Graphic 45 “Bird Song”: Japanese Garden Bridge & Tag Album

So happy to share with you my design using the gorgeous paper collection “Bird Song” from Graphic 45.

I was inspired to create this project from the, “Pagoda Mini Album”, I designed back in 2018.

For this design project I used Graphic 45 Staples “Square Ivory Tag Album”, and the tag die from “Square Tag & Clock Metal Dies” set.

The bridge is constructed from Graphix medium weight chipboard, reinforced gummed tape, Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue, Recollections 65lb. cardstock, and Balsa Wood dowels and thin wood pieces.

I used Tim Holtz’s Walnut Stain distress ink, Liqutex “Mars Black” paint.

Check out my YouTube channel as I will be uploading a full video walk through of this design project.

#StayHome Activity Update

Hello Everyone! I hope you are safe and well. I pray, those who are ill or have suffered a loss are comforted by the memories of your loved one, or are in the safe care of an exceptional health care professional.

It’s been some time since my last post. What have I been doing? Well, I stopped my usual maker/designer/crafter activities.

Like many of you wonderful and generous makers, I’ve been making masks to donate.

Early in February during my regular daily chats with my sister Mary, we wanted to make masks for our family members. We had a sense of need given all that we were hearing about Cornovirus (now called COVID-19). The question was, “What could we do to protect our family?”

Well, masks were an easy match for use because we both have been sewing for years, since our childhood. From making our own clothes, to being a seamstress for others, making home decor items, and clothing for our families. This also meant we could use the endless supply of fabric we accumulated and sewing supplies! Many thanks to my sister for donating fabric to my mask making effort.

As mask making slows down, I will pick up where I left off earlier this year and finish projects started and start new projects from designs I have created.

I wish you all well and safe.

2019 Recap and 2020 Preview

2019 Recap:

2019 was a good year for DesignWishesby Pamela.

  • Participated as a vendor at four craft fairs! I had not participated in any craft fairs prior.
  • Over 250 YouTube Subscribers! Thank you everyone!
  • Posted over 35 YouTube videos!
  • Shared many posts with you on my Blog, Instagram, and Facebook.
  • Met a lot of great crafters and makers, and networked for DesignWishesbyPamela.

Needless to say, a gap in blog posts and YouTube videos towards the end of the year was attributed to creating and designing items for craft fairs noted above. Thanks to all who kept following me on social media and my blog. I am truly grateful for all of of your support and feedback last year.

2020 Preview:

“2020” is not only the new year, but is also representative of a clear vision (i.e., 20/20 vision).

For DesignWishesbyPamela, that means a clear vision on fresh ideas for project designs and inspiration, and clearing out some of the old. It also means stepping out of my comfort zone and trying bold and challenging ideas from a creative and from a business sense.

Here is a little of what’s in store for the coming year.

  • Increase activity and visibility on social media.
  • Increase craft fair participation.
  • Work on improving branding.
  • Increase graphic art skills.
  • Network more with others in the craft, art, and mixed media industries.

To start, I need to make room for new design projects. Although I have a generous craft/art studio, I need to clear out the old as I noted above. So,  I’ll be giving away (not all items will be able to be shipped internationally) some of my 2019 design samples. Stay tuned to my YouTube channel to see what you can win!

I look forward to sharing all my new design projects and inspiration, as well as more  tutorials with you in 2020.

I wish you all happiness and creativity this New Year!


Last Minute Holiday Gift Idea

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All!

Sharing a last minute holiday gift idea. And, actually, this idea can be used any time of the year.

A couple of notes on how this came to be. I am sure I am not the first to come up with or do this ;).

GOAL: I wanted to use found items from my home and craft space to put these holiday baskets together. The goal was not to go out and purchase anything, except for the fruit and goodies in the baskets.


The basket bases are galvanized metal tins that I purchase on clearance several years ago at Michael’s. I used gift wrap (with lace print), one remaining large gift bag from a set of two purchased at Michael’s years ago, and Cling Wrap that I had in my pantry. The ribbon is all from Michael’s which was in my ribbon stash. The pinecone florals are also from Michael’s that I purchased this year and leftover for holiday home decor projects. And lastly, the holiday cards are leftover from card sets I’ve used in the past. I also attached holiday cards that I have made.

I used my cardstock scraps and small unusable pieces of gift wrap paper. Ran the paper through my shredder to create a festive base for all the goodies.

To wrap the baskets with the Cling Wrap, I first laid a layer of tissue paper down on the the table, the rolled out the lengths of wrap (overlapping each layer just about two inches), centered the basket onto the Cling Wrap, then brought up the corners until all the wrap covered the basket.  NOTE: The tissue helped by not letting the Cling Wrap stick to my dining room table.

NOTE: If you are gifting fruit, be sure not to get overly ripe fruit if you intend to gift the basket in a day or so. We will be handing out these baskets today and tomorrow, so I am keeping them in my pantry which stays quite cool.

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I hope this quick and inexpensive project inspires you.