Wednesday, April 2, 2014

An Altered French Jar for Make & Take at PaperFest

Want to make this pretty altered French glass jar? It's my Make & Take at PaperFest which is taking place on Saturday 26 April at Raffles City. Which means you get to make it on the spot and take it home with you.

It features Graphic 45's Sweet Sentiments patterned papers, chipboards and lots of ribbons, trims, lace and pearls.

See you there!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Graphic 45 Design Team

Photo: Extra! Extra! Announcing the Top 30 finalists for the 2014 Graphic 45 Design Team!

Graphic 45 has announced its top 30 finalists for this year. Congrats to everyone on the list, especially my teamies from the current DT as well as my other scrapping friends. It's going to be an exciting run-up to the days before the new team is selected and I'm looking forward to seeing who'll be on it. I did not reapply this time as I'm coming to the end of my two year term and Graphic 45 likes to keep the DT fresh with new faces, which is a great thing. I'll still be designing with Graphic 45 because I really do love what they come up with. Once a Graphic 45-er, always a Graphic 45-er. :)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Altered Notebook

Hello! Here's a spiral sketch book I altered using Carta Bella's Sew Lovely collection for PaperMarket.

It's quick and easy to create and makes for a great little gift.

Some close-ups:

Patterned papers – Carta Bella Sew Lovely
Element Stickers – Carta Bella Sew Lovely
Ribbons – May Arts

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Sew Lovely Mini Album

Hello! Here’s a mini album I created from scratch using Carta Bella’s Sew Lovely collection.

I made a little 3D dress form to complement the collection and mounted that on the cover of the mini.

The mini is handbound with exposed binding using waxed cord.


The inside pages are a mix of patterned paper, quotes, cardstock and manila tags.

List of Supplies:
Patterned Papers - Carta Bella Sew Lovely
Diecut stickers - Carta Bella Sew Lovely
Cardstock - American Crafts
Flowers - Prima and own stash
Others - pearls and wax cord (own stash)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Sweet Sentiments Tri-Shutter Card & Tutorial

A few weeks back I created a shutter card for Graphic 45 using the Couture collection. I had quite a few requests for a tutorial for it, so I’ve designed another shutter card, this time using Sweet Sentiments. I’ve also written up instructions for it.

Here’s the card, which as you can see, opens up into a 9x9 inch 3D display:

And this is how the card looks folded neatly into a 3x9” card, perfect for mailing.

Here’s what you’ll need to create the card:

Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments 8x8 Paper Pad
Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments Heart Song
Cream cardstock


1. Cut your 12x12” cream cardstock into 9x9”.

2. Score and cut your 9x9” cream cardstock as shown below.

3. You should end up with a base sheet like this, which you can now accordion fold to give you a shutter card.


4. Select the 3x4” images from Easter Greetings in the paper pad and attach them to the panels marked ‘A’. On the panels marked ‘B’, attach rectangles of purple Violet Bouquet, leaving a small border of cardstock all around. Glue on some doilies to these purple rectangles. On the panels marked ‘C’, attach rectangles of pink Heart Song. See photo for details.

5. Cut out the images from Easter Greetings patterned paper and attach these to the panels marked ‘C’. See photos below for the images I used.

6. Cut out some butterflies from Heart Song, stamps from Spring Has Sprung and flowers from Perfect Petals. Arrange these on to the panels marked ‘B’, using a couple of stamps and butterflies for each panel. For details, look at the photos below:

7. For the middle ‘A’ panel, cut out some flowers and butterflies from Perfect Petals and Heart Song and layer these on to the postcard, being sure to leave some space for your greeting.

8. And you’re done. Here’s a picture of the card open flat, so you can see all the different elements on each panel. Happy Scrapping!

By the way, the Graphic 5 design team call is on right now. Believe me, they're the best design team to be on. The products are fantastic and the team is just like a family. I won't be applying for it this year because I've been on the team continuously for two years already, and two years prior to that with a break in between. Graphic 45 likes to keep their design team fresh so current DT members who've been on the team for two years will not be able to re-apply. But you can be sure that I'll still be creating with their wonderful products. :)

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day ATC Tag

Here's a Valentine's Day ATC Tag created using Graphic 45's new Ivory Artist Trading Tag and the Sweet Sentiments colleciton. 

I turned the ATC tag upside down and hung a heart-shaped pendant which I’d personalized with an image from Sweet Sentiments. For the ATC itself, I fussy cut some Valentine images and layered them with 3D foam dots to create a highly dimensional Valentines tag. Ribbons and strings of pearls complete this sweet little tag


Happy Valentine's Day!

Hello and Happy Valentine's Day!

Starting this week I'll be blogging every Friday at the PaperMarket blog with some design inspirations. This week, I had the opportunity to play with some new Basic Grey Herbs & Honey collection which Sharon and Merdrey brought home from CHA. It being Valentine's Day, I decided to make some Valentine's Day cards even though this wasn't a Valentine-themed collection.

Here's the first card - a sweet, classically-styled card with fussy-cut flowers layered over an intricate heart-shaped doily and embellished with a string of pearls and pink seam binding.

Next, a Valentine's card more suited to a younger recipient with its bright colours and strawberries.

And finally, a card in a less traditional colour of kraft, brightened up with a bouquet of flowers and pearls over an intricate heart-shaped doily.

List of Supplies:

Patterned Paper & Stickers - Basic Grey Herbs & Honey collection - Asparagus, Artichoke, Onion, Raspberry, Strawberry, Pear, Radish, Sticker Shapes, Sticker Alpha

Doilies - own stash
Flowers - Prima

Friday, February 7, 2014

Couture Card

I love the colours of the new Couture collection by Graphic 45. The designs lend themselves so well to card making. Here I’ve made a long 4x12 inch card for Graphici 45 which opens up to a 12x12 standing display with a different view from different angles. I used the 4x6 card cut-outs for the centre pieces and the smaller cut-out pieces and fussy-cut details for the other panels.

 Here's the closed card:

And the card opened up to a 3D display:

The top panel:

The bottom panel:

Graphic 45 Couture collection - Elegant, 8x8 Paper Pad
Bazzill black cardstock

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Sweet Sentiments Layout

This is a layout I created using Graphic 45’s new Sweet Sentiments collection. I love the pale pastel colours of this collection and the sweet Spring and Valentine images. This collection is great for lots of detailed cutting and I’ve put it to good use in this layout, layering images upon images to create depth and detail.

The photograph was taken at Rosslyn Chapel near Edinburgh, Scotland. The chapel gained fame as the setting for part of Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code. Scenes from the movie featuring the chapel were also filmed on site. It was an interesting visit to the chapel, looking at the architecture and unusual carvings on the building. I especially liked the exterior walls which had lovely natural pastel hues.


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sweet Sentiments Altered Cheeseboard Tutorial

I altered this cheeseboard and incorporated a photograph, turning it into a lovely little piece of home d├ęcor. What’s great about this project is I used just two pieces of 12x12 Graphic 45 Secret Garden patterned paper and some embellishments to create it and you can finish the altered art in under 60 minutes. Great for a quick yet pretty gift. Sound good? Read on for the tutorial.


1. What you’ll need:

Wooden cheeseboard
Graphic 45 Secret Garden collection – Secret Garden, Beautiful Blooms
Graphic 45 Secret Garden Chipboard 1
Some flowers and leaves

2. Cover your wooden cheeseboard with the Secret Garden patterned paper.

3.  Cut out some flowers from the patterned papers and attach to the cheeseboard as shown. Silhouette cut a photograph and adhere to the bottom of the cheeseboard.

4. Glue a sprig of flowers on to the left of the cheeseboard. Cut out the fence from the patterned paper and adhere using 3D foam dots. Place the photograph so it looks like the subject is standing behind the fence.

5.  Attach more flowers and the Secret Garden chipboard button to the bottom left of the cheeseboard. I tied some twine to the chipboard button. Cut out some birds and butterflies from the patterned papers and adhere to the cheeseboard. Done!