I love, love, love the Graphic 45 French Country collection! How about you?  It’s been retired for a few years and I’ve almost gone through all my stash of it–I only have a few small sheets left and bits and pieces.  But good news for  French Country paper lovers!  Graphic 45 is bringing it back as a Deluxe Collector’s Edition!!  It will be in stores later in May so be sure to check out your favorite LSS or online store.  This is a mini album that I made with the original collection but I’m thinking it might be time to do a class on this at Flossie Scrapper in Joshua/Burleson, Texas.  I’ll work out the details (need to check the album first) and then get with Vicky and see if that’s a class she’d like for me to do in June or July.  For more information on classes at Flossie Scrapper, you might want to like her Facebook page and join her fan page.

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Next week on the Graphic 45 blog, there will be sneak peeks of the French Country AND the brand new collection, Master Detective!  There will be an “I spy” contest so you’ll want to check that out for a chance to win some of these newest products.  I can’t wait to see the Master Detective Collection!  Below are photos  of the collections from Graphic 45:

So exciting!!  I hope you each have a fabulous weekend and get to do some fun things including crafting. Which I will be doing this afternoon!  Whoo Hoo!!!

Happy Crafting!

Hello! I’m here today to share this tag that I created for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and their blog.  It’s so much fun to see what you can create with different chipboard sets from their store.  This project combined three different chippy sets. Can you guess what the three were?  No?  I share what I used in a supply list AND a YouTube Tutorial Video over in my post today on the  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog. I hope you’ll go check it out!

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There’s just something about pastel colors.  So soft, so pretty and so very Spring like.  The theme for the card challenge starting this week for Cards in Envy is PRETTY PASTELS.  I decided to make a “Thinking of You” card and just use pretty pastel patterns and papers along with pretty ribbon.  Here’s the list of supplies I used:

  • Color Box 12×12 “Homespun” Papers
  • Celebrate Ribbon & Lace
  • Lace Border Punch
  • Black Tuxedo Memento Ink
  • Acrylic Sentiment Stamp from Papertrey Ink, “Vintage Picnic Sayings”

I’m loving making these simple, quick but pretty cards.  Do you like to make simple cards?  Your card does not have to be simple to be in the Cards in Envy challenge but it does have to be made from Pretty Pastels.  I hope you’ll join us!

Happy Crafting!


Good Friday to each of you!  Today I am featured on the Graphic 45 blog with my Easter Basket project.  It was so quick and easy to make  and if you are needing a Easter basket or decor piece this might work for you.  You just make a square box base out of cardstock, decortate the sides with Graphic 45 papers and fill the inside with Easter grass, pretty fussy cut outs from one of the collections, chocolate bunnies, lovely flowers and eggs. And don’t forget to had a paper/ribbon handle.

A supply list of what I used and a tip on how to make a basket are in the Graphic blog post today.  I hope you’ll check it out and leave a comment here and there to let me know you stopped by.  Happy Easter and blessings to you and yours.

Happy Crafting!


Here’s a recap of the weekend.  I arrived at the Crafty Creations Retreat House in Mansfield, Texas last Wednesday to unload the groceries for all our meals and the project supplies.  Later, my friend Barbara arrived to help me set up.  We also ran a few errands and were back at the house to watch Survivor.  We were very happy with who got voted off by the way.

On Thursday, the other 11 retreat attendees began to arrive (Barbara was number 12) we had a full house!  They arrived from local areas like Burleson, Arlington, Grand Prairie, etc.  and from far off places such as  Austin, Colorado and California!  After dining on pizza we started in on our first project around 7 or 7:30 that night–the Portrait of a Lady Card Folio and Cards.  The great thing about a workshop retreat is that you work on your project at your own speed by following the instructions and I get everyone started with  basic steps and how to’s and I’m there for any and all questions.  The photo collage above shows the projects that were worked on over the course of the weekend with some finishing all, or almost all of their projects and others leaving with a good start and plans to finish them at home.  Most of all it was a great time of talking, laughing and creating with others who love Graphic 45 as much as I.  The last car pulled out on Sunday afternoon just before 5 with me heading out as well.  We were all tired I think but made new friends and really enjoyed ourselves and hope to do something similar again together one day.  We all exchanged phone numbers and email addresses to stay in contact.  And I entertained with a tap dance. Not really. Well I tried. Ha, ha.

And to show that some really did get projects done, here’s a photo Cheryl from California sent me once she got home of all that she got done. Fabulous!  What made it really awesome is that I encouraged them to follow the basic construction techniques but to feel free to choose what papers (from the kit collection) they wanted to use and make each project their own and they did wonderful  doing just that as you can see in Cheryl’s photo!

So will I host another one?  Perhaps.  But maybe with less projects (though I love all of these) or maybe for less days and only 1 or 2 projects.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy with how this workshop retreat turned out but I was very tired by the time I got home.  But after a day of resting (and doing laundry) I’m back to catching up with office work and planning in my head my next Graphic 45 project.

I will be featured on Friday on the Graphic 45 blog with a little Easter project and will share here on my blog too.  For now, enjoy this little sneak peek so come back Friday to see what it is!

Thank you so much to each of you who attended my Graphic 45 Workshop Retreat. It really was a blast!!


Happy Crafting!

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