Friday, October 09, 2015

Graphic 45 and Art-C Groove Tool

Welcome to the blog today. All this week the Graphic 45 team has been sharing project we made with the Art-C Groove Tool by Momenta! Grab a snack, put your feet up, and check out this project tutorial! 

Each designer on the G45 Domestic Team received a tool (and lots of other Momenta goodies) to try. I had fun using the sanding attachments and the sponge attachment to make my project. (To see a video of the Groove Tool in action, click HERE.)

I created a 6" x 5" x 1/2" accordion-style mini album using "timeless" as a theme, which represents what Graphic 45 paper is all about, timeless papers and embellishments!

There are eleven decorated panels, plus the front covers! The mini is decorated with coordinating colors of red, blue, and black from the Times Nouveau Deluxe Collector's Edition, Home Sweet Home, Couture, and Typography Collections. I love how the Graphic 45 Collections are so versatile and color-matched.

If you wish to see a slideshow of the full mini, click HERE. Otherwise, keep reading for a tutorial and close-up photos of each page.

The Art-C Groove Tool is great for adding ink to all the edges of the paper and tags. The sanding attachment is perfect for sanding rough edges on the chipboard elements and sanding embossed paper. 

To create this mini, start by trimming black cardstock to 6" x 12". Make sure to use a heavy weight cardstock.

Score on the long side at 2 1/2", 3", 8", and 8 1/2".

Fold on the score lines to form the base and covers of the mini.

To create the accordion fold-out, trim four pieces of black cardstock to 5 7/8" x 9 7/8". Fold each panel in half. (I only show three panels in the photo, but to copy the sample, make FOUR.) Use a thin weight cardstock to keep the project from getting too bulky.

Attach the four panels together in an accordion-fold. (Only three panels are shown, here. Please add a fourth to create the sample.)

Attach the accordion insert to the center of the card base. You may wish to decorate your surfaces FIRST, and then attach the accordion. 

Use the Groove Tool with the sponge attachment to add ink to the edges of your paper.

I used a few pieces of embossed Core'dinations cardstock to my project. I sanded the surface of the cardstock with the Groove Tool. 

Flip the base panel over and add Graphic 45 paper to all surfaces. I trim my paper 1/6" smaller on each edge to allow for a border of the black cardstock. You may wish to add thin, strong magnets to the two cover flaps before you add the decorative paper. The magnets will keep the covers closed. 

I used the Times Nouveau Deluxe Collector's Edition pack. This has always been one of my favorite G45 collections. I was very happy when they "re-booted" it and added a few new elements!

Turn the base panel to show the inside. Decorate the inside of the covers as shown. I used bits of the embossed cardstock at the tops of the left and right panels. Use strong adhesive to attach the accordion section to the center panel.

Close the covers and add the Times Nouveau chipboard clock embellishment to the right-hand cover. I added a chipboard word (Gina's Designs) to the cock. I sprayed the word with ink mists.

Open the left-hand cover flap and add a few chipboard gears to the top.

Open both cover flaps. Create a pocket for the right-hand cover flap. Add tags or ephemera. I also wanted to cover the naked chipboard that was hanging over from the front cover. I covered the back of the element with paper and a sticker. 

The center panel is the first page of the accordion insert. I have created a pocket for this page, and I added a few chipboard gears and a custom chipboard element. 

To create the custom pocket decoration, I used a sticker from the Times Nouveau Sticker sheet and a chipboard shape from the Steampunk Spells collection. I have tons of left-over chipboard from Steampunk Spells because I created workshop projects with some of the pieces, meaning there are piles of left overs. I often dig into that pile and alter the chipboard in some way. For this page, I simply attach the Times Nouveau sticker to the same shape chipboard, and...instant embellishment!

Pull the accordion insert to the left. The album opens to nearly 30 inches! Each page of the accordion is decorated with Graphic 45 papers! Page 1 is the front pocket described above. Page 6 is the back of the right-hand cover flap.

Page 2: I mixed Couture papers with the Times Nouveau. (You can still find Couture online, if you search for it.) I created a tag holder out of Stackable Labels Shape Set chipboard and a phrase from the Art-C Lace Ephemera Collage Kit. I sprayed the chipboard with mists before assembly.

Page 3: I also used a bit of Typography paper. It is another retired collection, but you may be able to find it online. I recommend that you look in your stash for papers that coordinate, and use up what you have on hand. This is a project that can work for any theme or paper style.

I used the NEW World's Fair stamp to stamp a large tag. The tiny tag is from Art-C, Kraft Mini Tag Pack.
Page 4: I used Gina's Dressforms 1 Miniature Shape Set to create a label holder for this page. Make sure you only glue one side of the embellishment to the page. That way you can slide tags under the opposite edge.

Page 5: This page is a diagonal pocket. I used the Gina's Words and Phrases 1 as well as the Art-C word strips. I used papers from the G45 Home Sweet Home 6x6 Patterns and Solids Pad for this project as well. It always amazes me how the G45 collections can all work together!

Now, flip the accordion section to the right to reveal four more panels! This is one jam-packed mini! Page 7 is the inside of the cover flap that we looked at above. 

Page 8: I used some embossed cardstock to create another diagonal pocket. I love the combination of clocks and gears along with the fashion-theme. It is that harmony of feminine with edge that I adore. The gear chipboard is from the Gina's Designs Gears Border and Corners  Shape Set.

Page 9: I used another of the stackable label chipboard pieces and a sticker phrase to create another tag holder. I often cover tags with the printed paper to make photo mats. I frequently have pre-printed tags which I will never use, or often I stamp on a tag and the image is blurry and unusable. I can cover the offending tags with paper and use them, rather than toss them in the trash!

Page 10: And one more pocket. The phrase is from the Art-C Lace Ephemera Collage Kit. That little kit was full of lovely, vintage goodies! All the twine is also from Art-C.

Page 11: Another pocket, decorated with a chipboard dress form. I confess that I had to take some of the ribbon off the large tags as it was making the mini too bulky! 

I hope you enjoyed my mini album project! They are fun to make, not so fun to photograph, but they are always worth it! Thanks to Graphic 45, Momenta Art-C, and Gina's Designs for contributing product for this project! What a marriage! I am going to be a guest designer for Gina's Designs in December, so watch for more great projects using the laser chipboard!

My slideshow video is HERE.
Graphic 45 Supplies:
Times Nouveau Deluxe Collector's Edition: Copacetic, It's the Berries, Bee's Knees, Swanky, About Time, Stickers, Chipboard
World's Fair: Cling Stamp 1
Home Sweet Home 6x6 Patterns and Solids Pad
Couture: Fashion, Accessorize, Elegant, Beautiful, Fabulous, Lovely, Chic, Stickers
Typography: Journey, Create, Typography, Dream, Imagine

Art-C Supplies:
Groove Tool
Metallic Twisted Baker's Twine
Lace Ephemera Collage Kit
Kraft Mini Tag Pack

Gina's Designs Chipboard: 
Stackable Labels Shape Set
Gears Border and Corners  Shape Set
Gears Shape Set
Dressforms 1 Miniature Shape Set
Words and Phrases 1

Other products:
Cardstock: WorldWin Black, Core-dinations ColorCore Cardstock Tuscan Sunset, Bon Voyage
Tags: Reflections, office supply
Flash cards: Tim Holtz
Magnets: Basic Grey Magnetic Discs
Punches: EK Success 1 1/4", 1 1/2" circle punches
Brads: Creative Impressions
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, Ranger Distress Walnut Stain
Spray mist: Tattered Angles Glimmer Mist Bronze, Beetle BlackAlmost Black, Tattered Angels Baseboard Fire, Tattered Angels Splash Chalkboard Mist; Cosmic Shimmer Silver
Embossing folders: Sizzix Sewing, Measuring Tape; Cuttlebug Clockwork
Adhesive: Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue, Scor-tape, Scotch 3M ATG tape, Scrapbook Adhesive's by 3L 3D Foam Squares

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday - Homemade with Love

Welcome to another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday! Many of you are probably enjoying lovely fall weather, with lots of fall color. Here in southern CA, it has been hot, hot, and more hot. The weather has been more July than October, so far. I am making myself feel "fall-ish" by crating some cards with autumn colors!

I decided to pair the Farmers Market Collection with the Enchanted Mum Collection this month. I love the images in the Farmers Market paper pad. I created a lovely rust-red mum to match!

Create a 6" x 5" top-fold card from dark brown cardstock by trimming cardstock to 12" x 5" and scoring at 6" on the long side. Trim the diamond print paper from the Farmers Market Paper Collection to 5 7/8" x 4 7/8". 

Use the doily die from the Decorative Flower Pot Die Set to trim two doily shapes from dark brown cardstock. Place the doily shapes along the left edge of the diamond print paper, overlapping the doily as necessary to create a border that is 5 7/8" long. Trim green Farmers Market Paper to 5 3/4" x 1 1/4" and attach to the doily border. 

Wrap rust shimmer satin ribbon around the center of the doily border and attach at the back of the diamond print paper. Attach the panel to the card front. 

Trim the image from Farmers Market paper and attach to dark brown cardstock. Fussy cut around the image to create a shaped mat. Attach the image to the card front with foam adhesive, 1 1/4" from the top and 2" from the left edge of the card.

Stamp the Enchanted Mum Cling Stamp Set two times onto ivory cardstock with Rich Cocoa ink. Use the Enchanted Mum Die to cut out the flowers. Spray one large, two medium, and two small flowers with Tattered Angles Fire Baseboard Spray. Blot excess spray with a paper towel. Allow the flowers to dry until just slightly damp (use a heat tool to speed up the process). Crumple each flower into a ball and allow the flowers to dry completely. Gently unfold each flower and burnish the center with a flower-shaping stylus. Glue the flowers together to create one large bloom, as shown. Glue the large mum to the left side of the image. (Watch THIS video to learn how to shape the Enchanted Mums.)

Stamp the large leaf from the Delightful Daisies Cling Stamp onto ivory cardstock with Rich Cocoa ink. Color the leaf with green chalk inks. Use the Delightful Daisy Die to cut out the leaf, and then shape it. Tuck the leaf under the upper left edge of the mum. 

Trim the diamond print paper from the Farmers Market Paper Collection to 5 7/8" x 4 7/8" and attach to the inside of the card. Trim ivory cardstock to 5 1/2" x 4 1/2" and attach it to the inside panel. Use Rich Cocoa ink to stamp the sentiment from the Heartfelt Sentiments Cling Stamp Set onto the panel as desired.

Thanks for stopping by! Visit the Heartfelt Creations Blog for more inspiration!

Heartfelt Creations Products Used:

Other Products Used: 
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Natural and Cocoa
Ribboh: Really Reasonable Ribbon Rust Shimmer Satin ribbon
Tools: Sizzix Big Shot, MISTI stamp positioner, hot glue gun
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, hot glue

Monday, October 05, 2015

Craft Hoarders Anonymous October Blog Hop

Welcome to the Craft Hoarders Anonymous October Blog Hop! The Hoarders Crew has been hard at work, de-hoarding and creating! Hop along and see what they have made! 

My blog is the first blog in the hop! After visiting me, hop over to Vicki Robertson's Blog next! For the full list of Bloggers, see the list at the end of this post! There are 20 ladies, with amazing projects to share! Keep an eye out for Bloggers who are giving away Blog Candy!

I not only dug into my paper hoard this month, but I also started to use up my yarn hoard!

A few years ago, I learned to loom knit in order to make baby hats for charity. I added to my yarn hoard at that time. I have no idea why I even had a yarn hoard, because up until the fall of 2013, I did not knit or crochet! It was mostly yarn that I purchased for homeschool craft projects.

This summer, I decided to teach myself to crochet! I had crocheted when I was in jr. high, so it was not too hard to relearn from watching YouTube videos! The hard part is that I am left handed and need to "translate" the directions. I started making striped baby blankets using single or half-double crochet. Easy peasy. Which means, I am hoarding even more yarn!

Since I plan to donate the blankets to charity, I want to have some sort of gift tag to match. I used tag dies to cut out tag shapes from my hoarded Graphic 45 Little Darlings paper, and ta-da, instant tags! Little Darlings is retired, but you may still be able to find it online. The newer baby collection, Precious Memories is still available. But, since this is a "use it up" blog, just grab some coordinating prints and make some tags!

I have a vast hoard of chipboard letters. I was able to use the pre-colored chipboard for this blue tag. I stamped the scripture sentiment onto a smaller tag an added it to the base tag. I did cover the backs of the tags as well, and I may add a gift card holder to the back of some of the tags.

I created the green tag to match the bow! I had made this green bow for something and then never used it. It's one thing to hoard ribbon, but another entirely to hoard bows! I used naked chipboard, colored with pigment ink for the word "baby." I also hoard buttons...and I do mean HOARD. I have so many buttons... and I cannot stop buying more! 

This blanket has two shades of blue, white, and a variegated yarn in shades of blue. I used single crochet only. I think the foundation is about 90-100 chains long. Then, I just chained one at the end of the row, turned the work, and placed a single crochet in each chain, repeat. I varied the width of the stripes, and that's that! I used a "K" hook. The blanket is about the size of a receiving blanket.

This green version is also single crochet, with various widths of stripes. The yarn was a bit bulkier, making for a heavier blanket. I used two shades of green, white, and a variegated yarn of green, pink, and lavender. (Don't ask the brand or weight of the yarn. I don't remember! It's all bulky, baby yard. From either Joanne's or Hobby Lobby.) I used a "J" hook.

I am currently working on this blanket using super bulky yarn (Bernat) in Baby Yellow, Vanilla, and Pitter Patter. This blanket is a bit larger than the others, as I think I chained 103 to start. I have one huge ball each of the yellow and vanilla and three regular size balls of the variegated. I am working this blanket with a half-double crochet and a an "L" hook. We will see if I run short of yarn!

I hope that you enjoyed my October Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop post! I know some of you are saying...what...this is NOT a yarn blog! But, most of us crafters are multi-talented, right?! Come back November 5th for the next post!

Now hop on to Vicki's Blog!

Make sure you visit all the ladies in the group. They have some AMAZING projects to share. A few of the gals may have Blog Candy to give away as well! 

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop List:
Gloria Stengel (you are here)
Vicki Robertson
Debbie Seyer
Ginny Nemchak 
Pam Bray
Jacquie Southas
Glenda Brooks
Amber Milone
Tracey Sabella
Donna Idlet
Bonnie Garby
Nancy Dynes
Wendi Robinson
Teresa Horner
Kathy Clement (on vacation, hop on to Barbara's Blog)
Jan Ennenga (on vacation, hop on to Barbara's Blog)
Barbara Rankin
Karen Zueger-Brownell (on vacation, hop on to Marisa's Blog)
Marisa Job
Christy Houser

Tag Supplies:
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Natural
Decorative paper: Graphic 45 Little Darlings
Stamp: Verve Wonderfully Made
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black
Chipboard: various alphabet
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Celery Green Plaid, Natural Solid Baker's Twine, Blue Topaz Double-faced Satin
Buttons: various
Dies: Sizzix tags, Tim Holtz Tag and Bookplates
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, hot glue

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Graphic 45 - September Time to Flourish Project Sheet

Today is World Card Making Day, so what better way to celebrate than with some Graphic 45 cards?!

I am sharing the Graphic 45 Time to Flourish September class project sheet with you today. Graphic 45 shared on their blog HERE. Please visit their blog and let them know what you think of this project series!

Each class in this series contains two cards and two tags using the matching monthly papers from the Time to Flourish Collection! Click HERE to print your step-by-step directions for these projects! For the September class, we are using the September Flourish and Cut Apart sheets from Time to Flourish, as well as the Cardstock Stickers and the Alphabet Stickers, both in stock at Our Staples item this month are the Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Brads, which come 10 to a package. We are using two sizes of the tags, Large and Artist Trading Tags, both in the kraft color.

To order project kits online, click HERE for the September kit, or HERE for the "I Really Want it All Bundle."

I used a "quilting" style for the cards this month, which is a great way to use up scraps of paper! This card is 6" x 6" and has a lot of dimension through layers and fussy cutting. The card can be personalized by choosing the number stickers that best match your occasion or event.

To add extra dimension to the stickers, I attached them to scraps of cardstock, then trimmed around the edges.

You can also use the alphabet stickers to personalize the inside of your cards. You can also convert the bottom decoration into a pocket for a gift card. Your favorite student or teacher would love that!

This card is 6" x 5" and uses another type of quilting pattern for the base. Again, I used layers of fussy cut images and sticker elements. 

I keep all border pieces and thin strips of decorative paper to use for decorating the inside of my cards. I am a confessed paper hoarder, and I simply cannot toss any Graphic 45 paper away, no matter how small the piece! 

The tags for September are the Large Kraft tags, with the addition of ATC-sized tags placed in pockets on the main tags. I used the large "bloom and grow" sticker to create a pocket, stuffed with tags and journaling spots, then personalized with the sticker letters. This tag would make a great hostess gift or "place card" for a craft event.

The second tag looks very simple, but when you lift up the bottom of the tag, just under the "wishes" stickers, you will see two hidden pockets! 

This month, you will learn how to alter the some of the stickers to create custom embellishments. Make sure to check out the project sheet for more information. 

Under the hidden flap, you will find two decorated pockets, stuffed with tags and photo mats!

To print the step-by-step project sheets for all the available months, click each link below.

Remember, these project sheets are released to the Retail Stores first. The Consumers get to see these on the blog once the stores have time to teach the classes locally. For the seasonal projects that are coming to you "late," just think of it as making your cards and tags for next year! It never hurts to get ahead!

The October projects are at your local stores NOW, and the November set will be arriving to them soon! I have only one more project set to create and then the program will be over! I we are all excited to find out what the NEW program will be for 2016! 

Thanks for stopping by!