Monday, December 9, 2013

Petite little die...

This is a small die that I keep misplacing and finding again.  So before I misplace it yet again, I decided to create a card for posterity -- translation:  in case I really lose it completely.

I learned the cutting technique for this card on a YT video that I just loved and recreated it to fit this little die.  You first fold your card into a cupboard fold, add your DP to the flaps and then place the die inside the card with the blades face up and run it through your die cutting machine.  You will need to die cut additional shapes for the inside as well as the band around the oval opening on the front.

The picture below is what the card looks like opened.  I haven't added a sentiment yet.  Kinda neat technique isn't it?

Well, let's hope I can find this little deer die next year and produce a whole lot of cards.  My Christmas cards are all done and mailed for this year and it's time to pack things away in the bottom of the closet.  

Well, that's all for now -- Ciao!

Ciao Bella! 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Birthday card for my future son-in-law...

After he receives this, I could be the cause of an engagement gone wrong!  Andy and I have an ongoing, fun, sarcastic relationship and use any excuse to whip one another.  My daughter threw him a 40th birthday party a few weeks ago and I must have said something cutting about his age (who me?  I'd NEVER say anything like that about my Andy boy!).  So the other day I had called to see how my daughter was feeling and Andy answered the phone.  Caller ID is so unfair -- he answered the phone with "I'm not talking to you!".

Okay, wise guy!  Here's a birthday card for my favorite maybe-NOT-future, son-in-law...

I created the door out of chocolate card stock and used a Cheery Lynn door die and aged it with gold and white chalk inks.  I then computerized the sign on the door and hung it with a brad.  The background wooden planks are made using a gold card stock, then rubbed with 3 different shades of brown then white.  The planks and nails are drawn in with a black Copic marker.

When you open the door, there's a Zombie staring at you. (heh! heh! - see where I'm going here?)

And here's my birthday greeting for my MAYBE-one-of-these-days son-in-law.  The font is a little wonky, but it says Birthdays are like Zombies... they just keep coming and coming until you're dead".  I used a crackle stencil and dabbed it with brown ink and edged it to age it a bit.  "Age" being the operative word here.

I think this is going to be one of those "I got the last word in" episodes.  What fun -- I can hardly wait to see what Andy's next volley will be!

Ciao for now!

Ciao Bella! 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Cascading box

Hello my friends.  My posts get fewer and fewer these days, don't they?  I'm so busy with Craft-Dee BowZ that I neglect to post on my original blog.  The only reason this is being posted  on Ciao Bella is because it does not  have a bow (shhhh!  I know that's blasphemy for me!)!  Yikes!  How could I create a project without a bow?

Having said that, this is something I had seen on YouTube quite a few years ago and I tripped across it again and decided it's time to try it.  It was more than easy!!  The toughest part is making up your mind how you want to embellish it!  I kept it fairly minimal since I'll be teaching this in December.

I've called it the Cascading Box project.  I have no idea (as usual) where I found the original and what it was called.  This was so much fun to make!  You start with a 6 x 11-3/4" piece of DP for the box base and then create four small boxes (for the inside - see picture below), origami style, and a cover.

Here's the completed closed project.  I used IO tree dies as well as the small snowflakes which were adhered and  suspended on white thread.   I just wanted some sort of movement with this project for some reason.  The ferns are also from IO.

And this is what it looks liked opened up.  Isn't it a great, fun thing to do?  And doesn't it look like the boxes are cascading, hence the name I dubbed it?


Here's a close-up of the box cover.  I did this using five different snowflake dies. I used dimensional tape (sometimes doubling it up) on each layer to give it the height that I wanted.   I then glittered them once they were all together by dipping a paintbrush into PPA glue and brushing it on and then sprinkling white glitter over it all.  It's really much prettier in person.  The pine boughs were done in a similar way using a frosting glitter.

Well, that's it for now.  Hope this inspires you!

Ciao for now!

Ciao Bella! 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Pretty little Poinsettia

Okay, some of you may be saying it's a little early for Christmas -- we haven't even had Halloween yet!  Well I have been doing Christmas projects for over 2 months now -- mainly because of my teaching schedule at the store and on the road with Craft-Dee BowZ.  But I was in Texas this past weekend with The Collins Group and we did this sweet little project with Susan's Garden and I thought I'd share it with you.

It got mangled in my suitcase on the way home, but I was able to spruce it back up.  Isn't this the cutest?  The box is made from a  Sizzix die (unknown) and the poinsettia, of course, is from Susan's Garden.  Just love her stuff.  I used to make a lot of her creations when she was affilliated with The Punch Bunch.  But using dies is soooo much easier as you can get several different sizes and store it in a smaller space (than punches).  We also used a combination of Elizabeth Designs wide tape and her wonderful glitter.  This was the last class I took at the trade show and it was the MOST relaxing class I have ever been in!  Just thought I'd share.

Ciao for now!

Ciao Bella! 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

"But, Officer!..." I said...

"I was just looking for a new fashion statement.  I didn't KNOW it was THAT kind of vest!"

Me, after a long day of painting at my son's new house.  We were rearranging his "police" closet and my curiosity got the better of me and I tried on his Kevlar vest, mostly to see just how heavy these things are.  To answer your question, yes, they are heavy, but not what you expect.  HOWEVER, I can see that if I were wearing this for any length of time, my knees would bow, my back would bend and I'd be dragging my chin along the asphalt.  These puppies have got to be miserable in the hot weather!

Just me clowning around.  Like my outfit?  Hey!  They're my painting duds!  If you ever saw me painting, you wonder why I don't wear a hazmat suit instead.

Ciao for now!

Ciao Bella! 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Just too tin' my horn!

For a gal who doesn't do Steampunk on a regular basis, it's another surprise that I had another project published in Just Cards Steampunk Volume 3!  I created this using a DeSorono bottle simply because I loved the shape .  It was a hardship for hubby to have to "take care of" the contents so that his  crazy, crafty wife could have the bottle (NOT!).

Armed with tons of metal doo-dads including odd things like garters (remember those?), hook closures, thin chains, old buttons and various and sundry other quirky metal pieces like washers from a hardware supply store, zipper pulls... Basically anything I could get my hands on (this is a huge run-on sentence, folks), I first took aluminum foil sized to fit around the bottle and cap., crumpled it then pulled it smooth, but with all the crinkles.  I fit and glued it around the bottle and cap then took my sponge brush and cheap black acrylic paint ant painted sections at a time.  I then wiped each section down with a cloth being careful with my pressure .  The result was an aged look to the foil.

Then the fun began!  Picking and choosing all the doo-dads to add to my project.  I used E6000 to adhere all the metal parts and had to allow some drying time in between depending on where the parts were placed so they didn't "drip" off the bottle.  Below are a series of close-ups of the project.

I'm sure some of you recognize some of the "hardware" on here.  Well, that's it for today!  I wanted to share and hope you enjoyed it.  If you love Steampunk, this magazine is LOADED with great ideas, some quirky, some artful, and some just downright "different".

Ciao for now!

Ciao Bella! 

Monday, July 22, 2013

I've gone astray!

By that I mean that I came out of my box AGAIN!  Sheesh, if this keeps happening, I'm going to have to introduce myself to me!  (don't know what that means, but it made sense while I was writing it)

Anyway, I took this fabulous class with Catherine Scanlon who, by the way, is also a fellow teacher with me at My Creative Classroom.  We do totally different things and I wanted to test my boundaries again and try Catherine's mixed media class.  Whoa!  There were some people there who didn't think I'd survive the entire ordeal (I'm dead serious!).  This is sort of a free art style and for me to not "connect- the-dots" was a struggle.  But after all was said and done, I was thrilled beyond belief at how my project turned out.  It now has the honor of hanging in my kitchen and I just love looking at it knowing that my little in-the-box hands created it.

Catherine had us do a "test" piece just to get the idea of how photo transfer is done.  Now I know you'll look at this and say "the writing is backwards!".  Well, that was not my fault -- Catherine had someone photocopy the transfers and they did it without taking the writing into consideration.  No problem -- it was only for our test piece.  I thought "hey, this isn't too bad -- I can do this!"  So here's my test piece...

We did this on Hot Press water color paper to make the transfer.  Then went on to all the other steps involved.   Okay, so far so good.

Then I got to the BIG project and my secure little world started to wobble.  At one point I had Kim on one side of me saying, just relax, let the colors flow, it'll work out.  Then I had Chris on the other side saying "it's gorgeous, just go with it!"

So here's my finished project -- I also gave you a side view for a better idea of how the entire piece looks.  I'm really happy how it turned out even though it caused me some serious angst.  Chris like mine so much that she asked if I'd "speckle" her project like mine (see the orange dots).  Thank goodness I didn't mess hers up!  

So dear readers, this is me totally out of my realm and box.  But Catherine created a monster -- I have been dabbling in similar projects like this since I brought this home.  It's a very fun and interesting process and it's making me relax more and more when I start to create  one.  Maybe down the line I'll share more of what I've done (without Catherine's supervision).

Ciao for now!

Ciao Bella! 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Something "fishy" going on...

So I couldn't resist this adorable fish stamp at the convention earlier this month.  I guess I had to have it because it involved paper piecing, not just straight stamping.  I looooove this type of paper crafting, so it went in my "gotta have it" bag and came home with me.

I stamped the fish on vellum and colored it in on the back of the vellum using Copic markers.  I then used my stylus to form all the hills and valleys for folding.  I've had this wonderful water bubble background stamp for forever and stamped it using Tumbled Glass Distress ink.  I also stamped the aqua card stock at the top using the same background stamp but with white ink.  The little aqua swirls around the fish are the negative pieces from a water wave die from Memory Box (why waste paper, right?).  The crowning glory (to me, anyway) was this wonderful ribbon I've been hoarding for just the right project.  This is by May Arts and it's self gathering.  Such a beautiful ribbon!

Lastly, I stamped the bubbly sentiment in black at the top (another old stamp I've had for years) and added some fishy bubbles using Tombow's Aqua glue (the one in the blue container).  It dried so nice and clear and I added some sparkly glitter from DeNami before it dried.

So that's my fish story - you shoulda seen the one that got away (LOL!)!

I haven't posted since my granddaughter's play and hope to get back to posting more often.  Hope to hear from you!  I'll also have another rendition of this fish going up on my Craft-Dee BowZ blog next month so be sure and watch for it!  It's quite different (because of the bow it will have on it!).

Ciao for now!

Ciao Bella! 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Ahoy, Matey!

More like Aaaargh! Matey!  Why do I say that?  Well because I missed a very important moment in my only grandchild's life.  Sadly, I had to work and miss my 10 year old granddaughter's big moment on the stage.  She had the lead roll in her Drama Club play this year.  So I will have to live vicariously through the photos that various family members were kind enough to send me.

So to salve my wounded heart, I need to make these pictures public and hope that you, dear readers, will enjoy them as I have.

Her name is Lexi and she'll actually be 10 next month.  She's a tall girl -- almost as tall as her Mom -- I think Mom tops in at 5 feet, so I do believe Lexi will be eating beans off Mom's head in another year (LOL!).

Here's a pic before she took off for the theater at the Middle School near where she lives.  It's a local Drama Club that she's been doing for three or four years now and she loves it.  My little Swashbuckler!

Her Papa said she didn't miss a line or a cue.  Her father, however, said he never saw her studying her lines!  Hmm, wonder what that says?  I envision her up in her room practicing away from prying eyes.  You know how that goes!

Here are a few other pics that were sent.  I just love them!  I did call Lexi from where I was teaching and apologized for not being there to see her.  Her response?  "You should be."  Eeek!  If you knew this child, she has a wicked sense of humor and that is just how it was delivered.  She's a sketch!

Well, that's it dear readers -- me salving my wounded heart.  I hope you enjoyed a peek into my personal space.

Ciao for now!

Ciao Bella! 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Those teeny, tiny flower dies!

Oh my!  I just fell in love with IO's Spiral Flowers die!  This 5-die set makes the cutest little flowers ever!  Here's a sample of 3 cards I'll be doing for my Die of the Month class for Kept Creations on May 3rd.  Each month I introduce a new die or dies and show the ladies different ways in which to use them (refer to my Mustaches dies post HERE).

To give you an idea of how tiny these flowers are, I placed one on the head of Abraham Lincoln on a penny.  Take a peek!  Isn't that a scream?

This first card I combined some Art Impressions stamps to create a wreath and then shaped my flowers to decorate the wreath.  I used a Spellbinder die for the card base and topped the look off with a tiny 1" bow made on the Craft-Dee BowZ to complete the look.  A tiny bit of Stickles was added to make it shimmer a bit.

This next card was made using IO's Shake Its windows.  I created my own colored cardstock for the flowers by using different Memento inks and blending them onto the cardstock.  I then die cut the flowers, rolled them and placed them inside the Shake Its windows.  Before sealing it up, I added some Prills (gotta love them!!!) and a bit of glitter which is a little hard to see in this photo).

Then, to encourage my student s to get more out of their dies in an unconventional way, I simply die cut the spiral flowers and glued them down flat onto the same colored card stock giving it an embossed look.  I added Dimensional Pearls to the centers and the sentiment is backed with Washi Tape then tapped it all with my dots stamp.

Here's another card I did just for the heck of it.  I used this lovely Lattice Background die by Spellbinders on a 4-1/4" square card, added my tiny flowers and some extra leaves (Memory Box) and some Viva Pearl Pen for accents and it was done.

And here's a close-up of the flowers.  So adorable and so many possibilities!

Well I hope you've enjoyed this post and I'd love to hear from you.  Even better, I'd love to see some of you at this class.  We do have lots of fun with dies!

Ciao for now!

Ciao Bella! 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

On the map...

I picked up some old maps at Kept Creations and thought, now wouldn't these make a nice card?  So I set to work and it was just one of those cards that put itself together.  Why can't that happen all the time?  If I needed to create a card for a class, I'd be agonizing over it and making things just perfect.  A little OCD maybe?  LOL!  Well here's the result and I just thought I'd share.

I used Distress Inks to "weather" the map a bit and tore the edges.  I made the roses using an MFT die and 3 different Distress brown inks.  The leaves were also colored using Distress ink.  I just finished it off by curling some of the edges to add to the "used" look.

Hope you like it and feel free to leave comments.  I always love hearing from you.

Ciao for now!

Ciao Bella! 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Altered paintbrush

A while back a friend had emailed me and said she'd seen a contest to alter a paintbrush and thought of me.  At that time I was over my head with projects so had to decline her suggestion.  Last week Kept Creations decided to do their own altered paintbrush event and since I had a small window of time available, I thought I'd give it a go.  Let me tell you how much fun it was!  These things take on a life form of their own once you get going.

So here's my version of an altered paintbrush and I'll give you the scoop on some of the things I used and how I did it.

Now ain't she adorable in a twisted sort of way? LOL!  Okay, maybe not.  Anyway, to give you a rundown on how she was put together, I first took portions of her "hair" and tied them with ribbons.  I covered the metal housing area of the paintbrush with neutral card stock, added a fringe of bangs to give it better balance and then started adding on.  Now her eyelashes and mouth will surprise you -- they are made from the mustache dies that I  showed on a previous post HERE.  Don't ask me how I even thought of that one!  I used the two smallest mustaches, one for her eyelashes and one for her mouth.  Her earrings are made from buttons threaded thru wire. 

Her skirt is made from a piece of a Washi sheet with lace added to the hem.  Th skirt was attached to the body by punching holes along the top of the skirt then ribbon was threaded thru the holes and tied in the back.  I added a little flower at the bottom of her hem for a little pizzaz.  

  Her arms are simply a twisted up piece of paper towel wrapped in fringed yarn.  This gal needed to stand up on her own, so I folded a piece of cardboard in half that was wide enough to fit under her skirt.  I cut a hole in the center of the fold and pushed the paintbrush thru the hole and she stood up perfectly!  But she needed shoes!  So I traced a small plastic spoon twice, cut it out of cardboard, colored it in red and added a jewel to the toe of each shoe. The "shoes" were attached underneath the folded cardboard with tacky glue giving her more stability for standing.  The final touch was a purse made from cardstock with jewels added for extra bling.

It's amazing what the mind can conjure up!  Well I had fun with this and just thought I'd share.  I understand our next challenge is a toilet paper roll.  Hmmm....?  I also suggested using the empty pods from the Keurig for another challenge.  That could be interesting as well.  I just hope I'm in a place and time to be able to participate in these challenges.  What fun!

That's all for today.  Ciao for now!

Ciao Bella! 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Window dies

Did you know that a window die can be rather flexible in how you use it?  I had the opportunity to teach a class recently using the Spellbinders Die D-Lites Window One.

I started with a card using this adorable die in the traditional fashion below:

This card is pretty straightforward - I used an embossing folder for the green layer, then pop dotted the window on top and punched some tiny flowers and leaves and added them as a window box element.

This next card combined the following dies:  several Spellbinders scalloped squares,  Sizzix flourish and leaf dies,  an MFT rose die,  the window die, and some Cheery Lynn corner dies for accent.  By cutting the bottoms off the window dies and placing them on a square card, this is the effect you achieve.  I know there's alot going on here, but this card just kept calling for more!  I did use two different embossing folders as well on the square layers.  And to top the whole effect off, I made a multiple loop bow using the Craft-Dee BowZ.  You might want to check out the Craft-Dee BowZ website as I have my Design Team post something new every week.  We will also be sponsoring another blog hop next month for your viewing pleasure - something light and spring-y!

Well I hope I've inspired you to use some of your dies in a non-traditional way.  I'm a firm believer of making my dies do more work for me a/k/a "more bang for your buck".

I'd love to hear what you think of these projects, so drop me a line, won't you?

Ciao for now!

Ciao Bella! 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The birthday boy...

Well we celebrated my son's birthday the other nite.  I can't tell you how old he is or he'll put the hit men out after me, but let's just say he made it over 40.  Ooops!  Did I say that?

The birthday boy decided we are going to start a new tradition in the family, namely, that stupid hat he's wearing!  Oh yes!  He's the first to wear it, his wife has a birthday in another week and then I follow in April and so on.  Don't look for pictures of me wearing that thing!

Anyway, here are a few photos I took.  The resolution isn't that good as it was taken with my iPad, but you'll get the idea.  First you'll notice how fetching Jeff (my son) is in his birthday hat and then I'd like you to focus on the birthday cake.  Hmm, maybe I'll send a copy of this to the Plymouth County Sheriff's office as a little blackmail.  I'm sure the other Deputy Sheriff's will have a good time with this one!

And now for the birthday cake or should I say the candle topper for it.  NONE of us knew what this thing was going to do and what a fun surprise it was.  The following photos will show you what I mean.

It's a tulip with tiny candles inside and obviously a wick that is not discernible until after it's lit.

This is what happens after the wick burns down!  All the petals open with the candles attached!  Is that not a riot?

Before you can ask, my daughter-in-law got this candle topper at Christmas Tree Shoppes.  A dollar gave us all a great surprise.  Oh, it also sings happy birthday while burning a hole in your ceiling (just kidding about the hole) and is not reusable.  Awww! 

Ciao for now!  Hope you enjoyed the post.

Ciao Bella! 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

What's the big deal about mustaches?

Have you seen the rage with all the pre-teens?  It's mustaches and (get ready for this...) Bacon!  Yep, this is the craze right now and no one can figure out why.  My granddaughter is smack dab in the middle of this craze and her Aunt and I purchased bacon jewelry, mustache jewelry -- you name it, we got it for her for Christmas.  She was a happy little 9 year old.

What has this got to do with card making?  Well, believe it or not, Memory Box came out with a mustache die set.  I passed it by several times -- I even gave it a thumbs down it when Kim at Kept Creations suggested I work with it.  So a month goes by and suddenly I walked by the die on the rack and an idea popped into my head.  Uh, oh!

So let me show you a series of cards that I made with this little set.  I must admit, I had a lot of fun playing with it and I am planning on creating more with it.

Here's the die I am talking about:

And here's a very traditional card using the die in the way I assume it was meant to be used (chuckle!)...

So, the wheels started turning and this was my second card...

Yes, those are mustaches turned upside down and with a swipe of a black copic marker, we now have a flower!  And make note that the bow was made on the Craft-Dee BowZ.

And lastly, another non-traditional card using the mustaches...

Warning:  do not travel on my highway -- you never know where it leads and there are no road signs!

Well I hope you enjoyed seeing these as much as I enjoyed creating them!  I'm off to dream up some more mustache stuff!  Ciao for now!

Ciao Bella! 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I'm just playing...

Heck!  if you knew how good it is to say "I'm just playing"!  I rarely get to create cards just for the fun of it.  They are usually for a class either at the store or online, not to mention how busy Craft-Dee BowZ keeps me.  So this is a treat!

I have this 'thing' about clocks, watches, etc.  So when this set came out by Papertrey Ink, I HAD to have it!  I have a wonderful  collection of antique keys, clocks, clock hands and pieces,  and watches (I don't have enough arm space to wear them all!)  I have some other ideas I want to try using this set, but now my classes and Craft-Dee BowZ are calling once again.  But I thought I'd share the card with you anyway.

The background is stamped using Memento Gray Flannel and stamped off once before applying to card.  The clock face, of course, is die cut.  I chose to use some Roman numerals and dots for the other numbers.  After die cutting the hands I then embossed them with some of the new Piccolo powders.  The black piece at the bottom is the negative of the border die (see inside picture) -- it just seemed to fit.

Then the inside is pretty straightforward.  This is one of the new Sizzix border dies (4 different dies in one set) that I have fallen in love with (oh, surprise!).  A simple card done at my leisure and for absolutely no reason in the world!  One never knows when an emergency birthday card will be needed.

Hope you enjoyed - ciao for now!

Ciao Bella! 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Cards from the Heart...

Hello stampers.  I was sent this link for Valentines cards to be sent to children in various hospitals.  I thought I'd share this link and these cards with you and if you have the time, it's an extremely worthwhile cause.

These cards were actually designed by my talented daughter who does not have a blog nor the time for one (our loss).  She loves Paper Smooches and she actually designed these cards for me to teach at Kept Creations.  I'm not the "cutesy" type when it comes to stamped images and have a very difficult time creating cards with them.  So this was the solution we came up with -- my daughter designs the cards and Mom teaches the class.  A little unorthodox, but it works!  So here's a really cute one with the frog.  There's some great Stampendous glitter and Flower Soft in this card as you can see.

And on to the next card (my personal favorite).  She did a fantastic job with this whimsical little card, don't you think?  I love how the rabbits are hanging on by their teeth -- and doesn't this just signify what some of these poor children in the hospital are doing.  Bet this will get a smile from one of them.

So, you have the link and if you have the time, please follow the rules set forth.

Ciao for now!

Ciao Bella! 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

FIve little Washi cards

Good morning all!  It's a crisp and windy day out there.  But any day without snow makes it in my book :)!  Today I thought I'd bring you some little 4-1/4" square cards using Washi Tape (of course).  I tried to keep these "uber" simple since I'll be doing a class on them at Kept Creations next month.  So here are the five cards I selected to do:

In a hurry?  Well these fit the bill just perfectly.  You could make these up and create a box for a gift -- perhaps for a hospital visit, Mother's Day, a thank you for your hostess, etc.  The list goes on.  But the overriding idea is that they are quick and simple to make.  

I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed creating them.  Feel free to leave a comment.

Ciao for now!

Ciao Bella! 

Monday, January 7, 2013

Back to a little bit of winter...

I seem to have another fascination --  using corner dies.  This is a set by Cheery Lynn and I just knew I had to do something a little bit different with one of the dies in particular.  The set contains three different style corners (there are several different sets by Cheery Lynn).  So, combining my love of teabag folding and corner dies, here's the end result.

This is simply a 4" x 11" card scored at 2-5/8" to form a cupboard fold, I embossed the front flaps only then mounted it on an aqua base.  I used a Spellbinders Lacey Circle die for the aqua base then cut eight of the corner dies by Cheery Lynn, folded them, inked the edges and placed them on a 1" circle with a big glue dot in the center to form a "snowflake" and placed a pearl in the center.  This is the end result.  What the camera fails to pick up is the glitter on the embossed areas and some glitter on the "snowflake".   I finished it off with a simple knot tied from tulle and added a sentiment.

Ciao for now!

Ciao Bella! 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Poor October -- it got left out!

Oh my!  My mind is on a different plane for sure.  Either that, or I can't count the 12 months of the year.  I was just going thru all my pics and realized I had left the month of October out of the Graphic 45 series.  I'm sure you were just dying to see it (not!).  Well, here it is anyway. And none of you caught the omission either -- not paying attention, are we? (LOL!)

For some reason I had a wee bit of trouble putting this one together.  Choosing just which images you want to go where is the only challenge  -- the images are so creative!

This particular card was created with a single sheet of cardstock and scored, cut and folding in such a way as tocreate a book form and here's a peek at the first inside page...  The center page actually allows you to turn down a corner and create a pocket.

And here are the last pages...

So that concludes a year in total and I really hope the ladies at Kept Creations will join me in this fun series.  We're going to be doing January and February in the first class and from then on, it will be one per month.  So once the calendar is posted, feel free to sign up for this fun class and let your imagination run wild.

Ciao for now!

Ciao Bella!