Monthly Archives: June 2015

Order of the Arrow Digital Layout with Crafty Secrets


Hey there Peeps! I’m sharing my very first all digital layout today.  I know I always say I really like to get my hands dirty while crafting and so I avoided digital scrapbooking. How can it be fun unless you’ve glued yourself to the table like I always do??? Let me tell you know..I am kicking myself for waiting because it was soooo much fun. And I can share them online for the grandparents who don’t want to get big bulky scrapbooks filling up their shelves. I used all digital images and papers from Crafty Secrets….a total mix and match. Andddd I still have my required elebenty hundred layers!

CS Boy Scout LayoutThis is a pic of my youngest Son Jonathan receiving his Order of the Arrow Sash with the Boy Scouts.  A very special honor among the troop and I’m so thrilled that all 3 of my boys have been initiated into the order.  I used  CD6 Vintage Christmas, CD1 Vintage Patterns and CD3 Typography. I hope I’ve inspired you to try digital scrapbooking..I’ll be making more layouts this way now that I know how much fun it is!!

Okay that’s all for me…wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

Shabby Birds and Flowers Card


Hey there Peeps! I hope you are all enjoying your week. We’ve been super busy with the kiddos activities….I’m just running in circles. I do have time though to share a very vintagy card I created with Really Reasonable Ribbon trims and Crafty Secrets printed papers and images.

Shabby Birds and Flowers Card 1Oh how I love a shabby card!!!!

Shabby Birds and Flowers Card 2Pink Chevron Striped Twill topped with Ivory Burlap String look super sweet on this color scheme. I’ve also got a few loopy bows of  Ivory Jute String tucked in. That fabulous  textural element comes from layering Ivory Netting and Chloe Crocheted Lace.

Shabby Birds and Flowers Card 3I heavily distressed and inked the edges of the printed paper then stitched it with coordinating thread.

Shabby Birds and Flowers Card 4I added a nice subtle detail by Stickling the printed flowers then adding pretty pink roses and White Sweetheart Blossoms.

Shabby Birds and Flowers Card 5rafty Secret Supplies…Birds & Bloom~Brown Wood Flowers, Birds-Roses, Golden Blooms
CS2 Flower 012 Floral Art Clear Art Stamps

Okay that’s all for me wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : )G



Sizzlin Summer Colors Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon


Hey there Paper Peeps! We’re starting a new challenge today at Really Reasonable Ribbon. The theme is Sizzlin Summer Colors. I need some sizzlin colors to cheer me up from all the rain we’ve been having. Hopefully this will bring on some nicer weather : )

summer fun card 1What could be more summery than swimmy suits hanging on a button and bows clothes line????  These papers and stickers are from Simple Stories. I used adhesive foam spacers under the stickers for lots of dimension.

summer fun card 3The bows are created from my favorite Apple Green Swiss Dots Ribbon. So bright and cheerful. Topped off with Ivory Burlap String and itty bitty red buttons.

summer fun card 2Okay now it’s your turn to whip up a Sizzlin Summer project and link up with us to play along! Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G


Gilded Lily Mixed Media Album Cover with Snapguide Tutorial


Hey there Peeps. It’s a super special post for me because it’s my introduction on the  Graphic 45 blog. It’s even more better the second year. I’ve learned so much and made wonderful friends and been supported and challenged to be more that I thought I could be. Such an amazing company of generous and kind people. It’s a real treat to be creative with the incredible paper pretties and embellies. I created a fabulous tutorial for the cover of the Mixed Media Album. It’s part of a series… be on the look out for tutorials on how I finished the inside of the album.

Gilded Lily Album Cover 1 Gilded Lily Album Cover 2 Gilded Lily Album Cover 3 Gilded Lily Album Cover 4 Gilded Lily Album Cover 5Please enjoy this Snapguide Tutorial on how I created  this Album Cover….



Graphic 45 Gilded Lily~Gilded Lily

Graphic 45 Gilded Lily~Creme de la Creme

Graphic 45 Gilded Lily~Lavish Lifestyle

Graphic 45 Gilded Lily~Golden Age

Graphic 45 Gilded Lily~Her Majesty

Graphic 45 Gilded Lily~Decorative Chipboard

Graphic 45 Staples~Mixed Media Album Ivory

Graphic 45 Staples~Ornate Keyholes

Graphic 45 Staples~Metal Brads

Dusty Attic Chipboard

Petaloo Flowers

Really Reasonable Ribbon

Tim Holtz Distress Ink~Gathered Twig

Wishing you all a happy an productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

June Blog Hopping with Really Reasonable Ribbon


Hey there Paper Peeps. Who loves a blog hop??? This Girl!!!!! Time for another fun hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon hooray!!! You know the drill…we’re sharing the projects we created with the Monthly Ribbon Club Assortment….this time it’s Summer Fun Assortment. They are bright and wild and you will love them!!!

June2015lgeYou should have found your way here from the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. If not…you want to start’s the beginning stop….and you don’t want to miss out on any of the awesomeness.

Now before I show you my project….I do want to say that I colored the image….which some of you will likely find hard to believe….because I don’t color if I can avoid it. And I have only like 5 markers..and one of them was pink….so yay for me…pink is in the assortment!!!

Cheer You Up Card 1Not too shabby for a girl with only 5 markers. This paper is from Canvas Corp Brands and I love the seed packets. I paired them with graphic black patterns and hot pink cardstock.

Cheer You Up Card 2I tucked in a little hot pink felt doily and labeled the tab with my old school Dymo label maker and tiny staples.

Cheer You Up Card 3Matching buttons of course!

Cheer You Up Card 4And a super pooftacular bow!!!! I layered  Medium Pink Plaid with Hot Pink Grosgrain with Silver Edge and sweet little edge of Paulette White Crocheted Lace.

Cheer You Up Card 5Patterned papers from Canvas Corp Brand~ The Watering Can: Seed Packets on Ivory, Black and Ivory Sonnet Reverse, and Black & Ivory Ribbon Stripe.

Okay the next stop in the hop is the most wonderful and talented and gorgeous Miss Amber. Can you tell I like her a lot???? And I love her project..I know you will too! Don’t forget to leave the teamies a little love for sharing their creativity : )

That’s all for me….wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

Gilded Lily Card


Hey there Paper Peeps! I super love the project I’m sharing today. I got my delivery of Graphic 45 Gilded Lily and was really just blown away at how great my Really Reasonable Ribbon Trims match the vintagy hues of these beautiful patterned papers.

Gilded Lily Card 1I did quite a bit of fussy cutting and layering of these gorgeous images.  Stitching adds a lot of subtle detail…and helps keep all the layers secure.

Gilded Lily Card 4This card called for a very generous sized bow of Bluebird Plaid Ribbon. I topped it off with a loopy little Ivory Burlap String bow and blue button.

Gilded Lily Card 3Buttons top off the Metal Shabby Chic Ornate Key hole.

Gilded Lily Card 2I tucked in some pretty little coordinating chipboard pieces.

Gilded Lily Card 5


Graphic 45 Gilded Lily~Versailles

Graphic 45 Gilded Lily~Lavish Lifestyle

Graphic 45 Gilded Lily~Creme de la Creme

Graphic 45 Gilded Lily~Her Majesty

Graphic 45 Gilded Lily~ Decorative Chipboard

Graphic 45 Staples~Shabby Chic Ornate Key Holes

Graphic 45 Staples~Ivory Tag Book

Okay….you all know I’m lovin Gilded Lily so you’ll be seeing a lot of projects using that and my favorite Really Reasonable Ribbons.
Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

Patriotic Banner Wall Hanging


Hey there Peeps! Well…did you ever have one of those days where life is just bound and determined to kick you square in the booty????  That’s how my morning is going..not a dang thing has gone right….but I am determined to overcome my bad luck and come back swinging!   So I went to my shop and glued some paper and ribbon and flowers…and now I feel a whole lot better!!!! Yay!!!

Patriotic Banner Shape Banner 1I created this festive Patriotic Wall Hanging with layers of patterned papers, handcrafted glass glitter stars, crepe fringe, paper pinwheel, loads of beautiful flowers and a great new image from my Patriotic Banner Shapes Collage Digital Sheet. Stickled it up for extra detail.

Patriotic Banner Shape Banner 2There’s a generous length of Navy Diamond Satin from Really Reasonable Ribbon as a hanger and extra poofy twine and button topped bows.

Patriotic Banner Shape Banner 3Love all this layering and the pinwheel really anchors the corner. Those scrumptious Sugared  flowers are from Petaloo.

Patriotic Banner Shape Banner 4

I did lots of extra inking and Stickling for a more vintage Americana look. This will be a great addition to summer holiday seasonal decor! Okay Peeps that’s all for me. Back to the shop to wrap orders and head out in the rain to get to the post office. Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

New Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon Masculine with Ribbon or Trim


Hey there Peeps! It’s time for another fun challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon and just in time for some Father’s Day inspiration.  It’s Masculine with Ribbon or Trim. Sometimes MAsculine projects can be a challenge for me to….so I just set about adding all the layers I like…but keeping the color palate warmer and richer. Also…no flowers. I did add a bow….and there’s a tiny doily layered in but it’s brown felt so I think that counts as masculine.

MasculineThankYou Card1 MasculineThankYou Card2 MasculineThankYou Card3

I find the perfect masculine ribbon to be Ivory/Brown/Copper Plaid. And it certainly won’t be acused of being “too girly.”

Okay now it’s your turn to whip up a fabulous Masculine with Ribbon or Trim and link up with us to play along.

Wishing you all a happy and productive day wit lots of time to be creative : ) G

Everything is Coming Up Roses Mini Album & Kit


Hey there Peeps! I hope you are all well on this fine morning. It looks like we are going to be treated to some fabulous weather…and a busy day filled with family activities. I’m just dropping in to share a new Everything is Coming Up Roses Creativity Kit.  By the way….did you know that Creativity Kits are awesome for making mini albums? Yup…not just for cards.  I was able to create this 6 x 6 inch mini just by adding a little cardstock , a few diecuts and flowers. This is the first time I’ve used every single piece from the kit..and it was so much fun to make!!!

Everything is Coming Up Roses 2 Everything is Coming Up Roses 3 Everything is Coming Up Roses 4 Everything is Coming Up Roses 5 Everything is Coming Up Roses 6 Everything is Coming Up Roses 7Isn’t that just grand??? I am super in love with this ultra girly mini!!!  I created some fabulous vintagy film strip images and border strips…and loads of gorgeous flowers. This will be great for cards and tags too! Hop on over to get the low down on this great Everything is Coming Up Roses Creativity Kit….then be ready to get your craft on!!!! This mini just needs some pictures and a little journaling and it ready for gifting…or maybe for gifting to myself????

Okay..a little hiking, a graduation party and family time is the plan for the day…I hope you enjoy yours as well. Wishing you a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

Thanks to Cool Safety Mom


Hey there Peeps. This morning I’m dropping in to share a little thank you for Cool Safety Mom.  The kind woman who directs traffic at the school for drop off. Come rain or shine and many days of very negative temps…she stands outside to keep the flow going and keeps our kids safe. I live in a house where they are not “morning” people…so hers is usually the first actual smiling face I see during the week…and is always super nice despite the fact that she see’s me without makeup and my hair pulled up and my driving glasses on….insert slasher music. So thanks Karin aka Cool Safety Mom for all that you do..but most of all for just being you!!!

Hello and Thanks Card 1 Hello and Thanks Card 2 Hello and Thanks Card 3 Hello and Thanks Card 4 Hello and Thanks Card 5List of supplies…printed papers and images from Crafty Secrets…..CD1 Diamond Text, CD1 Otis Diamond, CD2 Family Frame, Digital Creative Scraps Birds and Blossoms, Pastel Paper Pad, Floral Art Clear Art Stamps. Other supplies…. Really Reasonable Ribbon Rust/Ivory Plaid Ribbon , Petaloo Flowers Mini Sugared, Canvas Corp Brands Canvas Fringe.

Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G