Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Upcycle with Graphic 45!



Hello there!

For today's project I am recycling some old mason jar lids that I had left over from a project. I didn't know what to do with them, but decided to try to incorporate them onto an altered wooden sign to use as decor in my home office. The sign features Graphic 45's Botanical Tea collection and some of the fun Staples Shabby Chic metal pieces! ♥

Here are more photos of the altered sign. Included below is a link to the Snapguide tutorial showing you some of the details of how I pulled this project together.


I distressed the mason jar lids with gesso and acrylic paint and sanded it down a bit once the paint was dry. The lids were a perfect accent under the fluttering butterflies!


I used small left over pieces of Botantical Tea papers from my stash to punch out the butterflies and create the circles on the mason jar lids. Don't throw out those small paper scraps after working on a project! You never know when they will come in handy! ♥ I store all of my small paper scraps in a clear plastic envelope so I can easily see the contents. The envelope is then stored in the same storage container where I keep all things "Botanical Tea". ♥






Here is the Snapguide tutorial:


I hope you give one of these altered signs a try!

Be sure to visit the Graphic 45 blog for more details on this project including the product list!

Thanks so much for stopping by.

hugs & butterflykisses xoxo,
Arlene

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Graphic 45: Communique card




Hello there!

I'd like to share a card I created featuring Graphic 45's Communique Deluxe Collector's Edition pack. I LOVE that Graphic 45 brought back this classic collection, it's one of my all time favorites! This card was created for the Graphic 45 booth at Winter CHA 2016. 

Here are more photos:


I love the imagery and vintage feel of the collection...


And of course... I had to finish the inside of the card as well. ♥


Thank you so much for stopping by to take a peek at my latest Graphic 45 creation.

Be sure to visit the Graphic 45 BLOG for more inspiration from the design team!

Have a wonderful day!

hugs & butterflykisses xoxo,
Arlene


Products:

Communique Deluxe Collector’s Edition pack
Staples: Ornate Metal Keyhole, Ornate Metal key
Paper Trey Ink Kraft card stock, Black card stock
Petaloo Flowers
Twine
Recollections Pearls
Black Doily

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Inspiration Wednesday - Add Glitter!



Hello friends and Happy Wednesday! ♥

I write this with a very heavy heart... I'm here with my final project as a designer for La La Land Crafts. It's a very, very sad good-bye for me as I struggle to prioritize family, work and personal obligations. 😞  I want to thank Irina and LLLC for the wonderful opportunity to return for a couple of years and design with their wonderful products. I will greatly miss the team, but I know they won't be far! I will continue to adore and create with La La Land Crafts and their amazing line of stamps and dies!

This week's theme is:

Add Glitter

I created this shabby chic card featuring a few of the fabulous dies you can find over at the La La Land Crafts SHOP. Here are more photos:


The focus of my card is the gorgeous Arched Window Die. I adorned it with some pearls from my stash...


The Two Leaves die (Set of 2) is one of my new favorites. I love to layer with them...



Play along with the design team and upload your Glitter themed project to our Facebook page, we'd love to see it! For inspiration, be sure to check us out on Pinterest, too!

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a peek.

Have a fabulous crafty week ahead! ♥

hugs & butterflykisses xoxo,
Arlene

Products:

Graphic 45's Botanical Tea papers + chipboard
Fabric flowers
Plastic doves
Lace
Petaloo Flowers
Wild Orchid Craft flowers
Recollections pearls








Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Inspiration Wednesday - Easter/Spring!





Hello friends and happy Wednesday!

It's that time of week again to share a project for La La Land Craft's Inspiration Wednesday!

This week's theme is:

Easter/Spring


My Easter themed card features a full array of DIES from the La La Land Crafts store. They are the perfect feature for any project, and I love to layer with them! 

Here are more photos of my card:





Play along with the design team and upload your Easter/Spring themed project to our Facebook page, we'd love to see it! For inspiration, be sure to check us out on Pinterest, too!

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a peek.

Have a fabulous week friends! ♥

hugs & butterflykisses xoxo,
Arlene

Products:

Double Stitched Squares die (Set of 4)
Lattice Border die
Lattice Corner die
Pierced Scalloped Circles die (Set of 4)
Stitched Nest Circles die (Set of 7)
Two Leaves die (Set of 2)
Cherry Blossom Branch die
Graphic 45 Children's hour 6x6 Patterns and Solids paper pad
Paper Trey Ink Kraft card stock
My Favorite Things Chocolate Fudge card stock
Recollections pearls
Petaloo Flower
Twine
Ranger Distress Ink - Walnut Stain

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Graphic 45/May Arts Blog Hop, Day 2!


Hello friends!

This week over at the Graphic 45 blog, we are hosting a Blog hop with May Arts, the creators of fabulously chic and gorgeous ribbons! Be sure to visit the Graphic 45 blog this entire week for a dose of creative inspiration from the designers!

We were asked to create a project with a touch of these gorgeous ribbons by May Arts. I created a multi-photo 12x12 layout of my sweet niece Jaelyn featuring Graphic 45's Enchanted Forest paper collection and May Arts ribbon!

Here is a sneak peek:



Be sure to hop over to the Graphic 45 Blog for more photos, a product list and a video tutorial showing you how to create this layout!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful crafty week ahead!

hugs & butterflykisses xoxo,
Arlene

Products:

Enchanted Forest: 12x12, 6x6 Patterns and Solids, Chipboard 1 and Chipboard 2, Journaling and Ephemera cards
Staples: Metal Clock Keys, Ornate Metal Key, Metal Door Plates & Knobs
Petaloo Flowers
May Arts Ribbon
Hot Glue
Glossy Accents
Aleene’s glue


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Inspiration Wednesday - Favorite Shape




Hello there, Arlene here again!

Today is Inspiration Wednesday with La La Land Crafts and I have another fun project to share with you, just in time for Spring which is right around the corner!

This week's theme is:

Favorite Shape

I created this Spring Wreath card featuring dies from the La La Land Crafts shop.

Here are more photos:






Tomorrow I'll be your host over at the La La Land Crafts BLOG for Tutorial Thursday. I'll be showing you how to create one of these wreaths, which is super easy and fun! Hope you can join me then.

Visit us on our Facebook page and for inspiration, check us out on Pinterest!

Have a fabulous rest of the week and happy crafting!

hugs & butterflykisses xoxo,
Arlene


Products:

Graphic 45's Botanical Tea papers
Pretty Pink Posh sequins
I Am Roses sprays
Sheer white ribbon (Celebrate it)
Plastic dove
Paper Tray Ink white card stock

Monday, March 14, 2016

Graphic 45: Altered Easter Egg & Tutorial

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Hope you enjoyed your weekend. Today, I'd like to share a special Easter project with you. I created this altered Easter Egg using a Styrafoam egg from Michael's and Graphic 45's Children's Hour and Time to Flourish paper collections.

I have a tutorial for you as well, showing you how I altered the egg.

Click HERE to visit the Graphic 45 blog for more pictures and my video tutorial.

First, here is a quick sneak peek of my altered Easter egg:


So much FUN! ♥


Click HERE to visit the Graphic 45 blog now.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderfully, creative week ahead!

hugs & butterflykisses xoxo,
Arlene


Products:

Children’s Hour: April Collective, April Montage, May Montage
Time to Flourish: April Cut Apart
Petaloo flowers
5” Styrofoam egg
Pearl top pins (approx. 250)
Flower punch(es) - I’m using Stampin Up
Small Paint brush 
Rubber/Foam pad
Hot Glue
Pretty Pink Posh sequins
Sheer white ribbon
Crystal top pin
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