Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Artist Trading Blocks

Silence is a word that is not often achievable in my home with my large family. 
As you have probably noticed my blog has been a little quiet. I have not done a blog post for a while 
and I thought I would break the silence by sharing a couple of small projects

My Time on graphic 45 is over and I have stepped down from my other Design team 
commitments as well, my creative side has been a little subdued of late but I will continue to use the products that I love in some way.

I have quite a few projects that I have not shared on my blog so I will try to catch up I think.

Recently I have discovered a concept that has probably been around for a while.
As I under stand, it is a take on artist trading cards. Artist trading blocks have a three dimensional twist and give the opportunity to embellish each side instead of a flat card.

I have created a couple of examples using two different themes.

The first one is a mechanical industrial them and uses one of my favourite
embellishments, cogs and gears.

I have used a combination of die cut gears and metal ones. The die cuts
were inked using distress inks and layered with metal cogs.

I have also added metal feet. I think they give a finished look and add extra detail. 

The metal corners top on each top corner coordinate well with the metal feet and 
contribute to the completed look of the block.

There are also many other assorted metal embellishments that extend the mechanical theme and 
also give it a little steampunk flair.
The graphic 45 metal butterfly I have altered using embossing powders and a zipper 
embellishment for the body.

The second example is a Graphic 45 based Artist Trading bock using their 
Raining Cats and Dogs collection.

The top uses a shaped graphic 45 metal flower in combination with the die cut flowers
and chip board and metal brad.

I created a mini frame style side incorporating different embellishments in each
section of the frame.

I also made a die cut dog kennel and utilised co-ordinating raining cats and dogs
chipboard components on the remaining two sides

Artist trading blocks are fun to make and a different way of using paper 
collections you love to create with.
Swapping with fellow crafters would be a fun idea and bring the a paper crafting community 
a little closer .

I would love to here your thoughts on this concept and my examples 
thanks for stopping by


Thursday, 16 April 2015

Graphic 45 Typography clock

Clocks are so fun to create. they can be made in many themes.
This is my fourth clock and I love the graphic 45 collection that I used to 
create it . The typography collection has awesome colours and patterns to work with.

I think it is perfect for making theses type of projects.

Here a couple of other views. You can see how well the paper work.

I used a round box in my project to challenge my del and I think it gives a 
different style feature. It also allows the battery to be changed and 
provides some hidden storage.

This a close up of the clock face itself. I used a graphic 45 metal butterfly to give 
some contrast to the gears . 

Thanks for viewing this post. Please come back and see the projects for my Graphic 45 
final round design team entry.

Happy paper crafting



Sunday, 5 April 2015

Luggage Trolley

Easter is almost over and I have spent the week end catching up my project photos 
and I thought it was time for my first April post.

I have the opportunity to guest design for Fernli designs and I have made a luggage trolley
using there suit cases and gears.

The paper I used was from graphic 45. It is one of there new collection called 
Artisan Style

I also embellished the suit cases using some tim holtz stickers.I love the trio of cases and 
the paper gives a great combination.

I hope you like this project and will leave a comment as they are read and greatly 
appreciated. I hope this gives you some inspiration to try 
a dimensional project.

Happy Paper Crafting

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Graphic 45 Design Team Audition 2015

My year on the Graphic 45 Design Team year has been a fabulous time and I 
have had some awesome experiences. 
The 2015 Design Team Call has been announced and I am thrilled to be able to try out again. 
It will be a great experience for anyone who applies and I would like to encourage all those who are applying.

I am going to share my projects for my round one entry. Please enjoy looking and 
I hope I can inspire your creativity using the wonderful 
products from graphic 45.

I have grouped some by collection and some by project theme.

Collection one : Sweet Sentiments
Jewellery Box

Photo Journal Blocks

Collection Two : Steampunk Spells
Steampunk Hot Air Balloon

Video box mini album

Collection Three : Good Ol Sport
Dominoes set

Altered Cheese Box

Collection Four : Raining Cats and Dogs
Pen / Scissor Holder

Dog Bone Album

Collection five : French Country
Telephone Message Folder

Cookie Box

Collection Six : Precious Memories
Altered box and mini album

Collection Seven : Twelve Days of Christmas
Christmas crackers 

Collection Eight : Botanical Tea
Tea Caddy

Soap Gift Set

Theme One : Clocks
Time To flourish


Theme two : Storage Trunks
botanical tea 
come away with me



Theme Three : Scrap Frames

Thank you for spending the time to view my projects and I hope you have gained inspiration from them.
Good luck to all those who are applying to be 
on this wonderful team

Andrew Roberts