Sunday, June 30, 2013

Graphic 45 Summer Hooray for Summer! Mini Album PDF Release!

{the dimensions of this mini is approximately 4wx6.5h}

*******UPDATE I have a limited number of FULL kits available for $50! Yes- the kit includes ALL PAPER and EMBELLISHMENTS to make this mini in its entirety (except supplies and ink)With the PDF you will get: Templates, 2 his res embellishment images, detailed photo of each finished page, and over 100 detailed photos with step by step instructions. . $50 each, Sorry $5.95 shipping is only in US********* SOLD OUT!!!!!
 I am also releasing the full PDF instructions along with supply list, templates and detailed project photos for only $7.00. This album will be great to save all of this summers memories in. With the PDF you will get: Templates, 2 his res embellishment images, detailed photo of each finished page, and over 100 detailed photos with step by step instructions. Supplies can be easily found at Michaels and Joanns- or you can just substitute from your own stash.

Within 24 hours of purchase you will receive an email at your PAYPAL email address with the link to download all of the files

If you want the tutorial sent to another email address please email me at: letting me know the name on your paypal account and what email you want it sent to

Feel free to email me anytime if you have any questions about the tutorial at-

Graphic 45 Summer Mini Tutorial $7.00


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Summer Fun with May Arts, Little Yellow Bicycle and Xyron

Today we are making some fun! How about hosting a crafty get together and create some fun accordion Mini Albums? That's just where I got the inspiration for these projects. My girlfriends and I have a monthly crafty get together- we are actually doing a round robin swap and these get togethers are where we "hand off" our swap to the next gal. We usually have a fun make and take we do and this month my dear friend Erin came up with a little bunting project. Now we made ours with lace and tulle-but mine was made of my stash of May Arts ribbon! My mini was made with Little Yellow Bicycle's Poppy Collection  and I put it all together with my Xyron Mega Runner and Create a Sticker 2.5. The album is SUPER easy to make and I included a quick video tutorial on how to make it! Have fun!
{here are my goodies!}

{Erin used her Mason jars for lemonade-I chose to use it as a vase. I have to admit I love anything in a Mason jar}

{The great thing about this little bunting is that I can reuse my ribbon at anytime! Just un-loop and press the wrinkles out! Win-Win!}

{These little books are so fun to make and great for little pictures!}

{so fun to open, it explodes with color and fun!}

{I like to keep it a little simple on the inside, espicially where the folds are}

{Here is one half- I used my Xyron Create A Sticker 2.5 inch to run my ribbon through}

{Don't you just love that oversized ric-rac from May Arts??}

{And the back can be done too!}
Now let's make and album!


Accordion Book:

Jelly Jar Vase:

1 yard jute twine

Friday, June 21, 2013

Me at 44

Yep today is the big #44 Birthday for me! Last year I did a Birthday post with a pic of my in my craft room so I think I'll just keep with the theme! I read where I was last year this time and for the most part things are going the same. Except for Derby. I started playing roller derby last year in October. It has been amazing for me both mentally and physically. The men and women I have met through derby has really broadened my circle of friends. Physically it has been so good for me, instead of watching reality shows and kicking it on the couch after work, I gear up and go sweat for two hours! Even though I AM one of the older derby gals- there is by no means a lack of Over 40's playing the game. And the best part is my hubby plays too. We met roller skating almost 20 years ago and it is such a big part of our lives together. Crafting has been amazing too- I got to stay on Graphic 45 and Clearsnaps design teams, and picked up two more- Xyron and Petaloo- I am so passionate about all of these products I feel like I am living a dream every time the fedex guy drops of a 12x12 box! See ya next year for my next birthday post!
here is last years pic and OMG I almost reached for the same dress today LOL but alas I have not shaved my legs tee heee!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Xyron and Epiphany Crafts Blog Hop! We are makin' jewelry here people!

When this tiny little box arrived at my door, I wasn't quite sure what I would be making for this hop. But big things come in small packages and the Shape Studio from Epiphany Crafts is no exception! A quick peek at the easy instructions and I was punching away! I had so much fun I will be heading out to collect more shapes! Combined with Xyron Create a Sticker- you can say goodbye to two part resins and all that drying time and just create and go. I had so much fun creating these jewelry pieces- especially since I was able to squeeze in Graphic 45's newest paper collection Bohemian Bazaar- here is a little video showing how I turned those tiny Epiphany Crafts Metal Ovals in Patina Masterpieces!


Sunday, June 9, 2013

A little Jewelry Project today

I finally get to post this project as it is now in the hands of it's new owner. I made it for my dear friend Andrea Villareal who turned the big 40 last month! Andrea loves religious figures; Santos, Virgin Marys and crosses. I found this lovely amber colored vintage rosary and knew I wanted to make it into something special for her. So I made a "Frankenstein" necklace, where I take little bits from other pieces and combine them into one. I did add some vintage milky pink beads I got from Bediak and I loved how it came much that I reallllllly did not want to give it away! But Andrea is worth it, she has been there since I began my crafty lifestyle and has been a driving force in my success-thank you dear girl!
{I had some extra pearl links from the vintage bracelet-so I added them in with these brass links}

{what necklace is not complete without some rhinestones-taken off a broken piece of a modern piece-I sandwiched them in between the vintage glass beads}

{Originally I just had the necklace attached to the cross, but it wasn't grand enough! So I took the broken end of a vintage bracelet and joined the ends to it-then strung it down with the charms and cross}

{So gorgeous! Can't go without saying that I was inspired by Andrea Singarella- she is one of Andrea Villareals favorite and I actually won one of her bracelets at an event recently and just love her style!}

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Yay! I am back for another Year at Graphic 45- My Designer intro on the blog today

Yay!  I have a rare weekend off! Today going to watch my girls play derby at Battle on the Banked, then on Sunday a little Crafty get together at a friends house. But yesterday was my blog intro on the Graphic 45 Blog- I love this day! It's so nice to hear the lovely things that the G45 team write about me and the other designers, and then to get to see all the fan comments-it's just a wonderful day that is so inspiring! Read it here!