Hello, I hope you had a fabulous weekend!  Today, Graphic 45 introduces a new, fun challenge for three of their Brand Ambassadors.  I’m participating in this first challenge called “3×3 Craft Challenge.”  Three Brand Ambassadors are to create a project using three Graphic 45 products.  This time we were asked to use:

  1. Graphic 45 Kraft Deep Square Matchbox
  2. Graphic 45 Prints & Solids Pad, 12×12 (Any Collection)
  3. Graphic 45 Tags & Pockets

I decided to use the Midnight Masquerade collection and create a Spool Wheel Case with a miniature scene inside.  The challenge on this one for me was creating a project with product that had no “images” for fussy cutting. But guess what? You can fussy cut the images in the Tags & Pockets and they are extra sturdy and work great for images that need to stand and for layering.

I love how this project turned out!  I used several different metal and jewelry findings that I’ve collected from the junk store. Plus beads to create the mini perfume bottles that are inside the box.

There are more photos of my project in the Graphic 45 blog post today. I’m excited to see what fellow Brand Ambassadors Marina & Katelyn created for this challenge. On the G45 blog you’ll note that in my blurb, a couple of times, I call this the”craft basket challenge” as that was it’s original name but last week it was changed to “3×3” and I forgot to update the text for my project. But it is definitely the new 3×3 Graphic 45 challenge and if you comment on their blog posts this week, you’ll win a fabulous prize worth $95!!  Do check it out!

Happy Crafting!

Well, hello.  Finally I find the time to write my post for this weeks’ Finish it Friday.  It’s been a Friday of finishing things up or starting things or something.  Ha, ha.  I’ve finished cutting kits for my class tomorrow, I finished bagging those kits, I finished picking up the instruction copies for that class and I’ve finished packing for tomorrow.  I finished ordering the air conditioner people to come out and check one of our units on this the hottest day of the season (so far) and we are ordering a new attic unit. Ugh–it’s not the main part of the house where I’m at but still…. I finished ordering and paying for a Port-a-pot to be set up outside. Yes. You read that right.  Roofers are starting on our new metal roof Monday or Tuesday and we want to be sure they have a place to “go.”  I finished all the invoices for this week and finished making all the check deposits.  Whew. That’s a lot of Finish it Friday!  And now I’m taking a few minutes to share with you my next Finish it Friday project.  I’m hoping to work on it Sunday but I have other deadlines so not sure how that will go but I will update you next Friday if I got anything done on this one.  It’s not an old unfinished project as I started on it National Scrapbook Day of this year but it is one that I want to get done!

It’s an adorable album in a box created from card stock and patterned paper.  The tutorial is online through Country Craft Creations’ Facebook Page.  I’m using Authentique’s “Fabulous” paper collection.  Love the patterns and colors.  I haven’t really looked at my box album since I started working on it but I think maybe I assembled it wrong, not that it matters but I’m pretty sure mine does not open the same as the one in the tutorial.  See, even I make mistakes but it’s okay and if I hadn’t told you, you would not have known.  So that’s it, my next Finish it Friday project and all the ribbon and stuff I may put in it.  I hope you get a chance to craft this weekend whether it’s a card, layout, mini album, tag or home decor. Just have fun and stay cool!

Happy Crafting!

P.S. I’ll have a fun blog post on Monday featuring my other June Graphic 45 project.  It’s something I created for their new 3×3 Craft Challenge, check out their blog post (and mine) on Monday.

Today’s an exciting day for me!  I know I’ve already shared that I will be on the Graphic 45 Design Team for another year but today is the day that the spotlight is on me on their blog.  Along with some details and fun facts about me, I share this Cafe Parisian Travel Journal that I created  and a tutorial video on how you can create one using Eileen Hull’s Travel Journal Die on your Big Shot.  All of the Graphic 45 Designers from last year (except those few who had already served 2 years) are returning for another year and we were given the new name of Brand Ambassador rather than Designer.  There are new and exciting things that we will be doing as Brand Ambassadors plus you may have already noticed the new Graphic 45 website and blog.

I added in lots of pockets and flaps and a pen holder/memo pad too!

Please visit the Graphic 45 blog today and  leave a comment over there for a chance at this weeks’ fabulous Graphic 45 prize giveaway (winner will be announced tomorrow–Friday).   Just click on the link below.

Graphic 45 New Blog

I hope you will join me throughout the year as I create new projects with the beautiful Graphic 45 papers.  It is my goal to inspire you to create lovely things too with Graphic 45.

Happy Crafting!


Hello everyone! Today’s my turn on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog and I have a quick, fun little project.  I love cats and have quite a few living here at my house. So I thought I’d use the GSL Tiny Matchbox Theatre chipboard kit to make a fun wall hanging that I’m calling the “Cat’s Meow.”  The matchbox is so easy to put together.  I’ve done a YouTube video on how I assembled mine, painted and patterned it with some Graphic 45 Raining Cats & Dogs.  This would make a great gift for any theme that you might have in mind.

Here’s my tutorial:

Supplies Used:

Check out the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts store at gslcuts.com to order several of these very inexpensive Tiny Matchbox Theatre Chipboard kits to have on hand when you need a quick project.  I’ll be back on their blog July 5th with another project.

Happy Crafting!


Hello and Happy Monday to you!  Today there is a  new card challenge over on Cards in Envy.  It’s a hard challenge but an easy challenge too.  How can that be? The theme is White on White.  It’s hard to wrap your brain around using just white on a card and to think of a design.  But once you do, it’s so quick and easy to put together and so very clean looking.  Of course, it is hard to stamp an image in white and a sentiment so it is okay to use black or other color ink for the sentiment and black for a stamped image but don’t color it in.  I went with a die image so everything would stay white except for the sentiment “hello.”

Here’s what I used on my card:

  • White Cardstock
  • Scallop Square Sizzix Die
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Garden Notes Aster Die #1219
  • Stampendous “Hello” Acrylic Stamp from Happy Messages
  • Memento Ink – Pistachio
  • Sheer White Ribbon

There are some wonderful White on White cards by the Designers on the Cards in Envy blog today.  I do hope you’ll check them out and then consider making your own White on White card to share for the challenge.  if you are having a mental block on a design, think about making a wedding card or a snowy winter/Christmas card.  Perhaps that will help you out.

Happy Crafting!

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