This is an exciting time of year for lovers of beautiful vintage papers. March is not only National Craft Month, it’s the month when Graphic 45 puts out their design team call. You know how much I love working with this amazing line of vintage papers, because you see them featured here on my blog with great regularity. So, I got my Brave Boots out of the Closet of Shame, laced them up and put together my Graphic 45 Design Team Audition 2015! It’s always exciting, and to be honest, a little bit nerve-wracking, to submit one’s work for consideration, but it’s always a joy to share Graphic 45 goodies with you here on my blog.
Without further ado, here are the projects that I feel best show my style, my strengths and my deep love of all things Graphic 45.
Home Sweet Home Altered Recipe Book
Some of my favorite childhood memories were created in my Grammy Ma’s kitchen. Sunday dinners at her house were an event that we anticipated all week long. I can still see her in her navy blue polka dot dress, hand on her hip as she slaved away over the stove creating one delightful course of country food after another. So when I found this battered Better Homes & Gardens Recipe book at a yard sale, I snatched it up with the thought of altering it. It languished in the Closet of Shame until Graphic 45 Released the Home Sweet Home collection. As soon as this paper landed on my doorstep, I knew it was destined to become this altered recipe book. I could almost smell Grammy Ma’s famous baked ham and blueberry pie as I worked away on this project. Won’t you join me for a tour?
Cards, Cards and More Cards!
Is there anything better than receiving a real, honest to goodness card in the mail? The joy of seeing an envelope that doesn’t contain a bill or an invitation to buy a time share…the thrill of seeing actual human handwriting…and then slipping that bright colorful paper out of its sheath to drink in the beautiful images and read a sentiment that was picked out just for you…wow…nothing is better than that. Unless, of course, it is a one of a kind, hand made card that was conceived, designed and created just for you. That tops everything! And in my heart of hearts, although I create lots of other fun stuff with paper, cards have always been and will always be my first love. I made my first card on a Doodle Pad with Crayola crayons when I was about 4 years old…and the joy of card making has never left me. Here are some of the my favorite Graphic 45 cards that I’ve shared on my blog during the past year.
Steampunk Debutante is one of my all time favorite collections and I had so much fun with it when I made this mixed media birthday card. There are so many fun techniques built into this card, along with a great collage interior and a keepsake tag pocket.
I have always loved the color palette and imagery of the ABC Primer collection. Before I knew the collector’s edition of this collection would be released, I created a series of ABC Primer cards celebrating the joys of reading.
I know a lot of crafters struggle when it comes to making masculine cards, but as much as I love making a frilly feminine card, I equally enjoy making a strong, clean masculine design. So when Good Old Sport came on the scene, I could not wait to get my hands on it!
I created a sort of mini book/card with room to tuck in gift cards and little messages tucked into hidden pockets. This was made using the large Staples Tags and while it is “mini” in size, it still managed to hit a home run when I gave it to our son on his birthday.
I was thrilled when this Pumpkin Time card was featured on the Graphic 45 Blog!
As a beach lover, I just had to make a mixed media card with the fabulous By the Sea papers and ephemera. This fun cutaway card has loads of layers, stamping, heat embossing, dry embossing and loads of techniques.
I have been dubbed “The Queen of Mini Albums” by my friends. There’s something so exciting about starting a new mini album….and it’s even more exciting when it’s finished! I love the way you can carry a theme throughout a mini book.
This Couture mini album was made with upcycled TP tubes, and features quotes from Audrey Hepburn.
And this Typography “mini” Mini was featured on the Graphic 45 blog as the most pinned item of the week.
My biggest thrill this year was when this Sweet Sentiments/Time to Flourish mini album received almost 1000 likes and more than 100 shares when it was featured on the Graphic 45 Facebook page. What an honor!
“Off the Page” projects and Altered Art
I also love to dabble in mixed media, altered art and “off the page” projects. The great metallic look and Steampunk Vibe of this altered letter was achieved by adding lots of different embossing techniques to the wonderful Kraft Reflections paper collection.
For my final audition piece, I have a little slideshow that features a great altered piece using By the Sea papers. I found this battered wooden tray at my local thrift store and gave it a fresh lease on life. I think you’ll agree, these are the cutest little mermaids on the planet!
And folks, that’s a wrap! Thank you so much for taking the time to review this body of work. I feel such joy when I create, and I hope that has come through the words and images of this blog. It’s an honor to have you view my work, and I look forward to sharing more Graphic 45 goodies with you in the future.
Thanks for stopping by!