Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Graphic 45 September Project Sheets

Hello, Readers and Graphic 45 Fans! It is time to share the September Graphic 45 monthly project sheets! September is all about the DIY Craft Rolls!
This month we are using the Curiosity Collage and Butterflies DIY Craft Paper for the main project and the Children's Hour Collection for the card projects.

AS a bonus, you get the main project TWO ways!
To print the step-by-step directions for the window shadow frame project, click HEREThe project sheet includes a full supply list, plus step-by-step photo directions! Each month, you will be able to create a mixed media project for an approximate retail cost of $30. 

The metal staples option will be about $10 more. The directions explain how to create the project, and then show you how to add the optional Metal Staples items! This month we are using the Claw Feet for the shadow box project and the Stamped Metal Brads for the card projects.
You can choose to use the shadow box in this orientation and turn it into supply storage!
Here is a peeky at it empty, just waiting for you to fill it up! Use any of the craft rolls to cover your shadow box to match your home decor!
Or, turn the shadow box in this orientation and add photos. (Shown here without the metal feet.)
Those cutie pie kids are part of the Graphic 45 family!
We always have a card class for you, too!

You get a chance to use up your left-over supplies with a second project sheet for creating three cards! If you want to "add-on" the card class, the cost is around $5. If you wish to make ONLY the cards, the retail cost is around $20, plus any Metal Staples you wish to use.

The goal of the card class is to show beginners how to create cards with minimal product and without using a lot of special tools. Plus, this is a great way to show experienced crafters how to use up the scraps and left-overs from the larger class.

Don't miss out on any of the FREE project sheets this year!

January Mon Amour Card Class Project Sheet
February Children's Hour Altered Book Box and Tag Album Project Sheet (with Maria Cole)
February Children's Hour Card Class Project Sheet (with Maria Cole)
March Cityscapes Altered Window Shadow Box Project Sheet
March Cityscapes Card Class Project Sheet
April Enchanted Forest Mixed Media Album Project Sheet (with Maria Cole)
April Enchanted Forest Card Class Project Sheet (with Maria Cole)
May Voyage Beneath the Sea Square Tag and Pocket Album Project Sheet
May Voyage Beneath the Sea Card Class Project Sheet
June A Ladies' Diary Journal Class Project Sheet (with Maria Cole)
June A Ladies' Diary Card Class Project Sheet (with Maria Cole)
July Summer Mix and Mash-up Tag Banner Project Sheet
July World's Fair/Children's Hour Card Class Project Sheet

I will be back with the November project sheets in the beginning of December! Here is a sneaky peeky of what I am working on next....

Sunday, October 16, 2016


 We have a Craft Hoarders Anonymous October Blog Hop Winner!

The winner of this amazing prize is...
Beverly Jordan!
" Gloria, these are fabulous cards!! It's making me want to start my cards today!! Thanks for the inspiration and tutorial so to speak! Love this!!"

Please contact me, using the Contact Form in the right sidebar and I will mail your prize! If I don't hear from the winner within 3 days, I will draw a new winner. 

Thanks for playing along! Come back January 5th, 2017 for the next hop, and more prizes! Make sure you check the full Design Team list for more prizes!

Here is the winner list. Please contact the designer to claim your prize.
Gloria Stengel - Beverly Jordan
Bonnie Garby - Verna Angerhofer
Tracey Sabella - SHartl
Jacquie Southas - Verna
Pam Bray - D. and C
Amber Milone - McStamper
Donna Idlet
Marisa Job - Joan V
Debbie Seyer - Karenladd

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Graciellie Design Fall Fest Blog Hop

Welcome! I am guest designing once again for Graciellie Design’s Digital Stamps!
Today is day 1 of the Fall Fest blog hop. This month Graciellie Design is celebrating with lots of giveaways, sales and inspiration! Each day you'll have the chance to win a digital stamp set of your choice from the Graciellie Design's shop following our blog hops. We've prepared a bunch of beautiful projects for your crafty inspiration so we invite you to join the fun.

Digital stamps are so versatile and easy to use. Plus, they are super affordable! Today I am sharing a card with you using one of Gracie's new sets called Good Thoughts, part of the August 2016 Release. If you purchase the release bundle, you get 6 stamp sets for $20! Individual sets normally sell for around $5. 
I love harvest images and I think that the artwork on this digital stamp is stunning! I ended up printing the main image several times, in different sizes just to see how it would work up into a card. 
I used my Lexmark printer to print the images, because my Epson printer is still malfunctioning. However, the Lexmark has been acting up lately, too! I did get some really great black images, printed on white cardstock. But I also tried some fun things with...well...let's take this one step at a time! {grin}
I colored one image with Copic markers, but when I started to make the card, I had a "mishap"! I did not want to re-color the image, so I ended up fussy cutting around the edges of the image. The finished card is standard A2 size. 
I popped the image off the card front with foam adhesive. I decided to attach the image to a white panel, which I shaded a bit with Copic markers. I used a stitched die template to cut out the white panel. Then I added some lace, ribbon, and twine for a fall statement! 
I added one of the sentiments to the inside of the card. With some extra space for writing a message! 

I wanted to make a second card, because, well, I just wanted to!
I had been playing around with some of the Filters in Photoshop Elements (do NOT ask me which ones!), and I ended up with a white image on a black background. It looked super cool, so I changed one of the sentiments to white text also and added that to the top of the panel. I printed the new image onto white cardstock (I am sure I sucked my black ink dry!) 
Well, remember that my Lexmark is not really working correctly?! I forgot to tell it to use "only black ink" so it printed the image with all the colors to make black, and somehow, the white areas became sort of....colorized! It is so interesting!! I paired the image with some hot pink ribbon. Very HOT!

The Graciellie Designs digital stamp sets can be found HERE for instant download! These digital stamps are ready to print and are perfect for so many kinds of papercrafting projects.

For a chance to win, comment on the blogs listed below. Make sure you stop by Graciellie Design for day 2 and day 3 of the hop for more chances to win! 

Graciellie Design
Barbara Rankin
Autumn Clark 
Gloria Stengel 

Winners will be shared on Graciellie Design's Facebook Page on October 29th. 

Digital stamps: Graciellie Designs Good Thoughts
Die templates: Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
Patterned paper: Echo Park Fall Story
Cardstock: CutCardStock Basis Black, Pop Tones Hot FudgeHammermill Color Copy Digital Cover White 
Lace, ribbon, twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon natural burlap string, ivory/brown/copper plaid ribbon, tan crochet lace , azalea shimmer satin
Buttons: stash
Markers: Copics
Adhesive: ATG tape, hot glue, white glue, foam tape

Friday, October 14, 2016

Christmas Mini with Maya Road

Good morning, Blogger Peeps! I am back with my second October Guest Post for Maya Road! I have created a fun mini album for all your Christmas Instagram photos! (Ok, so I don't actually have Instagram photos, but I do print regular photos that can be cropped to fit!)
I love the idea of doing a little "December Daily" type mini album with little square photos inside! This would be a great project to take to a family holiday party, or other event where people take a lot of photos with mobile phones. You can print the photos at slightly smaller than 4" x 4" and just stick one photo per page!

I covered the album with decorative paper (Graphic 45 St. Nicholas) in a traditional red and green scheme. I wanted to add some pops of gold throughout, and I also added the wood and kraft tones for that vintage look.

I used the G45 8x8 St. Nicholas pad and the matching 12x12 Patterns and Solids pad.
This little 4x4 Binder Book contains 8 chipboard pages, each 4" x 4". The actual mini album is approximately 5" x 4 3/8" with a sturdy metal ring-binding . I covered each chipboard page with the St. Nicholas paper. I won't add any embellishments to the pages until I figure out which photos to use.
I had fun adding lots of little "bits and bobs" to the front of my album. I started by cutting "Noel" with the Maya Road Noel Holiday Die Bundle. I cut the lettering several times and stacked the die cuts together for a bit more dimension. I die cut the tiny snowflakes from the Noel set a few times and added some pizzazz with a gold star and some pearls.
I then began to stack some wood embellishments, starting with the Mini Wood Embroidery Hoop. Next, I added a Wood Beloved Token, which looked like a wreath, but it had a heart in the center. To cover up the heart, I glued a Bronze Christmas Tree Charm to the top of the token. 

To finish off my wood-themed embellishments, I added a Mini Wood Slice, which totally looks like the bottom that you chop off the Christmas tree! I glued the larger snowflakes to the wood slice and topped everything off with a twine bow made from Lemon Yellow Jute and Twine Cording
I decided to add Kraft 4" Square Note Envelopes to the inside front and back covers. I replaced the white twine closures with Tomato Red Twine Cording. For the inside front cover, I added some detail to the envelope with a die cut shape made with the So Deer Steal Die. Mr. Deer is wearing a smart, twine bow!
The inside back cover also has an envelope with a "wonky" tree made with the Noel Holiday Die Bundle. I die cut the tree twice, once from green paper and once from plaid paper. Then I re-assembled the tree.
The spine and back cover are all decorated, too! I added a Saffron Yellow Vintage Crafting Tassel to the spine. The tassel is attached to the inside of the spine with more of the Lemon Yellow Jute and Twine Cording.

Thanks for stopping by today. I had a blast during my guest DT spot! 

Maya Road Supplies:

Cardstock: CutCardStock Basis Black, Basis Natural, Pop Tones Hot Fudge
Printed paper: Graphic 45 St. Nicholas
Pearls: Want2Scrap
Marker: Stampin' Up Glorious Green
Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, ATG tape, white glue, hot glue

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Really Reasonable Ribbon October Blog Hop

The blog is jumping this week! I still have my Blog Candy going, HERE. I will draw the winner on October 16th. But today...

It is ribbon time again! I am here with the Really Reasonable Ribbon October Blog HopYou should be coming to my blog from the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. (For the complete blog list, scroll to the bottom of the post.) After visiting me, hop over to the spectacular Ginny's Blog next! 

Here is a peeky at the RRR September Ribbon Club Assortment. This assortment is called Traditional Christmas Mix.
I really do LOVE traditional Christmas colors! I am very "old school" when it comes to Christmas decor! It is even better when the ribbon perfectly matches the NEW Graphic 45 Christmas Collection, St. Nicholas
I went back to my "roots" and created a Gloria's Kitchen Sink know, where I glue everything except the kitchen sink to the front of the card! This beauty is 5" x 6" and is decorate inside and out. I cannot get enough of Christmas and old-fashioned Santa and plaid ribbon! 
I layered the 5/8" Plaid Christmas Traditions Ribbon with  5/8" Crochet Lace. Then I made a big ol' bow out of the plaid ribbon. I wish I had a huge roll of that ribbon! It is so pretty! 

I added some "junk" to the bow for that Christmas sparkle! The G45 chipboard items are perfect for my card front. 
Of course I had to decorate the inside of the card, too. 
I added more ribbon and some metal bells that I have been hoarding for AGES. There is even a pocket to hold a gift card.
Thanks for stopping by today! Now, hop over to Ginny's Blog to see what she has for you!

Here is the RRR Blog Hop Order in case you get lost!
Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings

Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon October Ribbon Club (5/8" Plaid Christmas Traditions Ribbon5/8" Crochet Lace), Ivory Burlap String 
Cardstock: CutCardStock Basis Black, Classic Crest Natural
Designer paper: Graphic 45 St. Nicholas 12x12 pad, St. Nicholas 12x12 Patterns and Solids Pad
Chipboard and cardstock embellishments: Graphic 45 St. Nicholas Journaling Chipboard, St. Nicholas Decorative Chipboard, St. Nicholas Tags and Pockets, St. Nicholas Banners 
Die cuts: Cheery Lynn Designs French Pastry Doily
Metal charms: Tim Holtz
Rusty bells: Darice
Flowers and leaves: Prima, Petaloo
Christmas tree: Tim Holtz
Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, Scotch 3M ATG tape runner, Scor-tape, white glue, hot glue

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Fall DIY Bride Thank You Note

If you are looking for my Maya Road Guest Post, please click HERE.

It is my turn on the CutCardStock Blog today!I am sharing a DIY Bride project - which is a new type of project for me. I think personalized and handmade thank you notes are the BEST kind. Here is a simple one for the fall bride!
I love a rustic and simple wedding and I think this project would be perfect for a simple, fall, outdoor wedding. You can customize this neutral card with your wedding colors and have a wonderful keepsake thank you note to give to your guests. 

Start by cutting Brown Bag Kraft cardstock to 6" x 9 1/2" and score at 4 3/4" on the long side. This will make at 6" x 4 3/5" side-fold card. Print or stamp your sentiment onto Classic Linen Classic Natural White cardstock. Use a stitched rectangle die cut template to cut out the sentiment panel. (If you need to save time, you can trim the panel to 5 3/4" x 4 1/2" and omit the stitching around the edge.)
Wrap the top of the ivory panel with a 2 1/2" wide piece of canvas ribbon, topped with some vintage lace trim. wrap some burlap twine around the panel several times and secure at the back. Use foam adhesive to attach the ivory panel to the card front. 

Use leaf die cut templates to cut leaves and an acorn from Flavours Gourmet cardstock. Sponge the leaf edges with ink. While the acorn shape is still in the die cut template, sponge with dark brown ink. Add the die cut shapes to the card front as shown. 

Tie a loopy bow from burlap twine and glue to the top of the stacked leaves. Add a wood button to the top of the bow. 
Add two Classic Linen Classic Natural White cardstock panels to the inside of the card. Cut each panel to 5 3/4" x 4 1/2". (You could use the same stitched die cut shape for the inside panels, if you wish.) Attach a photo, matted with Flavours Gourmet cardstock to the left panel. If possible, attach the photo with removable adhesive or photo corners so that the recipient can save the photo! Use the right panel to write a thank you message. 
Thanks for looking!

CutCardstock Products:
Brown Bag Kraft Cardstock
Classic Linen Classic Natural White Cardstock
Flavours Gourmet Caramalized Mustard Cardstock
Flavours Gourmet Chili Arbol Cardstock
Flavours Gourmet Toasted Nutmeg Cardstock
Foam adhesive
Double-sided adhesive.
Tombo Mono Multi-purpose Liquid Glue

Die cuts: Spellbinders Fall Foliage, Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves, Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
Ink: Ranger Distress Rusty Hinge, Gathered Twigs, Barn Door, Scattered Straw
Button: craft supply
Twine and Canvas Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Natural Burlap String, Cotton Blend Ribbon
Lace: Vintage supply

Guest Post for Maya Road

If you are looking for the CutCardStock DIY Bride tutorial, please click HERE.

Good morning, Blogger Peeps! I am super excited to be the October Guest Designer for Maya Road! I have been a huge fan of their products for a very long time! I got grungy and creative with the goodies they sent me to work with...and made a fun Halloween card!
I used one of the Kraft 5" Square Note Envelopes on the front of the card. You can slip a gift card or treat right into the envelope! (Sadly, I could not find any chocolate bars to put in my envelope!)

I attached the envelope with the flap open to the front of a 5 1/4" x 6" top-fold card. The color inspiration from the card came from the Plum Purple Vintage Crafting Tassel!
I decided to alter some items to match my theme. That's the fun part about Maya Road products...they can be altered to fit your project! I sprayed the Cloud Vintage Lace Mini Mum with glitter mist and then rubbed the edges with a bit of black ink. What was a white flower is now a grungy, purple flower!
The Ornate Resin Frame was originally cream, but I "colorized" it with a dark gray Copic marker! Now, it is a spooky embellishment, perfect for my card. I spelled out my little message using Jonathan mini chipboard letters, also colored with a marker.

Thanks for stopping by today. Join me again on Friday for a sweet Christmas project!

Maya Road Supplies:
Crystal Trinket Pins - retired
 Jonathan Mini Alphabet Chipboard Set - retired

Cardstock: CutCardStock Basis Black, Basis Natural
Printed paper: Echo Park Hocus Pocus, Graphic 45 Rare Oddities
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Double-faced Satin  Hyacinth
Border punch: Martha Stewart Dripping Goo
Spray mist: Art Anthology Wild Orchid
Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, ATG tape, white glue, hot glue

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Halloween Treat Bag

Hello, it is my turn again on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog! The Design Team received our quarterly boxes, which were chock full of Halloween, fall, and Christmas chippies! (Check availability at the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Store). I decided to do another Halloween project for you, before it's too late!
For those who know me, Halloween is not really my thing, but I do love to create treat bags! And what is more fun than a treat bag filled with "not so spooky" treats?! As soon as I saw the NEW Double Sided Ornaments, I knew I wanted to make a fun shaker! I was waffling between a Christmas ornament or an embellishment for my Halloween bag, and the spooky project won!
I filled my shaker with tiny bat and spider chipboard items, spray painted black, and some Halloween sequins. (Spiders and Webs Shape SetSpooky Shape Set) My son saw me working on this project and said,"Mom, you have a spider on your desk!" I told him I sure did but it was a chipboard spider. His response, "It's all fun and games until it's NOT a chipboard spider!" Silly kid!

Here is how to make the shaker ornament and treat bag.
Locate and prepare the three ornament shapes and the two plastic covers from the Double Sided Ornaments package.
 Select one large web and a small spider from the Spiders and Webs Shape Set. Select a jack-o-lantern, the Boo phrase, and two small bats from the Spooky Shape Set.
Use spray  mists to color the items. Allow the chipboard to dry.
Remove the face pieces from the jack-o-lantern. Cut a 1 1/2" circle from a scrap of black cardstock.
Glue the cardstock circle to the back of the jack-o-lantern.  
Fill one half of the plastic ornament cover with the small bat and spider shapes you prepared. Then add Halloween-themed sequins.
Assemble the ornament by stacking as follows: base piece with plastic cover inserted. Spacer ornament shape. Second base piece with plastic cover. I used glue to attach my layers together. Clamp and allow the glue to dry. 
Score a 6 1/2" x 3 1/2" black treat bag at 1/2" from the top edge. Add a panel of decorative paper, cut 6" x 3 3/8", to the front of the bag. Glue the spider web chipboard to the top left corner of the bag. Glue the assembled shaker ornament to the bag as shown. Glue the jack-o-lantern to the left edge of the shaker. Add the chipboard phrase to the lower right corner of the bag. 
Add a loopy bow made from black and orange plaid ribbon to the top of the shaker. Make two twine bows, one from black twine and one from orange. Glue both twine bows to the top of the ribbon. Add a felt button. Fill your bag with treats and fold the bag top on the score line. Close the bag with two small clothes pins, one black and one orange.

Thanks for looking!

If you are having issues locating products in the GSL Store, please contact them HERE and ask. Sometimes things are slow to be loaded into the store front, so don't be shy about asking Gina about what you need.

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts:
Spiders and Webs Shape Set (coming soon)
Spooky Shape Set
Double Sided Ornaments (coming soon)


Decorative paper: Authentique Enchanted
Spray mist: Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Almost Black, Tattered Angles Chalkboard Mist Paint Chalk, Ranger Color Wash Sunset Orange
Ink: Ranger Distress Black Soot
Felt button: Hampton Art Ditto
Treat bag: Michael's Crafts
Ribbon and twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon Plaid Orange Ribbon with Black Stitching, Orange Burlap String, Black Burlap String
Sequins: Craft Medley
Mini clothes pins: Canvas Corp Brands Halloween
Adhesive: ATG tape runner, white glue, hot glue