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We have a Graphic 45 + May Arts winner and I'm proud to say . . .

she commented on my blog!

-Barbara Stardumsly: Chosen randomly from Nancy Wethington's blog comments on Friday! 

and I'm now chanting

"Go Barbara, go Barbara, go Barbara"

The 2nd winner of last week's Graphic 45 and May Arts blog hop is

(drum roll please)

Abby Henderson: Chosen randomly from this week's Facebook comments!

Congratulations to our winners!

Barbara and Abby please email us at info@g45papers.com

with your shipping information and to claim your prizes!

Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue May Arts Prize Package

Big thanks to everyone who participated in last week's blog hop with Graphic 45 and May Arts! 

Simon Says A Tim Holtz Themed Tag . . .

This week Simon Says Stamp and Show wants to show Tim some love for all the fun he gives us with his 12 Christmas tags every year ... So ... Simon Says Stamp and Show a Tim Themed Tag! Due to everyone being so busy with Holiday preparations this challenge will run for two weeks ... which means we will be back on Monday 2nd January 2012 with a new theme. 

Here are my tags for this week's challenge:

Since Tim is all about technique, I used a technique on each tag.  The first tag uses Ice Resin on 7 Gypsies tissue collage paper to create the background. I love how the Ice Resin makes the tissue paper look like mica.

Tag 2-d
Using black cardstock I die-cut a Spellbinders die to be used under the image of the little girls. 

Tag 2-B
A stamped image from Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium stamp set was colored with pencils before adding *snow* to the little girl's outfit.

Tag 2-C

The tag was then sprayed with 3M adhesive and sprinkled with Martha Stewart glitter.

Tag 2-E

The background of the center tag was stamped with Tim's Joyful Song and then the bottom edge die cut with Distressed Doily On The Edge die.  I adore that die! I layered a piece of red cardstock on the back so the intricate cut of the die would show up better.

Tag 1-D

Another image from a Graphic 45 stamp set was stamped and colored with Copic Markers

TAg 1-C
and topped off with a stamp from Tim's mini-holiday set and embossed with gold glitter. Embossing with gold glitter means you get all the glitz without any of the glitter flaking off - !

Tag 1-B

The last tag was embossed using a Sizzix Damask embossing folder with Watermark Resist stamp pad and then heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  Look at all the beautiful edge punches Simon Says carries!

Tag 3-A
To support the angel, I used a large plastic snowflake from the Dollar Store and sprayed with 3M adhesive then generously sprinkled the snowflake with mica flakes and glitter.  The angel from Joyful Song was stamped and embossed before adding 7 Gypsies gold corners.

Tag 3-B
You should see what my Team Mates have come up with this week!

Hop over to

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uniquely beautiful and detailed pieces!

Hope you can join us for this challenge!  Create your own tags and post it on the 

Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge Blog.  

You may be the person who is randomly chosen to win a

 $50 gift certificate

 from our generous sponsor  


or you may be chosen as one of the

top 3 designers for the week!

Stop by


see inspiring entries for this week's challenge


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Day 5 Graphic 45 + May Arts Blog Hop . . .


Today is the last day of the Graphic 45 - May Arts blog hop.  If you've followed along then you've seen some of the magic that happens when Graphic 45 vintage-inspired papers and embellishments join forces with gorgeous May Arts ribbons!

Not only that, but a wonderful prize package is being offered to two lucky people!


Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue May Arts Prize Package
If this is your first day of visiting the hop, you may want to start here:

Here's the hop schedule for Friday, December 16th:

Leave a comment at each blog for a chance to win the prize package.
 Here's what I did with Graphic 45 and May Arts products:
  • I created a mini paper stocking with Christmas Emporium Santa Express and Toyland. Since I don't sew very well, I adhered the edges of the stocking with Scor Tape and then added stitching marks with a black gel pen.
  • This gorgeous May Arts ribbon was found on the shelf of my LSS and I just had to have it for my stocking.  It's already gathered!
May Arts Stocking Scor-Tape
  • I wanted to add a ruffle to the top of the stocking but this ribbon was a bit too wide.  So I added Scor Tape to the center of the ribbon.  This would allow me to fold the ribbon in half and secure while adding more ruffles.  
May Arts Sneak
  • Adding two layers of ribbon made for quite a wide ruffle and it was so easy!  I then added a piece of May Arts black lace to finish the top.
  • A Graphic 45 button was added and wrapped with more May Arts ribbon which allowed me to . . .

May Arts Stocking
  • add a tag from Christmas Emporium Chipboard Die-Cuts 1.  The tag was covered with a piece of USA Art Quest mica.  The mica was adhered to the tag with Claudine Hellmuth Matte Medium.
Here's a product list for the stocking:
  • Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium paper: Toyland
  • Graphic 45 Staple Buttons
  • Christmas Emporium Chipboard Die-Cuts 1
  • May Arts ribbon
  • Scor-Tape
  • Claudine Hellmuth Matte Medium
  • USA Art Quest mica
Here's a link to the stocking pattern: http://www.craftideas.info/html/free_stocking_template.html

Luckily, I had more beautiful May Arts ribbon to work with and couldn't stop at just one project.  The ribbon paired so well with Graphic 45's Christmas Emporium and Christmas Past that I just kept going and made this card:
Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium May Arts Card Blog Hop Nancy Wethington 1
This card mixes papers from Graphic 45's Christmas Emporium and Christmas Past.  
  • The base of the card is Core'dinations cardstock and then layered with Christmas Past The Holly and the Ivy.  The edges were roughed up a bit with a Tonic Edge Distresser and then sewn onto the background cardstock.
  • More layers were added using Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium Happy Holidays papers and Die-Cuts 2
  • Everything was then tied up with the golden colored May Arts ribbon.  A charm was added to the ribbon's knot.
  • For the sparkle, I added Want2Scrap bling and Ranger Stickles. 
Thank you for stopping by.  Hope you enjoyed my projects.
Don't forget to leave a comment below for a chance to win a prize package!

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Day 4 . . .

Graphic 45 + May Arts = Creative Projects


a chance to win a prize package!


Here's today's blog hop schedule:

Thursday, December 15th: 7 am Central Time
Jinky Kowalski - http://jinkyscrafts.blogspot.com/
Sherry Cheever - http://sherrycheever.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/
Britta Swiderski - http://brittaswiderski.com/
Hilde Janbroers - http://hildejanbroers.blogspot.com/
Karen Baker - http://thebalddragonfly.blogspot.com/

and don't forget to leave a comment on each blog!

I'll meet you back here

Friday, December 16 @ 7 am Central Time

for my entries on this blog hop.


Graphic 45 and May Arts blog hop . . .

continues today at 7 am Central Time with the following Design Team members creating wonderful designs.  Don't forget to leave a comment on each blog for your chance to win a prize package.


Wednesday, December 14th

Robin Shakoor - http://robinshakoor.blogspot.com
Yuka Hino - http://nsnlso.blogspot.com/
Jenifer Cowles - http://scrapbooking-n-more.com/default.aspx
Gloria Stengel - www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com
Jingle - http://www.justjingle.blogspot.com/



A good night with friends . . .

at Create Your Imagination.  We missed some of our regulars last night : (   Given the fact that it was cold and rainy and damp (typical for St. Louis this time of year) and a week(ish) before Christmas we understood but wanted you to know that you were missed.

Our dear Mary June is recovering from back surgery.  Please send good recovery thoughts her way.

In the meantime, we had plenty of appetizers, trades and things to share to keep us busy.  What a great way to end 2011!

Here's what was happening:

I walked into this gorgeous variegated poinsettia from Ann.  

It's beautiful and REAL!

Ann spilled the beans and told me she got it at Aldi's

(yep, one of my fave stores comes through again).

Here's the link to the poinsettia plants:


Trade A

Everyone brought an appetizer or dessert and we indulged while we did our version of


Don't know why I took the following photos like I did.

Wish I would have set them up better but here goes:


Ann found this box and altered it with coasters in

Graphic 45's An ABC Primer.

Isn't it adorable!

Trade 11

Trade 10


Dena showed us some beautiful jewelry she made. 

Why didn't I take a picture of it !?

Dena, if you think about it and have time,

send me a photo so I can post it (pretty please)

Dena did make this beautiful wall hanging.

Don't you love the rosette at the top and all that delicious trim at the bottom.

Created with Graphic 45's Christmas Emporium papers.

Trade 9

Did you notice that round item in the background?  She made that from a ribbon spool.


Although we had more people in attendance at CYI,

seven of us were in the bottle trade

Bottle Trade 1

and here's the individual trades:


Mary June had previously given us beeker bottles to use in our trades this year.

Some did use them. Others opted to use different bottles.

This one is with the beeker bottle. Isn't she adorable!

Trade 7


Trade 6


Trade 5


Trade 4


Trade 2


Trade 3


Trade 1

Here they are, all lined up

with the exception of . . . 

I draw your attention to the one on the far left (towards the background).

That one was made by Bonnie

and requires an explanation.

Stay with me here!

Bottle Trade 2

We randomly choose names to see who gets a bottle from whom.

Carol's name was drawn to receive Bonnie's.

Bonnie presents a large red box to Carol.

The top of the box was beautifully decorated and all glittery.

Carol lifted the box top off and


(the angels sang and we all gasped).

Two sides of the box fell open to reveal the most amazing scene inside.

It was a scene of the inside of a room

complete with a decorated Christmas tree

toys and gifts (wrapped) under the tree.

Trade 8

The two *walls* that fell open were the outside of the *house*

with trees in snow.


Bonnie pressed a button and the tree twirled around as a Christmas song played.


Hope you can enlarge this photo to see all the details

including the wood floor.

What a work of art!


Next month begins a new year of trades and such at

Create Your Imagination.

Ann brought in some small plastic cases and asked if we thought there was anything we could do with them.  uh ha and of course.  This is CYI, we can alter anything.  So we decided to alter them with a Valentine theme and tuck something inside to trade away in January.  These are small (approx 4"x4") plastic boxes so if you want to get in on the trade, just alter something about that size with a Valentine theme, stuff it with goodies and join us

Tuesday January 10

6 pm


For Keeps Sake Scrapbook

4530 Lemay Ferry Rd - St. Louis MO 63129


Thanks to everyone who attends CYI.

2012 marks our 4th year!






Day 2 of Graphic 45 + May Arts Blog Hop . . .

More goodness for you today beginning at 7 am Central Time.

Here's today's hop schedule:

Tuesday, December 13th
Ellen Sosnoski - http://closeyourears.blogspot.com/
Laura Denison - www.followingthepapertrail.blogspot.com
Charlene Driggs - http://www.paperandinkplayground.com/
Melaine Forbes - www.melanie-forbes.blogspot.com
Jen Shears - http://jenshearsdesigns.blogspot.com/

Create Your Imagination . . .

So much happening this week!

Tuesday, December 13 is our CYI free meet-up.  Everyone is welcome.  Jump in anytime!  No reservations required.  

We begin at 6 pm and this month we are having our annual Christmas gathering.  Here's what will happen:

  • we bring our favorite snack to share
  • we talk about new techniques, bring show-and-tells and generally trade ideas
  • we plan on what we will be doing next year
  • we will be trading altered Christmas bottles

If you wish, join us for  an altered Christmas bottle trade!

Dress up a bottle in the spirit of the season and trade it away at our December meet-up.

So much fun with people who started as customers of For Keeps Sake and became friends.  

December's meet-up means we celebrate another year together.  Bring an appetizer or dessert and join us for a Christmas gathering/planning session.  Here's some ideas the group came up with for 2012:

  • Going green: re-cycle and decorate
  • Use your stash/scraps
  • Banner trade (Sue showed us a sample of this last month. Really cute!)
  • ATC trades
  • Altered box
  • Secret trade
  • Altered tote
  • Creating mini-pages for a theme book. Remember the 4x4's we put together?

We are always open to ideas so bring yours along and join us!


Sue V has one more trick up her sleeve with some amazing skyline tissue paper. If you'd like to participate in the last altered book page this year, please BYO:

  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • You can also try this technique with a pretty paper napkin if you wish!

Hope to see you Tuesday, December 13, 6 pm.

Just one more thing please. With the start of the St. Louis winters in case of inclement weather, please call For Keeps Sake (314) 487-8131 to make sure our meet-up is taking place.

For Keeps Sake Scrapbook

4530 Lemay Ferry Road - St. Louis MO 63129


Something wonderful is about to happen . . .

Graphic 45 and May Arts are teaming up for a super fun blog hop December 12-16th! There will be tons of inspiration, fabulous prizes, incredible crafts and so much more! Behold the magic that happens when Graphic 45 vintage-inspired papers and embellishments join forces with gorgeous May Arts ribbons! Our design teams are going all out to bring you the most enchanting crafts! You'll discover lots of fabulous new ideas to inspire your holiday season! Have fun and get inspired every day of this fantastic blog hop with Graphic 45 and May Arts!


Want to learn more about Graphic 45 and May Arts?
Here's some fun information about these two fantastic crafting companies!

Graphic 45 is an award-winning scrapbook and paper crafting company­— owned and operated by a mother and her two daughters. Together we create vintage inspired crafting products that capture the flamboyant style of the 1920's and 30's - with vibrant color, irresistible texture and imaginative design to create products with decades-old appeal that's both fresh and familiar. Let our products inspire your next scrapbook layout, card, album, altered art project, or home decor DIY project.

May Arts is a ribbon wholesaler, based in Riverside, Connecticut, serving over 16,000 customers worldwide. We offer an exceptional selection of ribbons, including sheer, satin, grosgrain, silk and a variety of patterns and prints. We also maintain a steady stock of inventory so that orders can be fulfilled immediately. As one of the country’s leading wholesalers of decorative ribbons, May Arts has been providing superior products and the highest level of customer service for over 25 years.

Here's this week's blog hop schedule beginning today at 7 am (Central Time):

Monday, December 12th
Lynette Carroll - http://www.lynettecarrolldesigns.typepad.com/
Jane Tregenza - www.janetregenza.blogspot.com
JackandCat Curio - jackandcatcurio.blogspot.com
Candy Rosenberg - http://candyscraps.typepad.com/scraps/
Latrice Murphy - http://www.latricemurphy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, December 13th
Ellen Sosnoski - http://closeyourears.blogspot.com/
Laura Denison - www.followingthepapertrail.blogspot.com
Charlene Driggs - http://www.paperandinkplayground.com/
Melaine Forbes - www.melanie-forbes.blogspot.com
Jen Shears - http://jenshearsdesigns.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, December 14th
Robin Shakoor - http://robinshakoor.blogspot.com

Yuka Hino - http://nsnlso.blogspot.com/
Jenifer Cowles - http://scrapbooking-n-more.com/default.aspx
Gloria Stengel - www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com
Jingle - http://www.justjingle.blogspot.com/

Thursday, December 15th
Jinky Kowalski - http://jinkyscrafts.blogspot.com/

Sherry Cheever - http://sherrycheever.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/
Britta Swiderski - http://brittaswiderski.com/
Hilde Janbroers - http://hildejanbroers.blogspot.com/
Karen Baker - http://thebalddragonfly.blogspot.com/

Friday, December 16th

Tara Orr - http://eachmoment-onlyonce.blogspot.com
Kimberly Jones - http://serendipityvintagestudio.blogspot.com/
Nancy Wethington - http://art-from-the-heart.typepad.com
Peggy Cain - http://www.createwithbubbe.blogspot.com/
Nicole Eccles - www.NicoleEccles.blogspot.com

Vera Yates - http://www.lingshappyplace.blogspot.com/


And let's not forget a blog hop prize package:

Graphic 45's Tropical Travelogue


beautiful May Arts ribbon

Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue May Arts Prize Package

can be yours by just leaving a comment on each of the blogs you visit.


randomly chosen winners will be chosen.

One winner from one of the design team blogs

and one from facebook!

The winners will be announced on Monday, December 19.  

Good luck and happy hopping!