- Papers: Graphic45 Nature's Sketchbook 8x8 pad (4501454) and Nature's Sketchbook Patterns & Solids 6x6 pad (4501483); Distress #8 heavyweight mixed media tag (TDS53828)
- Inks: Marvy Uchica fie Line "Liquid Gold" pen
- Embellishments: Petaloo Botanica Blooms "white" (1102100); Prima FInnabair Mechanicals "Grungy butterlifes (963408); Dyed crinkle ribbon (freebie from Funky Junkie Boutique)
- Adhesives: ScorTape; EM Tools 3D foam dots
Graphic45's August challenge is to create a tag using Graphic45 product, specifically some of Graphic45's floral papers. I opted to use those in the Nature's Sketchbook collection and to embellish with some Petal blooms and Prima Finnabair Mechanicals:
Products used in the making of this tag were:
The Graphic45 Design Team has invited their follower to participate in their July 2017 challenge. The rules, as stated in their newsletter, are as follows:
I love G45 papers and have several sets of their tag albums so I decided to mix and match papers and cannibalize one of the tag albums to make a tag for this challenge.
I started with scraps of papers from two G45 Collections: 8 x8 Patterns & Solids for "Artisan Style" (4501112) and 12 x 12 Papercrqafting Set "Olde Curiosity Shoppe" (451501517 - the paper was "Counting Down). I blended Distress Oxide "Wild Honey" ink on the edges of the alphabet paper from "Artisan Style" and layered these scraps on a black tag from a "Regular Black Tag Album" (4500981):
Then I forgot to take photos (oops!)
Anyway the next few steps included:
I then attached the boot to the oval using EK Tools 3D Foam Dots and attached the oval to the background. I added a strip of American Grafts glitter tape on the right border and attached the flowers to the bottom left. A length of dyed crinkle ribbon (freebie from Funky Junkie Boutique) was the final touch on my tag.
Products used in the making of this tag are:
Graphic 45 has a challenge for June 2017 (#G45Gentleman) to use G45 product to create a masculine card. I elected to CASE a layout by Audrey Petit on the Ranger Blog for this card, but change it out by using G45 papers, stamps and chipboard die-cuts. I used three different collections of G45 in the making of this card.
I started by creating a background on a pre-folded ivory card by layering "Verdant Woodland" paper on the card after tying a length of fiber around this layer:
The next layer consisted of "Web of Lies" paper layered on a scrap of green card:
The third layer was comprised of a die-cut scrap of a solid from "Nature Sketchbook", and fussy cut images from "Diary of a Botanist" paper and "Safari Adventure" patterns and solids. These were layered and the entire unit was attached to the card base using foam dots:
I stamped a sentiment using one of the stamp sets that accompanied "Nature Sketchbook", using a scrap of the same green card backing the spider layer; after stamping with Archival ink, the edges were shaded with Distress Ink. More foam dots were use to attach the sentiment:
To balance out the card, I added two chipboard pieces from "Master Detective" which were coated with Glossy accents after being attached to the card front:
The papers I chose reflect the background and hobbies of my husband: the eggs symbolize his Master's Degree studies of Herring Gull behavior; the black-widow spiders (on both the paper and the chipboard) reflect the year he spent assisting his Doctoral-studies major professor in the study of the genetics of black-widow spiders from Mexico and Guatemala; the camera clipping, the fern background and the fussy-cut flower reflect his hobby of photography and his near-total involvement in his own garden photography of flowers! I hope to use this as my "happy Anniversary" card this year...
Products used in the making of this card were:
I'm also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge for June 5: Masculine and the Simon Says Stamp wednesday Challenge for June 7, 2017: Make It Masculine.
The March challenge for the Graphic 45 Facebook page is "A Splash of Color" on a project focusing on Graphic 45 products and using ink watercolor or paint:
I used my 6x6 patterns and bolds from the "Nature Sketchbook" collection to create a card base, matting the patterned paper with a scrap of green card that coordinated well with the greens in the collection:
Next, I added my "splash" (or more accurately "splattered" of color by applying Versamark through a stencil with a blending tool and then heat embossing with a bright yellow embossing powder:
I created a "label" for my sentiment and cut one of the smaller panels from my 8x8 paper pad for the "Nature Sketchbook" I added these to the card to complete my project:
I have posted this card on the Graphic 45 Facebook page using the hashtag #SplashofColor.
Products used in the making of this card were:
Graphic 45 has issued a challenge for the month of June: “Create a project using a PHOTO OF YOURSELF and Graphic 45 product!"
Well, I HATE photos of myself. Possibly because they show me what I REALLY look like instead of how the inside of me feels I SHOULD look like. After all, 73 actual years is a long long way from feeling more like I did when I was 20-something, or even 30-something! Anyway, there are a total of three pictures of me from the camera roll of our last “vacation”, a cruise to Tahiti. I selected one: me at breakfast on the cruise ship between islands! I planned to trim this photo to fit...
I printed it out on copier paper (the copier has ink issues and it sort of wrnt all stripes but that’s OK, it’s a terrible photo anyway!).
OK, I have a photo but what can I put it in/on that feels suitable. Not a card… Not a tag…Not a scrapbook layout (I don’t do scrapbooking). How about a travel journal? As a rule, I also don’t do bulky altered things (no place to store them) but I had this little chipboard binder, origin unknown, in my stash:
and it seems the right size to alter at least the front for a travel journal. That way, I could use my new 8x8 pad of “Cityscapes”!
i selected a piece of “Well Traveled” for the cover background and “Cityscapes” for fussy cutting. I held a sheet of Cityscapes stickers in reserve for later.
I used Multi Matte Medium to adhere the “Well Traveled" sheet to the notebook cover. When dry, I trimmed it to fit, and added a strip of Idea-ology Tissue Tape at the spine to secure the edge (Later I may create a spine cover and maybe even a back cover for this little binder, but right now, I'm leaving it as is),
When this cover layer was dry, I began layering. First I cut the border from “Cityscapes” and snipped out all the places on the border that I have ever visited. I used the selvedge edge of the card to glue each little snippet down. I pulled my Authentique 6x6 Collection “Abroad” and cut a title from it and layered both the city “strip” and the quote on the cover front.
Now it was time for the photo! I pulled my JoAnn Chipboard collection from stash, selected pieces and coated them with gesso. When dry I painted one with Distress Paint “Picket “Fence” followed by “Old Paper”, a second with “Blueprint Sketch’ followed by “Stormy Skies”, and a third with “Abandoned Coral”, followed by “Fired Brick” and finally “Aged Mahogany”. After the paint layers were dry, I lightly sanded all three pieces to reveal the gessoed texture. I coated the red frame with Versamark and clear embossing powder before heat embossing; I repeated this three times, to get a somewhat shabby, but shiny, frame.
I cut out the ink-jet print to fit in the red frame, layered it on scrap white card for stability and then taped it to he back of the frame. Voila, my photo is in the frame. I then added some Graphic 45 stickers to the white and blue chipboard pieces and layered all three on the cover, raising the red frame off the cover with foam dots:
It still looked kind of bare so I pulled a Carta Bella die cut ephemera set called “Old World Travel” from my stash, selected a banner and a label in coordinating colors, and glued them to the bottom of the white chipboard: :
Finally some Glossy Accents and Maya Road fabric flowers:
The inside of the binder has a divider and three envelope pockets that, I suppose, could be used for the collection of travel ephemera like tickets, receipts, etc. Adding some pages and additional divider pages could work for taking notes about photos taken or the like. We shall see if the little book ever gets used!
Products used in the making of this notebook cover were:
Born in New Jersey, I grew up in Southeastern Ohio. Attended university at Bowling Green State University (B.Sci in biological science, 1964), University of Southern California (M. Sci in biological science, 1967) and University of Florida (Ph. D in zoology, 1971).