If you are stopping by for my Cards In Envy “Keep it Simple” card post, it will be on my blog early Tuesday morning, March 7th.  Thank you!

If you like crafting things for St. Patrick’s Day, now’s the time as it will be here soon!  I designed this Luck of the Irish Shadowbox Mini Album using the Graphic 45 ATC Matchbox and their beautiful papers from the Place in Time Deluxe Collector’s Edition.  This opens up to reveal the “mini album” attached inside.  It’s being featured today on the Graphic 45 blog with lots more photos and a Snapguide Tutorial so you can make one too.  When I finished designing this project, I went ahead and did a little bonus project and created a Leprechaun Hat.

Little hats like this would be so cute as a table favor for a St. Patty’s Day party or dinner.  I hope you will head over to the Graphic 45 blog today to see more of my little Irish projects as well as Kathy’s great Staples St. Patrick’s Day treat holders.  And since it’s Monday, that means there should be a new prize giveaway this week on the Graphic 45 blog.

Happy Crafting!

Here it is! The adorable mini train case we will be creating at my Graphic 45 Workshop Retreat in April!  For more info and to sign up, click >HERE<.  This is a different technique for creating a box project.  I saw one on Country Craft Creations and followed along to make a prototype.  I did tweak it just a tiny bit but the basic construction is the same and it is so easy! You’ll love it.  This method was originally designed by Becky Roberts of Inking Idaho.  This box technique is really great for those of you who don’t have a cutter strong enough to cut chipboard.  It’s created out of cardstock and patterned papers (several layers) and is very, very sturdy. And you can cut it all with a regular trimmer!

For those of you signed up for this retreat or thinking of signing up–it is a workshop retreat.  That means that the only “kit”  pre-cut for you is any with chipboard pieces.  At the retreat you will receive full size 12 x 12, 8 1/2 x 11 or 8 x 8 papers for your projects that you will cut and score as instructed.  I feel it’s important that as a papercrafter you learn and get used to cutting out your own projects so you can go on to create more! Plus we have all weekend to get them done!

I designed a mini passport album using the Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood collection that will fit inside your train case and yes, you will be making it too at the workshop retreat! It’s also made out of cardstock by cutting and scoring.  I can’t show you photos of it just yet as I designed it for Graphic 45 and submitted it to them for their blog.  Once it’s been posted, I’ll share photos but don’t worry, you will be able to create it at the April retreat.  Here’s a sneak peek of it inside the train case:

You will be creating 4 main projects at the workshop retreat:  1) Portrait of a Lady Card Folio with six A2 cards, 2) Nature Sketchbook Mini Box Album, 3) Cafe Parisian OR Nature Sketchbook Treasure Box AND Album that fits inside, 4) Vintage Hollywood Train Case and Mini Passport Album.  But that’s not all, I’m gathering supplies for you to do a few mini classes/make & takes such as 1) Learning to tie a pretty bow on your fingers, 2) Making a decorative paper clip for your projects, 3) Fussy Cutting images from paper for embellishments, 4) Creating a Graphic 45 Tag and maybe a few more as I think of them.  It’s going to be lots of fun!  If you’ve been on the fence about signing up, now’s the time!  April 6th will be here before we know it!!

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Hello and Happy March 1st!  I’m hoping for more Spring weather! How about you? Today I’m up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog with this Spring Tag I created and a video tutorial on how you can make one too using the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts fabulous chipboard sets.

Please head over to the blog post over there for more photos, more details, the supply list and of course my video.  If you’ve thought about doing a bit of mixed media but are hesitant, this might help you get started.  It really is easy!

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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!

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