Wednesday, October 3, 2012

My bad . . . really big bad! I showed the last published release from Cheery Lynn Designs on yesterday's blog, not the most current that we received via email on Monday. So, here it is!

From Cheery Lynn's blog yesterday, very cute framing and embellishments on a Halloween card.

Halloween Fun

"Good Morning and Hello Cheery Lynn Fans, Donna here with my first card on the Inspiration Blog in almost a year.
I've decided to follow our great Halloween challenge and make a Halloween card as we don't celebrate it here in the UK as much as Canada and the USA, but I still love Halloween, so whenever I can make a card for it I grab the chance.

I used this image from The Paper Shelter, as I love all that hair she's got, and with it having a spiderweb and spiders in it, it tied in with the dies I would be using. I've cut it out using the Coved Rectangle Classic LG nesting dies. I've used the Spiderweb, the corner spiderweb, the silly spider in the upper right hand corner, and of course Going Batty (now Halloween wouldn't be complete with some bats or three) I've also created a lovely bloom in the corner using the Sweet Williams Dies, cut out of heavy white cardstock, then sponged with chalks, wet, crumpled, twisted and dried out to give the lovely shape to it. The stamens inside are from the Embellishment #1. The sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps, and papers from Bearly Mine Designs and tag is a printable from a shop on Etsy.
My finished card is 6x6 inches minus the items hanging over the

A closeup of my flower, the spiderweb and silly spider.

All of the above dies are available in the Cheery Lynn Designs shop and are listed below

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will join in with our challenge this week which is HALLOWEEN"

From the Millsrepco blog . . .

Ghost Card from Memory Box

"This card reminds me of those good times...ahhhh...such wonderful memories.
Ghosts in the Graveyard

Super easy to make! Here are the instructions:
  • Die cut Dill paper using Graveyard Landscape die
  • Die cut a scrap piece of Dove paper with Graveyard Landscape die as well, and cut off tombstones. Attach tombstones to Dill graveyard using 2-way glue or another liquid glue. Distress tombstones lightly with Weathered Wood Distress Inks.
  • Die cut a scrap piece of paper (I used Woodland Path) using the circle from the Grand Globe die and attach to front of Licorice Notecard.
  • Layer Graveyard Landscape over the moon.
  • Die cut Ghost Trio from white cardstock and distress edges lightley with Weathered Wood Distress Ink.
  • I stamped "Perfect Halloween" and heat embossed with Holographic embossing powder. Unfortunately its a bit hard to see. Next time, I'll use white embossing powder..."

Snowman with Birdie from Impression Obsession 
"I may be stretching the theme of Nature... but I think it has snow and a bird... both part of nature... right? I'm going with it. Snowmen are so easy to color... due to the lack of color, lol! So they are always good for a quickie. Had a hard time finding a nestie to frame this image... so I used the out of the box technique and let the little birdie hang out. Of course the top corners are chomped... because I still can't refrain from doing that on almost everything!  Jenny Gropp from Impression Obsession D.T. nature challenge." 
Jenny Gropp, IO Design Team

From Penny Black's blog  . . .

Feast your eyes

by jennbalcer
"on this simple, elegant, and frosty delight from Penny Black designer Cathy Adronicou. It showcases Winter Berries, Crystal Pattern, and a sentiment from Lace Delight. I’m in awe of all of the fussy cutting!  Cathy created it as an anniversary card, but I think it would be just perfect for a winter wedding, or even an “I miss you” kind of card, don’t you?
Penny Black Winter Berries
Cathy hails from the United Kingdom, and shares her stamped artwork on her blog, The Bright Side of Life. Visit for more Penny Black creations!"

From Graphic 45, more beautiful projects using papers from their Bird Song collection!


"Hello G45ers,
Happy Tuesday and welcome to another super fun day here at Graphic 45! Today's blog is full of wonder and inspiration as we bring you two stunning Bird Song creations by Susan Lui and Arlene Cuevas! As we gear up for the holidays it's a great time to start thinking about handmade gifts! Today we will show you two fabulous ideas for unique and heartfelt Bird Song gifts. First up is this gorgeous Bird Song card and 3-D box envelope by Susan Lui. Susan has even created a fun and informative tutorial on how to create the 3-D box envelope! Plus we have a splendidly beautiful altered art box by Arlene Cuevas! Today's crafts are sure to bring some harmony to your day. So lets begin with Susan's marvelous card and envelope tutorial! These creations are so vibrant and cheerful! Bring some color and joy to a friend of loved one with these fabulous Bird Song crafts! Take it away, Susan! 
The Graphic 45 ornate metal key is attached to the key hole via a red and white bakers twine, which holds the card closed.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Gift Card 2
The key twine unwound...
Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Gift Card 1
The card opens to reveal a photo frame and a personal greeting for the special occasion.
Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Gift Card 3
The customised pocket for the hong bao.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Gift Card 4

Card Supplies:

Graphic 45 Bird Song - Cherry Blossom, Longevity, Bird Song, Good Fortune
Graphic 45 Bird Song Stickers
May Arts Ribbon - Lace
The Twinery - Bakers Twine
Flowers - Prima Marketing & my own stash

If you like making 3-dimensional cards like me, you'll probably find yourself wondering how you're going to mail these bulky cards without flattening them. That's how I came about making a box envelope, which is essentially a thin box that's thick enough to house your 3-dimensional cards, protecting them from being smashed in the mail system. Best of all, you can make these box envelopes out of your favourite Graphic 45 patterned papers to match your card. This tutorial will show you how to make a box envelope for your 6x6 inch 3D cards.

Tutorial: Making A Box Envelope For 3D Cards

1 sheet of 12x12" Graphic 45 Bird Song Longevity patterned paper
Scoring Board
Scoring Blade

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Box Tutorial 1


1. Place your 12x12 inch patterned paper at a 45 degree angle to the score lines on your scoring board.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Box Tutorial 2
2. Score a line at the 4 3/8 inch mark. And another line at the 5 1/8 inch mark. Rotate the paper 90 degrees and repeat. Do this for all three rotations.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Box Tutorial 3

3. You will end up with 8 score lines as shown in the photo below. Fold along the score lines and open up the paper again.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Box Tutorial 4

4. Follow your score lines and cut off the triangular pieces as shown in the photo below.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Box Tutorial 5

5. You will need to snip along the score line on ONE side of the square as shown. Do this for all four squares.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Box Tutorial 6

6. Bring up the left and right sides of the patterned paper to meet each other as shown. Adhere together.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Box Tutorial 7

7. Bring up the bottom flap and adhere firmly to the centre of the box. And you're done!

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Box Tutorial 8

8. A pretty box envelope to match your Graphic 45 cards. Best of all, the box envelope opens to reveal a pretty pattern inside too.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Box Tutorial 9

9. Slip in your 3 dimensional Graphic 45 card, seal it and head off to the post office. :)

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Box Tutorial 10

Wow, wasn't that fun?! Next we have an exquisite Bird Song altered art box by Arlene Cuevas. Altered art boxes make brilliant gifts! You can create unique and personalized treasures for someone you love. Arlene has created a gorgeous scene by layering Bird Song papers, adding some pretty fussy cutting and lovely embellishments. Let this fabulous piece inspire you to create a one-of-a-kind gift for someone you love! Here Arlene explains her inspiration behind this fabulous project. 
"The Bird Song papers are truly inspiring. When I saw the papers for the first time, I grabbed one of my Altered Art Boxes! I knew I wanted to create a pair of Shoji sliding doors that peek into a room where a Geisha is sitting. Inside the box is a treasure of Asian inspired accents such as a fan and scroll. These papers are so gorgeous to work with. The possibilities are endless!" -Arlene Cuevas
May Arts Ribbon - black
May Arts Black burlap string
Want2Scrap black Flourish
Ranger Distress Ink – Black Soot
I Am Roses Cherry Blossoms
Cheery Lynn Designs – Large Window die, Window B die
Asian coin
Ranger Alcohol Ink – Gold
Jewelry Wire
We hope you all enjoyed today's Graphic 45 blog! We had a great time getting to share these fabulous creations with all of you. We want to thank Susan Lui and Arlene Cuevas for their splendid work today. We have more terrific crafts and inspiration to share with you on tomorrow's blog. We hope to see you then! Have a great day, G45ers! Thank you again for stopping by!
Happy Papercrafting!"
Your Friends at Graphic 45

I'll close today's posting with Susie's new cat, Nadya. She is now just as famous as Sasha because Magenta's latest Cat of the Season  is designed after Nadya.

Cat of the season

This is Nadya, my friend's beautiful cat who inspired Valerie to create the new Magenta Cat of the Season...


Magenta rubberstamps:  50.066.I, 07.471.F
Encre:  Memento:  Black, Cantaloupe, Tangelo
Color pencil
Magenta rubberstamps:  50.066.I,  07.550.E
Ink:  Black Versafine and Memento Tangelo, Summer Sky, Bamboo Leaves
applied with Ink blushers from Imagine Crafts

Magenta rubberstamps:  50.065.P,  14.627.K,  07.711.G
Ink:  Tsukineko Black Versafine
Decorative paper:  ME 238

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