A Nature Sketchbook Birdhouse

When I saw the amazing birdhouse that Graphic 45 Design Team Member, Pam Bray, made a few months ago, I couldn’t get it out of my mind . . . . yep! Just HAD to make one myself! I loved Pam’s so much that I pretty much followed her design . . . yes, some of the cutouts and embellishments are my own, but I give credit for this project I love so much, to Pam. If you want to see it “in person”, it’s on display in the Graphic 45 section at “It’s All About the Scrapbook” shop in Dixon, CA! Wanna try it yourself? I’m putting together three kits (I have only 3 of the “slant-roof” birdhouses!) . . . . kits are $60.00. Let me know if you want one!

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Midnight Masquerade Special Gift

As you know, I love Graphic 45’s “Midnight Masquerade” . .. those purples and teals are soooo yummy! Am almost finished with my card classes using this wonderful paper (one more at Ben Franklin Crafts in Grass Valley on August XX; see previous posts for photos and call the shop if you’d like to join us! (530) 273-1348) . … but I had paper left and wanted to make a special birthday gift for a “purple-loving friend”! Here it is! I found this wonderful (and useful!!) desk setup on Graphic 45’s blog and was quite enamored of it. I love the way it turned out, and the fact that it is something you can actually USE!! It consists of 2 small boxes, one larger box (all from Graphic 45) and then I went to the “wood store” and had them cut me a slab of wood for the base. Such a FUN project to make!

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A “French Country” Fall

Time to show you what I spent four solid days (really!!) doing over my July 4th holiday! And I’m soooo excited!! Haven’t loved new projects this much since Nature Sketchbook came out!

I loved Graphic 45’s “French Country” when it first came out a few years ago. In fact, it was one of the first of their papers I worked with. I even had a few random sheets of it left in my stash, meaning to get back to it. So .. . I was thrilled when Graphic 45 brought it back as a “Deluxe Collectors Edition” a month or so ago. So . . . . . here we go!

Saturday, August 12, is “French Country Fall” day at “It’s All About the Scrapbook” in Dixon, CA.

Make this rustic and detailed banner in the morning. (10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) All the gorgeous details in the banner, such as the die cut and embossed leaves, the die cut circles, the pinwheels, and the French Country accents . . . are ALL prepped for you!! All you have to do is assemble this gorgeous banner, accented with Janice’s “signature” . . . some yummy silk ribbon!
In the afternon (2:00 – 5:00 p.m.) make five stunning French Country cards! (3 of the cards shown here). These are 5″ x 7″ cards (one is 5.5″ x 5.5″ square) using many of the papers from the French Country line. The cards are accented with die cuts, sponging, glitter, some metal embellishments, and  . . . of course . . . silk ribbon! All elements are pre-cut for you, to make assembly easy.. . and all cards come with envelopes.
Each workshop is $40.00. However, if you take BOTH workshops, they are only $35.00 each.  All supplies are included. Bring your basic tool kit, including heavy duty “tacky tape” and 3-in-One super strong glue.
Would love to have you join us! Seating is limited so call the store to reserve your spot! (707) 676-5252
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Welcome to the Pinecone Factory!

Busy weekend . . . laughed when I saw the “almost done” mess on my crafting desk, as I was finishing up making 60 Tim Holtz “Tattered Pinecones”.  You happy attendees at “Christmas in July” will be making this darling gift box using your pinecones!  . .. along with 7 cards, another vintage style gift box, 2 gift card holders, and a mini “crate” with 3 x 3 cards and envelopes in it. Still a few seats left for this July 15 (Saturday) even (11:00 a.m.) . . . .let me know if you want to come or need a kit!

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Last Call for Saturday’s Workshops!

Hi Papercrafters! Room available still in both of my workshops at It’s All About the Scrapbook in Dixon, CA this coming Saturday! Graphic 45 “Nature Sketchbook” burlap canvas 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and adorable covered box 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Call the shop if you’re interested. (707-676-5252)Or contact me if you can’t come but would like to purchase a kit! (jrosenthalrock@gmail.com)



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A Creative Summer Lies Ahead!

Wow! Where DOES the time go? I’ve once again, been so busy “creating” that I haven’t been allowing time to get on the computer and show you WHAT I’ve been creating! I have lots of fun projects prepared for summer fun . . . hope to see many of you joining me for some of them! I’ll be posting here for the next several days, as well as sending emails and posting on Bella Cosa’s Facebook page . . so watch for it!

First notice: Saturday, July 15 is “Christmas in July”. Katrina and I will be hosting. Here’s a link to the flyer/announcement, as well as a photo of some of the projects I’ve been working on. This year we’ll have more projects than ever, as well as a special “goodie bag” for everyone . . . not only some sweet treats, but some fun and useful papercrafting treats for you! Contact either Katrina or me with questions or payment. Your payment of $40 holds your spot, and we are limiting attendance this year . . . so reserve your place now!

christmas in july half letter

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Shopping with Bella Cosa Vintage!

I haven’t yet shared with ya’ll this WONDERFUL wood and metal Bella Cosa sign that my BFF Jilli had made for me in Oregon! Isn’t it stunning!!??  I LOVE IT!! It’s sitting on top of one of my old “map chests” in my stamping room. I wanted to show it to you today and remind any of you in the Sacramento area that I will be selling this coming Saturday, (April 29th) at “Time & Space” here in Roseville. Sherri is hosting a “Vintage Finds and Spring Boutique” sale from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. “Time & Space” is a really cool venue for sales, workshops, or parties. I’m excited to see some of you Saturday! (just in time to find a unique and special gift for Mothers Day!) 414 Vernon Street Suite 110 – right in “downtown” Roseville!

I’ll have a selection of my handcrafted Graphic 45 projects for sale . . . . .cards and other items . . .

. . as well as vintage style creations . ..

. . and “family heirloom” vintage treasures!

See you there!!!  Janice

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A Ladies’ Diary Birthday Card

Before we had the wonderful “new” Graphic 45 papers “Portrait of a Lady”, we had the equally gorgeous “A Ladies’ Diary”. Very much the same lovely vintage style . . . and I found some in my stash and since it, too, was pink, decided to use it for a birthday card for a very special friend! I’ve been making quite a few “tall & narrow” cards . . . we don’t seem to make those that often, and it doesn’t make sense . . .since we all have “#10 business envelopes” lying around, to put them in! So this card is one of those . . . which worked perfectly for this tall, willowly, beautiful lady!

Take some time to create today!!! (and every day!)

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May 13 Workshops at “It’s All About the Scrapbook”

Time for photos of the two FUN workshops I’ll be doing in Dixon, California, on Saturday, May 13th! It’s All About the Scrapbook is SUCH a fun place to be!! I love doing workshops there and hope to see many of you on May 13th! (Just in time for Mother’s Day “one-of-a-kind” gifts!!)

The morning workshop (10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) took me out of my comfort zone! But when I saw these CUTE “vignette shadow boxes” that Tim Holtz came out with this January, I fell in love with them! You’ll have the opportunity to customize your box with your own family heirloom photo, or you can use one of the photos (as I have) from Tim’s “Family Photos” collection.

In the afternoon workshop (2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) we’ll be making three lovely cards and a tag, with Graphic 45’s new “Midnight Masquerade” papers. LOVE these vibrant, gorgeous colors!! They are sooo much fun to work with! It was fun to get back to some card making, after several boxes and mini albums. If you’re a fan of purple and turquoise color combo, you will LOVE this paper! I also did one card with the orange papers . . . and of course, some yummy purple SILK ribbons!! (the tag isn’t done yet!! LOL!)

This card features a lovely turquoise flower adorning purple silk ribbon . . . and a gorgeous copper diecut, framing the saying.

This card has a really interesting fold inside . .. .something different, that I’ve never made before . . .but I love it! A diecut and assembled flower on the outside is embellished with more purple silk ribbon . . .narrow strands this time!

Another great color combo here . . .dark orange and turquoise! Another copper die underneath the ephemera card saying . . .lots of “glittered” fussy cuts . . and satin ribbon!

]Please join me for a FUN morning . .. .or afternoon . .. of papercrafting! See you there!


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Vintage “Coffee Loving Cardmakers” Card

Time for the Spring Blog Hop at “Coffee Loving Cardmakers”! I love doing these seasonal hops with one of my most favorite things . . . COFFEE!! Soo many cute coffee stamps and dies and papers out there in the papercrafty world now . . .and sooo much fun! Check out all the cool cards being posted here! Last time there were more than 600 submissions!!! Appears there are MANY of us who are coffee fans! Why not take a few minutes and make a “coffee card” yourself? I’ll have another card to post tomorrow!

Here’s what I used on this card: Prima paper pad “Coffee Break”; Sizzex “cup” dies; multiple flower sources; greeting – Verve Stamps “Coffee Helps”.

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