Monday, June 4, 2012

Thank you, Mr. Brown! Our favorite "Mr. Brown" (aka UPS) just delivered the Pan Pastel order. If you put a pink sheet order together, I'm sure Dianne will be calling you soon if she hasn't already!

Fabriano cards and envelopes are now being restocked at Art 'n Soul. I'm packaging them as a card with envelope set. The 6.75"x4.5" and 5.25"x3.5" sets will be at the store today; the 4.75"x4.75" sets will be at the store tomorrow.

Els with Elizabeth Craft Designs is in her final stages of prepping for the classes at Art 'n Soul on Sunday. The only class that has a couple of spots left is the 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. class . . . using Shimmer Sheetz to make a jewelry pendant and a mosaic cover. Call the store asap! to sign up (360.357.6528) . . . we've waited 2 years for Els to teach at Art 'n Soul and it's actually happening this coming Sunday.

These pics are examples of what Els will be teaching at this class.

I had a goof, and this is my 'fix it up' card. I masked and stamped the Magenta flower stamp in 2 colors of Versafine, and colored in with the Prismacolor colored pencils. I added a bird die-cut from one of my Memory Box dies. Pretty easy fix instead of sending the boo-boo to 'bad-card heaven"!
by Debbie Gaetz

From Magenta's blog . . .

"A colored image... just like magic!

Today, I'm gonna show you an acetate card.
It's a good old technique, revisited. To do so, I used: - a piece of acetate (or transparent plastic) - white cardstock - a card - Permanent Ink - Pencils to color the stamp (I used Touchs) - Adirondack Inks - Magenta Stamp Susie & Benjamin go to school [42.077.O] - a box.

Here's what I did... It's very simple.... I stamped my image on the acetate, and on the white cardstock. I colored my image. On the Box, I fixed a wide green band of paper to hide the colored image. Then I glued the acetate on the top of the card, and I slided it over the green and decorated the acetate. This way when we pull the card the image becomes colored... just like magic!
I'll use it to put a teacher's gift... a gift certificate or a jewelry. Have a good day!"
Edith - DT Magenta

From Penny Black's blog . . . I really like the simplicity of it!

by Jenyfur Pohl
"SUPPLIES and TECHNIQUE: Free Flight 30-117. I punched a square into cardstock and used it as a mask to ink a one-layer square onto my cardfront. I then removed the mask and added butterflies and sentiments."

I didn't have a chance to go to the store yesterday afternoon to take pics of Susie's sample book for her new class in August. I plan to do that tomorrow so I can show you her latest "fave" technique on sanded wood to make a darling book. When you see it, you're going to want to sign up for this class . . . I am!

From Graphic 45, these people really thought outside the 'box'! Wait until you see what's inside the armoire! and then you're gonna go "wow!" when you see the ukelele! Instead of using glue on the paper strips, I like that they used score-tape.
"This first amazing creation was made by Jim, The Gentleman Crafter. It's a gorgeous Tag Armoire that is all decked out in lovely Tropical Travelogue. Jim's crafts are always ultra-inspiring and filled with clever ideas. This vibrant armoire is simply incredible! Want to know how it was made? Jim has created a fun tutorial that takes you step by step through the creative process! Get ready to be wowed, G45ers! We proudly present Jim, The Gentleman Crafter, and his magnificent Tropical Travelogue tag armoire and tutorial! Take it away, Jim!
Tropical Travelogue altered art
Tag Armoire
This cool armoire will store all your tags. It has two storage drawers, and a secret place to
stash more tags. This is a chipboard heavy project as each piece listed below is doubled. This
means, for every piece I cut a sister piece that I bonded together with adhesive to give the
armoire a bit more structural integrity. Ok, Let’s get started…. As always, please read through
the entire pattern before you start.

Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Paper Collection
Graphic 45 Metal Tags
Graphic 45 Metal Button Brads
Graphic 45 Hinges (larger)
Idea‐o‐logy Metal Foundation Legs
2 3 x3 Idea‐ology Configuration Boxes
2 1‐1/2 x 3 Idea‐ology Configuration Boxes
Medium Weight Chipboard
Kraft Cardstock
Adhesive of choice
Black acrylic paint
1/8‐inch wooden dowel
4 1 Inch wooden Balls
Mini wooden clothes pins
Idea‐ology hangers
Step 1:
Cut two each of the chipboard to the dimensions below:
All chipboard pieces will be doubled meaning, double the thickness by cutting two of
everything and gluing them together.

Base Box
Top and Bottom‐ 4 ‐3/4 x 9
Sides –2 ‐1/4 x 4‐3/4
Back‐ 2‐1/4 x 9
Front Piece‐ 1‐3/8 x 2 ¼
Interior left and right Pieces – 2 x 4‐1/2
Middle Piece‐ 4‐ 5/8
Base Piece‐ 3 x 4‐1/2
Back Piece‐ 3 x 1‐3/4
Front Piece‐ 3 x 1 7/8
Armoire Body
Back Piece‐ 9 x 10‐1/4
Side Pieces‐ 4‐3/4 x 10‐1/4
Top and Bottom Piece‐ 4‐7/8 x 9
Doors‐ 4‐1/2 x 10‐1/8
Decorative Door Pieces‐ 3‐1/2 x 9
Interior Door Jam Piece‐ 1 x 8‐3/4
Base Piece for bottom of Armoire Body‐ 5‐1/4 x 9‐1/4
Top Crown
Base Piece‐ 5‐1/4 x 9‐1/4
Top Pieces (2) 5 x 5‐1/4
Angled Pieces‐ 2 x 9
Step 2:
Pair up your chip pieces and apply your favorite adhesive to the face of one side of each of the
sets. Adhere the sets together.
Box Base
Step 1:
With the sidepiece, apply wet glue to the long side. Line this up with the bottom piece and
hold it in place until the glue sets. Repeat with other side as well as the back piece.
Step 2:
Making structure strips. With a 12 x 12 piece of Kraft or cardstock, cut 1‐inch strips from the
sheet. Next, score the strip in half and apply Scor‐Tape to the left and right side of the score line, making sure not to cover the score. Make several of these in advance so they will be at
hand when needed.
Step 3:
Cut your structure strip down to the size of the left and right side and one for the back.
Prefold the structure strip forming a 90‐degree angle. Pull the tape backing and apply to the
outside edges where the pieces were joined together. This again with add integrity to the box
and hold it together.
Step 4:
Apply wet glue to the two small front pieces; align with edge and adhere. There are three
interior pieces. Two that are exactly the same size and one that is a 1/8 longer. The longer
piece will go in the middle and the two interior sidepieces are glued to the edge of the small 1‐
3/8 x 2‐1/4 piece. Starting with the sidepieces glue the length of the bottom and the two
short sides. Adhere these two pieces in between the front piece and back piece as well as the
bottom. Next, with a ruler find the center between these two interior sidepieces. With a
pencil mark the mid point on the front edge and the back. Apply glue to the bottom and back
of the middle piece and glue into place. Once glue sets, Go back with the structure strips a
support the glued interior pieces.
Step 5:
Have the box top ready; apply the wet glue to the top of all upright edges and interior pieces.
Line up top piece and adhere to base pieces.
The Drawers
Step 1:
Using the bottom drawer piece, glue one of the small and large configuration boxes to it the
chipboard base piece, making sure they aligned. Once the glue has set, apply the front and
back drawer pieces to the boxes.

Step 2:
Paint all edges of the base and drawers with black paint. Once paint has dried mat the
front, bottom, back and sides with cardstock.

Step 3:
Repeat the step above matting all flat surfaces with cardstock. Once done, find the center of
the drawer front and mark. Now, mark 1/16 on each side of the center mark. Use a craftpiercing
tool and pierce through all layers of chipboard and cardstock in the two holes each
side of the center mark. Insert a Graphic 45 Button Brad. Repeat for other drawer.
Armoire Body
Step 1:
Pull the back and sidepieces from your Chipboard pile. Next, lay the back down on a flat
surface; using wet glue again, glue sidepieces to back. Let the glue set. Apply structure strips
to all right angles.
Step 2:
Once the body of the armoire is dry, measure down 2 inches from the top and find the center.
Mark. Next, using a piercing tool or a Crop‐O‐Dile punch a 1/8‐inch hole on the mark. Do this
on each of the topsides. This is for the tag rod.
Step 3:
Cut a length of dowel to 9”. Paint black. Once dry apply wet glue to the end and insert the
dowel from the interior into each of the pre‐punched holes.
Step 4:
Stand the body piece on end and apply wet glue to the edges. Set bottom piece on top of the
glued edges and align. Apply structure stip to edge to support.
Step 5:
Repeat step above for the top piece.
Door Jam
Step 1:
Apply glue to the top, left and right of the door jam piece. Set into place in between the top
left and right side pieces, just below the top edge.
The Doors
Step 1:
Paint all door pieces with black paint and allow to dry.
Step 2:
Prepare the doors for the hinges by temporarily installing the doors onto the armoire body.
Mark 1 inch down from the top and one inch up from the bottom on each of the door fronts
and body piece. This will allow for easy placement later. Once marked, using a craft knife cut
a 1/8‐inch x 1‐inch long slot for the Graphic 45 hinge to fit flush against the armoire. Install
the hinge with long brads.
Step 3:
Take the front decorative door pieces and cover the front with patterned paper. Turn over
and apply score tape to the backside. Pull tape backing and adhere to front door piece,
centering piece on door panel.
Step 4:
Insert a Graphic 45 button brad into the keyhole of a small Graphic 45 Metal tag. Fold arms of
brad back against the tag. Glue tag assembly to the door front at 4” down from the top
decorative door piece edge and over 1/8 from the right side of the decorative door piece.
Repeat all steps for other door.
Step 5:
Apply Scor‐Tape to the bottom of the armoire and adhere bottom base piece to bottom of
armoire. Once done again apply Scor‐tape to the Bottom base piece. Pull tape and adhere to
the preassembled Base.
Step 6:
Mat all sides of the armoire body with patterned paper.
Step 7:
Paint the 4 wooden 1” balls with gold or copper paint. Once dry, dab Espresso alcohol ink
onto the balls. Glue the balls to the top of the four‐armoire body corners.
Crown Top Piece
Step 1:
Paint all edges of Crown with black paint.
Step 2:
Starting with the base piece, mark a line on the top ½ in from each of the longer sides. Next,
cut two pieces of 6 x 1 strips of chipboard and glue them down aligned them with the marks
on the base piece.
Step 3:
Apply wet glue to the long edge of the angled piece and adhere to the outside (front) edge of
the chipboard strip. Allow to dry.
Step 4:
Apply wet glue to the left side of the angled top piece. Starting with the left side top piece,
adhere to angled piece.
Step 5:
Cut a structure strip the same length of the top piece, and pull the tape backing from one side.
Apply the strip to the glued top piece at the right topside.
Step 6:
Pull the tape backing from the remainder of the structure strip. Align the second top piece
with the other top piece. Once aligned, secure structure strip to right side top piece. This is
the secret storage compartment for the armoire. By lifting the “roof lid” you can store extra
Step 7:
Paint interior of the storage space with black paint.

Step 8:
Apply Scor‐Tape to the bottom of the top piece and pull the tape backing. Align with armoire
body and adhere.
Step 9:
Mat all sides of the top piece.
Embellishing the Armoire
I like clean lines so I never embellish as much as others. I decided to use the metal tags to
accent the armoire. I measured and cut small pieces of paper to place just inside the tags
decorative ridges. Once this was done I adhered these four pieces to the doors of the armoire.
To hang the tags onto the rod, I used Tim Holtz idea‐ology hanger and wooden mini
clothespins. It’s a wonderful way to store these tags or display them by leaving the doors
open. Voila! Your Tag Armoire is Done!

Wow, wasn't that great!? This next amazing Tropical Travelogue creation was made by Denise Hahn. It's an altered ukulele! This wonderful piece is so inspiring! What a clever way to cherish your precious photos! Denise used fun photos of an island adventure as well as lots of beautiful embellishments with the fabulous Tropical Travelogue papers! This piece is so inspiring! It really gets the creative gears turning! Take a look at these wonderful photos and imagine creating a piece like this of your very own! Altered art also makes a wonderful personalized gift. There are so many possibilities! 
Denise Hahn Tropical Travelogue Altered Ukulele1
Denise Hahn Tropical Travelogue Altered Ukulele2
Denise Hahn Tropical Travelogue Altered Ukulele3
Denise Hahn Tropical Travelogue Altered Ukulele4
Denise Hahn Tropical Travelogue Altered Ukulele5
Denise Hahn Tropical Travelogue Altered Ukulele6
Denise Hahn Tropical Travelogue Altered Ukulele7
Denise Hahn Tropical Travelogue Altered Ukulele8
Denise Hahn Tropical Travelogue Altered Ukulele9
Denise Hahn Tropical Travelogue Altered Ukulele10
Tropical Travelogue Paper
Old Curiosity Shoppe (cardstock butterfly)
Tropical Travelogue  Chipboard Tags #1
Graphic 45 Staples Butterfly
Graphic 45 Staples Metal Brads
Want 2 scrap Nestabling Butterfly
Colorbox Pigment ink pad black
Colorbox fluid chalk pad Blue Lagoon
Clearsnap emboss gloss and clear embossing powder
Seam binding- United Ribbons
Glitter Branch- Plus 1 imports
Prismacolor premiere marker- dark brown
silk flower-vintage
metal chain
We hope you all had a marvelous time today! Huge thanks to Jim, The Gentleman Crafter and Denise Hahn for their stunning projects today. We also want to thank you all for joining us for today's craft inspiration. We are so excited to read your blog and Facebook comments this week! Please come back and see us tomorrow for more wonderful works of craft art from our design team! Have a fabulous day!
Happy Papercrafting!"
Your Friends at Graphic 45

Some of you are very kind to always ask how the new house is coming along. We're getting there; we've started moving items that we can load up in the cars. Several loads have included about 2/3 of my art supplies going into the new studio . . .

So, I'm going to push "publish" and get back to packing, laundry, and whatever else a Monday might include.

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