Sunday, July 20, 2014

Calligraphed Envelopes

Here's what I've been up to - calligraphy in the Copperplate style with a bit of flourishing. And here are some envelopes I addressed:

And here are the backs of the envelopes:

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Summer Cards

Here are some cards I made for Summer, using Graphic 45's By The Sea collection.

And here are more which I made for a Summer Card Exchange, using Marion Smith's Garment District collection.

All the calligraphy work was done by hand - my latest hobby. :D

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Good Ol' Sport Shadow Box

I had fun creating this shadow box layout using Graphic 45’s new Good Ol’ Sport collection and 8x8 Matchbook Box. I used the green tartan patterned paper as a backdrop and built the shadow box around lots of fussy-cutting images, layered with 3D foam dots for dimension. I positioned the images such that my puppy in the photo would be looking at the football player as he kicked the football which, if you follow the line of the trajectory, ends up in the top right corner of the shadow box.

List of Supplies:
Good Ol’ Sport collection - Good Ol’ Sport, Game Day, Big Score, All Star, Number 1 Fan, Touchdown
Staples - 8x8 Matchbook Box

Saturday, June 14, 2014

DREAM party banner

I created this banner with the word DREAM using Graphic 45’s Sweet Sentiment. It’s rather easy to put together and would be fun as a streamer for a party or in my case, I used it as a decor for my booth at a scrapping fair at PaperMarket.

To complement the vintage cherubs and sweet pastel blues and pinks of the collection, I embellished the banners with cheesecloth, lace, dainty doilies and strung them altogether with pink satin ribbons.

List of Supplies: Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments collection -
Sweet Sentiments
Perfect Petals
Heart Song
Sweet Sentiments Chipboard
Sweet Sentiments Stickers

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Typography Note Holder

Here's a Typography note holder I created for Graphic 45 some time ago but was only recently featured on their blog. I used Typography papers and the Staples Artist Trading tags.

The front of this creation resembles a wooden chest, held close by a brass lock. Unclasping the brass lock reveals this:

The pocket holds little words of encouragement and if like me, you like typewriters, you can type little messages on manila tags and slip these into the pocket too.

List of Supplies:
Graphic 45 Staples - Artist Trading Cards Kraft
Graphic 45 Typography patterned papers - Typography, Celebrate, Inscribe, Dream, Journey, Imagine
Graphic 45 Typography Tags and Pockets

Friday, May 30, 2014

Farewell, Graphic 45!

Today's my farewell blog post on the Graphic 45 blog. It's been such a joy designing for Graphic 45. I love their products and the team at headquarters really looks after the design team so well. I will miss the design team but will continue to design with their products because I really love their style.

Hop on over to the Graphic 45 blog to see some of my never before seen Graphic 45 projects, a couple of tutorials as well as some old favourites, like this fan favourite:

Leave me a message there too. I'd love to hear from you.

Just Chillin'

Here's a layout I created for PaperMarket using Bo Bunny's Happy Tails. It's a layout of my sweet little puppy, Callum, in a relaxed mood.

Some close-ups:

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Creating a Nib Tin for my Dip Pen Nibs

I've been doing a bit of calligraphy these days so thought it would be fun to alter a mint tin into a nib tin for my dip pen nibs. Here's the completed project:

And here's the tutorial. You can either click on the link below to SnapGuide or carry on reading below.

Check out How to Create a Dip Pen Nib Tin by Susan Lui on Snapguide.

List of Supplies:

Graphic 45 Curtain Call patterned paper
Graphic 45 Staples Key & Metal Keyhole
Mint tin
Lace trim
Seam binding
String of pearls

1. Gather up your supplies

2.  Cover your mint tin with Graphic 45 patterned paper and lace trim.


3. Adhere a Graphic 45 Metal Keyhole to the tin.


4. Thread some twine through your Graphic 45 Key

5.  Suspend the key from the top of your mint tin.

6.  Glue a string of pearls to the bottom of the tin.

7.  Add cheesecloth, seam binding and flower to the top of the tin.

8.  And you're done!

Friday, May 9, 2014

All The Best card

Here's a card I created using Simple Stories' DIY Bouquet collection. The cheery vibrant colours called for a clean design with strong shapes. I don't usually do flat cards and this is about as flat as I go. But I couldn't resist just turning up the flag ends for a little bit of dimension. The message on the front was handwritten using a dip pen and calligraphy ink.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Jewellery Box with tutorial

This is a jewelry box I created for Mother’s Day using Graphic 45’s Staples ATC Book Box and Couture collection.

This is a beautiful handmade pendant my daughter made. Isn’t it exquisite? Best part is, she creates these for sale to the public with all proceeds going to charity. If you'd like to find out more, do let me know.

I’ve written up a tutorial for the jewellery box. It’s not difficult and can be done in a few hours, once you gather up your materials.

To begin, here’s a list of what you’ll need:

List of Supplies:

Graphic 45 Staples ATC Book Box
Graphic 45 Couture patterned papers – Accessorize, Gorgeous, Elegant, Couture
Graphic 45 Couture Chipboard 2
Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Key
Black lace
Prima Flower


1. Paint the edges of your Staples ATC Book Box black. There’s no need to paint all of the box. Just the edges that won’t be covered by patterned paper.

2. Cover the walls of the book box with the striped Accessorize patterned paper.

3. Select some patterned paper and embellishments you’ll want on the top of your book box. This is what I’m going to use.

4. String black lace through a Graphic 45 ornate metal key.

5. Cover the top of the book box with Classy patterned paper and adhere the key with lace to the box. Allow the key to dangle over the front of the box.

6. Carefully cut out the inside of the Elegant patterned paper, leaving just the border. Line the inside of the border with doily and adhere this to the top of the box, over the black lace. 

7. Stick on a Couture chipboard element to the centre of the collage as shown.

8. Layer the metal embellishment and flower over the chipboard element.
9. You’re almost done. Here’s the view from the side.

10. Cut some flowers and coupons from Gorgeous and Beautiful patterned papers, select your favourite Couture chipboard and layer them on to the front and sides of the box as shown. And you’re done!