Thursday, April 4, 2013

Great 'fantasmo' news from Art 'n Soul! In addition to Memory Box, Cheery Lynn is now open catalog as well. Dianne is finalizing the orders as we speak; if you haven't submitted a pink sheet order and want to get in on one or both of these orders, please stop into the store or call us asap! (360.357.6820) Alissa will be in the store today and will be very happy to assist you!

From Cheery Lynn direct via email . . .
"We've continued our Expressions and Sentiments series to match up with prior releases. These have been very inexpensive and quite popular.

We have added the "mates" to our Fanciful Flourish with opposing orientations. They are labeled "left" and "right" for singular use or as matching columns. The Fanciful Flourish Design is a "Hall of Fame" design. One of our biggest sellers ever.

There are four new Tiny Doilies and four regularly-sized Doilies in this release as well. The new larger Doily Angel Wings have etched alignment graphics on the back side of the die for an easier alignment of the first to second cut. We’ve made these beefier for ease of handling. There are five new wide border patterns, one with a vertical and horizontal orientation. These have also been very popular. New pop-up placards will be something relatively new to crafters. They have multi-use applications.

There are three new flower strips with varied sizes and quick assembly. These are a great bargain when compared to bulky punches.

Lastly, we have a group of miscellaneous designs that make great embellishments. All in all, there are over 40 new dies to choose from."

From Graphic 45's blog . . . Gloria's creativity and craft skills make for the most stunning projects. I always enjoy her creations. Please note that the downloads they show beyond the first one were not available to open; I think it's a progressive reveal over the next few days.

"Today Gloria is going to show you how to create an exquisite box to house all of your cards! This bright and cheerful Place in Time and Secret Garden box is the perfect finishing touch for your beautiful cards! It would also make an incredible handmade gift! Follow along with Gloria's fun and easy instructions to create your very own Place in Time treasure! Take it away, Gloria!  

Place in Time Secret Garden Box Altered Art Cards Gift Gloria Stengel Graphic 45 Tutorial

Graphic 45 Collections:
Place in Time: March Cut-Aparts paper, Chipboard Tags 1
Secret Garden: Beautiful Blooms, Sun Kissed, Meadow Lark paper, Cardstock Stickers,
Cardstock Flowers
Graphic 45 Staples: Ornate Metal Door Pull
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Pearls: Want2Scrap
Stamens: craft store
Embossing enamel: Stampendous Shabby Blue
Ink: Tsukineko Brilliance Moonlight White
Paint: Martha Stewart Summer Linen
Die Cuts: Spellbinders Spiral Blossom One, Bitty Blossoms, Foliage
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Tools: Sizzix Big Shot; Fiskars postage edge scissors
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape; Aleene's Tacky Glue; Ranger Glossy Accents
You may decorate a pre-made box, or follow the directions below to create your own box from chipboard. The cards in this series are all 5 x 5 inches, therefore the finished box is approximately 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches.
1. For the box base, cut two chipboard pieces to 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches. Cut three pieces to 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches.

2. Paint all edges with white acrylic paint and allow to dry.

3. For the box lid cut one piece to 4 5/8 x 5 5/8 inches, two pieces to 2 1/8 x 5 5/8x inches, two pieces to 2 1/8 x 4 5/8 inches. (Please note: depending on the thickness of your chipboard you may have to adjust the size of your lid.)
4. Paint all edges with white paint and allow to dry.

5. Cover all sides of the chipboard pieces with paper. I used a combination of papers from the Graphic 45 Secret Garden and Place in Time Collections.

6. Once all sides of your box and lid are covered with decorative paper, use a strong glue to assemble the pieces. 

The base of the box will measure 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches, with a bottom and four sides. The lid will measure slightly larger and sit down over the top of the box.
  Place in Time Secret Garden Box Altered Art Cards Gift Gloria Stengel Graphic 45 Tutorial

7. Use elements from the Graphic 45 Place in Time and Secret Garden Collections to decorate your box as desired.

8. Use one of the Place in Time Chipboard elements and the Secret Garden Cardstock Stickers to create a label for the front of your box.

9. Use embossing enamel to alter on of the Graphic 45 Antique Metal Door Pull Staples and attach it to the lid as a handle.
10. Add a few of the Place in Time March Cut-Aparts for extra decoration on the box top and around the rim of the lid.

Your box is now ready to fill with cards and envelopes!
If you have any questions, email me at or visit my blog at
We hope you all had a lot of fun on today's Graphic 45 blog! We want to thank Arlene Cuevas and Gloria Stengel for their amazing works of art! We hope that today's creations will inspire you all to create a special handmade craft for someone you love! Please come back and join us tomorrow for more dazzling craft inspiration and fun ideas! We will also be announcing the first round of 30 finalists for the new Graphic 45 2013 Design Team on tomorrow's blog! We will also have another super special announcement to make! It's going to be a very exciting day! We wish you all a very happy day! Thank you so much for joining us!
With Love and Pretty Paper,
Your Friends at Graphic 45"

From Penny Black's blog . . .


"Penny Black designer Alexandra Sirugue-Macleod used Cheers! #40-219 to make these clever and elegant cards. Wouldn’t they make a PERFECT invitation to a girls’ night out, or even an intimate gathering of friends? We adore the way she’s tinted the glasses just so to suggest wine within, and how she used cork as an accent. Gorgeous!"
by Alexandra Sirugue-Macleod for Penny Black

For our puppy and kitten lovers, I'm sharing these two photos that were on Facebook today. All I can say is OMG! Cuteness overload!


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