Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Courture elegance...

HI everyone... Today, I have another Graphic 45 layout to show you, which was featured on their blog recently. This time, using Courture...
This photo of my daughter was taken at the first wedding she attended as an (almost) grownup, when she was about 15. She is a farm girl at heart, and spends most of her time in jeans, and work boots, so, I was very happy to get this lovely, girly photo of her, and the Courture papers were just perfect to create the elegant, sophisticated look wanted.
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G45_Courture layout_detail 1, January_Karen Shady
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Couture paper collection – Couture, Elegant, Style, Chic, Fashion, 6 x 6 Paper pad,
Cardstock banners.
 The stunning black lace flower, is of course from manor House Creations

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Cute 'Party favours' using Graphic 45

"These cute Secret garden party favours are so fast and simple to make using the metal dies available now. They would be perfect for a little girls birthday party, or even a kitchen tea. They are sure to please, little girls, and big girls alike."
Lolly pop holder
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Products used: Secret garden 12 x 12 paper collection papers – Pretty Primrose,
Core’dinations ‘signature series’ cardstock – lights pack.

Other: My favourite things die, Butterfly punch, Stamping up stamp, button, string
Pillow Box
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Products used: Secret garden 12 x 12 paper collection papers – Beautiful blooms, Pretty primrose,
Core’dinations ‘signature series’ cardstock – lights pack.

Other: sizzix ‘Pillow box, and flourish die, Cheerie Lyn flourish die, ribbon, string
Bon Bon
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Products used: Secret garden cardstock sticker sheet, Core’dinations ‘signature series’ cardstock – lights pack.

Other: Sizzix bon bon die, string, flower, Martha Stewart leaf punch, ribbon 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Step x step layout with Grapic 45

Hi everyone... today, I have a layout, complete with step x step instructions, which I made for the Graphic 45 blog today. I've used the cute 'Mother goose' collection, for this bright, summery layout starring my son jack.

Graphic 45_ Mother goose layout_March family friendly step x step, karen Shady
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Materials list: Graphic 45 ‘Mother goose’ paper collection – Mother Goose, Storytime, A Pocket Full of Posies, Little Boy Blue

Other: Manor House Creations flowers and leaves, Magnolia doo-hicky die, black card, foam tape.
Karen Shady's Mother Goose Layout Tutorial
1. Cut the frame from the ‘Mother goose paper
2. Turn the paper over, and use reverse side of ‘Mother goose’ paper. Adhere both to cardstock backing.
3. To create the sun, cut a circle shape from ‘A pocket full of posies’ paper, roughly 14 cm (5.4 inches) diameter. TIP: I have used a die to cut the circle, but, you can use any small round object, such as a plate, a lid or similar.
4. Draw and cut out 1 ‘sun ray’, then use that as a guide to cut 5 more, the same size.
5. Cut a rectangle to size, from ‘Story time’ paper, and assemble as shown above. Add your photos, and a die cut fence, cut from black cardstock.
6. Fussy cut above images, mount onto foam tape, and adhere, as shown onto layout, along with your choice of flowers, and leaves.
Graphic 45_ Mother goose layout_March family friendly step x step, karen Shady

Thanks for calling in today. I hope you liked my little step x step... I have some really exciting news to share in a couple of days, so, please call back in again soon... 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Bohemian Bazarre... A tag for CHA

Hello lovely bloggy friends,
I have a Graphic 45 tag I want to share today. This was made for the summer CHA, but, for some reason, I forgot to post it... So, here it is, months late :)
And a couple of closeups
I know things have been a little quiet here at my blog of late, but,
I have lots and lots to share over the next few weeks, so, please, don't give up on visiting. Life at our house has been a little mad for the last few months, as it always is at harvest time...  Its all done and dusted now, until stubble burning starts in a few weeks, so I'm hoping to get around to re introduce myself to all my bloggy friends, just in case you have forgotten me :( 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

'Scrapping with the stars' 2014 retreat

So, so excited to announce the details of our 2014 'Scrapping with the stars' retreat, at Phillip Island, in Victoria  (formerly known as Ladies of the Manor)
Please come and join our FACEBOOK PAGE for all the news first hand

~Graphic 45 Design Team 2014 Audition~

I cannot believe that it is that time already. My time as part of the 2013-2014 Graphic 45 design team has been amazing, and I for one am certainly not wanting it to end just yet  :(  So, I have decided to re apply for the team again for 2014-2015 ( well, I didn't really have to make a decision, I always knew that if given the chance, I would jump at it again).

Graphic 45 truly is THE best company to design for, they are the most supportive, generous, and caring people, and have made me, and all the design team feel like we are all a part of their family.. I would like to thank them for giving me the amazing opportunity of designing with them in 2013-2014, alongside 15 of the most amazing, and talented designers in the business... and hope more than anything that I can stay on for another year :)

So, here goes, below are some of my favourite projects I've completed over the last little while.
A '12 days of Christmas' Layout

A 'Secret garden' layout

A set of tags featuring '12 Days of Christmas'

A welcome wall plaque featuring 'French Country'

A cute as 'Mother goose' Layout

LOVE 'Secret garden'

A '12 Days of Christmas' pillow box, filled with decorated chocolates.

More Christmas cheer, a '12 Days of Christmas' Bon bon


I don't really do many Non Graphic 45 layouts, but, below, are a couple that are close to my heart

 And, below, are a few more Graphic 45 Design Team Projects, that haven't been featured on the Graphic 45 blog yet, so, I cant show the whole project, but, wanted to share a few sneak peaks of some of those  :)

A 'By the sea' Layout

A layout featuring 'Courture'

Botanical tea (my absolute favourite)

And another layout featuring 'By the Sea'

A cute layout using Mother Goose

And, lastly, an Easter layout, featuring 'Sweet Sentiments' and "botanical tea'

I wish everyone else who is applying for the 2014 Graphic 45 design team the very best of luck...  If you are considering applying, and are a little scared you are not ready, or think you aren't quite good enough, my advice would be DO IT !!!  What have you got to lose?? I thought the same things last year, my friend talked me into it, and I am so so grateful that she did, and that I took the chance.
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Monday, February 24, 2014

Scrapbook Creations Magazine 'colour team'

Hi there,
Yep, I am super duper excited and honoured to announce that I have been asked to be a part of the Scrapbook Creations Magazines 'Colour challenge team' for 2014, alongside some amazingly talented designers. Thank you to Ellen Harvey, and the team at Scrapbook Creations..
Call in HERE to see who else made the team.
I have just returned from an amazing weekend, tutoring at the Scrapbook and papercraft Expo in Melbourne. Wow, what a fantastic but exhausting weekend. I took lots of photos., so will be back soon to share.. Just wanted to say a huge thankyou to all the wonderful ladies who attended my 6 classes over the weekend. You made the weekend a very special one, that I will remember for a long time xx