Before we know it, June will be here and Father’s Day. Maybe you have a hard time thinking of a gift and would like to make something.  Perhaps this Father’s Day Mini Album I designed for Graphic 45 will be just what you need!  As a designer for Graphic 45, the month of May was my turn to create a Simply G45 project for the newsletter.  That means the project needs to be simple, using mostly Graphic 45 products and easily completed in 60 minutes or less.  This is what I designed and yes, it can be completed in less than an hour as I made two to time myself.  It only uses ONE sheet of 12×12 cardstock and one large Graphic 45 tag for the base of the album  and then you can use scraps of your chosen paper collection to finish it up.

Check it out on the Graphic 45 newsletter and if you don’t get the newsletter in your inbox (email), make sure you sign up on their mailing list as they do send out a newsletter several times a month with a challenge and fabulous projects/tutorials.

Just click on the highlighted link to read it in your browser >  May 18, 2017 Simply G45 Project Newsletter

I have a Snapguide tutorial with step by step photos for this mini album so you can easily create your own.

Snapguide Father’s Day Mini Album

Here’s what it looks like opened up:

This really will make a great gift!

Happy Crafting!



The tutorial on how to assemble the album covers and make the pages for the little mini albums for the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Mini Cabinet that I shared a few weeks ago is up on their blog today.  These little albums fit inside the cabinet and I tied button string with a charm on the spine of all fours albums to make it easier to pull one out of the cabinet.  This was such a fun little project and I hope you’ll check it out on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today.

This Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts kit {Mini Album Display Case # C51M) would work with any Graphic 45 papers that are currently available.  I did mine up with the beautiful Botanical Tea Collection which is currently retired but you never know when it might make a comeback as a Deluxe Collector’s Edition.

Anyway, this concludes my May projects for GSL.  I’ll be back on their blog June 7th with something new.

Happy Crafting!

As promised last week, here is my treasure box finished in the retired Graphic 45 Mother Goose collection.  Isn’t it adorable??!! For this one I added a chipboard frame piece that I wrapped in the yellow paper from the collection.  Then I added the Mother Goose pattern from the signature piece inside of the frame plus some flowers, ribbon and chipboard pieces.  If you like this treasure box, I am teaching a class on how to make it this Saturday, May 20th at Flossie Scrapper in Joshua, Texas.  However, the ones completed in class will be in the Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Collection NOT  Mother Goose.  But if you love this one AND have been hording a pack or two of the  Mother Goose, you can certainly make another box with the instructions that come with the class kit.  The class fee is $60 and you do have to register and pay Vicky at the store by Thursday so I can get your kit cut for you.  Call the store at (817) 295-7100

And now a bit about my “photo studio” set up.  I really don’t have a studio but do have special lights and now a special backdrop to photograph my finished craft projects.  In addition to my crafting room upstairs, I also have a quilt/sewing room. However I have not had the time nor the inclination to sew or quilt so I’ve been using the extra space in there to photograph projects.  It has a nice large, white table (bar height) for a cutting table that my husband made for me several years ago.  It’s two Closet Maid shelf units (purchased at Home Depot or Lowe’s) with a Melamine top cut to fit.  This gives me lots of cubby hole storage places on both ends .  I already had the two large soft box photography lamps (given to me by our daughter when she no longer needed them in a photography studio).  They each are on stands and I can move them around as needed.  But until last week, I did not have a backdrop stand.  I improvised a lot and used different things like white foam core board for my background.  On Etsy I found several floor background stands made out of PVC pipe for baby photography and thought “why wouldn’t something like this but shorter work for a backdrop on top of my table?”  The stands on Etsy sell for $75 each.  I showed the photo to my husband and he made it for me for around $10.  You do need a hacksaw to cut the PVC but if you have one or someone who can cut the pipe for you, you can assemble it yourself. He used 1/2″ white PVC pipe, two “T” joints and two “Elbow” joints. The white fabric I’m using as the backdrop area is vinyl and I did buy it on Etsy.  I clip it to the top PVC pipe of the stand.  I can also take it apart and store it away in a closet and it’s easy to put back together.  Take a look at it in action in the photos below.


And with the set up above and a good camera (I use a Canon 5D but my iPhone 6 plus works really good too), you’ll have a product photo like this…

Easy Peasy.

Happy Crafting!




Well here we are.  Halfway through the month of May!  It got really, really warm here in Texas yesterday and today will probably be the same–over 90 degrees.  Yes the air conditioner is running here at our house. But it has been now anyway for over a month.  If it’s cool enough it just doesn’t run but I leave it on as we can’t open windows because of allergies–me especially. Yesterday was Mother’s Day and Eddie’s birthday.   The big 70.  Mercy! Where has the time gone!! No big celebration.  He took his Dad fishing (who’s 94 by the way) out at the lake in the boat. Then he came home and we went out for lunch/dinner and later lit the candles and had his favorite cake.  Between that, we visited his Aunt Mary who is 92 to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day.  Me? I don’t do much on Mother’s Day.  A simple Happy Day greeting is good enough for me as long as I don’t have to cook (except for that birthday cake) and I get to dabble a bit in the craft room. I stayed off the computer which is nice now and then and enjoyed a quiet day.

Today we start a new challenge for Cards in Envy.  Hopefully it will be a popular one as it’s really an “Anything Goes” with a Favorite Color Combo theme. I love to create cards with pink and had to think about what colors I like to use with pink. Usually it’s a teal color but I wanted to do flowers and for flowers I like blue with pink and a touch of yellow. I decided to play around with a different technique this time and did a bit of water coloring.  I really like how it turned out.

Here’s the list of what I used to create this card:

  • Smooth Heavy White Card Stock
  • Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink–permanent & waterproof (with water coloring you don’t want your stamped image to bleed)
  • Stampendous Acrylic Stamp Sets–Daisy Thanks & Happy Messages
  • Misti Stamp Tool
  • Zig Clean Color Real Brush Water Color Pens (Yellow, Pink, Haze Blue)
  • Water Brush Pen

If you have never tried water coloring, I invite you to give it a try. I love how the water coloring is also a part of the background behind the flowers.  But even if you don’t want to do water coloring, I hope you’ll create a card for the Cards in Envy challenge. Use your own fav color combo but make sure your card is flat enough to fit in an “envy” for mailing.

Happy Crafting!

Happy Friday! Boy it’s a windy one today here in North Texas.  That wind whistling outside makes me think of early March. Really. Hasn’t anyone told Mother Nature that it’s May!!!

Speaking of Mother Nature, how about a Nature Sketchbook Treasure Box class?  This post is mainly for those of you who live in North Texas area but if you live anywhere close enough to drive or fly, I’d love to have you at my class on Saturday, May 20th at Flossie Scrapper in Joshua, Texas.  It’s an all day class and starts at 10:30 a.m. so you don’t have to get up too terribly early (unless you are driving from afar).  We will break for lunch so you can go out for a fast food meal or bring your own if you like–there’s a fridge and microwave in the kitchen area off the class room.  Cost is $60 and it includes a pre-cut kit of chipboard and decorative paper. You will need to do a bit of scoring on your own for the construction hinges as this is a big box and needs to be assembled that way.  You will leave class with a finished project! (Unless you decide to add more embellishments.)  You could use it to store extra photos, mementos, letters, cards or a mini album.  For more info and what you need to bring, click >Here< for the Facebook pinned post at Flossie Scrapper Fans (you may have to ask to join) and give the store a call to sign up.  (817-295-7100 ) With the class kit you will get a full color instruction booklet so you can make more on your own–these make great gifts!  I’ve just finished an adorable Mother Goose one from an retired Graphic 45 collection and I must say it is super cute! So think baby gifts, wedding gifts etc.  I’ll try to share a photo of it in a separate post next week.

I hope you each have a wonderful, crafty weekend and a Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Crafting!!

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