Graphic 45 Design Team Audition 2016

Graphic 45 “Playtimes Past” Dresser

Graphic 45 Playtimes Past Dresser

I started by cutting all of my chipboard pieces.  I also started with different drawers and changed in the middle (what can I say, I’m a woman).  That’s why the drawer sizes are not quite right for the carcass.  Also there are spacers in the back of the carcass.  When I changed my mind the spacers were already glued and weren’t going to turn loose.  So this meant I had to change my drawer size.  Here are the adjusted measurements.

Carcass:

  • Top and Bottom 7 5/8″ x 5 1/2″ (You need a top and a bottom.)
  • Sides 5 5/8″ x 5 7/16″ (You need 2)
  • Back 5 5/8″ x 7 1/2″
  • “Shelves” 7 1/2 x 5 1/4 (You need two of these.  These are what your drawers sit on.)
  • Rails for shelves to sit on. 2 1/8 x 5 3/8 (You need 4)

Big Drawers:

  • Sides 4 15/16 x 1 7/8 (You need 4)
  • Back 7 1/16 x 1 7/8 (You need 2)
  • Front 7 1/16 x 1 15/16 (You need 2)
  • Bottom 7 1/16 x 5 ( You need 2)
  • Drawer Front Facades 2 1/8 x 7 3/8 (You need 2)

Small Drawer:

  • Sides 5 3/16 x 7/8
  • Back 7 3/16 x 7/8
  • Front 7 3/16 x 15/16
  • Bottom 7 3/16 x 5 1/4
  • Drawer Front Facades 1 1/8 x 7 3/8

Dresser Feet:

  • Sides 2 1/2 x 5 3/8 (You need 2)
  • Front and Back 2 1/2 x 7 5/8 (You need 2)

Dresser Top: 8 5/16 x 5 7/8, 8 x 5 11/16, 7 5/8 x 5 1/2

All pattern papers are cut 1/8″ smaller than the piece of chipboard they are attaching to.

Graphic 45 Playtimes Past Dresser

I glued the carcass together first and because I haven’t mastered transfiguring into an octopus yet I got my husbands help holding all the pieces while the glue dried.  We did the same for the drawers.  Then I painted the inside only of the carcass.  I did not paint the drawers, I only covered them with black cardstock.
Graphic 45 Playtimes Past DresserNext from my black cardstock scraps I cut 1″ strips of paper to cover all the raw edges of the carcass on the outside.  The length is determined by the place where I’m adhering the strip.  I scored each strip in half long ways.  Folded, then sniped off a small wedge from the fold in towards the long side of the raw edge.  I adhered all of my strips and did the same for the drawers.

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I was going to use vintage photo to color the dresser top but then decided to paint it black.  I only needed to paint the edges because the three pieces will be stacked together and a piece of pattern paper  will be added on top.  I used We-R-Memory Keepers scallop punch on only two of the corners (this is very much like my actual dresser).  All the pieces of the dresser top will be flush on the long unpunched side, the front is stair stepped.  For all of the pattern paper (except the black pattern paper, because it won’t show) I used vintage photo distress ink and walnut stain distress paint to distress the edges.  I then adhere the dresser top to the dresser.

Graphic 45 Playtimes Past Dresser

For the feet of the dresser I free handed a gentle curve on a folded piece of printer paper the size of the feet pieces.  This is for the sides and the back.  For the front I traced the outside edge of my Life Style Crafts die cut (the largest one) and then added some extra curves.  If you don’t want to reinvent the wheel click here for my template.  On the opposite side of the fancy side at 1/2″ in from the edge I GENTLY scored with a craft knife (being careful not to cut all the way through).  The idea is you are creating a hinge of sorts.  I then painted the edges with black paint.

Graphic 45 Playtimes Past Dresser

I used the chipboard pieces to get the shape for the pattern paper.  Then added the paper to my feet.  I gently bent the chipboard at the score (away from the score) to make a hinge for attaching to the dresser.  I used hot glue here. The front and back feet are cut to go in front of the side feet but make sure everything is flush.

Graphic 45 Playtimes Past Dresser

I angle cut the hinges to fit around the bottom of the dresser.  I reinforced the inside of the hinges with hot glue.  I also put a piece of black cardstock (scrap) on the inside of the junctions on the feet after using hot glue to glue the junctions together.

Graphic 45 Playtimes Past DresserOn another piece of chipboard I traced my mirror pattern.  I made this pattern by tracing around my Life Style Crafts die again.  Then I added the posts.  The mirror and posts are one piece of chipboard (click here for template).  I did the same thing here for a hinge type thing as I did for the feet.  This is where it will attach to the dresser top.

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Then I cut the posts again out of white cardstock.  Then with the largest and third largest of my Life Style Crafts dies I cut a mirror frame from Grungepaper.

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I then colored them with Vintage Photo Distress Spray Stain and used my woodgrain embossing folder to give them a wood look.

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To create the mirror I used aluminum foil because that’s all I had on hand, however I think it would have been better if I had used mylar.  I sprayed the aluminum foil (dull side) with spray adhesive and then smoothed it onto the chipboard piece. Trimming the excess off of course.  I then added the mirror frame and the posts (the frame overlaps the posts just slightly).  I cut two pieces of scrap chipboard slightly smaller than the post and painted them black.  Next I threaded faceted beads onto head pins and sandwiched the excess head pin between the posts of the mirror and the pieces I just cut and painted.  Then attached the mirror to the top of the dresser.

At this point I added whatever pattern papers I have not added yet.

Graphic 45 Playtimes Past Dresser

For the drawer front facades I attached the pattern paper, then the hardware and then the facade to the drawer front.  I then covered the outside of the dresser with Mod Podge gloss (two coats).  I did not cover the mirror (aluminum foil).

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For the dresser scarf I cut a piece of the hexagon shaped paper from the “Home Sweet Home” 12 x 12 stack.  The length is 12″ and I just followed the pattern of one hexagon, then two, then one, then two and so on across the paper.  This paper made me think of a quilt (love it).  Then I made two tassels with some embroidery floss.  I attached them with some tape.  I put the scarf on the dresser and folded down the sides.  Then I glued the scarf in place.  I did not glue the decorations onto the dresser they are meant for fun and maybe I will change them in the future (perhaps following the holidays).

Graphic 45 Playtimes Past DresserHere is a look at the back of the dresser.

Supplies used:

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Papers “Playtimes Past” and “Home Sweet Home” 12 x 12

Ornate Metal Label Holder (3)

Close to my Heart

Black Cardstock

White Daisy Cardstock

Woodgrain Embossing Folder

Tim Holtz

Distress Ink Vintage Photo

Distress Spray Stain Vintage Photo

Distress Paint Walnut Stain

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Grungepaper

Life Style Crafts

Die Cutters ( the ones that come with the plate kit)

Misc.

 Mod Podge Gloss

 Adhesive

Aluminum Foil

Head Pins (2)

Large Beads (2)

Embroidery Floss

Black Paint

Hot Glue

Spray Adhesive

Chipboard ( I used 1/16″ thick chipboard form AccuCut Crafts)

Graphic 45 “Home Sweet Home” Tea Box

Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home Tea BoxI’m not going to go into great detail with this project.  It’s pretty simple however if you get stuck please feel free to contact me.

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I started with an Allure Beauty Box but you can create your own with chipboard.  I sanded the box to rough up the glossy finish.  I also cut two corners on the lid to create a hinge so my lid will be attached to the box.  I made dividers out of chipboard and covered them with cardstock.  I put my dividers in my box and covered the edges of the box and lid with white cardstock.  Then I lightly went over the edges with Barn Door Distress Paint.

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I then cut all of my pattern papers, inked them with Mowed Lawn Distress Paint and adhered them to my box.  I fussy cut the tea pot and cup from the Playtimes Past 12 x 12 paper, added a paper doily under them and glued them to the top of my box.  I used Sticky Strip to adhere the lid to the box.  Then covered the outside with two coats of Mod Podge Gloss.  I painted my hardware with white paint and when it was dry I removed some of it with a wire brush.  I used E6000 to glue on the hardware.  Then I embellished the top.

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I used stickers from the Secret Garden sticker sheet on the top on the box and one in the label holder.  I also (because I love the paper so much) cut a bunch of the hexagon shapes out, distressed the edges then glued them to a piece of white cardstock the size of the inside of the lid.  It was like putting a puzzle together.  I think I’ve seen quilts like this where the raw edges are visible and roughed up.  There are two sections for tea bags and one for … chocolates (shh… don’t tell anyone).  So grab some of my tea and chocolates and sit back and relax while you watch the video of the last project I made for my audition.

Supplies used:

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Papers “Home Sweet Home” and “Playtimes Past” 12 x 12

Cardstock Stickers “Secret Garden”

Tags and Pockets “Home Sweet Home”

Chipboard “Home Sweet Home”

Ornate Metal Label Holder

Antique Brass Claw Feet

Tim Holtz

Distress Paint Barn Door

Close to my Heart

White Daisy Cardstock

Misc.

 Mod Podge Gloss

 Adhesive

White Paint

E6000 (for feet)

White Paper Doily

Flat Back Pearls

Ribbon

Chipboard ( I used 1/16″ thick chipboard from AccuCut Crafts)

Graphic 45 “Good Ol’ Sport” Policy Envelope Mini Album

 

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This is a policy envelope mini album made with Graphic 45 Good Ol’ Sport 12 x 12 paper.

Supplies used:

Graphic 45

Paper “Good Ol’ Sport” 12 x 12

Cardstock Stickers “Good Ol’ Sport”

Tags and Pockets “Good Ol’ Sport”

Chipboard “Good Ol’ Sport”  (Save the packaging, you’ll use it.)

Tim Holtz

Distress Ink Tumbled Glass

Alterations Die Torn Notebook

Idea-ology Locket Keys

Idea-ology Grungepaper

Close to my Heart

Black Cardstock

Die cut Cards and Envelopes (Disc.)

Waxie Flax (Disc.)

Hook & Loop Dots

Clear Embossing Powder (Close to my Heart sells it but it’s by Ranger)

Cuttlebug

Embossing Folder (the one with all the gears)

Life Style Crafts

Die Cutters (the ones that come with the plate kit)

Prima Flowers

Engraver Collection

Create-A-Collage Rub -on

Football Collection

 K & J Magnetics

1/4 x 1/16 Neo Magnets (8)

1/2 x 1/16 Neo Magnets (2)

Misc.

Charms

Beads

Fibers

Jewelry Findings

Adhesive

Black Paint

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Altered General Foods International Coffee Tin

Reduce, reuse, recycle.  I just put a strip of paper around the tin, added a flower, some bling, and a butterfly spray painted the lid and voila I have a pretty tin to hold my ribbon scraps.  Challenge for the week upcycle something around your house.

Photo of Altered General Foods International Coffee Tin

Altered General Foods International Coffee Tin

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8 1/2″ x 11″ Organizer

I made this organizer a few years ago.  Inside the front cover are two large full length pockets, a box style pocket with a flap for business cards, sticky notes and a pen.  There is also a magnetized hidden area behind the front cover which houses more 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper, inspirational sayings, two photos and a pocket for money.  On the flip side of the inspirational sayings is a changeable year at a glance.  Inside the back cover is a small triangular pocket that holds 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper.

Happy scrapping.

Let’s scrapbook together it’s cheaper than therapy.

Mixed Media Canvas

I tried my hand at mixed media this weekend.  I don’t know if this is consider a true mixed media but I certainly had fun doing it.  I made this in honor of mine and my husband’s 22nd anniversary.  I wanted this to look a little old.  I also reference two country songs “Two People Fell in Love” by Brad Paisley and “Ace of Hearts” by Alan Jackson.  In today’s world where it seems divorces are as common as dental visits I think we’ve accomplished a major thing.  I remember a cigarette commercial when I was a kid the tag line was “We’ve come a long way baby” I think it was Newport but I’m not sure.

I used a 6″ x 6″   canvas from Close to my Heart, Mowed Lawn Distress Stain for the green color on the canvas and a little dry brushed Gesso.  The rest is leftover odds and ends.  The camera doesn’t pick up the glimmer mists.  I used Log Cabin by Smooch Spritz and Primrose by Heidi Swapp on the canvas, flowers, lace trim, the chipboard heart and letters and jute twine.  The little fan design in the corner was done with Glossy Black Embossing Paste by Dreamweaver and a stencil I had laying around.  I used the Patina Paints by Vintaj on the little “Devoted” tag on the bottom but I didn’t like how it came out so I scraped it off.  After I put it all together I dry brushed Gesso over everything.

Photo of Mixed Media Canvas

Mixed Media Canvas

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Close to my Heart Hinged Display Tray

This is a fun way to display some of your ephemera.  It’s out on display and you can touch it.  I just used glue dots to adhere all the rocks, the feather and the pipe cleaner penguin.  I did a little journaling in one of the squares.  There are so many fun things that can be done with this hinged display tray.  I have another tray that I’m going to lay flat so that it opens up like a box.  I think I’ll put some feet on it and of course decorate it.  All kinds of treasures can be stored in this (chocolate?! but I didn’t say that).
Photo of Display Tray

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Close to my Heart Event Calendar

This is a perpetual event calendar.  I put a piece of acetate on the number portion below the name of the month.  You can use a dry erase marker on the acetate which makes it reusable year after year.  For the non-floating holidays you make note of them under the acetate as well as birthdays and anniversaries.  Then anything that changes from year to year you write on top of the acetate.  Never forget anything again.  Well maybe we will still forget things but at least it sounds good.  I attached the acetate with brads so that it can be taken off to add to the calendar in the future if needed.  This event calendar is about to retire at the end of July 2015 so if you want to make one of your own hurry over to my site and order yours today.  This is not a kit so you will need to buy the other supplies.

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Close to my Heart My Creations Memory Game

Unfortunately this item is retired however this idea can still be done.  The chipboard pieces are divided into three bucket list mini albums (one for each of my family members).  I punched one side with my cropadile and bound them with twine.  Then I lined one side of each chipboard page for journaling the bucket list and left one side for a photo of the bucket list item.  This is great for looking back on if you start feeling depressed or discouraged and even negative.  We need to fill our lives and homes with these mood lifting, positive things to keep us on track.  You could try this with a crush book.

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Card Box

This box would be great for recipes, greeting cards, 4×6 index cards, photo storage or even a pre-teens treasure box.  Measurements  are 4 1/2″ h x 6 1/8″ w x 3 1/2″ d inside dimensions.

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Let’s scrapbook together it’s cheaper than therapy.

Father’s Day

This is a shadow box page that I made for my husband for father’s day (I took it out of the frame for photographing).  I don’t usually do monochromatic for scrapbooking so I thought I’d give it a go.  I sprayed the burlap flowers with a blue glimmer mist then added a little glimmer mist to the base page and doily (unfortunately the camera does not pick up the glimmer).  I did have to add a little white.  I couldn’t help myself.

Photo of Dad's Day Shadow Box Page

Dad’s Day Shadow Box Page

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Buy My Creations on Ebay

If you have liked my creations but haven’t had the time to make them yourself now you can buy some of them on Ebay.

All my items are made in a smoke free pet free studio.  I use acid free, lignin free, and archival safe products with the exception of paper bags, envelopes, and toilet paper tubes.  I would also be happy to do custom albums or layouts if you don’t find exactly what you want.  A life recorded is twice precious- first the experience itself and then the memory of it full and sweet when we read it again later.  I would love to help you preserve your memories for future generations.

Thank you for looking at the items that I have listed.