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 :

I also have a face book page if yo would like to follow me :

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


Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Steampunk Debutante Tag

The graphic 45 submission is in the hands of the wonderful team at graphic 45. The release of the  thirty finalists will be on the 27th of march 2014 so I will now 
wait with anticipation to see who they will choose.

I have travelled back to a past collection to create my most recent tag.
It was created from steam punk debutante, a collection
I would love to see reborn ( I can live in hope ).

This tag was created for a swap group on face book I have joined.

 Here are some close ups to show some of the feature of this tag.

Thanks for visiting and your thoughts and comments are greatly appreciated

Happy scrapping 



Monday, 17 March 2014

Gloria Stengels Craft Hoarders

I have been guest designer for March over at Gloria Stengels new challenge blog.
it was a great honour to have this opportunity.

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog

I shared my asian themed project for the first challenge created with 
graphic 45 birdsong collection it is a older project but matched the theme of the challenge.

so go over and checkout the blog and see what is going on over there.
there is also great DT inspiration.

happy scrapping

Thursday, 13 March 2014

The Twinery Design Team Reveal

It has been a long time coming but I can now share my good news.
I have been accepted on to the 2014 Twinery design team.

The list below are my fellow design team members so go over and check out there blogs.
I will put there names over in my side bar  so you can visit when ever you like.

My twine parcel is on it s way so when it arrives I will start creating and hopefully inspire you to have a play with the twinery twine in your projects.

The links to the twinery blog and shop are as follows


Denise Hahn
Jen Cuthbertson
Christine Meyer
Rebecca Grecco
DoBea Alberts
Rebecca VanDeMark
Andrew Roberts
Melyssa Connolly
Suzanna Lee
Tobi Crawford
Jeanne Jachna
Stacey Schafer
Anita Mulcahey
Melania Deasy
Katarina Damm-Blomberg

Until my first post keep creating and don't forget to check out  the twinery blog for inspiration and go over and brouse the wonderful selection of colours available

Happy crafting


Monday, 10 March 2014

Graphic 45 Design Team 2014 Audition

It would be an under estimate to say this will be my favourite post this year so far. I have waited a long 12 months for the 2014 graphic 45 design team call to arrive. 
I would like to share my creations for this years

Design team submission, first round. I hope you enjoy and find inspiration in the projects 
I have created over the last year.

Project one : Mother Goose
Puzzle Box
This project was inspired from a children's puzzle book from my son benjamin.
Mother goose was perfect to create these children's puzzles.


Project two : French Country 
This project was created early in the last 12 months but I had to include it as I love the theme 
and the collection. Especially the colours and imagery. 

Project three : Couture
Shadow Box Mini 
I love this cute  mini and couture is a very stylish collection and was a great range to 
create my shadow box and pages.

Project four : Place in Time 
Birthday Book
These layouts are some of the months from the completion of my birthday book in 2013.
I personally love the place in time collection and its versatility. 

Project five : Little Darlings
Bay Chest
One of my favourite projects of the last 12 months. It was made from my favourite collection
and was created to hold a new born photo of each of my seven children.


Project Six : Typography, Bohemian bazaar 
& Steampunk spells Tags
Tags are one of my favourite creative platforms and all graphic 45 collections have great 
application when tag making, as these three examples demonstrate.

Project Seven : Secret Garden 
A very soft and collection give this ark a stylish appearance 
but it still has a whimsical feel

Project Eight : Mother Goose 
Pocket Scrapping 
 A fairly new trend in scrap booking and graphic 45 papers and embellishments 
are perfect for this style. 

Project Nine : 12 Days of Christmas
A christmas themed decor piece that will take pride of place in my christmas display this year

Project Ten : Steampunk Spells
Checkers Set
This project was a companion piece to the mother goose puzzles. Steampunk spells was a perfect collection for this game.

Project Eleven : Secret Garden
Picture Window
A dedicated album to two of my daughters. It is also a representation of my layout style. I love the floral components of secret garden and I have carried this through out the whole album 




Project Twelve : Typography
Mini Album
I made my typography a very linear album and this gave it a clean crisp feel. This collection is very structured in my opinion and I love the bold colour palette.


Project Thirteen : Olde Curiosity shoppe
Steampunk Spells Printer Tray
This is my first printer tray project and I love this style of paper craft. The specific components of graphic 45 collections are perfect for these projects. Especially the chip board elements.

I would like to thank graphic 45 for this opportunity to apply for their design. And to
all the other talented applicants i wish them best of luck and 
hope there scrap dreams come true.

Happy Scrapping



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