Graphic 45 “Summer” Seasons Card Class

Happy weekend everyone! I’ve just finished the cards we’ll be making at Ben Franklin Crafts in Grass Valley on Saturday, June 2nd . .. .and am loving these rich, yummy “summer hues”! The “Seasons” line of papers has such gorgeous florals . . . beautiful oranges, purples, and vibrant yellows . . just can’t help but smile when you work with them!

We’ll be making 5 cards, different styles, with silk ribbons fussy cuts, lots of die cuts, and some metal embellishments! Class is $35.00, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Most of the elements are precut for you; just bring your basic tool kit! Hope to see you there . .. call the store to reserve your spot. (seating is limited for this class . . .) (530) 273-1348 And now . . . .here are the cards!!!

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New classes & dates to remember!

Sunshine here today! Yay!! We need rain but it’s so nice to see the sun! Spring brings more papercrafting classes to my world and I wanted to update everyone today on some important dates!

Graphic 45 Botannical Tea “Card Folio” – Saturday, April 28, Its All About the Scrapbook in Dixon, CA: 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Only two spots left in this class! Call today for this “new fav” project of mine! (707) 676-5252.

First, my May Graphic 45 class at It’s All About the Scrapbook, will be on Saturday, May 12th, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. We’ll be using the fabulous new “Floral Shoppe” papers to make a lovely “treasure box”. . . .here it is! LOVE this gorgeous line of papers . . . metal embellishments, butterflies, chipboard . .. . and I’ll teach you how to make this stunning paper “cabbage rose” embellishment, too! Call the shop to reserve your seat! (707) 676-5252

And  .. .. .SAVE THE DATE!! Those of you in the greater Sacramento area will not want to miss our annual spring “Craft Yard Sale”. I’ve been organizing this event for probably 7 or 8 years or more. Several Stampin’ Up demonstrators and friends sell retired Stampin’ Up supplies, as well as papercraft products from many other companies. We have quite a following, and those who love this sale know that there is a LOT of stuff, and we have fantastic bargains! Don’t miss it! Saturday, May 19th, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon. 6036 Dublin Way, Citrus Heights – off Mariposa Avenue, between Greenback and Madison. See you there!

Graphic 45 in Grass Valley, at Ben Franklin Crafts! – Saturday, June 2: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m  We’ll be making 5 “Summer” themed cards with Graphic 45’s “Seasons” line of papers. I’ll be posting photos as soon as I have the samples finished and photographed!

So – a busy spring! Hope to see you soon . .. happy papercrafting!

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Flowers were blooming April 7th!!

Well . . yes! Signs of spring were showing here on April 7th . . including some flowers blooming! (the roses, of course, are my favorites!) But we also had soooo much fun with “Floral Frenzy” that Saturday, as 10 lovely ladies joined me to create 8 beautiful cards for spoiling those special people in our lives. Here’s what you missed! Hope you can join us next time!

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Botannical Tea Folio Card . . . . MY FAVORITE!!

Oh my . . . this is absolutely my “new favorite” project with Graphic 45! I have to give a shout out to my favorite blogger, Kathy Clements, for this idea. (“Kathy by Design”) The base of this “folio” is a 5″ x 7″ card with an extra 1/2 inch added at the top, to make room inside for all kinds of wonderful goodies.  This one flips open vertically; probably the next one I do (am thinking about the new Graphic 45 “Floral Shoppe”!!) will open horizontally.

This folio is set up as a little tea gift . . because it’s “Botannical Tea”! Your kit will include a honey stick and three Stash tea bags and you can see in some of the photos where I’ve placed those. I also have a couple other ideas for using this “template” as it surely doesn’t have to be used for tea!

Also included, as always in my workshops . .. pre-cut papers, embellishments, diecuts, silk ribbons, and fussy cuts. I’ll show you how to make a lovely cabbage rose, too . . . .for the cover of your folio! Your kit will come in a box, which then can also be used to mail this beautiful card/gift to someone special.

I am positively enamored with these folios now . . . and wishing I had a week off work to make about 25 of them!! Hope you can join me at It’s All About the Scrapbook in Dixon on Saturday, April 28th from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. to make this lovely little masterpiece!! Bring your basic tool kit, lots of your favorite wet glue to adhere paper to paper, your cutter and ruler, and we will have SOOOO much fun!! Class fee is $45.00 and class is limited to 11 crafters.

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Le’s Talk Kits! (end-of-year sale!)

Some of you may not be aware that for all of my classes I make up kits! Therefore, if you can’t come to a class, you can still order a kit, and do the project(s). And . . . right now, I have a “close out sale” on some kits I have left from 2017 . .. not very many, but a few! Let me know if you’d like either of the following kits:

Fall Banner using Graphic 45’s “French Country” on burlap banners. $35.00


Large photo album (TONS of pages!!) – “By the Seashore” using Prima papers (and others) and lots of embellishments. $45.00

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Valentines with the girls at Mercy Multiplied

Three to four times a year, Katrina and I go out to Mercy Multiplied and make cards with the girls there. (if you’re interested in more about Mercy, let me know!!)

Our Valentines class was very popular last year, so we’re doing it again this year. Attached is a pix of the 3 cards I’m doing; Kat is doing 3 more, so each of them will have 6 handmade Valentines to send to loved ones and friends. These have to be “quick and easy” cards, so we focus on a lot of pre-cut dies, embellishments, etc. rather than extensive stamping, coloring, techniques, etc. It’s really fun to see how some of the girls still use what we supply, and make the cards “their own”!!

This is such a fun and rewarding time with the girls. They are all experiencing miracles in their lives, as they overcome life-threatening situations to truly become “who they were meant to be”. We love them . . . and Mercy! 

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Graphic 45 “Seasons” cards at Ben Franklin Crafts

Thanks for checking out my blog! I plan to do MUCH better this year, posting a couple of times a week, wtih all the fun stuff I’m crafting!

First up is my next class at Ben Franklin Crafts in Grass Valley. I’m offering a quarterly class using Graphic 45’s new “Seasons” line of paper. On Saturday, February 3rd, we’ll be using the “Spring” papers from this line, and making 5 beautiful cards. These papers are sooo gorgeous . . .but you’ll be using plenty of embellishments and dies, too. All the cards come with envelopes, and lots of the pre-cutting done for you. Class is $35.00. Seating is limited, so call the store to reserve your spot. (530) 273-1348. Here’s a photo of the cards we’ll be doing. Hope to see you there!  (Next quarterly class is Saturday, May 5 – making “Summer” cards)

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2018 Starts with Graphic 45!!

What: 2 new Graphic 45 workshops to start the new year right!

When: Saturday, January 6, 2018

Where: Its All About the Scrapbook, Dixon, CA

Graphic 45 has come out with several wonderful new and re-released papers the last couple of months and I’m so excited to share some new projects with you!

“A Ladies Diary” was re-released as a “Deluxe Collector’s Edition” and it is sooo elegant! We’ll be making 5 gorgeous cards with this collection from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on the 6th. As always, silk ribbon, fussy cutting, metal embellishments and bling! Definitely cards that will make the recipient feel VERY special!

Then from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. you can make an adorable “treasure box” with the new “Fairy Dust” papers! We’ll be using one of Graphic 45’s “book boxes” which will hold a lot of “treasure” . . . covering it with the papers and metal embellishments, silk ribbon, glitter, and the fussy cut fairy watching over it all! The perfect gift for a little girl (or a “big girl”) who loves fairies!


Hope to see you on the 6th! Seating is limited! Call the shop to reserve your spot!

(707) 676-5252


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Winter Wonderland Graphic 45 Christmas

Have I mentioned that I LOVE LOVE LOVE this year’s Graphic 45 Christmas line? “Winter Wonderland” has rich but subdued “earthtone” hues that are soooo gorgeous! And I’ve gotten some yummy new silk ribbons to go with this line. Please join me at Ben Franklin Crafts in Grass Valley on Saturday, December 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. . . . to make 5 very special Christmas cards for those on your list who would love the pampered feeling you get when you open a stunning handmade greeting card!

Cards feature my “signature” silk ribbon, lots of fussy cuts, embellishments, flowers, and gorgeous diecuts, all precut for you (yes, I tied the bows for you, too!!) Can’t attend? Contact me to purchase a kit (limited quantity available). Kits come with everything you need to make the cards, as well as photos and instructions, as needed.

The sample cards are on display up front at Ben Franklin. I’ve also included photos of each card here. Sign up for the workshop with Ben Franklin at (530) 273-1348. Hope to see you there!

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A Graphic 45 Christmas on November 11th!

Graphic 45’s new “Winter Wonderland” line of holiday papers does NOT dissapoint!! It is soooo gorgeous . .. lovely muted reds, greens and creams . . . and I’ll be helping you make five beautiful cards with this paper at “It’s All About the Scrapbook” in Dixon, CA, on Saturday, Nov. 11th. Photos of the cards are below. Silk ribbons, diecuts, fussy cuts, bling, and all papers pre-cut for you. . . .yours to assemble and spoil your favorite people with! This workshop is from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Authentique has a beautiful line of Christmas paper, too . . . and in the morning (10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) you can indulge your love of vintage/shabby chic and make this lovely “Merry” banner. (photo below). This banner is sooo much fun to make . .. lots of tea-stained crinkly ribbon, a bit of raw silk ribbon, cutout embroidered lace flowers, doilies, and bling.

Seating is limited! Call the store to reserve your spot for either or both of these and get yourself in the “holiday spirit”! (707) 676-5252


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