Saturday, 19 April 2014

A Gift with Botanical Tea

Making gifts for family and friends is a great way to use your paper craft. I have made 
this latest project ( the second of my final round graphic 45 DT submission ) using graphic 
45 Botanical tea collection.
This creation had a helping hand from my wife Jennifer, it holds some honey and 
oatmeal handmade soaps created by her.

I love the colours of this collection and the images are are so special.
The basis for this project was a graphic 45 book box ( large ).
I have also embellished with the new shabby chic metal staples including the ornate keys,
door pulls, key holes and metal brads.

Here are some specific shots of the front and spine. I have used a lot of fussy cut
 images from the collection.

The inside of the box continues the the fussy cutting and demonstrates the handmade 
soaps mentioned above.

Now for a few more close ups sorry for the photo over load, I love this 
collections and the new staples.

Grab botanical tea if you have not already
Happy scrapping


Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Couture Mantle Clock

My video is done and the next couple of posts will be close ups of the three projects I 
highlighted in my video. 
There is also a tutorial of what I have called a journal tag and it is in the video as well so if you have not looked at my video it is in the previous post.

There is a step by step written tutorial in snap guide if you have checked out snap guide
it is full of great how to guides and I have recently posted my first one.

Now for project one. Couture has to be on my top collections list of graphic 45 paper.
But lets face it I am a hard and fast graphic 45 addict.
This project I have called my mantle clock.

The first group of photos is the front. I might add 
at this point it is a working clock.
I have covered the outside of the clock with coordinating couture papers
and black card stock accents.
The clock face is a tim holtz die cut ( weathered clock ) heat embossed antique gold.
I have used matching kaiser craft box corners.
The top is couture card stock flowers and a graphic 45 metal flower 
finished with a curio knob.
The hinges are also graphic 45 hinges.  

The next series of photos is the reverse of the clock.
As with the front of the clock I have used a series of petaloo, kaisercraft,
wild orchid crafts and I am roses flower embellishments.
Two additions to the back are the couture chip board embellishment and 
a banner component in the corner. 


                       This project opens with a door on the front to reveal the clock mechanism 
and the mini album. This allows for the battery to be changed and
a housing for the mini album. 


Finally a range of photos showing the mini album housed with in the clock.
This album is a simple concertina card stock album with cap boxes top and bottom.
These box caps are designed to hold the concertina fold closed .
The top box is held in place with a magnet in the back.
The album pages are embellished with tags and folders decorated in the couture collection including
coordinated couture components such as card stock flowers,
chipboard embellishments, banners and stickers.

I  love this project, it is one of my favorites and I hope it will inspire you to use 
the couture collection in one of your creative projects. Please leave a comment and if you wish how this project may inspire your creativity.

Happy scrapping

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Graphic 45 Design Team 2014 Audition Final Round

The end is nigh, the 21st of April is ever approaching and that means the graphic 45 
Design Team announcement.
But before that long awaited day the top thirty finalists have to submit there final 
round video submission.
I am pleased to say mine is complete and although I am not 
an experienced video maker I still had fun.

I hope you will have a look and leave me comment or two.
Over the coming days I will be blogging my three projects from the video
in separate posts so every one can see close up photos so stay tuned.
I now wait with anticipation of who will be chosen and what the coming graphic
45 design team year will have in store all the graphic 
45er's out there. Until the team reveal. 

Happy Scrapping 

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Ornate Printer Tray

April has arrived and I can't believe we are in the 4th month of 2014 already. I have been in my craft room creating the three projects for my final round Graphic 45 DT 
submission ( So stay tuned for up and coming posts to reveal these projects ) and 
also a scrapmatts printer tray that I am showing you today.

I have used graphic 45 by the sea collection for my back ground papers and this gave me a perfect colour palette for the remainder of the project.
The embellishments I have used have a nautical feel for the most part and were 
created using kraft card stock and scrapmatts chip board pieces and assorted other materials.
I also used embossing powders and distress inks.

I think this project demonstrates you can create your own unique embellishments with a few resources and simple inking and embossing techniques.
I love to create detail if I can to give my creation dimension and interest.

I am teaching this project locally at the end of April, so I had to use my signature detailed style whilst trying to keep a simple construction technique.
Your comments will be received with appreciation and I hope you will return to see my final round projects for my graphic 45 DT submission.

Happy Scrapping 


Friday, 28 March 2014

Graphic 45 Mini Box

We have a discount store near where I live and I often go in there to what they have 
in the craft aisle. I discovered these little 2 inch square boxes.
Of course I had to have them in my stash. I actually bought a set of three in squares,
circles and ovals.
Me being me ( a graphic 45 addict ) reached for my stash of graphic 45 paper. 

The three collections I have chosen to use are 
I love the petite size of these projects and they fit perfectly when catering 
to my love of altering boxes.

Sweet Sentiments Minibox

The colours that graphic 45 papers include are so well coordinated and give any altered project an instant vintage flair. When you use matching embellishments and take 
images from the collection, the end results is a wonderful vintage creation. 

Botanical Tea Minibox

The versatility of these papers means you can add a little bling and it does not detract from the overall feel of the project. I have included different trims on each mini box, 
being braid, rhinestone strips and ric-rac and each still maintained the vintage tone.

Bird Song Minibox

On many of my creations I like to use distress ink and this simple technique accentuates the vintage nature of graphic 45 paper. 
I have chosen to use a neutral brown, being gathered twigs by tim holtz.

There are different applications that those little boxes could be used for. your imagination is your only limit. I have included a simple concertina photo mount strip that 
is attached to the base and the lid and unfolds when the lid is removed.

I hope you will find inspiration from my graphic 45 mini boxes and if you 
have never altered a box before, i urge you to give it a try.
Your comments are greatly appreciated and will look forward to my next post

Happy Scrapping 


I am a Finalist

The long awaited Graphic 45 top thirty finalist list was announced 
on the 27th of march

We Want You Design Poster 2014 (2) (1)
and I am happy to share
I was Successful in being chosen

I can't believe I have been given this opportunity for the second year in a row. My desire is 
to get through the final round and on to the team for 2014 - 2015.

I have just about completed my three Final round projects so stay tuned for the reveal after I
 make my video submission.

I would like to thank every one who has come over to my blog since the announcement to have a look at my round one entry, and to those regulars and followers of down under crafter.

If you are new to my blog please become a follower so you don't miss 
out on my future creations
The link to my round one entry is as follows :

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happy scrapping 


Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Craft hoarders challenge

This is the second March challenge over at craft hoarders anonymous challenge blog. I hope you go over and have a look and create your own entry. The link is : 

Challenge #4 Show Some Sparkle, Glitz, or Glam!
Graphic 45 is our sponsor this month. They are known for their fabulous vintage products and papers. To pay homage to their glamour and style, create a project that shows off your hoarded sparkly items. Show some glitz! Pump up the glam! Use the photo collection below for extra inspiration. You need not match the colors or style of the photos, just use them as inspiration. Notice the glass, gems, pearls, metal, glitter! What do you hoard that is "sparkly"?

You still have a week to play in Challenge #4! You have until midnight, March 30th at midnight PT to link up your creation. 

My inspiration design as guest designer is a classic project of mine 
in my glam ladies diary trinket box. It has a shimmer of pearl trim and the glamorous ladies from the ladies diary collection.

happy scrapping