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Graphic 45's Trick or Treat Blog Hop - Day 4 . . .

This blog hop has been a blast so far.  I am so impressed with what my Team Mates have come up with for decorating their bags.  Did you know that we all started out with plain brown paper bags?  Nothing fancy . . . except for the Magic of Oz papers and embellishments.  If I had small children or grandchildren, this would be such a fun project to do with them! 

Here's my Magic of Oz bag:

Oz Bag 1 (2)

I was so nervous about designing this bag.  New to the Graphic 45 Design Team, it was one of the first designs I created for them . . . and, they were showing it . . . at CHA! Talk about jitters! 

As you can see, I used one of the Graphic 45 Staples knobs, attached it to the bag and hung some of the Magic of Oz chipboard, a witches broom and Dorothy's basket from the knob.

Here's the other side with Graphic 45 Staple buttons *sewn* to the top of the bag:

Oz Bag 2 (2) 

In the spirit of Oz, this card will accompany the bag:

Oz Card 1 

The flowers are fussy cut and popped up with Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Dots.  Ruby Slipper Stickles were added to Dorothy's shoes (of course) her bow and the lion's bow.  Then I added a tag to the pocket on the front of the card:

Oz Card 2 
Toto had to get in the picture as well!

And inside, a pop-up card with a place that holds a gift card:

Oz Card 3 

Just in case you're new to this week's blog hop, here's the schedule:

Monday: September 26
Lynette Carrol: http://lynettecarrolldesigns.typepad.com/
Jane Tregenza: http://janetregenza.blogspot.com/
 
Tuesday: September 27 
Laura Denison: http://www.followingthepapertrail.blogspot.com/
Robin Shakoor: http://robinshakoor.blogspot.com/
Tara Orr: http://eachmoment-onlyonce.blogspot.com/

Wednesday: September 28
Sherry Cheever: http://sherrycheever.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/
Jack & Cat Curio: http://jackandcatcurio.blogspot.com/
Nicole Eccles: http://nicoleeccles.blogspot.com/

Thursday: September 29
Nancy Wethington: http://art-from-the-heart.typepad.com/ (You are here!)
Hilde Janbroers: http://hildejanbroers.blogspot.com/
Yuka Hino: http://nsnlso.blogspot.com/

Friday: September 30 
Melanie Forbes: http://melanie-forbes.blogspot.com/
Gloria Stengel: http://gloriascraps.blogspot.com/


Visit each person's blog and leave a comment on the individual blogs. 

You may be chosen to win this fabulous prize package:

Graphic 45 Giveaway 

Don't forget to leave a comment below!


Practicing, cntd . . .

G45 Card 2

I stop.  That's the problem and why I'm not satisfied with my work.  After I add the layering (see previous post) I stop when I need to go on and add more.

Taking the same card from yesterday's post, I added a ribbon, a teeny tag, a bit of lace and a brad.  To me, it's better. What do you think? 


Practicing . . .

I'm always wanting to add more layers to my work so I'm practicing today.  I have lots of layers on this but still not satisfied.  Maybe I should add buttons, ribbon, other ephemera . . .

G45 ABC Primer
Materials used:

Entering this in Sarah's My Mojo Monthly.


Would you like to win this . . .

G45 Oz Photo 
fabulous prize package from Graphic 45?

We're giving away TWO prize packages!

Each day you'll see a sneak peek of a fantastic Graphic 45 trick-or-treat bag designed by the Graphic 45 design team members. Just click on the link to their blog and you'll be transported to a magical world of craft bliss! See the full unveil of the trick-or-treat bags on our featured design team member's blog each day and get inspired by the amazing projects! 

Want the opportunity to win? Just click on over to our featured design team member's blog each day and leave a comment. We will choose two random winners from our design team member's blog comments and announce them on Friday, September 30th!

Sound like fun!? You bet it does!

Check out this amazing prize! A Magic of Oz 12x12 paper pad, Chipboard Button Staples, 3 chipboards from Imaginarium Designs, and some beautiful bling by Want2Scrap! Remember, there's two chances to win this week! Wow!

In case you can't make it every single day this week, here is the schedule for our featured design team member blogs. This shows you who will be featured on what day so you can check out all the fun! Don't forget to leave comments for your chance to win!

Monday
Lynette Carrol: http://lynettecarrolldesigns.typepad.com/
Jane Tregenza: http://janetregenza.blogspot.com/

 
Tuesday
Laura Denison: http://www.followingthepapertrail.blogspot.com/
Robin Shakoor: http://robinshakoor.blogspot.com/
Tara Orr: http://eachmoment-onlyonce.blogspot.com/

Wednesday
Sherry Cheever: http://sherrycheever.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/
Jack & Cat Curio: http://jackandcatcurio.blogspot.com/
Nicole Eccles: http://nicoleeccles.blogspot.com/

Thursday
Nancy Wethington: http://art-from-the-heart.typepad.com/
Hilde Janbroers: http://hildejanbroers.blogspot.com/
Yuka Hino: http://nsnlso.blogspot.com/

Friday
Melanie Forbes: http://melanie-forbes.blogspot.com/
Gloria Stengel: http://gloriascraps.blogspot.com/

 


It's raining men . . .

at Simon Says Stamp & Show challenge blog.

Not really.  Only sort of.

This week's challenge is all about men. 

Somthing's Fishy 

My husband is all about the outdoors and so naturally I gravitated to an outdoor sport for my *man* project this week. Beginning with a simple piece of particle board, I painted it with a layer of Claudine Hellmuth Gesso. This not only gives the board some tooth but also allows me to use any medium on top of the gesso.  It acts like a primer.

After creating a grid pattern on a scrap piece of paper, I layered pieces of leftover scrapbook paper on top of that using Claudine's Matte Medium. In between the pieces, I scribbled in some watercolor crayons to smudge the edges and finished off with Studio 490 shelves and Art For Men rubber stamps.

I added some 7 Gypsies and Karen Foster stickers and then put some flies that Bill tied in tiny tins and added those to the mix.

Hope you enjoyed my manly project. There's some amazing projects over at the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge Blog where you can enter your own *man* theme. You may be the person who is randomly chosen to win a $50 gift certificate from our generous sponsor  

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or you may be chosen as one of the

top 3 designers for the week!

Stop by

&

see what my Team Mates have come up with

as well as inspiring entries

for this week's challenge

on

Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge Blog.


Bookbinding Class Tomorrow @ For Keeps Sake . . .

Report Card 1 

If you're in my book class tomorrow, you will need to BYO:

  • lunch!
  • cutter and scissors
  • adhesive (any kind as long as it is good for paper-to-paper)
  • Crop-a-dile or other small hole punch
  • I used Distress Ink for the edges of my paper cuts:  Vintage Photo or Tea Dye or Antique Linen

Hope to see you there!  We'll start at 10:30 am @

For Keeps Sake

4530 Lemay Ferry Road - St. Louis 63129

(314) 487-8131

 


Wanna win something fabulous . . .

All you have to do is head over to the Graphic 45 Facebook page.

In the square that says *Write Something*, type in ...... *Graphic 45 + Fiskars = ____________*

and fill in the blank with your own fabulous word.

Then head over to the Fiskars Facebook page and do exactly the same thing

for a chance to win this prize package:

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And, as if that's not enough . . . join my Team Mates on the Graphic 45 blog for some amazing inspiration this week. Honestly, when I see what my Team Mates have come up with, I can hardly believe my eyes!


WOYWW . . .

Playing along this week with What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday.  It ain't pretty . . .

WOYWW 
but it's always fun!

The mini I just finished with Ken Oliver + Unibind Photo Creator + Graphic 45 Renaissance Faire

can be found here:

http://art-from-the-heart.typepad.com/art_from_the_heart/2011/09/playing-along-with-the-altered-page-.html

Used lots of the ideas Ken offered in class plus some of my own. LOVED LOVED LOVED working with the Unibind system.  I've already started my 2nd book using the same system.  It is so easy to permanently bind mini-books!  I got my Unibind here: http://forkeepssake.typepad.com

Anytime you have a chance to take a class from Ken Oliver . . . run to sign up! He is uber-talented, fun to work with and is so creative.  He really had me thinking of different ways to use paper in my mini books.  Loved him and can't wait until he comes back to St. Louis to teach more!

In the meantime, check out all the inspiration on the Stamping Ground blog!

 


Playing along with The Altered Page . . .

The Altered Page is hosting a collaborative journey called Paper Stacks.  Considering how many journals and mini-books I have created over the years, I thought I'd play along. 

Stacks 1

Stacks 2

One of the books that is not in this stacks collaborative is the Graphic 45 book I just completed with Ken Oliver from Unibind.  Here's how that book turned out.

Ren Faire 1 

As you can see, it's all finished with Graphic 45's Renaissance Faire papers

and bound with the Unibind Photo Creator.

Ren Faire 2 

Ren Faire 3 

Ren Faire 4 

Ren Faire 5 

I had some photos left from my son's First Communion

(which was 20 years ago!).

Years ago I turned the corner from the traditional 12x12 format

to a format that includes mini-books capturing one event.

Ren Faire 6 

Ren Faire 7 

Ren Faire 8 
(oops, waiting to add photos to this page)

Ren Faire 9 

This page is a fold-out.

Ren Faire 10 

Ren Faire 12 

Ren Faire 13 

Hope you enjoyed this little adventure into The Altered Page