Sunday, December 30, 2012

MORE Graphic 45 Papers

Hello again.  Well, I just finished taking pics of the remainder of the year using A Place in Time by Graphic 45.  Just an FYI -- there are a LOT of pictures in this post, so you  might want to grab a cuppa before you start.

For the first picture, I'm showing the missing March project that I had left at the store.  And here it is...  This is actually two Z-fold cards placed together.

March opened up -- note how the center back looks by putting the two "Z" folds together.

This next one is June and happens to be a favorite of mine.  Just something about the softness of the colors -- oh heck, I just love the whole premise of June wedding!

I added some embossed cream cardstock to enhance these luscious colors.

This is actually a book using pleated card stock in the center to contain the pages.

Last page of June.

On to summer!  Here's July.  I'm not normally a huge fan of patriotic stuff (is that blasphemy?) -- don't get me wrong, I love my country, but sometimes the red, white and blue are so overdone.  I love what Graphic 45 did with their colors and choices of images.  So, this turned out to be a particularly fun one to do.  It really challenged me to create a very different folded card as you will see by the following open pages.  This card has a belly band as did some of my others in a previous post.

Opened to the first page...

Opened to the second page...

Then flipped up to reveal more fantastic images!

Now this next one, August, is so totally different that I even surprised myself.  Keep in mind that this folds completely flat and is still an A2 size card (as are all of them except September).

This is either the front or the back -- it makes no difference as you will see.

Here's one side...

The reverse side...

The last short side...

Here's a view of the card looking down onto it.  I don't know what to call this fold, but it is one of the most fun folds I've used in a long time.  I simply put two of these together to form one complete card.

And here's September -- this fits in a #10 envelope.

And here's September opened.  I created little paper bag pockets out of actual paper bags and deckled the tops.  I then used existing tags on the sheet and inserted them in the bags.  Believe it or not, I used almost every image on this particular sheet.  

And here's November.  I made all separate pages and attached it with an "O" ring and hung a tag off the side (not too visible).

Inside first page...

Inside second page...

And last, but not least, Christmas!  Once again I created the book style using an accordion folded center to hold the pages (same as June, but different orientation)...

Inside first page...

Inside second page...

Inside third page.

Well, that's all they wrote, folks!  I don't know when I enjoyed doing something this much.  Part of it was because I FINALLY had some time to just sit and create without pressure for a deadline or a blog post.  I hope you've enjoyed seeing these as much as I've enjoyed showing them to you.

Ciao for now!

Ciao Bella! 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Graphic 45 Papers

This company has such gorgeous papers.  Their newest selection "A Place in Time" really called out to me.  I HAD to have each and every month.  I decided to try and create a different folded card for each month -- I almost made it.  I came up with 10 different folds.  I'd like to show you what I've created for January, February, April and May (March is at the store - Kept Creations).  These are so addictive once you start on them!  Kim at Kept Creations loved them so we've decided to offer a "Card of the Month" using just these papers.  Here's a sneak peek...

January showing a short "Z" fold and card is banded:

One view opened...

Second view opened.

February with normal "Z" fold:

Inside front view of February:

Outside back view of February (I actually ran out of images to place on this one):

Next is April using a double easel and banded again:

April opened full view with both easels:

April showing the inside of the closest easel:

May using a standard sidestep:

I will take pics of March and June thru December and post them at a later date.  

You have no idea how much fun these were to make.  It's like putting a puzzle together -- you need to plan exactly what pieces you want to place on the card without cutting into another piece that you also want to use.  

Well, I hope you've enjoyed this teaser and I hope we get a lot of sign ups for the Card of the Month at Kept.  I look forward to seeing you all there!

Ciao for now!

Ciao Bella! 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

A little gift...

In a previous post I had made a box and decorated it with Washi flowers.  Well, here's the same box, but done up for the holidays.  I filled the box with six cards and envelopes to give to my gifted hairdresser.  Using my favorite mirror cardstock and a great poinsettia die from Cottage Cutz, I created the top for the box.  The little corner adorners are from Cheery Lynn -- I absolutely love this set!

And here's a close-up of the corner...

Well, I guess I have to get back to making some Christmas cards!  Enjoy and feel free to leave a comment.

Ciao for now!

Ciao Bella!