Good morning!  I can hardly believe that it’s Thursday already and I’ve been in the mood to work in the studio all week.  I think my trip to CHA was what I needed to get the mojo working!

I’m sure y’all are getting tired of me using The Magic of Oz right now, but I’m having fun playing with the different stamps that go along with this collection.  I’m also waiting on getting the other Graphic 45 paper collections and the stamps that go with those!

Anyhoo, today I decided to watercolor the Scarecrow from Magic of Oz Stamp Set 1.  The interesting thing about this image, is that I’m using a prototype of new inks made for Graphic 45 by Clearsnap.  The colors of ink match the papers and I’m over the moon and back!


When water coloring the image, I pushed the ink pad onto my craft sheet and then picked up the color from there.  I’m sure if I had used reinkers the colors would be much richer.  However, sadly I don’t have reinkers to match.  These inks are in testing and I can say without a doubt, I like them!  The colors I used are:  Triumphant Red (yeah a red that matches the G45 papers), Dark Cashmere, Antique Moss and Venetian Lace.  There is also a blue and black.

I love the little chipboard piece from Tags 2 that says “Remember” with this image.  Okay we can “remember” to save the date, or change it up a bit and I just “remember”ed it’s your birthday!  Lots of uses.

Well, I guess that’s all for now (I think I’ve lost my train of thought again).  Thanks for stopping by today and don’t forget that the eclectic Paperie Distress Stain hop is tomorrow!


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Smiley from Today I have my final CHA project to show you. Graphic 45

sent the Design Team a brown bag and asked us to decorate it for the CHA Booth using The Magic of Oz Collection.  It was really cool to see them all hanging together in the booth!

I couldn’t help myself but use the Wicked Witch on one side.  “Something WICKED this way comes” keeps running through my head!


For this side, I used Black Soot Distress Ink to sponge the edges of all the paper, except the card which was sponged in Vintage Photo.  The border at the top was made with Spellbinders S7-013 Grand Scroll Borderabilities (which I think is retired  . . . I couldn’t find it on the Spellbinders site).  The flying monkeys were glued to purple cardstock, cut out and then mounted on foam tape to raise it up.


Here’s a close-up of the compass and the feet to that you can see all the Milled Lavender Distress Stickles.


For the other side, I used the Wizard when he leaves Dorothy stranded in the Land of Oz.  There are Peeled Paint Distress Stickles on the balloon and Scattered Straw to highlight Oz.


Of course, this is the part of the movie when Glenda comes to Dorothy’s rescue, telling her to tap her heals together.  Those are Christmas Red Distress Stickles on the shoes.

I have to admit that once I saw all the bags hanging in the Graphic 45 Booth, I was somewhat disappointed in my own work.  I could have done more and next time I will!  I wish I had kept the picture on my phone now.

Thanks for stopping by today and remember . . . life is short, embrace the adventures of the day!


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Good Tuesday morning.  I have one more CHA project to show you today . . . another for the Graphic 45 booth.  Before I get to that however . . . just a friendly reminder . . .


Now for my last project.  It’s a Criss-Cross card made with Graphic 45 An ABC Primer.  The images and colors in this collection are outstanding and I really had a wonderful time working with it. Here the card all together like it would be when you send it out.


All the embellishments on the card are from An ABC Primer Chipboard Die-Cuts 1 and 2.  The ribbon is Graphic 45 Staples Trim.  The white ribbon was dyed with Antique Linen Distress Ink.

There is an insert to the card that has a Chipboard Die-Cuts tab.


and then the two pieces side-by-side.


Well, that just about wraps it up for today.  I’ve been working on my Distress Stain project, and I’m hoping to finish it up this afternoon.  (wishful thinking!)

Thanks for stopping by and remember . . . life is short, embrace the adventures of the day!  (of course, if my car wasn’t still in the shop I might be able to get out and find some adventures . . . yes, they had my car all last week too, told them I needed it yesterday when I dropped it off over a week ago. . . hmmmmmm)


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Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a good weekend.  Me?  I spent Sunday relaxing, watching movies and staying indoors away from the high temperatures.

I’ve a few more Graphic 45 CHA projects to show you and thought I would start with the Christmas wall hanging I did with the new Christmas Emporium paper.


The background is made from several layers of printers’ chipboard glued together before it was covered with the Christmas Emporium paper.   The image of Santa is mounted on illustration board and the frame in the back is made from Spellbinders Labels Four.


The wooden box on the shelf is made from craft sticks and then some Christmas greenery was added for decoration.  The Maya Road star pin was covered with Lemonade Alcohol Ink.


The bottles are filled with the “Nice” list from the paper and the second bottle is filled with glitter (magic dust).

That’s all for today.  Thanks for stopping by and remember . . . life is short, embrace the adventures of the day!


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