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Graphic 45 Design Team 2014 Audition

Graphic 45 Design Team 2014 Audition

Hello everyone! Well, like several of you I love Graphic 45. The papers are just amazing. This year I decided to try out for their design team. I have always wanted to but never did. This year however I decided to give it a try. So here are the six projects that I would like to share with you that hopefully showcases my design strengths and style.

Altered Balsa Box

Up first is an altered balsa box. I wanted the box to resemble a small camera. I painted the edges of the box with black craft paint and used the fabulous Typography papers to decorate the outside of the box. I also used some lightweight chipboard and corrugated cardstock to create a little handle on top of the box. I added some buttons, lace trim, and flowers to the front as well. I added a little touch of gold rub and buff to the edges.

Balsa Box

On the back I added some metal embellishments and a small hitch fastener.

Balsa box back

Inside the box I created a small little photo album. The pages are created from black lightweight chipboard. I attached the pages together with some extra large eyelets and a piece of ball chain.

balsa box contents

Chipboard Dress Wall Hanging

For my next project I created this adorable little chipboard dress wall hanging. I used the pretty papers from the Spring Garden collection to cover the dress then added some pleated chiffon trim to the bottom edges. I also used a small portion of the trim along the edges of the sleeves.

chipboard dress front

I added some flat back pearls around the collar of the dress and inked all of the edges with tea dye distress ink. I finished the little dress by adding some hand dyed seam binding and rose to the sides.

chipboard dress back

Mother Goose Mini Album

The next project is a mini album. I used the wonderfully fun Mother Goose papers for this project. The bright colors in this paper line are amazing. I layered some of the labels and tags from the paper collection on the front cover. I kept the front cover simple with just a button and alphabet stickers. The imagery in the papers is absolute fun.

ABC Mini Album Cover

On the inside of the mini album there are lots of fun pockets and hidden places for tags and photos. The pages are all created with solid black cardstock and then matted with the beautiful papers from the collection.

ABC Mini Album inside 1

ABC Mini Album inside 2

Sweet Sentiments Wallet Card

For project number four I used the Sweet Sentiments collection. I created a small little card wallet. I added some crochet trim and layered some flowers onto one of the postcards from the collection.

sweet sentiments cover

Inside there are several places for some little tags and photos. This project is thin but has several pockets and pull outs and the beautiful spring colors are amazing.

sweet sentiments inside 1

sweet sentiments inside 2

sweet sentiments inside 3

Couture Card

For my next project I used the Couture collection and created a 5×5 pocket style card. I used one of the cut outs from the paper collection and layered it on top of a die cut doily. I used lots of dimensional foam tape to add some depth. I added a small memo pin and little hand mirror charm along with some gorgeous flowers.

Couture Card face

At the top is some hand dyed sea binding that allows you to pull out the large tag. I used some ivory cardstock layered on top of the design papers so you can add a sentiment to the recipient. I added some twine and a small black bead charm to the center of the bow.

Couture Card face w/pullout

Typography Paper Bag Mini Album

For my last project I used the fabulous Typography paper line to create this mini album. On the front cover I layered several of the cut outs from the collection along with some beautiful flowers and metal embellishments. Of course I had to add a typewriter to the front as well.

Typography Album Face

Here I added another cutout from the paper collection to the spine of the book. This paper is amazing!

Typography Album Spine

The inside pages are created from some Kraft colored paper bags. I trimmed the paper bags down so the pages would be square. I layered the bags first with black cardstock then added my design paper. I used lots of the cut outs from the paper. Since the pages are constructed of paper bags, there is a pocket at the end of each page.

Typography Album inside 1

The pages are small but there is still room for some tags and fun metal embellishments.

Typography Album inside 2

Typography Album inside 3

Typography Album inside 4

I even added one of the smaller cutouts to the back cover. Just to keep with the fun theme of this paper collection.

Typography Album back

There are my six projects that I created for the Graphic 45 Design Team 2014 Audition.

Thanks for looking! Wish me luck!

Hello Card

Hello Card

Hello everyone, here’s an easel card that was made for My Pink Stamper design team entry. The challenge was to make either a card or a layout using Robyn’s favorite colors, pink, green, brown, and another color of our choice. We also had to use one of our favorite Cricut cartridges. (click photo to enlarge)

Hello Card Design Entry 1

The hard part for me was choosing my favorite Cricut cartridge. Using the Gypsy I was able to cut layers for the pear that is one of the images from the Home Accents cartridge.

Here’s the recipe for this card.

  • Cream, dark pink, light pink, and chocolate brown cardstock are from American crafts.
  • Green foil paper is from DCWV Midnight Spell stack
  • Green polka dot paper is from October Afternoon’s Fly A Kite line
  • Brown and dark pink ric-rac trim is from Wrights
  • The stamps are from Studio G

I used my Gypsy so I could add layers to the pear. The pear is cut from the Home Accents cartridge and cut at 3.5 inches. I also cut one pear out using the shadow feature. Using my Gypsy to hide the cuts on the pear, I cut the pear three times. The pear shadow was cut in chocolate brown. The outer layer on the pear was cut with the green foil paper. The first inside layer on the pear was cut from the dark pink cardstock and the second inside layer was cut from the light pink cardstock. I saved the seed cutouts and used them to decorate the leaves on the pear.

The cream cardstock is cut at 5×10 inches and scored at 2.5 inches and 5 inches. This creates the easel card base. The outside card layer is cream and is cut at 5×5. A small strip of cream is used for the Hello stamped sentiment.

The chocolate brown cardstock is cut at 4-3/4 x 4-3/4 and again at 2×5 inches.

The green polka dot paper is cut at 4-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches and again a strip for the inside is cut at 1-1/2 x 4-3/4 inches. I used an EK Success label punch and punched out the label from the green foil paper. I layered the cream strip with the Hello sentiment on the green foil label and anchored it with some mini light pink brads from American Crafts. I layered this on to the green polka dot strip with a piece of foam tape. Then layered this onto the chocolate brown cardstock strip and adhered it to the inside of the card about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom.

The chocolate brown is layered onto the 5×5 cream. Before adding the green polka dot square I adhered the pink and brown ric-rac trim to the side of paper, then layered the polka dot paper to the dark brown cardstock square. Before adding the green polka dot square I adhered the pink and brown ric-rac to the side of the polka dot paper. I then glued the layered card front to the card base, making sure to only glue the bottom half, and then adhered the pear to the left-front of the card using foam tape.

If you haven’t made an easel card, I encourage you to give it a try. They are really easy to make and they’re a great card to display.

Hello Card Design Entry 2

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