Do you have a minute . . .

If you do, you can make a few Christmas gift tags using leftovers from your

Graphic 45 Card Club Kit - Nutcracker Sweet Collection

Vol 12 - 2021


Nothing fancy here, these tags will take just a few minutes to create

and look adorable on your packages.


Adding a bit of glitz goes a long way.








Here's what I used:

Staples – Artist Trading Tags, Kraft: 4500847

Staples – Artist Trading Tags, Ivory: 4500846

Large tag, ATC tag and Flowers Dies – SKU: 4501687

Did you know these Graphic 45 tag dies

are just a tad bit smaller than the actual tags,

allowing for a border all around the tag including the grommet hole.

Genius! And a must have for crafters.

Leftover pieces from

Nutcracker Sweet Collection 8x8 paper pad

Stay tuned for more ideas with the leftovers from your

Graphic 45 Card Club Kit.

2015 Year in Review . . .

January found a new class idea: Graphic 45 tags each month of the year.

Jan 2015

February workshops featured Graphic 45 book-in-a-box.

Feb 2015

March travel workshop with another Graphic 45 book-in-a-box.

  March 2015

Every now and then I make a mini-book for myself.

This one was a really fun April project:

April 2015

May: One of Laura Denison's brilliant patterns with Prima papers.

May 2015

Getting ready for travel plans with a June workshop and 7 Gypsies travel papers.

June 2015

A July workshop teaching a 2 page 12x12 layout at Checkered Cottage in Kirkwood MO

July 2015

August plans for workshops at Checkered Cottage, Kirkwood MO


a group of great gals in Memphis TN

featuring Graphic 45's A Christmas Story.

Aug 2015

A group of us began a 4 part series in September

with one of my all-time favorite collections:

Graphic 45's Botanicabella

Sep 2015

There's something about October's colors that pull me in every Fall.

Oct 2015

November's project features 7 Gypsies Christmas collection


Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Houses in a Box

created especially for my workshop.

Thanks Gina!

(PS: Not teaching this class until January so don't panic please.

And for those of you who didn't get into this class, I will be teaching

another one featuring birds and nests in the Spring.)

Nov 2015

December upcoming Junque Journal workshop with 7 Gypsies Ordre du Jour

Dec 2015

Thank you to all who attend my workshops.

Very grateful you enjoy my classes and keep coming back for more.

I appreciate each and every one of you.

Here's to another creative year in 2016!

7 Gypsies Farmhouse Christmas complete . . .


This was so much fun to put together.

The box and houses were designed by me and perfectly cut by

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts (formerly Gina's Designs).

The paper is from 7 Gypsies Farmhouse Christmas collection.

Here are some close-ups of the house panels:



Lots of snow with a Marvy Uchida Snow Pen.

The door is from 

Farmhouse Christmas Holiday Door Tags.


The roof of panel #2 used 1/2 circles from the

Tags on Ivory paper.

The truck was cut from the Stripe on Ivory paper,

colored with Copics, inked with Distress ink

and then made into a pocket

to hold some of the Tags on Ivory paper cut-outs.


Panels 4 & 5:

Cut-outs from 

Better Not Pout Tags on Kraft,

Tags on Ivory


Stripe on Ivory


Panels 6 & 7:

Merry & Bright as a side pocket with tags from

Tags on Ivory.

Wreaths from Stripes on Ivory

painted with Copics and Stickles.


Tree from

Farmhouse Christmas on Ivory.

Snowman from Stripe on Ivory.


and it all fits in the Christmas Farmhouse box perfectly.




A 7 Gypsies kind of Christmas . . .

I received the most amazing products from 7 Gypsies.


It's called Farmhouse Christmas and it is filled with vintage Christmas images.

I adore this collection!

I had an idea for a book-in-a-box and turned to

Gina at Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts (formerly Gina's Designs)

and asked Gina if she would design this for me.

Thankfully, she cut to my specifications and came up with

the perfect box with houses inside.


I'm calling them houses because that's what I had in mind


you could easily turn these upside down and create

a banner in a box.

Here's what I have completed so far:


This was so much fun - and easy!

I adore these little stockings from the 7 Gypsies line.

After coloring with Copics and inking with Distress ink,

the stockings were hung with tiny nail head brads.


The door is also from the 7 Gypsies paper.

I added the top from a Sizzix die cut

as well as the trees.

Tiny crystals were placed in the center of each snowflake.

The trees were double layered:

the first layer with kraft corrugated paper

and the top layer with some green & gold paper I had in my stash.

The wreath was *painted* with Stickles.

And then snow with a Marvy Snow Pen - 

and lots of it!


I found this knob at Hobby Lobby and had to have it.

The keyhole was perfect and the red distressed color 

looked great with the 7 Gypsies paper.

And, of course Santa needs a key to enter the house.


I hinged the houses to create a village.

Next, I'll use the rest of the paper to create vintage looking houses.

If I have images left, I'll add them to the sides of the box.


Stay tuned for more on another day!

Thanks for looking.

December Heritage . . .

December Heritage 12x12 class should be called Vintage Christmas

Dec 2015 Layout

This two-page layout is layered with holiday papers, Christmas trees and more

and is waiting for your

2015 family Christmas photos.

My heritage/vintage 12x12 two-page workshops

available thru

Checkered Cottage, Kirkwood MO

2nd Wednesday of each month at 6 pm.

Hope you can join me!

One Graphic 45 mini-book sample down . . .

G45 mini 1

Many more to go!

Join me as we marry Graphic 45's Christmas Carol with a Maya Road mini-book

Scrapbook Generation, Springfield MO - October 2 & 3

Checkered Cottage, Kirkwood MO - October 23 & 24

G45 mini 3

along with 2 other Graphic 45 projects:

Christmas Cards + Home Decor


Graphic 45's Christmas Carol

G45 mini 2

Hope to see you there!

What a weekend . . .

Such a wonderful gathering of artful women at

Laura Denison's Follow the Paper Trail to St. Louis.


There were 57 Paper Doodles in attendance.

Laura wanted to teach 50 people total but didn't want to leave anyone out

so . . . we were able to add a few more.

Upcoming Laura Denison weekend workshops include:

2016: Las Vegas Nevada and Salem Massachusetts

2017: Anchorage Alaska (Alyeska Resort)


one more that we're keeping a secret!

In the meantime, I'm trying to get samples complete

for upcoming workshops.

The brand new Graphic 45 papers are supposed to be delivered next week!

I can't wait to get my hands on boxes and boxes of goodness.

So far I have these samples going (although not complete):

This will be a 4 month long mini-book at Checkered Cottage

(dates, times, etc TBA)

We will be using Graphic 45's Mixed Media Album


Two Deluxe Collector's Edition per person of my favorite: Botanicabella

Workshop 1

Also working on Graphic 45's Christmas Carol mini-book.

One workshop will be using Maya Road's mini-book.

Workshop 2

I'll be teaching this workshop


Scrapbook Generation in Springfield MO

Along with this mini, I will also be teaching

Graphic 45 Christmas Cards


a home decor item where we will combine G45 with Kaisercraft 

All 3 classes at Scrapbook Generation = $99

including pizza Friday night and box lunch Saturday.

DATES: October 2 & 3, 2015

Contact Scrapbook Generation to sign up

Also coming in October:
October 9 and 10, 2015
Very excited to be going to Mary's
and teaching
a signature book with G45's Botanicabella
October 17 - Memphis TN
I am thrilled to be traveling to
for a mini-book workshop featuring
Although I don't have a photo yet of the project,
we'll be creating 3 sections in the Mixed Media Album:
Christmas Past
Christmas Present
Christmas Future
October 23 - 24, 2015:
Our popular Graphic 45 weekend gets started
Checkered Cottage
Graphic 45 Christmas Cards
a home decor item
Hope you can join
For Keeps Sake Events
for a two day workshop
with pizza on Friday evening
box lunch on Saturday.
Hope we see you on the road with