album kits available for purchase that will fit inside  your treasure box if you want an album for your project.  The album kits are an extra cost and are pre-cut chipboard plus cardstock.  You should have plenty of patterned paper from your Graphic 45 collection that comes with the box to finish the album.

I’m so excited to be hosting this retreat and sharing with you my love of all things Graphic 45!    If I have any openings for Day Croppers, that will be announced at a later date depending on space availability and kits available.

Please contact me if you’d like to register (deposit may be paid by check or Paypal) or if you have any questions.

Happy Crafting

Hello! It’s time again for another card challenge over on the Cards in Envy blog.  This time the theme is any occasion as long as it is pink & gray which means it’s a color card challenge.  I decided to go with something appropriate for the upcoming month of love–February.  This card would be a great Valentine but then you could use it any time of the year too.

For this one, I pulled out an older 12×12 paper collection–Pink Paislee’s Secret Crush as it definitely had pink and gray patterns that I could use for the card.  I decided to take several different rectangle and oval dies and cut out layers and used a mish mash of those shapes to create this card.  I inked the edges of the gray papers with Prima Ink Vintage Pink and the edges of the pink papers with Prima’s Worn Jeans (gray color).  A few punched hearts out of the paper and inked in pink (the paper has tiny gray squares) pulled the layers together as did the gray bow tied from seam binding ribbon.  The sentiment is also cut out of the paper and attached with foam squares while the layered piece is attached to the white cardstock base with foam tape.  I used 3 in 1 glue to attach all the layers together. The small hearts are a Stampin’ Up! punch that I’ve had for quite some time.

Here you can see a close up of the inking around the edges.


You’ll notice that I offset the rectangle layers and then layered the oval on top of those.  I like how it turned out.

I invite each of you, if you make cards, to pull out some pink & gray and create a card for this challenge.  Remember it must be flat enough to go in an envelope for mailing but can be any size and any shape.  The challenge runs until February 5th and you’ll find more details over on Cards in Envy.

Happy Crafting!