Hello everyone!  I’m excited to share with you today my Portrait of a Lady Cardfolio and cards that will be one of the projects for my Graphic 45 Workshop Retreat in April!  If you’ve already signed up for the retreat, I hope you love this project and will be excited to create it!  This will be our first project for the retreat and we will start on it at 7:00 p.m. right after dinner on Thursday night.  I will be sending out more retreat details in an email within the next week or so with our project schedule but I do want you to know that you can arrive anytime on Thursday, April 6th after 10:00 a.m.  Lunch will be on your own and you can work on any crafty project that you’d like to bring.  This will be one of our free crafting times as we wait for everyone to arrive.

This Cardfolio holds six A2 cards and envelopes.  You will receive all the materials–flowers, ribbon, cardstock and Portrait of a Lady papers plus instructions to create this and all six cards. You’ll even get the envelopes! Here it is opened up with all the cards inside.

So that the cards will fit in the Cardfolio and also in the envelopes for mailing, they are created relatively flat.  If you think you might want to add any thicker embellishments or chipboard pieces, you will have to bring your own for that. The matching chipboard sets for this collection can be purchased at Flossie Scrapper in Joshua, Texas about 25 minutes from the retreat house in Mansfield.

For those of you who cannot stay overnight at the retreat, I do have a couple of “day cropper” openings for this project on a first come, first served basis.  The cost for this project kit is $45.00 and you can come work on it with the others from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Thursday, April 6th only.  Payment for the workshop and supplies must be paid in full to hold your spot.  (Non-refundable) If interested, let me know so I can send you a Paypal invoice.  There are no meals included with this project but you will be eligible for the door prize during this session!

I will be announcing other “day cropper” sessions for the other projects in the next week or so. Also, if you think you might be interested in staying for the whole retreat, contact me asap so I can see if I can work you in or not.

This week I will be finishing up on the Train Case with a mini Passport album. That will be one of our Saturday projects.  I’ll share as soon as I have it finished and photos taken.

Happy Crafting!

We have a color card challenge this time over on Cards in Envy!  Red and Blue cards, any occasion.  I decided to go with a birthday card created from my Graphic 45 stash.  I love how this turned out with lots of layering and yet, still flat enough to go in an envelope for mailing.

Here in the USA, traditionally, you think of red & blue for patriotic cards and the 4th of July but it is really a great color combination for any occasion.

Below is a list of the supplies I used:

  • White Cardstock Base
  • Graphic 45 6×6 Time to Flourish Patterns/Solids Paper Pad
  • Graphic 45 Children’s Hour 12×12 Sticker Sheet
  • Button Twine
  • Beacon’s 3-in-1 Glue
  • Red Flat Back Pearls
  • Foam Tape
  • Glossy Accents
  • Wink of Stella, Clear

Thank you so much for stopping by and do check  out the card challenge over on Cards in Envy.  I don’t normally have a blog post over the weekend but I did yesterday as my  Graphic 45 “Follow Your Butterflies” project was on their blog, so please check it out by scrolling down or clicking on the blog post title below.

Happy Crafting!

One of the February Graphic 45 designer assignments was to create a frame or wall hanging using a favorite quote.  I have many favorite quotes but really loved this one:  “Follow Your Butterflies.” It seemed perfect for any of the many Graphic 45 collections that featured butterflies.  But for my framed piece, I decided to use the beautiful Botanicabella paper collection.

Here are  a couple of closeups of the quote sections of the frame.


I fussy cut out the butterflies from the paper and added them to the frame and the sections.  This is a purchased frame that I bought new and then sanded to distress it a bit.  I have a YouTube tutorial video to show you how I created this piece.

I invite you to check out my project over on the Graphic 45 blog along with an altered tray by Olga.  There are more details over there about both projects.

Happy Crafting!


Happy Day after Valentines!  I hope how ever you like to celebrate (or not) that you did have a wonderful day yesterday.  This card is not a Valentine card though it could have been but it is a romantic card or at least I think it is because of it’s soft, vintage colors.

I created this card for my blog post over on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today.  Click >HERE< to read that post and for my SnapGuide tutorial on how to finish the chipboard pieces from GSL and create the card.

I have not been able to do much crafting or sharing lately. I have been sick for the past week with allergies (thanks Mountain Cedar) and upper respiratory infection (coughing ALL the time it seems). I’m getting better a little each day but still very tiring.  More project supplies have come in for my upcoming Graphic 45 retreat in April and I’m slowly getting a couple more of the projects samples done. Hoping to share at least one maybe two later this week.

So for now this is what I’ve got to share.  Do click over to Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts to check out my post and tutorial.

Happy Crafting!

I was so excited back in December to receive a special package from Graphic 45!  Inside, fresh from their printers, were 12×12 papers of the newest collections that would be introduced at the CHA Show Creativation in January.   All of the USA designers were sworn to secrecy and invited to create projects to send in for display at the show!  I was just wowed with the gorgeous Midnight Masquerade collection and the newly designed Graphic 45 Square Tag and Pocket Album.  So I set about creating a Mardi Gras album!  It came together so easily because of the stunning paper designs and colors.  The collection was so new that the chipboard sets and other ephemera were not available so I created my own flowers and embellishments from the papers.  This is the first time I’ve made an album with the Square Tag and Pocket Album.  It has lots of pages and pockets where you can add a wonderful assortment of photos.

You will find my album featured on the Graphic 45 blog today where I’ve shared my supply list as well as more photos. Not only was my album on display in the fabulous and beautiful Graphic 45 booth in Phoenix for Creativation but it was also taken and put on display at the Creative World show in Frankfurt, Germany-(I spied it in a video!)

This collection will be arriving in stores this month, I hope you’ll check it out. Call your LSS and ask when they will have it on their shelves.  I’m positive that you will not be disappointed with this collection and you will be happy with whatever you decide to create with it.

Happy Crafting!