Returning from Vacation – First Design Project Preview

Getting back to paper crafting after returning from vacation. I hope everyone joined their vacation 😎and look forward to reviewing what I missed on the posts.
Just finished this project design using the festive holiday collection “Twelve Days of Christmas” from Graphic 45.
I look forward to sharing a full video walk through on this project in the coming days, so stay tuned on my YouTube channel or blog.


Been on vacation this week. Good time to be with friends and family. Time to design new projects and find inspiration.

Must admit, looking forward to returning home to complete a design project I started before we left on our Kauai adventure.🌺🌴

Hope your summer is filled with adventure, family and friends.

#G45TravelJournal – Tropical Travelogue Mini Journal

I designed and created this mini travel journal for this month’s Graphic 45 Challenge, #G45TravelJournal. I also made the travel journal for a trip I will be taking in a few days to the islands. Perfect timing, right?


I used the oh so tropical!, Tropical Travelogue paper collection from Graphic 45. I had previously designed a mini album for our first island vacation with this collection and had a few bits left to put this travel journal together.

The journal is approximately 4.25″ X 6.25″ and is gatefold style.

The base for the journal is made of Kratex. Love this product! Very durable and great for the journal as it will be opened and closed many times.

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Christmas in July Project Design

It’s the last day of July and I managed to get a “Christmas in July” project designed and completed! July has been a busy month for me, so I am happy to have this project completed.


I used a galvanized Christmas countdown calendar I purchased about a year ago at my local Michael’s store. It was at a clearance price too!

For this project design, I used Graphic 45’s “Twelve Days of Christmas” Deluxe Collector’s Edition paper collection. I use a few sheets of the designer paper to cover the match boxes, some of the stickers and chipboard elements.

I applied gesso (Prima Marketing Inc), and painted the entire galvanized piece with “Red Wine” Metallique from Prima Marketing Inc/Finnabair/Art Alchemy.

The greenery and pinecones are from a die set by Elizabeth Craft Designs #1091 – Garden Note – White Pine Pinecone & Bough.

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#PrimaDTCall – 18″ x 24″ Canvas Layout

I created this this 18″ X 24″ canvas using “Golden Coast” from Prima Marketing Inc.


I applied Finnabair’s ArtBasics Heavy Gesso, then a few layers of Finnabair’s Opal Magic “Unicorn” colors. The edges of the canvas was distressed with “Frayed Burlap” Distress Oxide from Tim Holtz.
I used a selection of the florals from the “Golden Coast” collection and a bit of the greenery from the “Moon Child” collection.

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I took a bit of artistic license and used the “dream” cut-a-part and added my own phase at the bottom of the canvas. I thought this best describes my talented sister-in-law Kathy and her photography business.
I fussy cut the hot air balloon from the paper collection, then cut a duplicate piece of the basket and flowers, then popped that piece up with foam squares for a three-dimensional look. I repeat this for the “dream” cut-a-part.
The last elements are the doilies, also distressed with Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide, and jute twine made into circles of various sizes.

The entire layout is attached to the canvas with foam tape.

#PrimaDTCall – Tassel Pendant

I managed to complete one more project submission for Prima Marketing’s design team call.

I am definitely in love with this color palette of paints from Prima. I designed this pendant using a Prima mould and paper clay, some beads from my bead collection, and a hand made tassel created by using a selection of threads from my sewing supplies.

I really love the way this pendent turned out. A suede cord, ribbon (I showcased the pendant with ribbon from Melissa Frances), or a chain.

#PrimaDTCall Submission – Canvas Design featuring “Moon Child” by Prima

I created this entry for the Prima Marketing Inc. Design Team Call. I used a variety of Prima paints and a collection of “Moon Child” flowers to create this canvas design featuring my niece (now a teenager).



The canvas was base coated with Liquitex Mars Black and given texture with Finnabair Art Stones.

I used Prima Paper Clay and the “Object Labels I” mould with 49 and Market “The Dusty Attic” to round out some additional design elements.